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Crossing the Rock Creek Canyon Bridge between Osoyoos and Rock Creek. Bob Cortright/Wikipedia/Creative Common

British Columbia’s Great Highway turns 70

Today, the real wealth of the Crowsnest Highway encompasses more than mining, energy and forestry.

  • Sep 4, 2019
Bagpiper Vicky Borsato led the 12th annual Trail Kidney Walk at Gyro Park on Sunday. The event welcomed over 20 participants in its annual walk to raise money and awareness for Kidney disease. This year, the Trail Kidney Walk had a short turn around as the event, which has traditionally gone in September, changed to the first weekend in June for 2019. September has been plagued by smoke from wildfires so the Kidney Foundation switched dates and organizers and walkers enjoyed blue-bird skies and sunshine on Sunday. Jim Bailey photo.

Trail Kidney Walk

Every step is a giant leap forward in the fight against kidney disease.

Get out and get active, sign up for Beginner’s Pickleball lessons. Jim Bailey photo.

Trail Rec Report: Calling out potential pickleball players

Trail Parks and Recreation boasts a variety of spring activities for all ages, sign up today

Community Life Pastor Stephen Schneider (left) and Senior Pastor Rev. Shaun Romano from Gateway Christian Life Centre invite the community to Carnival for a Cause on Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. at the church. The event is non-denominational and will include family-friendly games, a children’s performer and hot dogs, juice and cotton candy for $1. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Trail food banks. All funds raised will also go to local food banks.

Carnival for a Cause

The community is invited to Gateway Christian Life on Sunday for a family-friendly event

Community Life Pastor Stephen Schneider (left) and Senior Pastor Rev. Shaun Romano from Gateway Christian Life Centre invite the community to Carnival for a Cause on Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. at the church. The event is non-denominational and will include family-friendly games, a children’s performer and hot dogs, juice and cotton candy for $1. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Trail food banks. All funds raised will also go to local food banks.
With school back in session next week, drivers need to remember to be extra alert on the roads and obey the speed limits.                                Times file photo

Back to school safe driving tips

Drivers reminded to be on extra alert and obey speed limits in school zones

  • Aug 29, 2017
With school back in session next week, drivers need to remember to be extra alert on the roads and obey the speed limits.                                Times file photo
Railway Park in Fruitvale has been featured as a community showcase in the August issue of the Provincial Communities in Bloom (CiB) publication. The winding multi-purpose pathway includes planting beds, as well as bump-outs for benches and lounges along the greenway. CiB notes it took a community to bring the park alive. Without funding from the FortisBC Community Giving Grant, the donation of the pathway paving from Selkirk Paving (Interoute Construction), ATCO Wood Products, RDKB Area A, Outdoor Decor and Design, and numerous community members who volunteered their time and equipment, this project would not have been possible. (Sheri Regnier photo)

Railway park, a community showcase in Fruitvale

The Fruitvale park was recently featured in a provincial Communities in Bloom publication

Railway Park in Fruitvale has been featured as a community showcase in the August issue of the Provincial Communities in Bloom (CiB) publication. The winding multi-purpose pathway includes planting beds, as well as bump-outs for benches and lounges along the greenway. CiB notes it took a community to bring the park alive. Without funding from the FortisBC Community Giving Grant, the donation of the pathway paving from Selkirk Paving (Interoute Construction), ATCO Wood Products, RDKB Area A, Outdoor Decor and Design, and numerous community members who volunteered their time and equipment, this project would not have been possible. (Sheri Regnier photo)
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Miss Canada 2020
After 64 days cycling, eight rest days, and 7,911 kilometres, Jacob Kooman of Trail finished his quest to cycle across Canada, while raising close to $16,000 for Cancer Research. Kooman, with his wife Jannie in their support vehicle, reached the eastern-most tip of Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Saturday, after making a stop at the Terry Fox memorial, a fitting end to an incredible journey. Kooman says he met lots of great people and made lots of friends on the way and through his blog. Follow Kooman’s journey and donate by visiting cycle4cancer.wordpress.com.

Ride to Survive

Jacob Kooman of Trail rode across Canada raising funds for cancer

  • Aug 15, 2017
After 64 days cycling, eight rest days, and 7,911 kilometres, Jacob Kooman of Trail finished his quest to cycle across Canada, while raising close to $16,000 for Cancer Research. Kooman, with his wife Jannie in their support vehicle, reached the eastern-most tip of Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Saturday, after making a stop at the Terry Fox memorial, a fitting end to an incredible journey. Kooman says he met lots of great people and made lots of friends on the way and through his blog. Follow Kooman’s journey and donate by visiting cycle4cancer.wordpress.com.
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Trust will provide $900,000 through its new Energy Retrofit Program

Columbia Basin Trust provides $900,000 this year through its new Energy Retrofit Program

  • Aug 11, 2017
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Due to her asthma, Marianne Hubbard is making sure she wears a mask during the smoky conditions currently enveloping the Trail area. Guy Bertrand photo

Only certain masks protect against forest fire smoke

Masks must be rated ‘N95’ and labeled a particulate respirator to protect against wildfire smoke

Due to her asthma, Marianne Hubbard is making sure she wears a mask during the smoky conditions currently enveloping the Trail area. Guy Bertrand photo
This ad from the Greenwood Ledge of April 19, 1917 is the earliest known to use the Tadanac brand name.

PLACE NAMES: Tadanac

The Trail neighbourhood of Tadanac was once a separate municipality, with its own reeve and council.

  • Aug 11, 2017
This ad from the Greenwood Ledge of April 19, 1917 is the earliest known to use the Tadanac brand name.
Rino and Grace Merlo have owned City Bakery since 1973. For Rino and Grace’s story, check out Wednesday’s Trail Times, story “Family behind century-old Trail bakery look to the future.” (Sheri Regnier photo)

Slicing through City Bakery history

Looking back 120 years into Trail history, told from those who lived it and baked it

Rino and Grace Merlo have owned City Bakery since 1973. For Rino and Grace’s story, check out Wednesday’s Trail Times, story “Family behind century-old Trail bakery look to the future.” (Sheri Regnier photo)
At a rally in front of City Hall on Friday, Whispers of Hope board chair Louise Heck (centre front) invited anyone who has eaten, shopped, volunteered or otherwise been involved with Whispers to stand in solidarity on the steps of City Hall.  (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)

City postpones Whispers of Hope closure

The organizations will vacate the riverfront property within six months.

At a rally in front of City Hall on Friday, Whispers of Hope board chair Louise Heck (centre front) invited anyone who has eaten, shopped, volunteered or otherwise been involved with Whispers to stand in solidarity on the steps of City Hall.  (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)
Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works, featuring rugged bohemian fibre art and supplies, Columbia Basin Culture Tour, Aug. 12-13.  Submitted photo

Tour showcases local artists and cultural sites

The 9th annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour goes this weekend in Trail and Greater Area

  • Aug 9, 2017
Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works, featuring rugged bohemian fibre art and supplies, Columbia Basin Culture Tour, Aug. 12-13.  Submitted photo
Angelo Pellizzari donated this 1921 photo of City Bakery workers to the Trail Historical Society. Angelo’s father (also named Angelo Pellizzari) bought the business with Federico Merlo in 1920/1921. In 1929, Angelo Sr. sold his bakery share to Federico, and later moved back to Italy. Years ago, Angelo (junior) who still lives in Trail, brought this photo back from a family visit to Italy.

City Bakery closing after 120 years

Family behind century-old Trail bakery looks to the future

Angelo Pellizzari donated this 1921 photo of City Bakery workers to the Trail Historical Society. Angelo’s father (also named Angelo Pellizzari) bought the business with Federico Merlo in 1920/1921. In 1929, Angelo Sr. sold his bakery share to Federico, and later moved back to Italy. Years ago, Angelo (junior) who still lives in Trail, brought this photo back from a family visit to Italy.
Trail Rotarians and dignitaries gathered at Rotary Park on Wednesday to plant a tree commemorating the long-term effort of the Rotary Club of Trail in the greening the community. Club members started mass plantings in the early 1950s and many other groups and individuals joined in and eventually covered the barren surrounding hillsides with trees. Club members and friends planted trees as recently as last year. Planting the ceremonial maple tree are Mayor Mike Martin, a long-time former Rotarian, and Rotary District Governor Jerri Anderson from Sandpoint, ID. Also attending were (l to r): Ass’t District Gov. Lynn O’Connor from Colville, and Trail Rotarians Ardith White, club President Jan Morton, Mike Patterson, and Richard Fish.

Replenishing Trail

Tree planting symbolizes Rotary’s ongoing efforts to replenish Trail hillsides

Trail Rotarians and dignitaries gathered at Rotary Park on Wednesday to plant a tree commemorating the long-term effort of the Rotary Club of Trail in the greening the community. Club members started mass plantings in the early 1950s and many other groups and individuals joined in and eventually covered the barren surrounding hillsides with trees. Club members and friends planted trees as recently as last year. Planting the ceremonial maple tree are Mayor Mike Martin, a long-time former Rotarian, and Rotary District Governor Jerri Anderson from Sandpoint, ID. Also attending were (l to r): Ass’t District Gov. Lynn O’Connor from Colville, and Trail Rotarians Ardith White, club President Jan Morton, Mike Patterson, and Richard Fish.
Readers have spotted a few bears of late in our area.Verne Marsh was at the Mountainview Cemetery two weeks ago when her grand-daughter, Clio Marsh-Nikias visiting from Halifax, noticed a bear and cub near a tree. Rick Basso shared a photo of a grizzly he spotted along the highway near Nancy Greene Lake. If you have a recent photo you would like to share with our readers email it to editor@trailtimes.ca.                                Photo credits: Rick Basso and Clio Marsh-Nikias

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share, email editor@trailtimes.ca

  • Aug 4, 2017
Readers have spotted a few bears of late in our area.Verne Marsh was at the Mountainview Cemetery two weeks ago when her grand-daughter, Clio Marsh-Nikias visiting from Halifax, noticed a bear and cub near a tree. Rick Basso shared a photo of a grizzly he spotted along the highway near Nancy Greene Lake. If you have a recent photo you would like to share with our readers email it to editor@trailtimes.ca.                                Photo credits: Rick Basso and Clio Marsh-Nikias
Going into a long weekend that is forecast to hit 40 C, cat owners, like dog owners, should keep their pet indoors during peak hours. (Sheri Regnier photo)

If it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your pet

Dr. Elaine Klemmensen offers advice on keeping cats and dogs safe in the summer heat

Going into a long weekend that is forecast to hit 40 C, cat owners, like dog owners, should keep their pet indoors during peak hours. (Sheri Regnier photo)
Heading into a long weekend filled with outdoor fun, WildsafeBC is reminding the public to control attractants and play safe in the back country. Desiree Profili, from WildsafeBC Rossland/Trail, urges campers to remember to store food inside locked vehicles or trailers, keep campsites clean of attractants and she emphasized, “Please, no campfires.” With the hot dry weather, wildlife can be expected not only on hiking an biking trails but near and in natural and unnatural water sources, such as swimming pools. Profili advises people to play safe - carry bear spray, make noise, and keep dogs on leash. To help control attractants in Trail, the city provides two donation bearproof communal garbage bins, one in Sunningdale and the other in Glenmerry. Profili added, “Lets work together to keep our wildlife wild and communities safe while all having an amazing, safe and fun long weekend.” (Photo submitted)

Bears like long weekends too

WildsafeBC reminds the public to stay safe in the back country and control your attractants

Heading into a long weekend filled with outdoor fun, WildsafeBC is reminding the public to control attractants and play safe in the back country. Desiree Profili, from WildsafeBC Rossland/Trail, urges campers to remember to store food inside locked vehicles or trailers, keep campsites clean of attractants and she emphasized, “Please, no campfires.” With the hot dry weather, wildlife can be expected not only on hiking an biking trails but near and in natural and unnatural water sources, such as swimming pools. Profili advises people to play safe - carry bear spray, make noise, and keep dogs on leash. To help control attractants in Trail, the city provides two donation bearproof communal garbage bins, one in Sunningdale and the other in Glenmerry. Profili added, “Lets work together to keep our wildlife wild and communities safe while all having an amazing, safe and fun long weekend.” (Photo submitted)
The Trail Regional Airport runway, seen through Tuesday’s smoky haze, will get a $4 million makeover thanks to a federal grant.

Runway project gets green light from Trail council

A $4.2 million rehab of the YZZ runway is scheduled to begin in September

The Trail Regional Airport runway, seen through Tuesday’s smoky haze, will get a $4 million makeover thanks to a federal grant.
After reading the report of the robbery of the Salvation Army donation box, United Steelworkers Local 480 promptly made a donation of $150 to help alleviate the loss. Maggie Drought, manager of the Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown Trail, accepts the donation from Local 480’s Armindo deMedeiros (right) and Ryan Johnson. Guy Bertrand photo

Local 480 donation helps Salvation Army after robbery

Thieves made off with the Salvation Army donation box last week

  • Aug 1, 2017
After reading the report of the robbery of the Salvation Army donation box, United Steelworkers Local 480 promptly made a donation of $150 to help alleviate the loss. Maggie Drought, manager of the Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown Trail, accepts the donation from Local 480’s Armindo deMedeiros (right) and Ryan Johnson. Guy Bertrand photo