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2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWA R D S

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

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

Choice Awards 2012 is the definitive guide for what’s happening in the area. And while the people, places and businesses listed in this pull-out guide are to be congratulated for all their hard work, we also want to thank our readers. The contest success was based entirely on your participation, and for those outstanding efforts, we have drawn three names for prizes, Joyce Heinemann, Kiyo Matsuno and Bev Sergeant have all won tickets to see the Abbotsford Heat. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

Amber Major warms up the crowd of about 100 participants with some basic exercises before the Walk/Run for Heritage in Agassiz on Saturday morning.

Impressive turnout for inaugural run

Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

High winds and toppling tents couldn't stop the first ever Run/Walk for Heritage in Agassiz on Saturday morning. Wind speeds were at about 24 km/hr at the outset of the run at 9 a.m., whipping papers through the parking lot and lifting the industrial sized tents from the ground. But spirits remained high throughout the event, and as runners arrived back at the staging area after the run, many helped secure the tents so they wouldn't blow away. Luke McKerrow from Rosedale was the first to cross the finish line, in the 5K portion of the event, with a time of about 22 minutes. Tom

Hoogendoorn of Agassiz came in second shortly afterward. First place in the ladies division went to Tara Patterson. First place youth was Alex Schwichtenberg and first place for seniors went to Allen Vogstad. Because this was a first time event, aimed at raising funds for the Kilby Historic Site and the Agassiz Harrison Historical Society, time was being kept only by a timer at the finish line. The strong winds also prevented volunteers from collecting the times properly as runners arrived. In the future, Judy Pickard from the Historical Society said they will look into purchasing a more accurate chip system. "Our number one goal was to get

community involvement, which we did," she said. "And we hope to continue this as a community event." While the windy weather caused a bit of chaos at times, Pickard said most who live in Agassiz are used to the spring weather and took it in stride. "Anybody who lives in Agassiz understands the wind," she said. "And everybody really helped out in the end when those tents went flying." The Walk/Run was a huge success in terms in numbers, too. There were 108 registered in the event, and about 100 showed up on Saturday morning. They raised about $4,000, but were still tallying final numbers

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at press time. The Walk/Run for Heritage was supported by the Running Room, and was attended by that company's area manager, Amanda Gutteridge. She attends about 100 running events each year, and said the turnout in Agassiz was impressive. "For a community this size to culminate the interest in such a short time says something," she said. "The community really came out to support this cause." There was a 3K walk/run and a 5K walk run. Pickard said they may consider adding a 10K leg to the event next year, as well. For more photos from this event, visit us online at www.ahobserver. com.


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Chilliwack-Hope

BY- E L E C T I O N Get ready to vote. In the April 19, 2012 by-election, Chilliwack-Hope voters will vote for their Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Voting Opportunities There are many voting opportunities in B.C. Here are some of your options: Advance Voting Available to all eligible voters at any advance voting location from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 to Saturday, April 14. All advance voting locations are wheelchair accessible. General Voting Available to all eligible voters at any general voting location from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012. Other Voting Options Available to all eligible voters at the district electoral office from now until 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012. You can also request a Vote by Mail package from your district electoral office or through the Elections BC website at www.elections.bc.ca.

Bring Identification All voters need to prove their identity and current residential address to receive a ballot or to register when voting. Any one of the following is acceptable:

• B.C. driver’s licence • B.C. Identification card • Certificate of Indian Status If you don’t have any of the above, bring two documents that together prove your identity and current residential address. A list of acceptable types of ID is available at www.elections.bc.ca or at 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free). Voters without identification can be vouched for by a voter in their electoral district who does have the necessary identification, by a family member, or by someone who has the legal authority to make personal care decisions for the voter.

Voting Places Where to Vote cards will be sent to registered voters to identify their assigned voting place. If you are unable to vote at your assigned voting place, you may vote at any other voting place. Take the card with you when you go to vote. Any Questions? For further information visit Elections BC’s website at www.elections.bc.ca or phone 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free). Or contact your District Electoral Officer: #21 - 5725 Vedder Rd Chilliwack, BC V2R 3N4 Phone: 604-824-8364 Fax: 604-824-8371 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The following persons have been nominated as candidates for the Chilliwack-Hope by-election.

Chilliwack-Hope Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Lewis Clarke Dahlby Libertarian

Paul Geddes 703-1180 Falcon Dr, Coquitlam, BC, V3E 2K7

Official Agent:

John Martin BC Conservative Party

Elbert Brooks 68-44523 McLaren Dr, Chilliwack, BC, V2R 0C2

Gwen O’Mahony BC NDP

Lakhvinder Jhaj 27715 Fraser Hwy, Abbotsford, BC, V4X 1M3

Laurie Throness BC Liberal Party

Joseph Bruno 311-44500 South Sumas Rd, Chilliwack, BC, V2R 5M3

General Voting Places:

Sacha Peter 173-5810 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack, BC, V2R 1C4

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Famous leaders broadcast live to Hope Leadercast hopes to unite Agassiz businesses to stimulate growth Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

An idea exchange involving some of North America’s most influential leadership experts is coming to Hope. Leadercast is a unique, one day leadership event including presentations by Soledad O’Brien, John Maxwell, Tim Tebow, Angela Ahrednts and Marcus Buckingham. While those speakers will be broadcasting live from the main Leadercast event in Atlanta, Georgia on May 4, people will be gathering in locations around the world take part via satellite or internet broadcast. And one of those locations is going to be the Grace Baptist Church in Hope. The event is being brought to the area through AdvantageHOPE, whose mandate is to increase and encourage business opportunities in the area. As an AdvantageHOPE board member, Riley Forman has been helping out with the Leadercast project. He says the event will be a chance to connect with like-minded people in the business community. They’re hoping for participation to be in the hundreds, to be most effective. They’re also hoping the event will have longlasting, positive effects on local businesses. “This is a call to action,” he said. “This is not to just go home and feel fuzzy for a week and forget what was said.” It’s about sharing wis-

JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

Riley Forman posts information about Leadercast in Agassiz, in hopes of bringing more businessminded people to the leadership event.

dom, business knowledge and ultimately, create economic stimulation. There are broadcast sessions throughout the day. mixed with breaks for coffee and lunch, and the chance for mingling. The event is open to sponsors, and there are several packages available as a way for businesses of all sizes to get involved. “Think about it,” Forman says. “If you get 500 people attending who are leaders or are aspiring to be leaders in the same room, then having your business name there shows that your business is involved in economic development.” He says it’s all part of becoming one big network that could recharge

Hope’s business community — something he already sees happening with a number of exciting changes in the community, including a promising proposal of a Flying J truck stop. And Leadercast offers a wide range of speakers to help motivate the widest range of people possible. The most well known names are likely Soledad O’Brien and Tim Tebow. O’Brien is the anchor for CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien and special correspondent for CNN/ U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-

breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. In 2011, Soledad won her first Emmy for Crisis in Haiti (Anderson Cooper 360) in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form. O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. Tebow is an NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author. In 2011, he wrote Through My Eyes, an inspirational memoir that became a New York Times bestseller. He is the founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation and is a former firstround draft choice by the by the Denver Broncos. He was recently traded to the New York Jets. Leadercast runs from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 4, and the cost is $75 per person. Purchase your tickets online or contact AdvantageHOPE at 604860-0930. Sponsorship packages range from $250 to $2000. For more information on sponsorship, visit michelle@momentumworks.com. While Leadercast is being broadcast in Hope, they are hoping to bring in businesses from the surrounding area, as well. To learn more, visit leadercast.hopebc.ca. news@ahobserver.com

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Harrison Festival Society presents

Jump for Heart

JESSE PETERS TRIO A hit at last year’s Festival - Jazz edged soul Saturday, April 14 at 8 pm Harrison Memorial Hall TICKETS: $22 TICKETS AVAILABLE: Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart by phone: 604 796 3664 online: harrisonfestival.com

The Thunderstompers, a competitive jump rope team from Mission, visited Kent Elementary School last Friday, performing several high energy routines, and inviting students to join in the fun. There is an introductory course running at the school Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m., and there will be a skip rope camp held through the Kent Fitness/Activity Centre during the summer. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

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Marc is a semi-retired, 20 year resident, who’s motivated to work for Harrison if elected to Council.

Post to plow at popular match Farming councillor up against Valley’s mayors Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Kent Councillor Duane Post will go up against other elected officials during the 90th annual Chilliwack Plowing Match. Each year, mayors and other officials compete in a special class at the event. The contest is open to mayors of Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack,

Harrison, Hope and Mission. Post, who is also an Agassiz farmer, was asked to step up for the job by Mayor John Van Laerhoven at a recent council meeting. The mayors’ competition will run at about noon on April 14, at the field closest to 9825 McLeod Road. The winner will receive the Neil MacGregor Memorial Trophy. The event is hosted by the Chilli-

wack Plowing Society, and draws in farmers from the Fraser Valley, lower mainland and Vancouver Island. The day begins at 10:30 a.m., and includes classes for walking plows, junior tractors, antique tractors, beginners, business people, reversible plow and the B.C. Junior and Senior Championships. Admission is $5, with free admission for those under 12.

Festival society reminds council of regional benefits Harrison's most popular event not given grant in aid by Kent Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Meet and Greet with JOHN MARTIN Come talk with and listen to your BC Conservative candidate in the upcoming Chilliwack-Hope by-election!

The Harrison Festival Society was another group that was surprised to find their funding from the District dry up this year. Ed and Phyllis Stenson approached council as a

delegation at last Monday night's council meeting, to drive home the importance of the Harrison Festival of the Arts. The festival may happen in Harrison, they explained, but a majority of the patrons, member-

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The ‘WORKING BEYOND” program in Hope and region would like to thank all of the employers and businesses who provided work experience and for helping to make this program a success in the community.

604-860-0224 Working together to help keep BC strong We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Regional Economics and Skills Development and the Federal Government through the Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development.

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ships and volunteers are all from the District of Kent, as well as at least one full-time employee. They see the festival as more of a regional event, and presented that message to council. Sixty percent of the festival's 200 volunteers are from the District of Kent, and anywhere from 15 to 18 businesses are supporters of the festival. "We couldn't do what we do if it wasn't for the District," Ed Stenson said. "There wouldn't be enough volunteers to make it happen, for one." The Festival Society has faced numerous cutbacks from grant programs since 2009, including pro-

vincial arts funding and a Canada Council program which was cut entirely. Proof of support from municipalities through funding is a key element of securing grants from other sources, as well. And when municipal money dries up after years of previous support, it raises red flags in other applications. "It's important to have municipal funding from this region," Phyllis Stenson said. Councillor Holger Schwichtenberg made a motion to send the Festival Society's request back to budget talks, and that was seconded by Post and voted unanimously in favour.

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DAVIDIUK Throness and Clark ‘say cheese’ in Agassiz LEN TAX SERVICES Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

Premier Christy Clark returned to Agassiz Wednesday morning to tour two local businesses and introduce her byelection candidate, Laurie Throness. They stopped in at Farm House Natural Cheeses (above with owner Debra Amrein-Boyes and Chilliwack MLA John Les, right) and Rimex.

Premier Christy Clark returned to Agassiz Wednesday morning, to tour two local businesses and introduce her byelection candidate, Laurie Throness. A Liberal entourage stopped in at Farm House Natural Cheeses on McCallum Road in Agassiz, where owner Debra Amrein Boyes offered a sampling of different handmade artisan cheeses, including her Alpine Gold a washed-curd, washedrind cheese. Clark and Throness were joined by Chilliwack MLA John Les for the tour, which included a visit to Rimex. Workers had a chance to chat with the trio,

and spoke of the need to have training facilities in the area to open opportunities. Clark has traveled to the area twice this year for business-related tours with Throness. While they’re making the trips through this riding as part of their byelection campaigning, Throness says he’s enjoying learning more about the area. “There are all sorts of hidden gems in the Valley,” he said, such as Farm House. “This is a great introduction for me to know where the opportunities lie for future growth.” He said if elected, “he can go to Victoria with an eye to what’s back here.” Farm House has “found a niche market,”

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Agassiz were arrested on May 9, 2006 after returning to Canada following a drug drop in the U.S. Desjardins pleaded guilty later that year in Chilliwack provincial court and was sentenced to four years in prison. According to court documents, on the day of their arrest, police videotaped a Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter leaving from a hangar near Harrison Hot Springs and landing in an isolated area in B.C. Desjardins was the pilot, and Haugen was the co-pilot. The chopper met with occupants of a pickup truck, and Haugen was seen unloading hockey bags from the truck and placing them in the helicopter. The chopper then took off and landed in a state wildlife area in Okanogan County in north central Washington, where the hockey bags were unloaded and placed in another truck. The helicopter returned to its original location in Harrison Hot Springs, and the pair were arrested. The hockey bags that had been loaded onto the truck, and seized by police, were found to contain

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135.2 kilograms of marijuana. Desjardins' plea agreement including dropping charges against Haugen, but Haugen was extradited to the U.S. and turned himself in last year. He is believed to be the pilot of a Bell Jet Ranger that crashed on a 58 Avenue property near Ross Road in Abbotsford in March 2005. The crash killed his girlfriend, 22-year-old Christina Alexander, but he was never charged. At the time, search warrant documents in a case involving drug charges against Jonathan Bacon indicated that Bacon allegedly made payments of $1,000 a month to a tenant on the 58 Avenue property so helicopters could be flown from the site. Bacon, 30, was gunned down in a targeted hit in Kelowna last summer. He was never charged in connection to the helicopter crash or cross-border smuggling. He was the eldest of Abbotsford's notorious Bacon brothers. Middle brother Jamie is in prison awaiting trial in the Surrey Six killings, and Jarrod is in custody awaiting sentencing on a drug conspiracy conviction.

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he said, and international success, too. “Businesses have to find that niche, and to find appeal to not just domestic but international markets.” The byelection is set for April 19 in the Chilliwack-Hope riding. In addition to Throness, candidates are Gwen O’Mahony for the NDP, John Martin for the Conservatives, and Lewis Dahlby for the Libertarians.

Nominations for the office of one Councillor for the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, for a term commencing May 2012 to November 2014 will be received by the Chief Election officer at the Village office, 495 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs, BC between: 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, and 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory Holidays Information on the requirements and procedures for making a nomination can be picked up from the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer, Harrison Hot Springs Village Office, during regular office hours. If there are more candidates for an office than there are to be elected for the office, a by-election by voting will be held between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Qualifications for Office A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of Local Government or Board of Education if they meet the following criteria: • Canadian citizen; •18 years of age or older; • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

List of Registered Electors Elector Registration The Village of Harrison Hot Springs uses the Province of British Columbia Voters List as the List of Registered Electors. If your name is not on the current List, you may register at the Voting Place on By-Election Voting Day, May 12, 2012, or at the Advance Voting Opportunities May 2 and May 9, 2012. Registration in advance of the election is not required. Location of Voting Place and Advance Voting Opportunities will be published in the local newspaper, and on the Village’s website at www.harrisonhotsprings.ca. A copy of the List of Registered Electors is available for public inspection at the Village Office, 495 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, during regular office hours, from Wednesday, March 21, 2012 until the close of general voting on Saturday, May 12, 2012, if an election by voting is held. Before inspecting the List, you must sign a statement declaring that the List will only be inspected, or the information used, for election purposes. Electors may request that their personal information be omitted from, or obscured on the List to protect the privacy or security of the elector. If requested by an elector, the Chief Election Officer must amend the List that is available for public inspection, or provided to candidates.

Objection to registration of an elector An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may only be made in writing by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, and only on the basis that the person whose name appears has died, or is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. A written objection must be received by the Chief Election Officer before 4:00 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

Additional Information Additional information regarding nominations, or the List of Registered Electors, can be obtained from Janice Fulton, Chief Election Officer, 604-795-4789 or Bob Wilson, Deputy Chief Election Officer, 604-530-4048, between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays).

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Opinion Voters drive change

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Have you noticed a jump in your BC Hydro bill since having a Smart Meter installed?

There are some huge issues that matter to each and every one of us. Issues like health care, housing, education, energy, economy, the environment and infrastructure. And there is one person who is the "go-to" contact when something within that realm goes wrong. That one person is in charge of speaking up for you, whether you need someone to listen to your health woes, provide assistance to your struggling business or address a lack of proper public transit. And that person is your friendly, hard-working MLA — for which applications are currently being reviewed. The byelection on April 19 will solidify the role until the next general election in 2013. More than just a talking head, elected MLAs are expected to liaise with those in their community, and know the issues at hand. For example, ditches in Agassiz are overflowing? We should look for a representative willing to pull on a pair of rubber boots and have a close up look. Businesses up the Fraser Canyon are struggling? Then we should be looking for a representative willing to speak up for entrepreneurs, help boost tourism and support creative ideas. Keeping tabs on all points within this riding is a big job, previously filled by Barry Penner, and most recently being covered by neighbouring Chilliwack MLA John Les. While the riding's size is not as daunting as those seen in Northern B.C., it's still a large area. Regardless of party affiliation — because we know that can change in the blink of an eye — we need a determined leader willing to negotiate the best possible solutions on our behalf. It's a powerful role, being an MLA. But nothing is as powerful as the people who elect them, and nothing drives change as much as speaking to your elected officials about the issues that need dealing with. This riding historically has high voter turnout, and all the byelection candidates are paying equal attention to that loud, collective voice. For the next six weeks, you can bet they'll be putty in your hands. And that's an opportunity that shouldn't go to waste.

To answer, go to the Home page of our website: www.ahobserver.com

LAST WEEK WE ASKED:

Should the District of Kent reconsider their grant to the Agassiz Fall Fair? Here’s how you responded: Yes 78% No 22%

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Gentle John Cummins? Not really B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher In an interview with one of our Vancouver Island papers before Christmas, B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins made a bold prediction that he would have party status before the general election in May 2013. That’s four seats, and it wasn’t based on an unlikely sweep of the Chilliwack-Hope and Port MoodyCoquitlam byelections, now set for April 19. He hinted he was getting calls from MLAs looking to join up, after a November Angus Reid poll showed a sudden surge to 18 per cent for his resurgent brand. We now know that one of those callers was Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen. I asked Cummins on Friday if he is still confident about three more.

“Hopeful, let’s put it that way,” he replied. Van Dongen’s explosive departure was arranged, with Cummins’ help, for maximum damage to Premier Christy Clark. Van Dongen notified the B.C. Liberal caucus that he was quitting. Then, in a questionable use of legislature privileges, he launched a broadside on Clark’s integrity. He cited the $6-million legal payout in the B.C. Rail sale, a decision made before Clark’s time, and the recent collapse of a deal to sell naming rights to B.C. Place. He described the B.C. Liberals as “an organization headed for failure,” then announced he’s joined the B.C. Conservatives. Cummins then joined van Dongen at a hotel news conference across the street, as the former Gordon Campbell cabinet minister disclosed he has hired his own lawyer to dig through the roomful of paper from the B.C. Rail case

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once again. Auditor General John Doyle is already in court seeking access to details of the $6 million in lawyer bills, which the Attorney General’s ministry hasn’t provided because it doesn’t have them. These delicate

Van Dongen’s explosive departure was arranged, with Cummins’ help, for maximum damage to Premier Christy Clark matters were farmed out to yet more independent lawyers. Independent special prosecutor Bill Berardino also spent seven years and many more millions on the B.C. Rail case, including the

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role of Clark’s lobbyist brother, Bruce. He didn’t find the smoking gun now sought by van Dongen. This effort seems designed more for political revenge in an election year than to clarify the sorry legacy of the B.C. Rail sale that has already been examined through two provincial elections. Van Dongen was at the top of everyone’s list of disgruntled B.C. Liberals. During last year’s leadership contest, he muttered darkly about not only B.C. Rail, but also the integrity of fellow Abbotsford MLA Mike de Jong. Now Clark is van Dongen’s target, with Cummins standing beside him trying to look statesman-like. Of course, van Dongen drove himself out of cabinet long before Clark returned. Chronic speeding by a public safety minister is a tough sell. I asked Cummins about the reluctance of key cabinet ministers Kevin Falcon and George Abbott

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to confirm they are running again. His aw-shucks friendly-grandpa modesty precludes speculation, but he did allow it’s “maybe a comment on the state of affairs in the Liberal caucus.” Reporters started surveying government MLAs after Falcon and Abbott kept their options open for 2013. For the record, fellow ministers Terry Lake, Shirley Bond, Pat Bell, Mary Polak, Rich Coleman and Stephanie Cadieux all said they are firmly on Clark’s election team. Independentminded backbenchers Bill Bennett and Kevin Krueger also saluted the B.C. Liberal banner. Randy Hawes allowed that he’s 65, so if he leaves it will be for the golf course. As I was talking with Cummins, B.C. Conservative advisor Randy White was assuring the Abbotsford News that more defections are coming. Cummins has people for the dirty work. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Community

Morrow family farm and herd changes hands built by the garbage dump on McCallum Road. Work on clearing the land was progressing quickly.

• The lists of the Little League ball team members were printed in the local paper, generating much

interest in the community. The boys attracted many fans out on game nights to cheer them on. Fathers, mothers, siblings and friends arrived to coach the

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the games were taken very seriously. • The Agassiz Harrison Board of Trade changed its name to Agassiz Harrison Chamber of Commerce.

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Awards will recognize volunteers The Agassiz Harrison Lions Club and the Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer want to see who you would nominate for the "Making a Difference in our Community Awards." The nominee would be someone who volunteers selflessly in the community right where they are needed most, many times without even having to be asked. You'll tell us the volunteer's name and a short description of why you would choose them. The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of judges and recognized on Canada Day during the festivities. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Observer office (in Pioneer Park, Agassiz) or at the Agassiz Library. Once filled out, these can be brought back to the Observer or the library or you can email your nomination to ads@ahobserver. com. Please remember to include nominator's name and contact information.

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The votes have been tallied, and your voices have been heard. Thousands of ballots for the Observer’s People’s Choice Awards 2012 have poured in from our readers, telling us the best places to eat, to shop and to play. Votes came in through email, Facebook, Twitter and mail, over the last several weeks.

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You’ve told us the best place to go walking, who the best teachers, employees and employers are, and where to take your pet for grooming. We’ve heard you loud and clear when it comes to finding great local talent, or where to relax with a cold drink. With more than 80 categories to vote for, (including Chilliwack through Hope), The Observer’s People’s

Choice Awards 2012 is the definitive guide for what’s happening in the area. And while the people, places and businesses listed in this pull-out guide are to be congratulated for all their hard work, we also want to thank our readers. The contest success was based entirely on your participation, and for those outstanding efforts, we have drawn three names for prizes, Joyce Heinemann, Kiyo Matsuno and Bev Sergeant have all won tickets to see the Abbotsford Heat. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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community-based businesses. But it also shed a little light on what makes Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Chilliwack such great places to live.

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Oil Change/Automotive Shop

FOR THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

For Outstanding Prices, Quality & Service! œ˜œÕÀi`Ê̜ʅ>ÛiÊLii˜ÊV…œÃi˜

Our every effort is to be sure you have the best service & best experience when you come to see us.

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

The Major Family

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

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

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

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS Best Produce Store

& COQUIHALLA VETERINARY SERVICES

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WEEKLY SPECIALS SENIORS' DAY

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

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Ann Wallis

arts, entertainment, sports + leisure

Best Realtor Ann Wallis and her husband Darryl have been helping good people buy and sell homes in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs since 1989. After living in the Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs area for over 30 years and raising their family here, they know the community. It has definitely grown in those years and become more than just all about farming, although agriculture is still a major part of business in this neck of the woods.

the best ways to

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Sandpiper Golf Resort in Harrison Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ann was named Best Realtor and once speaking with her you’ll see why. Her quiet, kind manner sets you at ease and you understand she means what she says when she states the importance of trust in your realtor when you’re thinking

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

Thank You for Voting us

‘Best Place to Take Company’!

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

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

The Minter Gardens’ Team

Open Apr. 1 to Oct. 14, 2012

We’re eager to serve you!

We’re more than just air conditioning!

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

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Best Place to Go for Dinner!

The Fraser Valley Offers great fishing year round. Your trip of a lifetimes . . . departs daily!

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

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

the best

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

THE

RENOVATOR COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL

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

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

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

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

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

• Upper Fraser Valley Army Cadet Corps

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

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

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

• Kent-Harrison Emergency Social Services

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

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

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

• 1st Agassiz Scouts

organizations:

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

THANKS FOR NOMINATING US

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and the winners are ... the best

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$500 $800

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

Mike Gormley - Owner/Operator

604-798-3070 604-796-3070

Metal Roofs Vinyl Siding Concrete Additions Painting

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

Laminate Flooring

BEST CHIROPRACTIC OR ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE AWARD

Framing

Trusted in the community for over 13 years

Finishing

Fiberglass & Wood Decking

KELLY AT 604.819.1936

604-796-8496

1-7384 Pioneer Ave.

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

Best Service in Computer Care WINNER:

604-796-0820

Best Boss! 2012 People’s Choice Awards

Fast, reliable, friendly computer sales & service.

Can’t wait to go again Registered Massage Therapist • Custom Orthotics WCB & ICBC Claims Welcome • Onsite X-Rays • Nutrition & Wellness

6660 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz • 604.796.3559 • agassizchiro.com

Agassiz Computer Care Derek Morrison agassizcomputercare@gmail.com

RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 293 Wallace Street, Hope

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

604.860-0822

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

moonlite_electric@shaw.ca 2353 Ashton Rd., Agassiz


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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

the best

services AROUND

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

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

gotta craving?

all things food

all things shopping + services

and the winners are ... the best

the best

places TO DINE

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

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Dragon Fried Rice House

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

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Kitami Japanese Restaurant

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

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A TREAT

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Heritage Coffee House Dutchie’s (in Hope)

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

My thanks & appreciation to my clients for making me Best Realtor in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

“Yalh yexw kw ’es hoy

It’s only because of you that I am successful.

- Thank you for what you have done” Kitami

JAPANESE OWNED & OPERATED.

Winner of the

Japanese

Best Place to Go for Fine Dining

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

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

Ann Wallis

People’s Choice Awards 2012!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS AWARDS

Thank you!

Celebratin

10th ANNIVERSARY

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

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

604 796 2728

318 Hot Springs Rd.

#2-1824 No. 9 Hwy., Agassiz

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

Thrilled to be the BEST TIRE SHOP of the 2012 People's Choice Awards!

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

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

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

Celebrating 25 years of giving great service, honest advice & more! 604-79 604-796-2311 796 96-23 -2311 23 311 1 6968 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz oktire.com

Breakfast & lunch daily & dinner Fridays

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

Specializing in English Fish & Chips

Please visit us at www.sasquatchcrossing.ca

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

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

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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Len Davidiuk

a shopper’s paradise VISION/EYE CARE STORE . . . . . Image OUTDOOR OR HOBBY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Outdoors BOOKS/INFO VENUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Bookman

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

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

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

Thank you

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

JEWELER

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Island View Gifts

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

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Agassiz-Harrison Printers Ltd.

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

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

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

all things shopping + services

Len Davidiuk

Best Financial Services: Accountant or Bookkeeper

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

• Sheet Metal Installations • Gas Fitting • Fireplaces

9 0 0 G o l f C o u r s e R d. , H o p e

FINBA

Mon. - Fri., 9am - 5pm & Sat. 10am - 4pm

LEN DAVIDIUK TAX SERVICES

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

STOM WOO D

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604-869-5881

dream

IF YOU CAN

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

Best Financial Services/ Accountant/Bookkeeper!

Finback Custom Woodworks

“The Taxman Since 1978”

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

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

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

THANK YOU FOR AWARDING CHEAM VILLAGE

Best Seniors’ Care

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

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

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

driscollplumbingandheating@hotmail.ca

hopegolfclub.com

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

604.796.0770

CK

• Furnaces • Water Heaters • Boilers • Patio Heaters


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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Visitors strolling and shopping along Esplanade in Harrison Hot Springs.

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

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

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

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

the best

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

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

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

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Super Valu

Agassiz Produce Hofstede’s

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

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

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

Robert Reyerse

BESTDENTIST 2012 People’s Choice Awards! IN THE

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

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

TEETH WHITENING $100

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

Call

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

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

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

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

FOR AN

APPOINTMENT!

604.796.9339

270 Esplanade Ave.

RUTH GREENLY

Ask me how to earn/redeem RBC Rewards® points

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

BEST TOY OR HOBBY STORE!

®/™ Trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under license.

AUNT DEBBIE’S

WOOLAROO

ruth @cwtmission.com

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

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

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

CALL

604 796 0292

1.866.824.7790 FOR YOUR ORDER TO BE SHIPPED TO YOU

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

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Agassiz-Harrison Chamber of Commerce President

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

sources FOR FOODIES

all things food

business in the area

In these tough economic times, connecting with customers is crucial

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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

all things home

Kelly Lacroix

the best

places

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

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

FURNITURE STORE

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

CABINETRY/COUNTERTOP COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finback Custom Woodworking YARD & GARDEN SUPPLY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Argyle’s Garden Market CONTRACTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feenstra Backhoe RENOVATOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Renovator ELECTRICIAN

Holly Tree

OPEN EVERY DAY 11 AM - 1 AM

604.796.2596 6

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

Taking care of all your Spring Cleaning needs... • carpets • tile/grout • upholstery • power washing & more! Call Russ for your FREE estimate!

Dutchie’s BAKERY

DUTCHIE’S & THEIR

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

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

BEST PLACE TO GO FOR A TREAT

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Thanks for the votes!

160 Lillooet Ave. Harrison Hot Springs

harrisonhairstyling.com

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YOUR

PETS TOO

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

604-796-3636

you

Thank FOR VOTING US

Thank you for voting us

BEST

BEST PET GROOMER

in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

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

SOFT T TOUCH PAWS

DOG GROOMING G G Professional Groomer Drop in nail trim

All breeds welcome

Relaxing, friendly service

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

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

Winner

Thank you for awarding us

Best Cleaning Services

Driscoll Plumbing & Heating

CHOICE AWARDS

HOTSPRINGS

LIQUOR STORE

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

| 2406 Hot Springs Rd., Agassiz

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

WWW.AGASSIZHOLLYTREE.COM R COM REE

Moonlite Electric Ltd.

Best Facial/Spa Treatment

Where You Always Leave Full!

Florist & G ifts

in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

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for voting us Best Place to Go for Pub Food!

Over a decade of impeccable service & beautiful flowers

Silverleaf

HARDWARE STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Builder’s Market

Cheers

FLOWER SHOP

7220 PIONEER AVE., AGASSIZ

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HEATING/COOLING/GAS COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chillair

PLUMBER

Kelly Lacroix

VOTED BEST

TO FIX-IT

built it. fix it.

Best Renovator

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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

all things home

Kelly Lacroix

the best

places

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

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

FURNITURE STORE

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

CABINETRY/COUNTERTOP COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finback Custom Woodworking YARD & GARDEN SUPPLY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Argyle’s Garden Market CONTRACTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feenstra Backhoe RENOVATOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Renovator ELECTRICIAN

Holly Tree

OPEN EVERY DAY 11 AM - 1 AM

604.796.2596 6

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

Taking care of all your Spring Cleaning needs... • carpets • tile/grout • upholstery • power washing & more! Call Russ for your FREE estimate!

Dutchie’s BAKERY

DUTCHIE’S & THEIR

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

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

BEST PLACE TO GO FOR A TREAT

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Thanks for the votes!

160 Lillooet Ave. Harrison Hot Springs

harrisonhairstyling.com

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YOUR

PETS TOO

yyo

Thank Th Thank haa k 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

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

604-796-3636

you

Thank FOR VOTING US

Thank you for voting us

BEST

BEST PET GROOMER

in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

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

SOFT T TOUCH PAWS

DOG GROOMING G G Professional Groomer Drop in nail trim

All breeds welcome

Relaxing, friendly service

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

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

Winner

Thank you for awarding us

Best Cleaning Services

Driscoll Plumbing & Heating

CHOICE AWARDS

HOTSPRINGS

LIQUOR STORE

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

| 2406 Hot Springs Rd., Agassiz

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

WWW.AGASSIZHOLLYTREE.COM R COM REE

Moonlite Electric Ltd.

Best Facial/Spa Treatment

Where You Always Leave Full!

Florist & G ifts

in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

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for voting us Best Place to Go for Pub Food!

Over a decade of impeccable service & beautiful flowers

Silverleaf

HARDWARE STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Builder’s Market

Cheers

FLOWER SHOP

7220 PIONEER AVE., AGASSIZ

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HEATING/COOLING/GAS COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chillair

PLUMBER

Kelly Lacroix

VOTED BEST

TO FIX-IT

built it. fix it.

Best Renovator

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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Visitors strolling and shopping along Esplanade in Harrison Hot Springs.

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

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

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

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

the best

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

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

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

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Super Valu

Agassiz Produce Hofstede’s

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

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

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

Robert Reyerse

BESTDENTIST 2012 People’s Choice Awards! IN THE

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

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

TEETH WHITENING $100

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

Call

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

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

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

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

FOR AN

APPOINTMENT!

604.796.9339

270 Esplanade Ave.

RUTH GREENLY

Ask me how to earn/redeem RBC Rewards® points

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

BEST TOY OR HOBBY STORE!

®/™ Trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under license.

AUNT DEBBIE’S

WOOLAROO

ruth @cwtmission.com

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

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

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

CALL

604 796 0292

1.866.824.7790 FOR YOUR ORDER TO BE SHIPPED TO YOU

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

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Agassiz-Harrison Chamber of Commerce President

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

sources FOR FOODIES

all things food

business in the area

In these tough economic times, connecting with customers is crucial

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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Len Davidiuk

a shopper’s paradise VISION/EYE CARE STORE . . . . . Image OUTDOOR OR HOBBY STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent Outdoors BOOKS/INFO VENUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Bookman

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

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

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

Thank you

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

JEWELER

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Island View Gifts

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

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Agassiz-Harrison Printers Ltd.

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

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

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

all things shopping + services

Len Davidiuk

Best Financial Services: Accountant or Bookkeeper

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

• Sheet Metal Installations • Gas Fitting • Fireplaces

9 0 0 G o l f C o u r s e R d. , H o p e

FINBA

Mon. - Fri., 9am - 5pm & Sat. 10am - 4pm

LEN DAVIDIUK TAX SERVICES

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

STOM WOO D

CU

604-869-5881

dream

IF YOU CAN

IT...WE CAN BUILD IT.

Thank T Th ank k you y fo for or ho h honouring ono our urin in ing ng us w wi with ith it Peo oplle’ e’s ’s Choice Choi Ch oice ce e Award Award d ffor orr the 2012 People’s

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

Best Financial Services/ Accountant/Bookkeeper!

Finback Custom Woodworks

“The Taxman Since 1978”

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

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

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

THANK YOU FOR AWARDING CHEAM VILLAGE

Best Seniors’ Care

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

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

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

driscollplumbingandheating@hotmail.ca

hopegolfclub.com

KS OR W

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

604.796.0770

CK

• Furnaces • Water Heaters • Boilers • Patio Heaters


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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

the best

services AROUND

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

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

gotta craving?

all things food

all things shopping + services

and the winners are ... the best

the best

places TO DINE

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

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Dragon Fried Rice House

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

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Kitami Japanese Restaurant

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

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A TREAT

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Heritage Coffee House Dutchie’s (in Hope)

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

My thanks & appreciation to my clients for making me Best Realtor in the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!

“Yalh yexw kw ’es hoy

It’s only because of you that I am successful.

- Thank you for what you have done” Kitami

JAPANESE OWNED & OPERATED.

Winner of the

Japanese

Best Place to Go for Fine Dining

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

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

Ann Wallis

People’s Choice Awards 2012!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS AWARDS

Thank you!

Celebratin

10th ANNIVERSARY

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

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

604 796 2728

318 Hot Springs Rd.

#2-1824 No. 9 Hwy., Agassiz

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

Thrilled to be the BEST TIRE SHOP of the 2012 People's Choice Awards!

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

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

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

Celebrating 25 years of giving great service, honest advice & more! 604-79 604-796-2311 796 96-23 -2311 23 311 1 6968 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz oktire.com

Breakfast & lunch daily & dinner Fridays

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

Specializing in English Fish & Chips

Please visit us at www.sasquatchcrossing.ca

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

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

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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

the best

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

THE

RENOVATOR COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL

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

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

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

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

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

• Upper Fraser Valley Army Cadet Corps

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

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

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

• Kent-Harrison Emergency Social Services

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

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

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

• 1st Agassiz Scouts

organizations:

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

THANKS FOR NOMINATING US

Accepting New Patients

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

BEST ELECTRICIAN FOR THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

AN INVESTMENT IN QUALITY

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

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invest in the future

all things around town

and the winners are ... the best

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$500 $800

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

Mike Gormley - Owner/Operator

604-798-3070 604-796-3070

Metal Roofs Vinyl Siding Concrete Additions Painting

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

Laminate Flooring

BEST CHIROPRACTIC OR ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE AWARD

Framing

Trusted in the community for over 13 years

Finishing

Fiberglass & Wood Decking

KELLY AT 604.819.1936

604-796-8496

1-7384 Pioneer Ave.

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

Best Service in Computer Care WINNER:

604-796-0820

Best Boss! 2012 People’s Choice Awards

Fast, reliable, friendly computer sales & service.

Can’t wait to go again Registered Massage Therapist • Custom Orthotics WCB & ICBC Claims Welcome • Onsite X-Rays • Nutrition & Wellness

6660 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz • 604.796.3559 • agassizchiro.com

Agassiz Computer Care Derek Morrison agassizcomputercare@gmail.com

RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 293 Wallace Street, Hope

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

604.860-0822

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

moonlite_electric@shaw.ca 2353 Ashton Rd., Agassiz


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Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, April 6, 2012

Ann Wallis

arts, entertainment, sports + leisure

Best Realtor Ann Wallis and her husband Darryl have been helping good people buy and sell homes in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs since 1989. After living in the Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs area for over 30 years and raising their family here, they know the community. It has definitely grown in those years and become more than just all about farming, although agriculture is still a major part of business in this neck of the woods.

the best ways to

entertain YOURSELF

Sandpiper Golf Resort in Harrison Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ann was named Best Realtor and once speaking with her you’ll see why. Her quiet, kind manner sets you at ease and you understand she means what she says when she states the importance of trust in your realtor when you’re thinking

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

Thank You for Voting us

‘Best Place to Take Company’!

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

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

The Minter Gardens’ Team

Open Apr. 1 to Oct. 14, 2012

We’re eager to serve you!

We’re more than just air conditioning!

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

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

Best Place to Go for Dinner!

The Fraser Valley Offers great fishing year round. Your trip of a lifetimes . . . departs daily!

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

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

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

2 for 1

IN THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS!

entry to Minter Gardens April 1 to 30, 2012.

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

7056 7 056 Ch C Cheam heam A Avenue, venue, A Agassiz gassiz Exit #135 off Highway 1 P: 604.794.7191 • www.mintergardens.com

1 877 796 3345 / bcsportfishinggroup.com

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

604-796-9565 6 04-796-9565

Visit us in our showroom. 44125 Yale Road, Chilliwack

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

604-792-6783

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

Thank you

Sturgeon / Salmon / Steelhead / Trout


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Oil Change/Automotive Shop

FOR THE 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

For Outstanding Prices, Quality & Service! œ˜œÕÀi`Ê̜ʅ>ÛiÊLii˜ÊV…œÃi˜

Our every effort is to be sure you have the best service & best experience when you come to see us.

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

The Major Family

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

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

Early Spring Colour! i>̅iÀÊUÊ*>˜ÃˆiÃÊUÊ6ˆœ>ÃÊUÊ*Àˆ“Տ> iiLœÀÕÃÊEʓœÀi

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

KENT VETERINARY CLINIC

2012

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS Best Produce Store

& COQUIHALLA VETERINARY SERVICES

... keeping your pets healthy!

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

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Dr. Laura Madsen & Staff

WEEKLY SPECIALS SENIORS' DAY

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

(at Highway 9)

604-794-9884

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR NOMINATION

Wednesdays seniors get 10% off regular priced produce & grocery items

Locally owned & operated

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

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

AGASSIZ PRODUCE 7266 Pioneer Ave.

604-796-8444

OPEN MON THRU SAT 9AM TO 6PM

604-796-2611 1756 No 9 Hwy, Agassiz

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

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arts, entertainment, sports + leisure

people’s choice

Y L G E ’ R GARDEN S A MARKET

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

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The votes have been tallied, and your voices have been heard. Thousands of ballots for the Observer’s People’s Choice Awards 2012 have poured in from our readers, telling us the best places to eat, to shop and to play. Votes came in through email, Facebook, Twitter and mail, over the last several weeks.

Wolfe’s Chilliwack Mazda 604 DL 30575

45018 YALE ROAD WEST, NEXT TO THE EVANS ROAD OVERPASS

see us at: WWW.WOLFESAUTO.COM

795.3700

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

And the results show that there is overwhelming supp support by re residents for our

You’ve told us the best place to go walking, who the best teachers, employees and employers are, and where to take your pet for grooming. We’ve heard you loud and clear when it comes to finding great local talent, or where to relax with a cold drink. With more than 80 categories to vote for, (including Chilliwack through Hope), The Observer’s People’s

Choice Awards 2012 is the definitive guide for what’s happening in the area. And while the people, places and businesses listed in this pull-out guide are to be congratulated for all their hard work, we also want to thank our readers. The contest success was based entirely on your participation, and for those outstanding efforts, we have drawn three names for prizes, Joyce Heinemann, Kiyo Matsuno and Bev Sergeant have all won tickets to see the Abbotsford Heat. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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Using a finance price of $24,790 for 2011 CX-5 GX (NVXK63AA00)/$26,390 for 2011 Mazda6 GS (G4SY61AA00) $23,690 for 2012 Mazda5 GS (E6SD62AA00) at a rate of 3.99%APR, the cost of borrowing for a 84 month term is $3,578/bi-weekly payment is $156 total finance obligation is $28,368. Finance price includes freight & PDI. Taxes are extra and required at the time of purchase. Other terms available and vary by model. **Lease offers available on approved credit on new 2013 CX-5 GX (NVXK63AA00). At 2.99%/3.99% lease APR the monthly payment is $159/$335 per month for 48 months with $2,295/$0 down payment. PPSA and first monthly payment due at lease inception. Total lease obligation equals $9,948/$16,060. 20,000 km lease allowance per year, if exceeded, additional 8¢ /km applies. 25,000 km leases available. Block heater, taxes extra and required at the time of purchase. Other lease terms available and vary by model. *The advertised price of $24,890 for 2013 CX-5 GX includes freight & PDI, plus a cash discount of $0.The selling price adjustment applies to the purchase and is deducted from the negotiated pre-tax price and cannot be combined with subsidized purchase financing or leasing rates. All prices include freight & PDI of $1,695 CX-5. PPSA, licence, insurance, taxes, down payment and other dealer charges are extra and may be required at the time of purchase. Dealer may sell/lease for less. Dealer trade may be necessary on certain vehicles. Lease and Finance on approved credit for qualified customers only. Offers valid until April 2nd 2012 while supplies last. Prices subject to change without notice. Visit mazda.ca or see your dealer for complete details. +All-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 featuring SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY offers better highway fuel economy than any hybrid sold in Canada. 5.7 L/100 km (50 MPG) Highway/7.8 L/100 km (36 MPG) City – Based on ENERGUIDE Fuel Consumption Rating for the 2013 Mazda CX-5 with 6-speed manual transmission. 4.9 L/100km (58 MPG) Highway/7.1 L/100 km (40 MPG) City. These estimates are based on Government of Canada approved criteria and testing methods. Actual fuel consumption may vary. MPG is listed in Imperial gallons. Based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Based on 2012 fuel consumption ratings published by Natural Resources Canada.

community-based businesses. But it also shed a little light on what makes Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Chilliwack such great places to live.

2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS PRESENTED BY:

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Ethan, 5 Cooper, 5 Kaleb, 5 Thomas, 9 Lily, 5 Anna, 11 Kayla, 11 & Bowen, 6 Oliver, 6 Kayla S., 10 Evan, 9 Austyn-Rae M., 10

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ON NOW AT YOUR BC BUICK GMC DEALERS. bcgmcdealers.ca 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */ †/**Offers apply to the purchase of a 2012 Terrain FWD (R7A). Freight included ($1,495). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer available to retail customers in Canada. See Dealer for details. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Buick GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, Ally Credit or TD Financing Services may modify, end or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See GMC dealer for details. †0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Credit for 72 months on new or demonstrator 2012 Terrain FWD. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $138.29 for 72months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000.00. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. **Credit valid towards the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2011 or 2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC, Buick or Cadillac vehicle, excluding Chevrolet Volt, delivered between January 6th 2012 and April 2nd 2012. Customers must present this authorization letter at the time of purchase or lease. All products are subject to availability. See Dealer for eligibility. Only one $1,000 Bonus may be redeemed per purchase/lease vehicle. This offer may not be redeemed for cash. The credit amount is inclusive of any applicable taxes. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and will contact GM to verify eligibility. The $1,000 Bonus is not compatible with the Employee New Vehicle Purchase Program or the Supplier Program New Vehicle Purchase Program. Void where prohibited by law. $1,000 offer is stackable with Cardholder’s current GM Card Earnings, subject to Vehicle Redemption Allowances. For complete GM Card Program Rules, including current Redemption Allowances, transferability of Earnings, and other applicable restrictions for all eligible GM vehicles, see your GM Dealer, call the GM Card Redemption Centre at 1-888-446-6232 or visit TheGMCard.ca. Subject to applicable law, GMCL may modify or terminate the Program in whole or in part with or without notice to you. Subject to Vehicle Redemption Allowances. Primary GM Cardholders may transfer the $1,000 Bonus to the following eligible Immediate Family members, who reside at the Primary Cardholder’s residence: parents, partner, spouse, brother, sister, child, grandchild and grandparents including parents of spouse or partner. Proof of relationship and residency must be provided upon request. The $1,000 Bonus is not transferable to Immediate Family residing outside of the Primary Cardholders residence. WBased on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. ,The Best Buy Seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. Δ2012 GMC Terrain FWD, equipped with standard 2.4L ECOTECÂŽ I-4 engine. Fuel consumption ratings based on Natural Resources Canada’s 2012 Fuel Consumption Guide. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Competitive segment based on WardsAuto.com’s 2012 Middle Cross Utility Vehicles Segment, excludes other GM models. VFor more information visit iihs.org/ratings ÂĽComparison based on 2012 Wards segmentation: Middle/Cross Utility Vehicle and latest competitive data available, and based on the maximum legroom available. Excludes other GM brands. ∞OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery) wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Subscription Service Agreement required. Call 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or visit onstar.ca for OnStar’s Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and details and system limitations. Additional information can be found in the OnStar Owner’s Guide.

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You Can Make a Difference

Looking for work? We can help.

HUNTINGTON DISEASE

Get the training and support you need to find and keep a job in B.C. Job search resources • Personal employment planning • Workshops and training • Specialized services

1-800 - 998 -7398 www.hsc- ca.org

SPRING CLEANUP

2012 YARD WASTE EVENT MUNICIPAL GRAVEL PIT CEMETERY ROAD

Hosted by the Agassiz Community Gardens Society SATURDAY, APRIL 14th, 2012 9:00 am to 4:00 pm THE FOLLOWING YARD WASTE MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT NO CHARGE • tree branches or limbs up to 5â€? (125mm) diameter • prunings • leaves • soil • discarded shrubs • sand or ďŹ ne gravel • grass sods & clippings NOTE: Residents will be required to separate wood waste, branches and prunings from soil or similar materials to process through a chipper. ALL OTHER MATERIALS ARE PROHIBITED Including tree stumps and branches greater than 5â€? (125mm) diameter, domestic refuse, animal waste and household hazardous wastes.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES CENTRES Locations across B.C. Visit one near you. WorkBCCentres.ca 1.800.663.7867 TDD: 1.800.661.8773

For further information contact the Municipal Hall 604-796-2235 • www.district.kent.bc.ca The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

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THANK YOU The District of Kent and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs would like to express their gratitude to the JOINT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM (JEPP) for their generous funding. JEPP projects are cost shared between the local governments, provincial and federal governments. With the funding received, the communities purchased additional equipment to facilitate Light Urban Search and Rescue services. We deeply appreciate the continuing support by the Government of Canada.

Meet the Pros M a rc h 2 0 1 2

YO U R S O U R C E F O R QU A L I T Y LO CA L P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Now booking for 2012 strata/ commercial work

Groundworks Landscaping / Lawncare

Spring Aerating/Power Raking/Lime & Fertilizing lawncare & yard maintenance

PUBLIC NOTICE:

weeding/yard clean up pressure washing

2012 Parcel Tax Rolls

hedge & tree pruning bobcat service

Pursuant to the Community Charter, the District of Kent gives notification that the assessment rolls listing the names and addresses for all properties subject to 2012 parcel taxes for the following service areas will be certified on April 16, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in the Centennial Centre at the Municipal Hall, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC:

landscape design paver stones/retaining walls

604-819-8786

• Mount Woodside Sewer and Water Systems • Rockwell Bay Estates Water System The rolls may be inspected at the Reception Counter of Municipal Hall, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC during its regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, commencing March 30, 2012.

KENT PLUMBING & HEATING LTD.

Property owners must request in writing to the District at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the time appointed for the sitting of the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel if they wish to request an amendment to the roll with respect to their property for any of the following reasons: 1. There is an error or omission respecting a name or address; 2. There is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; or 3. An exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

PAWS DOG GROOMING

For all your Service, Repair & Installation Needs “One call does it all”

24 HOUR LICENSED SERVICE

Any questions concerning the above or in relation to the complaints process should be directed to the undersigned at 604-796-2235.

PLUMBING SERVICES

• Furnaces Licensed Bonded • Water Heaters Insured • Boilers • Patio Heaters • Sheet Metal Installations • Gas Fitting • Fireplaces

Professional Groomer Drop in nail trim All breeds welcome Relaxing, friendly service

604-796-2705

If no amendment requests are received then the 2012 parcel tax rolls are deemed to be authenticated by the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel and the meeting will be adjourned.

Call Marilyn @ 604.796.0960 3770 Wildwood Dr. Agassiz

604.796.0770

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Glen Savard Director of Financial Services

SOFT TOUCH

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Lawn Care

Stratas & Commercial •Gutter Cleaning •Hedge Trimming •Aerating •Thatching •Weeding •Lawn & Yard Maintenance

Phone James 604-796-2809

CLEANING & ORGANIZATION

❧ the ease of organized: clutter busting! green cleaning products closet solutions regular cleaning pantry set ups spring/seasonal cleaning office/garage organization gift certificates up/down scale move move in/out

R.C.E. APPLIANCE A REPAIR

❧ the comfort of clean:

debra cornish 604.796.0406

Community Education Day

service@castlecando.com www.castlecando.com

604-796-2834 6 Service to all makes of washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers & refrigerators

FINBACK CUSTOM WOODWORKS

Grief & Loss in the Workplace & Children and Grief The Chilliwack Hospice Society is pleased to host this one day workshop about children & grief and loss in the workplace. Keynote Speaker: Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Nancy Reeves www.nancyreeves.com

April 19, 2012

604.796.1196 | 604.857.3375 (cell)

9:00 - 3:00 pm Chilliwack Arts Centre 45899 Henderson Avenue

New Cabinetry, and Cabinet Refacing Counter Tops

If you are a professional, friend, family, co-worker, parent or student this is a workshop for you

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM

6390 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz

CARPENTRY SERVICES

Lunch and refreshments are provided. Come with an open heart ready to learn and connect. $90 Pre-registration is required by April 12, 2012. Limited Space Available

FRASER CANYON GLASS LTD.

For more information and to fill out a registration form visit: www.chilliwackhospice.org/education or phone 604-795-4660

“ . . . we support individuals and families during the dying and grieving process”

Windshield replacements Rock chip repairs All private insurance co. Certified Automotive Glass Technician 35 yrs exp. Full Service Glass Shop

Share a little magic with a young person. Volunteer to be a mentor today. www.sharealittlemagic.ca

DOMESTIC & IMPORTS

531 CORBETT ST. HOPE, BC. 604-869-9514

Hope Auto Body Ltd.

• Complete collision & glass services • Courtesy Vehicles • Express repair facility - all insurance company estimates written here

966 6th Avenue, 604 •869 •5244 www.hopeautobody.ca


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Swap meet benefits Children’s Hospital The second annual Hope for Kids Swap Meet runs this Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hope Eagles Hall (386 Fort Street). Pose for pics with the Easter Bunny at 11 a.m., with your own camera or pay for a photo. Girl Guides will be face painting, and a concession including hot dogs, chips,

pop, coffee and tea will be available. Admission is 50 cents for adults, with no fee for children. There will be a raffle for great prizes donated by local businesses. Door admissions, table rental fees and photo sales will be donated to Children's Hospital via the Hope Eagles 2690. FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS 7

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HOST AN EVENT for BC Annual Arts and Culture Week! April 22-28, arts councils & schools across BC are hosting inspiring arts events. www.bcartsweek.org.

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AN INSPIRING DAY OF LEADERSHIP

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COMING EVENTS

TICKETS: $75- (includes HST, lunch & 2 coffee breaks) TICKETS:

TRAVEL 61

ADVENTURES

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair. April 14&15,10-5pm. Kerrisdale Arena 5670 East Blvd, Vanc. Adm $7.

Salmon, Halibut, Rock Fish Packages avail. Early Bird Specials. 1-877-282-FISH (3474)

Call 604.860.0930 or purchase online. so act quickly. Seating is limited, Tickets available until Apr 17, while quantities last.

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION

AdvantageHOPE is proud to bring LEADERCAST to Hope live via satellite.

108 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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EARN EXTRA CASH! - P/T, F/T Immediate Openings For Men & Women. Easy Computer Work, Others Positions Are Available. Can Be Done From Home. No Experience Needed. www.HWC-BC.com

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to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or hunt@blackpress.ca HOME BASED BUSINESSWe need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com HOME BASED BUSINESS We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com LIKE DECORATING, cooking or entertaining? Need extra money? Become a Consultant and turn your passion into extra earnings! Canadian company expanding in this area! Visit www.everydaystyle.com for free information.

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DRIVER WITH CLASS 1 + AIR WANTED To conduct deliveries for international lubricants co. in Vancouver area, Seattle-Tacoma, Prince George, Okanagan & Edmonton. Pay $20/hour, mileage, bonus, proďŹ t-sharing & full beneďŹ ts. Apply with resume by emailing custservpaciďŹ c@fuchs.com or faxing to 604-888-1145

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS

provide an environment where your team can thrive and learn from the world’s best, LEADERCAST is for you!

DATE: DATE: Friday, May 4, 2012 TIME: TIME: 7am Registration, 8am-3:30pm Event LOCATION: LOCATION: Grace Baptist Church

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Adventure + Agriculture = AGRIVENTURE! Live & work on European, United Kingdom, Australian, New Zealand or Japanese agricultural/horticultural operations. 18-30 year olds may depart in spring, summer or fall for 4-12 months or more. www.agriventure.com 1-888598-4415.

AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 1(877)818-0783.

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

APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information: www.bccommunitynews.com

DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

CLASS 1 DRIVERS WANTED! Sign bonus $2000 for Owner/op ph: 604-598-3498/fax: 604-598-3497

DRIVERS WANTED: Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Experience Needed!! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 wks. vacation & beneďŹ ts pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License with air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at www.sperryrail.com under careers, keyword Driver DO NOT FILL IN CITY or STATE

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INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. Sites in AB & BC. Hands on real world machine training. NO Simulators. Start any Monday. Funding Options. www.IHESchool.com 1-866-399-3853

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OBITUARIES

Those we love don’t go away, They stand beside us every day, Unseen, unheard but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

In Loving Memory of

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A Celebration

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Barry Wayne Simmons will be held

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012

Miss you!

1:00pm at Friendship House

Ann, Dwight, Deanna, Chris, Ian and Abby

7272 Morrow Road, Agassiz, BC


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EDUCATION

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HELP WANTED

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 160

TRADES, TECHNICAL

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 163

VOLUNTEERS

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 260

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

ELECTRICAL

300

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

LANDSCAPING

359 SAND, GRAVEL & TOPSOIL

knoke trucking

CITY OF YELLOWKNIFE. Lifeguard/Instructor. We are seeking an experienced individual to be a Lifeguard/Instructor. Refer to: www.yellowknife.ca for the required qualifications. Submit resumes by April 13, 2012, quoting competition 602106U to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, YK, NT, X1A 2N4. Fax to: (867) 669-3471. Email: hr@yellowknife.ca

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DELIVERY DRIVER. Chilliwack area car dealership is looking for a part time delivery driver. Applicants must possess a valid BC drivers license with a clean driving record as well as good organizational and customer service skills. Applicants must be able to lift and carry heavy items. Email resume to: partsjob@hotmail.com

HELP WANTED

$100-$400 CASH DAILY for Landscaping Work! Competitive, Energetic, Honesty a MUST!

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PropertyStarsJobs.Com

Appointment Co-ordinator

Chilliwack area auto dealership is accepting resumes for the position of Appointment Coordinator. Responsibilities will include scheduling customer appointments, shop work load, and accepting customer payments. The ideal candidate will have some sales and customer service experience, excellent computer skills, a good telephone manner and be able to interact with customers. Some automotive would be beneficial.

START NOW!!! 12 F/T CSR reps needed Up to $20/hr, weekly pay

Must be outgoing Call Erica

knowledge

Multi-tasking & professionalism are essential attributes. Please email resumes to servicejob2012@hotmail.com

Camperland RV Resort has a well equipped Country Kitchen and hall facility for lease and are looking for a qualified operator. • to operate weekends starting the May long weekend and • to operate a minimum of 4 days/week June Labor Day. Food safe and experience is required. Equipment includes fryers, flat top grill, pizza ovens, convection oven, walk in cooler, mixer etc. A full service RV site may be provided for the successful applicant. Please forward a detailed resume/references to mike@htr.ca

604.777.2195

Classifieds can help you reconnect www.bcclassified.com 142 OFFICE SUPPORT/CLERKS WE are seeking an Administrative /Accounting Assistant. Must be very organized, professional, friendly, polished and detail-oriented. Send applications to: grsstt@msn.com

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TRADES, TECHNICAL COMMERCIAL ROOF FOREMAN

$28.00 - $38.00 per hour based on experience. Commercial roofing co. hiring lead roofers with extensive exp. in commercial roofing, including: two - ply torch, single ply, sloped and metal.

Offering Great Benefits Including: Company Vehicle, Paid Travel, Support Crews, Top Wages, Health/Dental, Pension & Company Uniforms. Must have proven ability to install using RCABC roofing practices and follow WCB regulations. Fax resume: 604-944-2916, Call Adam: 604-944-2977 or e-mail aknipfel@designroofing.ca Visit: www.designroofing.ca CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete finishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; john@raidersconcrete.com. Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780-444-7103.

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109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Structural Steel/Precast Erectors in Kitimat, BC, Canada. Red Seal preferred. Erectors must be capable of erecting, installing of temporary braces, splice plates and welding required for the erection of precast panels. Must have the ability to read shop drawing and provide basic layout of precast. Must have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material. Provide proper crane signals to fly material in place. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades

for the Kitimat Modernization Project. Approximate Journeyman Structural Steel Rate $36.27 This work will start 6/15/12. Please respond to this ad by 4/20/12. Please respond via email by placing Structural Steel Erector in the subject line to: patton@bakerconcrete.com DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Cement Mason/Finishers in Kitimat, BC, Canada. Red Seal preferred. Finishers must possess competency in finishing high tolerance floors. Knowledge & experience in using all finishing hand tools, walk behind, and riding trowels. Must have experience in floor hardeners, shake and the ability to establish grade. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

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VOLUNTEER AT THE SCOTIABANK CANADIAN OPEN FASTPITCH!

DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Rodbusters in Kitimat, BC, Canada. Red Seal preferred. Rodbusters must be competent in rigging, shaking out & installing (tying) all types of reinforcement used in concrete. Must have basic knowledge of reading and understanding cut sheets and drawings for the reinforcing. Must be capable of signaling and rigging loads for cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and the Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project. Approximate Journeyman Rodbuster $36.27 This work will start 5/1/12. Please respond to this ad by 4/20/12 Please respond via email by placing Rodbuster in the subject line to patton@bakerconcrete.com

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109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Hospice Coordinator

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The Fraser Canyon Hospice Society in Hope, BC has an opening for a Hospice Coordinator for their volunteer based program. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Coordinator will be responsible for the administration of the Hospice program according to set goals and services. Services include volunteer development and training, patient/ client care, bereavement programs and all other programs offered by the Society. The ideal candidate will be a team player with a combination of post-secondary education and experience in a health care setting. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience/education in end of life care. Computer proficiency and facilitating workshops will be required; a reliable vehicle for travel is necessary plus valid BC driver’s license; Criminal Record Check is required for this position. Work week is 35 hours; hourly wage is negotiable according to qualifications; start date is May 7, 2012. Complete job description available by e-mail request to hospice5@telus.net No phone calls please. Closing date for applications is April 23, 2012 Please send applications and resumes to above e-mail address and indicate in Subject line Resume or mail to: Personnel Committee, Attn: Pat Besse Fraser Canyon Hospice Society 1275 - 7th Avenue, Hope, BC V0X 1L4 Those applicants who are not contacted by April 26, 2012 are thanked for their interest.

PETS

Dan Knoke Trucking

Organic Mushroom Manure

Work Wanted

in the Agassiz Harrison area

(604)794-3388

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1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555.

329 PAINTING & DECORATING AAA PRECISION PAINTING. Quality work. 778-881-6096.

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

Call Ron (604)491-4417. References available.

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PETS

BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies. 2 females remaining Vet checked with first shots and ready for new homes. $950. 778-241-5504. Langley

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

283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627

Cocker spaniel pups – purebred, no papers 1st shots, dewormed, ready to go now. $600. Call 604-888-0832 Jack Russell pups, cute, short, stocky, smooth coat, tail doc, deworm, 1st shot. $550. 604-798-9233

LAB PUPPIES, chocolate & black healthy, family raised. Parents on site. $625. Vet ✔, 1st shots 604755-1364 shakhana@hotmail.com

“ ABOVE THE REST “ Int. & Ext., Unbeatable Prices, Professional Crew. Free Est. Written Guarantee. No Hassle, Quick Work, Insured, WCB. Call (778)997-9582

LAB/RETRIEVER born January 23 family raised. Dewormed. $400. 604-491-5262. No Sun. calls please

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539

HERBAL MAGIC - With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds in just 8 weeks and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today call 1-800854-5176.

DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free consultation. www.mydebtsolution.com or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500

Friendly in home care. Great alternative to kenneling your pet!

CANE CORSO MASTIFF, shots, dewormed, tails cropped, vet ✓ $1,000. Call 604-826-7634.

HEALTH PRODUCTS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

MOVING & STORAGE

#1 As in movers we trust. Reliable Honest Movers. Same day moves & deliveries. Starting, $45hr + gas. (604)997-0332 / (604)745-7918

PERSONAL SERVICES

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PET SERVICES

PET SITTER AVAILABLE

Fresh, $30 or Aged, $40 pick up load - picked up in yard

Helping Hands with Gardening, House Chores, Moving, Auto Repairs. 604-796-0877

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FEED & HAY

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*Spring Special*

Call our office or visit our website for more info. 604-536-9287 or www.canadianopen fastpitch.com or Attend our next Volunteer meeting for more details. Tuesday, May 1 7:00 pm at the Sandman Signature Hotel, 8828 201 Street, Langley

WORK WANTED

456

150 Acres Alfalfa mix hay to be cut & kept by farmer with equip, Summer 2012, price neg, 604-888-3357

• FREE ADMISSION to all playing venues • 1 complimentary item of event apparel • 1 complimentary meal per volunteer shift worked!

British Columbia Building Trades

for the Kitimat Modernization Project. Approximate Journeyman Cement Mason $31.82 This work will start 6/1/12. Please respond to this ad by 4/20/12. Please respond via email by placing Cement Mason/Finisher in the subject line to patton@bakerconcrete.com

GARDENING

Always! Pwr. raking, grass cutting, fertilizing, hedging, pruning, Rubbish rem. Free Est. 604-230-0627

Be part of our exciting, worldclass softball tournament, which takes place from June 30 - July 9 in Surrey, BC. We are looking for volunteers in areas such as: scorekeeping, security & parking, transportation, batgirls, tickets & gates, and more! We ask that each volunteer work a minimum of 20 hours. In exchange for your time, each volunteer will receive:

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Always! deliver Top soil, bark mulch, sand & gravel. 7days/wk. Simon 604-230-0627 will spread

Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 287

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

ADDITIONS, Renovations & New Construction. Concrete Forming & Framing Specialist. 604.218.3064 HOME $ENSE - Reno’s / Repairs Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, decks etc. Call for an estimate. 604799-3743. Homesense@shaw.ca MLG ENTERPRISES All Aspects Landscaping & Garden Solutions

PUGS, fawn, 2 male, 2 female. family raised, vet chk’d, shots. $500. (604)796-2727/799-2911

3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

OF Home (604)501-9290

Rottweiler Pups- PUREBRED, tails, dewclaws, shots, vet checked Health guarantee. Ready April 6th $650. to $1,000, 604 460 0804.

(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com A-TECH Services 604-996-8128 Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL

Improvements,

3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring, Carpet Cleaning & Maid Service! www.paintspecial.com

If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

Northstar Painting Ltd.- The Residential Specialists. BIG jobs, Small jobs - We do it all! Interior and Exterior Projects. Master Painters at Students Rates. WCB Safe, Reliable, Efficient & Quality Paint. 778.344.1069

MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877776-1660.

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LEGAL SERVICES

CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

300

LANDSCAPING

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366) RemoveYourRecord.com

AT NORTHWEST ROOFING Re-roofing, Repair & New Roof Specialists. Work Guar. WCB.10% Senior’s. Disc. Jag 778-892-1530

ELECTRICAL

GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt shingles, flat rfs. Cln Gutters $80. Liability Insur. 1-855-240-5362

#1167 $25 service call, BBB Lge & small jobs. Expert trouble shooter, WCB. Low rates 24/7 604-617-1774

203

ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

PLUMBING

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 260

338

$36/HOUR. Local lic’d Plumber. Big & small jobs. Plumbing, heating, plugged drains, call (778)549-2234

Found something?

203

ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

NO TIME TO GET ORGANIZED?

I CAN HELP!

Bookkeeping set up. Your office or mine. Call Picklespatch Bookkeeping. Linda Pickell 604-796-0577 picklespatch@shaw.ca

Picklespatch Bookkeeping

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GARAGE SALES

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GARAGE SALES

HUGE GARAGE SALE HARRISON MILLS COMMUNITY HALL

1995 School Road, Harrison Mills

APRIL 14 & 15

9 AM - 2 PM

Find a hidden treasure | Make a few extra $ LOOK FOR THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME or just enjoy meeting neighbours at the CONCESSION

For information on $5 table rentals call Mel 604-796-8506


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FERTILIZERS

REAL ESTATE 627

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

548

• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331

559

WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422

FURNITURE

MATTRESSES staring at $99

WATERFRONT LOT & 2 BEDROOM HOME

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

$199,000 Finance @1.75% for 9 years Home 490 sq ft., Lot 3214 sq ft. Usellahome.com Click on “Search Listings� Go to “Quick Find� & enter # 5115 Call for a tour on DVD (604)435-9877

MISC. FOR SALE

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991.

LOTS

630

FAST RELIEF the First Night!! Restless Leg Syndrome and Leg Cramps Gone. Sleep Soundly, Safe with Medication, Proven Results. www.allcalm.com 1-800-765-8660.

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HOMES WANTED

636

RENTALS 736

HOMES FOR RENT

1/2 duplex for rent in Agassiz 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. $950/mo + utilities. N/S, N/P References required 604-845-2705

Stylish & freshly updated, 3+ bedroom home in Agassiz. Fenced yard, new paint, A/C, 5 appliances. $1225 + DD (n/s, n/p) Call (604)796-3769

752

ABBOTSFORD

2007 DODGE CARAVAN SE - 7 pass. 4 dr. V-6, loaded, local, exc. cond. $6450 Abby. (604)556-4242

MOTORCYCLES

SUITES, LOWER

2008 FORD F-350

604-796-4300 1-866-865-4460 Long box, crew cab, 4x4, power mirrors, camper pkg. reverse vehicle aid. $33,695 (Stk#23366)

www.fraserway.com/ consignment 1-877-651-3267 DL#31087

Call 604-796-4300 2009 DODGE RAM 3500

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RECREATIONAL/SALE

Short box, reg. cab, pwr. windows/locks, AM/FM/CD, trailer tow pkg. $39,995(Stk# 27776)

AUTO FINANCING Loan.

Apply

www.fraserway.com/ consignment

2003 LAYTON 25’ Travel Trailer. Lite, easy-tow, clean, well maintained. Queen bed, big freezer/fridge, full kitchen, m/w, TV. Many extras incl. hitch & gas cer-

Now,

The Stonecroft 2350 Westerly Street

1-877-651-3267 DL#31087

KEY TRACK AUTO SALES CARS & VANS:

604-889-8424

660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE

RURAL NOVA SCOTIA water front lots for sale. Country living at its best. Three bedroom apartments for rent. 45 miles to university town. www.sawmilllanding.com waterfront@bellaliant.net 1.902.522.2343

2003 Salem Light:

www.dannyevans.ca

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

696

Northwest Pkg, 22 ft, Sleeps 7, 1 bunk, Shower in & out. G.V.W. 3300. Lots of extras

OTHER AREAS

$9,995.00 604-463-9428

2007 WILDERNESS trailer, 28’, 2 slides, Q bed, 2 drs, comp. w/hitch, exc. shape. $19,500. 604-856-3777 2008 FREEDOM SPIRIT 20’ travel trailer, like new, hardly used, a/c, f/s, dble bed, dble sink, nook, couch 2 prop tanks/2 batteries, $11,500 obo. Please call: (604)581-5117

RENTALS 706

2010 Crossroads Cruiser 31.5 ft 5th wheel. All alum. construction. 8586 lbs dry. Triple slide. Extra insulation pkg. Many features. $29,800: 604-814-2406

APARTMENT/CONDO

1 Br Apartment in Northgate $500 per mth Available Now. Close to schools parks and shopping. Recently updated, Laundry and Parking onsite. Call 604-796-5535 AGASSIZ- Bright 2 BDRM w/ 2 balconies, newly painted and new flooring. $775/m. $300 signing bonus for 12 month stay. N/S, N/P Call 604-796-1015 Agassiz- Roomy, bright studio, lrg. kitchen. Avail. now. $475 / $525 furnished. N/S, N/P ref. 604-796-1015

AGASSIZ

T. Marlowe Manor Spacious 1 bdrm starting $525/m available apr 1.

Ask about our seniors discount. Pets upon prior approval.

604-796-8760 Harrison Hot Springs- 1 bd apt. avail. for rent immediately. $625/m, includes cable. Reference required, n/s, n/dogs. Call 604-796-3484 HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated,$575/month includes utilities. Call 604-794-7132

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0� Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402

MODULAR HOMES

Harrison Mills - Large 2 bdrm modular home on private farm. On school bus route. 5 appl. Avail now. $675/m+ DD & ref. 604-796-2706

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STORAGE

Agassiz All Storage Secured parking for RVs. Heated bays. 7651 Industrial Way Ph: 604.796.5577 info@agassiz-all-storage.com www.agassiz-all-storage.com

2010 EVERLITE RV Travel Trailerwalk around queen, 1 slide, elec. awning, TV, full cover. As new $21,000: (604)858-8087

www.PreApproval.cc DL# 7557

GUARANTEED

845

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES!

2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026

Auto Loans or All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory. 1-888-229-0744 or apply on line at: www.kiawest.com (click credit approval) Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526

SHIFT AUTO FINANCE Get Approved Today! CREDIT DOESN’T MATTER.. For The Best Interest Rate Call: 1.877.941.4421 www.ShiftAutoFinance.com

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

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in April, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-5936095.

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

CARS - DOMESTIC

1995 Chev Lumina Sedan, 3.1V6, all power, air, c/d player, mags, $1695 obo. (604)792-6367 2003 CHEVY MALIBU 110,000 km, auto, AirCared, good tires, $3000 obo. Call: (604)531-3251

1998 FORD CONTOUR 4dr auto full load ST#209 $1495 1996 DODGE CARAVAN Grand 7 pass, auto ST# 210 $1495 1998 DODGE NEON 4dr auto st#212 $1495 1998 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 4dr auto ST#211 $1995 2002 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 4dr auto st#195 $2995 2002 FORD WINDSTAR sport 7 pass auto Aircare ST#108 $3495 2002 CHEV CAVALIER 4dr auto sdn st#208 $3995 2002 PONTIAC GRAND AM 4dr sdn auto st#203 $3995 1997 ACURA LE auto 4dr sdn leather full load ST#175 $3995 2000 HONDA CIVIC 4DR auto sdn st#169 $3995 1997 HONDA CRV Aircare auto only this week ST#97 $3995 2000 SUZUKI ESTEEM 4dr auto sdn ST#88 $4500 2002 FORD EXPLORER 4dr auto 7 pass leather black ST# 213 $4900 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 4dr auto sdn full load ST#03 ST#89 $5,900

Public Input Invited Proposed changes to Visual Quality Objectives within the Chilliwack Forest District The Chilliwack Forest District will be establishing updated Visual Quality Objectives (VQOs) for the Fraser Timber Supply Area (TSA) as per Section 7 (1)(2) of the Government Actions Regulation (GAR) process under the Forest and Range Practices Act. Changes to VQOs are expected to reect current information gather through an updated Visual Landscape Inventory accepted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO). Portions of the following scenic areas are proposed for changes: Alouette Lake, Stave Lake, Lake Errock, Harrison Lake, Chehalis Lake, Nahatlatch Valley, Pitt River, Coquihalla and Hope Princeton Highway Corridors. Draft maps showing the proposed changes are available from the district website at: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/ftp/DCK/external/!publish/VQO/ Comments received on or before June 1st, 2012 will be considered in the ďŹ nal preparation of the Order, planned to take effect on or after June 29th, 2012. Please submit any comments in writing to the District Manager, Chilliwack District OfďŹ ce at 46360 Airport Road, Chilliwack, BC, V2P 1A5. If you have any questions about the proposed VQO changes, please contact Jack Sweeten, Acting Stewardship OfďŹ cer, email: Jack.Sweeten@gov.bc.ca, ph: 604 702-5700.

LAND ACT: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land 7DNHQRWLFHWKDWAllan & Norine Roth of 6939 Hawthorne Place, Agassiz B.C. LQWHQG WRPDNHDSSOLFDWLRQWR WKH3URYLQFHRI%ULWLVK &ROXPELDIRUWKH SXUSRVHRIFRQVWUXFWLQJ DURDGZD\FRYHULQJ KDDQGVLWXDWHGRQ 3URYLQFLDO&URZQODQG ORFDWHGDW%ORFN& '/&DVFDGH 3HQLQVXOD+DUULVRQ /DNH7KH/DQG)LOH 1XPEHULV

TRUCKS THIS WEEK:

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TOWNHOUSES

BOATS

TRUCKS & VANS

RING UP

Bright 1050sf. 2 Bdrm. 2 Bath, Top Floor, South East Corner. Exc. Cond. 2 Secure U/Ground Prkg. Spaces, Gas F/P, in-suite lndry. Residential Manager On Site. $199,000.

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STORAGE

830

ABBOTSFORD CONDO FOR SALE BY OWNER

HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS

749

2007 DODGE CARAVAN - 74,000 kms. Excellent condition. New tires. $9,500/obo. 604-859-8263

TRANSPORTATION

SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

HOUSES FOR SALE

851

2011 Hyundai Accent GL, 4dr sedan, loaded, 25,000km, $11,895, ex cond. 604-793-5520 (5961)

MOTORCYCLE HAULER, single or double, large lockable utility box for all your gear. Wide easdy load alum. ramp incl. $1400.778-888-6805

Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto 1.877.680.1231 www.UapplyUdrive.ca

DIY STEEL BUILDING DEALS! Many sizes and models. Make an offer on clearance buildings today and save thousands of dollars. FREE BROCHURE - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170.

2011 HONDA CRV 4 wd, Auto, silver. Loaded. Local car. $21,500: 9000k.778-895-7570/604-836-5931

Agassiz - 3 bedroom, 6 yr old townhouse. Central air, gas fireplace, double garage, quite complex. N/S, N/P, ref req’d. $1200/m + util. 604-991-1600. Available June 1

PIANO; APT SIZE Lowrey upright piano $550/obo. Ph: 604-418-6274 or 604-531-1576.

615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

912

12’ DOUBLE HAUL Fiberglass boat, 3 seats, oars, rod holders & canopy. On eze-load trailer. Very safe. $3,200. 604-850-7143

profits

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

REAL ESTATE

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES 2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $6500 firm. Call 604-538-4883

2 BDRM, basement suite in Rosedale area. 5 appl., all utilities including cable and internet. No pets/no smoking. Refs req’d. Avail now. Great price! 604-793-6452

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821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

2007 TOYOTA COROLLA, 4 dr, loaded, 82kms, local, exc. cond., $7,800 obo. Call 604-596-9970.

Agassiz- 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2600 sq. ft. house, with 2 fireplaces, on large lot on Morrow Rd. Terry 604-798-5959

750

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TRANSPORTATION

2005 TOYOTA COROLLA, 114 km, loaded, p/sun roof, all maint. done, exc. cond. $6,300. 604-836-5931.

MORTGAGES

Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991

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TRANSPORTATION

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288 The Scrapper

2008 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr sedan, auto, high kms. runs/looks good, white, $4000 firm. 604-538-9257. 2011 Chevy Aveo, auto, a/c, hatch back, like new, drk. grey, 320km $9800, 604-793-9658

COLLECTORS

1983 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE. Low mileage, V6, original paint, $3,500 obo. Phone 604-820-7838.

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

2001 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA, 1.8T turbo, 4 dr sedan, std, all options, exc cond. $5500 obo 604-780-8404

2001 TOYOTA RAV4 AWD 4 cyl 4dr, recently Aircared, $8000 obo (604)820-7669

2002 GMC SONOMA EXT cab auto st#166 $4995 2004 GMC 2500HD 4x4 auto quad cab long box st#204 $7,900 2005 FORD F250 XLT quad cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#125 $8,900 2006 GMC CREW CAB 4X4 auto long box full loaded ST#198 $9900 2007 FORD F150 reg cab V6 auto long box ST#205 $10,900 2005 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#134 $10,900 2001 FORD F350 Dually 4X4 crew cab XLT 7.3L pwrstrk diesel ST#130 $11,900 2007 FORD RANGER 4X4 auto super cab st#193 $12,900 2007 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#128 $14,900 2008 GMC 2500 HD quad cab SLE 4x4 auto fully loaded ST#145 $16,900 2007 FORD F350 crew cab Lariat 4X4 auto diesel ST#200 $17,900 2006 FORD F350 CREW CAB Lariat leather 4X$ auto diesel ST#164 $17,995

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Agassiz Observer, April 06, 2012  

April 06, 2012 edition of the Agassiz Observer

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