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FEATURE: Digitizing vinyl to preserve history - the 78's project

Ron Mahonin working on removing cracks and noise from an imported vinyl recording; Photo, Mona Mattei

Technology has finally caught up with the dreams of some Doukhobor musicians to preserve their heritage in the 78’s project headed by Grand Forks local Ron Mahonin for the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar. Traditionally Doukhobor songs are three different types: psalms, hymns, and folk songs. Over the years, many of these songs were recorded on vinyl records. Mahonin, songwriter, musician and music producer, has taken on the task of preserving the history inherent in these recordings by digitizing them and telling their story.

GALLERY: RSS 6 and 7s do Rossland proud in track meet

GALLERY: RSS 6 and 7s do Rossland proud in track meet

This week RSS's grade six and sevens participated in the District Elementary Track meet. According to teacher Christine DeRosa,  RSS was able to field one of the largest teams at this event and several outstanding results. The attached gallery shows some of our young athletes in action.

Some preliminary results of the event include the following:

Castlegar residents gearing up for dancin' in the streets

Castlegar residents gearing up for dancin' in the streets

More than 400 people attended last year's city street dance, held in conjunction with Sunfest - and this year should see an even better turn-out.

City councillor Kevin Chernoff has helped organize this year's event, and he said there's some new innovations and fun additions to make sure everyone has a terrific time.

"The street behind City Hall will be closed off, just like last year, and the dance will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Friday night of Sunfest (June 4)," he said.

LETTER: Monsanto not welcome in Canada

LETTER: Monsanto not welcome in Canada

Dear editor,

Have you heard of the multinational chemical corporation Monsanto?  Did you know it is currently threatening to destroy the Canadian agricultural economy? This is the company that brought you Agent Orange, Genetically Modified Organisms, carcinogenic herbicides, PCBs and DDTs.

OP/ED: Heroes and villians in the face of an environmental disaster

Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010

The oil spill that now jeopardizes the entire ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico, and potentially beyond, is a chilling reminder that all is not well with our planet. And what’s actually worse: the amount of oil gushing from the seemingly impossible-to-stop deep-sea oil well or the complacent attitude taken toward the spill by media, government and the vast majority of the general populace?

Sure the science isn’t in regarding how much oil has actually been spilt, but it’s one hell of a lot. Nor has anyone been able to figure out how to stop the leakage.

Commuter Challenge: Is Rossland up for it?

Commuter Challenge: Is Rossland up for it?

Get your bike geared up, your walking shoes broken in, and start mapping out your active transportation routes to work as the Commuter Challenge returns May 30th. Last year Nelson jumped on board the Commuter Challenge in a big way, logging the highest level of participation in the small/mid size city category.

Columbia Avenue rebuild: What does your ideal downtown look like?

Columbia Ave - Andrew Zwicker Photo

Ever walked around Rossland and thought, 'wouldn’t it be nice to have a bench here, maybe some flowers over here, a nice sidewalk cafe on this side of the street and maybe rearrange the parking on the other?' Of course you have. Well, it’s not every day that Joe and Jill Canuck get the opportunity have real input on the design of their community's downtown area, but Rosslanders will have just such a chance next week . 

Columbia Ave rebuild: What does your ideal downtown look like?

Columbia Ave rebuild: What does your ideal downtown look like?

Ever walked around Rossland and thought, 'wouldn’t it be nice to have a bench here, maybe some flowers over here, a nice sidewalk cafe on this side of the street and maybe rearrange the parking on the other?' Of course you have. Well, it’s not every day that Joe and Jill Canuck get the opportunity have real input on the design of their community's downtown area, but Rosslanders will have just such a chance next week .

COMMENT: An ode to Rossland's under-sung sports heroes

COMMENT: An ode to Rossland's under-sung sports heroes

Look out your window. It's not hard to imagine, this week, that it's still winter out there. In fact, I almost think I can see a skim of fresh snow on the top of Mt. Roberts on the cusp of the weekend when it's supposed to be safe to start planting our gardens. Sigh. Consequently, a little late-season ski news should suit all our moods as we sit by our firesides and sip our hot cocoa (slightly bitter).

Scribbling for Scratch

Scribbling for Scratch

Two young wordsmiths from RSS have scribbled their way into Scratch magazine and placed themselves one step closer to a $1,000 grand prize. Amid tales of vampires in a Kootenay high school and love stories from the open road, the prose of Aanika Ruutopold and Julia Mason has made it to the top ten in this year’s Scratch Writing Challenge.

 

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