Letters to the editor for the week of August 23rd, 2012 

The Flag Stop Festival says thanks!

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, the wounded officer and a community that is still in shock. There is no doubt in my mind that the heroic actions of the American police officers prevented a greater tragedy.

In the end, the Sikh nation is very large-hearted and in spite of racial differences and visual identity, we co-exist with others happily and remain kind-hearted.

Amrinder Singh Ghangas

Squamish

Slow Food thanks

Slow Food Cycle Sunday would like to thank all the local businesses, vendors, volunteers and bike riders for participating in the best event yet this past Sunday. Countless volunteers on 14 open farms hosted over 50 vendors and welcomed over 4,000 riders, who hopefully went away, not only with sated palates, but a better understanding of the importance of preserving farmland (if only to be able to do this ride every year!).

Mark your calendars for next year: August 18, 2013.

Niki Vankerk and Anna Helmer

Pemberton

Paddles Up

The Pemberton Canoe Association would like to extend a boat full of thanks to all of the supporters and donors who helped send 28 paddlers to the World Outrigger Sprint Championships in Calgary August 7-16.

We would like to acknowledge the support from the Village of Pemberton and the Squamish Lillooet Regional District who stepped up as a GOLD sponsor for the team. A team banner hung proudly in the Team Canada tent and our team shirts were a big hit. Special thanks to BANG ON shirts in Vancouver for donating the shirts!

Our Legion Dinner fundraiser was a big success thanks to the Scotiabank, which matched our ticket sales. Thank you to the Pemberton Legion for the venue. There were many silent auction prizes thanks to the wonderful local businesses in Whistler and Pemberton; Local Motion, Pemberton Valley Lodge, Delta Vancouver Suites, WB Bike Park, Ivy Esthetics, Spud Valley Sporting Goods, Wag n Wash, Mile One Eatery, Suikiya Sushi, Blackbird Bakery, Michelle Beauregard, Napa Auto Parts, Canadian Wilderness Adventures, Deb Hillary, Martin Dahinden, RONA, Mt. Currie Coffee Co., AC Petroleum, Karen Love Art, and Pemberton Valley Nurseries.

This World Class Sprint event was an inspiration for all the youth and adult paddlers alike. Witnessing the cultures and spirit of the other countries was truly an experience they will all remember. The Pemberton Youth paddlers were top notch and we would like to congratulate Aleaa Dahinden, the first Canadian youth to ever earn a medal at the Worlds. Aleea fought hard for a bronze in the V-1 category, just seconds behind two New Zealand paddlers.

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