The Melody of Saint-Michelle

A melody rises above the crowded streets of the Hungarian city of Budapest. The year is 1937. Young Yules clings to his mother’s hand, as she drags him from shop to shop. The music grows louder as they approach the Violin maker’s shop. As they walk by Yules stops, enthralled, to watch the fluid movements of the violinist. It was like nothing he had ever seen before. Music seemed to flow from his fingertips, along the body of the violin and out the door, over the many roofs of the city. It was at this moment that Yules knew this was his future.

Posted by Chalice Walker on Sep 01, 2010 in Health

Lentil Enchiladas

At 25 I found Fernie and the home I had been looking for since I left my family home and food became a central theme once again in my life. I had my own kitchen and although it was small, I was inspired to make it my own. Once we decided to start a family I knew I was going to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen and it was important to me that it be bright and roomy. Before long we renovated making it three times the original size of our 1950’s bungalow kitchen.

Posted by Anonymous on Sep 01, 2010 in Health

Back to School Fitness

September is that magical time of year when everything goes from lazy to crazy. The kids go back to school and new routines get developed…bedtimes, homework, and various organised activities are all added to your schedule. So how do you fit your own exercise regime into it all? Here are a few ideas to help the grown-ups out:

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Sep 01, 2010 in Health

Back To School Health Tips

Although my days in formal education have ended, I will always think of September as back-to-school time.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Sep 01, 2010 in Health

Racers' Corner - Lori Kennedy, Triathlete

Lori Kennedy is a born and raised Fernie girl. She came back to Fernie after having left for a few years post High School. She was working full time at the mine until she met her husband, had two children and became a full time stay at home mom.

Posted by Fix on Sep 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Fall Fly Fishing with Wayne Osborne

Just because most of the traditional summer holiday fly fishing anglers, who ascend on Fernie every year to fish the world renowned blue ribbon Elk River and tributaries, have gone home, it doesn't mean that the fly fishing season is over. Far from it, as those in the know will contest, fall can provide some of the best fishing of the year.

Posted by admin on Sep 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Learning to Control Ball Flight by Scott Shouldice, CPGA Professional FGCC

Once you are able to consistently hit good shots, the next step to improving your game is learning to control your ball flight. This means hitting fades, draws, or knock down shots. During a round of golf you may find yourself in a situation where you need to either curve the ball or hit it low to avoid hitting trees or other obstacles. Here are some tips to help you get out of these situations.


Posted by admin on Sep 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Study Nature, Not Books

Brilliant sapphire blue sky. Yellow leaves drift to the forest floor and crunch underfoot. Fluffy seeds float through the air. Birds and insects are silent. Cool crisp mornings precede hot, dry afternoons. Fall is the season for change; not only preparing for winter, but preparing for life.

Unfortunately, glorious memories of nature’s autumn display mingle with great angst and panic of the coming school year. Nearly a half century later I can reflect back on those gut wrenching emotions and understand why I was so troubled by September.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Sep 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Sharing Space with Bears

So far this year, communities throughout BC including Fernie have seen an increase in the number of bears in residential areas. This can be attributed to a combination of factors. Productive berry crops the last couple of years have resulted in an increase in birth rate and black bear population. It is not uncommon to see a female bear with three cubs. With more people choosing to visit and live in bear country and sharing habitat, it is especially important that we make an extra effort to ensure peaceful coexistence.

Posted by Kathy Murray on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

More Than a Box and Wheels

I asked Christian Hawkins, a five-time racer, “How scared were you the first time you dropped off the ramp?”

“Really scared.”

“And the second time?”

He shrugs his shoulders. “Not at all.”

So here’s the scene. .

You climb onto “The Ramp” with your cart. “The Ramp” is a trailer with four painted wood and metal ramps dropping steeply off the downhill side. Each individual ramp has side rails to keep you on track and a metal stop bar sticks up in the middle. You put the nose of your cart against the metal stop bar on your assigned ramp and slide into the seat.

Posted by Keith Liggett on Sep 01, 2010 in Community


Now that biking season is well and truly here I’m constantly amazed at the extensive network of trails that surely makes Fernie one of the best mountain bike destinations in the world.

Every time I climb a trail I have plenty of time to wonder, “How did these trails get here?” and “How come they look so good?” - the answer to that is, of course, a whole community of unsung heroes.

Posted by Kirsty Morris on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

Chris Moulton

Chris Moulton and hockey go hand in hand. Heading to a Ghostrider game in High School, you knew you would see Chris at some point. Whether he was at the door, selling 50/50 tickets or helping out the team, there he was and with his loud and witty personality he was hard to miss. At the time Chris was working for the Ministry of Children and Family as a childcare worker, but as a director on the Ghostrider board and a huge hockey fan he did “every odd job imaginable” for the local hockey team.

Posted by Fix on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

Community Events - Driving Fernie Forward

Fernieites are often asked what their favourite time of year is. If you’re not from Fernie, you might be surprised to learn that fall wins hands down every time. And if asked which is their favourite fall month, my guess would be September.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

September Music Review - The Suburbs

I remember the first Arcade Fire song I ever heard. I was living Calgary and had just turned on the tube to unwind after a day under fluorescent lights. “Rebellion” from the album Funeral was playing on Much Music. Yes, music videos were still a popular medium at the time. The persistent beat and haunting melody drew me in, and I couldn’t tear myself from the colourful march of people and array of instruments this seven-piece band plays in the video. “Rebellion” played in my head endlessly until I finally succumbed and purchased the CD.

Posted by Fix on Sep 01, 2010 in Art and Entertainment

Kick Ass

Superheroes play an important role in American society. Where other cultures tell stories about gods and demi-gods (Gilgamesh, Hercules, Thor, etc.), Americans weave tales about Superman, Batman and the Hulk. These characters are (not withstanding the fact that they exist in a black and white, quasi biblical universe) part of a secular pantheon, one which is worshipped by many in the US and Canada whether they believe in God or not.

Posted by Andrew Vallance on Sep 01, 2010 in Art and Entertainment