Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another $6,000 raised for the Unity Bridge!

This past week has been another good fundraising week:

1) We raised $2,000 at May Days and are well over 150 members for 2015. Those post plaques for $500 are popular!

2) We received $2,000 from Kootenay Savings Community Foundation to help put the roof on the bridge. KSCF was a major sponsor of our first bridge, so we're pleased to have them be represented on this one too.

Community Fund of
North Kootenay Lake

3) We also received $2,001 from the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake. Combined with earlier contributions, this makes CFNKL a Platinum Sponsor and currently one of our top 5 cash contributors to the bridge.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The girders are coming!

UPDATE:  The steel girders are now spending the night in Nakusp and will arrive between 9 and 10 am tomorrow (Thursday) morning. They will be unloaded shortly after that. Please remember to keep your distance and park far away if you come to watch the unloading.

The steel girders for the bridge will arrive this afternoon and be unloaded tomorrow morning (Thursday). The delivery trailer will stay at the Village Works Yard beside the recycling depot overnight.

If you want to come down and take a look at them or watch the unloading, please park in town across the highway bridge as space in the area will be limited. That's $100,000 you'll be looking at!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Work party Wednesday May 20 9am-noon

This week we will be working on a wet muddy area along the Lettrari Loop trail. Its a bit of a walk in to the site.

We will meet at the New Denver Highway trailhead. We will be bringing a chainsaw, polaskis, snips, shovels and rakes so we should be OK for tools.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Trailblazers at May Days

Staining work party
The Trailblazers will have a table at May Days this year so if you haven't got your membership yet or would like to sponsor a plaque for $150, come by Vimy Park and visit us. We're still about $25,000 short to pay for the bridge, so every dollar helps.

You can also now sponsor post plaques for $500. These are larger and will be at eye level on the bridge posts.

Staining is almost done, and the 120 foot steel girders from Armstrong BC will be delivered on Thursday, May 21st. Exciting times!

Regional trails meeting Saturday May 23 at 2 pm

Click to enlarge poster

There is a regional trails meeting planned for Saturday May 23, 2 - 5 pm at Bosun Hall in New Denver. Please see the image at left.

All are welcome to attend.   Please forward to any folks who may be interested.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

No bridge staining this Saturday

Due to May Days commitments, there will be no bridge staining work this Saturday, May 16.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Work party Wednesday May 13 9am to noon

We are going to replace a wood bench with a concrete bench along the north side river trail. This means picking up the concrete bench at the Village Shop yard, and moving it by truck into place, removing the wood bench, forming and pouring red-mix concrete, and bringing back the wood bench.

We will meet at the Village Shop yard at 9am. Wear work gloves……no tools required.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Volunteers needed for May Days table

The success of our recent membership drive ($2,130) showed how great the fundraising potential is for the Trailblazers this year. The new bridge has got people talking and interested, but the Trailblazers still need another $25,000 to pay for it!

Please help us on May Days weekend by either setting up or sitting at our table. Shifts are 2 hours:

Saturday May 16 8-10 am (set up)
Saturday May 16 10 am-12 pm, 12-2 pm, 2-4 pm
Sunday May 17 10 am-12 pm, 12-2 pm, 2-4 pm
Monday May 18 12-2 pm, 2-4 pm
Monday May 18 4 pm (tear down)

It's not that hard... smile at people (optional), write down their name, take their money, give them a membership card or receipt.

Finish your shift with a Snoopy dance to celebrate all the money you brought in.

Call Chris or Leslie at 250-353-7709 to schedule a time.

Friday, May 1, 2015

No bridge staining work party Saturday May 2

We have been having great turn-outs for the bridge staining recently……thanks very much for your time and energy! Val says "no work party this Saturday" May 2, as he and other coordinators have other commitments.

Next bridge staining work party will be Tuesday May 5.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We raised more than $6,000 last week!

Last week was a very good week for the Kaslo Trailblazers:
  1. Our membership drive April 21-24 raised $2,130 and signed up more than 125 members. Thank you, Trailblazers! Another big thank you goes to our new membership chair, Chris Carroll, for organizing the event.

    If you haven't got your membership yet or want to sponsor a plaque, look for our table at May Days or use the Canada Helps donation site at

  2. We received $3,942 in CBT Community Initiatives funding for the 5th Street Unity pedestrian bridge. This was voted on by Kaslo & Area D residents at a meeting on April 16, and it was the highest amount awarded on the ballot!

    Thank you to all who voted, it's great to see so much community support for the bridge. Hats off also to CBT for making the funding available, and Suzan Hewat for managing the meeting and allocations.