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Public attendance dropping at board meetings School board trustees discuss better ways to interact with parents Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Parents may be missing out on a golden opportunity to interact with their elected officials, by choosing not to attend school board meetings on a regular basis. A discussion about the issue was sparked by trustees at Tuesday night's board meeting at Harrison Hot Springs elementary, while deciding on protocol for trustee attendance at Parent Advisory Council meetings. The board was sent a letter

reminding them to select PAC trustee liaisons, who would attend the parent-led meetings at the schools in their area. Trustee Tom Hendrickson said "some parents may be intimidated" by the mere presence of a trustee, and suggested they only go to PAC meetings if they're invited. "Leave the PACs to work with the principals," he said. "And let them do their job." Trustee Rose Tustian agreed with that statement.

"Those aren't our committee meetings," she said. "I agree with Tom. If we're not invited, we shouldn't go." But the board didn't see eye to eye on that sentiment. "I have the opposite view," Trustee Linda McMullan said. "If you're there, they can ask you questions and that may be their only chance (to do so)." Having a trustee at PAC meetings can only help the PAC do its job, Trustee Al Fraser said.

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"What they do at their meeting is enhanced by having us there," he said. But it was brought up that school board meetings are always open to the public, and the public often doesn't show up. Because the Fraser Cascade School District spans such a wide area, the monthly board meetings are held in a rotating list of schools, along with the board office in Hope. This way, parents and staff in communities such as Agassiz, CONTINUED ON 3

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Helping to break cycle of violence Funding to continue school-based prevention program The Envision Financial Community Endowment administrated by First West Foundation has provided a $20,838 grant to the Hope & Area Transition Society to help fund their school-based educational initiative: Violence Prevention Program. The program is currently being offered to all school-aged children in the Fraser-Cascade school district, and has been created to help students develop an understanding of the dynamics of family violence, identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, and safely report abuse. “The First West Foundation profoundly believes that education is a vital element in helping eliminate violence and abuse in our communities,” says Seline Kutan, executive director, First West Foundation. “The Violence Prevention Program is an inspiring example of how we can proactively take steps to help break the cycle of violence before future generations are affected.”

Launched in September 2011 in the Fraser-Cascade school district, the grant is helping fund the nine-month program that will also educate students on a range of topics related to violence and abuse, including bullying, media awareness, and self-esteem. The topics are

“Education is a vital element in helping eliminate violence” Seline Kutan presented through small and large group discussions, lectures and educational videos, and help students develop a sense of social responsibility as well as tolerance and respect for the ideas and beliefs of others. “We believe that all children are entitled to protection from abuse, neglect, harm and the threat of harm,” said Gerry

Harrison Hot Springs and Boston Bar are able to meet with their elected trustees in their own area. The beginning of each meeting includes a presentation from the hosting school's principal. This month's meeting was hosted by Harrison Hot Springs principal Mark Classen, for example. Tustian suggested that could be solved by traveling even more, to be more accessible. But Hendrickson said the issue is "everywhere." "You go to Hope, and how many people come out?" he asked. Principal Classen and the media were the only members of the public to attend this month's board meeting. For those who are not able to make it to meetings, the school district has initiated several ways of interacting with the public online. District Dialogue is a downloadable newsletter available at their website. Also

on that website is a list of audio files of the meetings as they happened. The trustees also just completed a two-day tour of schools throughout the Fraser Cascade District. "In all the time that I've been in this district, I don't think I've been as proud of this district as the two days we went through," said Trustee Marv Cope. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the District Education Office in Hope, on Feb. 28.

Snow day applause All trustees, along with Superintendent Dr. Karen Nelson, had words of praise for those in charge of removing snow for students during the winter storm in January. District schools began closing Monday at about lunch time, and were closed for the entire week. The snow also caused the cancellation of the January board meeting, and the planned

Dyble, executive director, Hope & Area Transition Society. “We have developed the Violence Prevention Program because we feel it is a key step in helping children exposed to domestic violence and preventing future violence.” To date, the Violence Prevention Program has visited seven schools and benefited an estimated 450 students. By the end of the school year in June 2012, the Hope & Area Transition Society’s goal is to have reached an estimated 850 students. In 2011, in the Envision region, the First West Foundation supported charities and initiatives helping children, families, and youth at risk by donating more than $193,000 from the Envision Financial Community Endowment. Over $36,000 from this endowment was also directed to organizational development projects that strengthen the social services sector to bolster the exceptional work done by non-profits in our communities.


educational opportunities for teachers and staff on the Professional Development Day on Friday, Jan. 20. "The snow storm created a lot of problems for everybody," Al Fraser said. "The calls to close schools were good calls. We could have called students back the one day, but you would have ended up sending everyone home again, like in Chilliwack." He said the "micro-climates" from Boston Bar to Harrison make it difficult to call for a District-wide closure. "I want to thank everyone," Nelson said. "What happened was when we came back into session, there was still a lot of snow on the sidewalks ... Teachers really came out and helped supervise our students getting (to school) safely. Everyone came together at that time." Trustee Ron Johnstone added that the snow removal in the District of Kent was "fabulous."


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Technology is a fast-growing sector of the B.C. economy. The industry is a magnet for highly educated professionals attracted to world-class high-tech clusters including the life-sciences, digital media and wireless, information and communications technology, ocean sciences and motion picture production. The average wage of $63,440 is more than 52% above the average for all jobs in British Columbia, which makes this sector even more attractive to job seekers. In 2009, the high-tech industry provided 84,000 jobs with a total salary bill that added up to $5.3 billion, up from $4 billion in 2007. The job growth will continue, with a projected 57,000 technology jobs opening by 2019, and an annual growth rate of 2.2%. British Columbia attracts global technology leaders, including Pixar, Disney, Boeing, MDA, Microsoft, Sierra Wireless, SAP, Dolby Canada, and Intel. These major technology companies look for a stable economy with a supply of experienced employees and a supportive government. British Columbia has both. It helps that the University of British Columbia is rated No. 1 in terms of technology licensing, an indicator of a high level of success and a culture that nurtures innovation. Who was it that said ‘necessity is the mother of invention’? The answer could be Alexander Fernandes, previously of Qimage. After his Burnaby plant was broken into, Fernandes invested in what was presented as the top of the line video surveillance equipment – which in reality didn’t produce enough clarity to identify the intruders the next time it happened. At that point, Fernandes realized he knew all about imaging and knew he could do much better. Fernandes sold his company, Qimage, for a very healthy $20 million and started a new company called Avigilon with just two employees. The objective of this new venture was to up the caliber of surveillance systems to the highest possible standard. Now seven years later Avigilon is considered an industry leader. This Metro Vancouver company has created the highest-resolution cameras in the industry, backed up by cutting-edge software, using the provincial government’s small business venture capital programs to raise nearly $7 million to help fund research and development. To say this company is a huge success is putting it mildly. Avigilon has more than 10,000 systems installed in over 80 countries around the world, including schools, sporting venues, car dealerships, malls, trains and airports. A direct benefit is the 150 jobs created, with 75 of those located here in the Lower Mainland, plus a sales force scattered around the world selling Avigilon systems as fast as the Richmond plant can produce them. And they are not finished yet. The company is expanding fast, hiring an average of three or four people a month and attending university career fairs to attract top talent. The future is very bright for this company whose principal turned a problem into an idea and then into a very successful company. A healthy high-tech sector also attracts investors who are impressed by the industry’s performance. Revenues have more than tripled in the decade leading up to 2007, and were up another 4.4% by 2009, to $18.9 billion. Currently, investors receive a 30% refundable tax credit,

supporting up to $100 million in investment every year. The provincial government, seeing the role they can play in this fast growing sector, will increase the value of this program by $3 million, allowing more individuals known as ‘angel investors’ to put their own capital directly into eligible small business, and to offer strategic expertise. B.C. firms attracted more than 19% of Canada’s venture capital investments in 2010, with B.C. the top province in life sciences venture capital investments. High technology wears many hats. The BC Cancer Agency is a world leader in cancer research, and B.C. is North America’s third-largest centre for film and TV production, averaging $1.2 billion in spending per year, 80% of which is foreign money. The global entertainment and media industry is expected to grow by five per cent a year to 2014, when it will hit $1.7 trillion. B.C. is well positioned to take advantage of this growth. The high-technology industry is not an island. This sector supports B.C.’s entire economy by helping other industries become more innovative, productive and globally competitive. Digital media and interactive gaming technologies are being used in education, agriculture, mining and health care. Other impacts are more global. With an estimated 5.3 billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide – India and China added 300 million subscribers in 2010 alone – the demand for digital, wireless and screen-based entertainment is immense. These two countries, India and China, are undergoing mass movements to urbanization, which also gives B.C. opportunities to offer them clean, efficient energy, waste reduction and health-care solutions. B.C. is perfectly aligned to supply a healthy portion of this demand in the coming years. Airplane sales around the world are expected to reach $US3.6 trillion over the next 20 years to replace aging planes and expand fleets, providing opportunities for our advanced manufacturing sector. Plus, as a climate change leader, we are at the forefront of renewable energy technology development. Finding new markets for our solar, wind, biomass and other technologies can help turn B.C. into a cleantech powerhouse. As Canada’s Pacific Gateway, B.C. is strategically located to reach growing global markets. In addition, B.C. is close to technology and entertainment hubs in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Seattle. Under the BC Jobs Plan, the provincial government will work with the federal government to meet our workforce needs and expedite the immigration process for researchers and scientists in other parts of the world who want to bring their expertise to British Columbia. B.C.’s fast-tracked immigration process through the Provincial Nominee Program encourages firms to locate in B.C. so they can hire experienced business immigrants. The B.C. government’s focus on this sector, identified as one of the eight key sectors with the greatest opportunity to bring new dollars into our economy from our most important trading partners, helps nurture an industry that has immense potential to accelerate growth throughout the province.















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The future of the Harrison Festival Society remains in limbo, as gaming grants continue to be in short supply for arts festivals throughout the province. So, directors of the festival requested additional funding from the Village of Harrison Hot Springs this year, to make up for a continued shortfall in their budget. Ed and Phyllis Stenson spoke to council Monday night about the festival’s funding woes, which began in 2009 when the provincial government made changes to the gaming grant funding eligibility. Funding for arts festivals has been dwindling from other sources in the past years as well. Last year, the society made a request for $12,500 from the Village. This year, they are

asking for an additional $10,000. Some of the society’s budget goes directly to advertising their events, which bring in tourism that benefits the entire Village, Ed Stenson pointed out. “We spend about $20,000 a year marketing Harrison through the festival and other events,” he said. The festival has been running for 33 years, and the society has been holding a concert series for 23 years. They pull in 20,000 on average each summer, and 2,000 throughout the year. They are looking at a shortfall of about $50,000 this year. “The society’s future is precarious and could be in jeopardy,” Phyllis Stenson said. “But, we wouldn’t have carried on for 33 years if we weren’t optimistic. They are hoping the

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Ed and Phyllis Stenson presented their gaming grant woes to Harrison Hot Springs’ council on Monday night, outlining the benefits that the Harrison Festival Society’s activities and advertising bring to the community.

Village will consider their dilemma as they begin budget deliberations. Staff and council will start budget meeting around late February. The Festival Society is planning their own fundraiser this spring, managing to strike a deal with the band Chilliwack for a reduced rate.

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appetizers and refreshments will be served. The event takes place Saturday, May 5 with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the music beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are limited, and are already half sold. For more information, phone 604796-3664.

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Firefighters get new breathing units Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

The firefighters at Agassiz Fire Hall are “elated” they’ll soon all be using the same safety equipment when entering a burning building. The firehall has ordered 21 identical self-contained breathing apparatus packs, rather than their current varied supply. The units are a mandatory item, but the models have been updated over the past several years. The Agassz Fire Department has three different versions. That means each firefighter needed to be trained on three different packs, and had to be aware of what pack they were wearing at all times. “With only one type of pack, you’re taking that thought process out of the equation,” Fire Chief Wayne Dyer said. “We needed to eliminate that,” he said. The new packs are also an improvement in what the department is currently using. They can “buddy breathe” with someone who isn’t wearing a

pack. That means quicker access to air for victims inside a burning building. They also have a heat sensor that alert the firefighter when to leave a burning building, such as the recent house fire at Morrow Road. “You could not go into the south side of the house without a breathing apparatus,” Dyer told council recently. The department, which operates through the District of Kent, asked council for the money to buy the units last year, and $25,000 was put aside in the budget. The total price of the 21 units is $111,302.86 plus GST. That cost will be spread over five years. They require 21 units, as that is the total number of seats available on all department trucks combined. The amount was approved at the Jan. 18 Kent council meeting, and includes a discount for selling back the old units to Rocky Mountain Phoenix, the company the units are being ordered from.

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The remains of a house fire on Morrow Road in Agassiz illustrate the dangerous situations that firefighters, and victims of house fires, can be found in. New breathing units are expected to improve safety conditions for Agassiz firefighters.


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Get this by-election started

As the BC Liberals slip lower in the latest polling numbers, the importance of the ChilliwackHope byelection takes on greater importance. Although a loss here won’t affect the Liberal majority in Victoria, it will provide a telling barometer as Premier Christy Clark prepares for a provincial election in 2013. Last week, Angus Reid delivered the latest bad news for the Liberals. The polling firm said support for the party had fallen to 28 per cent, while the NDP were enjoying 42 per cent support. Christy Clark, meanwhile, now trails NDP leader Adrian Dix when pollsters asked who would make the best leader. Granted, there is much latitude in a poll taken more than a year before the next provincial election. But it seemed clear as party organizers prepared for the nomination last Saturday in Chilliwack, the BC Liberals are taking nothing for granted. The party issued a call for volunteers and a rousing show of support that demonstrates to the NDP and the BC Conservatives that Chilliwack-Hope won’t be an easy win.



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“BC Liberals will crowd into Chilliwack-Hope to make sure the riding stays with us in the upcoming byelection,” says the BC Young Liberals’ website. The party organized a bus to bring supporters to Chilliwack for a “Chilliwack-Hope byelection blitz.” For the Liberals, the stakes are high. True, byelections are notoriously difficult for governing parties to win. They often garner only the protest vote; voters satisfied with the government usually stay at home. But the Liberals rightly know this byelection will be different. First, they can’t afford to see a Liberal stronghold slip from their fingers. A victory for the BC Conservatives would give the party credibility and possibly its first sitting MLA. A win for the NDP would give the New Democrats further motivation as they prepare to ride their current wave of popularity into next year’s general election. All three major parties now have their candidates in place. And while the byelection date has yet to be named, it’s clear the battle has already started. – Black Press


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Tom Fletcher The first thing to understand about the race to liquefied natural gas exports is how far back in the pack B.C. is starting. Canada has issued its first two export licenses for LNG export projects near Kitimat, to sell the product of the vast Horn River and Montney shale gas deposits in northeastern B.C. One LNG plant has begun construction, the second is approved to proceed and a third is also proposed for the same region. Unlike the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal, plants and associated pipelines have actually received all the necessary permits from our constipated federal-provincial environmental process. Australia has approved six

LNG projects in the last two years, with a combined construction cost of $180 billion. Reuters reports that their $34 billion Ichthys project will vault Australia past the Middle Eastern kingdom of Qatar into first place among global LNG exporters, assuming it is built by 2017. Top producing countries are Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Algeria. The second thing B.C. taxpayers need to know is that there is no other practical choice here. Huge shale gas developments around North America have meant B.C.’s days of making a tidy sum selling gas to the U.S. are coming to an end. Natural gas replaced forest products some years ago as B.C.’s top commodity revenue stream, helping to keep the lights on in B.C. schools and hospitals. But the domestic price is down for the long term and the U.S. has plenty of its own gas now. The third thing to know is

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that there is misinformation about shale gas and “fracking.” Shaky videos show someone touching a match to water that has had gas bubbled through it, to artificially promote the idea that hydraulic fracturing of shale deposits contaminates groundwater. This and some

“The second thing B.C. taxpayers need to know is that there is no other practical choice here. scientifically illiterate media reports are all it takes to get a protest movement going these days. The fact that a kilometre or more of solid rock separates B.C. shale deposits from surface water sources is seldom mentioned. The major public health risk from B.C.’s natural gas boom is the escape of sour gas, which

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contains poisonous, heavierthan-air hydrogen sulfide. That’s been a problem for B.C.’s conventional gas industry for decades. There are legitimate concerns about water use and chemical discharge from shale fracturing, and the B.C. government has scrambled to upgrade its regulations on that as well as sour gas. Premier Christy Clark has run to the front of the LNG parade, trying to convey the notion that multi-billion-dollar investments made years ago by Chinese, Japanese, U.S. and Korean corporations are somehow the result of her “jobs plan.” NDP energy critic John Horgan insists that the B.C. Utilities Commission oversee all this, so the B.C. Liberals don’t subsidize these giant transnational energy companies with cheap electricity and stick BC Hydro ratepayers with the bill. According to Horgan, the

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BCUC should also have lawyered away over the smart meter program for God knows how long, as analog meters become obsolete and Quebec and others modernize their electricity grids without hand-wringing or exploitation of imaginary health threats. This is not a good time to dither. An LNG terminal is proposed for Portland, Oregon and there will be others. LNG plants need lots of electricity, and the B.C. Liberal government wants to market B.C. LNG as the “cleanest” in the world because it’s processed with minimal burning of gas for power generation. Will foreign buyers care about B.C.’s LNG production methods? Are B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets history? More on that in a future column. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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Mailbag Whooping cough vaccines need to be updated I would like to commend your paper and District of Kent Councillor Lorne Fisher for helping spread the word that immunity against pertussis wanes over the years, both after being vaccinated as well as after having had the disease. As he said in Vaccines don't last a lifetime (Agassiz Harrison Observer, 23 Jan. 2012), adults who have been vaccinated against pertussis as children are probably not immune any more. I also wanted to offer some additional information. If it has been more than five years since you were vaccinated against pertussis, you can catch it from someone who is infected. Pertussis can be a miserable illness even for adults, sometimes causing fits of coughing that are severe enough to break bones or bring on hernias. And even if a person experiences mild or no symptoms, they can pass the infection to others, including small children. Young children often become very sick from pertussis, which can send them to hospital for days or weeks and in rare cases can even be fatal.

Because of how dangerous pertussis is to young children, Fraser Health is offering free vaccination against pertussis in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison, and Hope to all adults who are in regular contact with young children. It has been gratifying to see how Fraser Health citizens, communities (including First Nations communities), physicians, public health and other health care partners have been working together to help protect our most vulnerable citizens — our children — from this vaccinepreventable disease. Thank you for your support, Gillian Arsenault MD Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health P.S. Always catch coughs and sneezes in your sleeve — if you have pertussis and don't know it, this will help contain droplets before they get into the air where someone else could breathe them in.

Smart meters can't be worse than microwaves In response to Kathy Read's letter to The Observer published on Friday, Jan. 27, I wish to make a few points about smart meters. I note that Read cites research connecting the possibility of increased incidence of deadly glioblastoma brain tumors with cell phone use. I still contend that there is no definitive research connecting the installation of smart meters with health issues. The research on glioblastomas is extremently vague because the condition is so very rare, less than one person in thirty thousand contracts this fatal cancer. The statistical information over the last 50 years does not indicate

a dramatic increase of this cancer and furthermore, there seems to be no difference in the incidence between those people who use cell phones on a regular basis and those who have never seen one. The EMR emitted by smart meters is less than one hundredth that of a cellular telephone held to the ear and a mere fraction of the stray radiation from a domestic microwave oven. Because the meters are usually placed outside, the radiation from th em is exponentially diminishe d by distance as to be virtually negligible inside the dwelling. I would suggest to Read that if she is worried about the possible health issues related to EMR she should

eliminate other sources of radiation within her house before taking issue with her smart meter. The installation of new meters in a very old meter base could be a problem if the contacts are corroded. I feel sure that the installation technician would be able to determine that problem when removing the old meter. I am vastly intrigued as to the sensational documented cases where smart meters have caused appliances to blow up. The only time I have seen an appliance blow up was the time I put an egg in the microwave and turned it on! Quite catastrophic! Edward Monro

Pedestrians walking fine line To the pedestrians who think it's unnecessary to use the crosswalk lights at either marked crosswalks in Agassiz, you need to realize you aren't invincible. It's not cool to assume vehicles are going to see you dressed in dark clothing in the dark and cross the crosswalk without pushing the light button first to activate the lights. The lights will go on and believe it or not, vehicles are to stop for you. What makes you think the driver will actually see you if you don't?

If that was you crossing that crosswalk Tuesday, Feb. 7, around 6 p.m., think again! You just missed a semi-truck with a flat-bed, and a small cars' mirrors. How do you think it would feel had you been nailed! You and I both? Please use the light button before crossing, and quit assuming you're going to be seen. The lights and crosswalk were put in for your use to get across safely. Use them! Marina Striker Agassiz

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New grinder running all day, helping women The Teryia group in Agassiz-Harrison would like to share great news from Mali on the recent purchase of a multifunctional grinder for their shea butter work. The following email arrived from Sekou, our connector to people in the Commune, the area that our communities twin with in this West African country: “In the village of Serimambougou where the grinder resides, everybody is so happy and thanks all of you from Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz. The grinder is working so much, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Since the arrival of the grinder, there are many women who want to use it, and instead of it going from village to village, the women from nearby villages walk to Serimambougou with their shea nuts, and stand in line for the use of the grinder. The Malian Twinning Committee here has received two contributions of 10 per cent each toward the total cost of a grinder, from two other women’s associations within the commune. They see the need for more grinders for the commune so that all the women in all the villages will have opportunity to use a grinder. The other thing I wish to inform

you of is that the letters that were sent by the women from Agassiz and Harrison, have reached their destination. Everyone here greets you and thanks you very much.” Fatou, past student at the local research station who originally initiated the twinning explains how the women raise money to help pay for the grinders: “For the women, they work all year round. They sell their shea butter, and other types of produce from gardening or from the family crops. They usually work in the garden when they are done their other chores. Some of them also make artistic things they sell during the big market day. When it comes to purchasing something like the grinder, all the women from all the villages in each association, contribute to it. Each person will give something. It is a community effort.“ The organizers of this project with the women of Mali thank all those in the community who have contributed to the purchase of this grinder, especially the local women who have taken a personal interest in this endeavor. – submitted by Teryia Women in Agassiz-Harrison


Women work at the grinder in Mali that was purchased with help from a group in Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.

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Last spring, we were blessed with a hummingbird family homesteading on our back sun deck. We noticed the tiny nest in the overhanging vines one morning. Mommy was proudly nestled on guard of her treasure. We watched with anticipation for a couple weeks. One morning sitting enjoying our morning coffee, to our delight we noticed the little heads popping over the top of the nests sides. Mommy was bringing babies their breakfast. Such a joy to

watch these little lives on their daily procedure and the family duties of mom and dad. We were delighted to share our sun deck and honoured to have their trust throughout their residency. Time seemed too fast before they left their little nest and journeyed on as nature has it. The first little baby flew from the nest one afternoon and landed on a branch of the rosebush in front of our kitchen window. There the baby stayed and slept all night long. Once baby got the courage up again off the baby flew never to return to the nest again. The second baby also

flew off never to return. The nest remained empty. However, we did see them around the bushes and vines and fluttering about throughout the remainder of the summer. We kept our feeders full. Eventually no more hummingbirds came around. We now wait in anticipation and in hopes of their return this coming spring to the place where they were born and call home. • Editor's Note: Linda Mosser also submitted a photo that ran in last week's Observer, with the incorrect name of Lisa Mosser. The Observer apologizes for any confusion.


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Métis group to celebrate at Chilliwack city hall The Chilliwack Métis Association has two events coming up next week, and has extended an invitation to Métis people throughout the area. The first event is a Métis flag raising ceremony in Chilliwack. In recognition of the contribution of the Métis people to the exploration and

development of British Columbia, the City of Chilliwack will fly the Métis Flag at city hall, Thursday Feb.16 starting

at 9:30 a.m. Accompanied by traditional music and dance, this day co-celebrates with the Manitoba Pro-

vincial Holiday, Louis Riel Day. So put on your Métis regalia, grab your sash, and join the group at City Hall.

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Bridging the past Feb. 15 is the deadline for Early Bird registrations for the 2012 Hope History Conference Bridging the Past at Christ Church Anglican Church National Historic Site. The conference runs March 2 to 4. For more info contact The Hope Museum at 604-869-7322. The Bridging the Past traveling exhibit will be at the Yale and District Community Centre on Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

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Heart health day To support you and your family in preventing or in managing heart disease, Agassiz Community Health, together with its partners, will be hosting a public information day on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the District of Kent Fitness/ Activity Centre located at 6660 Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz. You will be able to have your blood pressure tested, observe exercise classes in session, have access to advice from health professionals, and gather important information to take home and read.

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All Saints Anglican Church is holding a spaghetti dinner and art auction on Saturday, Feb. 25. The auction will include fine art, and a raffle. Only 80 tickets are being sold, at $20 each. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, phone 604-701-2544 or 604-796-2206.

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Steamy roots on tap for Valentine’s weekend Gurr and Locarno team up for double bill in Harrison Hot Springs Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER


The band Locarno is the second act of a double bill at Harrison Memorial this Saturday.

If you haven’t got a plan for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day yet, don’t fret. There’s a whole lot of romance planned at Harrison Memorial this Saturday, with a double-bill featuring latin, cuban and even italian sounds. First on the stage is Babe Gurr, a Vancouver-based musician and producer who has been dabbling in Italian sounds. “My roots are French, but I love Italy,” she said in a phone interview this week. “I have been traveling to Italy for many years and spend a lot of time there.” She’s been slowly learning the language, and fusing into her music. The result is a steamy, roots and rock, world beat sound that blends well with the second act at tomor-

row’s show — Locarno. “My stuff is more acoustic (than Locarno),” Gurr said, and she’ll be bringing along three musicians to back up her guitar and vocals. When Gurr isn’t working on her own music, she’s helping other indie artists create their own albums. And it’s in here that she feels most at home, she said. “I love wearing the producer’s hat,” she said. “Some of these artists come to me with nothing more than a voice and an instrumental, and it’s up to you to put the whole complete package together.” Most of the people she works with are independent artists, and as such, have limited budgets to work with. While it’s a challenge, it’s more rewarding to see it all come together in the end. It was that lack of funds that led Gurr to learn about producing in the first place. “For me, it really boiled down to not being able to afford a producer,” she said. Since then, she’s produced several of her own CDs, the most recent (Sidedish) being very wellreceived by critics.


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ney Bentall. But she is looking forward to returning, and she’s looking forward to working with Tom Landa, frontman for Locarno. The two have collaborated on stage in the past, after meeting by chance at festivals and benefit concerts over time. Landa said that after Gurr plays, and Locarno plays, the two bands will meet on stage a few songs to end the evening. “It goes really, really well together,” he said. Locarno was launched last summer, and the group did a handful of shows, including the Harrison Festival of the Arts. In the fall, they traveled to a show in Montreal, and from there have been receiving invites from around the country. Their edgy, contemporary take on traditional Latin is a little different from what fans of Landa’s Paperboys are used to hearing.

“The Paperboys do more and more Latin stuff, but it wasn’t really fully Latin the way I wanted it to sound,” he said. Landa was born and raised in Mexico City, and moved to Canada as a teenager. Eventually, he felt the desire to delve into his musicial roots. So, instead of bending The Paperboys to fit the sound he was exploring, he created a second group and recorded a CD. “Musical curiosity is a big thing,” he said, and an important part of being a musician. The audience can expect a danceable sound that is less like mariachi or salsa music, and more like folk rock with a Mexican or Cuban sound. Babe Gurr and Locarno perform Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.00 and can be purchased by phone at 604-7963664 and online at www.harrisonfestival. com.

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Group made music history with a dozen top-10 hits There is very magic moment coming to Chilliwack later this month, when Jay and the Americans hit the Cultural Centre. Jay and the Americans was started by four teenage boys in a Brooklyn basement more 40 years ago. They had an unparalleled 12 top-10 records during the short time between 1962 and 1971. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame in 2002, placing them among the greatest vocal groups in rock and roll history. Few bands have ever reached such musical heights. They continue to perform to sold-out crowds, with the three original band members, Sandy

Yaguda (aka Deane), Howie Kirschenbaum (aka Kane), and Marty Kupersmith (aka Sanders), plus the addition of “Jay” Reincke. The group’s first record was Tonight (West Side Story). Hits that followed are She Cried, Only in America, and Come a Little Bit Closer. Other memorable songs are Some Enchanted Evening, Crying, and Neil Diamond’s Sunday and Me. They have toured with such legendary artists as Roy Orbison, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Jay and the Americans played a key role in starting the rock and roll revival with their

album Wax Museum (1970), where they paid tribute to many rock and roll greats with their versions of Hushabye, Walkin’ in the Rain, and a song that reached the top ten, This Magic Moment. For more information about the group, visit Jay and the Americans is being presented by Rock.It Boy Entertainment on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets available are $45.50 at the Centre Box Office, at 604-391-7469 or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre. ca.

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Heinz was the perfect hiking leader Remembering a long-time Harrison volunteer In my opinion, my late husband Heinz was not only the instigation, but also the ideal leader and coordinator for the Harrison Hikers. There is a lot of responsibility and planning involved in this position and only a person who feels comfortable with this should tackle the job. Sometimes, however, things just fall into place as it was with Heinz and the Harrison Hikers. They were tailormade for each other. In the beginning, we all hiked together. As the group became bigger, more teams were formed to accommodate hikers who wanted to do more, less, or something a little different. And this is how The Troopers, guided by Joan and Allen Vogstad, and The Trekkers guided by Margaret Pillon, came about. Later on, Russ Spanton took on The

Wanderers, the original group. At this point in time, Trudy Hackel started The Walkers, a bit of a misnomer for this group since Trudy, even as I write, still guides weekly sevento eight-kilometre hikes which, by no means are always level. While all these teams rarely met on the trails anymore, we kept taking advantage of doing things together, such as hiking vacations or annual dinners. It worked very well and there was a close bond between the teams. Heinz loved to keep records of everything and for many years he used old Rolodex cards which didn’t really roll so he kept them in boxes - to record distances, heights and other achievements. Later on, Russ Spanton and others did it by computer, but Heinz liked to


Harrison Happenings do it the old-fashioned way. As a result of all the combined efforts, the Harrison Hikers were able to produce reports every year which were telling exactly how many kilometers, combined or individually, were achieved and hikers who reached certain milestones were awarded with certificates (issued by Arnold McCombs), hiking pins or trophies. Also, through combined efforts and contributions, the hik-

ers produced an annual newsletter which contained those records. The last such newsletter, published at the end of 2007, reports that 2,766 hikes were done since the first hike in l989 and that, during the same time, 271,793 km had been reported. It was in the same year when Joan Vogstad received her 11,000 km pin, Allen Vogstad his 12,000 pin and Trucy Stoeckly, the all time star of the Harrison Hikers, was the proud receiver of a 13,000 km pin! As Ed Stenson, President of the HHS Recreation Commission wrote in a letter in March, 2007: “Greetings, On behalf of the Harrison Hot Springs Recreation Commission and the Village of Harrison, I would like to congratulate the Harrison Hikers on 18 years of trekking. For the


past 18 years this group has been what a community is truly about — people joining together to do something that is a joy to them all. A special thank you must go to the individuals who organize and plan behind the scenes to assure that the hikes happen week in and week out. I know there are many people in this group and they all deserve a big thank you. Congratulations on 18 years of hiking and hopefully the Harrison Hikers will continue to trek for many more.� It was a Wednesday in February 2008 when Heinz celebrated his 91st birthday and many of the hikers made the effort to come to our house to sing “Happy Birthday� and have a toast to Heinz. He was a happy leader and it was a moment to remember.

Less than a dollar to swim at indoor pool 50 Years Ago, 1962 • The manager of the Harrison Hotel, Max Nargill, announced that a special night would be available for the residents of Agassiz at the indoor sulphur pool Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a special rate of 25 cents for children and 40 cents for adults. Don MacCallum had requested the privilege on behalf of the people of Agassiz. • Twenty-three Agassiz Girl Guides were treated to an evening of roller skating at Lynden, Washington one Friday night in 1962. It was a popular destination for young people in the 1950s and 60s. • A man from Surrey was killed when his car flew off the road on Mount Woodside, just east of the lookout. The car was completely demolished following its 150 foot flight through the air from the high point on the mountain road. Wheel marks indicated the driver made no effort to stop or turn the car but drove straight off the road. • A representative of the SPCA outlined the services they could offer the District of Kent to control their dog problems. Costs would be $2 an hour and 10 cents a mile. He explained the SPCA had entered into this service “for the dog’s sakeâ€?, and commented that “if you don’t control a dog, sooner or later he is shot, stolen, poisoned or killed by a truck.â€? Council decided to arrange for some kind of cost-sharing agreement with Harrison Hot Springs.

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furnaces, or maintenance work. ,AUNCHEDIN*ANUARY (!&)IS funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia through the CanadaB.C. Affordable Housing Initiative. Through THE(!&)PROGRAM  million in grants or forgivable loans will be distributed to qualifying B.C. residents over the next three years. To qualify for assistance from HAFI, recipients must be a low-income senior or person with a disability, a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, and a B.C. resident. Someone in the household must have a permanent disability or loss of ability that makes it difďŹ cult to perform day-to-day activities. As well, the total household income and assets must be below a certain limit. BC Housing can tell you the

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The Best Services: Cleaning company _________________________ Manicure/pedicure salon ____________________ Hair salon or stylist ________________________ Massage/facial/spa treatment salon ____________ _________________________________________ Computer care ____________________________ Financial services/accountant/bookkeeper ______ _________________________________________ Tire shop ________________________________ Oil change/automotive shop _________________ Chiropractic or alternative health care _________ _________________________________________ Realtor __________________________________ Childcare provider _________________________ Dentist __________________________________ Physician ________________________________ Tattoo shop ______________________________ Travel agent ______________________________ Pharmacy ________________________________ Photographer _____________________________ Car dealer _______________________________ Pet groomer ______________________________

All Things...ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS & LEISURE The Best: Movie/game rental store ____________________ Local musician(s)/entertainer(s) ______________ _________________________________________ Art store/gallery ___________________________ Workout/health activity venue _______________ _________________________________________ Golf course _______________________________ Walking trail _____________________________ Outdoor adventure _________________________ Place to play ______________________________

All Things... AROUND TOWN The Best: Place to meet for business ___________________ Boss ____________________________________ Employee ________________________________ Teacher __________________________________ Seniors' services ___________________________ Deal ____________________________________ Place to go on a first date ____________________ Community partner ________________________ Place to go for a drink ______________________ Place for entertainment _____________________ Community event _________________________ Reason to live in Agassiz ____________________ Reason to live in Harrison ___________________ Reason to live in Hope _____________________ Place to take company ______________________ Small Business ____________________________ Green/Earth friendly business ________________ Not-for-profit company _____________________ Part of the Agassiz Fall Fair & Corn Festival ____ _________________________________________


Your Choice (one you can't fit in the other categories) _________________________________________ _________________________________________

Entrant’s name: _______________________ *email: ______________________________ *phone: _____________________________ Bring your entries in to the Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer office at 7167 Pioneer Avenue (after hours: can be submitted through the mail slot in the door) before March 12th at 4 pm. The winners special feature will be published in the March 30th edition of the Observer. * You will only be contacted if you have won a reader prize.

Eligible businesses must be in Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Rosedale, Chilliwack or Hope.

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Fraser Health failed to meet provincially mandated targets to rein in surgery wait times in 2010-11 and as a result lost out on an extra $2.6 million in incentive funding that’s dangled by the government each year as a carrot to improve. “Although we increased surgery volumes about three per cent, we were unable to shorten the wait times as much as we needed to meet the target,” health authority spokesman David Plug said. The payments through the health ministry’s patient-focused funding branch rewards health authorities that meet targets to keep waits down and punishes them if they don’t – the money instead goes to reduce the province’s deficit. The rules require no more than 10 per cent of patients wait longer than 26 weeks for knee and hip surgery and 16 weeks for cataract surgery in order for each authority to qualify for activity-based funding in each of those categories. But 19 per cent of patients waited longer than 26 weeks for a knee replacement in the Fraser Health region in the 2010 fiscal year, so the authority lost out on nearly $1.8 million, Plug said. And the authority was docked another $834,000 because 39 per cent of cataract patients waited longer than 16 weeks. Statistics show 55 cataract patients in Fraser actually waited longer than a year for surgery, so the authority also failed in clearing a separate bar that no patients wait more than 12 months. On hip replacements, 11 per cent of patients waited more than 26 weeks – just missing the target – but Plug said the ministry agreed that was close enough and credited the authority $1.6 million. He said the incentive system encourages the region to make its booking and surgery system more efficient, perform more procedures and reduce waits.

Fraser tries not to double book the same patient or keep patients on wait lists whose conditions have changed and are no longer ready for surgery. “That helps us have a more accurate list and wait times can come closer to the target,” Plug said. The region also strives to make sure operating rooms have enough capacity to handle scheduled cases and to make sure hip and knee replacements have time reserved. Burnaby Hospital has emerged as a specialty centre for those surgeries, Plug said, and patients are now sometimes being sent there to avoid longer waits elsewhere. It’s not yet clear if the region will hit all three surgery targets this fiscal year, which ends at the end of March. “We’re within 50 or so people of making the hip target,” Plug said, adding Fraser is close to the targets on knee and cataract surgery as well. Fraser performed 2,400 hip replacements and 15,000 cataract surgeries last year. Fraser’s surgery wait statistics are considerably worse than in the Vancouver Coastal region, which serves Vancouver, Richmond and the North Shore. Just one per cent of Vancouver Coastal patients waited longer than 26 weeks for hip or knee surgeries and just four per cent waited longer than the target for cataracts. As a result, that region lost no money. No cataract patients in Vancouver Coastal waited longer than a year, nor did any on Vancouver Island or in the Interior. The Northern Health Authority was the only region that performed worse than Fraser, with more than a third of hip replacement patients waiting too long and nearly half of knee and cataract surgeries exceeding the target. Sixty-five cataract patients there waited longer than a year. The money at stake is not much compared to overall budgets. Fraser’s penalty last year was less than one-tenth of one percent of its $2.75-billion budget.

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McCAHILL, John Morton

September 17, 1942 January 16, 2012 Suddenly, in Chilliwack, BC on Monday, January 16, 2012, John Morton McCahill, formerly of Hamilton/Burlington, at the age of 69. Beloved father of Stephanie McCahill. Loving partner of Suzanne Herman. dear brother of George-Anne Cherrie (the late Don), Kary McCahill-Harrison (Paul), Mark McCahill and Michael McCahill. Uncle of David Cherrie, Jay Cherrie and Simon Harrison. Predeceased by his nephews Ian, Jamie and Scottie Cherrie. John had a passion for skiing and golf and was a devoted member and active volunteer of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 32 in Agassiz, BC. Cremation will take place in Chilliwack, BC. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Agassiz on Thursday, February 9, 2012 beginning at 4:00 pm Memorial donations may be made in his honour to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 32, 1846 Highway 9, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0. Henderson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Please visit to leave a message of condolence for the family. Henderson’s Runeral Homes & Crematorium Ltd. 45901 Victoria Ave, Chiliwack 604-792-1344


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February 20, 1914 February 03, 2012 A long time farmer of Agassiz, passed away peacefully on Friday, in his 98th year. Funeral Service will be held on at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 09, 2012 from the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Ave. Chilliwack. Reception to follow at Henderson’s. Burial to take place at 3:00 pm at Valleyview Cemetery, Agassiz. Henderson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Please


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BENTLEY, Lila May (nee Smith) October 24, 1946 - February 2, 2012 With great sadness we announce the passing of Lila May Bentley. Lila passed away at the age of 65 at the Chilliwack General Hospital with her loving daughter Michelle DeMartin (John) and Ron, her husband of 40 years, by her side.



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Predeceased by her parents Anna and Roscoe. Lila leaves to mourn her sister Colleen, brothers; Bud, Dougal and Glen, 15 nieces and nephews, as well as her extended family and many friends.

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A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future. Donations in Lila memory may be made to the BC Cancer Agency

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Dec. 27, 1991 - Feb. 10, 2011 From the sunrise of your birth To the sunset of your death We honor you From the things you completed To the things you left undone We honor you From the seasons of your being Through the cycle of your life We honor you From your time beyond the veil Until we see you again May the angels support you May spirit surround you May our healing love reach you From this moment until the end of time We will never be the same without you We will never be whole without you Until we meet again


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AGASSIZ- 1 BDRM APT. Ground oor unit, totally reno’d (ďŹ xtures, appl & paint, etc.) Quiet, well-maint, cls to amenities. $580/m DD & util. Avail. immediately. (604)798-5557

HERBAL MAGIC Open House. Feb. 6th-12th. Drop by for prizes, discounts and product tasting. Special Offer - Lose weight, less than $10/week. Call 1-800-376-2104.


NAPLES FLORIDA AREA! Bank Acquired Condos Only $169,900. Same unit sold for $428,895. Own your brand new condo for pennies on the dollar in warm, sunny SW Florida! Walk to over 20 restaurants/100 shops! Must see. Ask about travel incentives. Call 1-866959-2825, ext 15.


Gift CertiďŹ cates Available Online Appointment Scheduling




1992 PLEASURE-WAY Dodge van, 318 engine, 4 spd., no rust, many upgrades, mint cond. $20,900 obo (604)853-2427 1999 CHEVY VENTURE, white, auto, rebuilt trans, head gasket, new brakes, $2495. (604)826-0519 2004 F350 LARIAT CREW CAB, 4X4, long box, 180K, full load $15,500/obo. 604-812-1278 2007 DODGE CARAVAN - 74,000 kms. Exc. condition. New tires. $10,500/obo. (604)859-8263 2007 GMC 2500 HD Duramax diesel, 6 speed, excellent shape. 4 X 4. $27,500. obo. 778-551-0298


1998 FORD CONTOUR 4dr sdn auto, load, ST#176 $995 1999 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 4dr auto sdn Aircare ST#152 $1995 1995 MAZDA PROTEGE 4dr, auto, fully loaded ST#180 $1995 2002 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2dr, auto AirCare ST#182 $2995 1996 ACURA TL 4dr auto, leather, fully loaded ST#177 $2995 1994 TOYOTA CAMRY 2dr auto, leather, full load, ST#174 $2995 2002 DODGE CARAVAN 7 pass, auto ST#160 $3495 2002 FORD WINDSTAR sport 7 pass auto Aircare ST#108 $3495 1997 ACURA LE auto 4dr sdn leather full load ST#175 $3995 2000 HONDA CIVIC 4DR auto sdn st#169 $3995 1997 HONDA CRV Aircare auto only this week ST#97 $3995 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 4dr auto sdn full load ST#03 $5,900


2005 FORD F150 XL 4X4 auto reg cab longbox ST#132 $7,900 2005 FORD F250 XLT quad cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#125 $8,900 2005 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#134 $10,900 2001 FORD F350 crew cab XLT 7.3L pwrstrk diesel ST#130 $11,900 2007 GMC SLE 3500 crew cab 4X4 auto longbox ST#167 $12,900 2007 CHEV 3500 CREW CAB Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#123 $12,900 2007 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#128 $14,900 2006 FORD F350 CREW cab Lariat 4X4 auto long box diesel ST#118 $15,900 2008 GMC 2500 HD quad cab SLE 4x4 auto fully loaded ST#145 $16,900 2007 GMC 2500 CREW cab, Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#61 $16,900 2006 FORD F350 CREW CAB Lariat leather 4X$ auto diesel ST#164 $17,995

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2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $8800 incl. tax. Call 604-538-4883

ABBOTSFORD. TOWNHOUSE in 55+ complex. 1200 sf, 2 bdrm. 1.5 baths, large living room, oak kit, 2 decks. Small pet ok. Walk to shops. Quiet area. Moving ~ must sell. $184,000. 604-308-0451 8am-7pm.





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sSecured parking for recreational vehicles sHeated bays starting at $ 110 for 10'x8' 7651 Industrial Way Agassiz, BC Ph: 1.604.796.5577

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COMMUNITY CORNER FEBRUARY 2012 *(Due to space limitations, each week we will publish a different set of groups & activities from the community)

RCMP are in search of Amber Lynne Court, a 16-yearold from Chilliwack, who has been missing since Jan. 25.

Songs evoke good memories,

Singing is good for your health!

Police looking for Court

Chilliwack RCMP are investigating a report of a missing teenager from the Chilliwack area. Amber Lynne Court was last seen on Jan. 25, 2012, at approximately 10 p.m., in the Meadowbrook Drive area. Amber Court is a 16-year-old native girl, is 5’7” tall, and weighs 99 pounds. Amber has dyed red hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a

black hooded jacket with a brown fur hood, black pants and white runners when she was last seen. The RCMP are concerned for Amber’s safety and would like her to contact them or her care worker as soon as possible to advise she is safe. Police are asking for anyone with information regarding Court’s whereabouts to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611.



Do you have regular contact with young children in Chilliwack? If yes, and

Do you have regular contact with young children in Chilliwack? If yes, and you have not had a pertussis vaccine in the past 5 years, visit one of the followingPertussis drop - in clinics free pertussis booster. Dropfor Ina Clinics - Chilliwack


« Ch r i s @ 604.796.4301

Become a member of the Harrison Hot Springs Multicultural Choir Practices are Mondays at HHS Memorial Hall 7:00 - 9:00 pm For more info Call Ruth at 604-796-2084

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LOCAL EVENTS and Storytime with Crackle. Crackle the library crow and Terrill have stories in, Drop am. 10:15 at Friday fun for preschoolers and their families. Every free and a lot of fun. el 4. Play Lions TV Bingo! every Thursday 6-7 pm on Shaw Cable Chann or are” Hardw x Tickets may be purchased at “That Store in Agassiz”, “Ledou “Chehalis General Store”. e for Hooked on Books: Agassiz - Harrison Library Book Club. Prepar the at a great discussion on “The Last Crossing” by Guy Vanderhaeghe z first meeting of 2012 on Wednesday, January 18th, 6:30 pm at the Agassi , month this around go to copies Library. We’re making sure there is enough the y, friendl people so please pick up your book now! The talk is lively, the this refreshments – free! Come on by, pick up your copy and be part of drop-in, no-membership required club.

These large clinics are for ADULTS AND YOUTH ONLY. Young children aged 0-10 years require individual appointments booked separately at the Health Unit.

Pertussis Drop In Clinics - Chilliwack (Whooping Cough)

Agassiz Christian Reformed Church 7452 Morrow Rd. Sundays at 10am & 7pm. Call 604-796-9474.

Tzeachten Hall 45855 Promontory Road Friday, February 10, 1:00 to 4:00 pm Thursday, February 16, 1:00 to 4:00 pm Central Elementary Community School 9435 Young Road Tuesday, February 14, 3:00 to 7:00 pm Central Community Church 46100 Chilliwack Central Road Wednesday, February 15, 3:30 to 7:30 pm For more info please contact the Chilliwack Public Health Unit at 604-702-4900 or visit


Parents of children aged 0-10 years please review your child’s immunization record and call your local Health Unit if you have questions or need to book an appointment for your child to be immunized.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church 7237 Morrow Road. Sunday, 9am & 11am, Tues to Sat – 9am. Everyone Welcome. Agassiz United Church 6860 Lougheed Contact Father John Trischler 604-7969181. Highway. Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School at 11am. All welcome. The Harrison Gospel Chapel Sunday For info call Rev. Mary Duncan Worship Service begins at 10:30am. 604-796-2680 514 Lillooet Ave, HHS. Call 604-7969500 Everyone welcome. e-mail: hgc@ All Saints Anglican Church 6904 #9 • Highway, Agassiz. Service at 10am Sundays. St. Peter’s Anglican Church 51380 Church Street, Rosedale. Mountainview Community Church Call 604-794-7252 meets for worship and fellowship on Sundays at 10:30am in the Ag Hall. Everyone welcome. 604-796-2429.

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