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Recycling decision reversed mmBC: Council opts to join program. By Lachlan Labere OBSeRVeR STAFF

Salmon Arm will be participating in a province-wide recycling program after municipal council learned the cost of not joining could be greater than anticipated. At a special, down-to-the-wire meeting held Friday, nov. 29, council reversed its decision to not sign a five-year contract with Multi Material Bc (MMBc). The city will now join the columbia Shuswap Regional District in taking part in a provincially mandated program for the collection of recyclable paper and packaging. council had until the end of november to commit to the program, which will commence on May 19. The decision to sign with MMBc was made after council received new information Friday in a presentation by the cSRD’s environment and engineering services deputy manager, Darcy Mooney, and waste management co-ordinator, Ben Van nostrand. Their appearance was prompted by council’s vote on Monday, nov. 25 against signing. At that regular Monday meeting, council was told participation in the program would have provided the city with an annual financial incentive of $37.25 per participating household (approximately 6,000), $34 of which would have been credited back to the public through their annual recycling bill. city engineering and public works director Rob niewenhuizen said that overall, staff thought they could work with the proposed program, but recommended against signing the contract. In particular, staff were concerned the contract does not respect prior verbal and written agreements with MMBc, and contains an indemnity clause that would open the city to liability beyond its control. At Friday’s meeting, niewenhuizen said those “grey areas” of concern remain. He said staff contacted the cSRD after MonSee Costs on page A2

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Winter conditions add risks to roads

Paramedics attend to one of the people involved in a motor vehicle accident Monday, Dec. 2 at 1:15 p.m. on Highway 97B near Black Road. A northbound vehicle veered out-of-control on the road and entered the southbound lane, causing a near head-on collision. All vehicle occupants reported injuries and were taken to hospital. Police say the vehicle that was out-of-control was equipped with summer tires with poor tread depth. The driver was charged for operating an improperly equipped vehicle.

Deal averts strike at schools

Dispute: Membership vote pending, no further job action planned.

By Tracy Hughes & richard rolke BlAcK PReSS

Job action has been avoided at north Okanagan-Shuswap schools this week. cuPe local 523 workers, who represent 1,150 custodians, bus drivers and other education support workers, were in a legal position to walk off the job Tuesday but a tentative contract was hammered out Monday.

This week A Salmon Arm expert on Christmas trees shares his views and advice. See A8. Karate students put their skills up against the boards at a weekend event. See A21.

“I think all sides are pleased we have reached an agreement and can avoid a disruption to students,” said Superintendent Glenn Borthistle following the announcement of the tentative deal. The school district had issued a notice to parents Monday advising them of the possibility of strike action on Tuesday and suggesting parents may need to make alternate child-care arrangements.

A strike action would have disrupted classes, as the union representing B.c. Teachers would not have crossed picket lines. news of the agreement was released Monday evening, so schools operated as normal Tuesday. cuPe local 523 said the sticking points in negotiating revolved around clawbacks to long-term disability benefits, although the school district dis-

puted this point. “It was a hard day for everyone but everyone put their heads together and found compromises that work for everyone,” said Rob Hewitt, cuPe local 523 bargaining committee spokesperson. But a level of uncertainty remains. north Okanagan-Shuswap cuPe members will vote on See agreement on page A2

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Costs outweigh contract concerns Continued from front day’s meeting to see what the implications of council’s decision would be. What was learned, and what Mooney elaborated on Friday, was that the CSRD has budgeted to collect taxes from the City of Salmon Arm until May for the reloading, processing and long-hauling of recyclables. After that, the city would be responsible for arranging and paying for those services. “If we choose not to go with MMBC, we will have to find, or work with the regional district or find another processor to receive our recycling, and that will come at a cost, whether it be from a private company, or whether it be from the regional district,” said Niewenhuizen.

Mooney said the city would not have another opportunity to sign a contract until the third quarter of 2015, and that wouldn’t come into effect until 2016. And, over that period, taking into account what Salmon Arm currently pays for processing, reloading and hauling, he estimated city taxpayers would be out up to $600,000. Mooney concurred with city staff, that the MMBC contract is rigid in its wording, and he recommended council write a “strongly-worded letter” to MMBC and the Ministry of Environment expressing its dissatisfaction. Van Nostrand added, however, that his experience with MMBC staff has been positive, and they have been receptive to the CSRD’s concerns. Mooney added that

one of the main risks with the contract, from the CSRD’s perspective, revolves around penalties associated with contamination of recyclables from garbage and unaccepted items. He said it is the CSRD’s understanding that there is a cap on penalties and, subsequently, the regional district has budgeted $50,000 towards that. Couns. Chad Eliason and Debbie Cannon were again in favour of signing the contract, and Coun. Denise Reimer, who had also been in favour, was absent. In light of the new information, Mayor Nancy Cooper and Coun. Alan Harrison, who had voted against the earlier motion, changed their minds. “Based on the initial information, while there was a rebate to

Agreement under wraps Continued from front the contract but because they are part of a single collective unit with School District #53 (Okanagan Similkameen) and School District #67 (Okanagan Skaha), a majority vote among the members in the three areas will determine the fate of the deal and any future job action. “It’s all three districts or none,” said Hewitt. It’s not known when the North OkanaganShuswap school board will vote on the contract, and if there will

be support for the document. “I’m not sure what it will cost us,” said Chris Coers, a School District #83 trustee, who hoped to see some of the details Tuesday. “Hopefully it’s not too much and it’s something we can handle in a different budget and not a budget that’s already been approved.” Hewitt wouldn’t provide details on how the matter was resolved because the terms had not been released to his members yet. It’s not known when the union membership will vote on the pro-

posed contract. “Our goal is to have it done in a week to 10 days,” said Hewitt, adding that the bargaining committee is recommending endorsement. Benefits are considered a local issue and they were the focus of Monday’s negotiations, while wages are a provincially negotiated matter. The contract calls for a 3.5 per cent raise, including a one per cent raise effective July 1, 2013, followed by two per cent effective Feb. 1, 2014 and a 0.5 per cent increase effective May 1.

the solid waste management fee to our residents, it was money they were already paying, so my thought was we keep the price the same and avoid the risk,” said Harrison. “But now we’re talking

about extra money, and that certainly puts it in a different light to me.” Couns. Marg Kentel and Ken Jamieson, had also voted against the motion, but were not present at Friday’s vote.

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Judge rules couple ‘can’t fight city hall’

Court: Pair must pay $19,758 in back rent and will be barred from property. By Tracy Hughes OBServer STAFF

A couple who refused to pay rent on a Canoe beachfront cabin for three years will now have to cough up the costs to the City of Salmon Arm and will be banned from the property beginning in May 2014. Supreme Court Justice Hope Hyslop ruled in favour of the city in a legal dispute which began in 2010 over a leased lot, which is one in a series of city-owned recreational lots along Shuswap Lake in Canoe. “You can’t fight city hall,” commented Hyslop in her written judgement. “Sadly the defendants Jennifer A. Stockwood and Herbert H. Stockwood, over the last three years have come to realize this in their disagreement with the City of Salmon Arm.” The dispute began prior to the expiry of the property lease in 2010, when the city informed the Stockwoods, along with 27 other renters of the Canoe Beach lots, that it would be altering the terms of the lease to increase rental rates and reduce the length of lease from five years to three. It was also noted in the lawsuit that the property has been designated in the city’s official community plan as land to be converted into parkland for public use in the future. Upon expiry of their 2005-2010 lease, the city proposed increasing the Stockwoods’ rent to $4,710 in 2010, $4,945 in 2011, $5,195 in 2012, and $5,455 in 2013, which was based on the property value of

the lots. The Stockwoods had paid $1,200 per year between 2001 and 2005. The couple refused to sign the updated lease arguing the increases were out of line with property values and the property lacked an appropriate legal survey. Initially other renters of the lots also opposed the new lease deal, but after their appeals to city council were rejected, all the renters except the Stockwoods and one other renter signed the lease agreements. On Dec. 6, 2010, the city withdrew its offer and demanded the Stockwoods leave the lot—and remove their cabin—by Jan. 31 of 2011. The Stockwoods, however, ignored the city’s demands and continued to occupy the lot, which still includes a well-maintained two-storey cabin. The judge ruled that the city is entitled to set the terms of its leases even if those terms differ from previous precedent. She ordered the Stockwoods to pay the city $19,758 plus $17.91 per day until the Stockwoods give up possession of the lot or until they are legally barred from the property on May 31, 2014. The judge suggests the Stockwoods could attempt to sell the cabin and, should the city be prepared to grant a lease to new owners, the outstanding costs, including rent and taxes would still have to be paid to the city. The judge also notes the Stockwoods could remove the residence, whether by tearing it down or moving it.


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Police Beat

Drug-related robbery A man was restrained with duct tape while masked men robbed his residence late Monday evening. At 11:30 p.m. Dec. 2, police responded to a neighbour’s report of a home invasion on 10th Street SE. The resident stated that two masked males smashed through his patio window and tied him up with duct tape. The men then searched the house and stole money from it. Police noted footprints in the snow indicating the suspects left in a vehicle prior to their arrival. Investigation is continuing. Salmon Arm RCMP believe that this was not a random incident and is connected to the local drug trade.

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improvement to accessibility Debra McDonald, SASCU board member June Stewart, Shuswap Community Foundation grants chair Deborah Chapman and Shuswap Trail Alliance treasurer Joan Mitchell demonstrate the Trailrider recently acquired through $7,400 in funding from SASCU as well as a grant from the foundation. This is the second Trailrider purchased in Salmon Arm. The device allows disabled people to access outdoor trails and wilderness areas. To book the TrailRider, call Debra at 250-832-1353. The TrailRider website can be found at

Truck rollover On Dec. 2 at 11:45 a.m., police responded to a single-vehicle collision at 50th Street NE. A pickup truck had lost control on icy roads and rolled into the ditch. Both the driver and passenger were not injured in the crash.

Sliding collision At noon on Dec. 2, police responded to a motor-vehicle collision on 22nd Street NE. A vehicle rounding a corner slid on icy roads, across a residential lawn and struck a vehicle parked in the driveway. No injuries were reported. RCMP are reminding motorists of the need for additional caution during extreme weather conditions. They also warn drivers that winter tires are a requirement for highway driving, and are recommended at all times during the winter months.




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Six arrested after reported break-in at Silver Creek home Good security and good police work helped foil a potential break-and-enter at a Silver Creek-area home. Officers from the Vernon-North Okana-

gan and Salmon Arm detachments responded to a 911 call Tuesday at 2:30 a.m. from a home owner on Yankee Flats Road stating that several men were trying to

break into his residence. “The security measures the owner had in place prevented the suspects from gaining entry and they left empty-handed,” said RCMP

spokesperson Gord Molendyk. Police spoke to the owner who was unharmed and he provided good descriptions of the suspects.

“The quick action by our officers responding to the call resulted in them cordoning off the area near the property, and they were successful in locating two

suspect vehicles that contained a total of six men,” said Molendyk. A long-barreled gun was seized during the arrests and search of the vehicles.

The suspects in this case are known to police, said Molendyk. The six men range in age from 21 to 38. They are expected to appear in court at a later date.

City News and Public Notices

Grants-in-aid – non-Profit orGanizations The City of Salmon Arm supports voluntary non-profit organizations each year by allocating, through the Annual Budget process, a contribution to the Shuswap Community Foundation for distribution as cash grants within the community.

Grant applications are evaluated and awarded by the Shuswap Community Foundation Committee. The deadline for applications for a grant in 2014 is December 31, 2013. Application forms are available at For more information contact Shuswap Community Foundation at 250-832-5428.

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TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Salmon Arm proposes to enter into a lease agreement with WH Laird Holdings Ltd. for a ten (10) year term beginning in 2014, with an option for the City to renew the lease for one (1) five (5) year term. The purpose of the lease is for the City to use Lots 8 and 9, Section 14, Township 20, Range 10, W6M, KDYD, Plan KAP57618 (641 and 621 Ross Street NE) for parking or some other public use, including as a staging area for the construction of the Ross Street underpass. The liability proposed to be incurred during the initial term of the lease agreement is as follows: 1. Annual Rent - $33,000.00 (plus applicable taxes); 2. City of Salmon Arm is responsible for annual property taxes; and 3. Fifteen (15) parking stalls are to be reserved on the properties for the use of the landlord. The lease agreement can be viewed at City Hall from November 27, 2013 to 4:00 p.m. January 10, 2014. Other considerations. The City of Salmon Arm has an agreement with the owner of Lot 9, Plan KAP57618 (621 Ross Street NE) that is WH Laird Holdings Ltd. and the owner of Lot 1, Plan 33976 (111 Lakeshore Drive NE) that is Shuswap Park Holdings Ltd. for the City to acquire land necessary (road dedication and statutory rights of way) for the construction of the Ross Street underpass. Outside of the annual rent to be paid through the lease agreement, there are no land costs to be paid by the City for these land acquisitions. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the provisions of Sections 175 of the Community Charter, the Council of the City of Salmon Arm may enter into the lease agreement for a ten (10) year term beginning in 2014, with an option for the City to renew the lease for one (1) five (5) year term, with WH Laird Holdings Ltd. unless, by 4:00 pm. January 10, 2014 at least 10% (1,361) of the electors request that Council not enter into the lease agreement, unless it is approved by assent of the electors. If less than 10% (1,361) of the electors request Council not to enter into the lease agreement, unless it is approved by assent of the electors, the Council of the City of Salmon Arm may execute the lease agreement. Any elector wishing to request that Council to not enter into the lease agreement for a ten (10) year term beginning in 2014, with an option for the City to renew the lease for one (1) five (5) year term, with WH Laird Holdings Ltd., unless it is approved by assent of the electors, must sign and submit an Elector Response Form. Copies of Elector Response Forms are available at the City of Salmon Arm City Hall. Instructions to Electors: The Community Charter of the Province of British Columbia requires that in order for an Elector Response to be valid: 1. The person signing the Elector Response Form is an eligible elector of the City of Salmon Arm; 2. The form must include full name, residential address and signature of the elector; and

3. If signing as a Property Elector (non-resident), full residential address of property in Salmon Arm must be entered, as well as your residential address. Elector Response Forms may be submitted by mail or person to City of Salmon Arm City Hall by no later than 4:00 p.m. January 10, 2014 to the address noted below. Postmarks will not be accepted as date of submission. Corporate Officer, City of Salmon Arm, 500 - 2nd Avenue NE, Box 40, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2 AND FURTHER THAT this is the second of two publications of this Notice. Corey Paiement Corporate Officer

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for what it’S worth

Tracy Hughes

Giving Tuesday or any day Well, we’ve just been through Black Friday, Super-Shopping Saturday (I don’t think that’s the official name, but it seemed appropriate) and Cyber Monday. Frankly, I skipped it all. Not that I don’t appreciate a good deal, but it all seems so over-the-top and designed to trap me into overspending that I felt safer staying far away from stores and shopping sites over the past weekend of retail revelry. But I did read about an interesting movement that’s attempting to be the antidote to the buy-me mentality. Known as Giving Tuesday, it is designed to be an annual day of giving which seeks to celebrate the philosophy of giving during the holidays Giving Tuesday started in the U.S. with a question: “What if the giving season had an opening day?” This sparked the organizers to come up with the idea for Giving Tuesday, created in the U.S. in 2012 to get people as excited about giving back as they are about scoring the best bargains of the year. The idea is that consumers will take time to find a charitable cause worthy of their support, rather than hit the malls or online retailers. It is designed to be the Tuesday after the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, which is traditionally the biggest shopping extravaganza of the year. Unfortunately, this year’s Giving Tuesday date has already passed by the time this paper has gone to press, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t still take advantage of the concept behind the day. Why not take up your own Giving Wednesday or Giving Friday? Any day would do. Giving is a bit of a theme for this issue. We’ve got a story on page A16 about Victoria Skofteby, who is making a daily act of giving her mission for the Christmas season. She has taken both to social media and to the paper in the hope that others will be inspired to do the same. It was a delight to speak with her about the project, as she is so clearly moved by how small acts of kindness and generosity can take root and nourish not only the souls of the recipient, but of the giver as well. This week, the Observer has also dedicated our annual free space for local non-profit groups to raise awareness of the good works they do in our community and highlight their needs. This is sort of an ad-hoc matchmaking effort, as it is our hope that the needs of one or more of these organizations will resonate with our readers whether it be with donations of money, goods or volunteer time. Sometimes people would love to help out but aren’t really sure where or how best to do that. Sometimes, we all get caught up in our own busy lives and a little reminder that their is a host of options for giving can nudge us back towards the true spirit of the holidays. The Guide to Giving, which is featured on pages A11 through A13 may be a way to discover the perfect cause to support.

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Speaking up to protect health You can’t see them and you can’t taste them, but they’re there, nonetheless. Hiding in that chocolate bar, that breakfast cereal, those corn chips. They are genetically modified organisms, plant cells whose genes have been altered, generally to accommodate the use of the herbicide Round-up. A talk on Friday in Salmon Arm from Thierry Vrain, a retired researcher with Agriculture Canada whose job was once to assure the public of the safety of GMO crops, underscored what many citizens concerned about genetically engineered foods have been voicing. No testing or inadequate testing is being done on genetically engineered (GE) foods and crops, meaning we humans are guinea pigs as the biotech industry takes control of the food supply by genetically engineering more plants in its quest to make

more billions of dollars. Vrain pointed out problems such as: the technology produces ‘rogue’ genes that are potentially allergenic, toxic or dangerous; independent studies have shown GE crops can produce organ damage in mice and rats; the genes in engineered crops can spread to other plants and bacteria – and more. He recommends eating organic foods from sustainable local farms rather than the products of industrial agriculture. While more than 60 countries have banned, labelled or regulated GMO foods or crops, Canada does not even required labelling. Vrain suggests there’s too much “civil obedience” in Canada and he would like to see people speak up to protect their health. Excellent advice we would be wise to follow.

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The Observer asked: What is your favourite Christmas movie?

Gord Golnick “Miracle on 34th Street because it embodies the whole spirt of believing in Christmas.”

Scott Ryrie “The original Dr. Seuss version of The Grinch That Stole Christmas.”

Tricia Turnbull “Home Alone. I just remember it from growing up.”

Karrin Taylor “A Christmas Carol – the one with Alistair Sim.”

Mary Magark “It’s a Wonderful Life. I watch it every year and cry every time.”

Trial balloon leaks ‘Getting tough’ on crime doesn’t prove effective greenhouse gas BC VIEWS

Tom Fletcher VICTORIA – Last week I described the inevitable demise of B.C.’s “carbon neutral government” scheme, which continues to take millions from hospitals and schools to fund greenhouse gas reduction projects of questionable value. It’s like the AirCare program, a pollution solution that sounded great at the time. AirCare soon found itself chasing diminishing environmental returns, made redundant by new vehicle technology and the financial need to save fuel. Public sector carbon offsets will suffer the same fate, growing as a political liability as their effectiveness declines. All this is separate from B.C.’s carbon tax and greenhouse gas reduction program, another environmental trial balloon that is sinking back to Earth. Former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate goals officially remain in place: 33 per cent greenhouse gas reduction by 2020 and a whopping 80 per cent by 2050. If the gas boom proceeds as planned, B.C. domestic emissions will not be down, but up substantially by 2020. New liquefied natural gas export proposals continue to pop up, the latest ones on former industrial sites near Squamish and Campbell River. And with the surge of LNG activity around Kitimat and Prince Rupert already changing the landscape, questions linger about pollution. As she left for the government’s largest ever trade mission to Asia, Premier Christy Clark dismissed a study that estimated the impact of three LNG plants. That study, done by Kitimat environment group Skeena Wild, assumed “direct drive” technology to chill and compress gas for export. It concluded that three plants would burn two-and-a-half times the amount of natural gas currently used in Metro Vancouver. Clark and Environment Minister Mary Polak relied on the same talking point to

reject the study. The technology of powering LNG is still being negotiated, as producers work towards environmental permits, so the total can’t be calculated yet. BC Hydro is predicting little electricity demand for LNG until after 2020, which suggests the early development will either be direct drive, the industry standard and simplest method, or building one or more gas-fired power plants in northwest B.C. Even if gas usage is only equivalent to one Lower Mainland, it’s plain to see greenhouse gas emissions are going up. Clark has repeatedly argued that B.C. LNG should get credit for displacing coal in China and elsewhere. I asked Polak if the international community would accept B.C.’s assertion that emissions from our LNG production shouldn’t count. “We haven’t said we won’t count them,” Polak replied. “What the premier’s talked about and I’ve talked about is that this whole issue of how one accounts for greenhouse gases in a particular region is one that is constantly evolving. There are regularly changes to the international standards for accounting for these things and reporting them. And certainly the ability for one jurisdiction to impact positively on the GHG emissions of another, we think is appropriately considered in how one accounts for these things.” Clark visited the Jiangsu LNG import facility in China that could be a key export destination. Globe and Mail China correspondent Nathan Vanderklippe covered the premier’s visit. He reports that the gas being imported at Jiangsu isn’t replacing coal. It’s being used in addition to coal in peak demand periods. Clark also visited Japan, another key customer for LNG. The whole world knows why Japan needs new energy sources. It needs to replace production from its disaster-tainted nuclear facilities. Will B.C. LNG be part of the solution to human-induced climate change? On the evidence so far, the answer is no.

Colin Mayes has proclaimed that his government’s ‘cracking down on crime’ initiative since 2006 has worked because the crime rate is down in 2012. Unfortunately for this argument, the Canadian crime rate has been dropping since 1992 and the rate of decrease is unchanged since 2006.  Sweden, which has not ‘cracked down on crime,’ has a much lower crime rate than does Canada.  The latter indicates that crime rates respond more favourably to rehabilitation programs than to harsh sentences.  Incarcerating Conservatives (prison populations tend to vote Con-

servative) does not seem to be the answer. Two alternative explanations have been extensively debated: the availability of abortion on demand, which in all cases in Canada and the U.S. preceded the decline in crime by somewhat less than 20 years (removing potential prisoners from the population), and the removal of lead from gasoline, which implies a chemical cause to criminality. The latter is credited with about twice the effect of the former. The current push to ‘get tough on child predators’ is a measure to correct the embar-

rassing revelations from last year that had people growing six marijuana plants in their homes facing tougher sentences than did child predators. Previously the Conservatives claimed that the crime rate decline was artificial because it was not showing unreported crime. I asked myself, “How do they know?”  It has only been with the revelations of crime among Conservative senators and the Prime Minister’s office that I have fully understood just what they were talking about. Richard Smiley

Support ban on horse slaughter A horse slaughter house is now operating in B.C. I can’t tell you how upsetting this is and how heart-breaking. Do we pride ourselves on being civilized and caring when we allow these beautiful, intelligent animals to be rounded up and killed in a very cruel, inhumane way? Would you please think about it, care about it and do something?

Animals are not unfeeling objects. They have emotions like you and me. Horses have built this country — they were our means of transportation, plowing crops, fighting our wars and most everything in our lives in the not-so-distant past. I remember. I was there. Now, draft horses are particularly sought out because added pounds means added

dollars. Thousands of horses in Canada have been slaughtered. How can this possibly be tolerated? Pending is a Support Bill C-322 to “ban horse slaughter for human consumption overseas.” Perhaps it is too much to hope that this bill will be passed, but we must try. S. Lyall

Give the Senate a golden parachute Things to think about. Amid the squabbling, the Senate last week suspended without pay three members after an audit revealed “troubling” expense claims. Here is a novel approach to save taxpayers billions. Give the senators a Great Big Golden Parachute (GBGP) to vote themselves

out of existence – to suspend themselves in perpetuity. (If they can suspend three of themselves; why can’t they suspend all, I ask you?) The GBGP would get rid of the whole kit and caboodle in one fell swoop. Now I am sure such a line would take some legalese and a few loonies to boot, but

it is much simpler than trying to get the various powers that be outside the Senate all lined up to do the deed – that last line of attack must take a century and multi-billions of bucks to accomplish. What are your readers’ thoughts? Robert E Rushton






The new altar and side chapel were dedicated at the morning service at St. John’s Church, Salmon Arm. A new pier, one of the largest on the continent, was to be built in Vancouver harbour for the accommodation of the Canadian Pacific Empress liners. It was to be built between Pier A, foot of Burrard Street and Pier D, foot of Granville Street. Miss Maisie Monteith and Miss Kathleen Ruddy were home from Normal School for the Christmas holidays.


Close to 60 people attended a chamber of commerce meeting in Salmon Arm, where R.J. Skelton spoke in introducing Mr. W. Rogers, who had just won the reserve championship for durham wheat at Chicago. Mr. Skelton said that once upon a time the Malthusian theory was strongly held – that the world population was increasing in greater proportion than its producing powers. Man’s inventive genius, however, had upset this theory, and Mr. Rogers was an example of how care and labour could produce more and better produce.


The pipe band of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps was stopping over in Salmon Arm for three quarters of an hour on their tour from Cape Breton to Victoria. AC 2E Sutcliffe and Pte. Joe Halina were home on leave. Cyril Ford of Tappen had joined the RCAF and was training in Edmonton.


The Whatshan power plant was again supplying power to the North Okanagan, Salmon Arm and Kamloops areas after two mudslides put it out of commission in August. Coun. A.B. Ritchie was the unanimous choice of Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association for president of the fall fair 1954.

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Christmas trees inspire creativity By Martha Wickett OBSERVER STAFF

At Carl Karding’s house, Christmas is in the air. The fragrant scent of white pine and cedar drifts up from the basement, where Karding has been creating wreaths. Karding has a passion for Christmas trees, and wreaths are just a small part of what he does. If you have purchased a locally grown Christmas tree in Salmon Arm, odds are that Karding, owner of Karmac Christmas Trees, has sheared or possibly grown your tree. He shears for all but one of the tree farms in the Salmon Arm area, he says, as well as a couple in Armstrong and Kelowna. Locally, he sells the trees he grows himself at Pedro Gonzales Fruit Stand. He also sells trees in Calgary, a market he is working to expand. Karding comes by his love for the trees naturally. He grew up on what was originally a dairy farm but, when he was 12, his dad converted it to Christmas trees. His dad continued to work growing Christmas trees until recently, when, at 91, he retired. In 1972 Karding moved away from his family home and came to Salmon Arm, where he finished high school and worked at a dairy farm. Although he eventually moved away, he was drawn to return. “This area left such a positive impression on me, I had to come back.” He points out there’s another family connection to the Christmas tree business in Salmon Arm. His brother Nor-

man, who grows Christmas trees in the Lower Mainland, sells his trees to Nico’s Nurseryland. In 1995, Karding moved back again and leased land in Tappen to grow trees. That crop, however, was anything but successful. He ended up losing $30,000 and 30,000 trees. Discouraged but determined, he started over, eventually acquiring land in Scotch Creek for growing. He now also manages a plantation at Skimikin Nursery and grows trees on the Ruth’s land. When Karding talks about his work with trees, his face lights up with enthusiasm. “I love shearing trees, I love shaping them. You take a tree that’s wild, you clip it in certain places. When you shear a tree, for every action, there’s a reaction… Shaping trees, it’s a form of an art I suppose.” Karding uses a 14-inch knife and it takes him, on average, about a minute per tree. He notes that he and his son Ken sheared 4,000 trees at the Jespersen’s tree farm and had the job done in three days. Trees are sheared once a year and Karding estimates he’s probably sheared about 100,000 so far. The trees are susceptible to diseases such as fungus, he says, so they’re sprayed to protect them. He grows a variety of trees, but mostly Douglas fir. “In this area, Douglas fir is your bread and butter,” he explains. When a tree is planted in the ground, it’s already two to three years old. A Douglas fir can take six to eight years after it’s planted before it’s ready to


Keeping it local: Carl Karding is a second-generation Christmas tree farmer who likes to see people purchase trees grown in the area. grace someone’s home. The more expensive Fraser fir, 11 to 12 years, he says. Along with Douglas, Fraser and Grand firs – his main varieties – Karding also grows some balsam fir, concolor fir, Norway spruce, blue spruce, Scotch pine and white pine. As he works to expand in the Calgary market, he notes that most of their trees now come from the East and are the more expensive Fraser fir and balsam. A Douglas fir goes for about $35, a Fraser fir for $50 or $60 he says. “It’s like comparing a Chevrolet to a Cadillac. The (Fraser fir) branches are stiffer, they’re a deep green. They almost look artificial. Oh, I hate that word,” he says, followed by a laugh. “Don’t say it at all. They say that’s our biggest competition.” He doesn’t buy the argument that artificial trees are more environmentally friendly. “That gets Christmas tree farmers irate. Plastic takes 100 years to break down. A Christmas tree provides enough oxy-

gen for about seven people,” he says, adding that Christmas trees are farmed so they are replaced and sustainable. As for being a fire hazard, he said if live trees are taken care of properly, they’re not. They should be watered regularly, shouldn’t be placed near heat registers, and the tree lights shouldn’t be left on when the home is vacant. “My personal opinion, you shouldn’t really leave a tree in the house for more than 10 to 14 days,” he says, noting that’s the ideal time but they can be kept inside longer if they’re looked after properly. And what kind of tree does Karding choose for his family’s own Christmas tree? “Last year was a Fraser.” Working with Christmas trees is a good way of life, he says, one that he hopes to keep doing at least as long as his father did. “Christmas trees are like a lot of farming, it’s a labour of love. You don’t do it to get rich, it’s a labour of love. I’m doing what I want to do.”

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Groups lobby for flood study

City: Business, environmental organizations foresee consequences. By Lachlan Labere OBSERVER STAFF

Community Futures Shuswap and a Sicamous houseboat company have added their voice in support of Salmon Arm undertaking a flood hazard and risk assessment sooner than later. Last week, Salmon Arm city council received a presentation from Bill Remphrey and George Zorn on behalf of WA:TER (Wetland Alliance: The Ecological Response), entitled Living on a Flood Plain. The crux of the talk revolved around the city’s need for an assessment to help minimize the risks involved should flooding occur. Remphrey spoke to historical flooding in the area, including the 2012 flooding in Sicamous and a benchmark-setting flood that occurred in Salmon Arm in 1894. “Piccadilly Mall and the fairgrounds have all been under water, and many homes and businesses would be as well if this happened again, and it could happen again and it will hap-

pen again and maybe even worse,” said Remphrey, who went on to comment how there is no insurance available in Canada for overland flooding. In addition, Canadian insurance companies want flood zone maps updated to take into account the

chief operating officer Neil Millar, who was unable to make the council meeting. In the letter, Millar relays what that company went through in June 2012 when Sicamous Creek swelled into a debris flow, which nearly devastated the business.

Piccadilly Mall and the fairgrounds have all been under water, and many homes and businesses would be as well if this happened again, and it could happen again... Bill Remphrey WA:TER SpokESpERSon increasing trend of extreme weather. “In the meantime, since there’s no current insurance for overland floods in Canada, our only insurance really, is to try and get as much information as we can, and use this information such as flood plain maps to come up with preventive measures,” said Remphrey. Zorn read a letter by Waterway Houseboats

“The costs to our company in terms of stress and financial have been staggering and, quite frankly, nearly sunk our company. The toll is in the millions of dollars.” Millar goes on to say that Waterway has launched a “compelling case regarding the liability surrounding our damages,” and have launched a claim against the Crown, the

District of Sicamous and others. “I would simply say that analyzing your flood plain and taking the necessary preventative measures proactively would be the only responsible way to proceed.” At a prior meeting council received a letter from Community Futures Shuswap executive director Joanne Mason, on behalf of chair Charlotte Hutchinson, asking that city council address Salmon Arm’s need for a flood hazard and risk assessment in the 2014 budget. “We recognize the health of individual businesses and the region as a whole could be significantly impacted should adequate steps not be taken to better understand and mitigate our flood plain risk,” wrote Mason in an email to the Observer. “Our organization sees this advanced planning as simply another step in ensuring the ongoing vibrancy and health of businesses in our region.” Council did address

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the assessment by allocating $20,000 to a reserve in the 2014 budget. District Development services director Kevin Pearson said this was a big first step towards an assessment, which he estimated will cost $80,000. Coun. Ken Jamieson hoped staff would be active in pursuing grant money to help offset the cost. Though the assessment is listed as a medium-term priority in the city’s strategic plan (to be done between 2018 and 2020), Jamieson emphasized he too would like to see it happen next year. A9

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City News and Public Notic es EquipmEnt for salE The City of Salmon Arm is selling equipment that is no longer required by the Operations Department, as follows; ➣ 1993 Ford Tempo - Serial No. 2FABP36X2PB113621 ➣ Minimum Upset Price (Bid) - $250.00 • 4 Door Sedan • 171,190 Kilometers ➣ 2005 Walker Zero Radius Ride on Walker on Mower (Command Pro 26) - Model No. MTGHC Serial No. 75403 ➣ Minimum Upset Price (Bid) - $100.00 • 1391.2 Hours ➣ 1996 Johnson Street Sweeper - Model No. V3000 SP - Serial No. 1JSVM3H24TC041013 ➣ Minimum Upset Price (Bid) - $500.00 • 39,000 Kilometres • 6,306 Hours • Front Engine (390 Ford) 5 Speed Transmission • Perkins Diesel Engine (6 Cylinder) with Hydrostatic Drive ➣ 1981 GMC - Model 7000 - Serial No. 1GDL01B2BV576917 ➣ Minimum Upset Price (Bid) - $250 • 64,100 Miles • 366 Engine • 5 Speed Transmission and 2 Speed Axle • Honda Powered Hydraulic Pump • Running Water Pump at Rear For Further information regarding the particulars of the equipment or to view, please contact Rob Hein at 250-803-4087. The City of Salmon Arm will accept sealed bids at: City of Salmon Arm 500 - 2nd Avenue Box 40 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2 Attention Monica Dalziel, Chief Financial Officer until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013. The bid must be above the minimum upset price noted above and the successful purchaser will be responsible for all costs associated with taking possession of the equipment at the Public Works Yard at 100 - 30 Street SE. The equipment is sold as, where is and is free of all liens and encumbrances. For more information call 250-803-4000 Follow us on twitter @SalmonArmBC

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Horoscope ARIES (March 21-April 19): You dive deeply into an ocean of self-questioning. You seek to cultivate more essence and more purposefulness in search for the meaning of your own life. A massive light will help illuminate your inquisitive thoughts while you’re hunting for this truth. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Prepare yourself to explore life through a highly spiritual journey, which is candid and revealing. You may set a new strategy in managing your money or with a committed relationship. The more genuine you present yourself, the more significant your journey will be. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): This week’s New Moon will encourage you to be open and sincere with your one-on-one relationships, such as a romantic or business nature. Your feelings are more receptive than usual. Choose your thoughts and your actions more consciously. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You wish to initiate a new diet or fitness regimen and work on your health issues that you once neglected. You will have a rather enthusiastic approach to it and you will be forwardlooking. When dealing with life’s petty little things, you may need to do some sorting out. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You are in desperate need for some fun or an exhilarating experience that will rock your boat. Your mind and your spirits are highly creative right now. Self-expression comes easier to you as you’re feeling inspired with positive energy and a very buoyant attitude towards life. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Certain awkward feelings of imprisonment may awaken you to the desire to liberate yourself and rediscover your inner peace. This will entice you to start improving your living situations or to seek new ways of living on a very personal note, from deep within.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You need to think outside the box in order to come up with new solutions to a current problem. Whatever you begin now has great potential for growth. Your schedule indicates that you will be quite busy around your neighborhood or community. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The New Moon will ask of you to be as truthful and sincere in regards to your attitude involving the foundation of your wellbeing. Think of ways in which you could create a safer sanctuary for yourself, which involves being more honest towards your self and your lifestyle. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You are infused with a high dosage of excitement and enthusiasm. You want to invigorate your entire self. Your selfimage is of greater importance to you now. Ask yourself how you wish to present yourself towards others and whether you might needs some tweaking. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Review your life and emerge into the unknown territories of your own psyche. This is a great time to release any suppressed anger. Think of what you could clear out of your life such as a toxic person, a bad habit or simply, by forgiving someone. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There is an astonishing buoyant energy and enthusiasm that will highlight your associations with others and you will feel your crowds’ needs and desires. You may stumble upon someone who just happens to be the person you were looking for and who can contribute in furthering your ventures. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You will become more conscious of your conduct in the public eye. Work on improving your status and by developing new business alliances that can be fruitful for your professional standing. Make smart investments for your future.

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Guide to giving During the season of giving, this feature provides an opportunity for non-profit groups to describe themselves and how they can be helped by community contributions. Shuswap 222 Air Cadet Squadron Youth between 12 to 18 (male and female) are eligible to join. We do not charge an enrolment fee. Our squadron is financed and operated under the auspices of a sponsoring committee of parents who are constantly fundraising to provide a meeting space, opportunities, and needed equipment for squadron operation. The squadron is led by officers of the Civilian Instructor Corps; however, the government does not cover our operating costs. Our cadets have opportunities to: Learn about aviation topics, visit aviation programs and facilities such as Okanagan University College, learn leadership skills, participate in survival training, participate in air rifle marksmanship, fly in glider aircraft (twice yearly), train in first aid, participate in public speaking, fly in power aircraft (twice yearly) and take part in summer camp training activities at no charge to parents. Shuswap Air Cadets are encouraged to be good citizens and are willing to assist community groups with their activities. We welcome your calls. We are in need of citizens to volunteer as instructors or cadet officers. Most importantly, we are always looking for fundraising opportunities and welcome donations. If you can help, contact Shelley Geier at 250-832-2807, the squadron office at 250833-0222, or email Canadian Diabetes Association – Leading the Fight For over 50 years, the Association has been leading the fight against diabetes through a communi-

ty-based network of volunteers, members, employees, healthcare professionals, researchers and partners. By providing education and services, advocating on behalf of people with diabetes, supporting research and translating research into practical applications – we are delivering on our mission. To deliver on our mission we need your support! There are many ways you can help us make a difference for the nine million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. • Maintenance and restoration of the buildings in the village; • Make a donation on-line at or through the mail. • Make a gift in honour of someone or to celebrate a special occasion. • Donate gentlyused items through the Clothesline® Program. • Leave a legacy gift and invest in a future without diabetes. • Host a fundraising event in your community or at your workplace. • Get your company involved as a sponsor or by matching employee donations. • Become a member or volunteer. For more information, please visit www. or call Glenna at 250-7629447. All donations are appreciated, and can be mailed to: Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.  V1Y 5Y7. Family Resource and Referral Centre “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas when you stop opening presents and listen.” Attributed to a seven-year-old named Bobby Who are we? We are an all-encompassing

not for profit Family Resource and Referral Centre dedicated to helping and supporting families and individuals in need. Our staff is a broad group people from all trails of life who appreciate the gratitude they receive from helping people year round. This season, we invite you to experience this same appreciation by supporting our centre through simple and kind donations to help spread the true spirit of the holidays in our community. What do we do? We provide community & marriage counselling, parenting/grand parenting programs, adoption resources and supports, family preservation and development programs, infant and young parent programs, parent and teen supports, community cooking and referrals to other community support services. Who do we support? We support families and individuals of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. We are inclusive and respectful of individuals and their choices. Our wish list: • Bus passes; • Grocery gift cards; • Department store gift cards; • Fuel cards; • Baby diapers and wipes; • Infant formula; • Swim/recreation passes; • Movie passes; • Toiletries. Donations can be dropped off to the Family Resource Centre at 181 Trans-Canada Highway. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Fletcher Park Seniors Resource Centre The Seniors Resource Centre is a registered charitable organization that provides a number of ac-

tivities which benefit senior citizens in our community by providing support in terms of information, services and programs which help them maintain self-sufficiency and improve and/or maintain the quality of their lives. This assistance helps seniors with their desire to sustain an independent safe, and healthy lifestyle within their own homes. For example, we are able to provide assistance with shopping, the provision of pre-cooked nutritious meals, foot-care facilities, income tax and other advisory services, as well as Lunch with Friends and Day Away programs where seniors are able to enjoy outings and interact with others. We look for your support to continue the services and your donation would be very much appreciated. It can be mailed or dropped off at the Centre at 320A – Second Ave. NE, Salmon Arm, B. C. V1E 1H1. Also, should you know of a senior that may wish to take advantage of the services offered by the Centre, call 250-832-7000. Grandmothers to Grandmothers The Grandmothers to Grandmothers in Africa, a non-profit is organized to fund raise and promote awareness of the plight of African grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren and other orphans whose parents have succumbed to disease, mainly HIV/AIDS. Resources from the campaign are invested directly at community level, with grassroots organizations that provide grandmothers and the children in their care with supports that include food, educational supplies, uniforms and school Continued on A12


HELPING FAMILIES IN THE MOST PRECIOUS TIMES This holiday season, you can help a family with a child in need by tuning in to the Timmy’s Christmas Telethon in support of the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seals programs and services. Watch Sunday December 8th from 4-10pm on Shaw TV, Shaw Direct 299, or stream online.

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Guide to giving Continued from pg. 11 fees, medical care, HIV counselling and testing. Grandmothers are now recognized as community experts who advocate for women’s rights by pushing for theirs and their grandchildren’s rights and protection. They are recognized as agents of change by governments and international aid agencies. We continue to ask the Salmon Arm community to generously donate locally-made handcrafts and baking for sale at our First Friday sales in Piccadilly Mall, Dec. 6 and 7. All proceeds are sent to the Grandmothers Campaign within the Stephen Lewis Foundation . Monetary, memorial and gift card donations are eligible for tax receipts from the foundation, which has proven on-ground networks and trustworthy records developed over the years. Information is readily available from the website, For information, call local co-ordinator Bernadette Forer at 250 832-5454. R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is a beautiful park set on 40-acres of Shuswap farmland operated by the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association. It is home to the Salmon Arm Museum, Ernie Doe Archives Room, a heritage village with buildings dating back to the early 1900s, Marjorie’s Tea Room, a gift shop, 2.5-kilometres of petfriendly, easy walking trails and beautiful heritage gardens. The board’s mission is to keep the history of Salmon Arm and area alive by collecting, preserving, documenting and interpreting the artifacts, records and stories of the region. Its vision is to create a place where people,

young and old, can see, feel, smell and hear Salmon Arm history, and love it. Funding changes are impacting programs, exhibits, events and operations at the village. Continued community commitment and support is essential for us to succeed in our efforts. Please consider donating to the extraordinary projects at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum, or the museum’s endowment fund with the Shuswap Community Foundation. Income tax receipts will be issued. Our mailing address is: Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association, Box 1642, Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 4P7. Visit our website at www. salmonarmmuseum. org, or find us at www. The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society More than 40 per cent of adults in B.C. do not have the literacy skills to function or thrive in the modern economy. The effects of this can be seen every day with the labour skills shortage and increased unemployment in our province, which have a large negative affect on our local economy. The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) works to combat this gap through awareness, collaborative partnerships and educational programming for all literacy levels and ages, from preschoolers to seniors. This award-winning charitable organization promotes literacy in the North OkanaganShuswap area by customizing programming to the needs of these communities. This year we are looking for community donations to help support many of the wonderful children’s and family literacy programs in our community, including: Books for Babies, Preschool PALS (Parents as Lit-

eracy Supporters), One to One Children’s Literacy Program, Soup & Stories Program, and Family Literacy Week celebrations such as Unplug and Play. For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Findlay, Literacy Outreach Co-ordinator, at 250-833-2095, or email lassloc@telus. net. Thank you for supporting literacy in our community! Visit www.shuswapliteracy. ca. Partners in the Horn of Africa Partners in the Horn of Africa is your local international charity. We’re based in Enderby, and we work with communities in Ethiopia, drawing our strength and support from the residents, civic clubs, and businesses of the ShuswapOkanagan. Roughly the size of B.C., and with a population of more than 85 million people, Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Partners’ mission is to improve the lives of Ethiopians by partnering with them on projects that empower communities and individuals. Our projects respond to community requests, addressing a range of needs such as education, footbridges, water and sanitation, food security, and livelihoods. We follow two important principles: • We work with an Ethiopian partner on each project, usually a community or local organization. Our partner proposes the project and is required to contribute at least 15 per cent of the total cost in cash, labour, or materials. • One-hundred per cent of any donation to Partners goes directly toward project costs in Ethiopia. All administrative costs are covered by Friends of the Horn of Africa, a sister charity that is supported by individuals, foundations and

unions, as well as our directors and staff. We welcome you to join us. For more information, call 250-8382111, or visit www. The Salvation Army The Salvation Army works hard to help those in need in our community 365 days a year, thanks to your generous support. Christmas time can be especially difficult for families who have fallen on hard times.  Your contributions of cash, nonperishable food items or unwrapped toys for children, newborn to age 16, will help restore hope to families within our community. Your contributions can be dropped off at The Salvation Army weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or at the Sleigh of Hope in the Piccadilly Mall. Your donations help change lives! Questions or further information can be obtained by calling the church office at 250832-9196, or by email: Sharon_feener@can, or visit

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Search and rescue Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue Society (SVSAR) is a registered non-profit society. Our territory covers the entire Shuswap, including mountains, lakes and rivers, in all seasons. Our team handles ground searches both urban and backcountry, avalanche incidents, swiftwater rescue, rope rescue tasks and tracking. Our team is on-call 24/7, and is constantly training for search and rescue at a moment’s notice. We are strictly volunteers from all walks of life. We gratefully accept donations towards funding and equipping our SAR team, which has carried out hundreds of searches, rescues and recoveries in the Shuswap since 1990. Donations can be sent to Shuswap Search Continued on A13 On Alexander



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Guide to giving Continued from pg. 12 and Rescue, Box 241, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3. Please include your name and mailing address with your donation, so we can issue a tax-creditable receipt. Second Harvest Second Harvest is a food program that helps local individuals and families who are in need. We are open twice a week. People are able to come in and pick up a little bit of food for themselves and their family.  We try to supply as much fresh food as possible, such as vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs, etc., so that people who can’t afford much food are able to get some nutrition. We also give non-perishable food and some goodies when we have them. Everything that we give out is given by generous individuals, organizations and businesses and, without them, we would not be able to continue.  We receive a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables in the summer and fall and, when these things are in short supply, we purchase them with money that has been donated. We can always use non-perishable items, personal hygiene items, fresh fruit and vegetables, or money to purchase what we are low on. We can also always use loving volunteers who are willing to help out for a shift once a month. You can contact us by leaving a message at 250-833-4011. Our mailing address is: Box 1062, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P2. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

lays and disabilities. Other services include early childhood programs, parent-child playgroup, child care resource and referral, a toy library and a resource library. Just like children do, the agency has grown over the years until we were bursting at the seams. This summer our premises at 240 Shuswap Street went through a major renovation and expansion – all of which costs money. The Loft and Respite programs offered at the Downtown Activity Centre also moved into more accessible space to provide better service. It’s been a very expensive year for us! Donations to Shuswap Children’s Association would help provide brochure racks and bookshelves for the resource library, assist with computer upgrades and continue to support unfunded programs such as the Autism Support Group and the family support worker. Please drop by anytime to see our newly expanded space and learn more about us. You can find us at, call us at 250833-0164 and “Like: us on Facebook to keep up with all our free activities and programs.

brate an occasion, why not donate to the Foundation in the name of loved ones – shifting from consumption to contribution. Interested in learning more about the Foundation? Check out or call 250832-5428. Or drop into our office at 450 Lakeshore Drive  NE., right across from the Marine Park rail crossing. Mail to: Box 624, Salmon Arm BC V1E 4N7.

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Donations are eligible for a tax receipt. Thank you for your help. BC SPCA Shuswap branch The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. The Mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. Your financial support ensures that we can continue to prevent animal cruelty and promote animal welfare through education and advocacy programs in the Shuswap. With a special gift, a monthly commitment or by fundraising in our community you can help the BC SPCA continue to provide care and protection to injured, homeless and abused animals in the Shuswap. Make a special one-time gift, become a PAW Plan Monthly Donor or donate in memory or in honour of a loved one. Donations may be mailed to the BC SPCA Shuswap branch, 5850 Auto Road SE, Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 2X2 or dropped off at the same address between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For further information on ways in which you can help our animals, visit our website at www.spca.bc/ branches/shuswap, or call 250 832 7376. On behalf of all the animals we care for and protect, thank you.

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Shuswap Children’s Association Shuswap Children’s Association offers a wide range of services for children primarily in the 0-6 age range, including support for those dealing with developmental de-

Shuswap Community Foundation Shuswap Community Foundation provides a source of funding for charitable organizations in the Shuswap. Income from the Permanent Capital Fund, now over $6,000,000, is paid out in annual grants to charitable organizations throughout the Shuswap. All gifts to the Foundation, large and small, work together to enhance our community. A donation to the Foundation is “a gift that keeps on giving” to the community forever. Family endowment funds and memorial donations keep memories alive. Rather than buying a gift to cele-

Shuswap Hospice Society The Shuswap Hospice Society is a volunteer based non-profit organization, that has been delivering compassionate care to the dying and bereaved since 1986. We support those in the community who are struggling to cope with death and the associated emotional realities of that process. The society provides grief and bereavement support to the families and friends whose loved ones have died. As part of our compassionate care program we provide trained volunteers for the visitation of patients with life-limiting illness wherever they are located. We offer continuing grief and bereavement support groups through one on one or group sessions. We also maintain a lending library for the community on end of life issues. Our services are provided free to anyone who needs them. We look for your support to help us continue to provide our programs and services to the Shuswap. Donations can be made via cheque (mail to PO Box 967, Salmon Arm, V1E 4P1); cash (drop off at our offices #209 – 231 TCH – above the Bank of Montreal), or via credit card through our website The Shuswap Hospice Society is a registered charitable organization.

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Executive director pulls the plug By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF

A piece of the festival puzzle will be missing. After more than seven years as artistic director of the Roots and Blues Festival, Hugo Rampen has decided not to renew his contract in favour of seeking new adventures. Previously established in the Canadian scene, the former music agent went from being self-employed to working with a large board, office staff and an army of volunteers. “Like any business relationship it’s had its ups and downs, but I’ve enjoyed it,” he says, describing working with a board as having 12 wives. “Everyone has an opinion about how your job should be done and while you want people to have strong opinions, there’s a time they have to trust you.” Rampen says he is most satisfied about improved relationships

between the festival and community. “I think we’ve become an efficient presenting machine,” he says, noting he also takes pride in how the festival has reached beyond the borders of the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds to include several Shuswap communities. Rampen says losses incurred during the last two festivals are the result of the overall tourist economy. “That’s reflected not just in music festivals,” he says. “I am proud of what we’ve put on… It’s world class.” An Okanagan College study estimates the event brings in about $4 million in spending and about $250,000 pays local salaries, businesses and services. “I think we all get too comfortable in the job and I don’t think that serves audiences well,” he says, pointing out he has been considering a career change at the end of the season for the last couple of years.


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ecutive director Hugo Rampen will be leaving the organization in March.

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In Memoriam If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again Steve, Branden, Sharlette, Suzanne and families

“I’d ask myself a question: “Is this it? I felt the challenge was being diminished.” Rampen says he also decided that it’s time to let someone else create a different energy in the festival. He will most likely remain on the job until the end of March in order to help the new executive director-manager get up to speed. “I don’t want to leave the community or festival high and dry.”

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Kindness campaign catches on By Tracy Hughes OBSERVER STAFF

Victoria Skofteby is contagious and she’s unabashedly trying to infect others. But what she’s spreading isn’t an illness, it’s a spirit – the spirit of giving. This Christmas season, Skofteby’s leading by example by making a personal commitment to a month of daily random acts of giving. She’s posted her pledge and her efforts on social media and is hoping to spread the message and inspire others to take up the challenge. “I want people to get back to the giving spirit of Christmas, not the getting,” says Skofteby, who says last Christmas she became frustrated by the consumerism and a lack of connection between people. “It seemed to be all about how much, how big and how expensive. It all revolved around money.” So Skofteby decided it was time to share, not just the wealth, but also share of her time, her skills and her compassionate nature. “I enjoy making people’s day. You can’t put a price on that, so I’m trying to find ways I can do that – even if it is just a smile or a hug.” Her first act was while shopping in Vernon for

some kids’ snow pants. She reached for a pair at the same time as another man, and when she looked up, she noticed he looked a bit down on his luck. She struck up a conversation and the man told her he rides his bike everywhere and the

stead of simply giving the beverage and moving on, Skofteby stayed and had coffee with her. “She was lonely, so the company meant probably more to her than a free coffee, and in return I got to hear some pretty interesting stories. I guess that’s

I want people to get back to the giving spirit of Christmas, not the getting... I guess that’s my point too. By giving this, I’m actually richer than before. Victoria Skofteby Spreading ChriStmaS Spirit snow pants would help keep him warm. “He said he’d love to have them, but he couldn’t afford them.” The man said his goodbyes, and Skofteby sprung into action. “He was still in the store, so I went to the other cash register and bought them, then I took them over to him and told him to have a Merry Christmas. He was so appreciative, it made me cry.” Skofteby’s act of giving has now blossomed into others. She purchased a coffee for the person behind her in line at Starbucks. It turned out to be a 92-year-old lady, so in-

my point too. By giving this, I’m actually richer than before.” But the real delight is seeing her message spreading. Her first posting on

Facebook was liked by 1,200 people and shared 150 times, with the vast majority of people saying they have also been inspired to take on their own acts of kindness. She’s now got her own “elves” in the form of her friend Jen Blair, who is assisting with her efforts and Central Towing, which has agreed to be a drop-off point for donations towards Skofteby’s efforts, whether it be food for the SPCA or a sleeping bag for a homeless person. Skofteby’s delighted that her message is resonating with others. She points to Naomi McGeachy, a woman who contacted her from Enderby. “She’s started the same thing in her town, so I’d like to see it keep on going. Random acts of kindness can change the world.”


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Geneticist warns of dangers of GMOs

Round-up diet: Former researcher with Agriculture Canada urges public to take a stand.

By Martha Wickett OBSERVER STAFF

Beware of genetically engineered foods. Thierry Vrain, a former lead researcher with Agriculture Canada, brought warnings about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to a packed crowd at First United’s church hall Friday. He urged his audience to talk to friends, family and doctors about GMOs, to lobby municipal politicians to join the other 22 municipalities in B.C. which have declared themselves GE-free, to ask grocery store managers where the nonengineered foods in their stores are, to avoid processed foods, to become educated about their food and about the difference between organic and natural. “Natural means nothing,” he remarked. “It could be full of pesticides and engineered.” Vrain recently spoke in Kelowna and noted that genetically engineered apples are to be registered next year, a plan that has growers there furious. He said there is lots of confusion about GMOs. People are told they will help feed the world – about golden rice that can provide vitamin A, about drought-tolerant

crops. Those are diversions, he said, noting the vitamin A in rice is too minimal to help. “The reality of GMOs today is that 90 per cent of all engineered crops today are tolerant of Round-up…,” he said, suggesting it’s all about selling the chemical. Aside from Round-up resistance, the other trait that 10 to 15 per cent of engineered plants have is resistance to insects, made possible by Bt, or Bacillus thuringiensis, which produces a protein toxic to insects. “We have two traits and that’s it. Practically all engineered plants on the planet have one of those two.” The theory with engineered crops was that farmers would no longer have to worry about weeds. When weeds come up, farmers spray with Monsanto’s Round-up, which doesn’t hurt the Roundup tolerant plant but kills the weeds. “There’s no denying the technology has been incredibly successful, it has taken agriculture by storm. The first crops to be engineered were in 1996. Now 90 per cent of soy is engineered, 90 per cent of corn is engineered, 90 per cent of canola is engineered and 100 per cent of sugar beet is engineered… It’s an incredible suc-


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Agriculture Canada, tells residents of the dangers of genetically engineered foods. cess for the GMO industry.” However, he said, what has happened is that weeds and insects became resistant – something that “any biologist would have told you.” Vrain notes 40 species of weeds are now resistant to Roundup in Canada. Another problem is antibiotic resistance. When scientists add a gene to a plant, they often also add an antibiotic-resistant gene to help in pinpointing the gene. Consequently, he said, antibiotics are being lost because of the spread of antibiotic resistance, something once thought to be only the result of giving antibiotics to farm animals. Vrain also pointed to genetic pollution. It’s normal for bacteria to

pass genes when they come in contact with one another, he said. Genes from a GMO plant can be passed to other bacteria, even bacteria in humans. There’s also ‘gene flow’ or contamination, where pollen from an engineered plant blows onto other fields, posing problems for organic farmers. Farmers have also been sued by Monsanto for ‘stealing’ their technology. When scientists add genes, new ‘rogue’ proteins can be created that can be allergenic, toxic or dangerous, Vrain says. However, testing on GE foods either isn’t done or is not adequate. “They’ll tell you it’s an incredibly lengthy assessment process. That’s paperwork…,” he says of the approval

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your blood for iron. He notes that it’s toxic to fish and can kill beneficial bacteria in the guts of animals. Gut bacteria or microbiome are responsible for many essential processes such as digestion, even happiness – as they make 90 per cent of serotonin. He said autistic children have been shown to have low numbers of bacteria in the gut. Vrain cited a medical doctor who was suspicious of environmental factors in diseases such as obesity, depression, alzheimer’s and autism. She plotted data on the dramatic increase in autism in the U.S. versus the volume of sales of glyphosate. Although it wasn’t a peerreviewed, scientific study, it showed autism and glyphosate sales increased at a similar rate. “The biotech industry is prompt to say millions of people have

eaten trillions of meals and no one has fallen ill. This is the most empty statement I’ve ever heard,” said Vrain. Vrain says organic food and food where you know the farmer is the way to go. He says no vegetables except sweet corn have been engineered and no fruits except Hawaiian papaya. “Meat and dairy, all the animals are fed engineered corn and soy that have been sprayed with Round-up, by definition. Bread and grain products, even though they have not been engineered, they are sprayed with Roundup three days before harvest... Anything that contains grains, anything that’s baked, anything that’s processed, canned and contains soy, corn, canola or sugar – 100 per cent of sugar beets are sprayed with Round-up. So it’s the Round-up diet.”

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Pharmacy a green team Askew’s Uptown has already won several awards for its design and energy-efficiency, and now its pharmacy has been recognized for its eco-friendly operation. The store is adding a Commitment to Care award for Green Leadership to its list of achievements. The awards honour innovative contributions to pharmacy practice. Inside the pharmacy, recycling has become second nature. “I encourage the re-use of pretty much all displays, shippers and promo material we receive, says Darlene Ogilvie, pharmacy manager. In addition the pharmacy’s supplier uses totes instead of cardboard to transport products, which minimizes waste.

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Realtors honoured for volunteer contributions Realtor Douglas Hubscher has been named the 2013 recipient of the Realtors Care Award for the Shuswap for his contributions as a member of the South Shuswap First Responders. Hubscher is noted for do-

nating his time and energy to reducing suffering and helping to save lives by responding in minutes to emergency medical situations in the South Shuswap for 13 years. Since becoming a realtor in 2006, he has personally

helped 133 patients with a wide range of medical emergencies including vehicle accidents, heart attacks or falls. “His diligent and ongoing support for the South Shuswap First Responders and his commitment to pro-

viding emergency medical care is commendable,” says Karen Singbeil, president of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. Coming a close second was Salmon Arm realtor Jeff Stacer, who was praised for his

volunteer work and fundraising supports. He generously supports and sponsors at least 16 non-profit organizations in the Salmon Arm area – ranging from the Salvation Army, SPCA, Community Living, to the Children’s Festival.

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Banking for food For the month of December, 10 cents from every transaction on all Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union ATMs is collected and donated. The proceeds help support the Salvation Army Food Bank in Salmon Arm, the Eagle Valley Community Food Bank in Sicamous, and the Sorrento Food Bank. And don’t be surprised if your SASCU ATM withdrawal includes a $50 instead of a $20. Random $50s will be loaded in each ATM to thank the community for supporting the campaign and local food banks. The drive-thru ATM at the Salmon Arm Uptown branch is now operational, increasing the number of SASCU ATMs in the Shuswap to 10.

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Come try the wines from Recline Ridge. We know you will be impressed. Our most popular white wine is the Siegerrebe, known for its extremely fruit-forward character, and the great pairing possibilities with your favourite spicy dishes. Marechal Foch is our #1 red wine, with its full-bodied flavour, smoky aroma and finish, and may be paired very well with cheese, any red meat, and much more. For this coming Holiday Season, and all of the


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provide the perfect wine accompaniment. What Christmas dinner would be complete without a wine to pair with the roast turkey? Recline’s Shuswap Serenade is a proven favourite. As an alternative, for those who may prefer a red wine with their festive meal, Recline Ridge’s new Gamay Noir would be an excellent choice, as would the “Make Me Blush” rosestyle wine, especially with that Holiday ham. With the excellent selection of wines available, there is definitely something at Recline Ridge for every palate, and every food-pairing possibility. Come join Graydon and Maureen at Recline Ridge Winery at their annual Open House on December 7th and 8th, from 11 AM to 5 PM. There will be hot hors d’oeuvres, mulled wine, the tasting bar will be open and prizes to win. Bring something for the

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and dark berry flavours mingle with nuances of French oak and the ripe tannins leading to a silky smooth finish. This wine is very versatile and can be paired with a lot of different foods. Lighter red meats, white meats and also goes very well with salmon. It received a high scoring Silver medal at “The Nationals” put on by Wine Align. Our Winter Specials feature 10% off on six to 11 bottles, mix or match, and 15% off on 12 or more bottles, mix or match. Case lot on 2012 Black Riesling: $120 for a case of 12; 2012 Blush: $120 for a case of 12 bottlles.


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Bawtree Software creates an app for that Technology in action: Salmon Arm-based company custom designs programs for mobile devices. By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF

Hugh Bawtree has an “apptitude” for helping his customers. For the past six years, the CEO of Bawtree Software and staff in Salmon Arm and Kelowna have been creating successful application products for iPads and cell phones. “One fellow is a physiotherapist and what he saw was they could be a lot more efficient if they had an app with all the exercises they assign,” says Bawtree. “We did the technical part and then he was able to sell it to them (other physiotherapists). He’s worth a lot more money now.” Physiotherapists can demonstrate the exercises and send them to the client, who follow the exercises on their mobile devices, adds sales and communication manager Tim Benwell. “We generally work with three pools of people,” says Benwell. First are the entrepreneurs who want to get into the app market commercially. “They have the experience, know the sector, have a vision and a passion and they’ve got the stomach to battle it out in a very competitive marketplace,” says Benwell, noting one great example is Perfect Pick, which has just topped 300,000 downloads and is in the top 150 in its sector in the app store. “You can extract a single frame from a video, particularly with high-def cameras. It’s perfect for live-action shots.” Another successful product and one of the company’s first apps is a Spanish dictionary for the iPhone. This free app was purchased by an American company and helps users learn Spanish. The app provides a word a day and includes a game. “The current version

came out this year and there have been 60,000 to 90,000 downloads a month,” says Bawtree. The company’s second pool of customers include “enterprise applications.” “These are best described as businesses who want applications for use within their businesses to eliminate heaps of paperwork,” says Benwell, describing a survey system being sold in the U.S. that helps lawyers survey attitudes. “So the lawyer’s going into court the next day and wants to know which arguments work better,” says Benwell, noting the app is suitable for both the de-

fence and prosecution. “It’s very interesting and always under pressure.” The third pool of customers is made up of those who are associated with tech startup programs –- organizations like Accelerate Okanagan and Launcha-Preneur, or Innovation Central in Prince George. “Part of what we’ve started doing is product development, not just software,” says Benwell. “The whole marketing research aspect, so that the product is something that is not only needed and wanted but will make money for you.” The company recent-

ly produced an app for the BC Energy conference held last month in Fort St. John, where delegates had “digital companions” such as iPhones, androids or Blackberries, that provided the entire conference guide. “There’s a million and one people who can write codes for you,’ adds Bawtree. “But we work with the customer to develop their product, with cradle to grave service.” With a growing customer base, Bawtree says he is very interested in working with other similar companies. “We’re talking about co-working,” he says. “We have lots of space,


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Amy Preuter, Evan Fankhauser, Matteo DeMarni and Will Denny listen to Thompson Rivers University women’s team head coach Tom McManus on Nov. 23 during the 2013 Fall and Winter Skills Training Gamp held Sundays at the SASCU Memorial Indoor Arena.

Tennis champs In Interior Team Tennis, a competition with a monthly tournament from November to February, Team Slammin’ Arm is in first place over Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Summerland. This past weekend, five women from the Salmon Arm Tennis Club took part: Loree Boyd, Marietjie du Plessis, Shirley Knorr, Cynthia Langford and Marianne VanBuskirk.

Scholar/athlete The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack took time out on Nov. 29 to honor their ‘Academic Best’ for the 2012-13 scholastic year. Of the 35 athletes honoured, there were three who were deemed TRU Scholar/Athletes for a third time. Among them was Salmon Arm’s Jorri Duxbury of women’s basketball who is majoring in science.

Bolduc to Blazers The Kamloops Blazers have acquired forward Carson Bolduc in exchange for Aaron Macklin from High River, Alta., who has gone to the Prince George Cougars. Bolduc, a 17-year-old Salmon Arm product who played with one of the most successful bantam team’s in Kamloops Minor Hockey Association history, the 2010-2011 Tier 1 Jardine’s Blazers. In that season, Bolduc racked up 54 goals and 98 points in 61 regular-season games with the Tier 1 Blazers.

Winning bridge Nov. 17: Sunday Duplicate Club - 1. Dan Quilty and Gerry Chatelain, 2. Ona Bouchard and Carol Jeffery, 3. Edie and Jack Swanson, 4. Geoff Collins and Orville Cooper. Nov. 18: 1. Georgina Marshall, 2. Nick Mason, 3. Sylvester Wysocki. Nov. 19: 1. Tom McNie & David Peterson, 2. Ruth Embree & Steve Raffel, 3. Chuck & Shirley Buckler. Nov. 24: Sunday Duplicate Club - 1. Mike Clayton and Steve Raffel, 2. Arlene and Bert Lamoureux, 3. Nan McAdam and Peggy Petersen, 4. Ona Bouchard and Carol Jeffery. Nov. 26: 1. Tom McNie & David Peterson, 2. Dennis & Doreen Roberts, 3. Dan Quilty & Michael Clayton, 4. Barbra Peterson & Judy Harris. Nov. 28: 1. Catherine Furevick, 2. Peggy Fetterly, 3. Sylvester Wysocki, 4. Nick Mason. Dec. 1: 1. Geoff Collins and Orville Cooper 2. Nan McAdam and Steve Raffel, 3. Carol McGregor and Peggy Petersen 4. Dan Quilty and Gerry Chatelain.   Have a sports event? Write to us at:


Board breaking all about proper technique By Julie Bartusek CONTRIBUTOR

Shouts of ‘kiai’ rang through the gymnasium as both children and adults broke through boards at the Provincial Martial Arts’ second annual boardbreaking event held Saturday at the Downtown Activity Centre. Students used techniques such as the flying side kick, jump front kick or elbow strike. “Anyone can break a board,” said Holly Raczynski, association coach for Salmon Arm, Enderby, and Sicamous. “It’s

not about how strong you are. Even the smallest can break a board. It’s all about technique.” Evje Knutson, 6, her brother Micah Knutson, 8, of Salmon Arm, and Jacob Sigvaldason, 6, of Sicamous, revealed the secret to a successful break. They say you need to have a good stance, speed, lots of power and a loud kiai. The kiai forces board breakers to exhale, which gives them more power. Both brother and sister show focus before executing their moves. For the flying side kick, Evje takes a deep breath

and runs full speed towards her target, leaping over an obstacle to execute her strike. It takes a couple of tries, but she succeeds and the board snaps. Micah explains his favourite move is the elbow strike because “it takes a lot of power and is a lot of fun.” For Sigvaldason, it didn’t matter what type of technique he used; he broke 12 boards throughout the day including two stacked boards at a time. To help with the event, Todd Johnston, Raczynski’s coach and the director of Provincial Martial Arts, as well as Josh

Wrestlers take top spot The Salmon Arm Secondary wrestling teams pinned down first place on Saturday at the Penticton Invite, which attracted teams from around the valley. Both the boys and girls team won their respective divisions, said a pleased co-coach Richard Sweet. Firsts in their weight categories went to: Colin Robinson, Ken Kosowick and ShayLynn Steiger. Earning seconds were: Derek Shogren, Micah Gunn, Cody Gulka, Jacob Ashton and Jenna Cote. Taking thirds were: Cole Swetlikoe, Braden Chamberlain and Nick Ough.

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Gerri Kiy and Hetty Burt sweep Carol Murray’s rock on the way to winning a game at the 50-Plus Curling Bonspiel over the weekend at the Salmon Arm Curling Club. Missing is skip Wendy Cseke. Overall winner was the Frank Cseke rink with third Byril Kurtz, second Don Blair and lead Bob Burechailo. JAMES MURRAY/OBSERVER

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Griffin, a PMA instructor, professional cage fighter and Raczynski’s training partner, came out from Calgary to support Saturday’s event by coaching participants on how to improve their skills. Older students, as well as parents who practise karate with their children, helped by keeping track of each participant’s progress, shouting out encouragement and dating each board snapped in half. The board-breaking event provides an opportunity for participants to show off their skills to family and friends.

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’Backs at home this weekend Success: Team comes off two wins versus Trail Smoke Eaters. Beginning hockey games the right way has been elusive for the Salmon Arm SilverBacks at times this season and last weekend they exhibited both good and bad examples. In a home-andhome set with the Trail Smoke Eaters, the ’Backs won Friday’s opener in Trail 5-3 despite falling behind early in the first and again in the second. Coming home Saturday, they used a pair of quick goals early on and skated to a 3-1 victory. At Trail’s Cominco Arena Friday, Jake Kauppila put the Smokies up just 1:09 in and though Salmon Arm had responses to the Trail goals, it was not until late in the third when Evan Anderson scored on the power play that they finally took a lead. Landon Smith had a late empty-netter to seal the deal. “The approach with Trail has been to give them respect,” said ’Backs veteran defenceman Brendan Kennedy. “They work really hard (but) we felt if we put out our best effort, we’d get the four points. “I think we’ve struggled with our starts. Our first period is our worst period by a long shot. But if we work hard, we win.”

Addressing the issue of slow starts would be a challenge coming home Saturday but the SilverBacks rose to it. After driving all night and getting back to Salmon Arm at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, drowsiness would be understandable, but it didn’t show as Anderson and Alex Gillies scored 15 seconds apart early in the first. “It’s definitely a tough trip,” said Kennedy of the journey back from the Kootenays. “The further we get into winter, the worse the roads get. On that Saturday, you spend a lot of time sleeping and it’s definitely different than any other game day. “But it doesn’t matter what time it is or what happened before, you have to be mature enough to deal with it.” It’s a lesson the team seems to be grasping now. But even after the pair of quick goals, it was a struggle to put the pesky Smoke Eaters away for the night. Trail got within one in the second on a goal by Colby Livingstone and it was not until another empty-netter by Smith that the outcome was certain. “It wasn’t out of reach for them by any means,” said Kennedy. “After we scored two goals, the tendency is to say, ‘This is alright.’ Pretty much until that

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Net bound: High-scoring Landon Smith controls the puck versus the Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday night at the Shaw Centre. empty-netter, it was game on.” Salmon Arm outshot Trail 17-6 in the third, but Dustin Nikkel made a number of key saves against his former team to give Trail a chance to tie it. “We know we have to make him work,” said Kennedy. “We did have a few chances we should have beared down on.” Salmon Arm hosts Langley on Saturday in a 7 p.m. face off and then West Kelowna comes to town on Sunday for a 3 p.m. start. The ’Backs visit Trail again on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Kennedy says a good start remains an important theme. “I think that as of late, we’ve been better. When you’re playing from behind, it’s not

a good spot to be because any team can win on any given night.”

Trades The Salmon Arm SilverBacks made two roster adjustments ahead of the Dec. 1 CJHL carding deadline, acquiring forward Michael Roberts from the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for future considerations. The team also reassigned forward Riley Hunt to a yet-to-be determined KIJHL franchise where he will be a ’Backs affiliate player for the remainder of the season. Roberts is an 18-year-old from Vernon, who spent 53 games with the Vernon Vipers last season, posting 10 points and four goals, before

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a trade that sent him to the Surrey Eagles, where he began this season, before a subsequent trade to the Smoke Eaters that eventually led to his arrival in Salmon Arm. As for Riley Hunt, Mick says he hopes the opportunity for added ice-time in the KIJHL will benefit his game.

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Female midgets first in division This weekend was another solid effort by the Armstrong Co-op Salmon Arm Female Midget Tier 1 hockey team. On Saturday, Nov. 30 in Sicamous, the female midgets defeated Kelowna by a score of 4-1 with top-notch goal tending by Jaime Sedore (Salmon Arm). Goals were scored by Cailee Bauml (Vernon), Cassidy Marshall (Armstrong), Jenna Lazar (Vernon) and Maddison Turner (Salmon Arm) with the help of a strong defensive effort by Catlyn Marshall (Armstrong), Cloey Martin (Sicamous) and Hailey Haskell (Salmon Arm). The Salmon Arm Female Midgets are in first place in the Okanagan division.

Exciting gold medal finish

What an exciting, nail biting, edge-of-yourseat, action-packed weekend for the Salmon Arm Atom B Abundant Specialty Advertising Silverbacks and their fans. The Atom B team hosted its home tourna-

ment Nov. 22 to 24 with teams from Abbotsford, Mission, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops. The local boys kicked off the tournament Friday afternoon with a hard fought 3-0 victory over Kamloops with Carson Irmen getting the shutout. Saturday morning the boys came out strong and defeated Penticton 5-1 with Joey Cornforth putting forth a stellar effort in goal for the local squad. Saturday afternoon, the boys gave it their all and battled their way back and forth with the team from Mission but came up short in the end with a 4-1 loss. Finishing first in the round robin, fate played its part in shuffling up the teams enough for Salmon Arm to meet Mission again in the semi finals. The boys came out to prove their team was worthy of the gold and their persistence and hard work would pay off as they maintained a 1-0 lead until late in the third period when Mission would tie the game. With four minutes left, Dayton Lewis would score the winner in

too much for Westsyde in their third game, as the Golds built a 28-4 lead at half time. Westsyde fought back, but the Golds held on for a 46-25 win. Again Salmon Arm had balanced scoring, with Isaac netting nine points, followed by Matt Cooper and Dillan Olson adding seven each.

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Rippling the mesh: Salmon Arm Lakeside Printing Tropics player Jacob Reid, far right, flanked by Mikayla Stirling and Jonothan Turko, puts one in the Kamloops Warriors’ net during the Tropics’ 6-3 win over the Warriors Friday at the Midget Rec Hockey Tournament held over the weekend at the Shaw Centre. leading the local squad to the gold medal game against a powerful Abbotsford team that had excelled throughout the tournament. With a quick goal at the start of the game by Abbotsford, the two teams settled down to a hard-fought battle. Salmon Arm scored late in the first to tie the game going into the second period. The battle continued with Abbotsford scoring again and then Salmon Arm coming back to tie it up

Junior Golds on a roll The Salmon Arm Secondary Junior Golds opened their basketball season by winning two of three games at the Valleyview Vikings Invitational Tournament. In a turn-over filled first game, the host Vikings defeated the Golds 41-28. Norman Ambauen was named player of the game for his defence and rebounding. The Golds played with more composure, and controlled the pace of their second game, cruising to a 50-15 victory over Sahali. Ten players hit the scoresheet, led by Josh Kujat with nine points and Jordan Isaac added eight. Tyson Chamberlain was player of the game. Salmon Arm’s pressure defence proved

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game. The WolfPack will enter the Christmas break in sole possession of fourth place in the Canada West Pacific Division, after the WolfPack improved their record to 6 and 4 after adding another win versus the Mount royal Cougars on home court Nov. 30. The final score was 68-51. Of the 63 rebounds TrU achieved in this game, 42 were on defence. They were led in that category by Duxbury with 12. She had a team high 15 boards in the contest and added 12 points. The WolfPack don’t return to Canada West play until Thursday, Jan. 9 when they visit the Cougars in regina. TrU will play an exhibition game against Trinity Western University on Dec. 31.

before Abbotsford went up 3-2 with a last-minute goal in the period. The third period proved to be the most dramatic of the tournament and, with time winding down, Salmon Arm’s Aidan Hougen was able to put away a rebound to tie up the game. Parents, family and friends were unable to stay seated as the third period came to an end. With the score tied 3-3, the teams headed to

overtime and, although there were plenty of chances, neither team scored leading to a dramatic shoot-out. Dayton Lewis scored the winner while Carson Irmen shut out all three of the Abbotsford shooters, leading the boys to gold. The tournament weekend was a huge success with parity amongst the teams, outstanding sportsmanship and many great volunteers.

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o t a t l s y e e c n r o m i a Fa life at Carav By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF


nce upon a time, there was a sister and brother who fled into the woods to escape a wicked stepmother. Meet them this holiday season at Caravan Farm Theatre’s 80-acre farm where people and horses have worked together to spin tales since 1978. This year, artistic director Courtenay Dobbie has delved into the early 1800s and the Brothers Grimm for a story about love and family. “I wanted to take an existing fairy tale and adapt it for this winter show and I wanted to do a Brothers Grimm,” she says, noting she didn’t want to do anything that Disney has done before. “I found this one, Little Brother, Little Sister, that I had never read before.” Dobbie was attracted to the natural element, envisioning how the children’s flight into the woods was a perfect fit for their

horse-drawn sleighs. Dobbie also like the idea that the forest in Little Brother, Little Sister is magical and that the little brother turns into a fawn. He drinks from a magical babbling brook, who in this case, is a character called Babbling Brook. Little Sister is bereft when she learns the magic is irreversible. “Essentially the play is about accepting change, forgiveness and celebrating differences,” Dobbie says. “In this case the brother, who becomes a creature, is a metaphor about how no matter what changes among us, the love of our family remains.” Dobbie says the fairy tale combines great themes for family audiences. “It’s very sweet,” she adds. “I wanted it to be really sweet, like something out of a children’s book, so that when you open it up, the characters just flow from the pages.” The fable’s intriguing characters also called to Dobbie. Babbling Brook, the narra-

tor, is Vancouver’s Bruce Horak, who played Bull Withers in Notorious Right Robert and his Robber Bride Bride. “He was the comedic character; he’s a fantastic musician and singer,” says Dobbie. Another summer show alum, Elinor Holt who played Harquevari in last summer’s Head Over Heels, is Ms. Grindl, and Daniel Doheny, another Vancouverbased talent but new to Caravan, plays Little Brother. Toronto’s Rebecca Auerbach, whom Dobbie describes as a great actor and singer, takes on the role of Little Sister. Joining the professional theatre cast is Vancouver’s Chris Cochrane as King Roland and Donna Soares as Selma. Handing the directorial reins over to Anita Rochon of Vancouver, Dobbie is writing music for the show. “Though it’s not a musical, the play has songs and I’ll probably use the guitar, ukele and xylophone,” laughs Dobbie. “Anything that can be played outside in the cold.”

The play was written by Toronto playwright Adam Underwood, one of Dobbie’s old school friends who has performed in previous winter and summer productions at the farm. “We have a really good creative team,” she says of Rochon and Underwood. “I’ve worked with both of them before.” New to Caravan are two designers, who will create a different esthetic, Dobbie adds. Set design is by Vancouver’s Drew Facey and costumes are designed by Calgarian Deitra Kalyn. “We will be travelling five times and there’s a big wedding scene at the very end,” Dobbie says. “It’s grand and epic and everyone’s invited to a Christmas wedding.” Caravan’s resident artistic director is also delighted to introduce three-year-old horses Frenchie and Spike to their first winter show, where they will join the more mature Clydesdale team of Jack and Sunny. “I’m very excited about that, it’s nice to have two Caravan

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teams,” she says. “They’re so well loved.” Little Brother, Little Sister opens Dec. 10 and, to accommodate school holidays and the number of people who would like the show to run longer because it often sells out, the run is extended to Jan. 4. This is a winter storybook fairy tale that begins with once upon a time and ends with they all live happily ever after,” Dobbie says. ‘It’s a light drama, and like a light snowflake on your tongue, it’s scrumptious.” Tickets are $28 for adults, students and seniors and $21 for children during preview shows Dec. 10 to 12, $34, $28 and $22 early bird tickets apply to shows from Dec. 13 to 19 and are $37 for adults, $32 for students and seniors and $22 for children for the rest of the run. Book tickets at or call 1-866-311-1011.

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Call us at 250-832-2131, drop in to our office, or use our new, easy to use calendar online. See below. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 STUDENT THEATRE – SAS students present Working, a musical, at 7:30 p.m. nightly to Saturday, Dec. 7. A matinee will also take place Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Campus Theatre. Tickets are $10 at Acorn Music. SILVER SCREEN – The Shuswap Film Society presents Blackfish, documentary on the inhumane treatment of orcas in captivity, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salmar Classic.

THURSDAY, DEC. 5 REMEMBERING – The SAFE Society, Okanagan College Students’ Union and Okanagan College Aboriginal Services host a Candlelight Vigil, United Against Violence Against Women, with a film at 4 p.m. and a vigil beginning at 6:30 at Okanagan College.


GRANDMOTHERS – The Grandmothers to Grandmothers for Africa host their annual Christmas sale Friday and Saturday during the mall hours at the Mall at Piccadilly. CHORAL CONCERT – A cappella ensemble, Chorealis, presents a unique blend of seasonal music in Winter Light at 7:30 p.m. at the SAGA Public Art Gallery. Admission is $15.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 CHRISTMAS SALE – Silver Creek Seniors craft and bake sale takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3048 Hornsberger Rd. Lunch is available.

STUDIO TOUR – White Lights Studio Tour features seven artist studios on the slate and a reception at the art gallery at 4 p.m. Tickets at $10 are available at the art gallery. PUPPET PLAY – The Salmon Arm branch of Okanagan Regional Library hosts a free Christmas puppet play for the whole family from 11 to 11:40 a.m. IMPROV – Shuswap Theatre presents You Can’t Wrap This! a Christmas show with the Laughing Gas Improv troupe for mature audience only. Music will be provided by Kieran Rambo. Tickets at $12 are available at Intwined Fibre Arts on Hudson SILVER SCREEN – The Shuswap Film Society presents Wadjda, about an ambitious girl growing up in Riyadh, at 5 p.m. at the Salmar Classic.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 IN MEMORIAM– The Compassionate Friends will gather to light candles in memory of their deceased children at 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Call Cathy at 250-832-2454 for information. PORCINE PLAY – Salmon Arm Actors’ Studio students will perform Charlotte’s Web, at Shuswap Theatre at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. FILM FARE – Edward Jones (top of the hill) is sponsoring the movie Polar Express at the Salmar Classic. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Free admission with food bank donations. Entertainment and Prizes.

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Led by Lori Onsorge, Shuswap Singers perform for a large and appreciative audience during A Glorious Mix, presented Friday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 1 at First United Church.

Life’s a gas with laughs What do you get with a comb, a nutcracker and a volleyball net? If you ask Shuswap Theatre’s Laughing Gas Improv performing group, the answer would depend on the moment and the people involved. With a firm belief in the old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine,” this freewheeling group will present You Can’t Wrap This at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Improv theatre is based upon a wide variety of games and exercises in which the actors must make it up as they go along – then act it out spontaneously with no planning or rehearsing, often with hilarious results. The actors have to think on their feet and respond appropriately to what the others are doing and saying. This is not a regular, family friendly Christmas classic and that’s why the show is rated M for mature – ages 16 and up. It is a fun way for adults to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, in a small or large group. Music will be performed by talented young pia-

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TUESDAY, DEC. 10 TUESDAY ON THE TOWN – Make artist trading cards with a Christmas theme at the Art Centre from 3 to 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 AUTHOR READING – Author and rancher Lloyd Antypowich will read from his books at 2 p.m. at the Salmon Arm Library

LUNCHEON – Retired teachers’ Christmas luncheon takes place at 11 a.m. at Imtermissions Restaurant.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 JAZZ CLUB – Enjoy the Dixieland jazz of the Cliff Jumpers at the Barley Station Brew Pub from 8 to 10 p.m. No cover charge. (For more Out on the Town listings, see page 27.)


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nist Kieran Rambo. General admission tickets are $12 each and include a cash bar serving beer, wine and appetizers. Tickets are available online at or at Intwined Fibre Arts at 141 C Hudson Ave. Laughing Gas Improv has regular (closed) practices on the first and third Monday of each month. The performing group is working on a program where others can join in on occasion – stay tuned! For more information about the theatre’s improv program, contact Monica at 250-833-6100 or send an email to On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., the Shuswap Theatre stage will be taken over by students from the Salmon Arm Actors’ Studio, who will perform Charlotte’s Web, the touching story of a girl and her pet pig, Wilbur. Admission by donation. The Nutcracker, a co-presentation of Shuswap Theatre and FACES Studio takes place Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at The Candy Vault on Hudson.

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Author’s life set against backdrop of the Shuswap By James murray obSERvER STAFF

What started out as the journal of a 12-yearold girl ended up as the interesting, often entertaining, sometimes poignant chronicle of one woman’s life … a life lived so far. Life is What Happens, is the 500-page memoir of Alli Miriam (Luoma) Graham, written with the assistance of Susan Elizabeth Green. The book chronicles Graham’s life, from her early childhood growing up in the small railway community of Squilax in the 1920s, through her marriage of 52 years and bringing up a family, to the present day. Graham was born in Chase in 1924, the youngest of three girls. Dropping out of school after Grade 8, Graham says she was raised doing “tough, boys jobs.” “I think I was the boy that my father never was able to raise,” she said. “I think from my very early years I was doing boy’s chores, so I think that’s where it all started from when they saw I was capable of doing those jobs.” Graham’s book details many other jobs that were considered “men’s work,” such as skidding firewood and cleaning chimneys. “I used to skid firewood every winter on my parents’ farm,” she said. “I even skidded firewood for the Japanese internment camp when it was open at

Yard Creek during the war years.” In 1952, Graham moved to Revelstoke, where she found herself campaigning for a number of causes. From campaigning on behalf of the citizens of the Farwell neighbourhood who were unhappy about paying the same taxes for fewer services as the people uptown, to protesting against putting fluoride in Revelstoke’s water, Graham made her opinions known.


Tony and Melissa & big sisters Arianna and Arabella of Sorrento, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter/sister on Sept. 4, 2013 at 10:08 p.m. in Vernon, weighing 7 lbs., 11 oz. Proud grandparents are: Dave & Erin Myers, Sorrento, and Gordon & Peggy Parmenter, Silver Creek.


Flora & Kristy Ware of Vancouver are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Griffyn Richard Ware on Sept. 23/13 weighing 8 lbs., 4 oz., in Vancouver, BC. Proud grandparents are Anne Caughlan and Gerry Schellenberg of Salmon Arm.

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Living Waters Youth Band members Micah Berger and Josh St. John perform Hallelujah during the annual Community Christmas Carol Service held Sunday evening at the Gathering Place.

Alli Graham author Graham has seen a lot of changes in her day and she reflects upon her life - so far with humour and nostalgia. Her story is one of tenacity, love and perseverance. Life is What Happens is an enjoyable read – the kind of book that reminds one of their own family stories. The ones you always wished had been written down for others to read and enjoy. Graham’s book is indeed a gift to her own family, who will forever be able to access the history of their own family.

Art gallery issues a call for interest In the tradition of great book covers, Saga: The Art of Storytelling in the 21st Century will feature 10 original book covers in the May/June 2014 exhibition. The gallery has issued a preliminary call for artists to submit their name and media for consideration as one of the 10 artists. No sketches or finished products are requested at this time. Ten artists of varying media will be selected from the names that are submitted. The purpose is to showcase a story that is yet to be written, titled, Saga: A Collab-

orative Novel of Untold Proportions. The cover will be used for an ebook of the collaborative twitter feed story that will develop over the course of the exhibition. Artists in 2D media should provide name, type of media and one sentence to describe the style of their work via email to sagapublicartgallery@telus. net by Dec. 18. Selected artists will be provided a $100 honorarium. The original work remains the property of the artist. For more information, send an email to sagapublicartgallery@

Free Birth Announcements The Salmon Arm Observer is pleased to run a free birth announcement for all “New Arrivals!” Provide us with information by phoning 832-2131 or drop into our office at 171 Shuswap St. NW, downtown Salmon Arm. If you want a picture of the new arrival to run with the announcement, bring your infant in within a week of being discharged from hospital and we will take their picture at no charge.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Salmon Arm Observer

Concert captures spirit of Christmas By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF

When singer-songwriter Kelly Hopkins realized there would be no Christmas concert to benefit the food banks, she went to her computer and sent an email to other area talents, seeking interest in taking part in a concert. In the true spirit of giving, several performers replied immediately and the result is A Very Merry Christmas, a concert to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. “The Observer agreed to donate professionally designed posters and handbills and I volunteer at the Second Harvest and know how great the need is, especially at this time of year,” wrote Hopkins. Carlin Hall officials hopped on board, donating the hall for the concert that will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Thrilled with the response, Hopkins says the Christmas concert has grown to include seven acts performing three songs each – or stories in James Murray’s case. Happy to join Blu and Kelly in donating their time and talent are Duane Stewart, The Stevens Family, Sharon Dyck, James Murray, Larry and Jane Stephenson, and The Dust Puppets. In his earlier years Stewart was regularly featured on CBC radio and TV and recorded for both the Capitol and London labels. Dedication to a teaching career demanded more and more of his time, but a 2003 move to the Shuswap inspired him to focus again on singing. Since then, in addition to solo performances, he spent two-and-ahalf years sharing lead vocals and playing lead guitar and five-string banjo with a country/ gospel trio. His baritone-tenor range wraps around a large repertoire of cowboy, country gospel and traditional folk/ country songs.

Larry and Jane Stephenson love music that tells a tale and are drawn to old-time, traditional, gospel, bluegrass, folk and roots genres. Larry (guitar/banjo/ vocals) and Jane (guitar/mandolin/ vocals) are a popular act at coffee houses throughout the Shuswap. The Dust Puppets have played acoustic country, gospel, blues and folk music in the Shuswap for more than 15 years. They are Garth Baumann on mandolin and vocals, David King on guitar and vocals, Elda Firth on standup washtub, bass and vocals and Ken Firth on harmonica, percussion and vocals Armed with worldclass banjo drive, tight family harmony and engaging stage presence, The Stevens Family bluegrass band will serve up a tasty mix of bluegrass and roots music. Chris Stevens is a sought-after session musician and a seasoned award-winning entertainer. He is celebrated as one of the country’s top banjo players and has performed with such greats as K.D. Lang and bluegrass legends Kenny Baker and Josh Graves. Stevens has brought

together three generations of his family to make up the Chris Stevens Family Bluegrass Band. From the moment storyteller James Murray walks out onto the stage he has an impact on his audiences, whether making them laugh, bringing a tear to their eye, or simply bringing back some precious memories. For the past two years Murray has shared the stage with violinist/accompanist Aimee Balloun. Balloun is a multitalented, multi-award winning musician who brings a special feeling to Murray’s stories. Sharon Dyck is a longtime Shuswap resident, who has played at many of the local coffee houses and fundraising events “and as many house jams as possible.” She sings, plays guitar and mandolin, mostly folk and  bluegrass style. Dyck will be joined on stage by bass player Diane Jewell. Wrapping up a busy fall, Blu and Kelly Hopkins have completed a Vancouver Island tour and several closer-tohome appearances. Aw a r d - w i n n i n g singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Blu has been travelling

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Seasonal stories and songs: Singersongwriters Kelly and Blu Hopkins perform a musical accompaniment to one of storyteller James Murray’s stories. Right, musician Duane Stewart is coming out of retirement to support the benefit concert. in true troubadour fashion, writing songs and performing them for more than 30 years. Kelly is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, her songs ranging from rollicking fun to heartfelt and poignant ballads. The concert is designed to be a down

home, Christmas party for friends to enjoy the season and each other, while giving to those in need of a helping hand. Admission is free but donations of non-perishable food for Second Harvest are encouraged. The “Carlin Hall ladies” will supply coffee, tea and home baking by donation.

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With $53,000 in funding from the Vancouver Foundation, the Coyote Reads program will expand to three School District #83 middle schools by the end of the school year. Starting at Shuswap Middle School, the after-school literacy program for aboriginal students that has been so successful at the elementary level, will be made available to students in grades 6 and 7. Program partners include four North Okanagan schools, School District #83, the Litera-

Students are tested in mid-October and those in need of help with their reading are referred to the program that provides three hours of extra literacy per week for 24 weeks. Following a snack, students visit four stations, where they read to themselves, read to an adult, listen to a story and play literacy games. “We have a cultural component,” says Laboucane, noting the program, complete with a blessing by an elder, is based on authentic aboriginal authors and materials. “It has really become a positive group at school... They



cy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) and Okanagan College. “They have a wonderful children’s library that they will allow us to access,” said an enthusiastic Irene Laboucane of the college, noting that at the middle school level the program will be called Coyote Club. The School District #83 principal for Aboriginal Education, says the Grade 2 to 4 students who have participated in Coyote Café have improved reading skills. Café is an acronym for “clarity, accuracy, fluency and exploring new words.”


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JOYCE FAY LONG It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother Joyce Fay Long, who left us peacefully in her Blind Bay home at the age of 83, on Sunday November 24th, 2013. Joy was born November 6th,  1930 in Galahad, Alberta. Joy moved to Langley, BC with her parents, Jesse and Peter Meyer, and brother Barry, to start a dairy farm. Joy became a fearless business woman and entrepreneur,  who then opened a grocery store with her partner in crime Bruce. Joy was a passionate gardener and was known to grow the most beautiful gardens full of flowers. Joy loved to sew and was famous for her “Barbie Doll” clothes and beautiful handmade purses, which she sold at local markets. Everyone who met her, loved her. She was our rock and will be forever cherished and missed.  Joy was survived by her best friend and partner for 34 years, Bruce Ouellette, her brother Barry Meyer, her three children Peter, Brenda and Brad, and seven loving grandchildren Tara, Amy, Maegan, Melissa, Maxine, Brayden and Hailey.   A celebration of life will be held at the Log & Hearth Restaurant at Shuswap Lake Estates at 3pm on Friday, November 29th. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart & Stoke Foundation.

KNUD ERIK JENSEN Born on May 21, 1924 in Allborg Denmark and passed away surrounded by loving family members at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on November 24, 2013. He is survived by his six children Erik (Donna), Arne (Kelly), Wivi (Jean Mark), Julie (Derrick), Dana (Brian), Lise (Russ); twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He arrived by ship in Canada in 1948 and landed in Ottawa. He then travelled by train to Vancouver and then by bus to Prince George, where he started a career in Logging, heavy equipment operation and cattle farming. He worked on the Alaskan highway before settling in Salmon Arm and worked at NOCA dairy as a cheese maker. Knud taught himself English while living in Northern BC. He was a hard working man raising six children on a 1/2 acre lot that had cows, pigs, and a garden, he chopped wood, hayed and had a small cherry orchid of 50 trees. After farming he moved on Lakeshore Rd and continued with his large garden. Knud was a strong silent man that had a sense of humour and a sharp wit that brought a smile to all that came into contact with him. His family in Denmark said he wrote some of the most beautiful and heart felt letters. He had a glint in his eye that always drew people towards him. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in different capacities one being a home teacher, scout camp cook and was always helping out, this he did for many years. He will be missed dearly. A visitation took place at Bowers Funeral Home on Monday December 2, 2013 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm The funeral service for Knud followed the visitation on Monday December 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Refreshments followed the service. Online condolences to the family can be sent through Knud’s obituary at



DR. E. GORDON LAPP (January 5, 1918 - November 23, 2013)

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Your Christmas Candlelight Service of Remembrance Monday, December 9, 2013 After a lifetime of amazing adventures, Dr. Gordon Lapp, 95, passed away on the afternoon of November 23rd, 2013 at Bastion Place Residential Care Home in Salmon Arm, BC, surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life service is planned for December 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Bower’s Funeral Home in Salmon Arm. Gordon was born and raised on the family ranch in Redcliff, Alberta, the youngest of five children. A precocious student, he skipped several grades in school and graduated from Medicine Hat High School with high marks and plans to work in the banking industry. The outbreak of the Second World War changed those plans and Gordon enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940. After completing his pilot’s training he flew Spitfire fighter aircraft with the 411 RCAF and 185 RAF squadrons. Among many other actions, Gordon fought in the Mediterranean during the siege of Malta, and on the continent during the D-Day invasion. He was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader in 1944, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his “unfailing courage and determination” before completing his second operational tour. The history books recognize Gordon as an Ace for the quantity of his victories in the air. After the war, Gordon sought a challenging career and enrolled in medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Upon completion, he did several short internships in Dawson Creek and Campbell River, B.C, Gimli, Manitoba, and Nordegg, Alberta, before moving with his family to Golden, B.C. to settle in to a 33 year medical practice. As one of the founding medical practitioners of the Golden Medical Clinic, Gordon enjoyed many years of distinguished community service with his wonderful colleagues and staff. They were a great team! Gordon’s calm, confident presence, strong leadership, and encouragement inspired his patients, staff and family alike. Upon retirement from medicine at age 68, Gordon and his wife, Dee, moved from Golden to Sunnybrae, B.C., where they were able to share wonderful times with family and friends at their home on the lake. In 1991, after a few restless years and an apparent inability to get Gordon’s Alberta ranching heritage out of his blood, they purchased some land, built a house, and started a bison ranch on the outskirts of Salmon Arm. In 2001, he and Dee moved into town, building the last of their many homes together when Gordon was 85. Gordon will be deeply missed and warmly remembered by his wife Dee, of 46 years, his children, Keith (Jane) Lapp, Kent (Leslie) Lapp, Karen (Bob) Henderson, and Darren (Christine) Lapp, and stepchildren Jeff (Lisa) Abbott and Dee Anne Le Cerf (Doug), and their families, including 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, as well as many good friends, former patients, and extended family members. Gordon was predeceased by his first wife Barbara, his daughter, Janet Barbara Allen and his grandson Tyson Henderson. The family wishes to give a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Bastion Place for all of their compassion, care and support. Donations in memory of Gordon can be made to The East Kootenay Foundation for Health Online condolences can be sent through Gordon’s obituary at Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC.

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250 833-1129 W.O. (BILL) HOPKINS December 1, 1925 – November 24, 2013 After a year of many challenging health issues, William Orton Hopkins, passed away on Sunday morning, November 24, just 7 days short of his 88th birthday. All his children were able to be with him just minutes before his passing. Bill is survived by his 5 children: Patricia Ogden (Warren), Lois Lodermeier, Stewart (Diane), Fred (Shelley) and Ralph (Susan). His 12 grandchildren: Kevin, Ryan, Tricia, Raylene, Clint, Carrie, Richard, Shaun, Kerstan, Darnell, Stacey and Russell, along with 13 great grandchildren. All have happy memories and special times spent with “Grandpa”. Dad has 1 surviving sister, Eileen Hansen. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Margaret in 2010, son-in-law Allen Lodermeier, his sister Eveline Jamieson and brothers Harry and Rolly. Dad was born in the little house on Beatty Ave., now Smuggler’s Cove, Dec. 1, 1925 and after his marriage to Margaret in 1946, they moved into the house they built, also on Beatty Ave. where they began raising their family. In July 1958 they moved to their farm they purchased on Piccadilly Road where he raised cattle and enjoyed farm life. Dad started early in life learning the butchering trade, working at the Burns, then Larry Doyle’s and Dick Askew’s abittoirs and butcher shops, branching out on his own in 1952 when he started his business of livestock trucking along with buying and selling cattle. In the late 1960’s he became a Provincial Brand Inspector, retiring in 1989. He was also a leader of the Shuswap Beef Club for a number of years. Mom and Dad enjoyed the bus trips to Reno, their trips to Nashville, the Alaska Cruise, but the farm tour to New Zealand and Australia was the highlight of his travelling. We would like to extend our heartfelt Thanks to Dr. Aitchison, all Dad’s care aides, hospital medical staff and 1 special nurse, Margaret, who looked after Dad on his many trips to the hospital this past year. The family would like to thank Bowers Funeral Home for their professional services given to us in our time of need and special thanks to Jack being there as a family friend. If family and friends wish to make a donation in Bill’s memory, please donate to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation at PO Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3 or telephone 250-803-4565. Condolences may be sent to

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SORENSEN - ORLA HOLGER ROSENFELDT (July 7, 1918 - Nov. 14, 2013) It is with sadness, the Sorensen family announces the death of its patriarch Holger at the age of 95 years on November 14 in Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Holger was born in Aabyhoj, Denmark on July 7, 1918 to parents Laura Doris Rosenfeldt (nee Jensen) and Soren Sorensen. He was one of three children, with a predeceased older brother Soren (1916-1991) and sister Else Berming, 94, still living in Denmark. During his youth, Holger was a well-known Greco-style wrestler with the sports club Thrott, wrestling throughout Europe and winning many championships. He kept his Thrott membership pin and wore it proudly on his lapel during his long life. He joined the Danish army during the WWII and following the German occupation of Denmark, was one of the underground and resistance fighters. Post war, he married Anni Louise Moller (now his ex-wife living in Port Alberni) and had two children; Jean (Jane) Rosenfeldt Sorensen of Vancouver and Ron Rosenfeldt Sorensen (ex-wife Leafa) of Port Alberni. The family was part of the post-war exodus of emigrants leaving Europe and the family arrived by boat in New York and took a train across to B.C. They stayed with friends of the family on Mayne Island and then settled in Port Coquitlam, where they lived for several decades enjoying what was then a small town of 5,500 with a rural atmosphere and a large contingency of Danes throughout the Fraser Valley. He worked many years in his trade as a master craftsman jeweller having started an apprenticeship as a young teen in Denmark as was the custom of the day. He was able to produce many uniquely crafted items because of his skill, his artistic ability to recreate items (often stolen or lost) from photographs or drawings, and, his quest for perfection when making a piece of jewellery, which defined him as a sought-after journeyman and craftsman. He was employed by many of the larger and most exclusive B.C. jewellery outlets during a career spanning 1950-1990s. Holger moved to Salmon Arm following a visit to the area and falling in love with the farming and fishing it offered. He enjoyed many of the town’s social activities through the singles’ club and was known to ‘cut a fine rug’ on the dance floor. He would stay in the area nearly four decades living in Silver Creek, Tappen, and finally in downtown Salmon Arm before moving into care at Lander’s Lodge and Bastion Place, where he has spent the later stages of his life. Throughout his life in Canada, he never lost his affection for his native Denmark and often traveled back to his home town, where he kept in touch with many of his old friends and family. He is also survived by grandchildren by son Ron; Jamie living in Montreal and Stephani (husband Jason) Dolynny living in Victoria, and, one great-grandson Preston Dolynny. He is survived by family in Denmark including one niece Alita (husband Hans) Tind, nephew Preben Berming, plus many cousins. Our thanks go out to the staff at both Lander’s Lodge and Bastion Place for their warm and wonderful treatment of Holger while in care. Special thanks to Bastion’s Stephanie Odermatt, RN, who is a truly invested in elder care and sees a unique individual as well as a patient, when many in the medical profession did not. Our thanks also, to those friends in the area who helped dad while he was in care, taking him on outings, and visiting with him. He enjoyed a wonderful 95th birthday party with friends at Bastion. If there is an epitaph for Holger, it is that he was a very strong man in terms of personality and physical strength. He persevered through his many physical illnesses through sheer will and determination until his last day. It was one of the few wrestling matches where he didn’t get up from the mat. Cremation was requested by Holger. A celebration of life with many of the friends he enjoyed and respected will be held this spring with a gravesite ceremony planned at Salmon Arm cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm, (250) 833-112. Email condolences and share memories through Holger’s obituary at

Kenneth Albert John McEachen passed away in Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC in the early hours of Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the age of 91 years. A celebration of life service and reception will be held in the Basement of the Royal Canadian Legion, Chase, on Saturday afternoon, December 7th, at 1 p.m. with Jack Bowers the funeral Celebrant. Cremation with interment to follow at a later date in Chase Cemetery. Born in Arcola, Saskatchewan on September 27, 1922. Ken met his love, Emily Dobson, on the Air Force Base in Paulson, Manitoba, they married on June 22, 1946. In 1956 they moved to Sorrento, Ken began a 29 year career with Adams Lake Sawmill. They moved into Salmon Arm in 1965, and then to Chase in 1977 to be closer driving to work. Ken is well remembered and respected for his love of woodworking, gifted with cabinets and home entertainment centers. He was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher Scott Mackie on November 18, 2005; sister, Ethel Beach and brother, Cecil McEachen. Ken leaves his loving and dedicated family; wife, Emily; daughters, Bev Mackie of Salmon Arm, Kathy (Wayne) Tanemura of Prince George, Wendy McEachen of Chase; 4 grandchildren, Ken, Jarrett, Steve and Mark; and brother, Leslie (Shirley) McEachen of Quesnel. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Charity of one’s choice. On line email condolences may be sent to Ken’s obituary at Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm. EDWARD FRANK VARCHOL 1950 - 2013 Ed was born in the old Enderby hospital on July 20, 1950. He died at home in Salmon Arm on November 26, 2013 with his wife Jade and cats Silky and Bootsie by his side. He grew up in Mara and attended school in Enderby and Salmon Arm where he played hockey. He loved the fast muscle cars he grew up with and eventually owned a green 1972 Ford Torino which was his pride and joy. He moved to Edmonton for a few years where he worked for Loomis before coming back to the Shuswap to work in the bush, mainly as a faller and cat operator. When jobs got scarce here he went to Prince George for a few years where he worked as a faller and later bought a share in a taxi company. He met his last wife there and they moved to Tumbler Ridge for a few years to run the taxi company there. He was an avid stamp collector and worked as a philatelist from his home for many years, both before and after he retired from working in the bush. Ed loved to garden and had a special way with tomatoes and cucumbers and beans. The plants always produced more than seemed possible and his family enjoyed many summer meals out on the patio enjoying the fruits of his labors with a glass of red wine. He loved fishing and spent many hours in his boat out on various lakes in the peacefulness and beauty of nature. He left us far too soon after a brief battle with cancer. Ed is survived by his wife Jade, his daughter Tara (Michael) Koehmstedt, step-daughter Tracey Peacock,  grandsons Austin, Learic and  Clayne Scott, great granddaughter Skylar Scott,   mother Jean Varchol, and half brother Floyd (Peg) Varchol. He was predeceased by his father Rudy Varchol, half brother Frank Varchol and step-daughter Tracy Stradeski. A memorial  service will be held in the summer when everyone can travel easily. On line email condolences may be sent to Ed’s obituary at www.

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BURESH, DOROTHY JUNE Dorothy June Buresh passed away peacefully in Bastion Place, Salmon Arm, BC on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the age of 86 years. An open house reception in memory of June will be held from the Mountainside Room at Bowers Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon, December 8th from 3 to 5 p.m. with tributes by family and friends being shared at 4 p.m. June is well remembered for her years at J. Lanes Bowling Alley, opening it in 1963 with her late husband, Joe Buresh. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper. Beloved mother of Bev Turner and Gord Buresh. Memorial donations in memory of June may be sent to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, PO Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC VIE 4N3. Online condolences may be sent to June’s obituary at Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.

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Auto Services WINTER tire change over special. 4 Change overs & balance $50. Call for appt. (250)835-4632

Cars - Sports & Imports

Suites, Lower 1BDRM close to town, self contained W/O, W/D, DW, infloor heat, garage, workshop NS, ref’s $850/mo incl. util., avail now (1-778)866-8324 1BDRM. w/o suite, utilities, wifi, satellite incl., all appl, 8km from SA $650/mo. (250)8327809 available January 1st 1 bedroom - 1 person. W/D, F/S, utilities. Nonsmoker. No pets. References. Near Field of Dreams. $600/month. 250832-8099. Dec. 1. 2 bdrm 1100sq ft. basement suite. F/S, W/D, DW. Inet/TV + Utils included $1000. Available Dec 1. 250-515-2412. 2 BED in Blind Bay, bright open lg. rms., new kitchen with island, 6 appl. close to lake/golf $850. incl util, cable & internet. Ref. req. Avail mid Dec. Text or call 250 682-0110 GARDOM Lake: 2bdrm. daylight bsmt. F/S W/D, sat. tv, NS., pets neg., refs req. quiet country suitable for couple or single person, avail. now, $750/mo. incl. util. + DD (250)803-8370 LARGE bright 1bdrm, lg kitchen,W/D partly furnished, lower Raven, incl util & sat, NP, NS, own patio, ref requested. $900. (250)832-3016 LG. 1bdrm walkout near beach, own patio, 6appl., walk in closet, gas FP, furn avail NS NP, Blind Bay , $695 util incl. (250)675-5054 ROOMY 1bdrm. walk-out suite centrally located, separate entrance, parking, W/D, heat & hot water, NS, $900/mo. util. incl. (250)832-7888

Suites, Upper 2BDRM. suite close to DT SA, fenced yard, small pet ok, NS, avail Dec 1st, $875/mo + util. (250)804-4754

2000 Subaru Legacy Wagon Well maintained 235,000kms $3000 OBO 250-675-3890 2004 Chevy Optra, 5spd., 110K, 17” low profile tires/no winters, blue underglow w/interior lights to match, Alpine deck w/10” sub $5000. (250)515-0165

Sport Utility Vehicle 2006 H3 Hummer, Harley Davidson 4x4, fully loaded, heated seats, new brakes & rotors, ex. cond., $13000. obo (250)803-4650

Trucks & Vans 1994 Ford Explorer 2 Dr 4WD Runs Good $1495 250-3282215 1995 Dodge Caravan Runs well used daily $750 OBO 250-832-0929 2001 Dodge Caravan, low kms $2700. obo ALSO winter tires, 4 brand new 235/75R15 on Chev 6bolt white spoke rims $550., 4-235/75R15 on Ford Rims $450., 4-215/75R15 on Chev van rims $550. & assorted other sizes (250)832-5586 2003 Ford F350 4x4, Ext Cab 7.3L Diesel, auto, 195K, very good cond. $9500. (250)3075665 2003 KIA Sedona Van 6cyl Auto, Power options, sunroof, heated front seats. White. Good Cond $2750 OBO 250832-3051 2007 Dodge Dakota 4x4, Crew Cab, 4.7L, auto, 109K, good cond in & out, $9,700.obo (250)938-4701 SPECIAL on Rebuilding Diesel & Gas Engines. Full warranty. Call AGC at 250-832-1903

Homes for Rent

Lakeside Realty Ltd.

Homes for Rent


2 Bdrm + Den, 1 Bath walkout Basement Suite F/S, W/D, NS, NP. Utilities included. 2517 Forest Drive, Blind Bay 2 Bdrm, 3.5 Bath Lakefront Townhouse 6 appliances, NS, NP. #5 - 5260 Squilax-Anglemont Hwy, Celista





2 Bedrm., 1 Bath in 4 Plex 4 appliances, NS, NP. 7010 Black Road, Ranchero


3 Bedrm., 1.5 Bath Townhouse FS, in-suite laundry hookup, NS, NP. #701 - 1451 1st Ave. NE, Salmon Arm


4 Bedrm., 3 Bath House Rec room, 5 appliances, NS, NP 3665 Jackson Rd., Tappen


Merry Anderson 250-833-2799 MANAGING BROKER

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This Holiday Season...

Shop Local, Shop

The SHUSWAP $ 00

You Could Win 950

in Merchant Gift Certificates

Only 20 “Newsys” will be awarded!


The LIMITED EDITION GUND™ TEDDY BEAR The Salmon Arm Observer/ Shuswap Market News are pleased to announce Newsy, a limited edition GUND™ Teddy Bear. Newsy will be a great addition to anyone’s teddy bear collection. By shopping at the participating merchants during this promotion, you could receive one of 20 Newsy teddy bears to take home with you!

350 Alexander St. NE

1. Save all your receipts when you shop at any of these participating merchants. 2. On Thursday, December 19, 2013, everyone who shows up at the Salmon Arm Observer office with $300 or more (before taxes) in participating merchant receipts will be entered into a draw to win $950 in Merchant Gift Certificates. The first 20 people who provide proof of purchase from these participating merchants, totalling $300 or more (before taxes) will receive “Newsy” – a limited edition Gund™ Teddy Bear. (Proofs of purchase must be dated between November 13 & December 19, 2013)

Participating Merchants: 1291 Trans-Canada Hwy. SW

The Mall at Piccadilly

360 Trans-Canada Hwy. SW

181 Okanagan Ave. NE

380 Alexander St. NE

3710 Trans Canada Hwy. SW

1250 Trans Canada Hwy. SW

1771 10th Avenue SW

270 Hudson Ave. NE

271A Trans Canada Hwy. NE



170 Hudson Avenue NE

141 Shuswap St. NW


Salmon Arm liquor store

101 Hudson Avenue NE

830 - 28th Street NE

The Mall at Piccadilly

111 Lakeshore Drive NW

3901 11th Avenue NE




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Call Salmon Arm Chevrolet Pontiac Buick GMC at 250-832-6066, or visit us at 3901 11th Avenue NE, Salmon Arm. [License #10374]

ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. ‡/*Offers apply to the purchase of all new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet cars, crossovers, pickups, SUVs and vans, equipped as described. Freight included ($1,550/$1,600/$1,650). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer trade may be required. GMCL, RBC Royal Bank, TD Auto Financing Services or Scotiabank may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See Chevrolet dealer for details. ‡Offers valid for delivery dates between November 22 and December 9, 2013; participating lenders are subject to change. 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank‡ for up to 84 months on an eligible new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet model. Terms vary by model. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $119/$139/$167/$833 for 84/72/60/12 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and dealer fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers only. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ® Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia. ‡RBC and Royal Bank are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada.

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