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Celebrating the first fish (L-r) Justin Prairie Chicken, Marissa Eustache and Fred Fortier drum as they take part in Simpcw First Nation’s First Fish Ceremony next to the Raft River salmon-viewing platform on Wednesday. For more about the ceremony, see page A12 inside. Photo by Keith McNeill

Local businesses contribute to Sportsplex upgrades Keith McNeill A project to expand the number of changing rooms at the North Thompson Sportsplex is getting a head start thanks to generous donations by two Clearwater businesses to help with preliminary work. Borrow Enterprises and Wadlegger Logging and Construction are donating several tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment time to the project, according to District of Clearwater chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx, and public works superintendent Jared Brounstein. The only cost to the municipality for the preliminary work will be pretty much limited to paying for some materials. The changing room project itself will involve adding five new changing rooms to complement the existing four. With more girls and women playing hockey, there has been an increasing need for additional changing rooms to avoid conflicts. The additional changing rooms will mean re-configuring

the front of the Sportsplex, which in turn meant the sewer and waterlines needed to be relocated as preliminary work. Wadlegger Logging fell several trees that were in the way plus prepared the road for re-paving. Borrow Enterprises has been handling the sewer and water reconfigurations. School District 73 is also partnering in the preliminary work by paying for new blacktop to replace that torn up, as well as repaving the traffic circle in front of Clearwater Secondary School. The school board is adding new drains and dry-wells to the traffic circle, which should reduce the puddles that often formed there in the past. (L-r) Local contractor Doug Borrow looks over the plans for a waterline relocation project underway at the Sportsplex with District of Clearwater’s Leslie Groulx and Jared Brounstein. Borrow Enterprises and Wadlegger Logging and Construction are donating equipment time to the project. Photo by Keith McNeill








Monday, September 3, 2012 Clearwater Times

For the Record An item in last week’s Back in Time, 40 years ago, said that Dr. John Helmcken had been born in 1924 and died in 1920. While Dr. Helmcken did some amazing things in his life, that wasn’t one of them. In fact, he was born in 1824 and died in 1920. We apologize for the error.

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Millie retires Clearwater’s longtime postmistress, Millie Rempel (l) receives a memento honoring her many years of service with Canada Post from area manager Wendy McLeod recently. Rempel, who started work with the post office in 1969 and became postmistress in August of 1992, worked her last day on Monday. Photo submitted

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Wildlife federation seeks public help in mapping marshes Keith McNeill A recent initiative by The Land Conservancy of B.C. is creating a wildlife corridor across private land in Upper Clearwater. Wetlands will be an important part of that corridor and BC Wildlife Federation is seeking public help in mapping those marshes, says federation spokesperson Owni Toma. A one-day BCWF workshop

called Map Our Marshes will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The workshop will teach community members the value and classification of wetlands, and will focus on technical GPS field skills in order for participants to learn mapping technology, which can be used in their own environmental projects/endeavors, Toma said. The main instrument used will

be a handheld GPS unit (provided). For the field section, participants will learn how to create tracks and waypoints of the wetland complex surrounding the Wells Gray Research Centre. After the field session, participants will head into Clearwater to the Wells Gray Inn (pending confirmation) for the classroom component, where they will learn how to upload geographical field data

to both GoogleEarth and B.C.’s Community Mapping Network. In the past, participants have included students (all ages), professionals (such as biologists, ecosystem specialists, politicians/ lawyers), local streamkeepers, naturalists, and curious townsfolk - basically anyone interested in environmental conservation. Participants should bring waders or gumboots if they own them

(they are welcome to bring their own GPS units also). All will be welcome, but there will be a limit of 25 participants, so to ensure a spot, people must register before Sept 10. More information is available on the BCWF website at www. To register, email Toma at For more news about The Land Conservancy see page A14.

Fish tour coming on Sept. 9 in Wells Gray Park Submitted Wells Gray Park is Canada’s Waterfall Park. Waterfalls are of course a major attraction for park visitors. But for a fish trying to migrate upstream, they can be a formidable barrier. How do we account for the many species of fish - lake trout, dolly varden, rainbow trout, mountain white fish, burbot, and kokanee that nowadays inhabit Wells Gray? How did they make their way past the waterfall barrier to the lakes they now inhabit? Join fisheries biologist Steve Maricle for a day of looking at and thinking about the fish-

es of Wells Gray. Steve is a well-respected fisheries biologist with the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and is responsible for managing more than 1,100 small lakes in the Thompson River drainage. Earlier in his career he worked with steelhead and inland river management, which included the fishery on the Clearwater and Mahood rivers. We’ll meet Maricle at 10 a.m. at the Wells Gray Infocentre in Clearwater on Sunday, Sept. 9, or at 10:30 a.m. at the Upper Clearwater Community Hall, 25 km north of Clearwater. From there we’ll north to Bailey’s Chute,

about an hour up the road, to glimpse the chinook salmon leaping from the water in their impossible attempt to get past this tobogganing rapid. The chinook is the largest of the three salmon species that return from the ocean to spawn in the Clearwater River and its tributaries, and then die. From Bailey’s Chute, naturalists Trevor Goward and Gy Ovenden will join Maricle for a two-hour return walk on the circle trail to West Lake. Along the way we’ll have a look at some of the park’s plants, mushrooms, and whatever else catches our attention. The trail is mostly easy walking, though be

prepared for a few ups and down. Later we’ll head down valley to the Upper Clearwater Community Hall for an illustrated talk by Steve on the fishes of the Clearwater Valley. The talk will start at about 3 p.m. and will continue until we run out of questions, or about 4:30 p.m., whichever comes first. Please bring warm clothing and a bag lunch. This is the second event in Wells Gray World Heritage Year: a series of no-cost tours, hikes, field courses, lectures, and children’s events hosted by Thompson Rivers University and Trevor Goward’s Edgewood Blue. Wells Gray World

Yellowhead Mining will be hosting an Open House Thursday September 13, 2012 from noon to 7 pm at the Clearwater Resources Centre, 224 Candle Creek Road, Clearwater BC, to update the local communities on the progress and development of the Harper Creek project. Senior management staff will be there to answer any questions.

What’s Happening First Fish Ceremony The First Fish Ceremony was held on August 30th, 2012 at the Raft River Viewing Platform. From the traditional cooking of salmon in a pit filled with heated rocks, fir boughs and rosehip branches, to watching Simpcw youth catch salmon using traditional methods, to drumming and singing with the Simpcw Elders, to thanking the Creator for the offering and then finally the serving of the salmon dinner it was a very successful event. Over 150 people attended including tourists from Germany, Amsterdam who were thrilled to participate in a traditional ceremony. September 7 & 8th – Canoe Regatta at Dutch Lake beach. Just as Wild – Just as Wacky! Friday night includes the Kid’s Try the Tri, Beach Jamboree and Crowning of the Golden Girl along with the popular Scavenger Hunt and Saturday is a fun filled day of canoe races and other favourites along with new events such as the Gladiator Olympic Relay and Soap Box Derby. The winner of the Dutch Lake Park Concept Plan will be announced in the afternoon. A Wild and Wacky Weekend at the beach for everyone to enjoy! Come one! Come all! Have you got your costumes planned for the Scavenger Hunt???

Eyeing things up Derek Young, a project technician with TRUE Consulting out of Kamloops, surveys the junction of Highway 5 and the road to Wells Gray Park in preparation for a proposed roundabout. Utilities such as sewer and water-mains need to be more accurately located for planning, he says.

Community Recreation Brochure Keep any eye out for the new Community Recreation Brochure to be delivered to all households in early September. The District of Clearwater, in partnership with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has produced a brochure highlighting the District’s Community Recreation Programming (North Thompson Sportsplex, Healthy Living and Sporting Programs), TRU course selection and District sponsored community events. Bear Aware – Reducing Conflict between people and bears Properly storing or securing residential garbage and items which draw bears is a proven method for discouraging them and preventing nuisance problems around homes, farms and neighbourhoods. Other ways y to bear proof your home include: Placing birdfeeders out of reach of bears and ensuring the ground is free of seed, Pick fruit daily before it ripens, or plant non-fruit bearing trees, Use a proper compost bin and don’t add, fish, meat, fat, oils or unrinsed eggshells, Keep pet food indoors and keep barbecues clean. If you encounter a bear: Keep calm; don’t panic, Respect a bear’s space, never approach a bear, Don’t scream, yell or run away, talk in a normal, non-threatening tone of voice so the bear can identify you as a human. Move away slowly. Call 1.877.952.7277 to report an aggressive or threatening bear. To learn more about bears go to:

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Back to School A reminder that the kids are heading back to school so please drive the speed limit in residential and school zones.

“When you need us, we’re close by” When a death occurs, I’m here to help you, every step of the way. 24 hours a day, every day. If you have made pre-arrangements elsewhere and would like to discuss having your local funeral home take care of you, please feel free to call.


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Upcoming Events September 7 & 8 – Canoe Regatta September 8 – Serenity Performing Arts Upcoming Meetings of Council September 4th, 2012 – Economic Development Committee meeting – 5:00pm September 4th, 2012 – Regular Council meeting – 7:00pm. September 18th, 2012 – Infrastructure Committee meeting – 5:00pm September 18th, 2012 - Regular Council meeting – 7:00pm

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“ When we win, I'm so happy, I eat a lot. When we lose, I'm so depressed, I eat a lot. When we're rained out, I'm so disappointed, I eat a lot.” -Tommy Lasorda, baseball manager editorial by keith mcNeill

Who decides for the human race?

Conservatives doing little to minimize environmental impact Editor, The Times: Recently the Fraser Institute received some $500,000 from the notorious Koch brothers to produce video and lesson plans that cast doubt on climate change (Stephen Maher, Edmonton Journal). Now let's see here - along with bogus school assessments (private schools good, public schools bad). The school that my 25 children from my six underaged wives attend in Bountiful is the best in B.C. - and other now totally discredited free

market nonsense, I have to ask what does the Fraser Institute produce that's worth anything? Yet, most B.C. papers have from time to time columns by Mark Milke and Niels Veldhuis, both of whom work for the Fraser Institute. However, enough of those far right distorters of Adam Smith. Back to Stephen Maher, who also deals with Ethical oil, which, as Maher states, is not a branch of the Conservative government but acts like one.

BC Press Council The Times is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the BC Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be

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NORTH THOMPSON Established September 23, 1964 Member, BC Press Council

Founded by Alykhan Velshi, who now works in the Prime Minister's office, this organization has attacked such groups as Tides Canada, which opposes the oil sands. This is chillingly reminiscent of Sun Media's earlier attacks on the CBC, knowing that they (Sun Media) had an ally in Stephen Harper and his neocons. Also, as Stephen Maher states, he is not against the development of the oil sands ("the goose that lays the golden eggs"), but the Conservatives do little to minimize its environmental impact." Neither will this change in the future. With a comfortable majority, the Conservative can ignore ice shelves breaking off near both poles, droughts, etc., and they will.

When things get too quiet on the Times’ opinion pages, it’s always easy to get a rise out of one of our faithful readers – Jim Lamberton, also known as the Rambling Man. All we need to do is mention the words “global warming” and we’re almost sure to get an angry letter in response. The word “roundabout” also works well. Last week we had a letter from Jim that was in reply to the previous week’s editorial. The editorial in turn was in response to a Gwynn Dyer column that had described fears about military conflicts in the Arctic as “nonsense.” The editorial argued that military conflicts in the Arctic are, in fact, inevitable unless we move to end global warming quickly. The central point of Jim’s response was that global warming is not something that could be turned on and off like a tap. In this space we have argued before that any overall strategy to avoid catastrophic climate change will involve geo-engineering – the deliberate and large-scale intervention in Earth’s climate. The conventional approach – trying to reduce civilization’s emissions of carbon dioxide through such things as greater efficiencies and substitution of energy sources – is not working. We have passed the safe upper limit to avoid a climate tipping point.

Geo-engineering schemes follow two basic strategies: removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and reducing the amount of sunlight reaching Earth. Some of the schemes to remove carbon dioxide, such as fertilizing the oceans, carry unknown risks. Others, such as planting more trees, would be good things to do even without climate change, but unlikely to make a meaningful dent in the megatonnes of carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere each year. Reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth would involve schemes such as injecting sulphur-based aerosols into the atmosphere, or constructing mirrors or other structures in space. All of these would involve unknown risks and would require further research – but we do not have unlimited time. Ultimately it comes down to not a question of science or technology but of politics – who decides for the human race? We have argued in this space before that the appropriate place for those decisions to be made would be a stronger and more democratic United Nations. And we’d better get moving on that too. And by the way, Jim, having a roundabout would help with the fight against global warming too. People would spend less time idling their vehicles while waiting for a break in traffic.

Roundabout not a good idea Editor, the Times:

Re "Roundabout gets green light". Let us all leap up and rejoice! We are going to spend over $2 million to fix a problem that could have been done for a fraction of that cost. Let's not make the public look as stupid as you would like them to be. People know that this decision was made long before the public open house; it was made when the property was bought to facilitate this abortion. Roundabouts are great in the right place. They should definitely not be placed on the second busiest highway in B.C., at an intersection that has a bus depot, an Infocenter, a neighborhood pub, a high school, and a medical centre close by. The front-page headline

Dennis Peacock Clearwater, B.C.

lars being wasted on a roundabout would go a long way to doing just that. Rumor has it that the Fisheries Ministry stocked fish in several potholes before they realized that they weren't lakes! There was a time in this province when fuel taxes were used for building and repairing highways, not for general revenue. But that was back when we had a government, not a tax collection agency. The only good thing to come out of this roundabout is that the puppet we have for our MLA will be back doing what he does best: neutering dogs and cats.

Jim Lamberton The Rambling Man Clearwater, B.C.

Letters Policy The Times welcomes all letters to the editor. We do, however, reserve the right to edit for brevity, clarity, legality and good taste. While all letters must be signed (and have a telephone number for verification purposes) upon submission, writers may elect to withhold their names from publication in special circumstances.

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has several quotes from the Clearwater mayor that sure makes him look like a politician! Brain in neutral, mouth in gear! He said that people traveling from the east have gone 300 km without slowing down. Maybe Mr. Harwood should go 300 km east; he will receive fines for exceeding speed limits in Avola, Blue River, Valemount, the park, and Jasper. "Having a roundabout would reinforce to travelers that Clearwater exists as a community." Travelers will say, "We have just entered the centre of the Universe of Stupidity!" Another objective of the roundabout is to highlight the road to Wells Grey Park. The best way to highlight that road is to fill the potholes and repave rough sections. Two million dol-

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Question of the Week Do you think a roundabout at the corner of Highway 5 and the road to Wells Gray Park would be a good idea?


Janny McKenna: I think it would be extremely dangerous and would cause a lot of accidents.

Joe Short:

Susan Campany:

Not really, because it's a main thoroughfare. They're good on side streets.

Absolutely not. It's madness. It's going to affect the residents of Clearwater Valley Road more than anyone, and the businesses at the corner.

Stephanie Turner:

Chuck Gallagher:

No, I think the truckers made their point, through the newspaper, about the danger of shifting loads. All we need is a tanker or something similar to tip over.

I think it's the worst idea I've heard in my life. I don't know of any major highway in Canada that has one.

Please consider our creeks and water wells Editor, the Times:

Thank you for publishing Trevor Goward's excellent article asking Canfor's CEO to rethink the plans that have been tabled for logging the western slope of Trophy Mountain (Heritage committee asks Canfor to rethink planning, Aug. 27 issue). I appreciate that Trevor is calling attention to the plight of the mountain caribou and to the Guiding Principles document that we hammered out over three years. We put our hearts and souls into that agreement with Ministry of Forests. My concern is the health of the streams that flow from that mountainside, and of the wells at the base of the slope: I live on Grouse Creek, and I have a well. Everyone who followed the news about the Pritchard water wells after adjacent high-elevation logging will understand my concern.

Yes, Canfor has promised a hydrological assessment of the area - but it doesn't take someone with an engineering degree to look at the steepness of that slope and realize that if the trees are removed, there will be nothing to hold back the water of spring snow-melt, or of any major rainstorm. Look at the three contiguous cut-blocks on the steep sidehill south of Grouse Creek - and then think of us who live downstream, many with water licenses on the creek. We do not want our beautiful clean stream to be like Fage Creek, victim of earlier logging higher up the slope: from mudfilled water roaring through in spring to not so much as a trickle of water in the rocks by the end of August. Please also consider the many little creeks that run through my neighbors' places. Some are fish-bearing, where the brook trout of Grouse Creek spawn.

I am cautiously optimistic, having read the letter Don Kayne, CEO of Canfor, wrote to the Vancouver Sun. I think Mr. Kayne should take part in some of the excellent Wells Gray World Heritage Year events that are planned. I am confident that he would then understand that this valley has far greater value as it stands than the few dollars that would be generated by logging the trees that line the valley walls. I would also like to echo Trevor's request to the Honorable Terry Lake to establish a moratorium on industrial logging within the Upper Clearwater viewscape until the area has been carefully evaluated for its best and highest use.

Ellen Ferguson Upper Clearwater, B.C.-

Clearwater tourist operations treat visitors well Editor, The Times:

We had a bumper summer of visitors. First there were Mona and Chris on their way back from Alberta - cooked Hungarian chicken paprikash and beat them at a card game called 31. Then Jim and Doris from Saskatchewan. Les and Jim emigrated from Hungary together in 1956, arrived in Canada in 1957 and have remained friends.

We had take-out Chinese food from Double Dragon. They said it was great. Then came Les's daughter Kim, her husband Dan and their three boys from Saskatchewan. They stayed at Clearwater Country Inn RV Park for two days, got a great spot, good shade and close to washrooms and showers. Once again we had chicken paprikash and taught Kim and Dan how to play 31.

After that came Les' son Lonnie (Laszlo) and girlfriend Christine from Toronto. They also stayed at Clearwater Country Inn Motel (great room) and again we had Hungarian chicken paprikash and also taught them to play 31. Had a great time. By this time I was chicken paprikashed out. So we ordered takeout pizza from Double R Pizza. They were really busy so

Kudos to Elks and Royal Purple Editor, The Times: As humans, how often we seem to do nothing but complain, usually about things we can't change and no one else wants to hear about anyways. Well folks, I'd like to pass on something "good," a bouquet or bouquets to our local Elks and Royal Purple groups. How often do

you take time from your busy lives and go to the Farmers Market on Saturday? (Thanks to the vendors and sponsors there too). It's a great place, breakfast is only $6 a person, coffee, juice, pancakes(s), eggs(s), bacon and sausage and friends. We live in a great community. Thanks to all for

making Saturday mornings a good memory. Also thanks to all the other volunteer groups and businesses in our community. Tourists are fine people too, but the locals are what make this a great place and why tourists want to visit.

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we played cards. When the pizza came it was really hot. Both Lonnie and Christine said it was the best pizza they had and were very impressed. Since I don't do breakfast or lunch Les had an open account at the Blue Loon for them. They both said the meals and service were great. Lonnie went to Pharmasave to get us some pictures of our grandchil-

dren. When he went in the lady said right away, "Can I help you?" He was very impressed with the friendly and efficient service, and we also are glad, as we now have updated pictures of our grandchildren. Both sets of kids are hopefully planning to come back next summer and do some sightseeing and rafting. They will still stay and eat again at the same places.

Water main flushing is a key component in maintaining water quality throughout the water distribution system. The District of Clearwater performs water main flushing on a biannual basis; spring and fall. Water main flushing utilizes water velocities created by “pulling” larger than normal volumes through the system to clean the water main. Public Works crews systematically turn water valves and fire hydrants to effectively flush the water system. When the District’s Public Works Department is flushing water mains in the community you may experience a loss in pressure, cloudy water and/or discolouration; none of which are a health concern. Should you experience any of those conditions, please run your taps for a minimum of 5 minutes or until the water clears. District Public Works crews will be performing our fall flushing program between September 4th and October 5th, 2012. Should you experience prolonged pressure loss and/or discolouration please contact the District of Clearwater @ 250.674.2257.

Thank you Mohammed, Jeanette, Pharmasave staff, Double Dragon and Double R Pizza, and thank you Clearwater. Way to go.

Les and Carol Toth Clearwater, B.C. Serious Issues require Serious Lawyers

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1-888-374-3161 Jim McCreight is on location in the Interior Savings Insurance office every Wednesday.




Secondo Mining Ltd. was exploring for high-grade copper and molybdenum near the southern border of Wells Gray Park. The first year of water safety at Blue River's Lake Eleanor was a success, and would continue in future years. Mary Ann Petch handled the duties of lifeguard. She also assisted Jean Nelson in giving the swimming classes, which had been given freely over the past few years.


YEARS AGO: New Democrat Gerry Anderson was elected MLA for the North Thompson, defeating Phil Gaglardi, the provincial representative for 20 years. The NDP swept 38 of 55 seats in the Legislature and Dave Barrett was the new premier. Fred Vlutters was elected president of the Blue River Fish and Game Club. Tom Hanna was vice-president and Ken Benusic secretarytreasurer.

Monday, September 3, 2012 Clearwater Times


HISTORICAL Perspective

YEARS AGO: Clearwater was one of the fastest growing areas in the regional district, said Herb George, director for Blue River-Avola. Area A director Karl Simmerling asked for top priority to planning. New signs brought home to residents that Canada was going metric. Speed limits of 55 mph became 90 km/hr.

The name remained Raft River at various locations, changing to Clearwater Station in 1925 and then Clearwater in 1961.



YEARS AGO: Fire destroyed five motel units at Helmcken Falls Lodge. Lodge owner Peter Louwerse said the fire might have been started by a propane stove. A feature article outlined the history of post offices in the North Thompson. The Chu Chua Post Office at Fennel's Store, along with Mt. Olie and Little Fort, opened in 1907 and served the whole North Thompson. The Raft River post office opened in 1910 in McTaggart's house on the west bank of the Raft River, just south of the Highway 5 bridge.


YEARS AGO: Two 17-year-olds from Barriere spent a night out in Wells Gray Park after a bear chased them to get their fish near Clearwater Lake. They were found later at Mahood River. North Thompson Sportsplex was to open for the season on Sept. 13. Hockey school was to run from Sept. 14 to 17. TNRD TV committee members Bert Walker and Paul Caissie were preparing to install new television equipment on Grizzly, Brookfield and Russell. The signal was to be microwaved directly

from Kamloops, not using the previous leapfrog points. Ian Brown of the Clearwater Forest District planned a public advisory organizational meeting. Persons from Clearwater to Blue River were needed for input on fish and wildlife habitat, ecology, watersheds, and local business etc.


YEARS AGO: Little Fort carpet bowlers Mr. Foucault, Dale Clearwaters, Nina Clearwaters, Mac Livingstone and Ray Lofgren brought home a gold medal in carpet bowling from the B.C. Seniors Games in Dawson Creek. Theme for Vavenby's Fall Fair was Canada's 125th birthday, reported fair president Chrissy Simpson. Entertainment

included line dancing, local history by Blackpool pioneer Stan Johnson and music by Murray and Rose Langton of Little Fort. A book by Ida Dekelver on the history of the Ray Farm was a hot seller at the Clearwater Infocenter. New principal at Clearwater Secondary School was Wayne Leckie. Susan Knoss began work as Clearwater's new probation officer.


YEARS AGO: North Thompson Community Skills Center opened its doors at its new home in the former School District 26 office building next to Raft River Elementary. "We're in business," said its enthusiastic manager, Denny Fahrenholtz.

Vavenby Fire Department volunteers were still getting to know their new $175,000 pumper truck. "We'll be able to travel at highway speeds with a full load of water now," said fire captain Rick Flegel.


YEARS AGO: Fire destroyed the grandstands at Capostinsky Park. The stands had been built in preparation for the Canada Summer Games in 1993, recalled Bill Mattenley former Clearwater Improvement District trustee and softball official. Dorothy Schulte of Vavenby won first and special awards in pickles, jelly collection and red currant jelly at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo.


YEARS AGO: Interior Health was recommending all residents in the North Thompson Valley have their homes tested for radon gas after a study found that 40 per cent

of houses tested in the area had levels higher than the national guidelines for the carcinogenic toxin. Upper Clearwater resident Trevor Goward was offering a series of free guided hikes in the Clearwater Valley in part of an effort to get Wells Gray Park recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to introduce Clearwater residents to areas of the valley they may have never knew existed.


YEAR AGO: A large crane was at work at CanforVavenby. The company was spending $24 million for a new canter line plus sorter and edger modifications at the sawmill, plus autograding and sorting capacity in the planer mill. Kirsten Whitford was on a cross-Canada tour to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and the need for organ donations. Her husband Joey Whitford, who grew up in Clearwater, had passed away from CF the previous February.

OPEN INVITATION To all concerned citizens of

CLEARWATER TO DISCUSS THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE This is a notice of public discussion regarding the Ministry of Transportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for intersections of

HWY 5 and CLEARWATER VALLEY ROAD All interested parties encouraged to attend, whether you agree or disagree with the proposed roundabout!

THURSDAY SEPT 6 at 7:00 pm At the


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Boaters take action to stop the spread District rescinds of invasive species in lakes and rivers water quality advisory Invasive Species Council of BC British Columbia - Boaters around the province are being asked to participate in an on-line survey conducted by the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC). It is part of the provincial Clean, Drain, Dry initiative that rolled out earlier this spring. The two-year Clean, Drain, Dry program is designed to help stop the introduction and spread of invasive species in B.C. In year one, the Council is hoping to improve future programming by learning more about boaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitudes and behaviors. Accordingly, the on-line boat-use survey is a tool to obtain this information. All boaters are encouraged to fill out and submit the survey. Participating boaters will be entered into a draw to win a prize. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to encourage as many people who own a boat and enjoy recreating on our lakes in British Columbia to take the

survey so we can get a real accurate picture on boater behavior.â&#x20AC;? explains Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of BC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any one who submits the survey (on-line or in person) will have a chance to win an iPad.â&#x20AC;? The primary focus of Clean, Drain, Dry is to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species into B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lakes and rivers by changing boater behavior so that they will clean, drain and dry their boat prior to launching into different body of water. Working in partnership with regional invasive species committees across the province, the Invasive Species Council of BC launched Clean, Drain, and Dry in 12 locations across British Columbia. The boat-use survey can be completed on line at: - just click on the survey link.

Fight against invasive species right at your ďŹ ngertips Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia VICTORIA Anyone with a smartphone can now help stop the spread of invasive plants in B.C., thanks to an innovative application developed by Hipwood Digital, the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The B.C. government is committed to preserving wildlife habitat and protecting the interests of B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agriculture and ranching industries. This new tool will allow British Columbians to have an immediate impact by identifying where invasive plants species have become established,â&#x20AC;? said Minister of Forests,

Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look forward to their increased involvement in this important issue.â&#x20AC;?

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The B.C. government is committed to preserving wildlife habitat and protecting the interests of B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agriculture and ranching industries. Steve Thompson

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Report-aWeed BCâ&#x20AC;? app is free to download and is available for both iPhones and Android phones. The easy-touse interface allows users to submit reports on invasive plant sightings anywhere in B.C., upload photos of plants they find, and view previously

logged sightings on a Google map. Invasive plants are plants that are not native to a particular ecosystem. They have the potential to displace long-established native species and cause significant economic or environmental damage. They also may reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops. The Report-a-Weed BC app allows users to: * Browse through a list of invasive plants (searchable by the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common name, Latin name or flower color) or scroll through a photo library of known invasive plants. * Attach their own photos of suspected invasive plants or attach a photo of one of 202 listed species. * View an interactive map of B.C. that displays details about the 500 most recent

submissions. * Use the app online or offline (in areas with no cell phone coverage, users can click â&#x20AC;&#x153;Submitâ&#x20AC;? as usual and the report will be sent as soon as cell coverage resumes). Invasive plant specialists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will review all reports submitted through the smartphone app and co-ordinate any necessary follow-up activity with regional weed committees, local governments and landowners. Regional weed committees, the Invasive Species Council of B.C., governments and stakeholders work together to raise public awareness of invasive plants, survey existing populations and treat highpriority sites to control their spread. The involvement of smartphone users will assist landown-

ers and invasive plant managers with early detection and rapid response efforts, and enhance their knowledge of how invasive plant species are distributed in B.C.

Times Staff A water quality advisory issued by District of Clearwater on Friday, Aug. 24, was rescinded on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The specific areas affected by the advisory included the water system in the Raft River area east of Hillside Road, and in the Wyndhaven area along Fawn Road, Lake Summit Road, Vern-Ann Place, and Archibald Road west of Kennedy Road. Reason given for the advisory was that detectable coliform counts in the two areas meant was the water suspected to have become contaminated and was not safe for human consumption. People with compromised or undeveloped immune systems were told they may wish to boil their water for at least one minute before consumption. These would include the elderly, pregnant women, children under the age of two, people with AIDS, diabetes or kidney disease, and people being treated with immuno-suppressive medications. Those with any questions were asked to call the District at 250-674-2257, or Public Health at 250851-7340. Those who received the notice were asked to share it with any neighbors who might not receive it directly.

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Monday, September 3, 2012 Clearwater Times

2012 Regatta Golden Girl nominees

Traffic Alert Regatta Week-End!

My family and I would like to nominate Mary Stewart as a candidate for this year’s Golden Girl award. This wonderful lady has spent countless hours at the Clearwater Thrift Store, volunteering her time for over 20 years to help raise funds for the Hospital. Her endless volunteer hours have meant that the hospital has been able to purchase many extra items for patients. She has also spent many years playing music at Evergreen Acres and Forest View Place, entertaining the guests with hours of enjoyment. Over the years Mary has also found the time to help fellow neighbors in the community and at Forest View Place extended care wing. Mary Stewart is a long time member of the community who has dedicated herself to helping her community and her peers; it is people like Mary that make Clearwater a fabulous place to live. We believe she is a perfect candidate for the “2012 Golden Girl”.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 5pm to 6.30pm KIDS TRY THE TRI Single Lane Traffic / Slowed Traffic From Dutch Lake Beach to Dutch Lake Sub-Division

GO SLOW! Little Ones on the ROAD! SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8th 9.30am – 10.30am

Race in Progress Watch for Runners & Bikers

Eva Buck I am nominating Eva Buck as a candidate for this year’s award. Eva, along with her whole family husband Ed, and children Barry, Bev, Brent, Lyle and Carolyn, were a constant “Face of the Lake” during the 70s and 80s. Eva spent countless hours at the beach helping with swim lessons as well as organizing and working at the Regatta’s that were held at the lake. In the early years, when the Clearwater Swim Club had out of town instructors, Eva opened up her home to them. Many of us remember all the wonderful baked goods Eva would bring down to the lake. Eva and her family did many of the improvements at the beach, in the early years. Eva made it a priority that all her children learned to swim properly and to take life saving lessons. I believe that all her children became swim instructors and gave back to the community by instructing Red Cross and Royal Life lessons at Dutch Lake. They were also involved as Clearwater Swim Club racers in many swim meets in the Interior. Eva always liked to work in the background and never wanted to be in the limelight. Therefore, much of the work she did went unnoticed by many. Because of her many countless hours of volunteering at Dutch Lake and all the other community activities that Eva has been involved in I believe she is the perfect candidate for Golden Girl 2012.

Ena Chiasson

Traffic Slowed: Dutch Lake Beach, Old North Thompson Highway, Lodge Drive, Sunshine Valley

I would like to nominate Ena Chiasson for this year’s Golden Girls award. Ena has been a strong and constant volunteer in our community for many, many years. She is a genuine volunteer who cares passionately about the North Thompson Valley. Ena is invaluable to the Hospice Committee, Legion and Hospital Auxiliary. She dedicates count-

Please use caution and patience with competitors and flaggers Thanks for your Support of Regatta Week-end 2012!

FMI on race routes: or call 250-674-2594


less hours and without her, we would be lost. There are many other committees in our community that may be more visible but these organizations are quiet pillars to our community that sustain our community members, often in time of need and crisis. Ena is an inspiration with her energy and never lets us down. Thank you Ena! Our community is better because of all that you do.

Mary Stewart






Try the Tri

Kids Try the Tri

Starts at Dutch Lake. Sign in at 5pm Tots Stride/Trike/Bike Race: ages 2-4 in Dutch Lake Parking lot,

Ages 8,9,10 Dutch Lake, Run 1km, bike 3km, swim the length of the dock.

The Rotary Relay ChallengePound, Pedal and Paddle

Kids Mini Try the Tri:

Kids Try the Bigger Tri:

Ages 5,6,7 (with a parent or someone in double digits). Bike to Dutch Lake course then bike back to Dutch Lake.

Go solo or teams up to 4 — Run 3km, Bike 8km, Canoe Around the Island. Please check the website for the route.

Ages 11-17. Run 1km, Bike 3km, Swim length of the dock. Please check the website for the route.

10:30am Canoe Race for Wee ones under 6 (with an adult).

Beach Jamboree Kids and teens including BBQ.

Kids & Family Once around the Island.

Regatta Golden Gal Award & Crowning


Honouring a pioneer woman who has excelled in her volunteer contributions to our community.

Enter as many events as you like, or just be a supportive spectator!

Kayak Race

7-8:30pm It’s Back!! Fun & Fabulous Scavenger Hunt! For teams up to 6 people. Really, really fun! Families, friends, coworkers–you name it!

Shout Out!

Canoe race to the island with a challenge to get dressed into your spiffy duds in the canoe half way between the island and the beach.


Who said the regatta was just for canoes? The race is on-welcome warrior women, macho men, boys, girls and the leisure class.


Local ladies and their equestrian partners.

5:00pm Simpcw Traditions Drumming on the beach.

Down entrance to the Lake– Get your large wheels together on your favourite skateboard and

All Day

completly crazy!!

2:30pm All swimmers are boated out to the island and it’s a race back to the beach.


2:30pm Greased Pole Climb

Teams of 8 manage through 4 legs of a relay. You never know what’s going to happen? Make your challenge.


NEW EVENT Soap Box Race

Teams of 4 in a swimming challenge.

Canoe Relay Race and Challenge



Swim to Shore

Swimmers Relay

Announcing the winner for the Dutch Lake Park Concept Plan.

The North Thompson Ladies Drill Team


Medieval style sports completed on air mattresses.



Paddle, Power in Fashion

NEW EVENT Regatta Gladiator Olympic Relay

Stone’s Throw





Can you get to the $100 bill? Let’s see you try!!

Rock Wall Tug O War Potato Sac Relay Hula Hoop Contest Success By Six crafts • •

Kids Beach Hunt Face Painting

Blast from the past Photo Wall Zumba on the Beach Pirate Ship Bouncy Castle

Concession Available

3:00pm Dinghy Dash Surprise A twist on a family favourite.


Hosted by the District of Clearwater






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Fairbrother operates Blackpool Ferry for 21 years Harry William Fairbrother

the first of its kind on the river, having towers higher than usual to allow steamboat traffic to pass under the strung cable. The ferry operated from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week,

died at home in East Blackpool in 1985. According to an article about his death in the Times, he had been an active member of the curling club in his retirement, often curling six or seven

Ferries were an important means of transportation during the early days in the North Thompson Valley. One of the more important was the ferry that ran from Blackpool to East Blackpool, and one of the more important ferry operators was Harry Fairbrother, who ran the Blackpool ferry for about 21 years until it closed in 1970. According to information from his family and from the local history book Upper North Thompson Reflections, Henry William (Harry) Fairbrother was born July 11, 1905 in Long Eaton, England. In 1910 he immigrated with his family to Asquith, Saskatchewan. In later years he lived in Alberta and on the west coast, finally setIna Fairbrother uses a steering wheel to give the ferry tling in Haney, B.C. the correct angle to catch the current and cross the with his wife Ina and river. their three children. In 1950 they moved games a week. One of providing a vital link to East Blackpool the more memorable not only for the east where Harry became occasions was when side residents but also the operator of the three of his brothers for the native Indians B.C. government’s curled with him in the from as far away as reaction ferry on the 1979 Clearwater Men’s Chu Chua who, with North Thompson Open Bonspiel. Frank, horses and wagon, River. age 80, Harry 74, Ed crossed on their way to A reaction ferry is 72 and Slim 68, had a the Blue River vicinity unpowered and makes combined age of 296 to pick blueberries. use of the force of years - reportedly the The North the river’s current to oldest team of brothers Thompson is a very move from bank to to curl together provinpowerful river and bank. Today there are cially or nationally. whatever the season only two on the North Harry had married Harry had a great deal Thompson River, one Ina in 1935. The couof respect for it. The at Little Fort and the ple had three children: ferry service termiother at McLure. Don, Betty and Althea. nated in 1970 when Built in 1909, the Ina took over the Harry retired. He Blackpool ferry was


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A missionary van operated by the Anglican Church uses the Blackpool ferry to cross the North Thompson River.

Harry Fairbrother shows off a big fish he caught while operating the ferry.

postmistress at the directly across the East Blackpool post river from the regional office when Harry park at the former became the ferryman. Blackpool ferry At one point she was launch. also the mail carrier. Some have proThe CNR way-freight posed that the park would slow down should be named after enough when passing Harry Fairbrother. their house to drop off and collect the mail. Ina also retired in 1970 when the government closed the East Blackpool post office. She passed away in 1990. The family home and post office that Harry built Ina and Harry Fairbrother lived in can be seen East Blackpool for many years.

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Monday, September 3, 2012 Clearwater Times

Growing up with employment standards Ministry of Labor, Citizens' Services and Open Government VICTORIA - At the start of the school year, many secondary and post-secondary students will be transitioning into part-time jobs in addition to their time in school. These working experiences are valuable for young people, as they will learn skills that will be used throughout their adult lives. However, it's important that they and their parents are aware of their rights and responsibilities at work.

Earth mover Jeff Lamond of Rooted by the River uses a skidder to move topsoil as he helps landscape the new buildings at Evergreen Acres on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Keith McNeill

Do you have a news story? We'd like to hear from you. Call us 250.674.3343

Make sure your job search is as effective as it can be: Yes No  I know what my skills are.  I know what kind of job I want to look for.  I have prepared a resume to give to possible employers.  I am ready to knock on doors and follow up any job leads.  I have told my friends, family, neighbours, teachers, past employers and co-workers that I am looking for work.  I read the newspaper ads regularly.  I have put a ‘job wanted’ poster on bulletin boards around town.  I watch for ‘help wanted’ ads in local shop windows.  I use the internet to find job postings.  I visit the local WorkBC Employment Services Centre on a regular basis and take advantage of as many of the free services that I am eligible for.

Next Work Search Techniques Workshop Sept. 27th 9-11am ________________________________________________ CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES CENTRE 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 Phone: 250- 674-2928 Fax: 250- 674-2938 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 – 4:00 Email: Operated by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Did you know? All young workers should understand the basic rules that apply to the world of work. For example: * An employer cannot pay workers less than minimum wage, and an employee who reports for work must be paid for at least two hours even if he or she works less than that amount of time. * Tips or gratuities are not wages. Employees must be paid minimum wage (or, if over 19 years of age and serving alcohol, the liquor server wage) in addition to any tips or gratuities they receive. * All employees must be paid at least twice a month, and a pay period cannot be longer than 16 days. * Coffee breaks are given at the discretion of an employer. However, there are specific rules around meal breaks. For example, employers must ensure employees do not work more than five hours without a meal break, and meal breaks must be at least half an hour long. * If the employer asks an employee to attend training or meetings on an employee's day off or outside regular hours worked, the employee may be eligible for overtime, minimum daily pay or other entitlements. * An employer may require an employee to work overtime as long as the employer pays the applicable overtime wage rates, and the hours worked are not excessive or detrimental to the employee's health or safety. * If an employer requires an employee to wear a uniform or special clothing, the employer must provide, clean and maintain it at no cost to the employee. * While employers are required to give notice of termination after three months of employment, employees are not required to give notice of an





intention to quit. However, notice is appreciated by most employers and employees are encouraged to provide notice unless there is a concern the employer will not honor it. * An employer may not ask employees to accept pay in lieu of annual vacation. * The trip to/from the workplace is considered to be a commute and is not work. However, at times travel time should be paid - for example, when providing a work-related service while traveling or if the employee travels during the work day as instructed by the employer. Young workers (15 to 24) There are specific rules that apply to the employment of teenagers and young adults. For example: * Under the occupational health and safety regulation, workers younger than 25 years of age must be given health and safety orientation and training that are specific to the workplace. * Minors (under 19 years of age) may not be employed in places designated "liquor primary". Where permitted to work, (for example, restaurants), minors must always be under adult supervision. * Young workers under 16 cannot work with pesticides. * Young workers under 18 cannot work as a blaster or at a mine. What are employment standards? The Employment Standards Act sets out the minimum standards that apply to most non-unionized workplaces in B.C. The act covers wages, hours of work, breaks, allowable deductions, termination of employment and leaves of absence. If you have questions about employment standards, you can visit one of the nine branches throughout the province, call 1 800 663-3316 or go online: Information is available in English, French, Chinese, Punjabi, Hindi, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Spanish. The act also has procedures to be followed if a dispute about employment standards occurs. Employers and employees are encouraged to resolve disputes themselves, and a self-help kit is available online. More information about this process can be found here: facshts/shk-employer.htm


The most serious of all female cancers is ovarian cancer. Over 2600 Canadian women are diagnosed every year and 1750 succumb to this disease. There is no screening test to detect this cancer, but when found early and treated, the survival rate is 90%. if you have any abdominal symptoms that last for more than tree weeks, see your doctor. Many people tend to take vaccines for granted, but they do save lives. The number of children saved from dying of measles during the past decade was over 9,500,000 worldwide. This represents a 74% drop in measles deaths. Probiotics are ‘friendly’ bacteria found in food products like yogurt and also available in capsules. Diarrhea is a side effect of many regular antibiotics. By taking probiotic supplements during antibiotic therapy, diarrhea can often be prevented. It is best to take the probiotic dose 2-4 hours after the antibiotic dose. Head lice often becomes a problem in children at this time of year. Some of the older lice treatments are not as effective anymore. Nyda is a spray solution that can be used in children over the age of two and is effective against the lice, as well as eliminating the nits (eggs). Our pharmacists can advise you about this product. Our pharmacists are not only dispensers of medication, but dispensers of information. We are always ready to help you with your questions about medications and health.



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Aspiring authors invited to join Writer’s Club Submitted As the cooler weather approaches, our recreational pursuits will probably move from the beach to the indoors. With this in mind, I ask, have you ever had the desire to write a story? Or maybe you have put on paper a collection of childhood memories for future generations? Perhaps you have sometimes jotted down a few lines of poetry. Then you should Members of the Wells Gray Seniors Society Writers Club seek inspiration consider becoming a together. Pictured are (back, l-r) Kay Knox, Val Watt, Sandra Holmes, (front, l-r) member of the Wells Val Luger, Fran McRae, Patti Woods and Noelle McCorriston. Photo submitted Gray Seniors Society Writer’s Club. You couldn’t find a This group is open to all adults and we meet more positive or encouraging group of people. We at 2 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every share with each other our writing successes and month, at the library. failures and sprinkle it with humor. We also discuss Bring pen, paper, ideas and dreams and we will such topics as learning new ways to improve our look forward to meeting you. skills or how to access publishing opportunities if For further information call Sandra Holmes at so desired. 250-674-3615 or Val Luger at 250-676-9662.

New tree falling guidelines in the works to improve B.C. forest safety Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations VICTORIA - New guidelines specifying the qualifications of falling supervisors will improve safety for those working in the woods. Effective April 1, 2013, all forestryrelated falling activity under a Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations contract must have a designated falling supervisor, although the supervisor does not need to be at the site at all times. The supervisor's role is to monitor the competency of fallers

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Keith McNeill Students attending Clearwater Secondary School will see a few changes when they start classes on Sept. 4, according to principal Darren Coates. One of the more important is they will have a new principal, with Coates taking over from Alan Stel. There also will be a new vice-principal, Linda Zieffle. She will be taking the place of Peter Persad. New staff members will include Gabe Francis, who will teach math and science for

Grades 8 and 9. As of last week a second new staff member to teach French and English had still to be hired. Possibly the most visible change will be new pavement for the traffic circle in front of the school. This is part of preliminary work being done for a project to install more changing rooms in the Sportsplex (see story on page one). Teacher Mike Lau will coordinate an alternate program being called Phoenix. It is intended for students who are having difficulties in the regular school

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Chief Rita Matthew welcomes participants to Simpcw First Nation's annual First Fish Ceremony, which was held Wednesday near the Raft River salmon viewing platform. The site was the location of a traditional fishery from time immemorial, she said. Children would herd the fish to where they could be gaffed. The chief remembered living across the river when she was growing up.

Dodie Eustache carries trays of baked salmon and vegetables from the pit to the table for serving. In former times, birch bark baskets would have been used. About 140 people took part in this year's First Fish Ceremony, which included drumming and traditional games as well as a feast.

Above: (L-r) Justin Prairie Chicken, Tina Donald and Christ Eustache dig out the food after nearly five hours of baking in a pit oven.

Simpcw host salmon feast Left: Clearwater councilor Ken Kjenstad serves Tina Donald, one of the ceremony's main organizers. District of Clearwater, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Community Resource Center co-sponsored the event with the Simpcw.

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Taking the boat to Rainbow Falls

Members of the Peterson family of Barriere pose for a photograph in front of Rainbow Falls by Azure Lake in Wells Gray Park. Pictured are (l-r) Karen, Alexander, Jacob, Monica, Greg and Dave. The youngsters bought a boat tour to the falls for the two parents, then met them there.

Photos by Keith McNeill Garnet Peak, the highest mountain in Wells Gray Park, looms over the northern end of Clearwater Lake.


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Raft Mountain Skating Club is holding registration at the North Thompson Sportsplex on Tuesday September 11th from 3-5 Thursday September 20th from 6-7 Friday September 28th during family skate starting @ 4:30

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Loud party on Dunn Lake Road

The weekend before last a party was hosted on private property on Dunn Lake Road. Numerous noise complaints were received from residents living on both sides of the river. The part owner of the property is from Kamloops and is known to police. The matter is still under investigation and Clearwater RCMP are working with other provincial agencies to address this issue and deal with any future occurrences.

Break and enter into the Blue River Post Office During the early morning hours of Aug. 25, someone broke into the Blue River Post Office and stole a undetermined amount of money and post office materials. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 or Crimestoppers.

Motor vehicle collision near Birch Island

Last Thursday at approximately 8 p.m., two vehicles traveling south on Highway 5 collided by the Birch Island Rest Area. The driver of a fully loaded tractor-trailer unit attempted to avoid a van making a left hand turn into the rest area. The driver of the van suffered serious injuries and was transported to hospital by EHS. Clearwater RCMP would like to thanks EHS, Highway Rescue, Clearwater Towing, On Call

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According to a report on CBC Radio News, the Canada Revenue Agency has seized the bank accounts of The Land Conservancy. The conservancy is the environmental organization that Upper Clearwater residents Trevor Goward, and John and Edwina Kurta have donated and sold land to over the past few years to assemble a wildlife corridor connecting two lobes of Wells Gray Park. "I'm not too concerned," said John Kurta. "I put covenants on the land that it has to remain in its natural state forever. If The Land Conservancy folds, then it would go to



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Over the past couple of weeks a number of acts of vandalism have taken place around town, including at Rotary Sportspark, Liquid Lifestyles, Clearwater Secondary School and Dutch Lake Beach. Incidents have ranged from spray painting buildings to property damage. If you have any information regarding the vandalism taking place, please call the detachment at 250-674-2237.

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some equivalent organization, such as TRU (Thompson Rivers University) or Land Conservancy Canada." The retired lawyer said he had been aware that the TLC was having financial difficulties but was fairly confident the organization would survive. The downturn in the economy resulted in a significant reduction in donations, he said. TLC had responded by laying off staff and seeking relief from its creditors. According to TLC vicechair Briony Penn, the organization has $64 million worth of property but has about $6 million in debts. The property is protected

by the Charitable Purposes Preservation Act, which means it can't be sold to cover the debt, even if they wanted to. TLC used mortgages, primarily from individuals, to finance some of its land purchases, rather than raising the money through donations first. Those mortgages are only a small part of the problem, said Penn. She felt the new, smaller organization could survive on only its membership fees plus a few small donations. Unfortunately, that means they have had to lay off the stewards who managed many of their pieces of land. Instead, they will need to rely on volunteers.

Vavenby crash takes life Times Staff A woman from Abbotsford was killed in a single vehicle collision near Vavenby early Monday morning. Clearwater RCMP report that at 5:47 a.m., police received a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 5 north of Vavenby. A Clearwater Detachment member

initially attended the scene and confirmed that a female passenger in the vehicle was deceased. Clearwater ambulance also attended the scene and transported the driver and two passengers to the Clearwater hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Initial investigation reveals that the driver,

who was southbound on Highway 5, appears to have fallen asleep. The vehicle went into the northbound lane and off the road to the left into the ditch. It appears that the deceased was not wearing her seat belt and as a result was ejected from the vehicle. A traffic analyst from Kamloops and a

representative from the B.C. Coroner’s service attended the scene. The investigation has been turned over to the Central Interior Traffic Services Unit out of Clearwater. The deceased has been identified as Jenny Terese Klassen of Mount Lehman, B.C. This matter is still under investigation.

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Put the “home” back in “homework” this year ABC Life Literacy Canada Toronto, ON - After a long hot summer it can be tough to get kids back into a routine, and focused on homework. But homework is a key part of your child’s education, and it’s important that they not only complete it, but also understand what they’ve learned. Studies show that children’s achievements in school improve with increased parent involvement in education. So get involved in your kids’ schoolwork - you might even learn something new too! ABC Life Literacy Canada offers 10 tips on how to make homework part of your daily routine: • Develop a daily routine by setting aside a specific time each day/evening for homework. • Provide a quiet, well-lit place with basic school supplies. • Understand your child’s style of learning - this will help you develop a personalized homework plan for your child. • It’s not uncommon for kids to get overwhelmed with big assignments or projects. Help

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School District 73 to operate school at Sun Peaks Kamloops This Week When students in Sun Peaks head back to school, it won't be quite the same as they remember. After several months of discussion, School District 73's board of trustees agreed, as of Aug. 27, to open a new school at Sun Peaks for kindergarten to Grade 5 students, as of Sept. 4. Under the new agreement, the Sun Peaks municipality will supply classroom space and pay maintenance costs, while the school district will supply teachers, office equipment and administrators, SD73 superintendent Terry Sullivan told KTW. Because those costs are covered by provincial operating grants, Sullivan said the new school won't have a major impact on the district's budget. But, he said, the agreement couldn't have gone ahead if the municipality hadn't provided the space. "The problem we have is that we have all kinds of excess

space in the school district. It's not in the right places, though," he said. "As a result of that, the province really hasn't given us any money for capital additions, renovations or new schools." The school is expected to have 41 students to start and will run at Sun Peaks' Discovery Centre for Balanced Education, where the district has run a distance-education program since 2010. Sullivan said the new school will replace that program at the primary level, though about nine students in higher grades will continue with the old Discovery Centre programming. To start, two substitute teachers will over-

see a kindergarten to Grade 1 and a Grade 2 to 5 class, with permanent staff likely coming on board in the third week of September. Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine said the community is "delighted" to have the school district bring programming to the space. Until now, facilitators working with students at the Discovery Centre have been paid for by the Sun Peaks Education Society (which will continue to pay for a teacher for the school's secondary students), but running the distance-learning program has become more and more expensive. "The Education Society raised about $120,000 last year just to fund the operation

of the school here," he said. "This year, their costs probably would have been closer to $160,000. That's a lot of money to raise in a small community." As part of that fundraising, Sun Peaks' mayor and council contribute their annual stipends - about $34,000 in total - to the community's education fund, a practice Raine said will continue under the new agreement. One portion of the new agreement, however, has school trustee Meghan Wade concerned. Wade, the only trustee to vote against the agreement, said she's in favor of most of the plan and wants to see a school at Sun Peaks. But, she said

she couldn't support a portion of the agreement that allows for a four-day school week at the school. While the distancelearning program in the community used a four-day week, Wade said face-to-face schooling makes that schedule more challenging. "We have got little people, five years old. "And a four-day school week means a longer school day," she said. "When you start to miss school for whatever reason, more is packed into those four days. So, in one day, you are missing more." Wade said she's asked for an educational justification for the four-day week

during past board discussions on the school, but hasn't received an answer. "I needed reasons other than, 'That's what we're used to,' to agree to that schedule shift, and I didn't receive it," she said. However, Sullivan said that, despite the agreement, the fourday week isn't a sure thing for Sun Peaks. To make that kind of change to the

school calendar, the district must reach an agreement with the Kamloops-Thompson Teachers' Association - which requires 40 working days notice. "We don't have an agreement. We haven't even had a chance to talk to the association about this," Sullivan said. "We can't start with a four-day week. We have to start with a five-day week."

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Mackenzie Ross holds her first place ribbon after winning a western riding event during Rodeo Rednecks 4H Club’s Achievement Day on Sunday, Aug. 26. The event was held at the Noble Quarterhorse Farm in Sunshine Valley.

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Sportsplex lead hand Roger Mayer sprays water onto the surface of the ice arena on Wednesday as preparations for another skating season begin. The facility will open on Sept. 11, he says, with a hockey skills camp to be held Sept. 14 - 16. Photo by Keith McNeill

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Rodeo Rednecks hold Achievement Day at Noble Farm Submitted Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club had a successful Achievement Day on Sunday, Aug. 26. With all members being equally competitive, we had tons of fun. Each member who participated in the day received a Bride bag with the club logo on it. The senior all around high point award went to Cherie Witts and the junior high point award went to Emily Talbot. Zoe Ovenden won the high point English award. Sportsmanship award went to Mackenzie Ross. We had a great weekend and another successful year. We thank everyone for making it happen. See you in Barriere for Provincial Winter Fair, Sept. 21 - 24.

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Plenty of “eye candy” at The Bear’s Show-n-Shine in Barriere “You guys did a great job organizing Barriere’s first Show-N-Shine,” wrote

barriere Star Journal Participants arrived from far and wide to the event - from the 604 exchange, Kamloops, Rayleigh, Clearwater and points in between. They came to participate in and attend the The Bear’s first ShowN-Shine in Barriere on Aug. 18, along Airport Road next to the park.

A 1926 Ford Model A closed cab pickup, owned by Bob and Carol George of Barriere, was one of many vehicles displayed during the The Bear Show-N-Shine held in that community on Aug. 18.

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Death is an inevitable fact of life for us all Last week we, at New Life Assembly, lost a dear lady, when she past away. Her passing truly leaves a hole in our church family. We have also had a couple fatal accidents in and around our community in these past couple of weeks. Death is one of those things we do not like to talk about, and yet it is something every one of us will face, sooner or later. We have heard the expression, which is attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” But we may know of some people who cheat on their taxes. The fact is you cannot cheat death. In the book of Hebrews 9:27 we read: “it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment” Everyone is destined to die; there is no cheating death. After death comes judgment. It is this fact of judgment, that so many people are afraid of death. Yet the fact is Jesus Christ came to take this judgment upon Himself. Jesus died on the cross for the penalty of sin. He rose from the dead to forever confirm, and validate, his claims that he is the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. Jesus told us, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus is telling us here that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. This unfortunately does not mean that we can escape death. What it does mean is that when we die, we do not need to fear death because in Jesus we have eternal life John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” Those who believe in Jesus and accept Him welcome Him into their lives; they become a child of God. They receive eternal life. Those who believe in Jesus and who have accepted Jesus into their lives as their personal Savior do not need to fear death. For Jesus gives them another promise: John 14:2-3 “There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” As Christians, believers in and followers of Christ, we have the hope, and the assurance, that

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Jesus has prepared a home for us. When we leave this earth, we go to be with Him. That is not just a pipe dream, or wishful thinking, it is a fact. It is based on the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose from the dead, and by doing so validating every claim He made about Himself, and every promise that He made. I know that as a Christian, when I die, I will go to be with Jesus in the home he has prepared for me. So I also know that our dear friend and member of our church family is with Jesus, in heaven, right now. None of us like talking, or thinking, about death. Yet it is an inevitable fact. The question for you reading this article today is this: are you ready for that day? You can be, by accepting Jesus into your life and allowing Him to prepare you. Do that soon, today! Please don’t gamble on the premise that you still have lots of time to prepare - do you? Prepare today. Come to Jesus. Come ask a pastor, or another Christian how you can ask Jesus into your life, and how He can prepare you for the day when you too will face death.

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Hospital Auxiliary recognizes Wells Gray Community Forest Submitted In March, 2012, Dr Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary applied to Wells Gray Community Forest (2010) Society for a grant to help with the funding for reroofing the Thrift Shop building in Vavenby. WGCF Society committed to paying

for half the cost of the roof. This was a tremendous help, as without this funding the project would not have gone ahead. A local contractor was hired and the project was done in a timely manner (as soon as the June rains stopped). What a difference the new roof makes to the entire

look of the shop. The Hospital Auxiliary thanks the society for the ease of the application process as well as for the funds that made the new roof a reality. A plaque recognizing the contribution of the Wells Gray Community Forest Society is attached to the building in permanent recognition.

A plaque attached to the Hospital Auxiliary’s thrift store in Vavenby shows gratitude for the Community Forest’s donation. Photo submitted

Members of the Vavenby unit of the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary gather in front of the Thrift Store in Vavenby. Pictured are (l-r) Marge Taylor, Joan Harrison, Anne Krawec, Mary Neathway and Reita Vandenborre. Photo submitted


Monday, September 3, 2012 Clearwater Times

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Bernard M. Baruch

Wells Gray Country

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UPCOMING EVENTS Sept. 4: Regular Council meeting. 132 Station road. 7-9 pm

Sept. 18: Regular council meeting. 132 Station Road., 7 – 9 pm

Sept. 6: Traffic circle meeting, 7 pm, Clearwater Lodge.

Sept 19: TWG Special General Meeting. 7 pm, Council chambers

Sept. 7-8: Canoe Regatta.

Sept. 20-24: Provincial Winter Fair @ Barriere Fall Fair grounds.

Sept. 9: Guided Tours; Ring of Clear Water – The Fishes of Wells Gray. Register 250-828-5400

Sept. 22: Terry Fox run. Starts at Sportsplex parking lot

in the Brookfield Shopping Centre in Clearwater Eat in or Take out Fried Chicken


Sept. 23: NT Arts Council meeting, Blackpool Hall, 2pm

Sept. 9: Bocce Try-it Day, 2 pm, Raft River School,

Oct. 2: Blackpool Hall Heritage Society, AGM, 7 pm, Blackpool Hall Sept. 13: Yellowhead Mining Open House – Harper Creek project, 7 pm, Oct. 7: Guided tours – Mind of the Deer – Pioneer Ways in the Clearwater Community Resource Centre Valley. Register 250-828-5400 Sept. 14: Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House. 6:30 – 7:30. Oct. 21: Guided tour: Pioneer school Days. Register 250-828-5400 Sept 15: Antique Engine Show, Farmers’ Market – Elks parking lot.

Nov 10: Explore Wells Gray the way it used to be. Register 250-828-5400

Sept 16: 3rd Sunday Seniors Social. Wells Gray Inn, 12:30 – 2:30. Sept. 17: Clearwater & District Hwy Rescue society, AGM, Blackpool Hall, 7 pm. Sept. 18: Service Canada comes to Clearwater. 224 Candle Creek Road. Community Resource Centre.

ONGOING EVENTS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Crafts & Conversations with Cheryl. Tuesdays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Center. Phone 674-3703 for more info. • Clearwater Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9:00 am – Noon. For more information please call Anne at 250-674-3444. • Clearwater-Vavenby Lions Bingo: Every 2nd Tues. Elks Hall. 250-587-6269 • M&M (Mrs. & Ms.) Social. Last Sun of the mth Wells Gray Inn. 1pm: 587-6503 • Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House; Local musicians – every 2nd Fri. of the month watch for posters. Doors open 6:30 pm. Concession, $3 or 2 for $5. • Clearwater Elks Bingo - every 2nd Thurs. Elks Hall. open 5pm • Cribbage Wed. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 12:30 pm. • Little Fort Coffee House 7pm Little Fort Hall. 1st Fri of the mth Oct. - May except Nov. Bill 672-5116 • Fun Darts Fri. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 6 pm. CHILDREN & FAMILIES • Raccoon StrongStart at Raft River Elem school days Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri from 8:45-11:45am • Raccoon StrongStart at Vavenby Elem school days Wed 8:5011:50am • Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: 3rd Wed. of every month 7:30pm @ YCS • Mother Goose - Mornings, To register call Kerry at 250-674-2600 ext 227 • Community Baptist Jr. Youth Gr. 5, 6, 7 - 7-8:30pm • Community Baptist Sr. Youth Gr. 8-10 - 7-9:30pm HEALTH & HEALING • Shambhala Meditation Group: meets every Tuesday at Forest

Please call 250-674-3530 for further info. & registration. Other credit courses may be added within the next month please call or watch the ad.

Clearwater Farmers Market: Saturdays 9am – 12pm from May to Oct. on the IWE grounds opposite Brookfield Mall.

House 6:30-8:00 pm. Info: 250-587-6373. • Connections Healing Rooms - every Friday from 1-3pm (except stat. holidays). 86 Young Rd. No charge. Sponsored by Living Streams Christian Church. • Healthy Choices – every Tues 9am, 12 & 5:30pm at Skills Center. Info call Kim 674-0224 • Clearwater & District Hospice Society every 3rd Mon. Sept-Jun 10am Legion Building. RECREATION • Drop-in soccer: Tuesdays & Thursday at 7pm at CSS field. Everyone welcome! • Bowling: Mon. 10–12pm & 1-3pm; Thurs., 1-3pm. Seniors Centre at Evergreen Acres. 674-2699 • Clearwater Sno-Drifters: Meet 1st Thursday of every month. 250-676-9414 • CNT Rod & Gun Club: 3rd Sun. of the mth. Blackpool Hall 7pm Sept. - April • Drop in Tennis: Mon & Thurs 6:30pm All levels. Double & single play. Rotary Sports Park. • Yoga Tree – Call or email Annie 674-2468 annie.pomme@ • Clearwater Walks – Strollers & Striders, Mon. 12:30 & Wed 5:30pm, meet at YCS. Info 250-674-7082. • Core Strength Fitness. Tuesdays. Classes at 10-11am 250-6740001 SENIORS • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society 3rd Sun Social Meet at the Wells Gray Hotel at 12:30pm for lunch or dessert, & chat • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society Book Club Meets the last Thursday of the month at 2:00 at the public library All seniors are welcome

For a complete list of our area’s COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS please stop in at the Times office and pick up your copy of the North Thompson Community Directory • Brookfield Mall Clearwater • 250-674-3343 TO ADD YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT OR ORGANIZATION PLEASE CALL THE TIMES AT 250-674-3343

TRU - Credit Courses - ITV ENGL 2210 ENGL 2200 SOCI 1110 SOCI 1210 SOCI 2160 HIST 1120

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M,W 15:30 - 16:50 M,W 15:30 - 16:50 M 18:00 - 20:50 T 18:00 - 20:50 F 12:30 - 15:20 M 18:00 - 20:50

UPCOMING COURSES: OFA Level 1 Wilderness & Remote First Aid After Hours Theatre: Community The After School Program (TASP) Acting Workshops Gymnastics Transportation Endorsement OFA Level 3 Babysitting & First Aid Computer Starters Introduction to Social Media The Artists Way Air Brakes Food Safe Level 1 Microsoft Word YMCR 535

Sept 9, Oct 4, Nov 5 Sept 20 - 22 & 27 -29 Sept 25 - Mar 6

$90 $450 $30

Oct 2 - 30 $50 Oct 2 - Dec 6 various Oct 5 $100 Oct 9 - 19 $750 Oct 13 & 14 $75 Oct 15 & 17 $50 Oct 16 & 23 $50 Oct 17 - Nov 28 & Jan 31 - Mar 6 $95 Oct 19 - 21 $235 Oct 19 & 20 $85 Oct 22 - Nov 21 $325


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In Memoriam


In Memory of Kelly Curtis A celebration of Life Tea will be held for Kelly on Sept. 8 at Interior Whitewater Building, 73 W Old N Thompson Hwy 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Have your say. Get Paid. Voice your opinion on issues that matter and receive cash incentives for doing so.

Also, participate to win one of 10 prizes totalling $1000!

Coming Events ART Workshop in Experimental Mixed Media - Sept. 22 and 23rd at North Thompson Volunteer and Information Center (NTVIC). Cost $100 plus $20 for supplies. Work with acrylic mediums and gels, dried leaves, flowers, papers, stencils and stamps. Make acrylic skins and work in collage. Very creative and fun for all! Registration forms are available at NTVIC. For more info contact Edith Warner (instructor) 604-980-5358 or or Bev Murphy at NTVIC, 250-672.0033. CHOIRS! New voice/piano teacher in town is starting adult and children/youth choir starting the week of September 23rd. Likely Mondays in Clearwater, Thursdays in Barriere. Leah is looking forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with North Thompson folks and is looking forward to settling in and getting to know all of you! 250-9578440 or ALSO - good harmony SINGERS REQUIRED for CD RECORDING. Check for updates Hospital Gift Corner Open Monday - Friday 10 am - 1 pm

Information Safe Home Response Providing a safe place to escape for women and their children. Volunteers always needed. Call 250-674-2135.

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP Located across the railway tracks in Vavenby, B.C. Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Great deals - low prices Want to EAT LOCAL?

Personals Alcoholics Anonymous Phone 250-674-3838 or

250-587-0026 Anytime Barriere Alcoholics Anonymous Call: 250-672-9643 For Al Anon Call: 250-672-9643, 250-819-5361, 250-308-5139 or 778-220-6269 Clearwater: AA meetings every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Dr., side door. Roll call 8 p.m. 250674-7155 or 250-674-7313 GET PAID To lose weight. $5,000 For Your Success Story. Personal Image TV Show. Call to qualify: 1-888-7717607. MEET SINGLES right now! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1-888-744-3699 MEET SINGLES right now! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1-888-744-3699




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Lost & Found

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Found: Pocket knife found at Weyerhaeuser Park. Pease call the Times to identify. 250-674-3343

BANNISTER HONDA Maintenance Technician Looking for a motivated, reliable, quality person to perform maintenance on Honda and other manufacture vehicles. Please apply with drivers license and drivers abstract. Attn: Grant Kitzman, 6425-Hwy 97N, Vernon, B.C. 250-545-0531

QUALITY CONTROL Person experienced with Piping & Structural Welding needed for a growing Northern Company. Competitive wages & benefits. Please email resume to: info@torqueindustr Fax 250-775-6227 or apply online:

Lost: Fancy bridle with Tom Thumb bit and also a purple rein. Was last seen at Raft River. If found please call 250676-9257


Timeshare CANCEL YOUR Timeshare. No risk program. Stop mortgage and maintenance Payments today. 100% Money back guarantee. Free consultation. Call us now. We can help! 1-888-356-5248.

Travel VISITING ARIZONA for the Winter? Meridian RV Resort. Good Sam-Trailer Life Top 100 RV Resorts in America. Check us out at: or call 1-866-770-0080.

Employment Education/Trade Schools 21 WEEK HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM Prepare for a Career in Heavy Equipment Operation. Introducing our new Apprenticeship Program which includes:



ITA Foundation ITA HEO Theory Multi Equipment Training (Apprenticeship hours logged) Certificates included are: • Ground Disturbance Level 2 • WHMIS • Traffic Control • First Aid Reserve your seat for August 13, 2012. Taylor Pro Training Ltd at 1-877-860-7627

Forestry Hooktender/Spotter Required. Prefer experience but will to train. Must be physically fit, able to work all weather conditions. Fax:250-503-1148 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


Trades, Technical ALBERTA BASED Company looking for qualified & experienced: Equipment Operators, Mulcher, Feller Buncher & Processor Operators. Out of town & camp work. Safety tickets & drivers abstract required. Email resume: Fax 780-488-3002.

• DRILLERS • BLASTERS • POWDERMEN • CONCRETE LABOURERS VK MASON Local Union Underground Contractor is seeking experienced labor for remote camp job near Kitimat. Looking to hire immediately!

COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPING Certificate Program. GPRC Fairview Campus, Alberta. Extensive study of beekeeping, Queen rearing and honey business. Paid work experience. Affordable on-campus residences. Starts January 7, 2013. 1-780-835-6630;

Please contact Ashley Halden at 778-724-2500 or ashley.halden@

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Apply online! 1-866-399-3853

• Heavy Duty Mechanics • Automotive Mechanics or • Millwrights

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Help Wanted 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.

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(engine exp. an asset) The successful candidate will be operating a service vehicle in Fox Creek, Northern Alberta. Must be willing to work overtime. Exp. in natural gas compression is an asset. The successful candidate is not required to reside in Fox Creek, shift work negotiable. We Offer Top Competitive Wages, Benefit Plan & Performance Bonuses. E-mail resume to: jobs@ or fax to: (1)780-622-4409 Journeyman Mechanic Do you love the outdoors? OK Tire in Terrace, B.C. NOW HIRING! Excellent renumeration for successful applicant. Fax resume to (1)-250-635-5367 Attn. General Manager or Email: LOUISIANA-PACIFIC Canada Ltd. requires an experienced Mechanical Supervisor for our EWP Operation in Golden B.C. Email resume to: or fax to 250-344-8859

DROWNING IN Debt? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1 877-5563500 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

Fitness/Exercise Elliptical Trainer Canadian Tire Cardio Style ET150 in very good condition. Will trade for treadmill in good condition. Call 250-319-8023.

Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption, property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

Computer Services

photographer? Portraits, weddings, special events, pet portraits, commercial. Affordable memories that last a lifetime. Seniors rates. Book now avoid & disappointment. Sorry no passport photos Jill Hayward 250-319-8023/250-672-0055

Photography / Video

is seeking three persons to serve as public directors on its 11-member Board of Directors. Public Directors serve two-year terms and are eligible to serve four terms. A nominal per diem is paid for meetings. Candidates should have a record of community involvement and an interest in print and online media issues. Applications together with names of two references and telephone numbers should be submitted by Sept. 30, 2012, to: The B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 2R2. See for information about the Press Council.

Work Wanted


by Keith McNeill Digital and film photographs. Phone 250-674-3252 or

Clearwater Computers is your neighborhood computer store & repair outlet; all makes & models. We offer new and used computers. Other services incl: 15Mb unlimited ADSL, unlimited dial-up internet, 2.9 cents a minute long distance, unlimited webhosting, online backup, domain management, color photocopying, faxing and more. Located at #6 W Old NT Hwy (beside Supersave Gas). Ph. 250-674-1032

The British Columbia Press Council

NORTH THOMPSON JOBS BARRIERE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 629 Barriere Town Rd. Barriere, BC V0E 1E0 Phone: 250-672-0036 / Fax: 250-672-2159

E-mail: • Website:

CASHIER: Part time Barriere Petro Can J1212C BAR SERVER: Knight’s Inn J2312A LUMBER PILERS: Woodco JU0912 COOK: Barriere A&W AU0712 BREAKFAST COOK: Mike Wiegele AU2912 CHEF GARDER MANGER: Mike Wiegele AU2912A DISHWASHER: Mike Wiegele AU2912B

Health Products

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LEARN FROM Home. Earn from home. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enroll today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535.


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED : NT Fall Fair: Donna Kibble 250-672-5672 SKILL DEVELOPMENT: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years

(5 years maternity) and are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for retraining dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for more information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer and Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services.

“The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services

CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 250-674-2928 Fax 250-674-2938

E-mail: • Web Page:

Volunteer Office Assistant: Volunteer/clw #0815 Chokerman: Seasonal/Clearwater #0814 Jr. Forestry Technician: Part-time/Clearwater #0813 Lodge Manager: Seasonal/Blue River #0812 Assistant Housekeeping Supervisor: #0811 Housekeeping Supervisor Assistant: #0810 Skate Club Coach: Seasonal/Clearwater #0809 Piano Player: PT/Clearwater #0807 Traffic Control Person: Casual/Clearwater #0806 Breakfast Café Cook: PT/Little Fort #0802 Chocolate Maker Helper: FT/Clearwater #0726 Housekeeper: Seasonal/Blue River #0724 Sport shop & Boutique Manager: FT/Blue River #0723 Class 1 Driving Instructor: FT/Clearwater/Quesnel/ Williams Lake #0722 Restaurant Server: PT/Little Fort #0719 Line Cook: PT to FT/Little Fort #0718 Servers: 2 positions/Blue River #0711 Line Cook: 3 positions/Blue River #0710 Industrial Automotive Parts Person: FT/Clw #0706 Customer Service Employee: 3 positions FT/PT Little Fort #0623 Accounts Payable & Accounting Clerk: FT/Blue River #0618 Administrative Assistant: FT/Blue River BC #0615 Reservations Coordinator: FT/Blue River #0507

GENERAL INFORMATION • Free Workshops: Thurs. Sept. 13th : Introduction Computer Training Workshop Thurs. Sept. 20th : Creating and Updating Your Resume Workshop (every 3rd Thursday) Thurs. Sept. 27th: Work Search Techniques Workshop (every 4th Thursday) Please call Call 250-674-2928 to register for free workshops • Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in and our friendly staff will assist you. • Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. • Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. • Blue River Itinerant: An employment consultant comes to town once per month for the summer months to the Blue River Library. Next visit is Thursday Sept 6th from 1:00 to 3:00. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.

For more information drop in to 58 Young Road (above Raft River Fitness), phone 250-674-2928 or fax 250-674-2938 Operate by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Government of Canada & the Province of British Columbia


Monday, September 3, 2012 North Thompson Times


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Misc Services

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Modular Homes

Auto Financing

Trucks & Vans

Used Postage Stamps

Clearwater: Very attractive 2 bdrm Modular Hm. Incl all appl, hobby rm, covered front entry, storage shed. Location: site #24 Thompson Crossing. $800/mo + DD. 250-587-6151

Sue’s Jewellery Repairs Since 1975 - We do it all, Retipping, Sizing, Soldering. Sue Ludtke - 250-587-6357

Painting & Decorating BUDGET PAINTING, 25% Off, Int, Ext, Res, Comm, 15 Yrs Experience, Excellent References, Senior Discounts, Free Estimates, 1(250)571-9722

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay 850 lb bales. $70 ea. Free delivery within Clearwater. Call after 6 pm 250-674-3835 Excellent quality round & square hay bales, 1st & 2nd cut. Details call: 250-672-1810 Good quality hay - round bales Alfalfa/timothy/orchard grass 1st & 2nd cut 1,000 - 1,200 # bales, $50.00 - $70.00; Cow/bedding/mulch 800# bales, $20.00 - $40.00 Quantity prices available. 250-677-4427 Lvg msg

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Flea Markets FLEA MARKET: Barriere Curling Rink on Sept. 15, 2012, from 9am-1pm. Come, have fun, 50/50 draw. Open to donations. To book a table call 250-672-9391.

Food Products MacLennan Farms has young grass finished beef & lean grass finished hamburger. 250-6742449. Please leave a message.

Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

Real Estate Acreage for Sale Barriere: 10 acres on Glengrove. Paved Rd., power, phone, water @ lot line. $149,000. 250-690-7244

Duplex/4 Plex Clearwater: Older duplex on 1/2 acre, 10 min from town. Great rental property. Asking $174,900. Flat lot w/easy access. Back lane & frontage near Hwy. Always rented, 1 side - 3 bdrm, other side 5 bdrm. 2 sep laundry. Great for daycare, group home, etc. Sep ent. Upgrades incl septic field, pellet stove, hot water tank, furnace & much more. Needs some tlc. Great potential. Owners will consider trades in Kelowna area. Contact property manager @ 250-674-0188 Ask for Julie.

AVORADO RESORT. Beautiful waterfront RV Resort. New Sites For Sale ($63,900). All season, full amenities, clubhouse & beach access. Co-op Resort w/Lifetime Ownership! Call 250-228-3586.

Homes for Rent

Duplex / 4 Plex

4736 Gibbs Rd., Sep 8, 9am2pm.

Barriere: 3 dbrm duplex, 1 1/2 bath, 1 car heated garage. W/D, fenced, inground sprinkler. Avail Aug 1. RR $875/mo + DD. 250-672-0041

Misc. for Sale

Barriere: large 1 bdrm apartment in quiet neighbourhood. $590/mo. Pets negotiable. Call 250-682-2231 or 250-6814364

CLW - 2 Bed House for rent. $1050/m inc util. NS, Ref Req. Avail Oct 1. 250-674-1313 or

Vavenby: 5 bdrm / Hobby farm. Avail Oct. 1. $1100/mo. Call Randy 250-674-8288 Vavenby: Spacious 3 bdrm home. On half acre. $750/mo Call Randy 250-674-8288

Suites, Lower Clearwater: Suites for rent. $600/mo. Incl sat tv, internet, util & laundry. 250-674-2465

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Legal Notices


Charitable, philanthropic or other not-for-profit organizations and places of worship wishing to be exempt from paying property taxes must apply to the District by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to be considered. At the Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 Regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. Council will consider requests received by the September 26th deadline. Groups wishing to make a presentation at the October 9th meeting must contact the District office by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 to request time on the Council agenda. Please call Sheila Thiessen, Director of Finance at 250-674-2257 if you have any questions.


Louis Creek: 2003, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, wd/fs/freezer/satellite int. Quiet location, sch.bus route. $750 + util/propane/pellet. NS/PF/RR. 250-672-9563 DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

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Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Silver Coins etc. Available now: 250-863-3082

Recreational/Sale 1983 Vanguard 9.5’ Hunting Camper special w/awing. $1500. Ph. 250-674-3616

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Notice is hereby given that Council will be considering requests for permissive tax exemptions as per Section 224 (a) of the Community Charter. Permissive Tax Exemption Application forms will be available at the District of Clearwater office at 132 Station Road until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.


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ATTENTION COLLECTORS 1980 CAMARO, only 50,000 K on punched 305 eng. 3 spd. Needs some body work. For more info. $2800 OBO. 1-250-523-9762. (Logan Lake)

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Barriere: Detroiter 12’ x 60’ mobile home. Has storage addition. $16,000 obo. 250-6722162

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STEEL BUILDINGHuge Clearance Sale! 20x24 $4,658. 25x28 $5,295. 30x40 $7,790. 32x54 $10,600. 40x58 $14,895. 47x78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

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Mobile Homes & Pads

Louis Creek: 2 bdrm 2bath, FSWD, Propane furnace w/pellet stove, NS/RR. Pets neg. $600/mo (sr’s disc,) + util + $300DD. 250-457-9280 betw. 8am-9pm. Avail imm.

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

2007 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3 Z71, skid plates, 4 inch lift kit with brand new rims & tires. 78,291 kms. We finance! Delivery to your door, no problem! Visit our website to submit a credit application today. See our website for more pics Call Andy direct 250-616-7767

Clearwater: 3 bdrm home. Incl sat tv, internet, util and laundry. $900/mo. 250-674-2465


4321 Dunsmuir Rd., Sept 1-3, Sept 8-9, 10am-2pm both weekends.

Beautiful Yamaha house organ & bench. Double keyboard, percussion, orchestral instruments, bass floor peddles. $700.00 Excellent cond. 250-676-9436

Stephen Graham June 30, 1946 - August 26, 2012

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Addition for sale. 10’ x 36’. Vinyl siding exterior, drywall interior. As is, where is. $700. Includes wood heater. Call 250-587-6151.


Barriere/Louis Creek: 1 bdrm home on 9.5 acres. $850/mo 250-690-7244

Two bdrm MH w/family rm, carport, 4 appl, wood heater. $625/mo. Site #9, Thompson Crossing, 121 Ferry Road, Clearwater BC. 250-587-6151


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Stephen Earl Graham lived in Clearwater B.C. and he loved his life. He was born 66 years ago in Princeton, BC. Steve passed away in Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House in Kamloops on August 26, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Steve is survived by his wife Debbie Coldwell, his children Christine, Joshua, Nathan, Adam and Hailey, and grandsons Ethan and Lyndon. Also by his sisters Juanita, Pat, twin sister Julie, Myrna, brother Don, many nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts. He was predeceased by his sister Stephanie, mother Julia, father Steve, and stepmother Sarah. Steve was a worker’s advocate; he fought for injured workers to get their benefits so that they could survive and look after their families. He loved the work, but all his previous jobs helped to give him the base of knowledge to do the job well. He worked on the coast with high lead logging, worked with persons with disabilities, worked in warehouses, for the BC Optometrists Association and many other jobs. He always found a way to enjoy his work. Steve wasn’t a formal member of any club, but he would help anyone, anytime. He would drop what he has doing to lend a hand and he always managed to make someone laugh in the process. Steve was a very intelligent man, great problem solver, loved to invent things, loved being silly ... really he just loved life. Steve’s legacy is one of caring, compassion and unconditional love. He was a teacher of how to get through the most difficult situations with Grace and Dignity and a smile. He has taught so many of us so many things we will be forever grateful. A special thank you to this amazing community of Clearwater for your love, support and help, especially in the last five months. A Gathering to Celebrate Steve Graham’s Life was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Clearwater Community Baptist Church, 24E Old North Thompson Hwy, Clearwater, BC. The service may be seen on-line at In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House, 72 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9, or North Thompson Hospice House, Box 1, Little Fort BC, V0E 2C0. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, BC, 250-674-3030.

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A quick trip to the Big Apple Part 1: Setting out A family reunion of sorts happened for me in New York in late July. My sister Alice, from Australia, was cruising around the world and would be there overnight, where two of our cousins live. It was impossible to resist joining in. “Go for it,” said my husband generously, “but I have no desire to mingle with the multitudes.”

At Kamloops Airport, early as this flight was, employees were upbeat. “I’ve always wanted to go to New York,” stated the ticket agent, as she booked me through to my destination, “just so I can say I was there.” This nice lady gave me detailed instructions on how to find my connecting flight in Calgary. (Unfortunately these took me many

corridors away from where I was supposed to be, i.e. right beside where the first plane landed!) My new hip set off the alarm as I walked through the metal detector - payback for all the times I chuckled as John was “patted down” while I’d been given the green light. No point telling them what set it off - I was searched from head to toe. In the waiting room

NORTH THOMPSON SPORTSPLEX (District of Clearwater) CONCESSION CLERK & SKATE PATROL The District of Clearwater is inviting applications for the positions of Concessions Clerk & Skate Patrol at the North Thompson Sportsplex for the 2012 -13 season. Concession Clerk: Interested applicants must be motivated; possess communication and public relations skills; experience in food preparation; ability to operate a cash register and balance end of day cash out; preference will be given to those holding a Level One Food Safe Certificate. Applicants must be available to work evening and weekend shifts. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older and be bondable. Applicants ages 14 & IS years must have the permission of a parent or guardian. The position is subject to the provisions of the Collective Agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 900. The position is seasonal part-time (approx. 10 hrs week) and will commence on or about September 21, 2012. Skate Patrol: Interested applicants must be strong ice skaters and possess exceptional communication and public relations skills. Applicants must be available to work evening and weekend shifts. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older and be bondable. Applicants ages 14 & IS years must have the permission of a parent or guardian. The position is subject to the provisions of the Collective Agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 900. The position is seasonal part-time (approx. 5 hrs/week) and will commence on or about September 21, 2012.

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Written resumes with references outlining skill and qualifications are to be marked with the title of the position you are applying for as Personal/Confidential and mailed to Leslie Groulx, Chief Administrative Officer at Box 157, Clearwater, B.C. VOE 1NO or dropped off at the District of Clearwater, 132 Station Road, Clearwater B.C. by 12:00 noon, Monday September 17, 2012. The District of Clearwater thanks all applicants who apply for this position, however, only those candidates who are interviewed will be contacted.

A p Sept. r i l 2 33 Capricorn, This week iswhen all you love about givesomeone, and take, itCapricorn. can be difÀ Do cult for to step aside others, and and they let willthis person make his or do for you. A special her own event callschoices. for someBut this is what you extra-special gifts.have December 22– to do for lessons to be learned. January 19

January 20– February 18

February 19– March 20

Your Someeyes habitsare arebigger hard than yourAquarius. stomach to break, atLook work this week, to a mentor to Aquarius. Delegate help and you will some tasks so everysucceed. A fitness thing goes smoothly goal is easily achieved and withyour a newproject piece ofis completed equipment. on time.

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Speak up, Aries, and

March 21– April 19

April 20– May 20

May 21– June 21

You are on will a roll, the problem be Aries, andAnow is just solved. littleitmiracle aatmatter of maintainhome makes for an ing the momentum interesting weekend. for a few more Travel plans comedays. Don’t let anyone slow together. you down this week.

Taurus, there are Cast aside all doubt, many Taurus.opportunities The offer is within reach, genuineyour and will bring but not sure youyou manyare rewards. A which way to go. test of faith begins— Seek advice from be strong. Money woes Sagittarius when you ease. get a spare moment.

Others see you Feeling can blessed haven’t been yourself these days, Gemini? lately, Pay it Gemini. forward. ASo relax and take a break compromise at home from raises something everyone’s that’s bothering spiritsbeen and fun ensues you, and you will all weekend long! return to being your old self. You won’t be disappointed.

June 22– July 22

July 23– August 22

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Now is notrelationship the time A business for dawdling, Cancer. blossoms with an You haveAalarger-thanfull plate addition. of to tackle lifethings personality drops and it seems like by with an offer youthe hours will be can’t refuse. Ohslipping boy, away. oh boy,Recharge Cancer. and get focused.

Libra, no one willon Lady Luck smiles know who and youthere truly you, Libra, are unlessbeyond you share is nothing your areach. few secrets. You A treasured don’t have to give heirloom resurfaces, everything away, bringing back manybut allow others in by fond memories. September 23– sharing some personal information. October 22

Leo, let anyone Oops,don’t Leo. You fall discourage you when behind on a project, tackling a big project. raising some As you have eyebrows. Notproven to time worry.and Youagain, will getyou simply need to estabback on track sooner lish goal andthanks your thanayou think, efforts will help you to an innovation. achieve it.

Scorpio, you The tiniestthough of don’t shymake away from changes a vast challenges, improvementyou in a do know to pick project.when A rejection is your battles. When a blessing in disguise. something inconseBe grateful for what quential comes up you’re given, Scorpio. this week, let it pass.

Virgo, though Spend less, saveyou more may not know where and you’ll definitely your path will lead get more, Virgo. More this week, youline are in your bottom deeply aware and more peacethat of an adventure is inprovide store. mind. Flowers Take time to a greatsome pick-me-up. prepare your mind August 23– September 22 and body.


October 23– November 21

Sagittarius, when News from afar getsa past conÁictjuices resurthe creative faces thisand week, flowing, you push itaccomplish aside because more that than isyou ancient It is have inhistory. some time, better to focus on the Sagittarius. A game of positive things wits at the officethat in store for you. November 22– are proves challenging. December 21

the gentleman guarding the departure gate entertained us: “What city is known as the ‘Raspberry Capital of B.C.? First one with the right answer wins either a company pen or a luggage tag.” The lady who said Abbotsford happily selected her prize. Then he reminded a young chap, part of a family: “No poking the attendants; no tripping the other passengers - and no bugging your sister!” And finally, as he asked the rest of us to line up, “Bring your picture ID and boarding pass so I can compare your unsmiling photo with your smiling face.” After this cheerful send-off, finding my window seat right over a wing was disappointing. However, the plane left the stark hills of Kamloops and was soon inside clouds. Lofty, snowy mountain peaks poked through, and a long brown ridge was outlined with snow. Eventually the scene opened to display treed foothills, green pastures, flat land with yellow and green geometric fields, and then Calgary. Standing water, all shapes and sizes, told the story of this year’s wet spring. When driving in that city, we are usually lost in the tangle of highways, downtown buildings, or sprawling suburbs, but flying in and out, it seemed small. New plane; same seat, but easy to appreciate what a huge country we live in. Identifying rivers and lakes as we flew east to Toronto was impossible. First, a perfect patchwork quilt was spread out below: brown, green, dark strips alternated, some horizontal, others vertical, large

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yellow tracts interspersed. Hilly, unproductive land showed clearly as we left the prairies behind. Which province was below us was unknown until we reached the Great Lakes - too big to be anything else, and complete with freighter possibly carrying grain. Toronto made Calgary look tiny. Wee dots became ants moving along in lines, and then tinker toys that turned into real vehicles. I didn’t leave the airport, but we sat and sat - thunderstorms at La Guardia Airport delayed all flights heading to New York. My much anticipated arrival kept getting later and later and I hoped my cousins were checking the Internet. All was calm when we finally flew south - and pitch black. Pockets of lights looked cheerful and welcoming, but the vast display as we approached New York appeared unending. Now Toronto seemed small. Landed at last, my cousin Pam and I immediately started about 15 years’ worth of catch-up. My sister was arriving a day later - and we chortled with anticipation for she did not know I’d be there.

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