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The Agassiz Fire Department held their annual food drive last Thursday night, sending trucks and fire firefighters around the community to gather donations. In total, 4,048 food items were collected, which were handed over Agassiz Harrison Community Services on Friday morning, along with $245 in cash. That is double the amount gathered last year in the same food drive. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

Shelley faces legal challenge over role as fire fighter But fire hall desperately short on members, newly elected councillor says Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

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The election may be over, but a legal issue over candidacy is still brewing in Harrison Hot Springs. Newly-elected Councillor Richard Shelley is being challenged by failed council candidate Andrew Baziuk, for what he's calling a lack of disclosure regarding Shelley's position as a firefighter with the Village's fire department. "I have nothing against him being a

firefighter," Baziuk told The Observer this week. "But you can't be both (a firefighter and a councilor)." Baziuk has filed papers with the Supreme Court, petitioning for Shelley to be disqualified as a councillor. He delivered those papers to Shelley last week, and a court date to set a hearing date was scheduled for early this week. Baziuk is also asking the court to name him as a councillor in Harrison Hot Springs. Of the nine candidates

running for Harrison's four council seats, Baziuk ranked fifth, earning 269 votes. Shelley earned 284 votes in the November 19 election. Baziuk's petition to the court states that Shelley was required to request a leave of absence from the fire department before seeking election. He filed a Freedom of Information request with the Village upon learning that Shelley was a "paid on call" firefighter. He was looking for proof that Shelley asked for a leave,


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but according to a reply from the Village to the FOI, no papers could be found on record. Baziuk says that a councillor holding a position as a firefighter within the same Village is a conflict of interest, because it's council that makes decisions on funding for its fire department. But Shelley told the Observer the need for weekday firefighters in the Village is of greater importance, and CONTINUED ON 3

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TOY HOUSE Help make a Child’s Christmas brighter with your donation. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

BMO’s Dave Dielemn (right) and UBC’s Jim Thompson unveil a plaque that will commemorate a $250,000 donation made by the financial institution to the university’s Dairy Education and Research Centre.

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UBC Centre gets huge boost from BMO Money will directly benefit the students at Agassiz dairy program

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Students at the UBC Dairy Education Centre got a major boost Wednesday morning, when a major financial institution handed over an early Christmas present. BMO Financial Group handed over a cheque for $250,000, during the centre’s advisory committee meeting in the main conference room. As a way of commemorating the donation — one of the largest ever seen at the centre — that conference room has been named after BMO, and a plaque that was unveiled will be hung in the main hallway outside the room. Nelson Dinn, manager of the UBC Dairy Education Centre, said the donation was “huge and much appreciated.” “It’s a quarter million dollars we didn’t have last week,” he said. “It’s substantial.” The education centre is working dairy farm that provides training and education for those interested in farming. But even more than that, the centre heads up research that seeks to improve the dairy industry. And that’s one of the main reasons BMO said they made the donation. Dave Dieleman, BMO’s Director of agricultural markets in B.C., spoke to a crowd of about 50 people, including students,

farmers and industry leaders at the Wednesday meeting. “We’ve maintained a long standing commitment to agriculture,” he said. “Agriculture is the backbone of the community.” And dairy farmer plays a major role in the province’s economic health. In B.C., the dairy industry represents 18.5 per cent of total farming cash receipts, with about 525 farms producing more than 660 million litres of milk each year. Last year, B.C.’s dairy farms

“Agriculture is the backbone of the community” Dave Dieleman, BMO spent more than $400 million in their local economies, and BMO said that translates into a $2 billion injection into the overall provincial economy. “Since dairy farming is capital intensive, it is an important industry in rural Canada, requiring products and services from a wide range of agri-businesses, professionals and retailers in neighbouring communities,” Dieleman said. This is not the first time BMO

has invested in UBC, and last year the financial group contributed $54.3 million across Canada and the United States. “We recognize the role UBC plays in advancing the dairy industry locally, nationally, and even internationally,” he said. Dr. Jim Thompson met with BMO five years ago to chat about the possibility of a donation. He expressed his thanks at Wednesday’s meeting and explained that while studies will often receive funding from outside sources, the school itself does not. Both Thompson and Dinn said the donation will improve the overall excellence of the centre. “The end benefit is basically, the students win,” Dinn said. The donation could result in more students having access to the centre. And more students translates into more research, which eventually would benefit the entire agricultural industry. Some of the topics being researched in Agassiz include cattle comfort and manure management. The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre is the largest dairy cattle research facility in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Their state-of-the-art equipment is designed to continuously monitor and record animal feeding animal feeding and other behaviours.

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Peter and Hilary Kennedy were one of about ten families who purchased their Christmas tree from Limbert Mountain Farms in Agassiz on Saturday. Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the tree sale went toward the Agassiz Fire Department for the one-day sale, said owner Trudie Bouchard. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

Baziuk a 'sore loser': Shelley FROM 1

he has no intention of leaving the firehall. "I am one of only four firemen who are out here during the week," Shelley said. While membership is at a high point for the hall, many of the firefighters are away from the Village during the work week. As it happens, Shelley said he has not yet been called out to a fire since joining the department earlier this year. He said he has also asked to not be paid for any work with the department from

October 1 forward. "I perceive Mr. Baziuk to be a very sore loser," Shelley said. Village CAO Ted Tisdale said that if the court decides that Shelley should be disqualified from council, it would also decide whether Baziuk would step in as councilor, or if a by-election would have to be held. A by-election would cost the Village anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000, and would follow the same basic process as a general election. The Village has also been named in the petition. It

asks that the Village of Harrison Hot Springs pays special costs on the grounds that the Chief Election Officer breached duty to commence a challenge under section 75 of the Local Government Act. Shelley said he understood that the UBCM recently made a resolution to allow volunteer firefighters to also run for council, and presumably sit on council. The Observer had not received confirmation on that resolution by press time.

Employment program comes to Mission A co-operative in the Fraser Valley has won a provincial contract to provide employment opportunities for Mission, Agassiz and Hope residents. The Fraser Valley Employment and Support Services Co-operative will operate the program out of WorkBC Employment Services centres beginning in April. The co-op is made up of Mission Community Skills Centre Society, Chilliwack’s Win Resources Inc., Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Society and Hope’s Free Rein Associates Training Ltd. Agassiz-Harrison Community

Services and its partners will deliver the new employment program in Agassiz at their current location, which will become a WorkBC Employment Services Centre in April. “We are very pleased that we have been chosen to provide employability services in these communities,” said co-op chairman Klaus Werner. “It has been a significant undertaking with lots of support from our staffs and community partners.” Werner said the new employment program will be a one-stop centre that will make

services easily accessible for both job seekers and employers in the region. Heidi Trautmann, Executive Director of Agassiz-Harrison Community Services, said the new employment program will be a great addition to programming in the community. "This is going to be an excellent service for our clients," she said. "It will also be of great benefit to our local employers. We can't wait to get started." The new employment program of British Columbia will officially launch in April 2012.

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Harrison councillors given committee roles At first meeting with new council, Jackson named deputy mayor for all of 2012 Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Harrison’s three new councillors got their feet wet at the first regular council meeting Monday night at the Village office. The meeting’s agenda included only a few items, and many of those weren’t discussed as they were included

in the “consent agenda.� Each of the the councillors and the mayor were given their portfolios and committee positions at the meeting, which lasted less than 40 minutes. Councilor Allan Jackson was named as deputy mayor for the entire year of 2012, even though it is general

practice to rotate each councillor through that role at three month intervals. When questioned by Councillor Sonja Reyerse about the change and “moving away from the more democratic process,� CAO Ted Tisdale said that Jackson had a better knowledge of council procedures and

a year would allow the new councilors a chance to learn more before taking on deputy mayor roles. Mayor Leo Facio will be the director for the FVRD, with Jackson as an alternate. Jackson will sit on the Fraser Valley Treaty Advisory Committee. Councillor Zoltan Kiss was

named a director of the Fraser Valley Regional Library board, with Councilor Sonja Reyerse as an alternate. Reyerse will also be the liaison for the Village for the Harrison-Agassiz Chamber of Commerce. Reyerse is a long-time director for the Chamber, and co-owns a bed and breakfast in Harri-

son Hot Springs. Jackson will remain a part of the award-winning Communities in Bloom team. Facio will be in charge of a youth committee and a recreation committee. Councillor Richard Shelley will work with the Healthy Communities committee, and Parks and Trails.

Village tweaks procedural bylaw Question period now open for any and all issues One of Leo Facio's hopes, if elected, was to return to two meetings a month for council, and a calendar reflecting that change was adopted on Monday night. Council will now meet twice a month, with a few exceptions. For the past calendar year, the Village held council meetings only once a month. That change was made by previous council and former Mayor

Ken Becotte, partly for the purpose of reducing the work load for staff preparing for meetings, and to allow for meatier agendas. The number of meetings held per month do not affect a councillor or mayor's pay, it was pointed out on Monday night. They will be held the first and third Mondays of the month, with the exception of January, July, August and September.

Another change to council pro- open public question period becedures allowed new Councillor gan. Then, a public meeting could take place, she said. She Sonja Reyerse to voice made a motion to amend her first opposition to a the bylaw. bylaw. However, Jackson worPublic council meetings ried that "you would lose will now be open to any your authority to adjourn question from the public, a meeting" after the quesregardless of whether an tioning started. issue was on the agenda. The motion was defeatPreviously, question peed due to lack of a second riod was limited to items REYERSE vote. on the agenda. Reyerse was the sole Reyerse voiced her concerns over this, and suggested that councilor to vote against the Counmeetings be adjourned before the cil Procedural Bylaw, 997.

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Stop the leaks The Village office is in need of roof repairs, and council approved a staff recommendation to go ahead with an asphalt shingle replacement. The report stated that the new roof should cost about $15,000 and would be the safest choice when considering the risk of interface forest fires. The report cited the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Wildfire, which caused the construction industry to pay closer attention to the "interface" area between forests and communities.

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their flu shot from their pharmacist because it is such a quick and convenient option." Pharmacists can provide free flu shots to those patients who qualify. Patients who are not eligible also have the option of paying for a flu shot. "Flu season is not over yet and we are urging people to get their flu shot if they haven't already done so," said Ragsdale. More than 1,500 pharmacists in B.C. are trained and authorized to give flu shots. Patients can visit Immunize BC's Flu Clinic Locator to search for a flu clinic by postal code, at http://www. or check eligibility by visiting: diseases-vaccinations/influenza.


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Gym plan moves ahead in council chambers

The District of Kent would like to thank BC Hydro and Trees Canada for the generous donation of 52 trees. These trees have been planted throughout the District providing beautiÀcation, environmental, and screening / shading beneÀts.

Grant could offer almost $1m toward recreation growth Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

A new gymnasium for the District of Kent got a little closer to reality at Monday’s council meeting. A gym has been in the grand plans for future additions to the current Fitness/Activity Centre, but now there is a chance for the District to obtain up to 80 per cent in provincial grant money for the project. That could equal a total of $960,000 in grant money toward the much-needed gym space. That chance has spurred on discussions in council over the past two meetings, looking at what is currently offered throughout the District, and what will be needed in the near and distant future. Kerry Hilts, Director of Community Services, told council that a gym could help “address the gaps in the community� for youth, particularly those ages five to 15. The application must be filed by Christmas Eve to be considered by the province, and a somewhat solid plan is an essential part of the application, Hilts explained. He posed three options to the council: A Junior Gymna-

sium at a cost of $700,000; a Ju- and creating a marketing plan. nior Gymnasium Plus at a cost He also recommended the fullof $900,000 or an International sized gym option, saying “go Gymnasium (full sized) at a big or go home.� cost of $1,200,000. After much discussion, council voted all in favour of the third option. If the grant for the full-sized By chance, a delegation adfacility is approved, and the dressed council on Monday full 80 per cent night, highis awarded to lighting the the District, that “We’d been talking inadequacies would equal of the current ... about getting a recreation op$960,000. That leaves $100,000 tions in Agasgroup together to to come from siz. approach council internal funding Mal and Linand $140,000 in da Shephard about what was borrowing prinhadn’t planned happening to us at on timing their ciple. The annual presentation to the gym� principle paycouncil on the ment would be same night that almost $26,000 a preliminary Linda Shephard with $3,000 in decision would annual interest. be made on a However, there is a chance new gymnasium. It’s just the the amount awarded is as low way it worked out, they said. as 50 per cent. “We’d been talking and talkIf that were to happen, Hilts ing and talking about getting said, council and staff would be a group together to approach free to explore ways to cut back council about what was hapon the project. pening to us at the gym,� Linda CAO Wallace Mah encour- Shephard said. aged council and staff to “get When their group of friends, creative� for fundraising ideas, most of whom attend the Fit-

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ness/Activity Centre’s current programs, realized that there was only one council meeting left in the calendar year, they decided that would be the one to attend. “We said, ‘let’s do it,’� she said. “Then they’ll have time to think about this over the Christmas season.� They told council how they’ve noticed the improved health of their friends who regularly go to the gym, despite reports of decreasing health across North America. However, they also outlined the cramped space in the Fitness/Activity Centre, and the need for more room for expanded courses. They encouraged council to look at funding options as a way to invest in the future. “I think they were very supportive of what we said,� Mal Shephard said. The Shephards and several of their friends stayed in council to learn more about the gymnasium possibility. “One thing we didn’t say (to council) was the fact that the money they could get now (from the government) is the cheapest they’ll ever get it,� Mal said.

Cloudworks gearing up for public info session Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Three run-of-river hydroelectric projects in the Harrison Lake area are moving forward in planning, according to a recent press release by Cloudworks Energy. The three projects are at Tretheway Creek, Shovel Creek and Big Silver Creek, and all are in the Harrison Lake area. Cloudworks Energy is a B.C.-based renewable hydroelectric developer that is wholly owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. A recent press release announced that Cloudworks proposes to construct the three run-of-river hydro-

electric projects, which will produce 23, 13 and 36 MW respectively. More information regarding the Projects is available at Cloudworks is planning an open house in mid-January, but no date or location has been set. An Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate for each of the Projects was submitted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on Nov. 14, 2011 and is currently under a 30-day review process. Cloudworks has decided that the Environmental Assessment of the Statlu Creek Project

will not be submitted together with the Big Silver/Shovel and Tretheway Projects at this time. Details of the proposed projects will be presented at the Open House and any questions or concerns from community members and interest groups will be addressed. For more information, visit the BCEAO website at Cloudworks is the company that helped bring power to residents at Tipella Creek last year, as reported by this newspaper. Cloudworks held a public information session regarding run-of-river projects this April in Harrison Memorial Hall.


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Better to give Forgive us if the last few editions of this newspaper have been a little heavy on news of charitable donations. But as they say, that's the kind of month it's been. Food drives have done enormously well, even doubling last year's haul in some cases. Cash donations have been coming in from choir performances, tree sales and every other Christmas-themed event. And there's more to come in the next few days, as Christmas Day looms closer. Today, the students at Kent elementary will walk their bags of donations to the food bank. Tomorrow, the CP Holiday Train will roll into town and present a cheque to Community Services. This theme of giving just doesn't seem to stop, and that's something to be reported on. Not just because it's wonderful news, but because it's not always that way. This has been

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an exceptional year, locally, and the difference is being noted by the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services. They told the newsroom that donations are indeed up 20 per cent this year, and the number is growing. But there's a flip side to that good news, too. They remind us that the need for help is also on the rise, with the number of people accessing the local food bank growing continually. Those are people you know, people you work with, maybe even people in your extended family. They are the working poor, the struggling families and the seniors eeking out their pension. So here's something to remember as Santa's sleigh bells get a little closer. Tossing a can of beans into a donation box is about as simple as clearing out the back of your pantry. And it'll warm your heart knowing you've helped someone in need warm their belly.


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B.C. justice system’s weak third leg B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher Attorney General Shirley Bond is coming off another busy week, announcing new sheriff and clerk training for B.C.’s constipated court system. Then Bond joined Premier Christy Clark to introduce B.C. to another kind of sheriff, the former Los Angeles district attorney best known for busting up one of the biggest nests of crooked cops in U.S. history. Richard Rosenthal went on to clean house as independent monitor of police forces in Portland and Denver, and now he takes on B.C.’s troubled police patchwork, which has been losing the public’s confidence along with the courts. Bond’s other ministry, Public Safety and Solicitor General,

announced its senior officials had selected the next commanding officer for the RCMP in B.C. It is unprecedented for a province to do that, but as B.C. gets ready to sign a new 20-year contract with the federal force, Bond and Clark are trying to demonstrate that they, not Ottawa, are now wearing the pants in this relationship. We’ll see. As the police and court legs of B.C.’s justice system were being strengthened, Auditor General John Doyle released his latest report on the shaky third leg, corrections. In a masterpiece of understatement, Doyle’s office headlined its news release “Opportunities for improvement in community corrections.” You have likely heard about the overflowing B.C. jail system, where even segregation inmates are now being doubled up, as the long wait continues for a new jail in the Okanagan. But as Doyle’s report sets out,

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nine out of 10 convicted adult offenders aren’t in custody. They’re on house arrest or probation, many with courtordered conditions to report their whereabouts, stay away from their victims, stay sober and complete

“Nine out of 10 convicted adult offenders aren’t in custody. They’re on house arrest or probation.” various rehabilitation programs. Many are violent. There are currently 24,000 of them, an alltime high and an increase of 28 per cent in the past six years. As with the jail population, a larger proportion have mental illness as well as addiction. And Doyle found that only about a

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third of them actually complete the programs they are supposed to take to prevent re-offending. Corrections branch officials say their program for male spousal abusers has a success rate of up to 50 per cent. That’s a pretty good result for an awful crime, the second-largest category of offenders after impaired driving. But that success rate only applies to offenders who actually complete the program. Doyle found several cases where convicted abusers breached their orders to stay away from a spouse, and were not returned to court. There are undoubtedly more, but B.C.’s 450 probation officers can’t keep all the files up to date, much less punish every breach of conditions. Training hasn’t kept up either – fewer than half of current probation officers have completed the ministry’s anti-spousal abuse course. The NDP deplores all of this and has decades of practice doing

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so. The part about offenders not completing their rehabilitation reminded me of Dave Barrett in the late 1960s. In his autobiography, Barrett tells how he got into politics because prisoners in B.C. jails weren’t able to complete vocational programs. Barrett was a social worker at the old Haney Correctional Institution. By 1970 he was Opposition leader, demanding that the W.A.C. Bennett government shut down Haney, by then notorious for trades training that prisoners weren’t locked up long enough to finish. Each inmate was costing B.C. more than $4,000 a year, a huge sum wasted, Barrett thundered in the legislature. Today, Doyle calculates B.C. jails cost $71,000 per inmate per year, or $194 a day. Community supervision spending works out to $7 a day.

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Valdy sends message from CP Holiday Train The CP Holiday Train is getting very close to Agassiz today, with stops in Ashcroft, Lytton and North Bend. It will arrive in Agassiz tomorrow, Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. and close out its threeweek tour in Port Moody later that night. At the outset of the cross-Canada tour, The Observer was in contact with Canadian folk musician Valdy, who is one of this year's performers. He wrote a quick email to our newsroom following that interview, and a number of photos. We're sharing them here with you, along with the email, and hope everyone makes it out to see the train to see Valdy, Tracey Brown and of course, Santa Claus and cheer them on as they

collect for the food bank. Dear Editor, I've arrived in Thunder Bay, way past your deadline, but the first stable connection I've been able to make. We did six shows today, starting in Mobert, a native community that relies heavily on the food bank resources, at -18ºC, outside. The kids were skidding around on the iced-over puddles. The teaching staff had the kids there, and the staff all had Santa ties on. It was tie day, even in the band office. That's done for CP, a respectful call. Here's a picture of Lake Superior and the Holiday Train. Love, Valdy FEEDBACK, COMMENTS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CAN BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL: NEWS@AHOBSERVER.COM

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Children clamour to sit on Santa’s knee sic played, adding to the happy atmosphere. • In 1961 a thief was collecting trailer parts in this area. One wheel and a tire were taken at Harrison Mills, another at Harrison Hot Springs and two at Green Point. On the Ruby Creek Road someone took a trailer with no wheels. It was suspected the thief was building a trailer. • Chimney fires were common in the 1960s. Wood stoves and fireplaces heated many homes and if the chimneys were not

cleaned regularly, house fires often resulted. High winds in December of 1961 fanned the flames of several chimney fires, resulting in many calls for the Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs Fire departments. • Mr. and Mrs. Hadway were rebuilding the Agassiz Café on the corner of Pioneer and Park Street, where Mr. Pang’s Café later located. It is now called the Park Café. Hadway’s restaurant sustained a bad fire in the summer of 1961, damaging the interior.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE! May the miracle of the season fill your heart with warmth and love!

Enviromental writing to be honoured Prize given in honour of long-time editor Art Downs Entries are now being accepted for the BC Wildlife Federation’s Art Downs Award. The award is for writing that is factual, accurate, well researched and focused on the real issues where governments, private or public companies need to be taken to task on environmental infractions. Priority consideration for winning this award will be given to the author who has managed to bring about change with his/her writing in a significant, positive way. This award is given to recognize excellence in writing and a commitment to conservation

and the environment. Art Downs was the founder of BC Outdoors Magazine and served as its editor until the late 1970s. As the first real environmental editor, he used the pages of his magazine to inform the public of the conservation issues of the day and encouraged writers to address those issues. All entries will be judged by March 15, 2012, and the winner will be notified. The award will be presented at the BC Wildlife Federation’s Annual General Meeting and Convention. The convention this year is in Courtney, April 25 to April 28. The award is a framed print

of Canada Geese over Quesnel Lake as seen from Art’s cabin and a monetary prize of $250 from BC Outdoors. The deadline for entries is Feb. 15, 2012. Six copies of each article submitted should be sent to: The Art Downs

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50 Years Ago, 1961 • Santa set up headquarters outside on Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz one Saturday in December. Organizers were surprised by the response. More than 250 children arrived, lining up for their turn to sit on Santa’s knee and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Balloons and bags of candy quickly ran out in the first half hour and more had to be found. Boughs of evergreen and Christmas decorations festooned Santa’s shop and Christmas mu-

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Impromptu songs with seniors saved the day Volunteer’s quick action led to long-standing singing group

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Renate Schwanke, times per year, Renate and Friends are putting sitting in the audience, together special events realized that somebody for the residents, such had to do something to as the ever-popular save the situation. Why, Oktoberfest or other she thought, don’t we celebrations. try to sing together? It This year, Dec. 13, might not be perfect, was such a day. Under but it could be fun! the direction of Margo RUTH ALTENDORF And this is how the Galea, a group of singfirst sing-along group Harrison ers were entertaining, was started at Logan Happenings accompanied by KarManor. The residents rie Mathew on piano, called them Renate and Friends because from like to come and sing, and Gisela Montague then on Renate not and the residents and with the flute. And of course, there were only came herself to guests like to join. Songs bring back special treats because sing with them, she also brought along friends, memories and singing after all, it is Christincluding some musi- itself is good for your mastime. health. Then on Dec. cians. 27, Renate’s son Logan Manor will be visiting was setting up “Songs bring back and will play the tables and protrumpet. And memories and singing vided coffee and Leo Van Tol will cookies. In addiitself is good for your be there with his tion, Renate often accordion. It will brought along her health” be a very special fruit flans as a spesing-along for cial treat. Some seThe big surprise how- sure. niors who live close by Who would have started to drop-in and ever is that six years join in the fun. It was later Renate’s sing- thought all of this in a win-win situation: alongs are still popu- 2005? Volunteering to sing Renate and her friends lar. Not only this, a few




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and entertain at senior residences has become quite popular since then, and a number of other groups have sprung up all over the place. This is a good thing, because also since then, many more senior residences have opened and provide ready-made audiences. If one starts volunteering however, one thing leads to another, and so it happened that Renate also started to organize bi-monthly Brunch get-togethers for the Harrison Hikers

and Singers. Some of the hikers belong to the new generation, some are old timers — one lady is 94 years of age — which is hard to believe, but all are happy to see each other. On Dec. 4 we met at Minter Gardens Trillium Restaurant for a Nutcracker Brunch. Santa was there as well and a good time was had by all. Thank you very much, Renate, and Merry Christmas to you all and the friends.

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Renate Schwanke has been singing for, and with, seniors for several years.


entertainers to arrive to give a piano concert. The concert never happened however, because the entertainers never came. Somehow they had forgotten about it.


It happened during the year 2005, at the Logan Manor Seniors Residence Home in Agassiz. It was afternoon and the seniors were seated in the foyer, waiting for some

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Two truckloads for food bank Country singer helps with fundraiser at Agassiz Chiropractic Jessica Peters

And that truckload? It was actually two truckloads by the end of the day, which translated into a cheque for $775. Being able to perform at a fundraiser isn’t just a joy for McKitrick, it’s how she got her start in the music business. At the age of nine, she was combing the newspapers and calling the city (Abbotsford) to see what fundraisers were going on each weekend. And then, she’d offered to sing. “It was something I really loved to do,” she said. “I love the spotlight from a young age, and my parents always told me if you want to make something happen you can make it happen. But you have to put in the hard work and be determined.” Her next fundraiser is a Cans for Kids event at Seven Oaks Shopping Centre, Thursday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. She’ll be singing, and helping collect money and non-perishable food for the Abbotsford Food Bank. The sales of her CDs at the event will also go toward the fundraiser.


The community was treated to an acoustic performance by Abbotsford-based country singer Stacey McKitrick last Friday afternoon, as part of a fundraiser for Agassiz Harrison Community Services. And in return, the community helped stock the shelves for the food bank, which is run through AHCS. “They gathered a truckload of donations,” McKitrick said. “I was completely shocked. It was unbelievable, for being in a small setting, in a small community.” The performance and fundraiser was held at the Agassiz Chiropractic Centre, in the District of Kent’s Fitness/Activity Centre. “It was just me and my guitar player, and we went out and performed two half-hour acoustic sets,” she said, mixing up Christmas standards with music off her self-titled, debut album. The fundraiser was organized by Agassiz Chiropractic, who promised to match the donations brought in.

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All CDL Drivers Wanted: Excellent mileage pay + bonuses. Require valid passport. Deliver new & used vehcles long haul in U.S. & Canada. Piggyback training available. Toll-Free 1-855-781-3787.

Class 1 Drivers & Owner Operators Highway – BC & AB O/O’s $1.70+ per mile Co. Drivers 44c mile

Send resume & “N” print abstract Fax: 1-888-778-3563 or E-mail: or Call: 604-214-3161 COMPANY DRIVER & O/O req’d for Gillson Trucking. Full Time. 42¢/mile. Run U.S. 604-853-2227 DRIVERS WANTED: Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Experience Needed!! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 wks. vacation & benefits pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License w/ air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE



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Call Erica at 604 777 2195 .

IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE If you are experiencing delays in the processing of your EI, CPP, OAS, Veterans Affairs, or CIC claims, please call the “Office For Client Satisfaction”

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14 Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, December 16, 2011 EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 130


Front End Gas Attendant Required Full time, evenings & weekends. Apply in person with resume at

Pioneer Motors 1887, # 9 Hwy. Agassiz

General Greenhouse Cut flower Work Available. Start wage $9/hr. Starting times are: 7am until finish, Saturdays 6:00am until finish. Hours range between 30-55 hours/week depending on production. Saturday rotation a must. Part time as in specific full days will be considered.

Please fax resume to: 604-795-5095

LOGGING TRUCKS - OWNER/OPERATORS WANTED (SHORT & LONG LOGS) Chetwynd BC Very busy logging season ahead Good Rates - Accommodations provided - Health/Dental available Ph: 250-788-6093 Fax: 250788-2848 Attn: DWAN email:

MANUFACTURING & WAREHOUSING $17.00/hr to work in Langley lubricants plant doing mfg., warehouse work & shipping/receiving. Must be capable of physical labour, computer usage, & be meticulous & reliable. Experience in manufacturing and warehousing preferred. A minimum of 5 years work experience with references req’d. We offer a longterm career with a financially successful co. + benefits + RRSP plan. Send resume to:



Nechako Northcoast Construction, Terrace, B.C. Has an opening for Mechanical Superintendent Qualifications: -A minimum of 3 years journeyman work experience, 2 years as a trade lead hand or equivalent. -Minimum driver classification requirement is a Valid Class 3 with air endorsement. -Must have technical competencies of troubleshooting, root cause failure analysis, general computer skills, work planning and estimating. -Ability to effectively supervise assigned work projects and/or activities involving combined resources of manpower, materials and supplies. -Ability to carry out related supervisory functions proficiently, under the direction of management personnel. -Must hold and maintain WHMIS certification and Level 1 First Aid. For a complete job Description please log on to our website at Please Fax or email your resume and drivers abstract Debbie Russell, Manager of Human Resources Fax: 250-638-8409 Only those short listed will be contacted.


SASQUATCH INN IS LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED & BARTENDER/ SERVERS (Server experience an asset but will train). Competitive wages, excellent benefits include dental & extended health. P/T & F/T must be able to work evenings and weekends. Drop off resume to: The Sasquatch Inn, 46001 Lougheed Hwy, Harrison Mills, BC, or email



Employment Opportunities Cheam Village, a complex care facility located in Agassiz, just 15 mins. east of Chilliwack has the following positions available:

Recreation Therapist: As the Recreation Therapist you will be responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and assisting recreation therapy service to our residents. The successful candidate will have a formal qualification in Recreation Therapy and meet the requirements for membership in the BC Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Casual Recreation Assistant: The successful candidate will be energetic, outgoing and able to work with a flexible schedule. Must to able to work weekends and have related experience in activities and/or training preferred.

Full-time positions working in the Convalescent Care Program. The RN provides leadership to the healthcare team where the focus is on the functional improvement of the older adult.

Nechako Northcoast Construction, Terrace, B.C. Has an opening for Senior Road Foreman Highways Maintenance The successful applicant must: -Hold a requisite valid Driver’s License for the equipment normally operated. -Must hold and maintain flagging certification, WHMIS certification and Level 1 First Aid certification. -Must have a good working knowledge of highways maintenance standards. -Must have an awareness of environmental issues as it relates to highways and bridge maintenance. For a complete job Description please log on to our website at Please Fax or email your resume and drivers abstract Debbie Russell, Manager of Human Resource Fax: 250-638-8409 Only those short listed will be contacted.

Please fax your resume to 604.796.3844 or email


SALES PROFESSIONAL - Courtenay, BC Torry and Sons Plumbing & Heating is seeking a full time Sales Professional with 3-5 years of experience with proven success in direct sales. The ideal candidate would have Residential HVAC and Plumbing experience. Responsibilities include building customer relationships, meeting sales targets, educating customers, builders and contractors, and preparing pricing and proposals. For a complete job description and contact info, check out our website at



✷ Christmas Rush ✷ Paid Weekly - Up to $20 an hour, no comm., benefits available. Positive, outgoing, team oriented a must!

Call Now, Start Tomorrow! Erica 604-777-2195



Front End Gas Attendant Required Full time, evenings & weekends. Apply in person with resume at:

Pioneer Motors 1887 #9 Hwy., Agassiz


WELCOME to Geotech Drilling Services Ltd. We’re a team focused on continually implementing the most technologically advanced drilling techniques to increase the efficiency and the accuracy of field data collection. We employ professional, energetic, solution minded individuals that endeavour to consistently exceed our clients’ expectations. We also feature state of the art equipment to facilitate exemplary quality control. Geotech is seeking an hourly Professional Driver with a flexible schedule (i.e., Available on short notice and 24 hrs. / 7 days per week), self–organized, and possesses physical/ mechanical abilities to safely operate a commercial vehicle throughout western and northern Canada, and periodically to the US. Responsibilities: - a Class 1 licence. - 3 - 5 years of on/off highway, low-bed, and allweather experience. - a clean driving abstract. - Mechanical abilities. Passport and eligible to travel to the US. Deadline for consideration is January 6, 2012. Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their resume and current driver’s abstract to Geotech Drilling’s For more information on our rapidly growing organization, please visit No phone calls please. We thank all that apply; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.




An est. pet industry leader is looking for a highly motivated salesperson with knowledge of Salt Water Aquarium equipment. Sales Experience is a must. Base salary plus commission Opportunity to grow.

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BUSY, well equipped, positive Canadian Tire Service Centre in beautiful Fernie BC is hiring licensed Red Seal AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIANS. We offer competitive wages and benefits. Contact Jason Hayes or 250-4234222. CARPENTERS/HELPERS NEEDED with experience and solid work ethics for fast paced work environment. Call 604-220-2239 or email resume to

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SHIHTZU X LASO APSO pups, 3 M, mostly white, view parents, nonshed, $400/ea. (604)701-9006


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Blood Hound pups, CKC Reg health ✔, 1st vac., micro chipped, 1 male, 6 fem. Liver & tan, ready to go 604-574-5788 BLUE NOSE BULLIES. Pit bulls. Blacks/blues. Shots, Vet ✓. Ready to go. UKC reg. $600 obo. Call 778237-2824 BORDER COLLIE PUPPIES P/B. Males $400, fem. $450. Vet chk, 1st shots Call 604-250-4360 BOUVIER DES FLANDERS PUPPIES,5 MALES, CAN VIEW PARENTS, $260. 604 942 1916 Cane Corso Mastiff, 1 female, 3.5mo, vet checked, dewormed, docked, $600 obo. (604)845-2395


CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866


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CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977


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6 month old pup (1 male), looking for a loving home. Vet checked: eyes, ears & heart Registered CKC & micro chipped Parents, champion CKC registered. Socialized with children and other animals Call : 604 - 460 - 8086


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UNDER $200

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548 CHINESE SHARPEI PUPS MINI’S/TOYS-MALES -$1200.00 604-315-8774 CHOCOLATE LAB PUPS. Vet checked. 1st shots. Parents both registered. $550. 604-309-2390. COCKER SPANIEL / CAVALIER X, adorable males born Oct 6, vet chk, 1st shots, $599, 604-532-6380


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Saturday & Sunday

ENGLISH BULLDOG, CKC reg. 6 wks old, shots, microchip, vet ✔ Healthy, happy, gorgeous. Health gurant’d. $2800. Call 778-895-8453

450 Thacker Ave.

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German Sheperd 21/2 yr old f, good temp., exc. family watch dog $500, 4 yr old f. beagle, exc. family pet $100 no Sunday calls 604-7963026

Lots of Christmas stuff, dolls, household items, toys, rug cleaner, clothes & lots more!

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GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES $550: Born Sept. 26th. 1 Male, 1 Female. 604-836-6861


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CORD OF DRY FIREWOOD, moving out of town, will sell for $70 obo (604)703-3934


GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.


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WEED FREE Mushroom Manure. 13 yards - $160 or Well Rotted 10 yards - $180. 604-856-8877

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GE Profile stainless steel gas stove & refrigerator, 1 year old. Moving will sacrifice for $700 /pair obo. Older fridge & propane stove, great for cabin, open to offers. Kenmore washer & dryer, works good, $50/pair. Large older deep freeze. FREE. Call (604)703-3934



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WANTED, a caring older couple to adopt an affectionate Golden Retriever, 4 year old spayed F. Loves to go for daily walks, adores car rides, obedient, very protective. Call 604-541-0344

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

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TOY FOX TERRIER PUPPIES Avail. Dec.12/11. Aver. adult 5-10 lbs. Happy. lively, inquisitive, friendly, attach to family, easily trained, litter box train. Enjoy agility, Exc. for children 5+ yrs.,elderly & apt. Family raised w/children. CKC reg., vet ✓, 1st shots, dewormed, tattoo, 6 wks health ins. & puppy kit. INQUIRE KAREN: 250-656-9696.

Steel Buildings. Reduced Factory Inventory. 30x36 – Reg $15,850 Now $12,600; 36x58 – Reg $21,900 Now $18,800; 48x96 – Reg $48,700 Now $41,900; 81x130 – Reg $121,500, Now $103,900 Source# 1N4 800-964-8335


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SHORT order / line cook looking for full time year round employment in the Agassiz Harrison Chilliwack area. I have 3 years experience working for Jacks Restaurant here in Agassiz...unfortunately I get laid off this time every year for lack of work and don’t want to sit on EI till spring. Call any time and ask for James 604-796-0538 or 604-3788242


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Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. designs and manufactures bulk materials handling equipment typically used in mining, forestry and oil sands. The business has been in operation since 1955 and is located in the Port Kells area of Surrey. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years experience using manual machines. Experience assembling bearings and doing drive alignments will be an asset.


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To apply submit resume by Email to or fax to 604-513-9905

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329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-996-8128 Running this ad for 7yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $269, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring, Carpet Cleaning & Maid Service! MILANO PAINTING. Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Written Guar. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510



GREAT RATES! Local lic’d plumber Big & small jobs. Plumbing, heating, plugged drains, call 604-853-4119

GERMAN SHEPHERD Pups & young adults. Quality German & Czech bloodlines. 604-856-8161. JACK RUSSELL pups 3 Female 1 male. Short legs, smooth coat. Dew claws done. $500. 778-883-6049 MALTI / SHIH-TZU / POODLE X. Pups/adults. Non-shedding. Chocolate, white & beige. 604-820-9469 MINI AUSSIE SHEPHERD PUPS 2 males, 1 blue merle & 1 tri. Vet checked, tails docked 1st shots. Great with kids, Parents on site. Ready now. Call 604-302-4729 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or

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35X8 INSULATED HIGHWAY trailer/storage container. Side door & rear door, lighting, work bench, no wheels. $500. Call 604-793-3750 Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 CAN’T GET UP your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991

NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND pups. Registered, micro chipped, 1st shots. Ready now. 604-823-2259

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RED NOSE PIT BULL - 9 months old. $1000: (Best offer) 604-5341094, 729-3990

Soaker tub, leaving the province must sell. $100 OBO (604)703-3934

Friday, y December 16, 2011 Agassiz g Harrison Hope Observer 15 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 560







Construction Materials; Bricks, siding, trusses, planks and staging. No reasonable offer will be turned down. Call 604-703-3934

REAL ESTATE Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

Cheaper Than Rent!


615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY BIG BUILDING SALE... “CLEARANCE SALE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!” 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422. BIG BUILDING SALE... “CLEARANCE SALE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!” 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422.



OLIVER. Beautiful furnished 2 bdrm condo, only $116/mo strata fee, will take trade, aircraft, or late model car, or small excavator. Only $205,000. Contact (604)869-1111



PRISTINE, 3 bdrm. 2 bath, totally reno in/out. 1.5 acres with year around creek. All services. Burns Lake, B.C. Private. $150,000 obo. (250)692-3738



WE BUY HOMES Damaged House! Older House! Difficulty Selling! Behind on Payments! Need to Sell Now? NO FEES! NO RISK! QUICK CASH! Call us First! 604.657.9422 WE BUY HOMES Damaged House! Older House! Difficulty Selling! Behind on Payments! Need to Sell Now? NO FEES! NO RISK! QUICK CASH! Call us First! 604.657.9422



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1993 TOYOTA Corolla Sedan 4 dr, brown, 5spd, 1 owner, well maint, gd cond, $1200. (604)819-2789

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Ask about our seniors discount. Pets upon prior approval.

HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated,$575/month includes utilities. Call 604-794-7132



Agassiz- 4 bdrm, 3 bath, 2300 sq. ft. house. Living & family rooms, large balcony, close to amenities. N/s, n/p. DD & ref req’d, $1400/mo Call (604)819-9128 Agassiz- Avail. Dec.15 - 4bdrm 2ba home in town centre. Recently reno’d, new laminate floors. Hydro & gas incl’d. DD & ref req’d. $950/mo. Call 604-491-3600 Agassiz- Avail. Dec.15 - 4bdrm 2ba home in town centre. Recently reno’d, new laminate floors. Hydro & gas incl’d. DD & ref req’d. $950/mo. Call 604-491-3600 HARRISON. Clean 3 bdrm. Lge garage. $1300/mo. Immed. Quiet area, near school. Ns/np. Lge fcd yard. 604-852-1655; 604-853-4941. Harrison Hot Springs, 421 Miami River Dr. & 318 Chestnut Ave 3bdrm, 2 bath, gas f/p, 2 car garage, 5 appl., fenced yard, no pets, exc. cond. avail. now. $1200/m, Ross Fullbrook, Royal Lepage 604792-0077 FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery.



2004 GRAND CARAVAN, 36,000 KMS, v6, loaded, seats 7, $7950 obo. 604-780-8404



Near new 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom 1600 sq ft. townhome in Agassiz. Includes 5 appliances & weekly garbage pickup, water, sewer & all yard maintenance. (Hydro & gas not included). Non-smoking unit, references please. Available Dec 15/2011. $1125.00 per month plus 1/2 month damage deposit. Call Shelley at 604-796-3452 or 604-819-2294.

Microwave, awning, pass through storage, u-shaped dinette, ext. speakers, DSI water heater. $15,483 (Stk.30525) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644 FORD, 4 X 4 XLT LARIAT truck & Okanagan camper, very good cond., $3,500. Call (604)820-8218.


2002 DODGE NEON R/T standard trans., white, sunroof, used eng., new timing belt & clutch. CD stacker $3295 obo. (604)826-0519




2003 VOLVO V40, S/W, Blue, loaded 155,000 kms. auto. new tires. $6000 firm. Phone 604-538-9257. 2003 VOLVO V40, S/W, Blue, loaded 155,000 kms. auto. new tires. $5700 firm. Phone 604-538-9257.

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Treat yourself this Christmas to $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095. WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Treat yourself this Christmas to $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095.

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

Check out’s Automotive Section in the 800’s before buying a New or Used CAR or TRUCK.

1987 CHEVROLET Celebrity Clean, 166,00 kms, $1000. obo Call 604-619-8596


1990 PONTIAC 6000, Air Cared, loaded, new winter tires, white, 4 dr., $995 obo (604)826-0519

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FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288 AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 The Scrapper

828 COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 2001 Ford Diesel Ambulance. Approx. 270km. 10K worth of med. supplies incl’d. Earn up to 1000 per day. Leaving Province, will sacrifice for $23,999, no reasonable offer will be refused! 1-604-703-3934 OBO 1993 Cadillac CTS. Black on black, leather, sunroof. Must see! $10,500, Mint. Phone 604 809 6235

1995 Dodge - 4 dr, 5 spd, air-cared. 150K. Asking $750: (604)504-0932 1997 Olds V6, 240km, 4dr, white, 2yr air care, very good cond. needs rear brakes $1500 firm. 392-3950 2000 FORD FOCUS, standard trans., blue, 4 dr. sedan, CD, Air Cared. $1995 obo (604)826-0519

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673


1993 Chrysler Dynasty LE - exc. shape in & out. 6 cyl auto, loaded. AirCared. $1350. 778-893-4866. 2011 5th Wheel 32’ Gooseneck Cargo Trailer, triple axle, 4000lb ramp, electric brakes, roof vents, 36” side door, like new, $12,500. Call 604-560-4037



2003 21’ WILDWOOD 5th wheel, light weight, a/c, awning, slide-out beautiful cond. $16,500 obo. Call 604-287-1127 2004 F350 LARIAT CREW CAB, 4X4, long box, 5th wheel, 180K, full load $16,000 obo. 604-812-1278


117,000 KMS, 1994 Jeep Cherokee 4x4, mint, 4 door, 5 speed standard, a/c, $2500. 778-893-4866 1999 CHEVY BLAZER, black, mags 2” lift 4x4, Air Cared, std. new clutch $4795 obo 604-826-0519



1990 AXXESS Nissan Mini Van, 5spd, dual doors, AirCared. $1000. Call 778-997-4519 Abby 1991 FORD F150, XLT Lariat 4x4, V8 auto, reg cab, 8’ box w/liner & canopy, new brakes, Aircared, more 210K. $2700/obo (604)820-8218 1993 F150 heavy 1/2, 4x4, auto, good cond. $1750 red/white 8194857

1998 FORD WINDSTAR. 221,000 kms. Runs good. Very clean. Grey. $1650. 604-832-9816.


1998 FORD WINDSTAR van, 7 passenger, fully loaded, 6 cyl, Aircared, 175,000 kms. No accidents. $2,300. 778-240-4574 1998 FORD WINDSTAR van, 7 passenger, fully loaded, 6 cyl, Aircared, 205,000 kms. No accidents. $1,800. 778-240-4574 2000 FORD WINSTAR S.E.L Limited edition, loaded, Aircared to Mar 2013 $2200 obo (604)302-0985 2002 Honda Odyssey EXL, leather int., new tires, new timing belt, 161,000k. $6900. 604-309-4001.

Dual pane windows, A/C, slide out bike rack, elec. rear stab jacks, and MORE! $37,483 (Stk.29577) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2010 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SEL, full stow-go, 43 Km, silver/blk int, mint, $15,000. (604)218-1658. F350, 1996 dually, diesel, fully loaded, exc. cond. 273,000km, $8750, Alex 604-796-2316

1996 DODGE NEON 4dr sedan auto ST#136 $1495 1997 PONTIAC GRAND AM 4dr sdn auto ST#142 $1900 2000 PONTIAC MONTANA EXT 7 pass auto Aircare ST#153 $1990 1999 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 7 pass auto ST#139 $1990 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4dr auto loaded st#155 $1990 2001 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2dr 5 spd ST#95 $2495 1995 ACURA LEGEND 4dr auto, leather ST#161 $3199 2002 DODGE CARAVAN 7 pass, auto ST#160 $3495 2002 FORD WINDSTAR sport 7 pass auto Aircare ST#108 $3495 2000 CHRYSLER NEON 4dr sedan auto ST#147 $3495 1997 HONDA CRV Aircare auto only this week ST#97 $3995 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY auto fully loaded BC car ST#120 $14,900


2005 FORD F250 XLT quad cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#125 $8,900 2005 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#134 $10,900 2009 CHEV 3500 CREW CAB Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#123 $12,900 2001 FORD F350 crew cab Lariat 4x4 auto short box diesel 7.3 ST#46 $12,900 2007 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#128 $14,900 2006 FORD F350 CREW cab Lariat 4X4 auto long box diesel ST#118 $15,900 2008 GMC 2500 HD quad cab SLE 4x4 auto fully loaded ST#145 $16,900 2007 GMC 2500 CREW cab, Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#61 $16,900

33166 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford DL#31038



2003 DODGE CARAVAN. 5 door, 7 passenger. Aircared, new tires, runs great. Very clean in & out. 175,000 kms. $3750. 604-852-6516 2003 LANDROVER V6 silver 140,000k loaded 4/whl dr $6,450 obo. 604-857-9037, 778-552-6300


KEY TRACK AUTO SALES CARS & VANS: 2002 BUICK GRANDVIEW 7 pass, auto, full load ST#99 $5,900 2005 CHEV MALIBU 4dr SDN auto, full load ST#07 $5,900 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 4dr auto sdn full load ST#03 $5,900 2000 PONTIAC MONTANA EXT 7 pass auto Aircare ST#153 $1990 1999 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 7 pass auto ST#139 $1990 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4dr auto loaded st#155 $1990 2001 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2dr 5 spd ST#95 $1995 2002 DODGE CARAVAN 7 pass, auto ST#160 $3495 2002 FORD WINDSTAR sport 7 pass auto Aircare ST#108 $3495 2000 CHRYSLER NEON 4dr sedan auto ST#147 $3495 1997 HONDA CRV Aircare auto only this week ST#97 $3995 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY auto fully loaded BC car ST#120 $14,900


2005 FORD F250 XLT quad cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#125 $8,900 2005 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#134 $10,900 2007 CHEV 3500 CREW CAB Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#123 $12,900 2001 FORD F350 crew cab Lariat 4x4 auto short box diesel 7.3 ST#46 $12,900 2007 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#128 $14,900 2006 FORD F350 CREW cab Lariat 4X4 auto long box diesel ST#118 $15,900 2008 GMC 2500 HD quad cab SLE 4x4 auto fully loaded ST#145 $16,900 2007 GMC 2500 CREW cab, Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#61 $16,900 1991 TOYOTA P/U REG CAB auto runs good Aircare ST#154 $1990

33166 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford DL#31038


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2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4X4, auto, all options, dark green, 125 km, $9,300 firm. 604-538-4883.

1993 S15 extra cab 4x4, auto, blue, air, canopy, good cond., $1999. Call (604)819-4857

Elec. happi-jac, ext. speakers, thermopane windows, awning, microwave. $24,483 (Stk.31050) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2009 DODGE 150 HEMI PICK UP with canopy, rhino lined, loaded, 8000 original km’s, show room condition. 28,000 OBO. (604)613-3727


FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery.

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HARRISON HOT SPRINGS 1 Bdrm condo with 5 appls, 2 prkg. NS/NP. $700. Avl now. (604)826-2006

2005 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible, silver, 84 k’s. auto. Mags. $6795/obo. (604)826-0519

2010 CHEVY IMPALA, 4 dr Sedan, 62,000 K, exc. cond., $12,800. Call 604-309-4001.

Agassiz- 1 BDRM APT. Avail. now. Clean safe building. Balcony w/view of Mt. Cheam. Close to amenities. Laundry in building. N/S, N/P. $600/mo. Call 604-860-3700

604-796-8760 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2009 CADILLAC DTS, black, grey leather, mint cond, 47K. Must sell! $25,000 obo. Call 604-805-4545.


T. Marlowe Manor Spacious 1 bdrm available now.

2003 Cadillac CTS. Black on black, leather, sunroof. Must see! $10,500, Mint. Phone 604 809 6235

2006 FORD FUSION, 4 dr, 39,000 kms, V6, all options, $7,950 obo. Phone 604-780-8404

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley


DSI water heater, exterior shower, water filter sys., create-a-breeze fan, rear kitchen. $24,483 (Stk.30964)

2006 BUICK ALLURE CX. 94,000 kms. No accd’s. Local. Exc. cond. $10,900. Abbotsford 604-855-1335


FOR SALE 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment for sale in Northgate Manor in Agassiz, BC. Includes large storage room and on site laundry. Recent building upgrades include new roof & paint. $92,000. 1 (604)796-2351



2005 MONTANA SV6, loaded, Onstar, 7 pass., new front rotors & brakes. Mint. $6000. 604-812-1278

PANASONIC KX-T7433C DIGITAL PHONE SYSTEM; Complete with 19 handsets. Excellent Condition, perfect for start-up office. Will accept best offer. Phone 604 3631397.



2001 Dodge Chrysler 4 dr, fully loaded. aircared. $1300: (604)8328944






ALUMINUM BOAT WANTED, 10’, 12’ or 14’, with or without motor or trailer, will pay cash, 604-319-5720

Notice to Creditors and Others

Clive Sidney Mellor, deceased Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of the late CLIVE SIDNEY MELLOR, formerly of 5474 McCallum Road, PO Box 437, Agassiz, British Columbia, V0M 1A0, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, c/o Rose Shawlee, Lawyer, 9259 Main Street, PO Box 390, Chilliwack, BC V2P 6K2, before December 31, 2011 after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate amongst the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which they then have notice. MD Private Trust Company Executor Baker Newby LLP Lawyers

16 Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, December 16, 2011

COMMUNITY NEWS COVERING DECEMBER 2011 Merry Christmas from Mayor John Van Laerhoven Well, it is hard to believe that it is already time to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. I say this on behalf of all your District employees who take pride in helping to make this a wonderful place it is. What a great year we have had here in Kent. This past year has been a year of many accomplishments, highlighted by: • Our Chief Administrative Officer, Wallace Mah being recognized for Leadership excellence by the Local Government Management Association a provincewide award. • The Finance Department being awarded a Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 3rd consecutive year. • The Engineering Department successfully cleaned 14 km of ditches; completed paving for Aberdeen Village and Harrison Highlands, repaired the Cuthbert Bridge and implemented the agriculture plastics partnership pilot program. • The Corporate Services Department successfully implemented an automated vote counting machine that streamlined the election process. Co-ordinated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with neighbouring First Nations Communities on cooperation and understanding. • The Community Services Department being awarded 5-blooms from British Columbia Communities in Bloom. Successfully hosted 2500 Girl Guides and chaperons during the Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous event this past summer. Completed the new and improved Mountain View Trail system and planted 52 trees around the District. • The Development Services Department had a busy year processing building and development applications, such as the Rimex expansion and Corrections Facility. • The Agassiz Fire Department has been recognized by the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation for providing a brass hose coupling to be used as part of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial. • The District received over $750,000 in grant funding from various sources that went towards making the District a better place to live. • I’d also like to celebrate the addition of a second community Doctor at the Agassiz Health Centre, the second anniversary of the Agassiz Farm Fresh Market, and the 10th Anniversary of both the Library and the Fitness / Activity Centre. As 2011 comes to a close, I’d like to make special mention of all our community heroes and volunteers who commit themselves all year round to make a positive difference in our community. I’d also like to make special mention of Lorne Fisher and Ken Schwaerzle for serving the community with dedication and passion. The festive season is a time for caring for each other and reaching out to help others. Personally, I would like to thank District Council and Staff for their support, assistance, dedication and trust. I speak for all of us in saying, we look forward to serving our community in 2012. The lead up to Christmas is an exciting and busy time of year, and as we all prepare for the celebrations, I encourage you all to look after one and other and take special care on the roads. Let’s remember there are many who are not as fortunate as ourselves, so let’s be generous in our giving. Wishing all of you and yours on the District of Kent a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Fitness Schedule Beginning January 3 2012 Subject to Change Mon



6:15 am - 7:15 am Boot Camp Nancy



6:15 am - 7:15 am Boot Camp Nancy

7:30 am - 8:45 am Heart Health Marie

7:20 am - 8:30 am Step ‘n Strength Wilma

7:30 am - 8:45 am Heart Health Marie

7:20 am - 8:30 am Step ‘n Strength Wilma

8:30 am - 9:30 am Circuit Nancy

8:00 am - 9:00 am Power Walking Marie (Agricultural Hall)

8:30 am - 9:30 am Circuit Nancy

8:00 am - 9:00 am Power Walking Marie (Agricultural Hall)

8:50 am - 9:50 am Keep Fit Marie

9:15 am - 10:15 am NO SWEAT! Marie

8:50 am - 9:50 am Keep Fit Marie

9:15 am - 10:15 am NO SWEAT! Marie

9:55 am - 10:55 am Keep Fit Marie

10:30 am - 11:30 am Getting Fit Marie

11:00 am - 12:00 pm *Gentle Yoga Alice

7:30 am - 8:45 am Heart Health Marie

8:50 am - 9:50 am Keep Fit Marie 10:30 am - 11:30 am Getting Fit Marie

11:00 am - 12:00 pm *Gentle Yoga Alice

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Slow Motion Leonne

12:05 pm - 12:50 pm *Zumba® Marie 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Slow Motion Leonne

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm ‘Back’ to Fitness Blazenka

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Latin Dance Cardio Raquel

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm ‘Back’ to Fitness Blazenka

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm *Yoga Mike

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Stretchercize Leonne

6:45 pm - 7:45 pm Ballsercize! Leonne

6:50 pm - 7:50 pm *ZUMBA® Ronelle

6:45 pm - 7:45 pm *Belly Dancing Leonne 7:50 pm - 8:55 pm *Active Yoga Mike

Class held in the Weight Room (non participants for Circuit Class have access to cardio equipment only)

Pre - registered program

*Access with Fitness Pass or $8 Drop in Fee

Class Start Dates Jan 3


‘Back’ to Fitness

Jan 9

Getting Fit

Jan 4


Jan 10

Step ‘n Strength


Gentle Yoga

Latin Dance Cardio

Keep Fit

Jan 11

Zumba® (night class)

Jan 12


Power Walking

Jan 5

Belly Dancing

Slow Motion

Jan 6

Zumba® (noon class)

Stretchercize Ballsercize!


There’s something for everyone! Fitness/Activity Centre Holiday Hours December 24 .................................. CLOSED December 25 .................................. CLOSED December 26 .................. 8:00 am – 1:00 pm December 27 – 30 ............ REGULAR HOURS December 31 ................. 7:00 am – 5:00 pm January 1 ....................................... CLOSED January 2 ....................... 6:15 am – 9:00 pm Registration for the Winter Session on NOW: We are accepting registrations for ALL Winter programming at the Fitness / Activity Centre. There is a variety of programming opportunities to choose from for the New Year. Surprise someone on your list with a new and interesting program registration, it makes a great stocking stuffer!

Active Yoga

Fitness Classes are included with a 3, 6 or 12 month pass or can be access with tickets or by paying a regular drop in fee unless otherwise posted. 604-796-8891

Municipal Hall Holiday Office Closure 2011 - 2012 EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS: SEWER/WATER CALLS: ................. 604-796-9145

Variety Play

Variety Play is a recreation based preschool program which will encourage your child to make new friends, learn about our community, sing songs, be creative doing craft projects, celebrate the seasons and much more! The sessions run in the mornings 2 hours per day 2 days per week for Tiny Tots age 2 ½ - 3 ½ years and Tots age 3 ½ to 5 years. Post Dated Cheques accepted. For more information call 604-796-8891 or visit us online at

PUBLIC WORKS CALLS: ................. 604-796-9005 CLOSED:

CPR Holiday Train

MONDAY .................................... DECEMBER 26 TUESDAY ..................................... DECEMBER 27 WEDNESDAY ............................... DECEMBER 28 THURSDAY ................................... DECEMBER 29 FRIDAY ........................................ DECEMBER 30 MONDAY .............................. JANUARY 2, 2012 OPEN: ...................TUESDAY JANUARY 3, 2012

Valdy and Tracey Brown will headlining the entertainment on the CP Holiday Train as it spreads the awareness of hunger in our communities. The train filled with lights and sounds will be stopping in Agassiz in front of the Agricultural Hall on Saturday, Dec 17 at 2:00 pm. Visit the Community Services hot chocolate station and enjoy this holiday event. District vehicles and CUPE 458 staff will be on hand to collect your donations to our local food bank.


DISTRICT OF KENT WATER AND SEWER RATES Please be advised that effective January 1, 2012 there will be a modest rate increase of 3.00% on all District of Kent residential and commercial water and sewer rates to keep up with inflationary costs for processing water and liquid waste.


For those property owners on the utility pre-payment plan your monthly payments will be adjusted effective January 2012.

Payment for 2011 Property Taxes and Utilities MUST be received no later than Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm

For a complete list of all sewer and water rates please refer to District of Kent Bylaw No’s 1451.02 and 1452.03.

Any unpaid balances will be transferred to arrears taxes and subject to daily interest.

For any questions please contact the District of Kent at 604-796-2235. The Municipal office will be closed on December 26, 2011 and reopening on January 3, 2012.

** A general reminder to our customers: please let us know what your new/correct/updated mailing address is so that we may be able to get your invoices to you in a timely manner

Box 70, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz BC V0M 1A0 • Tel 604.796.2235 • www.district.kent.

Dec 16, 2011 AHO Edition  

Life in Agassiz Harrison Hope BC