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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Vol. 39, Issue 21


TNRD seeks to expand transit service

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Post-election 2013: ‘At the end of the day... we’re doing very well’

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By Keith McNeill

Kinder Morgan pipeline issue pivotal, Clark says

Carrying the flame for the Games

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B.C. Seniors Games torchbearers Nina Clearwaters (left) and Mary Ellen Pakka get ready to take part in the Games’ official torch lighting ceremony on Monday, May 13, at the Tournament Capital Centre, in Kamloops. Clearwaters, a resident of Barriere, had the honour of carrying the torch at the 100 day countdown celebration due to the fact she has been a part of the B.C. Senior’s Games since their inception 26 years ago, and continues to be involved. The B.C. Seniors Games takes place August 20 – 24, in Kamloops.

1971 train wreck in Vinsulla Valley Voices from the Past

New Horizons grant for Fair

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Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo announced funding recently through the New Horizons for Seniors Program for the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association. “Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities,” said McLeod. The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo received $10,000 to build an accessible pathway to enable seniors to participate in the fair and rodeo. “We really appreciate receiving this funding to help in creating an outdoor pathway that will assist seniors, those with mobility problems, and people who use wheelchairs

or walkers, in being able to safely negotiate throughout our fairground facility. Now folks with mobility challenges will be able to enjoy all corners of our annual Fall Fair and Rodeo,” said Jill Hayward, president of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association. Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 12,200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will provide more than $33 million in funding for approximately 1,750 community projects. The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association (NTFFRA) will be hold its 64th annual event this Labour Day weekend, Aug. 31, through Sept. 2. You can find more information about the NTFFRA and the upcoming fair by going to

Greyhound is cutting back on its daytime bus service to the North Thompson Valley and ThompsonNicola Regional District is moving to fill the gap. Three public meetings held last Tuesday and Wednesday in Blue River, Clearwater and Barriere did not attract a lot of interest, said Ron Storie, TNRD manager of community services. The meetings were nevertheless important, in that they brought forward proposals from the regional district to formalize and possibly expand the Valley Connector bus service. The service has been running on a weekly basis from Clearwater to Kamloops for some time on a trial basis, he said. The bus also has been running from Blue River to Kamloops once a month. What was proposed at the three meetings was putting the service onto a permanent basis and possibly expanding it. “It’s certainly being used, so the directors felt it would be worth looking at putting it onto a full-time basis,” Storie said. Cost of the service for the Clearwater to Barriere area (including Areas A and O) would be $5.53 on a $100,000 home. This would raise about $40,000 per year for a weekly service, with the possibility of increasing it to twice a week. For residents of Area B (Thompson Headwaters) the cost would be $2.02 for a $100,000 home in Blue River or Avola. The TNRD is seeking approval for the tax increase through what is called the alternate approval process. That means those opposed to the additional spending will be given a month to collect signatures of people against the proposal. If they collect names of more than 10 per cent of the voters in the area, then the proposal will be dropped. Such an approach is simpler and cheaper than the alternatives, petition and referendum, Storie said. If the recommendation is approved, user fees will remain about the same. A ticket from Blue River to Clearwater will cost $5, while one from Blue River to Kamloops will be $10. A ticket from Clearwater to Kamloops will cost $7.50 while one from Barriere to Kamloops will be $5.



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Post-election 2013: ‘At the end of the day . . . we’re doing really well’ By Andrea Klassen Kamloops This Week About 45 minutes after polls closed, a change came over the crowd assembled in the Rivers room at Hotel 540. Until then, the B.C. Liberals’ May 14 election-night celebration in Kamloops had been politely upbeat. But, as early counts showed the Liberals leading the B.C. NDP, 43 seats to 26, the whispering began: “This is majority territory.” From his place in the thick of the crowd, Kamloops-South Thompson candidate Todd Stone also felt the shift. Though Stone told KTW he went into the night expecting to see a win for his party — locally and provincial-

ly — it was right about then he knew his predictions were correct. “By about 8:45 p.m., suddenly the B.C. Liberals were up by about 20-plus seats in the elected and leading category and, if you watched that for about five or 10 minutes, you saw that at no point it went down,” Stone said. “I knew that we were on our way to victory.” So they were. Locally, voters in Kamloops-North Thompson chose incumbent Terry Lake over the NDP’s Kathy Kendall by more than 2,800 votes — well up from the 500-vote victory that first sent him to Victoria in 2009. Stone’s victory for the party was even more decisive. More


than 5,300 votes stood between him and NDP candidate Tom Friedman. By the end of the night, the Liberals would hold 50 seats to the NDP’s 33 and the crowd at Hotel 540 had taken to cheering, stomping and fistpumping. When Lake and Stone took the stage, the crowd responded by serenading the former with Happy Birthday. The results, which also saw the Greens and independent candidate Vicki Huntington score seats, increases the Liberal majority by five MLAs from 2009. Walking down to the hotel with his wife, Lisa, just as polls were closing, Lake wasn’t expecting the provincial result.


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“If I want to be completely honest, I thought Todd and I would win,” he told KTW on the phone from Hotel 540, where he had returned on Wednesday, May 15, for a celebratory family breakfast. “I thought it would be closer than it was, but I was concerned we’d be in opposition.” Both candidates have their theories as to why, after months of polling predicting the opposite, the Liberals were able to once again take B.C. Stone credits victory to Premier Christy Clark’s ability to connect with voters in the campaign’s more “unfiltered” setting and to the Liberals offering a better message than the competition. “I think British Columbians and the people of Kamloops were concerned first and foremost about jobs and continuing our economic momentum,” he said. “So, you put all of that together, throw in a dash of really hard work at the local level, a great team on both the Kamloops campaigns and here we are.”

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Elected for a second term as Kamloops-North Thompson MLA, Terry Lake, with his wife Lisa cheer at a May 14 election night celebration, as the BC Liberals move into a majority position during the Provincial Election. Lake thinks NDP Leader Adrian Dix’s decision to abruptly come out against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion on a stop in Kamloops has something to do with the results. “It wasn’t so much about the pipeline. It was about not having consistency and principles when you’re approaching these kinds of projects,” he said. “I think a lot of people lost any kind of

trust that they might have had in the NDP.” As for the polls, Lake — who spent part of the campaign reading the work of American statistics guru Nate Silver — pointed to a few issues. The decline of landlines and the rise of call screening, the lack of reliable numbers on a riding-to-riding basis. But, he said, it’s also likely many voters didn’t decide to back

the Liberals again until they were holding their pencils over their ballots. “It came down to that six seconds in the polling booth and who do we want to put our faith in for the future of B.C.?” he said. “And as much as people can talk about wanting change, I think at the end of the day they recognize that compared to anywhere else in the world we’re doing really well.”

Davis, Bateman and Suzuki are coming to Wells Gray Park this year The Times Several well-known Canadians plan to take part in Wells Gray World Heritage Year events this year, according to Clearwater town council member Shelley Sim. Speaking at Tourism Wells Gray’s annual general meeting on April 24, Sim said the first of these will be ethnobotanist and anthropologist Wade Davis, who will open this year’s program with a talk in the Pit at Clearwater Secondary School about the sacred headwaters. Date of his presentation will be May 30. Davis is perhaps best known for his 1985 book The Serpent and the Rainbow, which is about

the zombies of Haiti. Next up likely will be painter Robert Batemen, who will cut the ribbon to open the new education and research station that Thompson Rivers University is building in Upper Clearwater next to Wells Gray Park. Bateman is world famous for his highly realistic wildlife paintings. He is also a well known naturalist and environmentalist. Exact date when Bateman will officially open the center has not yet been set. Possibly the grand finale of the trio will be David Suzuki, who will make the keynote address during the weeklong Speak to the Wild event during the first week of September.

Location for Suzuki’s speech likely will be the top of Green Mountain, Sim said. The Speak to the Wild event will see well-known writers and others gather and put together a book about Wells Gray Park. Suzuki is a geneticist who has made a worldwide reputation for himself as a science broadcaster and environmental activist. A wide variety of other activities and events are being planned for this season’s Wells Gray World Heritage Year, Sim reported. These include bringing back Nature For Kids, which was formerly put on by the Friends of Wells Gray Park, and the treasure hunt for the golden skull.

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Kinder Morgan Pipeline issue pivotal, Clark says By Jeff Nagel Black Press Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline through the North Thompson Valley looks more likely with the B.C. Liberals staying in power than if the NDP had won Tuesday’s election. NDP leader Adrian Dix had vowed to block a big increase in oil tanker exports from Metro Vancouver. His reversal of a previous pledge to wait for a formal project application became a major campaign issue. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Premier Christy Clark said she believed the TV debate was the turning point of the campaign for the Liberal rebound and that the NDP’s Kinder Morgan position was a factor.

Clark said voters weren’t impressed by “the idea that you’re going to say ‘No’ to economic development before you even see it.” She stressed the province will put any Kinder Morgan proposal to the same requirements as the planned Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat, including world-leading safeguards against ocean and land spills as well as a substantial share of benefits for B.C.’s risk. “The five conditions aren’t going to change,” Clark said. “Any expansion of heavy oil is going to have to meet those five conditions.” The Trans Mountain pipeline from northern Alberta to Burnaby has operated for more than 50 years but Kinder Morgan wants to nearly triple its flow to 890,000 barrels per day, resulting in many more oil tankers plying Vancouver harbour.

National Energy Board approves toll changes for Trans Mountain expansion Times Staff Kinder Morgan announced Friday that it had received a decision from the National Energy Board (NEB) regarding its application for approval of the contract terms and toll structure that would be implemented on the company’s proposed Trans Mountain Ex-

pansion Project. In short, the NEB has approved the commercial aspects of the proposed pipeline twinning project, the company said. “Today the National Energy Board approved the commercial aspects of the project. The decision reinforces the market support for our expansion plans

and it provides us the necessary economic certainty to proceed,” said Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada. “As we continue the process, we look forward working with the new BC government and will remain committed to listening to questions and concerns as we develop our application

to file with the NEB later this year.” The toll application was filed in June 2012 and the decision comes after a sevenday public hearing held in February of this year. The NEB news release and associated Toll Application decision document can be found on the NEB website

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Editorial; by Tom Fletcher

Polarized politics a costly system VICTORIA – One benefit of the surprising fourth term for the B.C. Liberal Party is that the provincial government won’t be subjected to another big, expensive ideological remake. Taxpayers are spared a bill of millions in severance pay for deputy ministers and other senior staff who would be purged in large numbers in the left-right lurch that has defined B.C. politics for a generation. BC Ferries will continue as an arms-length operation, with ferry commissioner Gord Macatee in charge of service levels as well as fare caps. The service rationalization that the government set out in the past year will continue. The NDP platform vowed to “position BC Ferries as an integral part of B.C.’s transportation infrastructure.” Freely translated, that means “suck BC Ferries back into government,” as one of their strident supporters likes to say. That would conceal the growth of the subsidy and facilitate the kind of political and union interference that resulted in the current structure. There will be no $10 million rehash of the BC Rail sale and subsequent seven-year trial, to enrich elite lawyers once again. The NDP promised an inquiry for strictly political reasons, to drag their opponents through the scandal one more time. It was not a prelude to “nationalizing” the province’s train service, dream scenarios of the NDP provincial council notwithstanding. Costly legal confrontations over development projects have been avoided. The Jumbo Glacier Resort proponents finally won a 20-year fight for permits, and the NDP promised to take them away. A larger ideological battle over private power contracts has also been avoided. The B.C. Liberals have been caught by a sudden shift in power markets caused by cheap, abundant natural gas, but the billions in commitments to independent power producers isn’t the fiasco that critics have described. If all those privately developed run-of-river hydro projects were owned and operated by BC Hydro, the Crown corporation would have to staff them and maintain them all for the next 40 years. There are differing views about the future demand for electricity in B.C., but it can only rise with industry and population growth. A decade of federal and provincial work to end duplication of environmental assessment won’t be undone. NDP leader Adrian Dix’s promise for “made in B.C.” reviews was a strategy to choke resource projects to death under endless procedure, which may yet be the fate the Jumbo resort. We will have a Seniors’ Advocate office, but it won’t be staffed up to duplicate the Ombudsperson’s role of taking complaints. That’s good, since the Ombudsperson has become ineffective, labouring for years over a massive seniors’ report with so many recommendations it sank like a stone. We have 85 seniors’ advocates now. They’re called MLAs, and they definitely take complaints. They have staffed offices in their home communities and in Victoria. When they’re not doing political work that everyone denies is going on in constituency offices, those office staffers try to help people through the labyrinth of seniors’ at-home and institutional care. A new seniors’ advocate can offer advice at the management level to help the health care system evolve, but only elected politicians are positioned to tell individuals they can’t have what they are demanding. The government should be adding more direct services, not more bureaucrats. There will be many arguments about the failure of the NDP to win against an unpopular B.C. Liberal government that is still weighed down by the harmonized sales tax and other heavy baggage. This election could be the beginning of the end for the old left-right model for B.C. politics.

B.C. voters have spoken: Economy matters most To the editor; The night before the election a colleague quipped that it will be nice to stop talking about red lights and orange ties and get back to focusing on the substantive issues that people care about. The economy tops the list. But before we leave the election behind, I would like to add my thanks to all the men and women who ran for office. You do us proud. Election nights and the days following remind us what a privilege it is to live in a free society where ideas get debated and people get a free vote. The people who run for office deserve special thanks for making this possible. Running for office, like playing hockey, is a tough zero-sum game. The pollsters got a lot wrong. The media didn’t call this election either.

But there was one barometer of the public mood that proved accurate: A pre-election survey of small business owners. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business surveyed more than 1,000 small businesses in March on their support for possible policy commitments that leaders might make. Support for keeping the budget balanced, paying down government debt and not increasing taxes exceeded ninety per cent. A question on resource development showed a strong majority support; further developing the province’s resources with appropriate environmental safeguards in place. Small business owners are often a good barometer of public sentiment and these economic issues clearly were important to many British Columbians. ...continued on next page

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To the editor; During the most recent provincial election, I had the privilege of manning a polling station at the Advance Poll. Listening to the news one morning prior attending to the poll, I heard that Pakistan was at the same time holding a general election, that militant extremists were intimidating candidates and voters visiting the pools, and that in face of that, many voters were adamantly determined to cast their ballots. Throughout the campaigning here in B.C., I heard many complaints in the media. Among them were complaints of the proliferation of the ubiquitous candidate signs, of the constant stream of negative advertisements, and even of the mere inconvenience of there being an

The Liberals made a number of strong commitments around the economy, including sticking to balancing the budget and introducing tougher penalties for ministers who miss budget targets, allocating 50 per cent of future surplus revenues to debt reduction and working toward eliminating the debt. Now some advice for the new government: Stick to your commitments, keep your eyes squarely on the economy and do not take small business for granted. Going into the election, a shocking 76 per cent of small businesses did not believe their priorities would receive attention during the election. It’s nice that in many ways they were proven wrong by all parties.

But this sentiment reflects, in part, many recent policy decisions that have been very costly for small businesses, including the introduction of a new statutory holiday, three increases to the minimum wage and transitioning to the HST and

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We celebrated that birthday at the Station House Restaurant in Barriere, and cherish the special memories my mother and I have of that luncheon. I would appreciate it if you would put this write-up in your Barriere newspaper. Thank you. H.D. Duck Climax, Saskatchewan

then back to the PST. Some pundits are already chalking this election up to charisma triumphing over bookish manner. But give the electorate some credit. Lipstick doesn’t win elections, ideas do.   Now that the elec-

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Barriere youngster, Seanna Armstrong, is pictured receiving ‘The Huntley Cooper Award’ from Thompson Valley Players president Beverly Murphy. Armstrong was presented the award, at a recent meeting of the organization, for her outstanding performances and many hours of volunteer work with the Thompson Valley Players group. Murphy stated, “Huntley Cooper always appreciated a student’s hard work and dedication to the community, and we pay tribute to these great students each year in his honour.”

To the editor; Mrs. Dorothea Garn loved her birthday parties. She loved life. She loved everyone, and everyone loved her.   Thank goodness we celebrated her birthday early, as she recently passed on to be with her heavenly Father, on the night before her real birth date.

election at all. Subsequently, I heard that in B.C., only 52 per cent of those eligible could even be bothered to vote, while in Pakistan, over 100 people were killed by those militant extremists determined to obstruct the procedure of voting. I wonder how many voters in Pakistan would be sympathetic with our mundane complaints and our general apathy. Yours sincerely, Glenn M. Andrews Barriere, B.C.

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Sun Peaks named resort of the year

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Sun Peaks Resort won the B.C. Alpine Mountain Resort of the Year Award at the organization’s annual awards banquet last week. The Sun Peaks Alpine Club also walked away with three B.C. Alpine awards for the 2012-13 ski season — the Club Development of the Year Award; the Development Coach of the Year, James Clarkson; and Volunteer of the Year, Karen Cowburn.

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Youngsters collect their instruments as they put on a musical display for trustees during a meeting of the School District 73 board at Vavenby Elementary School on Monday, May 13. Pictured are (l-r) Mitchell Samila, Gavin Prince, Dayton Flegel, instructor Leah Jones, Hunter Chrystall, Kylie Prince, and Mercy Flegel. The After School Club at the school runs from November to May and includes drama, gymnastics and musical instruction. Support your community. Shop Local.

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It has been 25 years since a new antidepressant, Prozac (fluoxetine), came on the market. It heralded a new class of antidepressant drugs, the serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Since this discovery, there have been many other drugs that have been developed to help improve the lives of people living with depression. When journalists show a picture of a doctor, there is usually a stethoscope hanging around the doctor’s neck. In the not too distant future, this doctor symbol may be history. General Electric has developed a pocket-sized ultra-sound device doctors can carry with them to be able to do cardiac, abdominal, obstetric, urinary and pediatric exams at the bedside. It’s on the market now, but it quite expensive. Blood pressure varies throughout the day. It usually peaks by mid-afternoon, then slowly drops to its lowest while we sleep. Coffee, smoking, exercise and stress can increase it, while calming activities like meditation and yoga can lower it. Having an overactive bladder and not be near a bathroom can be very disconcerting. About 20% of Canadians have this urgency to urinate. There are oral prescription medications to help this problem, but may have some side effects. There is a gel available that comes in pre-measured 1 gram doses to be applied once daily to the abdomen to help control urinary urgency. See your doctor. Our pharmacists keep current on the latest advances in drug treatment. it’s part of our responsibility to lifelong learning to help us be of greater service to you, our customers.



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Barriere school trustee Rhonda Kershaw and Clearwater trustee John Harwood enjoy the students’ presentation.

Parents: a valued voice in education system North Thompson Star/Journal Parents of School District No.73 students are encouraged to get involved by becoming active in their children’s education, according to Willemyn Dekker, Chairperson of the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC). DPAC is the district-level Parent Advisory Council that holds monthly meetings to inform parents about their children’s education, and get feedback. Dekker has seen a marked improvement on parent attendance at district-level general meetings, but would like to see more parents involved because the parent voice is so important. “While the students are certainly important, by default we are their voice as well,” Dekker said. When students come home to their parents, they often share issues they are having at school. Dekker wants parents to know that they can speak up about those issues.

Meghan Wade, an SD73 Trustee, is one of the two appointed representatives that liaise between DPAC and the School Board. Wade has been an active member of DPAC since her daughter was in Grade 1, and as a trustee, always volunteers for the position. “To come to DPAC is to come to the table on behalf of all students and parents,” Wade said. “DPAC has always been very close to my heart because I think parent voice is our most important and valued piece in education. It’s the voice of the parent for their child in the classroom, the voice of the parent for planning for their school, the voice of the parent in the district.” DPAC is made up of two representatives from each Parent Advisory Council (PAC) in the district. Two school trustees attend the DPAC monthly meetings, along with Superintendent Dr. Terry Sullivan, to get feedback from parents. The School Board ensures that DPAC and its execu-

tive are given opportunities to discuss any upcoming changes in SD73 so that parents can give their input.   “We’re not held back in speaking up. We can certainly be passionate about specific situations and causes, and just be the parent voice,” Dekker said. The more parents that get involved, the greater the voice. “We need to know what parents are passionate about, or what they’re concerned about. It’s all about the kids,” she said. “We just want to help make sure they have opportunities for successful educational careers. Parents are huge for that.” DPAC’s goal is to provide useful information and keep the parents informed. In the past they have reviewed the transportation plan, school calendars, and were involved in the reconfiguration of the district. Recently they co-sponsored a speaker to help educate parents.  But, they lack parent participation from

the secondary school level. Dekker said there are valid concerns at the elementary school level, but, because there is not as much secondary level involvement, those concerns might continue and not be addressed. All parents who have a child attending school are a member of their school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Dekker encourages parents to attend PAC meetings. Parents can also visit the DPAC website ( where they can send DPAC an email, find out when the next general meeting is scheduled, and find information on scholarships and bursaries. She wants parents to be active and not stay silent. “If there’s a concern, bring it up,” Dekker said. “We can’t help if we don’t know what the concern is.” For more information please contact: Meghan Wade at 250319-6516 or mwade@ or Willemyn Dekker at

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Mayor says, “If things need to be changed, use the process and change them.” The provincial election was certainly interesting. I suspect that there are a few polling companies left scratching their heads, let alone the political pundits that got it wrong, to put it mildly. To those candidates that tried to distance themselves from their leader when things looked grim ,I say shame on you. In my mind you follow the process, pick a leader, then do what is right and support them. No waffling to the press when you think it will be good for you personally. Get a backbone in life, and stand-up for what is right even if it is the apparently unpopular side of the fence. If things need to be changed, use the process and change them. Do not go around whining and trying to curry favour with your local electorate by saying whatever comes to mind. Blind dedication is not what is needed, but intelligent, thoughtful and continuous support for your leader, your party, and your platform will win every time. The results prove that out. I am told that in local politics a person should not choose sides when other orders of government have their elections.

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The theory is, that if you support one candidate and another wins it will be hard to work with them. In addition to this, as a local politician you end up alienating those residents that vote for the party you did not support. I find this interesting on a number of levels. I consider that voters are an intelligent group. They can distinguish the difference between local issues and federal or provincial issues. The person they choose to make decisions about how their town is run, has very different skill sets and responsibilities than the people they choose to represent them at the provincial and federal tables. At those levels there are indeed several political parties with different views and policies covering much more than which road to plow first in the winter. In fact some people vote Liberal provincially and Conservative federally. They do this because no matter the label of the party the voter is looking for a candidate and a party that have the same ideals and values as they do. So here it is folks, I supported the provincial party that won. That would be the Liberals and our lo-

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cal MLA, Dr. Terry Lake. I believe that Terry and his team are the ones that can work with our local government to bring our little portion of the planet forward. The Liberal’s platform of supporting local government to aggressively recruit investors and grow the local economy, thereby allowing progressive economic growth throughout the province, matches what I want to see happen here in Barriere and the North Thompson Valley. At any level of government the key is to learn from past mistakes, but do not dwell on them. Look forward, act positively in everything that is attempted, and have a sustainable plan for our communities. Have the fortitude and conviction to make positive decisions, and stand by them. Do not bend to the vocal few, but rather be the voice of the majority. Work with others, and retain your own beliefs while doing so. I am appalled at


the actions of some in our community. They go on and on with their views of what happened in the past, with little regard to the truth or the consequences of their statements. One such rant is around the delay in the transfer of the Tolko lands to the District of Barriere. It has been inferred that this was due to inaction on the part of the Liberal government and our local MLA. This is patently not true and those that give this view are showing their ignorance of the process involved. While I personally believe the process of land transfer needs a radical overhaul, it is the process in place, and as a result it needs to be followed. Going forward with the help of Terry Lake and the various provincial ministries involved, this issue will be resolved sooner than later. Thanks to all that voted in the provincial election. Many thanks to all the candidates for stepping up to the plate and giving us a choice.


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Ranchers along Agate Bay Road use water guns and sprinkler systems to keep their fields and hay crops growing. Long range weather forecasters are predicting a dry summer with very little precipitation this year for the Southern Interior. Unusually high temperatures through April and May have already been felt.

Local Food Bank is looking for volunteers North Thompson Star/Journal The Barriere and District Food Bank summer hours during June, July and August will be as follows: Open 10 a.m. to noon on June 5 and 19, July 3, 17 and 31, and August 14 and 28. From September 4 on, it will be open from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. The Food Bank Society is also looking for regular and casual A Celebration of Life for volunteers.   There are lots of things to do at the will be held on Food Bank office, and Saturday, May 25,1:30 p:m more hands makes at the lighter work for everyone.   Church of St Paul, Those interested in 4464 Barriere Town Rd, Barriere. helping out can call the office at 250-672Flowers gratefully accepted, or cash donations to the 0029 (leave a mesChurch of St Paul Memorial Garden Fund. sage), or drop in during the open hours, at 4748 Gilbert Road.

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One act play competitions at BC Seniors Games By Sarah MacMillan Kamloops This Week Lights! Camera! Action! Well it’s everything except for the camera in the performance of the one act plays. One act plays are one of the twenty six events that are available to participate in at the B.C. Seniors Games. “It’s more cerebral, artsy,” said Bob Reid, chair for zone eight of the B.C. Seniors Games. One act plays are plays that have only one act; however they may have one or more scenes. Within the setting of the senior games, the plays may also be entered as reader’s theatre. Reader’s theatre is a style of theatre in which actors don’t have to memo-

rize their lines. However, reader’s theatre pieces, and regular theatre pieces compete against one another for medals. The plays that are used in the B.C. Seniors games are ones that take 20 to 45 minutes in length and are performed by a minimum of two, and a maximum of 10 actors age 55 and over. However, within the one act plays, the director does not have to meet the age requirement, though they aren’t eligible for a medal. Other regulations include that the plays cannot be musicals, though they can contain music, and they can only have a minimal number of props. During the one act play performances the plays are

judged by adjudicators. Medals are then awarded in a number of areas. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the actors and directors of the top three plays. Medals are also awarded to the best actors, actresses and directors. The adjudicators can also award medals for original plays. To participate in the B.C. Senior Games, or to just learn more about one act plays, please contact Barry McLean at 250-672-9563, by email at intheheartland@ or visit the B.C. Seniors games website at Barry McLean is a member of the Thompson Valley Players and resides in Barriere.

Fraser River peaks, flood warning ends By Tom Fletcher Black Press

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the potential for heavy rain in the B.C. Interior this week could cause a further level and streamflow rise in the Lower Fraser. Upstream of Prince George, the Fraser River system peaked late last week, after cooler and wetter than normal conditions in late April. Snow levels were near normal in most areas of B.C. after this winter. The Nechako and Vancouver Island regions had below normal snowpacks, with moderately high snow accumulations in the North Thompson, South Thompson, Okanagan Kettle and Stikine watersheds. The Upper Fraser had the highest snowpack, more than 120 per cent of normal.

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4-H do well at Judging Days and Demos On Sunday, April 28, the Yellowhead 4-H Club participated in Field Day at Haughtons’ Ranch in Knutsford. Although it was a cold and windy day, we found ways to stay warm and have fun. We started out by going to our own market classes; it was very organized. Then, we judged our alternate classes that were chosen for us. The different classes were: Hay, Photography, Beef, Geldings, Mares, and Sheep. There were many fun activities as well. While seniors were doing oral presentations, juniors played games. The results listed are from the Yellowhead 4H Club only. Photography members did awesome. First place was Payden Irving, second Pax Gregory, and third place Emma Hamblin. Beef members placed as follows: Juniors were Lauren Tremblay first, Thompson Mitchell second, Jonathon Fennell third, and Linden Ross fourth. Seniors: Leanna Mitchell first, Saul Lingren second, Spencer Pawloff third, Eli Lingren fourth, Dustin Pawloff fifth, Kathleen Pilatzke sixth, Hanna Wadleg-

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ger seventh, Quinn Brackman eighth, and Kyle Zurbrugg ninth. Sheep members did great as well. Seniors were Sara Kate Smith first, Nicole Huber second, Hannah Feller third, and Tristan Brackman fourth. Juniors placed as follows: Helen Newton first, Cam Kerslake second, Grace Kempter third, Madi Kerslake fourth, Tyson Schilling fourth, Halle Smith sixth, Katherine Pelayo seventh, Kash Siguoin eighth, Tyler Schilling, and Samantha Jones tied for nineth place, Levi Kempter tenth, Aaron Van Sickle eleventh, Josh Tremblay twelfth, and Sheldon Van Sickle thirteenth. Although there were only three Clover Buds, they had amazing results. Riley Kempter first place, Tanner Schilling second, and Olin Coates third. District Rally was held on May 4, at the Stockyards/Co-op in Kamloops. Members of the Yellowhead 4-H Club were involved. Again, like Field

Day, we started with our own market classes. Once we finished there was a yummy snack. There was only one alternate class to judge. Lunch was pizza, pop, and chips. During the wrap up members participated in a game. We acted out little skits about “100 years of 4-H” and “Safety”. It was very entertaining. Rally results were as follows: Junior Beef sixth place Thompson Mitchell, seventh place Jonathon Fennell, eighth place Lauren Tremblay, and ninth place Linden Ross. Senior Beef placed as follows: Fifth place Spencer Pawloff, who also won the Top Male Sr. Aggregate award, eighth place Kathleen Pilatzke, ninth place tie between Leanna Mitchell and Garrett Tremblay, and tenth place Hannah Feller. Good job to the beef members. Photography members cleaned up! First place Junior went to Emma Hamblin, second place was awarded to Pax Gregory, and third place was awarded to Payden Irving. Eli Lingren won first place Senior. Sheep members did awesome as well. Madison Kerslake came in first and won the Top Female Jr. Ag-

gregate award. Sheldon Van Sickle came in fourth place and also won the Top Male Jr. Aggregate award. Halle Smith placed fifth, Katherine Pelayo sixth, Helen Newton ninth, and Aaron Van Sickle tenth. Finally, the Senior Sheep placing was seventh place Sara Kate Smith, eighth place Hannah Feller, and ninth place Tristan Brackman. The Silver Tray Award went to Tristan Brackman. Congratulations, Tristan. On May 11, Christine Kempter and Kyle Zurbrugg came first at Regional Demos. And Sara Kate Smith came in third at Regional Speeches. Congratulations we are all very proud!

SPCA Cupcake campaign raises over $360,000 for animals North Thompson Star/Journal In a first-ever national fundraiser benefitting SPCAs and humane societies, National Cupcake Day has raised more than $360,000 across Canada to help animals in need. “We are so excited to announce that we have far-surpassed the $150,000 goal,” says Farrah Rooney, manager of fundraising events for the BC SPCA. “The generosity of British Columbians who baked cupcakes and donated to help animals is overwhelming.” Started in Australia by the RSPCA, National Cupcake Day was brought to Canada by the BC SPCA and Ontario SPCA in a collaboration to give cupcakes a special pur-

pose – saving the lives of homeless and abused animals. Participating cupcake hosts and businesses baked cupcakes for family, friends and colleagues in exchange for donations. The BC SPCA and Ontario SPCA were recognized with an Integrated Marketing Award in the organization category earlier this month by the Integrated Marketing Advisory Board (IMAB), who recognizes not-for-profit organizations that show exemplary leadership in marketing. “We want to thank all those who made this event such a success, especially our sponsors PetSecure Pet Health Insurance, Reynolds and BMO Bank of Montreal,” says Rooney.

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Barriere Elementary student Matlock Brown started the ball rolling in his community for National Cupcake Day, and together with his team raised over $400 for the SPCA fundraiser. Matlock is pictured icing cupcakes with Megan Booth.

(Above) On May 11, Yellowhead 4-H Club members, Christine Kempter and Kyle Zurbrugg took first place at the 4-H Regional Demos for their presentation on ‘Fence Bracing’. The pair will now advance to the Provincials to be held on the Lower Mainland in July of this year. (Right) Yellowhead 4-H member Sara Kate Smith is pictured with her award certificate along with 4-H youngsters from other clubs in the Region. (Bottom Right) The winning demo team of Kempter and Zurbrugg (far right pair) beside a team from another club show off their awards.

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1971 Vinusulla derailment described as “Dante’s inferno” The derailment of some 53 cars off a 94-car freight train in the North Thompson Valley at Vinsulla, on Monday, July 19, 1971, came very close to destroying that small community in the holocaust that accompanied the wreck. The summer was unusually hot that year, with the recorded temperature that day at the Kamloops airport being 100.94° degrees fahrenheit. Just North of Kamloops at approximately 2:30 p.m., 37-year-old Vinsulla rancher, William Matuga, was riding on a tractor stacking hay in his field bordering the train track. When a train carrying four cars loaded with propane, plus a number of cars loaded with elemental sulphur started to pass by, Matuga had no inkling of the momentous events that would unfold within minutes directly in front of him, Matuga told reporters after the event, “I saw it all. All at once everything blew up. Freight cars were flying through the air scattering debris everywhere…sulphur and sulphur cars were flying everywhere. I saw one of the propane cars smash a power pole, and the sparks ignited the split tanks, resulting in a tremendous explosion.” He says he was just 300 yards from the accident and that he saw an empty flatcar rear on end and sail over the top of a box car and rip down a 7,200 volt power line. Then sparks flashed from the severed cable and ignited escaping propane from the tank car. When the first propane car went up Matuga said he “ran like hell”. “I just ran to escape, and I didn’t look back for at least a quarter of a mile, said Matuga, “I’ve never seen anything like it and I hope I never do again.” When a second car exploded it melted the tires of his tractor and set fire to 10,000 bales of hay that were in a stack. Cliff Gunderson, who also farmed in the area, was the only other eyewitness to the derailment. “I saw the cars coming. They started to topple, and as they piled, one on top of one another into a twisted pyramid, there was a huge explosion,” told Gunderson, “The

flames shot 500 yards high, and spread at least 100 yards across.” For the train’s engineer, Fraser McLeod, the disaster started just after he notched down his two 3,000 horsepower diesel engines and was moving at a reportedly 20 miles per hour at the head of his southbound freight train when he said he felt his lead engine slowing at around 2:30 p.m. Fraser told investigators after the wreck that the next thing that happened is the automatic brake came on, and when he looked backward he saw the cars dancing off the tracks. Then the train stopped, and this was immediately followed by a fireball blast just seven cars back from the locomotives as the first tanker car carrying 27,912 gallons of propane exploded. McLeod immediately radioed Kamloops, saying, “We’ve got a bad one”, while a conductor in the rear caboose ran to a farmhouse to telephone Kamloops as well. Gerry Hill, the brakeman at the time was riding up front, but immediately made the incredibly dangerous decision to run back toward the one exploded and the other intact propane cars and uncouple them. The engineer then pulled the locomotives ahead to safety, taking four cars with him. Reports say that at approximately 3 p.m., a small hissing sound could be heard, and then what was described by attending CN policeman, Walter Craig, “…a loud bang like a plane breaking the sound barrier” as another propane tanker exploded. “The flames went up 500 feet, and everybody dropped flat, like trained troops.” A third car was reported with some discrepancy as blowing up at 4:15 p.m., or 5:35 p.m.. It shattered farmhouse windows and ignited gas leaking from a fractured valve cover on a fourth car. Pieces of metal were heard flying overhead and then striking trees and the highway, but fortunately no one was injured. The blast waves knocked newsmen and officials attending the scene to the ground, and sent others scurrying for cover. The force of the blast pushed a police car from the highway into the ditch,

The July 19, 1971, CNR train wreck at Vinsulla shows the mangled propane cars with some burning on the left, not shown in the photo are the elemental sulphur cars which were farther down the line, also derailed, wrecked, and burning. Photo taken by N. McDonald. and the heat wave from the blast was so hot it gave those in close proximity “an instant sunburn”. Three other propane-filled tankers remained on the tracks, and undamaged, and water bombers were called in to drop a sludge mixture in an effort to put out the sulphur fires. CN crews were quickly on the scene, and worked through the night to lay the beginnings of a temporary track to bypass the wreck, but work stopped by noon on Tuesday due to the danger presented by the burning propane and sulphur cars, and the resulting production of sulphur dioxide gas that was drifting everywhere the wind blew. A Vancouver explosives expert, Ed Couglin arrived on Tuesday to decide what could be done about the burning propane car. It was reported that the decision was made to use dynamite to blow a four inch hole into the burning propane car to snuff the fire. But first the three adjacent undamaged tankers were dragged to safety, nearby farms evacuated and the highway closed as a precaution for the upcoming blast. Eye witnesses say that when the blast went off, the burning car took off like a rocket, cleared some wreckage and then disappeared in a writhing fireball like “Dante’s

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Nature plays a large part in Art by Ecki By Elli Kohnert North Thompson Star/Journal The small settlement of Vavenby is home to Ecki Manthei, a gifted artist who‘s artwork grows out of his connection to nature, and his drive to follow every new idea with a passion that moves him to create what is in his imagination, without delay. Ecki’s home stands out from all others in the Vavenby trailer park where it cannot be missed. Two large life-like eagles formed from wood, seem to be guarding his property. Varieties of creatures also made from wood, line the path to the house; and the

Canada, and eventually came to live in Cloverdale, B.C. It is there that he began his artistic career. Seashells were his medium then, tells Ecki as he explains how they lend themselves to be made into clocks for instance, or be used as a canvas for his paintings. When the couple eventually settled in the community of Vavenby, it is here that Ecki took on art as his life work. Ecki has transformed one room of their home into an art gallery, where he now displays the numerous ‘Art By Ecki’ creations. The variety of his work is remarkable; it

carve on it!” He notes that nearly all the materials he uses in his creations are natural; giving the artwork its special character. Sometimes a person may come into the gallery to view Ecki’s work, and they may purchase a special item of art for their own home. Most of the time though, Ecki and Marilyn market the art work by taking part in craft fairs. “At some I do well, with others I do not,” commented the art-


ist on selling his work through craft fairs. The couple say they have a few tentative ideas in mind for marketing; such as going on the road to sell their creations. But right now, they have no immediate plans that they want to follow. “We like it here in Vavenby,” says Ecki, “We feel comfortable around here, and we do enjoy to be with the friends we have made in the area. For now, ‘Ecki’s Art’ will have its home in the North Thompson Valley .”

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inferno”, it lit up the valley and shook windows 17 miles away in Kamloops. Crews then quickly moved in to put out numerous spot fires and resume laying down the bypass track. The valley was still filled with smoke and the toxic sulphur dioxide gas from the burning yellow sulphur. The gas consistently blew in the direction of the onsite officials, reporters and bystanders, causing them to be evacuated several times as the fumes became intolerable. There was also a danger of molten sulphur making its way into the North Thompson River, but this was halted as work crews dug trenches to halt the “lava-like flow”. Some who did not heed the danger of breathing in the burning sulphur fumes were most fortunate when the wind changed direction taking the dangerous gases away. One reporter taking photographs at the wreck site wrote, “On one side of us the embankment was burning, and on the other hand molten sulphur was flowing through the ditch. …It was like someone had grabbed us by the throat. Breathing became impossible as we fought our way over the fence and collapsed in the farmers field….the heavy sulphur fumes were in the path of escape. I ran

through them, but just could not make it. My lungs felt seared, and I couldn’t inhale. My eyes started watering, and the world seemed to spin around. My legs turned to rubber and I fell.” Fortunately others saw the reporters’ predicament and helped him away from the fumes, but he remained feeling sick for hours after the ordeal. Estimates immediately after the wreck were for $2.5 million in damages to the affected area of the North Thompson Valley, mostly caused as a result of the sulphur dioxide gas. The area covered by the gas was estimated at 25 miles long and three miles wide. It destroyed crops, fruit and vegetable harvests, and killed willow, aspen and poplar trees that “just dried up overnight”. Residents say the whole area was bleached and desolate to look at. Cause of the derailment was speculated by officials at the time to have been the result of a piece of track that had warped from the 100°F heat. Today, just under 42 years have passed since that fateful afternoon beside William Matuga’s hay field. Matuga still resides there, farms the land, and most likely well-remembers the afternoon of July 19, 1971. Article complied by North Thompson Star/Journal staff.

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SPORTS Elli Terwiel named again to Canadian Alpine Ski Team Submitted The community of Sun Peaks is congratulating local ski racer Elli Terwiel who was named last week to the 2013-14 Canadian Alpine Ski Team for the third consecutive year. The upcoming season includes a high pressure World Cup racing season leading into the anticipated 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Terwiel was selected with 22 other Canadians who Alpine Canada describes as having ‘podium potential’. “I’ve watched as Elli grew up skiing and racing on the slopes of Sun Peaks,” says Nancy Greene Raine, former Olympic champion and Sun Peaks Resort’s director of skiing. “She has faced many challenges and always moved ahead, determined to reach her goals.” Coming off a racing season which included two 17th place and personal best World Cup race finishes in Flachau, Austria, and in Maribor, Germany, Terwiel is gearing up for another challenging, but exciting winter ahead.  Terwiel’s winter schedule includes balancing life as an engineering student at the University of Vermont with the travel and demands of being a national level athlete.  “Elli is excelling both on and off the slopes,”

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Rules laid out for Ladies Night By Leslie Stirling The wind was a little blustery and the skies looked like we might be rained upon. Despite the chances of some nasty weather 34 ladies turned out for the regular Ladies Night at Chinook Cove on May 14, and we were not disappointed. A delightful time was held and usual the club house was filled with laughter. Debbie Rainer started a new tradition... tell your favourite golf joke. She started the ball rolling and I followed with my favourite. We are hoping the rest will pick up the challenge beginning next week. Brenda Carl provided a delicious rhubarb crisp for dessert. Thanks Brenda. Carol Hindle, who has taken on the role

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Ladies Golf Report of Rules chair spent a few minutes clarifying many of the simple rules of golf at Ladies Night. She reminded us that Ladies Night is a fun social evening but it was still good to know the proper rules of the game. Ladies with a question are encouraged to talk to Carol. Flight winners were Donna Salle (low gross Flight 1), Susan Mitchell (low net Flight 1), Vicki Hoffer (low gross Flight 2), Susan Newberry (low net Flight 2) and Ilke Marais (low gross Flight 3). Debbie Rainer had a fantastic night winning three prizes (Barriere Irly Build-

ing, Bondar Forest Planning and Our Little Secret). Tanya Desjarlais picked up two prizes (Knights’ Inn and Rainer Custom Cutting) as did Ilke Marais (Bodi Mekanix and Crystlee’s Hair Design) and Wanda Amos (Pottery by Ramona and Shais Design). Single winners were Babes Shanko (Barriere Massage), Susan Bondar (Country Store Antiques), Deb Legaree (Estylo Hair Design), Debbie Pearce (Barb and Carman Smith), Carol Hindle (Carol Patton, CGA), Cindy Lee Matthew (Station House Restaurant), Jeannie Webber (Ron Wallace Trucking), Irene Beeton (Stamer Logging), Christina LeCerf (The Look Boutique), Carol Willox (Val Bella Studio), Betty

Baillie (AG Foods), Sue Paulhus (Avril’s Garden) and Vicki Hoffer (Barriere A&W). So there you have it. Fun, food, friends...everything to make an enjoyable evening with the “girls”. Come on out and join us. We would love to have you join us.

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Ready to play ball Phil Ransome was spotted last week grooming the Barriere ball fields to get them in shape for up-coming games. Ransome is a coach and currently heads up Barriere Minor Ball.

Do you have a sports story or event picture? If you do we’d love to hear from you.

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THANK YOU! The North Thompson Valley Garden Club would like to thank everyone who came out to support our Plant Sale. We would also like to thank all those who helped make it happen. People may return the plastic flats and pots to the community garden for future use.

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Don’t miss photographic opportunities As my wife and I were rushing on a two hour drive to an appointment in Kelowna, for which we couldn’t be late, we both lamented on the photographs we were missing – a herd of deer along the road, some coyotes hunting in an open field, eagles, a farmer’s field turned into a lake because of the spring run-off, and the sun glowing on white lakeside cliffs we were passing. Linda reminded me of a long trip to Utah we made some years ago. Our route was to head east to Calgary, then turn south, follow the Missouri river as it snaked it’s way through canyons and gullies, and then head west to Salt Lake City. We left later than we should and we were driving with as few stops as possible, because I had promised my brother I would be at his house for a family event the next day. What a wonderfully scenic drive that was. We kept realizing we should stop again and again, and we didn’t. Linda said “We will never do that to ourselves again”, we need to leave lots of

time, even days, to photograph subjects when we see them. I think that many photographers have had the circumstance where the chance at a great photograph was missed because of the wrong lens or camera. I remember a photograph of a moose in the hazy morning fog that I made with a little digicam because it was the only camera I had with me. At least I had a camera with me and I did get the shot, but the photo was lacking because of the limitations of the camera’s small sensor, the lack of a telephoto lens, and a tripod would have helped also. I spent time working on it in Photoshop, changing it to a black and white because I couldn’t correct the purple cast caused by the early morning’s low light on the camera’s tiny sensor. I was able to make a passable 8x10 print, however, it lacked the quality I could have had by using a DSLR camera with a telephoto lens. The Boy Scouts state, “Be prepared”, and I think that is a good idea for photog-

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John E n ma n raphers. When film use was common, most serious photographers had more than one camera; one would be loaded with black and white film, one with colour negative film, and sometimes one with colour slide film. Since digital imaging began many photographers now own only one camera, as colour, or black and white images can be manipulated in the computer. I have my main camera, and can borrow my wife’s camera if I require a backup camera that uses the same lenses. My cameras get lots of use and I need to have a backup in case of equipment failure while I am working. Sometimes I like the portability of a little digicam. I mainly use it for those subjects that are close to me, and rarely use it for scenics. If I do, I prefer to use it with an old monopod

that quietly languishes in the trunk of my car. It’s pretty beaten up, but it keeps my camera steady. Trying to take a scenic with arms extended and expecting a sharp image is asking too much of the technology. These days it is easy to carry a camera around, and taking lots of pictures doesn’t cost anything except time,

until one starts making prints. As I began to write this article I thought about my father. His chances of taking a good picture were pretty good because he was a prolific, dedicated photographer. As a contractor he worked all over the southwestern United States, and he usually had a beat-up, dirt-covered camera jammed under his pickup seat, or somewhere in his excavator, and he rarely missed an opportunity to photograph anything that interested him. The sheer volume of pictures he took outweighed the bad

pictures. He mostly used slide film, and, as kids, my brothers and I looked forward to his evening slide shows. There were always lots of interesting (and sometimes unusual) photos and it was fun to view pictures that he hand-turned using our family’s old projector. Like my father, photographers should be continually looking for photographic opportunities and always be prepared for them by having some kind of camera with us. And when we miss that photograph because the

equipment we have is wrong, or because we aren’t using it correctly, we should at the very least learn from that, so in the future we won’t have missed opportunities. These are my thoughts for this week. Contact me at www. or Stop by Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops. And if you want an experienced photographer please call me at 250-371-3069. I also sell an interesting selection of used photographic equipment.

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Celebrating 35 Years Chicken & Cheese Lasagna Roll-ups 3 cups cubed and cooked chicken breast 1/4 cup milk 1 cup Ricotta cheese 1/4 cup feta, crumbled

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remaining ingredients & stir until mixed. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Each week a group or volunteer(s) are recognized in this space for their contribution to our community. If you, your service organization or group would like to recognize an individual please call the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre at 672-0033.

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Jun 27-30 - Canadian Sheep Breeders Classic Show & Sale @ NT Barriere Curling Club: Oct.-Mar. Curling, league & bonspiels. Agriplex. Barriere Elementary PAC: 1st Wed.. of mth, 6:30pm, call 672-9916 Jun 27-Jul 1 - Palmers Gulch Cowboy Action Event @ Heffley Creek or Leesa Genier at 320-3629. Rifle Range. Contact HC Gun Club, Ron Gabler 250-578-7678. Barriere Firefighters’ Practice: Firehall,Thurs., 7pm Jun 28 - Ambassador Program Speach,Talent & Fashion Show, 7pm Barriere Food Bank: every other Wed. starting Jun 5. Call for info @ Lion’s Hall. Aug 22-Sep 2 - Rendezvous @ Heffley Creek Rifle Range. Contact HC 672-0029 (leave a message). Barriere Genealogy Club. Meet every 1st & 3rd Friday of the Gun Club, Ron Gabler 250-578-7678. Aug 29 - Ambassador Program Coronation, 7pm @ gym at NTVIC month at the Barriere Library, 6-7pm. For info call 250-672-9330. Barriere Hospice: Every 2 weeks. 250-672-9391 (the Ridge). Barriere Photography Club. All welcome. For info on meeting Aug 31-Sep 2 - 64th Annual NT Fall Fair & Rodeo @ Fall Fair grounds. Army Cadets - 2941 RCACC Cadet Corp. -Tues. 6:30pm, ages 12-18, dates contact Shelley Lampreau at 250-672-5728. Barriere Community Quilters: 2nd & 4thThurs.of mth, 2pm at the Legion Bsmnt. New Recruits Welcome. Marc 672-9681. Barriere Food Bank. Judy 250-672-5275 or Fran 250-672-2012. Baha’i Night: Fri., 7:30pm, Marge Mitchell’s home. 672-5615 Barriere Adult Day Program: Mon. & Wed. 9-2. Lunch, crafts & Barriere Search & Rescue: 2ndTues. of mth, 7pm.Training on 4th Tues. of mth, 7pm. music at the Seniors Ctr. Sherry Jardine 672-5121 BSS PAC & Booster Club: 1stTues. of mth, 5:30pm. 250-672-9943. Barriere & District Heritage Society: 3rd Wed. of mth, 1pm at Survivors of Brain Injuries: Call John at 250-372-1799. NTVIC in the winter, at Museum in the summer. Barriere & District Riding Club: Jan-Mar: 3rd Sun. 1pm; Apr-Oct: Bethany Baptist Church Prayer: EveryTues., 7pm. 3rdThurs. 7pm both at NTVIC. Carpet Bowling: Mon, Wed, & Fri., 9:30am-12 @ Little Fort Hall. Community Kitchen: If interested call Dede 554-3134. Info Darcey 250-318-9975. Community Soup Day: Christian Life Assembly on Annesty Rd. Barriere & District Seniors Events: Mon. Whist 7pm,Tues. & 3rd Mon. of every mth, 11:30 am. Thurs. Carpet Bowling 10am, Wed. Fun Cards 1pm, 250-672-2477. Council of Senior Citizens: Devoted to improving quality of life Barriere Cancer Support: 672-9263, 672-0017 or 672-1890 Barriere Choir: EveryThurs. @ Christian Life Assembly, Annesty Rd. for seniors. 604-576-9734 or email Youth 7-18 3:30pm; Adults 19+ 6:30pm. Call Leah Jones 250-957-8440. Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall.

Farmers Market - Thurs. 10-2 Sam’s Pizza. 672-5159 or 672-5919 Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374-9866. Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri. every mth 7pm. Performers, concession, play area for kids! Call 578-0056. Literacy Tutoring: Learn to read FREE. Susan Ross 672-9875. Little Fort Recreation Society: 1stThurs. each mth 7pm LNT Catholic Women’s League: 2nd Mon. each mth, 7pm at St. George’s. Call 250-672-9330 for info. McLure Vounteer Fire Dept. Rec.: 1st Wed. each month at 7:30pm upstairs. Except Jul & Aug. 250-578-7565 for info. McLure Firefighter Practice: 2nd & 4thTues., 7pm, McLure Firehall Men’s Floor Hockey: Tues., 8-10pm at Barriere Sec. School. NT Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm Volunteer Centre. More info 672-1843 NT Museum: Summer hours -Tues & Fri 9am-5pm; Wed & Sat 10am-4pm;Thurs 10am-5pm. NT Valley Hospice House Soc.: 3rdTues of the mth, 11am, Little Fort Hall. More info 672-5660 or 672-9500. Quilting: 1st Tues of the mth, 10am @ Little Fort Hall. Safe Home: Get away from domestic abuse, call 250-674-2135 (Clw) or 250-682-6444 (Barriere). Walk & Fitness: Indoors,Tues &Thurs 12-2pm. Barriere Ridge Gym, everyone welcome. Wilson’s Arena weekly practice: Mon Game,Tues: Stock Dogs, Wed:Team roping,Thurs:Team penning

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HARTLEY’S AUTOBODY in Sechelt, BC has a vacancy for a Journeyman Automotive Painter. Please fax resume with references and contact information to: 604-885-7454. Required immediately journeyman Truss Designer for busy plant in 100 Mile House. For details phone Richard @ (250)398-0008 or email

Professional/ Management SOFTWARE Developer for Engineering Applications Lucidyne Technologies, an industry leader in Automated Lumber Grading is seeking an experienced & talented person to join our software/engineering development team. We offer rewarding challenges, a stimulating work environment, 401K with employer contributions and the college town amenities of Corvallis, Oregon. Our scanning systems include multiple cameras and sensors, electronics, multiple PCs and network equipment. The mechanical and electrical components of the system are highly integrated into the customer’s production flow and equipment. Software developers must understand the underlying technology and also appreciate the perspective of end users (operators, technicians, etc.), to develop efficient applications. We’re looking for a person that will take pride in their work and will help us make our product the best it can be. Job Description Implement and test machine vision algorithms to classify defects in lumber with our senior image processing staff. Validate code changes using regression testing against an archive of customer data Verify sensor performance using custom calibration software and analysis tools Interact with customers to capture requirements for software upgrades Maintain and update C++ code for image processing improvements and computational geometry extensions Experience Must have 3-5 years experience with C++ and a degree in either engineering or computer science. Good mathematics and troubleshooting skills are required. Vision to see big picture and problem solving ability are also a must. Additional desired experience in: Real time systems, Subversion, Xml, Windows OS, PC troubleshooting, and basic electronics skills. This is a real-time software coding position. Your code will control our customer’s production lines so errors are expensive. Please use your cover letter to describe what modern software engineering principles you have used to help you write bug-free code while holding to ontime delivery schedules. Applicants must be fluent in English and have the energy to produce results under time constraints. Salary commensurate with experience and education. Email cover letter and resume to

Trades, Technical GUARANTEED JOB Placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message For Information 1-800-972-0209. LUMBER Inspectors - Supervisor required (CMSA). BC Central Interior Locations. Excellent salary, benefits and potential for advancement. Please submit your resume to

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Photography / Video Need a professional

photographer? Portraits, weddings, special events, pet portraits, commercial. Affordable memories that last a lifetime. Seniors rates. Book now avoid & disappointment. Sorry no passport photos Jill Hayward 250-319-8023/250-672-0055

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Pets & Livestock


HAFI GRANTS Notice to low income seniors and persons with disability. You may qualify for a grant up to 20,000. to modify and adapt your home for improved safety and accessibility. For details contact your local HAFI expert Hans Ounpuu, Building contractor @ 250-674-3875. Need some help with those odd jobs you don’t have time for? Call Keiran Jones at 250-674-3051


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RCA – Casual & Permanent PT, ICS B0007 CASHIER – Little Fort Store PT/FT CB0054 SANDWICH ARTIST – Subway PT/FT CB0055 FIRE FIGHTERS, CHAINSAW OPERATORS, FALLERS – B0126 WAITRESS – Sam’s Pizza (Must be 19) COOK – Knight’s Inn B0129 SERVER – Must have Serve it Right, Knight’s Inn B0130 FRONT COUNTER/CASHIERS – Barriere A&W B0132 COOKS – Barriere A&W B0133 COOK – PT/Seas. Chinook Cove Golf RIGGING SLINGER/CHOKERMAN – Experienced - VRV Contracting

SKILL DEVELOPMENT: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) and are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for more information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer and Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services.


by Keith McNeill

Digital and film photographs. Phone 250-674-3252 or

Laminates - $0.59/sq ft Engineered - $1.99 sq ft Hardwood - $2.79 sq ft Overnight Delivery in most of BC!

Work Wanted

629 Barriere Town Rd. Barriere, BC V0E 1E0 Phone: 250-672-0036 / Fax: 250-672-2159

For Sale: 2 polled purebred simmental cows, easy calving, medium frame w/bull calves. 250-672-9611 For Sale: still need a bull? 2yr old 83lb bw simmental, easy to handle. Calves can be seen. Open to reasonable offers. 250-672-9611

Pets Good Dog Obedience Classes Starting June 6! * NEW DATES! * Basic Obedience - A 6 week course in good manners & canine behaviour begins Thursday, June 6, 7pm at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere for all dogs at least 6 months old & up. Cost $100. Novice Class - 6 weeks of fun as we take you & your dog to the next level of obedient behaviour. Participants must have successfully completed a previous Basic Obedience course to qualify. Class starts on Thursday, June 6, 8pm. Cost $100. To register or for more information contact Jill Hayward at 250-319-8023

Merchandise for Sale

Appliances Fridge, convection oven & stovetop, stacking w/d, 30� stove, ft load w/d, single w/d All refurbished. 250-674-0079

Flea Markets Barriere & District Seniors Soc., 4431 Barriere Town Rd., June 8, 10am-2pm. Tables avail. $10/ea. Call Hazel 250672-5587.

Food Products MacLennan Farms has yearling grass finished beef. Sold by the quarter based on Hang Weight, or smaller orders of choice by kg. Price list avail upon request. Phone 250-674-2449.

“The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia� In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services

CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 250-674-2928 Fax 250-674-2938

E-mail: • Web Page: Housekeeping: Seas PT/Clearwater C0144 Kitchen Assistant & Cook’s Helper: Camp/ Clearwater C0143 Front Desk Agent: Seas/Blue River #CB0142 Front Desk Attendant: Seas/Blue River #CB0141 Bus Person: Seas/Blue River #CB0140 Custom Wood Furniture Maker: FT/Blue River #CB0139 Satellite Installer Contractor: Clearwater & area #C0138 Receptionist/Office Clerk: FT/Clearwater #C0137 Client Service/Reception: Casual/Clearwater #C0134 Yard Person: Seas F/T Clearwater #C013 German Speaking Tour Guide: Seas/Clw #C0124 Cashier: FT/PT Little Fort #C0123 Housekeeper: Seas/FT/Clw #C0122 Sandwich Artist: Seas/Little Fort #CB0121 Barista: Seas Casual/Clw #C0120 Line Cook: FT/Little Fort #CB0119 Nanny: Seas FT/Clw #C0118 Cleaner: PT/Clw #C0117 Server: Seas PT/Clw #C0116 Breakfast Cook: Seas/Clw #C0115 Breakfast Cook: Seas/Clw #C0112 Student Service Assistant: Seas/Clw #0111 Kitchen Assistant: Seas/Clw #0109 Service Assistant: Seas/Clw #0108 Dishwasher: Seas/Clw #C0104 Kitchen Helper: Seas/Clw #C0103

Waitress/Waiter: Seas/Clw #C0102 Cook: Seas/Clw #C0098 Waitress/Waiter: 2 pos. Seas/Clw #C0076 Housekeepers: 4 pos. Seas/Clw #C0075 Front Desk Clerk: 2 pos. Seas/Clw #C0074 GENERAL INFORMATION FREE WORKSHOPS to help with your work search are available. Please contact us for more information. • Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in and our friendly staff will assist you. • Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. • Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. • Blue River Itinerant: An employment consultant comes to town twice/mth to the Blue River School. Next visit is Thursday May 28 from 12:30-2:30. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.

Operate by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Government of Canada & the Province of British Columbia


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Thursday, May 23, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, May 23, 2013 North Thompson Star Journal

Merchandise for Sale




Garage Sales

Commercial/ Industrial

Auto Financing

Legal Notices

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

COURT BAILIFF SALE North Central Bailiffs Ltd. The Court Bailiff offers For Sale by tender, a mobile home, the property of Richard Jacques, located at 18-620 Dixon Creek Road, Barriere. MH Registry number 028849, year, make and model unknown. This unit does not conform to current Provincial electrical code requirements and needs some repairs and renovations. Tenancy in the Mobile Home Park is subject to approval by Park Manager, some restrictions apply. Highest bid not necessarily accepted. Sale is subject to cancellation or adjournment without notice. Unit is sold “As is Where is”. Closing date is June 7, 2013. Bidder takes responsibility to ensure they are satisfied with the description of the goods being sold. Terms of sale: Immediate full payment upon successful bid, plus applicable taxes. If you require further information, contact North Central Bailiffs Ltd at 250 377 4148 or Kamloops@nor Craig Thomson, Court Bailiff North Central Bailiffs Ltd Kamloops Branch

362 Lilley Rd., May 25-26, 9am-1pm - no earlybirds pls! Lots of tools & assorted items. Clearwater garage sale May 25, 10 am - 4 pm 649 Greer Road All proceeds go to the Clearwater Food Bank Clearwater Garage Sale May 25, 9 am - 3 pm 148 Brookfield Rd (Sunshine Valley)

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

Misc. for Sale

Golf clubs for sale with cart. $70.00 Ph. 250-674-2127 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

3 Commercial spaces by Rafting & Gym. Ph 250-674-0001

1-800-961-7022 DL# 7557

Duplex / 4 Plex Barriere: large 1 bdrm apartment in quiet neighbourhood.750sqft. $615/mo. Pets negotiable. Call 250-682-2231 Clearwater: Older 3 bdrm duplex. Avail June 1, $575/mo. + util, Miller sub. 250-674-0188

Misc for Rent Furnished bachelor suite, gym access, $600/mo,

Mobile Homes & Pads Clearwater: 2 bdrm MH, incl f/s, w/d. Close to shopping. $675/mo. Ph. 778-245-1960


Auto Financing

Cars - Domestic 2008 Mazda 3. 42,000 km, 17inch wheels, sunroof. Never driven in winter. Asking $14,000 obo. Phone 250-6740003.

Trucks & Vans 2011 GMC Sierra 4x4 pickup, 5.3 litre engine, extend-a-cab, auto, short box, exec cond. $17,000. Ph. 250-674-0072


Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the estate of JOSEPH MICHEL GRENIER otherwise known as MICHEL JOSEPH GRENIER and MICHAEL J. GRENIER and MIKE GRENIER, deceased, Retired, late of 115 Norfolk Road, Clearwater, British Columbia, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor of #2-555 Glenmeadows Road, Kelowna, British Columbia,V1V 1V5, on or before the 21st day of June, 2013, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims of which the Executor then has notice. PAUL JOSEPH GRENIER, Executor of the Estate of JOSEPH MICHEL GRENIER otherwise known as MICHEL JOSEPH GRENIER and MICHAEL J. GRENIER and MIKE GRENIER, Deceased.

Students launch BES Bulletin from Star/Journal office

STAR/JOURNAL photos: Lisa Quiding

BES Bulletin staff, Rebecca Quiding (l) and Brittany Waite, coallate and fold their first issue fresh off the photocopy machine t the Star/Journal. The May 15, 2013, edition, and inaugural issue of the BES Bulletin was a sell-out at Barriere Elementary. Students from the school created the editorial copy and photographs, paginated the pages, and produced their very own school newspaper with the assistance of Star/Journal staff, computers and photocopier. Sponsor assistance from Learning and Literacy and the school has been very much appreciated, and reports say everyone involved is eager to see the next issue which has been promised for some time this year.


SAWMILLS from only $3997 Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD:

1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.


STEEL BUILDINGS, Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x 40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x 150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206

4464 Barriere Town Road

Worship Sunday 11:00

Misc. Wanted

A worshipping community of Anglicans, United & Lutherans

Affordable older, well broke horse that is good w/small children. No bad habits. email or

All Are Welcome

the Rev. Brian Krushel

OfÀce 250 255

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


Used Postage Stamps

Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

Sunday Mass - 9am Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Mass - 9am

Father Donal O’Reilly

Ph 672-5949 • Fax 672-5974 CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY 4818 Annesty Rd. (Across from High School) 9:30am Adult Sunday School 10:30am Sunday Service and Children’s Sunday School Pastor: Lance Naylor Youth Pastor: James Mason 672-0111

Plants /Nursery Plant a Tree there is no ‘Planet B’ Freshly dug Colorado Blue/ Green Spruce. 2m +. Burlapped & basketed. $60-$160. Call Bob at McLure Nursery 250-672-9712 or Cell 250-8199712.

THE OPEN DOOR FELLOWSHIP 11:00 am Sundays at the Ridge Bible Study on Tuesdays at 1pm Join us for refreshments after the Service. Phone 250-672-9830 anytime. Affiliated with North American Baptist Association. “Believe in the Lord Jesus - and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

Real Estate For Sale By Owner Clearwater: 14x70 1998 Moduline MH with winter package, 2 bdrm, very gd cond. Owned by elderly lady. Incl c/a, w/d, f/s. Extra lg windows, very bright and airy. Master bdrm has full 4 window bay. Two full bath, 1 is ensuite. New roof 3 yrs ago. Incl 2 roofed porches. Requires moving. Asking $62,000.00. Call Jones 250-674-3051 or

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Seventh-day Adventists

Meet in the Church of Saint Paul on Saturday Mornings Bible Study - 10:00 Worship Service - 11:30 Fellowship Meal - 1:00 Everyone Welcome 672-5332

The student staff of the BES Bulletin are: (l to r) Brittany Waite, Rebecca Quiding, Kamryn Cousins, Lauren Tremblay, Madison Kerslake, Kate McInnes, Katelyn Palmer, Daniel Stonehouse, William Noble, and Lane Robinson. Not in the picture is Halle Smith.

Interior Savings launches new bursary program North Thompson Star/Journal Interior Savings have launched a new bursary program that will help thousands of local high school students attend college or university. The Million Dollar Bursary Program is a new component of the credit union’s Member Rewards Program, and will provide up to 1,000 post-secondary bursaries, each valued at $1,000, to high school students graduating in the Interior Region of British Columbia.

Interior Savings has made a commitment to providing this bursary for three years (2014, 2015, and 2016), representing a total funding pledge of up to $3 million. Commenting on the announcement, Interior Savings President and CEO, Kathy Conway, said, “As a financial cooperative, the economic and social development of our communities is very important to us. The young people in our community will eventually become responsible for shaping that de-

velopment. Our hope is that this new bursary program will help our young members to overcome some of the financial barriers that exist to achieving a post-secondary education, and allow them to focus on their studies and reaching their true potential.” For more information about the Interior Savings Million Dollar Bursary Program, including directions on how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit www.

Barriere Star Journal, May 23, 2013  

May 23, 2013 edition of the Barriere Star Journal

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