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

The Flag Stop Festival says thanks!

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Our visiting racers continually expressed a lot of gratitude and respect for the significant volunteer effort of the local flying community and our Canadian Sport Flying Associations (West Coast Soaring Club, Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada) over many years to develop the required infrastructure and establish the regulatory compliance and safety protocols that create the free flying opportunity we enjoy here. With the overwhelmingly positive comp reviews we've been hearing, I expect we'll see significant growth in tourism visits from airsports pilots, friends and families in years to come.

Finally, we sadly acknowledge the tragic loss of competitor John Clifford in a flying accident during a race. He was a true competitor and fellow adventurer and will be missed. We will continue, for John and for all other airmen and women, before and after, who know the joy and cost of our freedom to fly.

Expect another, bigger world-cup style paragliding event in Pemberton in 2014.

Nigel Protter


Dream Wedding

I would like to send a huge " Thank You " to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This past weekend our daughter's wedding was held at the hotel and the service was over the top. The hotel staff could not do enough to make sure all of our needs were met. Raised in Whistler, our daughter always wanted to have her wedding in her hometown and the Fairmont came through, fulfilling her dreams. Many thanks to Norm Mastalir, Megan Sanders, Anais Mercier and Ashley Clerk.

Thank you for personally looking after all of us and giving an experience of a lifetime. We felt that you went the extra mile for two local families, (Candice and Cole's).

Kathryn Mooney


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