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                             Meet Barrie McWha, Golf Course General Manager
- Our president, Chris
Clarkson, is featured in
his kayak in this
month’s British Colum-         After a nationwide talent            zoning, and he administered a          Therefore, our priority is to increase utili-
bia magazine, on news-       search, the Balfour Golf Course        Canadian Tour event for six            zation of the golf course and Osprey
stands now!                  has taken the next step in its         years, among other things. (But        Mountain Grill. And that means providing
                             evolution and hired Barrie             can he putt?? We think so - he         great entertainment in a friendly, compe-
- Change of Time and         McWha as General Manager.              held the course record [64] at         tent Kootenay atmosphere.
Place for the April                                                 the Southwood course in Winni-
                               Barrie has a full 40 years of                                                 I think we’ve assembled a wonderful
BDCC Council Meeting                                                peg for ten years.)
                             experience in the golf industry as                                            team, and have emphasized cross-training
- Tuesday, April 17, 7:00
                             a player, instructor, manager,           We asked Barrie, You’ve been         so that everyone is flexible, knowledgeable,
PM (EVENING!!) at the
                             media spokesperson, and associa-       here a few months now; what            and excited about the many duties involved
Golf Course clubhouse.
                             tion executive member. For 20          have you been doing?                   in ensuring that the Balfour Golf Course
- Business card holders/     years he was in golf management          “I’ve spent most of my time          delivers a memorable experience to every-
displayers are coming.       on the Island, including Glen-         putting our team together, and         one who visits or plays here regularly.
If you’re interested in a    garry/Pheasant Glen (Executive         the rest learning about the               Matt Shaw is still the Head Golf Profes-
slot, contact Janet          Professional and General Man-
McCulloch at 229-5204.
                                                                    course and the Balfour commu-          sional, and Brad Woods is back as Assistant
                             ager) and Fairwinds (Director of       nity. One thing I’ve learned is        Professional. Barry Studer, from Leduc,
- A mark of Spring -         Golf), and for 21 years before         that the Balfour Golf Course is a      Alberta, is entering his second season as
Blue Sky Clothing is         that was a golf professional and       major employer and a major             the Golf Course Superintendent. The
now open (Balfour and        general manager in Winnipeg.           economic driver of this incredi-       Executive Chef of the Osprey Mountain
Nelson) from 10 to 5
                               We’re lucky that Barrie and his      ble area, and it’s in everyone’s       Grill is Randy Davis, who is also the Senior
every day.
                             wife, Sheila, after having seen the    best interest to see it thrive.        Instructor in Selkirk College’s culinary
- Look for new doings at     area for the first time this winter,                                          program during the school year. Our Pas-
ferry landing businesses!    made the decision to move to                                                  try Chef and Baker, Simon Parr, is his assis-
                             Balfour. Sheila is a gardener, and                                            tant at the college. Our third chef, Erik
                             will assist in the horticultural                                              Albrechtson, is a recent Selkirk grad.
                             landscaping around the clubhouse                                              Nancy Cook, another Selkirk grad, is our
 INSIDE                      and golf course.                                                              Food and Beverage Manager. Brenda Gould
                               Barrie has a lot to offer - he’s                                            is our Pro Shop Merchandiser, and we
                             an expert in club repair and cus-                                             think you’ll like what the shop will offer in
 From the           2        tom club fitting, experienced in                                              the coming months. We’ve hired several
                             real estate project design and                                                others from hotel and tourism programs to
                                                                             Barrie McWha                  round out the staff. We have the

                             See You at the Season Kickoff!!
 BRC News           2                                                                                                      (continued on Page 3)

 Balfour Town 2-
 Meeting      3               Our first annual Spring fundraiser    Marilyn Cavanaugh of our own           will win the grand prize: a 4-hour God-
                            is a Goddess of the Lake Fashion        Blue Sky Clothing Co. Be the           dess Tour on Kootenay Lake, courtesy
                            Show, presenting the new designs        first to see her 2007 collection       of goddess-loving Kootenay Lake Ad-
 Meet Barrie        3
                            of Marilyn Cavanaugh of Blue Sky        of fresh, fabulous, comfortable        venture Tours.
                            Clothing Co. (We’ll have a golf         fashions for men and women!             Advance (only) tickets for $20 can be
                            tournament and dinner dance in    The Bacchus Bar will flow with               purchased at Blue Sky Clothing Co. at
                            the Fall.)                       wine and virgin juice drinks.                 the ferry, Blue Sky Clothing Co. in
 Contact Info       4
 and Calendar               Goddess of the Lake Fashion Show Decadent morsels of nirvana and               Nelson (next to El Taco on Victoria),
                                     Saturday, May 26        ambrosia will be served. Draw                 and Balfour Golf Course Pro Shop.
                              2:00 pm - Balfour Town Hall    prizes and extravagances will                  For more information, contact Janet
                             Bring your inner goddess to a   abound.                                       McCulloch,,
                            showing of original designs by    One lucky goddess and a guest                229-5204.
                                 From the President
             PAGE       2

                              Hi everyone -                            We have almost 40 members               Balfour a safer and better place to
                                With everything going on in          now. With more members, we as a           live, we’d love to hear from you.
       Balfour Families!      Balfour these days, the Balfour        community have a stronger voice.

      The Kootenay Lake       Chamber is a great way to stay           If you have some skills to offer or                  - Chris Clarkson
                              informed.                              just want to get involved to make
         Family Network

                                    BRC News
     continues to grow and
prosper. They partnered with
        North Kootenay Lake
                                      The Balfour Recreation Com-        dues well in advance. All paid-up       Fact-finding efforts will take a much
  Community Services (Kaslo)         mission was thrilled that the       members will be eligible to vote at     longer view than in recent years.
  to sponsor a Parent & Child        golf course opened ahead of         the AGM. Existing memberships              Meanwhile, enjoy our existing
                                     schedule on March 31 thanks         can be renewed at the golf course       recreational opportunities: play-
 Mother Goose program, and
                                     to the hard work of Barrie          or BRC drop box at the Superette,       ground and gym at the Old School-
along with the Redfish School        McWha and his great team.           or by mail to P.O. Box 139, Bal-        house on Upper Balfour Road; and
 PAC received a $4,300 grant            We’ll complete some repairs      four, B.C. V0G 1C0. New mem-            tennis courts, baseball/soccer field,
                                     and upgrades to the school-         bership apps are available at the       and Town Hall at 8435 Busk Road.
   for playground equipment,
                                     house and Town Hall based on        golf course and drop box.               For information on any of the facili-
       and are fundraising for
                                     finalizing budgets and funding.       The Board is kicking off long-        ties, contact Kurt Blauhut at 229-
$25,000 more. Children’s yoga                                            term planning, now that they’re no      5321. For tennis court season or
                                       Our AGM will be in June
classes, a singing group, and a      again this year (date TBA) so       longer responsible for the day-to-      daily passes, visit the Balfour Golf
          website are coming!        be sure to pay your 2007 $10        day operations of the golf course.      Course Pro Shop or call 229-5655.

             Contact them at:
                    Balfour Town Meeting
                                       More than 75 people attended          Kim (on behalf of the Balfour         Fire Chief George M. (firefighter
                                     the annual Town Meeting on            Recreation Commission and            for 35 years, Balfour Chief for 12)
                                     Friday evening, March 23.             Osprey Ridge Golf Estates,           says there’s a serious shortage of
                                       Chris and Ted Steacy (mostly        owners of the back nine) intro-      volunteers. They’ve just dropped
                                     Ted!) gathered a stellar panel:       duced the new golf course Gen-       their First Responder program,
                                     Chris for the Balfour Chamber;        eral Manager, Barrie McWha.          which means they’ll no longer re-
                                     RDCK Director Josh Smienk;            Barrie gave an upbeat and jam-       spond to medical emergencies, just
                                     MLA Corky Evans, in his third         packed report on what’s hap-         fires, car wrecks, and rope rescues.
                                     term for Nelson-Creston; RCMP         pening up there (see Page 1).        For some reason, the Balfour FD
                                     Staff Sgt Steve Robertson; Marvin       Jim S. said the water board        was changed from Level 1 to Level
                                     Pederson, president, Balfour          had a busy year. The turbidity       2, and are now only sent to limited
                                     Seniors Association; Lenora           meter is working well, and           calls. They also found they were
                                     Trenamen, school trustee; Kim         they’re meeting soon with the        getting to the scene at the same
                                     Boddy and Barrie McWha for            Health Dept. Their goal still is     time as the ambulance. They were
The crew from SWIZ Timber            the BRC/Golf Course; Chief            getting off the boil water advi-     losing First Responders and fire-
 Frame Homes installing the          George Mathieson, Balfour and         sory. A feasibility study is com-    fighters because they felt they’re
framework for the Chamber’s          District Fire Department; Jim         plete (forgive the writer for        not being used, and because of the
 new tourist map/sign across         Shkooratoff, board chair, Balfour     misstating anything!): The three     time and cost commitment of First
from the Superette. Progress!        Irrigation District; and Roger        ways to get off the advisory are:    Responder training and licensing.
                                     Ireland of the cemetery board.        a dedicated line up to the tank,     They were also losing them be-
                                                                           a dedicated line part-way up to      cause of the gruesomeness of the
                                        Chris expressed the Cham-                                               emergencies, especially car wrecks.
                                     ber’s interest in not only local      the tank, and chlorine injection,
                                                                           by far the cheapest. Kootenay        The good news is that they’re ex-
                                     business, but also social and                                              pecting delivery of a new water
                                     health issues, cleanup opportuni-     water has always been too
                                                                           cheap; we’re paying for it now.      tanker truck in June,
                                     ties, and overall growth.                                                            (continued on Page 3)
                                                                           Anything will be expensive.

                   BALFOUR          BUZZ
Balfour Town Meeting (continued)
                                                                                                                                          PAGE   3

and they’re getting fewer fire calls, which        months. / SSgt. Steve says that residents’ pri-     highest in the area. / The tax money
the Chief attributes partially to smoke            orities are very important to them. Priorities      we’re sending to Victoria ($700,000/
detectors. George is actively recruiting           this year are youth, traffic, and police pres-      yr) is not being fully returned in
new volunteers to supplement the 21                ence. National priorities include organized         services, so forming a District Mu-
members they have now.                             crime, which means marijuana grow ops. After        nicipality is something to be consid-
                                                   we all chuckled, he said it’s not the mom and       ered.
  Trustee Trenamen reports that school
                                                   pops anymore, it’s international gangs.               Corky Evans, our MLA, says Bal-
enrollment has declined and will continue
to; this year was the largest decrease                The highlight of the meeting was Roger’s         four has the best town meetings,
ever. Redfish will become K-5.                     cemetery board report. Yep, that’s right. The       and other communities should copy
                                                   serious topic was hilariously presented. / De-      our format! / Snowpack is 140% this
   Marvin P. says the seniors are active in
                                                   scendants of the original (February 1930)           year. Clean out your driveway gut-
national issues like seniors pensions and
                                                   board members are still around. / A 10x10           ters, ditches, and culverts. / Sum-
oxygen on airplanes, and they manage a
                                                   plot is only $20; only cremated remains are         mers will be drier; make your
full slate of lighter activities: their Valen-
                                                   allowed. / The new fence came from timber           houses salvageable (by the Fire
tine’s Day Dinner is cooked by the men,
                                                   sale money, and Kurt Blauhut built the ma-          Dept.) in a forest fire by clearing
and so far there’ve been no real disasters.
                                                   sonry posts. / The Covenant Church recently         trees and brush around your house,
Then there are the quarterly birthday
                                                   held a cleanup party. / Also on the board are       creating a defensible perimeter. /
lunches, coffee party fundraiser, weekly
                                                   Hugh Blackstock and Shirley Walgren, and            Since pine isn’t our dominant spe-
crib, Halloween costume party, catered
                                                   they’re always looking for new board members        cies and our forest is mixed, people
Christmas dinner, a library, 47 members
                                                   (Roger would have a funny line here).               will begin to come to our area to
to party with, . . . whew, they’re busy.
                                                      Josh Smienk has asked BC Transit to investi-     escape beetle-collapsed forests else-
  SSgt. Robertson, with 30 years of ex-                                                                where. / Two new hardrock mines
                                                   gate doubling the bus service and adding Har-
perience, mostly in rural BC, again tells us                                                           have started production here
                                                   rop and Procter. IHA wants people to be able
that Balfour is a low-crime area. / His                                                                (molybdenum and lead/zinc).
                                                   to go from Kaslo to the hospital in Trail and
unit (Nelson Rural) covers Balfour as well
                                                   back in one day. Ridership is now about 1200          After some Q&A, we adjourned
as Nakusp, Kaslo, Salmo, New Denver,
                                                   people a month. / The budget increase for           the meeting and left much more
and the highway from Coffee Creek to
                                                   Area E is minimal this year (.02%). We don’t        informed.
the junction and up to Winlaw. Five con-
                                                   know yet what impact the assessment increase          Next year we hope to also have
stables, one corporal, and one sergeant
                                                   will have on provincial and school taxes. Right     representatives from Highways,
patrol our roads (SSgt. Steve mans the
                                                   now we have the second lowest tax rate in the       IHA, Conservation, and others.
office), and 22 emergency officers are
                                                   regional district. / From 2001 to 2006 there        Have a suggestion? Speak up!
available from Trail and Castlegar. /
                                                   was an average 5.5% increase in RDCK popula-
There were 107 calls in the last 15
                                                   tion. Balfour’s increase of 50% was the second

Meet Barrie McWha (continued)
coverage now to allow Matt and Brad to            5:30 pm (men on Tuesday and ladies on           until 9 pm. We look forward to providing
develop instruction programs for all ages         Thursday, both starting the first week of       you with hours of high quality fun. Meet
and abilities, and to provide club fitting        May). Singles and two-three-and-foursomes       friends here for breakfast – you couldn’t
services for those golfers wishing to make        are welcome. We guarantee a good time,          find a more peaceful, scenic place to start
certain their equipment fits them properly.       with nine holes, dinner, and prizes.            the day. Get your kids into Junior Golf. Hit
Isn’t it time to tune up your skills with           We’re also aggressively attracting golfers    a bucket of balls on the range. Come out
some lessons?                                     from a wider area. This year the Balfour        for Men’s Night or Ladies’ Night. Have a
  I’d say to all area residents, if you haven’t   Golf Course is featured on three pages in       beer and some appys and watch players
been out lately, give us a try - our goal is to   the Tourism Rockies magazine, and we’re         come up the 8th and 9th holes. And then
provide services and products that will           working on other marketing programs,            please tell us how we’re doing and how we
encourage you to come back again and              including our robust new website, which         can ensure that you all enjoy this great
again. Our local residents are our most           will launch in May. It’ll have special events   community asset - the Balfour Golf Course
important market.                                 news, menus, club event results, and more.      and Osprey Mountain Grill!” (Breaking
                                                                                                  news - the Grill served 120 happy people
 We will be putting on Men’s and Ladies’           Tee times are available daily, and the
                                                                                                  for a sold-out Easter Brunch!)
Nights, which will have shotgun starts at         Osprey Mountain Grill is open from 8 am
  Balfour and District
                                                                   The Balfour and District Chamber of Com-
  Chamber of Commerce
                                                                merce was founded in July 2006 by a core group
                                                                of business owners who recognized that it was
  P.O. Box 2
                                                                time for Balfour to get organized.
  Balfour, British Columbia
  V0G 1C0
                                                                   The objective of the Chamber is to promote
                                                                and improve trade and commerce and the eco-
                                                                nomic, civic, and social welfare of the district.

  President:   Chris Clarkson, 250-229-4141                        The Chamber strives to work closely with not
                Kootenay Lakeview Lodge
                                                                only Balfour business owners, but also Balfour
  Vice Pres:   Jurgen Seyfried, 250-229-5712                    residents, BRC, RDCK, RCMP, the ferry opera-
                SWIZ Timber Frame Homes                         tor (Western Pacific Marine), the Ministry of
  Secretary:   Sara Boddy, 250-229-2116                         Transportation, and our local conservation offi-
                Clearwater Communicating                        cers, forestry officials, and other government
                                                                entities responsible for our spectacular area.
  Treasurer:   Lonnie Facchina, 250-229-4115
                Osprey Ridge Golf Estates
                                                                     Join us!
                                                 Join the Chamber at

 BDCC Council Meetings:
                                                                                                                   Balfour Buzz is a
  (3rd Tuesdays - All are welcome!)
                                                                                                                   quarterly newsletter
       April 17, 2007 (7:00 PM -
       Golf Course Clubhouse)                                                                                      for residents,
       May 15, 2007                                                                                                business owners, and
       June 19, 2007
                                                                                                                   employees of our
       July 17, 2007                                     Our Growing Forest ----- of Signs
                                                                                                                   beautiful Balfour.
       August 21, 2007                        These wonderful businesses have almost no choice but to
       September 18, 2007                   plant their signs here. And, we all know it’s grown to be not          If you have
                                            only unsightly, but almost impossible to read from the stop            contributions or
 Newsletter Deadlines
                                            sign. It’s just an indicator of Balfour’s progress! Chris is talking
       Summer - Jun 1                       with Highways about how other communities have solved this             story ideas, please
       Fall - Sep 1                         common and understandable problem. Perhaps a big sign with
                                                                                                                   contact Sara at
                                            everyone on it? One can imagine the issues involved with
       Winter - Dec 1                       that. But we’re working on it!                                         info@balfourcanada
       Spring - Mar 1                                                                                              .com.
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  INFO@BALFOURCANADA.COM )                            May 26 - 2:00 pm - Town Hall