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In the ribbons: Eagle Valley 4-H Club member Taylor Grenier is this year’s winner of the Overall Champion Calf category at the 115th annual Salmon Arm Fall Fair held over the weekend at the Salmon Arm fairgrounds. Photo by James Murray
Rehabilitation continues on Sicamous Creek By Barb Brouwer Eagle Valley News
Sicamous Creek will be put in its place sometime soon. Shuswap Emergency Plan co-ordinator Cliff Doherty says the creek continues to flow in the channel it gouged out for itself when it overflowed the old channel. “The new channel is basically where the old road to the landfill was,” says Doherty. “Highways crews and contractors have been cleaning out the pre-event channel and they’ve had engineers draw up a design as to how it should be to prepare it or make it better for future events.” Sicamous Creek experienced a debris flow
15 years ago, at the same time Hummingbird Creek overflowed its banks in 1997. He says the headwaters for Mara, Hummingbird and Sicamous creeks are all in the same area so rainfall or snowpack affect both watersheds in the same way. Doherty says he is not sure what the time frame is on finishing the current work being done by the province, but when it is, the creek will be redirected to its former channel. “When that happens, they can fill the flood channel in and rebuild that portion of Highway 97 and reconstruct Two Mile Road leading to the landfill,” says Doherty. “It is possible it might not be ready until October.” In the meantime, residents are permitted
to place their household garbage in temporary bins set up at the Sicamous dog park, beside the public works facility. All the costs of transporting the household waste to Salmon Arm and the tipping fees are being absorbed by the province. “That’s them saying sorry to residents that they don’t have a landfill,” says Doherty, noting the province, Columbia Shuswap Regional District and District of Sicamous are working together to benefit residents. He says the estimated cost of the flooding to the municipality of Sicamous is in the magnitude of half a million dollars. The district does qualify for disaster financial assistance. Doherty says the first claims have been
received by the province, but he is not aware of any cheque being cut as yet. He says all restoration works must be completed within 18 months and that funding will be ongoing. Doherty says the Sicamous debris flow and flooding brought out the best in a number of people. “Personally, this is the most significant event that has occurred in my time as emergency program co-ordinator,” he said. “There’s great, great kudos to all the people who pulled together. We had extraordinary effort by our social services volunteers and the many groups, people and agencies, who came together to help citizens across the Shuswap to clean up.”
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Speedboat driver found not guilty Court: Judge rules actions were negligent, but not criminal. By Martha Wickett Eagle Valley News
A man who drove a speedboat into Copper Island, a crash which later resulted in the death of a passenger, has been found not
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guilty of two criminal charges. In a decision rendered Sept. 5 in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops, Justice Robert Powers found Todd Gordon Kerr, 39 at the time of the collision, not guilty of one count of dangerous operation of a vessel causing death and two counts of dangerous operation of a vessel causing bodily harm. The crash occurred the night of Aug. 1, 2008. Pattie Lynn McKenna, 24, one of three women and two men
onboard the 30-foott d Baja Outlaw inboard speed boat, died of in-juries suffered in thee collision. at The judge ruled that while Kerr was negli-gent in his operation off the boat, the evidencee did not prove beyondd at a reasonable doubt that he was criminally li-able. He stated that if this was a provincial offence similar to careless driving, he would have been guilty of such an offence. Although Kerr was negligent by driving
September 12 - BC Girl Guides registration and information night at the Upper Legion Hall from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. September 21, 22 & 23 - 8th Annual FUNGI FESTIVAL. Red Barn, Sicamous. Tours, demonstrations, lectures, live music, beer gardens & edibles. fungifestival.com or call 250-836-2220. September 22 - Sicamous Lions Club will be holding a fall yard sale at Eagle River Secondary School from 9am to 3pm. For info call Betty at 250-836-4126 September 22 - Sicamous Lions Club will be holding a fall yard sale at Eagle River Secondary School from 9am to 3pm. For info call Betty at 250-836-4126 September 28th - Walk and Roll ALS fundraising walk. 3 km walk around Sicamous 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Eagle River Secondary School. Pledges accepted. Dinner at 5. Walk afterwards. September 29th - Mare Coffee House 7 pm at the Mara Hall. Family friendly evening of music and entertainment. Admission by donation. Coffee & snacks available. All musicians, storytellers and poets welcome. For more info call Don or Carol Ross at 250-838-7677 Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday- Sicamous Lions Club meets at the Sicamous Seniors Activity Centre, 1090 Shuswap Ave, Sicamous. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome. For info contact Joan at 250-836-4876 or Kathy at 250-836-3267
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Every 1st & 3rd Wed.- Parkinsons Support Group at First united Church. 20 - 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm at 10 am. Contact Doreen at 250-836-2509. Every 4th Mon.- Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 general meeting, 7 p.m. Third Sunday of the month -Regular meeting of the Eagle Valley Artisans Guild. 3:30 pm - Red Barn, Sicamous. Guests welcome. For info contact Terry Sinton: 250-836-4613. Every Monday and Thursday -Chairbiotics (low impact exercise) Seniors activity Centre 10:00 am. Join us. $2 each. Every Mon. & Fri. - Bridge, Seniors Activity Centre, 1 p.m. Every Tues. Stopping the Violence Program in Sicamous - counselling for women who have experienced abuse during childhood or adult relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-832-9700. Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 836-4705. Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m. Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided, 12 noon in Common Room at the Haven. Every Wed. Eagle Valley Arts Council Art for Everyone. 10 am - 3 pm starting September 5. For info contact
from the standard of care which a reasonable person would have exercised in the same circumstances.” Justice Powers concluded that while the case is “certainly close to the line..., given Mr. Kerr’s evidence which was not seriously challenged about the thought process he entered into, and the evidence of Ms. Jankowski about his generally conscientious operation of the vessel, I find that I am left with a reasonable doubt...”
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Juanita at 250-836-3019 or Grant at 250-836-5472 Every Wed. Girl Guides of Canada. Sparks - 3:00 pm. Brownies - 4:00 pm. Girl Guides - 5:30 pm. New members welcome Every Wed. Lunch by a donation at the Seniors Activity Centre, 1091-Shuswap Avenue at 12 noon. Every Wed. - Seniors Crib, 7:30 p.m., Haven seniors building. Everyone welcome - you don’t have to be a senior. Socializing and coffee served after crib. Info: Esther 836-4373. Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday morning at the Sicamous Rec. Centre (arena). Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting at 9:30. Everyone Welcome. Ph: 250-836-4041 for info Every Wed until July 25 - Sicamous Mixed Softball League games, 6:30 pm at Finlayson Park Every Wed.-Sat. United Church Thrift Store 10:00 am to 3 p.m. Every Thurs. - Malakwa Thrift Store 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. $2 a bag (clothes sale) Located between the two churches. Every Thurs. - Sicamous Crokinole Group meets at 7pm at the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre upstairs for more info and to join call Dave Reed @ 250-836-3652 Every Thurs.-Ladies shufﬂeboard at the Royal
Canadian Legion Branch #99 in Sicamous. 1pm-3pm. All ladies welcome. Every Thurs.- Crib and darts 7 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99. Everyone welcome. Every 1st, 3rd, 4th Thurs. - Keepsake Kwilters meet at the Haven Common room 1095 Shuswap Avenue at 7:00 p.m. For info call 250-836-2695. Every 2nd and 4th Thurs. Options For Sexual health from 7 to 9 p.m., Sicamous Health Unit. Every 3rd Thursday monthly meeting of the Malakwa Community Association at 7:30 in the Malakwa Hall. Every Fri. - Parents & Tots, 10-12 noon at Catholic Church. 836-3440. Every Fri. - Eagle Valley Brush & Palette Club, Red Barn, 10am-3pm, Everyone welcome! Every Sat. - Outdoor market – back parking lot of Sicamous Legion $10/space. No booking required. No required start or end times. Every 1st & 3rd Fri. - Pool Tournament at the Royal Canadian Legion #99 at 7:00 pm. Every 4th Sun. - OAPO Birthday Tea for members & friends, Seniors Activity Centre, 2 p.m. Last Saturday of every month -Sicamous Royal Canadian Legion #99 Ladies Auxilliary dinner 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Tax penalties pose conundrum District: Council debates merits of waiving fees due to flooding. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
District council has chosen to hold off on deciding whether or not to support the waiving of penalties on outstanding property taxes. At their Aug. 22 meeting, council received a list 11 residences whose owners had yet to pay the 10 per cent penalty on outstanding property taxes, which were due July 3. Total penalties owed amounts to $4,800. Corporate services manager Ruth Walper explained that several of the requests were from Two Mile property owners, while a couple were from Silver Sands. She said a couple of letters were received explaining why they were late, while most just summed it up in writing on their tardy tax submission, “due to flooding.” “In one case they stayed away,” said Walper. “They knew there was a disaster… due to information that was coming out they stayed at home instead. And then there was some that actually had damages so they needed their funds for other
purposes I imagine.” In a memo to council, Walper explains it is up to the province to decide to forgive property tax penalties, and that she had spoken with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural development and was told that, despite the disaster, applicants “still need to go through the regular process of requesting forgiveness of taxes through the ministry.” Asked if all 11 have since paid their taxes, Walper said not all had. Her memo also states that Vinco Holdings Ltd., operators of Waterway Houseboats in Two Mile, “has not paid their taxes which include a penalty of $8,321.37.” Waterway was the hardest hit by the flooding, which seriously damaged their property. Coun. Fred Busch commented that he understood why those impacted by the June 23 debris flow in Two Mile, and subsequent flooding around Sicamous would have had problems paying, but not all residences among the 11 suffered
those conditions. “I don’t know if we can differentiate here, but I can’t support people who were not affected by any of the floods or anything like that…,” said Busch. “I’m not sure if we can say you’re okay and you’re not. I just think we can’t accept these. That’s the rule and that’s the way it is.” Other councillors were more forgiving, including Coun. Greg Kyllo who initially suggested council support
the waiving of penalties. “I certainly would be in full support of just letting this go through this year and take our typical hard stance on taxation in future years,” said Kyllo. Busch, however, remained unswayed, noting that payment could have been submitted by mail or credit card. Walper said she expects there will be more requests to waive penalties when notices go out for outstanding taxes in
October. “Perhaps at that time we could mention that council will consider requesting the province to write off penalties on taxes for property owners that were affected by the flooding in June,” states Walper in the memo. Council agreed to this, deferring the matter to November.
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for the crucial part that each of you played in making it possible for Parkland Dental Centre to open its doors as of August 28, 2012 and a big thank you to: Grandma and Grandpa’s Pizza and Pasta for keeping our energy levels up with your wonderful food! Due to the ﬂooding that disrupted everything, the extra efforts that each of you made to help out, despite your hectic schedules, was amazing! Thank you again so much
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OPINION Will chair shuffle precede sinking of the Liberals? Shuffling the deck chairs before the ship goes down? Or shuffling the deck and possibly coming up with a full house in time for the May 14, 2013, provincial election? How you view the shuffling of the B.C. Liberal cabinet this week depends entirely on how you view the fortunes of the beleaguered governing party. If polls are to be believed, most voters would view the B.C. Liberals as a listing ship whose demise into the murky waters of political history is inevitable. This camp could also point to the dizzying number of MLAs — cabinet ministers included — who are jumping ship, deciding now not to go down with the captain next spring. At this point, it would be quicker to list the incumbent Liberal candidates who are seeking re-election. Those who may insist the end is not nigh for the party — and they could very well be limited to the incumbent MLAs and the men and women seeking to replace the outgoing among those incumbents — constantly herald the new blood and point to faulty polling in recent Alberta and Ontario elections to bolster their defence. What is interesting amid the cabinet shuffle is the appointment of what may be the first doctor to the Ministry of Health portfolio. Margaret MacDiarmid writes on her web page that her time as a family doctor in the B.C. Interior and in Vancouver prompted her to run for the MLA seat in VancouverFairview. How MacDiarmid tackles the monster that is health care, coming at it from perspectives as a doctor, a patient and a politician, will be fascinating.
B.C. towns tackling modern problems By Tom Fletcher News Columnist
VICTORIA – Local politicians are preparing for their annual convention, to be held Sept. 25-28 here in the provincial capital. One of the first orders of business this year will be a vote to raise the dues paid by local governments to the Union of B.C. Municipalities, to cover rising travel costs for staff to serve on provincial committees. The plan is also to change the name to Union of B.C. Local Governments, to reflect the participation of regional districts and aboriginal communities. So what do these committees and conferences accomplish? The UBCLG, as it will soon be known, is mainly a lobby group for local politicians to seek changes to federal and provincial laws to keep up with changing times. The resolutions offer a snapshot of modern problems facing local governments. A major theme is public safety, and this year it is the Columbia Shuswap Regional District renewing a long-standing plea for more provincial policing money for rural communities. Surrey has a resolution seeking better notice and control of a growing number of medical marijuana licenc-
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es issued by Ottawa. Local fire and police departments end up dealing with licensed grow-ops that spring up quietly and create electrical hazards, or expand production beyond their licences as this stealth legalization continues. Pitt Meadows, home to a Hells Angels clubhouse and drug-related crime familiar to most urban communities, wants B.C. to follow Alberta’s lead and give police authority to remove known gang members from bars and clubs. Gangs tend to adopt certain establishments, and there isn’t much the owners or police can do about it. This year, the debate may go further. Metchosin is seeking support to call on Ottawa to decriminalize marijuana, ending a “failed policy which has cost millions of dollars in police, court, jail and social costs.” No chance of that under the Stephen Harper government, but it’s worthwhile to send the message. Ashcroft councillors want to give emergency services authority to deal with another modern hazard: hoarding. The Ashcroft resolution notes that obsessively piling stuff to the rafters is a growing problem. And as with marijuana grow ops, “local governments have little or no authority to
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enforce compliance with health and safety standards when a building is owner occupied.” Another First World problem is the “pocket dialing” of 9-1-1 by mobile phones. This is more than just a nuisance, because local emergency services are obliged to respond to every call they get. And mobile phones can’t be traced to their location with any precision, creating time-consuming searches that weaken response to real emergencies. Other resolutions tackle complex and important issues, such as the effect of hydro development on municipal water supplies. But alas, most will be lost in the convention noise, overshadowed by political posturing over matters best left alone. Last year’s convention featured the low comedy of delegates voting with wireless devices to condemn smart meters, after displaying their ignorance of the subject. This year, in addition to factually challenged railing about oil tankers, there will be a tough stance taken against shark’s fin soup, which will no doubt strike fear into the Chinese fishing fleet. Once delegates vote themselves more taxpayers’ money to run this show, perhaps they should keep their grandstanding to a minimum.
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Parking woes curb enthusiasm It seems like someone made a major blunder in developing the entrance to Askew’s parking lot and creating angle parking in front of the strip mall next to the district office. Residents of Sicamous and our visitors are having major problems driving on Main Street with the new curbs jutting out into the street, which forces the drivers to swing out into the other lane of approaching vehicles
just to straighten out their cars while turning right. Approaching from the other side is not friendly as well since the entry is smaller and drivers do not know if exiting vehicles are turning right or left. That whole area is just an accident ready to happen. Most pickup trucks with a wide wheel base just drive over the curbs as proven by the tire marks on the bricks. Visitors still
drive into Askew’s with their huge boats in tow and that alone blocks out over 30 feet of the parking lot. As to the angle parking in front of the mini-mall, this creates a back-up hazard since drivers can’t see the traffic coming their way. A person with neck problems is unable to turn their head to check for clearance before backing up. The operator of the vehicle is probably
gritting their teeth as they place the car in reverse and wait for the big bang. That whole area has to be returned to its natural state before we have a collision on Main Street. The other option is to wait for our winter season and then we can have the snow plows remove the new curbs. This might be the best solution. Gary F.T. Ferns
Registration on for memorial golf tourney Get set for the fourth annual Dave Stead Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament, which is dedicated to helping causes in Sicamous. The tournament will take place Sept. 15 at the Eagle River Golf and Country Club. Registration begins at noon until 1:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. shotgun start. Cost to participate is $65, which includes golf, dinner prizes and live entertainment provided by Sicamous
band Lead Painted Toys. The theme, based on the dress of Dave Stead Sr., is Plaid like Dad! Yep, Flannel is cool! A similar theme last year drew out many guests in their plaid and flannel, adorned with pens in their front pockets and fake moustaches to top off their ensembles. Prizes include a seven-day Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacation giveaway, a live auc-
tion with gifts including two-day lift passes for Silver Star Ski Resort and more. Event organizer Gerogina Kyllo, Stead’s daughter, says the event is about carrying on her father’s memory by giving back to their hometown. Over the past year, proceeds helped support the Eagle Valley Community Food Bank, the Dave Stead Memorial Bursary at Eagle River Secondary, the
Sicamous Preschool, junior memberships at Eagle River Golf and Country Club, Shuswap Splitz Gymnastics Club, Marie Comeau, in support of a stay at B.C. Children’s Hospital, Sicamous Flood Relief, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This year a portion of the proceeds will also go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Call 250-836-4454 to reserve a spot.
DISTRICT OF SICAMOUS TAX SALE In accordance with Section 405 of the Local Government Act, notice is hereby given that the properties described hereunder shall be offered for sale by Public Auction in the Council Chambers, Sicamous Civic Centre, 446 Main Street, Sicamous, B.C. on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. unless the delinquent taxes with interest thereon are sooner paid.
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CIVIC ADDRESS 1214 MacLean McPherson Rd 929 Rauma Crescent 13 Bruhn Road 24-1383 Silver Sands Rd. 442 Finlayson St. 104-409 Main St. 106-409 Main St. 202-409 Main St. 426 Gillis Ave. 434 Maduik Ave. 501-521 201 White Pine Cres. 1127 Paradise Ave.
No further information will be given out by telephone or otherwise, except such as will be posted on the District of Sicamous City Hall Ofﬁce bulletin board or at www.sicamous.ca Purchasers should be aware that they are liable for Property Purchase Taxes under the Property Transfer Tax Act once the transfer is in effect following expiration of the one year redemption period. Purchasers may also be subject to Harmonized Sales Tax depending on circumstances of individual properties. E. Ruth Walper, B.(appl.) B.A., C.G.A. Director of Financial Services/Treasurer/Collector
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DAVE STEAD SR. MEMORIAL September 15, 2012
Snowmobile club plans pair of clean-up days The Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club is planning two work bee weekends this September at the Queest and Blue Lake cabins. They need volunteers to cut and stack firewood, clean up inside and outside of the cabins and to do some minor repairs to the cabins. Queest work bee
day is scheduled for Sept.15. They will meet at the staging area at TFL 1800 forestry road at 8 a.m. Blue Lake work bee day is scheduled for Sept. 29. We will meet at the Yard Creek staging area at 8 a.m. Participants will need some form of transportation, like a quad, to get up the
Sicamous & District Minor Hockey Association fees for the 2012-2013 Season
Pre-novice ............... $400 Novice....................... $425 Atom ........................ $450 Peewee ..................... $500 Bantam .................. $550 Midget Rep ............... $600 Deadline for registration is September 15, 2012. All fees must be paid by October 31, 2012 Registration forms are available on line at www.sicamousminorhockey.com Any Returning players that have not registered yet or if you have any questions please contact Samantha Dunnett@250-836-3218 or email@example.com
mountain. If volunteers have no transportation and the club will see if some of the members have extra seats on their quads. The club will be supplying lunch and
non-alcoholic beverage so the club needs to know the number of people that are coming. RSVP to Gord Bushell at 250-836-3906 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SICAMOUS EAGLES JUNIOR B HOCKEY CLUB
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Friday, Sept 14, 2012 Puck Action starts at 7 pm AWAY: Saturday, Feb 15th vs. Revelstoke Grizzlies Sicamous & District Recreation Centre
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GOLF THEME Plaid just like Dad!
“Our Cause 2012” ” On September 15th we are proud to host the Fourth Annual Golf Tournament in Loving Memory of Dave Stead Sr. Dave always believed in helping close to home. This is the commitment of the Dave Stead Sr. Memorial Society. Majority of proceeds go back into the community and this year we will also donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, in memory of our good friend Albert who passed away from Leukemia.
Cost of Tournament $65.00 Shot Gun Start 2:00PM Best Ball PRIZES, RAFFLE, LIVE AUCTION.
We hope you will come and join us for another fun filled day and support our cause. For more info and updates please follow us on facebook.
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Because of your generosity we supported: Sponsorship to Sicamous Preschool, Junior Sponsorship Eagle River Golf Course, Eagle River Secondary Bursary, Eagle Valley Community Food Bank, Marie (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), Heart & Stroke Foundation, Shuswap Splitz Gymnastics Club, Sicamous Flood Relief…and more to come.
Many thanks from the Stead and Kyllo families for your generous support.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Eagle Valley News
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Dentist sets up shop in Sicamous Parkland Dental Centre isn’t Dr. Bruce Prokopetz’ first dental practice, but it is here, in the small community of Sicamous, that this seasoned practitioner plans to settle down and enjoy the final chapter of his extensive dental career. Having practised in the dental industry for over 25 years, Prokopetz has worked at large-scale clinics, opened, revamped and sold his own start-up clinics and volunteered his time and expertise abroad in countries in need. “I am happy we are ending with this practice,” says an excited Prokopetz, who opened the family-owned-andoperated office on Aug. 28, after completing extensive renovations of the space – a process that started in April. “We are spoilt with what we have to work with,” Prokopetz says of Parkland Dental Centre, noting that the centre boasts leading dentistry equipment and that he is privileged to work with a great
team of specialists. When he and his family were making the decision of where to open a practice, Prokopetz, who lives in Armstrong, said the most logical place was Sicamous. “I love it,” he adds. “The thing I love is the people… there is that small community feel that is so huge.” He said when looking at the populationto-dentist ratio, Sicamous showed the need for another practice, and with the slowdown in the winter, it offers Prokopetz and his team the opportunity to complete mission work in other countries. In the past, he has travelled to Borneo in Indonesia, and this January, has been given an invitation to travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania in East Africa, but he says that no matter where he practises, he promises the same level of care to all of his patients. “Going to the dentist can be a scary thing,” he admits. “Here, you can expect to be comfortable, a great environment and top care.” His wife, Valerie,
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A family affair: With the help of his assistant, Alex Clinton, Dr. Bruce Prokopetz performs a routine check-up on his daughter Rhonda at his newly opened practice, Parkland Dental Centre in Sicamous. Photo
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Public Notice of Open House Malakwa and North Fork Bridge Improvements The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure invites the public to attend a Project Development Open House to preview plans for the replacement of the Malakwa and North Fork bridges and provide input on this project. The new four-lane bridges and improvements to Highway 1 between Sicamous and Revelstoke will improve the safety and mobility of the highway for all road users. Ministry staff will be available to provide information and answer questions. The drop-in open house is scheduled for the following date and time:
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Why kids grow like weeds in summer Our Photos Your Wall
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I’m always amazed by how much kids morph and grow over the two short months of summer. They all seem to sprout longer legs and arms and they all look tanned, relaxed and healthy. There’s probably a good reason for it, because just like a healthy plant in a well looked after garden, they get plenty of sunlight, fresh nutrients and lots of water, which allows them to thrive and grow and brim with good health. Their bodies are like “living soil,” and if they have sufficient minerals and trace elements to work with, they’re able to nurture them and
produce everything they need to live and grow. These essential materials, however, can easily become depleted when they do not get enough of them from the food we eat. Centuries of constant use of the same agricultural fields have led to foods that are highly nutrient-deficient. The situation worsened with the onset of chemical fertilizers, which force crops to grow more rapidly. When minerals and trace elements run low in the body, important functions can no longer be sustained or they become subdued and disease is generally accompanied by a lack of one or more of these important substances. In a nutshell, weak food plants create weak animals and humans. The health of any plant is totally dependent on the overall environmental health and nutrient diversity of the soil in which it grows. Before the depletion of soils, plant foods were our ideal mineral pro-
vider. When a plant grows in a healthy soil environment, it absorbs existing colloidal minerals and changes them into ionic, watersoluble form, which is then absorbed readily by body cells. Some of the common forms of nutrients in the soil are nitrogen, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sulfur, iron, manganese, zinc, boron, copper, sodium and cobalt, just to name a few. We have a number of devices available to us that can measure and evaluate nutrient levels and quality in our foods that we grow and the most common of these tools is called a Brix, which is a mini telescope-like gizmo with a refractometer that can instantly interpret these levels for you. Brix values are commonly used for grape and other fruit production to determine the sugar content of fruit (and thus fruit quality and harvest times) but also for minerals, proteins, amino acids, fla-
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No two kids are alike. That’s what makes teaching both a challenge and a joy. It’s also why each student needs – and deserves – more of our time. Teachers will be working hard to give them that time. And together with parents, we’ll be urging government to help. Years of cuts have led to overcrowded classes. Our kids desperately need smaller classes, better support for students with special needs, and more one-on-one time. Every child matters. And every year counts.
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Pair bolster wheelchair rugby team to silver By Teresa Andrews News contributor
“Packing for London.” The recent Facebook message on Zak Madell’s page was not the text of a holidaymaker setting out for a two-week excursion. It was a statement made by an 18-year old defenceman, the youngest member of the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby team, as he readied himself for London’s Paralympic Games. For Madell’s uncle, Jack Andrews of Sicamous, this statement made his heart soar. “Zak has been an inspiration to our family for a long time. He is an amazingly courageous young man,” said Andrews, as he explained, “When Zak was 10 years old a rapid-onset bacterial infection caused him to go into septic shock. It was highly destructive. His body was able to protect his brain and his heart, but other organs suffered from deadly effects of toxins and lack of oxygen. There was a great deal of tissue damage, resulting in the amputation of Madell’s legs and his fingers. Andrews credits the amazing medical staff at Alberta Children’s hospital and Madell’s mother, Wendy, for being there for her son. “He was a very sick boy. No one knew for six months if he would even survive. Each day could have been his last day,” explained Andrews. “Zak’s mother didn’t leave his bedside for six months. She was his rock.” Hundreds of surgical and other interventions later, Madell was in London, representing Canada. This spring,Andrews watched his nephew play at Vancouver’s Canada Cup, an invitational wheelchair rugby event that featured the teams that would be playing against each other in London. “When Zak came on the court he was pure energy. He picked up the whole team and he picked up the speed of the game. He played
so hard, both at offence and defence. Zak changed the dynamics of the game when he was on the court,” said Andrews proudly. Once again, Andrews quickly credits not only the amazing abilities and spirit of his nephew, as he noted Madell’s mother continued to be by her son’s side. “Getting to this point is not something that happened in isolation. Wendy takes Zak to an endless array of medical appointments in addition to time with a personal trainer, to weight-lifting and to a school track to work out three to four times a week,” said Andrews. Madell is part of a 12-member Canadian team. And on that team, in believe-it-or-not fashion, is another terrific athlete with a Sicamous connection. In fact, the connection is not only to community, it is to the same avenue in Sicamous. “Trevor Hirshfield, is a super-solid good player. He knows the sport well. I think he has been on the international team since about
2006. He has a great knack for getting free, open, easy scores,” said Andrews. Hirschfield’s, grandparents, Don and Pat Grant, lived across the street from the Andrews, and it was while visiting his Sicamous grandparents that the life-changing accident took place. “Oh, I so remember it,” said Andrews. “He was a 16-year old or thereabouts. So, he wasn’t an experienced driver. He was on his way up a Sicamous logging road in the family van to party with other young kids. When he courteously pulled the van over to let an oncoming vehicle pass, Trevor’s van rolled off the road and hit a tree. Trevor was a quadriplegic as a result of the accident.” Andrews said the accident was utterly heart-breaking for everyone. “Yet, as tough as it was, what I remember is his grandparents keeping us updated on Trevor’s progress at G.F. Strong Rehab Centre. They were awed by his emotional strength.”
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Ready and waiting: Zak Madell was part of the silver-medal winning wheelchair rugby team at the London Paralympics. Photo contributed.
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coached and well disciplined. They play inspired rugby.” Editor’s note: Since the article was written, Canada claimed the silver medal in wheelchair rugby after a final loss to Australia. Congratulations to Madell and Hirshfield on their accomplishment.
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1976 30ft cabin cruiser with a 185 merc • Full galley (fridge, stove, sink, furnace, toilet) • Fold down table for a queen sized bed • Fold up bunk beds • VHF radio • Hull is sound, galley is dated. • Low draft • 200 hrs on new engine • A great boat that needs some TLC $12,000.00 invested $8000 OBO Call 250-362-7681 or Cell 250-231-2174 email monikas_2010@ hotmail.com 4 more information & to view
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Cars - Sports & Imports 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)
Recreational/Sale 1974 8.5 ft. VANGUARD camper. New battery & generator. Asking $2500. Ph. 250836-2710. 1985 OKANAGAN CAMPER. Stove, fridge, furnace, jacks. Nice cond. $1,300. OBO. 250836-2197.
201 Mann Rd., Sicamous
Cottages / Cabins 2BDRM cabin w/storage shed, 2appl., quiet country setting next to park, walking distance to Mara Demille’s store $575/mo. util. incl. (250)8364643
LARGE FAMILY WANTED!
The eyes have it Fetch a Friend from the SPCA today! spca.bc.ca
Below assessed value! 2200+ sq. ft., 3 bdrms, 2 baths, full bsmt., single car garage, large deck with Mara lakeview! Summer kitchen, family rm, bath & large storage rm/workshop in bsmt with access to single car garage.
Call Charlotte Hutchinson Personal Real Estate Corporation
1-800-582-8639 CELL 250-833-6545 OFFICE 250-836-2223 at Mara Lake INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Eagle Valley News