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Story and Photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is now doing business at a new address, one which provides more visibility and easier access in the downtown.“The office we had was on the second floor,” said Cindy Fligor, the chamber president, recalling what had been the chamber office – above the Atlantic Cinema 5 at 82 First Ave. – until February.At that time, the chamber moved to a ground-floor location at 68 First Avenue, just two blocks away. “We moved to street level for easy visibility, access,” said chamber administrator Mary Thompson. “To be more neighborhood friendly,” added Fligor, president since January. “We have a lot of visitors from the harbor, transient boats.”Cindy Fligor, president of the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, at the new chamber office, 68 First Ave.While the move was made in February, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 24.The office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, the traditional beginning and end of the summer season, the office will be open Saturdays. Those hours are yet to be established.The chamber office has brochures, business cards, menus and business directories. “We’re a font of information,” Thompson said.The chamber has access to a conference room and extra space provided by their landlords, Mickey and Fred Rast, owners of the Atlantic Cinema 5. The Rasts also were the landlords at the previous location.Work continues on the new chamber location. For example, an awning was to be added above the doorway.The chamber has about 150 members, representing such businesses as retail, eateries, real estate, financial, professional services and contracting.Fligor owns Salon at 68, a unisex salon next door to the chamber office, but at the same address. She replaced Chuck Lero, a mortgage officer who served as chamber president for five years. Fligor is married to Borough Councilman Lou Fligor.
The Nelson Eagles finished 2-1 at the U17 KMBA Boys Basketball Tourney this past weekend in Kelowna.The Eagles, consisting of players mostly from L.V. Rogers High School and Castlegar, defeated KMBA Reps from Kelowna in the consolation final Sunday.“(We) caught the KMBA squad on the back end of a double-header and took full advantage, pushing the tempo and scoring easily in transition,” said Eagles coach Jeremy Phelan.“Eagles point guard Robby Dixon put on a show scoring from long range and in the paint and KMBA had no solutions to stopping him.”Phelan said new recruit Kai Shave also had a solid game along as well as Castlegar import players Ajeet Dhaliwal.Josh Matosevic and Vinnie Watson were among the Eagles top scorers. Nelson opened the tournament by outlasting CBA Viper of Calgary 45-43.Playing the tournament with a short bench, the Eagles managed game minutes very well in a contest Nelson shot the ball well and played great defence.The Eagles then met Foundations Youth Basketball (FYB) of Calgary.The shortage of players caught up to Nelson as FYB came away with a 62-38 win.In the other game of the round robin, CBA Viper rocked FYB 62-38 to set up a three-way tie for top spot in Pool A.The tiebreaker saw Eagles fall to third in the pool.Nelson returns to the court May 30-31 in Salmon Arm.The West Kootenay Bulls U15 Boy’s Basketball squad finished 2-1 at a tournament in Kelowna.The Bulls only loss came against Salmon Arm.Nelson’s Dyllan and Brock Dixon play for the Bulls, a team consisting mostly of players from Castlegar.