Columnists

Tia Wayling is the recreation services co-ordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. (File Photo)

Rec Perspectives: Could We Become Canada’s Most Active Community?

“If we all jump on board, Creston has a real shot in winning.” The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge starts on June 1!

Jason Meidl is the funeral director at Creston Valley Funeral Services.

Ask Your Funeral Director: What I do for self-care

“Some important ideas that I always keep in the back of my mind regarding my self-care are getting rest when possible, eating healthy and staying hydrated, connecting with loved ones, learning healthy ways to express myself, and turning to gratitude and thankfulness.”

  • Apr 21, 2021
White mountain avens (dryas octopetela) seen at 2,522 metres elevation in our Kootenay Mountains. (Submitted)

Out There: Flowers Around the World

“You may not get to go to Iceland, Greenland, or the Canadian Arctic, but you can still see many arctic species of plants and flowers by touring our Kootenay alpine meadows and rock-turf slopes.”

  • Apr 20, 2021
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident.

Valley Views: A Matter of Kindness

“In these tiresome and often lonely days of a lingering pandemic, simple gestures of friendship help us stay connected.”

  • Apr 8, 2021
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident.
Jason Meidl is the funeral director at Creston Valley Funeral Services.

Ask Your Funeral Director: Why did I become a funeral director?

The most common question I get is; “Why did you become a funeral director”. There are more than a few answers to this seemingly simple question.

  • Apr 6, 2021
Jason Meidl is the funeral director at Creston Valley Funeral Services.
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)

Think on These Things: Truth is given to be shared

“Everyone is invited. Poor or wealthy. All need to recognize the authority of true goodness.”

  • Apr 5, 2021
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)
A Northern Pygmy Owl near Blind River Rapids. (Becky Knight)

Out There: Hooting, Barking, Screeching, and Fluting

“I like hearing the owls call, especially in the evening, from large Douglas fir trees in town, around rural areas, or in the forest.”

  • Mar 31, 2021
A Northern Pygmy Owl near Blind River Rapids. (Becky Knight)
Tia Wayling is the recreation services co-ordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. (File Photo)

Rec Perspectives: Spring Cleaning is Good for Your Health

“Giving your home a deep clean and removing the clutter you’ve been staring at for ages is a fantastic way to make you feel better and get you moving.”

  • Mar 30, 2021
Tia Wayling is the recreation services co-ordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. (File Photo)
Creston Town Hall. File photo

Council Comments: Moving Forward

“This last year has been challenging for my family health-wise, and we have made the difficult decision to leave the Creston Valley to be closer to our children and grandchildren.”

  • Mar 25, 2021
Creston Town Hall. File photo
Jason Meidl is the funeral director/managing director of Creston Valley Funeral Services. Photo: Jason Meidl

Ask Your Funeral Director: Let me introduce myself

“How many of us have questions about death, the funeral, the process, but never quite feel comfortable asking? This is what this column is going to do: it will allow you the space to pose these questions.”

  • Mar 23, 2021
Jason Meidl is the funeral director/managing director of Creston Valley Funeral Services. Photo: Jason Meidl
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)

Think on These Things: Judgment and Christ’s Second Coming

“The Bible declares that in the last days, men will be absorbed in worldly pursuits, in pleasure and money-getting. They will be blind to eternal realities.”

  • Mar 16, 2021
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident. File photo

Valley Views: WAITING FOR OUR SHOTS

“I’ll happily roll up my sleeve. Medical history and events in my own lifetime show a well-tested vaccine can prevent the transmission of a dangerous virus.”

  • Mar 16, 2021
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident. File photo
Rec Perspectives with Tia Wayling. File photo

Rec Perspectives: Walking, the Underrated Exercise

“Whether you walk outdoors or inside on a treadmill, the benefits are the same”

  • Mar 15, 2021
Rec Perspectives with Tia Wayling. File photo
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
Creston Town Hall. File photo

Council Comments: Our Financial Plan and Taxes

“You are getting what you pay taxes for, and your council and staff are not just planning for today, they are planning for tomorrow!”

  • Mar 9, 2021
Creston Town Hall. File photo
Children’s books. Photo: pixabay.com

Lit Column: No, Dr. Seuss Has Not Been Cancelled

“It is essential to also think of the child who pulls the book off the shelf in a library and sees a painful, racist caricature of themselves on the pages. Certainly, their childhood experience is just as important as yours?”

  • Mar 9, 2021
Children’s books. Photo: pixabay.com
A shrew. Photo: pixabay.com

Out There: The Shrew and the Shrike

“What’s that all about? It’s about a shrew and a shrike, but, perhaps, more about a shrike.”

  • Mar 9, 2021
A shrew. Photo: pixabay.com
Al Gribbin is School District 8 Trustee. File photo

Gribbin: The cost of purchasing laptops for students in grades 7 and 10

“I don’t like impulsive decisions when it comes to major purchases. This computer purchase may be the right decision but I am concerned that all the options have not been presented to the board nor carefully examined.”

  • Mar 8, 2021
Al Gribbin is School District 8 Trustee. File photo
Dove Sprout co-owns and operates the Creston Acupuncture and Natural Health Centre alongside her husband, Paul Gaucher (R.TCM.P). File photo

A Natural Health Approach Column: The Wood Element

“An imbalanced Wood element can result in depression, frustration, irritability, rage, resentment, indecisiveness, lethargy, procrastination, lack of assertion, difficulty letting go of old patterns and unfulfilled desires. This is your moment to take an emotional inventory and let go of those thoughts and feelings that are no longer serving you.”

  • Mar 8, 2021
Dove Sprout co-owns and operates the Creston Acupuncture and Natural Health Centre alongside her husband, Paul Gaucher (R.TCM.P). File photo
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. File photo

COMMONS CORNER: Challenging the government on vaccine availability and more

The first of a quarterly column from Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. File photo