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The Similkameen

Volume 64 Issue 10

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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Danced right into the heart of Princeton Lisa Carleton

The sound of rolling thunder permeated the theatre at the Riverside Centre last Saturday as the De Dannan School of Irish Dancers introduced their talent to the audience. A full house enjoyed the evening of soft-shoe and hard-shoe dance, right down to the beauty and grace of dance that shared the story of bobbins, threads and weaving looms that weave Irish linens. As an added bonus attendees were treated to performances by Princeton’s own Scottish dance angels, the Princeton Highland Dancers. Four local dancers performed in between the De Danaan sets. History with De Dannan was discovered with the school’s art director. Leslie Wilson has ties to Princeton. Her grandparents, Unice and Gordon Cook were long time residents and her mother,

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Daylight Saving time

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Students in the Social Justice class at Princeton Secondary decorated the school and set up a peace sign to mark Anti-Bully Day Pink Shirt Day 2013. 70 percent of the student body wore pink on Wednesday. To view more photos of the community on Pink Shirt Day please visit

Shoppers Drug Mart robbery solved

begins Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 a.m. Turn your clocks ahead by 1 hour. (or before you go to sleep on Saturday.)

RemindeR: Time change is the perfect time to check and change the batteries in your smoke detectors as well!

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Lisa Carleton

Two Okanagan men have been arrested and charged with the robberies of Princeton Shoppers Drug Mart and Peoples Drug Mart in Golden, B.C. Shortly after noon on Jan. 30 two individuals armed with pocketknives robbed the Shoppers Drug Mart taking approximately $825 worth of prescription drugs. Expectant mother and pharmacist Julie Traballo, was threatened with a knife. On Feb. 16, the Peoples Drug Mart Pharmacy in Golden, B.C., experienced a similar robbery. Two men entered the store and went directly to the pharmacist counter, demanding narcotic type prescription drugs and threatened the pharmacist with a knife. The suspects left with a large amount of prescrip-


tion drugs. After both robberies the suspects fled on foot. Combined efforts of Princeton and Golden RCMP, the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP General Investigation Section along with support by local Forensic Ident units has resulted in the arrest of two Okanagan men. “As a result of some good basic information sharing and tenacious police work, investigators from two BC RCMP jurisdictions were able to link the two crimes in short order, quickly identifying the suspects and arrested the two accused before they had a chance to possibly reoffend and cause any further risk to public safety,” stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

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COMMUNITY CaleNdar Arts GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Tuesday of every month, 1 PM, Seniors Branch 30. Call Doreen @ 250-295-1577 ARTS COUNCIL: Meets the third Wednesday of the month. 4:30 p.m. @ the Riverside Centre. Enquiries contact Dell @ 250-295-3266 New Members Welcome! BUNCHGRASS QUILTERS Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at the Riverside Centre from 10 - 3 p.m.. Everyone Welcome! Contact Sharon 250295-4194 or Rosemary 250-295-6511 PRINCETON POTTERS GUILD, RIVERSIDE POTTERY STUDIO: Access to the potter’s wheel or hardwork, workshop opportunities, group projects. Call Sue for more info or to join. 250295-0527 PRINCETON TRADITIONAL MUSIC SOCIETY: The Princeton Traditional Music Society puts on the Traditional Music Festival each year in August, featuring traditional music from many places. The three-day festival is free and run entirely by volunteers. The 100+ musicians and dancers also offer their talents for free. If you would like to help out with the festival, please contact Jon or Rika @ 250-295-6010 Community: FREE MAN & FREE wOMAN: Declare Sovereigns Princeton Public Library. Date to be announced. Pre-register @ Nearly New on Vermilion Ave. ADULT & YOUTH BADMINTON: Grades 4 -12 Monday nights 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. @ P.S.S... Gym. INTERESTED IN CHRISTIAN MEDITATION? For people who want to learn to pray with great simplicity, for people who would be willing to get to know Jesus who loves each of us immensely, for people who are at a dead end, for people who want to get to know themselves, for people who want to make a new beginning! We can go to God together and it’s free! Call me: Fr. Harry Clarke at 250295-3541. Let us get a group going to the advantage of all. PRINCETON LIBRARY: Tuesdays: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. & 6 p.m.. - 8 p.m. Wednesdays: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Fridays: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. PRINCETON MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES: New members are encouraged to join us for an exciting new year. wELCOME wAGON! Are you a new to Princeton? If so, we have information regarding local, civic, community services and facilities. We also have gifts for you from local merchants and businesses. Call 1-866856-8442 HOSPITAL AUXILIARY: Meets second Monday of every month, 1:00 p.m. Hospital Board Room. For info., Call Doreen @ 250-295-1577 PRINCETON AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY SKILLS CENTRE SOCIETY: Meetings are held quarterly on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. HEDLEY LIBRARY HOURS: A reminder that the Library is open every Thurs. from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at the OAPO Hall on Scott Ave. HEDLEY OAPO: 3rd Monday of every month regular general meetings - Everyone welcome to come. SENIORS BRANCH #30 POT LUCK SUPPER: Last Friday of every month, 5:30 p.m. Seniors Centre. Members can invite a guest. MEMBERS ONLY POOL TOURNAMENT: Last Tuesday of every month at the Senior’s Centre. 10:00 am wHIST & CRIB: (Seniors Branch #30) First Saturday of each month at 1 PM. Coffee & refreshments included. Everyone welcome. VERMILION FORKS PRINCETON O.A.P.O. BRANCH #185: Regular meetings second Friday of every month at 2 p.m.. Pot luck supper every third Friday at 5:00 p.m. SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING SESSIONS: Meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Call Arnie Powell at 250-295-6759 for more information. LITTLE FOLKS NURSERY SCHOOL: Meetings are every third Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at LFNS. 250-295-3083 ELKS AND ROYAL PURPLE

COUNTRY STORE: Friday’s 11 - 6 and Saturday’s 10 - 3. Table rentals available. For info. Contact Doris Driver at 250-295-3518. Lunch available. PRINCETON LEGION BRANCH #56: Reminds all veterans that the D.V.A. Now makes home visits. For more info. Phone 250-295-6060 JA SCHOOL & COMMUNITY GARDEN: New members invited to volunteer as “garden angels”attend committee meetings and garden their own plots. Phone Sandra 250-295-3779, Sharon 250-295-4080 or JAE School 250295-6727

General meeting held on the third Sunday of each month at 1:00 PM. PRINCETON LADIES AUXILIARY LEGION BRANCH 56: Meet 2nd Tuesday of the month @ Legion Hall at 7:00 p.m. SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY ATV CLUB: meet 3rd Saturday of each month at 3:00 p.m. (March - August) in the Chamber Boardroom. Contact: 250-292-8348 HEDLEY MUSEUM: General Meeting, meets the 2nd Monday of each month. 6 p.m. @ The Hedley Museum

HIGHER GROUND - 12 STEP MINISTRIES: An outreach of Living Water Foursquare Church 7-9 p.m. . Please contact Living Water Foursquare Church or further details at 250-295-7733

THE PRINCETON RIFLE AND REVOLVER CLUB: INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE Juniors & Seniors meet at 7p.m. every Wednesday at the Family Centre (behind the legion). Phone 250-295-6150.

CINDY PAROLIN SAFE HOMES PROGRAM: Princeton and area, crisis intervention, emotional support, information, legal strategies and safe shelter in cases of abuse against women in relationships. Call the 24 hour women’s crisis line at 250-295-8211 for confidential services.

VERMILION FORKS FIELD NATURALISTS: Group meets second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. at the Riverside Centre. Public welcome.

BACKDOOR COFFEE HOUSE: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Friday every month 7:00 p.m. Entertainment for every age. 4th Friday Karaoke & Jam (bring your disc) Plus Jam & Practice night, every Wednesday Night 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. Come & join in the music, or just come to enjoy the music. 38 Kenley @ The Backdoor. Great Music - Great Company. MONDAY NIGHT BRIDGE: @ Riverside Centre 7 - 9:30. Knowledge of bridge necessary. Call Gail @ 250295-0171 Health PRINCETON COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CHAC): Meets third Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at Town Hall. PRINCETON HEALTH ACTION COMMITTEE: Regular public meetings first Wednesday of every month at 7 PM at the BPO Elks Lodge. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR wOMEN: If interested in attending, please call: Barb 250-295-4050 or Del 250-295-3266 TOPS: (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meets at Riverside Wellness Centre every Thursday. Weigh-in-Time 8:30 AM Meeting 9:00–10:00 AM. For more information please contact Lynda 250295-3658 or Myrna 250-295-7272 Visit COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: Group helps bereaved parents. Will meet as needed. Call Shirley Haker at 250295-3607. CRISIS LINE: You can call us 24 hours a day, everyday, and your call is confidential and anonymous. The crisis line is 250-493-6622. Or call collect from locations within the South Okanagan Similkameen: (250)493-6622. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Meet Friday In Tulameen at 7:30 p.m. at Library call 250-295-7005 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Tuesdays @ 7:30 p.m. Arbor House. Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m. Baptist Church. Old Hedley road. Contacts: Fred 250295-7272 or Marena 250-295-7663 NEw LADIES AL-ANON MEETING: Are you concerned about someone’s drinking? Mondays; noon - 1 p.m. @ Riverside Wellness Centre. Contact Central Referral @1-604-688-1716 NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: Meet’s every Wednesday & Sunday at the Info Centre in Chamber Basement 7:30 P.M. Phone 1-877-234-5809 Club Notes: FREEMASONRY: FOR MEN OF GOOD CHARACTER: Freemasonry has been active in B.C. for over 130 years. It is a fraternity open to men of all races and religions. If you are of good character and want more information, please contact: The Secretary Similkameen Lodge #95 A.F.. & A.M. C/O Box 174 Princeton, BC V0X 1w0 PRINCETON LIONS CLUB: Regular dinner meetings the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month @ The Chamber of Commerce at 6:30 p.m. ROYAL PURPLE: Meetings first and third Tuesdays 7:30 PM, Princeton. ELKS: Meetings every second and fourth Sunday, 2 PM. ELKS AND ROYAL PURPLE: Joint meeting and pot luck supper every third Saturday at 5:30 PM. PRINCETON PERFORMING ARTS: Meet first Tuesday of each month @ 7 p.m. in Riverside Theatre. Contact Derek @ 250-295-3037 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION:

OTTER VALLEY FISH & GAME: Meeting’s 3rd Thursday of each month at noon in the Club House. VERMILION TRAILS SOCIETY: Meets at the Chamber Basement every 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. For more info: Contact ken_faye@telus. net New Members welcome!


Callout Search and Rescue Watch your local team in action! Lisa Carleton

Callout Search and Rescue Season III, episode five will interest locals who are familiar with Princeton Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) team members. Callout is a Canadian program that showcases rescue activities performed by BC search and rescue teams, featuring true action filmed live by the teams during actual missions. The episode entitled “Lost in Transportation,” is based on the search for an elderly woman who disappeared during a trip to Penticton by bus. Her bag arrived at the station, but she did not. 50 members of the South Okanagan Search and Rescue (SOSAR) which includes Princeton GSAR, Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos and Penticton participated in the search. Callout Search and Rescue episode five featuring Princeton GSAR and other SOSAR team members airs Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7 p.m., and again at 11 p.m., on the Knowledge Network.

PXA MEETING: Held on the third Tuesday of each month. 7 p.m. at the fair grounds. New Members welcome! PRINCETON FISH & GAME: General meetings 2nd Monday of the month. 7:00 p.m. Wellness Centre. For memberships contact Joy Klassen @ 250-295-3134 PRINCETON RACING DAYS ASSOCIATION: Meets at the fair grounds. Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. New Members welcome! PRINCETON & DISTRICT FALL FAIR ASSOCIATION: Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Princeton Library Conference Room. 6:30 p.m. New Members welcome!

Thank you Layna Lawes

Lisa Carleton/Spotlight Princeton Ground Search and Rescue and Keremeos Search and Rescue team members volunteered their time on Feb. 11 to assist China Ridge Trails with the first B.C. Family Day.

Thank you, from the Lawes family

The Lawes family would like to extend a big thank you to all the residents who washed their vehicles on Tuesdays during the month of February. A special thank you as well goes to all who made a donation. The family was able to raise $1626 this year. This was the Bridge Street Car Wash’s fifth year doing the fundraiser and by far has been the best year yet. It may not seem like

a big deal when you rinse your car for $2, but it adds up—every little bit helps. When Tanya washes peoples cars for a donation, they are very generous. Most donate $10 to $20 dollars, but she has received donations of $100 and even $500. In the five years the family has done the fundraiser, they have raised over $4900. That is something the people of Princeton can be very proud of.

PRINCETON ROTARY CLUB: Meets every Tuesday @ 12 p.m. Heartland Restaurant (dining room). For more info. Call Judy @ 250-295-0217. New members welcome!

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COPPERHILL LANES: YBC Bowling Saturday 10 AM. Club 55. Men’s, Ladies and Mixed bowling leagues. Call 250-295-6500 for more information.

Get the training and support you need to find and keep a job in B.C. Job search resources • Personal employment planning • Workshops and training • Specialized services

SPECIAL “O” BOARD; Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month. Contact 250-295-7218 for meeting place & time. FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: For more information, please contact Jennifer @ 250-295-7438 LAPADARY PRINCETON’S ROCK & FOSSIL CLUB: Meetings held third Tuesday of the month. 7:00 p.m. Riverside Centre. Call Franz Hofer @ 250-295-3896 for more info. New members welcome! PRINCETON COMMUNITY BAND: Meets Mondays and Thursdays 6 p.m. in the PSS Band Room. New musicians welcome! YOUTH & ADULT CHOIR: If you would like to join, come to the Baptist Church at practice times. Youth Christmas Musical, Monday’s 3:45 - 4:15. Adults Christmas Musical, Once upon a Holy Night. Sunday’s 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Youth GIRL GUIDES OF CANADA: Contact: Carol Mack 250-295-7085 PRINCETON MINOR HOCKEY: Lori Gullison 250-295-3977 SIMILKAMEEN (JKA) SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB: 250-295-3909 or 250-295-7374 PRINCETON POSSE JR. HOCKEY CLUB: 250-295-6544

YMCA – YWCA of the Central Okanagan 206 Vermillion Avenue, Princeton, B.C. 250.770.5627 1.855.770.5627

PRINCETON FIGURE SKATING CLUB: Lynette Boyd: 250-295-7113 KOKANEE SUMMER SwIM CLUB: Lindsay: 250-295-0759 PRINCETON FAMILY SERVICES SOCIETY : FAMILY PLACE 120 Kenley Ave. open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00- 2:00. (pre-natal) 11:00 -12:00 Mom’s help prepare and enjoy lunch together.

Locations across B.C. Vancouver Island 250.387.6121 TDD: 1.800.661.8773 Vancouver 604.660.2421 TDD: 604.775.0303 Elsewhere in B.C. 1.800.663.7867 TDD: 1.800.661.8773

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SOS - it’s time to make the change Lisa Carleton

Ten months of tracking the deterioration and cuts of services to rural hospitals in British Columbia has been a large part of the daily process of working towards a solution for the Emergency Room crisis at Princeton General Hospital. Save our Similkameen (SOS) is one of the groups that have been dedicated to solving this crisis. The wall in the Community Hospital Forum on Vermilion Ave., houses the map of the 148 B.C., communities that have been suffering the loss of their medical care services. SOS believes it is time for a change. A change to the policy that has these 148 rural communities in the state they are. Centralization of healthcare services to larger centres is not successful in rural communities or any part of B.C. For instance, in the local region, many patients are having to travel all the way to Kelowna Hospital for care because the regional hospital in Penticton is often overcrowded. Princeton is a resource based community with many high risk jobs. These resources contribute more than 4 million dollars per year to the province of B.C. Workers along with community members deserve 24/7 protection. “It’s an election year - just putting that out there,” said SOS president, Solana Allison, “If we are going to see any differences, we need a change in policy.” SOS is concerned that a Primary Care facility will not meet the needs of Princeton. Outside of the high risk work, Princeton is a community with many seniors. As the populace ages, the requirements for health care increase. People with children have the worry of no assurance to access should there be a medical emergency.


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Solana Allison, president of Save Our Similkameen, speaks with the Health Ministers office, during her efforts to affect change.

Emergency Room services are vital to the Princeton hospital. Limited access to medical care has an effect on the local population. It limits who lives here, who moves here and who works here. With an election on the horizon, SOS encourages residents to speak to their party—to all parties. Ask those running the following questions and determine for yourself who will do the best job for rural B.C., for you and your healthcare. Q. Do I have the right to decide where I live, or do you have the right to tell me where I can live? Q. As a person living in rural B.C., am I not entitled to equal access in healthcare, like those living in the larger centres? The policies for healthcare need to reflect the necessity and equality of medical services for all British Columbians—it’s time to make the change happen.

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BC Conservatives nominate candidates in Fraser-Nicola and Richmond East LANGLEY, BC, FEB. 25, 2013 -The BC Conservatives have nominated two more candidates Michael Beauclair in Fraser-Nicola, and Nathaniel Lim in Richmond East - to represent the party in the May 14 general election. Lim was acclaimed at a nomination meeting in Richmond on Sunday, while Beauclair was appointed as the party’s candidate late last week. “Michael and Nathaniel are excellent candidates for our BC Conservatives,” said party leader, John Cummins. “Both are passionate about our province and its residents, and both have extensive records of service on behalf of their fellow British Columbians.” Michael Beauclair, FraserNicola - a log-scaler by profession, Michael was born and raised in Oliver, where he attended Southern Okanagan Senior Secondary School. He subsequently studied logscaling at BCIT, and has been employed in the forest industry for the past 15 years. Currently working with Tolko Industries, Michael also owns his own company, Nikaia

Police had been investigating the break and enter of a local residence which and occurred earlier that same week, in which several firearms had been stolen. A total of 16 long guns were recovered in the raid.

Creek Contracting. Michael and his wife, Nicole, have two teenaged daughters. Nathaniel Lim, Richmond East - born in the Philippines, Nathaniel emigrated to Canada when he was 12. After completing his studies at BCIT he worked as an aircraft electronics technician, but Nathaniel later opted for a career change and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Nathaniel subsequently moved to China, where he worked for two years at the Western Academy of Beijing. He’s been employed since 2009 as a family and youth counselor with Family Services of Greater Vancouver. A volunteer with Big Brothers of Canada, the Richmond Lions Manor Senior Home and the Richmond Family and Youth Court Advisory Services, in 2012 Nathaniel was recognized for his community service by the City of Richmond with the Asset Champion U-Roc Award. Nathaniel is engaged to be married to Julia, his fiancee.

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RCMP recover cache of stolen firearms The Princeton RCMP executed a search warrant at a local residence on Feb. 20, 2013, where they recovered several stolen firearms. The guns had been stolen during previous break and enter that had occurred in the Princeton area just days earlier. Early in the morning of Wednesday Feb. 20th, 2013 members of the Princeton RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of 8th Avenue in Princeton, BC. Investigators were supported by the SED ERT, a police Service Dog team and Forensic Ident in executing the search warrant at the residence of a known violent and prolific offender who was suspected of being in possession of firearms. Two men and a woman were arrested as a result of the investigation and held in custody to await charge approval for possession of stolen

property and other firearm related offences. Police had been investigating the break and enter of a local residence which and occurred earlier that same week, in which several firearms had been stolen. A total of 16 long guns were recovered in the raid. “We were very relieved to have been able to recover these stolen firearms with the added satisfaction of solving a local break and enter so quickly.” Stated Cpl Kevin McCracken, Princeton RCMP Acting Detachment Commander. “Roofing Systems Specialists” Since 1976 SHEET METAL TAR & GRAVEL METAL ROOFING METAL CLADDING METAL TILE ONE and TWO PLY SYSTEMS


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Just outside of Golden, on Feb. 22, RCMP arrested the pair in a mobile home park, finding evidence relating to both the Princeton and Golden robberies. On Feb 27, 2013 the two appeared in court in Invermere, B.C. Lucas Holman and Travis Hutzul, both of Penticton, B.C., were charged with two counts of robbery. Holman was remanded into custody until March 12 and Hutzul pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and received a sentence of one year in custody per count.

Improving healthcare model On Thursday, Feb. 28 healthcare practitioners and community representatives met with Interior Health (IHA) to discuss the implementation of an improved and sustainable model of healthcare for Princeton and District. This consultation is an IHA initiative with active participation by members of the community and all healthcare practitioners, including Dr. Sandhu who will be joining our community in August. It is a direct result of cooperative work between the Town, RDOS, the Province, IHA, and our community over the past several months. The working group recognizes that 24/7 ER is our primary community concern and accepts this as a necessity within the model. However, it also recognizes that to be successful and sustainable, the model requires a broader approach, acknowledging the unique needs of our community. This model will enhance our ongoing physician recruitment and retention efforts, provide support for local access to specialists (which will also address

accessibility and transportation concerns), and integrated care for seniors. Our objective with this model is to present a complete package that deals with the full range of our community’s healthcare requirements. The consultation will be facilitated by Valerie Tregillus who brings expertise in developing innovative health-care models, as the Executive Director for Primary Health Care for the BC Ministry of Health for nearly a decade from 2003-2011 and the current lead for the Inter-Divisional Strategic Council, working with the Divisions of Family Practice and Interior Health to expand partnerships between patients, physicians and the community. The Town and RDOS are very optimistic about this initiative and are confident that this is not just “window dressing.” This process is moving forward with specific goals and timelines. We look forward to sharing information with the community as this important work continues. A5

SpotlightNEWS L-R: Nancy Allison, Councilor, Upper Similkameen Indian Band; Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief, Okanagan Nation Alliance; Clarence Louie, Chief, Osoyoos Indian Band; Charlotte Stringham, Coordinator, Osoyoos Indian Band/ Penticton Indian Band. Photo courtesy Peter Wood, CPAWS-BC

Governments urged to move forward to next stage of park establishment in South Okanagan-Lower Similkameen Osoyoos British Columbia: The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) has released a new report, deeming the National Park South Okanagan Lower Similkameen as feasible to move ahead to the next phase of negotiations. “It has taken eight years to ensure that the Okanagan Nation is in a position to be able to weigh in on what’s important to the Syilx people and how the future of the land and people should be protected. There is now sufficient confidence to carry forward to the next phase of discussion of a potential park,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. “The report, ‘Building a Syilx Vision for Protection’, was developed by the Syilx Parks Working Group, and came from our people upholding their responsibility to protect the land from encroachment by people who have a different view of utilizing the land and resources. Parks Canada has been more receptive to how the Park will be operated. There is now a growing relationship, and greater trust and respect,” stated Chief

Edward of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. There still remain matters to be addressed through discussions. For example, the current Park plan is insufficient in size to promote the Syilx vision for protection of Syilx cultural and ecological integrity in the South Okanagan. Another outstanding issue is the role of British Columbia. “The Okanagan Chiefs look forward to discussing with the Province of BC the findings of this report. One key interest in this area is protection of certain rights and values and a National Park reserve is one mechanism worth exploring through further negotiations” said the Grand Chief Phillip. The next phase will provide additional information and seek clarity on how issues, such as Syilx inherent rights (harvesting, hunting), collaborative decision-making, and the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge in park management and decision-making will be included in potential park management and decision-making models.


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Journalists should know better Black Press Guest Editorial

The latest scandal to rock the Upper House Canada’s Senate - over several senators improperly collecting a housing allowance - strikes close to the bone as two of the highest profile “porkers” are former journalists. It strikes us as odd that journalists should be appointed senators in the first place. As members of the fifth estate, it is their duty to scrutinize and report on the types of pork barrelling we are hearing that these senators are taking part of. They spend their careers seeking out this type of story, and to their credit; these are the types of things Canadians need to be aware of, especially when one ponders the questionable value of the upper house. Journalists, as a profession, should never be appointed to such a position of privilege; at the very least, any self respecting journalist should never accept a senate appointment. How does it look when a sitting government and appoints a journalist to the senate? It also doesn’t look good when former journalists, who were once held in high esteem by the public for their journalistic professionalism, are in turn exposed for having no better  morals than the politicians they reported on during their journalistic careers. It must be human self interest, however, that eventually seems to taint everyone exposed to the excesses of government, for it seems like no one is immune to the prospect of easy money paid out at the expense of the taxpayer, when the opportunity arises. If the allegations against these two former journalists turn out to be true, Canadians are presented with yet another reason for the urgency for senate reform, and for the justice system to condemn this behaviour to the letter of the law. For its one thing when a career politician pork barrels; it’s quite another when a professional who spends their career watching and reporting this disgraceful, selfish behaviour turns around and emulates it at the first privileged opportunity.

Joe Oliver on oil, gas and coal sions on a sectoral basis, and the next area of focus Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will be regulations in the oil and gas sector. attended last week’s international conference in Vancouver on liquefied natural gas development. I TF: You’re comfortable with the idea that exporting LNG that replaces coal is an appropriate step spoke with him about Canada’s energy exports and at this time, one that’s doable as opposed to these emissions. Here are excerpts from that discussion: Kyoto-type gestures? TF: President Barack Obama’s recent state of JO: It is doable. And on a global basis, this union address seemed to hint at approval for the would be a very significant development. If China, Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to U.S. refineries, with perhaps some measure to go along with it for example, could significantly move from coal to Tom Fletcher like a carbon cap and trade market. Your governgas, that would have a huge impact. ment has backed North American cap and trade Canada’s small. We’re about two per cent of before. Would you do it again? global emissions. We have to do our part, that’s the JO: No, we’re not thinking about that at all. The responsible thing to do, but it’s the big emitters that U.S. Congress is opposed to that concept from what are going to make the difference to global emissions. I understand. TF: International Energy Agency talks about self-sufficiency TF: Your party ran ads targeting NDP leader Thomas in the U.S., oil and gas, by 2035. What does that mean for the Mulcair and equating cap and trade with a carbon tax. They’re Canadian economy? not the same, are they? JO: Firstly, I don’t think they’re going to be self-sufficient in JO: The end result is that taxes increase because of how we oil. North America will be self-sufficient in gas and oil. handle carbon. It hasn’t been successful in Europe at all. Anyway, What it means is, for gas we’re going to have to find new marit’s not part of our thinking. We are making significant progress kets, and for oil we’re going to have to find markets to sustain the on greenhouse gas emissions. Our recent regulations regarding growth in supply. The United States will still be a big buyer of Canadian oil. heavy-duty vehicles, the previous rules regarding cars and light We’re shipping about two and a half million barrels a day, of trucks, which are identical to the U.S., are going to be helpful. And also the rules relating to coal-fired electricity. It’s our which a million comes from the oil sands. Right now we’re losing about $50 million a day because of objective to see all those coal plants closed, and in that regard the crude oil bottleneck in the U.S. midwest, compared to interwe’re certainly ahead of the U.S. Coal is contributing 40 times the greenhouse gas emissions national prices. We absolutely must find new markets, which is of the oil sands. And actually the oil sands are less than half the why our government in principle is supporting the transport of oil and gas to the west, to the east, continuing to the south and emissions from coal-fired electricity in the state of Illinois. We’re moving with the U.S. on the over-arching objective of possibly even the north. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 to 2020, but we’re also doing other things that the U.S. hasn’t yet Press decided to do. We’ve been approaching the reduction of emis-

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Dear Editor, This past summer a member of the Tulahead summer staff was joining his friends at Bromley Rock.  The river was high and moving fast, and Logan was unsure of wanting to swim across the river to join everyone else.  He knew he was not a strong swimmer and so another staff member said that he would swim across with him.  Logan agreed and half way across he got pulled into an undercurrent and swept away from the other boy swimming.  3 or so minutes later, thanks to a lady across the way who noticed Logan had been pulled under and started yelling, two of the Tulahead staff members who were there were able to locate him and bring him to shore to start CPR with a couple of others.  They did CPR for 45 minutes until the ambulance arrived.  The paramedics detected a very faint heartbeat and transported him to Princeton Hospital.  He was then sent to Kelowna and spent a few weeks in intensive care.   His parents were told by doctors that things were not looking good, and later Logan’s dad shared with us that he thought that he could very likely be driving to the hospital to see his son in the morgue.   But God is good, and thanks to the many ways that He assisted with this terrible accident, too many to list in a short letter, Logan is alive and well today continuing to pursue his university degree. I wanted to write this letter because the two boys who did CPR were honoured yesterday with Silver medals of bravery for the role they played in saving Logan’s life.  There is a you-

tube video posted from this night that ends with a picture of the two boys and Logan at the ceremony: embedded&v=eL6STSB2u_s#! In past months I have heard so many crazy renditions of this terrible story.  I want to clear a few up.  Logan is alive and well with FULL mental and physical capabilities.   Doctors, nurses, paramedics... there have been many who cannot believe this to be true considering what they saw on the day of the accident - but it is not only true, it is truly a miracle.  I have also heard that he was jumping at Bromley and hit his head or his back (depending on who I spoke with) and that is why he went under.  PLEASE be aware that all he was doing was swimming and the undercurrent pulled him under.  I feel as though, for parents and visitors to our community, there should be a sign up at Bromley that warns of strong undercurrents when the river is high.   Logan was just a young adult joining his friends on a sunny afternoon at Bromley. We are all thankful for the way that God clearly had his eye on the situation and rescued Logan. One nurse is quoted as saying, “there is no way he’s still alive. There is just no way he would come back from that.�  Needless to say, Logan and his family are so thankful to God for the actual outcome, and not the nurse’s predicted one. Karla Friesen

Peace love and gratitude To the people of Princeton: We want to thank you for your overwhelming support in the loss of our dear Gary ?Chas? Corsi at his Celebration of Life in Princeton. Although we came with heavy hearts, we left with peace, love and gratitude and it is mainly due to your expressions of caring and friendship. It is in times of need such as this, when people show their true spirit. Thank you for taking the time to visit, reminisce and tell your stories. Â To those who were too shy to speak in public, we heard your silent support too. Gary was an amazing, multi-talented man who never forgot where he came from and how special Princeton is. From cards to collections, he was faultless in his attention to detail. He also spent many years as a child, teen-ager and a young married father enjoying the special outdoors that Princeton has to offer. He was fiercely passionate

about his fastball, family, hunting and fishing. Not sure which was first in his heart when ball season was on. He coached many avid, young ballplayers in Princeton, especially those who wanted to become pitchers. You condolences and stories have deeply touched our hearts. The day truly was a day of celebration of the life and connections that Gary made.  We will remember him for those times. Thank you to the members of the Senior Citizens for your kind service.   We appreciate your time and effort in preparing and serving the refreshments.   And so, Gary has returned to his roots and we are appreciative of the time we had with him, although it was all too short.  For many of us, Princeton will always be home. Thank you. Thank you. The Corsi Family

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Fix what is still fixable, before it is too late

Dear Ms. Clark, if you are transparent and an honest person, you would come clean on the record of mismanagement of the shape we are in—in B.C. Since the Liberals took the reins, I ask how many schools have closed their doors? How many hospital beds, and emergency rooms have disappeared? Ever since I have lived in Princeton, which is at the end of the most horrible un-looked after piece of highway in B.C., the powers that be have chosen to close 24/7 ER services and thereby forcing us to use the 911 system for our accident victims while the closest centralized hospital is in Penticton. As it is some of our babies are born on the side of the Highway. While you sit on your “throne� in Victoria, some of our accident victims are dying on the way to either Penticton or Chilliwack for lack of services. In my mind you can stop telling me what a wonderful job your government is providing for our economy, and how many jobs you created for us when over 4600 forestry workers are off work and your “Chinese Mining Concerns� are ahead of qualified “B.C. Miners� to get hired. Well, Ms. Clark your effort to train 1,000,000 skilled workers in a few years, sounds like another promise bound to fail

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with some kind of screw up. The health care is a good example of how not to fix anything without a solid plan, as the haphazard efforts have proven without a doubt. The liberals have proven themselves to be very inefficient and scandal prone from the very start. Ms. Clark, if I may suggest, instead of taking advice from the “business community� you should listen to the “people of B.C.,� after all they are the ones who voted all the politicians into office. Last but not least, “The Canada does not start here, but British Columbia could be Super Natural again�. So, speak to yourself, and shake the cobwebs from your head, fix what is still fixable before it is too late. Yukon Eric Holopainen Princeton, BC

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A8 Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Similkameen Spotlight

KINDERGARTEN 2013 STUDENT REGISTRATION The Board of Education of School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) Full day kindergarten is offered in British Columbia for all kindergarten-aged children. To assist with the planning and organization of the kindergarten program in School District No. 58, it is important that parents register their child early.

John Allison Elementary School 250-295-6727 Registration Schedule

Monday to Friday March 4 - March 15, 2013 Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. For September, 2013 • To register, a child must be 5 years of age on, or before, December 31, 2013. • Parents/Guardians should bring child’s Birth Certificate, Immunization Record and Care Card when registering. • Parents interested in a Kindergarten distance education program for their child, can contact the South Central Interior Distance Education School at 250-378-4245 or 1-800-663-3536.

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Caring for seniors in the community Lisa Carleton

A presentation on seniors care was held at the Riverside Community Centre on Feb. 25. A small but appreciative audience of residents and local Area H Director, Brad Hope attended the evening hosted by members of the Save Our Hospital Coalition. Lynn Pelly, executive director of Princeton Community Services spoke of the many services that are available to residents such as; short term, continuing care, palliative care, assisted living, Meals on Wheels program and adult day center, to just name a few. Pelly explained that a small number of the clients contributed financially to their care, but the majority received free services. — That is services provided as a result of government funding. “We want to do more for our clients,” answered Pelly when questions about the services not offered, such as housekeeping and transportation were asked. Cutbacks in government funding has limited the extent of some services that Community Services has to offer. Gloria Levi, seniors advocate and coordinator of Integrated Care Advocacy was impressed and commended Pelly on the services that were available, saying, “If there is a need, you will find a way.” Levi went on to explain Integrated Care; a cheaper, more effect way to allow seniors to grow and live in their own home, by providing assistance with things like housekeeping, meals and providing transportation to appointments— offering seniors the comfort of dignity and a better quality of life. Integrated care will assist a smoother transition to residential care when and if it is deemed necessary. Levi stated that integrated care was not only what seniors wanted, but that it was, “The best

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Gloria Levi, seniors advocate and coordinator of Integrated Care Advocacy and Dr. Marianne Rev were impressed with services that are available in Princeton.

way to get a better bang for your health care buck.” Dr. Marianne Rev, retired physician with extensive geriatric care experience gave examples of seniors that live within a integrated care model. Rev also expressed her appreciation for the services available via Princeton Community Services—she too, was quite impressed. Rev shared her frustration with fragmented care and cutbacks “What exactly is considered medical?” she asked. “Humanity, psychologymedication?” Levi responded, “That is the impasse, people are not treated as human beings,” she said. Throughout the evening, residents were given the floor to ask questions or share experiences and/or concerns. For integrated care to work, a reallocation of funding must take place. If residents are interested in taking action, Levi suggests writing to the MLA, the Minister of Health, Critic for Seniors Affairs and to the various media. Send a letter to any or all. Inform them of your desire for more community based home care.

Funding cuts threaten literacy program For the second year in a row, the Ministry of Education has drastically reduced the amount of funding they are allocating to communities all across BC through the provincial literacy advocacy agent Decoda Literacy Solutions. Decoda’s job is to help communities provide literacy outreach programming to those whose literacy needs are not being met through other educational/ conventional sources. Princeton formed Princeton Leaders for Literacy in 2008. By 2009, the local task group was moving forth…identifying literacy gaps, speaking with local groups and individuals on needs and wants for literacy, reaching out to School District #58 who presently has three representatives on the Princeton Leaders for Literacy Board, initiating programs and developing a literacy plan specific to our area. This year the Ministry of Education decided to only release 1 million to Decoda. However, Decoda’s reserves are gone and 55 communities lost all their funding. The result: 55 communities will be winding down all their good work, closing programs and turning away those in need. The Liberal Legacy is short-lived, but in their literacy legacy wake lie job loss, literacy gaps, and no hand up for those in need. Some communities are closing the doors on their programs as we speak. Other communities, like Princeton, have a few months to find help or they too will face the same future. At present, Princeton Leaders for Literacy offers computer courses for seniors through the Princeton and District Skills Centre, a tutoring program for anyone with literacy needs whether their needs are for reading basics, English as a second language, high school math or other literacy issues, a book program through Riverside Centre, a childminding program for parents

returning to school, a computer tutoring program through Princeton’s Okanagan Regional Library and Princeton Secondary School, Welcome to the World literacy bags for new additions to the community and other forms of literacy aid such as Celebrity Reading Day at John Allison Elementary. If funding cannot be found by September, Princeton’s successful literacy programs will be on the chopping block too. “Princeton is already doing more than our fair share to help make these programs work,” stated Literacy Outreach Coordinator Dierra Maynard. Leaders for Literacy have been using space for tutoring sessions for free through the Skills Centre, the schools and Riverside Centre. Riverside is the location for the free book program. Beatrice Bibby has been working with other agencies to access books for new families. First Books Canada donated books to Princeton through a successful grant application, the Okanagan Regional Library and Princeton Secondary School are partnering to try and help the technology challenged. Cuts are being made to programs that change people’s lives for the better. The provincial government has been spending a lot of time talking about creating jobs in this province…cutting these programs is cutting jobs and not just for 55 Literacy Outreach Coordinators, but to tutors, program facilitators, and many other organizations. Rural communities are the hardest hit, as always seems to be the case. Rural B.C. matters— they vote, pay taxes and contribute 70 percent of the money that runs this province. Rural B.C. has needs too. It is time the provincial government starts treating them with the social consciousness they deserve and give 1.5 million back to Decoda…money that effects thousands of people in the province.

Similkameen Spotlight March 6, 2013




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Ladies wanting to attend the annual Diamond Dinner evening hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion began lining up for tickets at 6:30 a.m., this year. Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m., Friday, March 1 and sold out in 35 minutes. The Diamond Dinner, a semi formal event for the ladies, takes place April 6.

Okanagan Regional Library elects board officers for another year At the February 20 meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board: The Board held elections for Board Officers for 2013 Chair – Carol Zanon, Councillor, West Kelowna Vice Chair – Jim Edgson, Director, Central Okanagan Regional District Finance Committee Chair – Catherine Lord, Councillor, Vernon Personnel Committee Chair – Marilyn Harkness, Councillor, Princeton Policy and Planning Committee Chair – Maria Besso, Councillor, Coldstream. Returning Chair Carol Zanon remarked “I look forward to an exciting and productive year ahead for the ORL and its board, as we welcome Stephanie Hall, our new CEO. In the past year we opened a new library in Vernon, enlarged and refurbished a library in West Kelowna and settled a major labor dispute. There will be new challenges in the year ahead as the library continues to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of our society.” The Board welcomed new Executive Director, Stephanie Hall to her first meeting of the Board. Hall joined the library on February 1st. New members joining the ORL Board are Karla Kozakevich, Director for Okanagan Similkameen Regional District, Larry Morgan, Director for Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Christopher Derickson, Councillor for Westbank First Nation, and Joseph Pierre, Councillor for Penticton Indian Band.



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Introducing... the Princeton Ambassador candidates of 2013 Carmen is a 16-year-old honour student at Princeton Secondary School. She was born and raised in Princeton where she lives with her three siblings and parents Stephen & Renata. Her favourite subjects are biology, chemistry and drafting because she likes to find out how things work. Carmen enjoys biking, driving, being outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. She has many hobbies including drafting, playing piano, photography and Highland dancing. Carmen has been a dancer for thirteen years and has completed in various locations throughout BC and USA. After graduation she would like to visit her family in Europe, and then attend post secondary school to learn more about Architecture and Building Engineering Technology. Carmen is very proud to be sponsored by the Princeton Rotary Club.

Carmen Brodie Destiny is a grade 11 honour student at PSS. She is the 4th generation to be born and raised in Princeton on her family’s ranch. Destiny enjoys photography, sports, horseback riding and travelling. She is proud to be part of the Sr. Girls Basketball team that just made the Provincial finals. Her photographs are featured in a local business and have been profiled on TV. She has represented Princeton in national and international Highland Dance competitions. Destiny has visited 10 countries on two continents which included a five month stay in France. After graduation she plans to continue exploring the world, study abroad and become a commercial airline pilot. Destiny is very proud to be sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, George Pearkes Branch No. 56.

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Zach is sponsored by Century 21. He was born September 15, 1996 in Edmonton, Alberta. He has moved many times and has lived in four of the mainland provinces including Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. Zach says he can be both shy and talkative and can be very funny or dull like a spoon. He is a good listener but is capable to provide good conversation. His interests vary from comedy to a serious drama, favouring most things. He enjoys psychology and philosophy, but likes casual reading and video games as well. His favourite sport is football and his favourite team is the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. In his future, Zach would like to go into psychology to help others but is also interested in the military or in becoming a RCMP officer.


Jeannine is a grade 11 student at Princeton Secondary School who is sponsored by the Princeton Lion’s Club. She says she is normal, boringly so. She enjoys being around children and animals but unfortunately lost her canine companion of many years last September. She has a fondness for the arts – ceramics, theatre, painting and writing. Her other passion is ancient mythology of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Jeanine’s favourite hobby is writing about heroines who calmly and coolly save the day. Jeannine has yet to decide what she wants to study in post secondary school but knows she wants to travel around the world. She lives with her family in Princeton where they’ve been for years.


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Morgan is proud to be sponsored by her employer, Billy’s Restaurant. She enjoys spending time at her Grandma’s house in Chetwyn and taking picture of the country. Photography is Morgan’s main hobby and her photos are mostly sunset and nature landscapes. She loves her friends and couldn’t live without them. She has even participated in a textiles fashion show with her friends for the Slave Fire in 2011. Unfortunately, Morgan has never been outside Canada, but some day she plans to travel around the world. She is an animal lover who has 3 dogs and 4 cats. After Morgan finishes school she wants to become a Professional Photographer and hopes to one day start a business. She has been involved in soccer, volleyball and jazz dance. She loves ceramics, but her favourite subject is English. She hopes the Ambassador program will help her with her shyness and people skills.

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Karen was raised here. Wilson danced and taught with the Violet Moore School of Irish Dancing for more than twenty years. She then went on to create her own school, Scoil Rince De Danaan, school of Irish Dance where she teacher her students not only dance, but Irish history and basic language as well. Four Danaan dancers are off to compete in the World competition in Boston. Best of luck to Freddie (has placed second in the Worlds), Alex, Hannah and Nicole. To find out more visit:

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We would like to thank all the great people that helped us move. HOURS OF OPERATION: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday

bring in this coupon to receive $4.00 off Large Summit bags Looking for photos of events? Check out our albums!

Vermilion Trail Society (VTS) members and friends of the society have had a busy and successful year. The society and friends enjoyed participating in special events that took place along the 113 km (Brookmere to Osprey Lake) of trail stewarded by VTS. 2012 brought forward a trip from Princeton to Coalmont via the trail by Okanagan Women on Wheels, who thought the “trail was spectacular.” The Steve King Classic took place last year with volunteers manning two of the stations along the way. Skiers also enjoyed part of the trail on the first B.C. Family Day weekend. As well as participating in special events during 2012, VTS members and friends worked together to enhance, maintain and upgrade the trail, in the areas possible to do so. VTS were fortunate to have permission to grade 26 kilometers of trail during last year—their goal is to bring all 113 kilometers of trail in the district up to world class condition as quickly as government approval can be acquired. Repair work was done to various tressel’s and culverts, a new bridge installed at Hayes Creek and clearing and seeding of various areas. VTS undertook a few restoration projects throughout the year. The Caboose outside was restored and repainted and the VTS storage container was leveled, signed and painted. The gazebo and outhouse at Jura Station were restored and painted. The gazebo was built on the original foundation of the old water tower that used to stand at Jura Station when the KVR trains were running.

Courtesy of Vermilion Trail Society

The gazebo and outhouse at Jura Station were restored and painted in 2012.

The Parr Tunnel Gazebo situated alongside the Tulameen River was restored and painted as well. Future plans for the society include; continued maintenance and improvement of the trail, completion of caboose restoration (inside) in hopes to eventually open it as a trail information center. Vermilion Trail Society meets at the Chamber board room on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. The Annual General Meeting takes place March 12 at 7 p.m., with membership renewals taking place from 6:30 to 7. For more information on the trail and VTS please visit, or Send inquiries to:

There really is no place like home While here in Eastend, SK, I’ve been doing and an occasional rusted out truck or piece of some thinking about what consistently makes a farm equipment. Water may have not been sweet, the environcommunity a desirable place to live. Most folks would agree on key characteristics. ment may have been too harsh and most of all, if An environment that is attractive and has clean the railroad did not wind up coming by, those settlements were doomed to fail. People air and good water, has affordable were just played out and had not living, good schools, essential health been able to take the development care, and a healthy sports and cultural life. of their community any farther than As far as a pleasant environment mere survival. and good water and clean air go, that This brings me back to Princeton. seems to be a given when the first I feel a little like Dorothy returning people who settle in an area make from Oz. There really is no place like their decision to stay. But the other home! We’ve come a long way from qualities are ones that test the mettle mere survival! We have the natural MERRILYN HUYCKE of the inhabitants in an ongoing way. attributes and we have the folks with To keep those aspects of quality of the mettle to put in the long hours living requires ongoing cooperation needed to continue to develop our and much hard work and dedicatown’s good reputation for culture in tion. A sense of belonging brings British Columbia. volunteers to do extraordinary deeds and results We can continue to grow this cultural life in the whole community becoming vibrant and that is one of the consistent characteristics of a committed. healthy community. That base can be enough to In previous times when Saskatchewan was attract newcomers to work at their professions being settled, villages and towns were founded here, filling the needs we have for professionals approximately every eight to ten miles. The cri- looking for quality of life as well as a position. terion was the distance an oxcart or horse-drawn We can also partner with other groups involved in wagon could travel in one day. Well, mettle or not, sports, literacy, tourism etcetera and knit together now most of these villages consist of a few aban- everything that sets us apart and can make us doned houses, a boarded up school or hospital great.


Just go to and make a pledge for the Princeton Exhibition Association. If we receive the most pledges per capita by the time Earth Hour rolls around, we’ll win the FortisBC 2013 Earth Hour Challenge and the grand prize of a $4,000 energy efficiency upgrade. Plus, by pledging your support and committing to an additional energy saving action, you’ll be entered to win your own $2,000 energy saving upgrade.

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Thumbs Up/Down Thumbs up to the De Danaan School of Irish Dancers and to the Princeton Highland Dancers for presenting such incredible performances at the Riverside Centre on Saturday night. Thumbs up to the Princeton Arts Council for the excellent work they do in bringing the various artistic and cultural experiences to Princeton and area residents.

Name: Trinity Lewis & Makenna Gush Likes: being best friends Dislikes: When people bully others.


St. Peter’s R.C. Parish 43 Billiter Avenue Princeton

250-295-3541 MaSS

SAturdAy: 6:00 Pm SundAy: 10:30 a.m. may - Oct. 8:30 a.m. nov. - April

Princeton Pentecostal Church (The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)

165 Vermilion Avenue Beside the Museum, invites you to join with us in Sunday Worship 10:15 Children’s Sunday Safari 10:30 am Morning Worship Pastor Dave Janke 250-295-7951

St. Paul’s United Church Also serving the Anglican Community

Office: 250-295-7714

WorshiP - 10:30 am

If you have a thumbs up/down or want to be our Smile of the Week, give us a call at 250-295-3535 or drop by the Spotlight at 282 Bridge Street.

Communion: 3rd Sunday of the month

office hours

Tues and Thurs: 9:30 am - noon

190 - 1st Avenue Everyone Welcome

Baptist Church of Princeton

Across from Arena - Old Hedley Road Family Worship 10:00 am Prayer Meetings on Wednesday at 7:00 pm


Living Water

Foursquare Gospel Church Invites You to

38 Kenley Avenue 10:30 Morning Worship

Pastor George Donovan Tel: 250-295-7733 CELL:250-293-6447

Similkameen Spotlight March 6, 2013

Corned Beef and Cabbage Serves 6 to 8 Cook a whole brisket with both sections together with all its fat. (You can trim off the fat after the meat is cooked.) Whole brisket and second-cut corned beef brisket are hard to find, but your supermarket should have first-cut corned beef vacuum-packed in plastic. Choose the fattiest piece in the case and treat it gently. You can cook the cabbage and potatoes in the same water as the corned beef. Because the other vegetables need to be cooked in water that simmers more than the meat, scoop out water from the corned beef pot and cook the vegetables in a separate pot or pots. 1 4- to 5-pound corned beef brisket 1 teaspoon pickling spices 1 head cabbage

2 pounds boiling potatoes 6 to 8 small carrots (optional) Parsnips (optional) Turnips (optional) Place the corned beef in a pot that holds at least 5 quarts of water. Cover completely with cold water. Place over high heat and bring to a simmer. As soon as bubbles start to break on the surface of the water, adjust the heat so the

CAPRICORN: Capricorn, now is a good time to get friends or family together for an informal dinner party. Focus your energy on socialization to get away from the daily grind. AQUARIUS: Aquarius, others appreciate all that you do for them, but sometimes they have to do for themselves to learn valuable lessons. This week is a time to step aside. PISCES: Pisces, things may seem like they are going to go one way this week, but at the last minute things turn in an entirely different direction. ARIES: Finding time to get everything done can be challenging, Aries. Fortunately, you have quite a few supporters in your corner who are willing to lend a helping hand. TAURUS: Taurus, difficult decisions take time to mull over. Although you want to properly work through all the scenarios, this week you might not have all the time you need. GEMINI: Gemini, water rolls off of your back quite easily. However, something tugs at you this week and you may have to give it more thought than you’re accustomed to. CANCER: Cancer, with such a hectic schedule, you may be feeling the pressure. It is not unreasonable to take some time for yourself and focus on your relationship with a spouse or significant other. LEO: Sometimes you have to make a few mistakes before you get things right, Leo. Don’t let this worry you because you’ll get back on the right path soon enough. VIRGO: Virgo, it’s important to recognize your way is not always the right way. If you absorb what other people are saying, you might have an easier go of things. LIBRA: Libra, keep the lines of communication open with a loved one. There may be messages coming your way, and you should be ready to receive them. SCORPIO: You may need to break out of your routines this week, Scorpio. Even though you thrive when things are organized, you cannot expect everything to go according to plan. SAGITTARIUS: There are some happy moments in your immediate future, Sagittarius. This will make any difficult days in your recent past seem well worth it. FOR ENTERTAINMENT ONLY

water simmers very, very gently. With a slotted spoon, skim off the residue that accumulates on the surface. When the residue stops coming to the surface, add the pickling spices. Continue to cook, with bubbles just gently breaking on the surface, for 3 to 4 hours, until fork tender. The meat can be safely held in its water for about 2 hours; reheat gently. A17

Cook the vegetables until fork tender in separate pots of boiling fresh water or, especially for the cabbage, use some of the water in which the corned beef was cooked. Slice the corned beef and serve with mustard and/or horseradish on a platter, surrounded with some of the vegetables or with vegetables in a separate bowl. PC133940

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SpotlightSPORTS Photo Left: Leslie Hassell from Princeton Redi Mix was happy to present a cheque to finish off the sponsorship for the Novice HOME team jerseys to tournament director Dierra Maynard of Princeton Minor Posse. Photo Right: Copper Mountain Mine’s Human Resources Manager Frank Armitage presents a cheque to Princeton Minor Hockey Association in the amount of $1500 to help the Minor Posse purchase new jerseys. Contributed

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Industry and business are great supporters of minor hockey in Princeton The Princeton Minor Hockey Club has spent the last two years converting their old jerseys from the Princeton Flyers, to their new Posse logo and look. Tournament director Dierra Maynard said, “the community has just been really awesome supporting our club over the years and the way the businesses have come forward to help us get the kids some much needed new jerseys and socks so they can become the Minor Posse has been overwhelming.” The kids are so thrilled with their new uniforms and are really proud every time they step on the ice. The players have been wearing old worn out jerseys for years and it is great that they can be proud representing Princeton looking so sharp. “I can’t express enough the gratitude our club has for everyone who contributed, big or small to make this happen,” Maynard added. If there is one thing the club knows, it is how valuable the supporters are. Coopers Food’s helps the club put together great tournaments, welcome boxes for every home tournament and are always up for a hotdog sale. Companies like; Superior Propane, IDA Pharmacy, Hayes Creek Electric, A&W, Old Style Bins, Copper Mountain Mine, Princeton Redi Mix, Home Hardware, Fortis, Subway and Barry Beecroft— all contributed to the new jersey drive. Many other wonderful businesses have done their part to make the organization successful. Jackie at Auto Tac Graphics always comes through with the toques, jackets, jerseys, skate bags and whatever else is ordered, even when the deadline is tight. The Sandman Inn has offered the teams a kickback for all the hockey teams that stay at their hotel. Weyerhaeuser and Copper Mountain have used the club designated driver services for their Christmas parties as fundraisers. Many more individuals and businesses have been a constant, sponsoring prizes for tournaments and offering deals.   Dairy Queen and Subway usually give a voucher for a treat of some sort for the tournament players, Cool Beanz donates a few pounds of coffee each year.   The minor hockey organization is fortunate to be located in such a great place where people really care about kids and their sports. Hockey can be such a good character building activity for kids. “I love that they can see in such a big way that there is a lot more to hockey than just hitting a puck around an arena,” said Maynard. The real machine behind it all—is all the volunteers, businesses and individuals who support the club, including the family and friends watching. The kids need them too.   Hockey in Princeton is because of the people in Princeton.

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Rebels are ready for BC Senior Girls ‘A’ Championship Angela Marshall, Julia Reichert, Ciara Bamford, Destiny Earle, Kyla Coyne, Logan Littlejohn, Briana Musgrove, Greyson Antonick, Brooke Kassa and Samantha Simons left for Provincials in Prince George on Tuesday, March 5. Cedars Christian School will host the ‘A’ Provincial Championships from March 6 to 9, 2013. Tournament games will be played at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre. Princeton Rebels play their first game at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March

6, against Pemberton. To keep up with the tournament, please visit the Website: http:// seniorgirlsbasketballprovincials. com/ You can also keep track of the tournament via Twitter:!/Provincials And even watch the girls play. Live Streaming: highschoolbb/bc-high-schoolbasketball/2012-bc-high-school-agirls-basketball-championships

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The girls are getting ready to take on the Cedars Christian School once again. The 2013 BC Senior Girls “A” Basketball Championship takes place in Prince George this week.

Princeton Minor Posse Tykes held fun day tournament this past weekend

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The Princeton Minor Posse Tykes held their fun day tournament this past Saturday at the Princeton arena. There were 5 teams that attended, Penticton, Merritt and two South Okanagan teams.  All teams did a great job and played hard.  Our basket fundraisers were a hit.  Big thanks goes out to the organizers, Gina Mullin and Alicia Gush, and of course all the parents and community members that supported the little guys and gals of the Tykes. 

Youth attend avalanche awareness program February 28, 2013- Princeton youth attended an avalanche awareness program at PSS last Thursday, Feb. 28. Backcountry Avalanche Awareness expert Brad Atkins of Vernon, BC made the trip to Princeton to share his knowledge and fun with Princeton youth who enjoy snowmobiling, skiing and boarding on local mountains surrounding Princeton. Youth learned how to use the Canadian Avalanche website bulletins at as a tool for information on conditions to assist everyone in being aware and making informed


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decisions before going out to enjoy the backcountry in a safe manner. Informational videos, learning to use three essential tools for avalanche rescue (shovel, probe and transmitter), and discussion were given to the young people attending. This was an awareness program that leads to a certified course with Canadian Avalanche Association. This program was sponsored by the Town of Princeton Parks, Recreation and Culture Department in partnership with Backcountry Avalanche Awareness and the Canadian Avalanche Association.



Noah’s Choice Fir Pellets

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Clearance $4.50/bag


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Wednesday March 6th, 2013 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm One night - 2 Open Houses

Free draw at each house! Trudy and Lauren won last week!!

3rd Bench 113 and 119 Ridgewood - One Investor Special and One Fully Reno’d

Congratulations to the Owners at our last Open House - SOLD as a result of our evening event!

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Mahindra Tractors

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LICENSED PROPERTY MANAGER 224 Bridge Street PO Box 880 Princeton, BC V0X 1W0 Bus: 250-295-6977 Cell: 250-295-8591 Heather Johnson Fax: 250-295-3411 Res: 250-295-7055 Owner/Manager Toll Free: 1-877-295-6977 Email: CENTURION 2003 - 2006 Web:

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Specializing in: Cement Finishing Damp Proofing & Forms


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We are a community based company dedicated to serving our customers.

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Where others fail... WE PREVAIL!


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MAC’S AUTO PARTS 193 Vermilion Ave. Ph: 250-295-6944

Toll Free 1-877-299-ROOF (7663) Princeton: 250-295-3643 Fax: 250-295-3472 FREE ESTIMATES • ALL WORK GUARANTEED BIN & DISPOSAL Brian Coyne Owner

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Tuesday - Saturday ~ Kitchen & Bath ~ Custom Cabinets Designer available Tues & Thurs 10-2 ~ Planning & Design A Division of Surecraft Construction Ltd. ~ Counter Tops “Your local building professionals!”


CONTRACTOR New!! Doubles Curling

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•RENOVATIONS •FRAMING •FINISHING Cell: (250) 295-1386 Phone: (250) 293-6741

PET GROOMING Barking Bubbles Dog Grooming Karrie Crucil Owner 131 Pinewood 28 km’s Princeton Summerland Road 250-295-7314 or 250-438-0274 (cell) •Pick-up and Delivery available



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BAG SALE PRINCETON HOSPITAL AUXILIARY STORE. $4/BAG Clothing & Shoes PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME Wednesdays 10:30 am - 11:30 am February 20 - March 27 at Princeton Public Library Vermilion Trails Society ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday March 12, 2013 7:00 PM at the Chamber of Commerce Boardroom Election of Officers. Membership RENEWALS will be taken from 6:30 - 7:00 PM

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Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Coin Guy: 250-499-0251

Tools 6� INDUSTRIAL quality wood jointer, floor stand, motor. Not been used much. $450. McClary woodstove $450. Call 250-295-7827 for more information.

Real Estate For Sale By Owner

2 BEDROOM, 1100 sq ft home. Fenced yard, 2 lots plus, open floor plan, W/D/F/S/DW, gas fireplace, electric and gas heat, metal roof. Fruit trees. Good solid investment. $169,000 Motivated for quick sale. Call 1-250-292-8450 for more information In Hedley

Houses For Sale NEW 1706 sq/ft HOME in Princeton, featuring walk out basement and 700 sq/ft loft. Cozy gas fireplace, stainless appliances and tall walls. Two car garage. Trade your car, truck or RV? Central location. $389,900.00 OAC. Accent Homes 1-800-782-3122

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent APARTMENTS for rent. Quiet downtown location. Call 1-250292-8525 for more info. FURNISHED or un-furnished apt’s for rent in Princeton Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets. $450 & up. Call 250-295-1006 leave a message.

Duplex / 4 Plex 1 BEDROOM duplex 1/2 basement. $480/month + Util. Call 250-295-3248

Misc for Rent LARGE 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite located downtown in newer 4 plex. Very clean & quiet. Includes W/d and all yard maintenance. N/P, must have excellent references. $850/month + util and DD. 250-295-6408

Homes for Rent 2 BEDROOM house, 4 appliances,small yard. $700/month + util. avail now. Call 250-2957635. 2 BEDROOM house, downtown, newly renovated. $700/month + util. 250-2957557 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath home in Princeton. F/S/W/D, N/S, N/P. $1000/month + util. Ref’s Req. 1-250-493-6522 4 BEDROOM home, 2 bedroom on main, 2 smaller bedrooms in loft. Large laundry room and storage in basement. W/D/F/S. Just renovated, like new. In tunnel area. Avail. now $800/month + Util. N/S, N/P. Call 250-295-0898

Cottages / Cabins

HOMES FOR RENT • OFFICE Space avail, in Medical building. Suit bookkeeper, aesthetician type. $400/month includes everything. • 1 BEDROOM suite, F/S/W/D, heat included $650/month in town. Avail. now. • 1 BEDROOM upper suite in 4 plex, F/S/W/D. $650/month includes heat. • LARGE 2 bedroom + den home, wood stove, 7 acres, F/S/W/D, 25K out Princeton/Summerland rd. $1600/month + util. • 3 BEDROOM duplex. F/S/W/D, nice fenced yard, pets okay. On benches $950/month + Util. Avail. March 15 • 2 BEDROOM F/S/W/D, carport, suitable for day shift workers, located in town. $750/month + Util. Avail. Now. DD & Ref’s Req. For All! Call ~ Heather D~ for more listings. 250-295-8025 A23 A23


Keremeos, 1 bdrm house avail, orchard setting, $450 3bdrm mobile, $600, Cell 250499-0558. LIKE NEW home on acreage, ground floor suite. 2 bedrooms + den, full bath w/jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace, laundry, all appliances. $750/month util incl. Avail. Now. 250-295-3966 MOBILE Home for Rent, $750 month, Olalla, 1/2 hr south of Penticton, 2 bdrm, W/D, F/S, Lrg fenced yard, Avail March 15, (250)499-9703

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CASTLE RESORT SPECIAL MONTHLY RENTALS â&#x20AC;˘ Room w/shared Kitchen/Bathroom â&#x20AC;˘ 1 Bedroom Loft/Kitchen/Bathroom â&#x20AC;˘ Chalet with Loft â&#x20AC;˘ Large Chalet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Main & Loft â&#x20AC;˘ Large Chalet Lower 2 Bedroom â&#x20AC;˘ Whole Large Chalet â&#x20AC;˘ Log Lodge Rooms â&#x20AC;˘ Studio Cabin â&#x20AC;˘ 2 Bedroom Apartment

$400.00 $550.00 + $150.00 util. $1500.00 + $300.00 util. $1600.00 + $250.00 util. $1000.00 + $200.00 util. $2450.00 + $400.00 util. $60.00/night (min. 4) $800.00 + $200.00 util. $800.00 + $200.00 util.

All above are fully furnished includes utilities, cable, & housekeeping

PRINCETON CASTLE RESORT 250-295-7988 or 1-888-228-8881


A24 Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Similkameen Spotlight

Princeton realty

224 Bridge Street, Princeton, B.C. Tel: (250) 295-6977 Fax: (250) 295-3411

The Local Experts 956 Richter Ave.

104 Ridgewood Drive


Very clean and well maintained family home on 3rd Bench. 4 bedroom, 3 bath home sits on corner. Carport and large detached shop.

MLS 141391 Cute as a button two bedroom on large lot in Hedley. Yard is fully fenced and home features front and back deck. $109,900.00

MLS 141403 Beautiful, bright family home. Features 3 bedrooms on main plus den in the basement. 3 bathrooms, en-suite and sunroom. $259,900.00

512 Pr-S’lnd Road

259 Bridge Street

341 Nechiefman Street

117 Tapton Ave.

MLS 139650 Rare offering: 10 acre horse property only 5 minutes from town. Property features 2 drilled wells, wired shop and barn. $539,900.00

MLS 139082 Great price and opportunity! The Source is a well established TV and electronics store. High profile location. $199,900.00

MLS 140415 Lots of updates make this clean, well maintained 3 bed, 2 bath home ideal for the family. Located in quiet cul-de-sac. $259,900.00

MLS 138308 28 x 100’ lot right across the street from Valley First Credit Union. Currently zoned c-@ business. Excellent exposure. $69,500.00

335 Waterfront Ave.

505 E Similkameen Rd.

455 Billiter Ave.

260 Bonlin Road

MLS 137453 Easy living in mind, lovely open layout is simply immaculate and a pleasure to view. Awesome corner location on no thru road. $268,000.00

MLS 140404 Looking for some privacy? This unique home is minutes from town and offers all you could ask for. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths. $899,000.00

MLS 140537 Investor alert! 4 bedroom 2 bath family home perfect for growing family, investor or first time buyer. Room for RV, garden and toys. $199,900.00

MLS 137179 The ultimate dream home with absolutely nothing missed, keeping easy living in mind! 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. $895,000.00

905 Allenby Road

145 Prospect Drive

118 Ridgewood Drive

1-473 Corina Ave.

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101 Grove Street

MLS 137181 20 acres only minutes from town. This property boasts amazing views that take your breath away. $379,000.00

MLS 136792 Four season home located at Missezula Lake. Perfect place for recreation, getaway or come stay permanently. SOLD

MLS 139670 Affordable Living can be yours! Plenty of room for the family starting out. Fabulous location with 10’ x20’ deck off living room. $169,900.00

MLS 139333 Remodelled 2 bedroom home in a quiet corner of Deblyn MHP. Two decks, hut tub and infrared sauna. $69,900.00

301 Panorama Cres

267 Clark Street

133 Bridge Street

1120 Old Hedley Rd.

MLS 140556 Large 5 bedroom, 4 bath home offers excellent value on Princeton’s desirable 3rd bench. Large private lot with valley views. $249,900.00

MLS 111093 Stylish 2600 sq. ft. loft home sits on large view lot. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Features in ground sprinklers and hardwood flooring. $299,900.00

MLS 106771 Best commercial visibility in town! Corner location on route to Hwy 5A of Princeton’s main street. 4 lots has much potential. $199,000.00

MLS 138790 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom turn key home situated on 1.27 acres. Low maintenance property with excellent views. $238,900.00

Owner Heather Johnson 250-295-8591

Broker Dan Pippin 250-295-6977

Lee Mowry 250-295-1990

Marty Gray 250-295-5044

Tyler Willis 250-295-2419

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Similkameen Spotlight, March 06, 2013  

March 06, 2013 edition of the Similkameen Spotlight

Similkameen Spotlight, March 06, 2013  

March 06, 2013 edition of the Similkameen Spotlight