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Patrick Sparkes, 12, signs his name on the attendance list for the April 10 Kent Council meeting. That list, and his Scout troop's public acknowledgment of thanks to council for their grant in aid approval of $500, will now be a part of public record for years to come.

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If there's a badge for gratitude, the boys in 1st Agassiz Scout Troop have earned theirs in spades. A group of the scouts and their leaders sat through Tuesday night's council meeting for the District of Kent, waiting and watching the proceedings patiently. It was a shorter meeting than usual, at about 40 minutes, with very little on the agenda that led to any deep discussion. But the scouts listened intently, quietly, for the duration of the meeting. And when Mayor John Van Laerhoven opened the floor to public questions, Scout leader Chris Wilson rose to introduce their group.

They were Tony and Peter Flukiger, Leif Forge, and Ian Wilson (Patrick Sparkes arrived near the end of the meeting), and they weren't just there to learn about municipal affairs. They were there to thank council and staff for accepting their grant-in-aid application, and awarding the group $500. The scouts at the meeting, ages 11 to 14, are just a part of the local group. There are also beavers (ages five to seven) and cubs (ages eight to 10). It takes money to run the program, and to keep fees lower, and one of the sources is the District, leader Wilson told the kids. "And when they were processing our grant-in-aid application ... it would have

been in a meeting like this," he said. They thanked council again for the amount given, adding that "certainly some others were denied, so thanks again." Van Laerhoven told the scouts that he was once in the same program, and believes that programs such as the Boy Scouts help create better citizens. "It encourages you to get involved in the community," he said. "And a community is only as good as people's willingness to be involved. So, thank you." "Council is very pleased to support you," he added. It was surely an exchange that would have filled Robert BadenPowell, founder of the Scouting movement, with immense pride.


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Nine people have stepped forward to run in the Harrison Hot Springs municipal byelection. The list of candidates was released at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Village office, by Chief Elections Officer Janice Fulton. The nominees are (in alphabetical order) John Allen, Andrew Baziuk, John Buckley, Arnold Caruk, Marc Ferrero, Leslie Ghezesan, Bob Perry, Andreas Sartori and Richard Shelley. Several of the candidates also ran in the November general municipal election, and three have sat on council in the past. Allen was mayor of the Village and Perry has served as councillor. Shelley was elected in the most recent election, but was found ineligible by the Supreme Court to serve on council due to his role as a firefighter with the Village. His candidacy was challenged by Baziuk shortly after the election, because he hadn't disclosed his role as a firefighter on his nomination papers. Shelley had to step down in February. Allen is already contesting Shelley's candidacy in the byelection, by presenting a letter to the election officer asking her to refuse Shelley's nomination. The byelection will be held on May 12, with advance polling opportunities on May 2 and May 9. Whoever is elected will join Councillors Sonja Reyerse, Zoltan Kiss and Allan Jackson, along with Mayor Leo Facio.

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John Martin toured Agassiz, Hope and Boston Bar on Tuesday, speaking with people about the Conservative’s hope to re-ignite interest in the party.



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With just days left until the Chilliwack-Hope byelection, Conservative candidate John Martin spent Tuesday visiting key areas within the riding. Voters will go to the polls on April 19 to elect a new MLA, a byelection triggered when Barry Penner resigned early this year. Martin announced his intention to run under the B.C. Conservative banner early on, and has been hitting the streets to spread the message that the party has been re-vamped and is ready to take a place in the legislature. “The Conservatives haven’t elected an MLA in 34 years,� Martin said. “But the time is right.� A recent Angus Reid poll, representing 800 B.C. residents, confirmed that the BC Liberals are slipping in popularity. And on March 31, Abbotsford MLA John van Dongen crossed the floor from the Liberal party to join the Conservatives. “We got the crossover from John van Dongen,� Martin said, which was a coup for his party. But it takes four seats to have official party status, meaning van Dongen will sit as an independent for now. “I’m confident,� Martin said, of

both his party and his chances at the polls next Saturday. “There’s a wind of change in the air.� While the 2001 provincial election gave the Liberals 77 of the 79 seats, that strong hold is slipping. Today, just 46 MLAs are aligned with the Liberals. “The Liberals are in free fall,� Martin said. “And we’re increasing (in popularity) all the time. Today they don’t have a safe seat in the province.� The new Conservatives are promising a leaner budget and a tighter financial ship, Martin said. On Tuesday, he took aim at initiatives created by the province, including a rebate program that rewards new car buyers for purchasing hybrids. “Anyone who can afford a hybrid vehicle doesn’t need a rebate cheque,� he said. The steps the province has made to cutback expenses don’t align with communities’ most urgent needs, he added. “We want to look at everything the government is doing,� Martin said. “We want to know, is this program providing economic benefit to the province? Is this program making it safer to live? Is this program helping to help those who can’t help themselves?� Martin was joined by party leader John Cummins throughout

the day. The Conservatives are the oldest party in the province, starting in 1903 with Premier Sir Richard McBride. The last time they held power was in the 1920s. The party’s resurgence within this byelection has attracted media attention across the country. Cummins says this byelection is garnering more national media attention than would be considered usual. “We have the chance to elect an MLA for the first time in years,� Cummins said, “and that creates a lot of drama that wouldn’t normally exist in a byelection.� And it could mean one less Liberal in the legislature, he underlines. “There’s a lot on the line.� Martin is running against Laurie Throness, Liberal, Gwen O’Mahony, NDP and Lewis Clarke Dahlby, Libertarian. For more election coverage, visit us online at Correction: An error was printed in last week’s Observer, in the Page 6 editorial. It implied there is six weeks until the byelection. The byelection will be held on April 19. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

RFP#2012-03 The District of Kent is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek a qualiďŹ ed engineering consultant to undertake the detailed design for the Hammersley Pump Station as well as construction, contract administration and oversight for the installation of the ood box. The detailed design includes â€˜ďŹ sh friendly’ screw type style pumps and the design and construction of an additional ďŹ sh friendly ood box and gate. Upon payment of a non-refundable fee of $50.00 (including HST) payable to the District of Kent, copies of the RFP documents are available for pick-up on or after April 10, 2012 at the District of Kent Municipal Hall, or, by digital ďŹ le on the District’s File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site. The District of Kent Municipal Hall is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, excluding Statutory Holidays. Two (2) complete copies of the proposal in a sealed envelope, clearly marked, “Hammersley Pump Station: Detailed Design and Flood Box Construction RFP No. 2012-03â€?, must be received prior to the Closing Date and Time of Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm local time (PaciďŹ c Standard Time) At the District of Kent Municipal Hall, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC Facsimiled or e-mailed proposal submissions will not be accepted. Proposals received after the Closing Date and Time will not be considered, and will be returned unopened to the Consultant. There will be no public opening for this RFP. No information will be disclosed from the time of tender opening to the time a contract is awarded. If a contract is awarded the successful Consultant’s name will be available to anyone upon request. All submissions become the property of the District of Kent and are subject to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Legislation. The District reserves the right to cancel this RFP for any reason without any liability to any Consultant or to waive irregularities at their discretion. Proposals shall be irrevocable until the District awards to a Consultant or cancels the RFP, whichever comes ďŹ rst. Enquiries are to be directed to: Mick Thiessen, Director of Engineering Services 604-796-2235

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On target at dart provincials Six Agassiz Elks members went to Penticton for the provincial dart competition, March 16-18. Four of them qualified for the Na-

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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 5” (125mm) diameter • prunings • leaves • soil • discarded shrubs • sand or fine 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 5” (125mm) diameter, domestic refuse, animal waste and household hazardous wastes. For further information contact the Municipal Hall 604-796-2235 •

Con Van Laerhoven, Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Society, Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Social Development, Robert Waycott, board president for Mission Community Skills Centre, and MLA Marc Dalton cut the ribbon to open the WorkBC Employment Services Centre, which will serve Mission, Agassiz, Harrison and Hope. JASON ROESSLE / BLACK PRESS

Museum upgrade means more room Hidden treasures will soon be on display in outbuilding The Agassiz Harrison Museum is expanding. A new outbuilding is being constructed adjacent to the museum to exhibit some larger artifacts which have been stored in a barn due to lack of space. Included are treasures such as Roy Whelpton’s milk wagon, a mail cart which Harry Wilson used to carry the mail back and forth between the post office and the train, souvenirs from


early logging days, and some dairy farm implements. When the museum was located at the Research Station prior to 2003, these items were stored in a gazebo but this structure was too frail to move when the museum returned to its original site beside the tracks. The new implement building will be 32’ x 15’, with a 32’ x 9’ storage room along the back. The front viewing area will be

secured by wire screening with big doors which can be closed and locked when needed. Roy VanderWyk and Paul Tebrinke are supervising the project with help from many other local contractors and experienced volunteers, and support from the District of Kent. The Agassiz Harrison Historical Society has been saving money for the outbuilding for many years.


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Wade Apps showed his grappling abilities by taking Darwin Douglas to the floor during a health and wellness presentation at Seabird on March 30.

More than 400 people participated in the annual Seabird Island Nutrition Walk/Run.


Health and wellness celebrated Hundreds turn out for annual Seabird Island Walk/Run Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Seabird Island residents gathered together on March 30 for a day focused on health and wellness. The Nutrition Walk/Run involved about 440 people, many of who ran the 5K/10K route in the rain. Elementary students completed their run in the school gymnasium, while the band’s gymnasium was filled with presentations from various community groups. At one table, volunteer Angie Chapman offered samples of traditional foods, such as wind-dried salmon, stinging nettles and deer

meat. All are foods that are native to the area, and have been harvested for centuries, she said. While they’re delicious healthy options, it’s hard to compete with processed foods, she said. At the other end of the gym, Darwin Douglas and Wade Apps from Revolution Mixed Martial Arts impressed the audience with different levels of sparring and fighting. “We’re not about violence, though,” Douglas said. “It’s about health and nutrition and respect for each other. Discipline.” He said the fighting shown on

television is just one aspect of a whole lifestyle — a lifestyle that keeps fighters lean and ready for the mat. “We live very differently from what is shown on TV,” he said. The fair included booths from the BC Dairy Association, Seabird Island Culinary College, Agriculture in the classroom and Action Schools. Seabird Island offers a wide range of health services, including a doctor’s clinic, dental clinic, pre and post natal care, mental health and addictions help and more. For more information, phone 604-796-2177.

Advance polls open for Chilliwack-Hope by-election Advance voting locations for the Chilliwack-Hope and Port Moody-Coquitlam byelections will be open now through Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Chilliwack-Hope advance voting locations are Agassiz Agricultural Hall, the Royal Canadian Legion 228 at

344 Fort St. in Hope, and Twin Rinks Arena, 5745 Tyson Rd in Chilliwack. Voters may also vote at the district electoral office until 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The district electoral offices is at 21-5725 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack, B.C. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Voters who are unable to attend advance or general voting may also request a Vote by Mail package from the district electoral office or through the Elections BC website at Voters may register or update their voter in-

formation when they go to vote. All voters must prove their identity and current residential address before voting or registering when voting. The types of identification that can be used are detailed on the Elections BC website at

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Lace up for someone you love I walk because I hope to see the number of people diagnosed with MS decrease and a cure found. Michelle (Meco) Fedrau

The Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an All Candidates Debate for the Village of Harrison Hot Springs Monday, April 23rd at the Memorial Hall from 7 - 9 pm. Our moderator will be Allan Roth. Questions may be submitted by email to: or mailed to: PO Box 429 Harrison Hot Springs BC V0M 1K0 from now until Friday, April 20th at 4 pm. There will be NO questions taken after that time or at the debate itself.

Notice of Public Hearing PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Council will hold a Public Hearing, in accordance with Section 892 of the Local Government Act, in the Centennial Centre, Municipal Hall, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC, on Tuesday, April 23, 2012 commencing at 6:00 p.m. to consider presentations from the public regarding “The District of Kent Zoning Bylaw 1219, Amendment Bylaw No. 1477, 2012”. At the hearing, the public will be allowed to make representations to Council respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw and all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Written submissions received before 4:30 p.m. on April 23, 2012 will be presented for consideration. Subject Lands: The parcel that is subject to the proposed bylaw is: Civic: 5735 Lougheed Highway, Agassiz, BC Legal: Parcel “D” (Reference Plan 1493A) Nor th East Quar ter Section 26 Township 3 Range 29 West of the Sixth Meridian Firstly: Part Subdivided by Plan 19646 Secondly: Part on Highway Plan 25182, New Westminster District; PID: 013-205-587. Purpose: In general terms, the proposed amendment bylaw is to amend Zoning Bylaw 1219, 2001 under Part 9.1.3 to provide a 0.809 Hectare (2.0 acre) minimum lot size exemption to a portion of land proposed to be subdivided in the Agricultural Zoned property that has received Agricultural Land Commission approval.

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A lesson in gratitude It used to be, when someone sent you a parcel or did you a favour, you would immediately write them a letter to say thank you. It was an essential form of communication, pre-Internet. And a phone call? Considered much too informal in many households. No, the proper way to thank someone took a little more effort than picking up the phone. You may have pulled out the good stationery, your best ballpoint pen, and sat in your chosen place for completing such correspondence. You would take the time to lovingly print out the address (which you would find in your trusty, handwritten address book) and you would walk your letter of thanks to the local post office. It was quite a to-do, and a practice that would take time, organization and most of all, thoughtfulness. But it's fair commentary to suggest that the art of writing out and sending off our gratitude via the postman has been lost almost entirely. There are much more efficient ways to be thankful these days. We can fax a letter, email or text a "thnx" or simply click the 'like' button on

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Facebook when someone offers to lend a hand. Efficient, yes. But meaningful? Hardly. That's why Tuesday night's show of thanks by the Agassiz Scouts, to the District of Kent, deserves a round of applause. Those boys sat politely through an entire council meeting without disturbing a soul, which is something many adults can't say they've ever done. They learned a little bit about politics, and will be better for it. And most importantly, perhaps, they proved that the art of thanking someone properly – and the actual act of being thankful – could possibly live on in future generations. So, why is this even important? Because the time devoted to being thankful isn't time wasted. It's time spent reflecting on the good, rather than the bad. It's time spent ensuring that no good deed goes unnoticed. And when children are shown the importance of active gratitude, well, that's time away from the cellphone, the computer and video games. It's time spent wisely. And you can't put a price tag on that. (See related story online at www.

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The political spotlight falls on Cummins B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher The information age might have sped up B.C. voters’ mood swings, but the basic dynamic hasn’t changed since the days of Social Credit. When familiarity breeds contempt, people vote to reject the familiar and see what happens. Or as one radio talk-show caller summed up his decision to climb on board the B.C. Conservative bandwagon, he knows two things about leader John Cummins: “He’s not Adrian Dix and he’s not Christy Clark.” It’s been more 21 years since Gordon Wilson reshaped B.C. politics and launched the modern-day B.C. Liberal Party with a single quip in a leaders’ debate between a bickering Rita Johnston and Mike Harcourt. Cummins has about a year to show he’s earned his rising poll numbers,

and to refute the conventional wisdom that he’s the best friend the NDP has had since Wilson put them in power and later joined them. So let’s get to know Cummins a bit better. He’s 70, and has an 18year record as a Reform-AllianceConservative MP. His Ottawa days are mainly remembered for battling treaties and aboriginal-only fisheries, and for being the first Reform MP to reverse himself and take the MP pension. That pension pays him about $100,000 a year as he tries to build a second political career in B.C. Another legacy of Cummins’ federal record is his support for the harmonized sales tax. As he hastens to clarify, he supported Conservative legislation to enter into HST deals with any province, which Ontario and B.C. subsequently did. Cummins said B.C. could have brought in the HST at a lower rate to reflect its broader reach, as Atlantic provinces did. But they tried to make it a “tax grab” and now

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they’ve “poisoned the well” for many years. “We’re going to have to pay the price I guess, in the sense that where it has been introduced, it has been shown to have grown busi-

Cummins has about a year to show he’s earned his rising poll numbers, and to refute the conventional wisdom that he’s the best friend the NDP has had...

ness,” Cummins said. “Think tanks on both the left and the right have come to that conclusion.” To me this beats the NDP’s crude coffee-shop populism that simply ignores HST benefits for small

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business and the poor. Speaking of crude, Cummins further distinguishes himself from the B.C. Liberals by endorsing the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline to Kitimat. He applauds the federal government for moving to place limits on submissions to federal environment hearings, citing the thousands of Internet signups that have clogged the Northern Gateway hearings. His record on aboriginal issues suggests he has little sympathy for territorial objections from First Nations, those with treaties or those without. The April 19 byelections in Port Moody-Coquitlam and ChilliwackHope offer a chance for the B.C. Conservatives to present policy alternatives. So far they’re against gas taxes, especially the carbon tax, against a second Metro Vancouver garbage incinerator, and in favour of fixing the “catch and release” justice system. These are the slogans that stand in for actual policies

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needed to govern. Cummins will be going door to door in the byelections, especially in Chilliwack-Hope, where he believes his upstart party has a real shot at winning. He offers a telling anecdote about the last time he was door-knocking in Port Moody, the premier’s former hometown. The B.C. Liberals have suggested the B.C. Conservatives chose Christine Clarke as their candidate to capitalize on the premier’s name recognition. That wasn’t what Cummins and his previously unknown candidate found when they first started campaigning. “She’d say hi, my name is Christine Clarke, and the doors would close rather quickly,” Cummins said. Now she identifies herself as the B.C. Conservative candidate, then gives her name. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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Mailbag Broad definition of habitat led to endless red tape The March 23 and 30 editions of the Agassiz-Harrison-Hope Observer have published editorials attributed to Black Press condemning the Federal Government's legislative initiative to modify that segment of the Fisheries Act which defines fish habitat. This modification has not been done secretively as suggest by Mr. Langer, who leaked the proposed legislative changes to Black Press, but at the request of numerous complaints from the public concerning the broad definition of fish habitat as interpreted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) staff. Locally, this very broad definition

of fish habitat for endangered species has resulted in difficult and expensive negotiations to obtain permission to clean drainage ditches to preserve agricultural land. Similarly, the present interpretation of fish habitat potentially prohibits any alterations in development adjacent to the Miami Slough in Harrison. Rather than condemning the federal government's initiative to modify the definition of fish habitat, the general public in the area should appreciate the attempt to provide a pragmatic solution to problems caused by too much bureaucratic red tape. Lorne Fisher

Suicide prevention measures defeated Suicide is the number one cause of death in males between ages 25 and 29, and 40 and 44. It is the leading cause of death for women aged 30 to 34. Inuit and First Nation suicide rates are over seven times the national average and the increasing number of suicides among veterans is tragic. For these reasons the Liberal Party, in October 2011, put a motion before Parliament for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy, near unanimously supported in the House of Commons. We were therefore

supportive of Conservative MP Harold Albrecht's Private Member's Bill C-300, which sets out a framework for a Federal Suicide Prevention Strategy. According to Parliamentary rules, all bills are sent to the appropriate allParty Committee to be considered. Expert and concerned witnesses are called to advise on the bill. Witnesses supported the intent of Bill C-300 but offered substantive amendments, where the bill fell short, to enhance its effectiveness. As they have done

consistently, the Conservative MPs, including Mark Strahl, voted against every single amendment, ignoring the expert advice of witnesses and nullifying their valuable input. The real tragedy is that a long awaited bill, which raised the hopes of millions of Canadians, will not be able to fulfil its promise, because it has been denied the supportive mechanisms to do so. Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P. Vancouver Centre Federal Liberal Health Critic

Byelection a 'last ditch effort' This is in reference to the upcoming byelection. From my point of view, it seems Mr. Shelley was forced to step down, while he should be applauded for his willingness to give to the community.

Whereas Mr. Baziak seems to have no problem causing the Village (taxpayers) to spend a huge amount of money on a last ditch effort to get voted in. Adriana Peters

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Mining industry seems intent on leveling Deroche Mountain A byelection issue should be about where aggregate mining should be located within the FVRD. The present conflict that is seething amongst many residents whose anger is about to explode is regarding the flawed and biased Aggregate Pilot Project concocted behind closed doors for nine years with the directors of the FVRD, Randy Hawes, past Minister of Mines, and aggregate businessmen. Rumour has it that the aggregate industry mapped areas they wanted with the colour green to denote dollar bills and presented it to the FVRD. Public meetings were held to tell the public that their homes are located in a green area and the existing bylaws will not be enforced. The historic scenic ride along the Lougheed Highway from Mission to Hope is already marred from the ugly scars of

aggregate mines but there is no end in sight. They want every last stone. They want to flatten the entire Deroche Mountain. The argument is aggregate is a vital commodity that creates jobs and the roads that are close to the pits make it economically viable. The questions of how is it affecting the watershed that feeds into salmon spawning creeks, lakes and the mighty Fraser and community wells need consideration. The FVRD is surrounded by mountains but the trees and vegetation that are a vital part of life are scraped bare allowing the air shed to rain plumes of dust particles down from the pits. Silt flows into creeks. The discharge from the idling trucks, the pollution drifting in from Vancouver is trapped by the mountains and the air shed has more poison than Vancouver. Asthma is on the rise.

The constant crashing, and blasting that regurgitates shocks awake sleeping babies, night workers and the sick. The loss of revenue from the tourist industry is greatly affected. Tourists stay away. Wildlife vanish. How will mining in our community affect the children of the future when it is stealing from our children today? Why should people's lives be adversely affected so that the one per cent get rich? Presently a gravel pit is waiting for a permit to mine above a tourist campground, a salmon spawning lake, the community of the Scowlitz First Nation, and another community of over 300 homes. A positive change needs to happen for our communities, for animals and our environment and it should start with our elected officials. Sylvia Langmann

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Man in hospital after paragliding crash A paraglider has been sent to hospital after he crashed into a tree in a field near Agassiz Friday evening. Search and rescue crews as-

sisted the man out the situation, and the Lougheed Highway was closed for a short time while the man was transferred to a waiting ambulance heli-

copter. Paragliding is a popular activity around Agassiz, and this weekend’s clear weather has allowed for many paragliders the

chance to fly. The man is still reported to be in hospital, in serious condition.


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This card tells you where you can vote in the Chilliwack-Hope by-election. Take it with you when you go to vote. If you do not have this card, visit the Elections website at or call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free) to find a voting location near you.

If you don’t have any of the above, bring two documents that together prove your identity and current residential address. Any two of the following documents are acceptable. Government-issue identity document examples (e.g. B.C. CareCard, birth certificate, Social Insurance Number card, passport, citizenship document/ certificate, Old Age Security Identification card, etc.)

General Voting General voting is on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Who can Vote? You can vote if you are: . a Canadian citizen . 18 years of age or older, or will be 18 on General Voting Day (April 19, 2012) . a resident of British Columbia for the past six months, and . a resident of the Chilliwack-Hope electoral district You Can Register When You Vote If you aren’t already registered, you can register when you vote. You will need identification that proves both your identity and current residential address.

Any Questions? For further information visit Elections BC’s website at or phone toll-free 1-800-661-8683. 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. &KLOOLZDFN+RSH (OHFWRUDO'LVWULFW

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To vote in the Chilliwack-Hope by-election on Thursday, April 19, 2012, make sure you are on the voters list now.

Voters without identification can be vouched for by a voter in their electoral district who does have the necessary identification, or a family member or someone who has the legal authority to make personal care decisions for the voter. Future Voters Elections BC encourages you to bring your children with you when you vote. Show tomorrow’s voters how our electoral process works. 1-800-661-8683 TTY 1-888-456-5448

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4H Club gears up for new season As spring draws near, excitement for this coming year in 4H is growing. The Agassiz Rainbow 4H Club has just kicked this season off with our first two meetings: club elections and speeches. Our senior team this

year is lead by our fantastic president, Brittany Webb. As vice president, we have Danielle Chard, Megan Skalicky as secretary and our

treasurer is Mieka Gielser. We are also lucky to have Ken and D e b b i e S chwaerzle as our fearless leaders for another year.

Our club speeches were great as well, and we have several members participating in the district speech competition. Good luck to them! – submitted by Hallie Bryant, club reporter



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Young at Art show continues Arts Council 40th anniversary celebration Submitted by Rebecca Schram

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It’s that time of year again! The annual Young at Art show has begun at the Ranger Station Art Gallery, and continues until April 29. Young artists from the Kent-Harrison area have submitted a fabulous array of artwork for the show, and community judging starts now. Come out to the gallery and vote for your favourites in three categories: Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. On April 22, votes will be tallied and prizes will be awarded, with

a special award going to the ‘greenest’ art work. Young at Art is timed to coincide with British Columbia’s Arts and Culture Week. “This B.C. wide celebration of all things arts and culture turns the spotlight on the vital contribution that they make in learning and in life. Hundreds of arts councils, communities and schools across the province will be joining the fun by presenting a dazzling range of events and activities from pop-up dance performances to art crawls,

exhibitions, open mics and more,� say organizers. BC Arts and Culture Week is funded by the Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, Assembly of British Columbia Arts Councils, artstarts, and the Community Newspapers Association. The Kent Harrison Arts Council hosted a large crowd of friends and family of Isa Taylor at the Ranger Station last month.

Everyone enjoyed the retrospective show of this gifted Agassiz painter’s work, and were happy to gather together in celebration of her life and work. A few speeches were made, much wonderful food was consumed, local women’s quartet eViva performed and a good time was had by all. Our 40th Anniversary display will remain on view throughout the year, and many familiar faces

can be seen in the historical photos and articles from our many years as an active organization in the community. In May, local First Nation students work will grace the walls of the Ranger Station, and again, locals and visitors to the gallery will be invited to vote for their favourites. Prizes will be awarded to the winning students at a reception with everyone being invited. In June, Ranger Station Art Gallery Artist in Residence, Aaron Moran, will present a solo show of his work, much

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Get some Face Time with Jesse Peters Trio Jazz group makes return to Harrison Memorial Hall


Jesse Peters performs on the beach stage at the 2011 Harrison Festival of the Arts. He’s in town this weekend for a show at Memorial Hall.

The Jesse Peters Trio returns to Harrison Hot Springs tomorrow night, for a show at Memorial Hall. Peters and his combo performed at last year’s Harrison Festival beach stage, winning over the crowd with his amazing musicality and sense of humour. From their opening jazz numbers to their closing R&B and hip hop vibes they had the audience in the palm of their hands. Jesse Peters has been a force in the Canadian music scene since 1998. While still in high school, he garnered rave reviews as a singer and songwriter from distinguished jazz artists Ingrid Jensen and

Diana Krall. By the age of 21, his group, The Peters Drury Trio, had released two critically acclaimed recordings and toured extensively. His newest recording, Face Time, is jazz-edgedsoul, embracing a vocal driven mix of original and standard tunes filled with energy, innovation, scope, and range. From an ethereal falsetto that captures a fragility and depth of vocal colour to a cheeky commentary on our all-consuming digital world; from the classic swing Peters was known for with the Peters Drury Trio to energetic romps that pay tribute to Ray Charles and yes, the King of Pop himself, Peters has

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Blues vocalist a festival highlight Memorial Hall include eight full-length concerts, one evening of theatre and one evening of literary readings. Audiences can look forward to powerhouse blues vocalist Shakura S’aida, blues/ gospel group Mike Farris & the Cumberland Saints and Louisiana Cajun/ Zydeco crew Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole. Other standouts include some Mississippi blues joined with West African music from Markus James & the Wassonrai, Mali’s Sidi Touré and the ‘golden voice’ of Mozambique Wazimbo. Champion fiddler Niamh Ni Charra brings Irish traditional music and dance while Sketch combines Scottish trad with modern dance rhythms. The always popular Literary Café and plays from the University of the Fraser Valley Directors’ Festival


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round out the program. Those evening concerts are the only ticketed events at the festival and seating in the Memorial Hall is limited. Tickets for these performances are now on sale and a festival pass is available for all evening concerts. Early bird discounts are available until June 22. During the festival, enjoy musical from around the world at the Music on the Beach Stage. For the price of a daily $2 festival button, sample a smorgasbord of global music and dance. The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration will present some amazing dance, while roots and blues mu-

sic will be well represented by Ken Whiteley, Harrison Kennedy, Pura Fe, the 24th Street Wailers, and Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick. A wide range of styles will be featured by many other Beach Stage performers. Visit the festival’s visual art exhibit in the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery featuring the work of Leo Labelle. The juried Art Market returns, under the tents on the lake front. This market features some of B.C.'s finest artists and artisans displaying a dazzling array of hand crafted items. Open July 7 & 8 and July 13, 14 & 15, select from pottery, jewelry,

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glass, metal, sculpture, musical instruments, paintings, leather and wood work and much more. Calling the young and young at heart is Children’s Day, a special day of fun and activity including crafts, the climbing wall, street performers, music and featuring The Kerplunks in the Memorial Hall. The fun happens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. For more information visit Tickets are available online through the website, by phone at 604 796-3664 and in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery.

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Lineup announced for 34th annual Harrison arts event The lineup has been announced for the 34th Harrison Festival of the Arts; July 7 to 15 with an opening night concert Friday, July 6. From lively Cajun/ Zydeco music to the past and future of Celtic music to a number of the World’s best blues artists and African performers, the Harrison Festival truly covers the globe. For 34 years, the Harrison Festival of the Arts has presented the best in performing and visual art from around the world in a setting free of large crowds, line-ups and high ticket prices. The festival is an event the whole family can enjoy featuring music, a large outdoor art and craft market, workshops, a special day for children (of all ages) and much more. Live performances in the venerable Harrison

classics that give wing to his vocal range. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664 or online or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison, or Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Community Remembering the winners

Mammogram clinic today and tomorrow Crucial screening services made available in Agassiz

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 32 Agassiz winners of the 2011 Remembrance Day essay and poster contest for the Fraser Zone and BC / Yukon Command from the Agassiz Christian School were recently awarded cheques by Youth Chairman Jim Johnson and President Roy Wright. Pictured here are Brendan Van Veen, second in zone for primary color poster; Melissa Dielman, second in zone for primary black and white poster; Martina Wedler, third in zone for intermediate black and white poster: and Alyssa Timers, third at command level and first in zone for intermediate essay. Missing from the photo is Tomas Flukiger, third in zone for primary black and white poster. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Harrison Mills community group growing The Harrison Mills Regional Association is gaining momentum, with a new interactive website. The association was formed last year, uniting residents in the furthest west area of the District of Kent. It began with a group of residents in Tapadera Estates, who successfully banded together to meet with BC Hydro to voice their concerns over in-

creases in power outages. They are always looking for new members, and more information is available at There will also be a Harrison Mills garage sale this weekend, at the community hall on School Road. The sale is being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To rent a table for $5, phone Mel at 604-796-8506.

The Agassiz Community Health Centre has opened its doors for a drop-in screening clinic this week. Women were invited to drop in for mammograms and Pap tests on Thursday. Today and tomorrow, they are welcome to drop in for mammograms. During the past year, 10,200 women in British Columbia were diagnosed with cancer. As in previous years, breast cancer accounted for almost 30 per cent of these diagnoses, and cervical cancer accounted for a smaller number. Although it is not known why one woman gets cancer and another does not, there are some things each woman can do to reduce her risk of these diseases. The first thing to do is to start living a healthy lifestyle. Equally important is taking charge of your health by ensuring that you have regular screening tests or have symptoms checked by your doctor. Many symptoms can be caused by problems that are much less serious than cancer.

But, if cancer cannot be prevented, treatment is more likely to be successful if it is found early. Rather than waiting for symptoms to become noticeable, women should make it a matter of importance to schedule regular screening tests both for breast cancer and cervical cancer. To make it convenient for women to have these screening tests done, the Agassiz Community Health Centre opened its doors on Thursday, April 12 for “drop-in” mammogram screening and pap tests. Today, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, mammogram screening tests will be done at the Agassiz Community Health Centre. If you wish to have a mammogram on the Friday or Saturday, you will have to call 1-800-663-9203 to book an appointment time. If you are between the ages of 40 and 49, talk to your doctor about your risk of breast cancer, along with the benefits and risks of mammography. If you are 50 to 69 years of age, you should have a mammogram every two years. If you are older than 70,

your doctor can advise you as to how often you should have a mammogram. A mammogram can detect a breast problem when it is as small as the head of a pin; a breast self-exam can’t usually find a cancer until it is as least the size of a pea. The Pap test looks at cervical cells to see if there are precancerous changes or abnormalities that could lead to cervical cancer. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by high-risk types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) transmitted though sexual intercourse, genital skin-toskin contact and oral sex. If you are sexually active, you should start having regular Pap tests by the time you’re 21. You’ll need a Pap test every one to three years depending on your previous test results. It is not possible to over estimate the significance of screening tests. A simple mammogram or Pap test can save your life. – Submitted by the Agassiz Community Health (with acknowledgement to the Canadian Cancer Society)

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ommend, I can answer that too. I have not read a lot of King, Cujo and Pet Sematary are just not the kind of stories that draw me in. No judgment vive la difference, right? Stephen King has written a lot of books though, and there are some that do not involve horrible clowns, crazed animals or things that go bump in the cornfield. Stand By Me – classic; Delores Claiborne gave me a motto for my crank-


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As of yesterday one of King’s books now holds a place in my personal topreads list. It is his newest, 11/22/63. This is the title and it is a familiar date. The date of JFK’s assassination is the core event around which this novel turns (this is not a spoiler, it says it on the cover!) How do I explain without ruining the fun of finding out how present day and what I call ‘the graffiti years’ feed this big, fat. juicy story? It is writ-

ten in the first person, so it has a voyeuristic, intimate feel as you read (or listen, it’s an audiobook, too). It is not horrific, but there is no absence of suspense. His use of foreshadowing is superb; ‘Foreshadowing’ is when a writer offers teasers of what is to come in a story. See, I learned something in my English classes at AESS! These glimpses of future happenings kept me

turning each of the many pages. There are ordinary, nasty, weird, and famous people throughout. There are moments where the storyline is bright, but do wait for it, the King darkness always makes its appearances. This book is so awesome, readers of many genres will enjoy it – historical fiction, fantasy, relationship stories, mystery readers will find it engaging. And the writing is good! King is a pro for good reason, and its Continued on 15

Film screening marks Earth Day in Agassiz Betty Rajotte FOR THE OBSERVER

CHOOSE ONE: Help a dying patient control pain Change a dressing for a patient discharged yesterday Call distressed family whose elderly parent just fell Hire more nurses

International Earth Day will be marked on Sunday, April 22, by Agassiz United and All Saints Anglican Churches hosting the award winning documentary Spoil. This 45-minute film by the Pacific Wild and the International League of Conservation Photographers contains amazing photos of the animals and scenery of the Great Bear Rainforest in Hartley, B.C. It challenges citizens to be informed and involved in the future direction of development that threatens this pristine environment. A short video, Gratitude, emphasizes the beauty of every day. The local singing group “e Viva” will perform. Refreshments and displays are provided. The films will be shown at Agassiz United Church at 7 p.m.

Agassiz Library will have activities the whole week starting on Tuesday, April 17. And on Saturday, April 21, Communities in Bloom joins in a “Plant-In” with dirt and pots provided at the library. The Earth Day movement began in the United States in 1970 to bring environmental concerns to the attention of world governments. Groups with shared common values about clean air, clean water and endangered species began to speak out with a louder voice. Hope and excitement followed the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Now, 20 years later, there is still a long way to go for nations to live up to that vision and continue the impetus. Every citizen has a part to play. Plan to attend the local events to learn what you can do to make a difference.

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not just the sales. Dawg, this boy can scratch out the words! It is expressive, comic, and direct and for a big fat read, and it does not drag. If you have ever wondered what would happen if just one, or two, events in history could get a do-over and the effect on the space-time continuum (I love that Star Trek phrase, forgive me putting it in my book review), read this. If you love trying to figure out a puzzle, this is the book for you. If you like historical references and famous folk of the past in your books, open this. If you love a bit of Star Trek ... this book is for you! Crazy, I know, it has it all. Let me know what you think of this book, I do love over-the-counter book discussions. On the topic of book discussions, the monthly meeting of the library book club Hooked on Books is on Wed. April 18 at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion of the book Tuckahoe Slidebottle. What is going to make this a fun club night is the presence of the book’s author Neil McKinnon. It’s a really enjoyable read, and will be great to pick the author’s brain. Copies are available for anyone who wants to join me in this month’s book chat as Jaquelynne has to be away, taking care of other business. Library book club is just one thing your Agassiz library is offering during Earth Week. You are going to have the chance to visit and take part in a new FVRL proj-

Stephen King’s newest novel has something for every reader.

ect, that gets library service and awareness on the road. It involves a cool, jazzed up car – complete with plasma screen, sound system, book giveaways and more. It will make its first Agassiz appearance at the ACE school BBQ and Silent Auction Fundraiser, on April 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Agassiz Legion. Come buy a burger, make a bid and check out your library, Live and on Tour. On a quieter note during Earth Week, there is a Pajama Storytime for little ones on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Dress in jammies, bring your teddy and cozy up for our ‘Earth Dreams’. There is still the regular Storytime on Friday morning at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, April

21, we will be busy-busy. We have our Earth Day Plant-in at 1 p.m., with experts and inspiration from our local Communities in Bloom group. Bring your container and we will have dirt and plants for all of us to start working on this year’s green thumb. Please call us or drop in to register. It is a free event, but we want to have enough plants for everyone. Also on Saturday at 1 p.m., we are having our first Annual What’s in Your Attic? event. Registration is a must for, so drop by the library and get a ticket to reserve your time with our professional collectible valuators. If you have some old junk that might be an antique or a collectible, come on down, and get the real story on your hidden treasures! I want to take just a few lines to congratulate all the Observer’s People’s Choice winners. It feels great to recognize the wonderful people, places and things to do in our berg. We are certainly not lacking, and reading about our ‘bests’ is a reminder of why I am still here after all these years - why we raised family here, why we live and shop here and why we are proud to have our children and grandchildren consider Agassiz-Harrison home. Thank you, Observer for making this public thank-you possible. In the meantime, enjoy Spring. Dust off your outdoor reading chair. Your library always has free advice, free events and free books available to you - does it get any better? See you in the stacks!

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COMMUNITY CORNER AGASSIZ 2 PITCH APRIL 2012 *(Due to space limitations, each week we will publish a different set of groups & activities from the community)

All interested teams & players! Start up meeting th 7 pm on April 17 at the Agassiz Elks Club (#7-1824 No. 9 Hwy) For info call Deanne 604-702-8630


St. Anthony’s Parish Annual GIANT Garage Sale-Saturday, April 14th 8 am - 2 pm • household goods • old & new • furniture • appliances • electronics • blinds • toys • books • office supplies • free coffee • bake sale - 7237 Morrow Rd., Agassiz ACE BBQ Fundraiser/Agassiz Library Live on Tour event April 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Agassiz Legion. Buy a burger, make a bid & support the ACE school. Join the new cool-car from FVRL too & experience your library in a different way. Hooked on Books: The Library Book Club. A great discussion on “Tuckahoe Slidebottle” by local author Neil McKinnon for the meeting on Weds., April 18th at 6:30 pm at the Agassiz Library. Please pick up your book now! The talk is lively, the people friendly, and the refreshments - free! Come on by and be part of this drop-in, no-membership required club. Agassiz Library, Earth Dreams Pajama Storytime on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30. Dress in your jammies, bring your bedtime stuffy & enjoy some stories, songs & a bedtime snack. Agassiz Library Earth Day Plant-In, Saturday, April 21 at 1 pm. Experts & inspiration from our local Communities in Bloom group provided. Bring your container - we will have dirt & plants for gardeners of all ages. It is a free event, but please register by phone or at your library so there are plants for everyone. Agassiz Library “What’s In Your Attic?” Saturday, April 21 at 1 pm. Registration is a must for this, so drop by the library & get a ticket to reserve your time with our professional collectible valuators. If you have some old junk that might be an antique or a collectible, come on down & get the real story on your hidden treasures! Everything Yard & Garden Sale! April 28th 9 - 1 pm at Agassiz United Church • Book sale • UCW Bake Sale • trees • shrubs • bedding plants • transplants • indoor plants • Yard Sale with garden ornaments, pots, planters, furniture, specialty bird houses & feeders etc. For info or to donate call 604-796-9383 Play Lions TV Bingo! every Thursday 6-7 pm on Shaw Cable Channel 4. Tickets may be purchased at “That Store in Agassiz”, “Ledoux Hardware” or “Chehalis General Store”. FREE!! FUN!! Like to laugh? Want to have fun? Discover your creative side! Join us at Harrison Memorial Hall Tuesdays from May 1st until May 29th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm for non-threatening improv games & reader’s theatre workshops. FMI Judy McKinnon 604-796-8683


Counsellors Senior Peer assiz-Harrison Senior Peer Ag ? you g ctin affe ng nki e’s dri of each month, 2 pm in the Support Drop in 3rd Mon Agassiz Al-Anon. Is someon Anne 604-793-3103 m (upstairs). FMI call Betty or eam Village conference roo Ch FMI call Shirley 604-796-9865 ether at 9 am every Thurs. Rajotte at 604-796-0409 “Agassiz Comforters” get tog rsdays at the Ag Recreation h. FMI call 604-796-2680 assiz Kids At The Cross – Thu Ag morning at the United Churc till Ettie 604-819-6822 4 #9 Hwy, open daily 3pm Centre in Agassiz. FMI call Agassiz Elks Lounge – 182 idence Library. Looking for Cheam Village Books for Res To donate please drop off closing. Everyone welcome Place. 7272 Morrow Road. spare books to stock our Library. Agassiz Harrison Family ir ! Parents/caregivers with the at Cheam Village. Meet friends, old and new 0am 9:3 rs, Thu and d nch - next event Kimchi’s Mon, We Christian Women’s Club Bru pe Ho children 0-6 are welcome. ril 12th. Free nursery by 604-796-0313 Hope) 9:15 am Thursday Ap (in 12pm. Call Willena or Louisa ervations call Raye 604b meets the second Wed of reservation as well. For Info & res Clu n rde Ga n iso arr iz-H ass Ag at in the foyer of the Ag Hall 869-5420 each month from Oct-July 423 6-2 -79 604 or 291 6-3 -79 604 7:30pm. FMI d et at 7 pm on the 4th We Agassiz-Harrison Lions me 0 680 ll, Ha c Den in the Ag-Re of the month at the Lion’s 604 at y Joe or at 604-795-0598 Pioneer Ave. FMI call Mel 796-9951

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Building projects highlighted news headlines in spring of ’62 50 Years Ago, 1962 • 1962 saw the completion of a new motel on Mount Woodside. Owners Mr. and Mrs. Glen Kohlsmith held an open house for people to view the four-unit, single-story building. Each housekeeping unit had a bedroom, combination living room and kitchen, and bathroom with shower. It was considered quite an asset to the mountain community. • Also under construction was a new hotel at Lepine’s Corner on the Lougheed Highway, soon to be named the Kent Hotel. The building would start with 20 rooms in two stories and a dozen more were to be built above the lobby later. Offices were situated in the centre, a dining room at the west side, and a beer parlour, cocktail lounge and café faced the highway. Many years later it was renamed the Crossroads Hotel. The hotel has since burned down. • 1962 seemed to be a year for building. A new Roman Catholic Church was also being constructed at Seabird Island near the school. Volunteer labour worked all one day pouring cement for the foundation. The building was to be 68 feet by 32 feet. Ladies of the Altar Society had worked hard to raise $4,000 towards the project. Cattermole Timber donated their work clearing the site. • A fund was started for the Louis Sicard family who lost their home and belongings in a tragic fire. Everyone escaped safely, but there was no insurance. The fire department was late arriving at the scene when the town’s alarm did not sound because it had been turned off. In those days fire calls normally went to the Agassiz Rosedale Bridge toll booth because it was one of the few places in town that was manned 24 hours a day. The routine was that the loud alarm located

near the fire hall would then be sounded and firemen would call the toll booth to find out the location of the fire. However, the alarm made such a noise it would often be turned off at that time so the firemen could hear where the fire was when they phoned. Unfortunately, this time the alarm did not get turned back on. Because the alarm could not always be heard at the bridge, when the Monday-noon test was supposed to occur, no one noticed the absence of the alarm. Council instructed the Municipal Hall staff that in future they were to investigate if they did not hear the scheduled alarm test on Mondays at noon. • Occupational programs were to be offered in the high school for students who could not benefit from the regular program. School Superintendent Ken Alexander suggested that school authorities should check with local community leaders in industry, business and labour to guide them in curriculum content, and advisory committees should be formed. This new program was proposed for students who had repeated several grades in elementary school and who could not attain grade seven standing. It was hoped this new approach would better prepare them to find work when they left school. • The Agassiz Tennis Club held a meeting at the home of president Ron Rodger early in April. Membership fees were set at $7.50 for a family, $5 for a single person, and $1 for juniors. The first tournament was planned for Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. • A special committee meeting of the H.H.S. Recreation Commission met to set up a up a separate committee to run the Harrison Memorial Hall, announced Chairman Ed North.

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EDDY, Reginald Frank Frank passed at home with his family by his side close to his favorite place, the fireplace in the living room, on April 1st, 2012. Predeceased by his father Jim in 1977 and survived by mother Phyllis, his wife Elaine, sons Aaron (Carolyne) and Stephen (Bianca), siblings Georgina, Jim, Helen (Tom), Kathy (Larry), Pat (Dave) and Dan (Judy). His many nieces and nephews will always remember him as Uncle Ice Cream. A memorial service will be held April 21st at 2:00 at the Honeymoon Bay Hall. In lieu of flowers donations to Prostate Cancer or BC Paraplegic Association will be appreciated. To view full obituary go to

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June 15, 1923 - April 2, 2012 Tony passed away in the presence of his family after battling heart disease and Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare nerve disease. Tony is survived by his children Salvatore DeSandoli (Janice), Francesca Froehlich (Kurt), Filomena Adams (Murray), Donato DeSandoli (Susan), and Michael DeSandoli (Haddy), along with grandchildren Lisa (Don), Mario (Marianna), Gino (Danni), William, Kurt Jr, Steven, Laura (Jody), Christina, Roberto, Elysia, Marissa and great-grandchildren Domenic, Luca, Massimo, Isabella, and Sophia. Tony was a hard-working, happy man who enjoyed almost every day of his life. He was born and raised in Canosa di Puglia, Bari, Italy. His family cultivated grapes and olives. He spent several years of WWII in Greece and two years as a prisoner of war in Germany, but returned home safely. After marrying Maria and starting a family, he moved to Canada in 1952 to find work, spending most of his life in Trail, working for Cominco. Tony and Maria moved to Agassiz in the fall of 2011 to be nearer to family. Tony’s greatest joys were fishing in the rivers and streams near his home and tending his impressive garden. He taught his children how to enjoy life and live for today. We will miss him deeply. His Maria went on ahead of him in October, 2011 and we take comfort in thinking they are together again. A service will be held at 11:00 AM on April 16th at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Agassiz. Interment will be at Valley View Cemetery, with a reception to follow at Cheam Village. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be mailed to Francesca Froehlich, Box 149, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. VOM 1K0.

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BOOKKEEPER AVAILABLE. Your place or mine. Call Linda.

Picklespatch Bookkeeping 604-796-0577 A full service Natural Foods retailer based on Vancouver Island with two stores, located Parksville and Qualicum Beach. We are looking for individuals interested in growing their careers with our company as we expand, while promoting healthy, low impact life styles. Applicants must: - have retail grocery store experience - be willing to work full time - be looking for advancement opportunities - be willing to work flexible hours Successful applicants will likely have a management background in produce or grocery retailing and be willing to relocate for career advancement, as we grow. Naked Naturals offers a competitive wage and benefit program, with job security. Please make your applications to: Kris Baker - - 250-594-0277





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



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



MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331




Moving Sale

Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15

(Across from Agassiz United Church) • Tree & Stump Removal • Certified Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~




2095 Aberdeen Dr. Tree removal done RIGHT!



8:30am - 3pm


604-787-5915, 604-291-7778


DOWNTOWN. 1 Side newly decorated and vacant. Other side rented. Each side has 4 bdrms, 3- 4 pce baths, garden area & storage shed. $337,900. (604)534-2748.







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.




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

HERBAL MAGIC Limited time offer - Save 50%!! Lose Weight and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Don’t delay call NOW 1-800-854-5176.


STEEL BUILDING - BLOWOUT SALE! 20X26 $5,199. 25X28 $5,799. 30X42 $8,390. 32X56 $11,700. 40X50 $14,480. 47X76 $20,325. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.


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


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.

A-TECH Services 604-996-8128 Running this ad for 8yrs

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

JACOBS FIELD Services Ltd. (Maintenance) is looking for a General Foreman with oilfield experience for a Northern BC site. Person will live in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John. Send resume to: humanresources@ Fax 780-485-6722


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


Part Time Seasonal Position Pool & Park Maintenance Assistant Wanted

I JUST TURNED 80 My Dr. says “SLOW DOWN” My wife says “QUIT”

I say “let’s make a deal on trees & shrubs”

Dan Knoke Trucking

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



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:



Yellow Labs, p/b, 5m, 2f, $700, dewormed, vet chkd. Chwk. (604)7947633 (604)997-3040 No Sun. calls.

PETS 474

Harrison Hot Springs


Saturday, April 14 9 am-4 pm Sunday, April 15 9 am-2 pm 506 Cottonwood Ave. Furniture, small appliances, outdoor gear and lots more


PET SITTER AVAILABLE in the Agassiz Harrison area Friendly in home care. Great alternative to kenneling your pet! Call Ron (604)491-4417. References available.


Recliner, Christmas Trees, trailer rims, garden stuff, furniture, movies & lots more!


CAIRN Terriers. Shots, dewormed. Ready to go to good homes. Over 20 years of referrals. 604-807-5204, 604-592-5442 or 604-854-1978 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 or call 1 (604)820-2977 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or Rottweiler Pups- PUREBRED, tails, dewclaws, shots, vet checked Health guarantee. Ready April 6th $650. to $1,000, 604 460 0804.



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

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

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837






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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GT 40 FIBERGLASS KIT BODY, $1,500. 604-835-4025.


AUTO FINANCING Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto 1.877.680.1231






1997 FLEETWOOD 27’ Class A Motorhome, self-contained,sleeps 6 b.i. generator, TV, lots of storage. $13,900/obo. 604-853-5528 Abbots


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 certified. $9,500. 604-852-2992

Meet the Pros APRIL 2012


ABBOTSFORD CHEV ASTRO VAN with 200 wheelchair conversion Very good condition. Reasonably priced. Call 604-869-9140

The Stonecroft 2350 Westerly Street 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.


2003 Salem Light:


$9,995.00 604-463-9428


2005 ROAD RANGER, 24’ trailer, like new, slide, microwave, q.bed, air, $15,000. Call (604)869-3466

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley


2010 R-POD TRAILER Light weight, 2121 lbs. 18’ 4” in


RURAL NOVA SCOTIA water front lots for sale. Country living at its best. Three bedroom apartments for rent. 45 miles to university town. 1.902.522.2343

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

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557



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


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

Ask about our seniors discount. Pets upon prior approval.

length, towed w/ a Rav 4. Gold rated ECO Construction. Queen bed, 4 person dinette/double bed, Fridge, Stove, Micro./Conv. oven, A/C, Furnace, H/W, AC/DC, Inverter, Bath w/ shower, ext. Adda-room. $13,900 ~ Save $1000’s Call: 604-307-4357 or email:



Auto Loans or We Will Pay You $1000

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory. 1-888-229-0744 or apply on line at: (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 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. 1-888-5936095.

40’ DUTCH STAR with Cummings turbo diesel, less than 59,000 mi. Always stored indoors, looks like new, economical to operate, 2 slides, din. booth, 2 a/cond, 2 TV’s, 2 CD & 2 VHS players, ldry., propane generator (6500W). Must be seen. 604-854-3266




2 hr. Service (604)209-2026

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



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



1/2 duplex for rent in Agassiz 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. $950/mo + utilities. N/S, N/P References required 604-845-2705 HARRISON, 905 Hot Springs Rd. 3 Bdrms, new reno’s. Lrg yard. Avail now, Refs req. 604-792-9097.



1986 CADILLAC SIMMARON, 2.8L auto, runs exc. nice body. $1250. Call (604)863-2255 2003 CHEVY MALIBU 110,000 km, auto, AirCared, good tires, $3000 obo. Call: (604)531-3251

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

2005 Chevy Optra station wagon, 104,000k, auto, red, $3900. call 1 (604)794-3084 2008 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr sedan, auto, high kms. runs/looks good, white, $3850 firm. 604-538-9257.

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1996 SUZUKI Swift 2/dr car, auto, 4 cyl. 1.3L, stereo, passed AirCare for 2 yrs. $1250. Call (778) 551-1662. 2000 Honda AWD CRV- Standard, runs perfectly, new breaks all round, air cared. Mag wheels/snow tires avail. $5500 1 (604)796-9757 2004 HONDA CIVIC DX 4cyl 4dr auto a/c p/dl keyless entry,103K Great cond! $7500. 604-626-8894

FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

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

2011 Hyundai Accent GL, 4dr sedan, loaded, 25,000km, $11,795, ex cond. 604-793-5520 (5961)



2000 Honda Shadow ACE Touring, 1100cc, 26,000k, seat back rest, blk/chrome, $4900. (604)792-1407


MOTORCYCLE HAULER, triple or single, large lockable utility box for all your gear. Wide easy load alum. ramp incl. $1395. Ph. 778-888-6805

2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $6200 firm. Call 604-538-4883

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



CUSTOM FIBERGLASS STREET ROD, body only, $2,500. obo. 604835-4025


1980 HARLEY DAVIDSON. Looks & runs great! Ready to go for Spring! $7900/obo. 604-825-6793.




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 2008 FORD F150 REG CAB 4x4 auto long box ST#207 $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

33166 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford DL#31038

HOPE - 3 bedroom house w/ finished basement for rent. $1100 a month. Avail. May 1st. refs required. Call Karen 604-845-3179


1998 FORD CONTOUR 4dr auto full load ST#209 $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 2002 BUICK GRANDVIEW 7 pass auto ST#214 $5900




ALUMINUM BOAT WANTED, 10’, 12’ or 14’, with or without motor or trailer, will pay cash, 604-319-5720

1996 23’ motorhome, Yellowstone Capri Class C, rear bed, $10,000. Call(604)796-9508



Agassiz All Storage Secured parking for RVs. Heated bays. 7651 Industrial Way Ph: 604.796.5577

PLACING A LEGAL NOTICE IN THE CLASSIFIED’S? 604-796-4300 1-866-865-4460

Licensed Bonded Insured

• Sheet Metal Installations • Gas Fitting • Fireplaces




❧ ❧

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


• Furnaces • Water Heaters • Boilers • Patio Heaters


❧ the comfort of clean:

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


❧ 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

debra cornish 604.796.0406

Hope Auto Body Ltd.

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




For your advertising needs: Call Chris



1993 CHEV P/U with ext. cab, recent tune-up & brake job, runs great. Offers. Call (604)869-7376 1998 FORD LARIAT pick-up truck. Looks & runs great. $2500. Call 604-825-6793. 2007 DODGE CARAVAN - 74,000 kms. Excellent condition. New tires. $9,500/obo. 604-859-8263 2008 Mazda B4000 SE+, Gold/Grey, 48K, auto, loaded, lk new, $13900, N.Delta, 778-8553097

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

966 6th Avenue, 604 •869 •5244

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


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

FINBACK CUSTOM WOODWORKS 604.796.1196 | 604.857.3375 (cell)

New Cabinetry, and Cabinet Refacing Counter Tops 6390 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz


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The hardworking people of the Fraser Valley want real change that puts our families and communities first. IT’S TIME FOR GWEN O’MAHONY AND THE BC NDP | | 1.877.339.7480 | 7078 Pioneer Avenue

Advance polls are now open. Vote at the Agassiz Agricultural Association Hall, 6800 Pioneer Ave. 8 AM - 8 PM.

ELECTION DAY IS THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Authorized by Lakhvinder Jhaj, Financial Agent, 604-392-4408 | CUPE 3787 Authorized by Lakhvinder Jhaj, Financial Agent, 604-392-4408 | CUPE 3787

Agassiz Observer, April 13, 2012  

April 13, 2012 edition of the Agassiz Observer