Sibling city signing ceremony Mayor Masayoshi Sato and eight other delegates from Karuizawa, Japan will be coming to Whistler early next week for the official sister city signing ceremony, on March 3. Karuizawa hosted the curling events of the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games, but is best known in Japan as a summer resort. It is approximately two hours by car, or one hour by bullet train, from Tokyo. At the signing Whistler and Karuizawa will be declared sister cities, a first time relationship for Whistler. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. The ceremonies will involve an exchange of municipal flags. Mayor Hugh O’Reilly will present Mayor Sato with a gift from the citizens of Whistler to the town of Karuizawa. While in Whistler the delegation will also be welcomed at a reception hosted by the Whistler Resort Association, tour the resort and attend a dinner at Joel’s restaurant at Nicklaus North. The objectives of twinning with Karuizawa are to strengthen cultural, tourism and economic ties with Japan. Student homestays, sports meets, professional and community exchanges are some of the activities both municipalities hope to promote. Joe Foy of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee will be the guest speaker at the next AWARE meeting, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Delta Whistler Resort. Foy will present the committee’s vision for protection of the Stoltmann wilderness. The committee is proposing the creation of a 500,000 hectare national park. This proposal will need the support of neighbouring communities such as Whistler if it is to succeed. This meeting is intended to stimulate discussion among Whistlerites. For more information contact AWARE at 932-4457. Artrageous is calling Organizers of the next Artrageous, which will be part of the April 10 Town Party, are calling for submissions from local artists. Anyone with poetry, performance pieces or visual art they would like to share is invited to call Christina Nick, at 938-9265. Pemberton Volley Fire-fighters set date for dinner The Pemberton Volunteer Fire-fighter’s Association has set Thursday March 18 as their night to stoke the fund-raising embers with their annual dinner and silent auction. The Pemberton Volunteers are a 25 member team responsible for fire suppression and automobile accident rescue over a large region. Coverage extends beyond the Village of Pemberton itself, south from Highway 99, to the Duffey Lake and Lillooet Lake roads, and north to the Meager Creek and Hurley Road. All members donate their time and are on-call 24 hours a day. The funds raised will support the award winning Pemberton Fire/Rescue Department’s auto extraction team. This rookie team won the 1998 B.C. South West Regional Competition held in Whistler last year. The team went on to Yellowknife’s Western Canadian Competition, placing a strong third overall. The fund-raising event will begin at 7 p.m. at Willy G’s Restaurant in Pemberton and includes a three course meal. Tickets are available from the restaurant or by calling 894-6411. Anyone interested in donating items for the auction can contact Bruce Wienberg at 905-3209 as soon as possible. Pemberton Library holds 20 year AGM The amazingly well stocked Pemberton Library is marking it’s 20 year anniversary at the annual general meeting on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to join Jan and the library board members for the presentation of their annual report for 1998 and hear about their plans for 1999 and beyond. The board also passes on an invitation for anyone who would like to join the board or otherwise get involved to contact chair Julie Kelly at 894-5031. Pemberton Trade Fair submissions sought Last year the Annual Pemberton Trade Fair attracted 57 varieties of local companies to it’s exhibition. This year you can help the community catch up on your business at the Pemberton Trade Fair scheduled for Saturday April 24. Registration are now being accepted fro the trade fair sponsored by the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce and the Pemberton Recreation Commission. New this year to the fair will be the opportunity for businesses to hold a 10 to 15 minute seminar or workshop in one of the designated rooms at the community centre. Organisers say that every effort will be made to locate exhibitors in the gymnasium, however registrants will be allocated space on a first come first served basis. Local storefront and home based businesses are encouraged to take this opportunity to display their enterprises to the residents of the valley. Registration fees are $25 for Pemberton Chamber members and $45 for non-members and $15 for non-profit organisations. Registration forms may be picked up from the Mystery Closet or at the Pemberton Community Centre.