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Appia Developments was before council Monday to explain its use of cultured stone on the second phase of the Stoney Creek development. The municipality maintains natural stone was specified in the terms and conditions of development and that cultured stone was not acceptable. Nat Bosa told council the use of cultured stone was an honest mistake and Appia would use natural stone on the remainder of the Stoney Creek project. However, the areas where cultured stone has been used will not be replaced with real stone, because the cultured stone is fixed with mortar and it would be extremely difficult to remove. Instead, Bosa agreed to contribute $60,000 — the cost savings using cultured stone — toward public art in the Stoney Creek project. The issue of a traffic light at Blueberry Drive and Highway 99 will be discussed at the Oct. 21 council meeting. The matter was set over until that time so that West Vancouver lawyer Mark Sager, who has been retained by some residents of Blueberry Hill and Whistler Cay, has time to familiarize himself with the issue. A Function Junction convenience store is one step closer to reality following a public hearing Monday. No one spoke for or against the application by Nesters Market to open a convenience store in the industrial park. A series of workshops for people working in the tourism industry will be held at the Crystal Lodge between Oct. 29 and Dec. 3. Hospitality Mountain Management is a series of six modules designed for supervisors and middle managers dealing with staff on a daily basis. The six-week program will take participants through recruiting, training and managing of staff to more complex issues such as team building and motivating. The Front-line Staff Survival Kit is a series of five half-day workshops designed to provide front-line staff with customer skills. The workshops are offered by Executive Marketing Consultants, who can be reached at 1-800-667-0955.

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