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Fire damaged Highglen School Monday afternoon. The fire broke out in a classroom at about 3:30 p.m. after students had been dismissed for the day. Crews got the blaze under control fairly quickly, but worked for several hours to put it out. In consultation with School District 57 officials, a large excavator has been brought to the scene to dismantle the affected area of the roof. All occupants of the building evacuated when the alarms sounded. One firefighter was taken to hospital with a minor knee injury. Firefighters also rescued several animals from various classrooms, including birds, lizards, and rabbits. The fire damage is limited to the classrooms and roof area at the northwest corner of the building. However, smoke permeated throughout the structure, affecting all rooms and contents. The school will be closed to classes for the remainder of the week while the situation is assessed.


Plea made to save Pine Valley Council to mull core services review recommendation to sell golf course DELYNDA PILON

nickel per resident per year. Investment, however, may return the course to a level where it can add to the city coffers. When it had a driving range, the course The seats in council chambers were contributed $85,000 per year to filled Monday night with about the city. 60 people coming out to show “Let’s make Pine Valley proftheir support for the Friends of itable again,” he said. Pine Valley, a delegation which Speakers representing a presented several reasons the city number of user groups added should retain the course rather their support during the prethan sell it, a suggestion from the sentation. core services review the city is Jenny Carsons, representing considering. seniors, said she has two artiHistorically, the land used to ficial knees and the course is be the city airport until it was easy for her and others like her donated or sold to the city for to enjoy. Shari Green what Don Chamberlain, head of “Please save Pine Valley,” -Mayor Friends of Pine Valley, described she said. as a nominal fee. It was pointed out Pine Val“Are we following the moral intent of ley is the only par three course that offers those obligations?” he asked, pointing out easy accessibility combined with a conthe area currently provides recreation and venient location, something seniors can green space for city residents. enjoy and beginners can learn on. A Power Point presentation listed the Margaret Conway added it serves the annual allocation for Pine Valley at $4,200, needs of users like herself, a special Olymwhich broken down comes in at about a pics champion who brought home the gold

in golfing when she had the opportunity to represent Prince George in Hamilton, Ontario last year. “There are many excellent reasons to retain Pine Valley,” Chamberlain said. “It has been said that golf is a good walk spoiled – but golf is still a good walk.” Many councillors thanked those who came for the presentation. One concern brought forward is since Pine Valley is real estate, the report coming to council from staff on it and other city land will be heard in-camera, meaning the meeting won’t be open to the public. This is always the case when council deals with real estate issues. However, once council is informed on whatever information is within the report staff brings, the Pine Valley discussion will continue to take place in open sessions of council. Mayor Shari Green explained the report will be heard in a closed session by council, then council can decide which aspects to move forward to the open session. However, the ultimate decision regarding Pine Valley will be a public matter.

Three men, two adults and one youth, were taken into custody by police after a homicide on Douglas Street. Friday. Police are not yet releasing the names of the victim, nor those of the men in custody. A press release says they will release the name of the deceased following an autopsy later this week. The release goes on to say, “two adults and a young person, all males, have been taken into custody and are believed to be responsible for the death. The deceased and the suspects are known to each other and police do not believe the public is in danger.” At about 3:30 p.m. on April 19 police were called to the 800 block of Douglas Street after the report of a death. Generalduty officers secured the property, and the serious crime section as well as the forensic identification section were called out to investigate. The coroner ’s office said because the incident was deemed a homicide, all information regarding it is being handled by the local RCMP, who are awaiting the results of an autopsy before releasing further information.


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Clark speaks to full house on city visit Liberal leader speaks about difference in economic plans between Liberals and NDP DELYNDA PILON

About 250 Liberal supporters filled and spilled out of the campaign office on Victoria Street Thursday night, providing a rousing welcome to party leader Christy Clark, who made a stop at the rally on her campaign tour. Clark spoke of the commonalities of those who make up the party, saying goals like ensuring children have it better than their mothers and fathers, caring for the elderly, and leaving the province better than they found it are all things they stand for. She talked about her parents and her normal middle-class upbringing, describing their three-bedroom house and three siblings, adding sometimes tough decisions had to be made to achieve a longterm goal. “They (her parents) would have been ashamed if when they passed away they left us with a penny of debt,” she said, adding most residents in the province were raised in a similar way. “If it’s not okay for Jim and Mavis Clark, or you – why is it OK to leave our children with billions of dollars of debt?” she asked. “We have a chance in this campaign to pay off the debt so our kids can do better than us. This campaign gives a stark choice to British Columbians. The other side believes in overspending, in growing government, in deficit budgets.” She said the Liberals believe in growing the economy while the NDP believe in raising taxes. “Raising taxes will kill the natural gas industry,” Clark said. She accused the NDP of supporting an Alberta jobs plan, rather than one for B.C., citing statistics from the 1990s showing when the NDP were last in power about 50,000 residents left the province, heading to Alberta to look for work. She said by aggressively pursuing the opportunities with LNG, the provincial debt will be paid off and the Liberals will

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Liberal leader Christy Clark greets supporters at a campaign rally in Prince George Thursday. Several hundred supporters turned out for the 20-minute speech from Clark. create a prosperity fund. Clark said in spite of the global economic turmoil, the Liberals came up with a sound fiscal plan and stuck to it, protecting the economy, which she said is secure and growing in B.C. “Prince George is almost a completely different place than it was 12 years ago,” she said. Now the economy is one of the strongest in the country. In the 1990s she said unemploy-

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among others. “That is the benefit of a growing economy in a community that has incredible heart,” she said. Clark spoke specifically about a plan set up by the Liberals where families can put aside a $1,200 tax benefit for each child six and under for an RRSP. “The NDP want to take that away from you,” she said, adding it would be redirected into childcare.

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“Not only do they know how to spend your money better than you do, apparently they know how to raise your kids better than you do,” she said. Clark added she has challenged NDP leader Adrian Dix to a debate, but thus far it has not happened. “I am not afraid of people finding out what I believe in and where I stand and my vision for this province,” she said.


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Sinclair calls for involvement B.C. Federation of Labour president wants new government DELYNDA PILON

Key members of the NDP gathered at the Hart Banquet Hall Sunday evening with Jim Sinclair, B.C. Federation of Labour president, to discuss the best way to share their election message with the public. “This is a critical election for working people and for British Columbians,” Sinclair said. “We all need to be involved.” The goal, he said, is to put a new government in office May 14. He said the current government has created an economic mess and has no vision. He added this election is about what is going on now and the changes that need to be made to improve things, not about the province in the 1990s, when the NDP last acted as government. Liberal leader Christy Clark, and many Liberal

MLAs, have talked about the power that have adversely high rate of unemployment affected the province. in the ‘90s, laying the blame “In the last 13 years there on the governing party at have been massive cuts in the time. public service.” Sinclair cited He said shutseveral statistics ting down the that rebut the apprenticeship Liberal opinand training ion of the state program in the of the province north has led to under the NDP’s a skilled worker leadership in shortage. that decade, say“Let’s talk ing comparing about the future the two parties of jobs,” he shows the NDP said. “We lost Jim Sinclair did slightly bet34,000 since they - B.C. Fed president ter than the Libbrought in the erals on several jobs plan. They fronts. spent $16 million on it. I But he added it’s more think people would rather important to look at the have that money spent trainfuture now, as opposed to ing people in B.C.” the past. Right now, he said, it is “First of all, driving the important to get the informacar while looking in the rear- tion available out there, and view mirror is dangerous for encourage union members to everybody,” he said. vote. He said the Liberals have “We need to make sure made decisions while in we are heard,” Sinclair said.

“This is our chance to have a say for our future. We have to make sure our members along with British Columbians get out there and vote.” He said people have become cynical, thinking their vote won’t count. They have been alienated from the process, he said, and need to be drawn back in. “We have something precious. We have a democracy. I have been in graveyards filled with young people who died for the right to vote.” He said it is up to politicians to regain the trust of the populace and said another issue is residents don’t necessarily know what the issues are. “I have heard people say they don’t know what the election is about.” Sinclair said the plan will be to put together plenty of informative material then get it out to the public while encouraging people to vote.

Driving infractions punished with fines In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 22: Robert L. Sebastian was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to one day in jail and time served of seven days. Sebastian was also found guilty of two other counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to one day in jail and time served of 10 days. Crystal M.R. Horth was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to eight days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Horth was also found guilty of a second count of theft of property with a Free value less than $5,000, sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Horth was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and a third count of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 45 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 25: Nathaniel J. Eiswerth was found guilty of two counts of driving while suspended, fined $500 and assessed a victim surcharge of $75. Remi P. Gauthier was found guilty of four counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 170 days in jail and placed on probation for nine months. Gauthier was also found

guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking, sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for nine months. Delbert W. Joseph was found guilty of driving while suspended, fined $500 and assessed a victim surcharge of $75. Jeremy D. Blackwell was found guilty of possession of stolen property with a value greater than $5,000 and sentenced to 170 days in jail. Blackwell was also found guilty of driving while prohibited, sentenced to one day in jail, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from driving for one year. Dennis P. Gladue was found guilty of two counts of failing to comPress ply with a condition of an undertaking and sentenced to one day in jail. Josephine M. Joseph was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 40 days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 26: Jason L. Bolam was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Daniel R. Heimbecker was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and being at large without a lawful excuse, sentenced to one day in jail and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Lance R.E. Park was found guilty

of mischief, failing to comply with an appearance notice and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking, sentenced to seven days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Feb. 27: Keagan J. Andersen was found guilty of being unlawfully in a dwelling-house, placed on probation for nine months and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Tristan A. Lively was found guilty of being unlawfully in a dwelling-house, placed on probation for nine months and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Charles P. Luggi was found guilty of two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 15 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Luggi was also found guilty of fraudulently obtaining food, beverage or accommodation and a third count of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. David J. Runge was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Leroy J. Sellars was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and placed on probation for one year. Trevor E. Turner was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500 and assessed a victim surcharge of $75. Christopher A. Clark was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Clark was also found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and fined $300. Clark was also found guilty of resisting a peace officer and fined $200. Michael J. Hall was With over 30 years of experience, I can help you preserve your freedom, reputation and livelihood. found guilty of assault, placed on probation for For an appointment call 564-4454 one year and assessed a victim surcharge of 980 Fourth Avenue, Prince George • $50.

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Ogasawara says NDP economic plan is good DELYNDA PILON

The NDP have a plan to build a vibrant economic future for the province, says Prince G e o r g e - Va l e m o u n t NDP candidate Sherry Ogasawara. Liberal party leader Christy Clark said the NDP was about building government and raising taxes, while the Liberal support building the economy when she spoke at a Liberal

rally Thursday, however Ogasawara disagrees. “This goes back to statements that have been made that are basically a rhetorical hit with no substance,� she said. “Adrian (Dix, NDP provincial leader) was here the first day this week offering real practical steps to help the northern regions of the province. We rely on resources and we are a resource-based economy. We’ve made

some clear statements of what our plans are to advance economic growth.� The biggest of these, she said, involve skills training, trades and advanced education, which provide ladders to good jobs with good wages. She added while Dix was in Prince George he laid out a five-point plan for the forest sector, with an emphasis on good management. “We will boost the

economy through that process,� Ogasawara said. As for the NDP plan to cancel a project, if elected, allowing parents with children six and under to deposit a one-time $1,200 grant into an RESP, Ogasawara said the NDP plan makes more sense. “We have a skills shortage,� she said. “If we don’t address it, by 2020 it will become a skills crisis.�


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She said the Liberal plan to provide a onetime contribution, by their own admission, will help about 57 per cent of B.C. families. “Just a little over half of B.C. families might be able to benefit from this,� she said. “Quite frankly we will not see results for 12 years. We have a problem happening now. We need to do something now. The practical solutions we offer make much more sense.� She said this includes supporting students with non-repayable demand-based student grants as well as providing an impetus through student scholarships of $20 mill with the hope the private sector as well as community stakeholders will bring the amount to $40 million. Ogasawara added she thinks comparing the low unemployment rate the province is enjoying to the one that hovered around 15 per cent in the 90s, a time the NDP held government, is more spin that fact-based. “A lot of that is misconception. It seems to be some fallacies are floating around, and I

Council gives final approval to centre DELYNDA PILON

Final reading was given Monday to the bylaws necessary to pave the way for a women’s recovery centre in the Haldi Road area. Council chambers held more than 30 residents of the area. The agenda item took just moments to read and finalize since the public hearing portion of the process, which gives those involved

a chance to speak, has been completed. As she introduced the item, Mayor Shari Green explained the first time the matter was before council she declared a conflict due to a friendship with a person involved with the project. The necessary changes passed the first time, proceeding to final reading of the bylaw and then a court case where the neighbourhood challenged and voided council’s

decision based on definitions set within the Official Community Plan. S u b s e q u e n t l y, changes to the Official Community Plan and the revamped project made their way through the process, which included another public hearing. This time Green did not declare herself in conflict, explaining then and during Monday’s council meeting, that was no longer the case. She added in order to

un-declare herself she is required to seek the advice of legal counsel, something she said she did, adding her only relationship with those involved right now is community appointments. Coun. Brian Skakun asked if the final readings could be postponed until the June 10 council meeting, however his motion did not get a seconder and died on the floor. All of council with the exception of Skakun

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voted in favour of the changed bylaws.

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“We are talking about 2013 now, and the emphasis really is on those practical solutions we are offering. Though Clark said Dix has not yet accepted her challenge to a debate, Ogasawara said that could still happen.



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echnically there is nothing wrong with the NDP seeking donations from the business community. In fact, until the rules change, it would be silly for them to not court funds from the corporate sector. It’s somewhat cheeky, though, for the NDP to send businesses a letter outlining how much that company has donated to the Liberals and then ask for up to $5,000 so the company can show its “commitment to a balanced approach to government.” If that is how businesses can show commitment to a balanced approach of government then perhaps Dix and the NDP should be requesting that businesses also donate up to $5,000 to the Conservative Party and the Green Party. Given that most feel the election result is a foregone conclusion, many in the business community, used to feeding politicians, may seek to send a few crumbs to those who are likely to be dishing out the gruel May 15. So, in that respect, the letter may simply be a welcome mat. But for those who don’t conduct politics that way, it’s an indication that even a new government will do some things the same old way. Then, of course, there is the hypocrisy of Dix re-announcing the party’s commitment to eliminate corporate and union donations to political parties only days before it broke that they were trying to fleece the corporate sector. Granted, they can’t do that until they get elected so why turn down donations now? But, for once, it would be nice to see something different.

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id you do something good for Mother Earth on Monday, which was Earth Day? If not, well, it’s not too late. Every day is Earth Day because we can’t exist without it. Earth Day is April 22 every year, all around the world. Earth Day has grown so much that celebrations take place throughout the whole month of April, also known as Earth Month. See, it’s not too late and we can even celebrate Earth Year. Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University student Dennis Hayes celebrated the first Earth Day in 1970. Since then the day has grown in popularity, significance, and participation. More than six million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity. Here in Prince George there were a multitude of events that celebrated Earth Day. We hope you took the time to do something nice for Mother Earth on Earth Day. And, as we already mentioned, it’s never too late. Mother Earth will appreciate the gesture no matter which day you do something nice for her. She is kind of demanding, though, and would like you to do something nice for her every day.


The negative campaign I like political rallies. of electing a Liberal government (ta-dum). The There’s always lots of energy in the room. argument is just stupid, but it resonates, so they What I don’t like about political ralkeep hammering it. It’s negative and lies is that there usually isn’t anything it’s fear-mongering. substantive said during the rallies. In But that’s what the Liberal campaign that regard, Christy Clark didn’t disis about these days. Writer’s appoint last week when her campaign Block The other one that got me about made a whistle stop in Prince George. Clark’s visit here was that she called BILLPHILLIPS Lots of rah-rah, make the troops feel out Adrian Dix for not agreeing to a good, but little on what a Liberal government one-on-one debate. She said that it will either be would actually do. It’s ironic that Clark and the an NDP or Liberal government come May 14 so Liberals have been hammering Adrian Dix and British Columbians should see those two leaders the NDP for not releasing a platform while their go toe-to-toe, without those pesky other demoown plans for the province are about as vague as cratically created parties at the table. they come. She’s right in that one of the two main parties “Most of (the Liberal platform) consists of will form government. glowing descriptions of the government’s 12-year But her zeal for a debate between her and Dix, record, and attacks on the NDP of the kind that exclusive of other party leaders, shows, at least are not normally seen in a platform,” writes Vicfor me, an arrogance that is unsettling. toria columnist Tom Fletcher. I would hope that the premier, whoever it is, And that kind of sums the campaign up. The would not only recognize the differences in our Liberal strategy is to attack, attack, attack. Not political landscape but embrace and encourage much more. them. But, of course, Clark likely sees BC ConserThe only plan they seem to have for the future vative leader John Cummins as one of the biggest is that liquid natural gas will solve everything obstacles to her return to power so avoid giving from infrastructure woes to zits in teenagers. him a platform at all costs and basically call Dix How will it do that? Just wait and see. a coward for not agreeing to the charade. Clark’s main campaign strategy is “we don’t Dix, on the other hand, got to take the high want to go back to the 1990s,” referring, of road but the reality is that he knows Clark would course to when the NDP were last in power. likely hammer him in a one-on-one debate. Of course we don’t want to go back to the 90s, So this goes on and we wonder why fewer because that would also mean we’re on the cusp people are interested in voting. Circulation Manager: Lana Metz Email:

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Make this vote ABC - Anyone But Clark

Editor: While I’m sure the Liberals only used taxpayer money and government employees in their ethnic-gate re-election strategy out of an altruistic zeal to serve the public and not as a way to keep their snouts in the public trough, its time for a complete change. Barring some sort of voter’s Stockholm Syndrome we will get a NDP government in May and if they don’t listen we will turf them too. The voter is heartily sick of being lied to at election time, then lied to and/ or ignored for the next four years. On the home front we have Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad who appears an innocuous sort, somewhat reminiscent of a cheerier version of the Maytag man and with the same predilection for having his picture taken. In Mr. Rustad’s case inserting himself into any photo op from bake sale to bull sale. He, like the rest of the Campbell/ Clark crew, unanimously supported the “not on the radar” HST which cost the taxpayer around $6 billion and gave

us nothing but flatter wallets in return. The pre election denial of the approaching HST ambush also of course enabled the Liberals to steal that election. Mr. Rustad also seems to stand for (when a Liberal will stop tap dancing long enough to take a stand) the Northern Gateway Pipeline and oil drilling off the coast. Brings to

mind the Joni Mitchell lyric “they paved paradise to put up a parking lot.” I’m sure Christy Clark will find another job, be it as talk show host or perhaps even just take up Mr. Branson’s holiday offer. Though we B.C.’ers have found carrying the Liberals on our backs to be a huge burden and all the Liberals we’ve seen

laid bare an unpleasant sight. Don’t worry about the departing Liberal MLAs job prospects however, after all they have comprised the best government business ever owned. In addition of course they have the Campbell-legislated huge raises to their gold plated pension plans. So we voters have a choice.

We can pinch our noses at the stink of scandal that surrounds the Campbell/Clark government and believe pipe dream promises about a prospective potential Prosperity Fund or try something new. Vote NDP, Green, PC or Vulcan, ABC, Anyone But Clark. Richard Blake Vanderhoof

Find out why people don’t vote Editor: In response to the article written earlier about the percentage of the population that fails to turn out for elections, I wish and would like to see the groups that compile these results spend more time investigating why they choose not to vote. I’m sure the results would be much more interesting, and scathing, of our current broken political system and perhaps out of that, change would actually occur. The voting apa-

thy noted is indicative of the lack of vision in our political parties, and I would strongly

hesitate to call any head of a political party ‘a leader’. The difference

between a leader and a manager is vast, and I suggest that our current political system is led

by managers, not leaders. Thank you Jeremy Henderson

Thank you to our volunteers Editor: April 21 – 27 is National Volunteer Week – a time when we honour all the ways that volunteers contribute to our communities. This year, the theme is “Volunteers Cast a Beautiful Shadow,” reflecting that the impact of volunteering extends into every corner of our communities and improves the lives of every Canadian. On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, I would like to thank all the volunteers in our communities – and especially those who work so hard to make the

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Don’t tell anybody, but the season after winter is here Although it’s something to whisper ing willow branches. softly in the dead of the night beneath Next week or maybe the week after that a moonless sky (so as not to attract the the cutbanks are going to burst with that vengeful stealthy God of sweet new green of spring. I can Snow), I think spring has already smell the sap (alright – I arrived. can remember the smell of the sap) Life in I love the sun. I’m not as it begins to gush. the fat talking about those fake Not that winter doesn’t have its lane sunny days when you highlights. DELYNDAPILON look outside and your But I get tired of it sometime heart leaps because you see a seamless right after the New Year imposes itself blue sky. You find out it’s just a trap soon upon us. Then red stop lights become reaenough when you rush outside to greet it, sons to sneer and growl, rather than burst wearing short sleeves. In an instant you into a warbling, though heartfelt, rendition are frozen as a grape popsicle, purple with of City Sidewalks. cold as the biting kiss of the wind crushes Piles of snow are no longer invitations you, after fiercely rolling over endless to slide downhill, wind whipping your miles of snowy peaks. cheeks red, on your crazy carpet. That was the case short weeks ago, but By then I am tired of sweeping mounds now you can actually feel the warmth of of white stuff off my car while hoping the the sun as it begins to coax life from sleepsand truck is going up Carney Hill before

me. I love the return of longer well-lit days, kids playing pick-up hockey on the streets and cyclists zipping about. Unlike some people I don’t suffer from SAD, but I had a friend who did, and I saw her fight the winter blahs on a scale quite different from my own, but I do find the mind-set in summer and winter as different - well, as different as night and day. In winter the house starts slowing down at around 4 p.m. Reading, television and quiet fun become the rage. In summer you can do anything at 4 p.m. Heck, dusk is hours away. Maybe it’s time for a trip to the lake to burn some hotdogs for dinner or a nice drive in the country or even a short drive to Quesnel to visit the old folks. You can travel, windows down, music blaring with the sun guiding your way. But in winter everything changes,

including my will and energy level. I just want to stay home and do homey-type things. Somehow when the sun dims, the inner engine goes to idle. But, though winter is fierce and I’m always ready to say good-bye when the last of the snow melts, I’m glad to live in a city with four distinct seasons. Spring and fall are actually my favourites. In fall, crisp morning mist rises from the earth, shimmering around vibrant leaves. In spring renewal is evident everywhere you look, from drab lawns turning green to young blossoms opening to the sun. So I’m happy spring has arrived in the city in spite of those cynics who posted endless messages on Facebook saying it was cancelled. Hah to you. Here comes the sun – and I say it’s alright.

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million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2012. The PowerSense programs help customers conserve energy and get the most out of their energy dollar by providing both financial incentives and advice on energy efficient technologies and practices. In 2012, FortisBC’s natural gas Energy Efficiency and Conservation programs helped residential, commercial and industrial customers save more than 360,000 gigajoules of natural gas, enough energy to heat some 4,100 homes in one year. Renewable natural gas is a B.C.-made, carbon-neutral energy source. The methane gas used to produce renewable natural gas comes from organic waste found at local landfills and farms. Instead of escaping into the atmosphere as a harmful greenhouse gas, it’s captured, cleaned and added to our pipeline, giving our

customers a renewable energy source. For about $5 more per month on their natural gas bill, customers can designate 10 per cent of their natural gas use as renewable. We’ll then inject an equivalent amount into our system. To date, more than 60 businesses and close to 3,800 residential customers have signed up to be part of the renewable natural gas program. Helping customers conserve energy is one of the most cost-effective ways for us to meet future needs. And by making thoughtful energy choices – whether it’s switching to paperless billing, installing energy-efficient lighting or upgrading to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace – you’re supporting the environment. Tom Loski is the vice president of customer service at FortisBC.


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Polar takes the prize Local company saves money and energy DELYNDA PILON

A local business took home a $25,000 grant through its Live– Smart BC Small Business Champion project. Polar Refrigeration replaced its heating and cooling system with energy-efficient models which are being tied into a solar panel system. BC Hydro will buy back any extra energy through its Net Metering program. “We got a notice through the Prince George Chamber calling for applications,” Patti Perrault with Polar Refrigeration said. “It was quite the application. We ended up getting an award.” Perrault said 13 companies in the province were awarded varying amounts of money in a number of categories. The $25,000 will go towards the upgrade at Polar, with the company putting in about another $50,000. Perrault hopes the 21 solar panels will be in place by the weekend. “The idea behind this is to educate and market this in our community. We want to let people know the different ways they can create or save energy,” Perrault said. DeLynda PILON/Free Press The upgrade is cheaper to do in homes rather than commercial Patti Perrault with Polar Refrigeration shows the spaces, though it is still an invest- LiveSmart BC award they earned, that came with $25,000 to help the company install an energy-efficient ment in your property. As to how much money you heating and cooling system as well as solar panels. will save, Polar Refrigeration will be able to tell you exactly what the savings amount to since there is an energy-management system monitored by computer that calculates energy usage and shows environmental benefits in real time. “It’s easier to market when you have it yourself,” Perrault said. “The air conditioner probably won’t cost us a penny this year. When it’s CHAMBER MEMBER SINCE 1999 not working, power is being stored.” ON-SITE DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION WE NEVER TRANSPORT UNSHREDDED DOCUMENTS She added installing the technology now is • Licensed & Bonded • Locking Security Containers. All Sizes answering what she believes will be code in • All Employees Security Cleared • Prompt, Efficient Service the near future. “With the way codes and the government are Paper Drop-offs Welcome going, pretty soon people will have to build 7961 Otway Rd Ph 250-561-0425 homes to a certain specification for heat loss. TollFree 1-866-847-2737 They are already doing it all through Europe, though it’s relatively new to Canada.” Polar Refrigeration will be able to discuss this and a number of other energy-efficient Protect Your Identity. Protect Your Environment. technologies at the upcoming Home Show.


DON’T BURN YARD WASTE ...RECYCLE IT! It’s spring clean up time. It’s that time of year when we generate lots of yard debris such as dead grass, old leaves, and tree and shrub trimmings, Instead of burning this material and creating air pollution problems, compost it. Old grass and leaves are a great carbon source for your home composter. Or, take this material and your tree and shrub trimmings to the Quinn Street Transfer Station, Vanway transfer station or the Foothills Blvd. Regional Landfillwhere the material will be added to the centralized composting operation. Instead of polluting the air we breathe, recycle yard waste back to the earth. Transporting garbage or compostable yard & garden waste to a local waste facility? Remember to secure your load!

BULK COMPOST FOR SALE Bulk compost is available for purchase from the Foothills Landfill composting operation. Locally generated yard & garden waste is recycled on site through a windrow composting process. When the cycle is completed, the finished compost is screened and made available for purchase to local residents. A loader is available on a scheduled basis for loading compost or you can bring your own shovel and dig in! Benefits of using compost as a soil amendment: t *NQSPWFEQMBOUBOESPPUHSPXUI t *NQSPWFETPJMQPSPTJUZ t *NQSPWFEXBUFSIPMEJOHDBQBDJUZ t *NQSPWFESFTJTUBODFUPXJOEBOEXBUFSFSPTJPO Compost can be used in the following applications: t 5PQESFTTJOH t .JYJOUPFYJTUJOHnPXFSCFET t .VMDIBSPVOEBOOVBMT QFSFOOJBMTBOEPUIFSMBOETDBQFQMBOUT t 3PUPUJMMJOUPTPJMCFGPSFMBXOTFFEJOHPSMBZJOHTPE

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Recycling helps Salvation Army The Salvation Army in Prince George kicked off Earth Day with a week-long recycling information and donation booth at centre court at Pine Centre Mall. Donations of clothes, shoes and small household electronics can be dropped off during mall hours until Saturday, April 27. Canada’s largest non-governmental provider of social services has been helping families and individuals in the city of Prince George for 90 years.

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Making yogurt and toothpaste at home ALLAN WISHART

Gayle McCue chats with a customer at her Nature Lovin’ Hippy table in Artspace on Monday. McCue was one of the people doing demonstrations of being environmentally friendly for Waste Lines, an Earth Day event. A llan WISHA RT/ Free Press

Anyone interested in ways to save the environment could find a lot of tips at Artspace on Monday, Earth Day. The evening was called Waste Lines, and was broken into three components. In the first section, visitors had the chance to find out how to make toothpaste, yogurt and other products at home, as well as get tips on recycling. Then the movie The Clean Bin Project was shown, highlighting a ‘competition’ between two people as to which could produce less garbage. After that, there was a questionand-answer session with representatives from the City, the Regional District of Fraser Fort George and the Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS). Lawrence, The Bread Guy from the Farmers’ Market at the courthouse, was one of those with demonstrations available. He was providing recipes for homemade yogurt and veggie burgers. “The yogurt is actually a very simple method, and it’s based on something I figured out a while ago. Water boils at 100 degrees. So if you take 40 per cent of the water you’re going

to use and heat it to boiling, then combine it with the rest of the cold water, the whole thing will end up at 40 degrees.” Then, he says, all you have to do is add yogurt with a a live or active bacterial culture and wait. “You can have yogurt ready to go in eight or 10 hours, but I prefer to give it 12 hours. I like my yogurt with a bit of zing to it.” The veggie burgers he was demonstrating are actually from a friend’s recipe. “He made some up for me to bring here, and I’ll be cooking them up and serving them so people can get a taste. They’re vegan, gluten-free and very tasty.” Recipes for both the yogurt and the burgers were provided. Gayle McCue was also providing a recipe for homemade coconut oil toothpaste, along with other products from her Nature Lovin’ Hippy business. “All the products are all natural, with no synthetic products. I have soap, laundry soap and other skin products here.” McCue is finishing up the nursing program at CNC and plans to continue her education at UNBC, which means the business is still just a part-time venture.


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Snow hasn’t left the city limits yet. But at Masich Place Stadium, most of the white stuff had melted by the weekend, with the track and infield clear of it. The track and grass was a welcome sight to Prince George Track and Field Club members eager to get the 2013 season started. On Saturday, regular outdoor training sessions officially began for PGTFC athletes in the junior and Track Rascals programs. Seniors began their outdoor training sessions the week before. “Now we just got to get things to warm up and then the grass can green up and hopefully by May 1 we’ll be out on the field and things will be good to go,” PGTFC president Brian Martinson said. Although athletes were using the field to warm up on Saturday, they hadn’t been given the green light to start holding field competitions. They expect the field condition to improve so they can hold events on the grass during the Sub Zero Meet on May 4. The Sub Zero Meet is the first home meet of the club’s 2013 season. Martinson expects the Sub Zero Meet to run as scheduled. He noted that they’ve already received inquires from McBride and Smithers. The meet draws athletes from throughout northern B.C. and Martinson expects 120 participants this year. The PGTFC typically has 150 to 170 members. Although numbers were lower on the weekend, Martinson pointed out that registration rises in late April and early May. The other major meet on the club calendar, the Spruce Capital Meet, is slated for June 8 and 9.

For members of the Prince George Track and Field Club’s Track Rascals and junior programs, the 2013 outdoor season officially got underway on Saturday at Masich Place Stadium with the start of regular practice sessions. To get warmed up, athletes took part in running drills. A lis ta ir M cINNIS/ Fre e Pre s s

Out-of-town competitions are scheduled for: May 18 and 19 – Centennial Meet (Kamloops); June 28 to 30 - Jack Brow Invitational (Kelowna); July 12 to 14 B.C. Junior Development Meet (Nanaimo); July 19 to 21 - B.C. Jamboree 14+ (Kamloops); Aug. 9 to 11 - Legion National Championships (Langley). Martinson, a teacher at PGSS, is also a coordinator for high school track and field. He organizes the North Central District high school track and field zone championships. This year’s zone championships are scheduled for May 23 and 24. The PGTFC is also preparing to help coordinate a special event this year. The first annual Northern BC

Gary Reed Training Camp will unfold on May 25. Reed is a middle distance runner who competed in the 800m running event at the 2004 (Athens, Greece) and 2008 (Beijing, China) Summer Olympics. He fell just short of an Olympic medal in 2008, finishing fourth in Beijing. Reed is a 31-year-old Victoria resident who calls Kamloops his hometown. The Gary Reed Training Camp is for athletes aged 11 to 19, at a cost of $40 per athlete. “They’ll never get this kind of coaching anywhere else until maybe they get to the university level, so that’s what’s really, really invaluable,” Martinson said. The annual zone cham-

pionships have been rescheduled in an effort to attract visitors to the Gary Reed camp. In the past, the zone championships took place the Thursday and Friday leading into the Victoria Day long weekend. This year, they’ll unfold the week of Victoria Day. The deadline for full payment for the Gary Reed Training Camp is May 24. Although Prince George has a reputation of being a last-minute town, Martinson is hopeful people will register for the camp early. “Probably we’ll get a lot of people signing up when they come to the Sub Zero Meet. That’s probably what will happen.” The top athletes from the

zone meet will advance to the B.C. high school track and field championships, scheduled for May 31 and June 1 in Langley. HIGH SCHOOL Prince George athletes travelled to Kamloops for a high school competition on the weekend. Shelby Jansen of PGSS posted a personal best in finishing first in the 400m dash at the third annual Battle of the Borders High School Track and Field Meet. Jansen, a Grade 8 student, also took top spot in the 200m dash. Other Prince George results from the meet were: Hannah Donovan (Duchess Park) - second in 100m, second in long jump; Maddie Pilling

(College Heights) - first in 400m; Carolina Hiller (College Heights) - third in 100m and second in 200m; Rebeka Kidd (College Heights) - third in 400m; Carlee Campbell (College Heights) - second in triple jump and third in high jump. Kelly Road Secondary graduating Grade 12 student Emma Balazs travelled to Oregon to compete on the weekend. Balazs entered the Oregon Relays at the University of Oregon, the premier high school meet in the U.S. northwest. Balazs finished 11th in the 3,000m and 11th in the 1,500m runs. Balazs will be heading to the University of Oregon in the fall.

Klippenstein resigns Cougars role shortly before draft Wade Klippenstein has resigned from the Prince George Cougars. The announcement of his stepping down came on Thursday. The Cougars sent out a brief press release. Klippenstein had been working for the Cougars in a coaching and management capacity for the past six seasons. For the past four seasons, he carried the titles of assistant general manager and director of player personnel. Klippenstein’s tenure with the organization included time spent filling interim

head coaching and assistant coaching roles. With Klippenstein the interim head coach, the Cougars compiled a 15-26-0-2 regular season record. They grabbed the eighth and final playoff spot in the 200809 campaign before being swept in four games by the Vancouver Giants in the best-of-seven opening round. As an assistant, Klippenstein worked alongside Drew Schoneck, the Cougars head coach in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, the Cougars won a pair of playoff series

before being ousted by the Giants in the Western Conference final. The news of Klippenstein’s resignation came just two weeks before the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, taking place May 2 in Calgary. It comes after a disastrous 2012-13 campaign that saw the Cougars finish second-last in the league with a 21-43-2-6 record, missing the playoffs for the third time in the past four years. The Cougars had already made staff changes this year, with Mark Holick tak-

ing over head coaching duties in January. Holick took over a position previously filled by Dean Clark, dismissed after three and a half seasons as the head coach. The Cougars hold the third overall selection in the bantam draft. For winning the lottery last month, the Regina Pats leapfrogged the Cougars and will select second overall. The Giants, 21-49-2-0 this past season, have the first overall pick. Check future issues of the Free Press, and online at, for coverage of the bantam draft.

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Kings get commitment from Thompson The Prince George Spruce Kings announced another player commitment last week. Caleb Thompson, a 1994born defenceman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will join the team for the 2013-14 B.C. Hockey League season. Thompson is listed as a 5-foot-11, 175-pound righthanded defenceman. He played the past two seasons with the Dallas Stars U18 Major Midget AAA hockey club. He also participated in the Spruce Kings spring camp and skated in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Prospects Game on April 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great opportunity for me,â&#x20AC;? Thompson stated in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really looking forward to bringing my will to win and work effort to Prince George. It will be a brand new environment where the hockey is fast paced and played at a highly competitive level.â&#x20AC;?

The news made Thompson the fourth player to commit to the Spruce Kings for next season. He follows 1995born forward Cole Todd of North Vancouver, 1995-born defenceman Danny Kiraly of Glendale, Arizona and 1996born forward Braiden Epp of Prince George. The players join the active roster of a Spruce Kings squad that finished with 25 wins, 22 losses, one tie and eight overtime defeats (25-22-1-8) in the 2012-13 regular season. They lost three games to two against the Chilliwack Chiefs in the best-of-five Mainland Division semifinals. COACHING MOVE Brad Rihela wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be back helping guide the Spruce Kings next season. Rihela, an assistant coach with the team in the 2012-13 campaign, has accepted a junior B head coaching position with the Aldergrove

Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. An Aldergrove product, the move brings Rihela back to his hometown, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll guide the two-time defending PJHL champion Kodiaks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to thank the city of Prince George, our great fans, volunteers and everyone involved with the team for a fantastic year,â&#x20AC;? Rihela stated in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I owe a lot to (general manager) Mike Hawes and (head coach) Dave Dupas for giving me the opportunity to be part of a truly first-class organization. I am proud to say I was part of an organization that is on the verge of becoming one of the elite teams in the BCHL.â&#x20AC;? In adjusting to the move, the Spruce Kings have restructured their existing staff. Assistant coach/video coach Colton Buffie and assistant coach Jason Garneau will take on bigger roles.

Leafs and lockouts a fit Perhaps all they needed was another lockout. Prior to this National Hockey League season, the Toronto Maple Leafsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; previous playoff appearance was in 2003-04, the last campaign before the lockout that cancelled the entire 2004-05 season. ULL Not only were they the only OURT team that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see playoff action between the two lockouts, they RESS carried the longest active playoff ALISTAIR drought, at seven consecutive seasons short of the top 16. The drought was also the longest in franchise history. Yet the Maple Leafsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rise back to respectability and return to the playoffs isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only story of this 2012-13 shortened season. Power appears to be shifting again, although as much as things change, much appears to be the same. The young Edmonton Oilers will once again be missing the playoffs. Eighteen years is a long time. The previous lockout shortened season, 1995-96, saw the New Jersey Devils win the Cup, although theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d finished their 48-game regular season schedule with 22 wins, 18 losses and eight ties (22-18-8) to finish only six points ahead of the ninth-place Florida Panthers. At 33-11-4, the Detroit Red Wings were the top regular-season team in 1994-95. This season? The Devils are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs while the Red Wings are on the playoff bubble. The Red Wings are trying to extend the NHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest active postseason streak. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made 21 straight playoff appearances, having not missed the playoffs since 1990. Yes, 1990, the year they drafted defenceman Nic Lidstrom 53rd overall. Missing the playoffs was something Lidstrom, who retired last year, never experienced. If Detroit doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get on a roll this week, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel the pain of falling short of the postseason.


SPRING The Prince George Track and Field Club began regular training sessions for juniors on Saturday. Prince George Tennis Club courts were being occupied for games. Groundskeepers could be seen doing maintenance work on the fairways at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Although no tee shots were taken, most of the snow was gone, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious that golfers will be filling scorecards soon. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to say spring has arrived in Prince George. This change in season puts me in a better

mood while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the job, since I have an easier time finding athletes in action. As I pointed out previously, this city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experience an overlap between the winter and spring sports seasons. This evening, another spring sports season gets underway in Prince George, although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an outdoor league. The Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association begins MCINNIS its 2013 campaign tonight, with the defending champion Express taking on the Devils at the Coliseum.



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Buckhorn Community Park Property The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George intends to consider adoption of the Buckhorn Community Park Property Use Agreement Authorization Bylaw No. 2826, 2013, at its regular meeting on May 16, 2013. This bylaw will authorize the Regional District to enter into a renewal agreement for community/recreational use with the Buckhorn Recreation Commission, terminating in 2018. The Buckhorn Community Park Property is located in Electoral Area D and is located at the intersection of McManus, 15 Mile and Vienna Roads. The subject property is described as:  



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accepts the championship trophy for another few months. While it may not be the Assault rising to glory again, it won’t be a first-year team in the PGSLA. After welcoming expansion teams in each of the last two seasons, the PGSLA welcomes the same six teams back into the fold this year. The BX Pub Bandits, Twisted Cork/Regional Security Stylers, Mackenzie LumberJacks and Quesnel Crossfire round out the league. Mackenzie played its inaugural PGSLA campaign in 2011 and Quesnel joined the fold last year. “I expect quite a few surprises from the league this year, especially because of the two out of town teams,” PGSLA commissioner Glen “Moose” Scott says. After missing the playoffs in their inaugural season, Mackenzie was eliminated in the semifinals in 2012. The Crossfire will look



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to take a similar step forward this year. “They’re going to be an unknown quantity and quality type of team this year,” Scott says of Quesnel. “If they get the goaltending – they’ve got Bob Mills back again – they could surprise very, very strongly in our Prince George senior lacrosse league.” With the same number of teams, the PGSLA will be back with the same number of regular-season games. This evening’s contest begins a 45-game schedule that rounds out with a game in Mackenzie between the LumberJacks and Crossfire on June 23. The top four teams will advance to playoffs, which will begin with best-of-five semifinals. The two winners will meet in the PGSLA best-of-seven championship series in July. This year’s schedule includes a neutral-site game. The Assault and Stylers will play in Vanderhoof on June 1. Could the community one hour west of Prince George be added into the fold? “I think eventually if Vanderhoof gets enough interest and enough players,” Scott says, “certainly we’ll look at any city or town or village coming into the Prince George senior lacrosse league.” Lacrosse expansion in the region may include the introduction of a new league. Scott notes that they’ve explored the option of starting an intermediate B loop. In each of the last two PGSLA finals, the Assault swept the Ban-

Clarke Anderson of the College Heights Pub Assault, left, makes a move towards the BX Pub Bandits’ net during Game 4 of the 2012 Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association best-of-seven championship series last July at the Coliseum. Carrying a three games to zero lead into the game, the Assault won the contest 17-13 to sweep the series and claim the league title. The league officially begins its 2013 season this evening, with the Assault meeting the Shooters Pub Devils. Fre e Pre s s file p h o to

dits in four games. In the final contest of the 2012 playoffs, the Assault outscored the Bandits 17-13. Prior to their losses to the Assault in consecutive league finals, the Bandits captured the 2010 PGSLA championship trophy. The Devils won in 2008 and 2009. The Bandits topped the 2012 PGSLA regular season standings with a 13-2 record, while the Assault ended up second at 12-3. The Stylers were third at 9-6 while Mackenzie grabbed the final playoff berth with a 6-9 mark. The Shooters Pub Devils (3-12) and expansion Quesnel Crossfire (2-13) fell short of the playoffs. Scott is hopeful the league will be more competitive this season. He expects the Assault and Bandits to field strong lineups again, with an improved Devils team. After tonight’s season opener, the PGSLA will resume Thursday evening at the Coliseum with a meeting between the Bandits and Crossfire. The Coliseum will also hold four PGSLA games this weekend. The weekend action begins with

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a tripleheader showcasing each of the league’s six teams on Saturday. After the Devils and Stylers hit the floor at 5 p.m., the Crossfire and LumberJacks will play at 7 p.m. The late game will be a rematch of the past two league finals, with the Assault and Bandits scheduled to battle at 9 p.m. To round out the weekend schedule, the LumberJacks and Stylers will play on Sunday at 11 a.m. “They’re going to be put to the test right off the bat,” says Scott, who’s entering his 23rd season as league commissioner. “But I hear that they’ve got quite a lot of good things going on in Mackenzie.” All 29 PGSLA regular-season games in Prince George will unfold at the Coliseum, the majority of which will be weeknight contests. Ticket prices for games at the Coliseum are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and $2 for children (under 12 years old). The league is also offering 2013 season passes. At a price of $60, you get access to all regular season and playoff games.

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Jordan Botel claims football awards

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Prince George product Jordan Botel displays the football awards he won for his efforts playing at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., this past varsity season.

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A football player from Prince George was among the big winners at the athletic awards night at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. Jordan Botel was recognized for his efforts in the 2012-13 season with some hardware. He was named Offensive MVP and Team MVP for the Mount Allison Mounties’ football team. Botel, a 5-foot-10 running back, led the Canadian Interuniverstiy Sport conference in carries with 197 for the season. The total ranked him second all-time in Atlantic University Sport carries. He also led the AUS in yards rushing with 878, and recorded seven touchdowns. A rookie on the Mounties, Botel was named a first-team all-star running back. Before relocating to the university in Sackville, N.B., he played for the Vancouver Island Raiders of the B.C. Football Conference. Botel, a former Canadian Football League All-Canadian, developed in Prince George minor football and is a former student at College Heights Secondary. “Jordan is a physically punishing running back,” Mount Allison head foot-

ball coach Kelly Jeffrey stated in a press release. “When Jordan finds a crease he is dangerous in the open field and is a great finisher of runs. He rarely is tackled by one person and continually drags the pile for extra yardage. In just his first season with us he has shown to be very coachable and has continued to improve each game he has played here.”

BOXING Kenny Lally fell short in another international boxing card. At an event in Belgrade, Serbia, the Boxing Canada elite A team member lost to Ivanov Stefan of Bulgaria. The card took place last week,

and Lally expected to arrive back in Prince George on Tuesday. With the overseas trip behind him, Lally will turn his attention to the upcoming Night of the Champions, scheduled for May 11 at the Northern Sport Centre. Lally is scheduled to battle Hector Rendon of Tacoma, Wash. in a 60 kg tilt.

RUNNING The Prince George Road Runners held their Hart Half/Run for Rural Medicine event on Sunday. The competition featured three running distances (5 km, 10 km and 21.1 km), in addition to a 10 km walk and one-kilometre mini runs. Top finishers, with

overall distance placement in parentheses, were: Josh Hewitt, 5 km male (17:43, first); Jacqui Pettersen, 5 km female (20:28, third); Zachary Matyas, 10 km male (36:09, first); Jacqui Benson, 10 km female (40:06, fifth); Jim Van Bakel, 21.1 km male (1:23:08, first); Shar Balogh (1:24:26, second). One-kilometre mini run winners were parent Donald MacRitchie (7:05) and tot Max Cross (6:28). Tony Prazma completed the 10 km walk in 1:09:20. Participation totals for the runs were 55 for five kilometres, 43 for 10 kilometres and 32 for 21.1 kilometres. Twelve participants completed the one-kilometre mini course.


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Playbill AUTHORS TOUR Two of the finalists for the BC Book Prizes will be at Cafe Voltaire tonight (April 24) to read from their books and do some signings. Jackson Davies has been nominated for Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, while Victoria Miles is nominated for Mimi Power and the I-Don’tKnow-What. The event starts at 7 p.m. and, as with all Cafe Voltaire events, it’s free.

WORKSHOP Crystalynn Tarr will be holding a landscape painting workshop on April 27 at Two Rivers Gallery. For more information or to register for the workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., phone Two Rivers at 250-614-7800 or go to what-s-on-now/249-adultsfront.html.

RAIL ROMANCE The Forever Young Chorus will be performing a series of concerts this weekend, The Romance of the Rail: A musical tribute to the age of steam locomotion, with special guest John Rogers, the 2013 Senior Idol runnerup. Shows are April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. All shows are at the Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave.

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At first glance one might think that Henry and Alice: Into the Wild is about a camping trip and the ‘wild’ is Mother Nature. The play, now showing at Theatre North West, does take place during a camping trip but the ‘wild’ is really middle age and all that entails … getting older, job security, self-worth, spoiled kids, spontaneity in life (and sex), and the realization that time is no longer on your side. It’s all wrapped up in a neat package that is poignant, hilarious, and will likely hit too close to home for the baby boomers in the crowd. Michael Querin is excellent as Henry. The veteran actor is bang-on as the recently

downsized engineer taking his frustration with the larger issues in his life out on the minutia of simple physical tasks. You feel for him as the breadwinner of the family whose role has been cast into question. Annabel Kershaw does a superb job as Alice, who at first seems vapid but develops into perhaps the most complex character in the play as she struggles with what she has sacrificed by being a stay-at-home mother. And then there’s Karen Johnson-Diamond. She is immensely believable as Diana, the Harley-riding, free-spirited sister who encourages Alice and pushes Henry’s buttons. The three work well together and play off each other throughout the performance. We are transported to a campsite somewhere in

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Lapp concert kicks off fiddle contest When the Prince George Oldtime Fiddle Contest kicks off this weekend, there will be a face familiar to millions around the world taking part in the festivities. Daniel Lapp, a Prince George native, will be playing a concert April 26, the day before the contest itself. The concert, and the contest, will both take place at the Blackburn Hall on Blackburn Road. Lapp learned the joy of fiddle music from his grandfather, five uncles and numerous accordion-playing aunts. Family events were excuses to play music and he carries this tradition into a new era and contemporary culture. In 2002, he released Reunion, an album which was recorded in Edinburgh and Newcastle. It is a celebration of â&#x20AC;&#x153;how fantastic being a musician is,â&#x20AC;? says Lapp... â&#x20AC;&#x153;traveling the world and discovering soul mates from other countries.â&#x20AC;? Reunion was the first fiddle album recorded by Lapp featuring 10 original tunes as well as offering some unusual arrangements of a few old standards. There are a total of


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11 extraordinary musicians from across the United Kingdom collaborating on this record including: Kathryn Tickell on north Umbrian pipes, Tony McManus on guitar, Simon Thoumire on concertina, and David Milligan on the piano. At times, your toe will be tapping, but all of the music is not what one might expect from a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiddleâ&#x20AC;? album. The genre is explored a step further with Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique â&#x20AC;&#x153;folk trumpetâ&#x20AC;? and other musical influences, including jazz, which find their way into the recording. Throughout his diverse musical career, Daniel has learned to play numerous instruments in many musical genres. He studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto and received a BMus degree from the University of Victoria specializing in trumpet, composition and world music. His jazz influences led him to form the dynamic quartet, Lappelectro, in 2001. Lappelectro fuses experimental elements of various influences including jazz, folk, and electronica. Their sound mixes loop based DJ culture and live improvisation with a unifying goal to bridge the gap between

the two. Now residing in Victoria, Lapp is a past winner of the British Columbia Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver symphonies. Over the past 10 years, Daniel has taught various fiddle styles to dozens of students at workshops across Western Canada and the United States. He has also been a guest instructor at the Universities of Victoria and Newcastle, England. In 1994, Daniel formed the BC Fiddle Orchestra with 10 of his brightest students. This exceptional Fre e Pre s file p h o to s group was invited to perRoawn, left, and Aidan Osborne concentrate on the music as they play in the form in front of an auditwin fiddle section at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oldtime Fiddle Competition. ence of 60,000 people at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 Winter Olympics in information, contact Judy bows touching the strings Feyer at in the preliminaries at 11 Victoria. This evolved into Vancouver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am sure that someAnother precursor to a.m., with the finals to folthe Daniel Lapp Fiddleharmonic. Both ensembles day, intimate memories the contest is the regular low. There is more than have recorded albums and a mutual fondness will Thursday night jam from 7 $3,500 in prizes, and comand played extensively demand another Reunion, to 10 p.m. at the Elder Citi- petitors from across B.C. throughout B.C. In addi- perhaps in Ireland or the zenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recreation Centre, and points east will be here. tion, Daniel is the founder Appalachiansâ&#x20AC;? says Dan- 1692 10th Ave. Competi- If time permits after the and president of The Victo- iel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When that time comes, tors, visitors and regulars finals, there will be some weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll grab an instrument, are invited to drop by for jamming and dancing. ria Fiddle Society. Before the out-of-town He was also one of those sit down, have a laugh and a little taste of what the guests hit the road April entrusted with present- pick up right where we left weekend has in store. The contest itself will be 27, they and everyone else ing Canadian culture and off.â&#x20AC;? The Daniel Lapp concert April 26 at the Blackburn are invited to drop by the fiddle music to the world, as he participated in the starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Hall. Registration is from 9 hall at 8 a.m for a pancake opening ceremonies of the Blackburn Hall. For ticket to 10:15 a.m. with the first breakfast.

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One of the pieces in the Best Damn Little Art Auction Ever was a six-inch-square mirror, which reflected well on some of the other small pieces of art in the auction at the Groop Gallery.

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put this on the wall?’ If you can’t find space for a six-inch square piece . . . “ With a mix of established artists and new ones, she asked the artists to not sign the fronts of their work. “I wanted people to bid on the art they liked, not a particular artist.” Desjardines says they will definitely have the same sort of auction next year, but probably with a new wrinkle or two. In the meantime, she’s now getting the main gallery upstairs set up for Ekphrasis, a show which opens April 26 with a special event from 7-9 p.m. ‘Ekphrasis is a word which means ‘a literary description or commentary on a visual work of art’,” she said. “The opening night Friday will be for people to see the art.” A number of local poets will also be attending, and they will then produce works based on the art in the show. “Then we’ll have a poetry reading on May 31, highlighting the poetry.” Groop Gallery is located at 1127 Third Ave.


Sometimes small is easier than big. “I have four works here,” Ben Blanchard said Friday night at the Best Damn Little Art Auction Ever. “All of them started as sketches for parts of a larger piece, and I ended up liking the sketches more. “I was thinking, ‘Seriously, I spend all that time on the big piece and I like the little sketches better?’” All the works at the auction, which was the launch for Groop Down Under, the new downstairs gallery at the Groop Gallery, and a fundraiser for the Community Arts Council, were six inches square. While the majority, including Blanchard’s, were painting, there were a few pieces which were more sculpture. “I’ve worked in a lot of different mediums over the years,” Blanchard said. “A lot of times it just depends on my mood, sometimes on what I’m going to be painting.” He looked at the more than 100 pieces hanging on the walls, with a good-sized crowd of people there already. “It’s amazing to see what people can with such a small canvas.” “Amazing” was also a word Melanie Desjardines of the gallery used to describe the event. “People were coming and going all night,” she said. “I was standing at the desk at the end of the night when the winning bidders came up, and everybody had a smile on their face and they were saying, ‘That was so much fun’.” Desjardines says she was surprised by how many pieces they ended up with for the auction, but says Lisa Redpath of the council had done most of the work in getting the works together. “Some of the people who contributed pieces aren’t regular artists,” Desjardines said. “They’re not people who do art full-time. “I think some of them may have been helped by the small size, since they weren’t maybe as intimidated by having to do a big piece.” She also thinks the small-sized works may have helped the bidding. “You didn’t have to think, ‘Where am I going to



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There will always be a word for it


Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words.

conservation officer, and for some reason the word ‘estivation’ came to mind. What is estivation, you ask? (OK, maybe In Shakespeare’s you don’t, but play Hamlet, the main along with me here.) character, while Estivation is, basiacting crazy, comes Allan’s cally, the opposite of up with one of the Amblings hibernation. It refers simplest statements ALLANWISHART to animals which sleep about literature. during the summer What we all read is simply and are active during the winter “words, words, words”. But (and don’t ask me for an examit’s how those words are orgaple. I’m a wordsmith, Jim, not a nized or what words are chosen biologist!). which makes the difference Before I forget, I’ll take you between a dime novel (which off tenterhooks (not, note, tencan still have great phrases in derhooks, which they frequently it) and classic literature (which, become in stories) and give you just as easily, can be almost the longest word which can be unreadable). typed using only the left hand. I spend a lot of time thinking It’s ‘stewardesses’, although the about words, and not just when way I type, a) there are words I’m writing stories. (My edithat are longer that I type with tor usually wishes I did spend only my left hand, and b) I more time thinking about words probably wouldn’t use just my when I am writing, but I’m not left hand to type stewardesses going to start listening to him because I never ‘learned’ how to now.) I’ve always enjoyed word type according to the book. trivia, whether it’s derivations, I consider myself very lucky strange trivia (like the longest to have a fairly large vocabuword that can be typed with the lary, because it increases my left hand (I’ll have the answer chances of being able to come later)) or anything else to do up with the best word for the with the language. story I’m writing. In the words For instance, I heard a story of Mark Twain, “The difference recently about reports of bears between the right word and the showing up in public places, almost-right word is the differa story I actually previewed a ence between the lightning and couple of weeks ago with the the lightning bug”.

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Jurista runs Relay as survivor

For the third year in a row, Krista Jurista will take a victory lap at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Jurista, a mother of two young girls, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma in October of 2010 when her youngest daughter, Addison, was just 10 months old. Jurista’s overwhelming emotion was anger and she vowed to fight the disease with everything she had. “I was mad that I had to deal with this because I had a family and I have a wonderful career,” said Jurista, a teacher at Duchess Park Secondary School. “I had all these hopes and dreams and all of a sudden it was like, ‘Well, here’s something new you have to deal with.’ I wasn’t scared I was going to die – I don’t think I was ever scared I was going to die.” Jurista’s husband is Chris. At the time of Jurista’s diagnosis, the couple’s eldest daughter, Mckenna, was three years old. Jurista, 29 when she was told of her lymphoma, went through six months of chemotherapy. Just weeks after she finished her treatments, she was at the Prince George Relay For Life, walking in the survivor’s lap that opens the event every year. This year’s Relay For Life is May 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Masich Place Stadium. Jurista and relay organizers are encouraging all cancer survivors to take part in the ceremonial first lap. “It’s very powerful,” Jurista said. “It’s nice to be honoured and celebrated. “And (the Relay For Life) is a good time,” she added. “Why wouldn’t you inspire others and encourage other people who are going through the same thing? Showing people who have lost loved ones to cancer that there are survivors, I think that’s really important too.” Those who would like to participate in the survivor’s lap are asked to leave a message at 250-564-0885 or send an e-mail to jillgreenlees@ “Cancer survivors give us inspiration to take part, to give generously and to take a stand against cancer,” said Helen Owen, Team Lead, Relay For Life. “We invite all cancer survivors to join us.” Jurista, part of the Heart and Soles team for the upcoming relay, had never been ill prior to her battle with lymphoma. The path to her diagnosis started when she found a lump in her neck while she was nursing Addison. Tests and a subsequent biopsy revealed that she had cancer. Jurista, who had just returned to work after maternity leave, put her career on hold once again and started chemotherapy. At the con-

clusion of her treatments, she was given a clean bill of health. Jurista now visits her doctor twice per year for follow-up tests. “I have always been a positive person,” she said of her long-term outlook. “I think a b o u t Photo s ub mitte d ( c a n c e r ) Krista Jurista, seen here with daughters Addison, left, and every day, Mckenna, will be participating in her third victory lap when the in terms Prince George Relay for Life starts on May 11 at 10 a.m. at Masich of having Place Stadium. to fight it every day. I make sure I’m eating healthy, exercising and doing what’s best for me. Even with teaching, the small things, I don’t let them bother me. It’s not worth the stress.” The Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser. Money raised helps the Society fund vital cancer research and is also used to empower, inform and support Canadians living with cancer. Owen said so far this year, things are looking great. “We have 143 teams so far, 1,352 participants, and close to $177,000 raised.” That number will go up this Saturday, when the annual garage sale is held by the ball diamonds at Carrie Jean Grey Park. People can register for the Relay For Life as individuals or as part of teams. Using the Canadian Cancer Society’s online registration system is the easiest way to sign up and is also the most effective way to raise money. To register, go to and select ‘Prince George’ from the drop-down menu at the top right of the page. Owen also reminds teams to make sure they have a representative come by the office at 1100 Alward St. on May 1 between 3 and 6 p.m. “We’re holding a team rally, where the teams can pick up their T-shirts and some important information about the relay. Every team that has someone come by will have their name entered for a prize.” Last year’s Prince George Relay For Life raised more than $490,000, the second-highest total in Canada behind only Coquitlam. The goal this year is to move up to No. 1.


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April 25 will be a banner night at Two Rivers Gallery. At 7:30 p.m., the works for the 2013 Street Banner Project will be unveiled at the gallery before being taken out and displayed downtown. A call for submissions went out in January, and local artists submitted 98 designs. “The jury was so impressed with the artwork,” gallery public programs manager Carolyn Holmes said is a press release, “that we

decided we just had to share all the entries with the public. The jury had a difficult time choosing only nine designs to be printed on the banners, and we recognize the time and effort that went in to each submission.” The nine successful designs will be unveiled as banners at the April 25 event, with the artists present to assist with the unveiling. The banners will be installed on Third Avenue, in the Civic Plaza area, along 15th Avenue from Carney Street to the Bypass, and at the CN Centre.

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Jim Blake, right, the chairman of the Prince George Airport Authority, is presented with a clock by vice-chair Les Waldie, centre, and PGAA president and CEO John Gibson on Wednesday. The presentation came during a celebration of 10 years since the PGAA assumed control of the airport. Blake has been the chairman of the board for the full period, but will be stepping down at the end of May. The clock was inscribed with the words: “Time flies. Thank you for being our pilot.”

Lund here for Bush Bash Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans lead the charge to the Pilsner Bush Bash at the CN Centre on Thursday, May 9. Corb Lund’s latest album Cabin Fever follows on the boot heels of his 2009 New West debut, the critically acclaimed Losin’ Lately Gambler, his sixth album. Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin’ Albertans, the Juno Award recipient has won kudos in his native land: the Canadian Country Music Association named Lund Roots Artist of the Year seven consecutive years from 2004 - 2010. From Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles, the Alberta-born honkytonker’s songs cover it all. From a rustic retreat deep in the Rocky Mountain forest, Cabin Fever evolved from a period of introspection and hard traveling. Just like the prolific Lund’s subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the live-sounding long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel… The DIY spirit lives with Lund, who traded his ax for an acoustic and has done everything from printing his band’s T-shirts to booking gigs to writing press releases. Though it may look like a quartet onstage, the Hurtin’ Albertans are really “a seven-piece band,” according to Lund, “because Grant plays a bunch of stuff,” including mandolin, banjo, Dobro, and baritone guitar. “Grant and I have a complex system of hand signals because I don’t use a set list,” says Lund. “We’ve got seven records’ worth of material

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Moving must sell. Deluxe 33’ Fleetwood with toy hauler, sleeps 8. Used only once to Arizona. Originally purchased for $40,000 in May 2008. Recently serviced asking $24,000. (306)673-2323 or (250)-643-3777

Delivery Days Wednesday and Friday

Rob Herman/Patrick Boneater, Brady Glennen, Kathy Stadelmann, Judith Dunham, Jodi Hunt.

900 sq ft 533 Dominion St. Retail/Office space $900/mo neg + gst. Heat & Ph. not incl. Ph:Anna 563-1289 or Danillo 563-2738


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If the storage fees and related costs are not paid in full, and the goods removed by April 17, 2013, then the goods will be sold by auction by J.C. Ross Auctioneers Inc. on May 4, 2013, at A-1 Self Storage, 3632 Hart Hwy, PG:

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Free Press accepts Datebook submissions in written form only — dropped off, mailed or e-mailed. No phone calls please. Free Press Datebook runs as space allows every Wednesday. No guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George, B.C. V2N 1T3. E-mail

WEDNESDAY Prince George Power and Sail Squadron AGM, May 1,6 p.m., 490 Quebec St. Information: 250563-7463. Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:0-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-9818270.

THURSDAY Kidney Foundation AGM, April 25, 7 p.m., fourth floor Education Room, hospital. Informaton: Diane Duperron 250-9627958. DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-6499591. BC Civil Liberties Union meets second Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., 1575 Fifth Ave. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. or 250-564-5191. Wing night and karaoke, Thursdays, 6-10 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion. Tai Chi classes, Thursday, 7-9 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-9643849. Darts games, Thursdays, Prince George Golf and Curling Club, Pepsi Room (downstairs). Registration 7 p.m. Information: Robin McGuire 778-8900683. Prince George

Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information:, Joyce 250-964-0961.

Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561.

FRIDAY First Nations Retreat, “Embracing the Spirit Within”, April 26-28, Domano Renewal Centre. Information or registration 250964-4475 or e-mail reception@ domanorenewal– Garage and craft sale, April 26, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Reserve tables 250962-6712. The Romance of the Rail: A Musical Tribute to the Age of Steam Locomotion, presented by the Forever Young Chorus, April 26, 7 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Tickets at ECRA in advance or at the door. Caledonia Ramblers spring meeting, April 26, 7 p.m., Artspace, 1685 Third Ave. Carolyn Ibis slideshow. Drum Circle with Granville Johnson, Friday, 7-9 p.m., Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George, 1752 Fir St. Information: 1-250966-2320.

SATURDAY Garage sale, April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Garage and craft sale, April 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,

Hart Pioneer Centre. Reserve tables 250962-6712. The Romance of the Rail: A Musical Tribute to the Age of Steam Locomotion, presented by the Forever Young Chorus, April 27, 7 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Tickets at ECRA in advance or at the door. Nechako Flea Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

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SUNDAY Pancake breakfast, April 28, 8:30-11 a.m., Eagles Hall on Dagg Road. Dog-owning Ginters Walkers Clean Sweep campaign, Ginters, April 28, 10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. The Romance of the Rail: A Musical Tribute to the Age of Steam Locomotion, presented by the Forever Young Chorus, April 28, 2 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Tickets at ECRA in advance or at the door. Nechako Flea Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave. Meat draw, Royal Canadian Legion, 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Peace Keepers Proceeds to Alzheimer and MS societies and others.

MONDAY Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Cariboo Toastmasters meet, Mondays, 7:309:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, - 444 George St. Information: caribootoastmasters. com or Laura (250) 961-3477.

The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Wednesday. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3 E-mail

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Court Services employees Hillary MacInnis, left, and Rhonda White, right, present Prince George Hospice Society marketing officer Dianne Sears with a cheque for $410.11, raised from donations by workers who wore jeans to work on Fridays last year. Employees were encouraged to donate $2 each time they wore jeans.

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A U T O B O D Y LT D . 2065 - 1st Ave. • 250-563-0883 Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740.

TUESDAY Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250-562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975. Hospital retirees meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-563-7497 or 250-563-2885.


Power Play, for children from newborns to five years old, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle Ave. Information: 250-6149449. NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-9627985. Royal Purple meets meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-5639362. Wednesday evening Tops (take off pounds sensibly), Spruceland Baptist Church, 1901 Ogilvie St.. Information: Leona 250-962-8802. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton St.

Thank You Prince George For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop! Prince George Stroke Survivors Group meets Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250563-3819, Roland 250-562-1747. La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m. at the Health Unit auditorium. Information: Tammy 250-612-0085. PGRH retirees breakfast, first Tuesday of the month, Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Information: 250-563-2885. Prince George ATV Club meets third Tuesday of month, 7 p.m. Carmel Restaurant meeting room. Information: George 250-964-7907. Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Monday noon-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m No appointment necessary, located in the Prince George

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Pentecostal Church, 497 Ospika Blvd. Information: 250-6179653. Free sports and recreation, Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 1160 7th Ave., ages 15-30. Information: 250-656-5278.


2015 Games PROMO for VOLUNTEERS! Sign up to volunteer for the 2015 Canada Winter Games during National Volunteer Week and show support for the work of Volunteer Prince George at the same time. 2015 Games will donate $2.15 per “new” volunteer sign-up from 8:30am Monday April 22 to 4:30 pm Friday April 26, 2013 to Volunteer Prince George for their continued work in the community.

Go to for details. For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George



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April 24, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press

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April 24, 2013 edition of the Prince George Free Press