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The arts, education, and environment communities have lost one of their biggest advocates with the passing of Heather Hannaford. Hannaford, who passed away Dec. 26 at the age of 75, was one of the founding members of both the North Peace Pottersâ€™ Guild and the Fort St. John Community Arts Council. She was also a School District 60 board trustee for 29 years and was the first member of the BC Arts Council board to come from Northern B.C. â€œHer motto was â€˜take a risk, make a pot, and if it doesnâ€™t work out, thereâ€™s always another pot where that came from,â€™â€? said Rosemary Landry, president of the arts council and treasurer of the
pottersâ€™ guild. â€œSheâ€™s going to be fantastically missed.â€? Hundreds of people gathered at the Fort St. John Seniorâ€™s Hall on Jan. 6 for a memorial tea to honour Hannafordâ€™s life and the impact she had on the community. â€œIf Heather were here, sheâ€™d probably be wondering what all the fuss was about,â€? said Sandy Troudt, who acted as MC for the memorial. Hannaford was born in 1941 in Wales, and came to Canada in 1965. She found her way to the Peace Region after getting a job driving a van for the Anglican Church, where one of the stops was the Hannaford Ranch. Troudt said she noticed the horses, as well as John, whom she married in 1966. They raised five children and ran the ranch together, which
is still going strong to this day. Hannaford was a founding member of the North Peace Pottersâ€™ Guild, along with Edna Adlard and Vonnie Dixon. In 1968, the trio established the first pottery studio in Taylor, where they learned the craft together. â€œPottery and clay was as much a scholarly pursuit as it was a creative passion,â€? said Troudt. Hannaford taught pottery at Northern Lights College in the early 80s until the program was shut down. The pottersâ€™ guild spent 15 years without a permanent home, but Hannaford arranged to have all the equipment put into storageâ€”interest in clay and pottery never waned in the community. See HANNAFORD on A16
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Fort St. John plans to begin four-laning a portion of 100 Street, pave a pair of downtown alleys, upgrade the North Peace Arena, curling rink, and field house, and complete the paving of all gravel streets in Matthews Park in 2017. Councillors got their first look this week at the cityâ€™s draft $49.8-million capital budget for next year, an 18 per cent increase from last year. â€œYouâ€™re looking at a very
ambitious $49.8-million capital projects (plan). Thatâ€™s a very significant capital program,â€? City Manager Dianne Hunter said during a presentation to council Jan. 9. â€œOne of the questions that I have asked the directors and GMs on a number of occasions is that if we intend, or are planning, to do these projects, can we actually handle $49 million worth of capital projects? Thatâ€™s always something to keep in mind.â€? The draft sets aside roughly $17.3 million for roads and transportation, including spending $3.3 million this
year to begin the first phase of four-laning 100 Street between 110 and 119 Avenues. The first phase would encompass improvements north to 112 Avenue, and begin as the city seeks grants to help fund the $9.5-million project. The city has also budgeted $1 million to pave two sections of downtown alleys as part of its revitalization plan, including the lane north of 100 Avenue between 100 and 102 Street, and the lane south of 100 Avenue between 98 and 100 Streets.
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Cody McDonell broke down in tears and was briefly excused from court to compose himself as testimony continued during his manslaughter trial last week. McDonellâ€™s reaction came Friday, Jan. 6, as Judge Rita Bowry viewed the second of two videotaped interviews McDonell had with police following his arrest in 2015, which Crown prosecutors submitted as evidence during two days of voir dire hearings. In the video, McDonell told Fort St. John RCMP Cst. Devin Huff he was defending himself in an altercation with Travis Waite during a barbecue gathering at a Fort St. John home on May 18, 2015. McDonell allegedly punched Waite during the altercation, with Waite sustaining serious head injuries after falling to the ground, which eventually proved fatal. McDonell has pleaded not guilty to the charge. â€œThatâ€™s what it was, absolutely,â€? McDonell told Huff, also describing Waite as being agitated after he was told to leave the gathering because of some heated discussions with other attendees. Voir dire is a trial within a trial in which the judge considers the admissibility of evidence. Information usually cannot be published during voir dire hearings in a jury trial. But since McDonellâ€™s trial is by judge alone, voir dire evidence can be published when presented in court. McDonellâ€™s comments to Huff on June 9, 2015, following his arrest for manslaughter appear to contradict earlier statements he made to police after his initial arrest for assault after the incident on May 18. McDonell was rearrested for aggravated assault after Waite was flown to Vancouver General Hospital due to the severity of his injuries. He was rearrested again for manslaughter after Waite died while in a coma 12 days later on May 30. The day after his first arrest, McDonell denied punching Waite in the face and told officers he did not know what happened when he found Waite lying unconscious on the front landing of the home. He told officers heâ€™d prove his innocence in a case against him. â€œI brought him in from outside and brought him to the couch,â€? he said during a May 19, 2015, video also shown to Judge Bowry last week. See MCDONELL on A13
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Local chanteuse Taylor Thomas strums away on her guitar duirng an open mic night at Good Ole’ Dayz Lounge on Jan. 5. Thomas has been hard at work helping to build a music community in Fort St. John, organizing open mics at Good Ole’ Dayz and live music at Original Joes every week. She is currently preparing to lead the live score of COLOSSEUM, a dinner theatre presentation that premieres Valentine’s Day at the Pomeroy Hotel. Read more about Thomas in our Jan. 19 edition. HALEY LABOUCANE PHOTO
Correction In our Jan. 7 report on Tapping into the Talent, we reported that shows were held at the Fort St. John Senior’s Hall. They are in fact held at North Peace Seniors Housing. We regret the error. —AHN
Don’t stick that Q-tip in your ear PHONE PHACT: Let’s take a news chewing tour around the world. (We may not get too many more chances to do this before Donald Trump blows the world to smithereens) We start in the Eastern European country of Belarus, where a teenager has invented a phone charger that generates energy from movements of his body. This would be a terrific idea if teenagers moved.
PLAYLAND: In Fort St John, the new indoor McDonald’s Playland is the largest of its kind in Canada. Meanwhile in Italy, PREVAILING PRICES McDonald’s made headlines of a different kind by opening a restaurant in the VatDawson Creek 109.9 ican. Gee, I wonder if the Pope gave it his McBlessing. And I wonder if the fryers at ohn, BC - 7 Day Forecast - Environment Canada the Vatican McDonalds are actual Friars?
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HEAR THIS: A global study shows the most common workplace injury worldwide is hearing loss. Good hearing is very important for every employee. When your hearing is good you have a better chance of knowing if your boss is sneaking up behind you.
EAR HERE: Medical experts issued new guidelines for earwax removal. They say sticking a Q-Tip into your ear canal can cause all kinds of problems. Q-Tips are bad? Great! Terrific! Last week I was CAT-ASTROPHE: There’s a recall of at Costco. I bought a one million Q-Tip https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-78_metric_e.html “9-Lives” cat food because it lacks imEconomy Pack. portant nutrients. Actually, they couldn’t decide between a recall or changing the PIZZA PARTICULARS: A restaurant in name to “6-Lives”. Experts say eating New York City made news with a $2,000 poor food may cause your cat to become pizza. That’s $250 per slice. $50 per bite. lethargic. You’ll know there’s a problem if Although to be fair, when you order it to your cat sleeps 23 hours a day instead of go they put it in a box made from superior its usual 22 hours. cardboard.
BIKE BULLETIN: Last week in France, a 105-year old man rode a bicycle 14 miles in an hour, beating a record he set one year ago. Wow, he’s getting faster every Fort Nelson N/A year! If he’s this fast at 105 imagine how fast he’ll be when he’s 120! I saw the 105 Environment and naturalN/A resources Weather information Weather Local forecasts British Columbia Groundbirch year old bike rider on TV. At first I thought he was wearing a pair of tight bicycle LIVE LONG: A new British study shows ASTEROID DISASTEROID: In Califorpants with a fancy pattern. Then I realized optimists live longer. The worst thing nia, a scientist said a huge asteroid strike is Chetwynd 112.9 they were varicose veins. about having a friend who’s an optimist overdue. Here’s something else that’s overon, BC - 7 Day Forecast - Environment Canada https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-83_metric_e.html is when they pour a drink and the glass is due: Finding a way to stop scientists from Tumbler Ridge 122.9 RADIO REPORT: Scientists at half empty, they start an argument about saying scary Observed at: Fort St. John Airport 10:08 AM MST Tuesday 10 January 2017stuff that keeps me awake at Montreal’s McGill University discovered how the glass is half full. night. Actually, I wasn’t paying attention. radio signals coming from a galaxy three On TV news, the scientist said a huge Prince George 108.9 Light Condition: Snow Temperature: -18.7°C GERMS: A study shows Wind:the S 7 km/h billion light years away. Radio signals from GERMAN asteroid could attack Earth, I thought he an incredible distance! I guess there’s no point: best protection from cold germs is to-24 said a huge hemorrhoid could attack Earth. Pressure: 102.0 kPa Dew -22.6°C Wind Chill: Hythe N/A point in calling in a song request if I’ll wash your hands six times every day. Tendency: Rising Humidity: 72% Visibility: 3 km But hey, in the news chewing business I’ve have to wait three billion years for it to be That’s both hands. Or you could try washlearned anything can happen. Grande Prairie played. one hand 12 times a day. Meanwhile, Weather information Weather ing Local Environment and natural resources forecasts British Columbia 104.4 experts say when a child gets a cold the Bob Snyder can be reached at: YARN YARN: CBC featured a Canadian germs are more powerful and more firstname.lastname@example.org Calgary
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Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm’s arraignment hearing on an assault charge was delayed for the seventh time this week. On Jan. 10, the court granted Pimm another delay to allow him time to seek new counsel after his current lawyer has fallen ill. The arraignment has been postponed to until Jan. 17. Pimm was set to enter a plea Jan. 4. However, the proceeding was delayed after Greg Cranston, Pimm’s lawyer, developed a “serious” medical issue in recent weeks that prevented him from appearing by phone, Crown prosecutor Tamera Golinsky told a judge. Golinsky spoke on behalf of Michael Klein, who was appointed as special prosecutor on the case Aug. 17. Pimm is accused of committing assault in Dawson Creek on Aug. 13. He stepped down from the B.C. Liberal caucus several days later, citing allegations that forced him to retain legal counsel. A judge ordered a publication ban after the initial charges were laid to prevent media from identifying the victim. Because Pimm is a member of the legislature, a special prosecutor is handling the case to “avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of criminal justice,” the Criminal Justice Branch wrote in a release Aug. 17. Pimm announced in 2015 that he was not seeking reelection. Pimm’s arraignment hearing has been delayed seven times since the charge was laid. Several initial hearings were rescheduled due to delays in receiving information from the RCMP. Pimm has not been found guilty of the charge. Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel with the provincial Crown, said arraignments take into account a number of factors. He stressed he was speaking about arraignment hearings in general and not Pimm’s case specifically. “A big part of the process of getting to trial is the Crown disclosing its case to the accused,” he said. Disclosure materials are typically reviewed by the Crown before being provided to defence counsel, who goes over the case with his or her client. At that point, the accused can enter a plea or request more information.
Increasing support for current teachers and filling support staff positions will likely be the goal for School District 60’s portion of recently announced funding from the province. The B.C. Education Ministry announced $50 million in funding on Jan. 5 for teacher recruitment in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling to restore the BC Teachers’ Federation bargaining rights. “(It’s going) to put resources in schools and in school districts for students in British Columbia,” Education Minister Mike Bernier said during a teleconference. The funding, which will be included as part of the education budget going forward, will go towards hiring additional classroom teachers and educational support staff, including special education teachers, speech pathologists, behaviour specialists, school psychologists, counsellors and librarians. If there is limited physical space, or it’s not feasible to add more staff during the 2016-17 school year, the funds will be used to upgrade existing teacher qualifications, and teacher recruitment and mentoring programs. Districts will learn how much of the $50 million they will receive this week, and how that money will be spent is up to the individual district. SD 60 has no specific plans for their portion of the $50 million, but will likely use it to support the teachers they have and try to recruit more support staff. “Our first choice is to hire additional teachers,” said Dave Sloan, superintendent of School District 60. “If those teachers are non-existent or we cannot find them, we will look at other ways of supporting the capacities of the teachers we have and we’ll look at redoubling our recruiting efforts.” Sloan said there are always vacancies within the district’s support staff, with the exception of speech pathology, so they are always on the lookout for more professionals. As the funding is coming into play mid-school year, and is specifically for this school year, Sloan said there could be opportunities for team teaching in larger classrooms, but parents shouldn’t worry that their child’s education is going to be upended in any way. “We’re going to work together with our union partners to make sure the classroom situations are enhanced,” said Sloan. “We’re not going to be restructuring all the elementary schools on Feb. 1.”
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Federal environmental regulators have signed off on BC Hydro’s efforts to control sediment and erosion into the Peace River arising from Site C dam construction. In a Jan. 9 letter to the dam project’s head of environmental compliance, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) officials confirmed they would not be taking any further action against the project related to a warning issued last month. Had Site C been found in breach its approval under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, BC Hydro could have faced fines up to $400,000. On Dec. 19, CEAA officials informed BC Hydro of their intent to issue an order after it was found a contractor did not have erosion and sediment
control supplies at three worksites. Under the dam’s Environmental Protection Plan, contractors are required to stock crushed gravel, straw, silt fencing and sandbags to help control any erosion caused by construction. Excessive in-river sediment, which can harm fish populations, has been a issue with the dam since last year. A series of photos provided to federal regulators showed those supplies have now been placed at the appropriate worksites, BC Hydro says. Those sites include the temporary construction bridge on the dam’s south bank over the Moberly River, as well as right cofferdams and drainage tunnels. According to the Jan. 9 letter, the federal department is satisfied Site C is now in environmental compliance.
Work on Site C was briefly halted on the north bank of the Peace River last Friday, but BC Hydro says the issue was related to vehicle safety and not environmental compliance. On Jan. 6, Hydro officials confirmed work was temporarily suspended for some construction areas after “series of minor vehicle incidents” that led supervisors to call meetings of both day and night shift workers on the dam project.
“It’s common practice for us whenever there has been a safety incident to review the safety policies with our workers,” Site C spokesperson David Conway said in an email. “After the (second) meeting, work resumed.” “I just want to be clear that this temporary work suspension was routine, and was related to safety, not the environment.” Conway could not immediately say how many vehicles were involved, or whether WorkSafeBC was reviewing the safety incident.
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It has also budgeted $1.7 million to pave 85 Avenue from 88 to 91 Streets, which city integrated services director Victor Shopland noted will complete the paving of all gravel streets in Matthews Park. The city also plans to spend $980,000 asphalting sections of gravel along the 86 Street frontage roads near the high school, funded through local area service agreements with property owners. Meanwhile, the draft plan calls for $9.5 million in spending on facilities and buildings, including $1.045 million to finish a bleacher heating project, as well as replace hockey boards and a dehumidifier at the North Peace Arena. The city has also budgeted $1.375 million for improvements at the curling rink, including new roofing, refrigeration plant,
and HVAC system. It has also set aside $500,000 for cultural centre improvements. The city will spend its $17.2 million water and sewer budget on everything from fire hydrant installations, sewage lift station upgrades, water reservoir cleaning, and building a new water recovery centre for effluent reuse. The bulk of the budget is funded through grants, as well as user fees. Roughly half the budget, $24 million, will be funded through provincial funds under the Peace River Agreement. The rest is funded by reserves, grants, and developer cost charges. Councillors will discuss the draft budget further at a meeting Jan. 16. To learn more about the draft, visit alaskahighwaynews.ca.
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Rob Fraser says his bid for MLA was partially inspired by his father: “The government has taken this region for granted. And so looking at what I feel is a void, and talking to my dad, I said ‘There doesn’t seem to be anybody stepping up.’ And he said, ‘Rob, you know, when you’re looking for something to get done, and if you’re looking around for somebody to do it and you can’t find anyone, you better be looking in the mirror. Because maybe you’re that person who needs to step up.’”
And then there were three. Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser is the latest entry to the race for MLA in Peace River North, announcing his independent bid from his home office in the district on Jan. 4. “We’re a region full of independent people who, when we come together, really pull some unique solutions together for some of the problems that we have in the north,” he said. “If we can just pull that diversity together and put those values on the table and apply those skills to all the different policies and opportunities that present themselves, we can put the northeast part of the province back on the political map in B.C. And that’s what I want to do.” Fraser joins the race alongside BC Liberal Dan Davies and fellow independent Jeff Richert. The NDP and Green parties have yet to announce candidates. “I’m really excited to throw my name into the hat and start this race. I think it will be close,” he said. Fraser was first elected to Taylor council in 1994 and served for 12 years before being elected mayor in 2014 after a brief break from politics. He first moved his family to Northeast B.C. in 1976 in Fort Nelson, and moved to Taylor in 1993. Fraser said his bid for MLA was inspired by his work as mayor over the last year as well as a member of the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition, where he’s had opportunity to rub shoulders with federal and provincial officials on matters that affect the region. “The time is really crucial for an experienced voice in Victoria,” he said. “We need somebody who understands the history and the perspective and the values of northern people to help those agencies at the federal and provincial governments to understand
where we’re coming from, and understand it’s a unique part of the province separated geographically.” On the campaign trail, Fraser said the top three policy items on his agenda will be centre around stimulating the economy, supports for sustainable communities, and ensuring a transparency when it comes to development. “We need to get across to the government that sustainable communities are really, really important,” he said. “In order for us to keep doctors and professionals we need to have very viable communities. And viable communities mean we have workers here who have good jobs, good paying jobs, family paying jobs, and our economy is suffering right now. We need to stimulate that economy.” Fort Nelson, for example, is in “dire straits,” Fraser said, because the province isn’t doing enough to work with the community and companies to reboot the municipality’s forestry sector. “They have an annual allowable cut up there that’s not being utilized correctly,” he said. The province must also help communities in the Northeast with cumulative impacts planning, and be transparent with the region in terms of the development coming its way. “We don’t have the resources, we need help from the provincial government to really understand how the layering of these resource sector projects will impact us,” he said. “And the province hasn’t really stepped up to help us, or the northwest with us for that matter.” Site C benefits for the region and transparency regarding First Nations land transfers, along with health professional recruitment will also be on his agenda. British Columbians head to the polls May 9.
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In this week’s edition of “Two Old Guys…..” Mike Kroecher gives an account of a confrontation with the RCMP during a recent Peace River canoe trip taken on Sept. 17, 2016, past the Site C project. The entourage was made up of 10 paddlers and five canoes with a single power boat as a back up.
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ive canoes left Bear Flat on a protest paddle to Taylor on the morning of Sept. 17. At the Rocky Mountain Fort site, we came ashore for lunch. Within minutes, we were confronted by a group of RCMP members. Two officers approached us. The senior officer, a sergeant from the local constabulary, stated that we were in violation of the B.C. Supreme Court Injunction, as we had entered a restricted area. He then curtly stated that we had five minutes to be gone or that we would be arrested. This led to a somewhat heated but civil exchange between the sergeant and myself, which ended by his saying: “End of conversation.” As we left, we were video taped by their security people. We then paddled on for approximately one kilometre down river from the mouth of the Moberly River. Again the police appeared on shore. At this point, we were handed copies of the injunction and told we were still in the restricted area and had to leave. We pointed out, however, that, according to the map (Appendix A of the injunction), we were not in a restricted zone. The police response was simply: “The map is wrong.” The map was not wrong, but the police definitely were. The injunction that we were
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served was the same one that had been issued by the Supreme Court of B.C. on Feb. 29, 2016. The plaintiff was identified as BC Hydro and the defendants were the original six Peace River residents, who had occupied the Rocky Mountain Fort. The Injunction stated “This Court orders that…The Defendants and anyone having notice of this Order are….prohibited from being present in the area shaded in yellow” (Appendix A of the injunction). Since none of the 10 paddlers had been named as “defendants” we could not possibly have had “notice of this Order.” The injunction authorized the RCMP to arrest anyone with reasonable and probable grounds whom the RCMP believe is countervening any provisions of the injunction. Section 8(a) states that the person can be released from arrest by agreeing in writing to abide by “this order.” However, 8(d) states that a person can be detained until such a time as it is possible to bring that person before this Court…” It is disturbing that the injunction is not based on any democratic principles. It did not originate in the Legislative Assembly in Victoria and it was not debated or voted on in the Legislature. It was simply imposed by the B.C. Supreme Court.
It seems that our group was targeted by the RCMP. For instance, we saw several campers on Eagle Island, which is also within the “restricted” area. We found out later that they had not been asked to leave by the same RCMP entourage. The local members of the RCMP branch seem to have misconstrued our peaceful and legal paddle past the location of the future Site C dam as a violation of the injunction. Did they feel the need to teach us a lesson? Did they think it necessary to demonstrate the mighty power of the injunction and the no lesser power of the police? All citizens have the right to express their opinions about issues of concern in a manner such as peaceful public protest within the parameters of the law. We should also have the right therefore, to do so, without fear of reprisal, of being intimidated, harassed, or arbitrarily arrested and detained. Consider that our group of paddlers was legally outside of the restricted zone on the second landing site. Yet, we were still threatened with arrest and subsequently ejected by the RCMP from the shoreline. The experience left all of us with serious doubts about our own legal rights and freedoms. The real question becomes: Where is all of this leading and will it end? Mike Kroecher is a long time retired resident of the Peace, expressing his deep roots in the land through his artistic bent. Rick Koechl is a recently retired (almost as long a resident) teacher of the Peace with an enthusiasm for politics and energy.
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hanks to the wonders of social media, I don’t actually have to watch a program to know what’s going on during it—people spout off their views and thoughts and even video clips of whatever the big deal is that night. Take the Golden Globes for instance. The annual start to the Hollywood awards season is usually a bit more lighthearted than, say, the Oscars, and there’s often more than its share of snark at the current events of the day. Meryl Streep, one of the best actors of our age, was honoured with the Cecil B DeMille Award, essentially a lifetime achievement award. A lot of people on Twitter and elsewhere got pretty upset at Streep, for using her platform to make a political statement,
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rather than talk about acting and movies. Without actually using his name, she called out Donald Trump for that time he mocked a disabled reporter, saying it was a severe case of punching down as a man who took shots at someone who doesn’t have the same privilege, power, and ability to fight back. “And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission
for other people to do the same thing,” she said. It was a lovely, eloquent speech. I encourage people to watch the whole thing if they haven’t yet. Phrases like “stick to acting” and “keep politics out of it” were floating around everywhere on Twitter after the speech. What some people fail to understand is that art is all about making a statement. Sometimes it’s a happy statement, sometimes it’s angry, and often it’s political. Actors are just as much artists as painters, writers, musicians and others, so why shouldn’t they to use a platform like an awards night when they have their community’s full attention to make their point? Yes, sometimes they miss the mark when making a statement—go back and watch Tom
Hiddleston’s speech that same night; it’s got a real white saviour vibe going there. But Streep did make a wonderful point about empathy and why it’s even more important now. Also she stood up for the media, which earns her major points in my book. Those claiming that celebrities like Streep should stay out of politics and stick with acting seem to be forgetting that a celebrity is going to be the next leader of the free world, so maybe now is a good time for celebrities to get more political? Or even more so? The lines seem to be blurring more every day. Aleisha Hendry is a proud feminist writer who loves cold weather, her cats, roller skates and righteous indignation. Follow her on Twitter at @ aleishahendry
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ALEISHA HENDRY Helping others around the world is second nature for one Fort St. John teen, and now she’s being recognized on a national level. Fifteen-year-old Taylor DeVos is being awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Governor General David Johnston. She found out she had been nominated for the award by members of the community and her World Vision representative. “I didn’t really understand what was going on, and then I started talking to grandparents and they made a big deal out of it and I realized this was a pretty big deal,” she said. DeVos is behind the non-profit 1 Kid Making A Difference, an organization she started when she was 10 to help build schools in Haiti after an earthquake devastated the country in 2010. After completing that task, with a trip to Haiti to meet the child she sponsored through World Vision
COURT DOCKET A look at what went on in Peace Region provincial courts for the week ending Jan. 6. There were no dispositions that week in Fort Nelson, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd or Tumbler Ridge. Fort St. John Law Courts: • Clayton James Denesiuk (born 1980) was handed a 14-day jail term, a one-year driving ban, and ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $75 surcharge for a count of driving while driver’s licence is suspended. • Joshua Patrick Roy Cubbage (born 1986) was given a conditional discharge and a 12-month probation
and see the school that was built, she turned her attentions to helping girls in Malawi get an education. She also created the group KIDS Making A Difference, which has held two fundraising events to help sponsor a family for Christmas. The group did Bowling with Santa and Pizza with Santa events. Her mother, Cora DeVos, is very proud of all the work he daughter has done. “I’m blown away by it all, I still can’t believe it’s our little girl that’s had such a big accomplishment at 15,” she said. DeVos, who won the Youth Award at the 2015 Fort St. John Community Awards, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Community Awards event. She also strongly encourages others, including those her own age, to take on active roles in helping others. “Even though you don’t think you can do anything, you can still make a huge difference,” she said. “Even though you’re young, you can do huge things and be successful.” order for storage of a firearm contrary to regulation.
• Jeffery Franklin (born 1992) was handed 12 months probation and a victim surcharge of $100 after being found guilty of the lesser include offence of obstructing a person executing a process. • Cindy Locken (born 1964) received a $500 fine and a $75 victim surcharge on a charge of driving while driver’s licence is suspended. • Tyler J. Wiebe (born 1982) got a $750 fine and a $225 victim surcharge on a charge of breach of undertaking or recognizance. —Matt Preprost, Jonny Wakefield
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The Year Ahead: Mayor Lori Ackerman When Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman was acclaimed to her second term in office in November 2014, the city and region were still trying to keep up with the blistering pace of economic development of the time: oil and gas land sales were sky-high, rental vacancies were tight, and builders were clamouring for lots to build new houses and businesses in town. While the recent economic downturn has certainly given local leaders some breathing room, there’s still no shortage of work to be done. With the halfway mark of the second term in the rearview mirror, Ackerman has her eyes on LNG FIDs, the Alaska Highway’s 75th, this year’s budget, and earning credits toward her university degree in 2017.
are not hampered by existing bylaws and policies. We are looking forward to creating an inviting downtown that will attract the skilled workforce here. AHN: What will you be making the RCMP’s priority next year, and why? LA: For 2016-2017, Fort St. John Council priorities have encompassed traffic, drugs, and community engagement. These continue to be priorities for obvious reasons.
AHN: The Alaska Highway turns 75 in 2017, how will you be celebrating? LA: Fort St. John, as one of the 150 communities across Canada will be showcasing our mosaic created by our citizens. Our local museum is maintaining a calendar of all Alaska Highway News: of the events that are occurring Where do you see Fort St. John during the year. I expect council positioned as it heads into will attend as many as possible. 2017, and what are the city’s Events can be found at www. greatest opportunities and celebratealaskahighway.com biggest challenges in the year ahead? AHN: How do you see the Lori Ackerman: As B.C.’s outcome of the provincial energy capital and a member election shaping the outcome of the NE BC Coalition, Fort St. of the next four years in Fort St. John will continue to support John? our resource industries, in LA: First, our region relies on particular, further positive resource industries and those LNG financial investment industries rely on a competitive decisions; working with the jurisdiction. Secondly, we need coalition members to create a government that will have an more value add investments open mind to create policies that in our industries; encouraging support strong local business local hire and contractors in growth along with responsible the operations of our resource and sustainable community industries; and showcase growth. Finally, a government sustainability in community that continues to recognize the building. unique situation for industrial On the softer side, this is taxation in our region. Canada’s 150th birthday as well as the Alaska Highway’s 75th AHN: What are the number and we are looking forward one national and international to hosting some great events storylines residents should during the year to celebrate follow in 2017? those. Fort St. John and LA: Nationally, I believe partnering organizations began that as Canadians we have an hosting initiatives that celebrate opportunity to showcase our community in all our glorious nation during this year of its seasons. We are a winter city 150th birthday. How we do that and events like “Party in the will be the headlines that will be Parka” and projects like the ice read by those around the globe. ribbon for skating in Matthew’s Internationally, I think the Park will be expanded with storyline to follow will be very additional partnerships. close to home. PresidentOur biggest challenge will elect Donald Trump has be to manage the expectations signalled some very interesting of a growing community approaches on how he will when more positive FIDs are govern. As our biggest trading announced. This includes partner, we should be watching adequate and appropriate the news every day to see what healthcare, education and actually unfolds. public safety. These are provincial government services, or in the case of RCMP, a shared AHN: What was your biggest service between the provincial accomplishment of 2016? and federal government and LA: 2016 brought two the City of Fort St. John, and we accomplishments that float need to ensure that the province to the surface. My greatest personal accomplishment is investing in these services. was the completion of my AHN: Some expect a drop in college diploma in business property assessments to hurt management. I would say biggest professional the city’s tax base this year. my What will be council’s approach accomplishment was being in budget deliberations for recognized as one of B.C.’s 35 most influential women, which 2017? LA: Council is aware of the recognized the work done for expected changes in property our community. assessments; each member AHN: What’s one new thing of council owns a home in the city and every year we see that you want to try in 2017? LA: I started working on a those changes and consider the impact of those changes university degree. Working as a on the city and citizens. Our part-time student, I would like direction to staff is to ensure to have a significant portion of that we remain on track with the first year done by the end of keeping the city efficient and 2017. cost effective. The difficulty lies AHN: What’s one book in choosing which programs to eliminate if needed. That readers should check out in conversation will happen at the 2017? LA: Where Happiness Dwells council table. is a book that contains very AHN: The city has seen relevant local history of the several infill developments Dane-Zaa people who are downtown last year, though indigenous to the Peace region. a few prime parcels remain It is written by Robin Ridington, and Jillian undeveloped. What further anthropologist, progress on downtown Ridington, ethnographer and revitalization can residents researcher. Robin has worked with the Dane-Zaa Elders look forward to next year? LA: At this time, the Energize over the last 50 years. He has their history Downtown plan is in its final documented stages of ensuring that the and worldview from the oral intentions of the consultation narratives and the knowledge done with the community passed on through storytelling.
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NPSS gearheads ready for auto skills competition BRONWYN SCOTT For the Alaska Highway News
North Peace Secondary students Jeremy Needham and Dallas McAdam are among a handful of talented mechanics gearing up for the Skills Canada Regional Automotive Competition on Jan. 13 at the school. Like many of the competitors from the Peace Country, the Grade 12 students have been working on vehicles for most of their lives. Teacher and organizer Shawn Starchuk, a licensed mechanic, is hopeful local students will make it to the provincials in Abbotsford this April. “We’re a diverse area up here,” he said. “We have some students who are in their final years of high school who want to go into the trade, they’ve taken a lot of auto mechanics, or some people, their parents own shops and stuff like that.” A few of the students developed their passion on the farm, and have been “working on things their whole lives,” he explained. “We have some kids who are actually really, really good, like they’re secondyear apprentices, first-year apprentices,” said Starchuk. The competition will be stiff, challenging the students on drivability problems, electrical systems, charging systems, component testing, differential inspections and calculations, and more. Industry professionals will be coming in to judge the students’ performance. “You’ve got to be really on top of your game. You have to be able to work under pressure and you have to be good at both practical aspects and theory aspects in the automotive trade,” Starchuk explained. McAdam is one such student. He’s been interested in mechanics his whole life, and he’s up for the challenge. “I’ve liked fixing stuff since I was a little kid. It’s something I really like doing,” he said, adding that his father’s career as a truck driver influenced his passion for the trade. “That’s how I got into it, he fixes his own trucks and stuff.” Needham is another promising competitor. “I’ve always been interested in vehicles and motors from a young age ... I used to tear apart lawn mowers and see how they work,” he said. When he got his first car, a ’97 Dodge Ram, he started doing engine modifications to that. It was a satisfying hobby. When he saw that the school had a number of automotive courses, he signed up. “I joined and fell in love. I couldn’t get enough of it, I spent lunches in here (the auto shop), I stayed after school some days,” he said. Now that he’s completed all the courses the school offers, he’s moved on and has started working for Murray GM. As soon as he’s finished school, he’ll be working on becoming a full-fledged mechanic. Needham is hopeful about the upcoming competition and making it to provincials in April. “I’m not really in it to win it, I’m more in it to experience, to see what kind of other competition is out there, where they might have learned what they learned, and how I can learn more,” he said. Starchuk estimates that about 10 to 15 students—the best in the region—will be competing at North Peace Secondary School on Jan. 13.
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Left: Jeremy Needham, a Grade 12 student at North Peace Secondary School, works on a car at the school’s auto shop last week in preparation for the Skills Canada Regional Automotive Competition on Jan. 13 at the school. Right: Dallas McAdam, also a Grade 12 student at North Peace Secondary School, works on a car at the school’s auto shop.
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AltaGas will proceed with building its Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, a $500 million facility that would export 1.2 million tonnes of propane a year to Japan and other Asian markets from Ridley Island. The company announced its positive final investment decision on Jan. 3, saying the project will be the first propane export facility on Canada’s west coast. Construction is expected to begin early this year with an in-service date in 2019. The terminal, near Prince Rupert, will cut shipping distances to Asian markets to 10 days from 25 compared to the U.S. Gulf Coast, the company says. “Propane exports off of Canada’s west coast pulls together our vision of offering Canadian producers a complete energy value chain,” AltaGas President and CEO David Harris said. “Together with our northeast B.C. infrastructure, once the Ridley Export Terminal is built and operating, we will give producers new access to premium Asian markets for their propane.” Between 200 and 250 workers will be hired to build the facility, with up to 50 permanent positions once operational. The company has previously said the plant is a key “building block” in its plan to “build out” natural gas processing capacity in the Montney gas field in B.C. and Alberta. “This is great news for Fort St. John as the North Pine facility that is currently under construction will be providing propane and other natural gas liquids that will be exported,” said Prince GeorgePeace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, who sits as Opposition Critic for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. “Our natural resource exports are key to a healthy economy and it’s important that they get to market in a timely manner. We need to be competitive in this global market and this is a step in the right direction.” Astomos Energy Corp., Japan’s largest buyer of liquefied propane gas, has signed a memorandum of understanding for 50 per cent of the terminal’s 1.2-million tonne output. The remaining 50 per cent is set to be supplied by producers and aggregators in western Canada, the company says.
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Photographer by night, pet groomer by day: if you don’t catch AHN photographer Haley LaBoucane out in the field, you can catch her at 10508 101 Avenue, where she recently relocated her business, Wizard of Claws, from Dawson Creek back to Fort St. John. Here, LaBoucane finishes trimming Sofie, one of her clients. “It feels right. It feels like a good move,” LaBoucane said of her return.
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Unemployment jumps two points Unemployment in Northeast B.C. jumped two percentage points in 2016. The region finished the year with a 10.5 per cent unemployment rate in December, up from 8.5 per cent at the beginning of the year, according to Statistic Canada’s Labour Force Survey released Friday. The region had the highest unemployment in B.C. next to the Kootenays and Kelowna regions, which saw rates of 8.8 and 8.5 per cent, respectively. Unemployment here has risen steadily since January and February 2015, when the rate was too low to be reported, as a downturn in Canada’s oil and gas industry continues. The province ended the year with an average unemployment rate of six per cent, seeing its biggest job gains in agriculture (9.9 per cent), public administration (7.9 per cent), as well as the finance (5.7 per cent), construction (4.9 per cent), and retail (4.8 per cent) sectors. Labour Force data also shows a year-over-year jump in employment in the province’s forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas sectors. There were 50,800 people employed in those industries in 2016, up from 48,300 in 2015—a gain of 5.2 per cent.
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GATHERING BEGAN AT RIVER Earlier in the week, court heard from witnesses who were at the barbecue gathering at 8919 115 Avenue, and at a gathering at the Beatton River earlier in the afternoon. On Jan. 4, court heard from Terri March, Waite’s girlfriend at the time, who testified she had left the gathering at the river after being insulted by Waite’s cousin, Gordon Lear, according to a CJDC TV report. The gathering eventually moved to Lear’s home on 115 Avenue, where McDonell was a roommate, and where Waite sustained his injuries. On Jan. 5, court heard from Curtis Barszczewski, who said he saw Waite on the couch upon his arrival to the party. Initially believing him to be passed out, Barszczewski testified that he was unable to rouse Waite, and called his girlfriend, a nurse, into the home for help. She suggested calling an ambulance. Waite had been unconscious for 20 minutes before an ambulance was called, court heard. “I wasn’t interested in being involved at that party at that point,” Barszczewski said. The trial is expected to resume March 20. McDonell’s lawyer Georges Rivard said he does not know if his client will take the stand.
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Colby Klassen of Willowbrook Creek Simmentals preps a cow at the 19th annual Peace Country Beef Congress last week. It’s not all industry talk at the Congress: it’s the first meeting of the year for ranchers. “You meet new people, and get a chance to see everybody (you know). That makes it a fun show,” Klassen said.
In both videos, officers attempted to piece together what happened at the home the night of the incident in an attempt to corroborate conflicting statements of McDonell’s alleged assault. McDonell was shown photos of Waite’s injuries and of the crime scene. “I need to account for the injuries to the back of his head,” Huff said. McDonell, however, refused to show officers where or how he found Waite lying on the ground, and repeatedly said wasn’t in a position to comment before offering some insight to what had happened. “I’m not saying I’m totally innocent or he was totally innocent, or I was wrong or he was wrong, or I was right or whatever the f**k happened, but whatever happened was an absolute f**king mistake and I f**king think about it every f**king day,” McDonell told Huff. “Not so much a mistake, I’m not saying it wouldn’t have happened if things leading up to that or whatever, but I definitely did not want what happened to happen.” McDonnell expressed concern to officers regarding Waite’s worsening condition after his initial arrest, and said he felt for his family after learning Waite had died.
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FORT ST. JOHN & DISTRICT CHURCH DIRECTORY ANGLICAN CHURCH of CANADA NoRTH PEACE PARISH Please join us at our temporary location at the Lutheran Church 9812 108 Ave Ph: 250-785-6471 “All are Invited and Welcome Here” - (Luke 14:23) SERVICES St. Martin’s, fort St. John, BC Sundays 1:30 p.m. Rev. Enid Pow ********** Church of the Good Shepherd Taylor, BC - Sundays 9:30 a.m. ********** St. Matthias, Cecil Lake, BC 3rd Sun. of the Month 3:00 p.m. Holy Communion BAHA’I fAITH BAHA’I fAITH National Baha’i Information 1-800-433-3284 Regular Firesides Mondays @ 8:00 p.m. Deepenings continued Wednesdays at 250-7870089 Next Feast Info. 250-787-0089 ********** BAPTIST CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 9607-107th Ave., fSJ Ph. (Office) 250-785-4307 Pastor: Michael Hayes Associate Pastor: Doug Janzen SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE 10:30AM ********** CATHoLIC RoMAN CATHoLIC CHURCH (Resurrection Church) Pastor: Rev. Vener Sabacan Phone 250-785-3413 www.fsjcatholic.ca MASSES: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 10:00 a.m. oNLY OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. BAPTISM: Contact the Pastor 3 months before baptism. MARRIAGES: Contact the Pastor 3 months before the wedding. ********** ALLIANCE CHURCH 9804-99 Ave., fort St. John, BC V1J 3T8 Ph: 250-785-4644 fax: 250-785-8932 e-mail: email@example.com www.fsjalliance.ca SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE: 9:15am & 11:00am KIDVILLE: for ages 2yrs.-Gr.6 @ 9:15am **********
CoMMUNITY CHURCH CHARLIE LAKE CoMMUNITY CHURCH Lead Pastor: Alfred Reschke Associate Pastor: Jared Braun 250-785-1723 fax: 250-785-4136 firstname.lastname@example.org SUNDAY SCHooL: 9:30am SUNDAY WoRSHIP: 10:40am 1st left turn off Alaska Highway past the Charlie Lake Store. ********** PEACE CoMMUNITY CHURCH 10556-100th Street, Taylor, BC Pastor: Wally Pohlmann Phone: 250-789-3045 HoURS: 9:00am-Noon Monday-Wednesday & friday Email: email@example.com Website: www.taylorchurch.ca SUNDAY ADULT CLASS - 9:30am SUNDAY WoRSHIP SERVICE - 10:30am ********** EVANGELICAL foRT ST. JoHN EVANGELICAL MISSIoN 8220-89th Avenue, fSJ Pastor: Andy Wiebe Sunday School September-June begins at 9:30am Sunday mornings. Worship Service - 10:45am Phone: 250-787-2550 ******* INTERDENoMINATIoNAL UPPER PINE GoSPEL CHAPEL Church Phone: 250-827-3833 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Board Chairman: Andy Burkholder 250-827-3811 Box 66, Rose Prairie, BC ********** LUTHERAN PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 9812-108th Avenue, fort St. John, BC V1J 2R3 Office Phone: 250-785-2718 Pastor: Rev. Kebede Dibaba Regular Worship Schedule: 9:00am Youth, Adult Bible Study 10:00am Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School ********** PEACE RIVER MUSLIM ASSoCIATIoN Information: 250-787-1264 Jumm’a (Friday) Prayer @ 1:00pm 203-10903-100th Street, fort St. John, BC email: email@example.com ********** MENNoNITE NoRTH PEACE MENNoNITE BRETHREN CHURCH North Peace Mennonite Brethren Church 10816 106 St. fort St. John, BC V1J 5V2 250-785-3869
Lead Pastor: Andrew Eby Associate Pastor of Youth & Young Adults: Don Banman SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES: 9:15am & 11:00am ********** MENNoNITE MoNTNEY MENNoNITE CHURCH SUNDAY MoRNING: Sunday School & Worship: 9:30am SUNDAY EVENING: 2nd & 4th Sundays: 7:00pm Everyone Welcome! Pastor Warren Martin Phone: (250) 827-3231 ********** NoNDENoMINATIoNAL CHRISTIAN LIfE CENTRE “Associated with “Fellowship of Christian Assemblies” “King Jesus is Lord Over the Peace” 8923-112th Avenue, fort St. John, BC V1J 6G2 website: www.christianlifefsj.ca Ph: 250-785-4040 fax: 250-785-4021 Pastor Steve Oboh Principal of Christian Life School: Garry Jones Everyone Welcome Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00am Nursery available and Sunday School is held during the sermon for ages 3-12 years. Christian Life Centre is “Home of Christian Life School” ********** foRT ST. JoHN NATIVE BIBLE fELLoWSHIP Sunday Worship: 11:00am Wed., Night Bible Study: 7:30pm Pastor John A Giesbrecht 250-785-0127 ********** GIDEoNS INTERNATIoNAL Fort St. John Camp Ray Hein 250-827-3636 John Giesbrecht 250-785-0127 ********** NoRTHERN LIGHTS CHURCH INTERNATIoNAL (Rose Prairie, BC Sunday Service: Pre-Service Prayer: 10:30am Worship Service: 11:00am Everyone Welcome ********** THE SHELTER CHURCH “...the Lord will be a shelter for His people” Joel 3:6 9808-98A Ave. fort St. John, BC 250-785-3888 SUNDAY SERVICE: 10am Pastor: Oral Benterud 250-785-9151 ********** PENTECoSTAL THE PENTECoSTALS of foRT ST. JoHN Phone: 250-787-9888 Pastor: Jason McLaughlin Sunday 10am Service, Sunday School Youth Sunday 11am Worship Service Tuesday 7pm Prayer
Wednesday 7pm Bibile Study Friday 7pm Youth ********** PENTECoSTAL ASSEMBLIES of CANADA EVANGEL CHAPEL 10040-100 St., fort St. John Phone: 250-785-3386 Fax: 250-785-8345 Lead Pastor: Tony Warriner Sunday Services: 9:30am, 11:00am www.evangelfsj.com ********** The Journey 10011-100 St., fort St. John Phone: 250-785-6254 Pastor: Larry Lorentz Services: Sundays: 10:30am Tuesdays: 7:00pm ********** PRESBYTERIAN fort St. John Presbyterian Church 9907-98th St., fort St. John, BC Phone: 250-785-2482 fax: 250-785-2482 12:30 p.m. - Pie and Coffee 1:00 p.m. - Worship Service Everyone is invited to participate ********** REfoRMED TRINITY CoVENANT CHURCH Sunday Service: 10:00am Meets at the Quality Inn Northern Grand 100th Ave & 98th St., fort St. John, BC Elder: Mike Donovan Phone: 250-787-7702 Affiliated with C.R.E.C. ********** THE SALVATIoN ARMY THE SALVATIoN ARMY Sunday Worship Service: 10:30am 10116-100th Ave., fort St. John, BC Come Worship With Us. For information; Phone 250-785-0506 or food Bank 250-785-0500 ********** SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 9008-100th Avenue, fort St. John, BC Phone: 250-785-8632 Pastor: Cavin Chwyl Phone: 250-719-7949 Saturday Service: 9:30am ********** UNITED CHURCH of CANADA ST. LUKE’S UNITED 9907-98 St., fort St. John, BC Office: 250-785-2919 fax: 250-785-2788 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday Worship Service @ 10:00am All are Welcome! The United Church of Canada is a Union of Congregationalist, Methodist & Presbyterian Churches in Canada formed in 1925.
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With great sadness Larry passed away December 17, 2016 in the Fort St John hospital. Larry was born 1926 in Stray, Alberta, raised in Farmington BC and lived most of his life in Kamloops and Fort St. John BC. He will be missed by all especially by his wife Mabel (nee Meek) of 62 years, 2 sons Larry and Dennis(Donna), 2 daughters Tammy (Leo) Gregoire and Carla(Gene) Robinson, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Out of respect for Larry’s wishes there will be no services. Thank you Dr. Coatta & nurses for your excellent care of Larry and everyone for all your thoughts and prayers.
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Darris stayed at home and sewed for a living so she could raise her Sonya, whom she followed to Alberta, and on Feb. 28, 2015 Sonya gave her a grandson “Nash”. The love between those two was tremendous! Their eyes would light up when they met. Darris was very much at peace during our last precious times together, saying bravely “We have to make the best of a bad situation”. Please come & join our family and friends to remember a wonderful person Darris (Raven).
January 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the
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MILE 0 QUILTERS GUILD: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7PM at Calvin Kruk Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek SATURDAYS: LEARN YOUR ROOTS - Genealogy information NAR PARK ROOTS BUILDING 10:00am peacecountryroots.ca
South Peace Historical Society Meetings Third Wednesday of the month. In Dawson Creek at the Calvin Kruk Centre Archives Room at 2 pm. WEDNESDAYS: COMPUTER INFORMATION -Seniors Computer Club - Dawson CO-OP Bistro 1:15pm 250-782-4668 for more information
COMING EVENTS ART CLASSES UNTIL JUNE 30: Each day a different skill for after school youth DAWSON CREEK ART GALLERY: 3:30 to 5:00PM 250782-2601 JAN 21- COUNTRY MUSIC DANCE-Music by Let ‘R’ Rip at the Senior Citizens Hall, 1101 McKellar Ave, Dawson Creek. Dance from 8:30- 12:30 Admission includes lunch. 19 years and over welcome. For more information phone Fred at 250-7822192 or Linda at 250843-7418 KNIT NIGHT: Thursdays at Faking Sanity Cafe in Dawson Creek6:30 to 8:30 PM.
The Encana Events Centre (www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com) operated by Spectra Venue Management (www.SpectraExperiences.com) is the premier event facility providing a wide range of sports and entertainment opportunities for the Alberta and British Columbia Peace Region. We are currently seeking a Director of Finance who is energetic, mature, highly motivated and detailorientated and a customer-focused team player possessing a positive attitude. This position is full time and comes with a competitive salary and a comprehensive beneﬁts package. As the Director of Finance you will play a critical and direct role in the overall ﬁnancial, accounting, human resources, purchasing, internal controls, reporting and analysis for the organization. Your proven leadership will provide guidance and counsel to the organization while directly supervising the Finance and Box Oﬃce Departments. You will oversee and may carry out the activities and operations of multiple accounting functions including, but not limited to, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash management. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 – 5 years accounting experience and may have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting or a related ﬁeld. A professional accounting designation and/or previous arena, hotel, convention centre experience would be an asset. Note that a ﬂexible schedule is imperative as work on evenings and weekends is required. To review the job descriptions please visit: www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com/connect-with-us/careers. Please mail your cover letter and current resume to the attention of Ryan MacIvor, General Manager, Spectra Venue Management, # 1, 300 Highway # 2, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 0A4, or email to email@example.com. We appreciate all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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George was born October 5, 1924 in Luseland, Saskatchewan to Rose and Joseph Bahm, the oldest of six children. They lived in Red Cross, Saskatchewan for 20 years before moving to Goodlow. George loved to tell the stories from these years, often through so much laughter he could barely finish. George worked many jobs: threshing, trapping furs, and farming and tending cattle. For fun horses were trained to do tricks, he sang and played guitar, and went to dances. Then there was that girl that lived nearby, Viola Smith. In 1951, George and Viola married; they lived in Goodlow where he and his father homesteaded. A sawmill was set up and land was broke for farming. George and Viola had 4 children: Ronnie, Harvey, Kathy, and Cindy. At different times, the family had five mill sites and sawed lumber for railway ties, oil companies, and locals including the lumber for the Doe River rodeo grounds. George enjoyed storytelling and playing his favourite songs on his guitar. He enjoyed going to baseball and hockey games when his boys were playing. In 1982, the sawmill closed and George and Voila returned to farming full time. Driving tractor, making hay, and feeding cows was his priority as long as he was able. He greatly enjoyed ice fishing, never turning down the chance to go. In 2005, George lost his wife. He carried on with what they loved: the garden; he enjoyed being out there. George passed away peacefully December 21, 2016 at the age of 92. He will be sadly missed by his children and their families including 11 grandkids and 7 great-grandchildren; his brother Joe (Sandy); and the extended family. A memorial service was held December 29, 2016 at Bergeron’s Chapel in Dawson Creek, officiated by Father Kwena. Inurnment will take place in Goodlow Cemetery in the summer of 2017. Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to the charity of your choice.
Sadly missed by Marion, girls, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard, but always near, still missed and very dear
She lived many different experiences from remote area mining, truck driving and much more. But her passion was sewing, Darris was a very talented seamstress, “like no other”!
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Darris Lynn was given the gift of life on March 25, 1955 in Dawson Creek where she lived the majority of her very short life. Darris was an amazing beautiful person that was truly loved, is missed and will always be cherished.
April 30, 1926 - January 10, 2016
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LaPrairie Works Oilfield Services Inc. Peace Region of Alberta and British Columbia LaPrairie Works is a diversified and growing transportation specialist. We come with over 25 years of operating experience in Western Canada, and our core business areas include on and off highway hauling, oilfield services, mine contracting and site services. We are currently recruiting permanent full time Class One Drivers to expand our local team of transportation and logistics professionals in the Peace Region of Alberta and British Columbia. The ideal candidates will fulfill the following criteria: • Demonstrated initiative with solid HSE fundamentals and sound work ethic. • Off-‐Road & Mountain experience • Ability to apply and remove tire chains • Ability to work Day and Night Shifts • Valid Class 1 license & Driver abstract in good standing • Load Securement and First Aid Training • Ability to complete / maintain accurate Driver Hours of Service Records • Able to understand and communicate in English LaPrairie Works Oilfield Services offers a competitive compensation program for qualified candidates. Please forward current resume and abstract to: Human Resources Department Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (403) 767-‐9932
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She was also and integral part of the Community Centre Committee, which persevered through two referendums to see the North Peace Cultural Centre become a reality. In 2002, Hannaford helped the arts council establish a new pottery studio in the original ArtsPost—the former Sew-ItYourself Shop across the street from the post office. The studio was small, but the guild made it work until they moved to its current ArtsPost location in 2007. Hannaford was also a huge advocate for education; she was a School District 60 board trustee for 29 years, advocating for public education and active trusteeship within the district and the province. “There isn’t a school in this district where Heather wasn’t known,” said Ida Campbell, chair of the SD60 board. “She was one of the most active trustees I knew in this district or the province … She touched the lives of fellow trustees and educators around the province.” Through her work as a trustee, Hannaford advocated for French immersion programs, sports, fine arts, project-based learning, combined classrooms, scholarships, and the Cameron Lake outdoor education site. She also insisted on learning everything she could on a subject, in order to make well-informed decisions. Ken Boon, member of the Peace Valley Landowner’s Association and the Peace Valley Environment Association, spoke of Heather’s love for the environment, as well as the arts. “Heather was one of those people that had friends in so many different sectors of the community, it speaks a lot to her involvement and engagement in the community,” said Boon.
When the PVLA was heading to court to fight against the Site C dam, Hannaford had said she wanted to help them out with the fundraising, so she set out and made mugs with an en emblem that said “No Site C” on them. “She made a lot and made it pretty clear she didn’t want them sold for cheap,” said Boon, adding the mugs sold like hotcakes. Hannaford’s daughter, Min, made the trip from Montreal for the memorial and spoke on behalf of the family. “As the matriarch of our family, she would always try to instll her passion, her hard work ethic, honesty and a very sensible way of thinking,” she said. “Not only did she instil her enthusiasm for the arts and education in her children and grandchildren, she sacrificed her own time and resources so we could have the opportunities to learn, play music, dance and another number of activities that allowed us to grow personally and professionally.” Hannaford also had a great love of music, she was adamant that children should have some sort of musical education. “It was when she saw that some of the music programming was being eliminated from the school curriculum that she decided to run for the school board,” said Troudt. She regularly attended and volunteered for the Performing Arts Festival and often helped the adjudicators with their notes on the performances. It was this love of music that had led to the creation of the Heather Hannaford Music Award, which will be given annually to a student at North Peace Secondary School. To contribute to the award, contact the Fort St. John Community Arts Council at 250787-2781 or firstname.lastname@example.org
North Peace Spinners and Weavers Guild members Marjo Wheat and Alexandria Neilson spins fiber into thread at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum for St. Distaff’s Day. Turn to B5 for the full story. ALEISHA HENDRY PHOTO
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eing able to pee is a critical aspect of an animal’s life, and if they can’t urinate, there are many complications that follow. This is a common problem that we see in cats and is also known as being “blocked”. This is a life-threatening emergency, as cats can get very sick and often die without treatment. The most common culprits are middle aged, indoor, overweight, neutered male cats. Singing in the shower is one thing, but yowling in the litterbox is a serious matter. Some common clues that your cat is having trouble urinating can be: the cat is straining to pee with just a few drops coming out (it might be red in colour), vocalizing in the litterbox, and acting painful (hunching their back up or wincing when their abdomen is touched). If you see any of these symptoms, be sure to call your veterinarian immediately. Once the cat is brought in to see a veterinarian, it can be determined how bad the blockage is and how sick the cat is in order to decide on the best treatment plan. The main goals are to get the cat stable and unblock the urethra so that the animal can
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pee comfortably. This usually requires a few days in hospital with lots of supportive care to ensure that the cat can urinate well on its own. There are many causes for why cats become blocked in the first place, but one of the most common is crystals or stones that build up in the bladder and get stuck on the way out. This makes it just about impossible for the cat to urinate, and is very painful. Stone formation is often related to diet. Another common cause of urinary blockages is general inflammation of the bladder that can cause a lot of blood and other cells to build up, and when combined with the narrowing of the exit tube this can make it very difficult for them to urinate. This is often related to stress in the cat’s life. When a cat becomes blocked once, unfortunately they can become repeat offenders—especially if the underlying cause is not addressed. Decreasing stress in
your cat’s life is important, so being a ‘cool cat’ is not just a catchphrase anymore. Any household changes like new people, new animals, renovations, or any big change in routine can cause stress. There are options available to help decrease stress if any change is anticipated, so talking to your veterinarian before the stressful event happens is a great idea. Another important part of the equation is diet. It certainly is true that you are what you eat, and there are many excellent food options available for cats. There are some foods that have evidence supporting their use for preventing the formation of stones, and for overall urinary health. Be sure to contact your veterinarian to discuss what diet will work best for your pet. Remember that if you see your cat straining to urinate, this can be an emergency and your veterinarian should be contacted right away! Dr. Sydney Routley is a 2012 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She was raised in Fort St. John and first started working at the North Peace Veterinary Clinic as a student back in 2004.
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Justin Donally’s Fivestar Fight League (FFL) and gym grappled with red tape and remote locations to host the best attended MMA events in the province. Now, he’s ready to set new records with a sport he’s been sweating over since the beginning. “I love MMA, but my true love has always been boxing,” said Donally. “For me, it’s been a long way of transitioning.” This week, FFL unveiled a slate of events for fans this winter and spring, including Fort St. John’s first sanctioned boxing matches set for April 14, with athletes from around the province competing at the Pomeroy Hotel. Fivestar Fight League 18 will also feature sanctioned kickboxing, which Donally has showcased on previous MMA cards. “I’ve slowly been sneaking the odd kickboxing fight onto my MMA shows. At FFL 17, we had three or four kickboxing fights and everybody loved them,” he said. The club took five fresh faces down to Quesnel for its first boxing competition in November.The love of the sport and hard work shined when one star was asked to join the Boxing BC team to go to nationals
in Quebec City, April 29. Ashley Rouble has provincial training camp until the end of March, but Donally says FSJ might get a preview. “Ashley is tentatively competing.The event is two weeks out from when she will be at nationals. I’d like to see her on the card but likely in an exhibition,” he said. “The last thing you want to do is see her get hurt at a show two weeks before nationals.” Since 2013, when the BC Athletic Commission took over the regulating of fight competitions from municipalities, Donally says he has been able to schedule events wherever he wants. “When I pick a (place) to do a show, I don’t pick cities. I do small communities that don’t get a lot of entertainment, but still have a lot of local fighters,” he said. FFL’s first show in Fort St. John was the highest attended MMA event in the province, excluding UFC shows in Vancouver. Fivestar returns to mixed martial arts with Atlantis MMA in Terrace for FFL 19 on May 27. It will be the first pro/am MMA card the north coast has seen. “Marc Beer runs a local club with a bunch of fighters out there, and they’re always going
Dylan Lielke (left) will likely be one of the headliners at Fivestar Fight League’s upcoming boxing and kickboxing event in Fort St. John this April.
to Vancouver to fight and trying to get fighters on my fight cards,” Donally said. “He and his business partner approached me three or four months ago, he wanted to try and bring a show out there.” Even with all this out of the cage thinking, Donally is starting the Fivestar year with an event for all ages across the Peace.
The third annual North Peace Martial Arts Championships take place February 25 in Fort St John. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and all style sparring event saw 200 athletes compete last year, with the same expected this year. While similar events in major centres have attractive competition pools, Donally says the problem is that they are less accessible.
“For everybody up north here, you’ve gotta drive, or fly. We have (a lot) of families that can’t always afford travel, and even as the coaches, we have other jobs and stuff, so it’s tough,” he said. “This is something we dabbled in a few years ago and it took off, so now we do it every year. “See you ring side.”
Third period comeback not enough to push Huskies past Canucks teams for fighting. Dawson Creek would start the scoring with Trey Nichol and Tanner Bahm each popping the puck in with assists. Fort St. John would only see one goal from Jacob Lang and Aiden Tegert at 12:55, the period ending 4-1. Seconds into the third, Junior Canuck Wesley Shipton scored against FSJ goalie Tavis Viens, with a double assist from Nichol and Mathieson. The game now stood 5-1 for the Junior Canucks. But the hounds were not deterred and the C’s were over-confident. Fort St. John came back right through to the last five minutes of the game. “You know, it’s just mental relapse, no coverage in the D-zone. At times, when it gets scrambled, we kind of lose our position. That’s really all that happened,” said Mckenzie. Husky Sebastian Powsey would get the next goal with a double assist by Lou Turnbull-Giesbrecht and Joshua Robinson. Then, Gary Loewen followed up with two more, taking the Huskies to 5-4 by buzzer time. But it was too little, too late, for the North Peace team. “The talk in the dressing room by Gary (Gary Alexander, head coach) kind of pumped us up. I think they kept playing their game and we started playing ours more,” said Loewen. The Fort St. John Huskies (13-10) play Grande Prairie in a double header on the road Jan 13 and 14.
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Huskies forward Sebastian Powsey fights for the puck during game action JDA County Kings on Friday, Jan. 6. After skating away pointless in that game, Powsey netted a goal the following night against Dawson Creek.
League rivals separated by more than a river faced up Saturday night. The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks won despite shots on net being 41-30 for the Huskies. The game would end 5-4, spearheaded by Canuck Wyatt Warnes, with an unsuccessful third period turnaround by the Fort St. John Huskies. “(Warnes) had a really solid game. We moved him up the line up. He fit right in,” said Junior Canuck head coach Brian Mckenzie. Warnes opened the game in the first minute, despite a penalty against Canuck Thomas Dokken for tripping. Warnes would score again with 2:18 left in the period, moving the team into the second period with a 2-0 lead, and goals with assists from Jack Blisner and Collin Mathieson, respectively. Both teams racked up minor penalties. “If you don’t give them any time and space to move the puck you’re going to be successful. We just wanted to make sure we took their shooting lanes away, their passing lanes (away), and keep deep zone coverage,” Mckenzie said. The next period turned the ice into a boxing ring with two misconduct penalties, taking DC’s Kohlman Brinksy and Husky Brandon Howard off the ice for 10 minutes each. Two five-minute penalties were also meted out between the
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The North Peace Secondary School Junior girls’ basketball team placed second at a tournament at College Heights Secondary in Prince George last weekend.
The North Peace Secondary Junior Girls basketball team brought home silver hardware from a tournament at College Heights Secondary in Prince George last weekend. The girls jumped to a fast start, beating Kelly Road 6633, and Charles Hayes 54-32 to meet Duchess Park in the finals. Duchess Park won that match 62-38. Celine Quigley took home the All-star Award while Jessie Copes was named top defensive player. Meanwhile, the NPSS Junior Boys team placed fifth at the Duchess Park Tournament in Prince George.
The team recorded three wins against Mt. Elizabeth (64-19), Caledonia (60-30), and Kelly Road (59-49). The team lost to Prince George Secondary 53-43. The Junior Boys and Girls basketball teams will be at the Bert Bowes Tournament Jan. 12 to 14. The NPSS Senior Boys and Girls basketball teams will be in Grande Prairie at the GP Composite High School Tournament Jan. 13 and 14. North Peace Secondary will be hosting the Sr. Tip-Off Basketball Tournament on Jan. 27 and 28. —Staff
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The 2015-2016 NPSS Alumni team were beat by a rag-tag team of b-ball coaches 95-75 during the 2017 NPSS Alumni Basketball Tournament held Dec. 30 and 31. The Alumni tournaments are a big part of building the NPSS sports program, according to organizer and coach Mike Redford. Four mens teams and three womens teams competed this year. “I think that was one of the first steps R0021217976
of building a program when I got here, was making sure there was a place for people to play when they were done. So the Alumni tournament just came about,” said Redford. When Redford showed up in 2011, the senior boys team had only been to the provincials a handful of times in the history of the program. Now they’ve competed in Triple A Provincials three of the last four years, with eyes on a return this year in the Quad A category. “It’s the upper echelon of teams (the Quad As) and our numbers are up
there now. We were quite competitive at Triple As, we’re at the next level. Quad As, we’re working real hard to win a few games this year,” he said. The female alumni team winners were lead by Kaitlyn Baker, who played at Grande Prairie College. While Redford said it can be hard to get good matchups for the female alumni, the tournament also saw a junior girls team suit up, and show finesse against the older players. “We have a Grade 10 junior girls’ team that is really strong, they competed really well against the seniors,”
said Redford. Trophies are handed out to the winners of the finals at the end of each round robin tournament. Redford says it’s more about bringing old teammates together and friends and family out to support the sports community. “That’s the point, it’s not really about who wins games or anything, it’s just a lot of these guys are scattered to different places and they get to come back and hang-out. The parents and families get to see them play again,” he said. “It’s a good family atmosphere.”
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This week, the PGA Tour will travel to Sea Island, Georgia for the RSM Classic. The tournament is held at the Defending: Kevin Kisner Seaside Golf Club. Seaside was Winning Score: 22-under par originally built as a nine hole Winning Share: $1,026,000 course by legendary English architects Colt and Alison in 1929. In 1973, Joe Lee designed Marshside Nine. These two distinct nines were transformed into the current world-class Seaside course in 1999 by Tom Fazio. Seaside is prominently placed on Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Courses in the United States.” Seaside Course Sea Island, Ga. 7,055 yards, Par 70
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Pat Perez shot a final round Tournament Results 4-under par 67 to win the 1. Pat Perez OHL Classic at Mayakoba Score: -21 Earnings: $1,260,000 on Sunday. Perez defeated 2. Gary Woodland third-round leader Gary Woodland Score: -19 by two strokes on the Greg Earnings: $756,000 Norman-designed El Camaleon 3. Russell Knox Score: -18 course. Perez, who also won the Earnings: $476,000 2009 Bob Hope Classic, charged from way back in the field with a 9-under 62 on Saturday. The 40-year-old former Arizona State player birdied five of the first eight holes and had a bogey on the par-four 12th.
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c) Ernie Els d) Payne Stewart
Answer: a) Tiger Woods finished at 12-under par in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez finished in 2nd, at 3-over, 15 strokes behind.
The Zurich Classic played in New Orleans annually is rumored to become a team event starting in 2017. The event will feature 80 teams of two. Both members of the winning team will receive the two-year Tour exemption that typically accompanies a victory in an official event, and each winning player will receive 400 FedEx Cup points. A regular tournament offers 500 points to the winner and 300 to the runner-up. The PGA Tour has not had an official team event on its schedule since 1981. The Walt Disney World Golf Classic was the last official PGA Tour tournament that used a team play format.
Lessons from the Golf Pro One of the big faults that the amateur golfer finds is when they hit a shot into trouble. A professional can find a way to escape disaster, but the general rule for an amateur is that trouble leads to more trouble. The one shot that causes the amateur the most trouble is when a tee shot goes into the woods. We’re so mad when our shot is out of the fairway and in a tree that it usually leads to a second erratic shot. Consequently, most people race up to find the shot, just grab a club and hack away. Instead, a more sensible plan is the best course of action. Picking the right club with the proper loft is essential. Too much loft could lead to your shot going into the overhanging leaves. Not enough loft will result in the ball getting hung up in the woods again.
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FedEx Cup Standings Through Nov. 13, 2016
1) Hideki Matsuyama 850 pts. / 2 top tens
2) Justin Thomas 614 pts. / 2 top tens
3) Pat Perez
606 pts. / 2 top tens
4) Brendan Steele 556 pts. / 1 top tens
5) Rod Pampling 507 pts. / 1 top tens
FedEx Cup Standings continued... Player Points 6) Cody Gribble 426 7) Scott Piercy 351 8) Russell Knox 333 9) Brooks Koepka 316 10) Gary Woodland 316
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Flyers outgun Grimshaw in 10-4 muzzling SCOTT DONOVAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Horst led the Flyers’ offence with four goals Saturday night as the Grimshaw Huskies were muzzled in the 10-4 weekend put down. “That particular line, they’re the guys with the most experience. When Horst, Cleaver and Shipton are rolling, I don’t think there’s a better line in our league,” said Flyers head coach Andrew Leriger. But it was a series of cat naps for star goalie Travis McLean, with total shots on net being 51-23 for the Flyers by buzzer time. This can be its own challenge, says Leriger. “You go long periods of time without a shot on goal and all of a sudden they come down to the net for a couple, and it’s tough to keep your head in the game,” he said. The Flyers’ took the puck in the first period face-off. McLean made an easy save at 16:35 on the clock. Horst began to cull the pack at 13:46 with an assist from Brady Busche and Rick Cleaver. Jeff Fast, #17, would take the next two Flyers’ goals while the Huskies snuck two past McLean at 11:01 and 5:40. The board showered 4-2 Flyers, with Fort St. John leading the shots on net 15-10. As a warning about whose barn you fly into, between periods the arena was filled with Danger Zone from the Top Gun soundtrack. Instead of leading the pack back to the bus, Huskies coach Graham Campbell returned his team to ice for the second period. The Huskies surprised the crowd for just two minutes, with a goal by Ty Wiebe, closing the score to 4-3. But the Huskies egos were writing cheques their bodies couldn’t cash, as Fort St. John would score the next three goals. The Horst, Shipton and Cleaver trifecta were in action, disciplining Grimshaw
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Robbie Sidhu chases the puck during the Sr. Flyers game against the Grimshaw Huskies on Jan. 7.
in puck handling. At the end of the second, Brendan Haryluk tipped one in for the Grimshaw hounds, ending the period 7-4. “(We got gassed) going into the third. Maybe about three quarters of the way through the second, you could feel it,” Campbell said. Robbie Sidhu opened things up at 18:56 of the third, making it 8-4. Less than a minute later, Cleaver the Butcher grinded the Grimshaw goalie to make the game 9-4. Fort St. John did some puck cycling and dress rehearsal in the last half of the third until Horst decided to get his fourth for the night. “I expected the outcome that we found tonight. I made sure the guys knew that’s what I expected,” said Leriger. The final score was 10-4 and the Huskies goalie kept busy with shots on net 51-23 for the Flyers. “Every game’s a playoff game,” said
Leriger. “Every team we see from this point on, we possibly could see in the first or second round of the playoffs and we need to let them know that it’s not going to be easy, whoever we face.” Flyers deluge Rangers with 86 shots, skate away with 6-3 win The Flyers took advantage of a 4-1 first period lead and made the most of power plays to ruin another game for the Spirit River Rangers on Jan. 5, finishing the game 6-3 by the end of the third. After their staggering 11-0 loss to the Grande Prairie Athletics, Spirit River was forced to host the league-leading Flyers on home ice. “They came in full roster. I don’t know what their roster was like with GP, but they had their starter in net,” said Travis McLean, star goalie for the Flyers. “I’m not really sure what happened with GP.” Rick Cleaver jumped on a power play at 16:42 of the first period, with Daylen
Pearson and Bryan Lewis assisting. But Spirit River would tie it up in less than 60 seconds, with Riley Jebb manoeuvering past FSJ’s defence. Those were the last highlights for Spirit River for the period, as they took a relentless pounding from the top dogs. The Flyers left the Rangers sore, 4-1, and out shot them 218, making for an easy period for Flyers’ goaltender Travis McLean. “We came off to a quick 4-1 lead, dominating the first. We ran into some penalty trouble, they’re not really a team you can take for granted,” said McLean. The Rangers ate their Wheaties between the first and second, coming out hard to make two goals. Both pucks in net were made by Alex Curran, Dlane Sather and Tanner Bjorklund. The trio’s fierce effort would be the Ranger’s last, with 4-3 on the score board at 12:36. Robbie Sidhu popped one in shortly after, making some space for the Flyers. And with the Rangers on a penalty, Massingham got his second goal of the night, putting Spirit River to bed, 6-3, with 4:18 left to run out without event in the second. Both goaltenders would get a work out in the third being with shots on net 35-32 for the Flyers. And defence work paid off for both teams as the score stayed put, the Flyers sending the Rangers out to pasture, though the third saw more penalty trouble. “We started out with a 5 on 3, the first two minutes of that was probably the most work in the period,” said McLean. “After we killed that off, we seemed to get some of our momentum back and they seemed to lose some of theirs. After that there was a lot of play in the neutral zone,” The Flyers’ easily outshot Spirit River, 86-65, remaining top of the league. “I’m not sure what happened Tuesday, but it was definitely a different team on Thursday,” said MacLean.
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Jamie McMurray, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth are scheduled to take part in the season’s first Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 10-11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-day Las Vegas tire test is the first of seven on the 2017 schedule. Other Goodyear tire tests for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are on tap for Michigan International Speedway (April 4-5), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (April 25-26), Kentucky Speedway (May 9-10), Chicagoland Speedway (June 6-7) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (Aug. 8-9). All are for 2017 races with the exception of AMS, which will be focused on 2018. Track officials there recently announced that the 1.54-mile track will be repaved following this year’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (March 5, 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX). The 2017 racing season officially gets underway Feb. 18 with the running of The Clash, a non-points event at Daytona International Speedway. The first points event, the Daytona 500, is scheduled for Feb. 26.
How many races did Darrell Waltrip win during his backto-back championship run in 1981 and 1982? a) 11 c) 24 b) 17 d) 28
Darrell Waltrip is a 3-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, winner of the 1989 Daytona 500, and the first 5-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600), the Series’ longest race (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989). Waltrip was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, February 5, 1947. Starting his driving career in go-karts at age 12, Waltrip entered his first stock car race just four years later. Waltrip began racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR’s top racing series, at age 25. He got his first Cup victory at Nashville International Raceway, May 10, 1975, at age 28, in the Music City 420. Waltrip went on to win 83 more NASCAR Cup Series races during his career. He still holds many NASCAR records, more than a decade after his retirement as an active driver. He had 12 wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, seven of which were consecutive wins beginning in 1981, and ending April 1, 1984, (a track and Cup Series record for any driver, all time). Waltrip also became the first NASCAR driver to be awarded $10 million in race winnings. He is a 2-time winner of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award, (1989, 1990), was the “American Driver of the Year”, (1979, 1981, 1982), and was named “NASCAR’s Driver of the Decade”.
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Answer : c) Darrell Waltrip won 12 races each year during his championship winning seasons in 1981 and 1982.
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ARTS & CULTURE
Can we really protect ourselves from thieves?
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Kim and Karli Harrison of Scarlet Sway brought their big voices to the Lido Theatre on Jan. 6 to help start off the New Year on a high note.
hieves, robbers, burglars and equipment rustlers: They seem to be everywhere these days. Nothing seems to be safe and nothing we do seems to protect us from the growing group of no good, low-life losers who are treating our communities like it’s a free for all and stealing our private property. Between Christmas and New Year’s we had some property stolen and granted, we did make it easy for them as it was stolen out of the back of our pickup after making one stop at a store. That isn’t the point though. We should be able to transport something from point A to point B without the risk that our item will be taken from us while our back is turned at quick stop. Naïve I know—we should never leave any items in our vehicles, especially items that are priceless. We have all heard the horror stories of ‘grandma’s ashes being stolen from a vehicle’ or a ‘locket with hair from a family member’ or a laptop with ‘all of our family photo’s on the hard-drive’ taken from a vehicle in a parking lot. We didn’t lose anything that precious, we lost items with no sentimental value, just “stuff.” Furious, I posted the store video surveillance online to see if anyone could identify the individuals. While I didn’t crack the case, I did hear from many who had recently been victims of thieves. In one instance a locked Tonneau cover was slashed and a new big screen television was stolen while the family were in a store shopping on Boxing Day. Really? This happened in daylight hours and it is difficult for me to comprehend that no one would have seen someone slashing a Tonneau cover to gain access to the television. Are we too focused on our smartphones to look up long enough to see the world around us?
Judy Kucharuk THE DESK OF THE GREEN-EYED GIRL
Lock it up? They cut the locks. Chain it up? They cut the chains. What are we supposed to do to protect our property and valuables? The same day that I posted on social media about our stolen items, I read that a pickup was stolen from a locked compound and a travel trailer was stolen out of someone’s yard. What can we do to protect our property? That wasn’t a rhetorical question—I want to know. What can we do to protect our property when it seems like nothing we do keeps thieves at bay? The general consensus is to make it as difficult a task as possible for the thieves. Lock it up, alarm it and shine bright lights on it and if that still doesn’t detract the thieves, then make darn sure you have recorded the serial number or have some type of personalized distinguishing feature to be able to report to the police when the locks are cut, the alarm is ignored and the property is taken. Do I seem frustrated? I guess I am frustrated. Frustrated by the brazen activities of individuals who have no respect for private property and who obviously see themselves as ‘takers’ not ‘givers’ in society. We should not have to sleep with one eye open. Judy Kucharuk is a lover of sarcasm, witty people and footnotes. You can read her book “Naked Tuesday” or catch her on CBC Radio Daybreak North where she shares her “Peace of Mind”. Follow her on twitter @judylaine
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Hello readers my name is Anita. I am the new reporter for the Prespatou 4-H club this year. The members in our club decided to sponsor a Christmas hamper for a family who could really use it, we had fun buying things for this family and we managed to get a good amount of gifts for them. On December 19th we brought snacks to our senior complex and played games with the seniors. The seniors and the 4-H members seemed to enjoy the visit and had a good time. We had a Christmas party on December 28th. We had decided to do a gift exchange everyone got a really thoughtful or neat gift, we did an iron chef, played volleyball and some people skated, everyone had a great time. Happy new year to you all I hope you enjoyed the holiday. I would like to thank Rhythm Auctions for sponsoring our page.
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Dr. Kearney students head down the rabbit hole Alice in Wonderland Jr. hits the NPCC stage this weekend ALEISHA HENDRY firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with the musical theatre students of Dr. Kearney Middle School as they present Alice in Wonderland Jr. The show features everything about the original story, which the students are enjoying, said musical theatre teacher Katie Matthews. “It’s really wildly creative, it gives the kids a chance to explore their characters and be wacky teenagers,” said Matthews. The Jr. aspect means the story has been condensed down to about an hour and is tailored to be for all ages. Forty-two students make up the ensemble cast, featuring all the characters we know and love—including the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, the Caterpillar and the Tweedles —while the school band will provide the show’s music. “Our musical director Sandra Gunn rewrites all the music so the school band can be the pit band and play all the music for the show,” said Matthews. Three actors are playing the part of Alice—one for small Alice, one for tall Alice, and one regular sized Alice.
Grade 9 student Pauleanne Codilla is playing regular sized Alice, a role she had a bit of difficulty with in the beginning. “At first it was difficult for me, apparently she’s a small kid, like 10, and whenever I tried to do childish stuff, I cringed at myself and it kind of brought me down. But after a few rehearsals I got confidence and kept in mind ‘you’re playing a small kid, when you hit the stage you’re a different person,’” she said, noting that she quite enjoys the role now that she’s got it down. Grade 9 student Jack Strandberg plays the perennially unpunctual White Rabbit, whom Alice follows and winds up in Wonderland. “His character is always in a rush,” said Strandberg. “He’s always frantic to get to where he needs to go and hasn’t really stopped to talk to anyone. “I actually relate to this guy.” Jacob McInnis is playing the Mad Hatter, whom he describes as “crazy and kooky,” and he would very much like to see everyone come out for the show. “We’re all going to have a great time and it’s going to be really fun for everyone.” Alice in Wonderland Jr. runs from Jan. 12 to 14 at 7 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre.
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Dr. Kearney Middle School is putting on a production of Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the North Peace Cultural Centre from Jan. 12-14.
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The Heartsong is a contemporary home designed to meet the complex needs of a modern family, plus it’s great for entertaining. The spacious and bright family room is totally open to the kitchen, as well as the comfortably large bayed dining room. The front facade is intriguing. Handsome brick bases support slender twin posts that frame and accent the covered porch, while gables, shutters and crown moldings draw eyes to the windows. Entering, you step into a vaulted entry. Posts on the left ﬂank the passageway into a bayed living room with a ﬁreplace. A similar passageway on the right opens into the secondary bedroom wing. Walking straight ahead, you can enjoy art displayed on the gallery walls that lead to the high-ceilinged family room. This spacious family living area has yet another ﬁreplace. Bookcases ﬁlling the wall on both sides can also be used for housing a home entertainment cen-
ter, storing board games or displaying art objects. A raised and gracefully curved eating bar rims the front of a work island that houses the sink and dishwasher. Standing here, a person can remain fully engaged in conversations throughout the dining and family areas, while keeping an eye on activities in the back yard and patio. Laundry appliances are mere steps away, just past the stairway to the bonus room. The long utility room has a half-bath at the far end and links directly to the garage. The Heartsong’s vaulted owners’ suite boasts a luxurious bathroom, huge walk-in closet and double door access to a private covered patio, ideal for a hot tub or spa. Associated Designs is the original source for the Heartsong 10-470. For more information or to view other designs, visit www.AssociatedDesigns. com or call 800-634-0123.
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Spinners and weavers guild mark ancient tradition ALEISHA HENDRY email@example.com
We don’t often think about how our clothing is made and how much effort has gone into it, but a group of local ladies are keeping the craft of spinning and weaving fiber alive. The North Peace Spinner and Weavers Guild marked the centuries old tradition of St. Distaff’s Day at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum on Jan. 7. Despite the name, St. Distaff’s Day isn’t named for an actual Saint. Rather, a distaff is something that holds the fiber that is spun into thread, and can be made from pretty much anything. St. Distaff’s Day would come at the end of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas, which in medieval times was taken as a holiday from work. Once the holiday was over, women of all classes had to get back to spinning their thread. “Spinning was super important at that time because that’s where all the clothing and stuff came from,” said Rene Giesbrecht, vice-president of the North Peace Spinners and Weavers. “The spinner has to spin for something like a week to have enough for two hours of weaving, so it was a lot of work. “They would spin in the evening, during the day, any spare time they had, they would be carrying their drop spindle in their pockets, there were no idle hands.” The spinners and weavers celebrate St. Distaff’s Day now for fun, but knowing how important the craft was hundreds of years ago.
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North Peace Spinners and Weavers Guild member Marjo Wheat spins flax fibers on a distaff into thread during the St. Distaff’s Day event at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum on Jan. 7.
“Now we have commercial spinners, it’s all so fast and easy, but when you think about it, every piece of thread that was used at that time, had to be hand spun,” said Giesbrecht. “It was work. We do it for fun and as a hobby and make beautiful things, but back then it was a necessity. If you wanted a sheet on your bed, you had to do the work.”
The guild had members doing demonstrations on spinning wheels, small looms, and drop spindles, as well as a display of different types of spindles and a distaff holding flax fibers. The guild will also mark its 40th anniversary in Fort St. John this May, and will be marking the occasion with a celebration of their craft.
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Break in that new camera and get awesome photos right out of the box
hope everyone had a great Christmas. Some of you lucked out and opened up a box to see a new DSLR camera. Woohoo! Yeah! 2017! Bring it on! You race to the power plug and charge that baby up halfway because you just can’t wait to try it. You tinker around taking photos until you find the empty memory card slot and plug in the memory card. You glance at the thick user’s manual and all of a sudden stuff gets really intimidating. No need to worry, there are settings built in just for you, and they’re marked easy with cute little pictures.
Green means go The green camera symbol is full auto. Basically, it’s the setting you can use to give to a kid to occupy him or her at a family function. The camera will analyze the environment and even recognize if there are faces using face detection. This mode works great in a pinch, but soon gets boring and really hinders creativity because it only allows you to use one button: the shutter button. Generally, the flash will always pop up as you take a photo out the car window, and you will get a blasted white image from the reflection off the window while the driver is blinded by the flash. To prevent this we go to the next setting… The crossed out lightning bolt “No flash” You’re now a step closer to being semi-pro. You’ve graduated from fully automatic to fully automatic with no
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flash. This mode works great for portraits outside and for getting creative. Flash can really ruin an image used in the wrong situation. You can now take photos of the dog without scaring him with the flash and you can now shoot through windows without blinding yourself. However, you aren’t limited to just one button any more. Over to the left of the flash, there is a button with a lightning bolt on it, you press it and you got flash! Keep in mind, the camera will automatically compensate in low light using high ISO and longer shutter times, which can lead to motion blur and bad images. So if you are worried, click back to the green camera setting, or pop up the flash.
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This photo was taken in full auto on a $300 point and shoot camera.
small things. The setting will require you to be running around your yard in your jammies or house coat taking flower photos and chasing bees around the apple tree. I’m guilty, I’ve done it.
Head symbol - Portraits Pretty much self-explanatory. If you can’t figure that one out, I might suggest a new hobby like a super tall jacked up 4x4 with tiny little stock rims and tires. This mode is optimal for taking photos of people. Works great for bathroom selfies too.
Fast running person symbol - Action Use this setting to capture things that move fast, including your dog or your weird cousin’s kid who you swear needs medication to slow him down a bit. Just focus and hold the shutter button down. Your camera will shoot continuously and you’ll have a whack load of bad photos but possibly a good one. This mode is also known as “spray and pray” mode. It’s kind of like when you are cornered in a good game of Call of Duty with a fresh clip.
Flower symbol - Macro This mode is the mode that you will use to take photos of bugs and other
Mountains symbol - Landscape This mode is the mode that you use when you go on vacation in the moun-
tains or to the ocean. I recommend using a tripod and a three-foot long lens hood. Strangers will come up to you and ask you for help with their camera settings because you’ll look totally pro. Now that you’ve got a grip with the basic settings, you will be off to a great start. Your creativity will blow your mind and you’ll be soon chimping and pixel peeping like crazy. Just remember: when whale watching or shooting birds, don’t be reviewing every shot. Stay focused on getting the shots and then you can chimp out while reviewing your results. Darcy Shawchek is a photographer based in Fort St. John, who is on a mission to capture the breathtaking and majestic Peace River area through the lens, day or night. Email him your photography questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery looks to extend 2017 celebrations to local artists year for celebrations. “We want to extend that celebration to our local artisans A focus on local artists and and artists, so it’s all about the celebrating our own cultural local and regional people,” said heritage is the goal for Peace Moss. Exhibitions at Peace GalGallery North this year. Barry Moss, executive dir- lery North in 2017 include ector of the Peace Arts Gallery clay work from Sherry Petryshyn, the FlySociety, said Colours more light What’s something you’d like ing to accomplish this year? Artists’ Associneeds to be shed on all the Secure full funding for Let’s ation’s annual Points artists and ar- Art program for 2017-2018 show, of View 4, the tisans of the Do you have a book/movie/ annual Fedregion. TV recommendation? eration of Ca“We’re goTV show The Fall nadian Artists ing to celshow, former ebrate our What was your proudest Peace Region local artists,” moment of 2016? resident Elizasaid Moss. “We normally Successfully getting funding beth Harris and for pilot of Let’s Art. what Canada champion 150 means to them anyway, her, and a joint but this year, show between local artists it’s something special.” Not only is it Canada’s Alan White, Mary Parslow 150th birthday and the 75th and Michelle Pringle. Printmaker Kathy Guthrie, anniversary of the Alaska Highway, it’s also the 25th an- from Victoria, will also be hostniversary of the North Peace ing a two-day workshop during Cultural Centre, so it’s a big her exhibition in May. ALEISHA HENDRY
ARIES (MARCH 21 TO APRIL 19) A secret love affair might take you over the moon today. Yes, you might be swept away by the romance of it all! Others will be involved in pleasant secrets. TAURUS (APRIL 20 TO MAY 20) You feel tenderhearted and supportive toward a friend today. In fact, some of you will feel so cozy with a friend that he or she could become a lover! GEMINI (MAY 21 TO JUNE 20) Someone might ask for your creative input on something today. Meanwhile, some of you will strike up a new romance with your boss or someone in a position of authority. CANCER (JUNE 21 TO JULY 22) Because your appreciation of beauty is heightened today, let yourself enjoy beautiful places like parks, art galleries, museums and gorgeous buildings. It will please you. LEO (JULY 23 TO AUG. 22) In discussions about how to divide or share something today, you feel generous toward others. This is good; nevertheless, don’t give away the farm. VIRGO (AUG. 23 TO SEPT. 22) Relations with partners and close friends are warm and friendly today. That’s because you feel mutually sympathetic and understanding. Gosh. LIBRA (SEPT. 23 TO OCT. 22) Someone might ask for your
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advice at work today. There’s no doubt that you will feel sympathetic to co-workers. You also will enjoy a chance to make your workspace look more attractive. SCORPIO (OCT. 23 TO NOV. 21) This is the kind of day where love at first sight might happen for some of you. You feel starry -eyed, vulnerable and ready for romance. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 TO DEC. 21) Family discussions will go well today, because family members are sympathetic to each other. You also will enjoy redecorating or making your home look more beautiful. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 TO JAN. 19) You feel kindhearted to others today, especially siblings and neighbors. Meanwhile, many of you can make money from your words today through writing, acting or sales and marketing. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 TO FEB. 18) If shopping today, you will be tempted to be extravagant because it will be tough to resist elegance and luxury. Oh yes! That’s why they call it luxury and of course, it is irresistible! PISCES (FEB. 19 TO MARCH 20) Today you feel very tuned in to the world, which is why you are sympathetic and open to everyone. You are very aware that kindness is important, and also that practicing kindness is the path to happiness. (Wow.)
Moss couldn’t pinpoint one particular artist to watch this year, as there are so many doing so many unique and interesting work. “Each discipline has their watch list, as far as you get excited about what they’re doing and how it’s working into the local (art scene).” Let’s Art a go with $10K grant The gallery has another
reason to celebrate this year— the Let’s Art after-school pilot program launches on Jan. 17 and will work with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society and the Child Development Centre. The program received a boost from BC Hydro’s GO Fund. If Moss could have one wish for 2017, it would be to see a progressive public art program started within the city.
“The ice festival is fantastic, there’s nothing like that in the summer,” said Moss. “I’d like to see them do more community arts program, more arts festivals, work with the (cultural) centre and PAGS—We need to do more of that and foster that kind of attitude. “We should be celebrating our culture and our cultural heritage.”
An Abusive Streak? Dear Annie: I have a friend I’ve known for at least 15 years. A month ago, I invited her and her husband for dinner. When both of my kids told me they didn’t want her over, I couldn’t believe it. I asked why. I told them that she’s always been good to them and she’d love to see them, especially my son, who has been away at college. My son told me she isn’t really my friend, that she only pretends she is because she thinks I am an abusive parent and she feels sorry for my kids. Apparently, she has felt this way for years, ever since my daughter was having a birthday party and I wouldn’t let her have cake because she wouldn’t eat her dinner. He also relayed her thought that I am a horrible parent because I won’t play games with my kids. I have a really bad fear of playing games with people, which is no different from being scared of snakes or being claustrophobic. I asked my daughter whether this is the reason she doesn’t want this woman over, and she said yes. She said the only reason she did not tell me about this sooner was that she didn’t want to hurt my feelings. I asked myself and my kids, “Am I really abusive?” Both of my kids told me that
Annie Lane DEAR ANNIE
I am a little stricter than the average parent and have a tendency to scream a lot, but not more than most parents when they’re angry about what the kids did or did not do. I’m still going to have dinner with this woman. After dinner, the children will probably take off and go to their rooms, as they truly don’t want anything to do with her anymore. I thought I would confront her after dinner and give her a chance to explain why she has tried to turn my children against me. I really did think she was my friend for so many years. Do you think this is the right course of action? -- Hurt and Confused in Kansas Dear Hurt: Yes, talk to your friend -- but think of it as a conversation rather than a confrontation; otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for a hostile interaction. Give her a chance to explain herself. There’s a lot to be said for hearing it from the source. You might want to go for a walk or out for coffee, to be in a neutral space and
away from the kids. And I would suggest looking inward. Is it possible you do raise your voice too loudly and too often? I know we all lose our cool from time to time, but there are better ways to get one’s point across than yelling. Dear Annie: In response to “Grieving for Snoopy,” you printed “The Rainbow Bridge,” a poem by Steve and Diane Bodofsky. I know that the poem was written with good intentions, but it never did a thing for me. The best advice to give a grieving pet owner, in my opinion, is to suggest that when she’s ready, she should go find that special dog or cat waiting at a local animal shelter. It won’t be “the same,” but it will be an individual with a unique, lovable nature. I still miss my old dog from way back when, but I no longer grieve. Five years ago, we reluctantly took care of a kitten. It was “just for a while” because we didn’t want a cat. Now he’s the heart of our family, the mellowest of fellows. As Mark Twain said, a house is not a home without a cat. Or a dog. -- Kay from New Paltz, N.Y. Send your questions for Annie Lane to email@example.com. To find out more about Annie Lane and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2016 CREATORS.COM
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