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- Summer ferry sched-
ule: the MV Balfour will                                                                                   S U M M E R   2 0 0 7

                               Successful Fun-d-raiser!
be in service from June
14th until September 5.

- Lisa Schellhorn of Old
World Bakery has
opened a new business -
the Wild Daisy Café              Our first annual Spring fund-         The fashion show cleared more
across from Woodbury.          raiser - Goddess of the Lake           than $1,500 for the Chamber!
Breakfast and lunch            Fashion Show - was a huge suc-         Many thanks to all attendees and
wraps, rice bowls, and         cess. After selling out all tickets    volunteers who made it happen -
ice cream!                     (86), organizers Janet McCulloch       Chamber committee members,
                               and Marilyn Cavanaugh and team         models, donators, and set-up,
- Stop in to Old World         decorated the Hall to the hilt,        kitchen, and clean-up artists:
Bakery and check out           gathered nectar and ambrosia           Celia Thompson, Kim Adamson,
the Ferry Cam! No              (Chrls Clarkson’s blended fruit        Pat Henman, Oscar Derkx,
more having to go “all         drinks, treats from the Golf           Sheleigh McCulloch, Doady Pad-
the way outside” to see        Course and MurrayPond B&B,
how the line-up is com-
                                                                      don, Rubiyah Ratna, Heather
                               and Old World’s fabulous des-          Piro, Bonnie Credico, Ruth
ing! We’ll be linking it to
                               sert buffet), and assembled a          Langevin, Rachel Langevin, Matea
the Chamber website
                               world-class bevy of models (local      Langevin, Thea Mitchell, Janet
(and the world) soon.
                               ladies and Oscar).                     McCulloch, Marilyn Cavanaugh,
                                 Marilyn’s latest Blue Sky fash-      Chris Clarkson, Jurgen and Lisa
   INSIDE                      ions were shown amid flashing          Seyfried, Barrie McWha, Reg
   THIS ISSUE:                 lights, rockin’ music, and loud        Clarkson, Jan Loimand, Randy
                               applause from the cheering             Davis, Teri Jarrett, Mary Laird,
   Balfour           2
                               crowd. Reg Clarkson emceed             Dale Williams, Lonnie Facchina,
                               with his usual brilliance, including   Jane Christie, Sara Boddy, Rob
   BRC /Golf         2         getting a lot of the ladies (12 in     Daughton, Wilf Dopp,
   Course News                 Red Hats) to kiss his cheek. A         Lisa Schellhorn, Doran Amatto,
                               great time was had by all.             and Rudolf and Barbara Stoll.
   New               2

                              Balfour’s New Tourist Sign and Bench

   Ferry Land-       3
   ing News

   RDCK/Fire         3           Through great community effort,      make quick work of it. And without
   Dept. News                 Balfour now has a gorgeous tourist      Bill Blancher of the Superette
                              sign/map and a bus bench across         donating the use of the site, we
   Tidbits           3
                              from the Superette.                     wouldn’t have a sign at all!
                                Jurgen Seyfried and the team at         Sara Boddy worked with
   Contact Info      4
                              SWIZ Timber Frame Homes de-             NetIdea/Purcell Digital to create the
   and Calendar
                              signed and built the sign framework     graphic, to be updated as needed.
                              (and donated the materials). Rob        The same map will be used in the
                              Monti designed it, and he, Rob          Balfour tourism brochure (with
                              McDermott, and Matthew Gin-             visitor-service members shown), on
                              gras erected it.                        the website, and elsewhere.
                                Before the sign could be erected,       Doran Amatto donated his
                              however, much site prep work had        labour and built the beautiful bus
                              to be done. Ron Lang donated            bench for weary travelers.
                              (again) his “back” and backhoe to
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Balfour Families!
   Kootenay Lake Family
                                   From the President
Network's second annual                                               our lives a little more hec-
                                     Summer is here and soon                                              longer as we all live, work,
                                   our community will swell           tic. It’s a good thing there        and play in our wonderful
Sunday, July 15th from 2 to
7pm at the Balfour soccer          with summer residents and          are long, warm days, open           community.
field. Games, creativity, and      tourists. This season brings       patios, cool drinks, and lots         I hope you all have a great
music, with special guests to      on issues such as labour           of visiting friends to balance      summer!
inspire you. Also a bake sale      shortages, water restric-          our lives.
                                                                                                                      - Chris Clarkson
and raffle to raise funds for      tions, and increased crime           The Balfour Chamber is
Redfish School playground
                                   (although not much, thank-         striving to make the bad list
equipment. Bring the whole
family and a picnic supper
                                   fully!) and traffic to make        shorter and the good one
and enjoy this summertime
tradition. If you would like to

                                  BRC/Golf Course News
know more, or have talents
to share, please call Melanie
at 354.7370 after 6pm.
  Our parent-tot playgroup
was a great success this
                                     This is not your average         the familiarization trip put on a     Everyone tries to leverage
year. We met once a week
                                   marketing award - British Co-      year ago by Tourism BC and          the award because it carries a
until the end of June at
                                   lumbia was named the 2007          the regional marketing groups       lot of weight in the industry.
Harrop Hall, and will resume
                                   Golf Destination of the Year       (Tourism Rockies, Tourism             BC beat out Arizona, Flor-
on September 12th, 10am 'till
                                   for North America by the           Vancouver Island, etc.) for tour    ida, Palm Springs, and South
noon. This playgroup is
                                   International Association of       operators from Europe and           Carolina - not bad!
free! Come & join us with
                                   Golf Tour Operators.               North America is directly re-
your little ones!!
                                     It’s a prestigious award, and    sponsible for that award.
  Our kids yoga was well
attended and enjoyed by all,

                                  Welcome New Members!
on Tuesdays after
school. We’ll book Sat Kaur
again in the fall. After
yoga, we had Tuesday after-
school parent & child
outdoor fun at Harrop Hall ~          We’re delighted to welcome        Peter Bartl and Jane              video productions and video-
t-ball, frisbee, badminton,        six new members to the Cham-       Merks PB&J Press, specializing      film lab services, including con-
hoola hoops, and a good            ber, most new to the area. See     in fine-art bookbinding and         versions of audio or video to
game of tag!!                      the Members page on the web-       graphics. (See their art show       CD or DVD.
                                   site for more info.                notice here under “Tidbits.”)         Balfour Towing, Eric Eta-
                                     Kootenays Bed and Break-       Bavarian Lookout B&B/                 lamaki, will get you “unstuck!”
                                   fast Association, representing RV, Rudolf and Barbara Stoll up
kootenaylakefamilynetwork@         many of the finest accommoda- on Hwy 31, providing lake
                                   tions in our area.             views, a 4-BR B&B and 3 full-             Welcome, all - you’re won-
                                                                                                          derful additions to Balfour and
                                     Aqualab Plumbing, Michael service RV spaces.                         the Chamber!
                                   Letnar and his lawyer-wife Josie     TMTV/BCTV Kootenays,
                                   Thombs, providing much-            providing late-breaking TV news
                                   needed local plumbing services.    coverage for regional, national,
                                                                      and world TV networks, and

                  BALFOUR         BUZZ
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 New at the Ferry Landing
                                                                                         Toad Rock Rider Rally
                                                                                     Final numbers aren’t in yet, but Mary and
                                                                                   Steve raised thousands of dollars for Juvenile
                                                                                   Diabetes research, local businesses raked in
  Marilyn Cavanaugh of Blue Sky               Josie Thombs is working on get-      tons of cash, and the RCMP say there were
 Clothing has a plan for VISITOR           ting doggie bag dispensers installed.   only three incidents - two noise complaints
 recycling stations.                         Randy and Truus Zelonka have          (loud music) from RIONDEL, and a call from
    Blue Sky, Lang’s, Old World Bak-       been TOILING away on the new            Toad Rock security reporting an impaired
 ery, and the Gill & Gift have joined      Gill & Gift!                            driver; SSgt Robertson said it was a
 to erect a timber-frame sign at the                                               “successful venue” with “positive community
                                             Business card holders have been
 ferry landing entrance advertising                                                feedback.”
                                           installed at the Gill & Gift, McQ’s,
 their businesses and giving an iden-                                                 This definitely-non-rider reporter was there
                                           Kokanee Park Store, and Toad
 tity to the landing.                                                              for much of the weekend and, after talking
                                           Rock. Space for Chamber mem-            with many attendees, figured out why people
   Old World Bakery has installed a        bers is free; the fee for non-          have such a good time up there - everyone
 “ferry cam” so customers can              members is $75 per year, and            feels SAFE - it’s just a bunch of mellow mid-
 check out the lineup while enjoying       comes with a free Chamber mem-          dle-aged folks dressing up in leather and having a
 Lisa’s treats. We’ll soon link it to      bership. Contact Janet McCulloch        good time. No Hell’s Angels, no bad attitudes
 the Balfour Chamber website (and          for info - 229.5204.                    - just a lot of respect and everyone getting
 the world!).                                                                      along in a positive vibe. Loved it!

 RDCK/Fire Department News
                                                                                                                                        Balfour Buzz is a


                                                                                                                                        newsletter for

   Josh Smienk, RDCK Area E direc-            The Ministry of Health executive     mines what types of calls First Re-                  residents,
 tor, has sent a letter (copying the       director responded to Josh (copying     sponders are sent on.” He also says                  business owners,
 Chamber) to BC Ambulance Service          the Chamber) with a letter that said    at this time there are no plans to
 and Interior Health Authority about       since they have “implemented            establish a station at Balfour, but                  and employees of
 the Balfour Fire Department’s being       standby shifts in selected communi-     they will “continue to monitor the
                                                                                                                                        our beautiful
 forced to cancel its First Responder      ties,” the result has been reduced      needs of communities . . .”
 program. Josh asked BCA how they          response times to pre-hospital calls,     Josh will keep on them. Until Bal-                 Balfour.
 plan to rectify the increased risk to     and decreased requirement for First     four grows a bit more, we’re too
 Balfour residents and visitors, and       Responder responses. He says there                                                           If you have
                                                                                   small for our own ambulance, but
 suggested that a solution is to station   “have been no changes to the re-        some day!                                            contributions or
 an ambulance in Balfour.                  source allocation plan that deter-
                                                                                                                                        story ideas,

                                                                                                                                        contact Sara at

Tidbits . . .


     Peter Bartl and Jane Merks of PB+J Press          Lonnie Facchina has sent out membership 2000; and homemade limoncello at Lonnie
will be showing their most recent work in the     renewal forms. Please send your cheque        and Norm’s house.
exhibition “In/Visual Words” at the Langham       today - deadline to maintain your membership      The K.L. Hospital Foundation needs our
Cultural Centre in Kaslo from Friday, August      is July 31.                                   support for the annual golf tournament. For
17th until October 7th. The work showcases              Totally unbiased good Balfour food re-  the good of all of us, sign up to play! Sponsor
Peter's letterpress prints and unusual view of    port: steak sandwich and any omelet at the    a hole! Donate a prize or cash! Tournament is
life, and Jane's fascination with book forms      golf course; any fish and any crème brulée at August 19 at Granite Point; $100 per person
and old doilies and hankies. This is not your     McQ’s; roast beef sandwich with horseradish to play; $250 to sponsor a hole. Donations
average art show!                                 sauce, onion rings, and any pizza at the BBI; by cash, cheque, V/MC/Amex. Tax receipts
Website:                any samosas at Old World Bakery; grilled      will be issued. Contact the Foundation at
                                                  cheese, hot dogs, and cocoa on the Osprey     354-2332 or Garry Kalinski at 229-4544.
 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 and employees,
 Vice Pres:   Jurgen Seyfried, 250-229-5712                 but also residents, BRC, RDCK, RCMP, the
               SWIZ Timber Frame Homes
                                                            ferry operator (Western Pacific Marine), the
 Secretary:   Sara Boddy, 250-229-2116                      Ministry of Transportation, and our local con-
               Clearwater Communicating
                                                            servation officers, forestry officials, and others
 Treasurer:   Lonnie Facchina, 250-229-4115                 responsible for our spectacular area.
               Osprey Ridge Golf Estates

                                                                  Join us!

                                               Join the Chamber at

  BDCC Council Meetings:
    (3rd Tuesdays - All are welcome!)
          July 17, 2007 (Bartl/Merks studio,
          7:00 pm)

          August 21, 2007
          September 18, 2007
          October 16, 2007

  Newsletter Deadlines
          Fall - Sep 1
          Winter - Dec 1                                                  Photo courtesy of Barrie McWha

          Spring - Mar 1
                                                Your intrepid Balfour Buzz reporter was one of the first on the scene (that’s
          Summer - Jun 1                       what happens when you hang out with Ron Lang) of this small plane crash landing
                                               on the 17th fairway. There was an oil problem, and the pilot would’ve landed
                                               perfectly except that a ball washer jumped in his way and clipped his tail. No one
                                               was hurt, just the pretty plane.