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Coalmont and Area Business Information

Some Coalmontians operate a business or professional service here or elsewhere. Currently there is the Coalmont Courier Business Listings, but a knowledge of the whole of Area H can be useful to all – particularly when it comes to starting a new business or improving an old one. The Princeton and District Chamber of Commerce is currently compiling information for the whole area which will ultimately be of benefit to all. Ed Muckle from the Princeton and District Chamber of Commerce is therefore asking you to please go to their research web site and fill out the form so everybody can know who you are and what you do. He writes:

The starting point for Economic Development is to know what is already in place and operating so we can determine what businesses the community needs. To this end I am asking all businesses of any type, large or small to register for the new Chamber Business to Business Directory.

Upon completion this resource will be available to all as a tool to share business opportunities, encourage residents to shop locally and identify new opportunities. I will keep progress information posted to this site on a regular basis.

Chamber membership is not a requirement for inclusion in this Directory. Everyone is Welcome. We need to know who you are and what you do.

Thank You.
Ed Muckle
Director of Economic Development Princeton and District Chamber of Commerce
ph: 250-295-7567 email: grower (at) nethop (dot) net

Click here to go to the Princeton and District Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Research Site. §

Miracle on Main Street

On December 30, 2011 my husband Bob’s, heart stopped while he was shovelling snow in Coalmont. As I was phoning 9-1-1, our neighbour Maurice rushed to the scene with his two adult sons, Mike and Shane. They immediately began CPR. I heard them say there was no pulse or breathing and grabbed our home defibrillator. We had purchased the defibrillator when we first moved to Coalmont because I was always worried about how long it would take an ambulance to reach us if one was needed in a heart emergency (even though neither of us had a previous history of heart problems). I pulled out the pads and froze as one of Maurice’s sons took them from me and placed them on Bob. The defibrillator immediately took over and began evaluating the situation and “talking” to us. A shock was needed, so I pushed the button on the machine as instructed. Mike performed mouth-to-mouth and Shane administered compressions as indicated by the defibrillator. A second shock was needed and upon administering this shock, Bob breathed and a pulse was detected by Shane. Jodi (of the Tulameen Volunteer Fire Department) came to administer oxygen just before the ambulance arrived.

The roads were treacherous that day and it took the ambulance 45 minutes to arrive. Without the intervention of Maurice, Shane and Mike, and the use of the home defibrillator, Bob would be dead. Saying “thank you” seems a pretty insignificant way to truly thank the heroes who saved his life. While Bob was being loaded into the ambulance, other neighbours stepped in to help. Ray took the keys to our motel and said he’d get our guests checked in for me and look after things until I got back. Michelle of the Coalmont Hotel took our puppy and cared for her while I was in Penticton with Bob. Jan gave me comfort, wrote down phone numbers I would need, and helped me gather what I needed for my trip to Penticton. Shane (a man who I had never met before and who had just saved Bob’s life) drove me all the way to Penticton hospital so I could be with Bob. Maurice phoned my children to tell them what was happening. It seemed the locals of Coalmont became one united front to help us in our darkest time. You hear so many stories about incidents in big cities where people in need are just passed by. Not in Coalmont. When help is needed, the locals jump right in. Shane, Mike and Maurice are truly heroes who brought my husband back to life and have given us a second chance. The rest of the neighbours who helped are my Coalmont angels. Bob and I want to thank you all for being there for us.

Normally in a situation such as this, the patient suffers sudden death. The quick actions of Maurice, Shane and Mike meant that Bob not only lived, but he didn’t suffer any brain damage. The doctors are amazed because this just doesn’t happen. Our defibrillator has made the rounds of numerous hospitals because the medical personnel wanted to see the miracle machine. Home defibrillators can be purchased online from Philips. They are expensive, but with an outcome like this I would spend that money over and over again if it was needed. I would highly recommend this life-saving machine to everyone who lives any distance from emergency response. Minutes count in a heart emergency! A ten minute delay is usually fatal. Bob came home after the doctors implanted a pacemaker/defibrillator in his chest. After numerous tests, they said he actually has a perfectly healthy heart, but for some reason on December 30, the wiring in his heart short-circuited. The implant will prevent this from happening again and Bob can continue living a normal life. To our heroes – Mike, Shane and Maurice; to our numerous neighbours for their help and prayers; to the ambulance attendants, hospital doctors and nurses who got Bob stabilized; and to God for orchestrating this entire rescue I send you my deepest and most sincere thanks. We will NEVER forget you and we will never be able to thank you enough.


Diane and Bob Sterne

No Telephone Service in Coalmont

Right in the middle of a conversation I was having on the telephone yesterday afternoon, blip, the line went dead – it still is.

This is not unusual and we’re used to it. Talking with people who have been here for a long time, it becomes clear that we’ve had rotten lines for some years now. Sometimes it takes a day, but often the phones are back in a few hours. However in this case it looks like they’re going to be down all night as well.
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Small Town BC – Coalmont

Coalmont from Tower Hill

Many saw the Global TV segment of Small Town BC which featured Coalmont. It was both fun and empowering to see our community on TV. That doesn’t happen very often.

You can watch the segment on-line here.

People were asked to send in pictures and forward the e-mail asking for such. The method seems to work because there were lots of pictures. There were also a few submissions from people who don’t live in town. §

Photo Bob Sterne

Party Fever

Placard on parade floatThe mood in Coalmont is starting to rise in anticipation of the celebration. It seems that news is getting around outside of town too. Sam Clark sends us this picture saying: “This was on The Loonie Bin float at Friday’s Parade in Princeton. ” Thanks Sam.

Maybe some Princetonians will venture over the Brown Bridge, brave the Coalmont road, and head up this way to join the party. Of course everyone has their own idea of what a party is supposed to be, but no matter how you take it, a party it will be!

Coalmont Mysteries

Scholars Stumped

Dump and end of Main Street
A reader sends us this view of a large accumulation of mystery materials wondering who the artist is. This major work is located at the end of Main street and is unsigned. The original artist from who’s imagination this creative mixed media work sprang fourth may wish to remain anonymous, but we would appreciate it if anybody could tell us more about the cultural meaning or symbolism of this masterpiece.

The plot thickens. Nearby, also at the end of Main Street, is a newly created road block. Could this be a clue? There is definitely an eerie similarity between the two, both in shape and effect. But is this part of the sculpture, perhaps hinting at even deeper meaning? Or is it an attempt at keeping visitors from going any further, thus forcing them to stop and admire the work. We might never know. It is in fact possible that this is not a road block at all, but rather a second work attempting to recreate the first, but in different materials. This is certainly something for the scholars of the world to contemplate.
Road block and end of Main Street

April Weather

April 18 2011 evening snowGlobal warming aside, it looks like our springs are getting worse every year. Although remaining winter snow is confined to icy piles, it is cold and we have had flurries on a regular basis. Today was no exception, but this evening’s finale is a number too much. Is this really the week before Easter?

The Princeton Museum

The Princeton Museum BuildingIf you “dig history” it’s time to join the Princeton Museum Society. Our Museum has undergone many transformations over the decades – from its early years in a log cabin to the building it is in today on Vermilion Avenue. Until now, the Museum has shared its accommodation with the Library but all that is about to change. This year the Library moved to a new location and now the Museum is ready to undergo a major face-lift. What was the old Library, will become the Gloria Stout Wing named in honour of Mrs. Stout who left a generous bequest to the Museum she loved.

The Museum will be closed until renovations are completed in 2011, but there is much to do. Decisions must be made, display shelves and cases purchased, and a general reorganization and cataloguing of the entire collection must be tackled. When completed, the famous Joe Pollard Collection of fossils and fluorescent minerals will have an updated home complete with black lights. The bar and gaming machine from Granite Creek will be properly displayed for all to see, and the entrance to the Museum will be magnificent. After walking through the main front doors, guests will move to their left where they will enter an area resembling a mine tunnel. The new Museum will house a meeting room where researchers can access the extensive Archives available. Archival material will be organized in the basement of the new Museum and an elevator will bring material up to the meeting room. The entire building will be updated with modern climate controls that will help protect the fragile contents inside. There will even be a unique gift shop.

This past summer, Coalmont’s own Sharon Anderson was appointed Manager of the Princeton Museum (replacing Nick Mills). She brings with her an extensive background ranging from accounting to experience applying for government grants. Her new position will be a challenging one that will involve hiring and overseeing a staff of summer students and keeping her finger on the pulse of the new Museum, but we are confident with her abilities and excited to have her on board.

This is a fresh, new start for the Princeton Museum and we need volunteers to come and share their passion for the past. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding July and August) at 2 pm in the basement of the Princeton Tourist Information Centre. Membership is $10 per year. If you would like to become a part of history, please join us at our next meeting. We would love to see you there. ~ Diane Sterne (Bob Sterne photo)

Important Update: At the 14/09 museum meeting, it was decided to change the meeting times. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. It was agreed that we might get a better turnout if we move the meetings to the evening. The meetings will now be held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (excluding July and August) at 7 pm in the basement of the Princeton Tourist Information Centre.

New Location:
The next meeting of the Princeton Museum Society is Wednesday, February 16 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room of the Princeton Library.
The AGM is Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room of the Princeton Library.

British Columbia Day

1870 BC Colonial flag BC Day is a statuary holiday and happens every year on the first monday of August. Everyone heads out to the country and has a roaring time enjoying this wonderful province.

Just for the fun of it, let me fill you in on a bit of BC history. First, our name hasn’t always been British Columbia. We actually started out as New Caledonia.

New Caledonia was the name given to a district of the Hudson’s Bay Company that comprised the territory which was largely the same as our province. It was part of the British claim to North America, but not a British colony.

New Caledonia continued to be administered by the HBC with the govenour of Vancouver Island, James Douglas, as the chief executive. There were only about 100 people in the area, but when the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush started at Yale, there suddenly came an influx of over twenty thousand people, mostly American. This compelled Douglas to exert British sovereignty by placing a gunboat at the mouth of the Fraser River in order to obtain licence fees from prospectors. The British colonial office was thus prompted to pass legislation designating New Caledonia as a crown colony on August 2, 1858 – and that’s when we got our new, and current, name. However, it wasn’t until 20 July 1871 that British Columbia became a Province of the Dominion of Canada.

The history of our flag, or flags, is also interesting. It wasn’t until 20 July 1960 that we got the “wavy white and blue with rising sun” that we have now. In fact there were several flags. Part of the history of our crest, upon which our flag is based, is quite amusing.

When British Columbia became a province of Canada, its first proposal for a coat-of-arms and flag was a half-sun in the top half and a Union Jack in the bottom half. When the design was sent to the heralds in the United Kingdom for approval, they became appalled when they realized that the design could be interpreted as “the sun setting on the British Empire.” The design was quickly reversed so the sun was on the bottom like we see today. There are still a few examples of the original faux pas around. A stained glass window in the Provincial Parliament Buildings is one.

When we became a province in 1871 the flag one would have seen on any vessels operated by the Province of British Columbia would have been the Blue Ensign with the badge of the Dominion of Canada. The problem in those days was that we didn’t yet have and official flag. Therefore the earlier flags always looked a bit contrived. The flag at the beginning of this article is the 1870 colonial flag. The one below, is the one we got in 1960.

1960 BC Flag So, a lot of water has gone under the bridge, and here we are with a new name, a new flag, and a couple of days off work. Life is good. Enjoy your holiday!


Easter Tree in ParkThe Coalmont Easter Bunny has worked it’s magic and the little trees in the park at the entrance to town are starting to bud.

Decorating trees at this time of year is an old practice in the west and traces it’s roots back to Germany. This festive tradition is both Christian and secular but nobody can deny that there is
magic in the air at this special time of year. Continue reading SPRING IS HERE


All deliveries in the back – oh wait… you’re delivering the back.

Where would you like me to put this ma’am?

I’d invite you in but …


Howard and Moe
got their new house delivered a few months back and seem to have gotten settled in nicely on Front street. For those that missed the event, here is a picture. That was one HUGE crane and it prompted a few comments!