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    The Trail tradition of pasta and meatballs has traveled far and wide by visitors who still get hungry thinking about the Colander and its popular special.

    The endless platters of spaghetti and meat-balls, chicken and jojos, crusty buns and salad is enough to bring someone back. But now there is a virtual tour available for those who've only ever heard of the experience. You just have to Google it.

    The Google Business Photos and View Virtual Project saw to 57 businesses the Colander included and organizations in the Lower Columbia developing an online presence.

    Virtual tours, still photography, a Google land-ing page, and a listing with Kootenay Rockies Tourism was included in the $44,000 project.

    This was the perfect way to kickstart a regional tourism project, as we can now use this info on other websites, as well as increase the vis-ibility of our local businesses online, explained Deanne Steven of Tourism Rossland.

    Steven coordinated the project, which was paid for by Community Directed Funds (administered by the Lower Columbia Community Development Team Society) and Kootenay Rockies Tourism.

    Views4Business sent Google certified pho-tographers to the Kootenay-Rockies region this month to shoot footage of businesses with street-style and indoor 360-degree views. Virtual tours already live also include Birchbank Golf Course, Country Roads General Store, and Columbia Gardens Winery.

    When I want to go somewhere, I research the heck out of it, and I think a lot of people do, said Steven.This allows people to really get a sense of what they're going to do before they go and also to lure them to our area. I think there is a lot that we can do to improve our online presence as a Greater Trail region.

    This is not the first time Steven has pushed for a larger online footprint. Two years ago, she secured funding to do the same with Rossland just shortly after she met Views4Business at a trade show.

    We (Rossland) became the most Google-photo toured community in the world per capi-ta, she said.

    Now she's expanding that scope with high hopes for the rest of the Lower Columbia Warfield, Trail, Fruitvale and Montrose because she believes working together will keep visitors

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    B Y S H E R I R E G N I E RTimes Staff

    The crumbling river wall on the east side of the Trail Memorial Centre is under repair for the next few weeks. So anyone needing a drop off by car in the building's front entrance won't be able to do so for the duration of the proj-ect, which is expected to be completed Aug. 8.

    Vehicle access is a no go, but those on foot can follow a delineated path around the facility's perimeter.

    All motorists and pedestrians are asked to take caution when driving or walking near the area, explained Andrea Jolly, the city's communication coordinator.

    Please obey all posted information, she added, refer-ring to information signage about temporary lane and sidewalk closures, posted speed limits and idle reduction notices.

    City crews were on site Wednesday, tearing up asphalt along the approximately 60-foot section of the infrastruc-ture project that once complete, includes installation of a new guard rail.

    The repairs being undertaken were included in the 2015 capital budget for a total cost of $52,000.

    The project is being undertaken now to limit any dis-ruption to the arena given that ice will be going in shortly, said David Perehudoff, Trail's chief administrative officer.

    The current repair has been identified for some time and will involve replacing the concrete cap and handrail. In addition it will provide better protection of the fibre optic line that runs in this location.

    A separate river wall repair further south along the Esplanade near the Fortis building, is slated to begin this fall.

    Trail council allotted $30,000 from surplus after an isolated area was identified during the city's annual main-tenance inspection a few years ago.

    A concrete fracture and degraded cement became clearly visible following the creation of an unobstructed shoreline in 2013.

    The large crack is at the control joint from a previous repair completed in 1969 following a historic flooding of the Trail Creek.

    While the risk to public safety is deemed low, repairs are considered a high priority this year and expected to be com-pleted this fall when Columbia River levels are low.

    Vehicle access around TMC halted during river wall repairs

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    Google supportDowntown Trail Business Group

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    Jim Clarkson from the city's public works was on site Wednesday, breaking up a section of asphalt on the east side of the Trail Memorial Centre. Repairs to the river wall and guard rail are underway now until Aug. 8.

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    The bidding: South has a fairly ugly 13 HCPs, but his shape dictates an opening. If partner has a decent fit with one of the long suits, the deck is a 28-point, not 40-point, deck and then game can be made with consider-ably less than 25 HCPs.

    South is not strong enough

    to open One Heart and rebid Two Spades, so he lies about length not strength and opens One Spade with the intention of rebid-ding Two Hearts. This keeps the auc-tion at a necessary low level.

    North chooses Spades because his partner bid them first and Spades will usually be longer than Hearts.

    It is unfortunate that declarer plays the contract in a five-two not a six-three fit, but that is just the way it goes. Bidding systems do not work all the time, however, one must bid in a way that will be successful most of the time.

    The Play: West leads the Diamond Queen and not his stiff Heart. Because he has four trump, he wants declar-er to shorten his long-trump holding. Leading a stiff in

    declarers second suit is a very risky proposition and West finds the for-cing defense as a good excuse not to lead his Heart.

    East wins the Diamond Ace and continues a Diamond. Declarer

    is forced to ruff with his long-trump hand. Thus, it is called a forcing defense. When East gets in with the Heart King, he will lead another Diamond, and declarer will be tapped again and will have fewer trump than West.

    If declarer gets a Heart lead, he will do a lot bet-ter. Here is your assignment. Take two decks of cards and deal both decks as shown in the figure. With one deck, play the hand with a Heart lead and with the other, play the hand with a Diamond lead and continuations. You will see the benefit of a for-

    cing defense.Note: South could have

    opened One Heart and Rebid Two Hearts hiding the spade suit completely unless part-ner has four of them and replies One Spade. Four Hearts is cold because a six card suit is less susceptible to a forcing defense while Four Spades will go down with good defense. However, telling partner ones hand is single-suited and not two-suited is probably not the best approach.

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