Letters to the editor 

The 16 th annual Tapley’s Farm Halloween was a SCARY success once again! I hope many Whistlerites had an opportunity to venture through to take a look at the decorated homes! Thank you all for the great Halloween spirit! Many residents put an amazing amount of time and effort into their creations.

The judges for the "Unofficial Best Decorated House," were Ken Cretney, General Manager of the Delta Whistler Resort, Victor Burt, General Manager of the Westin Resort and Spa, Kevin Toth, General Manager of the Chateau Fairmont Whistler and Diana Lyons, General Manager of the Delta Whistler Village Suites. This (very prestigious) award was presented to Gordon Dyson for the "black-out" and neon effect with lots of interaction! Very creative!

Many thanks to Nesters and Nesters merchants for providing the fabulous fireworks display and to the fire department for volunteering to ensure the show went off safely! Thanks to Nesters, the IGA, the Grocery Store as well as all of the businesses and people who donated the 24,000+ pieces of candy and other treats!

McDonald’s once again provided free french fry coupons. Using the coupons, we are able to tabulate the number of trick or treaters who visit Tapley’s. This year we had approximately 630 kids!

Thanks too to the moms and kids who helped divide, bag and distribute candy, as well as do a clean-up throughout the neighborhood the next day.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone! It is wonderful to see the community provide so much support for a fun-filled event.

Sabine Bell


RE: Passenger service left to rot

Reading Mr. Bjorn Gimse's letter about how he felt the provincial government has left the passenger rail service hung out to rot in B.C. refocused some thoughts I has this past summer on how to keep the B.C., and possibly other passenger rail services, operating. These thoughts came to me while riding with a pack of bikers – the pedal kind – from Pemberton to D’Arcy and back. There are a number of locations along the route where the road and the rail line run side by side. I don't know if it was the abrasive nature of the bicycle seat and a desire for relief or just a road-rail vision, but a number of possible rail passenger transportation solutions came to mind.

1. Design a bus that can run on rails. No, I am not thinking of the "Aluminum Cans" that are running between D’Arcy and Seton, but rather 60 passenger luxury motor coaches that travel on highways and then could drive onto a platform just above the height of the railroad track, hydraulically lower a set of rail wheels and then proceed as a "Rail-Bus." This would be a modern day Budd car with many advantages.


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