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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

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The votes have been tallied, and your voices have been heard. Thousands of ballots for the Observer’s People’s Choice Awards 2012 have poured in from our readers, telling us the best places to eat, to shop and to play. Votes came in through email, Facebook, Twitter and mail, over the last several weeks. And the results show that there is overwhelming supp support by re residents for our

community-based businesses. But it also shed a little light on what makes Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Chilliwack such great places to live. You’ve told us the best place to go walking, who the best teachers, employees and employers are, and where to take your pet for grooming. We’ve heard you loud and clear when it comes to finding great local talent, or where to relax with a cold drink. With more than 80 categories to vote for, (including Chilliwack through Hope), The Observer’s People’s

2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS PRESENTED BY:

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Observer readers vote for their favourites

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2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Choice Awards 2012 is the definitive guide for what’s happening in the area. And while the people, places and businesses listed in this pull-out guide are to be congratulated for all their hard work, we also want to thank our readers.

The contest success was based entirely on your participation, and for those outstanding efforts, we have drawn three names for prizes, Joyce Heinemann, Kiyo Matsuno and Bev Sergeant have all won tickets to see the Abbotsford Heat. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Ag assiz ❖ Harr ison

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2012 People’s Choice Awards Favourite Yard & Garden Supply Store!

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A beautiful day for a car show along Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz.

KENT VETERINARY CLINIC & COQUIHALLA VETERINARY SERVICES

... keeping your pets healthy!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

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Thank you to our loyal clients, the pets and their people, for nominating us the 2012 People’s Choice Awards’ Best in Pet Care!

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Dr. Laura Madsen & Staff

Argyle’s Garden Market 52905 Yale Road E., Agassiz OPEN EVERY DAY 7 Days a Week

(at Highway 9)

604-794-9884

-ONDAY 3ATURDAYAM PMs3UNDAYSAM PM

www.kentvet.ca 6948 Pioneer Ave. Agassiz, BC Phone: 604-796-9401

591-C Wallace Street, Hope, BC Phone: 604-869-9474


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Ann Wallis

Best Realtor Ann Wallis and her husband Darryl have been helping good people buy and sell homes in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs since 1989. After living in the Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs area for over 30 years and raising their family here, they know the community. It has definitely grown in those years and become more than just all about farming, although agriculture is still a major part of business in this neck of the woods. Ann was named Best Realtor and once speaking with her you’ll see why. Her quiet, kind manner sets you at ease and you understand she means what she says when she states the importance of trust in your realtor when you’re thinking

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of buying or selling. You want the confidence to know that the job will get done. The Wallis’ proven track record and a history of success in helping people with all of their real estate needs speaks volumes. The communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs provide a spectacle on nature in the eastern Fraser Valley. These vibrant and growing communities offer the schools, services and amenities to meet and exceed the needs of local residents. The pristine views of rivers, lakes, mountains and farmland provide a backdrop of nature within the community. Balance this with a lively business community and it makes for a nice place to be. Anne Wallis

We’re eager to serve you!

We’re more than just air conditioning!

Come in, meet the new owners, and enjoy a new dining experience, then you’ll see why we’ve been nominated

2012 12 People’s P l ’ Choice Ch i Awards A d

Best Place to Go for Dinner!

for nominating us as #1 Heating/Cooling/Gas Company in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards.

7056 7 056 Ch C Cheam heam A Avenue, venue, A Agassiz gassiz

Our goal is to make your living space comfortable all year round.

604-796-9565 6 04-796-9565

Visit us in our showroom. 44125 Yale Road, Chilliwack

Hours: Weds. to Sun. 10 am - 10 pm Open long weekend Mondays

604-792-6783

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

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all things around town

and the winners are ... the best

the best

reasons TO LIVE HERE The friendly staff at Jack’s Restaurant plus their west coast inspired food and decor are a big reason why they were voted Best Place to Go for a Drink.

THE

RENOVATOR COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL

PLACE TO MEET FOR BUSINESS . . . . Oasis Coffee & Bistro BOSS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe’s Restaurant EMPLOYEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna Mortimer (Horn of Plenty) TEACHER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 WAY TIE! Miss Dylan (AESS) Ms. Elina (HHS) Ms. Lefeaux (Chehalis) SENIORS’ SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheam Village DEAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Agassiz Thrift Store PLACE TO GO ON A FIRST DATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Muddy Waters Espresso COMMUNITY PARTNER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allenby’s Farm Store REASON TO LIVE IN AGASSIZ . . . . . . . . the people! REASON TO LIVE IN HARRISON. . . . . the natural beauty REASON TO LIVE IN HOPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . the people! PLACE TO TAKE COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . Minter Gardens SMALL BUSINESS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Body Balance Wellness Clinic EARTH FRIENDLY/GREEN BUSINESS. Limbert Mountain Farm NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Agassiz Harrison Lions Club PART OF THE AGASSIZ FALL FAIR & CORN FESTIVAL. . . . . . . . . Seeing your neighbours and eating the chicken and corn on the cob!

Accepting New Patients

Glad to be named the Best Renovator for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Metal Roofs Vinyl Siding Concrete Additions Painting

AGASSIZ FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC CENTRE Dr. Darren Paul, B.Sc., D.C. Kristin Massie, R.M.T We’re pleased to be awarded the 2012 People’s Choice Awards

Laminate Flooring

BEST CHIROPRACTIC OR ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE AWARD

Framing

Trusted in the community for over 13 years

Finishing

Fiberglass & Wood Decking

KELLY AT 604.819.1936

Registered Massage Therapist • Custom Orthotics WCB & ICBC Claims Welcome • Onsite X-Rays • Nutrition & Wellness

6660 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz • 604.796.3559 • agassizchiro.com


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all things food

gotta craving?

the best

places TO DINE

BREAKFAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Horn of Plenty LUNCH

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Dragon Fried Rice House

DINNER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Silvano’s FINE DINING

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Kitami Japanese Restaurant

DESSERT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Swiss Gourmet COFFEE

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A TREAT

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Heritage Coffee House Dutchie’s (in Hope)

ICE CREAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Movie Source KID FRIENDLY MEALS . . . . .Rolly’s (in Hope) PIZZA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Petro’s Pizza PUB FOOD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jimmy’s Pub & Grill BURGERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harrison Hamburgers FISH/SEAFOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Horn of Plenty TAKEOUT FOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harrison Chinese

“Yalh yexw kw ’es hoy

- Thank you for what you have done” - for all who voted for Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge, a Sts’ailes community owned Aboriginal Tourism business. It is an honour to be among the 1st Agassiz Harrison People’s Choice Award recipients for 2012.

Charlton’s glad to have the 2012 People’s Choice Best Employee Anna Mortimer! Come enjoy a meal & Anna’s smile soon!

We look forward to helping create exceptional experiences for you to share, especially the extraordinary cuisine and to seeing all of you, or to meeting new friends, soon, to enjoy “the wonderful hospitality, food and friendship!” at historic Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge.

Thrilled to win Best Place to Have Breakfast & Best Fish/Seafood for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

Breakfast & lunch daily & dinner Fridays

604-796-2555 2406 Hot Springs Road #4, Agassiz, BC

Specializing in English Fish & Chips

Please visit us at www.sasquatchcrossing.ca

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

Welcoming hosts, Sts’ailes community members Denny and Al Stobbart, have received many heartfelt words of appreciation for their great hospitality, comfort filled accommodations & fabulous feasts over the years. Denny prepares all her meals with love & care; you can feel that and taste the goodness in all her creations.


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Len Davidiuk

Best Financial Services: Accountant or Bookkeeper Len Davidiuk Len Davidiuk Tax Services has been located in Agassiz since 1995. Len and his staff offer year-round tax services as well as payroll, HST, and other accounting services. They’ve been awarded the Best Financial Services/accountant/bookkeeper this year and thought now is the perfect time to bring to your attention some tax saving ideas that may benefit you. For Seniors: beginning with the 2007 tax year, Canadian residents may split certain pension income with their resident spouse or common-law partner. Up to 1/2 of eligible pension income may be allocated to the taxpayer’s spouse when the tax returns are filed. In some cases this will result in a

pension income tax credit for the transferee. No funds are actually transferred using pension splitting - it is simply a method for reducing the taxable income of one spouse by allocating income, on the tax return, to the other spouse. The transfer must be agreed to by both spouses and the same percentage of withholding tax deducted, related to the pension income transferred, must also be transferred. For Students: not all fees can be claimed. To qualify, the fees you paid to attend a Canadian educational institution must be more than $100. For you to claim tuition fees paid to an educational institution in Canada, the institution has to give you an official tax receipt or a completed

Form T2202A, Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate. You have to claim your tuition, education, and textbook amounts first on your own return, even if someone else paid your fees. However, you may be able to transfer part or all of these amounts to your spouse or common-law partner (who would claim it on line 326 of his or her Schedule 1) or to your or your spouse or common-law partner’s parent or grandparent (who would claim it on line 324 of his or her Schedule 1). For Everyone: if medical treatment is not available within 40 kms from your locality, you may be able to claim the cost of public transportation (e.g., taxi, bus, or train) to get

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the treatment somewhere else. However, if public transportation is not readily available, you can claim vehicle expenses to get medical treatment. If you have to travel more than 80 kms from your locality for medical treatment, in addition to travel costs, you may be able to claim the cost of your meals and accommodations. Also, as a final reminder to everyone, please be careful to report of your income. If you have failed to report income within the past three years, and fail to report again, the Canada Revenue Agency is likely to impose substantial penalty and interest charges against you regardless of how small the unreported income may be.

for nominating us for your favourite place to play and dine in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards.

Thank you to our loyal clients for making us #1 Plumber in the 2012 People's Choice Awards! Licensed Bonded Insured

• Sheet Metal Installations • Gas Fitting • Fireplaces

driscollplumbingandheating@hotmail.ca

LEN DAVIDIUK TAX SERVICES

Join us for weddings, golf tournaments, other events or just an enjoyable round of golf & leisurely meal in a beautiful scenic setting.

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• Furnaces • Water Heaters • Boilers • Patio Heaters

604-869-5881

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• Handcrafted Cabinets & Countertops • Quality Materials • Top of the line Finishes • Free In Home Design Estimates

Best Financial Services/ Accountant/Bookkeeper!

Finback Custom Woodworks

“The Taxman Since 1978”

w w w. f i n b a c k . c a Shop # 604-796-1196 Cell # 604-857-3375

7020 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz • 604-796-2806 info@lendavidiuktaxservices.com

2012 People’s Choice Awards - Best Cabinetry/Countertop Company


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finger-licking, lip-smacking refreshing melt-in-your-mouth delicious-ness GROCER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PRODUCE STORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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ORGANIC STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Super Valu

Agassiz Produce Hofstede’s

LIQUOR/WINE/BEER/ SPIRITS STORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hotsprings Liquor Store

sources FOR FOODIES

all things food

the best

DELI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Agassiz Deli SPECIALTY FOOD STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . il Carpaccio(Marius) BAKERY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blackberry Lane U BREW/U VIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A&R Country Wine Cellar CATERER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge

Thank you for nominating the Harrison Festival of the Arts as the 2012 People’s Choice Awards Best Community Event! Our 34th year kicks off July 7 and continues thru July 15 Full Festival line up will be announced April 2nd at www.harrisonfestival.com

I’d like to thank the wonderful people who voted for me as

BEST TRAVEL AGENT CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL With over 30 years of airline, Aeroplan & travel industry experience, I’m here to help you plan your next holiday, business trip or destination wedding.

RUTH GREENLY

Ask me how to earn/redeem RBC Rewards® points

AUNT DEBBIE’S KNIT & STITCH SHOP We are SEW thrilled to be named 2012 People’s Choice Awards

BEST TOY OR HOBBY STORE!

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AUNT DEBBIE’S

WOOLAROO

ruth @cwtmission.com

5628 Vedder Road Chilliwack 604.824.7790 knit-and-stitch@shaw.ca

105-32660 George Ferguson Way Abbotsford 604.852.7897 woolaroo@shaw.ca

Also owner of Mt. Woodside B&B www.mtwoodsidebandb.com

CALL

604 796 0292

1.866.824.7790 FOR YOUR ORDER TO BE SHIPPED TO YOU

HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

604-796-3664 • 98 ROCKWELL DRIVE, HARRISON HOT SPRINGS


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Kelly Lacroix

Best Renovator Kelly Lacroix aka The Renovator, is a hands-on kind of guy who has been in construction for about 34 years. He enjoys working locally as it gives him a chance to get to know more of the locals and work closer to home. He does everything from the ground up which allows him to always be doing something different. Having started out working with steel, building quonset buildings all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C., he was known to have the fastest crew in Canada, having a job down to a science. When he’s not working hard and

interacting with clients, to be sure they are getting what they ask for, he can be found enjoying Harrison Lake or snowmobiling in Hemlock Valley. Lacroix, also a drummer, was a drum technician for Canwood Custom Percussion (Lloydminster Sask.) building drum kits for world recording artists such as Blue Rodeo, Kim Mitchell, Idle Eyes, Northern Pikes, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Lacroix has been named the Best Renovator in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, but he is certainly no stranger to the limelight.

Kelly Lacroix

VOTED BEST

Cheers

FLOWER SHOP

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

for voting us Best Place to Go for Pub Food!

Over a decade of impeccable service & beautiful flowers

Holly Tree

Where You Always Leave Full!

Florist & G ifts

OPEN EVERY DAY 11 AM - 1 AM

604.796.2596 6

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

WWW.AGASSIZHOLLYTREE.COM R COM REE

7220 PIONEER AVE., AGASSIZ

6 0 4 - 4 9 1 - 1 1 2 2 • 7 2 1 5 P I O N E E R AV E . , AG A S S I Z

Thank you for awarding us

Best Cleaning Services in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards! Taking care of all your Spring Cleaning needs... • carpets • tile/grout • upholstery • power washing & more! Call Russ for your FREE estimate!

Dutchie’s BAKERY

DUTCHIE’S & THEIR

DROOL-WORTHY BAKED GOODS WERE NOMINATED THE Agassiz - Abbotsford - Chilliwack - Hope

604-796-5552 or 604-793-6227 RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • AUTO • RV INTERIORS

BEST PLACE TO GO FOR A TREAT

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

821 E 6TH AVE., HOPE | 604-869-9886 TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY 8 - 5 PM | CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY


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all things home

the best

places

dream it.

TO FIX-IT

built it. fix it. FURNITURE STORE

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Silverleaf

HEATING/COOLING/GAS COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chillair HARDWARE STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Builder’s Market CABINETRY/COUNTERTOP COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finback Custom Woodworking YARD & GARDEN SUPPLY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Argyle’s Garden Market CONTRACTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feenstra Backhoe RENOVATOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Renovator ELECTRICIAN PLUMBER

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Moonlite Electric Ltd. Driscoll Plumbing & Heating

Kent Builder’s Market is the place to go for all your hardware or renovation needs.

Winner

Best Facial/Spa Treatment

Thanks for the votes!

harrisonhairstyling.com

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PETS TOO

MORE HOURS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: Tues. 9-5 | Weds. 9-6 Thurs. 9-3 | Fri. 9-6 Sat. 9-8 | Sun. 10 - 4

604-796-3636

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Thank FOR VOTING US

Thank you for voting us

BEST

BEST PET GROOMER

in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

LIQUOR/WINE/ BEER/SPIRITS STORE IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S

SOFT T TOUCH PAWS

DOG G GROOMING G Professional Groomer Drop in nail trim

All breeds welcome

Relaxing, friendly service

CHOICE AWARDS

HOTSPRINGS

LIQUOR STORE

604-796-1112 Call Marilyn @ 604.796.0960 | 3770 Wildwood Dr. Agassiz

| 2406 Hot Springs Rd., Agassiz

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

160 Lillooet Ave. Harrison Hot Springs

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business in the area

In these tough economic times, connecting with customers is crucial

Visitors strolling and shopping along Esplanade in Harrison Hot Springs.

Residents choosing to buy local can make a big difference. Over the last five years, the global economic slowdown has found its way to Harrison/Kent, putting pressure on sales and profitability of many businesses. At the same time, the everincreasing competition to attract tourists by Whistler Blackomb and others, has resulted in fewer visitors to Harrison,, which impacts Kent as well. It all makes for a tough business environment that, particularly in Harrison, has led to a number of

businesses closing down and others trying to sell. The good news is that even in these difficult times, new businesses have been attracted to our area. Kent, as a small rural community, has the challenge of encouraging people to shop local. If more people shopped local we could cut down on our carbon footprint and at the same time support a thriving local economy. Harrison, as a resort destination, has the challenge of a short, intensely-competitive sum-

mer season, where a few weeks of rain can mean the difference between making or losing money. Attempts to extend the season have had limited success with the exception of the Sand Castle competition. However this needs to be an ongoing focus and new events in the shoulder seasons are crucial. Happily this year “Sasquatch Days” looks set to make a comeback June 9 and 10, starting the summer off a little earlier with a new event. As a resort destination, Harrison Hot Springs is much more focused on marketing through all media — especially the internet, where most travel decisions are made these days. The latest trend of using social media to engage your customers is being adopted by many Harrison businesses. Kent businesses on the other hand, tend to rely more on local flyers, the local paper and word of mouth. As the District of Kent continues to grow and the price of gas continues its unstoppable rise, more residents will be encouraged to shop local and this should be

good for Kent business over the long term. Staying connected to your clients and building a relationship with them the best way you can, also helps. Harrison, on the other hand, has struggled the last 10 years and this is likely to continue for the next 10. While improvements to tourism infrastructure through provincial grants has helped the look of the lakeshore, the struggle for Harrison business is likely to continue without some major new development such as a new outdoor public pool or other major attraction. What is required is support from the local community and local government. Residents choosing to buy local can make a big difference. On the local government side, the property tax rate for business is typically three times the rate for residents in B.C. The problem is that it is much easier to raise business tax rates than residential rates since businesses don’t vote. Local businesses need support from local government, not more taxes.

Robert Reyerse

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Agassiz-Harrison Chamber of Commerce President

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

BESTDENTIST 2012 People’s Choice Awards! IN THE

BOTOX COSMETIC TREATMENT 25% OFF for frown lines, crow's feet or lip lines

The best place to go for dessert in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

TEETH WHITENING $100

AGASSIZ DENTAL GROUP Dr. Bonnie Randhawa 103-1810 #9 Hwy, Agassiz 604.796.2181

Call

OPEN GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH Weekdays 12-3 pm & 5-8:30 pm Fri, Sat, Sun & Holidays 8:30-8:30 pm closed Tuesdays

FOR AN

APPOINTMENT!

604.796.9339

270 Esplanade Ave.


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VISION/EYE CARE STORE . . . . . Image OUTDOOR OR HOBBY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Outdoors BOOKS/INFO VENUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Bookman JEWELER

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Island View Gifts

CLOTHING STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gord Ray & Auld Philips GIFT STORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dragonfly FLOWER SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Tree Florist & Gifts OFFICE SUPPLY STORE

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Agassiz-Harrison Printers Ltd.

HEALTH & WELLNESS STORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Body Balance Wellness Clinic AGRICULTURE-BASED BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Farm House Natural Cheeses HANDCRAFTED GIFT STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Ryan’s (Hope) TOY/HOBBY STORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aunt Debbie’s Knit & Stitch (Chwk) & the Cat’s Meow (Hope) PET CARE STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Veterinary Clinic & Coquihalla Veterinary Services

Holly Tree Florist & Gifts, also a 2011 Business Excellence Award recipient, has the perfect gift or arrangement for any occasion. While you’re there, stop at Heritage Coffee House for a mug of joe, a delectable treat or lunch.

Best Seniors’ Care

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Providing Independent, Assisted Living and Complex Care Services Part of Valley Care Retirement Homes Cheam Village, Glenwood Care Centre & Logan Manor

1525 MacKay Crescent, Agassiz | 604-796-3886 | www.valleycare.info

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

THANK YOU FOR AWARDING CHEAM VILLAGE

all things shopping + services

a shopper’s paradise


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all things shopping + services

and the winners are ... the best

the best

services AROUND

And the best place in town to have a Manicure or Pedicure? Drum roll please... Rashin’s Pretty Nails!

REALTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann Wallis CHILDCARE PROVIDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angel Daycare DENTIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Agassiz Dental PHYSICIAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Van Wyk TATTOO SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oxygen Tan TRAVEL AGENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ruth Greenly PHARMACY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shoppers Drug Mart PHOTOGRAPHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Davina Graham CAR DEALER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wolfe Chilliwack Mazda PET GROOMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Soft Touch Paws CLEANING COMPANY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hatt’s Services TIRE SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Tire OIL CHANGE/AUTOMOTIVE SHOP . . . Modern Tire MANICURE/PEDICURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rashin’s Pretty Nails HAIR SALON OR STYLIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacki’s Hair Design COMPUTER SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Agassiz Computer Care FINANCIAL SERVICES/ ACCOUNTANT/BOOKKEEPER . . . . . . . . Len Davidiuk Tax Services CHIROPRACTIC/ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Agassiz Family Chiropractic Centre MASSAGE/FACIAL/SPA TREATMENT SALON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harrison Hairstyling (spa) & Jason Scott (massage)

My thanks & appreciation to my clients for making me Best Realtor in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards! It’s only because of you that I am successful.

Kitami

JAPANESE OWNED & OPERATED.

Winner of the

Japanese

Best Place to Go for Fine Dining

Home Ho me(s ( ) that Nee ed New Ne w Ow wne ners rs s

Ann Wallis

Restaurant

People’s Choice Awards 2012!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS AWARDS

Thank you!

Celebratin

10 ANNIVERSARY th

of living & working in this beautiful community of Harrison Hot Springs.

We offer the finest Sushi, Sashimi, Crispy Tempura & AAA Alberta Ribeye Beef Teriyaki & have since 2002. PRIVATE ROOMS AVAILABLE WITH A RESERVATION OPEN YEAR ROUND LUNCH Weekend 12 – 2 pm DINNER . . . from 5 pm In the centre of town, 2 blocks from the beach

604 796 2728

318 Hot Springs Rd.

#2-1824 No. 9 Hwy., Agassiz

• 604-796-3000 • www.darrylannwallis.ca

Thrilled to be the BEST TIRE SHOP of the 2012 People's Choice Awards! Celebrating 25 years of giving great service, honest advice & more! 604-79 604-796-2311 796 96-23 -2311 23 311 1 6968 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz oktire.com


Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Kent-Harrison Foundation There are many things that happen behind the scenes in our communities

• Agassiz-Harrison Aquanauts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,700

that sometimes go a little unnoticed. One of those is the goings-on with

• Upper Fraser Valley Army Cadet Corps

the Kent-Harrison Foundation. The Kent-Harrison Foundation remains

• Harrison Festival Society Children’s Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500

committed to providing a unique opportunity for local residents to invest in

• Kent-Harrison Emergency Social Services

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000

........................

$500

the future of their community through donations made to the Foundation.

• Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500

This year the KHF provided grants to the following local, community-based

• 1st Agassiz Scouts

organizations:

• AESS Girls Group Tri-Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000

THANKS FOR NOMINATING US

BEST ELECTRICIAN FOR THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

AN INVESTMENT IN QUALITY

.......................................................

invest in the future

Local Country artist Todd Richard and his band performing on the shores of Harrison Lake.

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$800

Celebrating 7 years of award winning wines & Best U-Vin in the 2012 People's Choice Awards! Anniversary Sale on now!

Mike Gormley - Owner/Operator

604-798-3070 604-796-3070 604-796-8496

1-7384 Pioneer Ave.

Thank you for honouring me with the 2012 People’s Choice Award 2 for the

Best Service in Computer Care WINNER:

604-796-0820

Best Boss! 2012 People’s Choice Awards

Fast, reliable, friendly computer sales & service.

Can’t wait to go again

Agassiz Computer Care Derek Morrison agassizcomputercare@gmail.com

RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 293 Wallace Street, Hope

“ . . . Greatt service, i greatt ffood d (the fish is to die for) & great value. Thank you very much, David & Sarah, Northern Ireland” TripAdvisor.com

604.860-0822

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

moonlite_electric@shaw.ca 2353 Ashton Rd., Agassiz


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arts, entertainment, sports + leisure

the best ways to

entertain YOURSELF Sandpiper Golf Resort in Harrison Mills

GOLF COURSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandpiper Golf Resort

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Sportfishing Group

WORKOUT/HEALTH ACTIVITY VENUE . . . . . Fitness Activity Centre

ART STORE/GALLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Anne’s Art & Framing

WALKING TRAIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teapot Hill

PLACE TO PLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hope Golf Club

Thank You for Voting us

‘Best Place to Take Company’!

E X P E R I E N C E A DV E N T U R E

We’re proud to be a part of the community & look forward to welcoming you and your guests again this season!

The Minter Gardens’ Team

Open Apr. 1 to Oct. 14, 2012

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

Sturgeon / Salmon / Steelhead / Trout The Fraser Valley Offers great fishing year round. Your trip of a lifetimes . . . departs daily!

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE As a special ‘Thank you’, please present this coupon to our admissions team to receive

2 for 1

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS!

entry to Minter Gardens April 1 to 30, 2012.

Complimentary admission will be of equal or lesser value to purchased admission. No cash value. Not valid with other offers or discounts or towards the purchase of Seasons Passes.

Exit #135 off Highway 1 P: 604.794.7191 • www.mintergardens.com

1 877 796 3345 / bcsportfishinggroup.com


Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Oil Change/Automotive Shop

FOR THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Our every effort is to be sure you have the best service & best experience when you come to see us. The Major Family

Jim of Allenby’s Farm Store, a major supporter of the Agassiz Fall Fair and the Agassiz Rainbow 4H Club, voted Best Community Partner.

MOVIE/GAME RENTAL STORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Movie Source LOCAL MUSICIAN(S) /ENTERTAINER(S) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd Richard & Adam Briscoe

2012

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS Best Produce Store

WEEKLY SPECIALS SENIORS' DAY Wednesdays seniors get 10% off regular priced produce & grocery items

Locally owned & operated

AGASSIZ PRODUCE 7266 Pioneer Ave.

604-796-8444

OPEN MON THRU SAT 9AM TO 6PM

604-796-2611 1756 No 9 Hwy, Agassiz

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR NOMINATION

arts, entertainment, sports + leisure

Our family and hardworking staff are honoured to have been chosen as your favourite

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WOLFE’S MAZDA

PEOPLE’S

MAZDA DEALER

$300 FREE

CHOICE

AGASSIZ/HARRISON’S

Awards WINNER

THANK YOU FOR

ACCESSORIES

with the purchase of any new in-stock Wolfe Chilliwack Mazda. Must present coupon at time of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Agassiz & Harrison residents only

CHOOSING US AS YOUR FAVOURITE DEALER! 5.7 7.8 50 mpg 36 mpg L/100 km highway+

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Gordon Wolfe Mike Hacquard President

Vice President/GM

Brent Neuman

Shonnie Welch

Lindsay McKinnon

Linda Richardson

Al Heke

Andrew Ross-Nutt

Patrick Hobbs

Jeremy Bussinger

Vic Marziliano

General Manager

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Administrator

Reception

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Andrew

James Forrest

Tyler Owens

Travis Virus

Master Technician

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Wolfe’s Chilliwack Mazda 604 DL 30575

45018 YALE ROAD WEST, NEXT TO THE EVANS ROAD OVERPASS

see us at: WWW.WOLFESAUTO.COM

795.3700

We are open Monday - Thursday 9 am - 8 pm • Friday & Saturday 9 am - 6 pm • Closed Sunday

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April 6th 2012. Observer People's Choice Awards.