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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.

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


Party at the Gray Creek Hall for Halloween

Fake it & Shake it – Halloween Get Down at Gray Creek Hall

…a 2017 Halloween Party as a joint production between Gray Creek Hall & DJ Will D’Beats
TO PERFORM:: find a Karaoke version of the song you want to sing (on YouTube) and send a link to graycreekhall@gmail.com
…and Will Chapman will have it ready for you. Or just show up at Gray Creek Hall at the event and pick something from our existing song list
Best ScaryOke performance wins $100 cash!!
Afterward, DJ Will D’ Beats will be playing a special ‘RESURRECTION’ set.
Groove oriented remix versions of rock, soul, funk and pop songs from the past 60 years.

Studio/Apartment in Crawford Bay Burns to Ground

In the early morning of October 21, 2017, a Crawford Bay residence and studio burned to the ground, along with all supplies and equipment inside and a nearby vehicle.

The rental property and studio, a two-story unit, belonged to Crawford Bay’s Jacqueline Wedge who lives in the neighbouring house with her two children.

At 2:05am, Wedge woke to a sound and light outside her home and looked out her window to see flames shooting from her rental house just 20 feet from her own home. Fortunately, her renter, Tiffany Lahey, was not at home at the time of the fire and no human lives were lost or seriously injured in the fire, although sadly the renter’s cat did perish.

Wedge states that the value of potting (she is a potter and artist by trade) and building, garden, craft, paint and other supplies in the lower level studio is substantial and much of it is irreplaceable.

Lahey, who lived upstairs, has lost everything she owns but the clothes on her back and her vehicle.

Wedge’s vehicle caught fire and burned out in the blaze as well. Within a day of the fire, a generous resident had gotten a replacement vehicle for her to use as long as necessary. The family and neighbours were present to help move things further away from the blaze and do what they could to contain it, but mostly they had to just watch it burn.

Wedge’s house stands, but has seen damage due to the high heat. Most of the windows on the east facing side of her house are cracked or broken and will need replacement.

Wedge says, “The apartment and studio are gone. That means no more rental income. Not to mention, all my clay, glazes, paints, bisqueware & glazed pieces, finished pottery, hand tools, hot water tank, hoses, water pump, gardening/electrical/plumbing supplies for the property, a small kiln, solid wood doors, clothes dryer, roofing materials that I got for the roof and house projects… all gone. All of the items upstairs, gone too… I raised my children in that house.”

Wedge stated that this is not a fully comprehensive list of the items and materials lost (not to mention the actual value of the building itself), but she estimates that just the possessions in the building would be valued at well over $40,000.

There is no official word on the cause of the fire. Community residents are gathering to help out through an active Facebook chat group and are creating a plan for a meeting to help out the family and tenant, a work bee to fix up the house and clean up the burned out studio/apartment, and figure places to take donations of all kinds.

There is an account at the Crawford Bay Store where people can make deposits to help the family with food costs and a GoFundMe (for both the family and Lahey – who is now out of a home) is in the works as well as a possible account at the CU Watch for more information posted around town.

Asset and Amenity Mapping – Deadline to Get Free Spot on Web-Map Approaching

Where are we at?  Asset and Amenity Mapping

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The Economic Development Commission of Area A is completing the asset inventory– we have 175 people signed in and 140 listings left to collect. There will be a final email telling people to sign up by the end of October for FREE spot on the web-map.  After that date we can’t guarantee anyone.  Our community assets are our local businesses, associations, services and recreational and cultural groups.

IF ANYONE is offering goods and services into our local economy or further afield , we want to hear from you. If you have not sent in an asset listing please contact Nicole at assetsandaction@gmail.comGet on the map!

In the next three weeks, there will be very localized small group kitchen table type meetings in the 10 communities along the lake Riondel to Wynndel.  These are by invitation only as we are inviting: long time resident seniors, youth, young parents, newcomers, young retirees, and part-time residents.  The groups will be small and the conversation focused on retention and attraction of residents and community economic development potential.  Please don’t be disappointed if you are not invited.  The materials and format are available to you if you would like to lead a small group conversation of friends on these topics.  Contact Laverne txt/phone 250-551-6020 or eslearningplace@gmail.com.

ALL area residents are asked to please give their input to the new Economic Action Partnership by filling out an on-line survey. Residents from Yahk, Creston, Lower Kootenay Band, Areas A,B,C are all asked to fill this in.  This is important we get our feedback into the responses.  Please help out with this, there will be facebook posts to share that have the survey on it.

Like us on Facebook (Creston Valley Kootenay Lake)

Check out the website: http://eap.kes.bc.ca

Email EAP at economy@kes.bc.ca

On a local level, in the spring, the Asset Based Rural Development project (asset and amenity mapping)  will wrap up with Terri MacDonald of the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI, Selkirk College) leading us through a strategic doing process where we form action and study groups around topics/projects that are important to citizens of Area A.

If you would like more information, contact our local planning team: Garry Jackman, Marg Durnin, Robert Agnew and coordinator Laverne Booth.


Some Open Fires to be Allowed Within Columbia and Southeast Fire Zone

CASTLEGAR – Effective at noon Pacific time on Sept. 30, 2017, Category 2 fires will once again be permitted within the Columbia Fire Zone in the Southeast Fire Centre due to a decreased risk of wildfire in that region.

A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/3yBj30fvlO7

However, the Category 2 open burning prohibition will remain in effect for the Boundary, Arrow, Kootenay Lake, Invermere and Cranbrook fire zones, since those areas have not received as much rainfall.

Larger Category 3 open fires remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32

The BC Wildfire Service is urging the public to use caution and remain vigilant with any fire use. In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a person’s legal obligations when using open fire on or within one kilometre of forested land or grasslands.

People should take the following precautions with any outdoor burning activities:

* Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and to prevent it from escaping.

* Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.

* Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.

* Never leave a fire unattended.

* Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

Local governments may still have their own burning restrictions in place, so people should always check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.

Anyone planning to conduct an open burn (where allowed) should always check the local venting conditions first. If conditions are rated “poor” or “fair,” open burning is restricted. The venting index can be found online at: http://ow.ly/8ytY30fwvyC

The Southeast Fire Centre encompasses the area extending from the United States border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands or Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

* Twitter at http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* Facebook at http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Anti-Doping Fundraiser – Mexico Earthquake – Sept 30, Gray Creek Hall

Come to the Gray Creek Hall on Saturday September 30th for a benefit concert by Mexican reggae band Anti-Doping! Proceeds going towards those impacted in the terrible earthquake in Mexico in September. Doors open at 9 p.m. Suggested minimum donation is $10.