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The Houston Sparks club became a cute little group of saleswomen last Wednesday, selling cookies to raise support for their local Girl Guides. With eighteen girls, Sparks was the first local Girl Guides club in Houston in ten years. With big smiles, the five and six year old girls politely thanked every customer for supporting their club.

The B.C. government is investing $5.28 million for five new modular classrooms to replace part of Babine ElementarySecondary. Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad and Nechako Lakes Board Chair Steve Davis announced the project in Granisle last Friday (see page 3). “The Babine E l e m e n t a r y Secondary school replacement has been a high priority for me,” said Rustad. “I know the installation of new modular classroom space means a great deal to Granisle and Tachet reserve families, and I’m delighted that students will be educated in a safe and bright learning environment,” he said. The project is part of the B.C. government’s $16.91-million modular school pilot program to renew ag-

ing infrastructure in rural B.C., said a recent press release. Opened in 1967, Babine ElementarySecondary enrols 33 students kindergarden to grade 12. With declining enrolment and a deteriorating building, newly designed modular classrooms were determined to be the best solution to revitalize the local school. The classrooms will continue to work for students kindergarden to grade 12 and will have a bright, open design with high ceilings and windows to allow in lots of natural light. Modular classrooms are a more permanent solution than portables and have a 40-year life span. Besides the Babine school, the B.C. government is also funding modular classrooms in Nicola-Similkameen and Prince George to give new, mowdern learning environments for students in small communities.

Council adopts strategic priority plan for Houston By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Houston council adopted a 2012 to 2014 “Strategic plan progress report” at the end of March that outlines priorities for the upcoming year. Mayor Bill Holmberg says their

top three priorities are (1) the water treatment plant, (2) 24/7 health care and (3) maintaining the current level of services without burdening taxpayers. With the water treatment plant, council successfully lobbied for a federal

One main priority is 24/7 health care for Houston

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the reserve funds, council is not sure whether they need to hold a referendum. That is still being determined and will be decided soon, said Mayor Holmberg. The second priority is getting 24/7 health care in Houston. Asked why that was

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Bands share mine revenue By Tom Fletcher Black Press

The B.C. government signed its 13th and 14th mine revenue sharing agreements Thursday, giving two Williams Lakearea aboriginal communities a share of revenues from a metal mine expansion. The Williams Lake Indian Band and the Xatsull (Soda Creek) First Nation will share 35 per cent of provincial royalties from an expansion of the Mt. Polley mine east of Williams Lake. Williams Lake Chief Ann Louie said a partnership with mine operator Imperial Metals has already resulted in employment for some of her community’s 700 members, and the revenue agreement is another important step forward. Xatsull Chief Bev Sellars issued

a statement on the agreement. “We welcome this long-awaited acknowledgment of our environmental and economic interests that Xatsull holds in our stewardship area,” Sellars said. Aboriginal Relations Minister Ida Chong said it is not yet possible to put a dollar figure on the agreement, because it depends on how much copper, gold and silver is produced by the mine expansion and the market price at the time. The expansion of Mt. Polley has received environmental permits and is expected to operate until 2024. The company projects that during its life it will produce 34 million pounds of copper, 46,800 ounces of gold and 90,000 ounces of silver.

Council priorities PLAN from Page 1 “If we can’t get doctors here, than it’s kind of a mute point because you’re never going to get 24/7 health care if you don’t have doctors,” Holmberg said. Third, council is trying not to burden their taxpayers with more taxes. “We’re really trying to be fiscally responsible,” said Mayor Holmberg, adding that they are spending extra time on the budget for that reason. Other things listed in the strategic plan include the water reservoir replacement, the study on the district energy system, promoting Houston mining, CN rail improvements, and general maintenance of facilities. In an effort to promote Houston’s economic development, District Economic Development Officer Maureen Czirfusz and Councillor Kyle

Thomson went on a trip to China March 26 to April 6. The strategic plan also recorded “what if ” planning, looking at what the District of Houston budget would look like if there was a 25 per cent drop in revenue. Mayor Holmberg says they were looking at what the budget would look like if one of the mills had to close. “It’s just a scenario that we’re looking at with all the pressures that are being put on the Morice River Timber Supply Area,” said Holmberg. “It’s a plan that we want to have our ducks in a row in case it ever happened. I don’t think it’s going to happen but we’re just doing our due diligence,” he said. Council’s final budget meeting is open to the public and scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 at the council chambers.

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Surrounded by excited students and teachers, Steve Davis, Nechako Lakes school district board chair; John Rustad, Nechako Lakes MLA; and Charlene Seguin, school district superintendant sign a $5.28-million modular classroom agreement for Babine ElementarySecondary. In a recent press release, Minister of Education Don McRae said schools are often the heart of a community, especially in small towns like Granisle. “I’m thrilled that Nechako Lakes Board of Education and Granisle residents are part of government’s modular school pilot program,” he said. “Babine’s students and staff will have a safe, modern school close to home.”

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he ill-fated Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in British Columbia went out with a whimper on April 1. It is fitting the hated (by the great unwashed at least) tax died on the one day of the year when pranksters play April Fool’s Day jokes on family and friends. Certainly it was a foolish joke the B.C. Liberal government pulled on British Columbians following the 2009 provincial election – after stating during the election campaign they weren’t even thinking about the HST. It’s a prank that will likely cost the B.C. Liberals their chairs on the government side of the legislature. It must be noted that every single B.C. Liberal MLA voted in favour of the HST. Eventually, British Columbians rose up and rallied to have the HST removed. Showing their complete and utter disregard for the voting public, the B.C. Liberal power brokers refused to follow the wishes of the electorate, and virtually dared the disenchanted to go through the petition-gathering stage to force the provincial government to hold a referendum on the elimination of the HST. It was at this point the distaste for the HST mutated into loathing the BC Liberal Party. The roar from the sleeping giant went beyond the dislike of a tax shift to growing dissatisfaction that overshadowed all of the hard work individual MLAs did in their constituencies – because they toed the party line. The biggest burr under the saddle of the voting public was the arrogance of the B.C. Liberal brass, as they spent millions of taxpayers’ dollars trying to sway the electorate in the run-up to the referendum vote with their silly stickman TV and newspaper ads. It took the B.C. Liberal government 11 months to implement the HST, but after they lost the vote, it took them 19 months to get rid of it, as they squeezed every last dime they could out of the taxpayers. Now, the government is scrambling to get businesses registered for the transition back to the Provincial Sales Tax and Goods and Services Tax combination. While it has relied on the media to get the messages out to the business owners, it certainly didn’t spend millions of dollars on stickman ads to help businesses make the transition. Of course, bringing attention to the disaster that was the HST wouldn’t have worked very well in the popularity polls as we head into a provincial election. - Ken Alexander, Black Press

Balcony has officially closed In my early twenties I was offered a job as a movie critic and it felt like I’d hit the jackpot. I didn’t know anyone who loved the movies as much as I did, and I enjoyed writing, so it seemed the perfect career opportunity. My first assignment was a Steven Seagal movie - I no longer remember the name but I think it had the word law, kill or death in the title. It was an unbearably long action film and not something I would have chosen to watch if I was paying for the ticket myself. I wrote about the dreadful acting, the substandard screenplay and its implausibility in the most entertaining way I could, and sent it in to the newspaper. To my delight the editor was happy with it and sent me to another free movie. I don’t recall what that second

show was either, but I liked it enough to recommend it. “Your other one was better,” the editor told me after reading it. “Can you rework this so it sounds more like the first one did?” When I asked him if he wanted me to write it as though I didn’t like it, he said yes. “Readers like a good rant,” he explained. That was the end of my career as a film critic - and I wasn’t sad about it at all. I realized this editor was just one guy with one opinion, but I could already tell from that brief experience that I wasn’t cut out for the job. Sure, I adored the movies, but not all genres. If I could just review comedies, dramas and chick flicks I’m sure I would have loved it. But how can someone who doesn’t appreciate action,

horror and fantasy films critique them fairly? Most can’t. But one person who sure could was the late great Roger Ebert. And what a writer he was. A lot of people didn’t know he won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, but I knew this trivia, as a long-time fan of his work after seeing him for the first time on TV in the early ‘80s – when he was known as the “fat one” on At the Movies. I didn’t always agree with his opinion, or that of his co-host Gene Siskel, but I sure loved hearing them share their spirited viewpoints. It was obvious their passion for the movies was authentic, and their chemistry together was undeniable. I was also in awe of their influence. A thumbs-up from one of them was huge for filmmakers back then. And because


the pair also reviewed independent movies, foreign films and documentaries, the audience was exposed to so much more than just the mainstream blockbuster fare. I personally would seek out shows I normally wouldn’t have even known about, based upon their reviews. I was grateful to the dynamic duo for expanding my moviegoing experience, and for being such a powerful voice for the underdog. And just as it was hard to imagine anyone filling Gene Siskel’s shoes when he died fourteen years ago, it’s even harder to imagine anyone taking the place of Roger Ebert now. People are not replaceable. As I’m getting older, I’m seeing more and more of my fellow humans starting to die off. People I knew personally and loved dearly, as well as those

On a brighter note Lori Welbourne I never knew, but whose work I admired immensely. I’ve been told you can’t mourn someone you’ve never met, but I think you can. I never knew Roger Ebert personally, but his life affected mine in a very positive way and for that reason I’ll miss his presence here on Earth. Ultimately, for me, his death serves as yet another reminder that life is short. The more thumbsup moments we can enjoy wholeheartedly, the better our lives will be.

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versity and rely largely on fishing, mining, forestry, coal and gas. Local Mayors and Councillors will be considering resolutions on mining; a re-emerging industry that will have a positive effect on all of our communities. Mining now contributes over $9 Billion to BC’s economy, and

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NDP lays out planned tax increases The B.C. NDP is proposing to collect an extra $550 million a year in new tax revenues from large businesses, high-income earners and financial institutions in their first year of an NDP government. By the third year, another $100 million would be raised from extra carbon tax on the oil and gas industry, NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston announced at a news conference in Vancouver Thursday. The B.C. Liberals’ February budget raised the corporate

income tax rate to 11 per cent. The NDP would increase it to 12 per cent on Oct. 1, which Ralston said would raise an extra $200 million a year. The small business income rate would be left at 2.5 per cent, applied to firms with annual revenue up to $500,000. Another $150 million is expected to come from a capital tax on financial institutions. Ralston revealed a rate of three per cent for banks and one per cent for larger credit unions. Credit unions with

holdings of less than $20 million would be exempted, and Ralston said fewer than half of the 44 credit unions in B.C.

cent under an NDP government. The B.C. Liberal budget promised to raise it to 16.8 per cent for two years only.

permanent measure. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the NDP plan echoes the policies pursued by the NDP

New revenues would be spent on programs and reinstating non-repayable grants for post secondary students.”

are big enough to pay the tax. The personal income tax rate on earnings above $150,000 a year would go from 14.7 per cent to 19 per

Ralston said the NDP plan would add $1,100 to the tax bill of someone making taxable income of $200,000 a year, and he considers the increase to be a

government of the 1990s. “Taxation levels went up, a corporate capital tax was introduced, and investment and jobs fled,” de Jong said.

The NDP carbon tax increase is to be phased in on “venting” emissions from oil and gas production, raising an estimated $35 million next year and tripling over the next two years. Ralston said the NDP will not extend the carbon tax to chemical process emissions on cement plants, aluminum smelters and other industries that emit carbon dioxide beyond their use of fossil fuel. All the new revenues would be spent on

B.C. Views Tom Fletcher programs, including reinstating nonrepayable grants for post-secondary students. NDP social development critic Carole James said details of the spending plans will be revealed next week.


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Texting helps RCMP locate woman confined in truck By Percy N. Hébert Black Press

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informed the complainant via text message the 24-year-old suspect was driving the truck from Williams Lake to Kitimat, B.C. According to the complainant, the suspect warned the the victim if she called the police he would kill her. Apparently the suspect didn’t know the victim was texting the complainant. Dispatchers contacted the victim’s cellphone service provider to obtain a GPS location, and the information places the truck south-west of Burns Lake. RCMP were familiar with the suspect as they had previous dealings with him in the past, Smith said. RCMP were able to identify the Transport truck he was driving through the company he worked for. The information was internally broadcasted to the surrounding detachment areas. One hour and 30 minutes later after the initial report came in, Smithers RCMP on the lookout for the truck, identified the truck by the company name as it travelled west on Highway 16 on the outskirts of Smithers. RCMP took the suspect into custody and the victim, in the back of the truck was taken to safety. “These Operators demonstrated excellent teamwork and problem solving during this call,” Smith said. “It was due to their focused heightened response, their knowledge of contacts and use of resources, as well as the skilled coordination and prioritization of the file, that enabled members to locate the suspect so quickly and rescue this woman.” The suspect, who’s name has not been released is scheduled to appear in court in Smithers to face charges of assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats and breach of conditions.

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An example and support for Aboriginal students “Y

ou can change your life,” said Sharron Redford, support worker for the students at Silverthorne Elementary School. Officially titled the Aboriginal Support Services Education Team (ASSET) worker, Redford says she strives to lead by example and show the kids that they can work hard and rise above circumstances to be successful. Redford says that is her main focus, to help kids be successful in school, and she works at it in three ways: (1) academic support (2) social and emotional support and (3) teaching and bringing aboriginal culture into the school. Using the B.C. government Aboriginal Education Funding, School District 54 made two positions, an ASSET worker to give support to students and a cultural resource teacher, who would separate aboriginal students for part of the day and teach them about aboriginal culture, said Redford. But the school district decided that they shouldn’t segregate them, instead all students should learn about the culture, so they removed the cultural teacher and kept the support worker, who would give support and work to include aboriginal culture within the regular curriculum. Giving academic support, Redford says she spends quite a bit of time in classes with students, encouraging them and helping them when they need it. She also runs a homework club at lunchtime for any students who need help with homework, she said. “Sometimes kids go home and parents don’t know how to help them with their work,” said Redford. “That’s what I’m there for,” she said, adding that she also supports kids with reading. To give social and emotional support, Redford says she spends recesses outside interacting with students, she deals with behavioural issues as they arise and she runs programs such as the toast program. The toast program, funded by grants,

Aboriginal support worker Sharron Redford proudly stands with two of her students, Thomas van der Giessen, grade 2, and Logan Huson, grade 3. runs for half an hour before school to give food to students who come to school hungry. “I go through about two and a half loaves per morning, and kids only get one slice,” said Redford, explaining that she serves 25 to 30 students toast and also serves fresh fruit to them. She also has a box where she keeps healthy snacks for students who don’t bring a snack from home, and she makes lunches with the bread from the toast program if kids don’t bring a lunch. One year the Canadian Reformed Church donated winter gear for students, so she was giving snow gear out left and right that year, she said. Redford also keeps a cupboard with spare clothes for kids if they have an accident or fall in the water outside during recess, she said. To encourage students to come to school everyday, Redford has an attendance program run through the Seventh Generation Club, where she submits their attendance every month and if they had 95 per cent or better attendance, they get

an award. “It’s just to encourage them to be at school every day,” she said, adding that it also encourages them to be responsible and call in if they are going to miss school so that she can excuse their absence. Redford also works to bring aboriginal culture into the school. On Thursday afternoons, Redford says she runs a craft club with classes, making aboriginal crafts that students can learn, and take home and talk with their parents about. Every year, Redford and the Kindergarden teacher and class make niwis, or soapberry ice cream, an aboriginal treat. Redford says she loves doing that, because the kids get really excited for ice cream, but it’s quite bitter and it’s fun to see the faces the kids make when they try a spoonful. This year, with the grade three students she invited Gidemdem Chief Russell Tiljoe into the class to tell a legend. With the grade fours they had a big event to learn about aboriginal feasts, and

with the grade six and seven class she invited Ilona Weiss to design and teach a residential school curriculum to help the class understand the brokenness of some of the aboriginal people, Redford said. Redford says after the curriculum this year, one non-aboriginal student thanked Mrs. Weiss, saying “if you didn’t teach this to me, I’d probably still think the way I used to think, but now that I know I will think differently.” Another part of Redford’s job is to connect with parents. She hosts parent luncheons a few times a year, inviting parents to bring an aboriginal potluck dish and come for lunch with the students at the school, she said. She also makes home visits with a friend or co-worker to talk to parents about how their child is doing and for Redford to ask what she can do to support the child. One of the big things Redford tries to do is simply to be an example. When she became a parent 19 years ago, Redford wanted to set an example for her children, so she, who had quit school at 16, went back to school to get her grade 12. Two years later, at age 32, Redford walked up with her two children on her arms and got her grade 12 diploma. Now, as a support worker, Redford is doing the same thing: she is seeking to be an example for her students. She eats healthy, drinks only water and she works really hard not to miss a day of work - all to be an example to her students to show that they can be independent and successful, she said. She says she tells them her story, how she dropped out of school, used to be into alcohol and drugs, but changed that. And she tells them of successes in her family as well, to show them that they don’t have to be stuck in a lifestyle. “I just want them to be successful,” said Redford. “It’s an interesting job. I really love my job and I love coming to work every day.”

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“I really like Houston.… Of the four small towns that I’ve lived in, I’d say this one impresses me the most by far,” said Mark Wiber, Houston’s new Director of Finance. Wiber says the people are very nice and he likes the terrain - it reminds him of Kananaskis Country. Moving to Houston from Calgary, where he’d been retired for

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A conflict-ofinterest complaint against Premier Christy Clark for her role in the 2003 sale of BC Rail assets has been dismissed.

Saskatchewan lawyer Gerald Gerrand reviewed the complaint made by Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen after he quit the B.C. Liberal Party last year. In a 40-page

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a real or perceived conflict of interest. Clark said Wednesday she is relieved that the report is out, putting to rest what she described as “rumours, gossip and nasty untruths”

about her conduct as education minister a decade ago. “It’s cleared the air on this,” Clark said. “For me it’s proof that anybody can say anything, and it doesn’t have to be true for it to be hurtful, and it doesn’t have to be true for it to be reported again

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information to OmniTRAX in exchange for money and a trip to Denver to take in a football game. Garrand was appointed by B.C. Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser, who excluded himself from the case because Fraser’s son works in Clark’s office. Garrand interviewed a long list of players in the BC Rail controversy, including Clark’s former husband Mark Marrissen and Erik Bornmann, a lobbyist with Pilothouse Public Affairs, which represented OmniTRAX. Garrand, who serves as conflict of interest commissioner for the Northwest Territories, took evidence under oath in his inquiry. Its findings offer a preview of a commission of inquiry into the sale of the railway that NDP leader Adrian Dix has pledged to hold if he wins the May 14 provincial election.



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GEMS girls club held a Princess Tea at the Houston Community Hall last Thursday night, to wrap up another year. GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) is a Houston Christian Reformed Church club for girls grades two to eight. The tea welcomed 175 princesses of all ages, including girls, moms, grandmas, aunties and friends. The ladies enjoyed tea and cupcakes, a short craft, singing and a photo shoot. Special guest Irene Barden, Centennial Queen 1967, shared her story of how she became a forever princess when she became a child of God, the King of kings. Special thanks to Stacy Maciel for decorations.

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A male shoplifter was reported to police for stealing $125 pair of shoes from a shoe display at the Houston Mall on April 5 at 2:30 p.m. RCMP Sgt. Rose says police looked but did not find the suspect, but police know the suspect and are still investigating the case. *** Police got report of an attempted fraud at 8:30 p.m. April 5. Sgt. Rose says the complainant got an unsolicited phone call from a male claiming to be their favourite grandson in jail and in need of $2,500 for bail. The fraud was recognized and the complainant hung up and called police, said Sgt. Rose. Sgt. Rose reminds people that if someone is in jail and needs bail, it will be a police officer who contacts people to explain the situation, not the individual. *** Police were called

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have found their rear window broken. Sgt. Rose said police investigated and found that the complainant had actually broken the window themselves. Police warned the person that making a false report to police is a criminal offence. *** At 9 p.m. April 7, police on routine patrol saw a male in the middle of the road at Mountainview Drive and Hagman Crescent. Sgt. Rose says police found that the male had not been taking prescribed medication, arrested him under the Mental Health Act, and brought him to the Smithers hospital for evaluation. *** At 10 a.m. April 8, police found an abandoned vehicle on Highway 16 near Barrett Station Road. Sgt. Rose says police left the vehicle because it was legally parked and tried to contact the owner, but towed the vehicle April 11 after the insurance expired and the owner was not reached. *** A vehicle collided with a deer on Highway 16 near Knockholt Loop Road at 9:15 p.m. April 9, but no one was injured in the accident, said Sgt. Rose. *** Police got report of a blue Pontiac Sunfire driving erratically and stunting near Sixth Street at 10:30 p.m. April 9, but they patrolled and could

not find the vehicle, said Sgt. Rose. Sgt. Rose warns that if police stop a vehicle that they believe was stunting, the vehicle will be impounded for seven days. *** Police were called to a home just after 3 a.m. April 10 to help B.C. Ambulance with a sudden death investigation. Sgt. Rose says family members were already on scene and because there was a “do not resuscitate” order in effect, B.C. Coroners Service was involved. *** A blue semi driving erratically on Morice River Road was reported to police at 7 a.m. April 10. Sgt. Rose says police could not locate the vehicle or obtain a license plate number. *** Police got report at 7:30 a.m. April 10 of an intoxicated male staggering on the road at Mountainview Drive and Hagman Crescent. Sgt. Rose says the male was gone when police went there, but was later reported again to be at the Health Clinic. Again, police attended and the male was gone, but was reported a third time at near the 7-11. The male was found in 7-11, arrested for being drunk in a public place and issued a $230 violation ticket, said Sgt. Rose. He was lodged in cells until sober, said Sgt. Rose.

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Christian Men’s Retreat

“Dangerous Calling” April 19th and 20th at Rough Acres Bible Camp led by Pastor James Folkerts Please Register Contact Gerritt Keegstra (250-845-7707) to register or for more information

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Morice Forest Salvage Society

Spring Meeting RUGBY Fundraising

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Houston Secondary School rugby girls Ellie, Jessie, Shanell and Keely sell hamburgers outside the B.V. Credit Union to raise money for their rugby trips coming up. They are also selling hanging baskets and vegetable baskets soon, and anyone interested in supporting the team can contact Tanya Margerm at 250-845-3324. The girls are headed to Rugbyfest in Kamloops this coming weekend and Sevens Provincials April 26 and 27. After that they will host the fifteens rugby zones in Houston May 10 and 11.

Tuesday April 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

at the Houston Public Library

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako wishes recognize the people who volunteer their time in support of their community.

Your efforts make a world of difference!


District of Houston

The District of Houston is now accepting applications for the following positions.

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Shell group applies for LNG permits

Temporary Part-Time

SOLID WASTE COLLECTION OPERATOR This position is responsible for the skilled operation of the District owned garbage truck and garbage packing equipment. In addition, is responsible for the pick-up and disposal of all residential, institutional and some commercial garbage with manual work of some variety requiring physical effort and agility in the performance of the duties. This is a CUPE union position and will be required to work a three day work week. Rate of pay is $28.14 per hour. This position is required for medical coverage and will end when the incumbent returns. Preference will be given to individuals possessing the following qualifications: • A valid BC Driver’s Licence, Class III and B.C. Air Brake Certification (abstract required); • At least one year experience as an Equipment Operator A positive attitude and ability to work in a team environment is a must! Applications for the above positions will be received at the District of Houston Municipal Office, 3367 – 12th Street until 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013. Interested persons should direct all inquiries to: Colleen Ettinger, Public Works Superintendent Phone: (250) 845-4205 e-mail:

HOPE forToday Are you a good person? Most people think they are but our view of good and God’s are quite different. The Bible says “there is none who does good” (Rom 3:12). This is because God’s standard is based on His holy and perfect character. God gave us a law to show us His standard, the true standard of goodness, and He wrote this law on our hearts, our conscience, so that we would know when we are doing something wrong. Because of this we are all without excuse. God’s law is called the ten commandments. So let’s test to see if you are a good person: We will only go through 5 of the 10 here: Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen anything? (the value doesn’t matter, so even taking music off the internet is stealing). Jesus said that if you look with lust you commit adultery in the heart, have you ever looked upon someone with lust? Have you ever used God’s name in vain, as a cuss word? Jesus said that if you hate someone it is the same as murder, have you ever hated anyone? After having gone through 5 of the 10 commandments, will you be innocent or guilty on judgment day when God judges you by the ten commandments? The Bible says that God will punish all liars, thieves, adulterers, blasphemers, and murderers and cast them into the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 6:9,10 and 1 Timothy 1:9,10). It also says that we have all fallen short of the law and are therefore guilty before God. Because God is good and just, He cannot simply forgive, He must give justice to law breakers. But God made a way where His justice could meet His love and mercy. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners (law-breakers), Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8). Jesus died on the cross and paid our fine, He bore our punishment. He was “made a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13) and then He rose from the dead and defeated death so that we could be raised into new life with Him. God can now dismiss your case, not because He doesn’t care that you sinned, but because Jesus paid your fine for you. God’s call to you is to repent (confess and forsake your sin) and trust wholly in Jesus and God will forgive your sins and grant you everlasting life. You do not know when you will die, and there is nothing as important as your eternal salvation, so don’t hesitate to run to Jesus and “flee from the wrath to come,” (Luke 3:7). Submitted by Randy Lieuwen Sponsored by Riverside Gardens

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Tanker of the kind that would load LNG at proposed terminal on Douglas Channel at Kitimat. By Tom Fletcher Black Press

A partnership led by Shell Canada has filed for environmental assessment of a large-scale liquefied natural gas export facility at Kitimat, the latest step in a pro-

posed energy megaproject for northern B.C. The filing includes a letter from the B.C. government asking Ottawa to delegate the assessment to provincial authorities, along with aboriginal consultation. The

federal government must first determine if a federal review is required, and then if it can be conducted by the province. Called LNG Canada, the project is a partnership of Shell, Korea Gas, Mitsubishi Corp.

Provincial Election


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Ridley Terminals Inc. will be purchasing $50,000 worth of artwork from artists residing in northern BC. Northern BC consists of areas from Prince Rupert, north to the BC/Yukon border, east to the BC/Alberta border, south to Prince George, and west to Haida Gwaii. Email to get a proposal package. Only submissions following the proposal procedure will be accepted. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2013. An adjudication committee of qualified people will make the final selection of art to be purchased. Only artists with successful proposals will be notified. All art mediums are accepted and anyone can submit a proposal

and PetroChina. The proposal has already received a federal export licence that allows export of up to 24 million tonnes of LNG per year for 25 years. The application describes a total of four LNG processing lines at a site near the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter, and a marine terminal on Douglas Channel at a site formerly used as a methanol export facility. LNG Canada plans to start construction in 2015. In July 2012, LNG Canada announced a partnership with TransCanada Corp. to build a $4 billion pipeline from shale gas fields near Dawson Creek to Kitimat to supply the LNG plant. The project description leaves open the choice of electricity supply, with one

option being a gasfired generating station capable of 200 megawatts or more. LNG Canada is one of five proposals to export gas from B.C.’s North Coast. Others are: • BC LNG Douglas Channel, proposed by the Tatham family of Texas for Kitimat • Kitimat LNG, a partnership of Chevron Canada and Apache Corp. for Bish Cove, on Haisla Nation reserve property • British Gas Group, with port facilities at Ridley Island, Prince Rupert and a pipeline operated by Spectra Energy • Pacific Northwest LNG, a partnership of Malaysian government corporation Petronas and Progress Energy, with port facilities at Lelu Island, Prince Rupert.

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A local logging contractor has openings for the following full time work. • 3 Waratah processor operators. • Skidder operator. • Road builder. • Buncher operator - 3 yrs exp. required. Camp job. Fort St. James area. Competitive wages. Please send resume to: 430 Beach Rd, Burns Lake, B.C.,V0J 1E2. Email to: Or call: (250) 692-0499.


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Bernard John Van Rhyn February 11, 1935 - April 3, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce that Bernard (Bernie) went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Left to mourn and always love him are his wife of 47 years Wilma, daughter Phyllis (Doug), son Roderick and his two treasured grandsons, James and William, as well as numerous family and friends. A Celebration of Life was held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Prince George on April 11, 2013.

SCHREITER, Anne Louise (Kuntz)

1920-2013 Passed away, peacefully surrounded by the love of her family, at the Sunnyside Home in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of Willard (Bill) Moore Schreiter, predeceased March 6, 2006, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Dear mother of Willard (Bill) Schreiter (Evie) and children Erin Heimpel (Scott), John (Bev) and Keri, Mark Schreiter (Julie), John MacMillan, Susan (Victor), and Christopher Young, Marty Schreiter (Kevin McKechnie) and Marty’s sons Ryan and Sean Schreiter, Karen Flynn (Larry) and children Chelsea and Kyle (Cara) McCormack, Lincoln Flynn (Angela) and Connor Flynn (Jayne), Paul Schreiter (Eva) and children Courtney Booker (Brad) and Michael Gilson (Rachael), Jeffrey Schreiter (Sue-Ellen) and children Cullen, Fiona and Allison Schreiter, Mary Anne Schreiter, David Schreiter (Sheila) and children Michaela and Liam Schreiter, and Kade and Avery Laventure and Jamie Schreiter (Linda) and children Luke and Angela Schreiter. Dear great-grandmother to Taylor and Cooper Heimpel, Gibson and Meredith MacMillan, Tyler Eggert, Ella and Oakley McCormick, Cole, Gracie and Dax Flynn, Paige, Cali, Mikayl, Jass and Teja Flynn. She was predeceased by her parents, Agnes (Kaiser) and William Kuntz and brother Billy, and mother and father-in-law Mable (Moore) and Herbert Schreiter and brother-in-law Jack Schreiter and sister-in law Beverely Schreiter. Anne was a pioneer in achieving a Bachelor’s degree at Waterloo College. She was a dedicated bridge player, bird watcher, and an enthusiastic reader of various literature. She served many years of volunteer leadership in the Human Ecology Foundation, K-W Lung Foundation & Cystic Fibrosis Association. She loved her family cottage at Eagle Lake where she shared much with family and friends. Friends are invited to share their memories of Anne with her family in the Historic Kuntz House of the Erb and Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Thursday March 7 from 7-9 pm with prayers. The funeral service to celebrate Anne’s life will be held at St. Anthony Daniel Church, at the corner of Franklin and Ottawa Streets in Kitchener on Friday March 8, 2013 at 9:30 am with Father Earl Talbot officiating. Internment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. Friends and relatives are invited to the Parish Life Centre at St. Anthony Daniel Church for refreshments and a time to visit with the family. In memory of Anne, donations to Alzheimer Society of Canada or St. Anthony Daniel Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and can be arranged through the funeral home ( 519.745.8445 )

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We, the Parishioners of St. Anthony’s, along with Father Rector and our assistant pastor Dennis would like to “thank” all the guests who came from Smithers, Topley and Houston to help make our 1st International Pot Luck Dinner, and Loonie Auction a successful event! A special “thank you” to Evelyn Atkinson for the knitting of all the scarves. The Topley Community Club for the use of their paddles and the Bishop and Grelson Mom’s and Daughters for the making of the flag decorations representing all the countries in our world - a job well done. To Gail James, Eric, Dawn and Alicia Bishop also Dennis for taking care of the auction itself and to all those who contributed prizes to be used for auctioning. We hope you all had an enjoyable evening! In God we Trust

The Parishioners of St. Anthony’s along with Father Rector & Dennis.

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PARTS PERSON WELL ESTABLISHED Honda / Bombardier dealership in the Southern Cariboo region is seeking a self motivated individual to fill a parts person position. Min. 2 years parts / service exp. required, in addition to a strong interest in the motor sports industry. Please email resume & references to: 2013applications@

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Place of Worship

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Houston Canadian Reformed Church SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 AM & 2:30 PM

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. Decker Lake Hall. Large selection of good furniture. Large dining room set, patio furniture, antiques & collectable’s. Limited edition prints. Large commercial freezer. Snowblower, tools, tack, vehicles and equipment.

Anglican Church of St. Clement

2324 Butler Ave., Box 599, Houston, BC

Phone: 250-845-4940

Services are: 10:30 a.m. Sundays

HOUSTON PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 2024 Riverbank Drive, Box 597, Houston Phone: 250-845-2678 • Pastor: Mike McIntyre

Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Sunday Prayer Meeting: 7:00 pm Sunday School: During the Service Everyone Welcome


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Please keep your announcements as brief as possible. Deadline (faxed or mailed or delivered) is 4 p.m. Thursday. Items are printed or alternated as space permits. Items will be accepted via fax, email or dropped at the office. No phone calls please. More calendar items are listed online and can be submitted or viewed at

Discover the “Missing Link to Perfect Health� Do you suffer from Lack of sleep, Poor Memory, Depression, Anxiety, Stress or just don’t feel well? Join Lorraine Andrews on Thurs., April 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Houston Public Library for a Health and Wellness Presentation. Houston Public Library - Celebrate Earth Day with “Rock Painting� Sat., April 20 from 1-2pm. Paint and rocks will be provided or you can bring your favorite rock from home. You must register for this activity. After School Game Day - April 23: 3:30pm to 5pm for children ages 8 to 12. Admission by donation. Tween Movie Night Thurs., April 25 5:30-7:30 pm. Join us for Pizza and a Movie “Men in Black 3� Rated PG13. Admission $2/person. Please register. Non-Instructional Day Matinee Fri., April 26 2-4pm. Join us for a family friendly movie and popcorn. “Hotel Transylvania� will be playing. Admission is by a $2 min donation. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more info or to register for the above events please call 250-845-2256. The Houston & District Chamber of Commerce would like to remind everyone of Pitch-In Week April 22- 27, 2013. We hope your group or organization will be

joining us again for Project Clean Sweep. The Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club will hold their Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Wed, April 24, 2013 in the Houston Public Library. Club members and guests are encouraged to attend. For more information contact A Babysitting Course is offered by Houston Community services from April 10-May 22. The course is for ages 11 and up, held every Wed. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register call Houston Community Services at 250-845-3484. Perennial Plant Sale (Bulkley Valley Genealogical Society) Sat. May 25 - 9 a.m.(viewing 8-9) Main Street & Hwy 16 at the Goat Statue Parking Lot, Smithers. To donate plants: If you are dividing perennials, splitting shrubs, thinning flowers or halting the spread of berry patch, please save your spares for this sale. If you need help digging up your plants or to arrange pick up, call: Marie Kaszas at 250 845 2510. Houston Dart League is Sat. evenings at 7:30 pm. upstairs at the Houston Curling Club. Blind doubles games. Seniors Bingo is every Tues. at 7pm at Cottonwood Manor. Entry is $1. Come out & enjoy a fun prize filled evening. Lots of prizes! The Houston Legion Branch 249: Meeting: 2nd Mon. of the month is Executive, 4th Mon. is General Meeting. Houston Secondary School webpage: http://hssweb.

Houston Community Services is open Mon. thru Fri. from 9am to 4pm We have clothing to give away. Baby clothing; women’s and mens as well as children of all ages. Come and check it out!


Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. meetings every 2nd Tues. of the month at 7:30 pm. Fire practices every Thurs. at 7:30 pm. 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)


Granisle and District Seniors meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thurs. of each month at 1pm in the Seniors Centre. Granisle Volunteer Fire Department meetings & fire practices every Tues., 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Granisle Church of the Way services are Sun., 11 a.m. Bible study is Thurs. at 7 p.m.

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Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale



Heavy Duty Machinery

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SALE 1 April 20, 2013 Saturday @ 10:00 am. Francois Lake Hall, Francois Lake, B.C. South of Burns Lake @ Intersection of Hwy 35 south & Colleymount Road. ANTIQUES: The sale will have some of the nicest antique furnishings ever offered by us at auction. We have a beautiful selection of large antique furnishings such as: Tables, sete, couch, sideboards, piano stool w/ bear claw feet, end tables, side tables, curio cabinets, grandfather clock, buffet, bedroom suites, dining room suites, marble top satin wood wash stand, antique oak table 6 chairs, buffet & hutch suite, misc. antique dining room chairs and other occasional chairs. This sale will have a beautiful selection of Victorian & Eastlake antiques and other beautiful antique Oak & Mahogany furnishings. ANTIQUE HORSE GEAR: There is a very large selection of antique horse gear that includes sleigh bells, spreaders, scotch tops, bridles, and hames etc. NATIVE & TRADITIONAL ART: Nice selection of native art including hides, drums, face masks, leather art & clothing, moccasins, paddles (exact items will be posted on the website). HOUSE HOLD & MISC COLLECTABLE’S: Very large selection of hockey, baseball & football cards, clocks, lamps, candelabra’s, brass, pewter, wrought iron collectable’s, plate ware, glassware, china & vases, sword, coal oil lamps, very old antique leather horse collectable, violin, banjo. Sale will include a few modern furnishings, deep freeze, fridge & furnishings. ANTIQUE TOOLS & MISC: Antique tools, antique survey transit, large antique brass gold scale in glass cabinet, antique bamboo fly rod. This Sale has a large & excellent selection of antiques & collectable’s. This is a partial listing, so look for future advertising as there are more items & consignments to come. Please view website for pictures of exact items and a list of all of our scheduled auctions. Consignments welcome! If you would like to consign any items contact Mikes Auction. Condition of Sale. Terms: Cash & cheque with identification, sorry no credit cards. Items are as is condition ~ not responsible for accidents. There will be a concession on Site.


May 25, 2013 Saturday @ 10:00 am. Topley Garage, Topley, B.C. Intersection of Hwy 16 & Hwy 118 to Granisle. SALE 3 ANTIQUES, FURNISHINGS & COLLECTIBLES AUCTION June 8th, Saturday @ 10:00 am. George Dawson Motor Inn, Banquet Room, Dawson Creek, B.C. Any question Please Contact:

Mike Steinebach

@ (250) 694 - 3497 or Cell (250) 692-6107 or Egon Steinebach @ (250) 694-3319 or Cell (250) 570- 2055 E-Mail: & Website

Misc. for Sale AT LAST! An iron filter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Since 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions; w w w. b i g i r o n d r i l l i n g . c o m . Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON.


for sale. 5 males and 3 females ready to go by May 12 $550 each. Call (250) 8474203 or (250) 643-0358. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 RESTLESS LEG Syndrome & leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Online Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDING - Blowout clearance sale! 20x22 $4,188. 25x26 $4,799. 30x34 $6,860. 32x44 $8,795. 40x50 $12,760. 47x74 $17,888. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. or visit us online at: STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at:

Misc. Wanted True Coin Collector Looking to Purchase Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold and Silver coins, Bills + Not melting down, Serious Collector. Call: Coin Couple 1-778-281-0030

Real Estate Mobile Homes & Parks RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New Park. Affordable Housing. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC. Spec home on site to view. Please call 250-4627055.


LAKES DISTRICT MAINTENANCE LTD. Canfor Houston Operations 2007- 2014 Forest Stewardship Plan Signi¿Fant Amendment 16 1otiFe of 5eYiew and Comment

In accordance with FPPR 20 (1) the proposed Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) Signi¿cant Amendment 16 for Canfor, Houston operations, the Dungate Community Forest, is publicly available for review and written comment commencing on April 17th, 2013 for a period of si[ty (60) days. 7he proposed amendment adds in the Lake Babine Nation Non Replaceable Forestry License (NRFL) A88866 to our FSP. 7his amendment e[pands our Forest Development Unit coverage to most of the Morice 7imber Supply Area. 7his will help facilitate new tenures and adjustments in operating areas. It does not include the Red 7op area. 2ne result and strategy (Morice Old Seral stage) was modi¿ed with the addition of a clause around harvesting dead stands provided a replacement area can be designated. Currently dead stands can not be harvested in landscape units were thresholds for old seral have not been met. Often there are replacement areas available that are close in age and better suited for old forest management. 7his FSP amendment is available for review from April 17th, 2013 to -une 17th, 2013, at Canfor¶s of¿ce on the Morice River Road in Houston, B.C. From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments to review are recommended. 7he deadline for receiving written comments is -une 17, 2013. Please address any written comments to: *reg <eomans, Canadian Forest Products Limited P.O. Bo[ 158, Houston, B.C. 90- 1=0 7elephone: (250) 845-5225 E-mail: *reg.<eomans#

Apt/Condo for Rent NICEST APARTMENTS: Crest Villa seeks mature, responsible tenants for large, modern, clean, one and two bedroom apartments. Near arena and pool. Downtown Location. Call: (250) 845-4037

There will be two contracts, one for the Burns Lake area and one for the Houston area. To be eligible, bidders must have a registered company capable of providing Traffic Control Services as well as Rest Area Maintenance services. To view the particulars of this contract, those interested are invited to pick up tender packages at Lakes District Maintenance Ltd.’s Corporate Office in Burns Lake. Please return bids on or before 10:00am, April 30th/2013. Attention: Steven Gailing - Operations Manager

Vehicle Wanted For Sale By Owner

Home is move in ready For Sale: Upgraded 4 bedroom 2 bathroom house located close to elementary and high school. Numerous upgrades include kitchen, bathrooms, windows, and vinyl siding with added insulation behind. Floor plan and room sizes are good. Attached garage. Must be viewed to be appreciated.

For appointment to view 250-845-2613


There is only 5% GST on Realtor fees... and you pay nothing until we sell your house.

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ENCHANTING WOODLAND ESTATE! • Spectacular custom built log home on 10 acres minutes from town! • Vaulted ceilings with floor to ceiling windows and rock fireplace in spacious living room. • Master with hard wood on main, with en-suite with soaker tub and separate shower and walk in closet. • 2 huge bedrooms up, and a cozy family room area in the loft area.



Your path to a better job starts here. Legal Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The Estate of KURT GEORGE MURRAY aka KURT MURRAY, Deceased, formerly of 1435 Teer Road, Houston, British Columbia, V0J 1Z0 NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of KURT GEORGE MURRAY aka KURT MURRAY, Deceased, who died on the 26th day of June, 2012, are hereby notified under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor, Cheryl Hessel, C/O 101 - 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, B.C. V9W 7Z8, on or before the 24th day of May, 2013, after which date the Executor will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier SL 2 dr convert, average condition.

Now only . . .



100% Financing available O.A.C.

Sport Utility Vehicle

Auction Huge 3 Restaurant Like New Equipment Auction. April 20 @ 11 AM at Dodd’s Auction 3311-28 Ave, Vernon. 1-866-545-3259 View photos at .

Support Houston Shop Local

Rest Area Maintenance and Traffic Control Services.

Help Wanted

250-847-7928 Cell 250-877-2434

Transportation 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4X4 Black Clear Title 42,420 KM $16,700 (905) 664-2300

is now accepting bids for a combination contract for


Sale conducted on behalf of several Estates

A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Free Delivery BC and AB



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Sport Utility Vehicle


Elegant, well kept 5500 square foot home. Spacious kitchen and eating area, formal dining. 3 Fully finished floors, 9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms Currently set up as a successful bed and breakfast. Units all have separate entrances and decks. Too Many Extras to mention.

Call Re/Max Today!

IN A CLASS BY ITSELF! • Unique custom built executive home on just under 8 acres. • Spectacular view! • Gorgeous updated kitchen with solid wood, granite and top of the line appliances. • Floor to ceiling windows in sunken living room with beautiful rock fireplace. • New 28 x 40 shop, cozy log cabin for guests, 18 x 24 building used for gift shop.

Call Lia for more information...

The Hometown Experts with a World of Experience®

2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4 door, 4x4, average condition.

Asking . . .



100% Financing available O.A.C.

250-847-7928 Cell 250-877-2434

Lia Long 250-845-1147

Re/Max Houston

2436 Poulton Ave., Houston, BC e-mail:

Call 250-845-7325


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Houston Today

Houston Secondary students at home and abroad

Grade 11 students Evan Kenzle and Clayton Standbridge show off their catapult at the HSS Arts Fair last Thursday. They built the catapult with Jill Bowes and Ravneet Minhas for a Physics 12 project, and it could launch a softball 55 metres. The boys thank Doug Kenzle for the use of tools and the donated supplies. Right: Student Rowan VandenHeuvel shows off her painting and plasticine model of a minish from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legend of Zelda.â&#x20AC;? The HSS Arts Fair was very well attended with many students, family and friends enjoying visual displays of work from most curriculum areas. HSS extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who took time to come out and support the students. Jackie Lieuwen photos

Fifteen students from Houston Secondary School travelled Europe March 16 to 29. They had a great time and want to thank their teacher Ms. Betty Lou Doyle for organizing it, Mr. Ted Beck and other chaperones and the Houston community for their support. Back: Shayla Craig, Ravneet Minhas, Delainey Larocque, Kyle Proctor, Shad Andersen, Taylor Johnson, Austin Warren, Jamie Beck, Katie Ball, Keely Williams. Front: Rebecca Ells, Evan Kenzle, Shanea Yarish, Kamalpreet Parhar and Trent Siemens.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Braden takes down his opponent Brady in his first medal match. The boys fought hard, but Brady won the match 12 to 8. Randy Proctor, volunteer wrestling coach for the tournament, coaches Hayden as he prepares for his upcoming match.

Elementary students wrestle for gold

Wrestlers Mackenzie and Brooke struggle for a take down, while tournament organizer and wrestling coach Randy Chapman watches closely to determine points. Mackenzie took the win in this match 12 to 0.

Above: Wrestlers Elyjah, Brady, Hayden, Brandon, Cortland, Mackenzie, Hailey and Madison line up on the bench to wait for their chance on the mat. Left: Jhaide, Jackson, Jaret, Christian, Elijah, Jacob, Kade, Rebekah and Breden eagerly wait their turn to fight. Just over 20 elementary students from Twain Sullivan, Silverthorne and the Houston Christian School, participated in the Elementary Wrestling Tournament at Houston Secondary last Saturday. The tournament was organized and run by Wrestling Coach Randy Chapman and volunteers. Chapman has worked with students at schools and clubs to train them in wrestling.

Jackie Lieuwen photos



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Houston Today


Western Family Jumbo Scallops 340 gram




Your Pantry Fill Specialists


Beef Backribs

Fresh Avocados


6.37 per kg


2 kg

Cello bagged, 2 lb




Grape Tomatoes 340 gram

2 for




All Flavours 1.5 litre

499 F E ATU R E Old Dutch Potato Chips

12x355 ml



4 for

Plus Deposit, Plus Eco-Fee


Nabob Tradition Coffee

Quaker Quick Oats

Sun Rype Juice Boxes



4 for

5 kg


Lysol Disinfecting Wipes 5x80 count



Swiffer Products Assorted Sizes and Varieties

1299 Cash & Carry Only

5x200 ml


Clorox Greenworks Cleaners

Plus Deposit, Plus Eco-Fee


Assorted Varieties 275 gram

Assorted Varieties and Sizes


Bounty Huge Roll Paper Towel 8 roll or Charmin 30 roll


Nestle Polar Ice Cream Bars Assorted Varieties 12x60 ml

Assorted Varieties 200 gram


930 gram


Nestle Ice Cream

Coca-Cola Fridgemates

2 for


Schneider’s Bavarian Smokies





Febreze Air Effects Sprays



Adam’s Peanut Butter 2 Varieties 500 gram

299 Javex Liquid Bleach 3.57-5.38 litre


Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner

Western Family Orange Garden Bags



3.8 litre + bonus bottle



Mon. to Thurs. 8 am - 7 pm • Fri. 8 am - 8 pm • Sat. 8 am - 6 pm • Sun. 9 am - 6 pm Prices in effect: April 17 - April 23, 2013


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