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Compost facility helps create a better earth Seabird Island leading the way with local compost centre

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What we take from the earth, we must give back. That was the lesson shared amongst those who attended the grand opening of the EcoStation Compost Centre on Seabird Island on Friday. "Understand that if we take care of Mother Earth, Mother Earth takes care of us," Chief Clem Seymour told the gathering, which included elected officials from Kent, Harrison and

Chilliwack, along with several Seabird band council members, community members, centre staff and elders. Seabird has been working on becoming kinder to the environment for many years, as part of a grander community plan, said Brian Jones, community economic development manager. Four years ago, Seabird applied for funding through the Dept. of Indian Affairs to begin a threeyear project to look at ways to recycle. The idea to begin

composting their own material was born out of this plan, when they began to look at the amount of waste being produced. Rather than sending food scraps from beneficial programming such as the culinary arts training centre and the school's breakfast program, they could return the waste to earth. Just in coffee grounds alone, he joked, the program is worth the effort. By composting that material, and offering the service to the wider community, they were

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those living on Seabird partners in this as time Island are eligible moves along." to have their own John Paul, from EcoStation compost Transform Compost container to make Systems, explained collecting the matter the process behind easier. composting. But the centre is Materials go through also open to accept several stages of compostable materials decomposing, and is from neighbouring heated to a minimum municipalities. The of 55 degrees celsius for centre is currently in eight weeks. Systems phase 2, handling 4,000 are in place to reduce tonnes per year. But it the odors that could will have the capability emit from such a plant, of proand the cessing operation “I applaud Seabird is under 80,000 tonnes of for their leadership, c o v e r compost, due to far more their vision, in getting the large than the this project off the a m o u n t b a n d of rain ground” and its locally. residents A s produce. visitors It in- John Van Laerhoven the centre cludes listened t h r e e intently, aerated windrows, a two piles of compost mixer and a screener. were steaming away in Mayors John Van the same building with Laerhoven and Leo a thermometer in place Facio, along with acting to monitor the heat. mayor of Chilliwack There are seven Jason Lum were all in objectives within the attendance on Friday. plan for the centre. Van Laerhoven and Besides recycling and Facio both spoke of composting food scraps a willingness to work in the community with the band's centre and neighbouring in the future. communities and "In our own home, creating compost for we recycle everything the bands 700+ ha now," Van Laerhoven of agricultural land, said. "I feel guilty of all Seabird is also setting those years we didn't out to develop a recycle, but it's amazing sustainable agricultural how little material plan focusing on soil actually has to go the health and biodiversity roadside now (for the to reduce dependence landfill). on chemicals and "I applaud Seabird for pesticides. their leadership, their This will lead to vision, in getting this producing local healthy project off the ground," food for the community he added. "Hopefully and its neighbours, we can become real while creating jobs and

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Chief Clem Seymour thanks elected officials, elders, councillors and the public for coming out to learn more about the compost centre on Seabird Island.

sustaining economic development. And finally, they plan to use the centre to teach others, just as the Seymour used the opening to teach a lesson in caring for our Earth. At the end of the speeches, Seymour

announced that everyone would receive a small tree, planted in compost created right in the centre. Everyone was invited to plant their tree, donated by the ministry of environment, and then take it home. And all the while, he

said, remember that we are the caretakers of the land. To learn more about composting at Seabird, phone Aaron McNeil at 604-798-2968 or the band office at 604-7962177. news@ahobserver.com

Another Agassiz grow op busted A grow op has been dismantled in a home on Parkwood Drive, but police announced last week that they are still looking for the occupants of the house. The home is in the 1600 block of the Agassiz neighbourhood,

and had been the subject of a search warrant that lead from a tip. When police searched the home, they found a grow op in the basement containing 127 plants. A no occupancy order was

placed on the home. "The Agassiz RCMP have been very diligent in disrupting grow ops in the community," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  "It is important to the community and important to the police that these drugs not hit the

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Lodge gets approval for license change Jessica Peters

Council gave approval to the request through the board, on the provision that is was granted for one year only. The board approved that provision. "No Parking" signs also had to be placed on one side of the road to avoid congestion. The year has passed without issue, and the signs have been put in place. No neighbours have written to object the application, and one neighbour wrote in favour of it. Council passed the decision unanimously.

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The Fraser River Lodge has successfully passed its trial year with extended hours, and has won approval from council to continue operating as such. The lodge, which hosts several weddings and other large private parties throughout the year, applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch over a year ago to extend their food primary liquor license hours from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m., within the food services and lounge area. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

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Richard Zetchus and Mike Weightman watch as a driver going over the speed limit quickly drops into compliance, passing a Speed Watch station on Mountainview Road in Agassiz.

Speed Watch revs up in Agassiz area More volunteers would mean more eyes on road Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

It’s a crispy, cold morning in Agassiz, with the sun just peaking over Mt. Cheam to cast some light on Mountainview Road. Three men take about five minutes to set up and calibrate a Speed Watch station, and it only takes a few more minutes for the first few cars to drive by. For a half hour, almost all clock in at a safe and reasonable speed, well below the limit. The speeds read out on the digital board at the roadside, and the few who are crossing the limit quickly correct themselves. Not one driver was caught excessively speeding — an infraction that will trigger a formal letter in the mail. It’s not exactly a trap. The bright orange vests and caution signs protecting the volunteers and equipment are easily seen down the straight stretch. But the idea on this particular day is awareness and compliance, not enforcement, says Mike Weightman, ICBC’s Road Safety Coordinator. He’s happy to see the quick compliance, glad that the set up is working as intended. He has been watching this newspaper’s coverage of the ongoing issues on the route that connects the north side of the Agassiz Rosedale bridge to the Lougheed Hwy. Mountainview is the longest stretch of that route, and a dream for those looking to knock a few seconds off

their trip by putting the pedal to the metal. The number of speeders has brought up lively discussions in council, talk among neighbours, and even spurred on a special committee to tackle the problem. And then in February, a little girl was hit by a car on Ashton Road, sparking more debate and outcry. While the driver was not reportedly speeding, residents are looking for ways to discourage drivers from speeding along the route. Speed Watch is one solution. Run by volunteers, the program has died out in Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs over recent years. Two sets are available to the communities, but because there were no volunteers, one of those was redirected to a community that did people willing to run the program. “I can get those back for this community,” Weightman said, if more volunteers step up. So far, two have. Blake Darel, from Agassiz, and Richard Zetchus from Harrison Hot Springs are now operating the Speed Watch program for the area. Mountainview Road was chosen as a starting location due to the recent complaints of speeders. “There was an appetite here for it,” Weightman said. The program moves where it is needed, and runs based on volunteer availability. It costs municipalities nothing, and is overseen by ICBC. Darel and Zetchus went through

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Council split on decision to support farmer

Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

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wichtenberg opposed supporting Guliker. “The rules apply to everyone,” said Schwichtenberg. “Time will tell if he improved it or not.” Council is referring two items back to the committee, for clarification. The first is a request the district staff review extra costs and management challenges associated with environmental regulations, and a report be filed. They also sent back a request to support the endeavor of defining the technical sections of the WSA. That document

has not been released as a draft yet, council noted.

Levy to increase Council voted to increase the rural drainage acreage levy fees in order “to restore the fiscal balance between the revenues received from levies and general taxation.” The levy hasn’t changed since it went from $6 to $8 in 2003. It will be raised in three stages over the next three years. In 2014, the Agassiz drainage levy fee will rise to $10.10 per

Harrison mayor responds to public letter Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

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Silver awards for Observer crew Feature story and advertisement earn BCYCNA recognition The Agassiz Harrison Observer earned two silver Ma Murray awards from the B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association on Saturday night. Editor Jessica Peters was awarded silver in the Feature Article Award, for a story about Harrison resident Gerri Healey’s choice to become baptized after 40 years of drug and alcohol abuse. The story is available to read online at www.ahobserver.com by searching “Miracle in the Making� in the page’s search bar. Brittany Best, this paper’s former graphic designer, and Chris Franklin, advertising representative, were also recognized with a silver award in the Ad Design category for newspapers under 25,000 circulation. Their award was for an advertisement titled Taste the Chocolate, Feel the Love!, designed for Frank Peters’ business in Harrison Hot Springs, the Rocky

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Gerri Healey emerges from the water in the baptismal tub at Harrison Gospel Chapel. This photo ran with a story about her decision to come clean after a life of hard drug and alcohol use. The story won silver at the Ma Murray Awards on Saturday night.

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Opinion Listen, learn and vote And so it begins – 28 days of fevered campaigning as the 2013 provincial election gets “officially” under way. Not that the parties (or the candidates) have not been campaigning already. With the advent of the fixed election date, and the byelection held in Chilliwack-Hope just a year ago, it seems the campaign began months ago. But now comes the important part – our part. During the next four weeks we have the responsibility to learn what we can about the individual candidates and the policies they represent. It’s our job to weigh their promises, assess their abilities, and register our decision. And it’s never been easier. With the pervasiveness of online sources, reading up on a candidate is only a mouse-click or a tap away. Complete party platforms are either online now or will be soon. The Observer will also be compiling its election coverage under a specific tab at www. theprogress.com. There are other opportunities.  To date, more than eight all-candidate meetings have been scheduled, providing a chance to ask questions,

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listen, or simply meet the candidates. But becoming educated about the issues is only part of the work. It’s what we do with that information that really counts. And so far, we haven’t done a very good job. During the 2009 general election, barely half the voters in the riding of Chilliwack bothered to vote. In Chilliwack-Hope, the turn out was better, but only by two per cent. In the byelection held in ChilliwackHope last year, voter participation was much worse. A paltry 41 per cent of registered voters registered their choice. Whether apathy, cynicism or laziness, it doesn’t matter. It is an abdication of a responsibility that people elsewhere in the world continue to fight and die for. It is a right granted to women in B.C. only 95 years ago, and to certain minority groups only in the late 1940s. And yet, more than half of us routinely take it for granted. Voting is a simple act that holds  powerful significance. Don’t waste it. – Chilliwack Progress, Black Press

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B.C. Liberals are running scared B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher Third in a series on party platforms. VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberal Party deserves credit for releasing its policy book in full on the eve of the formal election campaign. That’s about the only positive thing to be said about it. For those who take the time to read party leader Christy Clark’s 40-page booklet, there are a few nuggets of news. For instance, a re-elected B.C. Liberal government would continue its justice reform agenda by moving traffic ticket disputes out of courtrooms, as they did with impaired driving cases. Most of it consists of glowing descriptions of the government’s 12-year record, and attacks on

the NDP of the kind that are not normally seen in a platform. This is consistent with Clark’s style since she was anointed party leader two years ago. The main focus, as revealed in February’s throne speech, is a plan to pay off B.C.’s growing debt and perhaps even get rid of the provincial sales tax with an Alberta-style “prosperity fund” from liquefied natural gas exports. Whether this is from imposing a new export tax on LNG or simply from a windfall of gas royalties is not clear. Clark and her energy minister contradicted each other on that when it was announced, and the platform doesn’t shed any new light. All we have is a big logo on the side of Clark’s campagn bus declaring “DEBT FREE B.C.” As I’ve written before, there is plenty of real evidence of a huge new LNG industry in the

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making. As for paying off the $60 billion debt that the B.C. Liberals’ pre-election budget predicts will keep growing, cartoonist Adrian Raeside summed it up best: LNG revenues are “Christy Clark’s

“Now Christy Clark is ‘freezing’ personal income tax rates for five years, and carbon tax rates too.” invisible friend.” Clark finished up last week with stops in Terrace and Prince Rupert, promising an LNG windfall for local governments as well. She repeated the platform’s attack line that the NDP are going to wreck the trillion-dollar LNG boom with a Quebecstyle moratorium on “fracking” to extract gas from deep shale

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formations. That’s not an outright lie, but it’s almost as speculative as Clark’s notions of a 30-year windfall that could at best barely start during the next four-year term. The NDP are not calling for a moratorium on natural gas production. They’re calling for yet another “review,” one of many vague, wobbly positions that have been adopted by both dominant parties. An earlier premier named Glen Clark became famous for “freezing” things like ferry fares and car insurance rates. Now Christy Clark is “freezing” personal income tax rates for five years, and carbon tax rates too. That implies she’s planning to win this election and the next one, at a time when it is unclear whether she can even hold her own seat in Vancouver-Point Grey. The B.C. Liberals will cut small business taxes by a point, some OFFICE HOURS Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., & Mon.

time in the next five years. They will also increase income tax on large businesses and personal income of more than $150,000, but that’s not mentioned in their platform, since it goes against 12 years of their policy as a government. t " DMBSJĕDBUJPO PG MBTU XFFLT column on the B.C. Conservative platform. Leader John Cummins informs me his plan to phase out the carbon tax does not include reversing the personal and business income tax rate reductions that were legislated as the fuel tax reached its current level. The platform asserts that total provincial revenues will continue to rise in the next four years, despite the uncompensated loss of $1 billion from the carbon tax. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Open process behind parking proposal The letter to the editor in the Observer newspaper "Enough of Pay Parking" by John Allen, needs clarification. The issue had been studied and voted on by council. The suggest that there was not such resolution by council to pursue pay parking and that myself and Councillor Jackson were operating a personal scheme is totally untrue. The regular council minutes of Oct. 1, 2012 reflect the report from Andre Isakov, manager of planning and community services. With a recommendation after interviewing six companies the council selected Go Park as the preferred proponent for pay parking services, and the staff held two open houses to engage both the residents and business community on pay parking

service implementation. This was change by council to 'viability.' The adoption of the Oct. 15 meeting was passed unanimously by council on Nov. 5 in an open council meeting, which included the Oct. 1 recommendation. Decisions are made by council. If you require the correct facts, come into the office. Our knowledgable staff can help you. More staff time and money is wasted on unnecessary literature. In January of 2013, a letter was sent to all residents with a questionnaire on pay parking. Open process. No hidden agenda.

Pictures tell soggy story On Feb. 28, 2013, these pictures were taken. The District of Kent still has a mind to say, not in my back yard.   Our water may flood someone else's field, as

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long as my feet are dry. These pictures tell the story of how good our drainage system works. Garry Wikkerink Agassiz

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It has been a number of years since the Skills Link Program was offered here in Agassiz, but thanks to funding from Service Canada - Agassiz-Harrison Community Services was able to provide this opportunity these past few months.  It is hopeful that the program will continue, as the success of this group of participants clearly demonstrates what a valuable program it is, and how much it is needed in our community.

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Retired Madame Adelaide Bonfamille enjoys the good life in her Paris villa with her cat Duchess & 3 kittens: pianist Berlioz, painter Toulouse & sanctimonious Marie. Loyal butler Edgar overhears her will leaves everything to the cats until their death, so he drugs & kidnaps them. Crafty stray cat Thomas O’Malley takes them under his wing back to Paris. Edgar tries to cover his tracks & catch them, but more animals turn on him, from the cart horse Frou-Frou to the tame mouse Roquefort &O’Malley’s jazz friends.

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Jim Byrnes and the Soujourners on Memorial stage The Harrison Festival Society is looking for support, and the best way to lend a hand is by joining them in welcoming Jim Byrnes to the stage, May 11. The legendary bluesman will headline the second annual Harrison Festival Society fundraiser, along with his band with special guests the Sojourners.  This event will provide much needed support to the Harrison Festival Society as well as offer a great evening of entertainment.  For 35 years the Harrison Festival Society has brought the best in world music and art to the upper Fraser Valley.  This is their only major fundraising event each year and they count on the proceeds to keep their events and activities happening. In addition to the

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Jim Byrnes will perform in Harrison Hot Springs May 11.

music the evening will include a silent auction, raffle and door prizes.  ppetizers and refreshments will be served. A multiple Juno Award winner, Jim Byrnes is one of Canada’s best known bluesmen

and always puts on a great show in Harrison.  The Sojourners, originally put together to back up Byrnes on his award winning album House of Refuge, have gone on to become an in-demand

Emergency Preparedness Open House Saturday, May 4, 2013 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agassiz Fire Hall 7652 Industrial Way, Agassiz Come tour the Emergency Operating Centre, learn how to build your emergency kit and enter for a chance to win an emergency kit for 3 guaranteed!

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group.  Their music captures echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues woven together with gospel to create a unique sound. Tickets for this great evening are $75 plus tax.  A $30 tax receipt will be issued with each ticket.  With the purchase of eight tickets your table will be reserved; all other seating is general admission. Gather your friends and join the Festival Society for an evening of fun with great blues and gospel music in the Harrison Memorial Hall Saturday, May 11 starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available by calling 604 796-3664 or online at www.harrisonfestival.com.

Wesley at Layback Lounge Daniel Wesley plays at the Layback Lounge in Harrison Hot Springs this Saturday and Sundy. While the Saturday show is completely sold out, there are still tickets available for Sunday, says Layback owner Tim Flanigan. Wesley played the club in November as well. Some of his well known songs include Pilgrimage and It'll Be You. There are tickets. $25, at the lounge and at the Husky gas station in Harrison Hot Springs.


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Barn swallows may seem like messy house guests, but they are listed as threatened and choose Harrison as one of their nesting spots. A little ingenuity can make their stay more enjoyable, says Janne Perrin.

Barn swallows return to the Fraser Valley

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After spending the winter 7,000 miles away, barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) have been spotted in the Fraser Valley. From their wintering grounds in Central and South America, Barn Swallows fly about 600 miles per day to return to North America to breed. Barn swallows are one of the seven species of Neotropical migrant swallows that nest in Canada. Under the Migratory Birds Convention (1995 Protocol), all swallows and their eggs and nest are protected from disturbance or destruction. It is also illegal under the BC Wildlife Act to destroy these birds or their eggs. Barn swallows, a sixinch long dark bluebacked and orangebreasted insectivore with a deeply forktailed, were listed in 2011 as threatened by COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). This is alarming as barn swallows offer people important ecosystem services. Their numbers have declined by 70% in the last 40 years. Decline is attributed to loss of nesting and foraging habitat, decline in insect populations and mortality due to climate change. The barn swallow

eats only insects usually foraging within 30 feet of the ground near water. Mayflies, mosquitoes, beetles, moths and other flying insects make up a large part of its diet. A single barn swallow can consume 60 insects per hour or a whopping 850 per day. A breeding barn swallow makes about 29 visits to its nest each hour of daylight with about 20 insects in a pellet in its throat. That would be over 400 trips a day. It takes 18 to 23 days for a hatchling to leave the nest. A second brood is often reared with the first brood’s juveniles assisting in feeding the nestlings. You do the math on the number of insects eaten!  Nests are made of mud and lined with grass and feathers and are built from late April through to June. A barn swallow pair gathers mud and rolls it into a pellet and then carries it back to the nesting site in their bills. The cup-shaped nest is built in the rafters or eaves of buildings, on bridges, in mine shafts or on other man-made structures. Unfortunately a breeding pair of swallows cause us humans concern as we think the nests are dirty and messy. A little ingenuity (newspaper, a shelf ) takes care of the mess. And consider Continued on 10

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Justin Trudeau ignites torch for Liberals Age shouldn’t dictate one’s ability to lead the country Two weeks ago, like many other Canadians, I followed the Liberal leadership convention with great interest. Why, when we have a federal government that kept us out of trouble and above

water during difficult times? I think most people who have watched the convention know why: We all have been missing “the spark.� But now, once again, there is a leader who

Pursuant to section 124(3) of the Community Charter, public notice is required to consider the following:

TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs intends to amend Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1002 at its regular meeting of May 6, 2013;

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT the bylaw proposes changes to provisions governing the proceedings of Council by amending: 1. Order of Business of the Regular and Special Meetings of Council to allow Questions from the Public that pertain to agenda items only; 2. Rules of Conduct and Debate, call of the question; 3. Minutes of Meetings pertaining to recording of minutes; 4. Public Hearings and Public Information Meetings pertaining to the recording of minutes; 5. Addition of Administration Reports; and &RQĂ LFWRI,QWHUHVWDPHQGPHQWWRPHPEHURI Council Committee.

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not only knows and loves our country, but dares to dream about our destiny and is prepared to work towards it.  Not alone, but with all of us, especially with the younger generations who so often feel left out in the decision-making process and therefore lose interest.   Justin Trudeau won the leadership with a landslide percentage not ever reached before during such an event and yet, some people stated immediately that he is too young and too inexperienced.  Why,  at the age of 41 and a life behind him steeped in politics?  How old does one have to be to become the leader of our country?  This job requires —  especially in our time — a lot of energy and endurance, two items that tend to fade away when we ap-

proach midlife.  Also, when we make these assumptions about age, etc., we should not forget that every party leader has a team behind him or her that is well prepared for the duties and work needed to run the country.  But, while these things can be learned, what it takes to be a leader – a leader who can ignite the torch, which is very rare and a gift that comes only once in a while. By the way, I really liked the new set-up of the convention, including the one-week waiting period between the last debate and announcement of the new leader. It is a much needed first step towards a more modern way to deal with political “happenings.�  Sure, having to wait might sometimes frustrate us, but it also

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Harrison Happenings provides necessary safeguards.  As someone wrote recently in the Observer:  “frustration is a component of democracy!�  I also liked Justin Trudeau’s acceptance speech which he delivered with thankfulness, again, a welcome change from the usual style. Later in time, again like everybody else, I watched the Boston drama unfold and could not help but feel sorry for absolutely everybody

involved.  First, of course, for the victims of the bombing itself — innocent bystanders who were in the wrong spot at the wrong time.  How much more innocent can one be? Next, for the entire population of Boston and its suburbs, who went collectively through intense days of the drama with all its implications, and especially for the policemen who got killed or injured in the course of duty. I felt sorry for the alleged bombers’ family, who had perhaps worked very hard to become worthwhile citizens of their new homeland and now felt betrayed  In a strange way. However, I also felt sorry for the two brothers, who apparently grew up in Chechnya, then were brought to

the United States of America, but perhaps never really felt at home there. Both were healthy, athletic and had received a good education — what a waste of life:  one dead, the other wounded in the hospital, awaiting trial.  Whatever will come out of this sad story, be it the act of only the two brothers or part of something much bigger, it is and remains a tragedy all around. And, in a way, we all feel like we are part of the picture, the picture of modern-day societies. And this, I think, is what Justin Trudeau meant when he said, in an interview with Peter Mansbridge, that he would try to find out what is the cause of it all, so we, as a society, can deal with it and make sure it will not happen again.

Nesting swallows eat up to 850 insects a day From 9

these birds consume hundreds of insects every day so inviting a family of them into the backyard provides free pest control. Last year, Harrison’s Ken Burningham hosted a family. He wrote “I have a beautiful

bird’s nest on my back deck balancing on a clothes line pulley.“ The Ramada Inn’s parkade entrance hosted several pairs and some even nested in the parkade itself. Chantilly’s Gelato Parlor has allowed a pair to nest under their awning for many years. Barn swallows return to the

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Look for them swooping over the lagoon – they drink and bathe on the wing — or gathering mud for their nests along the muddy shore. Enjoy as by September most have headed back to South America. Learn more at www.learner. org/jnorth/swallow/index.html.

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Soccer, sales and scouts in news in '63 50 Years Ago Thursday, April 25, 1963 t ćF 4BTRVBUDI *OO TPDDFS UFBN played Mission Mainland Motors Sunday afternoon in Harrison Mills, BOE UIF 4BTRVBUDI UFBN XPO ćJT put them in the semifinals for the Bradner Cup. t‍ ڀ‏ćF OFX 1JOFT %SJWF*O XBT officially open for business and promised to be an asset for tourists, as well as locals. t‍ ڀ‏3FYBMM 0SJHJOBM  DFOU 4BMF advertised its last three big days. Customers were offered two regularsize packages for the price of one, plus one cent. t ,FOU 3FDSFBUJPO $PNNJTTJPO in conjunction with the Provincial

%FQU PG "HSJDVMUVSF TQPOTPSFE another short course in home gardening at the Kent Municipal )BMM POćVSTEBZ "QSJM  t 4DPVU OFXT   CPZT GSPN UXP troops assembled, and the setting-up of tents took place. Seven of the older boys did trail mapping, climbing to the top of the mountain to accomplish this work, while the rest were occupied with instruction in tree identification, axe work, knots and lashings. ćFSF XFSF BCPVU FJHIU UP  visitors during the day, and the MFBEFST XIP IFMQFE UIF %JTUSJDU Commissioner were H. Bouchard, Bob Fletcher, Fred Maurer and Allan Fooks.


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1) Remember the 3 Rs Reduce, reuse, recycle should be a part of any company’s eco strategy, no matter how big or small they are. Being innovative about reducing & reusing waste will lower costs. In office environments, promote a less wasteful workplace by using waste paper as notepaper & be sure there are plenty of recycling bins at hand to encourage this practice. 2) Reduce Energy Consumption Businesses can easily save money by avoiding wasted energy from unused lighting, heating or equipment. Turning off lights & equipment when they’re not in use can have a significant impact. Make sure that all computers & equipment are turned off at the end of the day to keep energy costs & consumption down. Something as simple as printing items only if you have to or only the exact page of a many paged document, will save a lot of paper, not to mention saving the cost of ink. Could you carpool with co workers to save on gas? 3) Get Eco-Efficient Creating more goods & services with fewer resources is the goal of eco-efficiency. While this means less waste & less harm to the planet, doing more with less can also give a company a competitive advantage. To help assess & improve an organization’s green efficiency, Industry Canada provides an eco-efficiency website with tools to help any business adopt & integrate eco-efficiency. Their website is www.ic.bc.ca/ecoefficiency

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Reading – Unbound! Learn how to use your eReader, iPhone, SmartPhone, iPad or tablet to access books NOT on paper. Book an appointment to learn how to access the library’s collection of free digital books. 604-796-9510 Lions TV Bingo Thursday nights at 6 pm on Shaw Cable. Pick up your bingo cards at The Source - Chehalis Store & Ledoux Hardware Old Fashioned Spring Tea & Sale - Sat.,

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May 4th from 12 pm until 3 pm. Plants, crafts, jewelry, bake sale, draws, & door prizes. Admission by donation. All Saints Anglican Church 6904 Lougheed Hwy. The Songs of Praise Orchestra under the direction of Brenda DiRezze will be performing Sunday, April 27 at 7 pm at the Agassiz Christian Reformed Church, 7452 Morrow Rd. All are welcome!

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109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION RATED #2 for work-at-home. Train with the top-rated accredited school in Canada. Financing and student loans available. Contact CanScribe today at 1-800-466-1535 www.canscribe.com.

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CARETAKERS/ RESIDENTIAL MANAGERS

Mature couple to manage mobile home park in Port Alberni.

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INFORMATION

Small equipment and landscaping experience req’d. Remuneration based on experience and qualifications. Accommodations available. Reply to Box #010 c/o The News, 37374 Gladys Ave., Abbotsford, BC V2S 2H5.

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DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

DRIVERS WANTED:

Terrific career Opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Rail Experience Needed!! Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time, Valid License w/ air brake endorsement. Extensive Paid Travel, Meal Allowance, 4 weeks Vacation and Benefits Package. Compensation based on prior driving experience. Apply at www.sperryrail.com under careers, keyword Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE

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Denied Long-Term Disability Benefits or Other Insurance? If YES, call or email for your FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION

and protect your right to compensation. 778.588.7049 Toll Free: 1.888.988.7052 Julie@LawyersWest.ca www.LawyersWest.ca

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TIMESHARE

CANCEL YOUR TIMESHARE. NO Risk Program STOP Mortgage & Maintenance Payments Today. 100% Money Back Guarantee. FREE Consultation. Call Us NOW. We Can Help! 1-888-356-5248

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HELP WANTED

CAREERS in Trucking. Well established Chip Hauler offers stable secure employment with Extended Benefits, Pension Plan, Direct Payroll deposit and more to Class 1 drivers with clean abstracts and verifiable mountain experience. Apply online: www.sutco.ca or fax resume: 250-357-2009 For further information 1-888-357-2612 Ext:230

VACATION SPOTS

$399 CABO SAN LUCAS, ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL! Stay 6 Days in a Luxury Beachfront Resort with Meals & Drinks! For $399! www.luxurycabohotel.com 888-4819660

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 108 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES A+Drink Snack plus Healthy Vending machine Route. Turn Key Business. Invest With Confidence, $4,000 UP. Training and Secured profitable Locations. Limited Must Sell. 888-979-8363 DO BUSINESS in Yukon! 1,831 sq ft prime ground floor retail space on the Main Street in Whitehorse, Yukon, next to Starbuck’s. For floorplan/photos, call 1-867-333-9966. INDEPENDENT reps F/T, P/T International firm. Huge income potential. www.profitcode.biz

Chilliwack Ford is hiring for the position of Assistant Service Dispatcher. Applicants for this position must be highly organized and self-motivated and possess excellent customer service skills. If you are looking for an exciting career in a fast paced environment with great wages and benefits this is the job for you! Please email resumes to: hrdepartment@chilliwackford.com or apply in person at our service department.

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HELP WANTED

Chilliwack Ford is hiring for the position of Lead Service Dispatcher. Applicants for this position must possess a strong working knowledge of automotive service department operations, be highly organized and selfmotivated. Excellent customer service skills are essential. If you are looking for an exciting career in a fast paced environment with great wages and benefits this is the job for you! Please email resumes to hrdepartment@chilliwackford.com or apply in person at our service department. CONCRETE FINISHERS & Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete finishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; Jobs@RaidersConcrete.com. Fax 780-444-9165.

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PROFESSIONALS/ MANAGEMENT

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR We are looking for a self-motivated Production Supervisor for our busy wood post manufacturing and treating facility in Princeton, BC. The successful candidate will be responsible for employee training and development, quality and cost control, production scheduling and safety. The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field. Minimum of 3-5 years supervisory experience in an industrial production operation, a post mill or wood production facility preferred. Must have a high degree of resourcefulness, flexibility and adaptability; and the ability to plan, organize, develop and interpret programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc. Good leadership skills, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a proven track record are required. Please email your resume to elizabeth@pwppost.com. For further information about our company visit our website at www.pwppost.com. Only those selected for interviews with be contacted.

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TRADES, TECHNICAL

ENSIGN is looking for Drillers, Night Tour Pushes and Rig Managers for our Australian Division. Recruiters will be in Nisku April 30 May 7 hosting information sessions and doing interviews. If you are interested in attending one of our sessions to hear about our global opportunities, call 1-888-367-4460 to book into a session! LICENSED Heavy Duty Mechanic needed for maintenance and repairs on clean fleet of Dump Trucks, Maple Ridge area. Afternoon shift, Monday to Friday. Fax resume to 604-460-7853 or e-mail wmader@telus.net

Full Time Workers Needed Fun promos! $11/hr to start, up to $20/hr. No commissions. No sales, no experience, no problem. Start work at noon.

Call Candice:604-777-2195 GUARANTEED Job Placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message For Information 1-800-972-0209

P&R WESTERN STAR & FREIGHTLINER TRUCKS requires qualified Heavy Duty / Commerical Mechanic for our Duncan/Victoria locations. Possession of an Authorized Motor Vehicle Inspection ticket an asset. Excellent wage and benefit package. E-mail resume: michele@prwstar.com or fax to 250-746-8064 SUNRISE FORD 100 Mile House Requires Ford trained technicians & apprentices. Well equipped 11 bay shop, competitive wages & benefits E-mail Resume to Att; Helmut Loewen helmut@sunriseford.ca

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

WG DRYWALL, renos, repairs, TBar ceiling & texture. 20 yrs exp. Walter, (604)795-9074/604-997-9074

300

LANDSCAPING

www.paintspecial.com 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley Running this ad for 8yrs

3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.

MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877776-1660.

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LEGAL SERVICES

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 260

ELECTRICAL

320

MOVING & STORAGE

778-997-9582

1 As in movers we trust. Reliable Honest Movers. Same day moves & deliveries. Starting $35hr + gas. (604)997-0332 / (604)491-8607

338

PLUMBING

EMPTY MOVING truck going between Vancouver to Alberta or Okanagan. 250-575-5383 www.thatguyvanlines.com 1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555.

FULL PLUMBING SERVICES • Hvac Gas Fitting • Electrical *Licensed *Insured 24hr. Emergency Service

C & C Electrical Mechanical

604-475-7077

329 PAINTING & DECORATING

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

BRO MARV PLUMBING $49 Service Call. 24 Hrs. Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, (604)582-1598

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS •New Roofs •Re-Roofs •Repairs

C & C Electrical Mechanical

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Liability Insurance/BBB/10% off with ad

• ELECTRICAL • FULL PLUMBING SERVICES • HVAC GAS FITTING *Licensed *Insured 24hr. Emergency Service

604.562.0957 or 604.961.0324

GL ROOFING. Cedar/Asphalt, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters - $80. 1-855-240-5362. info@glroofing.ca

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HELP WANTED

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HELP WANTED

JOB POSTING

www.topdogloans.com 604.503.BARK (2275)

HELP WANTED

329 PAINTING & DECORATING

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If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

Borrow Against Your Vehicle!

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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

knoke trucking

604-475-7077

Front End Advisor Needed.

Well established automotive shop requires a driven, energetic person with minimum 2 years parts/service experience. Position is temporary but could lead to regular full-time. If you are looking for a career in a fast-paced environment with great wages please email resume to: dcardos_mechanical@hotmail.ca

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

Eastcan Roofing & Siding

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PERSONAL SERVICES

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HELP WANTED

JOB POSTING

Clerk Typist 2 - Receptionist (Temporary up to 12 months) The District of Kent requires a person to fill the temporary (up to 12 months) full-time position of Clerk Typist 2 – Receptionist at the Agassiz RCMP Detachment. Under the direction of the RCMP Administration Manager, an employee in this position is expected to perform a variety of clerical, keyboarding, transcription, and receptionist duties requiring moderate complexity and responsibility. A valid BC driver’s licence is required. The successful candidate must pass and maintain an enhanced security clearance.

Cashier/Receptionists Fitness / Activity Centre Temporary Part-Time – 1 position Casual – 1 position The District of Kent is looking to fill two (2) positions of Cashier/ Receptionist at the Fitness / Activity Centre. The Temporary (up to one year) Part-time position will receive regularly scheduled part-time hours and based on operational requirements may include evenings and weekends. The Casual position may be required to work up to 75 hours per month and the hours may be irregular and include evenings and weekends. Under the direction of the Recreation Supervisor, employees in these positions are responsible for routine cashier / reception work. This includes performing a variety of tasks ranging from meeting and greeting the public; handling recreation based questions; assisting with processing manual and / or computerized school, public and user group programs, facility bookings and registrations; reconciling cash sheets; and responding to the telephone while assisting others in a busy multi-task environment.

Pay, benefits and hours are in accordance with the Collective Agreement, CUPE Local 458. A probationary rate of $23.43 per hour plus thirteen percent (13%) in lieu of benefits is offered during the first ninety days worked. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the 2013 rate is $27.57.

Pay and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Agreement, CUPE Local 458. A probationary rate of $17.86 per hour plus thirteen percent (13%) in lieu of benefits is offered during the first ninety (90) days worked. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the 2013 rate is $21.01.

For further information, please see the job description for this position at http://www.district.kent.bc.ca/dh-employment.html.

For further information, please see the job description at http:// www.district.kent.bc.ca/dh-employment.html.

Resumes must be marked “Confidential”, and submitted to:

Resumes must be marked “Confidential” indicating the position that you are applying for, and submitted to:

Ms. Clair Lee Director of Corporate Services District of Kent P.O. Box 70, 7170 Cheam Avenue Agassiz, B.C., V0M 1A0 Fax: 604-796-8516 Emailed applications will not be accepted The District would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preferred candidates will be required to complete a criminal records check and provide a recent driver’s licensing record.

The closing date for this position is May 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Ms. Clair Lee Director of Corporate Services District of Kent P.O. Box 70, 7170 Cheam Avenue Agassiz, B.C., V0M 1A0 Fax: 604-796-8516 Emailed applications will not be accepted The District would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preferred candidates will be required to complete a criminal records check.

The closing date for this position is May 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.


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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 477

PETS

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

374

TREE SERVICES

FERTILIZERS

WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $160 or Well Rotted 10 yards - $180. 604-856-8877

548

FURNITURE

BRANDNEW PILLOWTOP QUEEN MATTRESS SET. In packaging. Incls. Warranty $200! 604-798-1608

551

GARAGE SALES

Agassz

Garage Sale 2 Complex Sale Elmwood & Maplewood Elm rd.

Saturday, May 4th 8am - 2pm

TREE & STUMP removal done RIGHT! • Tree Trimming • Fully Insured • Best Rates

Something for Everyone!

604-787-5915/604-291-7778

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS

www.treeworksonline.ca 10% OFF with this AD

Moving sale! 351 Chestnut Ave.

Sat and Sun 9-3

PETS 477

PETS

Entire contents must go!

LAB PUPS, Chocolate, $700. vet ch, dew-claws rem. 1st shots, dewormed. qual. lines (604)702-0217

Loaded, Luxurious, Like New. 120K, $3950 (604)556-4242

ROOM & BOARD

HARRISON, ROOM for rent on the lake, $550/m incl cable. Call (604)997-0332 or 604-491-8607

TRANSPORTATION 810

AUTO FINANCING

WWW.MILANINORMAN.COM 150+ USED CARS & TRUCKS!! 1-888-534-4745 A+ BBB RATED

836

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

2008 Rhino ATV. 2 Seats w/ safety bar. Like new! Only 80hrs of operation! $8499. Call John. cell: 604793-8593, home: 604-796-8905

OKANAGAN

845

PRIME LAKEVIEW LOTS

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

The Scrapper

From $140,000. No time limit to build. Near by lake access. ALSO: 1 spectacular 3 acre parcel at $390,000 owner wants to retire and will carry financing. 1-250-558-7888 www.orlandoprojects.com

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MORTGAGES TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES!

2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026

SCRAP CARS & METALS - CA$H for CARS Up to $300. No Wheels - No Problem! Friendly &

• DIFFICULTY SELLING ? •

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MEDICAL SUPPLIES

2008 Invacare 4 wheel motorized scooter. Hood cover, side mirrors, new batteries, low usage, operators manual: $1500 Senior not able to use any longer. Contact Darrell: 604-796-2492 after 5pm

Difficulty Making Payments? No Equity? Expired Listing? Penalty? We Take Over Payments! No Fees! www.GVCPS.ca / 604-786-4663

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POOL TABLE, slate, solid wood & all access. Good cond! Paid $4500, asking $1500. Call 604-613-2722.

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GARAGE SALES

INDOOR COMMUNITY

GARAGE SALE AND KIDS SWAP Agassiz Fair Ground Saturday April 27th - 9am to 3pm Hosted by the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association

OTHER AREAS

TEXAS USA BEST BUYOwn a 20 acre foreclosure Ranch. Now only $395 per acre, $99 per month. Free Brochure available. Call toll free 1-800-875-6568.

MISC. FOR SALE

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com

Set up from 7:30am - 8:30am blic the pu Doors open to at 9:00am

HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated, $575/month and $595/month includes utilities. Avail now. Call 604794-7132

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RENTALS 700

RENT TO OWN

STOP RENTING! RENT TO OWN! No Qualification Required! FLEXIBLE TERMS! Cloverdale 60th &176th Spacious 708sf. 1 bdrm. Condo. Only $880/mo. Option Fee Req. 604-626-9647

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APARTMENT/CONDO

AGASSIZ 1783 No. 9 Hwy. 1 Bdrm apt, ground floor, secured building to single/couple w/refs a must. min 6mo, looking for reliable tenant, $490mth plus Utility. 604-617-0055

TRUCKS & VANS

2005 GMC 3500 Dually Sierra 4X4 SLT, Diesel, Loaded,162,919 K, extra 40 gal fuel tank, tool box, exc cond, one owner. Asking $26,500. Contact 604-824-6033.

KEY TRACK AUTO SALES CARS & VANS:

Professional Service. Servicing the Fraser Valley 1-855-771-2855

639 REAL ESTATE SERVICES

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.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

GARAGE SALES

851

2003 BUICK CENTURY SPORT SEDAN

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS - 2 bdrm, 2 bath, waterfront condo N/S $875 Avail June 1 Ph 604-339-5781

HOMES WANTED

WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-626-9647

CARS - DOMESTIC

1992 Ford Explorer 4x4 Eddie Bauer etn. Rare 5 spd manual trans. 182000 km. New heads, rad, snow tires, rims, stereo, w/ usb port, satellite radio, incl. 4 ltr V6 $3200 OBO Ph. Ev 604-819-1665

HOUSES FOR SALE

NOVA SCOTIA’S Eastern Shore. Waterfront Lots for Sale. Excellent Climate. Near the Atlantic Ocean. Three Bedroom House for Sale or Rent www.sawmilllanding.com waterfront@bellaliant.net 1-902-5222343 1-902-328-4338.

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AGASSIZ - 2 bdrm, 2 balcony, $725/m + util . N/P, N/S. DD & refs req’d. (604)799-3898

20 plus tables full of household treasures, tools, antiques and collectables!

560 P/B blues. Ready to go. 1st shots & tails/dew claws done. ULTIMATE FAMILY GUARDIAN $1000 604-308-5665

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APARTMENT/CONDO

AGASSIZ - 1 BDRM, recent reno, coin laundry. $595 avail now. Wayne, Stratatech Consulting LTD. 604 799 0259

TRANSPORTATION

at the Harrison Mills Community Hall 1995 School Rd. Harrison Mills

ckc, micro, vacc/deworm. 604-794-3229. mountcheambernese@gmail.com

ITALIAN MASTIFF (Cane Corso)

TOWNHOME @ 152 and 20 Avenue South Surrey / White Rock. Details: WWW.TRAVELPICS.CA

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TRANSPORTATION

Saturday, April 27 9:00am to 3:00pm

BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS, bred at Diesel Kennel, 6 mo old, 2 males, $1000. each. (604)869-5073

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

FOR SALE BY OWNER

RENTALS

HUGE GARAGE SALE!

BEAGLE PUPS; mom AKC & dad CKC reg’d. Born Feb 9th, avail immed. Shots & dewormed. 3 M’s $600/ea & 1 F $650. (604)820-0264

Bernese Mountain pups.

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ANSWERS

www.mainlandroof.com

MISC. FOR SALE

STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

April 26, 2013

25 yrs in roofing industry

Family owned & operated. Fully ins. We do Cedar Shakes, conversions, concrete tiles, torchon, fibreglass shingles, restoration & repairs. 20 yr labour warr. 604-427-2626 or 723-2626

560

PUG AVAILABLE for stud service. He is a rare silver male, purebred but not registered. ALSO GOLDEN RETRIEVER (not reg.) available for stud (OFA hips and cert eyes). Mission 604-820-4827

533 Mainland Roofing Ltd.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

Sudoku

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

PETS

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-961-7022

www.iDreamAuto.com DL# 7557

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

1996 HONDA CIVIC, 2dr, auto, fully loaded, st#322 $2,400. 1995 CHEV CAMARO 2dr, auto, T-Top, black, runs good, aircared, st#279 $2,900. 2002 PONTIAC GRAND AM 4dr sdn auto Aircare low km st#313 $2,900 2002 CHRYSLER NEON 4dr auto Aircare sunroof runs good ST#147 $2,900 2003 DODGE CARAVAN 7/pass , auto. st#357 $2,900 2003 DODGE CARAVAN 7 pass auto Aircare full load st#357 $3,500 2005 CHEV OPTRA 4dr hatchback, auto, aircare, runs good, st#356 $4,400 2005 FORD TAURUS auto fully loaded air care low kms only 99km st#318 $4,500 2007 PONTIAC MONTANA 7pgr Van runs good no accidents ST#312 $4,900 2004 HYNDAI SANTA FE 4/dr auto, loaded st#370. $4,900 2006 PONTIAC WAVE 4dr auto sdn low kms fully loaded Aircare st#353 $5,888 2006 TOYOTA COROLLA 4dr sdn auto fully loaded st#292 $6,500 2007 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 dr, auto, fully loaded, runs good. ST#364 $6,900. 2006 SATURN ION 4dr auto sdn fully loaded st#349 $6,900 2007 FORD FUSION 4DR auto, loaded ST#250 $6,900 2006 CHEVY UPLANDER ex 7 pgr fully loaded ow km dvd st#342 $6,900 2008 KIA SPECTRA 4dr auto hatch back fully loaded st#352 $7,777 2007 FORD FUSION 4dr sdn aotu full load Aircare st#321 $7,900 2008 NISSAN SENTRA, 4dr, auto, fuel loaded, low kms. Only this week. st#332 $8,900. 2007 JEEP COMPASS 4dr auto 4X4 Aircare loaded ST#336 $8,900 2009 CHEV IMPALA 4dr auto, loaded ST#325 $8,900 2008 NISSAN SENTRA 4dr auto low km fully loaded st#332 $8,900 2006 DODGE CHARGER SXT 4 dr, auto, leather, fully loaded, ST#365 $10,900. 2009 NISSAN SENTRA low km 4dr auto st#328 $10,900 2009 TOYOTA COROLLA 4dr sdn auto full load low kms st#331 $11,900 2010 DODGE CARAVAN 7 pgr, fully loaded, roof rack st#355 $12,900

TRUCKS 2006 FORD F350 crew cab diesel 4X4 auto long box runs good st#282 $10,900 2008 FORD F150 REG CAB 4x4 auto long box ST#207 $11,900 2006 FORD F350 XLT CREW cab diesel 4X4 auto long box runs good ST#309 $14,900 2009 GMC HD QUAD cab 4X4 auto long box runs good Only This Week St#274 $15,900 2006 FORD F350 XLT quad cab 4X4 auto diesel only 156K st#17 $15,900 2006 FORD F350 XLT crew cab diesel 4X4 auto long box only 160Km st#310 $15,900 2005 CHEV 2500 HD LS cr/cab Duramax diesel leather 4X4 auto ST#190 $15,900 2007 FORD F350 XLT, crew cab, diesel, 4 x 4, auto, short box only 162K, ST# 826. $15,900. 2008 2007 FORD F150 XLT super crew 4X4 auto fully loaded st#348 $15,900 2007 FORD F150 XLT super crew 4dr 4X4 auto very low kms only 86,100 fully loaded ST#348 this week only$16,900 2007 FORD F350 LARIAT crew cab diesel 4X4 auto short box ST#275 $18,900

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OUTBOARD FISHING BOAT 2000 Tracker Aluminum 90H.P Merc. w/ Trailer. Special price $7900 Call John. Cell: 604-793-8593 or home: 604-796-8905


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