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MARCH MADNESS The Merritt Secondary School class of 2013 hit the streets for their grand march down Voght Street on Friday for commencement. Full story on page 3, more photos in section B. Emily Wessel/Herald
City facing staff shortage for summer By Michael Potestio THE HERALD
The City of Merritt is down two managers and will be working through a staff shortage for most of the summer, Chief Administrative Officer Matt Noble said after a regular council meeting on Tuesday.
It was Financial Services Manager Pat Sibilleau’s last Merritt city council meeting before she moves to a new position in Alberta. After two years with the City of Merritt, Sibilleau is moving on to pursue an opportunity in Wood Buffalo. There, she will be the manager of financial planning for the regional municipality, which includes
Fort McMurray. “It’s a new adventure; it’s nothing against Merritt in any way,” said Sibilleau. “I had a great run here, I think I’ve contributed to some successes of the administration and council, but an opportunity came up that I couldn’t turn down as an advancement for my career so I’m on my way north.”
She said the job there will be a busy one. “I’ll be doing there, fulltime, what I do off a corner of my desk here,” she said with a laugh. Sibilleau said she is most proud of the good relationship she’s established with council during her time in Merritt. “To be able to establish that kind of relationship
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“Pat’s given us some real productivity improvements and she’s invested a lot of time here,” Noble said. “That said, she has an opportunity that’s going to fit into her long-range plans and certainly we couldn’t compete with that, so all we can do is really support her as she’s supported us.”
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From Page 1 Sibilleau’s departure means the city is now shorthanded by two managers, dropping from seven to five. The economic development manager position has been vacant since early May. Noble said the City of Merritt is currently looking for someone to fill each position, and expects that to be done by late August or early September. In the meantime, the remaining city managers will share in some of the other responsibilities, Noble said. “The existing managers have all offered help in any way that they can to pick up some of the slack and we have a deputy manager of finance who is going to step it up a notch and fill in with the help of the other managers.” However, deputy manager of finance Ben Currie will not be taking on the manager job any time
soon, Noble said. “We’ve had that conversation and Ben’s wise enough to know he wants to complete what he started here as deputy before he gets put into the boiling cauldron, so to speak,” Noble said. Noble said the job will be a tough one to fill as it requires a high level of experience. The posting for the position will close in another week. Interviews for the economic development manager job should be getting underway any day now, Noble said, adding the city has some quality candidates lined up. As for operating short-staffed, Noble said it’s going to be tough, but is unavoidable. “There aren’t people out there who can just step into a position like this — either of those positions — to be honest,” Noble said. He said Sibilleau has left a plan in place to help the next financial services manager so he or she does not step into the job cold.
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Community cheers on grad parade By Michael Potestio THE HERALD
Another year, and another group of bright-eyed youth have graduated from Merritt Secondary School. The grads gathered at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on Mamette Avenue Friday to receive their diplomas. In total, 115 graduates between Merritt Secondary and the Kengard Learning Centre graduated high school. The night began with the graduates meeting outside MSS for a group photo in their caps and gowns. MSS Principal Bill Lawrence told the Herald he loves graduation day. “This is the day we all work for, right? And it’s a day that opens lots of doors for kids,” he said. This year’s valedictorian was Kenny Hartwig and he told the Herald graduation day brings about a feeling of completion for him. “It’s just a feeling of completion. This challenge we’ve accepted, and it’s finally complete and we’re here,” Hartwig said. He also said he was surprised to be chosen by his classmates to be valedictorian and is proud of his fellow students and thankful to the people who got them to this day. Now that he’s graduated, Hartwig said he plans to do a bachelor of science in mathematics from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. At 6 p.m. the graduates began a march from MSS to the arena with a police escort. Along the way, they were greeted by Merrittonians lining the streets to cheer them on as they made their procession.
The bell atop the Trinity United Church on the corner of Quilchena Avenue and Chapman Street rang for the grads as they walked down the street. Family members and friends stood on the sidewalks to cheer on the grads, many of them with cameras. They continued cheering for the grads all the way down to the arena. Once at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, the graduates made another grand entrance — coming in from the Zamboni entrance two by two to a large crowd of family and friends in the audience. Following aboriginal drumming and O Canada, Lawrence made a speech to the 2013 graduates. “This is a great day, and it’s a day that’s a culminating event of all kinds of blood, sweat and tears from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers — all of the elementary teachers, the middle school and the secondary teachers — and I know the influence of your friends as well,” he said in his speech. Chief of the Upper Nicola Indian Band and MSS grad Dan Manuel said it was a privilege to speak at the graduation. Superintendent of School District 58 Bob Peacock took part in the heartbeat drumming song, which he said they played to encourage the graduating students to keep their hearts strong and continue in a forward direction. He said they chose the heartbeat song because it serves as a reminder that the heart needs to be educated as well as the mind. “It’s easy to educate the mind, it’s a little more difficult educating the heart,” he told the crowd,
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Merritt Secondary School class of 2013 valedictorian Kenny Hartwig delivers his speech to over 100 peer graduates and their friends and family at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on Friday. Emily Wessel/Herald
adding that educating the heart deals with a person’s ability to care for and look after others. School board trustee Gordon Swan and MLA Jackie Tegart both made speeches to the grads as well. Swan credited the staff of the school district, parents and the many members of the Merritt community for helping the students get to where they are today. “The foundation they’ve given you is broader than math, or science, social studies or fine art; deeper than industrial or language arts,” Swan said. “It’s been about building citizens of character and integrity, about dealing with loss, celebrating achievement, working together and adapting to change.” Tegart told the graduates not to worry if they are unsure about what they want to do when they grow up. “Whatever you choose to do, take responsibility for your decision. Work hard, learn everything you can and remember it’s a stepping stone to your next adventure,” she said.
The graduates then received their diplomas followed by a speech by valedictorian Hartwig, who spoke candidly to his fellow grads. He said when they were in elementary school, everything was easy. At that age, they were faced with simple choices; now, however, their life choices are much more significant. “I want to acknowledge the teachers, our parents and all who made our success theirs as well. You accepted us as we were and molded us as we are now. We appreciate the time you put in and the effort you gave to get us here,” Hartwig said. “These types of people will continue to support us through life and we need to acknowledge their dedication. So, thank you to all who accepted us as we accepted the challenge to make you proud. We are here: challenge complete.” Scholarships and bursaries were handed out following Hartwig’s address. Merritt businesses and organizations gave out $38,100 in local awards and the school
district accounted for another $11,000 for a grand total of $49,100 distributed. The night finished with the ceremonial tossing of the grad caps but the festivities did not end on Friday. On Saturday, the graduates had their graduation dance at MSS. In their best attire, the graduates made another police-escorted procession, this time in vehicles. The grads travelled in style from Rotary Park to MSS, many in unusual vehicles and vintage cars. One group made the trip in the cab of a semitruck while others rode in beautifully restored classic cars. The theme was A Night in Paris and the gymnasium was decorated with many Frenchthemed decorations, including a model Eiffel Tower. The grads proceeded from the MSS entrance to the gym for a memorable night with their dates, family and friends to celebrate their years of hard work.
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Animal control, business licences lead May bylaw report to council The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from June 25, 2013. May 2013 Bylaw Report Animal control Issues related to dogs remain at a low level, with only five dogs impounded in the month of May. Two dogs were reunited with their owners after a brief stay in the pound. The other three were adopted out to Angel’s Animal Rescue. Two other dogs were taken into protective custody and subsequently reutrned to their owners the same day. Despite the steady progress we have made, dog-related issues continue to be a high priority for the bylaw office. One serious incident that was investigated by the bylaw office involved a woman out for a recreational bike ride above
Mountain Drive on city property. On the same evening, this woman was accosted twice by two different dogs that were off-leash. The story hit our local newspaper and the owners were fined $100 each. This could have been much more serious than it was but the fact remains, in the city, dogs must be leashed. Feral cat-related problems continue to be at higher than “normal” levels. Calls to the bylaw office related to cats and cat families being found by residents around the city seem to be on the increase. This office is not completely sure why the apparent resurgence has occurred but the statistics are showing an increase. Our dog licensing program continues to grow with 340 licences sold to date. Despite the progress, there are still far more unlicensed dogs in the city and we must continue to educate the public as to
the value of purchasing a dog licence for the city. Business licensing To date, the city has received 515 business licences for 2013 with approximately 91 business licences left to renew or we will make them inactive. New business starts in our downtown core remain strong with a new bike shop opening its doors in May. Merritt will have an additional dental clinic opening in June as well, which will add to the services offered by these professions in our community. That will bring the month of May’s new businesess to five, continuing the trend of strong business starts in our community. Parking The parking issues at Gillis House and the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives seem to have softened in the last two months. The overlying issue of proper signage and suitable
parking alternatives will remain unsolved. Enforcement is not the answer to this issue and a long-term solution will continue to be pursued by city staff and Interior Health Authority. Ticketing In May, the bylaw office issued six tickets:
one for a parking issue in our downtown core; three for watering contrary to restrictions and two were for dogs at large. This office looks at ticketing as a last resort. Education is the primary tool that will continue to be used in order to achieve compliance.
CITY OF MERRITT UNDERSTANDING YOUR PROPERTY TAXES: Property taxes are due on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. A penalty of 10% will be applied to outstanding current year taxes as of the end of day on July 2, 2013. If you haven’t received your tax notice please contact City Hall immediately. This is the last few days to pay your property taxes and it’s going to be a busy one at City Hall. Avoid the line-ups by choosing one of the many easy ways to pay, including online with your bank and by mail. Please keep in mind that the lunch hour is the busiest time to pay your taxes. Save time waiting in line and use the City Hall drop box to drop off your home owner grant and postdated cheque.
PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR PROPERTY TAXES FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Most banks and credit unions accept property tax payments. When paying through your bank, you will need to quote the “folio number”, located on the top left of your statement. Note: No Ànancial agencies can accept your home owner grant application. BY MAIL Property owners are reminded that payment must be received at Merritt City Hall by July 2, 2013. It is now too late to mail tax payments to ensure they arrive on or before July 2. Cheques should be made payable to the City of Merritt in Canadian funds. IN PERSON City Hall is open Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cash, cheque and interact are accepted. Credit cards are not accepted for property tax payments but interact is available.
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AFTER HOURS DROP-OFF A drop box is available for non-cash payments. It is conveniently located beside the entrance of City Hall. MORTGAGE COMPANY Your mortgage company name will show on your tax notice and they will receive your tax information directly from the City of Merritt. Property owners eligible for the Home Owner Grant must complete the grant application each year. The Home Owner Grant can be claimed electronically at the City’s website, by mail, or in person at City Hall.
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Next council meeting: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Council agendas and minutes at www.merritt.ca
Properties with delinquent taxes (three years of taxes owing) will go to public auction if the delinquent taxes remain unpaid. The Tax Sale is held on the last Monday of every September.
PROGRAMS OFFERED at the CIVIC CENTRE Food Safe - $81 Wednesday, July 3 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Summer Fun Dayz Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 am – 4:00 pm $22.50/day (or $40 for both) Hop Skip Jump - $5 Ages 2-5 Monday to Friday, July 8-12 & July 15-19 10 - 11am @ Rotary Park Parent Participation required Run Jump Throw - $6 Ages 8-10 Intro to Track and Field Thursdays, July 4 - Aug 8 9 - 10:30 am @ Voght Park Disc Golf - $6 Ages 10+ Tuesdays, July 9 - Aug 13 9:30 - 10:30 am @ Rotary Park Outdoor Basketball Ages 11-13 Tuesday to Friday, July 2 - 5 - $4 Monday to Friday, July 8-12 - $5 9 - 11 am @ MSS outdoor basketball court Beach Volleyball - FREE Drop-in Ages 14+ Wednesdays, July 3 - 31 @ 7 - 8:30 pm Central Park@ Beach Volleyball Court Underwater Hockey Ages 14+ Mondays, July 8 - Aug 12 7 - 8 pm @ Aquatic Center Register $5/5 sessions or Drop-in regular admission Water Polo Ages 14+ Wednesdays, July 3 - Aug 14 1:30 - 2:30 pm @ Aquatic Center Register $7/7 sessions or Drop-in regular admission Life Saving Skills Ages 10+ Fridays, July 5 - 16 4 - 5 pm @ Aquatic Center Register $7/7 sessions or Drop-in regular admission XploreSportZ Multi-Sport Camp Ages 7-12 Monday to Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm July 15 - 19 & Aug 19-23 $150 per child per week $130 for 2nd child per week Each child receives a FREE t-shirt and prize Soccer - $4 Ages 6-8 Wednesdays, Aug 7 - 28 9 am - 10 am @ Central School If you would like more information on these classes call 250-315-1050
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Massage in Schools pilot success: instructor By Emily Wessel THE HERALD
Local massage therapist Jamara Joyal is hoping to bring the Massage in Schools Program to all the city’s schools next year after a successful first run of the program at Bench Elementary. The program, which finished midMay, was introduced to a kindergarten classroom at the school. It features a 17-step, 10-minute routine for the children to perform on one another to calm
them down after highenergy periods of the day. Joyal went to the classroom for half an hour, once a week for five weeks to teach the kids the routine. “It went pretty textbook, I’ve been daring to say,” Joyal said. “The children were more respectful, they were calmer, they really enjoyed it, and they just had a really positive outcome from it. It went really, really well, and I’m really excited about it.” Joyal said the co-operating
kindergarten teacher wrote a three-page positive review of her experience with the program, and she wants to reintroduce it with next year’s class. Joyal said the teacher reported that the children were calmer, more attentive, and more inclusive. “She said it really helped diffuse the class from being excited after lunch time,” Joyal said. “She found that it helped to save time because she wasn’t putting out any fires if kids were coming in fighting.”
Joyal said everything she had been taught to expect from the program was what she saw come out of it, including that the kids spoke up about what they liked and didn’t like. The biggest challenge she faced in the program was the sexual connotation sometimes associated with massage, but she said that was only a concern from adults. “Adults sometimes put an inappropriate connotation on the word ‘massage’ and the children just
didn’t,” she said. “The children really took it for what it was delivered as: healthy, nurturing, respectful touch.” Joyal said she’s already gotten interest in the program
from some teachers at Diamond Vale Elementary, and said she will meet with the school board about instituting the program in other city schools. She hopes to start
it in October for the next school year. Each participating teacher would have to get permission from students and their parents to participate in the program each year, Joyal said.
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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN THE SUMMER Hub Barton International’s Angie Allgrove grills up some burgers at the company’s fourth annual barbecue and garage sale on Friday. All sales were by donation to the company’s Christmas hamper sponsor family. Hub manager JoAnn Irvine said the company usually raises between $400 and $500 from the garage sale, pop can tab drives and other iniatives throughout the year to purchase food, clothing, toys and gift cards for a local sponsor family. The family is recommended by Merritt Youth and Family Resources Society and remains anonymous.
“Every year, we get a card from the family because they are absolutely overwhelmed by the sense of caring from the community,” she said. Emily Wessel/Herald
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HERALD OPINION Trying to keep our kids safe not ‘victim-blaming’ By Christopher Foulds
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In the minds of some, advising teenage girls to be careful in this sometimes-dangerous world is akin to blaming them if they become a victim of a crime or accident. Such a belief is nonsense and casts criticism on common-sense actions that should be taken by parents of all teens — boys and girls alike. On the weekend of June 15/16, 1,000 or so young people gathered at the Tree Flats site in Barnhartvale to take part in a massive bush party to celebrate the end of the school year. A 17-year-old girl told police she became separated from her friends in the huge crowd and was subsequently sexually assaulted by a male youth. Such an attack is abhorrent and shocking and was met with many comments from teens, parents, police and Kamloops-Thompson school district officials. Among those comments were some from parents and the school district that cautioned youth against putting themselves in situations that may harm them. To me, to most parents I know, to most rational-thinking people I know, such advice is warranted and necessary. To letter writer Caitlin Dick and to the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre, such advice constitutes victim-blaming. In a press release, the counselling centre said questioning how parents can keep their children safe “implies that girls can do something to stop rape and that if we give them a list of safety rules, they are in charge of preventing a sexualized assault.” In her letter to KTW (which can be read online under the “Letters” link), Dick writes “. . . instead of telling our daughters how not to get raped, tell our sons not to rape.” If only such an absurd statement could be accomplished so easily. “Tell our sons not to rape.” That goes without saying.
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Sinister story shows slice of history Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS In a time of layoffs, downsizing and complete shutdowns in the newspaper business, I feel lucky to be working for a paper with such a long and storied history. The Merritt Herald has covered over a century of stories from the Nicola Valley, and it’s amazing to be able to go back and read old stories and see how much has changed. Recently, I found myself immersed in the pages of
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the June 15, 1934 edition of the Merritt Herald in a story that reads like the script of an old western. The story was called “3 Indian Brothers Will be on Trial for Lives June 26 — One Month after Constables Slain.” It’s a sordid tale of revenge, murder and prosecution — the likes of which rarely sees printed word in the contemporary version of the paper, thankfully. The story goes like this: On May 24, 1934, two police officers arrived on the Nooaitch Reserve looking for resident Eneas George. It seemingly took no time at all before the officers were embroiled in a brawl with the man and his three brothers. Things took a sinister turn when one of the officers struck one of the
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brothers in the head. The other three, fearing their brother dead, went after the cops more viciously, eventually beating one to death and severely injuring the other. The brother who was struck had lived, with permanent damage to his hearing as a result of the blow. But with no going back, two of the brothers loaded the officers’ bodies into the police car and drove it to the Nicola River. The two other brothers caught up on horseback, riding double. Constable Frank Hartley Gisbourne’s body was recovered from the river on May 26, two days after the officers had been reported missing. By June 15, when the story was published, Cst. Percival Carr’s body was yet to be retrieved. Dr. J. J. Gillis conducted
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the autopsy and found that five blows to the top of Gisbourne’s head had killed him. After 12 hours of proceedings and testimony from 14 witnesses, three of the brothers were found guilty of murder — the fourth being unable to stand trial because of his damaged hearing. The story was a compilation of witness testimony and editorializing — all of which is revealing of the mindset toward murder and perception of the “good guys versus bad guys” paradigm of the day. At first, what grabbed me was the antiquated use of “Indian,” which proved to be a recurring timestamp of the days before political correctness (or even geographical accuracy) throughout the article. The writer uses the word “Indian” throughout the
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article as a kind of qualifier: an “Indian” witness, the “Indian” brothers. The star witness in the case is referred to as “the cripple,” and is described as having the “neck of a wrestler.” The jury, in its statement, commended the fallen officers for fighting for their lives during the course of duty, which the writer highlighted in bold in the pages of the newspaper. One witness testified a brother tried to bribe him with $10, while another said a brother attempted to bribe him with $1.50. While the story revealed a good deal about how reporting on crimes has changed, what really sucked me in was its telling of a lurid piece of Merritt’s history that lurks beneath the collective conscious of this picturesque, sleepy town.
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YOUR OPINION Residential recycling station invites scavengers Dear Editor,
Issues take back seat in byelection Dear Editor, Imagine my dismay when, as reported by Robert Shaw in the June 5 Times Colonist, Jane Sterk, Leader of the B.C. Green Party, seemingly endorsed Christy Clarke’s government by saying “her party won’t run a candidate because the premier deserves to be in the legislature.” This goes against all of the principles of the Green Party, as it is an endorsement not just for Christy, but for fracking in B.C.; for building the Site C Power Project and for a number of new pipelines. In fact, she has
chosen, by her statement, to back a government that has historically proven to be environmentally unfriendly time and time again. For this reason, I would ask that Jane step down as leader, turn over the reins to someone else while trying her best to recant this disastrously mistaken endorsement. After all, a premier is only truly a premier when elected. Christy could be forced to step down as leader of the Liberal party should she lose the upcoming by-election. We need to insure that the Liberals do indeed answer to the people of this province, and not just the party.
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Therefore, I would ask the Green Party to fully support NDP candidate Carole Gordon in the Westside-Kelowna riding. As a school teacher, Carole may be a good choice for Education Critic for the opposition. The people of the Westside-Kelowna riding should give her a chance to be the representative they need, one who is actually from the riding; a representative who knows and cares about the issues more than about just winning a seat in any old riding.
The following is a letter sent to the Mayor of Merritt by myself. ‘Dear Madam, As a visitor to Merritt and a former resident, I was appalled to see a recycle chop-off point in a residential area. Normally, these facilities are placed in an industrial area, so as not to encourage scavengers and an undesirable element lingering around the area, frightening the residents. I’m sure it will come as no surprise to find that some of these people are going into residents’ yards for opportunistic purposes. Please give some thought to relocating the recycle bins to a more appropriate area.’
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Dear Editor, Last evening, I was walking our little dog. After I had taken off her leash in an empty field for some training, she suddenly bolted. I could not find her and headed home for help. As I was walking home, I came up to a van with a young man and a lady in it. I stopped and asked if our little dog had gone by them. They said no but had seen us earlier and knew what Maggie” looked like. A few minutes later, still walking home, I heard a voice calling out, “We found your dog.” The young man and lady had found her, put her in the van and found me. Thank you to these angels among us for their random act of kindness.
Good choices help all youth avoid danger From Page 6 As the father of a son and daughter, the need to treat women with respect is a lesson imparted constantly. I am sure fathers of sons across Canada are busy giving similar daily advice. Yet defective humans like Jack Froese continue to plague our society. We can tell our sons not to rape until we are hoarse. We can, as Dick argues, “critically evaluate the societal influences that lead young boys to rape” and we will still have young boys raping their way to manhood.
We will still face future Jack Froeses. Karl deBruijn, assistant superintendent with the KamloopsThompson school district, said all students receive frequent lessons and reminders about drinking and driving, using drugs and putting themselves into situations that could be harmful to them. As a parent, I am glad this is being done. When deBruijn refers to partying teens at a massive bush party as “prey,” he is correct. “They’re drinking, they’re vulnerable and they aren’t paying attention,” is how deBruijn described the
party at which a young girl had her life irrevocably altered. Yes, the blame belongs to the cretin who attacked her, but it is patently ridiculous for Dick and the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre to dismiss as “victim-blaming” advice that could protect our youth. Remember, the sexual assault is only the latest in a list of bad things to happen at such parties. Last year, a similarly large bush party at the same site saw a teenage girl run down by a vehicle and suffer a broken spleen, while
another girl had her head cracked open by a liquor bottle. And we, as parents, are not supposed to persuade our kids that such gatherings just might be dangerous? This world can be ugly at times, which is why we teach our kids how to cross the street safely, whom to call if they get lost, how not to be lured by a stranger and where not to walk after dark. It’s common sense — life is a series of decisions made based on the odds of something bad happening, which is why one would counsel against walking through
Riverside Park at night, why kids were kept on a short leash during Clifford Olson’s reign of terror in the early 1980s and why it was wise to avoid certain Vancouver nightclubs during the gangland wars of the 1990s. No, it wouldn’t be your fault if you were mugged in the park at two in the morning, if your child was slain or if a bullet meant for Bindy Johal instead found you. But, you sure as hell had choices to minimize these possibilities. In her letter, Dick writes: “Rape happens when someone decides
to rape. It happens when women (and men) are sober, home alone, at work or even drunk at a bush party.” That may be true, but the fact is, the odds of it and other mayhem happening in a frenzied atmosphere filled with teenagers and alcohol and drugs is a lot more likely. This is why talking to your kids about the dangers inherent in attending such gatherings is the prudent thing to do and has nothing whatsoever to do with victim-blaming. Christopher Foulds is editor of Kamloops This Week.
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Volunteers take on a whole village By Emily Wessel THE HERALD
It may take a village to raise a child, but without a clean water supply and basic medical care, that child could get — and stay — sick. It was this realization that prompted local volunteer and City Furniture owner Das Kandola to take his third trip with DR for DR (Doctors for Dominican Republic) just last month. The organization sends volunteers and doctors to La Sabana, the group’s adopted village on the Caribbean nation, to provide medical clinics and now water filtration systems. The group’s relationship with the village started with the construction of a community centre about four years ago, Kandola said. “Our programs have really expanded from three or four years ago,” Kandola said. “It was just basic medical clinics when we started doing it. But as we were going on our trips and the doctors were going on their trips, we found there’s a need for lots of other things. It’s not just important to cure health problems, but to fix what causes those problems. Water is one of the big things.” With the help of other Merrittonians, the group was able to purchase three biosand water filtration systems for homes. The systems use a layer of sand to separate solids and pathogens from safe drinking water. The group is working on getting the village’s residents a steady clean drinking water supply, Kandola said. They’ve also invested in LED solar panels to provide light to homes that have no electricity in the village. “We’re hoping to outfit the whole village
with water filtration systems and LED solar panels, about one per every two to three families,” he said. “That way, the whole village will have better water and lighting. Instead of going all over the place, we’ve just taken one village so we can see the effects or the benefits these people are getting.” Kandola has volunteered in the village three times in four years, returning from his last week-long trip on May 25. Kandola helped instal three of each system while he was there, but he is not Merritt’s only connection to the farflung village. His 10-year-old daughter, Miya, raised enough money to outfit a house with both a lighting and water system thanks to a garage sale at the family’s home. She also donated toys for a past trip, and Kandola said her generous spirit is inspiring. “Miya gave literally all her toys — a suitcase full of toys — and I was able to give a toy to over 100 kids each, in the three
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Friends & Neighbours Good Sam’s a campin’ man By Michael Potestio THE HERALD
PAINTING THE TOWN RED (From left) Art Walk co-organizers and participating artists Anya McVean and Ula Chauvet welcomed Arty the Artwalker, the alter-ego of Williams Lake’s art walk organizer Willie Dye, to town last Thursday. So far, over 20 businesses and artists have signed on to participate in the inaugural Merritt event. Williams Lake’s established event will also play host to six Merritt artists and their work. Art Walk 2013 kicks off on July 1 at Rotary Park with the Art in the Park event and runs until Aug. 5. Emily Wessel/Herald
Geocaching Poker Run on Saturday THE HERALD
There will be plenty of geocaches in Merritt this weekend as the Gold Country Geocaching Poker Run gets underway Saturday. Gold Country Communities Society, a non-profit organization, will be hosting a nine-day tour with a geocaching event planned for all nine days. Chief Operating Officer Terri Hadwin told the Herald the tour runs from June 29 until July 7 and kicks off June 29 in Merritt. The tour then heads to Savona, Logan Lake, Spences Bridge, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, 70 Mile House, Lillooet and Lytton. In that time, the society will be giving away $17,000 in prizes. Over 100 geocaches will be released in Merritt for the free event on Saturday. The action starts at 10 a.m. at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on Mamette Avenue. The geocaching event will also be the third WestCan event — a Canadian series of mega-events put on to support rural, economic development in Western Canada —
Hadwin said. The event is a poker run and involves various geocache related vendors, t-shirt painting for kids, a geocache camouflage demonstration followed by the new co-ordinates for the Merritt geocaches, Hadwin said. There will even be a workshop at 3 p.m. to explain how geocaching works to those unfamiliar with it, she said. “Geocaching is a
worldwide game [and is] basically a modernday treasure hunt,” Hadwin said. People are given coordinates to find a particular pinpoint where a geocache is stored. Once the geocache, which is a container holding a small item such as a flashlight or pin, is located, the person can sign a log book in the container saying they found the cache and swap out items with their own and continue to search
for the next geocache. Geocachers can find local cache coordinates at goldtrail. com or geocaching. com, which has every geocache in the world on it. The Merritt geocaching code is GC43VD0, Hadwin said. Gold Country Communities Society has been around for 20 years and promotes tourism for multiple communities in B.C., of which Merritt is the largest.
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In I W Western t E Europe, thi th things hi were happening. John Wycliff, the English reformer, had done a lot of writing. Many of these writings found their way across the English Channel and into the European mainland. Many people say these created a lot of thinking among the clergy of Rome among others. It was still dangerous business but men secretly studied the Word, then told others. The Word spread. Martin Luther was one of the boldest, and there were quite a number not so famous. Luther’s teaching was heard by some of the government people and they sided with Luther. There were also a couple of German states that backed Luther. Of course, Rome was very unhappy with that. They decided to Àght Luther and those states. Those true to Rome began to prepare for war. Where was God? Was all this just left to people? About the time that they had all preparations made, the Muslims, passing up from the south, showed
up in Austria. Now what do they do? Which is the worse enemy, Luther or the Moslems? The decision was easy. The Muslims were worse. The decision was made. They would Àght the Muslims and leave Luther. These Muslim warriors were not an easy pushover. They were Àghters. So the whole effort was nothing more than an after supper dog Àght. The war was tough and costly in men and equipment. The Muslims were Ànally beaten and started to head back. They had to Àght their way back. The European armies went home to lick their wounds. Who had been the winner? The reformation had some years of peace. Here we see God in the picture. The two powers that wanted to crush the reformation were both beaten by each other. The reformation was the winner. God’s Word grew, creating more freedom for the reformers.
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Last week marked the official start of summer, and with that comes the official start of camping season. The Merritt Good Sam RV Club is parking its rigs and pitching tents this summer at campgrounds around the Nicola Valley and are welcoming any newcomers to join in. The club is a social one of camping enthusiasts who get together for the fun of it, and to share experiences with other avid RV-ers. Del Lawrence, treasurer of the Good Sam RV Club for Merritt, said the social club has group camp outs from May until September every year. They sometimes get together with other chapters, such as those in Kamloops or Kelowna, to camp as well. Lawrence said the camp outs are open to all members of the Good Sam Club. “We just like to have fun and play games and get to know others,” Lawrence said. The group encourages people to join their club by word of mouth as many don’t realize one exists in Merritt.The club formed in Merritt back in 1986. Lawrence said the club usually travels to campgrounds throughout the local area between Princeton and Barriere. Camp outs are usually three days long, she said. Marg Palagain, a member of the Merritt Good Sam RV Club, said the group will sometimes have week-long camping
trips. They also have a routine of doing potlucks during their trips. Lawrence said the group’s next camping trip is a weeklong one being held out at Harmon Lake from July 16 to the 22 and people are welcome to check it out. “You don’t have to stay, you can come for the day, you can come for two days,” said Lawrence. Palagain said at the moment, there are about 12 members in the Merritt Good Sam RV Club. “We’re not people who would go to a lake and sit there by it. We want to be doing something,” Palagain said, adding the members enjoy playing games such as bocce, darts and ring-toss. The group also gives back to the community as they clean up garbage on Coldwater Avenue about two or three times a year, Palagain said. The group has about seven or eight camp outs every year and also gets together for dinners and luncheons after their camping season is over, Lawrence said. It costs $25 a year to become a Good Sam RV Club member. Members then need to pay $10 per rig to camp with the group, Lawrence said. “We keep it reasonable. We’re not there to make money, just have a good time,” Lawrence said. She said Good Sam RV Club branches can be found throughout Canada and the United States.
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Racers not afraid to get dirty By Michael Potestio THE HERALD
The North West Mud Racing Association is having its second annual Mud Races in Merritt this weekend. The association will have eight classes of vehicles for the drag racing competition. The races will take place starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the former site of the Merritt Mountain Music Festival where there will be two 200foot lanes of mud as well as two pro pits. The event runs until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Local street stock is welcome as well. Northwest Mud Racing Association president Gavin McDonald said he is expecting 50 to 80 trucks this year. Last year, the event saw 40 trucks attend the Merritt races. For each class, driv-
ers will complete a total of four runs over the two days and those with the best combined times will win their racing class. The eight classes are pro cut, street — consisting of street legal, insurable, vehicles — and A- to F-class categories, which vary by tire size and engine configuration, said McDonald. He said the F class can go usually go through the 200 feet of mud in 2.2 seconds and the pro-cut class makes it through in about 3 seconds. Some of the racers can push up to 3,000 horsepower and even vary in age from 14 to 40 in some classes, McDonald. There will be a concession on the site and no alcohol is permitted. “It’s a family event, so we ask for no alcohol,” McDonald said. He advises those
attending to bring lawn chairs for seating. He said the North West Mud Racing Association is a nonprofit organization. “We’re just a group of guys who love racing and we just travel throughout the lower part of British Columbia, putting on a show,” McDonald said, adding the group
doesn’t look to make a profit. He said Merritt is supportive of the Kamloops-based organization. “Community support there is fantastic,” McDonald said. He also said they encourage local racers to come out and try and win a trophy. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
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The Nicola Valley Kennel Club will be hosting a dog show this Canada Day long weekend, beginning Saturday and running through to Monday at Voght Park beginning at 9 a.m. Club president Elaine Gill said there will be three shows, one for every day of the Canadian Kennel Club-approved, free event. “We have 200 dogs each day,” Gill said. She also said they will have three boosters at the event, one for Terriers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and a Labrador Retrievers. “It encourages people to enter a specific breed,” Gill said. The boosters are supported by breed
clubs and come with additional prizes to the ribbon, she said. Those will still be part of the regular show, she said. There are seven groups of dogs in the show consisting of sporting, non-sporting, hound, working, carrier, toy and hearding dogs, she said. There are five major prizes to be given out. All three shows will be the same and people can enter their dogs on all three days, Gill said. The five big prizes are Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show, Best Puppy in Show, Best Baby Puppy in Show and Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show. There will be three winners of each category once the weekend is over, Gill said. There are group prizes to be won as well, she said.
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Locals donate to Dominican cause From Page 8 Kandola added that he’d like to take his wife and children to the Dominican Republic one day to show them the rewarding work he’s been a part of. The Rotary Club of Merritt Sunrise, of which Kandola is a member, also donated to the cause, helping with the purchase of the other two lighting and water systems. Returning to the village for the third time, Kandola said he’s already noticed some positive outcomes of the Victoria-based DR for DR project. “I think people are more positive just knowing that there’s doctors and folks helping,” he said. “It’s so fulfilling for us to go there and give a little and to them it just means a lot.” Volunteers pay their own way to the Dominican Republic, and only fundraise for a reliable rental vehicle and driver for the doctors, Kandola said. He said the volunteers worked for half the days and spent the other half of the days taking in the country’s beautiful beaches and relaxing. “There was some relaxing, but there are days when we’re seeing 70 or 80 patients in a day, and that’s a lot in the span of three or four hours,” he said. The group also partnered with the Add Your Light charitable foundation, which supplies light systems and aid to villages mostly in the Dominican Republic. DR for DR also partners with City Hope, a Dominicanbased charity run by an American family that receives and distributes pharmaceuticals. In the future, Kandola said the group is hoping to expand its programs
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REAL ESTATE REVIEW M E R R I T T
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1988 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 • Fax: 250-378-6184 www.royallepage.ca/merritt
FEATURE HOMES Royal Lepage Realtors(R) are trained to provide valuable assistance to Buyers in the following areas: • Educating as to the process and anticipated costs • Knowledge of comparable values • They can help you predetermine your buying power • Subject clauses to protect your interests • Gathering documents required for lenders and lawyers/notaries
Beautiful Heritage Charmer. 3 bedrooms 2 baths, shop & RV parking. U/G sprinklers for amazing gardens. Air conditioning and security system.
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• Amazing waterfront .76 acre lot • Located in a desirable area in a quiet cul-de-sac • Around 260 ft of River frontage
• Location, Location, Location • 4 BR, well maintained home • Quiet cul-de-sac • Private back yard
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• Close to down town core • Great investment property •
Very large 2 bedroom rancher. Many extra rooms, plus ensuite. Wonderful gardens & green space.
• Rev property, Lvgrm, kitch on main
Call For Your FREE Market Evaluation 250-378-6181
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2 Bed home across from old Collett ranch- great views New roof 2007- newer furnace Private, totally fenced backyard
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3 Bed, 2 ½ Bath townhouse Gas fireplace in living room Separate dinning & kitch nook Nice kitchen cabinets
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Family home 4 BR, 3 Bath Plus 2 bedroom suite Rear deck with BBQ hookup Family area, cul-de-sac street
• Ground level entry and parking
• 2 bedrooms in strata building
• Great investment property
• 2+ bdrm home on a good sized lot
• Open design living room& kitchen
• Central location, laminate flooring
• New laminate flooring
• Open plan for kitchen, DR & LR
• All electric heat and hot water
• New roof in 2010
• Newer furnace & H/W tank
• Fully fenced yard & lots of parking
• Solid home with Lrg front yard
• Unique layout that awaits your touch • 2 possible 3 BR Rancher
• Recent flooring in BR and Ktch
• 2 lots, 2 titles
• Upgrades to roof & electrical
• Vinyl windows, fully fenced front yd
• Good for revenue or first timer
• Long term Tenant for Investor
• Detached double garage
• Quiet location, lots of parking
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• Upper flr has 3 bdrms & full bath • New laminate flooring
• Nice 2 Bedroom Condo
Lrg 4 BR, 3Bth + family home 2 bedroom suite, own laundry Skylights, A/C, U/G sprinklers Oversized double garage
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3 bedroom, 1 bath Rancher Walking distance to downtown Newer Furnace fully fenced yard 2 outbuildings
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$57,000 • • • •
Views of the Nicola Valley Walking trails & shopping nearby All services are u/g & at lot line One of Merritt’s preferred neighborhoods
M3914 & M3915
• Desirable Nicola Wynd development • Nice flat building lots • Bring your plans & build your dream home • Quality builder available to discuss plan
M3908, M3910, M3911
• Beautiful river view lot close to downtown • Nice, quiet neighborhood • The uncompromised view never to change • Bring your building ideas
• Desirable Nicola Wynd development • Nice flat building lot • Bring your plans & build your dream home • Quality builder available to discuss plan
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Good sized lot Ok for double wide City services @ prop line Mountain view in a quiet area
$79,000 • • • •
• Seclusion & privacy, off the grid living • 20 acres 9 kms from Merritt toward Lilly Lake • All new fencing & custom made gateway • Creek & 2 water holes, perfect weekend getaway
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24 acres in beautiful Sunshine Valley Treed lot, very private, easy access Many potential building sites Hydro & phone lines to property line
• 26 Country acreage w/natural grasslands & slight hills • Good water table w/2 ponds providing seasonal creek • 2acre leveled area ready for possible home $329,000 M3889
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Immaculate ½ Duplex Many upgrades including, siding, flooring & paint. Located on quiet cul-de-sac
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MOBILE HOMES IN PARKS
• Upgrades inc Windows & siding
• Nice 3 BR, 2 full Bath, ½ duplex • 3BD with fenced yard and lane access • Fam Room on Main w/2 BRs, Kitch • Ready for retirees or first time buyers • And L.R. on 2 storey. Fenced yard
• Bright, quiet strata retirement home • Wheelchair accessible • 2 large bedrooms, 5 piece Bath
• Main house + bachelor house on 1 lot • 22x22 garage on 2 lot • Main house has 100 amp upgrade
• Nice 3 BR, 2 full baths, half duplex • 1 car attached garage & fenced yard • New roof ’07, Large Master BR.
• Cozy 2 BD Rancher, fenced back yard • Wood stove, metal shed & Shop • Front yard has Garlic and Herb bed
• Comfortable 2 BR plus den • Backyard with covered patio • Lrg Shop, Oversized driveway
M3939 • Clean comfortable 2 br, mobile home • New furnace, hotwater tank and fridge • laundry room w/lots of cupboard space
• SxS duplex w/ reno’s
• 55 plus buyer at McCallum Gardens
• Very large 2 bedroom rancher
• Sunvalley Court-2 BR, 2 Bth T/home
• 5 Bedrooms, 2Baths
• 1.6 acres on Kane Valley Road
• All Units Rented
• Spacious main floor w/2 piece Bth
• Lam flring, paint, vinyl windows
• 2BR with Den, w/ centrai air
• Many extra rooms, plus ensuite
• End unit-includes all appliances
• Two storey family home
• 3 level, 3 bedroom log home
• Lots of parking space
• Ensuite in master bedroom
• Front driveway + lots of parking
• Wonderful views of Nicola River
• Wonderful gardens & green space • 24 hour notice required
• Large lot
• Upgrades to H/W tank & more!
• Short walk to city centre
• Laundry room upstairs
• Great Buy! Below assessed Value
• 3 bedroom. 2 ½ Bath, & Office
• Quality 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse
• 2 level bungalow on cul-de-sac Street
• Bench Location 4 BR, 2 Bath home
• Beautiful southern views
• 2 single family homes on Lrg lots
• New flooring and new paint
• Heat pump, a/c, high efficiency appl
• 3 BR on top floor, 2 more downstairs
• HW floors, vinyl windows on main
• Backs on to Crown Land
• Collect rental income from both
• Central Air and bright, open design
• Gas fireplace & many extras
• Vinyl windows & siding, 100 amp
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Galley kitch w/ appl & skylite Patio doors from 2nd BR or den Nicola River in the back No reasonable offer refused!
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• Absolutely lovely 2+ acres
Amazing Lake view lots Phase 1 of Nicola Lakeshore Estates Only 2.5 hours from Lower Mainland Fishing, Hiking, water sports & much More!!
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Beautiful Heritage Charmer 3 BD,2 Bth, shop & RV parking U/G sprinklers for amazing gardens A/C & security system $205,000 M3958
• 247’ lake front w/ winding trail to site • Great views of the valley & water below • Community water in place, power @ lot line • Easy access off hwy & quiet enjoyment
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• Potential legal suite, potential 5 BR
• Small greenhouse, hay shed & garage w/power
• Very nice 4 BR, 2 Bth family home
• 1500 sq.ft/ floor, wheelchair access
• No kids, no rentals & self managed
• New furnace, roof and gutters
• Top floor, 1 office, mini kitch & Bth
• New roof, carpet & paint
• Updated main Bth- Private backyard
• Backyard fenced, Ramps both sides
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M3903 • Completely Re-plumbed & New HW Tank
• 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher • Appliances included
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• Very nice, 2 bed, 2 bath rancher
• Updated & bright 4 BR rancher
• 7 bdrms, 4 baths, 2 bdrm legal suite
• Bright, open 3 bed + den Townhome
• Location, Location, location
• Large 7 BR, 4 ½ bath home
• 4 BR family home, Bench location
• 4 BR, 2 Bth Recreation property
• New amazing 3 BR, 2 bath
• 32x18 detached shop w/ additions
• Partial basement
• New flring, H/W tank & boiler
• Quality throughout/ Low maint
• .51 acres w/ fruit trees, water feature
• Bench location-move in ready
• Gorgeous hardwood floors
• Potential legal suite
• LR w/ Japanese Cherry H/W Floors
• 2 acres- Private lot
• Rancher w/ Amazing kitchen
• M.BR has ensuite w/ Jacuzzi
• LOADED w/Extra’s- Call Today!
• Vaulted ceilings with open beams
• Plus In-law suite on main
• Gazebo, Hot Tub, Pool & more!
• Guest cottage w/ tons of parking
• 9 ft ceiling, large bright design
• and much more!
• Large private yard & storage shed M3957 $289,000 M3951
CED U D RE
• New amazing 3 BR, 2 bath
• 4 Plex – Investors, lots of parking
• Most amazing views, huge shop
• Riverfront Acreage
• Great views, 5 acre parcel
• 5 BR, 4 bth family home w/pool
• Kitchen has Travertine and granite
• Lrg open kitchen, vaulted ceilings
• 9 ft. ceilings, large bright design.
• 4 Lrg Suites, Close to D/Town
• Updated, one level home
• Modular home, 3 BR, 2 Bth
• In-law suite w/ wood stove
• Amazing kitchen w/ granite
• Possible subdivision potential
• LR has hardwood floors
• A/C, gas F/P, RV parking
• Double Lot, Great Location
• Near Mamette Lake
• 9.62 property, fenced pasture
• Great well 60 us gpm
• New roof & remodeled main Bth
• Beautiful heritage home
• Beautiful 3 BR w/quality finishing
• Full unfinished basement • Quality built & Home warranty. M3859 $369,000 M3847
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TO S HO P E NEW NLIN O
• Perfect location near Tunkwa Lake
• Great Investment & views
• 112 acres of Farm land
• Water, gas & sewer to lot line M3931
• Gorgeous 4 BR log home
• Immaculate 3 level, 6 BR
• 10 acres of privacy, great views
• Private 10 acres, 2 storey home
• 4 BR, 3 Bth Fam home, 2 car garage
• Main floor has vaulted ceiling
• Custom home on 19 acres, RV pad
• Lrg rooms, outbuildings
• 5 & ½ bath, 5 piece ensuite
• Custom Built 3 BR, 2bath home
• 3 bedroom, 2 ½ baths
• O.63 acre on Nicola River
• Mstr BR w/ Ensuite & W/I closet
• Master BR w/ attached deck
• Dining Rm w/ private deck
• 10 acres and 2500 sq.ft barn
• Kch w/island, FP & built in vacuum
• Large barn w/5 box stalls
• Large 3 bay garage-RV parking. M3850
• 22x22 garage, 50x50 kennel. M3837
• 26x30 wired, heated shop M 3870
• Bright & Open design with Skylights • Enjoy mature landscaping & Gardening • 2 BD, New Sundeck and Garden shed incl
• Well maintained 3 BR, 2 bath rancher
• 99x259 lot bordering Nicola River
• Start planning for your retirement • 40 acres with flowing creek • Enjoy the great outdoors • Minutes from friendly Logan Lake
• Property fenced with garden area
• 2 bdrm bungalow in popular strata
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• Nicely finished 3 BR, home
• Waterfront lot on Nicola Lake • 3 km to Quilchena Hotel • Close to Merritt & Kamloops • Private access to lake
• Sunny lot on Calcite drive
Diane Manchester Property Management
• Creek flows through entire acreage
Lynda Etchart Property Manager
LOGAN LAKE LOTS AND ACREAGE • Build your dream home • 1 of Logan Lakes best lots • 30 min drive to Kamloops shopping mall • Invest today in a fast growing community
Melody Simon Sales Rep
1.44 acre prime building lot Approx 295 ft river frontage Within walking distance to downtown Gorgeous views of mountains & Ranchlands
Peace & tranquility, 26+ acre of land Views are breathtaking Bring your building ideas If you are looking for privacy, look no more
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Nicola Lakeshore Estates Amazing lake view lot in Phase 2 Build your dream home Tons of recreation to choose from!!
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Debra Schindler Personal Real Estate Corp.
• One of a kind lot in Lower Nicola • Cleared & level in an incredibly quiet location • Water serviced by Lower Nicola Water Works • Approved for septic & HST already paid
Extra large double lot 2 city water & sewage hookups Private setting, flat site Easy access w/ paved roads
$100,000 • • • •
Claudette Edenoste Broker
• Wonderful Views, good sized lot • Easy access to new Retail and Restaurants • Build your own dream home • Neighbouring lot is also available
John Issac Sales Rep
LOTS AND ACREAGE • New residential lots in nice area • Located in quiet cul-de-sac & crescent setting • Fully serviced including curbs & storm drain • All prepaid by the developer
Karen Bonneteau Sales Rep
Tom McDonagh Broker
1988 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 • Fax: 250-378-6184
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• Amazing 5 bedroom + den home
Log home/Hobby farm Creek runs thru property Farm Equipment included Approx. 9 acres in hay
• Quality built and finished • Home trades will be considered M3943
Royal LePage Merritt has a Property and Strata Management Division. Whether you have an investment property you would like to rent or are just looking for a place to hang your hat, our Property Management Team can help fulfill all your property management needs!