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Don’t get into cars with strangers, warn Merritt police Man asks for directions, invites women into vehicle By Jade Swartzberg THE HERALD

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A helicopter works to extinguish an eight-hectare fire near the Coquihalla Highway summit on Tuesday. The blaze was sparked from the rubble of a twoweek-old lighting strike. Nicola Fire Base crews continued to attack the flames with help from a Princeton crew on Wednesday. Phillip Woolgar/Herald

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A fire was ignited from the dormant rubble of a two-week-old lightning strike on Monday, approximately five kilometres west of the Coquihalla Highway summit between Merritt and Vancouver. The nearly eight-hectare fire was almost fully contained as of press time Wednesday, when a helicopter and ground crew of 10 from the Nicola Fire Base attacked the flames and smouldering wood. “It’s from a holdover fire and it is visible from the Coquihalla Highway,� said Kayla Pepper, fire information officer for the Kamloops Fire Zone, just prior to flying out of the Merritt Airport on a helicopter to inspect the blaze. “It’s not too aggressive yet, so we are hoping the

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winds co-operate today.� By the time the chopper reached the blaze, it was nearly extinguished, as another helicopter scooped water from a small nearby lake to make regular drops on the flames throughout the day. The fire burned on a steep slope near the mountain peak, which means it had the potential to spread quite viciously due to the upward movement of the heat. On Monday, when the fire broke out, the air tankers dropped retardant along the perimeter, which helped to contain any spread and make Tuesday’s job easier. “Today, because the fire behavior cooled down, they were able to be more successful,� Pepper said. “There are two helicopters that will be fighting that fire tomorrow [Wednesday].�

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Both the Nicola Base and a crew from Princeton were called to attend the fire Wednesday. Forty firefighters were on the ground Wednesday, and by that time only a small area of open flames still burned. The only access to the fire was through the air, and a rappel crew was called in from Salmon Arm to establish a landing area for firefighters to access the blaze. The three-person crew accesses the remote area from a rope and then clears out trees and builds a helipad. “It was that steep and remote that we had to do that first,� Pepper said. As a pilot for Valley Helicopters, Jesse Pierce takes to the sky when an area fire sparks.

Merritt RCMP officers are warning residents of a male driving a green midsized car who has asked young women for directions and then asked them to get into his vehicle. “So far we’re aware of four instances and it appears to be the same person,� said RCMP Const. Ryan Dell. RCMP received the first report in June, though the most recent report was on Monday. So far, none of the young women have agreed to get into the vehicle with him. “We’re obviously concerned because it is unusual behaviour for someone to be asking women to get into a car,� said Dell. “It could lead to a harmful situation which is the reason for the media release.

“We don’t want someone getting into the car with this person.� Dell said the instances have not taken place in a specific area of town; however, police are hoping more people will choose to report similar instances (if there are any) so police can see if there is a pattern. “Police are asking the public to report all recent or past incidents where similar circumstances have taken place,� he said. At this time police were unable to comment on suspicions on whether the suspect is local or not. “Police are also reminding the public, regardless of the circumstances, not to get into a vehicle with a stranger,� said Dell. “Be mindful of your personal safety, obtain as much information as possible, including descriptions and license plate numbers. “Make a report to the police as soon as possible.� Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-3784262.

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Three new ambassadors crowned Twelve young women showcased their wits and talents to represent B.C. By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Both the B.C. Ambassador candidates and the audience members were tearful Saturday night, as three new ambassadors were crowned at the Merritt Civic Centre. Merritt’s own Sarah Simon — who was a B.C. ambassador last year — passed her crown to one of this year’s winners, Mariah Morris. “The biggest thing for me is promoting the program in my community and making sure everyone knew what the program was,” Morris said, adding that she is the first person from Castlegar to be in the Ambassador Program on the provincial level. “I learned so much about

‘It was very emotional at the end, knowing that I didn’t place, but I’m fine just knowing that I got the scholarship.’ —MERRITT AMBASSADOR CANDIDATE SHAYLA MUIR-HOLDER my community and about myself through this program.” During the next year, Morris and the two other winners — Acacia Schmietenknop from Kamloops and Carley Henniger from Trail — will travel the province and nation, representing B.C. and their communities in various public events. But the road to being crowned was far from easy. “We were responsible for promoting the

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“I do have a lot of experience with music, but I practiced a song just for the competition,” she said. She also managed to fundraise $1,670 for her bursary. “This whole experience was so breathtaking,” she added. As one of the former ambassadors and a Merritt resident, Simon said her experience over the past year has been “an honour and privilege.” She recorded a speech, which played as she walked through a tearful crowd during her last appearance as a B.C. ambassador. “This past year has provided me with outstanding opportunities that have allowed me to

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July bylaw services briefs Animal Control: The bylaw office impounded nine dogs during the month of July; all nine were released back to their owners. We took three other dogs into protective custody arising from public complaints and all three dogs were reunited with their owners the same day. The issues of dogs and dogs at large remain a high priority for the bylaw office and a positive proactive approach continues to have a visible effect on the issues surrounding dogs in the city. This office continues to receive feedback on the street that reinforces the fact our efforts are succeeding and that a leashed dog in public spaces is the responsible way to go. Compliance in our downtown core

regarding leashed dogs is up significantly and our downtown businesses and patrons are all very appreciative. Aug. 1, saw the Nicola Valley’s Forgotten and Feral Felines Society finally vacating their downtown location as a result of continued pressure by the owner and the lawyer representing him. Efforts by the bylaw office to contact any director of this society continue to go unanswered. Business Licensing: July was a busy month for new businesses joining the Merritt Corporate world with the addition of ten and one renewal. August is also on track for a larger number of new businesses joining our corporate world. This

brings our paid active businesses YTD to 599. Merritt remains a very positive place to do business and these numbers are reflecting that fact. Unsightly Properties: Now that summer is upon us unsightly properties within the City of Merritt are challenging the bylaw office on every front. There were 28 new files opened in July — almost one per day. Needless to say, the unsightliness of properties in Merritt remains an issue and a priority for the bylaw office and the City will continue to pressure home owners who allow their property to become unsightly and affect the safety, aesthetics and property values in the surrounding neighbourhood. It should be noted that

will begin September 1, 2012 until October 1, 2012. during this time we will proceed with a variety of maintenance items. Our fitness room will remain open 7am-7pm Monday thru Friday if you have need of any furthur information please do not hesitate to inquire, we can be reached at 250-378-6662. thank you for your patience during this time. The City of Merritts Leisure Services Department

Watering Restrictions: Efforts by this office and the two conservation students working with the Water Resource Advisory Committee continue to educate and inform the residents of Merritt regarding the watering restrictions and the reasons that these restrictions are in place. In the month of July 36 first time warnings were issued to residents watering out of their watering times with no repeat offenders found. Excerpt from Aug. 21 regular council meeting agenda. Submitted by Bob Davis, bylaw services officer.

NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the City of Merritt that an election by voting is necessary to elect one (1) Councillor, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are: COUNCILLOR – ONE (1) TO BE ELECTED Surname BAIRD CHRISTOPHERSON CLARKE CROSS KEYS POLMANS

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GENERAL VOTING DAY will be open to qualiÀed electors of the City of Merritt on Saturday, September 15, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: Lower portion of City Hall – 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, B.C. Advance voting opportunities will be held at City Hall, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, B.C. on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Carole Fraser Chief Election OfÀcer

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Cathy McLeod discusses CRA red tape reduction initiatives at local roundtable By Jade Swartzberg THE HERALD

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Only a handful of Merritt business owners took the opportunity to discuss concerns about Canada Revenue red tape with Cathy McLeod, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, at a round table on Thursday. McLeod, also the KamloopsThompson-Cariboo Member of Parliament, said she has held similar meetings with communities across the province to get feedback from people “on the ground level” and to share initiatives the CRA has introduced to reduce the burden on small businesses. “We’ve been trying to take some steps to get rid of unnecessary red tape and make things easier for small businesses,” she told those gathered in the Merritt Culture Club on Thursday morning. Through roundtable discussions, she said they have come up with 12 specific recommendations to reduce red tape including extending an automatic hiring credit for small

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businesses, and revising penalties for small business late filing fees. Local reporters were asked to leave for the discussion portion of the round table; however, after the meeting McLeod said Merrittonians seemed most interested in education on what help is available for small businesses. “When we meet with accountants they are focused on actual logistics — what forms would be helpful etc.,” she said. “Small business owners are

hungry for information on what is available.” Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas, also present at the meeting, said he heard similar concerns at a meeting in Merritt on Aug. 2. “It reinforces that we need to work with chambers to put information packages together,” he said. “We really need to be relentless about making the information available.” He said discussions with McLeod about the CRA are vital to small business owners,

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REGISTRATION OF NEW STUDENTS Registration of pupils NEW TO THE DISTRICT AND BEGINNERS who have not yet been registered for the school term commencing Tuesday, September 4, 2012 will take place at district schools on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL All elementary and secondary classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, with the exception of Kindergarten students. Please contact your child’s school for Kindergarten specifics. Other exceptions are as follows, but please check school websites or contact individual schools for further details: Brocklehurst Middle School: Classes will begin at 10:30 am on Tuesday, September 4th for Grade 7 and Leadership students only. Wednesday, September 5th, 8:30 am start for all students at Brocklehurst Middle School. Westwold Elementary School: New students may register at Westwold Elementary School on Tuesday, September 4th, or at R.L. Clemitson Elementary on Aug. 28th or Aug. 29th, 2012. All elementary schools (rural and in-town) will dismiss students at 12:00 noon. Secondary in-town schools will dismiss students at 3:00 p.m. Rural secondary schools will dismiss students at 12:30 p.m.

BUSING On Tuesday, September 4th, buses will pick up students 2 hours later than normal for the 10:30 am start, and deliver elementary students home approximately 2 hours earlier than normal. Regular afternoon bus schedules will apply for in-town secondary students.

adding that small changes can lead to increased productivity. Rob Miller, Community Futures Nicola Valley general manager, said locals also voiced suggestions regarding CRA customer service wait times. “They said changes wouldn’t happen immediately, but they’ve made a soft commitment to look at the issue.” McLeod and CRA representatives also spoke about resources already available for small business such at the My Business Account service, and BizPal, an online business permit and licensing service, which are designed to save business owners money. When asked what her approximate travel budget was for her travels related to the round table meetings, McLeod did not give a specific figure. Instead, she spoke about how she has tried to stay with friends where possible. “I’ve tried to make it a frugal process and still take the opportunity to hit communities of various sizes — to be in places like Merritt as well as Vancouver,” she said.

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HERALD OPINION ICBC has been mishandled The BC Liberals have completely mishandled ICBC, and the proof came on Thursday, when a review showed that the company has been hiring boatloads of senior managers and paying them more each year — with the government apparently oblivious to this fact. There are 32 per cent more managers than in 2007, and they are paid (as a group) 70 per cent more than managers received in 2007. Fifty-four of them made more than $200,000 each in 2011. The Liberals insisted, on taking office in 2001, that ICBC didn’t need to be privatized, nor did there need to be complete competition in the auto insurance sector. They merged ICBC operations with the motor vehicle branch, and had ICBC contribute to policing initiatives, and thus thoroughly muddled it with legitimate government activities. This has made it very difficult to unwind ICBC, the insurance company, from ICBC, the public policy arm. They have also insisted, especially in recent years, that substantial dividends from ICBC go back to the shareholder — the government. This means that all ICBC customers, and that’s everyone who owns a vehicle, are paying additional insurance premiums to boost government revenues. This is not a commercial transaction — it’s a tax grab, hidden in the guise of insurance costs. The government has now, very belatedly, said ICBC needs to cut its management costs and manager compensation. This comes just after ICBC has boosted insurance rates by 11.2 per cent. The simple fact is this: ICBC is being used by government for all sorts of purposes that are far afield from its ostensible role as a public car insurance company. This isn’t new — the NDP did this with ICBC back in its earliest days. But it certainly points out that the Liberals are just as good as the NDP at mismanaging Crown corporations and sticking taxpayers with extra costs.

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JADE SWARTZBERG Merritt HERALD Last Thursday, Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo MP Cathy McLeod, also Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Revenue, visited Merritt to hold a public roundtable and get feedback from businesses about

their dealings with the Canada Revenue Agency. I would have loved to provide a more detailed report about discussions from this meeting than the one on page 5, however, I was not allowed to stay for the meeting. Neither was Q101 news reporter Ricardo Veneza. Though we pleaded our case, a representative from the Ministry of National Revenue would not budge, except in allowing us to remain for McLeod’s opening remarks. As members of the media we wear scarlet letters I suppose — even friends occasionally hesi-

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tate before sharing confidences with me until they are sure the conversation is “off the record” — but there was no reason to keep us from this meeting. The ministry rep would not even let us stay as casual observers, though the meeting had been billed as a public discussion with a Member of Parliament. He told us they had used the same format for similar roundtable meetings conducted throughout the province and said they were worried local business owners would be wary about raising concerns with reporters present.

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This argument was weak. Attendance at the Merritt meeting was extremely low and those who attended have had no qualms about speaking with the media before. In fact, Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce manager Heather Fader and director Rob Miller both spoke up in our favour. Also, most small business owners in our community would not have been able to attend a roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. on a weekday. Many run their businesses themselves and locking up their stores for an hour would

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mean losing an hour’s worth of revenue. These people were likely relying on the media coverage to find out what discussion took place. Unfortunately, we were unable to fully provide them with that service. This roundtable meeting, which apparently included discussion about removing red tape, seemed riddled with it. The government needs to do away with this onesize-fits-all meeting format. While the ministry representative may feel justified in imposing restrictions in

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From Page 6 ICBC needs to be privatized. This of course won’t happen under a new NDP government, nor under a re-elected Liberal government. ICBC is a sacred cow. There is no real need to have government operate a car insurance company that forces all drivers to buy at least basic car insurance. Competition is allowed for what the government considers “optional” coverage, such as collision or comprehensive. If there was true competition in all aspects of car insurance, most good drivers would see their premiums reduced. They most certainly would not be paying an additional amount to the insurance company which ends up in government coffers. ICBC has been mismanaged by both the NDP and the Liberals. It should be sold off, but that won’t happen any time soon. Drivers will just keep paying more than they should for car insurance. Langley Times

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Actions undermine engagement efforts Time to vote for person, not party SHOWCASING TALENT Anya McVean performs an acapella piece during Saturday’s Clash of the Talent contest. Ten people from Round 2 will advance to the semi-finals taking place this Saturday at 3 p.m. at Rotary Park. Phillip Woolgar/Herald

From Page 6 a larger centre such as Vancouver, it seemed ridiculous, given the circumstances, to hold our little community to the same restrictions. McLeod and her travel companions will undoubtedly rely on public tax dollars to fund their roundtable related travel expenses, and yet most of the public is kept in the dark about what specifically takes place at these meetings. When asked about her travel budget, McLeod danced around the question and vaguely responded that she had stayed with friends where possible, and tried to be frugal in deference to tax payers. She could not (or would not) even provide a ball park figure. The meeting itself was likely less exciting than government representatives made it seem by locking out the media. However, by locking us out, they locked out the public, which undermined their efforts at engaging in discussion.

Dear Editor: I agreed and disagreed with Greg Young’s assessment of Harry Lali as our MLA (Letter to the editor — Aug. 16). I agree that Lali has proven more window dressing than substance, but disagree that we should accept this. Lali is pulling in excess of $130,000 plus salary — the plus being additional perks and expenses.

He is paid very well to represent us locally and should be doing so. Large land owners preventing legal access to public lands is happening throughout the province, but Lali shouldn’t be waiting until a provincial response forces him into activity. Who better equipped to get the ball rolling than an ex-Minister of Transportation, as most of the disputes are centred on road access. I voted for the NDP party last

We live on a quiet street with a school on it. Last Tuesday, two girls were walking up the street, while their dog — a shepherd — was lagging somewhat behind. They live about four

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election. Lali was attached to that party and I got him as an MLA by default. If we can’t count on the default MLA to represent us, then maybe it’s time we started to take parties outside the equation and vote for a person who is good for more than “ribbon cutting, fundraisers and photo ops.” Steve Soames Merritt, B.C.

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ing. What is he thinking (or not)? The dog is there for protection, not wandering the street. How many school yards in town has he picked up dogs from? We don’t need people just to enforce the law,

we need them to think about their surroundings when they enforce the law. Yes we have dog laws in town, but pick the dogs that are alone and running the streets.

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Noreen Cross believes Merritt would benefit from a fresh perspective on council, which is why she decided to run in the local byelection set for Sept. 15. She’s not looking to rattle any cages; rather, Cross said she’s willing to listen and work hard on behalf of the people. Cross has lived in the Nicola Valley for eight years since moving from Langley with her husband Jack. She works part time as a bookkeeper at the Ska-Lu-La Workshop and volunteers with the Merritt Centennials and the local vintage car clubs. “I’ve always been interested in politics and it’s always been my goal to get involved,” she said. “It felt like this byelection was a good opportunity to jump into the fray.” As a candidate Cross

is a bit unusual — she lives outside of the city limits just beyond Lower Nicola. However, she says she and her husband have been a part of the community since they arrived. “We’re in town everyday.” Cross said she believes voting is an important way for people to be involved in the community and makes sure to vote in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District elections. “I haven’t been able to have a say [in the City of Merritt], but as a councillor I would get to have a voice,” she said. As a bookkeeper, Cross said she would offer a strong background in finance, an understanding of how to run a business, and a desire to help the city grow. “Merritt is a great town and it’s got the

Merritt Walk of Stars and appeared as Miss Patty in the Merritt Live Theatre presentation of Happy 100 Merritt. Cross is encouraging everyone who is eligible

to make the effort to vote in the byelection. “Any level of government is only as good as the people who vote in it,” she said. “You shouldn’t be complain-

ing if you’re not going to vote.” In the coming weeks the Merritt Herald will feature each of the six candidates running in the Sept. 15 City of Merritt byelection. Since 1911

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charm of being a small town,” she said. “However, you need a tax base to pay for infrastructure so there’s a Catch-22 of which comes first — the people or the business.” Cross would also offer a woman’s perspective in a council dominated by men. Currently, Mayor Susan Roline and Coun. Clara Norgaard are the only women at the table.

“I looked at the dynamics and thought it would be nice to have another woman’s voice there,” she said. “Its good for people to have choice and I can promise that I will be informed, work hard and do the best that I can.” Besides volunteering with the Cents and the Nicola Valley Cruisers, Cross was previously involved with the

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Danny Mathieu, 16, receives a bursary for $1,000 at Brambles Bakery and Cafe on Tuesday from Jacqueline Nind, Merritt Rotary president, to attend a science program at Dalhousie University in Halifax starting in September. Phillip Woolgar/Herald SEALED WITH A HANDSHAKE Merritt Mayor Susan Roline, centre, accepts an honouree membership to the Rotary Club from District 5060 Governor Doug Everett, left, and President of the Merritt Rotary Jacqueline Nind at Brambles Bakery and Cafe last Thursday. Rotary club members met for a lunch to celebrate. Phillip Woolgar/Herald

Merritt workshop to offer grants By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Local non-profit groups could benefit from a substantial grant after attending a free workshop that is being held in Merritt on Sept. 20. Community Futures Nicola Valley, United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo and the Merritt Social Planning Council are teaming up with Enterprising NonProfits — a grant facilitator — to offer the free workshop. “We gave a $10,000 grant to the Merritt Walk of Stars several years ago to do their business planning and to take a look at how they could make it not just a program, but how they could make it sustainable by operating it with some business practices,” said David LePage, program manager at Enterprising Non-Profits, who will be conducting the workshop. “It’s for a very broad spectrum of non-profits who are either exploring or have existing business models.” Just by attending the workshop, these organizations qualify for one of many grants handed out by the group. Grant applications are available at the workshop, where up to $10,000 in business development funding may be granted to each applicant. After receiving the applications,

Enterprising collaborates with funders — including the Vancouver Foundation, the Vancity Community Foundation, the Northern Development Trust, the Southern Interior Trust, Columbia Trust and Capital One — to decide who qualifies for the grants. Approximately 60 grants are handed out each year, representing nearly $350,000. The workshop is geared towards nonprofits that are looking to generate additional revenue or develop employment for targeted individuals such as

youth at risk or people with disabilities. Others, like the Walk of Stars, are cultural groups that look for a sustainable business model. “The basic goal is to introduce and support non-profits that are looking at using a business model to further their success or their sustainability,” he said. Stakeholders will learn about building a social enterprise, which is a business operated by a non-profit. The goal is to be a successful business, but to also create a social environmental or cultural purpose.

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While most 16-year-olds are thinking about entering Grade 11 or 12, 2012 graduate Danny Mathieu has his sights on postsecondary school. The Merritt boy already has many experiences under his belt — he has lived in three countries, so this new chapter shouldn’t be a problem. “Moving around has made me pretty good at adjusting to different environments,” he said. “I guess I’ve become pretty independent.” Mathieu was born in Fort St. James, before moving to Merritt when he was two years old. When he was in Grade 5, he moved to northern Quebec so his mother could teach English there for three years. This was the first of several moves he would make, as his mom would later teach throughout the world. He moved to Istanbul, Turkey, for two years, where he managed to learn the language within that timeframe while attending an allTurkish school. That ability to pick up information quickly has helped him to

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The month of Ramadan, when Moslems fast from sunrise to sunset, just ended. In addition to a designated period, fasting is one of the five pillars of faith in the Moslem tradition. In the Bible, fasting is encouraged though not regularly commanded. There is only one fast which is actually commanded under Old Testament law, on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. The Israelites added other fasts on their own and made them traditional and important. By Jesus’ time, the Pharisees were fasting twice a week. When challenged by the disciples of John the Baptist, Jesus said it would be inappropriate for his disciples to fast as long as he was with them (Matt. 9:14-17). What about the continuance of fasting for our day? Is it appropriate? Should Christians fast? There are appropriate occasions for Christians to fast. In Matt. 6:16, Christ said, “When you fast...” He assumes that we do fast. In Acts 13, we read of the leaders of Antioch church ministering to the Lord and fasting. The Spirit of the Lord told them to separate Barnabas and Saul for missionary work. Out of this instruction, came the hugely successful missionary journeys of the duo. In Acts 14, we find the church fasting when they selected elders. Christian leaders throughout centuries have emphasized the place of fasting for people of God. Bible commentator Mathew Henry said, “Fasting is a laudable practice, and we have reason to lament it, that it

MAKING THE CUT John Flottvik sings a tune at Saturday’s Clash of the Talents at Rotary Park. Five contestants that day were chosen to move on to the semi-finals, including Gabrielle Smith, Jennifer Johnson, Shaylene Kersey, Six More Strings and Flottvik. They will compete in the semi-final at Rotary Park on Saturday at 3 p.m. Phillip Woolgar/Herald

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is so generally neglected among Christians.” Commenting on the practice, John Wesley said, “Christians who take heed unto their ways and desire to walk humbly and closely with God will find frequent occasions for private seasons of afflicting their souls before their Father which is in secret.” And reformer Martin Luther opined, “It was not Christ’s intention to reject or despise fasting... it was His intention to restore proper fasting.” The purpose of fasting is more important than fasting itself. In the Old Testament, people of God fasted to avert God’s wrath from their nation, to humble themselves, to ask for special mercy, for protection and guidance and for purpose of worship and communion with God. Another purpose of fasting is for worship and communion with God. It is often said that fasting acts as a method of self-discipline. While fasting can help, selfdiscipline is something we are supposed to do all the time as we keep our bodies under control. On the other hand, fasting is for special occasions when we feel a special need or feel especially led by the Lord to do so. Revivalist Andrew Murray said, “Prayer needs fasting for its full growth. Prayer is one hand with which we grasp the invisible; fasting the other with which we let loose and cast away the visible.” There should be times when we should call for a fast as a church. Far from being routine, real fasting results through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Fasting is not to be viewed as a part of righteousness produced by works. It demonstrates to the Lord the depth of our love and sincerity in that we are willing to keep seeking Him and keep knocking on His door. Narayan Mitra is pastor of the Merritt Baptist Church. He can be reached at narayanmitra@hotmail.com

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FEATURE HOMES Lovely, bright unit in a seniors only strata complex; McCallum Riverside Gar Gardens. rdens. This 2 bedroom home comes complete with 6 appliances, nces, skylight in kitchen, bay window, vaulted ceiling and electric fireplace in living room,. oom,. extra wide hallway, garden window in master bedroom and patio doors off 2nd d bedroom with an ensuite bath and a step-in shower. All window coverings included. d. Home is wired and plumbed for built-in vacuum. This well cared for unit is garden facing with an enclosed patio at back with a gazebo. At this price, this unity won’t last st long, call now for your appointment.

$164,500. $

M 3795

NEW LISTINGS

• 3 bdrm, possible 4, 2 bath Bench family home • New hardwood flring in lvgrm & hallway • Private deck for BBQ’s • Large .32 acre corner lot

$269,000

M 3798

• Wonderful home in LN comes w/ 5 appliances • Newer furnace, low e double glazed windows • 26x14 deck & covered attached carport • Good sized detached garage w/ power • Tons of room, fully fenced & move right in

M 3799

$194,500

HOW REALTORS(R) HELP YOU BUY YOUR HOME Education as to the process, costs and comparable values Helping to determine your buying power Negotiating on your behalf The use of subject clauses to protect your interests Realtors(R) have up to date information on what is happening in the market place At Royal LePage Merritt helping you is what we do!!

• Totally finished 4 level split • Gourmet kitch, security system • Beautifully l/scaped w/ terracing, fencing • U/g sprinklers, 40’ RV parking M 3782

$519,000

NEW PRICE • Need space??-Got it!! • 6 bdrms, 5.5 baths-luxurious master bdrm • Dream kitchen, lge games rm, bar rm w/ bar • Large 3 bay garage-RV parking

M 3440

End unit in one of the best locations of the 3 buildings in the strata. Covered parking only steps from the front door. Galley kitchen with appliances & skylight. Patio doors from 2nd bedroom or den to a quiet, private patio and a hundred feet from the Nicola River!! M 3365

$165,000.

Nice 3, possible 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom manufactured home in quiet area of Merritt. This home features a gas fireplace, large kitchen, wet bar, laminate flooring, new furnace in 2004. A large family room with deck off back for summer BBQs. New roof and hot water tank ion 2011. Call today for you appointment. M 3791

$158,000.

$459,900

• Executive 5 bdrm, 4 bath family home • Amazing chef’s kitchen w/ granite countertops • Remodeled bsmt & main bathrooms • Inground pool & private backyard

M 3701

$439,000


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John Issac Sales Rep

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Lynda Property Manager

Adios, Amiga

250-378-6181

D SOL • Spectacular panoramic views & beautiful sunsets • 3 bdrms (possible 4), 3 bath home w/ in-law ste • 5 acres w/ large 4 acre fenced area • 24x36 garage/shop, 60 US gpm well, great water

• • • •

M 3765

M 3769

$429,000

Investors, take note** 4 plex with 2 lots Large 2, 3 bdrm & 2, 2 bdrm stes Close to schools & parks

$399,900

• Very nice 4 bdrm 2.5 bath fam home • Close to downtown & schools • Central air, security system • Garden shed & gazebo

• • • •

M 3293

M 3664

$269,000

Do you want comfort?? Open floor plan, crown moldings Quality appliances & light fixtures Cherry h/wood flring w/ Travertine tiles

$369,000

• Main has 3 bdrms, 3 baths, open kitch/ lvgrm • 9’ ceilings, maple cabinets/granite counter tops • Bsmt has 2 bdrm legal ste, rec/games room • HST paid!!

M 3731

$359,500

• Main has 3 bdrms, 3 baths, open kitch/ lvgrm • 9’ ceilings, maple cabinets/granite counter tops • Bsmt has 2 bdrm legal ste, rec/games room • HST paid!!

M 3732

$359,500

• Relax in the pool • 3 lge bdrms, 2 baths, vaulted ceilings • Lots of renos, over 14,00sqft lot U/g sprinklers • Lge sundeck w/ great views of valley & city

• Wonderful family home on quiet cul-desac • 4 bdrms, 2 baths + enste + 2 bdrm legal ste • New roof, h/w tank 2 yrs old • Lge 2 car garage, fenced bkyd w/ deck

M 3529

M 3727

$359,000

$349,000

• • • •

Well laid out open plan Nicely finished kitch + dining nook Good sized m/bdrm w/ full ensuite Good location of the Bench

$336,900

M 3790

• Amazing new 3 bdrm, 2 bath Rancher w/ open flr plan • Extras include: 10’ ceilings, lge kitch, crown moldings • 5 quality new appl, gas f/p in lvg rm • Backyd totally fenced, landscaped & 18.5x12 deck

• • • •

M 3762

M 3781

$334,900

Quiet acre a short drive out of town Open floor plan Master enste & w/I closet Full bsmt w/ recrm, 3rd bdrm & bathrm

$330,000

NEW PRICE

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Large home w/ all the space you need Total 4 bdrms, 2 bath + 2 bdrm ste 2 car garage & nice sized yard Just a short walk to schools, park & town

M 3723

$319,000

• • • •

Very private, 4 poss 5 bdrm family home New appliances, central air & vac 24x40 wired & heated shop Double lot & RV parking

M 3673

$308,000

• Unique & tasteful 4 bdrm, 2 bath family home • H/water on demand & central a/c • Hardwood flrs & bright open design • Beautifully l/scaped yd w/ private patio

M 3794

$285,000

• • • •

Well kept home on cul-de-sac Varnished oak staircase at entry Kitchen has hand crafted birch cabinets Wonderful garden spaces, sun deck & large front lawn

M 3735

$276,000

• • • •

4 bedroom home Close to downtown Large yard & huge deck 570sqft shop in back

M 3639

• • • •

$268,900

Nice family home on a good street 3 bdrms up, good size lvgrm & dinrm Kitchen has newer cabinets Possible in-law suite

M 3716

$255,000

• • • •

Wide open space is your backyard view 3 bdrm, 1 bath family home Large .23 acre lot Lots of room for toys & RV’s

M 3764

$248,000

• • • •

Bench location 4 bedroom, 2 bath family home Close to schools & parks Priced to sell!!

M 3689

$235,000

• • • •

Beautifully landscaped & good sized deck Upgrade vinyl windows & siding New roof, 200 amp service, alarm system Interior has new finish throughout

M 3761

• • • •

$206,500

2 bedroom Rancher on a quiet street Electrical upgrade last 5 yrs New vinyl windows & siding New flring, new kitch cabinets, reno’ed bathrm

M 3718

$139,000

• Great starter home or retirement • 2 bdrm double wide w/ sun deck and ensuite • Coldwater River is close by • Riverside Mobile Home Park

M 3787

$70,000

• • • •

Sunvalley Court-2 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse End unit-includes all appliances PRICED TO SELL!! 24 hour notice required

M 3741

• • • •

Nicely updated 3 bdrm, 3 level townhouse A bathroom on each 3 levels Nice, fully fenced backyard Great 1st time homebuyers & investors

M 3652

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$199,900

$138,000

One bdrm in strata building Rent $550-600 Under new management Shopping & bus close by

M 3613

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M 3365

• • • •

$165,000

Move-in ready. 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath Custom kitchen cabinets & fixtures Large porch off back, nice yard 100 amp service, fridge, stove included

M 3739

• • • •

$68,000

Covered parking Galley kitch w/ appl & skylite Patio doors from 2nd bdrm or den Nicola River in the back

$137,900

Rent to own considered Buy your own home Nice 3 bdrm, 2 bath home Appliances included

M 3270

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M 3744

• • • •

$165,000

Long term tenant for the investor 2 bdrms & bath on main Full unfinished basement w/ laundry Front driveway + lane access/tons of rm for cars & toys

M 3797

• • • •

$49,900

Main house + bachelor house on 1 lot 22x22 garage on 2nd lot Main house has 100 amp upgrade Garage is wired & heated

$120,000

Well kept 3 bedroom manufactured home 18x20 interlocking driveway 6 appliances, newer paint & flooring Garden area, 2 decks, storage shed

$44,000

M 3607

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• • • •

$158,000

Vinyl windows, vinyl siding, new h/w tank 2 level townhouse, 3 bdrms & 2 baths Fenced yard, school across the street Typical rent $750, no strata fees

M 3745

$115,000

• Bright & open describe this 2 bdrm, 1 bath home • Laminate flring, skylight, lge bdrms • Open kitchen, dinrm & lvgrm • Lge yd w/ mature trees

M 3755

• Quality 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse • Heat pump, a/c, high efficiency appliances • Gas fireplace & many extras • Low maintenance property

M 3729

$217,000

• • • •

Good size family home on large lot 2 bdrm ste at ground level & 3 up Dbl carport & tons of space Walking distance to schools & corner store

M 3713

$215,000

D SOL

Nice 3, possible 4 bdrm, 2 bath home Double lot for large yard Large kitchen, wet bar, gas fireplace Totally fenced yard w/ lots of extra parking

M 3791

$213,000

M 3786

NEW PRICE

• • • •

Family friendly neighborhood!! 5 bdrm, 2 bath home is close to schools Huge b/yard is fenced w/ garden area Newer vinyl windows & furnace upgrade

$35,000

• • • •

2 bdrm garden ste in McCallum Gardens 6 appliances, elec. fireplace Skylight & vaulted ceiling Enclosed patio, gazebo & more!

M 3795

• • • •

3 bdrms & full bath on upper flr Lvg rm, kitch & laundry on main Laminate flring & paint in last 4 yrs Vinyl windows & recent roofing

M 3720

• • • •

$164,500

$113,000

Nice park w/ river across the road 3 bdrm home w/ good sized fenced yard Laminate flring in main areas New tub surround & lino in bathroom

M 3796

$30,000

• • • •

3 bedroom 1/2 duplex Family oriented neighborhood New paint, flooring, countertops Large, open backyard

M 3736

• • • •

Upper level 2 bdrm condo Recent laminate & lino flring 5 appliances incl window a/c Sundeck in front, quick possession

M 3777

• • • •

$159,000

$112,000

Cozy 3 bdrm w/ many updates New kitch & bath, vinyl windows Open flr plan @ kitch, lvgrm & nook Appliances replaced within last 5 yrs

M 3793

$30,000

• • • •

Close to schools, parks & downtown Fully fenced & landscaped Bsmt is unfinished Great starter home

M 3751

• • • •

$157,500

2 bdrm home on good sized lot Tile flring in hall + kitchen & bath Recent electrical upgrade Lane access w/ storage shed

M 3737

$95,000

• • • •

Corner lot ½ duplex in quiet area Fenced yard, carport & loads of parking Upgrades include: kitchen counter tops, Laminate flring, paint, ext doors & light fixtures

• • • •

$76,900

M 3525

• • • •

Views of the Nicola Valley Walking trails & shopping nearby All services are u/g & at lot line One of Merritt’s preferred neighborhoods

M 3692

M 3758

$67,000

3 bedroom rancher Vinyl windows & siding 9 year old furnace Fenced front & back

M 3708

• • • •

Under new management 1 bdrm apartment Stratified building Centrally located

• New residential lots in a nice part of Merritt • Located in quiet cul-de-sac & crescent setting • Fully serviced including curbs & storm drain • All prepaid by the developer

$57,000

$155,000

M 3763

• • • •

• • • •

$149,900

2 bdrms in strata bldg Central location Laminate flring New roof in 2010

• • • •

$76,900

Fully serviced R-2 lot Close to schools & downtown Bring your bldg ideas Trades considered

M 3274

M 3792

• • • •

M 3486

$147,500

Ground level 1 bdrm condo Vinyl dbl glazed windows, in ste laundry Parking right out front Low monthly maintenance fee

$75,900

M 3738

• • • •

$72,900

Unique layout that awaits your touch 2 lots, 2 titles Detached double garage Central location provides easy access

Good sized lot Ok for double wide City services @ prop line Mountain view in a quiet area

M 3534

$79,000

NEW PRICE

• Beautiful river view lot close to downtown • Nice, quiet neighborhood • The uncompromised view never to change

M 3707

$89,000

• One of a kind lot in Lower Nicola • Cleared & level in an incredibly quiet location • Water serviced by Lower Nicola Water Works • Approved for septic & HST already paid

• • • •

M 3746

M 3495

$99,000

Extra lge double lot 2 city water & sewage hookups Private setting, flat site Easy access w/ paved roads

$100,000

• • • •

Nicola Lakeshore Estates Amazing lake view lot in Phase 2 Build your dream home Tons of recreation to choose from!!

M 3749

$165,000

• Private & tranquil describes this 26+ acre lot with amazing view • Located in the beautiful Sunshine Valley • Bring you building ideas!

M 3766

$189,000

• • • •

.76 acre riverfront building lot The location is second to none 260+ feet of river frontage Quiet cul-de-sac, bring your building ideas!!

M 3780

$199,000

• • • •

24 acres in beautiful Sunshine Valley Treed lot, very private, easy access Many potential building sites Hydro & phone lines to property line

M 3603

$227,000

• 247’ lake front w/ winding trail to site • Great views of the valley & water below • Community water in place, power @ lot line • Easy access off hwy & quiet enjoyment

M 3728

$230,000

• • • •

Waterfront lot on Nicola Lake 3km to Quilchena Hotel Close to Merritt & Kamloops Private access to lake

M 3478

$349,000

• Large open commercial space (approx 6500 sf) • Curb parking and parking lot across the street • Located in the d/t core. Sold as bldg & land • Roof HVAC, hot water & roll down security door

• Amazing opportunity in downtown Merritt • 12,000sqft commercial building for purchase or lease @ $6/sqft • Over 10,500sqft of retail space • Bonus lot at 2152 Nicola Avenue

M 3779

M 3697

$440,000

$850,000


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M E R R I T T

1988 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 • Fax: 250-378-6184

www.royallepage.ca/merritt

www.realtor.ca

Tom McDonagh Broker

250-378-6181

Karen Bonneteau Sales Rep

John Issac Sales Rep

250-315-5178

250-378-1586

250-280-7253

johnissac@telus.net

angelatexmo@royallepage.ca

kbonneteau@telus.net

tommcdongh@royallepage.ca

Angela Texmo Sales Rep

Lynda Property Manager

Adios, Amiga

250-378-6181

D SOL • Spectacular panoramic views & beautiful sunsets • 3 bdrms (possible 4), 3 bath home w/ in-law ste • 5 acres w/ large 4 acre fenced area • 24x36 garage/shop, 60 US gpm well, great water

• • • •

M 3765

M 3769

$429,000

Investors, take note** 4 plex with 2 lots Large 2, 3 bdrm & 2, 2 bdrm stes Close to schools & parks

$399,900

• Very nice 4 bdrm 2.5 bath fam home • Close to downtown & schools • Central air, security system • Garden shed & gazebo

• • • •

M 3293

M 3664

$269,000

Do you want comfort?? Open floor plan, crown moldings Quality appliances & light fixtures Cherry h/wood flring w/ Travertine tiles

$369,000

• Main has 3 bdrms, 3 baths, open kitch/ lvgrm • 9’ ceilings, maple cabinets/granite counter tops • Bsmt has 2 bdrm legal ste, rec/games room • HST paid!!

M 3731

$359,500

• Main has 3 bdrms, 3 baths, open kitch/ lvgrm • 9’ ceilings, maple cabinets/granite counter tops • Bsmt has 2 bdrm legal ste, rec/games room • HST paid!!

M 3732

$359,500

• Relax in the pool • 3 lge bdrms, 2 baths, vaulted ceilings • Lots of renos, over 14,00sqft lot U/g sprinklers • Lge sundeck w/ great views of valley & city

• Wonderful family home on quiet cul-desac • 4 bdrms, 2 baths + enste + 2 bdrm legal ste • New roof, h/w tank 2 yrs old • Lge 2 car garage, fenced bkyd w/ deck

M 3529

M 3727

$359,000

$349,000

• • • •

Well laid out open plan Nicely finished kitch + dining nook Good sized m/bdrm w/ full ensuite Good location of the Bench

$336,900

M 3790

• Amazing new 3 bdrm, 2 bath Rancher w/ open flr plan • Extras include: 10’ ceilings, lge kitch, crown moldings • 5 quality new appl, gas f/p in lvg rm • Backyd totally fenced, landscaped & 18.5x12 deck

• • • •

M 3762

M 3781

$334,900

Quiet acre a short drive out of town Open floor plan Master enste & w/I closet Full bsmt w/ recrm, 3rd bdrm & bathrm

$330,000

NEW PRICE

• • • •

Large home w/ all the space you need Total 4 bdrms, 2 bath + 2 bdrm ste 2 car garage & nice sized yard Just a short walk to schools, park & town

M 3723

$319,000

• • • •

Very private, 4 poss 5 bdrm family home New appliances, central air & vac 24x40 wired & heated shop Double lot & RV parking

M 3673

$308,000

• Unique & tasteful 4 bdrm, 2 bath family home • H/water on demand & central a/c • Hardwood flrs & bright open design • Beautifully l/scaped yd w/ private patio

M 3794

$285,000

• • • •

Well kept home on cul-de-sac Varnished oak staircase at entry Kitchen has hand crafted birch cabinets Wonderful garden spaces, sun deck & large front lawn

M 3735

$276,000

• • • •

4 bedroom home Close to downtown Large yard & huge deck 570sqft shop in back

M 3639

• • • •

$268,900

Nice family home on a good street 3 bdrms up, good size lvgrm & dinrm Kitchen has newer cabinets Possible in-law suite

M 3716

$255,000

• • • •

Wide open space is your backyard view 3 bdrm, 1 bath family home Large .23 acre lot Lots of room for toys & RV’s

M 3764

$248,000

• • • •

Bench location 4 bedroom, 2 bath family home Close to schools & parks Priced to sell!!

M 3689

$235,000

• • • •

Beautifully landscaped & good sized deck Upgrade vinyl windows & siding New roof, 200 amp service, alarm system Interior has new finish throughout

M 3761

• • • •

$206,500

2 bedroom Rancher on a quiet street Electrical upgrade last 5 yrs New vinyl windows & siding New flring, new kitch cabinets, reno’ed bathrm

M 3718

$139,000

• Great starter home or retirement • 2 bdrm double wide w/ sun deck and ensuite • Coldwater River is close by • Riverside Mobile Home Park

M 3787

$70,000

• • • •

Sunvalley Court-2 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse End unit-includes all appliances PRICED TO SELL!! 24 hour notice required

M 3741

• • • •

Nicely updated 3 bdrm, 3 level townhouse A bathroom on each 3 levels Nice, fully fenced backyard Great 1st time homebuyers & investors

M 3652

• • • •

$199,900

$138,000

One bdrm in strata building Rent $550-600 Under new management Shopping & bus close by

M 3613

• • • •

M 3365

• • • •

$165,000

Move-in ready. 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath Custom kitchen cabinets & fixtures Large porch off back, nice yard 100 amp service, fridge, stove included

M 3739

• • • •

$68,000

Covered parking Galley kitch w/ appl & skylite Patio doors from 2nd bdrm or den Nicola River in the back

$137,900

Rent to own considered Buy your own home Nice 3 bdrm, 2 bath home Appliances included

M 3270

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M 3744

• • • •

$165,000

Long term tenant for the investor 2 bdrms & bath on main Full unfinished basement w/ laundry Front driveway + lane access/tons of rm for cars & toys

M 3797

• • • •

$49,900

Main house + bachelor house on 1 lot 22x22 garage on 2nd lot Main house has 100 amp upgrade Garage is wired & heated

$120,000

Well kept 3 bedroom manufactured home 18x20 interlocking driveway 6 appliances, newer paint & flooring Garden area, 2 decks, storage shed

$44,000

M 3607

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• • • •

$158,000

Vinyl windows, vinyl siding, new h/w tank 2 level townhouse, 3 bdrms & 2 baths Fenced yard, school across the street Typical rent $750, no strata fees

M 3745

$115,000

• Bright & open describe this 2 bdrm, 1 bath home • Laminate flring, skylight, lge bdrms • Open kitchen, dinrm & lvgrm • Lge yd w/ mature trees

M 3755

• Quality 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse • Heat pump, a/c, high efficiency appliances • Gas fireplace & many extras • Low maintenance property

M 3729

$217,000

• • • •

Good size family home on large lot 2 bdrm ste at ground level & 3 up Dbl carport & tons of space Walking distance to schools & corner store

M 3713

$215,000

D SOL

Nice 3, possible 4 bdrm, 2 bath home Double lot for large yard Large kitchen, wet bar, gas fireplace Totally fenced yard w/ lots of extra parking

M 3791

$213,000

M 3786

NEW PRICE

• • • •

Family friendly neighborhood!! 5 bdrm, 2 bath home is close to schools Huge b/yard is fenced w/ garden area Newer vinyl windows & furnace upgrade

$35,000

• • • •

2 bdrm garden ste in McCallum Gardens 6 appliances, elec. fireplace Skylight & vaulted ceiling Enclosed patio, gazebo & more!

M 3795

• • • •

3 bdrms & full bath on upper flr Lvg rm, kitch & laundry on main Laminate flring & paint in last 4 yrs Vinyl windows & recent roofing

M 3720

• • • •

$164,500

$113,000

Nice park w/ river across the road 3 bdrm home w/ good sized fenced yard Laminate flring in main areas New tub surround & lino in bathroom

M 3796

$30,000

• • • •

3 bedroom 1/2 duplex Family oriented neighborhood New paint, flooring, countertops Large, open backyard

M 3736

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Upper level 2 bdrm condo Recent laminate & lino flring 5 appliances incl window a/c Sundeck in front, quick possession

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Cozy 3 bdrm w/ many updates New kitch & bath, vinyl windows Open flr plan @ kitch, lvgrm & nook Appliances replaced within last 5 yrs

M 3793

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M 3751

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2 bdrm home on good sized lot Tile flring in hall + kitchen & bath Recent electrical upgrade Lane access w/ storage shed

M 3737

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Corner lot ½ duplex in quiet area Fenced yard, carport & loads of parking Upgrades include: kitchen counter tops, Laminate flring, paint, ext doors & light fixtures

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M 3525

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Views of the Nicola Valley Walking trails & shopping nearby All services are u/g & at lot line One of Merritt’s preferred neighborhoods

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3 bedroom rancher Vinyl windows & siding 9 year old furnace Fenced front & back

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Under new management 1 bdrm apartment Stratified building Centrally located

• New residential lots in a nice part of Merritt • Located in quiet cul-de-sac & crescent setting • Fully serviced including curbs & storm drain • All prepaid by the developer

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M 3763

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M 3792

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M 3486

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Good sized lot Ok for double wide City services @ prop line Mountain view in a quiet area

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• One of a kind lot in Lower Nicola • Cleared & level in an incredibly quiet location • Water serviced by Lower Nicola Water Works • Approved for septic & HST already paid

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M 3746

M 3495

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Nicola Lakeshore Estates Amazing lake view lot in Phase 2 Build your dream home Tons of recreation to choose from!!

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• 247’ lake front w/ winding trail to site • Great views of the valley & water below • Community water in place, power @ lot line • Easy access off hwy & quiet enjoyment

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Waterfront lot on Nicola Lake 3km to Quilchena Hotel Close to Merritt & Kamloops Private access to lake

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• Amazing opportunity in downtown Merritt • 12,000sqft commercial building for purchase or lease @ $6/sqft • Over 10,500sqft of retail space • Bonus lot at 2152 Nicola Avenue

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For example, a heavy backpack, carried on one shoulder, forces the muscles and spine to compensate for the uneven weight. This places stress on the mid and lower back, and may increase the likelihood of back problems later in life. More than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of lower back pain by their teenage years. Research indicates that this could be caused, to a great extent, by improper use of backpacks. Prevention is key Here are a few pointers to help you help your school age children carry their load comfortably and safely. 1) Choose the right backpack: Forget leather! It looks great, but it’s far too heavy. Go for vinyl or canvas. Pick a pack that has two wide, adjustable, padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, padded back and plenty of pockets. Make sure the pack fits properly,

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is not too snug around the arms and under the armpits, and that its size is proportionate to the wearer’s body. 2) Packing it properly: They’re not moving out! Make sure your children’s packs contain only what is needed for that day, and that the weight is distributed

evenly. It’s a good idea to know roughly what each item weighs. The total weight of the filled pack should be no more than 10 to 15 per cent of the wearer’s own body weight. Pack heaviest objects close to the body, and place bumpy or odd shaped ones on the outside, away from the

back. 3) Putting the backpack on: It’s a good idea to help young children with this, at least the first few times. Put the pack on a flat surface, at waist height. Slip on the pack, one shoulder at a time, then adjust the straps to fit comfortably. Remember when lifting a backpack, or anything, to lift using the arms and legs and to bend at the knees. 4) The right way to wear a backpack: Both shoulder straps should be used, and adjusted so that the pack fits snugly to the body, without dangling to the side. I repeat! DON’T sling your backpack over one shoulder – this can cause the spine to lean, putting stress on the joints and muscles in the mid and lower back. If a backpack is fitted properly, you should be able to slide your hand between the backpack and your child’s back. The waist strap should also be worn for added stability. The waist strap

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Vacation Bible School launched again BRENNAN LESSICK BRENNAN’S BANTER Another year of Vacation Bible School (VBS) started at The Church on the Hill Monday. This year’s theme is Panda Mania, and the basement in the church is all done out to fit the theme. The volunteers

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the week goes on and friends get invited the numbers grow. This year has been different however, and on Tuesday they only saw an attendance of 15 children. When asked about their friends most of the kids said that they were off camping. Just poor timing I suppose. When the day starts all the kids stand in front of the stage and sing-along to this year’s theme song and to repeat the bible verses from previous days from memory. Each day has

a different theme based around different bible verses or events. Co-coordinator Rebecca Warren teaches the children while puppet masters Harry and Diane Holmquist put on a little show with Papa Panda and JP to re-enforce the message with some comic relief. After the show and one more reading of the bible verse, the kids break off into their teams and go off to the various stations with their team leaders. There are six stations that the

children visit, Crafts with Lucy and Micky, Bible Stories with James, Theatre with Mike, Missions with Dave, Games with Brodie and everyone’s favourite — whether they admit it or not — Snack/Break with Lynne. Overall, if you happen to wander in, it is quite the place to be. I spent a day there and had lots of fun myself; I would recommend that if you have kids to send them there for three hours a day. You get a break and they have fun.

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On Tuesday, Aug. 21, four Scout Leaders from Switzerland, together with 15 Explorers from Quesnel, joined members of the Logan Lake BPSA scouting group at a backyard barbeque lunch hosted by Scout Leader, Mike Maloney, and his wife, Gwenda. The occasion was a shining example of youth involvement in

Home is where the heart is On Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, I became a resident of Logan Lake and every day I’m thankful to be a part of such a lively, caring community with so much to offer both residents and visitors. And, Logan Lake is definitely the “Home Where My Heart Is” and I thank you for the smiles and friendship which makes a good life even better.

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The Swiss four Scout leaders, foreground, were part of a BPSA event hosted by Scout Leader, Mike Maloney and his wife, Gwenda. Barrie Ogden/Herald

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Following a terrific 2011-12 campaign, the Merritt Centennials hockey organization and its fans are looking ahead to the new BCHL season with tremendous anticipation and excitement. Things officially kick into gear this Sunday, August 28 with the beginning of the Centennials’ main training camp at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Close to 48 players, ranging in age from 16-20, will be on hand hoping to secure one of the 22 coveted spots on this year’s Cents’ roster. “We’ll have a good mix of players here,” states Centennials’ head coach and GM Luke Pierce, “from return-

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ing veterans to young, enthusiastic prospects. It’ll be a bigger camp than last year simply because of our increased needs.” Unlike one year ago, when the Cents’ training camp opened with no fewer than 18 returnees from the season before, this August sees just 11 players from last year’s highly successful squad back lacing up the skates in Merritt. The one-shy-ofa-dozen core group includes netminder Tyler Steel, defensemen Richard Sabourin, Tyler Martin and Dylan Chanter, along with forwards Brent Fletcher, Silvan Harper, Sean Maktaak, Regan Soquila, Brandon Bruce, Payton Schaefer and Brendan Lamont. Gone from last year’s

Dylan Chanter

Brent Fletcher

Cents’ team are graduated 20-year-olds Lino Chimienti, Bill Marshall, Carter Shinkaruk, Evan Stack and Chad Brears, as well as scholarship athletes Reece Willcox (Cornell) and Brandon Pfeil (Brown). Added to the list of departures is retired defenseman Ross Mancuso, and forward Jakob Reichert who was traded during the offseason to the Langley Rivermen. The Reichert deal in June brings two newly signed players to the Cents’ line-up, both with BCHL experience. Sebastien Pare comes over from the

Rivermen while Derek Huisman played with the Chilliwack Chiefs last season. In one other summertime transaction, the Centennials signed promising young forward Diego Cuglietta (95) from the Kamloops Storm of the KIJHL. Pierce is very clear in his assessment of his team’s needs going into this year’s training camp. “Defense is going to be our main focus. In hindsight, we perhaps could have been a bit more aggressive [in the summer] in checking out what was available on the blueline, but we’re not worried about it.

We think that there are enough quality players coming to camp that we can make a strong core group of defensemen.” Up front, Pierce feels that the forward depth this season could be better than it’s ever been. “It’s not going to be a question of do we have enough talent, but rather do we have the right mix of players – enough speed, enough grit, and so on.” Between the pipes, Pierce believes his team has a premier puckstopper in Steel. “We expect and I think other teams expect Tyler to be one of the top, if not the top, goal-

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Returning Merritt Centennials Players from the 2011-2012 season Photos courtesy of Vanessa van Rensberg/V22 Photography

Silvan Harper

Brendan Lamont

Sean Maktaak

Tyler Martin

Richard Sabourin

ies in the league this year.” Of the roughly 34-35 invitees to the Cents’ training camp, over a dozen come with Junior B or previous Junior A experience, while the majority of the rest played midget AA, AAA or major midget last season. All but about a half dozen of the players have attended one or more of the Cents’ spring camps, and are well-known to the Cents’ coaching staff. Some of the interesting players who will be in attendance at camp are Rhett Willcox and Jordan Steel, younger brothers of Reece and Tyler respectively, as well as the Merritt brother act of Russell and Zack Sanderson. Former Merritt minor hockey product Daylan

Payton Schaefer

Robertson will also be on the ice after a very successful year at the Okanagan Hockey Academy and with the Penticton Lakers. Following Sunday’s orientation session and fitness testing, there will be just two full days of practices and scrimmages before the Centennials begin their exhibition schedule against the visiting Rivermen on Tuesday night. “By the start of exhibition, we’ll try to get down to the 35 [player] range,” states Pierce. “Probably every day from that point on, we’ll be trimming down so that, hopefully, by Saturday [September 1], we’re down to 23-24 guys.” “I can’t wait to get started,” Pierce concludes.

Regan Soquila

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SIMPLY THE BEST No one was better in the province on the weekend than Merritt Otters Taylor Carmichael (left) and Bianca Cavaliere. Fifteen-year-old Carmichael won two Division 5 events, the 50m and 100m butterfly, at the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association championships in Nanaimo August 17-19. Her time in the 100 fly (1:08.46) was a new provincial record. Cavaliere, 9, came first in the Division 1 50m freestyle with a new personal best time of 36.68 seconds. Ian Webster/Herald

Not one but two provincial champions By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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For possibly the first time in the organization’s storied history, the Merritt Otters Swim Club has two provincial champions in one year. Fifteen-year-old Taylor Carmichael and nine-year-old Bianca Cavaliere were both gold medal winners at the 2012 British Columbia Summer Swimming Championships, held from August 17-19 in Nanaimo. Carmichael, competing in the Division 5 girls’ category, was actually a two-time winner, as she captured top

honours in both of her specialties - the 50m and 100m butterfly events. Her time in the 100m race (1:08.46) set a new provincial record, eclipsing the previous standard set one year ago by eight-hundredths of a second. Carmichael also picked up second-place silver medals in both the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley events, and a bronze medal as a member of the Division 5 Okanagan regional relay team. Cavaliere was a gold medalist in the 50m freestyle event for Division 1 girls with a new personal best time of 36.68

seconds. She also picked up silver medals in the individual 100m freestyle competition and in the Division 1 regional relay. “The 50m free race was incredibly exciting,” stated Cavaliere’s proud mom, Lisa. “It was so very close.” In total, eight members of the local Otters swim club took part in Provincials. “It was a fantastic weekend,” said Otters’ coach Julia Dutove, “with lots of great swims. Reese [Paterson] swam a huge best time in her 100 IM, while the boys’ relay team shaved 17 seconds off their time at Regionals.

2012 BCSSA CHAMPIONSHIPS Nanaimo, B.C. - August 17-19, 2012 Merritt Otters Results Div. 1

Bianca Cavaliere

50 Free (1st), 100 Free (2nd), 50 Fly (5th), 50 Back (7th)

Div. 2

Reese Paterson

100 Free (19th), 50 Fly (22nd), 50 Back (22nd), 100 IM (25th)

Div. 3

Cassie O’Flaherty Dylan Carmichael

50 Breast (11th) 50 Breast (23rd)

Div. 5

Taylor Carmichael Tyrel Narciso

50 Fly (1st), 100 Fly (1st), 100 Free (2nd), 200 IM (2nd) 100 Back (23rd)

Relays Div. 1 Div. 5 Div. 5

Girls Regional (incl. Bianca Cavaliere) (2nd) Girls Regional (incl. Taylor Carmichael) (3rd) Boys Free (incl. Tyrel Narciso, Cameron Thompson, Dylan Carmichael, Rahul Chhabra) (12th)

Soccer teams kick in for Ethiopia

Solid contact!

The S.W.A.T. team’s Garett Voght (above) lays into a pitch during the Just Cuz’ tournament at the Central Park ballfields on the weekend. A total of 10 teams took part in the two-day event. Ian Webster/Herald

Four local soccer teams answered the call, and took part in a charity tournament held on Sunday at the CMS playing fields. The one-day event was called ‘A Chance For Change,” and over $500 was raised to support Save Lives Ethiopia, a nonprofit organization that works to help orphans and abused women in the impoverished African nation, and assist with the efforts to find a world-wide cure for AIDS. “A Chance For Change” co-organizer Tanisha Suzuki recently returned from a work experience trip to Ethiopia, a trip that she says, “had a huge impact on my life. The orphans may not have families, but they still smiled the most heart-warming smiles I have ever seen.” Suzuki gave special thanks to the sponsors of the charity soccer tournament, Tracker Sports, Norwex Enviro Products and Mandolins. “There were also many individuals that stepped up and helped a lot,” she added. Photos submitted and by Ian Webster/Herald


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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE NICOLA VALLEY Have an event we should know about? Tell us by calling 250-378-4241 or emailing production@merrittherald.com RESCHEDULED ANGEL’S ANIMAL RESCUE FUNDRAISING DINNER AND DANCE “Chili Dog Boogie” featuring entertainment by ‘The HooDoos’ at the Lower Nicola Hall. New date to be announced. Door prizes, 50/50 draw, cash bar, custom t-shirt art and much more. Tickets are available at Merritt Veterinary Hospital, Nicola Valley Veterinary Clinic and Purity Feeds. Must be at least 19 years old. For more information 250-315-2495 or 250315-0167. WOMEN IN BUSINESS Every second Wednesday, 5:30 7:30 p.m., “Merritt’s Women in Business”, an informal network for entrepreneurialminded women, meet at the Merritt Desert Inn. Sept. 12, Dalyce Brandt, (Sharp Image Consulting), “MidLife Reboot- Women Fully Living their Act III”. RSVP by emailing: manager@merrittchamber.com or call 250-378-5634.

CLASH OF THE TITANS Semi-Finals with the top 10 contestants Saturday, Aug. 25, Rotary Park at 3 p.m. Bring a chair. AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER. The NV Farmers Market is hosting a steak dinner to be held Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Grand Pub starting at 5 p.m. Entertainment by Country Joe Lonsdale along with a silent auction. Tickets available at the farmers market, Saturdays beside the Bailey House. Hot dog sale to kick off fundraising efforts this Saturday! MOTORCYCLE TOY RUN Saturday, Sept. 15 Bikes will be leaving Lower Nicola from The Abby Pub parking lot at 11 a.m. and proceeding to Rotary Park in Merritt. This event is to collect donations and toys for The Merritt & District Food Bank and The Merritt Bread Basket. Lunch by donation, 50/50 draw, and prizes for various categories are planned. Everyone welcome!

BC COACHES WEEK Sept. 15-22, 2012. Merritt events include a Coaches Social (potluck, meet and greet, and guest speakers) at the Civic Centre on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Contact Colleen Mullin at 315-1075 for info. on workshops. NICOLA VALLEY FILM SOCIETY Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the NVIT Lecture Theatre Showing “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”, rated: PG. Call 378-3974 for more info. GARLIC FESTIVAL Pete and Becky Ratzlaff are looking for vendors who grow and produce products or fresh garlic, to participate in their garlic festival and antique tractor show at Smith Pioneer Park in Lower Nicola the last weekend in September. For more information call Becky or Pete at 250-378-4199. PACIFIC SPORTS XploreSportz Multi-Sport Summer Camps are a fun, noncompetitive, skill-based

environment. Located at the Merritt Civic Centre from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 250-3151050 for details. COURTHOUSE GALLERY The current show at the Courthouse Art Gallery features artist MK Dahlquist-Gray. The name of the show is “Faces, Graces, and Friends.” Show ends this Saturday, Aug. 25th so this is your last chance to catch this excellent show. OKTOBERFEST Knights of Columbus are hosting “Oktoberfest”, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Please contact Lea Mack at 250-378-1848 for more information. HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR On Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the 2nd annual Health and Wellness Fair will be held on the Baillie House grounds. It’s a free event featuring health and wellness practitioners and services showcased. Come and see what our community has to offer. If you would like to be part of the fair

contact Sharyl Johnson 250-378-5385 or Maryann Bowles 250378-0828. OLDE COURTHOUSE ARTS CENTRE Come out and meet the new dance instructor on Thursday Aug. 30 or Friday, Aug. 31 between noon and 3 p.m. Upper level of the Olde Courthouse on Nicola Ave. MERRITT LAWN BOWLING ASSOCIATION Join us on the lawn behind the Desert Inn on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Call 250-3782950 for more information. BIKERS AND HIKERS Joining the Merritt Mountain Bike Assoc. gives you a voice in the local riding community and helps the association advocate on behalf of bikers and hikers alike who enjoy our great valley trails. For more information on the club please visit www.merrittmountainbiking.com. For more information please contact the club via email at merrittbiking@yahoo.ca

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THE CHURCHES OF MERRITT WELCOME YOU Crossroads Community Church 2990 Voght St. • 250-378-2911 Service Time: Sundays 10:30 a.m.

Merritt Baptist Church 2499 Coutlee Ave. (Corner of Coutlee and Orme) • 250-378-2464 Service Time: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Merritt Lutheran Fellowship in St. Michael's Church • 250-378-9899 Service Time: 3rd Sunday each month 1:00 p.m.

Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church 1950 Maxwell St. • 250-378-9502 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Corner of Jackson & Blair • 250-378-2919 Mass Time: Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Seventh Day Adventist Church 2190 Granite Ave. • 250-378-4061 Service Time: Saturdays 11:00 a.m.

St. Michael’s Anglican Church 1990 Chapman St. • 250-378-3772 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Trinity United Church Corner of Quilchena & Chapman • 250-378-5735 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Beavers Mondays - 6 - 7 p.m. -Diamond Vale Elem. Brownies Thursdays - 5:30 - 7 p.m. Central School - 250-378-4768 Canadian Diabetes Association Once a month, 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity United Church Hall. Call Eva at 250-378-2897 or Gerry at 250-378-3716 Canadian Mental Health Association Merritt Clubhouse Wednesdays & Fridays: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 1721 Coldwater Ave. (Teen Centre) across from MSS. 250-378-4878 Catholic Women’s League Third Tuesday - 7 p.m. Catholic Hall Central School Pac First Tuesday - 7 p.m. Lunchroom 250-378-4892 Celebrate Recovery Meetings every Monday, 7:00 p.m. at New Life Fellowship, 1938 Quilchena Ave. 250-378-4534 CMS Pac Second Monday - 7 p.m. CMS Library Community Choir Mondays - 7 p.m. - Fall to Spring Collettville Elementary - 250-378-9899 Conayt Bingo Thursdays - 6 p.m. - Elks Hall Court House Dance Society Third Tuesday - 6:30 p.m. 1840 Nicola Ave. Court Whist - Fun Game Wednesdays - 7 p.m. at the Seniors Centre 250-378-2776 Cubs Mondays - 6:30-8 p.m. - Bench Elementary Drop-in Lacrosse

Thursdays 7 p.m. at C.M.S. Drop-In Soccer Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Girls & Boys 16+ welcome 250-378-2530 Drop-In Volleyball Mondays - 7 - 9 p.m. CMS. 250-378-6212 Food Bank Bingo Fridays - Elks Hall - 5:30 p.m. Guides Mondays - 5:30 -7 p.m. 250-378-4768 Ladies’ Curling League Wednesdays, 6 - and 8 p.m. Call 250-378- 8175 or 250-378-4917 Lions’ Bingo Mondays - 5:30 p.m. - Elks Hall Fridays - 5 p.m. - Elks Hall Living With Loss Support Group Wednesdays - 7 to 8:45 p.m. 2025 Granite Ave - 250-280-4040 Lower Nicola Band Bingo Saturdays - Elks Hall - 5 p.m. Lower Nicola Community Hall Card Games - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7 p.m. - Starting Oct. 25 Call 250-378-9545 or 378-4732 Lower Nicola Society First Monday - 7 - 8 p.m. at the Lower Nicola Hall Masonic Lodge Members Fourth Monday - 7:30 p.m. 2065 Quilchena Ave. Merritt Duplicate Bridge Club Tuesdays 7 p.m. Seniors’ Centre 250-378-5550 or 250-378-4577 Merritt Elks Lodge Clubs Second & Fourth Wednesday - 8 p.m. Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Merritt Lawn Bowling Sun., Tues., & Thurs. at 7 p.m.

250-378-2950 Merritt Lions Club First & Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Best Western - Han’s Golden Wok 250-378-9509 Merritt Moms Prenatal - Post Natal Support group. Open Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. 250-378-2252 Merritt Mountain Bike Association Weekly & daily rides. For more info www.merrittmountainbiking.com Merritt Navy League Cadet Corp Wednesdays 6 - 9 p.m. Cadet Hall Ages 9-13 welcome 250-378-2620 Merritt Snowmobile Club Second Tuesday of the month 7 p.m. - Civic Centre 250-315-1082 Merritt Shriners’ Club #29 Fourth Wednesday - 5 p.m. Merritt’s Women in Business Second Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Merritt Desert Inn 250-315-5851 N.V. 4-H Club Every Second Tuesday - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-378-5028 N.V. Community Band Tuesdays - 7 p.m - CMS Music Room 250-378-5031 or 250-378-9894 N.V. Dirt Riders Association Last Wednesday of the month 7 p.m. at Garden Sushi Scott: 250-378-3502 www.nvdra.com N.V. Explorers Second Wednesday - NVIT # 1 - 7 p.m. 250-378-4476 or 250-378-4413 N.V. Horseshoe Club Meetings Wednesdays - 6 p.m. Smith Pioneer Park 250-378-5007 or 250-378-6980 N.V. Heritage Society

Last Wednesday - Baillie House 250-378-0349 N.V. Health Care Auxiliary First Tuesday - 7 p.m. - Hospital N.V. Fall Fair Third Monday - 2145 Quilchena Ave. 7 p.m. 250-378-5925 N.V. Fish & Game (except July and Aug.) Third Wednesday - 7 p.m. Phelan House - 2236 Jackson Ave. 250-378-4572 or 250-378-4904 N.V. Quilters Guild First & Third Thursdays Civic Centre 7 p.m. 250-378-9642 N.V. Search & Rescue Second Monday - 7 p.m. At the airport 250-378-6769 N.V. Women’s Institute Second Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. In member’s homes 250-378-2536 Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays: 7 - 8 p.m. - St. Michael’s Anglican Church One Way Krew Youth Group Tuesdays - 7 - 8:30 p.m. Crossroads Community Church - 250-378-2911 Patricia Rebekah Lodge #33 Second and fourth Monday - 7 p.m. Merritt Lawn Bowling Clubhouse Rocky Mountain Rangers Cadet Corp Tuesdays - 6 p.m. 250-378-1302 or 250-572-3775 Royal Canadian Legion Branch Fourth Thursday - Legion Hall - 7 p.m. Royal Purple First and Third Mondays each month 1:30 p.m. - Downstairs @ Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Rotary Club of Merritt Every Thursday - Noon

Brambles Bakery Cafe. 250-378-5535 Rotary Club of Merritt - Sunrise Every Tuesday - 7 a.m. Brambles Bakery Scouts Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Diamond Vale Elementary Seniors’ Centre Bingo Tuesdays - 1 p.m. Seniors’ Mixed Curling Mondays & Tuesdays - 1 - 3 p.m. 250-378-5539 Soup Kitchen Tuesdays 11:30 - 1:15 p.m. Anglican Church Hall Sparks Mondays - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-378-4768 Teen Centre Friday Nights - 4 to 9 p.m. 250-315-0248 Toastmasters Club 3929 Tuesdays - 5 p.m. at the Merritt Library http://3929.toastmastersclubs.org 250-378-5855 Valley Visual Artists General club information contact: Bev Veale at 250-378-6001 Membership information contact: Shirley Sauviat at 250-378-9442 or Country Bugs Books, Quilchena Ave. Vintage Car Club - Merritt Chapter Second Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Ska-Lu-La Workshop Al (250-378-7402) Ted (250-378-4195)

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Help Wanted Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resumes to: 780-725-4430

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nks! TWeha would like to thank our wonderful daughter, Cheryl and granddaughters, Brandi & Ashley, for putting on a “surprise” party for our 50th wedding anniversary! It was wonderful to see so many friends and relatives come to celebrate this special occasion with us! We will treasure the memories forever! Thanks to everybody who helped out!

It was much appreciated. Love from Doug & Norma Mervyn

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An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator 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.

SUTCO Contracting Ltd. has increased our fleet. We have openings for experienced drivers in our flatbed division. Late model equipment, steady work, extended benefits, satellite dispatch, e-logs and fully assigned tractors. We need drivers experienced with flat-bed work, US capable an asset, some Canada Only runs available. Please fax resume and current abstract 1250-357-2009. Contact 1-888-3572612 Ext 230 or check us out www.sutco.ca

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Hospice Society Helping yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies Acknowledge your loss. Allow yourself to mourn. Recognize your grief is unique. Check out your thoughts and feelings. Expect to feel a multitude of emotions. Find a support system. c/o 3451 Voght St., Merritt, B.C. V1K 1C6 Contact: 250-280-4040

Clarence Donald Willie Basil Sr.

“Cowboy Willie” It is at this time that, we regret to announce the passing of: NAIK – Lower Nicola Indian Band Elder, and, long time Nicola Valley resident, Clarence Donald Willie Basil Sr. (“Cowboy Willie”), on Saturday, August 04, 2012, at the age of 70 years. Predeceased by: Wife- Georgina Basil; Daughter-Yvonne Basil; Parents-Patricia Bent (Simon Bent), Paddy Aljam; Grandparents-Donnel Basil, Helen Basil; Sister-Ruby Harry; Half-sister-June Aljam; Survived by: Sons(Stepson) Cedric (Kim), Clarence (Lisa), Loren (Dion); Daughters-Deana (Chuck), Viola (Kevin), Carole, Barb (Buddy); Grandchildren-Reuben (Nicole), Lynn (Solomon), Tanya, Vanessa, Ryan, Michael, Troy (Sam), Red Cloud (Tiffany), Kathryn, Alyson-Rae (Greyhawk), Roy (Tiffany), Randy, Richard, Anastasia (Tanner), William, Clayton (Roseanna), Joyce (Ed), Alison (Cornell), Reise Jr., Jordyn, Georgina, Marcus, Kaitlin, Isabella; & numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The wake for Clarence Sr. was held at his residence at: 265 Highway 8, Lower Nicola, BC, during the following week, and funeral services, were held on: Friday, August 10, 2012 at the Shulus Arbour with burial at the Shulus Cemetery. A feast immediately followed at his residence, as well.

Thank you! The family wishes to acknowledge/ express their deepest gratitude and appreciation to the many expressions of love, kindness and support shown to us during this, time of bereavement/loss of our loved one. The thoughts and prayers; donations; and sympathy; provided by all, including: the LNIB Band OfÀce/ Services (Health Centre; Public Works, Fire Hall, Main Admin), M.O.F. Merritt Fire Base, local community members, Dr. McLeod, Dr. Edmonds, hospital staff, ambulance attendants, funeral chapels, family, friends, relatives, were all, very greatly appreciated. Thank you ALL, “From the Bottom of our Hearts” for all of the love, kindness, thoughtful gestures, and, generous support, bestowed upon us. We are genuinely grateful and appreciative to: each and every one of you that; contributed, in any way, towards the wake/funeral/ food prep services. May The Creator smile down upon You All! Kwukwscemxw. All my Relations, The Basil/Bent Family

JOB POSTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Nooaitch Band requires a motivated and career-minded Economic Development OfÀcer responsible for the planning, management and oversight of the activities and operations of Nooaitch’s Economic Development programs and initiatives for business retention, promotion, marketing, and expansion. Responsibilities shall include the coordination of assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies, maintaining regular contact with the public in situations that require tact and judgment, representing Nooaitch in negotiations and mediations; and providing general assistance and support to the Administrator. Nooaitch offers competitive salary packages, an incredible work environment, and career advancement opportunities. A full Job Analysis and Description is offered on request. Only those applicants who meet the qualiÀcations will be contacted. Deadline for applying is August 27, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m. QualiÀed applicants should send resumes and a cover letter outlining 3 Economic Development ideas that could turn into viable projects at Nooaitch. Attention: Larry Frank Thomas Administrator – Nooaitch Band 2954 Shackelly Road Merritt, BC V1K 1N9 Fax: 250-378-3699 Email: Larry@nooaitch.com

Help Wanted

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LOWER NICOLA INDIAN BAND

Natural Resource Technician POSITION: Natural Resource DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Natural Resource Manager and assist the Operations Manager. • Cutblock and road layout • Road inspections • Boundary marking • GPSing • Site Plans • Data input as required • Assist PFR work • Firefighting if required • Beetle probes • Silviculture surveys • Other related duties as assigned by the Natural Resources Manager REQUIREMENTS: • Must be a graduate of a Natural Resource Program, either Technical or University • Applicants must be registered or eligible for registration with the Association of BC Forest Professionals as a Registered Forest Technologist or Registered Professional Forester • Must be physically fit and able to work outdoors • First aid training would be an asset • Firefighting experience or training would be asset • Computer skills • Aboriginal ancestry would be an asset Salary: Deadline: Start Date:

To be negotiated August 24, 2012 ASAP

Applicants are required to submit a resume with cover letter and 3 references to: Natural Resource Manager Lower Nicola Indian Band 181 Nawishaskin Lane, Merritt, BC V1K 0A7 Fax: 250 378-6188 E-mail: reception@lnib.net


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Graymont’s Pavilion Plant is accepting applications for an Industrial Electrician. Candidate must possess current B.C. Red Seal certification. Preference will be given to well-rounded individuals willing to also perform other nonelectrical maintenance work as part of the maintenance team. A background in lime or cement industry along with computer and or PLC skills is preferred as well as a proven track record of developing and maintaining a safe work culture. Additional skills required:

Please see the website at www.merritt.ca for complete employment opportunity posting.

• Electrician with industrial experience required to work at the Graymont Pavilion Lime Plant. • Must become engaged in continuous improvement and willing to work in a team environment. • Regular shifts will be 8 hrs/day from Monday to Friday – steady day shift. • Must be willing to work overtime when required. • Wages and benefits as per the collective agreement. • Located in Pavilion B.C. situated between Cache Creek and Lillooet, B.C.

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Seamless transition expected for former middle school students By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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School was out for the summer, but now it’s time for students to refocus, put down the video game controller and get ready to learn. The June closure of Coquihalla Middle School, which was at the time Merritt’s only school serving Grades 7s and 8s, means both grades will attend Merritt Secondary School this year. Those initially expecting to attend middle school will remain in elementary school. This is an unexpected transition to Merritt Secondary School for those who were in Grade 7 last year at CMS — and the new Grade 9s won’t be the youngest students at the school. But the process will likely be relatively seamless, as the transition out of the middle school system appears to have played out smoothly, said Nicola Similkameen School District 58 Chair Gordon Cameau. “I understand it went very smooth and very well,” he said. “Everyone pitched in to make it all work, but you have to have the startup to see how everything pans out.” SD 58 decided in the spring to close the middle school after an announced B.C. Liberal government funding cut.

School officials toggled for about three months about what to do. The main ideas were to close the middle school or a combination of Bench Elementary and Collettville Elementary. A primary concern in closing CMS was the impact it would have on staff. But according to Cameau, the vast majority found positions elsewhere. “There was a minimal amount of disruption and a minimal amount of people that were impacted,” he said, adding that a couple people needed to find employment in other districts due to fewer required staff in SD 58. “Even if they didn’t find anything elsewhere, it looks like there could be spots here this year.” During public meetings over the closures, several parents spoke out about the loss of the middle school “team” atmosphere. However, as district staff and trustees pointed out, that “team” feeling will be built into the younger grades at MSS this year. Closing the middle school saves approximately $420,000 per year. The district lost about 1.5 per cent in funding, due to the elimination of static funding, despite enrolment. The first day of class is set for Sept. 4.

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SD#58 STAFFING CHANGES • Alison Kuzio: New vice-principal Merritt Secondary School (former teacher and principal designate at Mackenzie Secondary School) • Leroy Slanzie: New principal at Merritt Central Elementary (former principal at Coquihalla Middle School) • Trent Dolgopol: New principal at Kelowna’s Spring Valley Elementary School (former

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Merritt Secondary School will be welcoming grade 8 students as well as grade 9 students this year following the closure of Coquihalla Middle School in June. However, SD 58 Chair Gordon Comeau said the transition shuld be relatively seemless. Jade Swartzberg/Herald

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When your child doesn’t want to go to school On the first day of the new school year William makes it very clear that he wants to stay home. He complains, he cries, he’s pale, and he suddenly develops stomach cramps. He goes back to bed and curls up in a little ball. How to react? If this is their first day of school, children are probably feeling anxious and afraid. You as a parent are probably feeling torn, too: sending your child off to school in this state can feel like abandoning them to strangers. This is an occasion for parents to listen, encourage, and be strong. Unless you are prepared to switch to homeschooling, your children need to understand that going to school is not negotiable. Show them that you understand what they are experiencing without being overprotective or trying to minimize their feelings. Reassure them that they are probably not the only ones who

are stressed this morning, that many of their classmates will be feeling the same way. Children who don’t want to go back to school usually have a good reason. Are they worried about failing? Do they feel rejected by a teacher or a friend? Be attentive to what your children tell you and remember that they need your presence, support, and encouragement. Talk about all the advantages of school, point out their past efforts and successes, and then discuss how the situation they are worrying about can be resolved. Whether your children are in kindergarten, elementary school, or high school don’t hesitate to make an appointment with teachers if the problem persists. It is well proven that the involvement of parents is a determining factor in the progress and academic success of chilThe involvement of parents is a determining factor in the progress and acadren. demic success of children.

Determining your child’s natural learning style Determining the natural learning style of children can really help them with their schooling. Are your children visual, auditory, or kinesthetic? Visual learners Is your child always looking at pictures? Visual people developed a sense of style when they were little: they love coordinating the colours of their outfits, they adore drawing, and can spend hours in front of the mirror. Visual children are curious, alert, and mischievous but are often afraid of the dark. The expression, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is entirely appropriate for these children: a photograph or a drawing helps them understand a topic. Look them straight in the eye to get their attention. Auditory learners Does your child love being read to in different voices? Auditory people are listening attentively even if they’re not looking at the reader or

speaker. Auditory children are usually calm, aren’t worried about their appearance, and prefer to play. These children can have outstanding musical skills but are often afraid of thunder. Reading to them or encouraging them to read out loud will improve their comprehension. Using rhymes will help them to assimilate material more quickly. Compliments stimulate and help to further the progress of auditory learners. Kinesthetic learners Is your child passionate about action hero or adventure stories? The best stories for kinesthetic learners are short and sweet, though: tactile learners don’t like to stay still for too long. They prefer soft, comfortable clothing and are drawn to sports or motor activities. These children need to move, participate, and imitate in order to make the most of learning situations. Get their attention by touching their shoulders.

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Get off to a good start with a healthy breakfast The necessity of eating a healthy breakfast to start the day off on the right foot can never be repeated often enough. If this is true for adults, you can imagine that it is even truer for children who are still growing. Children need to drink fluids to wash out metabolized wastes from the previous day and build up their energy before going to school. Children who eat a wellbalanced breakfast have better concentration all morning. They are attentive and can assimilate the curriculum more easily because they have

eaten the nutritional elements their brains need to function. However, it’s not always easy to convince children to eat their breakfasts. They may reluctantly swallow a mouthful of juice and a couple of bites of bread and then say they’ve had enough. A few tricks can help parents solve this problem. The night before, set the table with a colourful cloth, funny napkins, a bunch of flowers, or other things that will tempt them to sit down to the table. Set the alarm clock to go off a few minutes earlier so that children can wake

up properly before sitting down. It is also important for parents to take the time to breakfast with their children. If you only rush through a cup of coffee without eating anything, your children will learn that habit. On the other hand, if you sit down for breakfast and chat with them, they will be much more motivated to empty their plates. Try and vary the menu. Serve different types of whole-grain bread or cereals, as well as their favourite fruits, and turn breakfast into the nicest time of the day.

Children who eat a well-balanced breakfast will have better time concentrating on their studies all morning.

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Alternative Forms of Education entre Kengard Learning C y Care Hearts and Hands Da In partnership with the Conayt Friendship Society, the Kengard Learning Centre offers “Hearts and Hands Day Care” combined with an academic program for upgrading towards grade 12 graduation, college preparation, and job readiness skills for young parents from 14 – 24, and their children. Students can spend the time with their children as needed throughout the day. You are welcome to come in and visit with us to see if our program will work for you! The program runs from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Space is available for infants to Àve years old. Please call 250-315-1218 to register your child.

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2012 - 2013 STUDENT REGISTRATION ELEMENTARY STUDENT REGISTRATION For “NEW” Elementary school students, please register your child at the neighbourhood school in your location from Monday to Friday, August 27 - 31, 2012. Schools will be open from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Call ahead to conÀrm. KINDERGARTEN: To register, a child must be 5 years of age, on or before December 31, 2012 and a birth certiÀcate, immunization record, and Care Card should be presented. Kindergarten starting dates will be arranged through the school. FRENCH IMMERSION: All students in this program attend Collettville Elementary School (grades K-7), and Merritt Secondary School (grades 8-12). . GRADE 8 - 12 MERRITT SECONDARY SCHOOL 250-378-5131 New Students register at the school from August 20 – August 24, 2012. Counsellors will be available and students are encouraged to call ahead to schedule an appointment. Please Note: On the Àrst day of school (Sept. 4th) Merritt Secondary School Grade 8 and 9 students are at school the full day. SCHOOL OPENING: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 – Adjusted hours: 10:00 a.m. – noon. BUS STUDENTS: Please check the School Bus Schedule and with your school for busing information. Tuesday, September 4, 2012 ONLY: Busses will pick up students one hour LATER in the morning and return students beginning at noon. Please Note: On the Àrst day of school (Sept. 4th) Merritt Secondary School Grade 8 and 9 students are at school the full day. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - Buses begin the regular schedule.

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2012 - 2013 Days in Session 193 - Instructional Days 186

August 27 – 28, 2012

Mon. – Tue.

Summer Institute.

August 29, 2012

Wednesday

School Based Summer Prod D.

September 4, 2012

Tuesday

SCHOOL OPENING. School hours 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. (Bus schedule to be adjusted for the Àrst day of school.)

October 8, 2012

Monday

Thanksgiving Day.

October 19, 2012

Friday

Non-Instructional Day.

November 9, 2012

Friday

MSS and PSS Report Cards go home.

November 12, 2012

Monday

Remembrance Day Statutory Holiday.

November 16, 2012

Friday

Princeton Elementary Report Cards go home.

November 2012

Tue. – Wed.

Princeton – Shortened day for parent/teacher interviews. (Schools closed 1 hour early each day.)

Friday

Merritt Elementary Report Cards go home.

Tue. – Wed.

Merritt – Shortened day for parent/teacher interviews. (Schools closed 1 hour early each day.)

Friday

Last day of school before Winter Break.

20-21,

November 23, 2012 November 2012

27-28,

December 21, 2012 Dec. 24 – Jan. 4, 2013

Winter Break.

January 7, 2013

Monday

SCHOOLS REOPEN.

Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2013

Wed. – Fri.

Provincial Exams Secondary Schools. (Days to vary per secondary school.)

February 8, 2013

Friday

All Secondary Report Cards go home.

February 11, 2013

Monday

FAMILY DAY.

February 15, 2013

Friday

Non-Instructional Day.

March 8, 2013

Friday

All Elementary Report Cards go home.

Tues. – Wed.

All Schools – Shortened day for parent/teacher interviews. (Schools closed 1 hour early each day.)

Friday

Last day of school before Spring Break.

Mon. – Fri.

SPRING BREAK.

Mon. – Thurs.

Non-Instructional Days. (District/In lieu)

March 29, 2013

Friday

Good Friday.

April 1, 2013

Monday

Easter Monday.

April 2, 2013

Tuesday

SCHOOLS REOPEN.

April 19, 2013

Friday

All Secondary Report Cards go home.

May 20, 2013

Monday

Victoria Day.

June 21 – 27, 2013

Fri – Thurs.

Provincial Exams Secondary Schools. (Days to vary per secondary school.)

June 26 - 27, 2013

Wed. – Thurs.

Year End Report Cards go home.

June 28, 2013

Friday

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SCHOOL PHONE NUMBERS • Collettville Elementary .................................... 250-378-2230 • Diamond Vale Elementary ............................. 250-378-2514 • Merritt Bench Elementary ............................... 250-378-2528 • Nicola - Canford Elementary ......................... 250-378-2172 • Merritt Central Elementary .............................. 250-378-9931 • Merritt Secondary School .............................. 250-378-5131 Check our District website at: www.sd58.bc.ca or the Distance Education website at: www.scides.ca

MERRITT SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE 2012 - 2013 BUS NO. A1158 AM 7:40 7:42 7:46 7:47 7:51 7:54 7:58 8:05 8:08 8:13 8:15 8:16 8:17 8:19 8:25 8:30 8:35

PM Patchet Road 3:55 Dumont 3:51 Reserve #1 3:47 Opie’s #2 3:45 Spahan 3:44 Barnes 3:40 Stewarts a.m. only) Cool Quiet 894 3:32 Fox Farm Road 3:33 Sterling Road (a.m. only) 1060 Hwy 5A (a.m. only) Wilcox Road #57 (a.m. only) Ponderosa & Sunny View (a.m. only) Coquihalla Middle School/CV students 3:26 MSS (p.m. only) 3:16 Merritt Central Elementary 3:11 Collettville Elementary 3:00 Shop 4:30

BUS NO. 2581 AM 7:34 7:35 7:37 7:38 7:39 7:40 7:47 7:49 7:50 7:51 7:54 8:02 8:04 8:15 8:31 8:18 8:40

LOWER NICOLA

ROUTE A Shuter’s Spring’s McMaster’s Lower Nicola Indian Band OfÀce Lower Nicola Fire Hall Nicola-Canford Elementary ROUTE B Saskatoon & Coyote Pass 2924 Yap Skim Keisa Anderson Porter’s Nicola-Canford Elementary Anderson Street & Aberdeen Whinney St. & Aberdeen Merritt Secondary (in back) Merritt Bench Elementary Diamond Vale Elementary School Collettville Elementary

BUS NO. 2580 AM 7:40 7:42 7:43 7:45 7:46 7:48 7:49 7:50 7:52 7:54 7:58 8:05 8:07 8:20 8:22

COLDWATER/KINGSVALE

PM 3:22 3:23 3:24 3:27 3:29 3:40 3:45 3:51 3:42 3:39 3:37 3:17 3:07 3:03

MAMIT LAKE

Rey Creek Ranch (8815) Mamette Lake Trailer Park (9256) 9311 Mamit Lake Road Lund’s Driveway 9781 Mamette Lake Road Beech Road Tolman Road (South end) 10681 Mamette Lake Road 11301 Mamette Lake Road Joe’s Driveway (4434) 6 Mile (131E) Sam (289 Hwy 8) Shuter Road Merritt Central Elementary Collettville Elementary (pm only) Merritt Secondary

PM 3:55 3:50 3:48 3:45 3:44 3:43 3:42 3:40 3:38 3:35 3:32 3:24 3:23 3:08 3:11 3:16

BUS NO. A6580 AM 7:08 7:18 7:20 7:23 7:25 7:26 7:30 7:43 7:43 7:44 7:45 8:09 8:13 -

DOUGLAS LAKE

PM Home Ranch (2664 Home Ranch Lane) 4:30 4:09 9404 Minnie Lake Rd. (Reserve #1) 4:12 Dennison (9451 Spahomin Cr. Rd) McRae Turnaround (9511 Spahomin Cr. Rd) 4:15 4:07 9404 Minni Lake Rd. (Reserve #2) 9130 Douglas Lk. Rd. (across from Alexander Rd.) 4:03 Corral Road 3:58 Quilchena Home Ranch (7201 Douglas Lk. Rd) 3:50 7099 Douglas Lake Road 3:49 Tom (Hillside Road) 3:48 Lindley’s (6977 Douglas Lk Rd.) 3:47 280 E Highway 8 3:01 224 E Highway 8 3:00 Logan Lake Rd.(31, 158 & 181 Hwy 8) 2:58 189 Highway 8 2:56 Shulus Arena 2:55 2715 Aberdeen Road 2:49 2972 Yap Skim (just before leaving R.P.) 2:48 Rocky Pines 2 (Hummingbird Lake & Yap Skim) 2:46 Rocky Pines 1 (2861 Hummingbird Lane) 2:45 Nicola-Canford Elementary 2:40 Merritt Secondary 3:20 Merritt Central Elementary 3:15 3009 Ponderosa & Sunny View (p.m. only) 3:26 1060 Hwy 5A (Joeyaska Road p.m. only) 3:29 3:28 Sterling Road (p.m. only)

BUS NO. 4580 AM 7:21 7:23 7:24 7:25 7:32 7:41 7:38 7:39 7:41 7:43 7:56 8:01

Band OfÀce Churchill Shackelly & Petit Creek Post Sunshine Valley #1 East Pierce’s Nicola-Canford Elementary Aberdeen Inn Corkle & Woodward Anderson & Aberdeen Merritt Secondary Collettville Elementary

PETIT CREEK PM 4:05 4:04 4:03 4:02 3:48 3:44 3:43 3:35 3:37 3:39 3:24 -

BUS NO. 5580 NICOLA LAKE/QUILCHENA AM PM 7:33 Quilchena Reserve 4:13 7:35 Lake View Store (3512) 4:09 7:36 Saddleman Road 4:08 7:37 Lindley’s (by Douglas Lake turnoff) 4:06 7:40 Huber (6697) 4:04 7:43 Sciarpelletti House 4:03 7:45 Quilchena Store (6520) 4:00 7:53 Nicola Ranch 3:50 Merritt Bench Elementary 3:20 BUS NO. A8580 14 MILE/NOOAITCH 8:05 Merritt Secondary (front a.m./back p.m.) 3:29 AM PM 8:20 Merritt Central Elementary 3:10 4:10 7:24 Community Hall (4943 Hwy 8) 8:25 MSS (front) Coldwater students only 7:26 Shackan Road 4:09 Collettville Elementary 3:05 7:28 Chief Anthony Joe Bridge (Cottonwood Lane) 4:07 REGISTRATION OF HOME SCHOOL 7:32 4150 FX Ranch Road 4:02 LEARNERS - PARENT INFO. 7:35 Dot Ranch Road (W) 4:00 7:40 3956 Highway 8 3:55 The School Act states: 7:42 3178 Highway 8 3:54 “A parent of a child who is required to enroll in an 7:44 2795 Highway 8 3:50 educational program under section 3 (Division 4 – Home 7:52 Sunshine Valley #2 (W) Education) a) may educate the child at home or elsewhere in (Spius Hatchery) 3:45 accordance with this Division, and 7:54 Willagoose Road 3:43 b) must provide that child with an educational program. 7:55 2241 Thomsen 3:42 8:04 Nicola-Canford Elementary 3:32 Registration 8:06 Marshall Road 3:30 A parent of a child who is required under the above 8:07 Lower Nicola Trailer Park (254 Hwy 8) 3:29 section to provide the child with an educational 8:09 Firehall (226 Hwy 8) 3:27 program must register the child on or before September 8:10 Band OfÀce (181 Hwy 8) 3:25 30 in each year with: 8:20 Merritt Secondary School 3:15 a) a school of the parent’s choice that is operating in

TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE Families living beyond the regular school bus routes may be eligible for transportation assistance for the 2012/2013 school year and are asked to make application before October 12, 2012 regardless of whether transportation assistance was received in the past. Applications after this date will be approved as of the date the application is received, and will not be retroactive. Please note that parents of kindergarten students who are required to pick their child up or bring them to the school at lunchtime may also qualify. Transportation Assistance forms can be picked up at the School Board OfÀce in Merritt, 1550 Chapman Street. Parents are reminded that road/weather conditions may cause delays/cancellations to the regular bus run(s). In extreme circumstances, notice of delays will be announced over the local radio station and the school will attempt to contact parents by phone, in order that children do not wait extended time periods at a bus stop.

the school district in which the parent resides, b) a distance education school providing services to the school district in which the parent resides or with the Ministry of Education if no distance education school provides services to that district, or c) an independent school operating in B.C.”

To register or to obtain further information, telephone the school of your choice, or write to the Superintendent of Schools, School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), Box 4100, Merritt, B.C., V1K 1B8.

The StrongStart Early Learning Centres • Diamond Vale Elementary School • Nicola-Canford Elementary School • Merritt Central Elementary School Start Up Date: September 10, 2012. StrongStart is a free, school-based, drop-in early learning program for children from birth to 5 years old, and their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Together they share learning experiences and social interactions with other children and adults in a positive and openended play environment.


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Keep the bus aisle clear, and never place anything “If you can dream it, we can build it!” in it.

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49 50 I am more careful in school zones in the winter.

I DIDN’T LISTEN TO THE SCHOOL MONITOR.

LOSE POINTS!

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32 I move away from the bus after getting off.

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I NEVER DRIVE PAST OR CROSS IN I stand in single FRONT OF A BUS THAT file on the sidewalk IS STATIONARY and patiently wait for WITH ITS LIGHTS the bus. FLASHING.

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They’re so small, but already we must let them try their own wings, or at least their own school bus! It’s important to remind them about school bus safety. The dangers are even greater in the winter when children are wearing cumbersome winter clothes. A child under the age of 10 that takes a bus alone at the corner of a street, or along a country road, should always be accompanied by an adult, especially if there’s no sidewalk. Older children should follow vital security precautions: always look left and right before crossing the street; as the bus approaches, the child must take five steps back; once inside the bus, the child should go to his place and sit as quickly as possible, without running, and remain seated until the bus arrives at its destination and makes a complete stop. Remind your child of the three danger zones around a bus: the front, the back and the sides. If the child drops something near the bus, he should ask the driver permission to retrieve it. To avoid this type of situation, ensure that the child has his backpack closed tightly and his hands free. Finally, pay particular attention to the clothing worn by your child. Although a long, multi-coloured scarf adds a touch of fun, it presents a great danger of suffocation, even for older children. The scarf can be caught on all sorts of objects and tighten around the neck of the child, preventing him from breathing. Instead, choose neck-warmers or ski-masks during the winter months.

If I drop something under the bus, I inform the driver and wait for instructions.

I ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE SCHOOL MONITOR.

I get onto the bus in an orderly fashion.

I don’t distract the driver.

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In a school zone I never drive faster than 30 km/h.

1926 Voght St.

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As the driver, I frequently inspect my vehicle.

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I slow down on icy roads.

I remain seated when the bus is in motion.

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Keep the bus aisle clear, and never place anything “If you can dream it, we can build it!” in it.

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Jackson’s Welding

In business since 1967

• Sand Blasting •Aluminum Welding

49 50 I am more careful in school zones in the winter.

I DIDN’T LISTEN TO THE SCHOOL MONITOR.

LOSE POINTS!

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34 I stop at least 5 metres from a bus with its flashers on.

32 I move away from the bus after getting off.

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I NEVER DRIVE PAST OR CROSS IN I stand in single FRONT OF A BUS THAT file on the sidewalk IS STATIONARY and patiently wait for WITH ITS LIGHTS the bus. FLASHING.

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They’re so small, but already we must let them try their own wings, or at least their own school bus! It’s important to remind them about school bus safety. The dangers are even greater in the winter when children are wearing cumbersome winter clothes. A child under the age of 10 that takes a bus alone at the corner of a street, or along a country road, should always be accompanied by an adult, especially if there’s no sidewalk. Older children should follow vital security precautions: always look left and right before crossing the street; as the bus approaches, the child must take five steps back; once inside the bus, the child should go to his place and sit as quickly as possible, without running, and remain seated until the bus arrives at its destination and makes a complete stop. Remind your child of the three danger zones around a bus: the front, the back and the sides. If the child drops something near the bus, he should ask the driver permission to retrieve it. To avoid this type of situation, ensure that the child has his backpack closed tightly and his hands free. Finally, pay particular attention to the clothing worn by your child. Although a long, multi-coloured scarf adds a touch of fun, it presents a great danger of suffocation, even for older children. The scarf can be caught on all sorts of objects and tighten around the neck of the child, preventing him from breathing. Instead, choose neck-warmers or ski-masks during the winter months.

If I drop something under the bus, I inform the driver and wait for instructions.

I ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE SCHOOL MONITOR.

I get onto the bus in an orderly fashion.

I don’t distract the driver.

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In a school zone I never drive faster than 30 km/h.

1926 Voght St.

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Help your children say no to cigarettes Very few smokers become addicted in adulthood. Most of them first pick up the habit as teenagers, when it seems harmless or, perhaps, simply rebellious. If there is any good news in this, it is that parents can help their children say no to tobacco. Talk to them Studies have shown that parents who talk about tobacco addiction with their children see less incidence of smoking by those children. That is the case even if the parents are smokers themselves. Broach the subject with your children when all concerned are calm and there will be no interruptions. Start the conversation by asking them what they think of tobacco addiction. Listen carefully to what they say. Ask them to describe their feelings and thoughts about cigarettes. Share your thoughts with them as well. Do they really understand the effects of tobacco on the health, physical appearance, and

wallet? Do they know that smoking to smoke. Keep coming back to the cigarettes can develop into a nicosubject as often as necessary. They tine addiction, which can be harder will probably be able to resist the to overcome than dependency on temptation because they know you some harder drugs? If you have difare concerned for their health. ficulty in getting this information across, another approach would be to search for information on the Web or through local healthcare services with your children. Prepare some responses Inevitably, someone will offer cigarettes to your children. Will they be able to say no? Prepare some responses together that they’ll be comfortable with. For example, “No thanks, I prefer to have white teeth”; “Forget that! I don’t want to smell like an ashtray”; “I don’t need that to be cool”; “Are you trying to kill me?”; or “I want to keep my money for other stuff ”. Keep trying The older your children get the more opportunities they will have Parents can help their children say no to tobacco.

What if dyslexia is the problem? Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which affects 23 percent of the population. People with dyslexia have difficulty in reading and understanding what they read: letters, syllables, and words become jumbled up in their heads. This has nothing to do with their intelligence, which in fact is often higher than average. Dyslexia is a problem that appears to be genetic and hereditary in origin, and it requires professional care. Dyslexic children will stumble on words, forget them, or deform them when reading; they might even replace one word for another without realizing it. They may have difficulty in collecting their thoughts when expressing themselves. Doing homework requires a huge effort that can take far too long. Dyslexia has many other characteristic symptoms,

and people should be aware that lack of motivation or the quality of a child’s family environment is never the cause. The presence of dyslexia can only be confirmed by a specialist (speech therapist, psychologist, or special education teacher). Once dyslexia has been diagnosed, different exercises and methods appropriate to the difficulties of each child are used to help him or her become as functional as possible. Dyslexia never disappears. However, children who feel encouraged and valued have a good chance of pulling through. This kind of support is precious when it comes from parents, teachers, family, and friends. By the way, Mozart, Picasso, Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, and Bill Gates are all famous dyslexics!

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Find the perfect place to do homework Setting up a special place to do homework is very practical and can be done without spending a fortune. Children with an organized space in which to work have better concentration and learn more easily. It also helps for them to have a sense of ownership in the space they will be using to do their work. Choose a quiet room that is well-lit. If you decide to use a corner of a bedroom, try to separate the work area from the rest of the room to prevent children from doing their homework on the bed. If space is limited, choose a folding table fixed to the wall, but check to make sure that the surface area is big enough to accommodate text books, exercise books, and laptop. Window blinds or curtains may be needed in order to prevent natural light from reflecting on a

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Children with an organized space in which to work have better concentration and learn more easily.

computer screen. Choose a chair carefully: if possible, it should be comfortable and adjustable. Investing a bit extra in an office chair is worthwhile, as it will likely be used for years to come. A moveable, variable intensity reading light is also advisable. Position it on the right of the desk for a left-handed child and to the left for one who is right-handed. The work area

should always be wellorganized. Limit any disorder by equipping it with storage boxes, a small bookcase, and a container for writing utensils. A corkboard is also a great idea, and your children will love to decorate it with favourite photos and odds and ends. Ask your children to help you in the choice of these accessories. Last but not least, choose a space where distractions will be limited.

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Lower Nicola Indian Band

SCHOOL REGISTRATION 2012-2013

Seven helpful tricks for getting homework done Homework time can be a difficult moment for children as well as parents. Between making dinner, daily chores, and children who grumble or who refuse outright to do their homework, it is not easy to stay Zen! Here are seven tricks to help you: 1. Establish a routine at the beginning of the school year and stick to it. Homework should be done at the same time each day, in the same place (a quiet, well-lit room), and for about the same amount of time. 2. Ban all forms of distraction. No television, music, or aimless wandering about by other family members where children are doing their homework. Put a barking dog outside! 3. Let your children empty their own schoolbags and organize their school material. Give them time to look at their teachers’ homework schedules and ask them what they have to do. 4. Stay present and available, without succumbing to the temptation of doing the homework yourself. If your children need help, show them that you are paying attention and are willing to give advice. 5. Let your children read instructions out loud.

This will enable them to stay concentrated on their homework and you will also know how far along they are. 6. If they get stuck, ask them to explain to you in their own words what they understand. Then tell them what you understand. By working together you may succeed in solving the problem. 7. Always try and make homework time a positive experience, punctuated with encouragement for every effort. Your children will be all the more motivated!

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Partner with healthcare professionals to show your child the way to a successful school year.

Getting a head start before school starts is always the right way to go. Here are some ways to make sure your children are ready for their studies: Reading with your children will teach them to be observant and to develop their vocabulary and general knowledge. But can they see properly? Can they distinguish details,

contrasts, and colours? An optometrist will be able to answer all these questions. Perhaps your son seems to daydream all the time or is easily distracted by ambient noises. Or maybe your daughter has difficulty in distinguishing between different sounds when you talk to her. If your children give you the impression that they don’t want to listen or

are unmotivated, it may be because they have difficulty hearing. An audiologist will be able to identify any problems. Fall is a good time for your children to have a complete oral checkup at the dentist’s. You can also ask for advice adapted to their needs, concerning both oral hygiene and diet. With healthy teeth they’ll discover the power of a beautiful smile. Research has proven that good posture will prevent children from becoming overtired and will help to improve academic results. A visit to a chiropractor will not only result in some sound advice but also some valuable preventive measures. A child’s growing period is crucial in his or her development. An annual visit to your children’s healthcare specialists before school begins in the fall will allow you to benefit from some valuable advice. It will also be an opportunity to detect any incipient problems.

Keep your child’s lunch box peanut-free (NC)—It’s back to school time again! Aside from buying new clothes and school supplies, you may want to consider what to pack for your kids’ lunches and snacks - just make sure it’s peanut-free! These days it’s not uncommon for schools to completely ban peanuts and peanut products. With food allergies affecting approximately six per cent of young children (Health Canada), schools across Canada are restricting certain food items, including peanuts, pecans, walnuts and cashews. To ensure your kids’ lunches are safe to bring to school, start by reading the school’s policy on food allergens in the classroom – make sure you know what is, and isn’t, allowed. “Peanut-free foods are

easier to find now than they used to be,” says Tina Stewart, registered dietitian for the President’s Choice® product development team “For example, many President’s Choice® products now have easy-to-read logos on the front of packaging and on individually wrapped food and snacks, especially for items geared to kids, like its Little Penguins Soft Cookies.” Avoiding products with nuts or other allergens for your kid’s classmates may be a chore at first, but it’s a smart and simple step to ensure safety. A peanut-free environment is easy to maintain by looking for clearly marked food packages and making minor changes to your daily meal routine. www.newscanada.com

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Carrying a heavy load that is unevenly or improperly distributed can result in poor posture; and even distort the spinal column, throwing it out of alignment. This can cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage. More than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of lower back pain by their teenage years. Research indicates that this could be caused, to a great extent, by improper use of backpacks.

HERE ARE A FEW POINTERS TO HELP YOU HELP YOUR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN CARRY THEIR LOAD COMFORTABLY AND SAFELY. Choose the right backpack: Forget leather! It looks great, but it’s far too heavy. Go for vinyl or canvas. Pick a pack that has two wide, adjustable, padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, padded back and plenty of pockets. Make sure the pack Àts properly, is not too snug around the arms and under the armpits, and that its size is proportionate to the wearer’s body. Packing it properly: They’re not moving out! Make sure your children’s packs contain only what is needed for that day, and that the weight is distributed evenly. It’s a good idea to know rough-

ly what each item weighs. The total weight of the Àlled pack should be no more than 10 to 15 per cent of the wearer’s own body weight. Pack heaviest objects close to the body, and place bumpy or odd shaped ones on the outside, away from the back.

to bend at the knees.

The right way to wear a backpack: Both shoulder straps should be used, and adjusted so that the pack Àts snugly to the body, without dangling to the side. Backpacks should never be worn over just one shoulder. You should be Putting the backpack on: able to slide your hand between It’s a good idea to help young the backpack and your child’s children with this, at least the Àrst back. The waist strap should also few times. Put the pack on a Áat be worn for added stability. surface, at waist height. Slip on the pack, one shoulder at a time, then If your child does complain of back adjust the straps to Àt comfortably. pain, numbness or weakness in his Remember when lifting a back- or her arms and legs, get help to pack, or anything, to lift using the prevent future problems. arms and legs and

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Parent ‘n’ Tot Play Time 9:30-11:30 am (0-6) - $2.50/each Session 1: Monday, Oct. 15 – Nov. 19 (no class Nov. 12) Session 2: Monday, Jan. 14 – March 11 (no class Feb. 11) You are responsible for the safety & well being of your own children during your visit.

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Dance

(3 - 10) Session 1: Monday, Oct. 15 – Dec. 10 (no class Nov 12) Session 2: Monday, March 4 – June 17 (no classes thru Spring Break & Victoria Day) 3/4 yrs. of age - Intro into dance 3:00-3:45 pm $60.00 (8 weeks) $90.00 (12 weeks) 5-7 yrs. of age - Jazz • 3:45-4:45 pm $60.00 (8 weeks) • $90.00 (12 weeks) 6-8 yrs. of age- Hip Hop 4:45-5:45 pm • $80.00 (8 weeks) (for 6 year olds who have danced before)

$120.00 (12 weeks) 9-11 yrs. of age- Hip Hop 6:00-7:00 pm $80.00 (8 weeks) • $120.00 (12 weeks) visit www.merritt.ca for more details

Pro D camp: October 19 ($25/child) Christmas camp #1: December 27 & 28 ($60/child) Christmas camp #2: January 2, 3 & 4 ($90/child) Pro D camp: February 15 ($25/child) Springbreak camp: March 18-22 ($150/child, $130 for sibling, or $40/day)

Register in person or by phone @ the Civic Centre or Aquatic Centre. For more information: Contact Colleen @ T: 250.315.1075 or C: 250.280.0657 or Email: cmullin@paciÀcsport.com

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Indoor Soccer (3 - 5) $30.00 Mondays: 3:30 - 4:30 pm Session 1: Oct. 15 – Dec. 3 (no class Nov. 12) Session 2: Jan. 14 – March 11 (no class Feb. 11)

AGES: 7 - 12 yrs LOCATION: Merritt Civic Centre TIME: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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ART CLASSES FOR KIDS

Young Rembrants

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Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Oct. 17: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Young Impressionists - $40 Wednesday, Oct. 24 - Nov. 14: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Muck ‘n’ Mud

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Tuesday, Jan. 29 - Feb. 19: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Water Color Pencils

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Wednesday, Feb. 13 - 27: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

1/2 Pint Bakers

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Thursday, Jan. 24 - Feb. 14: 3:30 - 5:30 pm visit www.merritt.ca for more details

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ROAD RUNNERS

Tuesdays, Sept. 25 – Nov. 27 (10 weeks) 6:30 – 7:30 pm or Thursdays, Sept. 27 – Nov. 29 (10 weeks) 6:30 – 7:30 am Meet at Civic Centre, Room 2 – 1950 Mamette Ave. - $25

Boot Camp w/Lila (14+)- $60 Tuesdays: 6:30 - 7:30 am Oct. 9 - Nov. 27 & Jan. 15 - March 5 Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:30 pm Oct. 11 - Nov. 29 & Jan. 17 - March 7

Abs Blast w/Lila

(14+) - $30 Wednesdays: 12:15 - 12:45 pm Oct. 10 - Nov. 28 & Jan. 16 - March 6 visit www.merritt.ca for more details

Aqua Zumba/Africana Mondays: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Diaper Fit Ideal age 6 month – 2 yrs

Oct. 19 - Dec. 7 and Jan. 11 - March 1, 2013 10:00 am -11:00 am • $30.00 (Per 8 Sessions)

Water Running/Aqua Cycle Mondays & Wednesdays: 7:00 - 8:00 am

Aqua High Power Intensity Boot-Camp Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30 - 7:30 pm visit www.merritt.ca for more details


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