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Houston council members, foresters and a mill worker told a touring committee of B.C. MLAs on Monday what they think of changes the province might make to forestry rules. Facing a pine beetle epidemic that may wipe out some 12,000 forestry jobs in the B.C. interior, the committee may suggest relaxing some environmental regulations and making other industry changes to lessen the blow. Most of the five Houston speakers supported some of the proposals, notably a plan to relax logging rules that protect scenic areas. Other ideas drew strong criticism. Mayor Holmberg said he is “vehemently opposed” to the idea of merging the three

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timber supply areas serving sawmills in Houston, Smithers, and Burns Lake. “We’re really opposed to robbing Peter to pay Paul, and that’s what we see with this thought process,” said Holmberg. John Rustad, BC Liberal MLA for Nechako-Lakes and the committee chair, said that merger idea hasn’t really been on the table so far, but added that it’s too early to say whether the committee will consider it or not. See TIMBER on Page 2

Enbridge reps visit northern B.C. as Kalamazoo reopens By Andrew Hudson Houston Today

Enbridge reps speak to Houston council clean-up of Kalamazoo River Houston councillors asked how quickly Enbridge can respond to oil spills on Tuesday after hearing a com-

pany update on the 2010 pipeline rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Lorraine Little is a senior Enbridge spokesperson who is based in the eastern U.S. and saw the Kalamazoo spill firsthand.

“It happened during a perfect storm.”

Little was touring several B.C. towns along the route of Enbridge’s proposed

- Lorraine Little Northern Gateway pipelines last week, and spoke to municipal councillors in plac-

es like Kitimat and Fort St. James. After hearing her present in Houston on Tuesday, Mayor Bill Holmberg asked, “The response time before you guys honestly felt you had a handle on the spill—how long was that?” Little said that Enbridge workers were

on the scene minutes after they realized they had a leak. “Literally, it was right down the road from them,” she said. “They were able to visually say ‘Yep, this is what happened,’ and had boom out on the river within 40 minutes.’” Councillor Rick

Lundrigan asked Little how Enbridge first learned it had a leak, and whether it has since upgraded its detection technology. “We were actually notified of the spill at our control centre— that was the morning of July 26,” Little said. See OIL on Page 2


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Residents speak to timber supply slump TIMBER from Page 1 A recent report by B.C.’s forests ministry estimates that merging the Bulkley, Morice, and Lakes District timber areas would boost supply by just 0.8 per cent, largely because the trees in each area are of a similar age. Mayor Holmberg raised other concerns, saying the province needs to improve its forest inventory and consult First Nations if it plans to five forest companies like Canfor and West Fraser areas of forest to manage rather than volumes of forest to cut. Looking ahead, Holmberg said it’s impossible to avoid mill closures. “Government should not interfere with the market pro-

cess,” he said, noting that the future does look good for the mills that survive the timber shortage. Jonathan Van Barneveld, a District councillor and forester in training, noted that while the Morice will likely see a drop from 2.1 to 1.5 million cubic metres of timber, that’s not as steep as in other areas. “I think the timber supply in Houston is actually fairly positive in terms of our species mix between pine, spruce and balsam,” he said. But Van Barneveld did raise one issue that may be unique to the Morice—its land use plan, which would protect old-growth stands and fishery-sensitive areas from log-

ging, hasn’t been fully implemented yet. If it goes ahead, he said, Houston forestry companies would likely face new restrictions on where they can log. The timber committee also heard from Mike Dunbar, a long-time woodlands manager working in Morice area. Dunbar advised the committee not to roll back environmental standards, and suggested that it work with First Nations to restart logging in the Kispiox area, which may offer some 300,000 cubic metres of timber a year. Forester Carl Vandermark echoed Dunbar’s concerns about environmental protection, and also suggested the commit-

tee look to Alberta’s more flexible tenure system, which allows forestry companies to focus their replanting efforts on faster-growing areas. Finally, the committee heard from mill worker Terry Park, who suggested the province move to stop raw log exports from B.C. “It’s hard for us, sitting around our lunch table and talking about this,” he said. “We’re sending raw material out. We’re buying it back as a finished product. We’re losing a lot of value.” B.C. special committee on timber supply will finish touring the 15 B.C. towns most affected by the mountain pine beetle before reporting its recom-

mendations on August 15. Asked what was driving the committee’s short schedule, Rustad said the question of whether there is enough timber to rebuild recently destroyed mills in Burns Lake and Prince George is a factor, but not the only one. “Everybody thought there was another two to 10 years to go before we had to answer this question, and suddenly we need the answer today,” he said. Members of the public have until July 20 to submit comments on the proposals. Visit www.leg.bc.ca/ timbercommittee/ to make a comment or read transcripts of the committee meetings.

Councillors ask about pipeline leak response OIL from Page 1 According to preliminary report by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, it took 17 hours before Enbridge realized it had a pipeline leak in Michigan. Although several alarms did go off in its Edmonton control centre when the pipe-

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he province’s highest voice on all things medical, Dr. Perry Kendall, made a pretty bold statement earlier this week when he claimed that MDMA should be legalized in order to be regulated. MDMA, as in ecstasy. MDMA as in the drug that claimed the lives of numerous young people over the last year. But we have to wonder what the point would be in regulating MDMA at all. This isn’t a pain killer. It doesn’t have positive qualities that make it useful in pharmacology, health care or even psychiatry. Does it? The obvious problem is that street level ecstasy can’t be trusted. When it’s cooked up in a clandestine, unregulated lab, the chemicals can vary from tab to tab, batch to batch. We’ve seen, and reported on, the dangers of the drug in the past. It’s no secret that it is the gangs who thrive on the sale of illegal drugs. But don’t forget that regulated, legal drugs created with a therapeutic intent are stolen and re-sold every single day. Drugs like Ritalin, Xanax, and of course, oxycodone are consistently sold on the black market, the latter commanding up to $35 a pill. Ecstasy is a popular rave drug, making it a ‘hit’ with party-going teens. So what would regulating the drug do? Could a teen walk into a drugstore and buy ecstasy before heading out to party, in Kendall’s theory of regulation? Probably not. But adults would, one would assume. And kids would still get their hands on it, somehow. One could argue that the same has been true for alcohol for decades. But hey, nothing bad ever came from a teenaged drinking binge, right? Wrong. Vital Stats reports that total deaths directly related to alcohol in Canada in 2000 was well over 300. That includes over intoxication, alcohol poisoning, and numerous diseases directly linked to alcoholism, such as alcoholic liver disease and chronic pancreatitis. When you factor in the deaths indirectly related to alcohol, that number jumps to 1,689. That doesn’t even include alcohol related car accidents. We’re not pushing a return to prohibition — that certainly didn’t work. But it’s laughable to suggest that regulating a drug will make the world a safer place for our children. After all, look in the right places and you can still find moonshine. Quesnel-Cariboo Press Observer

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e appreciate the fact the B.C. Liberal government is in the process of gathering information about the mid-term timber supply shortage, which, by the way, was not a surprise to professional foresters, harvesting companies or other users of Crown land in British Columbia. This issue is the end piece of the fallout from the mountain pine beetle devastation that hit this province before the turn of the century. Back then, people, who were being impacted by the ravenous bug, were predicting what we are beginning to experience in the Interior. The political answer

“We need to listen to the scientists and registered professional foresters.”

was to race into the Crown forests to harvest the beetle-killed pine trees while they were still marketable, and there was a glut of blue-stained pine in the market. Harvesting companies had to be enticed to cut down the dead pine by allowing them to take a certain percentage of “green” wood while they did it. There was so much wood being brought in from the woods, harvesting compa-

nies started upgrading their mills to handle it all. They built bigger mills to increase quantities of less-valuable lumber to fill the pockets of the demanding shareholders. Now, we have hit the point where that strategy is no longer sustainable for either the forests or the harvesting companies. However, shareholders still demand profits, which means harvesting companies need access to more wood.

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A free timber market is fair Editor: Lots of has been Burns Lake mill burned

attention paid to since its down in

January. I give full credit to Minister Pat Bell and MLA John Rustad for the immediacy of the government’s response. However, recent provincial announcements in Burns Lake ($2.4 million for their

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“What I’ve actually been planning on after I finish school is a heavy-duty mechanic apprenticeship. My dad, my grandpa, great-grandpa—they’re all heavy-duty mechanics.”

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“I’ve already got a couple of careers in mind—diamond drilling, or heavyduty mechanic.”

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$3 million community centre), and work behind the scenes to secure a timber supply to entice the mill owners to rebuild reveal an inherent weakness in the government’s overall response to the pine beetle epidemic. Recent work by government and major licensees suggests that

under the current land use plans we’ll run out of commercially viable timber in the central interior faster than expected. Yet, after at least 10 years knowing this day was coming, we still don’t have a game plan for the mill closures now on the near horizon.

Therefore, it’s imperative that, while they may not have had a mill burn down, every community in the mountain pine beetle zone should be assigned a recovery team now. Every company operating in this zone also needs to know the government will

manage the impending dramatic reductions in available timber in a manner that is fair and market-based and not in a way that will see government picking winners and losers. Unfortunately, the provincial government is apparently drafting legislation that will as-

sign timber to Burns Lake to enable the rebuilding of the mill there, indicating it will put itself in the position of determining who will win and who will lose as cut levels come crashing down in the next few years. Adam Schaan Quesnel

Choosing work instead of welfare T

he B.C. government has taken some modest steps to tighten up the province’s income assistance system, and to encourage people to work when they are able to. With Premier Christy Clark swooping in to take credit, Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux unveiled changes that included fixing the worst mistake in B.C. Liberal policy. Cadieux acknowledged that B.C. was the only province that clawed back all earnings from employable welfare recipients, and she announced that from now on they will be able to earn up to $200 a month without penalty. The exemption for disabled

people is increased from $500 to $800 a month. Another important change is requiring welfare recipients to file income tax returns. People can now do temporary work when it comes along, report the income and take advantage of the various tax credits that come from participating in society instead of just living off it. Any experience earning money is valuable experience. With baby boomers starting to retire in big numbers, the expected labour shortage has begun across Western Canada. And yet, increasing numbers of foreign workers are coming in to do farm and other work, while many young people

are unemployed. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon took note of this during his budget preparations. Increasing numbers of young, employable people were applying for welfare in southern B.C., while jobs go begging in the booming northeast. Falcon mused about setting up a program to provide training and plane fare for these people, an idea quickly dubbed “welfare air.” Another effort to get young people working is Jobfest, a rock-themed road show currently touring northern B.C. towns. It attracts young people with music and souvenirs like drumsticks and guitar picks, and of-

“If Jobfest and welfare air sound a bit desperate, it’s because they are.”

fers them skills assessment using sexy iPad apps and graphics that depict carpentry as cool. If Jobfest and welfare air sound a bit desperate, it’s because they are. They illustrate our society’s problem. We have a public school system where students pass whether they do the work or not. The culture assumes selfesteem is more important than achievement. The teachers’ union constantly sets an example that the way to get what you want is

to stamp your feet and demand it from government. What do we expect young people to learn? And how easy is it for B.C. to slip into a Greece-like tailspin, where a majority expects to be carried on the backs of the shrinking minority who do productive work? Old-timers might recall when Mike Harcourt’s NDP government took over from the allegedly miserly Social Credit regime and raised welfare rates. They compound-

ed that mistake by relaxing eligibility rules and making it easier for employable people to stay on welfare. After a couple of years of this wealth redistribution, 10 per cent of the B.C. population was on welfare, with more piling on every day. Faced with the results of this staggering blunder, Harcourt lashed out at “cheats, deadbeats and varmints” scamming B.C. taxpayers and launched a crackdown on fraud. Later the NDP cut the basic rate for single employables to $500 a month. Today it stands at $610, and the NDP looks poised to repeat history. Surrey MLA Jagrup Brar did

B .C. Views Tom Fletcher a month-long th hl publicb ity stunt in January, living on welfare by wandering from shelter to food bank with TV cameras trailing behind. Brar would have been better off if welfare air had been available. Instead of learning to live off the burgeoning urban handout industry, he could have gone up to Dawson Creek or Fort St. John and worked as a labourer.


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Ask any two Grade 5 students from Silverthorne Elementary how they like gow—herring roe on kelp—and might you get two very different answers. “Disgusting!” says one. “But it’s salty and chewy!” says another. But ask any of Ms. Moroz’ Grade 5s how they liked their recent trip to Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Reserve, and the answer is a steady flood of exciting stories. To get to Khutzeymateen, which starts just 15 km south of the Alaska border, the class took a seven-hour train ride to Prince Rupert. Reagen Jolly says she and her classmates enjoyed watching mountains roll by in the train’s panorama and bubble cars, and they got an extra treat after stopping to

stretch their legs at a little station that had an old piano inside. Maggie Kenzle and Emily Anderson played a few songs on it, she says, which caught the ear of a Via train manager. Back on board, the manager brought the girls a keyboard to play on. Soon the whole class was singing, dancing around the keyboard, Jolly says, and some passengers came up in to the bubble car to hear them play. After staying a night in Prince Rupert and another long trip up the coast, the class settled in for two nights in at a floating lodge in the Khutzeymateen. Cheryl Vandenbroek says the class then split into two groups. One went off on a guided tour to see grizzly bears, while the other fed an eagle that was well known to lodge owner Greg Palmer. After catching a bright orange rock

fish, with eyes that Jolly says were “bulging out of its face,” Palmer threw the eagle a snack. “The eagle swooped down and picked up the fish in his talons,” said Vandenbroek. “You could hear its wings going ‘whooh, whooh, whooh,’’” said Jolly. Tyler Birkendal says the class also tried their hand at crabbing. They baited crab traps with halibut heads, he says, and did well, catching about a dozen. Birkendal says Palmer taught the students how to get a crab ready for cooking. “I held a big one up, and if you rub it between its eyes like that for a minute it’s legs go down,” he said. “It’s weird.” Along with the grizzlies, a highlight of the trip was the wildlife the class found when they took turns kayaking. “There was this seal, and she he always

wanted to play with us,” Jolly said. “Ethan was in the kayak and the seal was right behind him.” Silverthorne Principal Mark Fehr said the Khutzeymateen trip was something the class was building towards all year. The class did a ton of fundraising to raise the $12,000

needed for the trip, including bake sales, a Caribbean cruise raffle from Uniglobe and a night of Gold Rush dinner theatre that was written, directed and performed by the whole class. The class would like to say a special thank you to Brent Marshall, whose generous donation made the trip a success.

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SWORN CITIZEN Sjoukje Warren from Houston accepts her citizenship certificate from citizenship judge Robert Douglas Watt and clerk Louise CoteMandill at a ceremony held June 22 at Northwest Community College in Terrace. More than 60 people from around the northwest were sworn in at the ceremony attended by friends and family. News Staff/ Terrace Standard

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Helen Gane picks green onions from her tall garden box June 20 at the Houston Community garden’s summer BBQ.

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Newsletter ~ June 27th, 2012 edition Where the welcome is warm and the wilderness beckons! Council Meetings: Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month commencing at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at 3367 – 12th Street

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Motorbike and All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Use in Residential Areas The District has received noise and trespassing complaints regarding motorbikes and ATV’s in or near residential areas. We are requesting off-road vehicle owners to be very aware of the noise disturbance they are causing when using these vehicles near people’s homes for hours at a time. We are also reminding users of these vehicles to be respectful of other people’s private property. Did you know that in some areas, property owners are unable to enjoy their own backyards or even carry on a conversation outside due to the noise of these vehicles. Please be aware and respectful of others when out enjoying these types of activities.

2012 Property Taxation

Website: www.houston.ca

Property owners should have received their 2012 tax notices by mid-June. If you have not received your notice, please contact the Municipal Office. Taxes are due by 5:00pm on July 31, 2012.

Please visit the website for info on:

Home Owner’s Grant

Council Meeting Agendas Pool Schedule Arena Schedule Important Public Notices Tenders & Job Opportunities

Please note that YOU MUST APPLY for the Home Owner Grant EVERY YEAR. The deadline for applying for this grant is July 31, 2012. The application form can be found on the reverse side of your tax notice. The Home Owner is still responsible for claiming the Home Owner Grant when the bank or mortgage company is paying the net taxes. Please be aware that a payment need not be made in order to claim the Home Owner’s Grant. Even if you are paying your taxes after the due date, you must claim the Home Owner’s Grant before July 31, 2012 to avoid penalties on the grant portion. Only a property owner residing in the home on a permanent basis may apply for the Home Owner Grant. If the property is in one name, that person is the only one who can apply for the grant. To qualify for the additional seniors grant amount, the home owner who is 65 years of age or older must be the one to apply for the Home Owner Grant. The additional grant for seniors is applicable in the year of your 65th birthday. In order to avoid line-ups, we encourage you to mail or drop off a post-dated cheque dated July 31st or sooner, with your completed Home Owner Grant application prior to the due date.

Municipal Office Hours The Municipal Office located at 3367 – 12th Street is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on statutory holidays) Email: doh@houston.ca Phone: 250-845-2238 Fax: 250-845-3429

For Public Works Emergencies (example: water main break) Call the Municipal Office @ 250-845-2238 for a recorded message with the contact number of the person on call.

Pool & Gym Phone: 250-845-7420 Email: reception@houston.ca

Arena Phone: 250-845-7432

Burning Permits Required

Open Burning – Air Quality Bylaw Regulations 1. All open burning (except recreational fires contained in a 36” approved pit) require a burning permit. 2. No open burning allowed on lots less than 1 ha in size. 3. All burning permits will be issued by the Houston Fire Department. 4. No backyard burning barrels allowed. 5. All approved burning shall comply with Ministry of Environment venting requirements. 6. All non-certified wood burning appliances shall be removed or replaced by December 31, 2011.

Building Inspection Services If you require information on a building matter, please contact the Municipal Office at 250-845-2238 to schedule an appointment with Michael D. Glavin, Building Inspector.

All open burning within the District of Houston requires a Burning Permit all year round. To obtain a permit contact the Fire Department at 250-845-2250

Next Regular Council Meetings: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Tuesday, July 17, 2012 The above meetings are held at 7:00pm, in the Council Chambers, 3367 – 12th Street. Regular Council Meeting Agendas can be viewed on the District website: www.houston.ca

LEISURE FACILITY NEWS: The Leisure Services Department is excited to offer these great programs for the month of July.

SPECIAL RATES Toonie Swims Tu 7:30-8:30pm Fitness Fridays Fr 11:00-1:00pm

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DROP-IN PROGRAMS Floor Hockey (8-12yrs) Mo/We 6:00-7:00pm July 04 – Aug 29 Floor Hockey (13-18yrs) Mo/We 7:15-9:00pm July 04 – Aug 29

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Junior Lifeguard Club (8-12yrs) Tu 1:30-3:30pm

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Congratulations for 25 Years of Service Mayor, Council and municipal staff congratulate Jim Johnson on his 25 Years of Service in the Public Works Department. Sincere thanks to Jim for his hard work and dedication.

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Featuring the spirit of the local people Houston Hikers put fun on the map Andrew Hudson Minutes after they tumble out of a school bus and onto the Old Pines hiking trail, Ms. Page’s Grade 1 class start to pepper their guides with questions. “Are these lichen?” “What’s this leaf?” “Can we climb the trees?” The answers—moss, Solomon’s seal, and a big laugh—come from Kelly Favron and Jonathan Van Barneveld, two volunteer directors with the Houston Hikers society. It’s their first time guiding a hike, but Old Pines seems to have everything seven-year-olds might want to get their hands on— wrinkly brain mushrooms, pink fairy slippers, and a wetland that squishes like a sponge. “With them here, it’s great,” says Silverthorne Elementary teacher Angela Page as she watches Favron and Van Barneveld lead her class to the trail highlight— a floating boardwalk that was recently rebuilt by Houston resident Rick Barden. “Does anyone know what a carnivore is?” Van Barneveld asks the group. “A meeeat-eater!” comes the answer. “That’s right,” says Van Barneveld, and walks ahead to find a sundew— a local plant that traps and digests bugs in its gluey tentacles. “Maybe the mosquito will land on it and we’ll see it get it,” says one boy, hopefully. Back at the bus after

Houston Hikers director Kelly Favron shows off his Old Man’s “Moustache” while guiding Ms. Page’s Grade 1 class on the Old Pines nature trail. The 1.9 km trail is an easy, 45-minute loop located in the Morice Nordic Ski trails about 10 km south of Houston. the two-kilometre loop, not on the provincial regisPage said she first found try,” Favron explains. out about Old Pines on “So we go out, and it’s the Houston Hikers new kind of an adventure to go website, which now lists out and find a trail, GPS it, 13 local trails with maps, do the map up, and put it distances, and difficulty on.” rankings. Favron said it’s a big Hikers director Kelly help that the directors— Favron says tech-savvy is who also include Andy one of the group’s greatest Muma, Mary Robinson, assets. and Jaret van der Giessen— Houston Hikers started are people work regularly in 2010, when some friends with digital mapping sysat Houston Forest Products tems and GPS gear. realized part of the China Mapping and registerNose Mountain trail was ing a trail with the provgoing to get logged. ince means that logging “There’s a lot of trails and mining companies can around Houston, but they’re see it, Favron said. It also

means B.C. Tourism funding for trail signs, as well as insurance for trail users and all the volunteers doing do trail work. Before the Hikers mapped it, even trails like China Nose—a fairly wellknown hike that’s close to town—used to be pretty easy to lose. “Some people said there were two bridges, others said three,” Favron said, laughing. “There was ribbon everywhere, and we ended up in the middle of a plantation, nowhere near where we were supposed to be.” With donations from the Morice Forest Salvage Society, Dungate Community Forest, and the hard work from forest-fire crews in Houston and Burns Lake, the Houston Hikers have so far been able to upgrade 12 older trails and cut a new one up to the old Story fire lookout. “We had a goal of 20 trails within 20 kilometres of Houston,” Favron says. “We were under the impression that we’d be laying out and building trails. But there were so many out there.” And while they started with the goal of promoting Houston hiking trails for locals and tourists, Favron said the Hikers are now branching out. The Hikers are in touch with a rock climbing group that has route maps and ratings for cliffs at Owen Hat and Nadina Mountain, have ideas for a quadding area, and are organizing the next step in a long-awaited plan to open mountain bik-

Houston Hikers director Jonathan Van Barneveld fields several tough questions from Silverthorne Elementary students as they carefully step around some wolf droppings on Old Pines trail. ing trails on Mount Harry Davis. Favron said the Hikers are also going to host small web pages for other Houston outdoors clubs on their web page, along with

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a community forum where hikers can share tips on things like snowpack, wildlife, and trail difficulties. “We’ve become kind of the Canadian Tire of hiking,” Favron said. “If you’re

from another country, you think it’s just tires, but really it’s got everything.” For trail maps and more info on the Houston Hikers, visit www.houstonhikers.ca.


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When it comes to lifeguarding, Sue West doesn’t hesitate. “It’s all about enthusiasm,’ says the popular lifeguard and AquaFit instructor as she hops off her desk back to poolside. Starting in July, the Houston Leisure Facility is looking to train up to 12 enthusiastic candidates for a fast-track course in lifeguarding. It’s a pilot program, says Leisure Services Director Curtis McPhee, designed to bring in lifeguards and swimming instructors who can work during school hours.

In one short summer of evening and weekend classes, McPhee says trainees can go from Bronze Cross straight up to full certification with the National Lifeguard Service. “That’s the big course that people are normally paying $800 or $900 to do,” he said, adding that all the guarding, CPR and First Aid courses would normally cost between $1,500 and $2,000. Trainees in the fasttrack program only pay for their course manuals. To join the program, McPhee said candidates will have to pass a swimming

test to make sure they meet minimum swimming requirements. “You don’t need to be an all-star by any means,” he said. While the program will give preference to adults who can do lifeguarding in the daytime, McPhee says he also encourages high school students to apply. “If they do get into the program, it’s an opportunity to get a year of two of work and get really good work experience that employers love to see because it teaches responsibility,” he said. Applications are available at the Leisure Facility and are due by 1 p.m., July 3.

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WISE BUYERS READ THE LEGAL COPY: Vehicle(s) may be shown with optional equipment. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offers. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. Dealer order or transfer may be required as inventory may vary by dealer. See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ‡Ford Employee Pricing (“Employee Pricing”) is available from June 14, 2012 to August 31, 2012 (the “Program Period”), on the purchase or lease of most new 2012/2013 Ford vehicles (excluding all chassis cab and cutaway body models, F-150 Raptor, Medium Trucks, Mustang Boss 302, and 2013 Shelby GT500). Employee Pricing refers to A-Plan pricing ordinarily available to Ford of Canada employees (excluding any CAW-negotiated programs). The new vehicle must be delivered or factory-ordered during the Program Period from your participating Ford Dealer. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. ‡‡No purchase necessary. For full contest rules, eligible vehicle criteria, and to enter as a Ford owner, visit www.ford.ca/shareourpridecontest (follow the entry path applicable to you, complete all mandatory fields and click on ‘submit’) or visit your local Ford Dealer for details. Open only to residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority, possess a valid graduated level provincially issued driver’s license, and are owners of Ford branded vehicles (excluding fleet customers and all Lincoln and Mercury models). Eligible vehicle criteria includes requirement that it be properly registered in Canada in the contest entrant’s name (matching vehicle ownership), and properly registered/plated and insured. Non-Ford owners can enter by mailing an original 100 word essay on “what they like about Ford”, with their full name, full mailing address, email, daytime phone number (with area code) to: Vanessa Richard, Pareto Corp., 1 Concorde Gate, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M3C 4G4. Contest closes at 11:59pm (PST) on the last day of the 2012 Ford Employee Pricing campaign which will be no earlier than August 31, 2012. Limit of 1 entry per person. Up to 8 prizes available to be won in Canada in 3 possible prize categories, each worth up to CAD$50,000. Chances of winning are dependent on the total number of entries received up to each 10,000 interval of unit sales under the Employee Pricing campaign (“Draw Trigger”). Odds of winning decrease as the contest progresses, more entries are made into the contest, and opportunities for Draw Triggers lessen. Skill testing question required. *Purchase a new 2012 Escape XLT I4 FWD with automatic transmission/2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine/2013 Edge SEL FWD with automatic transmission/2012 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4X4 Western Edition with power seats/2012 F-150 Platinum Super Crew 4x4 for $22,253/$28,683/$32,329/$39,614/$46,313 after Total Eligible Price Adjustment of $5,446/$11,316/$3,770/$9,485/$14,313 (Total Eligible Price Adjustment is a combination of Employee Price Adjustment of $1,946/$4,316/$2,770/$5,485/$7,186 and delivery allowance of $3,500/$7,000/$1,000/$4,000/$7,000) is deducted. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Total Eligible Price Adjustment has been deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude variable charges of license, fuel fill charge, insurance, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Delivery Allowances can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for model shown: 2012 Escape 2.5L I4 6-speed Automatic transmission: [10.0L/100km (28MPG) City, 7.1L/100km (40MPG) Hwy / 2013 Edge 3.5L V6 FWD 6-speed Automatic transmission: [11.1L/100km (25MPG) City, 7.2L/100km (39MPG) Hwy / 2012 F-150 4X4 5.0L V8: [14.9L/100km (19MPG) City, 10.5L/100km (27MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, and driving habits. †When properly equipped. Max. towing of 11,300 lbs with 3.5L EcoBoost and 6.2L 2 valve 4X2 V8 engines. 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GVWR. ◆Some mobile phones and some digital media players may not be fully compatible – check www.syncmyride.com for a listing of mobile phones, media players, and features supported. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford recommends that drivers use caution when using mobile phones, even with voice commands. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, not essential to driving when it is safe to do so. SYNC is optional on most new Ford vehicles. †††©2012 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.

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Couple With Horses. Large Central BC Cattle Ranch seeks couple with horses to spend summer on range with cattle herd in the spectacular Chilcotin country. Travel trailer provided for housing. Low pay, but an adventure of a lifetime. Alexis Creek Ranch (425) 4818451 Email: cblakey@wesmar.com

T-MAR INDUSTRIES located in Campbell River is hiring for the position of Heavy Duty Mechanic. Position comes with a competitive benefit package and applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. For details visit www.t-mar.com Contact Tyson Lambert by Fax: 250-286-9502 or by Email:tysonlambert@t-mar.com

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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.

Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Experience Needed!! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 wks. vacation & benefits 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

MATCO. CLASS 1 Household Goods Drivers. 2 years experience required. $5000 sign-on bonus. Terms and conditions apply. Competitive wages. Contact: Dana Watson dana.watson@matco.ca, Fax 780-484-8800

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Help Wanted An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and labour/rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. EXPERIENCED Dangle Head Processor Operator needed for the Merritt area. Please call Brian at 250-378-6984 after 6:00 pm. Please fax your resume also to 250-378-6930

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NADINA TRUCK SERVICE LTD. Houston Industrial Park, Houston, BC Nadina truck is currently accepting resumes for a full time CERTIFIED BODY MAN OR APPRENTICE BODY MAN. Please send resume or apply in person at Nadina Truck. Call 250.845.2212 and ask for Henry or John. WESTERN STAR/STERLING TRUCKS

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A desire to provide customer service through sales tire replacement and repair A desire to exceed in customer service The attitude to successfully work in a team atmosphere The ability to excel in a physically demanding environment An entrepreneurial spirit

Then Kal Tire wants you to consider becoming a part of our team. With over 250 locations, Kal Tire is the largest independently owned tire dealer in Canada. We offer a clean safe work environment in a motivating and fun atmosphere, empowering and supportive work culture and a comprehensive on the job-training program for advancement. With competitive salary and benefits programs, as well as the opportunity to participate in profit sharing (bonus).

HIRING RIGHT NOW !! If you are looking for full time steady days, bonus, benefits and a long term career, please apply in the Houston Branch.

Kal Tire is proud to give back to the community. Tweedie Road Industrial Site, Houston 250-845-7341

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Tolko Industries Ltd. is a forest products company with marketing, resource management and manufacturing operations throughout Western Canada. A career with Tolko means working in an environment that encourages personal and professional development. We offer a workplace where everyone plays an essential role in the success of our Company and where individual efforts are acknowledged. We are currently seeking the following positions in the North Okanagan Region of British Columbia. Maintenance Supervisor to join our team at our Lavington Division RESPONSIBILITIES: The Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for providing supervision of maintenance crews to obtain proper operating efficiencies and achieve quality and machine safety standards. QUALIFICATIONS: • Have a good working knowledge of Worksafe BC and OH&S Regulations • Journeyman certification with interprovincial is required. • Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience in forest industry. • Good organization, planning and scheduling is required. Maintenance Superintendent to join our team at our Armstrong Division RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Plant Manager and working in close connection with the production team, the Maintenance Superintendent will provide direction and leadership to the maintenance crew. As an integral part of the management team, the Maintenance Superintendent is responsible for, the safe and efficient operations in planning, organizing and operating all aspects of the maintenance department in a team environment. QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum 10 years’ experience in all areas of Maintenance. • Strong management skills. • Knowledge and understanding of workplace safety systems and programs. • Ability to analyze data, rationalize solutions, and communicate plans. TO APPLY: If you are interested in exploring this opportunity and being part of our community please visit our website at: www.tolko.com and submit your resume by June 30, 2012 We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Huckleberry Mines Ltd. is a 19,000 TPD open pit copper molybdenum mine located approximately two hours driving time from Houston, B.C. The mine has been in operation since in September 1997 and closure is planned for 2021. We are currently looking to add the following positions to our team.

Safety Officer Reporting to the Safety Coordinator, the successful candidate will be required to work with minimal supervision. The responsibilities will include but not limited to: safety orientations for new hires and contractors, general workplace safety monitoring, conducting job hazard assessments, safety inspections, over seeing Occupational Health & Safety Committee meetings, attending general site safety meetings. Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates possessing a background in safety, first aid and mine rescue. • Work independently and safely with minimal supervision • Solid computer skills including MS Office • Previous experience in a mining or industrial setting • Must have a valid BC driver’s license

Human Resources Assistant Under the direction of the Human Resources Specialist, the HR Assistant provides administrative and technical support to the HR Section and other company departments by delivering a full array of HR functions and ensuring policies and procedures are applied consistently. We are looking for someone with strong computer skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task and work independently. Experience in benefit administration, recruitment and HRIS will be considered an asset. The work schedule for these positions is 4 days on followed by 3 days off (Monday to Thursday). Transportation to and from the mine site is provided from Houston and Smithers by bus and while at the mine site all meals and accommodations are provided free of charge to employees. Huckleberry Mines Ltd. offers a competitive salary and a full range of benefits including medical, life, disability income and RRSP savings plan. We thank all applicants for their interest in Huckleberry Mines Ltd., but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates can submit their resumes in confidence to:

Human Resources Department Huckleberry Mines Ltd. P.O. Box 3000, Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z0 Fax: (604) 517-4701 Email: HR@HuckleberryMines.com


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Where to Worship Anglican Church of St. Clement 2324 Butler Ave., Box 599, Houston 250-845-4940

Rev. Margaret Powell Services are: 10:30 a.m. Sundays except 7 p.m. on the First Sunday of the month.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church 2001 Riverbank Drive, Box 819, Houston

Phone: 845-2841 • Fax: 845-2823

Fr. Rectorino Tolentino Pastoral Assistant: Ronnie Cruz (Houston)

Mass: Sunday 11:30 a.m. Weekly activities or events announced as they occur.

First United Church 2106 Butler Ave., Houston

Services at 11 a.m. Contact: (Marianne Dekker) 250-845-2282 or 778-816-0039

HOUSTON PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 2024 Riverbank Drive, Box 597, Houston Phone: 845-2678 • Pastor: Mike McIntyre

Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 amSunday Prayer Meeting: 6:30 pm Sunday School: 9:45 am Everyone Welcome

Guru Nanak Sikh Temple Association P.O. Box 1784, Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 Phone: 250-845-2705 Santokh Singh Manhas 250-845-2217

Houston Fellowship Baptist Church 3790 C.R. Matthews Rd. Pastor: Larry Ballantyne

Sunday Service - 10:30 am Everyone Welcome! Phone: 250-845-7810

Houston Christian Reformed Church 1959 Goold St., Box 6, Houston 250-845-7578

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SUBWAY SUPERVISOR $12 hr. Full Time, must have min. 1 yr. experience as Supervisor in Fast Food; will consider long term employment in restaurant industry.

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Real Estate Acreage for Sale 235 Acres for sale, only 10 minutes from Vanderhoof. Great building site at 10 acre pond, fenced, 45 acres cleared. $248,000. obo (250)567-3193

Business for Sale LIVE THE Dream. Harbours End Marine, 27 year history on beautiful Salt Spring Island, BC “the best place on earth!” Owner retiring, well-established business only $129,000 email: bjg_cormorant@shaw.ca

For Sale By Owner LOGAN LAKE, B.C. 3 bdrm house, 2 baths, sep. garage. View at: Property Guys # 2303 or call 250-523-9762.

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Accounting Clerk (Burns Lake) Pinnacle Renewable Energy is seeking an Accounting Clerk to join our team in our Burns Lake Plant location. This is a permanent full time position that will work directly with the Plant Accountant. Responsibilities include; A/P support, data entry, and general accounting support as required. The ideal candidate would have: •2+ years related experience •Self-starter, and able to work with minimal supervision •Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented •Solid knowledge of MS Excel and computerized accounting software Submit your resume to: E-mail: hr@pinnaclepellet.com No Phone Inquiries Accepted Closing date June 30, 2012.

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Priming, loading and stemming holes Operating a 416 loader Assisting in guarding blasts Assisting in loading an emulsion truck

Applicants require an open pit blasting certificate, have a minimum of 2 years open pit blasting experience, experience working with IKON, and hold a valid class 5 drivers license. A copy of the blasting certificate must be included with the resume. Experience operating other pieces of mine surface equipment would be considered an asset. Huckleberry Mines is located approximately two hours driving time from Houston, British Columbia. Employees live in a camp environment on their days of work. The work schedule for this position is 4 days on followed by 4 days off. Transportation to and from the mine site is provided from Houston and Smithers by bus and while at the mine site all meals and accommodations are provided free of charge to employees. Houston and Smithers are located in the scenic Bulkley Valley on TransCanada Highway 16, an excellent area to raise a family and has exceptional outdoor recreational activities. More information on the area is available at www.smithers.ca, www.houston.ca and www. rdbn.bc.ca. Huckleberry Mines Ltd. offers a competitive salary and a full range of benefits including medical, life, disability income and RRSP savings plan. We thank all applicants for their interest in Huckleberry Mines Ltd., but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates can submit their resumes in confidence to:

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WELL KEPT 12X68 UPGRADED MOBILE HOME • Finished addition • extra roof for added protection and insulation • includes fridge, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher, woodstove • front and back decks • storage shed • established gardens • quiet location. $37,000 #15 Silverthorne Mobile Home Park

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JANITORIAL/CUSTODIAL SERVICES Canfor – Houston is currently entertaining bids for contract services for the following: Janitorial/Custodial Services for the Canfor – Houston main of¿ce building located at 1397 Morice River Rd. Contractors are expected to supply their own equipment. Interested parties can contact Robbyn Emberley at 250-845-5215 to review the scope of duties prior to bidding. All bids must be submitted no later than July 15, 2012 to: Canfor – Houston Attn: Robbyn Emberley Box 158 - 1397 Morice River Rd. Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 Or faxed to: 250-845-5291 Attn: Robbyn Emberley

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Applicants are applying to become participants in the District of Houston Lifeguard Development Program, and to become a Part-time Lifeguard Instructor for the District of Houston. The position of Part-time Lifeguard Instructor works on a regular basis, less than twenty-two (22) hours per week on a monthly average. Part-time employees shall receive fifty percent (50%) of the BC Government Medical Plan Premiums. The current rate of Learn how tois $18.89 per hour, and the Instructor rate is $19.74 pay for a lifeguard perinstall hour. your

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The District car of Houston child’s seatmay select up to twelve (12) applicants to participate in this program. The program will provide participating applicants with all of Call to become fully certified Lifeguard Instructors. The thecorrectly. training necessary District will pay all instructor and registration fees for the selected courses, 1-877-247-5551 with participants paying for their own course manuals and materials. or visitmust be 17 years of age by August 22, 2012. Applicants

ChildSeatInfo.ca Participants will be required to attend all scheduled lifeguard courses and training sessions. Courses will be offered on evenings and weekends. Successful completion of the program may result in participants receiving employment with the District of Houston as a Part-time Lifeguard Instructor. Information packages and applications can be obtained at the District of Houston Municipal Office, 3367 – 12th Street, Houston BC. Applications will be received at the District of Houston Municipal Office, 3367 – 12th Street, Houston, BC until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 03, 2012.

Cars - Domestic 1992 FORD Crown Victoria for sale. 136,000 km. $2,800. Call: 250-696-3278

Interested persons should direct all inquiries to: Drive to Save Lives Curtis McPhee, Director of Leisure Services Phone: (250) 845-7420 Fax: (250) 845-3429 E-mail: leisure.services@houston.ca

1970 Ford 750 Chassis 390 cu.in. Gas Engine Poly Tank – 1,000 Gallons 22,800 Miles Thibault Body

Details on the Truck and the bidding process may be found on the bcbid.gov.bc.ca website Interested persons may direct all inquiries to: Jim Daigneault, Fire Chief Ph # 250-845-2250

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Please keep your announcements as brief as possible. Deadline (faxed or mailed or delivered) is 4 p.m. Thursday. Items are printed or alternated as space permits. Items will be accepted via fax, email or dropped at the office. No phone calls please. More calendar items are listed online and can be submitted or viewed at www.houston-today.com Houston Secondary School - last day is Thurs., June 28. Report cards will be issued to the students June 28 @ 1pm (no early exceptions). Baseball game and free bbq offered for all students. Report cards are not mailed out; pls pick your copy up in the office or contact HSS @ 845-7217. Office hours for the summer are: July 3 – July 13; August 20 – August 31 (8:30am – 3pm) Counsellor hours are August 27 – August 30. 1st day of school for the 2012 is Tuesday, Sept. 4. HSS webpage: http://hssweb. sd54.bc.ca Babysitters course sponsored by the Houston Community Services Association is offered on July 9-10-11 and July 16-17-18. Time is from 10 a.m. to noon and located upstairs on 10th Street --across from the dentist. Please signup before July 6, 2012 and come into the office to phone: 250-845-3484. Houston Public Library Events... Baby & Me: Wed: 101am; Story Time: Wed: 1:30-2:30pm; Toddler Time: Fri: 10 to 11am; Phone 250-845-2256 for more info on any of the above events or to register.

Pleasant Valley Community Market in Houston - Fridays 10AM - 3PM in Steelhead Park (Hwy 16) across from “The Flyrod”. There will be fresh produce, baking, crafts and preserves. To become a vendor or for more information contact Cindy at 250-845-2222. The Houston Community Garden is now taking applications for this season. Everyone is welcome. No gardening experience is necessary. Please register early as space is limited. For more information or to make an appointment to register call the Garden Coordinator at 845-2727. Seniors Bingo is every Tues. at 7 p.m. at Cottonwood Manor. Entry is $1. Come out and enjoy a fun prize filled evening. Lots of prizes! “Fit For Life.” Senior Exercise @ Cottonwood Manor on Mon., Wed., & Fri. @10 a.m. Call Hanne 845-7414 or Bunny 845-7110. The Houston Legion Branch 249: Meeting: 2nd Mon. of the month is Executive, 4th Mon. is General Meeting (we have not been able to get a quorum in months, members please attend) Houston Community Services is open Mon. thru Fri. from 9am to 4pm We have clothing to give away. Baby clothing; women’s and mens as well as children of all ages. Come and check it out! The Houston Retirement Housing Society is asking

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Structural Firefighting/Hwy Rescue. Interested? Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. is accepting applications. No experience necessary please contact Byron - F/C 250-6963348 or come to a fire practice: Thurs. @ 1930 hrs (7:30 pm) Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. meetings every 2nd Tues. of the month at 7:30 pm. Fire practices every Thurs. at 7:30 pm. Topley Victory Church services: 10:30 a.m.

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Granisle and District Seniors meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thurs. of each month at 1pm in the Seniors Centre. Granisle Volunteer Fire Department meetings & fire practices every Tues., 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Granisle Church of the Way services are Sun., 11 a.m. Bible study is Thurs. at 7 p.m. Houston Public Library - Community Place project: Bulkley Valley Credit Union donated $817.54 to assist with the purchase of gaming consoles and systems and two games for the Community Place project. Their project is geared towards providing a variety of events for the local community youth; pizza nights, movie nights and games nights. These events support youth and adults alike. Pizza night and movie nights bring in up to 30 youth. Contact the Houston Public Library for more information on their programs 250-845-2256.

If you think you have found the right home, you should consider having the home inspected by a building inspection service which will prepare a written report. Your purchase is a big investment, so think of the fee of this service as an insurance premium.

MUST BE MOVED! • 1994 mobile with 12 x 14 addition. • Bright, spacious, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. • Vaulted ceilings, skylight in kitchen, tonnes of cabinets. • Walk in closet and ensuite in master. • Laminate flooring in living room. • All appliances included.

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