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Home Owners helping home owners Open 8:30-6, Sun 10-4 Open 7-5:30, Sun 10-4 Breaking news at N EL SON S TAR Science comes alive at Mary Hall See Page 14 Local department pays tribute to Severyn See Page 3 eatre no closer to reality Looking forward to this year’s crop of summer movies? You won’t be seeing them at the Civic eatre It will be fall at the earliest before movies are shown again in the old Civic eatre. e City of Nelson will seek new proposals for the closed facility aſter cancelling its agreement with the lease- holder. now offering on-line registration Starting Mon Apr 11th NELSON DISTRICT COMMUNITY COMPLEX J amie Hertz jogs up to the door of Fusion Bistro with a fresh batch of menus under one arm and a hectic couple of weeks ahead of him. is month he’ll head to Vancouver to make the rounds on morning TV shows, fly to Toronto for another TV project he can’t disclose the details of, and launch a spring menu at his Baker Street bis- tro. And in the midst of all that, he’ll have to sit down in front of a TV set and watch himself battle 15 other chefs for Canadian culi- nary supremacy. Top Chef Canada, which kicks off its inaugural season Monday at 10 p.m. on the Food Network, is a foodie take on the usual reality TV template. Based on the popular U.S. show of the same name, it features chefs from across the country competing in a series of cooking challenges meant to highlight both technical skill and personal flair. One or more contestants are knocked off per week, and the last chef standing picks up $100,000, a new kitchen from the show’s sponsors and some pretty decent bragging rights. While Hertz isn’t allowed to tell any- one how far he made it in the competi- tion, simply being cast seems to have generated all the community interest he can handle. “I think the first day, between all con- tacts — email, Facebook and phone calls — I got about 300 or so calls,” he says. “I was like, ‘what did I get myself into?’” e flood of interest hasn’t stopped since. As Hertz chats with the Star, another well-wisher wanders in with a few more questions about his reality TV debut. HAPPY TO SUCCUMB W hen a group of friends came into Fusion last summer bearing the Top Chef Canada casting call, Hertz’s first response was less than enthusiastic. He was too busy, not interested, and didn’t have the technical know-how to make the required audition video anyway. RESTAURANT reality by Andrea Klassen Starting Monday, Fusion Bistro owner Jamie Hertz will match culinary chops with 16 of the best chefs in the country in the high- stakes reality television series Top Chef Canada Jamie Hertz gets down to work at Baker Street’s Fusion. Story continues to ‘Reality’ on Page 19 GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter Story continues to ‘Theatre’ on Page 9 Kirk Nielsen was part of the Nelson Cinemax proposal. Nelson 250-505-2101 Castlegar 250-365-2111 Nakusp 250-358-2347 QUALITY GOLF EQ 250.352.1157 Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 - 4:00 601-D Front St. Emporium 2 25 50 0 3 35 52 2 1 1 11 1 15 57 7 2 2 5 5 0 0 3 3 5 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 7 7 E E E Q Q Q Shoes 1/2 Price 280 Baker Street Nelson BC (250) 354-4089 [email protected] Protect Your Pet against Pernicious Parasites! 250-352-2999 [email protected] SELKIRK VETERINARY HOSPITAL People Caring for Pets

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  • Home Owners helping home ownersOpen 8:30-6, Sun 10-4 Open 7-5:30, Sun 10-4

    B r e a k i n g n e w s a t n e l s o n s t a r . c o m



    Science comes alive at Mary Hall

    See Page 14

    Local department pays tribute to SeverynSee Page 3

    Theatre no closer to realityLooking forward to this years crop of

    summer movies? You wont be seeing them at the Civic Theatre

    It will be fall at the earliest before movies are shown again in the old Civic Theatre.

    The City of Nelson will seek new proposals for the closed facility after cancelling its agreement with the lease-holder.

    now offering on-line registration Starting Mon Apr 11th


    Jamie Hertz jogs up to the door of Fusion Bistro with a fresh batch of menus under one arm and a hectic couple of weeks ahead of him.This month hell head to Vancouver to make the rounds on morning TV shows, fly to Toronto for another TV project he cant disclose the details of, and launch a spring menu at his Baker Street bis-tro. And in the midst of all that, hell have to sit down in front of a TV set and watch himself battle 15 other chefs for Canadian culi-nary supremacy.

    Top Chef Canada, which kicks off its inaugural season Monday at 10 p.m. on the Food Network, is a foodie take on the usual reality TV template. Based on the popular U.S. show of the same name, it features chefs from across the country competing in a series of cooking challenges meant to highlight both

    technical skill and personal flair. One or more contestants are knocked off per week, and

    the last chef standing picks up $100,000, a new kitchen from the shows sponsors and some pretty decent bragging rights.

    While Hertz isnt allowed to tell any-one how far he made it in the competi-tion, simply being cast seems to have generated all the community interest he can handle.I think the first day, between all con-

    tacts email, Facebook and phone calls I got about 300 or so calls, he says. I was like, what did I get myself into?

    The flood of interest hasnt stopped since. As Hertz chats with the Star, another well-wisher wanders in with a few more questions about his reality TV debut.


    When a group of friends came into Fusion last summer bearing the Top Chef Canada casting call, Hertzs first response was less than enthusiastic.

    He was too busy, not interested, and didnt have the technical know-how

    to make the required audition video anyway.

    RESTAURANTrealityby Andrea Klassen

    Starting Monday, Fusion Bistro owner Jamie Hertz will match culinary chops with

    16 of the best chefs in the country in the high- stakes reality television series Top Chef Canada

    Jamie Hertz gets down to work at Baker Streets Fusion.

    Story continues to Reality on Page 19

    GREG NESTEROFFNelson Star Reporter

    Story continues to Theatre on Page 9

    Kirk Nielsen was part of the Nelson Cinemax proposal.





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  • 2 Friday, April 8, 2011 Nelson Star

    NewsChinatown Week in Nelson: May 9 to 15

    Celebration thats long overdueSix hundred red lanterns

    will paper the downtown next month as part of a week-long celebration of Nelsons Chinese community.

    Claus Lao Schunke, who has been spearheading the event, says the lanterns will symbolically tie the event together.

    Lanterns are really big in China, he says. For thou-sands of years they have connected people with the heavens and with each other. Lanterns mean good luck and red is the colour of pro-tection and celebration.

    Schunke will be distribut-ing them among participat-ing businesses, along with a handout explaining their significance.

    Youll walk into the bank and there will be lan-terns hanging. Hopefully if people are waiting in a long line theyll wonder what the lanterns are for.

    Chinatown Week, which runs May 9 to 15, will cul-minate with the dedication of a stone monument at the northwest corner of Vernon and Hall streets, funded by the city and Columbia Ba-sin Trust.

    The plaque will contain a few lines of a Chinese poem, some text in English giv-ing historical context, and a taijitu symbol. The area, which was once an entrance to Chinatown, will also be landscaped with bamboo.

    Although the inscription for the monument has been finalized, the actual stone still needs to be picked out.

    Schunke, who hosted a 16-part series on Kootenay Co-op Radio about Nelsons Chinese, says they have nev-er officially been given their due. They were railway la-bourers, market gardeners, worked in service and retail, and were houseboys and cooks, doing jobs no one else was willing to.

    Without them, without their contribution, Nelson probably wouldnt be what it is today, he says.

    They were known to be dependable, didnt drink, and only had to be paid half. The Chinese individually were praised by employers, but as a group, politically, they were dumped on all the time.

    Their contribution has been obscured and forgot-ten, he says, to the point that most people are unaware of it.

    Nelsons Chinatown was originally on Vernon Street, but was forced to relocate to Front Street hence the monuments location.

    The inscribed poem, translated, reads: Hard is the journey/Hard is the journey/So many turns/And now where am I, which Schunke feels well captures the Chinese experience in Nelson.

    There was no basis in fact for the way they were treated, he says. [Nelson] needed these people, but didnt want them.

    Schunke adds hes trying to make the event as inclu-sive as possible, and so far over 30 stores, restaurants,

    and organizations are will-ing to take part, although hes leaving it up to them to decide individually how best to mark the week.

    Poet Fred Wah will read from his book Diamond Grill, named after his familys Nelson diner, and Schunke himself will give a talk about China at the Oxygen Art Gal-lery.

    He laments that Nelsons history is not taught in its schools, but is hoping to involve them in the celebra-tion, and says Trafalgar prin-cipal Geoff Burns has shown interest.

    Schunke envisions Chi-natown Week as an annual event, which in subsequent years could include perfor-mances.

    The celebration coincides with Asian Heritage Month in Canada.

    Claus Lao Schunke stands at the future site of a tribute to Nelsons Chinese community. Red lanterns will be symbols of next months weeklong celebration.

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  • Nelson Star Friday, April 8, 2011 3


    Homegrown policingNelson Police Department Sgt. Pat Severyn Retires

    The Nelson Police De-partment honoured one of its longest-serving members Wednesday as Sgt. Pat Sev-eryn began his final shift.

    An honour guard of col-leagues surprised him out-side the police station to mark his retirement after 29 years with his hometown force.

    Im not a real sentimen-tal guy, but this really hits to the heart when I know Im not coming to work to-morrow, Severyn, 55, said. Leaving such a tight knit group of people is difficult.

    Severyn was a Nelson police officer like his father Marsh before him. A talent-ed junior and senior hockey player, he says he always seemed to be the policeman on the ice before he was ap-proached about becoming an auxiliary constable in 1982.

    It struck me one day: I grew up here. What an op-portunity to really, really, really call a place your own and help people.

    Severyn attended the po-lice academy and then re-turned home something his wife Donna says was practically unheard of.

    Everybody said you cant police your own city. It just doesnt work. But he said I know all the alleys. I know all the pathways in Gyro Park.

    He had to prove that it

    would work. He was the testing ground.

    Since then, she says, oth-er locals have joined the de-partment.

    Recently retired chief Dan Maluta read a message from mayor John Dooley, who is overseas. He added Severyn brought great morale to the force: He lifted our spirits whenever he walked in the door.

    Maluta said Severyn is probably the longest-serving originally sworn member of the department, and thats something we all cherish.

    One of Severyns recent highlights was working se-curity detail at the Vancou-

    ver Olympics, where he be-came a media celebrity.

    As deputy chief Henry Paivarinta put it, with his fuller brush mustache, Sev-eryn exemplifies what youd expect an old-fashioned cop to be.

    I tried to be an ambassa-dor for policemen, not just the police department, Sev-eryn says.

    During the Games, he mentioned his impending retirement to a group of people who asked where he would move afterward.

    A man from Austria he didnt know piped up: Have you ever been to Nelson? The man works and lives in

    paradise. Why would you want to go anywhere else?

    Severyn agrees: I dont have to be told its a great place. Ive always loved Nel-son and Ill never leave.

    Paivarinta gave Severyn a framed copy of a police mag-azine that featured him on the cover, and Chief Wayne Holland presented him with a badge of retirement.

    Holland called Severyn the personification of what a truly dedicated police of-ficer should strive to be.

    Following the ceremony, Severyn was back on the beat: he worked until 1 a.m. Thursday to complete his shift.

    Sgt. Pat Severyn (left) ended a 29-year career with the Nelson Police Department on Wednesday. Chief Wayne Holland presented him with a retirement badge as former chief Dan Maluta (extreme right) and an honour guard looked on.

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  • 4 Friday, April 8, 2011 Nelson Star


    Nelson city council doesnt appear to have much of an ap-petite for backyard chickens.

    A motion by coun-cillor Kim Charles-worth to bring the issue of keeping hens within city limits back to the council table received some support from her col-leagues. However, the issue was eventually deemed less urgent

    than others facing council in its last six months in office, and the hens were passed off to councils next priority setting meet-ing, when theyll be given a place on the to-do list.

    Charlesworth said staff have already prepared all the research necessary to change the citys animal control by-laws, and all thats left is for council to take the final steps.

    What has to hap-pen now is a political decision on whether people want to see this move forward, she said.

    But mayor John Dooley and council-lor Robin Cherbo worried allowing chickens into the city would be more com-plicated than simply changing a bylaw.

    Cherbo suggested the city would need to draft chicken coop

    guidelines, set up a permitting system, or introduce other regulatory measures that would eat up city staffers time, and city money.

    Were already paying $15,000 a year to capture skunks and raccoons, now were allowing some-thing thats going to attract them, he added. I would like to know a ballpark cost, considering our budget and how tight its been.

    What are the next steps here? Dooley asked, adding the process for choosing a city-approved coop design alone could be complicated.

    But councillor Donna Macdonald said other communi-ties have generalized hen keeping guide-lines Nelson could follow.

    I dont think we have to get really prescriptive about it in order to have suc-cess, she said.

    Chicken issue on holdCouncil Puts Poultry on To-Do List

    The Nelson Municipal Library is changing its name. After get-ting the official go ahead from city council Monday, its now the Nel-son Public Library.

    The library board has been plan-ning a name change since a refer-

    endum last fall. Residents from Area F and the southern portion of Area H voted to support the library through taxation, rather than pay membership fees.

    The board says the new name provides a more regionally inclu-sive perspective, and brings the librarys name in line with most other facilities of its kind in B.C.

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  • Nelson Star Friday, April 8, 2011 5


    Less Trust cash for NelsonA change in the way the

    Regional District of Central Kootenay apportions Co-lumbia Basin Trust commu-nity funding will mean more money for some places and less for others, including Nelson and Castlegar.

    In a narrow vote last week, directors approved a motion to dole out money beginning in 2012 based solely on pop-ulation instead of a formula combining population and assessment.

    I dont know why we started doing it years ago the way we did, but I just feel its more about people than the value of their homes, says Arrow Lakes director Paul Peterson, who introduced the motion, despite the fact his area actually stands to lose money. I love to keep within the spirit of what the Trust is about.

    Peterson says they were the only regional district using the population plus assessment formula. Al-though they will still receive the same amount of money overall, the pie will be divid-ed a little differently begin-ning next year.

    Nelsons piece will drop by $6,400 from about $133,000 to $126,000 while Castlegar stands to lose over $8,000 from $107,000 to $99,000. The biggest winner will be Cres-ton, both the town and rural area, which will each receive over $8,500 more.

    In all, funding will in-crease for six areas, decrease for seven, and remain un-changed for seven others at the lowest end of the fund-ing scale.

    Nelson mayor John Dool-ey and Castlegar mayor Law-rence Chernoff argued that as the largest municipalities and regional hubs, they have more demands on them, and receive the lions share of requests for funding from community groups.

    We tend to have most of the requests because a lot of groups servicing the region are working out of Nelson, Dooley says.

    Chernoff added its dif-ficult and time-consuming to evaluate funding requests as it is, which last year to-taled $407,000. They only had funds to satisfy a quar-ter of that amount.

    Nakusp mayor Karen Hamling, however, respond-ed that the cities are able to draw from a much larger tax base to provide their ser-vices.

    If your cities continue to grow, you get more money,

    she said. We may grow a bit, but

    can never provide the same

    level of services.The motion passed with

    11 directors in favour.

    Regional District Changes Funding Formulas for Columbia Basin Trust Grants

    A breakdown of how the new Columbia Basin Trust fund-ing formula will affect each municipality and rural area:

    Area 2011 2012 ChangeA (East Shore) 38,439 30,000 -8,439B (Rural Creston) 55,638 64,179 +8,541C (Rural Creston) 30,000 30,000 NilD (Rural Kaslo) 22,579 20,828 -1,751E (Rural Nelson) 54,161 50,753 -3,408F (Rural Nelson) 52,742 50,944 -1,798G (Rural Salmo) 30,000 30,000 NilH (Slocan Valley) 53,224 58,989 +5,765I (Rural Castlegar) 30,000 32,984 +2,984J (Lower Arrow) 35,662 38,133 +2,471K (Arrow Lakes) 25,251 24,584 -667Castlegar 107,328 99,143 -8,185Creston 57,404 65,913 +8,509Kaslo 30,000 30,000 NilNakusp 18,401 20,815 +2,414Nelson 132,882 126,445 -6,437New Denver 30,000 30,000 NilSalmo 30,000 30,000 NilSlocan 30,000 30,000 NilSilverton 30,000 30,000 Nil

    Arrow Lakes regional director Paul Peterson supported changing the way each area re-ceives Columbia Basin Trust funding even though it meant a net loss for him.

    NDP leadership candi-date Adrian Dix is propos-ing a rural acute care initia-tive that would restore some services to Kootenay Lake Hospital.

    Dix says the $40 million plan willl provide onsite ac-

    cess to a 24-hour CT scan-ner, general surgery, and a complement of critical care beds in Nelson. In turn, he says this would relieve pres-sure on the regional hospital in Trail, which would be able to invest the savings into more acute care services.

    The BC Liberal ap-proach to regional health

    care service is based on a flawed assumption that cen-tralization to this degree is cost efficient and safe, Dix said in a release.

    Their cutbacks left Koo-tenay Lake Hospital with the only emergency department in the province serving a population of 30,000 with-out access to general surgery

    or intensive care. This has led to multiple documented instances of compromised patient safety and care, and increased pressure on health services in Trail.

    Dix would have a group of independent health pol-icy and service delivery ex-perts evaluate the programs impact after three years.

    Dix would restore services at KLHNelson Star Staff

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  • 6 Friday, April 8, 2011 Nelson Star

    Editor: Bob HallPublisher: Chuck Bennett


    Its a script worthy of Hollywood. Theres drama, suspense, a wee bit of comedy and of course horror. Call it the Nightmare on Vernon Street or perhaps Indecent Business Proposal.

    Well, it might not get off the ground with any studios down in tinsel town, but the Civic Theatre mess certainly has layers as darkly entertaining as Pulp Fiction.

    Since September the projector at the old theatre has sat quiet while a partnership of Lower Mainland investors plodded along on their grand plans to change the facility into the Nelson Cinemax. As todays front page story reveals, that partnership is in shambles and the project has been abandoned.

    So where does that leave anxious movie lovers? Well, if they want to take in the upcoming slate of summer blockbusters, it means traveling down Highway 3A to Castle-gar. That hurts, and the lack of urgency for this project by city leaders is disappointing.

    Obviously one of the key criteria is making sure the proponents have the financial capac-ity to deliver on what they say. Well certainly do a little more scrutiny in that regard, city manager Kevin Cormack told the Star this week.

    Why is that only obvious now?In these trying economic times we need

    locals spending as much cash in Nelson as possible. Instead of hitting a local restaurant and going to the show, those on a summer date will now take their cash to Castlegar. Im sure Boston Pizza and the Greek Oven would like nothing more than to see the Civic The-atre never reopen.

    Instead of an afterthought, getting the Civic back playing movies must become a priority for council. Instead of backyard chickens, they should be discussing what they can do to help make Nelsons economy more vibrant.

    Its troubling that this drama has gone on so long. A normally vibrant section of Vernon Street that bursts with energy during the sum-mer with moviegoers of all ages enjoying a night out will sit silent. Council must do more to ensure this important facility does not be-come a sequel to the 1983 flop The Dead Zone.

    Theatre must become priority

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    Its the most shopworn clich of the B.C. Lib-eral government, one that for years has induced eye-rolling in the legisla-ture press gallery.

    The dark decade, the dismal decade, the decade of destruction, cabinet ministers have chanted since 2001. The 1990s, when investment, jobs and people packed up and headed for the B.C. border in response to the NDP governments of Mike Har-court and Glen Clark.

    As the NDP leadership candidates near the end of their marathon run of debates around the prov-ince, the front-runners are fighting hard to turn that conventional wisdom around.

    Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix makes a statistical case with his usu-al intensity: B.C.s economic growth averaged around three per cent per year dur-ing the 1990s, and only two per cent during the suppos-edly prosperous decade of Gordon Campbell.

    This mainly dem-onstrates what former premier Bill Bennett observed: B.C. is a small resource economy whose prosperity is largely at the mercy of world markets. Those northeast coal mines that Bennetts gov-ernment nurtured are up and running again, with new ones held back only by a lack of port capacity.

    All a B.C. government can do is create conditions that help or hinder eco-nomic growth. And there is little doubt that NDP governments of the 1990s hindered it, with taxes that caused miners to flee, choking forest regulations to appease urban environ-

    mentalists, and infantile tantrums aimed at both the Canadian and U.S. governments.

    Dixs Vancouver Island rival John Horgan also wants to take back the 1990s. He claims a list of NDP accomplishments: the Agricultural Land Reserve, BC Transit, the Columbia Basin Trust, the BC Ambulance Service.

    Alas, BC Transit is more properly attributed to B.C.s greatest-ever social-ist, W.A.C. Bennett. The ALR and ambulance ser-vice were hurried projects of the Dave Barrett regime of the early 1970s, and the ambulance service stands today as a symbol of the hazards of unionized gov-ernment monopolies.

    The Columbia Basin Trust was a Harcourt-era accomplishment, and its a worthwhile effort to share the benefits of the dams on the Columbia River with the region.

    But the important question for B.C. voters

    today is what would the next NDP government do? Would there be a Peace Basin Trust along with the Site C dam? Not that Ive heard of.

    Todays NDP has no coherent energy policy, just pandering to knee-jerk opposition to Site C, recanted opposition to the carbon tax and some neo-Marxist claptrap that all power projects are evil unless theyre shackled to a unionized government monopoly.

    The NDP candidates recent health care debate featured promises to roll back the contracted-out health care support jobs, reconstructing the small portion of the unionized health monopoly broken up by the Campbell gov-ernment.

    NDP front-runner Mike Farnworth also scorned the rethermed hospital food that is part of the desperate effort to rein in health care costs.

    Candidates mused

    about bringing in fresh local food for hospital pa-tients, which sounds nice but can only add costs.

    The health care crisis is bad and getting worse. If all the NDP can do is whine about Tim Hor-tons medicine and wave an organic carrot, I suspect Tommy Douglas wouldnt be impressed.

    As this column noted in January, the B.C. NDP constitution remains explicitly opposed to profit and explicitly in favour of a state-controlled com-mand economy.

    Harcourt and Carole James both tried to ease the party out of that rut, as Tony Blair did with the UK Labour Party.

    Both were dumped. Now the NDP strains to look ahead, but sees only the past.

    Tom Fletcher is legisla-tive reporter and columnist for Black Press. He can be reached at [email protected]

    Opinion - Tom Fletcher

    NDP look back to the 90s

    The NDP membership will make a decision on who will lead them on April 17.

    Bob Hall photo

  • Nelson Star Friday, April 8, 2011 7


    Japan fundraising effort surpasses goal

    Fundraising efforts in Nelson for tsunami-stricken Onagawa, Japan have topped $13,000 fol-lowing several events over the weekend.

    Sundays To Japan With Love community gathering at the Prestige Lakeside Resort raised $6,500, while Nelson firefight-ers brought in $2,130 on Sat-urday by collecting donations for origami cranes folded by Trafalgar Middle School stu-dents. Sales of crane pins have reached $1,740, and will con-tinue as long as there is a de-mand.

    A nearly sold-out benefit concert Friday by local mu-sician Jude Davison made an estimated $3,000 after costs.

    Combined with the citys promise to match up to $10,000, the overall total is now at least $23,370. Exactly how the mon-ey will be spent has yet to be determined.

    Sundays event exceeded our expectations, says orga-nizer Kim Osika. We had a wonderful turnout and people had a really great time. They said there was a really good feeling in the room.

    The centerpiece was a wall of hope, comprised of newspa-per clippings about the earth-quake and tsunami, as well as

    information on local efforts.We had pictures of stu-

    dents who have come here over the years and a flock of paper cranes migrating along the wall, Osika says.

    She adds they are going to condense the display and ex-hibit it at Touchstones in the coming weeks.l Nelsons John Craig has

    arrived in the city of Yana-gawa, where he met with the mayor and other officials, and presented them with Nelson pins.

    Yanagawa has raised about $300,000 for disaster relief generally and is making 30 temporary housing units avail-able to Onagawa residents.

    Craig gave a talk to about 100 people, with proceeds fur-ther earmarked for Onagawa. Yanagawas mayor also signed Craigs book of hope.

    Craig is chronicling his progress and has posted sev-eral videos at

    In his last diary entry on Saturday, he was preparing to head up country by motorcy-cle. Hes determined to reach Onagawa to deliver his book, and is offering assistance as an interpreter for relief efforts.

    Craig has lived most of his life in Japan, where he is an author and something of a media celebrity.

    l The search for students who visited Nelson from On-agawa in 2009 is ongoing but slow, says homestay coordina-tor Wendy Lacroix.

    Its becoming more diffi-cult as people move. They are collecting pictures of the stu-dents and chaperones to post online, which should speed things up and help prevent confusion over people with similar names.

    All of the students who came here last October survived, al-though many lost family.l Michael Luzia, the Ab-

    botsford man who taught in Onagawa, has returned to B.C. following a two-week process to get home after losing his passport in the tsunami.

    Hes been speaking to school groups, and wants to raise funds to aid children, includ-ing his own students, who were orphaned by the disaster.

    His girlfriend, Hui Wen, has returned to China. The two will reunite in one of their home countries, depending on whose travel documents come through first. They hope to return to Japan before the end of April.

    Luzia taught the students who came to Nelson last year and was the first to relay news of their survival.

    With files from VikkiHopes, Abbotsford News

    Nelson Area Digs Deep

    GREG NESTEROFFNelson Star Reporter

    Local musician Jude Davisons concert at the Capitol last weekend raised $3,000 for the effort.

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    In the wake of the tragic fire that destroyed the historic Beaverdell Hotel last week, it was widely reported to have been the old-est operating hotel in B.C. But it was just one of several making that claim. Much depends on the wording: B.C.s oldest hotel, oldest operating hotel, and oldest continuously operating hotel are all subtlety different. They cant all be right, but its fun trying to sort out the contenders.

    Here are five from West Kootenay Boundary alone. (A few others, such as Trails Crown Point and Arling-ton hotels and Nelsons Hume, are of similar vintage but have not made such claims.)

    Name: Beaverdell HotelBuilt: 1901?Claim: Oldest operating hotel in B.C., oldest con-

    tinuously operated hotelComment: Although some sources date its con-

    struction to 1897, newspaper ads have it opening in July 1901 as Smiths Hotel under the proprietorship of D.W. (Trapper) Smith.

    In recent years the hotel boasted a sign out front that said: Beaverdell Hotel/built before 1900/is one of the oldest existing hotels in B.C.

    The last owner also claimed to have the oldest liquor license in the province. Whether that was true or not, it could not have been no older than March 1925, when the first licenses were issued following the repeal of prohibition.

    Name: Windsor HotelBuilt: 1897Claim: Oldest hotel in B.C.Comment: Sometimes erroneously claimed to have

    been established in 1892. Although she didnt build it,

    the indefatigable Alice Jowett was its longtime owner/operator when she wasnt prospecting in the hills.

    She lived to 101, and its probably thanks to her me-ticulousness that the building is still standing. But any claim it had to being the longest continually operated anything ended two years ago with its closure. A great shame, for its one of the Lardeaus finest landmarks.

    Name: Hotel YmirBuilt: 1897 or earlierClaim: Oldest continuously run establishment in

    the region, oldest hotel in continuous operation in B.C., oldest licensed establishment in B.C.

    Comment: Operated by the Martin family of Hume Hotel fame in the 1950s and 60s. Later a biker-friendly hangout that famously received a cease-and-desist order from Harley Davidson over the hotels logo. Now restored and enlarged, and home to pro-prietor Hans Wilkings extraordinary art collection, which is well worth a look.

    Name: Rock Creek HotelBuilt: 1895?Claim: B.C.s oldest operating hotelComment: The date of construction is murky. One

    source says 1893. According to the Boundary Histori-cal Societys 14th report, Albert Madge built it for Harry Pittendrigh (or Pittendreigh), who lived there with his family. Nightly rooms went for 50 cents to $1 in 1895, while monthly room and board cost $30. The adjoining Prospector Pub opened in 1985.

    Name: Leland HotelBuilt: 1892Claim: B.C.s oldest operating hotel, oldest wooden

    frame hotel in B.C. continuously in operationComment: The Leland has the strongest claim of

    any on this list. Not only is it the oldest hotel in West Kootenay, it is probably among the two or three oldest buildings of any stripe. Originally called the Rathwell House after its founder, it was almost immediately leased by Messrs. Grant and Thorburn and Harry Phair who promptly renamed it the Leland Hotel, according to Port of Nakusp.

    Tenth in a Series of West Kootenay-Related Lists

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    Beaverdell Ymir

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    Continued from Page 1City manager Kevin Cormack

    says council also rejected a revised proposal Monday from one of the former partners.

    Council decided it wasnt strong enough to go ahead with and decided to put it back out to proposals, Cormack says.

    However, first an assessment will be done on the upgrades to date so if we get a successful pro-ponent, they know what the state of the building is before they sign an agreement with us.

    The assessment is not expected to be completed before June, and combined with the proposal call, ensuing negotiations, and comple-tion of renovations, Id say likely its not going to [open] prior to the fall at the most optimistic.

    The consortium that took over the theatre last September from its longtime proprietors closed the facility for what was initially ex-pected to be two months.

    They renamed it the Nelson Cinemax and planned extensive upgrades. But after removing the seats, ordering new ones, and gut-ting the lobby, the project stalled. The lease was breached in Janu-ary.

    Cormack says a couple of other groups have since expressed inter-est, including one that toured the facility and felt it was actually an advantage that its now just a shell.

    The seats had to be replaced and some of the demolition has been done, so I think overall, that does make it easier for someone else, he says.

    Cormack adds the partners from the previous lease could try again, but we werent comfortable with the current proposal Obviously one of the key criteria is making sure the proponents have the fi-nancial capacity to deliver on what they say. Well certainly do a little more scrutiny in that regard.

    Cormack says although the city itself did not invest in the build-ing, there is some money owing. Were still sorting out where we stand on the pluses and minuses of the original agreement, he says.

    He believes the leaseholders had every intention of completing the project, but it just didnt work out.

    Nelson Cinemax was a partner-ship between Vancouver residents Kirk Nielsen, Noah Marion, and Juan Cano. In an interview, Cano explained they were neighbours and casual acquaintances before teaming up on the theatre project.

    Nielsen had experience running several other theatres in B.C., al-though presently is only involved with one in Fort St. James, which his sister manages. Cano has busi-nesses in Mexico and Canada, but they are not theatre-related.

    Cano says things soured in No-vember over financing. He and Marion were unhappy with the slow progress of the project and refused to invest any more money.

    Subsequently, Marion received a notice the rent was not being paid, the partnership dissolved, and Cano brought a revised proposal to the city on his own which was rejected Monday night.

    Although he didnt want to re-veal how much money hes lost, Cano says he is not likely to pur-sue it any further.

    Im done. I dont want to waste my time. I stopped a few other projects trying to do this one and it didnt go well. I wont do another proposal.

    Cano says the stadium-style seats purchased for the theatre but not installed may revert to the city to help meet their outstanding ob-ligations.

    I dont want to be sued by the city, Cano says, although the for-mer partners may be headed to litigation between themselves. Its a complete mess for everybody.

    Nielsen was unavailable for comment Thursday.

    Nelson city council wont be allowing a new year-round cafe to go up on Baker Street until it can spend more time deciding how city side-walks should be used.

    The Royal Bar and Grill has asked council for permission to install a year-round version of its summer patio as part of an exterior reno-vation.

    The request was already before coun-cil once in December, when it was deferred until staff could cre-ate a sidewalk cafe policy for the down-town, which isnt ready yet.

    Councillor Don-na Macdonald said she still wants to see a report before she okays any new in-stallations on Baker Streets sidewalks.

    Sidewalks are for people. If we start carving them off and

    allowing businesses to use them, we can only do that if people come first, she said, adding Baker Street already sees high volumes of traffic, and many of its sidewalks are fairly narrow.

    Im sorry to hold up the Royal on what they want to do, but in all conscience I cant agree to this... we cant assume this is going to be the only application we get for the sidewalk.

    Nelson already has two permanent side-walk cafes in its downtown, one at John Ward Fine Coffee (formerly Jigsaws) and one on the Hume Hotel, but Macdonald said both those were approved because the sidewalks in those areas were wider than average.

    Councillor Kim Charlesworth says shed also like to see a sidewalk cafe policy lay down guide-lines for heating the outdoors something she says at least one local businesses is doing at the moment, and which council shouldnt sanc-tion.

    Council agreed to pick up the Royals request once a cafe policy is finished. The Baker Street establishment still has a two year license with the city for its summer patio.

    Theatre project in limbo

    Obviously one of the key criteria is making sure the proponents

    have the nancial capacity to deliver on what they say. Well

    certainly do a little more scrutiny in that regard.

    Kevin CormackNelson City Manager

    City Council

    Year-round sidewalk cafes

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    Announcements EventsNAME THAT TUNE, SUPPORT THE RHYTHM ROPERSParents of the Nelson Rhythm Ropers have partnered with Tanya and Brent at Finleys Irish Bar and Grill for the Ropers sixth annual theme night. Name That Tune runs Friday, April 8, starting at 6 p.m. Spaghetti with meat or veggie sauce, bun and side salad with your choice of beer, wine, cider, pop, coffee or tea are on the menu, all for just $10. Great prizes to be won.

    VALLICAN OPEN STAGEThe Vallican Whole Community Centres open stage is back tomor-row at 7:30 p.m. and continues on the first Thursday of the month. Hosted by Tom Smith and friends and free by donation, The Whole Open Stage is for all ages and types of performers, and is intended to give performers the opportunity to practice their art, dance, music, presentation or performance in front of a live audience. For more information contact Tom at 250-226-7796 or email [email protected]

    NELSON LIBRARY NEWSTales for Twos at the Nelson Public Library starts Saturday, April 9 at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. The program is filled with age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, puppetry and much more, and runs until the end of May. Preregister at 250-352-8283 or 250-352-6333.

    TeenScene at the Nelson library is now exhibiting the work of local artist and Mount Sentinel student Ryan Knott. Ryan has been ac-cepted to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design for Septem-ber. His work is on display until the end of April.

    FORUM THEATRE PROJECT SEEKS WOMENHooked, a forum theatre project for women, invites any women who have experience with addiction (past or present, in their own lives or lives close to them), to take part in this exciting six week project starting in April. Contact Chloe Sage at ANKORS for more infor-mation or to apply at 250-505-5506 or [email protected]

    STEWARDSHIP OF LIFE FOR LENT-ASCENSION Mid-week soup and buns suppers at 6 p.m. in the basement at As-cension Lutheran Church (1805 Silverking Road) are followed by presentations on the following:April 13: Whats so special about fairly traded coffee?and why not buy cheaper tinned coffee?

    VENDORS WANTEDVendors and non-profit groups wanted for the Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest, May 14. Focus: garden items (wild and cultivated), nature, wildlife, farming, and growing. Space free for nonprofits. Contact [email protected] or phone 250-399-4439.

    DRUM CIRCLE AT BIGBY PLACECommunity drum circle, Bigby Place, 509 Front Street, every Tues-day night 7 till 9 p.m. Drop in fee $5. A fun, relaxing, healing experi-ence. We are all beginners. For more info call 250-352-5616.

    AT THE LEGIONAt the Nelson Legion: Tuesday and Friday evenings free movies; Wednesday evening darts; Saturday afternoon meat draws with karaoke in the evening; Sunday afternoon crib tournament; last Sunday of every month Texas Hold em Charity poker (open to the public); month-end birthday bash; occasional fundraiser barbecues, ribs. etc.; snooker; pool; shuffleboard; darts; 10 big-screen TV for sports and movie nights; beverage room with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Info 250-352-7727 or e-mail [email protected] Mem-bers and guests welcome.

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    FRIDAY, APRIL 8Spring into action and get out to an art show at Abacus Beads (505 Kootenay Street) from 6 to 8 p.m. New collage pieces by Sally John-ston. Also appearing is Laura Spear of Smashed Glass Mosaics.

    Emergency preparation seminar focusing on 72-hour survival kits.Why should I have one? What do I need? Where do I get it? 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 222 West Richards Street. Free admission. SATURDAY, APRIL 9Third annual West Kootenay Springtime Faire. Featuring local arti-sans, crafters, designers and businesses. Runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Best Western Baker Street Inn. Not just for families or children, this faire will have something for everyone.

    MONDAY, APRIL 11The Path of Inward Love: how spiritual practices help us grow as be-ings of love. Group discussion and practice of a spiritual discipline at the United Church.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 12Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of the Council of Canadians will be holding its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the board room of the Labour Union Building at 101 Baker Street. All are welcome. For further information contact 250-352-5274.

    The Oneness Phenomenon, 7 to 10 p.m. at the United Church, 602 Silica Street. Three visiting speakers in high states of awareness. Limited seating, tickets by donation at door or at Gaia Rising. This is not a United Church sponsored event.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13The Nelson SPCA hosts its ninth annual Eat For Pete fundraiser. Eat out at one of the participating restaurants who have generous-ly agreed to donate a portion of their nights receipts to the SPCA. Participating this year are: Bogustown, Dominion Cafe, Itza, Main Street Diner, General Store (Hume Hotel), Baker Street Grill (Best Western), BiBO, KC Restaurant, Fusion Bistro, BITE, Kootenay Bakery Cafe, Rics Lounge and Grill (Prestige), All Seasons Cafe, Rosewood Cafe and Amandas.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 16Cornerstone Childrens Centre is having a kids swap at 611 5th Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cornerstone Childrens Centre is a local non-profit centre that is hoping to fundraise for much needed equipment for the kids. Vendors wanted: There are still a few tables available if you are interested in selling your personal or business items ($10-15). Contact 250-352-5955 to reserve your table.

    The Nelson chapter of The Canadian Federation of University Wom-en meets at the New Grand Hotel. Our guest speaker is Abra Brynne who will speak on food citizenship and food sustainability. Jeannette Mergens, CFUW regional director, will also be in attendance. For further information phone Frances Welwood at 250-825-4743.

    SUNDAY, APRIL 17The Capitol Theatre is holding auditions for its summer youth pro-gram production, Youre a Good Man Charlie Brown. Auditions run from 10 am. to 4 p.m. and are open to youth ages 12 to 18. Please have a song prepared. The program runs June 30 through July 23. with performances July 21 through July 23. Program fee is $275 plus HST. To book your audition time call the Capitol at 250-352-6363. Come and enjoy the Wisdom Vespers for Gregorian Chant. You are invited to sing along, ponder the ancient texts of wisdom literature or simply enjoy the sound within the beautiful setting of St. Saviours Church. Performance runs about 45 minutes, and begins at 7 p.m.

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    Apr 8th - Selkirk Year End Bash Feat BryxApr 9th - Propa Tingz w/Dubconscious & FluxoApr 12th - Fishbone w/screening of Fishbone documentary

    Apr 13th - Fishbone w/FunkarelliApr 14th - Abstract Rude, 2Mex & Awol OneApr 15th - DJ CzechApr 16th - Five Alarm FunkApr 19th - The Funkhunters & Jpod free showApr 21st - DJ Dopey with Rochester & TassnataApr 22nd - True Story w/Leif, SnailRider & R Bank$Apr 23rd - DJ Wackkut (Golden)Apr 26th - Tokyo Police Club w/Sald The Whale & Dinosaur BonesApr 28th - IMTV LiveApr 29th - Sticky BudsApr 30th - Mochipet Album Release Party

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    Entertainment listingsEllisons Market & Cafe523 Front Street

    Saturday, April 9

    Opening the Unplugged Sessions at noon is Tyler Toews, a multi-talented singer, alternative-folk songwriter, musi-cian, and recording engineer who lives in Nelson. Recent-ly back from a six week European tour with fellow Nel-sonite Miss Quincy, Tyler will be playing original acoustic guitar and banjo songs as well as some fun cover tunes. He may or may not be picking up musicians to play with on the way to the Ellisons show, but bring an instrument if you want to play along.Next up for a special two-hour session is Dandelion and the Ditchweeds, a folk/mountaingrass/dirt band from Rossland consisting of Alissa Arnason on lead vocals and guitar, Buzz Reed on mandolin, Jordan Barca on the ban-jo and fiddler Andrew Bennett. This band evolved from a bake swap and a sunny rooftop jam into a contemporary take on the bluegrass genre featuring Alissas original ma-terial. Shes been described as a good musician and sto-ryteller who speaks from the heart about her experience. Hailing from Saskatchewan originally, she cant help but throw in the odd yodel and stomp her boots.

    St. Andrews ChurchKaslo

    Wednesday, April 13Kaslo Concert Society presents classical guitarist Lynn McGrath. While studying Spanish in Mexico, McGrath bought a guitar and asked a visiting professor to give her a few lessons. McGrath combines sensitive musician-ship with her love of Spanish literature in a unique per-formance of Castelnuovo-Tedescos Platero y yo in which she is both guitarist and narrator. Tickets available at Fig-ments in Kaslo or at the door $22. Show starts 7:30 p.m.

    TNT PlayhouseWard and Carbonate

    Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9Chairs: a Parable, a savagely funny absurdist comedy. from Vancouvers Itsazoo. Tickets $10 students, $15 adults at Eddy Music. Show starts at 8 p.m.

    The Royal330 Baker Street

    Sunday, April 10

    Royal Wood has spent years perfecting his craft of bal-ladry and pop music. His new album, The Waiting, appro-priately begins with a song entitled You Cant Go Back. And why would he, when with each new release Royal Wood delivers another collection of heartrending and honest tales of love, loss and life more impressive than the last? Whether he is performing on the piano or acoustic guitar his lyrics are a collection of old meets new with a depth that makes him a true Canadian gem. Admission $10 at the door, show starts at 9 p.m.

    SpiritbarBelow the Hume Hotel

    Saturday, April 9Propa Tingz has become one of the hottest DJs/produc-ers in the glitch hop and dubstep circuit, touring around the world with his thunderous bass-heavy sound. We also have two exclusive opening sets: a booty bass and g funk set by Fluxo, and an exclusive drum and bass set by DJ Dubconscious! Admission $10 at the door, no advance tickets.

    Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13Combining deep funk, high-energy punk, and frantic ska, Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic al-ternative rock bands of the late 80s. With their hyperac-tive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following. The first night will feature a screening of their highly acclaimed documentary Every Day Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. The second night, a band who has been influenced greatly by Fishbone: Funkarelli.

    Thursday, April 14After ten years of presentations, meetings and demon-strations Nelsons outdoor skatepark finally has a site. To mark this momentous occasion KLOSPS and Shambhala Music Festival Ltd. are hosting a celebration. DJ Rippel, Lokal Motif and Cypha.Nex will be hyping the crowd until Abstract Rude, Awol One and 2Mex headline the night. Doors at 10 p.m. $10 minimum donation.

    Got an event people should know about? Send entertainment events to [email protected]

    April VerchSteal the Blue

    April 15, 8 p.m.

    The Element 292 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar

    Friday, April 8DJs Synthesis, Billy Bangers and Breaker. Doors at 10 p.m. $5 cover before 11 p.m., $7 after.

    Monday, April 21 DJs Tom Nemesis and Bass Skidz. From melodic to raw and dirty, Nemesis is renowned for his emotion and energy charged brand of house music with sets that unwind like a high octane rollercoaster through the sounds of grinding electro house, indie electro, breaks, and progressive. Synthesis is a true crowd pleaser and has earned his way in the underground music community. Admission $5.

    Rod and Gun Club801 Railway Street

    Saturday, April 9YEY Productions is proud to present STOMP, a night of fashion and dance. Returning to Nelson is the fabulous Miss Varya Krupskya Lutjen, former proprietor of Varyas Mad Hemlines. She is excited to be showcasing her latest fashion creations. As well, there will be sexy new styles hitting the runway by Catherine Gaudreault, Christina Newcomb, Edward Deary, DeeLovin Lightning, Natalie Raiche, Ananda Barrett and Michelle Lynn Johnson. Music makers of the night include Jasmine Savard, Buck Lee, Lady AK, Zum One, Rheo, and Geo. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $20 on sale at The Fairies Pyjamas

    The Capitol Theatre421 Victoria Street tickets at

    Sunday, April 10The Capitol Kids Series presents the last performance of the season at 2 p.m. with The Velveteen Rabbit as told by acclaimed actor/singer Kathryn Popham. With inspired per-formances, appealing music, and a unique mix of story and song, The Velveteen Rabbit recently won a Parents Choice Recommended Award. This modern childrens classic is the beautiful tale by Margery Williams is in which a stuffed toy rabbit learns what it means to be real. This splendid dramatic adaptation portrays a young childs world of special toys. This presentation, with its lovely masks, puppets and props is an excellent introduction to the world of theatre. All tickets are priced at $12.50.

    The Symphony of the Kootenays in A Dvorak Celebration with cellist Jeff Faragher. The program is all Dvorak, a Czech composer of the Romantic era whose works are rich and powerful, full of beautiful melodies and catchy rhythms. The cello concerto is both commanding and rich and while it is a huge undertaking for the soloist, it is also a sym-phonic masterpiece in its own right. Dvoraks Eighth Symphony makes up the rest of the dramatic program. Nelsons very own Jeff Faragher steps forward as the soloist for theconcerto alongside conductor and music director Bruce Dunn. The full orchestra com-prises 42 musicians, 29 of whom live and work in the region. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Dandelion and the Ditchweeds Royal Wood

    Symphony of the Kootenays

    SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 20117:30 pm

    CAPITOL THEATRE Tickets: Capitol at 250-352-6363

    Adults $20 Students $15

    Bruce Dunn, Music Directorfeaturing Jeff Faragher, cello

    inDvorak... Cello Concerto

    plus Dvorak.... Symphony #8 in G

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    Spring FlingSpring FlingSpring FlingSpring Fling

    At the NDCC Sat April 231:00pm 5:00pm

    Per person: Loonie/Toonie admission with a donation to BC Childrens Hospital.

    Spring Fling Spring Fling EGGstravaganzaEGGstravaganza

    Event Sponsored by:

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    Drop off Colouring Contest entries by Wed April 13 at 4:00pm.

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    What Brahms and Zappa have in common

    The Penderecki String Quartet, which performs at the Capitol Theatre next week in the latest of the Nelson Overture Concerts Society series, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of its generation.

    These four musicians Jeremy Bell, violin; Jacob Braun, cello; Jerzy Ka-planek, violin; and Chris-tine Vlajk, viola are from Poland, Canada, and the U.S., and bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that The Globe and Mail says demonstrate remark-able range of technical excellence and emotional sweep.

    The Quartets perform-ing schedule takes them annually to the great concert stages of North and South America, Europe

    and the Far East. Recent appearances include New York, Madrid, Amsterdam, Prague, St. Petersburg, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb, and Paris.

    The Quartet also appears

    extensively in Canada, giving numerous perfor-mances from coast to coast and participating in this countrys foremost concert series.

    Founded in Poland in

    1986 at the urging of pre-eminent Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, the fruit of their association includes Pendereckis complete works for string quartet on CD.

    The Quartet is a de-voted champion of the music of our time, and has performed a wide range of styles from Bach to Brahms, Bartk to Ligeti, Frank Zappa to John Os-wald, as well as premiering over 100 new works from numerous composers.

    Described by Fanfare Magazine as an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivity, the Penderecki Quartets large discography includes over 25 recordings.

    They will be perform-ing the works of Mozart, Schuloff, and Dvorak at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for students.

    The Penderecki String Quartet Comes to Nelson

    The Penderecki String Quartet comes to town next week as part of the Nelson Overture Concerts Society series.

    SUBMITTEDSpecial to the Nelson Star

    Fashion and music combine

    Local designers and musicians are plan-ning to stomp their way to spring tomorrow at the Rod and Gun Club.

    Former Nelsonite Varya Krupskya Lutjen, who ran a store featuring locally designed fashions, will exhibit more than 30 pieces of wearable art shes created since moving to the Okanagan. Shell be joined on stage by seven other area fashionistas.

    Organizer Julie Stuppiello says the audience can expect to see everything from bathing suits to overcoats in fact, thats the sum of designer DeeLovins submission for the show.

    Theres Michelle Lynn Johnson who designs clothes and has them made fair trade in Nepal and she just opened up a store called the Fairies Pyjamas, adds Suppiello. Weve got Natalie Raiche out of Ymir whos really excited. Generally her lady friends wear her clothes, but she showed up with this huge tub of just amazing cute, quirky deigns.

    Also on offer will be Christina Newcombs corsets and work by Catherine Gaudreault and Edward Deary.

    Stomp, a Night of Fashion and Dance, starts at 8 p.m. at the Rod and Gun club-house. Tickets are $20 at the Fairies Pyjamas.

    ANDREA KLASSENNelson Star Reporter


    APR. 16 at 8:00PM AT THE CAPITOL THEATREThe Penderecki String Quartet, approaching the third decade of an extraordinary career, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. These four musicians from Poland, Canada, and the USA bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep (Toronto, Globe and Mail).


    STUDENT* $14*Students from schools participating

    in the NOCS School Outreach Program are granted FREE admission.

    Tickets available at

    the CAPITOL THEATRE421 Victoria St.,

    Nelson BC250-352-6363

    P E N D E R E C K IS t r i n g Q u a r t e t

    Thank you to Richard Paul Concert Artists

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    Seen & Heard

    SCIENCEcaptivated by

    As part of the provinces Year of Science activities, Science World British Columbia brought its roadshow to Nelson last week. After visiting schools throughout the week, a grand finale celebration

    of science was held at the Tenth Street Campus in Fairview. Hundreds of kids of all ages came out for hands-on fun...

    photos by Andrea Klassen & Bob Hall

    In the last year, have you:

    If you answered yes to any of the above you are among a majority of British Columbians who gamble.

    In fact, 87% of B.C. adults have played a BCLC game in the past 12 months.

    This isnt surprising, since gambling has become a mainstream form of entertainment worldwide.

    While most people gamble responsibly, studies indicate that about 4.6% of adults in B.C. exhibit signs of problem gambling a gure which has remained constant over the last decade.

    At BCLC, we are committed to encouraging the responsible use of our products, and raising awareness about the resources available for problem gamblers.

    Bought 50/50 tickets at a sporting event?

    Purchased a lottery ticket?

    Traded penny stocks online?

    Played poker at a friends house?

    Visited a casino for a night out?

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    Seen & Heardtwo tickets to the

    GUNSHOWOutdoor aficionados from around the

    region gathered at the Nelson and District Rod and Gun clubhouse last weekend for a gun and antique show

    photos by Andrea Klassen


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    NewsCompassion club members wont be charged

    Slocan Lake RCMP say they wont press drug charges against two residents of a Rose-bery home who were members of a compassion club.

    Last Tuesday, conservation officers were investigating wildlife offences, and went to a home on DeRosa Drive to speak with a resident.

    The officers learned the home had a marijuana grow operation, but the resident

    told them he had a compas-sion club card and therefore believed it was authorized.

    Conservation reported the incident to RCMP, who in-quired with Health Canada and determined that neither the property nor its occupant was authorized to produce or possess marijuana.

    Police visited the home the same day, seized 14 imma-ture plants, and arrested two people.

    While speaking with one of the occupants, it was

    learned the individual was suffering from chronic illness and pain, says Cst. Shaun Fo-ley. The subject also genuine-ly believed that their compas-sion club card authorized their possession of marijuana.

    Foley says as a result, police used their discretion and decid-ed not to proceed with charges. They did tell the pair that only Health Canada can authorize production and possession of medicinal marijuana, and pro-vided them with information on the application process.

    Fired Up to Support JapanStudents from Trafalgar Middle School teamed up with the Nelson Fire Service to raise funds for Onagawa, Japan last weekend. Stu-dents folded about 1,500 cranes over the course of a week, which reghters distributed Saturday in exchange for donations. To-gether, the two groups raised more than $2,100 for disaster relief. Trafalgar principal Geoff Burns (far right, back) says his studentswho hosted the last delegation of school children from Onagawa in October 2010 are also looking for other ways to raise money for the tsunami-ravaged city.

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    His friends werent buying it.

    Every excuse I came up with, they had a counter. They pre-planned it, I guess, he says.

    They offered him a camera and another friend agreed to do the required video editing.

    Then I was like, what about my dogs? They say you have to go away for a month and a half, and another girl was like, Ill take your dogs.

    Two weeks after submitting the video, he got his first audi-tion call back.

    Being in a small town and not exactly knowing where I stand or what people think outside of Nelson, it was pretty shocking, he admits. I was super excited, actually.

    After two more rounds of auditions and weeks of wait-ing by the phone, he was on the final cast list, and headed to Toronto for up to a month and a half of filming.

    It was in many ways the most amaz-ing experience of my life, and in many ways it was very frustrating and very stressful, he says. I was honoured to actually have the op-portunity to do it, but it was very stressful.



    While Hertz is one of the only chefs representing a small town, going up against heavy-hitters

    from Toronto, Van-couver and Mon-treal didnt faze him. Raised in Toronto and schooled in Van-couver, Hertz main-tains a been there, done that attitude.

    I worked in all these nice restau-rants, fancy restau-rants that a lot of these guys work for, he says.

    And Id decided I didnt like a lot of the pretentious attitudes that came along with the fine dining res-taurants. I didnt like the top-down type of brigade where its yes chef, no chef. Its not what Im into cook-ing for.

    Moving to Nelson, where he opened Fusion six years ago, was about getting out of the restaurant rat race. Like so many big city expats, he says Nelson helped him find a work-life balance and gave him the time to enjoy the outdoors and see his friends.

    In Vancouver it was working six days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Youd get home, barely have

    enough energy to shower and then pass out. Get up, go back to the restaurant, get your ass kicked by all the other chefs, he r