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the Àre. They did that test not far from the department, in a Àeld on Pixley Lane. It took months of practicing, while learning the technique. And that hard work has now paid off. The FUS sent a memo to insurers on December 1 to inform them that "in 2010, the Àrst community in Canada to

Two local garbage hauling companies feel they're getting the run around from Harrison Village. Council there has just awarded a contract to First Class Waste, to pick up household solid waste, green waste and recycling. The contract follows "a detailed Request for Proposals process and dialogue with several potential solid waste providers" according to a report from Village staff discussed at last week's council meeting. Several residents complained following the meeting that local companies were shut out of the bid process, as it wasn't made public. Councillor Bob Perry did not vote in favour of the contract, due to the lack of publishing a Request for Proposals. "I'm afraid we have cut out the small guy," he said in council. Mayor Ken Becotte told The Observer that four companies were selected based on predetermined criteria, and each were given a "comprehensive proposal" outlining what the Village required. Two businesses responded, and First Class Waste was ultimately chosen. Not on the list? Kent Sanitation and White Disposals, both of which operate out of Agassiz. The owners say they are not impressed with the bid process.

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Robert McGuinness, from the Fire Underwriters Survey, checks the water pressure at a simulated fire call on Pixley Lane, back in October, when the Agassiz Fire Department successfully demonstrated the LDLH test. The District of Kent is the first community in Canada to perform, and pass, the test. They hope it could open the door for other communities, and lead to lower insurance OBSERVER FILE PHOTO rates.

Kent passes long hose test First community in Canada accredited Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

The District of Kent is the Àrst community in Canada to be accredited for alternative water supplies, by successfully demonstrating a large diameter hose lay

to the Fire Underwriters Survey. And that could mean big savings for home owners when it comes to insurance. Back in October, the Agassiz Fire Department performed the LDHL to two FUS representatives. They had to demonstrate that it was possible to suppress a Àre that was beyond 300 metres from a live Àre hydrant, by hooking up to a hydrant 600 metres from

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While Becotte says the contract would not legally require a public notice, both operators disagree. "They didn't post it at all," Jason Loosdrecht, owner of Kent Sanitation says. "They completely left us in the dark. Any business in the area should be able to bid." Loosdrecht currently hauls garbage from a number of Harrison businesses. He sent the Village a bid three years ago, and believes it's a good one. "I gave them a very reasonable bid three years ago and ... looking back it was a good deal," he said. Up until the end of this calendar year, the Village has managed its own garbage removal for private residences. They decided earlier this year to outsource to a private company. Becotte says they need to "get

the Village out of the garbage business," as it uses up valuable staff and resources. The decision coincides with the closure of the green waste site, which was publically discussed at length, through community forums and a mass questionnaire, as well as at council meetings. He says the First Class Waste contract was "by and large" the best one. "I can tell you from my own strata, the savings are about 70 per cent," he said. White Disposal, owned by Gordon and Charlotte Weiss in Agassiz, don't consider themselves "a small guy." They also currently haul garbage from many Harrison businesses, and feel they could have offered a good bid to the Village. "For the Village itself, it's a fair-sized contract," Charlotte Weiss told The Observer. "For us, no problem. All we'd have to

do is have a look at our trucks and update or work with what we have. "It's not beyond our capabilities," she added. Both Cultus Lake and Mission have asked them for tenders in the past, she said. "We're good enough for Mission, but not for Harrison?" she asked. She said they feel it's a "slap in the face" and should have been contacted during the bid process. First Class Waste begins service in January 2011. The rate per household will be about $12.75 per month, or $153 annually. That will cover one 121 litre garbage can, unlimited co-mingled recycling and one 121 litre of green waste. Additional bags can be put out with extra tags, which cost $2 each. Each household receives four free tags per year. news@ahobserver.com

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Canadian geese take a break on the water at the lagoon in Harrison Hot Springs on November 29. Environment Canada is forecasting comparibly warmer weather this weekend, with a mix of sun of rain, and no freezing CORNELIS LOOS PHOTO temperatures.

Tourism centre hoping for growth Operators ask for more money and longer term Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Agassiz isn't being promoted enough, and those in charge of the tourism centre are pushing to see that changed. The Agassiz Harrison Historical Society runs the Agassiz Visitor Information Centre, located for the past two years at the museum. On Monday, a delegation from the society told council they want to start actively promoting the area. "We've just been put together, and we've done what we could," Judy Pickard told council. The society's two year agreement

and display racks. "We don't promote the District as a whole, except through the Circle Farm Tour," Joan Vogstad pointed out to council. They mentioned

Pickard said. The Visitor Information Centre and the museum are run by volunteers. Council told Pickard and Vogstad the issue with the District of would be considered in Kent is nearing its end, the 2011 budget in which process. t h e y ‘We don’t promote the District as Councillor receive Darcy Striker $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 a whole, except through the Circle reminded annually Farm Tour’ them that he to run the initially voted centre. Joan Vogstad, Tourism Centre against having At the the tourism council centre at the meeting, they requested a Àve the idea of creating an museum. "But you have proved year agreement with the Agassiz-based tourism District of Kent, and a guide and a possible me wrong," he said increase in funding that increase in operational Monday. "It's a natural would rise by $2,000 hours. They reported Àt and I'm happy for seeing a 67 per cent you." annually until 2015. The issue also The money would increase in visitors from brought the point that help cover costs of 2008. Hosting the tourism there is some confusion updating the museum's the exterior to attract centre in the museum surrounding more visitors, and is not a new venture. difference between the help to purchase new It was Àrst based in District of Kent, and the promotional materials the museum in 1970, township of Agassiz.

"We have identity problems," Mayor Lorne Fisher said, especially when using tools like Google or GPS systems. He asked if both staff and the tourism centre look at ways to make it less confusing for visitors. news@ahobserver.com

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The District of Kent will soon be sending a revised agreement for mutual aid Àre protection over to the Village of Harrison, for their approval. The previous mutual aid agreement dates back to 1992, and it's time to see it updated, Agassiz Fire Chief Wayne Dyer

primary role. However, in order to keep costs in line with the services being rendered. Dyer says the agreement has been working well, but this will help align the actual costs involved. news@ahobserver.com

Nine hunters caught in slide

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Nine people were trapped in the Skagit Valley for the day after heavy rains on Sunday triggered a small slide. The Silver-Skagit forest service road was washed out at the 4.2 kilometre point, when debris Áew down a mountain creek, plugged up a culvert, and blasted through the gravel-road bed. The nine people are all believed have been hunting in the area at the time of the washout. Five of the people trapped behind the washout managed to make their way over the debris slide on foot. Four others were Áown out of the area by Valley Helicopters, who met up with the second group at a gravel pit at the 10-kilometre road marker. A Áy-by of the upper reaches of the creek bed had raised concerns that further debris may come down and that it was not advisable for the Ànal four to try to make it out on foot, reports Hope Search and Rescue president, Chris Stephens. The volunteer team at Àrst used ATVs to access the site, with Stephens making his way on foot to the other side of the washout to assist the hunters. The SAR member also left behind an emergency pack should anyone

Work was being done to repair the area around the slide on BLACK PRESS PHOTO Monday.

arrive at night to discover they are trapped within the valley. According to the Emil Anderson Maintenance regional manager, Bob Hacking, about 600-800 square metres of rock came down the creek bed. Emergency road repairs made the route passable by 4X4 only allowing some of the the hunters access to their vehicles.

On Monday, heavy machinery was brought in to make temporary repairs for regular trafÀc. The gravel road, which is not serviced over the winter, is expected to be open for general travel by Wednesday, with the clean up of any roadside debris and full repairs to be completed in the Spring.


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The improved bus services to Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs have been embraced by the community, District of Kent council learned on Monday. Kerry Hilts, director of community services, told council that people are using the bus even more than ever. Several busses are over capacity during the week, he said, and continues to rise. And with the higher numbers, BC Transit is getting a better idea of who is using the service,

where they're getting on, how they're paying and where they're heading. Since the costs of the bus service ($126,000 annually) are shared between four regions (Kent, Harrison, Chilliwack and the FVRD), BC Transit has put forward a revised breakdown of that cost-sharing, based on ridership. Currently, Kent pays 55 per cent ($69,300), Harrison pays 24 per cent ($30,240), Chilliwack pays 19 per cent ($23,940) and the FVRD pays two per cent ($2,520).

Those numbers were based on historical use, Hilts said. The new numbers were based on ridership during a twoweek period, as reported by BC Transit. Under the new agreement, Kent would pay 39 per cent ($49,140), Harrison 23 per cent ($28,980), Chilliwack 31 per cent ($39,060) and the FVRD's portion would rise to seven per cent ($8,820). Hilts said the numbers wouldn't surprise the other communities, as they have been shared informally with everyone. news@ahobserver.com

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Deputy Chief Gerald Basten (left) and Fire Chief Wayne Dyer with their accreditation from the Fire Underwriters Survey, following successful completion of the LDLH test.

Insurance rates could be lowered, says FUS CONTINUED – FROM FRONT

attempt to be accredited to deliver water supplies for Àre protection utilizing Large Diameter Hose lay (LDHL) was successful.” It was a huge relief to the District, and they celebrated the accreditation at the Agassiz Firemen's Banquet in November. The District says that in early 2010, they were notiÀed that the draft wells within the community could be recognized as a secondary water source. The draft well does not meet FUS standards for primary water supply and this could potentially result in signiÀcant increases to insurance rates to buildings that are more than 300 metres from a live Àre hydrant (supplied by the District’s water system).

As a result in June 2010, Fire Chief Wayne Dyer, along with Chief Administrative OfÀcer Wallace Mah, met with representatives of the FUS to determine how the District could provide adequate Àre protection to those properties that relied solely on draft wells for Àre protection. On October 2, 2010, after several months of practice, members of the Agassiz Fire Department with mutual aid assistance from the Popkum Fire Department performed the Large Hose Diameter Hose Lay successfully and provided the data required by FUS to set the new standard by which Àre departments within Canada could meet and receive accreditation for water supply 600 metres from a live Àre hydrant. According to Michael Currie,

Director for Western Canada, of the Fire Underwriters Survey “the Agassiz Fire Department within the District of Kent in British Columbia, under the leadership of Fire Chief Wayne Dyer have adapted their training, and equipment speciÀcally to receive this accreditation and are congratulated as the Àrst community to receive accreditation for alternative water supplies using Large Diameter Hose Lay (LDHL) in Canada.” The FUS is the body that tells the insurance companies what the estimated costs of Àre coverage would be throughout Canada. While insurers are not required to follow their suggestions, about 85 per cent of the underwriters in Canada look to the FUS to set their rates. news@ahobserver.com

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OBSERVER opinion Death’s a sad reminder The death of a 75-year-old woman, struck down in a crosswalk on Saturday, offers a sad reminder of the importance of safety on city streets. Without constant vigilance by both motorists and pedestrians, the outcome can be tragic. That attention is particularly necessary in the winter months. With rain, slick streets and darkness coming early, the margin for error is Àne. And yet, drive down any street on a wet and windy night and you’ll Ànd far too many examples of dangerous behaviour. Vehicles are driven at speeds more suitable for dry, sunny weather. Pedestrians seem oblivious to the darkness that often shrouds them. Motorists have to understand that their responsibility is to drive as the conditions dictate. Wet or icy pavement lengthens the distance it takes to stop. That is simple physics, regardless of the vehicle being driven. As one frustrated trafÀc cop said, “Four-wheel drive doesn’t mean four-wheel stop.” Reaction time, too, is affected by diminished visibility, making it even more important to reduce speed and remain alert. Pedestrians also have a responsibility for their own safety.True, at a crosswalk or at a corner, vehicles are supposed to yield to pedestrians. But those white lines offer little protection if the driver doesn’t see them. Caution is critical because the consequences are so severe. If you are out for a walk, carry a light, or wear a reÁective arm band or vest. They won’t guarantee safety, but they will improve your chances of being seen. (Know someone who does a lot of walking? A vest would make a great Christmas present.) Every year, in the Lower Mainland, trafÀc incidents increase as the dark and wet weather descends. The tragedy of those incidents affect every one involved, regardless of responsibility. But the real tragedy is that in many cases the accidents could have been avoided. Greg Knill, Chilliwack Progress

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VICTORIA – Christy Clark is the second woman to enter the B.C. Liberal leadership contest. I mention this in case you forgot about Moira Stilwell, the Vancouver radiologist who led the way into the post-Gordon Campbell era in late November. Stilwell did her own diagnosis on the harmonized sales tax and concurred with mainstream economic theory. It’s efÀcient and it promotes personal savings as well as business investment. In medicine, if you believe the patient has the right prescription to improve her health, you don’t then look for ways to discontinue that medication as quickly as possible. But that’s the situation we have with our less scientiÀc candidates. Clark didn’t always understand the HST, but she consistently supported it on her radio show before her splashy re-entry into politics last week. So the lone “outsider” becomes the Àfth candidate to replace Campbell, after endorsing the tax that led to his sudden retirement. So apparently, the Àve are unanimous that the HST is a great idea, and all but Stilwell want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. One after another, the cabinet veterans sought to distance themselves. First George Abbott agreed with Stilwell that the new premier should move up the date of a province-wide referendum from September to June. Prognosis of patient not good, Abbott intoned. Then Kevin Falcon scrubbed in. Get the vote done as soon as possible, and maybe the HST can be revived if we slice a point or two off. Mike de Jong’s outlook was, well, grave. Cutting the rate would

be like putting lipstick on the scars. This patient is terminal, so let’s pull the plug as inexpensively as possible. An election-style vote would cost $30 million, but a mail-in ballot could be done for less than half of that. By the time Clark arrived, the HST was a palliative care situation. Her only option for a fresh perspective was to move toward assisted suicide. OK, let’s scrap the referendum, she said. It’s doomed anyway. Let’s go back to the legislature and have a “genuine free vote” where B.C. Liberal MLAs can reverse their earlier votes and throw it out. There are so many things wrong with this idea that it’s hard to know where to start. Mistake, said Abbott. “A real blunder,” said Falcon. De Jong said if he had to vote on the HST again, he’d support it like he did the Àrst time. (NDP Ànance critic Bruce Ralston also believes scrapping the referendum now would be dumb, and it’s not often you’ll Ànd him agreeing with Falcon.) Clark’s “genuine” free vote would have to take place before she even has a seat in the legislature. It would divide the B.C. Liberal caucus again, unless her idea of a “genuine” free vote is everyone doing what she tells them to do. This plan would be a disaster. It shows that while Clark spent the last four years getting in touch with families on her radio show, she lost touch with political reality. Which brings us back to Stilwell. When I reached her on the campaign trail, she reafÀrmed her support, and vowed again to campaign for the HST. Stilwell said people have earned the right to have a direct say, and she is “perplexed” that Clark would suggest taking that away. Stilwell remains hopeful that other beneÀts of the HST can still be discussed, giving it a chance for public support. In short, she remains logical and consistent in her approach. It’s no wonder she is given no chance to win. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. tÁetcher@blackpress.ca


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Recipients of proceeds from the Poker Run, from left, were the Harrison Fire Department (Don Labossiere), Agassiz Fire Department (Wayne Dyer) and Kent Harrison Search and Rescue (Marvin Anderson, far right), stand with Poker Run Society’s Jamie Ubell. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

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Run was also well attended, though the weather wasn't great, we did get over 25 boats participating. None of this could have been possible without the help from generous support and donations made by our sponsors. Your contributions provided us with the opportunity to host this phenomenal event by giving away many fantastic prizes to the participants and charities. With your generosity, the Poker Run Society is able to continue donating towards the safety in our

ue sti o n o f the w e e k Last Week’s Results:

“Should every municipal contract be open to public bids?”

“Is one regular council meeting monthly enough in Harrison?”

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Dear Editor, The 2010 Harrison Lake Poker Run was held on August 7 and turned out to be another success! The participants were thoroughly entertained by the Street Show and Friday Night Welcome Party and Saturday's Poker Run. The banquet on Saturday included an evening of Àne dining; with the Awards ceremony emceed by "Oly the Joke Guy". To round out the evening, Trevor McDonald played with his band to an appreciative crowd. The Sunday Fun

community with the following as the beneÀciaries; Kent Harrison Search & Rescue at $1,000; Harrison Fire Department at $750; and Agassiz Fire Department at $750. We were able to donate again this year, all thanks to you! Your generosity went well above and beyond our expectations and the Harrison Lake Poker Run Society hopes we can count on your support for future events. Poker Run Soiety

Dear Editor, In my attendance at this last week’s council meeting, Harrison Hot Springs council once again squandered an awesome opportunity to keep taxpayer dollars at work supporting the local economy. They gave the Mayor and CAO the authority to enter into a 5 year contract with a large valley contractor that will supply curb side garbage pickup for local residents. This was done without even as much as contacting or consulting with the local contractors of Harrison/ Agassiz, who live and operate in the area, on how to best service the Harrison residents with competent local service, nor giving these companies the opportunity to tender. A lot of the blame can be put on the mayor for not giving the village staff and council

clear directive to exhaust all avenues for keeping these tax dollars in the local economy to best service the residents of Harrison Hot Springs. I believe Harrison residents should be concerned about why and how this council can let a major contract such as this slip so carelessly thru their hands. There are 2 local garbage contractors in the Harrison/Agassiz area, one of them a long time resident of Harrison Hot Springs, who are more than capable of providing all the service requirements for curb side pickup; garbage, recyclables and green waste, at a reasonable transparent price to the residents with no hidden costs. Even at this recent council meeting it was still not clear what the exact cost was going to be for the green waste collection CONTINUED – ON PAGE 8

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OBSERVER opinion Lions give thanks for year of giving Dear Editor, We want to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. We say a huge thank you to all who supported our bear project, bingo and car show. We appreciate your support. We also want to say thank you to all the staff in our seniors' homes for providing loving and good care to our

loved ones. We loved singing to them and giving them each a "bear" to cherish. Thank you, community. You help us to make the world a better place for others, from the eyeglasses, hearing aids to teddy bears. May the peace and joy of the season be yours. Agassiz Harrison Lions Club

The Lions held a Christmas Craft Fair at the Agricultural Hall earlier this month.

JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

Perry only councillor against garbage contract CONTINUED – FROM PAGE 7

by this large valley contractor. However the Mayor stated that this was a minor issue and that they could always give away a couple more tags. When and if this new contract commences Harrison

residents will only be able to put out one bag/ can with a maximum of 25kgs of garbage or green waste per week and will need to purchase additional tags at a cost of $2 per bag/can and tag each additional bag. The recyclables will be

unlimited. According to the “Proposed Solid Waste Improvements Information Sheet” all the following costs will be added to your residential tax bill; one bag/can and recyclables per week will cost approx. $12.75 per month, yard trimmings and green waste will be approx. an additional

$7.99 per month for this service alone, however a Ànal price has not been negotiated as of the last council meeting. Why has Harrison Village made green waste such a big issue, what is wrong with composting? The only vote against this scheme was by councilmen Perry, who expressed his concern about the process that

had taken place (or lack thereof) without consulting with local companies and that he would vote strongly against this proposal. Shortly after that councilman Perry was attacked by the Mayor on his work ethics, which councilman Perry immediately rebutted with his strong history of involvement at all

levels as noted on the record. In the end it appears that the Mayor, majority council and village staff did not have the best interest at heart for the residents of Harrison Village. As quoted on the villages own website under Business: Economic Development “market and promote the

community and the businesses within”, if applied this would keep local tax dollars like this at home to support the local economy through local contractors who spend their dollars within the local business community. Concerned Harrison Resident John Loosdrecht

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Views, Nov. 24). Tom Fletcher’s hatchet job on

Independent MLA Bill Bennett has no basis in reality.

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christmas cheer to ocal seniors ! l Bring a donation of a small gift or Christmas food item to the Observer office in Agassiz. We’re partnering with the Lion’s Club to wrap up several baskets to be delivered at Christmas time.

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I am the past president of the Kootenay East B.C. Liberal Constituency Association and have worked on all three of Bill Bennett’s successful election campaigns. Fletcher obviously didn’t bother researching the 2009 election results. Bennett won not with a “slim margin” but with a 51 per cent margin, higher than some candidates in the Fraser Valley, plus he defeated the leader of the B.C. Conservative Party. And before he reluctantly took this job on 10 years ago, this was a solid NDP riding. As for “parliamentary tradition,” Fletcher ought to know that tradition supports the concept that premiers are Àrst among equals, not kings among subjects. Bennett is in public life for all the right reasons. We ought to know. He

lives in our community and is our neighbour and friend. Bennett has always had the courage of his convictions and this latest speaking out is what we expect from him. We didn’t hire him to be a lemming. We agree with our MLA that Premier Gordon Campbell has done many good things for B.C., but he’s stayed too long and was jeopardizing the survival of the B.C. Liberal Party. As for Bennett’s comments about Mr Campbell’s style of leadership, we support our MLA’s right to say publicly what he has learned to be the truth. The fact his colleagues are silent is more of a reÁection on them than on Bill Bennett. Jim Fennell Past President Kootenay East B.C. Liberal Constituency Association Cranbrook

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OBSERVER community

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Be safe this holiday season: RCMP The holiday season is a time for giving, sharing and enjoying family and friends. The great seasonal spirit along with busy schedules can increase the opportunities for criminal activity, such as property crime. The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP suggests these simple safety tips to assist you in having a safe holiday season. Don’t get scammed Use your credit card smarts and don’t carry extra credit cards or large amounts of cash. Keep a master list of all cards in a safe place in the event your wallet is lost or stolen. Safeguard your identity and never give out your personal information and ensure you dispose of all statements, receipts and personal information properly. Investigate the legitimacy of charities before donating. Visit www.antifraudcentrecentreantifraude.ca to learn more about how to protect yourself from frauds and scams. Don’t leave valuables unattended in your vehicle Parking lots can be target rich environments for thieves. Never leave your purse, wallet, cell phones, garage door openers, or personal information in your vehicle. Parcels and other bags can be theft attractors. Thieves are looking for easy targets and anything you can do to deter them from choosing your car, the better. Remember to lock your car and use an anti theft device. Use your road sense Prepare for winter driving conditions and ensure your vehicle is properly maintained and equipped with the appropriate tires and

cold weather emergency supplies. Buckle up and be patient and courteous this holiday season.

Always plan ahead and arrange for a designated driver when attending events. Be a responsible

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A Christmas Message form Mayor & Council It is that time of year to reflect back and remember all the events that the Municipal Staff have planned, organized and presented to the public in the past year. From being awarded the highest honour (5 Blooms) from the Provincial Communities in Bloom Association; to being awarded the Leadership and Innovation Award from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for the Duncan Bateson Pump Station design; to being awarded, for the second year, the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting; and to being awarded the Large Diameter Hose Lay Accreditation from the Fire Underwriters Survey. These awards are to be celebrated by Staff and residents alike as they show the District as an innovator and leader in the Province. A few other projects of note were the completion of the Area Agriculture Plan, the mid-block crosswalks and the Breakwater repair. These projects were on the books for a number of years and through dedication and ingenuity they were able to be completed in 2010. A thank you to all the staff for making the District of Kent a welcoming place in which to live. Your dedication is recognized and appreciated. As we celebrate this holiday season, let us use this time to reflect and count our blessings. The greatest gift we could exchange this season is to serve one another. May I ask you all to remember your neighbours at this time of year, especially the vulnerable and those that live alone. I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas along with a safe and prosperous New Year. Mayor Lorne Fisher

Municipal Hall Holiday Office Closure 2010 - 2011 EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS: Sewer/Water Calls: 604-796-9145 Public Works Calls: 604-796-9005 CLOSED: Friday, December 24 Monday, December 27 Tuesday, December 28 Wednesday, December 29 Thursday, December 30 Friday, December 31 Monday, January 3, 2011 OPEN: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 We would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Storm Season is Here: Be Prepared! The District of Kent would like to give residents a few helpful tips when preparing for severe storms. I Ensure that eaves troughs are free of debris to allow rainwater to flow freely. I Clear leaves and debris away from drains, storm water intakes and curb drains in front of residences. I Ensure items, which are damageable and susceptible to flood waters, are removed from crawlspaces and basements in homes that are located within a floodplain. I Check to ensure sump pumps are in working order. I Ensure any items that might be blown around and/or torn loose, during a storm, are secured. I Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees, located on your property, to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house during a storm. I Report concerns about trees on municipal property to municipal hall. I Inspect backwater valves if your home is equipped with one. I Install a backwater valve and sump pump. This is an effective prevention strategy for homes experiencing basement flooding. This type of installation must be approved by the municipality. It is recommended to have the work performed by a qualified plumbing contractor. (Additional information can be found at www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/maho/gemare/ I Contact the municipality if debris is noted within a drainage ditch restricting drainage flow. I Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work. (Additional information on preparing for severe storms and other emergency events can be obtained from www.pep.bc.ca The District of Kent has been preparing for the storm season by removing sediments and vegetation from drainage ditches as part of the annual ditch maintenance program. The program is intended to ensure water flows freely away from fields, lawns and residences to help prevent the likelihood of flooding.

CP Holiday Train The holiday train arrives in Agassiz on Friday, December 17 at 5:15 pm Enjoy the lights and music of the holiday train as they journey across the country spreading awareness of hunger. Donation to our local food bank will be gratefully accepted on site. Musical entertainment by The Odds.

Holiday Hours at the Fitness / Activity Centre Dec 24 CLOSED Dec 25 CLOSED Dec 26 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Dec 27 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Dec 28 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Dec 29 6:15 am – 9:00 pm Dec 30 6:15 am – 9:00 pm Dec 31 6:15 am – 5:00 pm Jan 1 CLOSED Jan 2 7:30 am – 2:00 pm Jan 3 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Fitness Class Schedule resumes January 4

Winter 2011 Leisure Guide arrives January

4. Discount Days are January 10, 11 & 12. Register for programs during this time and save 10% off our posted fees.

Variety Play Winter Session begins January 12. Register now at the Fitness / Activity Centre.

Additionally, the District of Kent public works crews have been preparing for the season by inspecting, repairing and cleaning storm drains, storm mains and culverts throughout the District. Please contact the District of Kent at 604-796-2235 if you require any further information. PROPERTY TAXES/UTILITIES PAYMENTS Payment for 2010 Property Taxes and Utilities MUST be received no later than Tuesday Jan 04, 2011 at 4:30pm Any unpaid balances will be transferred to arrears taxes and subject to a daily interest rate. ** A general reminder to our customers: please let us know what your new/correct/updated mailing address is so that we are 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. bc.ca


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SNOW & ICE CONTROL

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

Annual Province-Wide Earthquake Drill At 10:00 a.m. on January 26, 2011, thousands of British Columbians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in BC history! All community groups are encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a more extensive exercise). British Columbia is located in a seismically active region where a few thousand earthquakes occur each year in and adjacent to the province. The threat of a major earthquake in the province is real and all British Columbians must know how to be prepared. The ShakeOut drill is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. Once you register, participation can be as simple as three easy steps: 1. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Have your members Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).Practice now so that your members will immediately protect themselves during an earthquake! 2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you are others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? 3. Finally, you can practice what you will do after the shaking stops. Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, government agencies and organizations are all invited to register. Be a part of the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history on January 26, 2011 at 10am!

Register today at shakeoutbc.ca

The District of Kent’s response to winter events varies according to the individual characteristics of each event and availability of resources. Roads are checked early in the morning and the appropriate Public Works’ staff is called in to deal with the situation. District of Kent priorities for snow and ice removal include: • Opening access for emergency service providers, such as Fire and Ambulance • Opening school bus routes on school days • Opening rural milk truck routes • Opening prison access routes • Clearing the commercial core and opening collector routes Once these priority areas are under control and in adequate condition, work can start on municipal subdivisions, sidewalks and parking lots. Exceptions will be made for emergencies. Townsite plowing often starts with clearing driving lanes by plowing toward the curb. Driveways do become obstructed from street plowing. Please note that the District cannot open private driveways or roads. The community can aid the District during winter conditions in several ways: • Park vehicles in your driveway, rather than on the street.

G DISTRICT OF KENT WATER AND SEWER RATES Please be advised that effective January 01, 2011 there will be a slight rate increase of 2.50% 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 2011. For a complete list of all sewer and water rates please refer to District of Kent Bylaw No’s 1451.02 and 1452.03. For any questions please contact the District of Kent at 604-796-2235. The Municipal office will be closed from December 24, 2010 reopening on January 04, 2011.

DISTRICT OF KENT OUTSTANDING TAXES AND UTILITIES Please be advised that any current property taxes owing and any utility balance owing as of 4:30pm January 04, 2011 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 from December 24, 2010 reopening on January 04, 2011.

• Shovel sidewalk in front of your residence or business. • When shoveling snow, if possible, place snow on your lawn; grass is dormant and will not be affected. • If you must place snow on the roadway, place it to the right when facing the roadway; this way when the snow plow passes it will not re-plow snow back into your driveway. Winter events are often followed by rain. Snow or ice in the curb lane interferes with drainage and may cause some flooding. Therefore, on roads that are wide enough, the District frequently “windrows” the snow down the centre of streets to permit proper drainage. The intersections are opened completely to allow the proper flow of traffic. Please use caution when traveling during winter conditions. - Drive more slowly - Leave more room from the vehicle in front of you - Ensure your vehicle has good winter tires and is in good repair - Leave extra room when in the vicinity of snow removal equipment. For additional information please contact the District of Kent at 604-796-2235

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

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OBSERVER community Giving the cheer to locals in need of a pick-me-up could help brighten the holidays for someone. Perhaps a CD of holiday music, some candles, chocolates or a small gift. Many people have already brought items to our old ofĂ&#x20AC;ce across from the museum. As of Friday, December 17, we will be in our new ofĂ&#x20AC;ce, in the yellow building at Pioneer Park. Items can be dropped off at there until next Wednesday morning. Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

SPCA offers tips for holiday giving There are lots of ways to help B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vulnerable animals this holiday season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People often turn to charitable giving opportunities at this time of year as a way to celebrate the season, honour a loved one or make a donation as a gift on someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf,â&#x20AC;? says Lorie Chortyk, the BC SPCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager of community relations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a non-proĂ&#x20AC;t organization, we are extremely grateful for their generosity, and so we try to offer ways of giving that appeal to everyone, from dog and cat lovers to people interested in farm animal or wildlife welfare.â&#x20AC;? The BC SPCA has a number of giftgiving suggestions for animal lovers, says Chortyk: â&#x20AC;˘ The popular Pawsitive Gifts program is one way to support animals in need. This year for the Ă&#x20AC;rst time, donors will be able to speciĂ&#x20AC;cally support the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cruelty investigations department as it conducts nearly 6,000 new cruelty investigations a year. Starting at $10, Pawsitive Gifts include various levels of companion, farm and wild animal care, emergency response and educational gifts such as the Bite Free kit for schools. Donors have their choice of sending a personalized e-card to the recipient, or printing out a copy to enclose in their own card. Visit pawsitivegifts.ca. â&#x20AC;˘ New this year, the BC SPCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guardian Angel program allows donors to support an animal available for adoption and send a personal message about the animal that will be posted on the animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online adoption proĂ&#x20AC;le. Donors will also be notiĂ&#x20AC;ed when the animal is adopted so they can see the difference their

support made. Visit spca.bc.ca/ guardianangel. â&#x20AC;˘ The BC SPCA has four Priority Needs funds that support various aspects of the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. The Highest Priority Needs Fund helps injured, homeless, neglected and abused animals throughout B.C.; the Heroes Fund supports emergency animal rescue and cruelty investigations; the October Grey Fund supports animals in the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community branches and shelters; the Monty Fund for Community Education & Outreach supports education and advocacy initiatives; and the Biscuit Fund supports medical care for injured animals. Visit spca. bc.ca/support. â&#x20AC;˘ Another way to help the animals this holiday season is by purchasing humanely raised products bearing the SPCA CertiĂ&#x20AC;ed label, including turkey, chicken, meat and pork products, cheese and eggs. SPCA CertiĂ&#x20AC;ed is the consumerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assurance that the product bearing this name has been raised to animal welfare standards established by the BC SPCA and validated by a third-party inspector. Visit spca.bc.ca/farm for product availability. â&#x20AC;˘ Finally, what better way to support the animals than to open up your home to them? While the BC SPCA discourages giving pets as surprise gifts, it welcomes potential adopters to visit their local shelter or browse online at spca.bc.ca where their new best friend may be waiting to meet them. Adoption counsellors with a wealth of knowledge are available to help families make the right match, turning an ordinary family into a forever family for a homeless animal!

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We all know Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. But it can also be one of the hardest seasons to get through, for many reasons. And with that in mind, The Observer is pleased to be partnering with The Agassiz Harrison Lions Club this Christmas, in an effort to Spread the Holiday Cheer. With the Lions help, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found some very deserving seniors living within the community.

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be priced in one-cent increments as they are now. A report of the Senate Ă&#x20AC;nance committee recommends production of pennies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which cost about 1.5 cents each to make â&#x20AC;&#x201C; be halted as soon as possible and the one-cent coin be phased out over the following two years. Helmut Pastrick, economist at Central 1 Credit Union, agreed killing the penny likely makes sense. "I suspect it's a coin that can probably go," he said. Canada would follow in the footsteps of countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Britain in eliminating the onecent coin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The penny has simply outlived its purpose," added Senator Irving Gerstein. "It is a piece of currency, quite frankly, that lacks currency." It's estimated eliminating the penny will save the government and businesses at least $130 million a year.

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Natural gas rates dropping Falling natural gas prices should save the typical gas-heated household $66 next year, according to Terasen Gas. Bills are projected to total $1,009 annually, down more than six per cent from $1,075 in 2010. Lower rates for natural gas were approved this month by the B.C. Utilities Commission and take effect Jan. 1. The price drop is due to a glut of natural gas on the market, continued strong production and lower than expected demand. Terasen passes on the commodity cost of the gas without markup, instead earning its profit on the separate delivery charges to transport it. Not benefitting from the low prices are those households that locked in to long-term rates offered in 2007 by rival gas marketers who are reaping big profits. Most of those customers are a year away from escaping from their contracts, which force them to pay rates that are now at least double Terasen's new fluctuating rate. Black Press staff


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Order up! School trustee Al Fraser served up gravy to students and guests at Kent elementary school on Tuesday, during the Christmas luncheon. The food was provided by Loriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering, and Grade six students helped cater the event, helping to serve juice to the tables. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

Housing is available The Agassiz Harrison Senior Citizens' Housing Society held its Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 29. We were gratiĂ&#x20AC;ed by the attendance and especially pleased by the interest shown by residents of our facilities. The non-proĂ&#x20AC;t Society is responsible for operating the 36 units at Hazelnuts Grove at 2008 McCaffrey Road and 11 units at Dogwood Manor at 7284 Morrow Road, as well as one rental house on Morrow Road. These facilities provide housing for seniors and disabled persons. The past year has seen many changes for the Board with resignations; as well the Board has been saddened by the passing of long term members who provided many years of dedicated service to the society and its residents. We have lost their knowledge, expertise and friendship. Elected President of the Board of Directors is Marg Hicks, VicePresident - Val Richards, Treasurer Helen Eddy, and Secretary - Valerie

Edmondson. The Board is looking forward to the challenges of all aspects of the Society. New members are always welcome and the Board would like to see the membership increased. "A strong membership is invaluable when applying for grants and funding," says Richards. "It shows community support and could be the factor that helps get that funding approved." At this time the ofĂ&#x20AC;ce in the Club House at Hazelnut Grove is staffed with the ofĂ&#x20AC;ce manager and the maintenance manager, on-site. Due to our mandate of providing low cost housing under the auspices of BC Housing Corporation we encourage anyone interested applying for residency at one of the facilities can call the Society's ofĂ&#x20AC;ce at (604)7969180. We accept applications on a continuing basis and our Selection Committee reviews them to ensure they meet with criteria as outlined in the Regulations. Submitted by the Agassiz-Harrison Senior Citizen's Housing Society

The CP Holiday Train is almost at the station. The train will pull up to the area across from the Agricultural Hall at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, December 17. The show will start shortly after, including a concert by The Odds. This is the twelfth year of the Holiday Train, which travels across athe United States and Canada raising donations for local food banks. Those who come out are reminded to bring a nonperishable food item, or cash donation for the cause. Agassiz is one of the Holiday Train's last stops. Later that evening, it will travel to Maple Ridge and Port Moody, before retiring for the year.

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LOCAL GROUPS & ACTIVITIES Agassiz Monday Painters est.1961. Meet every Monday from 11am-3pm at Agassiz United Church. FMI call Linda 604-794-5554 Better Beginnings: Pre/post natal education, nutrition and support. Lunch & childcare provided. Tues. 10:30am to 12:30pm. 7272 Morrow Road. FMI call Louisa at 604-796-0313 Bigfoot Toastmasters Club meets at 7pm every Monday evening at the Christian Reformed Church hall, 7452 Morrow Rd. Visitors always welcome. Hope Contact: Sabine Keil 604-869-5328. Agassiz contact: Shirlie Caruk 604-796-0677 Bingo – TUESDAYS Hosted by Agassiz Agricultural & Horticultural Assocation, Doors open at 5pm. Agricultural Pavilion. Agassiz. 604-796-9075 Bingo – THURSDAYS Hosted by Agassiz/ Harrison Lions Club. Doors open at 5pm. Agricultural Pavilion, Agassiz. 604-796-9075 Coffee Break/Story Hour - a weekly Bible Study for ladies and children 0-5. Weds 9:30a.m. Agassiz Christian Reformed Church on Morrow Road. FMI call 604-796-9474

Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) is an advocacy group devoted to improving “The Quality of Life” for all seniors. FMI call Ernie Bayer @ 604-576-9734 or email ecbayer@shaw.ca Divorce Care Program presented by Mountainview Community Church. FMI call Guy at 796-0244 or email agassizdivorcecare@ hotmail.com Green Legacy Society, concerned about the environment? New members welcome. FMI call Alice 604-796-9044 Harrison Community Social Club Drop-in every Thurs at Harrison Hot Springs Gospel Chapel, 10 am: cards, darts, games & coffee; 2:30 pm line dancing. Contact Jacquie 604-796-3105 or Suzanne 604-796-1269 Harrison Hikers Group offers 4 levels of hikes every Wed(easy, light, moderate, strenuous) FMI call Ruth Altendorf 604-796-2084 Friendship House Nickel Bingo on Monday at 1 pm, Tuesday Bridge at 12:30 pm, Cribbage at 1 pm, Sit and Be Fit 10:30 am Monday and Friday, Drop-in Floor Curling 7 pm Thursday

the warmth, stay for a surprise. Other than great reads, what are the other surprises that await you in the library this week? The songs of winter played on the piano by local musicians might be your treat; the aroma of spices and a mug of cider may capture you. For a delightful treat, Natalie will grace us with the angelic music she brings forth on her harp on Friday, December 17 at 1:30 p.m. If your brain is dragging, make time to come in and look at a table of gift ideas. We have this year, some very special gift packages that include a unique item such as an antique print, a souvenir Sturgis 2010 shirt, home-made socks, books, music, games that all come with a library bag, bookmark and certiÀcate for free used books. There are cuddly stuffed toys and serious sized mugs. Need something different? Check out the gifts when you check out your next stack of December reads. More surprises you ask? Indeed, we will have the excitement of an author in the building on Saturday, December 18 at 1 p.m. And not just any author, but someone once near, and always dear to us, Emily Mullock. Emily will be known to many of you as she grew up and went to school in Agassiz. She has since gone on to art school, and made a career of her passion. What brings her home is that just months ago, she released her children’s book Oh No, Unicorn. Emily has illustrated two books previously, but this is the Àrst she has both written and done the fabulous pictures for. If this isn’t a great gift idea, I don’t know

Emily Mullock is back in Agassiz on December 18 at 1 p.m., and will be reading from her new children’s book, which she wrote and illustrated.

what is! A signed book for the young or young at heart in your life. Sharing the limelight on Saturday, will be Crackle the Library Crow, ready by the Christmas tree waiting to have a picture taken with his friends old and new. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can bring your children, grandchildren, friends or nieces and nephews to Agassiz Library and get a picture of them and this crazy little bird to take home as a memento. No appointments needed and your photo, mounted in a card is free and will be ready to take with you. This comes to you from the hard working elves who are the Agassiz Library Society: Friends of the Library – supporters of all things library in Agassiz-Harrison. Don’t miss Christmas Cheer Week @ your library. As I enjoy the quiet and anticipate days that I will spend with beloved family and friends over the next few weeks, I do ponder

the holidays we put so much thought into at this time of year. A season for many reasons – all December long we and our neighbours make time to celebrate. Good wishes are offered to each other, the wish for peace, joy, happiness, merriment, reÁection, remembrance. We treasure the story of the birth of the Jesus, complete with angels, stars, kings and a country inn with only a stable full of friendly animals as company for Mary and Joseph – this, the Christmas story has importance to many in December. For Buddhists, Bodhi Day marks Siddhartha Gautauma achieving Nirvana and becoming the ‘Awakened One’; Canadians of Swedish descent may enjoy Saint Lucia Day; Los Posadas will bring the warm feelings of Mexico to Canadians celebrating that holiday in the True North; our friends of Jewish faith will honour Hannukah, the Festival of Lights; Ashura, for Muslims, marks a day

honouring the time when Noah left the Ark and the day Moses was saved from the Pharaoh of Egypt by God; Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in many countries in the world by those of black or African heritage and culture. For many it is a time we make sure we connect with family and friends over good meals, laughter and conversation. In our diverse and wonderful country, there are indeed many celebrating December in their own way and for their own reasons. What makes it special though, is how we share the many differences, how we wish for each other the remembrance, peace, joy, and generosity that comes from all our varied lives. My wish for you all is that you enjoy sharing this season, have a Merry Christmas and I look forward to the good wishes of friends and neighbours who offer me the heartfelt greetings that come from their own unique lives.

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Earn $500-$2000/m. Operate a Mini-Office Outlet from home. Free online training, flex hrs, great income. www.trainerforfreedom.com HYGIENITECH Mattress Cleaning & Upholstery Cleaning/Sanitizing Business. New “Green” Dry, Chemical-Free process removes bed bugs, dust mites, and harmful allergens. Big Profits/Small Investment. 1-888-999-9030 www.Hygienitech.com LAMONTAGNE CHOCOLATES is looking for p/t sales reps in BC. Work from home. Perfect position for a stay-at-home mom/dad. Resumes to gaucoin@lamontagne.ca, www.lamontagne.ca

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FORESTRY

LOGGING CO. looking for owner/operator logging trucks and experienced logging equipment operators for McKenzie area and the Kootenay area. Forward contact info & qualifications to Ben, email: ben@bcland.com or fax 250714-0525

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ISLAND MANAGER Brandt Tractor Ltd. has an exciting opportunity for an Island Manager who will be responsible for branches in Nanaimo, Campbell River and Victoria.

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HEAVY DUTY Mechanics required for busy Coastal logging company on Northern Vancouver Island. Must have extensive mechanical experience, certification an asset. Above industry average (wages), plus excellent benefit program. Fax or email resume to: 250-956-4888 or lemare@office.ca.

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Experienced Journey Electrician needed immediately in Cowichan Valley. Experienced in troubleshooting in an industrial setting. PLC knowledge a benefit. Top wages and benefits. Email resume to: electricworking@gmail.com

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General Nursery Labourer Required to start Feb. 2011 Position includes general nursery labour such as weeding, pruning, loading trucks etc. Must be hard working, physically fit & able to do repetitive work. Must also be willing to work in the elements. Hours of work are Mon. - Fri. 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. (Some Saturdays & overtime will be required). Job is seasonal full time from about Feb. - Oct. 2011. Starting wage $9.28/hr. Please fax resumes to Qualitree 604-794-3378 or email to info@qualitree.com

Reporting to the Division Manager, the successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual who possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The Island Manager will be responsible for: achieving sales growth and profitability in all areas, achieving asset management and market share goals, management and development of all employees, managing branch account receivables as well as managing all daily branch activities. The ideal candidate will have previous managerial experience. This position involves managing all facets of dealership operations, developing people, planning and implementing strategies and setting and achieving goals.

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EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 134

HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES Food Service Workers & Cooks

Marquise Group is looking for Food Service Workers & Cooks for the Fraser Canyon Hospital in Hope. Marquise Hospitality Services division specializes in providing superior Service Management Solutions to Healthcare facilities. We have various positions for motivated individuals to join our dedicated and hard working team. Ideal candidates will have a Food Safe Cert. & previous exp. in a healthcare setting. Marquise Group incorporated in 1993 and continues to be one of the fastest growing companies in its industry specializing in facilities management, hospitality services and customer service. To find out more about us visit: www.marquise.ca Please e-mail resume to: HS512.marquise@hiredesk.net or fax to: 1-604-214-8526

142 OFFICE SUPPORT/CLERKS P/T ACCOUNTS Receivable Clerk for a busy Abbotsford Fire Apparatus Company for a maternity leave position. Candidate must be energetic, enthusiastic with a professional attitude. Skills and experience required in: Microsoft office, computerized accounting program, collection, invoicing, billing, credit applications. Must have exceptional attention to detail, organization and accuracy. Must communicate well both verbally and written. Please forward your resume to info@profire.net or fax to 604-850-2397.

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TRADES, TECHNICAL

JOURNEYMAN CNC machinist req’d for ISO 9001:2008 machine shop in Salmon Arm area. Mazak experience an asset (Mills and Lathes). See www.accessprecision.com

Licensed Heavy Equipment Mechanical Supervisor Medium sized contracting Co. located in the Vancouver BC region is searching for a mechanical supervisor to manage its field and shop repairs. We require a licensed heavy equip. mechanic with a proven ability to lead a mechanical department in a multiple site operation. The ability to diagnosis, troubleshoot and repair integrated hydraulic systems and diesel equipment is a must. Specialized training and certification in hydraulics and familiarity with mining and exploration drilling equipment is considered an asset. Also, some overnight travel to field projects. Please forward your resume in confidence to: explore.mining@gmail.com

PERSONAL SERVICES 173E

HEALTH PRODUCTS

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PERSONAL SERVICES 173E

FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 221

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CARPENTRY

The Renovator: experienced local carpenter specializing in decks, laminate floors, framing, finishing, metal roofs, vinyl siding, concrete, additions & painting. Commercial & Residential. Kelly 604-819-1936

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PERSONAL CARE

Mature person needed to provide care to quadriplegic gentleman. Must be physically fit and a quick study, preferably from Hope. Preference given to experienced applicant. Excellent wages. Contact Heather at (604)750-0239 to arrange interview.

EDUCATION/TUTORING

AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783

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HEALTH PRODUCTS

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COMPUTER SERVICES

FREE INITIAL Computer checkup. Hardware, Software repairs. www.terracomputerser vice.com 778-322-1580 (MCP, A+)

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DRYWALL

FRAMING, INSULATING, drywalling and finishing of any unfinished areas in your home. Fully insured, and licensed. Call Shane: 604-8073076

260

ELECTRICAL

#1167 LIC’D, BONDED. BBB Lge & small jobs. Expert trouble shooter, WCB. Low rates 24/7 604-617-1774 YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

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HANDYPERSONS

A HELPFUL HANDYMAN Ltd. 778-808-7442. What can we do for you? Bonded and Insured! www.ahelpfulhandyman.com

300

LANDSCAPING

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LEGAL SERVICES

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MEDICAL/DENTAL

320

MOVING & STORAGE

AAA ADVANCE MOVING Experts in all kinds of moving/packing. Excellent Service. Reas. rates! Different from the rest. 604-861-8885 www.advancemovingbc.com

338

PLUMBING

10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS GL ROOFING & Repairs. Cedar shakes, Asphalt Shingles, Flat roofs BBB, WCB Ins. Clean Gutters $80. 24 hr. emergency serv. 7days/wk. 1-877-257-5362

373A TELEPHONE SERVICES

Both sites provide complex care and assisted living services. Our New Assisted Living Residence will be opening in January 2011, in Agassiz, 15 minutes East of Chilliwack. Current Job Opportunities will include: Resident Care Coordinator This is a full-time leadership position focused on the provision of high quality care services to our residents requiring complex care. We are seeking a Registered Nurse with significant clinical care experience who enjoys working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Registered Nurses We currently require full and part time RN’s who are interested in the provision of resident-centred interdisciplinary care. You must enjoy daily interaction with our Residents and their families as well as providing guidance and leadership to your team members. Assisted Living Manager This is a full-time position for a Licensed Practical Nurse to work with residents, families and staff. Management experience an asset. Assisted Living Workers To work in our new Assisted Living Residence. Activity Aides Required in both our Complex Care and Assisted Living Residences We offer competitive wages and benefits for the above positions. If you require more information or would like to submit your resume please contact Mirjam Gregoire at 604 796 3886 or email mgregoire@valleycare.info

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

PETS

560

GOLDEN LAB, 7/mo male, very loving & beautiful family dog, all shots microchipped. $550. (604)272-1516 JACK RUSSELL PUP. male, tri colored, Vet ✔ , view parents. $500. 604-820-4236 JACK RUSSELL(smaller type) fem, 4/mo, 1st shots, dewormed. Ready for Christmas, $350. 604-854-9711. MALTESE PUPPIES. 1st shots, vet ✔, health guarnt’d, all white. Can view mother. $600 (604)820-8513 NEED A GOOD HOME for a dog or a good dog for a home? We adopt www.856-dogs.com or call: 856-3647.

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PRESA CANARIO P/B. All black. Ready to go. Dad 150lbs, Mom 120lbs. $550 obo. 778-552-1525 PUREBRED Doberman puppies, ready for Christmas. 6 girls, 3 boys $900 obo. 604-807-9095. SHIH TZU puppies born 03/31/10 part trained, $250 1M, 1F, view parents (604)826-6634 / 604-615-5320 YORKIE PUPS. P/B no papers. Shots, vet checked, females, $650. Call 604-858-5826 Chwk Yorkshire Terrier pups, CKC reg’d, 1st shots. vet ✓ $1100-$1300. M/F, Ready to go. 604-793-2063

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 523

UNDER $100

Blacksmith dipper, 5 wrenches, $55 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------110’ cord, hrs shoes, hvy sledge, latern, jack: 2 ton, hitch $100 4 all. (can buy sep.) (604)794-5817 GOLF CLUBS, bag, full set of irons, driver, 3 & 5 wood, p.wedge, s. wedge, putter. $60. 604-858-2271. HOCKEY SKATES BAUER Supreme 3000 Plus, size 9/10. Likenew. $60. 604-858-2271

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PETS 477

PETS

American Staffordshire Terriers, 3 brindle male, family raised, $300 each. Call (604)703-8198 BERNESE Mountain Dog Pups. Incredible blood line. Show/pet. 99% house trained. Call 604-7400832 or 604-740-2986.

www.bernerbay.weebly.com CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 856-4866 CHIHUAHUA puppy, male, 12 weeks, very tiny, $600. Call (604)794-7347 Chihuahua x’s MinPin or Jack Russell x’s. 8 wks, dewormed, $300 (604)793-1922 suejam99@yahoo.com CKC REG. soft coated Wheaton terrier pups, hypo-allergenic. Guarnt Vet ✓ $1200. 604-533-8992. DOBERMAN PUPS CKC reg. heavy boned, solid beauties. Euro breeding. $1200. 604-589-7477. FOX Terrier X orphan puppies, born Sept. 17, black/white spots. $200. No Sunday calls. 604-796-9995. GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS Ho Ho Ho, only 2 boys left! working line $650 604-820-4230, 604-302-7602

Wheel barrow $20 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Heavy chain $20 (604)794-5817 ----------------------------------------------Antique Potato Plow $60 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Truck Sinches (4)$40 for all(604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Wooden Windows (6) $60 for all(604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Up Right Dolly $20 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Pick, Sledge, Shovel, Axe, Fork, Splitting maul, $60 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------2 - 100’ extension cord, both for $20 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------New Cedar moulding bundle $10 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Garden or land scape tools (5) $20 for all (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Tools & Wrenches (5) $25 for all (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------14” Grind Stone with frame $60(604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------5’ Saw $40 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Push Mower, like new $40 (604)794-5817 -----------------------------------------------Metal Wheel barrow $30 (604)794-5817

524

UNDER $200

4’ x 6’ Trailer $200 (604)794-5817

525

UNDER $300

SLEEP APNEA MACHINES Good Condition $300 each obo (604)796-0736 or 1-778-867-2758

545

FUEL

BEST FIREWOOD 32nd Season & 37,000 Cust Deliv. Fully Seas. Maple, Birch, Alder 604-582-7095

560

MISC. FOR SALE

MISC. FOR SALE WEDDING DRESS!!!

STUNNING JADE DANIELS wedding gown from the 2010 collection. Purchased in April from Ivory Bridal in Langley The colour is ivory with a sweetheart top, is fitted to the waist, then flows away from the body. A bustle was added to the dress so the train can be buttoned up during the reception. It is a size 8 (fits a little small). Cost was $1400 plus $100 for the alterations, will sell for $875. Contact 604-768-9109 to see photos or jen_toor@hotmail.com

REAL ESTATE

POM PUPPIES 2 females, 1 male, white & gold. 7 wks old. $600.obo (604)462-8027 or 604-506-6413

TOW HITCH $75 (604)796-0736 or 1-778-867-2758 -----------------------------------------------FIBERGLASS ROCK GUARD $75 (604)796-0736 or 1-778-867-2758 -----------------------------------------------14’ EXTENDABLE LADDER $65 (604)796-0736 or 1-778-867-2758

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PETS

603

ACREAGE

20 ACRES-$0 Down! $99/mo. Near Growing El Paso, Texas. Guaranteed Owner Financing, No Credit Checks. Money Back Guarantee. FreeMap/Pictures. 866254-7755 www.sunsetranches.com

615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY WANTED: successful business with mentor/management contract. I am seeking to purchase a small business in the Lower Mainland with an existing customer base with arrangements to learn your business prior to buying. I prefer something in Agriculture or Construction but am willing to consider other options as well. This may be your opportunity to retire slowly while taking some of your well earned capital out of your business. Please contact me in confidence at: wantad1971@hotmail.ca WANTED: successful business with mentor/management contract. I am seeking to purchase a small business in the Lower Mainland with an existing customer base with arrangements to learn your business prior to buying. I prefer something in Agriculture or Construction but am willing to consider other options as well. This may be your opportunity to retire slowly while taking some of your well earned capital out of your business. Please contact me in confidence at: wantad1971@hotmail.ca

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APARTMENT/CONDO

$575 One bedroom, elevator, new laundry facilities, storage locker, parking & walking to downtown amenities. One month free & discount to seniors 65+. Pet friendly. 778-918-9062. HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated,$550/month includes utilities. Call 604-794-7132

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713

COTTAGES

HARRISON, 142 Cedar Ave. 1 bdrm Cabin, f/s, w/d, Lrg yard w/ patio, recently reno’d. n/p, n/s. Avail Dec16. $425/m (604)576-2485 or (604)796-3589 LAKESIDE CABIN RENTAL, Harrison Lake Cabins. Cbl & wireless internet avail. (604)796-3536

750

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2011 TOYOTA Camry LE, 7000 kms. auto, factory warranty. No accidents. $23,600. 778-708-4078

830

627

MOTORCYCLES

2010 & 2 - 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycles. All 3 or sep. Wayne aft 5pm (604)847-9353 ( Chwk )

836

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

2006 Yamaha Grizzly ATV, 660, 300km, extra seat, skid plates. $6950. (604)795-7405

838

RECREATIONAL/SALE

1991 Travelmate 23’ 5th whl, was gutted & used for storage, no leaks, $600 obo. SOLD

SUITES, LOWER

WHITE ROCK - Large 1 BR Exec suite with Awesome Ocean Views. Stove, fridge, D/W, W/D, F/P, Internet, deck. Available Jan 1. $1350/mon, Utilities extra, N/S.N/P Suit single. 604-541-8991, beanabby@telus.net

752

TRANSPORTATION

2001 23’ KOMFORT Comes with many extras, TV & more, must see $9900 (604)796-0172

2007 ADVENTURER 90RDS

TOWNHOUSES

AGASSIZ 2 bdrm T/H, avail Jan 1, 5 appl, gas f/p, great view of mt cheam, refs req’d. $375 dd, rent $750/m. N/s, n/p. (604)796-0485

757

WANTED TO RENT

Mature, Prof male wanting to rent a 1-2 bdrm suite in QUIET Ag/ Harrison area. Non-smking, no pets. Up to $800 per/mo (604)798-0261

Front bath, dinette slideout, heated / enclosed tanks. Reduced to $17,995 (stk.25921A) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

TRANSPORTATION 810

2010 AUTUMN RIDGE 256 BH

AUTO FINANCING

FOR SALE BY OWNER

Bunkbeds, a/c, awning, microwave, etc. $17,995 (stk. 28506) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

AGASSIZ-LAND & BEAUTIFULLY renovated 2 br mobile home. New from the studs in! Includes all new windows, new insulation, new oak hardwood floors, new drywall and much more. Come & look! Own your own land for $149,900!! Phone for pics: 604-798-1952 Mt Woodside, Agassiz

2010 STARCRAFT 816

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HOMES WANTED WE BUY HOUSES

Older Home? Damaged Home? Need Repairs? Behind on Payments? Quick CASH! Call Us First! 604.657.9422

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LOTS

LARGE ARIZONA BUILDING LOTS FULL ACRES AND MORE! Guaranteed Owner Financing. No Credit check. $0 down - 0 interest. Starting @ just $89/mo. USD. Close to Tucson’s Intl. Airport. For Recorded Message 800-631-8164 Code 4001 or visit www.sunsiteslandrush.com. Offer ends 11/30/10!

633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS Eaglehomes.ca NEW HOME AND LAND in the Shuswap! Doublewides and Singlewides... No Pad Rent! Close to shopping and recreation. Alice: 250-819-0047 mark@eaglehomes.ca

636

MORTGAGES

BANK ON US! Mortgages for purchases, renos, debt consolidation, foreclosure. Bank rates. Many alternative lending programs.Let Dave Fitzpatrick, your Mortgage Warrior, simplify the process!1-888-711-8818 dave@mountaincitymortgage.ca

BUILDING SALE... “ROCK BOTTOM PRICES!” 25x30 $5449. 30x40 $7850. 32x60 $12,300. 32x80 $17,800. 35x60 $14,200. 40x70 $14,770. 40x100 $24,600. 46x140 $36,990. OTHERS. Front endwall optional. Pioneer MANUFACTURERS DIRECT 1-800-6685422. 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 1-866-981-5991. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com STEEL BUILDINGS PRICED TO CLEAR - Incredible end-of-season factory discounts on various models/sizes. Plus FREE DELIVERY to most areas. CALL FOR CLEARANCE QUOTE AND BROCHURE 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

RENTALS

660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS

www.dannyevans.ca Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

Fridge, furnace, brakes, stereo, and more. Reduced To $6,995 (stk. 28775) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309.

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CARS - DOMESTIC

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

1987 MUSTANG 4/cyl, auto, good running car! White with grey int. Aircared.$1000/obo. 604-576-1000. 1995 FORD MUSTANG, V6 3.8L, looks sharp, runs great, new tires & brks. $3000. 604-308-1531 2000 BUICK CENTURY, wht. 198K. Pwr. st/win,dl. Keyless entry, A/C. New trans.$3500 604-807-7662 2000 BUICK REGAL GS, sunroof, leather, chrome rims,Supercharged, 114K, $4900. Call 778-565-1097. 2000 Ford Mustang, red, 2 dr. Asking $6000 (604)795-4785 2003 DODGE SX 2.0. Silver. 4 dr 165 K. Looks great, runs well. wndshld crack.$3200.604-534-7588 2005 FORD FOCUS station wagon auto, 70,000k’s blue, options, clean car $5000 firm. 604-538-4883 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT, auto, loaded, htch bk, 49,900 km, red, ex cond $10,400. (604)793-5520 DL5961 2009 FORD FOCUS SES, silver, 39K. 2L auto, O/D. Loaded, leather. Mint. $13,900. 604-536-5427

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

The Scrapper

1984 Volkswagon Jetta Diesel. 5 spd. Aircared, lots new parts, runs good. 50 mpg. $800 (604)792-4442

1988 OLD CUTLASS RWD parts car. Running $500 (604)795-4315 aft 6pm 1998 ACCORD EXR, loaded, V6 auto, leather, sunroof, exc running cond., $3800 obo. (604)309-4001. 2002 MAZDA PROTEGE 5. H/back, red, 5/spd manual, fully loaded, 106K, $5700 firm. 604-538-9257. 2006 MAZDA 5 WAGON, touring edition, loaded, auto, snrf, 17’’ whls. $12,000 obo. (604)309-4001. 2009 TOYOTA Yaris, auto, loaded, 4 dr sd, only 31,700 km. Selling wholesale $10,900 (604)793-5520 DL5961 2010 HONDA ACCORD, 4 dr, auto, 10 km, fac. warr, no accid, 1 owner, $22,600 obo. Call 604-836-5931. 2010 HONDA CIVIC, 4 dr auto, loaded, factory warranty, 13,000 Km, $17,300. Call 604-836-5931. 2010 TOYOTA COROLLA LE, 17 km, auto, no accid, fac. warr, $15,900 obo. Call 604-836-5931.

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $100 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

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TRUCKS & VANS

1966 CHEV DELUXE p/u, V8, 4 sp, blue/wht, all stock, collectors plates, $7,800. 604-796-2866 (Agassiz) 1994 Ford F150, 4x4, reg cab 8’ box. New clutch, Exc cond., Aircared for 2 yrs. w/canopy $4700 (604)792-4066 1997 DODGE CARAVAN - 7 passenger, great condition $1800 obo. 604-518-4705.


AGASSIZ-HARRISON OBSERVER – Thursday, December 16, 2010

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AGASSIZ-HARRISON OBSERVER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Village of

Harrison Hot Springs

December 2010 Village News

Winners of the decorated Christmas trees

Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greetings from Mayor & Council

in the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Business Tree Agassiz-Harrison Community Services 1st Place Cookin Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country CafĂŠ 2nd Place

One of the great things about this time of the year, besides all the gifting and cheering, is that we can take some time to relax and reflect on the past year and the many things we have to be thankful for. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a time to let those things that gave us worry to pass by and forget as we enjoy the festivities with our families and friends.

Best Organic/Handmade Tree Harrison Preschool 1st Place Harrison Elementary School 2nd Place Other beautiful entries include Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce Harrison Bay Guided Services Harrison Retreat Vacation Home Rentals Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Harrison Gospel Church Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa Old Settler Pub & Liquor Store Agassiz Subway Shannon Babcock - Landmark Realty Prospera Credit Union Savvy Fashions Inkman Village Gifts The Happy Prospector Harrison Tourism Society

Being a mayor and councillor is very rewarding in terms of knowing that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve helped our community to grow and improve. Much has been accomplished during the past year but much work remains to be done in the years ahead. I recently had the opportunity to walk through the new Memorial Hall, and I can tell you that it is simply amazing. It will truly be a centerpiece of the Village for many years to come. New construction is under way in the Village Centre and these projects will be a great improvement to our commercial area. Our infrastructure continues to improve as well with the completion of a new larger water reservoir, extension of water mains to the south end of the Village and the issuing of contracts for an upgraded waste water treatment plant. As the year ended we reached a solution to the problems of handling solid waste, green waste and recycling in the Village. These are just a few of the things accomplished during the past year and I know that our Council shares my commitment in continuing to make Harrison Hot Springs a great place for us all. My thanks to our Village staff and crew who do a great job in keeping the Village operational and looking good. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Christmas Trees will be on display at the Harrison Resort & Spa until January 2, 2011. Special thanks to the prize contributors: Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Tourism Harrison & Harrison Beach Hotel. Christmas tree judges: Geoff Tomson, Marg Doman & Maureen Wendt. Many thanks to all who gave their support to make this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas tree event a great success. Councillor Allan Jackson

Comprehensive Curbside Solid Waste Collection Program â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tis the season to be green & think about the waste that we all put out. The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is happy to announce a new comprehensive curbside solid waste collection program to help us all start the new year a bit greener. The program focuses on waste reduction, material recovery, and recycling and will start January 1, 2011. Featuring some of the best waste recovery technology available in British Columbia, the community will be able to make use of it at a very competitive price. For more information on this program and a pick-up schedule please call the designated First Class Waste Services customer service line at 604-860-8800.

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