Pancake breakfast volunteers ham it up for the camera at the old firehall.

Arrow Lakes News community 2011

Chickens, geese, librarians, trails and fun in Burton.

Determined resident pushes for Nakusp chicken bylaw

January 18 Nakusp village council sometimes get calls and emails from residents suggesting new ways to better the village. Others write to grouse and complain. But it’s not every day they get sent a pre-written bylaw submission suggesting ways to legally phase in chicken-rearing in the village. Especially not from a 12-year-old.

But that’s what young Hana Cunningham of Nakusp did and council did discuss it at their meeting on Jan. 11. Nothing has been approved as of this point and council has sent it back for clarifications and improvements, but they are considering it.

So far the bylaw states its goal as a way to “encourage and regulate small-scale chicken-raising within the city.”

Cunningham is also looking for another unusual pet – a lobster.

Nelly Cunningham, Hana’s grandmother, said Hana absolutely loves pets, and more than just cats or dogs.

“When she said, ‘I wanted a lobster,’ that is so true,” she said. “She’s been bugging her father for a little lobster. She’s been chasing after this chicken bit for a long time, and right now she wants to raise a lobster.”

In the bylaw pitch, Hana did take into account possible concerns with having chickens within the village, such as noise, mess and possible disease.

However, she cites many other municipal bylaws that have taken these issues into account and manages them, such as Victoria and San Francisco.

What’s good for the goose…

July 13 Two Nakusp, B.C. men now know their personal answer to an ethical dilemma.

If it was illegal to help abandoned Canada goose babies, but you saw two yellow balls of fluff in harms way on a road frequented by logging trucks, what would you do?

Confronted by the choice, Kelvin Neil and his friend Dan Nero took the goslings in.

The two siblings were just yellow balls of fluff, days old, when they strayed somehow into the middle of the road at Legion Park at McDonald Creek, where a logging truck drove right over where they huddled. One of the two bounced off the inside tire, but survived the hit.

Neil plucked the tiny pair – one male, one female – out of traffic and enlisted his friend’s help to figure out what to do.

“Our theory is that they were late hatchlings,” said Dan Nero, whose lakeside location in downtown Nakusp made his place the central nesting ground for the orphaned chicks.

Canada geese babies spend some time in the egg live before hacking their way out of the shell with their egg tooth, and if the tiny babies were late in arriving, they may have missed the sibling call, Nero theorizes. At any rate, rescued by human friends, the young birds have come to their own firm conclusions about who their parents are.

“I think if they’d ever seen a mother goose, they’d have imprinted,” Nero said.

“Neil’s Mother Goose and I’m Uncle Dan, ‘cause I ain’t going to be Mother Goose,” he said.

Exciting local developments: paths to adventure

September 7 The Nakusp & Area Trails Society has been working on cleaning up Kimbol, Kuskanax and Kuskanax Mountain trails.

The society is applying for stewardship of the rail bed, known as the Trailway, from Nakusp to Summit Lake. The part of the rail bed from Summit Lake Hill onward lies within Area H of the RDCK, whose director Walter Popoff is still waiting to find out if the land tenure will be granted to the district.

Some people would like to keep trails for non-motorized use while others want to be able to drive their ATVs through. The society itself has no preference, Barb Chwachka told me, they just want to make sure people get out there and enjoy nature on foot, horseback, or ATV.

The start of a new era – new librarian to carry on tradition

March 24 It was the end of an era for Nakusp to see librarian Evelyn Goodell retiring after so many years of service. But in every dark cloud there’s a silver lining, and Sabina Iseli-Otto is bringing her energy and excitement into the new job and, in her words, hopefully carry on the library as well as her predecessor has.

“This is the warmest welcome I’ve ever received in my life,” Iseli-Otto, 32, told the Arrow Lakes News. “I feel so lucky to be here.”

Sabina said she wanted to be a librarian since she was 12-years-old and her mother became the town librarian in a place called Rimbey, Alberta.

“I grew up on a dairy farm,” Iseli-Otto said. “But one day we sold the dairy cows and my mom became the town librarian. And ever since then I wanted to be one.”

Burton Beach Daze a dazzler

June 22 Rain or shine, Burton knows how to throw a great three day party. The second annual

Burton Beach Daze was a weekend full of family fun and games, fishing, food and friends, both old and new. Here’s a little background for you.

Two years ago, the Burton Hall Board was discussing the urgent need to raise some money and do some real fun-raising too. The community spirit seemed to be at low ebb, due to a number of factors. So… the Burton Volunteer Fire Department threw a fantastic Winter party at the newly built fire hall. The fun meter started to rise.

In February, they planned something called a Wine Judging. It turned into another great party at the Community Hall, with homemade wine, food and more music. Up went the fun meter.

Well, now they’re really onto something with this family and friends thing. Then they get the big daddy of ideas… Burton Beach Daze, A three day extravaganza of fun, fun and more fun.

Burton has a lot of long time residents, newcomers and summer visitors. The hard working volunteer organizers wanted to find a way to draw everyone into the celebration, no politics, and nobody excluded. Father’s Day was chosen and the first Annual Burton Beach Daze was a hit. That was last year.

This year on Friday night, the games began with a horseshoe tournament, that didn’t end until Sunday. Fourteen mixed teams competed in a double elimination. There were lots of ringers and leaners and “oh heck how did it get all the way over there?”

A volleyball tournament and Fishing Derby were the big attractions. The Horseshoe contest came to a ringing conclusion and there was free BINGO for lunch. Play for free and you could win Double Cheeseburgers and pop or hot dogs. The ones you win taste best.


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