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This weekend we netted the best results to date, raising over $9,100 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, an organization known worldwide as a leader in the battle against the diseases.

Thanks go out to all of our volunteers for donating your precious long weekend time; to everyone who bought tasters' passes; and to Josh Kearns, Mike Varrin, Paul Street, and Joel Chevalier of Whistler Blackcomb and Dusty's for having us back year after year. Together Whistler is making a difference on so many levels.

Thanks and we look forward to BBQ 2010!

Dave and Wendy Clark

Whistler

Support our libraries

I write on behalf of the Friends of Pemberton and District Public Library to solicit your readers' support in our efforts to maintain essential funding for our libraries. Library materials in whole or in part have been brought to us by an annual operating grant supplied by the province of B.C. This grant is in jeopardy, despite a surge of public library use across B.C. Please visit this website www.stopbclibrarycuts.ca. and join the campaign to stop these cuts.

During this economic downturn, there has been a significant increase in the usage of B.C. public libraries. Residents know that their libraries offer more than free books to read - they are using the Internet and computer systems to do research, hunt for jobs and more. Without provincial grants, significant cuts will result in these areas:

• Open Access - In 2008, open access to library collections resulted in more than 5.4 million items being borrowed between communities, creating substantial provincial cost savings by borrowing rather than buying duplicate books.

• Online Resources - B.C. residents have 24/7 online access to hundreds of online full text magazines and databases purchased co-operatively by B.C. libraries. This saves significant taxpayer dollars and ensures that B.C.'s rural and remote citizens have the same access to information available in B.C.'s larger centres.

• AskAway - A collaborative reference service provided by B.C. libraries. Residents can get free quality help with research on any topic or question from experienced librarians and library technicians.

• B.C. OneCard - The B.C. OneCard program ensures that no matter where you are in B.C. you have access to local libraries and library services for free by showing your home library card and photo identification.

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