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Solar street lights in Houston By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Walking along the Buck Creek dike after dark will be safer and more pleasant, lit by several solarpowered street lights. The six lights that cost $36,000 plus $6,000 for installation, are part of the Circle Pathway Project which is funded by a grant, said Houston District’s Chief Administrative Officer Linda Poznikoff. The project includes the sidewalk and curb along 11th Street, from Copeland Avenue to Avalon Avenue, and pathway construction along Buck Creek, as well as six lit resting areas, five along

...“the most energy efficient way to light up the pathway,”

Buck Creek one on 11th street. There are six posts, two were put in Sept. 25 and four more this week, said Kevin Pegg, owner of Energy Alternatives, the installation company for the project. The posts have South-facing, solarelectric panels on the top which charge a bank of batteries that will power the hightech LED lights after dark - “the most energy efficient way to light up the pathway,”

- Kevin Pegg said Pegg. The posts are overbuilt for about ten months of the year, but during December and January, when there’s not a lot of sunshine, it will be the real test for the lights. The street lights are part of a District study into amount of energy that can be stored, and the study results will determine if and how other geothermal systems will be installed in the District.

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Kevin Pegg, owner of Energy Alternatives, controls the crane to install the solar-powered street lights on Sept. 25.

A recent article in the Vancouver Sun brought some shortfalls in mill inspections to light. The article (Many B.C. sawmills not inspected for fire risk: Sept. 17, 2012) shed some light on what might be a big gap in safety. Fire inspections on any public building within a municipality are re-

quired by provincial law, but according to research by the Vancouver Sun staff, appear to not be done in a number of municipalities. Four of nine municipalities interviewed for the story had not been doing regular inspections. Those communities not conducting regular inspections include Houston, Fort St. James, Mackenzie and Williams Lake.

Reasons for not completing the inspections cited in the article include a lack of time for fire chiefs who fulfill other roles in the communities, lack of expertise and province-wide reductions in fire commissioner staffing. There is one inspection in the fire commissioner’s office in Prince George who is responsible for northern B.C..


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New United Church leader to focus on social justice By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Houston’s First United Church has a new leader up front on Sunday mornings. Having just started her theological studies, Morgan Ryder is lay worship leader at the United church until she becomes their diaconal minister, which is a servicefocused minister, in four years. Ryder has lived in Rose Lake, a rural community between Houston and Burns Lake, with her seven-child family for 15 years and started coming to Houston’s United Church because of the previous pastor, Debbie Bentum. When Bentum left, Ryder volunteered to

be the worship leader for that Sunday, and it just carried on to become her role. “It just kind of happened. I was happy to do it, they were happy to have me and it was just a good match for all of us,� she said. Ryder says that even though she isn’t done her theological studies, she fulfills pretty much all of the functions of a minister, except Baptism and Communion which can only be led by a minister or sacraments elder. Her theology program, run through Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg, is mostly longdistance, requiring a total of eight online or correspondence courses, field

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Morgan Ryder, new lay minister at Houston’s First United Church. placement work throughout the four years and attendance twice a year for threeweek learning circles at the centre - along with papers and

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assignments that come out of each of those things, said Ryder. Her first placement is at Houston Community Services, finding funding for a

youth drop-in centre. “Social Justice is one of the main underpinnings of the United Church and this certainly is a place where a lot of social

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The B.C. government has reached a tentative agreement with its largest employee group, as the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union has recommended acceptance of a twoyear agreement with a four per cent raise. Premier Christy Clark announced the settlement Friday at the Union of B.C.

Municipalities convention, after talks broke down in the spring and the BCGEU staged a series of strikes at liquor stores and government offices around the province. BCGEU president Darryl Walker said the government dropped its proposal to sell the Liquor Distribution Branch warehouse and delivery system, which was “huge� for the union and a step towards






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privatizing government liquor stores as well. “We think this is the spine of the system,� Walker said. “Without this we would perhaps have lost the whole system.� Clark said the settlement meets the government’s “cooperative gains� bargaining mandate, where savings and efficiencies cover the costs of pay increases, but offered few details. Walker said the

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farming would be my hobby,� she said, adding that she also enjoys doing woodwork and building things. Living on an acreage at Rose Lake, Ryder’s family does have some cows and, except for this year, usually has chickens, turkeys and other animals as well, she said. Ryder plans to finish her studies over the next four years and continue leading at Houston’s United church, she said. Between her studies, placement, family and church, she likely won’t be picking up any new hobbies in the near future. “Life’s pretty full and pretty busy,� Ryder laughed.

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justice happens,� said Ryder, adding that she has enjoyed both the work and coworkers at community services. In addition to church leadership, placement work and the long-distance course she is doing, Ryder also has a foster-adoptive family with seven children, three girls and four boys, who keep her very busy. The children, aged 3-14, go to school or daycare in Decker Lake or Burns Lake, and her partner is a retired social worker who stays at home with the kids so Ryder can go to school. When asked about her hobbies, Ryder laughed. “If I had time for hobbies ... hobby

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26,000-member union agreed to work with the government to reduce sick days and find new efficiencies in operations that include ministry operations, social workers, and provincial prison and court services. The union dropped its proposal to open more liquor stores on Sundays to increase revenue. Walker said that was to protect members whose distribution jobs were going to be privatized. “Now that [privatization] is gone, we think we can talk to this government and in fact the next government about what it means to build revenues, and if we can find a way to do that by opening stores, then I think it’s win-win,� Walker said. Clark also announced a tentative agreement with resident physicians in B.C. hospitals, also a two-year deal under cooperative gains. On Wednesday the government and the B.C. Nurses’ Union announced a tentative agreement for 32,000 Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses. Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said the agreement includes a “modest� wage increase, with details to be released after members vote on it.

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New officer to Houston for policing experience By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Not an outdoorsytype of guy, new RCMP officer Mike Thompson came to Houston because of the friendly community and the opportunity to learn and develop policing skills. Stationed and living in Granisle, but commuting to Houston for work, Thompson says he heard a lot of good things about Houston from his partner at his first post in London, Ontario, who had grown up in Smithers. After doing a bit of research, Thompson and his wife decided to apply only for Houston, he said, adding that the beauty of the town, the welcoming community and the Leisure Facility and arena were all big things for him and his family. But more than that, Thompson says he came here for the policing experience. “I always wanted to be a mountie,” said Thompson. “My Dad is a retired Niagara regional police officer . . . I grew up with my Dad being a copper, and I always wanted to do it.” At his previous post in London, Ontario, Thompson spent 3.5 years in plain clothes doing Federal policing, mostly drug investigation work, but he had always wanted to wear uniform and do general duty in a contract division like B.C., he said. After high school Thompson studied Sociology for two years at Brock University before deciding to leave the books behind and pursue a policing career, he said. The honour and respect of the RCMP – brought out through the Mayorthorpe tragedy which happened around that same time – helped him take that step as well, said Thompson, adding that tragedies often have that effect, spurring people to do their duty and help keep the peace by joining the RCMP or the military. Now, after joining the RCMP in 2007, Thompson is eager to learn and develop

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RCMP officer Mike Thompson joins the Houston crew, eager to learn and develop his policing skills. policing skills that he wasn’t able to learn at his previous post. Coming straight from the depot into a Federal division, Thompson says he and others like him didn’t learn a lot of the things they would working in uniform, such as interpersonal skills and public communication - the regular investigative skills. “I’m a big guy for opportunity,” said Thompson. Houston is a huge opportunity to learn - through experiences and through experienced officers in town. Having grown up in St. Catherines, Ontario, a city of about 130,000 people, Houston

brings a lot of changes for Thompson, but he loves it here, he says. “It’s a great community. The people that I’ve met have been extremely welcoming,” he said. Even as a visiting stranger when he came to get set up five weeks ago, he got waves of greeting from nearly everyone – something that nobody did in the neighbourhood where he grew up in and lived his entire life, he said. “Here I was warned that everybody waves – and I like it,” he said, adding that it gives a friendly neighbourhood feel to the town. It shows that people are aware of their community and who

is in their community, and gives a sense of safety and security, he said, adding that it makes him feel good about moving his family here. But there is more new to Thompson than just the size and friendliness of Houston: having always lived in the city, the wildlife is taking some getting used to. Seeing wolves and moose on the side of the road was one thing, but Thompson was recently startled by two bears coming out of the trees about 60 yards away, which sent him jumping back into his car. “I’m still learning the outdoors . . . slow-

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Gas play Natural gas taxation revenues are down, way down, because the price (and therefore how much the province skims away) has dropped. Overall sales are down as well because of new supply hitting the market in the United States. That’s blown a huge hole in the provincial budget and it’s anyone’s guess how finance minister Mike de Jong is going to plug it. It’s bad news for the province but good news for the consumer. The more natural gas there is, the lower the price drops and the less the consumer pays. To be sure, the provincial Liberals have slapped on a carbon tax affecting the total bill, but generally speaking, consumers are benefitting from lower natural gas prices. The one area where natural gas pricing remains a problem is here in the northwest. We’re paying far more than elsewhere to have gas delivered to their homes because industrial users who once helped pay to maintain the Pacific Northern Gas pipeline have disappeared. But a liquefied natural gas project at Kitimat, the smallest of the ones on the drawing boards, is designed to fill up the surplus pipeline space. When that happens, the money that project pays to run gas through the pipeline should then lower the price the rest of us pay. The new project also means new revenue for the province. Could this be a rare occurrence – something that helps the government and us? Terrace Standard

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Dumping one addiction for another Three months ago at the beginning of the summer, I wrote a column about my 30 year addiction to junk food. I am happy to report it is now in remission. This may seem like an insignificant feat to some, but for me and the self inflicted jail of a body that I built for myself, it’s a game changer. It’s also an entirely different accomplishment than just losing a dramatic amount of weight, which I’ve done several times in my 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. My most extreme weight loss was when I was 25 and I lost 85 lbs by jogging daily and eating an unhealthy, low-fat, low cal diet. Since then I’ve gained and lost 30 lbs over and over, never keeping it off for good. Why? Because I never stopped eating crap. My belief was that

I could drink pop as long as it was calorie free. I thought it was okay to eat processed garbage if it said something as clever as “low fat” or “less than 100 calories” on the package. And I also thought it was fine to skip meals as important as breakfast and then devour six Skinny Cow Fudgesicles right before bed. The goal for me was always about losing weight rather than becoming as healthy as I could be, and because of that my successes with the scale would never last long. At a certain point I finally did enough reading on the subject that I came to understand that some people develop an addiction to junk-food and I was clearly one of them. At first I wondered if that was just a cop out, a lack of will power on

my part and on the part of others who struggle with over eating and eating disorders. I then discovered there is neuroscientific proof that some of our brains react to food the exact same way other brains react to drugs. It was an eye opener that changed the way I looked at my problem and how I should be dealing with it. At the beginning of July I sat down at the computer and typed every single garbage food or beverage I was injesting. My goal with this list was to find a healthy substitute for all of them and then commit to making a switch for a full 21 days. I had read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a new habit and I liked the sounds of that. I figured if I was a junk food junkie and the “everything


in moderation” theory didn’t work on me, perhaps I could change my harmful addiction to a helpful addiction instead. How hard could it be? I liked lots of healthy food. I just never ate much of it when I was busy eating crap since the crap I consumed had me craving more of the same. I replaced diet pops with ice water, coffee and Baileys with organic lattes, white rice with quinoa, ice cream with yogurt parfaits, and limitless spoonfulls of Nutella with a delicious square of dark chocolate instead. The list was rather lengthy, but I was able to figure out a nutritious alternative that I liked for everything, and I never allowed myself to feel hungry or deprived. After 21 days I felt like I had traded one addiction for three. No

On a brighte brighter note Lori Welbourne longer craving junk, my old obsession was replaced by an addiction to healthy foods, working out and treating myself with love. I’m down 25 lbs now and for the first time ever I don’t fear gaining weight because I’m finally listening to my body and giving it what it needs, and now wants as well. Have I sworn off pizza and cookies for good? No way. They just happen to now be homemade, nutritious and far more delicious.

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Income Inequality Editor: Canadians are feeling the pinch. Families are earning less and inflation is increasing the cost of everyday essentials. Students are grappling with rising tuition rates and have fewer opportunities for employment when they graduate. Youth unemployment is at a historic high and

student employment is at record lows. As Canadians adjust to these economic realities, our debtto-income ratio has grown to 152%, much higher than the United States, and entire generations of Canadians have little or no savings. Most of us recognize that income inequality is a growing issue that is at the heart of these challenges. That is why the Liberal Party held a

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debate in Parliament on addressing income inequality and put forward several practical steps we can take immediately to reduce it. Specifically, we are calling on the government to: roll back their recent Employment Insurance Premium hike; end their punitive new clawback of Employment Insurance benefits; make tax credits refundable so that lowincome Canadians are not excluded; adapt the Registered

Disability Savings Plan for sufferers of chronic diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis; and remove federal interest charges from student loans. What we are asking the government to do is to first of all recognize that this is a problem, not continue to dismiss it. Income inequality is a key issue for Canada. We cannot assume that prosperity will be fairly shared and we cannot take prosperity itself for granted. We have to avoid the mistakes

of the extreme right and the extreme left and we have to come up with practical proposals that will make a difference to ordinary people and ensure that our prosperity is fairly, deeply and widely shared. Shared prosperity is what we strive for as a country and ensuring equality of opportunity for all Canadians is at the core of what it means to be a Liberal. Bob Rae Liberal Leader

Make my day Editor: B.C. municipal leaders were recently told that the RCMP will close all their singleofficer detachments because of labour laws. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens said, “There are many reasons for that, not the least of which is officer safety.” If it is too dangerous for a RCMP officer to work in BC’s small communities, it must be extremely dangerous for workers who do not wear

bulletproof vests and pack service pistols. Now I understand why Prime Minister Harper was in such a hurry to do away with the long-gun registry. He wants Canadians to be self-reliant; he wants us to take the law into our own hands. I can hardly wait to hold a .44 Magnum in both hands and say to some punk, using my best imitation of “Dirty” Harry Callahan’s voice, “Go ahead, make my day. Lloyd Atkins Vernon, B.C.

UBCM calls for pot decriminalization


fter a passionate debate and a close vote, delegates to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention passed a motion Wednesday calling on the federal government to decriminalize marijuana. The UBCM placed major emphasis on the debate this year, staging a debate Monday featuring former B.C. attorney general Geoff Plant, in favour of loosening pot laws, and University of the Fraser Valley criminologist Darryl Plecas opposed. After

a lineup of speakers on the impact of marijuana grow ops on communities and crime impact, a show of hands by hundreds of delegates supported the call for decriminalization. Metchosin councillor Moralea Milne reminded delegates that Plant termed pot prohibition “a disastrous and expensive failure of public policy.” She said more than 500,000 B.C. residents have smoked marijuana, but she doesn’t support its use. “Personally I’d rather have a mar-

tini, and and I’m allowed to, because we changed that very wrong prohibition stance that we had,” Milne said. O k a n a g a n Similkameen area director Tom Siddon, a former federal cabinet minister, said his local police reject decriminalization. “I think we’ve been frying too many brains,” Siddon said. “It’s going to aggravate the temptation of young people to move from marijuana, which may well be more harmless than a few bottles of beer,

to being hooked on heroin, cocaine and the chemical designer drugs.” Prince George city councillor Brian Skakun drew laughter with his comment: “I tried it when I was younger, I turned out OK.” Turning serious, he said the costs extend to police and courts weighed down with marijuana cases rather than “real criminals.” Abbotsford councillor Henry Braun agreed with Siddon. “We produce about 1.5 million pounds of marijuana

in British Columbia,” Braun said. “We consume about 185,000 pounds, so the vast majority of marijuana is being exported to the U.S. and other places.” Port Moody councillor Bob Elliott said his “quaint, safe city” has seen three gangrelated murders in the past six months. He pleaded for support for decriminalization. Coquitlam councillor Terry O’Neill called decriminalization “the worst of all worlds,” protecting people from simple possession charges

while leaving largescale growing and sales in the hands of criminals. Nelson councillor Robin Cherbo said sparing young recreational users from prosecution is worth it, and even outright legalization won’t stop the criminal trade as long as pot remains illegal in the U.S. Cariboo Regional District director Joan Sorley reminded delegates that grow ops are destructive to communities and dangerous to police and fire departments.

B .C. Views Tom Fletcher “They’re huge operations,” Sorley said. “If we decriminalize it, we take away the tool that the RCMP has to try and shut them down and help keep our neighbourhood safe.


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Houston Secondary School pie throw fund raiser HSS student leadership ran a pie-throw fund raiser last week, with teachers competing for student donations for the Terry Fox Foundation in honour of Rhianna Malkinson, a student hospitalized with cancer. They raised $317.56 total. Left, Kailey Johnson slams Mrs. Niven with pie for a $20 donation deal they made. Right, Shad Anderson gets Mr. Batley with pie for a $100 donation he made.

COLOUR & Jersey Day Teacher Doreen Jaarsma honours students for the best costume for colour/ jersey day at the Houston Christian School on September 27.

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Featuring the spirit of the local people Learning and leading in 4-H around Canada cause of his experience in the club as a boy. But they are not involved just because of their family, said Dieleman. “You go into it and if you love it, you love it because you love it. You don’t love it because your family loves it. We are in 4-H because we like 4-H and what it promotes in young people.” Asked about her favourite part of the club, Dieleman said, “mostly I love just working with animals and knowing that I’m improving my skills that can take me to the next stage of life.” Graduated from high school this year, Dieleman says she plans to work for a while on other farms outside of B.C., in the States or “across the water,” and learn more about how other people operate their farms.

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There is more to 4-H than animals and fairs, with different kinds of clubs across the country and lots of opportunities for travel and learning. Juanita Dieleman, 12-year member and president of the local 4-H club, has seized many of the opportunities given by the club, the most recent a Montreal trip learning about marketing. Along with eight other B.C. 4-H members aged 16 to 21, Dieleman went Sept. 18 to 23 to the national 4-H conference, held every other year. Touring the CBC radio station, a goat farm, a museum and Quinn Farms with fresh produce, Dieleman said she and the 100 other members from across the country learned how the companies market their products. Most of them use twitter and facebook because you reach more people with less cost, and some use websites as well, said Dieleman. The trip gave her marketing ideas to use for their farm, to let local people know of the quality beef for sale on her family’s farm, Dieleman said. The Montreal trip is not her first 4-H trip, she has been on four others but only in B.C., she says. Two were conference-type trips focused on learning to be leaders and role models, working with others, and knowing and being yourself, she said. The other two trips were focused on food – the first learning about where it is produced

Juanita Dieleman sold her market steer to Blast Ent. & T. Strimbold at the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair this year. and taking care to produce quality, and the second visiting Fraser Valley farms and seeing it all first hand. The trips are a part of 4-H that Dieleman has always been interested in, and she enjoys meeting new people, she said. “It’s all around fun, you get to meet people from the other side of the country,” Dieleman said, adding that she likes hearing about all the different kinds of clubs they have. We have mostly market clubs in the Bulkley Valley, but in Quebec they have a folk dancing club, and in Newfoundland they have

a five day 4-H fitness club, where they meet every day and do an hour or two of fitness, she said. The club motto learning to do by doing, said Dieleman, “so if you make a mistake you get up from it and do differently next time.” And it is about raising up young people - the next generation, who will lead the country and communities - to know how to work hard, care for animals and enjoy what they are doing, Dieleman said. Her whole family is a part of 4-H, she said, adding that their Dad got them into it be-

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A winning night out at the Houston Business Awards Retailer of the Year Bizz’s Pet Grooming Tourism Excellence Award Houston Hikers Employee of the Year Don Woodbeck, Sullivan Motor Products Home-Based Business of the Year Pleasant Valley Express Customer Service Awards: Business Tea Gallery with a Twist Customer Service Awards: Employee Patti Moe, Pharmasave The staff of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union receive the Community Spirit Award.

Community Spirit Award Bulkley Valley Credit Union Business Person of the Year Bob Wheaton, Houston Food Market Innovated Business Award District of Houston Young Citizen of the Year Jonathan VanBarneveld Citizen of the Year Paul Batley Educator of the Year Pat Cox, Houston Secondary School Jackie Lieuwen photos/Houston Today

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Recent Houston Fires Houston’s Fire Department has kept busy this summer with three big fires in the past two months. Their hard work is much appreciated because thanks to them there have been no deaths or injuries in any of the fires. Top: Pinecrest Apartment fire on Aug. 15. Middle: Park Lane Townhouse fire on Aug. 4. Bottom: Ambassador Trailer Park fire on Sept. 16.

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Only a working smoke alarm can save your life! FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCT. 7-14

Smoke alarms save lives “Fall back” to smart home safety

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As most Canadians turn back the clocks on November 4, here are some timely smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) safety tips: • When you change your clocks, test your smoke arlam. • You have less than three minutes to escape a fire. So when smoke alarms sound, everyone must know what to do and where to go. Having and practising an escape plan is essential. • Install one smoke alarm on every storey and outside bedrooms. Install inside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. • Ensure all smoke alarms are fully powered. Never take out batteries or remove an alarm from ceiling due to a false alarm. • If your home has any fuel-burning devices such as a gas furnace, gas water heater, gas appliances, or an attached garage or carport, install at least one CSAapproved carbon monoxide outside all sleeping areas. One per storey is recommended.

• Replace smoke alarms every 10 years, and CO alarms every 7-10 years (depending on manufacturer) whether battery operated or hardwired into your home’s electrical system. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless. So without a CO alarm, humans cannot detect its presence. Despite the average home having several potential sources of the deadly gas, studies show that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have not installed a CO alarm. In addition to being impossible to detect, CO also has another nefarious trait. Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure mimic the flu, without the fever. It is routinely responsible for thousands of clinic and hospital visits each year, and is commonly misdiagnosed. Prolonged or extreme exposure causes nausea, dizziness, confusion, the loss of physical mobility, brain damage and ultimately, death. More home safety resources can be found on the www. web site.

Analysis was undertaken on almost 50,000 fires that occurred in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario over a 5-year period involving 663 fatalities. The findings demonstrated that the death rate per 1,000 fires in the absence of a present, functioning smoke alarm was 74% greater than when a functioning smoke alarm was present.

Thanksgiving turkey fires cause for concern at 9-1-1 centre E -Comm’s fire dispatch team is warning families to be mindful of their turkey cooking during Thanksgiving weekend. “A turkey isn’t something you typically see on a list of household fire hazards, but we get 9-11 calls about ovens going up in flames all the time,” says Corey Kelso, E-Comm fire dispatcher. “The result can be devastating if you’re not careful every time you have something cooking for an extended period of time.”

E-Comm has received some odd calls to 9-1-1 before – including someone wanting to know how long to cook a turkey – but a turkey fire is no joke. In fact, it is a leading cause of spikes in 9-1-1 calls over the holidays. “A flame in your oven can start easily and escalate quickly,” says Kelso. “Oil drippings through a thin tinfoil turkey pan or bits of leftover food residue inside your oven are extremely flammable in a high temperature setting.”

Many fatal fires start at night

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Investigations into home fire deaths very often find that a smoke alarm did not sound. It may have been disconnected or not in working order. The batteries may have been dead, or someone may have taken them out. Smoke alone won’t necessarily wake you up. In fact, the fumes could put you into an even deeper sleep. Often, victims never wake up. Seniors will often need

assistance from family members to put safety measures into place. As well, family members are in the best position to reinforce the precautions necessary to help their loved ones prevent or respond to a fire. Focus on these six priorities to help aging family members protect themselves against fire in the home.

■ INSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. ■ Larger homes may need ADDITIONAL smoke alarms to provide enough protection. ■ For the best protection, INTERCONNECT all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. ■ An IONIZATION smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a PHOTOELECTRIC smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended. ■ Smoke alarms should be INSTALLED away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance. ■ REPLACE all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

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“Every Dollar Counts” And they’re right. Every dollar you spend at an out of town merchant means less money local businesses have to support local sports groups, nonprofit organizations and youth activities. Every dollar you spend outside of your own community makes it harder for your local businesses to remain competitive, or even remain in business.

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LADIES CLUB Championships With their trophies the Ladies Golf Club Champions are L-R: Chrissy Bassani is overall low net and Kathy Wardrop is winner of the overall low gross.

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Community Information Session EARLY DEADLINE NOTICE: Due to the Thanksgiving long weekend the deadline for the October 10th paper will be Thursday, October 4th, at 12:00 noon for all classified word and display advertising and all editorial submissions.

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Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited. Please join us for our first community information session and learn more about: s Coastal GasLink and TransCanada s Community and Aboriginal engagement s Environmental protection s Jobs and business opportunities s Pipeline safety s The conceptual route s Why Coastal Gaslink is needed Date: Tuesday 16 October, 2012 Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Location: Senior Citizen’s Association Centre 3250 14th Street Houston, BC, V0J 1Z0 Project representatives will be available throughout the session to answer questions and share information. Light refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to make this session but would like more information you can contact our project team by email ( or by telephone at 1.855.633.2011 (toll-free).

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Youth skateboard and scooter competition

Smithers Community Services Association is seeking to add supportive families to our CORR HOMES PROGRAM About our program… CORR Homes is a specialized foster care program for young offenders as an alternative to incarceration and operates in communities throughout Northern BC. CORR Homes offer a caring, stable home environment where youth reside for up to 6 months. CORR Home families are financially compensated to provide this service. Our program provides the CORR Home families with access to training, 24-hour on-call support, and an experienced Youth Resource Worker who will work directly with families and the youth who reside with them.

Houston’s skateboard competition, held at Jamie Baxter Park included Houston youth like Dustin Darling, left, as well as youth from Smithers like Brady Davey, right.

Who we are looking for… Interested people who have had experience working with and supporting youth at work or socially (ie; coaching, mentoring, big brothers/sisters etc.) or who have raised their own children through their teen years. For more information about how to become a CORR Home, please visit our website or contact Jo-Anne Nugent at (250) 847-9515 or toll free at 1-888-355-6222.


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At least 30 youth crowded the Jamie Baxter park for the skateboard and scooter competitions during the Harvest Festival afternoon on Sept. 22. The competition was to engage the youth that are pretty disengaged, and was run by the Dze L K’ant and Houston friendship centres in partnership with Rays. Travis Hebert, who started all-nations skate boarding - a part of the team drop-in centre project - led the competition, yelling encouragements to the young skaters and to the crowd to get them cheering. The results are as follows:

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In the skateboard category, ages 10 to 13, first place went to Tical Hall, second to Nigel Mortimer, and third to Brady Davey. In skateboarding ages 14 to 17, Dustin Darling took first, Carlo Parales second, and Nick Ortiz third. For skateboarding ages 18 and older, Trenton Bruhjell came in first, with Alex Heinrichs in second, and Mike Corfe in third. The award for the best trick went to Markus Haines, and the winner of the game S.K.A.T.E. was Alex Heinrichs. In the scooter category, first place was given to Nick Ortiz, second to Aidan French, and third to Walker McEwen.

Derek Kronemeyer and Daniel Vandenbrink jump up for the block Terrace against Houston Christian School hosted a senior boys volleyball tournament on Sept. 29.

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AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing INC. is looking for Welders. Due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for 10-3rd Year Apprentices or Journey Person Welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd Year Apprentice $28-$30/hour, Journey Person $32-$35/hour, higher with tank experience. Profit sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine at: (office)780-8462231; (fax) 780-846-2241 or send resume to; p r o d u c t i o n @ a u t o t a n k s. c a . Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform.

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Home Care/Support NURSES, Care Aides, Home Cleaners - Bayshore Home Health is hiring casual, on-call RNs, certified care aides and experienced home cleaners. If you are: personable; energetic; positive; possess an outstanding work ethic; a passion for superior client service, and a reliable vehicle, pls forward your resume c/w 2 references to: Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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SOUTH ROCK is hiring for: Paving Personnel (raker, screed, general labourers); Heavy Equipment Operators. Send resume to: or call 403-568-1327.


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

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

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School District #54 (Bulkley Valley) is accepting applications for the position of Casual Custodian in both Smithers and Houston ($19.32 per hour). Previous experience is an asset. Custodians work afternoon shift and are required to operate all industrial cleaning equipment. Please send resumes to: Ms. Toni Perreault Human Resources Administrator Box 758, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Phone: 877-6824

The Houston Division of Bulkley Valley Home Centre requires a sales person/manager for its flooring department. This person will have retail experience that includes measuring, estimating, ordering and selling laminate, hardwood, vinyl, carpet and ceramic. This person will have had experience working with installers. The ability to provide excellent customer service to homeowners and contractors and assist the store manager with marketing initiatives for the flooring department are key priorities. The position also requires a general knowledge of building materials and the ability to work in a computerized environment. Compensation includes salary, incentive plan and benefits. Please submit cover letter and resume to amanda@ or fax to 1-250-845-7608.

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Notice Of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Shawn D. Meehan from Houston, BC, has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Smithers, for a Crown grant to purchase a residential lease situated on Provincial Crown land located on DISTRICT LOT 7911 and PART OF LOT 24, RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT, (Babine Lake). The Lands File for this application is 0283139. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Nadina District Land Officer, MFLNRO, at PO Box 5000 - 3726 Alfred Ave., Smithers BC V0J 2N0. Comments will be received by MFLNRO up to October 19, 2012. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at index.isp for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations’ Office in Smithers.

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The Village of Granisle is offering winter storage of your summer toys again this year. Store your unit from September 2012 - May 2013. Remember, it has to be in before the snow flies! Cost is $10.00 per foot. Unit to be stored in the arena must have current storage insurance coverage. As well, we are taking pre-bookings this year. You can pre-pay to guarantee your spot. For more information or for applications please contact the Village Office at 250-697-2248 or visit our website at

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The Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club is holding their AGM Oct. 3, 2012 @ 7:30pm at the Houston Secondary School library. All members & guests welcome. Houston Hospice annual general meeting Oct. 10, 7:00 pm at the hospice building at the corner of 6th St. and Benson Ave. Please attend if you are interested in supporting any aspect of hospice in Houston. The annual Houston Pro-Life chain Sat. Oct. 13, 2012, between 1-2p.m along Hwy.#16. We will meet in the parking lot of the Houston Mall then proceed to the highway to demonstrate and pray for the unborn and those involved with abortion. If you need any further information phone Michalle Brown at 845-7494. Houston Minor Hockey Association Annual General Meeting 7pm in the HSS library on Oct. 16. Houston Secondary Schools 2011-2012 yearbooks are now in. Please contact the office to get yours or pick up your pre-paid copy. webpage: http://

Houston Public Library Events... Book Club on Wed., Oct. 3, 7-9pm “Who Has Seen The Wind” by W. O. Mitchell. Our Book Club Pick for Nov. : “Revenge of the Lobster Lover” by Hilary MacLeod, you can pick up your book at the circulation desk. • Oct. 4 - PJ Family Story Time 6-7pm. Wear your PJ’s and bring a blanket and a pillow. • Oct. 6 – Halloween Costume Swap and Sale 12-4pm at the Houston Public Library Canfor Room. Bring your lightly used Halloween Costumes to the library and donate them, swap them or sell them. For more info please call the library at 250845-2256. • Oct. 10 – Houston Public Library Story Time for children ages 3 to 5 will begin and run every Wed. until Dec. 12 from 1:30-2:30 pm. To register or for more information please call the library at 250845-2256. Baby and Me and Toddler Time will not be available for the Fall session. • Oct. 11 – Mark Zagwyn Passport Photos 11am to 6pm.

• Recently renovated, cute, 2 bedroom cabin on scenic 10 acre lot east of Topley. • Tile floors in kitchen and bath, fresh paint. • Laminate in living, dining and master. • New siding and metal roof.





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Houston has a huge demand for rental homes. Now would be a great time to buy a home as a rental investment. PRICED FOR ACTION!

Seniors Bingo is every Tues. at 7 p.m. at Cottonwood Manor. Entry is $1. Come out and enjoy a fun prize filled evening. Lots of prizes!


Structural Firefighting/Hwy Rescue. Interested? Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. is accepting applications. No experience necessary please contact Byron - F/C 250-696-3348 or come to a fire practice: Thurs. @ 1930 hrs (7:30 pm) Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. meetings every 2nd Tues. of the month at 7:30 pm. Fire practices every Thurs. at 7:30 pm. Topley Victory Church services: 10:30 a.m.


Houston Community Services is open Mon. thru Fri. Granisle and District Seniors meetings are the 2nd from 9am to 4pm We have clothing to give away. and 4th Thurs. of each month at 1pm in the Seniors Baby clothing; women’s and mens as well as children Centre. of all ages. Come and check it out! Granisle Volunteer Fire Department meetings & fire practices every Tues., 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall. The Houston Legion Branch 249: Meeting: 2nd Mon. of the month is Executive, 4th Mon. is General Meeting Granisle Church of the Way services are Sun., 11 (we have not been able to get a quorum in months, a.m. Bible study is Thurs. at 7 p.m. members please attend)

• Completely renovated 2 bedroom home on just over an acre in Topley. • New countertops, flooring, windows, paint. • Bathroom completely renovated. • Full basement with large rec room and laundry as well as a cold room.




• Spacious family home on a beautifully treed double lot. • 3 bedrooms up, 2 down. • 2 ½ bathrooms. • Huge deck off eating area. • Laundry on main floor. • Great for a home based business with an attached office/ workshop.



LITTLE BIT OF PARADISE! • Charming 2 storey log home on over 5 acres 15 min. from town. • Many renoslaminate floors, new woodstove, metal roof, 2 baths redone. • Spacious open floor plan. Master w/ ensuite and walk in closet & patio doors to small deck. • Fenced and cross fenced, small barn, greenhouse.




• Spacious, well kept, tastefully decorated family home with a spectacular view of the mountains and no neighbours behind. • 9 foot ceilings, skylights, tonnes of windows and sunken living room with a gas fireplace. • Oak cabinets in kitchen, garden door off dining room to a 12x 14 deck and 10 x22 patio. • Master bdrm with huge walk in closet and en-suite. • Family room, bdrm, 3rd bath and a den in basement.



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Houston Secondary School – X-Block drop in music program: Request of $700.00 which will be utilized towards the purchase of a second electric guitar and amp enabling more students to familiarize themselves with this instrument of a more frequent basis. This purchase will be facilitated with other funding opportunities; HSS PAC request, community donations and in school fundraisers.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Top Left: Betty Siebenga and Robyn Roper do some hook rugging out in the sun. Right: Fynn Stasuik enjoys a hot dog while taking a break from biking. Left: Pollyanna Anderson barbeques a hot dog for Trent Holmberg, fund raising for Houston Seconday School Europe trip.

Harvest Festival Left: Lukis Leiterman shows off one the guinea pigs from the petting zoo that was part of the festival. Bottom Left: RCMP Sergeant Stephen Rose and his daughter peak over the cage at the petting zoo rabbits and guinea pigs. Right: Danika Olson takes a pony ride around the Jamie Baxter Park, led by volunteer Serena Groth.

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2801 Olsson Road

Great Buy! 1998 custom built 4 bed home in Ruiter Heights. 3 full baths, chef’s kitchen w/ gas range, huge wrap-around deck, bright living room with awesome view of mountains, MB features huge walk-in closet and ensuite w/ jetted bathtub, shower, and heated tile floors! Huge rec room, fenced yard, double garage. Call to view today! MLS# N217643



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October 20th Come out & support the Luckies! Houston Luckies tryouts were held at the Arena last Saturday and Sunday. Watch next weeks paper for a full report on the Luckies roster and details about the game schedule.

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20. Jagger’s band 23. Pulls 24. No longer is 25. Waldorf and tossed 28. In constant agitation 33. Actor Ladd 34. Spanish diacritical mark 35. No (Scottish) 36. Fruit pastries 38. A male ferret 39. Strike with fear 41. Australian

flightless bird 42. ET says, “_____ home” 44. Minerals 45. Personal backgrounds 47. Purplish red 49. Major division of geological time 50. Chapeauxs 51. Guitarist in 20 across 57. Ivanhoe author Sir Walter

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32. Long necked birds 34. Norse god of thunder 37. Lively & energetic 40. Prom flowers 43. Degree of warmth 46. Boil over with anger 47. Chocolate trees 48. Israeli airport code 50. Official language of India

51. Japanese stringed instrument 52. Prevent from being seen 53. Churn up 54. Cape near Lisbon 55. Not light 56. Change direction abruptly 57. Immediate memory (abbr.) 58. AFL-___:labor organization

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