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The 2013 recipient of the B.C. Rodeo Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award is Barriere’s own Carmen Ross. Ross received the honour at the BCRA year end banquet and awards held in Kamloops on Oct. 26. “I am so grateful to the BCRA Board of Directors for feeling that I was deserving of such a glorious honour,” said Ross. Ross is a director of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, and manages the annual BCRA rodeo held during the fair.

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Carmen Ross with grandsons, Tanner and Teagan Tutt, after receiving the 2013 BCRA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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At Monday nights District of Barriere council meeting, North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association president Jill Hayward made a presentation asking the municipality for support to purchase bleachers for the North Thompson Agriplex. She noted that although the facility is still under construction in some areas, it has already hosted numerous regional and provincial events, as well as the National Sheep Classic Show and Sale this summer. “Aside from constructing the kitchen and washrooms in the Agriplex banquet hall, and eventually blacktopping the floor in the main part of the Agriplex, the facility is now fully operational,” said Hayward, “However, we find the lack of suitable bleacher seating within the building is greatly limiting the opportunities we have to bring even more Provincial and National events to our region.” Hayward stated that TNRD Director Bill Kershaw had already pledged $10,000 towards the bleachers on behalf of Area ‘0’, and that another $65,200 was needed to complete the purchase eight 16 foot by 10 tier high bleachers for the Agriplex. After a short discussion, with positive input from all sides regarding the economic benefits of the Agriplex, Councilor Stamer moved that $65,200 be earmarked from economic development funds to purchase the bleachers. The motion was unanimously approved. “We all have to work together,” said Kershaw, “I think the Agriplex is awesome for the economics of the North Thompson. It’s not just Barriere, there is a ripple effect all the way down the line.” Hayward said she was “ecstatic” that there is now a chance of new bleachers in time for the Dec. 31, Bullarama, and notes a large thank you is due to Mayor Humphreys for being pro-active about the Agriplex and what it can do for the Region as a whole. Bullarama manager Steven Puhallo stated Tuesday, “Barriere is now a major player in the agri-tourism market with this move. Hats off to the mayor and council for having the vision to make this generational investment.”

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Are your tires ready for winter roads? By Tom Fletcher Black Press Some “all season” tires are good enough for winter roads in B.C., but not all of them. That’s one reason why Transportation Minister Todd Stone has added the topic of tires to a provincial review of highway safety that includes speed limits. “It’s been almost 40 years since the current definition of a winter tire was actually changed, and tire technology has advanced dramatically, particularly over the last five to 10 years,” Stone said Tuesday. With the popularity of all-season tires and all-wheel-drive vehicles, Stone said there is some confusion about what is acceptable for requirements that took effect Oct. 1 on routes that have winter conditions. Those routes have signs advising drivers to use winter tires or carry chains, and police may turn drivers away if they are not properly equipped. True winter tires have a symbol of a mountain and snowflake on the sidewall. All-season tires with the “M+S” mark to indicate traction in mud and snow are also permissible, but all tires must have a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm. A quick test can be done using a dime. Point Her Majesty’s head downward and insert the dime in the tire tread. If the top of the head remains visible, the tire is too worn to qualify for winter conditions. Drivers have a choice of investing in new tires or buying a set of chains. The transportation ministry has a website at www.th.gov.bc.ca/ SeasonalDriving/winter_chains.html that includes maps of routes affected by winter restrictions, and tips on how to use tire chains. Stone said that with 60 per cent of B.C. residents living in areas where winter conditions are not common, he is not considering making winter tires mandatory for all vehicles.

IO N T K N IDS! E T T A It’s time for youngsters throughout the North Thompson Valley to write a Christmas story for the Star/Journal annual Christmas Story Essay Contest.

This year our young writers can tell us in 350 words or less about one of the two following themes: STORY #1: The Magic Ice Skates: Write a story about what happened when Santa found a pair of strange looking ice skates just before Christmas Eve. STORY #2: How The Goblin Found Christmas; Write a story about how a cranky green goblin found the true meaning of Christmas. Send in your entries, preferably by email please, to the Star/ Journal, by noon Friday Nov. 29. Winners in each age group will be announced in our Dec. 19th issue. PRIZES FOR EACH DIVISION: First $25, Second $15, Third $10. Contest open to students: Division 1 - Kindergarten to Grade 3 Division 2 - Grade 4 to Grade 7.

Email your entries to: news@starjournal.net or drop off at our office 359 Borthwick Avenue, Barriere by Friday, Nov. 29, by 12 noon.

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Transportation Minister Todd Stone uses a dime to measure tread depth of a winter tire on his own vehicle during a news conference in Kamloops Oct. 29. Wikipedia

(Right) The North American symbol for a winter tire is a mountain with snowflake. All-season tires with “M+S” for “mud and snow” are also acceptable for restricted roads in B.C., if they have enough tread left.

More trades training now accessible at Thompson Rivers University

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Students at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) who want to learn a trade are getting a helping hand with close to $381,000 in one-time funding for 96 foundation seats in targeted trades training courses during 2013-14, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk announced Oct. 30. The funding will support student spaces in the university’s ‘professional cook one’ at each of the Kamloops and Williams Lake Campuses, as well as spaces in the ‘parts-person program’ and ‘trowel trades, mason program’ in Kamloops. A portion of the funding will support a trades discovery program on a limited-pilot basis. This will provide 36 students with the opportunity to explore career options in

trades and help them progress onto foundation skills and apprenticeship programs. Foundation training programs provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a particular occupation. Students receive credit for the first-level apprenticeship training in a specific field by the Industry Training Authority once they have successfully completed the foundation program. The funding is part of an overall $1.8 million for 456 student spaces in 2013-14 at 10 public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia and is over and above the funding that public post-secondary institutions will receive from the ITA in 2013-14 for foundation spaces. This is the sixth year that the provincial government has

provided targeted foundation skills funding. From 2008-09 to 2013-14 the total funding for foundation skills programming is $10.3 million. Alan Shaver, Thompson Rivers University president and vice-chancellor says, “With the large increase in applications to our trades programs, the ministry’s commitment towards trades training is very much appreciated. TRU has a long history of excellence in preparing youth and adult learners for career success in British Columbia. Investment in these additional training spaces will help ensure our province has the excellent skilled trades graduates needed to meet the growing demands of industry.” For information on the BC Jobs Plan and Skills Training Plan go to: www.bcjobsplan.ca/ skills/bc-skills-and-training-plan/

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BC Hydro upgrades Darfield power-line The Times According to Clearwater councillor Shelley Sim, local politicians gave flashlights to representatives from BC Hydro during the recent UBCM convention in Vancouver. Lack of reliable electrical power has been a complaint by residents and politicians from the North Thompson Valley for many years. BC Hydro is working to alleviate that situation, according to spokesperson Jennifer Walker-Larsen. One example of the Crown corporation’s efforts is a project to upgrade about eight km of distribution powerline in the Darfield area. “Most of the distribution system outages in the Little Fort and Darfield areas last winter were caused on that section of line and its remote location made access for crews and equipment a challenge,” she said.

The most visible part of the project so far has been piles of 45-gallon drums stockpiled next to Highway 5 near Darfield. The new section of line will require the installation of roughly 140 new poles along Highway 5, WalkerLarsen said. The construction crews will be using the steel drums to line the freshly dug holes. This step prevents the holes from caving in and speeds up the pole installation. “The drums have been professionally cleaned to remove any residue and the bottoms are removed to allow drainage,” she noted. Clearing work along the new power-line right-of-way was conducted in late summer to avoid any disruption to nesting birds. Work on the line began once vegetation clearing along the right-of-way was completed. BC Hydro expects

to complete the line relocation in the spring of 2014. “The Darfield power-line project is one of many planned and completed projects BC Hydro has underway to improve reliability of electricity service in the area,” said the Crown corporation’s spokesperson. “In addition to the Darfield line relocation project, BC Hydro regularly conducts various maintenance activities and other capital projects such as vegetation management, substation upgrades, routine inspections, switch replacements, circuit reconfigurations, metering upgrades, and pole and cross-arm replacements.” Bone Creek not backup While BC Hydro might be upgrading the power-lines to improve reliability, it won’t be looking at the various small scale hydro projects (such as Bone Creek) either in operation or proposed for the Valley as pos-

sible sources of backup power. “The primary reason is that energy provided by run-of-river hydro projects (like solar projects and wind projects) is intermittent, not constant,” Walker-Larsen said. “While the river is flowing (or the sun shining or wind blowing) the projects produce electricity. When the sun is not shining, wind is not blowing and river is not flowing the projects do not produce electricity.” In most cases, because intermittent independent power producers (IPPs) cannot provide a constant and predictable electricity supply, it rarely pays for the IPP to install the necessary equipment needed to service customers independently from BC Hydro’s system, she explained. “Bone Creek, for example, can produce up to 18 megawatts during peak water flows in the spring but they produce no electricity during

MP marks one year anniversary of Cohen Commission’s report Ottawa – Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for KamloopsThompson-Cariboo says important actions and investments have been made to protect the sockeye salmon in the Fraser River, as we mark the one year anniversary of the Cohen Commission’s report. “We first put a hold on development in the aquaculture sector in British Columbia,” said McLeod. “The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans further extended that moratorium last week, so that all aquaculture development in the Discovery Islands areas will not be lifted for the foreseeable future.” Further, Economic Action Plan 2013 included three major measures that are directly addressing Justice Cohen’s recommendations.

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Cathy McLeod These include a commitment of $57.5 million over five years that will help bolster our environmental protection in the aquaculture sector through science, an enhanced regulatory regime and improved reporting. “With improved regulatory certainty for the sector and more predictable decision processes this will encourage investors to establish or expand their aquaculture operations in Canada,”said McLeod. “This investment will support economic

growth and job creation, especially in rural and aboriginal communities.” Budget 2013 also contained a new program to support recreational fisheries’ conservation activities through partnerships with community groups. 28 projects related to Pacific Salmon in B.C. totaling $1.8 million were approved under the first round. “One of those 28 projects was the Swift Creek Watershed Restoration project to conserve fish habitat in Valemount,” stated McLeod. “The second call for projects will begin shortly and I encourage all groups to continue to submit their projects.” The Government also decided to dedicate all revenue collected from the Salmon Conservation Stamp to the Pacific Salmon Foundation,

which will mean approximately $1 million more every year to support the Foundation’s great work. “All of these initiatives are in addition to our Government’s annual investments related to Pacific Salmon. Currently, we invest more than $65 million per year, of which about $20 million is directly related to Fraser River sockeye,” said McLeod. In the words of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Justice Cohen provided us with valuable information that informs our dayto-day efforts to protect salmon. We are responding to his recommendations by taking concrete actions that make a real difference. This is what British Columbians expect and deserve.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

Editorial; by Tom Fletcher

Perils of an ‘entitlement state’

With the B.C. and federal governments once again struggling to climb out of deep operating deficits, it’s a good time for the release of Mark Milke’s book ‘Tax Me, I’m Canadian’. An update of the same title published 12 years ago, the book retains the history of taxes in Canada, detailing how Canada’s tax system was initially built to mimic the United States system in the late 19th century. Beyond the history, it is mostly new  material. Included are  chapters on the global meltdown of 2009, the surge of pension liabilities as the baby boomers retire and the flawed logic behind the “Occupy” and “Idle No More” protests. Some readers will immediately note that Milke works for the Fraser Institute and was previously B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation. But the book is not just an argument for cutting taxes. It also dismantles persistent myths that income taxes are illegal, and launches a broadside on what Milke calls “Canada’s corporate welfare carnival.” Many people will be able to identify some top names in the government subsidy game: Bombardier, General Motors, even poor old Rolls Royce Canada. Some will also be well aware that our supposedly tight-fisted Conservative federal government has continued to pour out “regional development” and other funds to every part of the country. But I did not know that Industry Canada grants were handed out to pizza parlours (including the remote pizza-starved village of Kamloops), or to help open gas stations or convenience stores in Kelowna, Vernon and Chilliwack. Milke makes a useful point for B.C. about royalty rates for timber, natural gas and other resources. They are resource rents, and if they are too high the tenants will move out. Reducing them isn’t a subsidy, especially if it leads to big revenue gains as B.C.’s unconventional shale gas incentives have done. On the Occupy movement: The infamous “one per cent,” who in Canada earn $250,000 a year or more, earned 10 per cent of all income and paid 20 per cent of all taxes in 2010. The bottom 73 per cent of tax filers paid just 17 per cent of all taxes. About a third paid no tax at all. On Idle No More: When Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence played to the Ottawa media with her soup strike, former Liberal leader Bob Rae suggested a nearby diamond mine should share more revenue. Milke omits the substantial support and employment that mine provides, and glosses over the misguided blockades that disrupted that and other jobcreating enterprises. But he does detail the disastrous effects of passive resource wealth bestowed on impoverished aboriginal communities, and contrasts it with the success stories of reserves that build their own enterprises through hard work. On public sector pensions: Milke notes that historically, public employees traded higher wages for better benefits and job security. Now their wages are generally higher, and taxpayers have to cover their personal pension contributions (as a portion of those wages) as well as the employer contributions, plus the “defined benefit” payout, which has to be subsidized far beyond what the pension fund can support. On the debt-financed welfare state, there are memorable observations, like this one: “For the record, the generous Quebec welfare state and its ostensibly more progressive model are paid for in part with the taxes of other Canadians; Quebec is merely the North American equivalent of Greece.” The recent B.C. political crisis over adoption of the harmonized sales tax showed that there is too much emotion and too little knowledge about how taxes work. This book is a step towards addressing that. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalNews.com Twitter:@tomfletcherbc E-mail: tfletcher@blackpress.ca

MP McLeod comments on disabled veteran’s benefits

To the editor; I am writing in regards to benefits available to injured veterans. Unfortunately there has been much inaccurate information publicized about what veterans actually do receive. Veterans receive much more than a single ‘lump-sum payment’ when a debilitating injury is suffered, as has been popularized in recent months. The lump-sum referred to is the payment between Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Service Income Security Insurance Program (SISIP). This is up to a total of $548,000, which is tax free. Since the New Veterans Charter was updated in 2011, veterans have the option of receiving the Disability Award (the VAC portion of the payment) all at once or in incremental payments over time.  After the Disability Award, disabled veterans

start to receive up to $5400 per month, depending on the severity of their injury, which can continue past age 65. This payment, composed of the Permanent Impairment Allowance and Permanent Impairment Allowance Supplement continue past age 65, this is not a lump-sum payment, it is ongoing. Just announced by Minister Fantino, veterans will be able to use up to $75,800 towards education, retraining, career counselling or other services. In the event their condition will not permit them to retrain, their spouse may do so in his place. Disabled veterans get access to the Veterans Independence Program which will shovel their snow, mow their lawn, and clean their house. Veterans get access to programs to modify their ...continued on page 6

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Buy a ticket for splash in the past To the editor; Okay, the weather seems to be hinting at throwing around the “s” word with all the frost we see on our car windows in the morning lately.  So what better time to sit back and daydream about the return of summer?  Close your eyes…wait, maybe not because then you can’t read this…okay, pretend to close your eyes but don’t. Work with me here.  Okay, picture this:  It’s a hot summer day in our lovely town of Barriere.  What to do to escape the heat that has been raging on for weeks?  Previous summers you may have cranked the A/C at a premium in the mid-afternoon, ran to the grocery store, dug through storage to find that musty smelling cooler, packed it with snacks, headed to the lake or to Kamloops to find water.  Which is a lovely plan. However, all the time? Every weekend? What about the evenings after work that are still blistering?  For me, packing up the kids to head to the river or to one of their many splash pads, waterslides or outdoor pools is fine once in a while, sure.  But even the free use excursions such as the river or the splash pads wind up costing me quite a bit

of money once I haul the kids in there for the day.  The price of gas, the inevitable and unnecessary stops to Wal-Mart, restaurants, or what have you always hurt the pocket book even with the best intentions. I mean, let’s be real here.  And I love our area lakes. They are truly gems. But if I’m being honest, sometimes they’re just too cold, or more work to get there than I have time for, or I can’t relax myself because of the small children in my care not able to just enjoy the water at their leisure. Plus, if I can’t spend the whole day there, it just seems like too much work to head up there for only an hour. But what if, right in the central part of Barriere, beside three playgrounds, near washrooms, grocery store and other amenities, there was a splash pad?  You could sit down on one of the many benches either in the shade, or in the sunshine while you treated yourself to cooling your bare feet in one of the blissful water bubblers beside the bench while listening to your children or your grandchildren laughing and playing in the water.  You’ve brought a book, a cool drink, snacks and enjoy a fun filled day (or even just a

half hour) not far from home.  Maybe some friends from Clearwater have stopped in on the way back from their appointments in Kamloops for dinner at the restaurant and a cool down before heading home.  You could stroll through the story boards learning the history of the valley and how Barriere came to be 100 years later.  Ahh… yes. Sign me up please. By now, you probably have heard that the Barriere 100th Anniversary Committee is continuing its fundraising efforts in order to make the above come to fruition.  Last month’s Apple Pie Making Fundraiser was a lot of work but so much fun! And over $2,100 was raised! To wrap up 2013’s fundraising efforts for the project, a traditional raffle has been organized.   Get this: The Royal Canadian Legion here in Barriere has donated a brand new 46” LED Flat Screen TV as a prize for the raffle!  The Legion’s President and Barriere’s current “Citizen of the Year”, Al Fortin, certainly lived up to that title by taking the time out of his private schedule to secure this lovely prize and deliver it to the Committee.  Also up for grabs

is an incredible print by local artist Marie Downing. If you haven’t seen her work before (Gasp! You’re missing out!) you can check it out at the Armour Mountain Art Gallery (near the Knights Inn).  But wait there’s more!  How about two, two hour horseback riding experiences from Tod Mountain Ranch? Or a one night stay at the Sandman Inn & Suites Kamloops, paired with two home game Blazers hockey tickets.  And if that’s not enough, there is also an outstanding handmade quilt donated by the Barriere Community Quilters waiting to keep some lucky family warm.  That’s five quality prizes right there folks. Tickets are only $2 each, and the draw will be held during the late night shopping evening in Barriere on Dec. 12, 2013, at 7 p.m. within AG Foods.  So make sure to keep your wallets, purses, pockets, shoes, socks and fanny packs filled with twoonies (or hey, hundred dollar bills work too) to be able to grab your tickets; your chances to win one of these fantastic prizes as well as to help secure a cool, splash in the past, asset for our home. Tasha Buchanan 100th Anniversary Committee Co-Chair Barriere, B.C.

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Government launches Canada Day Challenge North Thompson Star/Journal The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, has launched the 2014 Canada Day Challenge. Under the theme “Canada: Strong and Free,” the Canada Day Challenge invites young Canadians aged 8 to 18 years old to express their creativity and show their pride in being Canadian. The three categories are: • Draw It! Submit a poster design. • Snap It! Submit an original digital photograph. • Write It! Submit a literary creation in the form of a short story, poem, or essay. “On the road to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, the Canada Day Challenge is an excellent opportunity for young people to explore Canada’s history, culture and identity and to celebrate everything that makes Canada the united, strong and free country it is today,” said Minister Glover. The deadline for entering the contest is February 15, 2014. Winners will be announced in spring 2014. The grand prize for this year’s three national winners—one from each category—is a trip to Ottawa to visit Canada’s national institutions and to celebrate Canada Day 2014 on Parliament Hill. As special guests of Parks Canada, they will also visit select Parks Canada sites. Runners-up in each category will also receive prizes. “During their visit to Ottawa, national winners will experience part of our heritage and national identity through activities and special attractions and have the opportunity to meet some of Canada’s most exciting and inspiring people,” said Minister Glover. The official partners of the 2014 Canada Day Challenge are Parks Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Encounters with Canada, the Trans Canada Trail, Canada Post, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Royal Canadian Mint. The winning entries will be displayed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from June to September 2014 and will be part of the design of the official posters for the 2014 Celebrate Canada festivities. For more information on the contest, entry rules and regulations, as well as additional learning resources, visit the Canada Day Challenge website at www.challenge.pch.gc.ca.

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BARRIERE • Nov. 15: Squam Bay Home Business and Craft Fair 6:30pm Suam Bay Hall. Info 250-672-1918. • Nov. 16: No-Host Bazaar, North Thompson Fall Fair Hall,10am-1pm. Info 250-672-9330 (evenings). • Nov. 30: Barriere Seniors Annual Craft Fair, Seniors Hall, 10am-2pm. Info 250-672-5587 • Dec. 6-8: Candle Light & Holly, Legion basement. Friday, 10am - 8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. Info 250-672-9772 BLUE RIVER • Nov. 17: Blue River Community Hall 11am-4pm BLACK POOL • Nov. 23: Blackpool Craft Fair, 10am-2pm, Blackpool Hall. Info 250-587-6202. CHU CHUA • Dec. 8: Christmas Craft Fair, 10am-late afternoon, Chu Chua Community Hall. Info 250-672-9995

CLEARWATER • Nov. 17: 17th Annual Winter Wonderland & Craft Fair, Wells Gray Inn Conference Centre, 10am2pm. Info 250-674-2127. • Nov. 27-Dec. 1: Christmas at the Cottage, Wed.Sun., 11 am - 8 pm., 3684 Birch Isl Lost Creek Rd. • Nov. 28: Beta Sigma Phi Craft Auction, Wells Grey Inn Conference room, doors open 6 pm, auction 6:30 pm • Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1: Clearwater Elks Christmas Bazaar, Clearwater Elks Hall,Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday from 9am-noon. Info 674-3535. HEFFLEY CREEK • Nov. 30: Make It, Bake It, Create It, 2nd Annual Christmas Market, Heffley Creek Hall, 10am4pm. Info 250-578-8519.

Fresh veggies for sale at Little Fort (L-r) Kathy Karlstrom of Garden Gate organic produce in Little Fort shows a red cabbage to Erin and Bryan Chase of Clearwater during the Little Fort craft sale on Sunday, Oct. 27. Photo: by Keith McNeill

Nine new buses to roll through School District 73  North Thompson Star/Journal KAMLOOPS – Through its annual fleet renewal program, the provincial government is providing the Kamloops/Thompson School District with more than $985,000 for the purchase of nine new school buses. Each bus can transport 61-77 students.  The Ministry of Education has worked with the Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. to procure school buses using the Standing Offer Pricing model. Contractors, Independent schools and First Nations schools are also able to take advantage of this pricing, which has resulted in savings of 10 to 15 per cent each year and saves districts significant administrative and staff time. The nine new buses will be delivered next spring.

“Our school bus drivers have a big responsibility on their shoulders,” says Kamloops NorthThompson MLA Terry Lake. “These new buses will help them continue to safely transport our students throughout the school year, and we thank them for their service to the community.” In total, the provincial government is providing $11 million to 31 school districts to purchase 96 buses. In order to qualify for replacement, a bus needs to be on a regular route to school, and have met or exceeded the following criteria regarding age and kilometrage: • 80 plus passenger buses – 15 years or 400,000 km • 34 to 76 passenger buses – 12 years or 325,000 km • 20 to 29 passenger buses – 10 years or 250,000 km

Letters to the editor: Continued from page 5... MP comments on disabled veteran’s benefits homes and vehicles to meet the requirements of their disabilities. They receive a clothing allowance to cater to the special requirements of their disabilities. All of his medical and mental health requirements are covered. They will have access to one or more of 17 Operational Stress Injury Clinics and 24 Integrated Personnel Support Units that have been established. If the disability prevents a veteran from travelling to a VAC office, medical or other facility; doctors, nurses or case workers will go to the veteran’s house. In an example used by the Veterans Ombudsman, a medically released 24 year old Corporal will receive $2 million dollars from the day he is released until age 65. The two payments mentioned above, which max out at $2,700 per month each,

are available to continue on for those with the most serious injuries. Through eight budgets, our Government has invested almost $5 billion in new funding to enhance Veterans benefits, programs and services. There are of course legitimate issues with the New Veterans Charter that need to be addressed and which we are working very hard to tackle. Our Government recently announced a comprehensive parliamentary review that will seek to make further improvements to the Charter.  Our Government supports our veterans and will continue to work for them. Making completely false claims about the benefits that disabled veterans receive does not help anybody. Cathy McLeod, MP Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

Let’s talk about money during November To the editor; This November, let’s talk about money.  Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM) in Canada? This third edition of FLM, with the theme “Financial Literacy across Generations,” is the perfect time to talk about and pro-

mote the importance of greater financial literacy in Canada.   To promote events and activities taking place during November, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada offers a calendar of events. With just a few clicks, organizations can promote the semi-

nars, workshops or any other activity they are planning during FLM 2013, and Canadians can see what’s available in their own city and province. In addition, through its video contest, the Agency invites Canadians aged 13 to 19 to produce a short video explain-

ing how talking with someone about money helped them achieve a financial goal. To learn more about Financial Literacy Month, visit itpaystoknow.gc.ca/flm. Lucie Tedesco Commissioner Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)


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RCMP report domestic dispute near Little Fort The Times The last week of October, Clearwater and Barriere RCMP responded to a domestic dispute in a rural area near Little Fort. The original call came from a female who was being trapped in her own residence. By the time the RCMP showed up, she had escaped to safety and the male had run from his residence. The male was searched for and picked up the next morning. He now faces charges of uttering threats, pointing a firearm, assault, and forcible confinement. He is scheduled to attend court on Nov. 5. School lockdown On Monday, Oct. 28, Clearwater Secondary School was under lockdown when a student threatened to stab one of the teachers. Clearwater RCMP quickly arrived on scene and arrested the male without incident. The male will face a charge of uttering threats and is to attend court on Nov. 6. The highway of beers On Oct. 29 a male was stopped on the Yellowhead Highway in between Barriere and Clearwater, after hitting a traffic island in Barriere. An odor of alcohol was detected on the breath of the driver and it was demanded that he give a breath sample into a roadside screening device. The male registered two warnings, which resulted in his vehicle being impounded and a three-day driving prohibition. Icy roads incoming Within the last week there have been four motor vehicle incidents (accidents). This is a reminder that with the cooling temperature, there is an increase of light sleet/snow etc.. falling from the sky while you are sleeping. Be aware of this when you wake up in the morning and start your drive to work.

Protect seniors from being victims of crime North Thompson Star/Journal Seniors in communities throughout B.C. continue to be a key target of criminals. These crimes can happen in a variety of ways and places - in a senior’s own home and increasingly, on social media. To help keep seniors safe, here are some important safety tips: Get to know your neighbours. * Joining a watch group, such as Block Watch, encourages community cohesiveness and increases awareness of what is happening in the neighbourhood. * When out and about in the community, stay in open areas with good visibility, keep an eye out for suspicious activity, and carry a cellphone in case of emergency.

Recognize the signs of elder abuse. * Often perpetrators are known to the victim, which can make it even more difficult for seniors to break the cycle of abuse. * Prevention begins with the recognition of the signs of elder abuse and reaching out to someone trusted for help. This can include family, friends and local authorities. Learn how to avoid being defrauded. * Personal information, including information on receipts and bank statements, should be closely monitored and shredded prior to disposal. * Only trusted and reputable organizations should be used. These can be verified by contacting the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for a report. Don’t over share

on social media. * More of today’s seniors are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. * Being aware of the risks and taking necessary precautions to keep information private is essential to creating and maintaining a safe and enjoyable social media experience. For a copy of the BC Crime Prevention Association’s 2013 Senior Safety Booklet, please contact 604-501-9222 or: info@bccpa.org To learn more about elder abuse, visit the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support online at: www.bcceas.ca To report a case of elder abuse or to get help, call the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) at 604 437-1940, 1 866 437-1940 (toll free).

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Winners choice Barriere and District Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Debbie Young was selling raffle tickets in the foyer of AG Foods last weekend. The raffle offers the winner the choice of a beautiful homemade quilt or a large gift basket. The draw will take place at the No Host Bazaar in the Fall Fair Hall on Nov. 16. Raffle proceeds are in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

New HIV test cuts spread of disease North Thompson Star/Journal BC Centre for Disease Control British Columbia will be the first in Canada to use a new, more accurate HIV detection test following the results of a BC Centre for Disease Control study which found nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) greatly improved the diagnosis of early or acute HIV infection. The study also concluded that the combination of pooled NAAT and social marketing campaigns was highly effective in almost doubling the rate of acute HIV detection in clinics.

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Success By 6 is a program which provides support for aboriginal and non-aboriginal community organizations that benefit children up to the age of six and their families. Community grants are available to successful applicants. The Barriere Early Years Community Table has identified three strategic priorities with Success By 6 for this year: • To raise public awareness of the importance of the early years, • To enhance capacity for parents and families, • To increase opportunities for parents to access available community resources and supports. If you wish to receive a proposal package or if you have any questions, please email Adrienne Pullen, Success By 6 Coordinator at Adrienne.p@yellowhead.cs.ca or call 672-9773. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2013.

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Thanks To our volunTeers Diana, linn & Denise Thursdays - FREE POOL - Crib & Darts at 7pm DARTS 7 players on Oct. 31 - 1st - BJ Lyons • 2nd - Emil Gammel • 3rd - Bruce Lyons • High Scores, Ladies - Danielle Kashino w/97 • Men - BJ Lyons & Bruce Lyons both w/140 • High Finish, Ladies - Pat Lyons w/24 • Men - BJ Lyons w/60

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An update on Barriere’s new septage receiving station and wastewater treatment plant By Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/Journal

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(L - r) Barriere Secondary teacher Ashley Shannik, Sheldon Vansickle, will Sheldrick, Tanner Person, and Jamie Proulx look on in dismay as their catapult breaks while launching a pumpkin on Oct. 30.

Pumpkin catapult disaster By Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/Journal

Miss Shannik’s shop class at Barriere Secondary had a fun time last week, first making, then testing a catapult.  The catapult looked quite impressive and fairly sturdy, but unfortunately turned out to have a major flaw - a weakness in the structure near where the weights were attached. On the afternoon that the school invited the press down to witness the ‘official’ testing, it broke.  Granted, the first pumpkin launched did actually go a fair distance - between 20-25 feet, but that was the only one that did.  However, the fun continued launching pumpkins, even though the long arm of the catapult had to be swung manually, which resulted in the pumpkins only traveling a few feet.

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The District of Barriere is currently working towards building a septage receiving station and wastewater treatment plant within the municipality. The construction of both the septage receiving station and the wastewater treatment plant are progressing well, and pretty much on schedule according to the district office.   “We are doing this work under an ‘innovation fund’ grant,” stated district CAO Colleen Hannigan, “And when you are being innovative, the design stage is where you will and should spend additional time.” Hannigan reports the construction phase of the septage receiving station (SRS) has been completed and it is now being tested to ensure everything operates as it should.  Once the new solar aquatics wastewater plant is completed (behind the fire hall), in approximately one year’s time, the septage from the SRS will travel by pipe to that plant for final treatment.   However, until the wastewater plant is completed, any septage dumped at the SRS will have to be transported off site for final treatment.   District staff say they are in the process of developing the most cost effective solution in order to arrive at an actual  cost to provide this service for this interim period.  Once that has been accomplished, prices can be set by council for dumping, and local haulers will be notified and invited to start using the plant.  Residents will have noticed work being done along Gray Place and Airfield Roads.  This is for

Patton retires, business continues

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After 18 years of providing CGA services in Barriere and the North Thompson, Carol Patton has retired as of Oct. 31.   “I want to express my gratitude for the support of all my clients over the years,” said Patton, as she prepared to hang up her calculator, “Even though I will be retiring, the offices of Carol Patton, CGA and Campbell & Company will be merging and operating under the name, Campbell & Company, Chartered Accountants.” Patton says the office in Barriere will remain, the staff, Donna Richardson and Sandra Penny will still be there, and the services provided will be the same.   “I will still be associated with the firm on a limited basis for the next year and will be available as required,” said Patton. “The transition between Campbell & Company and Carol Patton, CGA will be seamless.  The Barriere office will remain unchanged in all aspects, and Scott Campbell will continue to visit Valemount on a regular basis. I

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the rapid infiltration basins for the wastewater treatment plant.  The gravel along Airfield Road appears to be perfect for this type of infiltration system. More digging will be taking place all the way along the old air strip from Gray Place to Station Road, then along Station Road as the contractor, LNB, begins work on the gravity collection system and the forcemain back to the plant in the next few weeks.  Environmental and archaeological monitoring will take place on this portion of the excavation.    The placing of pipes and the construction of the building are two separate contracts that will be progressing concurrently towards completion over the next year.   Digging is scheduled to begin on both contracts over the next couple of weeks.   As the contractors determine exactly where they will dig and when, district staff say signage will be posted in those areas to alert residents.     “Although excavations will be well marked, please make sure your children are aware of what is going on,” advised CAO, Colleen Hannigan, “And warn them to stay away from any construction they might see in their travels.”    District staff also note that for those wondering when ‘phase one’ area residents will receive information on what will be required of them prior to hooking up; an information sheet will be included in the next utility billing with contact information for any questions they may have.   As the district moves forward with this project, if anyone has any questions, they are encouraged to contact either Doug Borrill or Colleen Hannigan at the district office, 250-672-9751.

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Carol Patton,CGA, has recently retired from her accounting business. know that the entire office of Campbell & Company is looking forward to building lasting relationships with all clients.” Patton says she is excited about retirement, and looking forward to travel and spending more time with family. Larry Campbell, FCA is Campbell & Company’s sole practitioner and has owned the firm since 1971.   Campbell & Company provides a wide range of services, including accounting and auditing, tax planning and compliance, payroll services, business advisory services and estate and succession planning. Visit their website at www. cambellco.ca.


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Accounting seminar provides good value Council and staff were in Kamloops this week attending a one day seminar on accounting. The seminar was hosted by KPMG and BDO. I want to recognize that these seminars are not cheap to produce and say thanks to them for their generosity. I also want to say thank you to the people from the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) that did all the hard work of putting this seminar together. President Marg Spina and her team at SILGA are doing a great job of bringing together professionals that help to educate and inform local elected officials in a cost effective manner. The seminar covered most aspects of local government’s responsibilities around finances. Subjects such as borrowing, risk management, financial reports and the role of the audit committee and auditor were explained in plain language. Well, as plain as accounting language ever gets. Council is responsible for setting the

budgets. It does not matter if the budget is one million dollars, or five hundred million dollars, each tax dollar is precious and the goal of council must be to gain the best possible value for each dollar spent. This is a huge responsibility to be sure and one that requires ongoing education. Attendance at seminars and conferences allows council members to share their knowledge and experience. It is money and time well spent. In some small towns the working budget is reviewed at best four times a year. When asked if this was enough, the resounding answer from the experts was no. Each month is a much better method. That way the budget has little chance of going off the rails, even if there are few, or no safeguards in place. The seminar did not go into details around what safeguards are best, which are essential and which simply do not work. Each case is custom tailored to the needs of the town. In a small town with

Petition process gets environmental answers

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Not enough Canadians are aware that the Office of the Auditor General of Canada has an environmental petitions process, according to a recent media release. The petition process allows any resident of Canada to submit a petition to Ministers of 26 federal departments and agencies, who must personally reply to the petition within 120 days. The petitioner can pose questions or concerns they have relating to either environmental or sustainable development matters that fall within the authority of the federal government. In the past, petitions have covered a diverse range of issues from oil tankers on the west coast, salmon farming, fisheries, pollution, shale gas fracking, toxic chemicals and climate change. The petition, subject to the consent of the petitioner, is published on the Auditor General’s website along with the Ministerial response, which allows more Canadians to become informed about the issues raised. A guide to using the environmental petitions process is available at Getting Answers – A Guide to the Environmental Petitions Process: www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/docs/pet_lp_e_930. pdf

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a small budget, some would think the need for checks and balances would be very minimal. That is the furthest thing from reality though, as with a small budget there is simply no room for error. Bad spending decisions in even small amounts can mean disaster. Even long standing well recognized companies need to do a review every now and again. Boeing and Harley Davidson undertook restructuring to meet the demands of a changing financial picture. The concept of being ‘lean’ was their choice. Reducing stock on hand, defining process and production flows, were all used to bring profitability back. It may seem like a stretch to apply such financial and performance methods to how a small town does business. The truth is that most successful councils are doing just that. Decisions around service levels, project management and future growth are all part of the duties of a council. To shy away from the right decision because it may be unpopular with some residents is a definite formula for disaster. Not properly reviewing staff recommendations is another recipe for ruin. Staff members are not robots programmed

to give out the best advice based on the facts at hand. Like all people they have their own opinions and those opinions can colour their recommendations. Should the need arise it is the role of council to bring the process back in line. Before people start saying I am picking on district staff, please understand that this is not the case. It is true that in every organization there are shortfalls, and perhaps Barriere is no exception. My point is that it is council’s role to provide the guidance to overcome any process problems or policy shortfalls that may exist. This is not the role of district staff. To that end, council is doing its best to provide good governance around any issues. Council being provided with monthly budget reports, a monthly cheque list and other forms of transparent accounting are all part of good governance procedures. Council has nothing to hide and everything to gain from getting public input. The Barriere Volunteer Fire Department outdid themselves this year with a wonderful fireworks display. A big shout out and thanks to Colleen Hannigan, Brian Hannigan, Margaret Houben and Antoon Houben for working the concession.

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Books, books, and more books The annual Barriere Lions Club Book Fair, on Nov. 2, at the Lions Hall, was once again very well supported by area readers. The hall was filled with tables overflowing with books for all ages, and all priced from .50¢ to $1.00. The annual event raises funds for learning and literacy in the community.

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Art Gallery opening The grand opening of Armour Mountain Office Services and Art Gallery, also coincided with the unveiling of photography works by the Gallery’s featured artist for November, Jill Hayward. The Nov. 1, event was well supported by customers and art lovers, with purchases made throughout the afternoon. Pictured (lr) is artist Jill Hayward pointing to her display of wildlife photography featured on the Gallery’s wall, while proprietor Lana Laskovic is all smiles about the new facility for her business and art gallery, which is now situated in the building just off Highway 5 with the Barrere & District Chamber of Commerce and Remax Realty.

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(Above) Tasha Buchannan and son Riley turned out in great costumes for the fireworks display hosted by the Barriere Fire Department at the ball fields on Oct. 31. Numerous folks of all ages turned out for the annual community event. (Below) One of the many firework displays.

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Little people just like everyone else Celebrating Dwarfism Awareness Month at Barriere Elementary School By Mrs. Lynn McGravey Grade 1/2 Teacher, Barriere Elementary School During the Friday, Oct. 18, lunch break at Barriere Elementary, as I entered the office an excited student informed me, “Mrs. McGravey, there’s a little person here.” “I know,” I replied, “I invited him here to speak to the grade 6 and 7’s.” “Awww I wish he was coming to our class,” she said with disappointment, “Does he have the same type of dwarfism as Reine?” Riley Windeler, a 23 year-old social work student studying at TRU caused a bit of a stir upon entering our front door. As a man with hypocondroplasia (a form of short-limbed dwarfism with the least amount of medical complications) he is used to attracting attention. Riley grew up in the small community of Horsefly, B.C., near Williams Lake, and as far as he knows is the only little person (LP) resident the town has ever had. Active in sports his whole life, Riley even played hockey (a collision sport not generally recommended for LPs). After several successful seasons he was awarded Most Inspirational Player by his team. This summer he travelled to Lansing Michigan to the World Dwarf Games as captain of Canada’s volleyball team. After spending a short period of time with him you understand he practices what he preaches about the three Ds [direction, determination, discipline]. Riley spoke passionately to an attentive audience about his life experiences growing up as a little person. He encouraged each student to have drive, determination and dedication to achieve success in life. Does that mean that his life has been free of obstacles, absolutely not. Most of his obstacles can be overcome with a stool, pedal extensions or a polite request for assistance. Other obstacles such as not being hired at the mill because of his stature, or being called the “m” word (midget is considered to be a very offensive word in the LP community) continue to take more awareness and education. This is why Riley

is an advocate. He has been featured more than once on local television, and even had a booth set up for Dwarfism Awareness at a recent Kamloops Blazers game. Students were very receptive to Riley’s message, asking thoughtful and intelligent questions of him (and myself after he left). Encouraged by his story, one student bravely took the opportunity to address the group about the teasing she receives as a result of her own small stature (the moment had me, as one of her former teachers, with tears in my eyes, so proud I was of her for taking a stand). After all, we are all just people, the same on the inside regardless of how different we may look on the outside. Riley demonstrated this eloquently with the use of three apples of different colours subsequently peeled of their skins. Following Riley’s talk, students presented him a cheque for $150 for Little People of BC (LPBC). This was raised during our Loonies for Little People fund raiser. The goal of $1.00 for each inch of my daughter Reine’s expected adult height of 49 inches was more than tripled. Way to go BES! LPBC is a nonprofit organization, that both Riley and our family belong to, that provides support to LPs and their families. If you would like more information about the group you can check us out on line at www.littlepeopleofbc.org If you would like to have more information about dwarfism in general you can access www.understandingdwarfism.com or www.lpaonline.org As a proud POLP (parent of a little person) I am encouraged by the acceptance I see at our school. Like Riley, I have tried to show people that my daughter Reine is just like everyone else in a slightly smaller package and with a unique way of doing some things. The most common question we get about her is how tall will she be. Because of this curiosity I think it was interesting for the kids to meet an adult who is an LP. I hope that Reine will be as effective and passionate an advocate for the LP community as Riley is when she is a young adult.

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The 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Bullarama and Dance will be held at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere as a fundraiser for the Farm Kids Scholarship Fund. Submitted by Vivian Spedding  “It’s a great venue with exciting entertainment. What’s better Spedding Thoroughbred Farm and Training Center in Blackthan watching live bull riding pool would like to congratulate this year’s students on a sucfollowed by an old time councessful and fun-filled show and lesson season with the North try dance for New Year’s?” said Thompson Pony Club. Steven Puhallo, president and Students applied what they had learned in their weekly lesfounder of the Farm Kids Fund, sons to achieve excellent results in the show ring, bringing home “This is a great annual event with many first placings as well as a couple of show high points. people from Chilliwack to Prince Pam Jim, the club’s photographer and driver, showed dedicaGeorge coming to ‘buck in’ the tion in hauling horses and students to many of the horse shows. New Year.” We try to keep our lessons light and fun, with the students   The New Year’s Eve Bullara- A sell-out crowd enjoyed thrills, spills, and good family entercritiquing themselves and each other. ma features bucking bulls from tainment at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere, on Dec. Lessons were in the arena at Spedding Farm and on the trails local stock contractor S&E Buck- 31, 2013 for the inaugural New Year’s Eve ‘Bucking For The (some students find the relaxed atmosphere on the trails makes ing Bulls, and S&E stock boss Ed Farm Kids’ Bullarama. STAR/JOURNAL photo by Jill Hayward it easier to achieve the desired result). Lebourdais says he is proud of the The season is coming to an end, with one last trail ride schedcalibre of bucking bulls that will be matched some of the best bull riders in North America uled, weather permitting. If not, we plan to have a fun day with against some of western North America’s best coming.” said Lebourdais. mounted soccer and jumping lessons in the inside arena. Highlights from last year’s News Year’s Eve bull riders, “We’ve got bulls that will buck all Next season we hope to travel further afield to shows that night and the cowboys better be ready to ride Bullarama can be seen by going to: http://tihold hunter/jumper classes. Lessons will start again in February nyurl.com/farmkidsfund some lightning!” for English/Western and hunter/jumper. Doors open at: 6 p.m., Bullarama starts at   The event is professionally sanctioned by 7 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Beer Bullriders Canada. STAR/JOURNAL print subscribers will find complete eEditions of each issue, and weekly “Being professionally sanctioned allows us Garden and food vendors on site. Bullarama and Dance (19+): $50 • Bullarama to attract a high calibre of bull rider. We have supplements on our website. Call our office to get your access number. 250-672-5611 only: $30 • Kids 12 and under free. Roundtrip Shuttle Kamloops-Barriere and Bullarama and Dance ticket (19+): $80 (Departs North Hills Mall in Kamloops at 5 p.m. for Barriere, Departs Barriere at 1 a.m., for return to North Hills Mall. Does pick-ups and drop-offs as required in Rayleigh, Vinsulla and McLure. Tickets are now on sale at the Horse Barn in Kamloops, at the North Thompson Star/ Journal in Barriere and online at https://www. eventbrite.ca/event/8903636015. Fridays @ 5pm • Sundays @ 4:30pm • No Charge The Farm Kids Scholarship Fund is a nonNov. 8 & 10 Sponsored by Pharmasave profit organization that helps deserving rural youth further their education. Fund monies Home School & Preschool Skating will be awarded to graduating grade 12 stuStarts October 16 • 10am Preschool & 11am Homeschool Every Wednesday dents in rural communities to help them furClearwater & District Minor Hockey ther their education whether it’s trades, colOpen to Boys and Girls. • Become part of a winning team. • Join Minor Hockey lege, or university.

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Bread has been around for at yeast 30,000 years

Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/ Journal Bread has been around for a very long time... at least 30,000 years.   The first bread produced was likely cooked versions of a grainpaste, made from

roasted, ground cereal grains and water, and would have been a flatbread, a bread with no yeast in it to make it ‘rise’. Bread has been vital to the development of our world as we know it.   Because of it, wheat was domesticated,

cultivation spread and enabled humans to become farmers rather than remaining hunters and foragers.   By becoming farmers, this allowed us to form towns, which in turn allowed us to become more sophisticated in our societal organization.

Today, there are so very many varieties and forms of bread.   We still have flatbreads - from tacos to pitas and naans to chapatis.  We also have bagels, sourdough, croutons, loaves of all sorts from rye to whole wheat to multigrain, and of course

The warm weather may be gone but the market is going strong

Submitted by the Barriere Food Bank The Barriere Elementary school grades six and seven participated in a food drive on Oct. 31 in conjunction with Halloween Trick or Treating.  In this case, the treats were food donations.  This was an idea put forth by Matlock Brown at the WE Convention in Vancouver.  Children were asked what they would do to help their community locally, and Matlock’s idea was to do a food drive for the

The Barriere Farmer’s Market is trying something new - they will be continuing on through the winter, twice a month, but on Saturdays, not Thursdays.  They will meet at the usual location at Sam’s Pizza and Rib House, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the following dates: November 16 and 30, December 14 and 21, January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, March 8 and 22, and April 5 and 19. For more information or to book your own spot, please call 4 Bar S Ranch at 250-672-5919 or 250-672-5227. Be sure to visit the Farmers Market this winter. STAR/JOURNAL file photo

Busy month for the Food Bank

November will be a big month for the Food Bank, with several events taking place. On Halloween, in partnership with the We Scare Hunger program, grades six and seven at the Barriere Elementary School did a very successful food drive.   The kids collected a total of 328 pounds of food and a five dollar donation.   On Nov. 1 the food was delivered to the Food Bank.   We would like to say a big Thank You to all the children who participated and to the community for donating so generously. On Nov. 16, the Food Bank will be participating in the

No-Host Bazaar by doing a bake sale and selling canning supplies.  The Bazaar will take place at the Fall Fair Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  So come on out and see what goodies our volunteers have baked up.  We will also be doing a membership drive during this time. On Monday, Nov. 18, is the biggest Food Bank fund raiser of the year.  It is the Spaghetti Dinner at Sam’s Pizza.  This year, Sam’s is preparing 300 more dinners than last year, and is doing take out or dine in.  Dinners are $10 (cash only) and include spaghetti, caesar salad and coffee, tea or juice.  Last year we had a really great turn out and expect to have another great turn out this year.

from around the world celebrate Home-Made Bread Day... an excellent reason to try that new recipe you found, or to dust off the one your parents (or grandparents) used to make.   If you don’t feel up to baking bread yourself, why not stop by the

No-Host Bazaar on Nov. 16 (at the Fall Fair Hall)... there are many vendors there, quite a few of whom will have baking available, and some of them may just have some fresh homemade loaves of bread waiting for you to try.

Kudos to leadership students

Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/Journal

Submitted by the Barriere Food Bank

pizza, pretzels and donuts.  It all depends on what you add to the basic flour and water starter... do you add yeast? a sweetener? spices? fruit? or perhaps you change the type of flour from wheat to rye or corn flour. On Nov. 17, people

The sign-ups for Christmas Hampers began on Nov. 1.   Please let us know how many members in the family, ages, and genders, any special needs, including dietary needs, and whether or not you will pick up the hamper or need it delivered.

The Food Bank is located in the industrial park at 4748 Gilbert Road in Barriere.  We are open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Our phone number is 250672-0029.   Membership is two dollars a year and is open to anyone.

Sam’s Pizza owner and chef, Doreen Landry, thanks her customers who had turned out for the spaghetti dinner in the past. Landry says she is looking forward to this years fundraiser.

STAR/JOURNAL file photo

Food Bank.  The We Scare Hunger program was the basis for doing the food drive in conjunction with Matlock’s idea. The children collected 328 pounds of food (339 pieces) and a five dollar donation.   Matlock Brown and Sami Jones helped to accept the donations in the school library the following morning and then helped to deliver the food to the Food Bank.   Both Matlock and Sami are in the seventh grade leadership program.


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Discovering a small town with my camera I usually like to have a plan when I go out to photograph a subject. However, this past weekend when my goal was to photographically discover a small town or city like I did in La Conner, WA, USA, the unusual and unknown becomes the accepted rather than the exception. The experience was one of those rare times when I just wanted to wander about and let the unexpected observations rule the day. The distance from my lodging at the Wild Iris Inn in La Conner to the waterfront was about six blocks, and that photographic stroll took me nearly two hours. I spent another hour photographing the buildings, and the boats moored along the boardwalk, and then approximately another hour roaming the adjacent neigh-

borhood on my way back. I like to wander, and yes, that’s the word that works best. I mounted a 2470mm on my new (to me) full-frame sensor camera, stepped out of the room and let the historic, western architecture, and the coastal lighting, determine my path. I wasn’t on any direct course by any intent, and spent a lot of time backtracking when I decided to see how the light affected an interesting door, or window, from a different perspective than I had just photographed it. I checked out the La Conner on-line gallery and it shows lots of scenics and wide images of street side buildings, but my photographic captures didn’t always show the whole. I chose to photograph those parts that caught my attention;

Making Pictures with

John E n ma n signs, doors, railings, roof supports, or the moulding, and sometimes just the window frame, cornice or decorative lintel, and how the light touched them, are what peaked my interest and filled the memory card of my camera La Conner is a coastal town of Washington State and received its current name in 1870 from the owner of the area’s first trading post, J.S. Conner to honor his wife, Louisa Ann Conner. One of my favorite writers, Tom Robbins, author of such great books as “Even Cowgirls get the Blues”, ”Life with the Wood-

pecker”, and “Another Roadside Attraction” is supposed to be a long-time resident. Each spring, La Conner attracts thousands of visitors to view the wide array of tulips at the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Here is a humorous note about La Conner: in 2005, the town named the wild turkey as their official Town Bird, however, a debate in 2010 declared the turkeys to be a nuisance and they were removed from the town limits because of “complaints about noise, fecal matter, and ingestion of garden materials”. This is one that

is closer to my heart because it is a story about a dog. There is a statue of a dog whose name was “Dirty Biter” and he once freely wandered the town. One of his favorite hangouts was an 1890’s tavern, where a bar stool was always reserved for him. When he was killed in a dogfight, the heartbroken townspeople named a small park next to his beloved tavern for Dirty Biter and installed a bronze statue of the dog. I didn’t see any turkeys, or writer Tim Robbins, but I took the time to stop in that tavern before continuing on my photographic stroll, and I drank a pint to all of them; Mr. Robbins, the turkeys, poor old Dirty Biter, and of course, the subject of my photographic excursion, the historic town of La Conner. These are my

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Celebrating 36 Years

Crockpot Beef Stew 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 in cubes 1/4 c. all purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp dried onion flakes 1 1/2 c. beef broth 3 potatoes, diced 4 carrots, sliced In a gallon size zip lock bag mix together flour, salt & pepper. Dump in the meat & shake until coated. Place in crock pot. Stir in garlic, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes & carrots. Cover & cook on low for 8-10 hours.

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

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By Dee

Banana Raisin Bread 1 stick butter (very soft) 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 3 bananas 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 eggs 1/2 cup raisins (you can use more or less) Preheat oven to 350. Place 1 1/2 bananas in mixer & add the sugar. Beat together for about 2 mins so that they are like a puree consistency. In separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda & salt. Add the vanilla, butter, & egg mixture to the mixer & blend. Add the rest of the bananas & mixed those in & slowly poured in the dry ingredients. Once combined (don’t over mix) add the raisins. Divide into 4 mini loaf tins & bake until cooked at 350 for about 25-30 mins.

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Baked Zucchini & Carrots carrots zucchini Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut your veg into 8-cm/3-inch sticks, making sure they are even in thickness. Line a baking tray with baking paper & a light layer of olive oil. Season – go with the usual salt & pepper & branch out to one or two of the following: paprika, cumin, cayenne, crushed red peppers, thyme, rosemary, sage – really, whatever takes your fancy & suits your meal. Using premixed spice blends is a great option too – Italian, Mexican, Old Bay – you know, just not all at once. Lightly toss your vegetable batons with a tablespoon or so of olive oil (not too much) & the herbs & spices. Spread your seasoned veg over your lined tray & roast, tossing halfway through, for about 20 mins or until golden & slightly browned at the edges.

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This group awards grants through local charitable organizations generated from responsibly managed donations and legacies which promote community capacity building and unity throughout the North Thompson Valley. Each year they hand out grants to an average of $5000, back to the community. They meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month, alternating between Barriere and Clearwater. All are welcome to join. For more information, contact either Cheryl Thomas at 250-674-3260 or Susan Garland at 250-672-5103, or visit their web-site at ntcommunitiesfoundation.

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Curling Club: Oct.-Mar. Curling, league & bonspiels. Drop In Art. Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm at NTVIC end of Sep to Mar (except holidays). Nominal fee. Barriere Elementary PAC: 1st Wed. of mth, 6:30pm, call 672-9916 or Leesa Genier at 320-3629. Barriere Fire Dept.: Firehall, Thurs., 7pm Barriere Food Bank: every Wed. Leave message 672-0029 Genealogy: Every 1st & 3rd Friday of the mth at the Library, 6-7pm, except Jul/Aug. 250-672-9330. Barriere Hospice: Loans out handicap equip - call 250-6729391. Photography Club. All welcome. Shelley Lampreau 250672-5728. Community Quilters: 2nd & 4th Thurs. of mth, 2pm at the Barriere Food Bank. Judy 250-672-5275 or Fran 250-6722012. Barriere Search & Rescue: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. Training on 4th Tues. of mth, 7pm. BSS PAC & Booster Club: 1st Tues. of mth, 5:30pm. 250672-9943. Survivors of Brain Injuries: Call John at 250-372-1799. Bethany Baptist Church Prayer: Every Tues., 7pm. Carpet Bowling: Mon, Wed, & Fri., 9:30am-12 @ Little Fort Hall. Community Kitchen: If interested call Dede 554-3134. Community Soup Day: Christian Life Assembly on Annesty

Rd. 3rd Mon. of every mth, 11:30 am. Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall. Crib: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Darts: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374-9866. Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri. every mth 7pm. Performers, concession, play area for kids! Call 578-0056. Literacy Tutoring: Learn to read FREE. Jill Hayward 3198023. Little Fort Recreation Society: 1st Thurs. each mth 7pm LNT Catholic Women’s League: 2nd Mon. each mth, 7pm at St. George’s. Call 250-672-9330 for info. McLure Rec.: 1st Wed. each mth at 7:30pm McLure Firehall. Except Jul & Aug. 250-578-7565 for info. McLure Fire Dept.: 2nd & 4th Tues., 7pm, McLure Firehall Men’s Floor Hockey: Tues., 8-10pm at Barriere Sec. School. NT Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm NTVIC. 672-1843 NT Valley Hospice: 3rd Tues, 11am, Little Fort Hall. 6725660. Quilting: 1st Tues of the mth, 10am @ Little Fort Hall. Safe Home: Get away from domestic abuse, call 250-6742135 (Clw) or 250-682-6444 (Barriere). Walk & Fitness: Indoors, Tues & Thurs 12-2pm. Barriere Ridge Gym.


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18th Annual Winter Wonderland Arts & Craft Fair Sun. Nov. 17 • 10 am - 2 pm Wells Gray Inn Conference Centre Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Nov. 18, 7 pm Community Resource Center. Guest speakers Gavin Daw from Trans Mountain Pipeline, DOC economic development officer Leslie Groulx and DOC sports coordinator Melody Romeo. Networking — refreshments. Everyone welcome Rent Cross Country Ski Equipment for the season at the NoHost Bazaar, Nov. 16, 10am1pm at the Fall Fair Hall.

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Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email: fish@blackpress.ca ARE YOU having problems with: BYLAWS.ALC/ALR. Assistance is available. Contact: buisfarm1968@hotmail.com. Safe Home Response Providing a safe place to escape for women and their children. Volunteers always needed. Call 250-674-2135.

QUAD L Enterprises Ltd. is a Vegetation Maintenance company in Alberta and British Columbia and they are looking for: CUA’s - Certified Utility Arborist’s CA’s - Certified Arborist’s UTT’s - Utility Tree Trimmer’s UTW’s - Utility Tree Worker’s Labourers Work locations throughout Alberta and British Columbia We offer: Competitive compensation Company benefits Excellent Health and Safety Program Please submit resumes with drivers absract to: hr@isley.ca Fax: (780) 532-1250

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An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta.

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Barriere Alcoholics Anonymous Call: 250-672-9643 For Al Anon Call: 250-672-9643, 250-677-4234

Clearwater: AA meetings Every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Dr., side door. Roll call 8 p.m. 250-674-1923, 250-674-7313

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FORESTRY TECHNICIANS, Layout Engineers and Timber Cruisers from $4000$7000/month plus bonus. Live Crown Forestry Ltd. is an established and growing forestry resource management consulting firm in Prince George providing multiphase timber development services since 1995. Send Cover Letter and Resume to Brian Telford: btelford@livecrown.com FRONTLINE is seeking certified electricians and millwrights with industrial experience for work in BC/Alberta. FEC offers competitive wages and benefits package. Forward resumes to: frontlinehuman resources@gmail.com. HEAVY DUTY Journeymen Mechanics required, camp position. Send resume to: hr@gladiatorequipment.com or fax (780) 986-7051.

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Misc. for Sale

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

STEEL BUILDING - The great super sale! 20x20 $4,070. 25x26 $4,879. 30x32 $6,695. 32x40 $8,374. 35x38 $9,540. 40x50 $12,900. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. Or visit us online at: www.pioneersteel.ca

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HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS and/or AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS Apprentice & Journeyman Fox Creek, Alberta The successful candidates may be required to operate a service vehicle. Must be willing to work overtime. Experience in natural gas compression an asset. Must be able to work unsupervised and fill out appropriate paperwork. This is a full time position. WE OFFER: Competitive Wages, Benefits Plan & Performance Bonuses. Please reply w/references to jobs@advantage-engine.ca or fax to (1)780-622-4409

JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages from $32/hour, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: hannachrylser.ca. Fax 403-854-2845; Email: chrysler@telusplanet.net. WESTCAN - Interested in being our next ice road trucker? Haul liquid, dry bulk or freight to the diamond mines on the winter road (ice road) from mid-January to mid-April. Not Interested in driving on the ice? Drive resupply from southern locations in Alberta to Yellowknife, NT. Apply online at: www.westcanbulk.ca or Phone: 1.888.WBT.HIRE (1.888.928.4473) for further details.

Work Wanted HAFI GRANTS Notice to low income seniors and persons with disability. You may qualify for a grant up to 20,000. to modify and adapt your home for improved safety and accessibility. For details contact your local HAFI expert Hans Ounpuu, Building contractor @ 250-674-3875. Need some help with those odd jobs you don’t have time for? Call Keiran Jones at 250-674-3051 mowerman275@gmail.com

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Just in time for winter, 6 person hot-tub w/cover, no leaks, pump works, needs some electrical tlc. $500 obo. Solomon shaped downhill skis & bindings, 166cm. $175 obo. 250-672-5802

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

STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at: www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Photography / Video Need a professional

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

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

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CASUAL ASSISTED LIVING WORKER – Yellowhead Pioneer B0156 GRADER OPERATOR – Bladetec B0165 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – Yellowhead Community Services CB0250 GROCERY STORE CLERK – AG Foods B0255 Go To: http://www.wiegele.com/employment.htm for information on jobs with Mike Wiegele.

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Handypersons Wilkeekon Services Handyman & Cleaning Residential & Commercial Moving in/out, DIY projects, construction site, interior/exterior, light hauls Bonded Gayle Peekeekoot Ray Wilson 250-674-2775

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Pets FRENCH Bulldog 2 girls, 1 boy, 10weeks, home raised,up to date on shots, Vet Checked, good family pet for $800 email suspluginz@gmail.com

Merchandise for Sale

Auctions AUCTION. Antiques & Collectable’s, Large Selection. November 17th, 1 PM, Dodds Auction Vernon. 1 (250)5453259 doddsauction.com

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53’and insulated containers all sizes in stock. SPECIAL Trades are welcome. 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com

Misc. for Sale 20’ Sea Containers, new. $3700, used $2600 & up. 250851-6371. Can deliver. All sizes available.

Skill Development: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) & are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer & Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services. “The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services

CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 •|250-674-2928 • Fax 250-674-2938 E-mail: info@clearwateremployment.ca • Web Page: www.clearwateremployment.ca

Traffic Control: Casual/Clearwater #C0256

Sandwich Artist: FT/Little Fort #C0232 Referrals & Archaeology Coordinator: FT/Barriere #BC0253 Skating Coach: Seasonal PT/Clearwater #C0251

Early Childhood Educator/Educator Assistant: FT/PT Clw/Barriere#CB2050 Bobcat/Snowplow Operator: Seas/ Casual/Clw#C0249

Maintenance Technician (Instrumentation): FT/Clw#C0248 Skidder Operator: Seas/Clw #C0247 Logging Truck Driver: Seas/Clw #C0246 Assistant Field Technologist: FT/Seas/ Clw #C0245

Kitchen Helper: 2 positions/Clw #C0243 Food & Beverage Service Supervisor: FT/Clw #C0242

Waiter/Waitress: 2 positions/Clw #C0241 Cook: 2 positions/Clw #C0240 HD Mechanic/Welder/Machine Operator: FT/Clw #C0239 32 Job Postings/Blue River: PT & FT #CB0222

Heavy Equipment Mechanic: Clw #C0198

Maintenance Manager: FT/Blue River #C0191

Servers: FT/PT Blue River #CB0190 Prep Cook/Kitchen Helper: FT/Blue River #C0189

Line Cook: FT/Blue River #C0188

Free Workshops to help with your work search are available. Please contact us to register for one or all of these free workshops. Communication & Interview Skills: Thurs. Nov. 7th Using Internet & Email Basics Workshop: Thurs. Nov. 14th Creating & Updating Your Resume Workshop: Thurs. Nov. 21st Work Search Techniques Workshop: Thurs. Nov. 28th Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in and our friendly staff will assist you. Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. • Blue River Library: An employment consultant comes to the Blue River School. Next visit is Tuesday November 12th from 12:30-2:30. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.

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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Barriere: fully self contained recent reno. 1bdrm app 4 rent. 10 min from town. Incl sundeck, heat, hydro , satelite tv, washer. NS/NP/Ref. $525/mo. Avail immed. (250)672-9241

CLEARWATER- 1 bdrm, updated, quiet/clean adult bldg. Common laundry. NP/NS Nov.15 $590 + DD/refs. Hydro approx. $25/mo 604-790-2482 Clearwater: 1 bdrm Woodside Apt. Clean, updated. Photos kijiji, central location. N/S N/P $555.00/mo Ph. 250-674-0220

Duplex / 4 Plex Clearwater: 3 bdrm duplex, lg yard, f/s, w/d, $575/mo plus util. Ph. 250-674-0188 Barriere: 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, duplex, large fenced backyard, 1 car garage. $875 + util. DD. Pets neg. Avail Nov 1. 250672-0041.

Misc for Rent Clearwater: Riverside Guest House & Clearwater Plaza suites, furnished, Telus internet/tv, laundry, etc. Mini-storage also avail. info@riveradventures.ca Ph. 250-674-0001

Mobile Homes & Pads Barriere: 2 bdrm, all appliances, RR/DD, NS, pets on approval. 1 block from shops. $850 incl. util. 250-672-9676

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Homes for Rent 2-bdrm furnished w/full basement. Wood/electric heat, 8 km from Barriere. N/S, $540 + d/d. For application form, call or text (250) 318-7100. Birch Island: 3 bdrm home. Incl satellite tv, avail Dec. 1, $875.00/mo 250-674-2465

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CHURCH DIRECTORY

CHURCH OF ST. PAUL

4464 Barriere Town Road

A worshipping community of Anglicans, United & Lutherans

All Are Welcome

the Rev. Brian Krushel

Office: 250 672-5653 www.norththompsonpc.ca

ST. GEORGE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Sunday Mass - 9am Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Mass - 9am

Father Donal O’Reilly

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

THE OPEN DOOR FELLOWSHIP 11:00 am Sundays at the Ridge Bible Study on Tuesdays at 1pm PASTOR TODD ENGLISH Join us for refreshments after the Service.

Phone 250-672-1864 anytime. Affiliated with North American Baptist Association. “Believe in the Lord Jesus - and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

Seventh-day Adventists

Meet in the Church of Saint Paul on Saturday Mornings Bible Study - 9:30am Worship Service - 11am Fellowship Meal - 12:30pm Everyone Welcome 318-0545

Furnished bachelor suite for rent in Clearwater/Birch Island $500/mo. Util & laundry incl. N/S. Ph. 250-674-0002

Suites, Lower Birch Island: 2bdrm suite. $600/mo. Incl sat tv, utilities & laundry. Available Dec. 1. Ph. 250-674-2465

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Clearwater: 3 bdrm home w/ensuite, 2/5 bath, lg 2-car garage. 225 Murtle Cres. $1265/mo incl water & sewer. Avail now. Ph 250-674-3434

ISO - house for Nov or Dec, have dogs, need space, NS/non-drinker, quiet, clean, handyman. Long term rental. References avail. Contact Dwight 250-319-1619

MP and MLA to attend family and caregivers of seniors workshop

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MP Cathy MacLeod and MLA Terry Lake may attend the Family and Caregivers of Seniors workshops scheduled this month in Barriere, B.C. The workshops run November 15 and 16, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 4936 Barriere Town Rd. MP Cathy MacLeod has confirmed her attendance for the morning of November 15, 2013 at the “Help for Family and Caregivers of Seniors” workshop. The workshop is designed to help family members and caregivers of seniors understand their seniors better through a world renowned temperament program. “This first day is a fun and lively time. It will be great to have MP Macleod here to share that with us. It will also be a great time for family members and caregivers to speak with directly with her about their concerns regarding federal services needed in the area” says Grace Baker who will be one of two instructors at the workshops. “We’re so lucky to have her. When we invited her, she just happened to be scheduled for a one week break from parliament. Its great timing and kind of her to spend time with us that day” says Baker. The workshop on November 15, 2013 will also include communication tips; motivating seniors; and a section on recognizing when you are getting burnt out and what to do about it. MLA Terry Lake may be attending the second workshop on November 16, 2013 “Family, Caregivers and Seniors Getting Along” workshop. “It’s great that MLA Lake may attend this second day as that’s the day we’ll be working through issues that arise for the family members, caregivers and professionals who are providing services to the seniors. “This program is sponsored by the Province of BC’s AgeFriendly BC funding. As a representative

of the province of BC it will be an opportunity for him to be aware of the challenges for families and caregivers in our community.” The second workshop’s agenda includes communicating with seniors who have cognitive decline, problem solving and managing conflict with seniors. Also, there will be a section on building a nest of support around family members and caregivers and providing them with information on resources in the area that could help them. The second day will be rounded out with awareness on Elder Abuse as well as helping people become aware of the risks of senior suicide. It will provide information on how to recognize the signs of both as well as what to do about it. “Many of the community’s professionals have also kindly agreed to join us including the Care Nurse, Home Support, the Senior’s Lodge, social worker, counselor, Area “O” Representative Bill Kershaw, etc. Also the doctors, pharmacist, RCMP, Chamber of Commerce members, and other Interior Health Authority representatives have also been invited to join us. “We are trying to build a team of support around the family members and caregivers. It would be great to have everyone there so we can all be on the same page at the same time regarding this. I am really touched by the support providers and the community response to this initiative. “For instance, there will be people with questions that really only a Care Nurse can answer. It will be great to have the professionals who have the knowledge attend to provide accurate information and answers. We are really looking forward to it,” says Baker. “It is free for everyone. All they have to do is register by calling 787220-5930 and leave a message. We will be holding it in the Multi-Purpose room at the Ridge.” “There will be a lunch break at noon and a coffee break at about 2:00 p.m.

FREE PROGRAM FOR PARENTS & KIDS, 0 - 6 YEARS Weekly sessions of Parent-Child Mother Goose in Barriere run on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Yellowhead Community Services, in the Barriere Ridge, 4936 Barriere Town Rd. The program is sponsored bt Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach.

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Installing information board A crew working for Argo Road Maintenance installs a foundation for an information board to be set up south of Little Fort. The electronic display will advise motorists of problems and closures ahead.

15 years of World Kindness North Thompson Star/Journal This year marks the 15th anniversary of World Kindness Day.   This Day was introduced back in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, and is observed in many different countries, including Canada.   The idea is to celebrate and highlight the good in the community, focussing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.  Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and postal codes. The World Kindness Movement people are currently trying to get this day officially recognized by the United Nations. Kindness is defined as ‘the act or the state of being kind, marked by goodness and char-

itable behaviour, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others’.  It is know as a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. Everyone has their own idea of what kindness is.   Giving up your seat on a crowded bus for that older gentleman or the woman with the baby, giving compliments, volunteering your time for your favourite local charity, bringing a basket of goodies to a shut in - all of these are just a few samples of different acts of kindness. On Nov. 13, take a few moments and try to do something kind and selfless for someone around you.  It doesn’t have to be something big - it could be as simple as smiling at and holding the door open for the shopper who’s hands are full of bags.

Labour and birth information from B.C. hospitals now available to public Labour and birth information for each hospital in British Columbia is now available on a searchable website to expectant mothers, their families, the general public, and healthcare providers. The information is being provided by Perinatal Services BC (PSBC), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, to help maternity care providers continue to improve care and support the best outcomes for mothers and babies. The information can also help women have informed conversations with their doctors, mid-

wives, or nurse practitioners about their labour and delivery options. PSBC collects comprehensive perinatal information through the BC Perinatal Data Registry, a database containing clinical information on all births collected from hospitals and registered midwives who attend births at home.    This is the first time the hospital-level data are being shared publicly. For further context, the website provides definitions of the indicators and why they are important. In addition, hospitals

that deliver similar numbers of babies each year are assigned to peer groups on the website, and each hospital’s rate is presented alongside the peer group rate and the provincial rate.   These data can help keep expectant mothers and their families better informed about the health services they receive and help them prepare for their birth experience. Women with questions or concerns are encouraged to discuss them with their doctors, midwives, or nurse practitioners.  For more information, visit www.perinatalservicesbc.ca.

There is a lack of pet-friendly rental housing in our province. Approximately five percent of rental suites and condominiums allow dogs, and approximately nine percent allow cats. Add to this the low vacancy rate in BC, and you don’t have many places for people with pets to rent. Nearly 80 per cent of BC residents are in favour of legislation that allows pet guardians the right to keep companion animals. There are a number of benefits to providing pet-friendly housing, as well. People with pets will pay between 20 and 30 percent more for housing, which provides landlords with increased rental income. People with pets also tend to stay longer; the average stay for people with pets is 48 months, and only 18 months for those without. Pet guardians have a vested interest in being good tenants! Allowing dogs in a rental complex has security benefits, as well; many dog owners will be out walking their dogs late at night and early in the morning, which means that there are eyes and ears out there making sure nothing suspicious is happening. And finally, companion animals decrease loneliness, anxiety, and stress, which is of benefit to the community generally. They also help children learn lan-

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guage skills, as well as helping them develop empathy, responsibility, and self-esteem. There are so many benefits to allowing pets in rental housing, and so many ways landlords can safeguard their interests. Next time, I will give some ways that landlords can ensure that their tenants with pets will be accountable, as well as some ideas for renters to use to persuade landlords to rent to them. There is a huge need for pet-friendly rental housing in our communities. This requires change: landlords need to allow pets on their premises, and pet guardians need to be responsible tenants. Landlords can choose whether or not they will allow pets, and there are ways to ensure that their tenants with pets will be accountable. Some things landlords can do to make sure their tenants with pets will be responsible include: Charging a onetime pet damage deposit, in addition to the normal security deposit, which can be up to 50 percent of one month’s rent; Setting limits as to what type of pets a tenant may have, the

size allowed, and the number permitted; Requiring tenants to sign a pet policy (what constitutes proper pet behaviour, policy regarding vaccination and identification, and restrictions as to where on the property the animals are permitted to be; Inspecting a petfriendly unit on a monthly basis to assess the condition; and Conducting a tenant interview and requiring the pet to be present. Pet guardians also can do things to help their case: Creating a resume for your pets, including references (such as trainers, veterinarians, previous landlords, and past neighbours); Ensuring your pet is well-groomed and well-mannered, spayed or neutered, and wearing proper identification; Providing certificates or letters that show completion of obedience or other training classes, as well as health certificates and photos; and Giving the opportunity to meet your pet. If we all work together, we can all find a place to live, human and animal alike!


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Filling shoe boxes for the world’s children North Thompson Star/Journal The  Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes will be getting filled at a Nov. 15, 1 p.m., meeting at Bethany Baptist Church on the corner of Dixon Road and Barriere Town Road.  Members of the public are invited to join in if they are interested in preparing these wonderful little gift boxes for children around the world. You are encouraged to bring some things that will fit in a shoe box that a small child would like, and come for an afternoon of preparing gifts  for children somewhere in the world who otherwise would not get anything.  Here is a list of

things permitted to go into the shoe boxes: 1.  School Supplies; pens, pencils, pencil crayons, note pads, picture books, erasers... 2.  Hygiene Items; face cloth, small towel, toothbrushes, hand soap (put in plastic bag), comb... 3.  Toys and other gifts; stuffed animals, small musical instruments, hair clips, toy jewelry, t-shirts, socks, flip-flops, shorts, hard candy (in a sealable bag), small trucks or little dolls, ... 4.  You can also add a personal note and picture if you like.  The shoe boxes this year will be sent to 15 different countries

around the world. Organizers ask folks to consider a $7 donation per box that you fill to help with shipping and other expenses.   This money is sent to Samaritans Purse.  When the shoe boxes are filled, the local group put elastic bands around them to hold the lid shut and  take them to the bus depot.  The bus delivers them to Alberta where  Samaritans Purse’s  Canadian  warehouse is located. If you have questions please phone Julia Hetu at 250Submitted photo: 672-9386, or go to the Samaritan’s Purse Here are some of the knitted and crocheted dolls made by Andrea Belanger that will go into the  Samariwebsite at: Samari- tan’s Purse Shoe Boxes which will be filled on Nov. 15, 1 p.m., at Bethany Baptist Church in Barriere. tansPurse.ca, where you can find more information.

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Give pause on Remembrance Day, November 11 Throughout history, millions of soldiers have marched into wars to protect the freedoms of their countries. Remembrance Day is a solemn time to commemorate those soldiers’ achievements and sacrifices and to pay respects to soldiers who died in battle. In the United States, people honor their present and past military on Veterans’ Day. In British commonwealth countries and territories, including Canada, November 11 is known as Remembrance Day. Since the end of World War I, memorials to remember those of the armed forces who fought in battle and perished in the line of duty have been dedicated on this day.

Armistice Day origins

Remembrance Day was once known as Armistice Day because it marks the signing of the armistice that put an end to the hostilities of World War I. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, guns fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare between the Germans and Allied troops. The armistice agreement was signed in a French train carriage at 11 a.m. Later, the carriage where the historic event took place was placed in a specially constructed building to serve as a monument to the defeat of Germany. Although it was moved by German forces and later destroyed during World War II, after that war ended a replacement carriage, correct in every detail, was rededicated on Armistice Day in 1950.

Remembrance Day evolution

What about the poppies?

One of the unifying symbols of Remembrance Day is the poppy that is worn to honor lost soldiers. The bold, red color of the flower has become an enduring symbol of those who died so that others may be free. The poppy became a symbol for a specific reason. Some of the most concentrated and bloody fighting of World War I took place in Flanders, a region in western Belgium. As a result of the fighting, most signs of natural life had been obliterated from the region, leaving behind mud and not much else. The only living thing to survive was the poppy flower, which bloomed with the coming of the warm weather the year after fighting in the region had ceased. Poppies grow in disturbed soil and can lie dormant in the ground without germinating. Without the war, they may have never come to the surface. John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Canadian Armed Forces, was moved by the vision of poppies flowering in Flanders and wrote a poem titled “In Flanders Fields.” After the poem was published, it received in-

would be placed. Women wear it on the right side because that is where a widow would wear her husband’s medals. Remembrance Day is celebrated every year, providing people humbled by the sacrifices of soldiers an opportunity to remember those soldiers’ efforts to secure freedom.

Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day after World War II to commemorate soldiers from both world wars. It is now used as a way to pay hommage to any fallen soldier. Each year a national ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, a monument erected as a memorial to soldiers buried elsewhere. The Queen will lay the first wreath at the Cenotaph, while others will leave wreaths and small wooden crosses. In Canada, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in many provinces and territories. Official national ceremonies are held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Events A field of poppies has come to symbolize the soldiers who lost their begin with the tolling of the Carillon in the lives while fighting in battle. Peace Tower, during which members of the Canadian Forces participate and congregate at Confederation ternational acclaim, and the poppy became Square. Similar ceremonies take place in provincial capitals a popular symbol of those lost in battle. across the country. Very often moments of silence are offered Men traditionally wear the poppy on the for lost lives. left side of the chest, where a military medal

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When war was declared, many Royal Bank employees immediately enlisted. At first they were granted a leave of absence with an allowance and the understanding that their services would be re-engaged on their return from war. After September 1915, staff members were required to resign with a guarantee of a job on their return if their services could be used. Continued enlistments, coupled with continuously expanding business, caused progressively acute staffing issues and Royal Bank found it necessary to engage women as banking clerks. This was a fundamental change for the bank as women had previously only been engaged as stenographers and filing clerks. Almost 1,500 Royal Bank employees enlisted. Of these, 191 lost their lives with 60 per cent of those who enlisted returning to the bank after the war. Westwin Realty (Barriere)

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Your poppy donations at work For years, you’ve generously donated and proudly wore your poppies to show you remember. Did you ever wonder where the money goes? Although the annual poppy campaign only lasts for a couple of weeks each fall, poppy funds are hard at work all year long.

Here are a few examples of your poppy donations at work: Assisting any person (and their dependants) who is serving (or who has honourably served) in the Canadian Forces and are in need of assistance. • Legion Veterans Transition Program (at UBC): a relief and recovery program for trauma-related stress from military service. • Housing for homeless veterans, such as Cockrell House in Victoria • Disaster relief when declared by governments. The 2013 Poppy Campaign commenced Friday, Oct. 25 to Nov. 11. This year, as a new

generation of Veterans return home from overseas duties, poppy donations have never been so important.Veterans turn to the Legion for affordable housing, education and most critical, trauma repair, relief and recovery... the Legion will be there. You can also Text “Poppy” to 20222 and make a $5 Donation. Each branch of The Royal Canadian Legion has a Poppy Fund, and volunteer poppy campaigners work tirelessly throughout the campaign to fundraise and to help Canadians to remember. In Canada, the Poppy has stood as a visual symbol of our Remembrance since 1921. However, its presence over the graves of soldiers, and in the fields of honour, was noted as early as the 19th century after the Napoleonic Wars. The reason for its adoption over 100 years later in Canada was due to, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and his now famous poem, “In

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evident. Each November, these red flowers can be seen on the lapels and collars of so many, this single act ensures that our memories of those who died remain strong. Thus, the Poppy also serves as a symbol of unity for those who recognize the sacrifices that were made for their freedom, and it forges a bond between people of all ages, not only within Canada, but around the world. As well, donations received during the Poppy Campaign annually raise more than $14 million for the support of Veterans and their families. Poppy Funds are held in trust and the usage is clearly defined

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closest friends have seen the cross amid her precious treasures, so long cherished, from a distant past. The cross is so small and yet it weighs upon her heart. To those who know its meaning it is a mark of great courage. A symbol of bravery in adversity. A sign of great honor. Above all it bears the burden of true sacrifice. She wears the medal even though she has never stood face

to face with an enemy on distant battle field. She has never heard the murderous thunder of cannons from the far horizon. Her hands have not held a dying comrade as they take their last breath. The weight of the medal reminds her each and every moment of the day. The day her only son kissed her cheek and told her not to worry. The day he walked to the bus stop, the day he began his journey to manhood. The cross reminds her of the letters from places she never knew, written with her sons inexperienced hand. The letters spoke of adventure and wonder. Within the words she could sense uncertainty as a mother can often do. This simple cross reminds her of the time when the letters did not come.Then in a instant her face changes. The visage in the mirror that looks back at her is one of great sorrow. The cross so heavy it nearly pulls her to the floor as she remembers. She remembers the Day when she was told that her son would never again come home. The Day that meant she would never get to see him grow up and marry or have children. With her hand she touches the cross. It is cold Canadian Forestry Corps. hard metal. In the depths of Serving from 1941 - 1946 in Scotland, her being she knows that a cross of cold stone marks Belgium Germany, France and Holher son’s grave in a land she land. He was a proud member or the has never seen. How does Royal Canadian Legion one measure great loss, Branch #242 in Barriere tremendous sacrifice? Who ~Love from your family among soldiers is greater than any other?

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The silver cross and a faded picture is all she now has to remind her of the love she has for her son and of the sacrifice that set the course her son would follow. On this day she remembers. Every day for countless years she remembers. She, too, will leave this earth and her silver cross will perhaps lay in some small box, forgotten. On this day she remembers. On this day We Remember. Let this be known to us that not all great sacrifices are made just on the field of battle. Every Parent, Every Wife, Every Husband, Every Brother, Every Sister, Every Friend, and countless Children, bear the weight of war. Remember This Day. In Honor of all those who serve. ~ Kevin Deckert

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Take time to remember in Barriere November 11 On Nov. 11 there will be several services to choose from, depending on where you are. With the schools in Barriere, the Elementary school will be having their Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. The Secondary school will be having their Remembrance Day assembly also on Friday, Nov. 8, starting at 11:45 a.m. For the community, the Remembrance Day

Ceremonies will start with a parade as usual. Everyone wanting to participate in the parade are asked to muster at 10 a.m. in front of the Barriere Employment Office. Then, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the parade will start, ending at the Legion where the service will start at 11 a.m. In Chu Chua, they will be holding their first Remembrance Day Ceremony. It will be held at the Spiritual Centre and

Don’t for get to wear your poppy. (l) Keith Moore is one of the many Legion members who can be found raising money for our veterans by selling poppies until Nov. 11 at AG Foods. You can also purchase poppies at various other locations in your community or text “POPPY” to 20222 to donate $5 to the fund. STAR/JOURNAL photo: Lisa Quiding

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Remembrance ceremonies in Clearwater and Blue River In Clearwater, wreath pick-up will be from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. No wreaths will be handed out after 10:45. There will be no exceptions as it upsets the timing and coordination of the parade. The parade will marshall at

10:45 with march off at 10:55. The service at Reg Small Park will begin at 11 a.m. sharp. A spaghetti luncheon will follow at Clearwater Legion Hall. Clearwater-Vavenby Legion Branch 259 will participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies at Raft River Elemen-

Clearwater-Vavenby Legion Branch 259 member Calvin Lutz pins a poppy on the chest of Derek Richardson at Safety Mart recently. Poppies are now available by donation at many local businesses.

tary and Clearwater Secondary schools on Friday, Nov. 8. The event at Raft River will start at 9:30 a.m. while the one at CSS will start at 11:30 a.m. In Blue River, participants will meet at the Legion at 10:45 a.m. There likely will be no parade. Students from the school will make presentations, as will other members of the community.

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them, the Dutch were fairly sure they could keep them out.  The store in Rotterdam was my dad’s fifth store, and the first one outside of the Province of Limburg.  The other four were in Hoensbroek, run by my brother Scra; Lutrade am Geleen, run by my brother Sjef, Heerlen, run by my brother Jan, and one Buick that my dad took to Rotterdam. near the German border near Kerkrade, run by a let out around 4 p.m., I I could see the NSB’ers family friend.  My dad would ride just over two and the Germany symexpected Rotterdam to hours to the farm of my pathizers at a road-block be safer, and just he and Tante (aunt) Marie in they had set up along the my sister Mia went there. Haele, she had coupons highway and the bicycle The car that he had from the bakers that she paths.  They had old guns while in Rotterdam was a had received in exchange and riffles.  An old man Buick.  When it wasn’t in for flour.  The coupons was in front of me on a use, it was hidden in vari- were good for loaves of bike, who looked very ous garages and farms.  I bread.  After getting the nervous.  He had a small don’t remember exactly coupons, I would ride my package.  They stopped which ones.  The Ger- bike to the bakery and him, took the package mans would confiscate pick up five long loaves, and opened it and conany vehicles they found two whole wheat and fiscated whatever it was.  and use them for them- three white.  From there They then took his bike selves, and actually took I would bike over to my and chased him away many with them as they cousin Harry Vestjens in on foot.  There was no withdrew.   After the war, Neer, to scrounge what- way for me to get around the Dutch government ever I could.  Harry had them, so I went up to confiscated the Buick for a big farm, and I would them as nonchalantly as the use of the Mayor of usually get between 100 I could.  One of them Bussum.  They only gave and 200 eggs, some ba- asked “what have you a little compensation, con, and various other got?”.  I told them the and only after a lot of ar- goodies.  From there I truth – “200 eggs, five would head home, going loaves of bread…” They guing by my family. Every two or so years, first to Roermond, and didn’t believe me and dad would get a new from there following the chased me away, letting car – he liked having the highway home to Heer- me keep my bike and all len.  The Highway had on the food! newest and best. My brother Jan was an Late in the Spring of both sides, a bicycle path.  One day, with a full load, electrician by trade, be1943, after school, which

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sides working the store.  Around the corner from our house was a Wholesale Grocery, and the building it was in had the only elevator in town.  The Germans took over the store because they wanted to confiscate all the food.  This was near the end of the war in 1944.  The owner of the store had sabotaged the elevator to make things harder for the Germans.  The Germans came to our electrical store and asked Jan to come and fix the elevator.  Jan warned them that he didn’t know much about elevators, but they told him to come and try anyways, so he did.  He went from floor to floor and ripped out the wiring from the elevator at each floor, pretending to try to figure things out, and ended up on the roof.  While up on the roof, some British bombers flew overhead, and the Germans yelled up at him to come back down – his reply was “why? They aren’t my enemies!”  Finally he did come down and told them he just couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the elevators, so they told him to go home.  In order to take all the food from the grocery, the Germans had to

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Growing up in a world at war by Antoon Houben as told to his daughter Margaret Houben ... continuned from page 6 carry all the boxes out by hand, up and down the stairs, since the elevator didn’t work.  Every time they were inside getting the next batch of boxes, the neighbours who were watching would run over to the truck – take out whatever boxes there were and run home with them. One day my Scout troop patrol (there were five of us including me) were looking at deer tracks near the Dutch/ German border.  A border guard came up to us and asked what we were doing.  We told him and he looked at the tracks and made some com-

ments, but his Dutch was very poor and we made fun of him.  This made him angry and he started chasing us.  We split up, and he decided to chase me, maybe because I was the smallest and he might have thought he’d be able to catch me.  However, I was a pretty fast runner and got quite a bit ahead of him.  Then I ran into a sand pit, a sort of sand quarry, that had eight to 10 foot high sides at the far end.  I was trying to figure out how to get out, when he came to the pit, knelt down and took his riffle to shoot at me!  The next thing I knew I was at the top of the pit!  A

few weeks later, my patrol went back to the sand pit – none of us, myself included, could make it to the top no matter how hard we tried! Several members of my family were involved in the war in various ways.  My brothers Jan and Leo were in the Dutch army.  After the Germans invaded, they said that anyone who had been in the army, who could prove they were indispensable, could get documents stating they were allowed to stay.  Everyone else would be taken away.  Jan got forged documents from the underground.  Leo

Above are the Houben’s - back row (l-r) Jan Hundscheidt (married Mia), Jan, Sjef, Mia, Piet, Scra, Leo, Lieske, Tonny van Deijl (married Sophie), Nelly and Antoon - front row (l-r) Jo, Dientje (with her eldest child), Opa, Oma, Sophie (with her eldest child). The only one not in the picture is brother Harry, who died when he was five. Antoon immigrated to Canada and eventually moved to Barriere, where some of his children still reside.

went underground.  Now, the Netherlands is a very Catholic country – Sundays, everyone goes to church.  The Germans quickly figured this out and would surround the churches on Sundays and capture the men as they came out.  Leo got caught twice this way, but both times he managed to escape by jumping off the trains they were transporting the prisoners on.  My brother Sjef was a fencing instructor for the Dutch federal police.  The Germans took him to the SS Headquarters where they asked him to train the SS officers.  He refused, saying he would not train his enemies.  The SS officer said he could understand that, and sent him home!  Later, during the General Strike (where the Dutch workers went on strike to protest the German’s treatment of the Jews), he was taken hostage along with all the other prominent citizens.  The Germans took 10 hostages and shot them, threatening to keep killing more if the workers refused to return to work.  They went back to work.  The Germans kept the hostages though.  After about a year of being a hostage, Sjef complained to them that he

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had very bad stomach pains.  They took him to the hospital in Heerlen.  When he was on the gurney, in a hospital gown, and while the guard was standing at one door, he jumped up and ran out another door to the outside and disappeared, staying underground until the war was over.  Near the end of the war, my brother Piet finished technical school and went to work in the coal mines as an electrician.  The Germans let him stay, because they wanted the coal that was coming out of the mines.

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