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Sisters Cora, 8, Bailey, 7, and Naomi, 4, enjoy a picnic in the sun last Wednesday at the Houston Public Library. Houston Link to Learning and the Public Library partnered together to put on a Family Night, complete with barbeque and a magic show. The event brought over 250 people out to the Library. See page 15 for more photos.

Some parents at Twain Sullivan Elementary School in Houston are upset with the material covered by a public health nurse speaking to about 25 students in Grades 6 - 7. The boys and girls received the instruction separately. What was meant to be a discussion of puberty and healthy relationships, turned into a discussion of sexual positions and proper techniques to put a condom on, Amai Barden, a parent of two of the schoolchildren present during the classroom discussion, said. “I trusted them [teachers],” Barden said of why she decided to allow her children to take part in the presentation. Barden said it isn’t the discussion around puberty that had her and her children upset,

“Gross and way too advanced”

but rather the material covered by the public health nurse in the last hour of a three-hour presentation. ‘Gross’ and ‘way too advanced’ is how her children described the latter part of the presentation, Barden said. The mother of another child participating in the presentation, who wished to remain anonymous, was also upset with the information transmitted by the public health nurse. The problem began following the presentation when the students were invited to ask questions. See SEX on Page 2

Bulkley Nechako Regional District considers Enbridge By Walter Strong Black Press

Two reports into the risks associated with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline corridor between Burns Lake and Kitimat - one commissioned under the banner of the Smithersbased Bulkley Valley

Centre for Natural Resources Research and Management, and the other by the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research will not form part of any Regional District of Bulkley Nechako (RDBN) submission to the ongoing federal Joint Review Panel (JRP) of the pipeline

proposal. In a late attempt to have the RDBN board of directors consider taking advantage of its intervener status in the JRP hearings, Stoney Stoltenberg, director of electoral area A (Houston/ Smithers) introduced the two reports, totalling over 130 pages, to

the rest of the RDBN directors by email. Unfortunately, the reports did not reach directors’ email inboxes until only two days before the May 23, 2013 monthly board meeting. Director Taylor Bachrach, also mayor of Smithers, immediately supported

Stoltenberg’s motion. “The regional district is registered as an intervener,” Bachrach said. “To my knowledge, we haven’t taken any action to intervene in the process. This is our last chance to represent our constituents on what many feel is the most important issue facing our region

right now.” A number of directors were immediately concerned that they were being asked to give RDBN approval to a lengthy, technical document without having had the opportunity either individually, or through an RDBN staff report, to determine whether or

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SEX from Page 1 Some of the questions were quite pointed and led the nurse to cover topics such as the proper technique of putting condoms on, to explain flavoured condoms were favoured for oral sex, some sexual positions and details of how homosexual men have sex. Barden wondered why the teachers didn’t put an end to the questions when it went beyond the curricu-

lum, beyond what the parents expected their children to learn. David Margerm, principal at TwainSullivan school, explained the subject is a difficult one to teach partly because the students usually have varying degrees of knowledge on the topic and some may ask very pointed questions. “There are going to be sensitive or controversial issues and it’s good to educate

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the kids, but it has to be balanced and it has to be appropriate,” Margerm said. “When you have guest speakers it’s more difficult to control.” The responsibility of dealing with questions and how to answer questions typically lies with the public health nurse. “The teachers have become used to the health nurse being able to handle all of this stuff very effectively,” Margerm said. However, this year, the public health nurse who typically delivers the presentation on puberty is on leave. The nurse hired to fill in does have experience dealing with

sex education, but with secondary-level students and not with elementary school students. Usually, the classroom teachers and the public health nurse will consult each other prior to the presentation. “Obviously there wasn’t enough,” Margerm said. “We’re going to make sure there is a lot more consultation before. “ E v e r y b o d y ’s learned a lesson, this will not happen again.” The provincial curriculum concerning healthy living, for Grades 5 - 7, focuses primarily on the physical, emotional and

social changes that accompany puberty, describing the human reproductive system, conception and how to reduce the risk of contracting communicable diseases, for example by avoiding unprotected sex. S c h o o l district assistant superintendent Michael McDiarmid agreed some of the material discusses was not prescribed under the Ministry of Education curriculum for healthy living. “It appears there was some content that was intended for older students, McDiarmid said. “We contacted the school and the principal David Margerm contacted the parents just to let them know some of the content wasn’t

age appropriate,” McDiarmid said. “Everyone is going to be paying a lot more attention and being more thorough about how some of the content is presented and what is said.” One parent did call Northern Health to complain about some of the material presented. Northern Health communications officer Eryn Collins said staff were discussing with the school how to alleviate the concerns raised by the parent and in developing best practices to ensure a similar situation does not arise in the future. “We’re taking this as an opportunity to learn,” Collins said. “Challenges can come up when you’re dealing with questions

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from students. “But the point of being there is giving them correct and healthy information so they don’t try to Google the information. “It’s not really an option to not answer their questions, but the level of detail provided could be addressed so that it matches the maturity level of the students.” Another point of discussion, Collins said, would be to consider providing more detail in the information letters sent to parents, such that not only are the topics to be covered indicated, but also the topics that could potentially be covered depending on questions that arise during the presentations.

Regional Directors consider input into hearings PIPE from Page 1 Strimbold said he wasn’t comfortable making a submission of documents on someone else’s behalf when the RDBN had not been engaged in the process of generating the reports. While true that the RDBN had not commissioned the

documents, Bachrach was concerned that the RDBN’s silence throughout the entire JRP process could be taken as ‘tacit support for the project’. “I don’t think I’d be representing my constituents if that were the case,” Bachrach said. Director of Area

E (Southside) Steve Freeman also spoke in favour of approving the motion to submit the documents. “I’m under the impression that 60 to 70 per cent of our constituents are against it,” Freeman said. “I think we should put something forward so that we can say we’ve

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When Change Happens

They bulldozed and burned our house. They cut down our fruit trees. They flattened my fathers business and told us we had to move. Believe it or not, this happened in Canada, to our family and many other families when the Hugh Keenlyside Dam on the Arrow Lakes near Castlegar BC was built in the 1960’s. We lived in a beautiful community called Renata BC on the Arrow Lakes some 25 km up the lake from the proposed dam site. We had land on which we grew our garden vegetables every year. We had walnut and hazelnut trees, and orchards of peaches, apples, cherries, apricots and plums. I grew up there, thinking somehow, it would last forever. We had two houses and a cabin, a barn for the livestock. It seemed a bit like paradise to me. Then the surveyors came and measured our land and houses. They also came with the news that a dam was being built and we would have to move. Dad said “What if we don’t move?” They told him that there would be 40 feet of water over our property once the dam was built. Everything changed as we watched people come with chainsaws and cut down the neighbours fruit trees and bulldoze and burn their houses. They did not compensate us enough to set up in a similar setting, but they did give us something and we moved. Then they cleared our property and orchards, everything. I was bitter when I saw the stumps of the trees and the barren land. We moved to the city. New school, all strangers, it was not easy. Many changes happened in a short time. Maybe you have a similar story. Maybe your story is a lot different, but change is inevitable, for better or for worse. What do we do when change comes our way, is there something that is solid that we can trust in? Is there a strong foundation that will not move? The Bible tells us there is One who never changes and that is God. “I am the Lord and do not change.” Malachi 3:6 NLT “He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17 NLT and again “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NLT When everything else fails, the wisdom given to us by God some 3000 years ago still stands today. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5,6 NLT Submitted by Ken Penner Sponsored by Riverside Gardens

done something rather than having sat on our hands and done nothing.” Some councillors were concerned that the wide range of opinion on the proposed project meant that it was difficult to take a position that accurately reflected their constituents’ varied opinions. “It’s a big district,” said Village of Fraser Lake Director Dwayne Lindstrom. “Some people support the project and some don’t.” Bachrach and Rob Newell, director Houston rural, suggested that submitting the documents on the RDBN ticket didn’t mean the RDBN was committed to a position either for or against the proposed pipeline. “I don’t think submitting [these documents] indicates support or opposition, but simply articulates areas of concern to the regional district,” Bachrach said. “These are two reputable scientific reports. If we don’t submit these, what are we going to submit?” With the deadline for submissions arriving on May 31, 2013, it seems likely that the RDBN will not

make any submission to the JRP. The final oral arguments of the JRP will begin on June 17, 2013 in Terrace. The two reports will still find their way into the official record of evidence submitted to the JRP, as they were included in a submission by the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research. The first report analyzed risks associated with persistent slope instabilities along the proposed pipeline route through the west central B.C. A highlight of the report is that three of six previous landslides in western B.C. have severed an existing natural gas pipeline on three separate occasions since 1978. The second report focused on the risks to fish habitat - salmon and steelhead - in the Morice River should there be a pipeline rupture in the watershed. The motion was defeated eight to five, principally on the grounds that directors were not familiar enough with the material. “Unfortunately the timeline didn’t allow all of the directors to familiarize themselves with the material,” said Bachrach later. “If they had, I think it would have been a different story.”


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Equipment upgrade at Houston Health Centre By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

The Houston Health Centre is getting two new pieces of equipment in June to update and replace current machines. Sally Sullivan, site manager for the Houston Health Centre, says Northern Health approved funding for a new Chemistry Analyzer, about $15,000, and a new Electrocardiography (ECG) machine, about $12,000. Both machines need replacing because they are “getting close to the end of their life,” said Sullivan. “There’s a complex and thorough process in terms of capital equipment selections for health services,” said Cormac Hikisch, health service administrator for the east cluster of Northern Health. Hikisch says he and the leadership team look at the minor capital needs

(equipment and renovations between $5,000 and $10,000) for the northwest and make decisions about what to fund. Then they tell the Northwest Regional Hospital District because 40 per cent of the funds come from the Hospital District through property taxes, and 60 per cent comes directly through the Ministry of Health through capital allocation, he said. “There is never enough funds within the Regional Hospital District or Ministry Capital Funds,” Hikisch said. He says the needs of the east cluster (Houston, Smithers, Hazelton and Dease Lake) pooled together are about three to four times more than what they are allocated. “This year our minor capital needs totalled $1.2 million, and we only ever get $200,000 to $300,000,” he said. Hikisch says he

then talks to the managers, prioritizes their needs, and notifies health centre partners and donor groups, like the Houston Hospice Society, and tells them the priority needs. “Each year it’s a juggle,” said Hikisch. But Sullivan says the northwest health services are really good at pooling used equipment to make up for what they cannot replace new. She says they were fortunate last April to get equipment from the old hospital in Fort St. John, including two stretchers, a large blanket warmer, two commode chairs and two large laundry carts. Health centres and hospitals across the region got a list from Northern Health of the equipment available from Fort St. John, and Houston, Smithers and Hazelton all took advantage of the opportunity, choosing equipment they could

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Public Health Nurse Jenny Veenstra-Rodway and Houston Site Coordinator Sally Sullivan, show off the new (used) stretcher that came from the old Fort St. John hospital earlier this year. use to upgrade their facilities. “We’ve done really well the last year,”

said Sullivan. “We’ve replaced and upgraded a lot of equipment.”

Health Centre code orange protocol By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

The Houston Health Centre is updating their policy for code orange (mass-casualty) emergencies. “As a health care system, we have small hospitals in these rural communities, so to be prepared for a masscasualty event is not an easy feat,” said Cormac Hikisch, health service administrator for the east cluster of Northern Health. “We put a lot of effort, with the ambulance and others, into tooling up and creating processes and plans so that we can ramp up as quick as possible… and respond appropriately,” he said. Hikisch says big emergencies like code orange don’t have just a one facility response. “We light up the corridor…Smithers to Prince George,” he said. With Northern Health updating the

regional code orange policy, the whole region is reviewing and updating their protocols, said Sally Sullivan, site coordinator for the Houston Health Centre. Sullivan says they update their protocol and contacts yearly, but this is a more thorough review of the policy. “It’s been a really good review of it this year,” she said, adding that it included things like going through facilities to decide which patients would go where based on urgency. A big part of the Houston protocol is getting people triaged (ranked according to urgency) on site and brought to the Health Centre, and then stabilizing those in need of urgent care and sending them via ambulance to Smithers or Burns Lake, said Sullivan. She says the Houston and Smithers code orange protocols are tied together, both

ready to give support to the other in a code orange emergency, providing staff or taking patients where needed. “It would be really tight communication between Houston and Smithers if it happened in either place,” Sullivan said, adding that they would likely touch base every half hour to an hour. The Ambulance, RCMP, Fire Department and District of Houston are all involved in a code orange, so a big part of the policy is sorting out different roles, Sullivan said. She adds that because of the small size of the Houston Health Centre and numbers of staff, there doesn’t need to be very many people injured to be a code orange. Walking through the process for a code orange, such as a Houston mill explosion, Sullivan said the response would depend on

the situation and the number of doctors available. She says that once the report comes to the Health Centre, she would notify several others including the Smithers hospital, and then she would figure out the number of staff needed and how long they’d be needed for and call them in. “You can’t have all your staff come in if you know it’s going to last for three days,” she said. Sullivan says patients would all come through the same doors, be triaged by a nurse and delegated to an area in the Health Centre, and those in need of urgent care would be stabilized and transported to Smithers. She adds that there has never been a code orange in Houston that she knows of, and though they have never done specific code orange training, they have done mock drink-

ing and driving accidents at the high school two or three times in the last five years. The mock accident response with the Fire Department and RCMP is a good way of testing and refining protocols, said Sullivan. Having started the local policy updates in December, Sullivan says Houston’s policy should be fully updated by the end of the summer.

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igh up on Christy Clark’s ‘to do’ list when she unveils her new cabinet and new direction has to be aboriginal treaty settlements. Too few treaties have been signed since the federal and provincial and First Nations agreed on the principle of negotiated treaties recognizing self government and control over resources. (In this region, the 2000 Nisga’a treaty was negotiated outside of the established treaty process while the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum, just this year, approved agreements in principle leading toward final talks after more than 17 years of negotiations.) Premier Clark must decide on a political direction for treaty settlements that, in concert with the federal government, seeks to hasten progress. At the moment the political end of land claims has fallen way behind the economic reality of relations with aboriginal peoples. Pick any major project in this region from BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line, to mines, to liquefied natural gas plants plans and the pipelines to feed them and you’ll find some kind of economic deal signed with a First Nation or a promise of signing one. These deals so far fall under the broad “consult and accommodate” approach that’s been developed thanks to court rulings. The challenge for the premier is to now find a political model that fits with the growing economic importance of aboriginal peoples. - Black Press

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Do you want a rainbow with that? A few years ago I saw a video featuring a woman and her daughter preparing fresh fruits and vegetables while demonstrating their “Today I Ate a Rainbow” charts. I immediately took notice because they were promoting health and nutrition to children in a fun, creative way, and I knew my kids – like most – would respond to their strategy. Fast forward to last week, and it’s not just children responding to Kia and Hannah Robertson from Kelowna, BC, but media from all over the world. It wasn’t their Rainbow business that got them noticed though, it was the speech nine-year old Hannah delivered in person to Don Thompson, CEO of McDonalds at their AGM in Chicago. She told Don that she didn’t think it was fair when “Big companies try to trick kids into

eating foods that aren’t good for them by using toys and cartoon characters,” and asked “Don’t you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and happy life?” Their threeand-a-half minute exchange is available on YouTube and I’d recommend viewing it if you haven’t heard already. Not because you’re guaranteed to agree, but because it’s not every day someone that young bravely takes on the CEO of the most powerful and influential fast food restaurant chain in the world. Like many parents of today, Kia taught her daughter that kids have a say, and that their opinions matter. The “children are better left seen and not heard” way of thinking has thankfully passed. “We helped her write the letter,” Kia said. “But Hannah is passionate about health and nutrition

for kids, and she meant every word she said.” Reaction to her confrontation brought on a media frenzy and attention from people all over the globe, and it’s been an unexpected surprise to the duo, as well as to the “Mom’s Not Lovin’ It” group they accompanied to Chicago. But not everyone has been kind.    “Online reaction has been about 60/40 in support,” Kia said. “And some of that 40 per cent has been downright vicious.” Having to grow a thick skin in a hurry, she said people can say whatever they want about her and her parenting, but her daughter’s off limits. “We’re not telling people not to eat at McDonald’s,” she said. “We just wanted to plant the seed in the minds of the CEO and shareholders that marketing junk food directly to children through cartoons and toys is irresponsible

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and encourages kids to pester their parents for something they might not realize isn’t good for them.” Of course some people agree with Don Thompson and point to their apple slices, fat free milk, salads and McNugget happy meals as being healthy. And some even argue that the burgers and fries aren’t bad either. But my teenage employment and subsequent 85-pound weight gain while working there tells me otherwise. I love what Hannah said and I love that she’s getting so much attention for it, even if the sheer magnitude of it has been lost on her. “She wasn’t fazed when she was on Good Morning America,” Kia said. “But when the Daily Courier came by to interview her, she thought ‘wow!’ because she was going to be in the local newspaper.” Excited to continue

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with her “Today I Ate a Rainbow” business and the additional interest it’s recieved after four years of slogging away, Kia holds out hope that McDonald’s will stop marketing directly to children and will continue to add healthy choices to their menu. But she also knows that ultimately it’s up to the consumer to make their own decisions. If McDonald’s adds healthy items to their menu and we don’t buy them, they’re not going to continue.

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“Definitely. I’m probably going down to Kamloops and possibly Vancouver Island, it depends if gas prices stay this high.”

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B.C. rejects Enbridge pipeline plan

B.C. Views Tom Fletcher The B.C. government has recommended rejection of the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline project its final written submission to the federal environmental

panel. Environment Minister Terry Lake announced the decision Friday, two weeks after an election where pipeline politics played a key role. He said the B.C. government isn’t satisfied with the company’s plans for spill control on the twin pipeline proposed to run from northern Alberta to a tanker port at Kitimat. “ N o r t h e r n Gateway has said that they would provide effective spill response in all cases,” Lake said. “However, they have presented little evidence as to how they will respond.” Lake said any heavy oil proposal would be

subject to the B.C. government’s five conditions, which include spill prevention and response, aboriginal participation and a share of oil export revenues for B.C. Enbridge Northern Gateway vice-president Janet Holder said Friday the province’s position is not the end of the discussion. “The five conditions cannot be fully met until the end of the Joint Review Panel process,” Holder said. “We are working hard to meet the conditions and earn the confidence of the government and the people of B.C.” Ministry staff evaluated the 192 conditions proposed by the

Joint Review Panel, the federal agency that will make a recommendation for permits to Ottawa next fall. The B.C. government and Northern Gateway officials will give their final oral arguments to the panel when hearings resume in Terrace on June 17. Enbridge has argued that its submissions to the federal panel included 7,000 pages of technical reports and nine separate witness panels have answered every environmental question put to it. The panel has conducted 69 days of cross-examination of company officials by B.C. and other representatives.

Environment Minister Terry Lake Lake said the B.C. government is not opposed to heavy oil pipeline projects in

general, such as the pending application to twin the 60-yearold Trans Mountain

pipeline from Alberta to port and refinery facilities in Burnaby and Washington state.

B.C. election turnout rises to 58 percent More that 1.8 million people voted in the May 14 provincial election, for a turnout of 58 per cent of eligible voters, up from the all-time low of 51 per cent in 2009. The 2013 turnout rebounded to the same level as the 2005 election. Going back to 1983 vote, more than 70 per cent of eligible voters

cast ballots, but the turnout steadily declined after that to 55 per cent in 2001. The number of eligible voters has risen over the years with population growth. As a result, the B.C. Liberals got nearly 44,000 more votes this year than they did in 2009, with the NDP total increasing by 24,000. Overall, 161,000 more

people voted in this election than four years ago. Elections BC completed its final count Wednesday, including 180,000 ballots cast by people outside their home constituencies. That was double the 2009 total for absentee ballots, and accounted for much of the increase in turnout over four

years ago. Absentee ballots reversed one close result, giving NDP candidate Selina Robinson a 35vote win over B.C. Liberal Steve Kim in CoquitlamMaillardville. That result will be subject to a judicial recount, where a judge examines all 21,000 ballots to confirm the outcome.

If the count is upheld, Robinson becomes the 34th NDP MLA, facing off against 49 B.C. Liberals in a legislature that has almost the same party division as in the past four years. Delta South independent Vicki Huntington and the B.C. Green Party’s Andrew Weaver in Oak Bay-Gordon Head round out the

85-seat legislature. In another close race, Saanich North and the Islands, NDP candidate Gary Holman extended his margin of victory to 163 votes once absentee ballots were added to the electionnight total that had him 50 votes ahead. Once the results are made official June 5, MLAs can be sworn in and Premier

Christy Clark can announce her cabinet lineup. Clark will also reveal where she will seek a seat, having lost Vancouver-Point Grey to the NDP’s David Eby. Clark has said several B.C. Liberal MLAs have offered to step aside for her, and she is considering running for a seat outside her home city of Vancouver.


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Students share stories with Babine First Nations community By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Six students from Trinity Western University in Langley visited the First Nations people on the Fort Babine reserve May 6 to 28. Katie Robertson, a member of the Babine team, says the purpose of the trip was to build relationships, learn from people, hear their stories, and walk though a month of life with them. “It was a missions trip not based on building something or accomplishing a goal, but rather just going to live and be part of the community,” said Ben Bouwman, another member of the Babine team. The trip was a volunteer, extracurricular service-learning trip organized through the Global Projects Department, said Johannah Wetzel, coordinator of global projects at Trinity Western University. Wetzel says she’s not sure exactly how it started but the school was looking for a connection in northern B.C. for a team to do a

short-term service trip, and a student at that time connected them with a missionary in Moricetown who connected them with Fort Babine residents. The student trips stopped in 2005 because of lack of student interest, and in 2011 the trip was started up again by several students and staff, including Wetzel and Janessa Grypma, student leader of the trip this year and last. Grypma says she “wanted opportunities to learn more about our first nations neighbours,” and she liked how the trip was focused on relationships, loving, learning and listening. “Rather than coming in with a fix-it mentality… we’ve come in with the mentality of showing love through building relationships,” said Robertson. “We need to be humble and come in with a servant attitude, ready to learn and listen, not to come in with a superior attitude... I need to be a listener before I can even think about suggesting any change,” she said.

Grypma says the students spent the month helping in the school, babysitting, doing some community clean up, hosting community dinners and a concert, and visiting people in their homes. “A large part of this trip is for our students to gain awareness about what life on a reserve and in a village is like, and to really be made more aware of the issues and what is happening in our context right now,” Wetzel said. She adds that the students this year had been looking at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission because it is coming to Vancouver in September. “That’s been a large part of the trip as well.. looking at the reconciliation process and residential schools and how we can continue to be a part of the reconciliation that is happening,” Wetzel said. Team member Bouwman says he thought it was great to hear the stories of the people.

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First Nations recording artist Cheryl Bear partnered with the team of students from Trinity Western University to come and put on a concert in Fort Babine at the end of May. Bear says she is Nadleh Whut’en from the Carrier Nation and she lives in Vancouver. She has recorded three CDs, is an international convention speaker and was awarded the 2007 “Single of the Year” by Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. Bear says Fort Babine is the last Carrier village she needed to go to and now she has been to them all. She says her goal is to visit every one of the roughly 1,000 First Nations communities in North America and she has already been to 530. “If someone can tell me their story [it] might lighten their burden a bit because they are sharing it with someone else,” he said. “It’s been hard to

hear about people’s sufferings, but [it’s cool how] they enjoy sharing with me,” he said. Bouwman says his whole experience was

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A group of six students came up from Trinity Western University for the month of May to visit, learn from, and build relationships with the First Nations in Fort Babine. Pictured above is visiting students Ben Bouwman, Janessa Grypma, Danielle Rowaan, Katie Robertson and Madison Snider. Missing from the photo is David Brynjolfson.

good, and every part added to it, even that times that weren’t so fun. “It’s a cross cultural thing, so its not like we’re going to be comfortable the whole time, but it’s great to be pushed into situations and learn to enjoy it,” he said. Grypma says one thing she’s learned is the wisdom of silence. “We shouldn’t be afraid of the wisdom that silence brings… We’re so used to wanting to talk and have ourselves heard, but there’s so much wisdom in being silent and allowing each other to just be,” she said. “I think we need to sit down together and allow each other to just be, regardless of our past and what we’ve gone through and our social status and ethnicity - that doesn’t matter. It’s in stories that we find our common humanity,” said Grypma. There’s a time to laugh and a time to cry and her time in Babine has had both, Grypma said. “A lot of us on our team have lost someone recently so we’re all going through our own grieving process, and our friends [in

Babine] have all lost friends or family members recently too. So our time here has been a lot of crying together but also laughing together,” she said. Grypma says this is her third time on the Babine trip, and coming to Babine felt like coming home to family. Robertson felt the same way. “The one thing that really stood out to me was how deep the connections have been this year,” she said. Robertson says one of her favourite parts was sitting and visiting with a woman in her home, hand sewing rows of squares for a quilt. “We had long moments of beautiful silence but there were also beautiful moments of getting to hear about her culture and her life and sharing some of my life with her,” Robertson said. “I no longer see these people just as connections that I’ve made or relationships that I’ve formed but I see them as friends and family,” said Robertson. “[They are] people who are so dear to my heart,” she said.


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INDEX IN BRIEF Family Announcements .......... 001-007 Community Announcements ... 008-076 Children................................ 080-098 Employment .......................... 102-165 Services ............................... 170-387 Pets/Livestock ...................... 453-483 Items for Sale/Wanted .......... 503-595 Real Estate ........................... 603-696 Rentals ................................ 700-757 Transportation ....................... 804-860 Marine.................................. 903-920 Legals ....................................... Legal

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AL-ANON Are you affected by someone’s drinking? Al-Anon meetings are Monday, 7pm at the Houston United Church. Contact numbers are: (250) 845-3356 or (250) 8457774.

MARINE SUPERINTENDENT/Detachment Superintendent, Canadian Forces Auxiliary Fleet, a civilian component of the Department Of National Defence, seeks Marine Managers for positions in Nanoose Bay and Victoria (Vancouver Island), British Columbia. Online applications only through the Public Service Commission of Canada website, Reference# DND13J008697-000065, Selection Process# 13-DND-EAESQ-373623, Marine Superintendent/Detachment Superintendent. Applicants must meet all essential qualifications listed and complete the application within the prescribed timelines. **http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/ index-eng.htm. RIVER FLY FISHING GUIDE AVID FLY FISHER, JET AND DRIFT BOATS EXPERIENCE AN ASSET. REMOTE LODGE IN BC. EMAIL RESUME AND REFERENCES TO TSYLOS@TSYLOS.COM RJAMES WESTERN STAR FREIGHTLINER Journeyman Truck & Equipment Partsperson. Busy commercial transport truck dealership in Kamloops has an immediate opening for a journeyman parts person. This position is permanent full time with competitive wage and benefit package. Resumes to Attn: HR Dept 2072 Falcon Rd., Kamloops BC V2C 4J3 Fax: (250)374-7790 Email: jobapplication@jamesws.com Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. TWO FULL-TIME positions available immediately for an Import Auto dealer in the interior of BC. Service Advisor minimum 2-3 years experience. Apprentice or Journeyman Technician - Both applicants must have good attitude, quality workmanship. Email: moejam@telus.net.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meetings are at the Houston United Church, Monday and Thursday at 7:00pm. Contact number is:1-877-644-2266

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Career Opportunities QUAD L Enterprises Ltd. has a job opening for a: Vegetation Control Supervisor in the Cariboo/Valemount Area. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Planning and implementation of all aspects of control projects. Expertise to provide training and supervision to employees. Following all Health, Safety and Environment policies and procedures. The ideal candidate will have experience in the industryas a Certified Arborist and have current safety certifications Please submit resumes including a current driver’s abstract to: hr@isley.ca

Education/Trade Schools APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline June 15, 2013. More information: www.bccommunitynews.com. OVER 90% Employment rate for CanScribe graduates! Medical Transcriptionists are in demand and CanScribe graduates get jobs. Payments under $100 per month. 1-800466-1535. www.canscribe.com admissions@canscribe.com TRAIN TO be an Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 32 years of success! Government certified. www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456.

Help Wanted An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta. CANCEL YOUR Timeshare. No risk program. Stop mortgage and maintenance payments today. 100% money back guarantee. Free consultation. Call us now. We can help! 1-888-356-5248. GUARANTEED JOB placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen for oil and gas industry. Call 24hr free recorded message for information: 1800-972-0209

BOOKKEEPING POSITION THINK SAFE! BE SAFE! Tahtsa Timber Ltd. is looking for

HARVESTER OPERATORS minimum 3 years experience  Ser hoXr  beneÂżts SaFkage

FORWARDER OPERATORS minimum 2 years experience  Ser hoXr  beneÂżts SaFkage

Resumes can be faxed to: 250-847-5102 e-mailed to: mail@bvcga.com dropped off at: 1076 Main Street, Smithers, BC, or mailed to: PO Box 2680, Smithers, BC

60 hours/week per position in Burns Lake & Houston area. Also looking for a

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Fax resumes to 250-692-7140 or email to angelika@tahtsa.ca

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Join West Fraser and work with one of North America’s most successful forest products companies. At West Fraser, we are committed to environmental excellence, workplace safety and sustaining operating leadership through continued investments.

SHIFT ELECTRICIAN

Houston Forest Products a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., Located in Houston, B.C. is accepting applications for a certified Shift Electrician to work in our Electrical Department. Sawmill and PLC experience would be an asset. A competitive wage and benefit package is provided. The successful applicants must be willing to relocate to Houston, B.C. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter before June 28, 2013 to: Houston Forest Products 1300 Morice River Road Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z1 Fax: 250-845-5301

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Houston Canadian Reformed Church SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 AM & 2:30 PM Pastor Carl Van Dam s.carl.vandam@canrc.org 2IĂ€FH3KRQH ~ Everyone Welcome ~ 3797 Omineca Way, Box 36, Houston, BC

Houston Christian Reformed Church 1959 Goold St., Box 6, Houston 250-845-7578

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Services: 10:00 am & 3:00 pm

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Career Opportunities

Houston Forest Products

Houston Forest Products

Email: jenny.powell@westfraser.com We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Place of Worship

VANDERGAAG & BAKKER, Certified General Accountants in Smithers, BC are currently interviewing for a full-time bookkeeper. This person must have bookkeeping and payroll experience, computer knowledge, accurate typing skills and confidence in dealing with the public. A benefit package is included as part of remuneration.

Join West Fraser and work with one of North America’s most successful forest products companies. At West Fraser, we are committed to environmental excellence, workplace safety and sustaining operating leadership through continued investments.

CERTIFIED MILLWRIGHT

Houston Forest Products a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., located in Houston, B.C. is accepting applications for a Certified Millwright to work in our Maintenance Department. Five years’ experience in the sawmill industry would be preferred. A competitive wage and benefit package is provided. The successful applicants must be willing to relocate to Houston, B.C. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter before June 28, 2013 to: Houston Forest Products 1300 Morice River Road Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z1 Fax: 250-845-5301 Email: jenny.powell@westfraser.com We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Place of Worship

Place of Worship

HOUSTON & AREA

CHURCH DIRECTORY Anglican Church of St. Clement

2324 Butler Ave., Box 599, Houston, BC

Phone: 250-845-4940

Services are: 10:30 a.m. Sundays

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

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


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Heavy Duty Machinery

SURINTENDANT / SURINTENDANT de detachement de la Marine. La flotte auxiliaire des forces canadiennes, une composante civile du ministère de la Defense nationale, cherche des gestionnaires marins pour des postes situes a Nanoose Bay et Victoria sur l’ile de Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Les candidats interesses doivent postuler en ligne a travers le site internet de la Commission de la fonction publique du Canada, Reference n DND13J-008697000065, le processus de selection # 13-DND-EAESQ-373623, Surintendant / Surintendant de detachement de Marine. Les candidats doivent posseder toutes les qualifications essentielles enumerees dans la publicite en ligne et remplir la demande dans les delais prescrits. http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/ index- eng.htm

Sales PROFESSIONAL SALES Consultants. Central Alberta’s leading Ford dealer requires two professional sales associates. We maintain a large inventory of new and used vehicles and friendly country atmosphere with big city sales volume. We are closed Sundays and all Statutory Holidays. We offer a competitive pay plan with an aggressive bonus structure, salary guarantee and moving allowance. Attention: Dean Brackenbury, GSM. Email: dbrackenbury@denhamford.com

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Mobile Hydraulic Crane Operators, Millwrights & Iron Workers Timber West Mill Construction is now hiring Certified Mobile Hydraulic Crane Operators, Millwrights and Iron Workers. Resumes accepted by e-mail at: info@timberwestmc.com or fax (250) 964-0222 Technician required for Central Interior dealership. Preference to techs with GM experience. Email resume to: t_tugnum@hotmail.com

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Resumes to registrar@campcaledonia.com as soon as possible. HOUSTON COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION

“Beanstalk Child Care Centre”

Is looking for a Early Childhood Educator Qualifications: • 19 years of age • Licensed E.C.E. or currently enrolled in E.C.E. courses • First Aid or Child Safe certificate Successful candidates will have to complete • Criminal Record Check • Medical Clearance • Updated Immunization Please submit resume by June 28, 2013 to Marianne Dekker @ #118 - 3429 10th Street, P.O. Box 489, Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 or fax a copy to 250-845-3482. Any questions, please phone 250-845-3484 and ask for Marianne.

“Beanstalk Child Care Centre” Is now also accepting REGISTRATIONS for the 2013-2014 School Year. Pre-School Grad will be on June the 20th and Daycare will close on June the 28th.

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted

District of Houston www.houston.ca

The District is now accepting applications for the following positions: The DistrictofofHouston Houston is now accepting applications for the following positions: TEMPORARY MUNICIPAL SERVICE WORKER I

TEMPORARY MUNICIPAL SERVICE WORKER I (PUBLIC WORKS)

(PUBLIC This is a CUPE union position whichWORKS) will work a three day work week (Tues,position Wed, and Thurs)manual from June to September 13, 2013. This This involves work 17 of some variety entailing physical positionandinvolves work of some variety entailing physical effort agility manual in the performance of semi-skilled and unskilled effort and agility in the performance of to semi-skilled and unskilled construction and maintenance tasks relating the operation of the Public construction and maintenance tasks relating thecurrent operation of the Works Department. A valid BC Driver’s Licencetowith abstract is Public Works valid BC Driver’s Licence withday current required. This isDepartment. a CUPE unionAposition which will work a three work abstract is required. ratefrom of pay is $25.89 per hour. 13, 2013. The week (Tues, Wed, andThe Thurs) June 17 to September rate of pay iswill $25.89 hour.to individuals possessing the following Preference be per given qualifications: Preference will be given to individuals possessing the following • cations: Previous municipal works experience qualifi • Heavy equipment operating experience • Previous municipal works experience • Class 3 air endorsed driver’s licence • Heavy equipment operating experience • Valid industrial first-aid certifi cate • Class 3 air endorsed driver’s licence

TEMPORARY MUNICIPAL • Valid industrial first-aid certificate SERVICE WORKER I

(PARKS) TEMPORARY MUNICIPAL SERVICE WORKER I

This CUPE union position involves maintenance and operations in Recreation Facilities within the (PARKS) District of Houston, which includes: Arena, Community Swimming Parks maintenance and outdoor recreation areas. This This CUPE Hall, union positionPool, requires and operations in is manual work that entails physical effort and in thewhich performance of Recreation Facilities within the District of agility Houston, includes: semi-skilled and unskilled repairs andPool, maintenance Arena, Community Hall, Swimming Parks andtasks. outdoor recreation This position is for work temporary medical areas. This is manual that entails physicalcoverage effort andcommencing agility in the immediately and will terminate August repairs 30, 2013, when the performance of semi-skilled and on unskilled and or maintenance tasks. incumbent returns, whichever is sooner. The successful applicant will This positionto is for temporary medical coverage commencing immediately be required work a forty hour week which may include evening and and will terminate onrate August 30,is2013, or when the incumbent returns, weekend work. The of pay $25.89 per hour. whichever sooner. Thetosuccessful applicant will be to work a Preferenceiswill be given individuals possessing therequired following forty week which may include evening and weekend work. The rate qualifihour cations: of pay $25.89 perfihour. • isHold a valid rst aid certificate Preference will beingiven to individuals possessing thetypes following • Experience operating and maintaining various of qualifications: equipment • Hold Class 5 driver’s a valid first aidlicence certificate Experience with building maintenance and operations • Experience in operating and maintaining various types of equipment • Class 5persons driver’s should licence direct all inquiries to: Interested • Experience with building maintenance operations Colleen Ettinger, Superintendent of Public and Works District ofpersons Houston,should Box 370, 3367all– inquiries 12th Street, Interested direct to:Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 Phone: (250) 845-2238 Fax: (250)of845-3429 e-mail: doh@houston.ca Colleen Ettinger, Superintendent Public Works District of Houston, Box 370, 3367 – 12th Street CASUAL, RECEPTIONIST I (LEISURE SERVICES) Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 ThisPhone: CUPE(250) union845-2238 casual position works on an ase-mail: neededdoh@houston.ca basis including Fax: (250) 845-3429 early mornings, evenings and weekend shifts. Principle responsibilities include taking of admission fees, Icustomer service, and general CASUAL, RECEPTIONIST (LEISURE SERVICES) reception Preference be given whoincluding posses This CUPE duties. union casual positionwill works on antoasapplicants needed basis Grademornings, 12 graduation, skillsand in cash handling, and who early evenings weekend shifts.customer Principleservice responsibilities have a taking currentofStandard certificate . Theand rate of payreception for this include admissionFirst fees,Aid customer service, general position Preference is $15.54 per Experience workingwho or volunteering in 12 an duties. willhour. be given to applicants posses Grade aquatic facility willinbecash an asset. A positive attitude and and ability to work graduation, skills handling, customer service who have ina a team environment current Standard Firsta must! Aid certificate . The rate of pay for this position is $15.54 per hour. Experience working or volunteering in an aquatic CASUAL LIFEGUARD/INSTRUCTOR (LEISURE SERVICES) facility will be an asset. positiveworks attitude and ability work hours in a team This CUPE union casual Aposition sixteen (16) ortofewer per environment a must!(64) or fewer hours per month and may include week or sixty-four

mornings, evenings andLIFEGUARD/INSTRUCTOR weekend work. Principle responsibilities CASUAL include ensuring the safety, protection and enjoyment of those engaged in activities in or out (LEISURE of the water SERVICES) at the Houston Leisure Facility and teaching swimming lessons. The rate of pay is $16.00/hr as a Lifeguard This union casual position works sixteen fewer hours per I (NSLCUPE or WSI) or $18.89/hr as a Lifeguard II (NLS(16) andorWSI). week or sixty-four (64) or fewer hours per month and may include Successful applicants will have National Lifeguard Award mornings, evenings and weekend work. Principle Service responsibilities (NLS), Level “C” the CPR,safety, Standard First Aid Water Safety include ensuring protection andand enjoyment of thoseInstructors engaged certifi cates. in Experience an aquatic facility in activities or out of working the wateroratvolunteering the HoustoninLeisure Facility and will be an asset. Alessons. positiveThe attitude and isability to work a teamI teaching swimming rate of pay $16.00/hr as a in Lifeguard environment is $18.89/hr a must! as a Lifeguard II (NLS and WSI). (NSL or WSI) or Interested applicants persons should direct all inquiries Successful will have National Lifeguardto:Service Award (NLS), Ryan DirectorFirst of Leisure Level “C”Coltura, CPR, Standard Aid andServices Water Safety Instructors certificates. District ofworking Houston,orBox 370, 3367in–an 12th Street,facility Houston, V0Jasset. 1Z0 Experience volunteering aquatic will BC be an Phone: attitude (250) 845-7420 Fax: e-mail: doh@houston.ca A positive and ability to (250) work 845-3429 in a team environment is a must! Applications for thedirect aboveallpositions Interested persons should inquirieswill to: be received noColtura, later than 12:00 (noon) on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Ryan Director of Leisure Services of Houston, Box 370, 3367seeking – 12th Street TheDistrict District of Houston is also applicants from qualified Houston, BC professionals forV0J the1Z0 following positions: Phone: (250) of 845-7420 Fax:&(250) 845-3429Services e-mail: doh@houston.ca • Director Engineering Development • Director for of Finance Applications the above positions will be received no later than For information12:00 on qualifi cations how toJune apply,13, please visit our website: (noon) on and Thursday, 2013. www.houston.ca

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Auctions

Auctions

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10:30 At Kerrs’ Pit, Leave Highway 16 10 miles East of Telkwa, follow Kerr Road and the Auction Signs

Farm Machinery AC 716 Hydrostatic Tractor with Rototiller & Mower Deck - 3 MF 65 Diesel Tractors - JD 1010 Crawler Tractor (Gas) - JD 24T Square Baler - JD #11 Trailer Mower - 2 Farm Hand Wheel Rakes Allied 24ft Bale Elevator - Farm Hand Square Bale Buncher - 3 Bottom Roll-over Plow - MH 2 Bottom Trailer Plow & extra Bottoms - 3 Tandem Trailer Discs - MH Seed Drill - VanBrunt Seed Drill Parts - JD Binder - Keck-Gonnerman Threshing Machine - JD 4 Wheel Wagon - 3 Rubber Tired Wagons - 2 Steel Wheel Wagons - MH Rear Pulley - JD Rear Pulley - 2 Horse Mowers - Horse Cultivator - Dump Rake - One Horse Potato Digger - Hardwood Wagon Pole for Horses - Bobsleigh Parts - 3PT Blade - 3PT Boom - Jet 3PT Post Driver - Front Blade - Canro PU Stock Rack - Hobart 10 inch Grain Grinder - 4 Section Adjustable Harrows Forney Arc Welder - Datsun Box Trailer - National Saw Mill sold off site Household Enterprise Propane Range - Kenmore Propane Range - Kenmore Apartment Washer & Dryer - 2 Chest Freezers - Boilers (Copper & Galvanized) International Grand Father Clock - 6 Fiddles - 2 Omnicords - 3 Autoharps - 2 PA Systems - Seth Thomas Mantle Clock - Water Heater - 2 Colour TV’s - Canning Jars - Filing Cabinet - Electric Carding Machine - Tire Shrinker for Wood Wheels - Speed Queen Electric Dryer(Never Used) - Wood Kitchen Chairs - 2 Kitchen Tables - 9 x 2 ft Selkirk Chimney - 2 Wood Heaters - Meat Carving Sets Sunbeam Electric Reel Lawn Mower Tools Renfrew Scale - Pipe Vise & Pipe Threader Handsaws & Cross Cut Saws - Chain Blocks - 28 ft Aluminum Ladder - Leg Hold Traps - Stock Whips - Fuel Tanks - Hand Tools - Chicken Feeders & Waterers - Platform Scale - Pack Boards & Pack Sacks - Camping Gear & Utensils Antiques 6 Trunks - Singer Treadle Sewing Machine - Treadle Sewing Machine - Hand Turn Sewing Machine Wicker Chair - Dressers, Vanity & Wash Stands - Coffee Grinder - Cream Cans & Milk Cans - 2 Cream Separator - Hand Turn Sheep Shears - Hand Sheep Shears - Ice Tongs - 2 Stone Kentucky Whiskey Crocks - Hand Grinder - Sickle Grinder - 2 Leg Vises - Post Drill - Power Saws - Brownie Box Camera - Enamel Bowls & Plates - Carpenter Tools - Loose Hay Carriage & Harpoon Fork

Plus many items too numerous to mention. Consignments welcome until sale time. Terms Cash

No buyers fees Persons Saying for maMor items with uncertiÀed cheTue may be reTuired to leave the item on the grounds until cheTue clears the banN.

Kerrs’Auctions

216 .err 5oad, TelNwa, BC ‡ /unch on the *rounds Phone: 250 846-52 ‡ Not resSonsible for accidents

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“We’re having a baby!” THANK YOU

RBC Houston Branch Staff would like to Keep your thank the following local businesses for their baby safesponsorship in of our annual the car. BC Children’s Hospital BBQ : Learn how toPharmasave, A&W, Super Valu, Subway, choose the right child carHouston seat. CallFood Market, Idylwild, and Houston Today. 1-877-247-5551 or visit With the support of these businesses and the ChildSeatInfo.ca

communities generous donations we raised over $1050.00 on Friday May 24th 2013. Thank you for your support.

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Many lending institutions will prequalify you for a specific size and type of mortgage loan before you begin searching for your new home. Taking the time to apply for a pre-approved mortgage will give you the security of knowing how much you can afford to spend.

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

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A Surprise 80 Birthday Party

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Six year old Jada and seven year old Madeline fly ribbons in the sun beside the Library at the Family Night last Wednesday.

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Houston Link to Learning and the Houston Public Library partnered together to put on a Family Night and Barbeque last Wednesday evening. Besides the barbeque, the event included crafts, face painting, and animal balloons for kids, and a magic show by Norden the Magician to wrap up the event. Above left: RenĂŠe Jaspers, Family Literacy Coordinator with the Houston Link to Learning, twists a long balloon into a dog for eight year old Cora. Above right: Four year old Trinity and six year old Laura do crafts with their Mom Amanda at the Public Library last Wednesday. Right: Kids watch in anticipation as Norden the Magician wows them with his magic tricks. There were 186 people who watched the magic show, laughing and enjoying the magicians humour, illusions and tricks.

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