by Contributor on Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 4:31pm

Ed. Note: This was a post written on a Facebook page called 'In Loving Memory of Brando', then sent to The Source. To read the related news article, click here .

Hello everyone.

Brandon's dad here.

I hope and pray for each one of you, as you all struggle to accept such a terrible tragedy. Your outpouring of love, your messages, flowers and food and visits have been a great blessing to myself, his mother and family.

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Call for Nominations for BC Community Achievement Awards

Call for Nominations for BC Community Achievement Awards

They come from BC's biggest cities and the smallest towns. They are young, old and in-between. They are people who boldly develop the grand plan or who quietly put it into play.

They are the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on those British Columbians who make life better in their communities. And right now, the foundation that administers the awards is seeking your help with nominations for the 2015 award.

Acclaimed local education program starts second year

Acclaimed local education program starts second year

This week’s return to classes is especially good news for participants of a local alternative education program. Students and staff of the Take a Hike West Kootenay program are eager to embark on the second year of an adventure-based learning journey that mixes traditional classroom time with a unique blend of outdoor education, therapy, and community involvement.

Letter from former Robson Community School Coordinator

Letter from former Robson Community School Coordinator

For the past 18 years, I have had the pleasure of being the coordinator at Robson Community School. Twenty years ago, the school principal at Robson applied for Community School Status and as a result, $75,000 was brought into this district to set up a community school. A year or two later, Blueberry Creek also received these funds to offer programs for families and the community.

Regional News

Climate Change March Joins World Wide Movement

More than 250 supporters joined marches in 150 countries around the world  calling for action in Canada on climate change Sunday afternoon in Nelson. — Photo by Suzy Hamilton

Dubbed the “People’s Climate March”, more than 250 Nelson and area residents joined the world in calling for action in Canada on climate change initiatives Sunday afternoon.

It was one of 2,000 events taking place in 150 countries around the world ahead of a United Nations climate summit next week in New York city.

10,000 Year-Old Sinixt Remains Reburied in the Slocan Valley

A shaman from the Arrow Lakes People of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation blesses the site at the Slocan Pool where the 10,000 year-old remains of a Sinixt ancestor were reburied. — Colin Payne photo

Recently, a group of First Nations people gathered near the banks of the Kootenay River to rebury the 10,000 year-old bones of a Sinixt ancestor, after the remains were exposed earlier this year.

The ceremony took place last week.

A walker in the Slocan Pool area found the remains in February, which were turned over to police and then sent to the coroner in Burnaby before being shipped to the BC Archeological branch.

Nelson Fire Department responds to fire at Hume Hotel

A popular hotel in Nelson had an early morning wake up call for guests when a fire started in the laundry room Sunday.

Guests at the Hume Hotel got an early wake up call due to a fire in the laundry room Sunday morning.

Nelson Fire Department responded to a call shortly after 7 a.m. of a fire that originated in the laundry room in one of the commercial dryers.

“Both on-duty Nelson Fire Department members responded immediately with one additional member responding from home,” said Michael Daloise, Assistant Fire Chief in a media release.

Provincial & National

Castlegar's Maglio Industries inks $5.4 million contract for Creston road improvements

Castlegar's Maglio Industries inks $5.4 million contract for Creston road improvements

Maglio Industries Ltd. of Castlegar has been awarded a contract to improve the Pine Street-Railway Boulevard intersection of Highway 3 in Creston.

The intersection at Pine Street and Railway Boulevard will be realigned to create a cross intersection and traffic signals will be installed.

This will improve safety for motorists travelling on Highway 3 through Creston, and improve access to and from the highway for Creston residents.

UPDATED: Death of Serena Vermeersch – Arrest Made and Charges Secured

UPDATED: Death of Serena Vermeersch – Arrest Made and Charges Secured

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) released the name of the man charged with second degree murder in connection to the homicide of Serena Vermeersch as 43-year-old Raymond Lee Caissie.

Inititally there was a publication ban on the release of suspect, but that has since been lifted said Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound.