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Movie theatre land purchased By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

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The Merritt Community Cinema Society has purchased its land at the corner of Coutlee Avenue and Garcia Street. The downtown property will be the site of a future four-bay movie theatre. “It’s not just a dream. Now it’s starting to get a little focus on reality. We’re really, really pleased,” cinema society member Kurt Christopherson said. The society acquired the land and a nearby property for parking for $275,000, about half of what the former owners originally asked for. The deal was struck in late November and the society had until Dec. 19 to make the purchase. The society started its grassroots fundraising efforts with the downtown business owners. Society members said if they could get support from local investors, they could show larger, corporate investors that the project has the community’s support. Christopherson said they were pleased with how the first step in the fundraising process went. “It was so late when the deal was confirmed, and we knew that around Christmas time it would be just about

impossible, so we were pleasantly surprised with how much the community did come through.” He said feedback from people was encouraging. “It was really encouraging to know that support was there. I think we’ve got a really good groundswell.” Christopherson said donations came in all sizes and totalled close to $100,000. The group got an interestfree loan to cover the remainder of the cost. “We knew that we weren’t going to quite reach the full amount in the limited time that we had. We did manage to get a loan for what we needed,” he said. The next step in the process is to make the building’s plans, which will require an architect. There is no timeline on the architect step of the project, but Christopherson said the group is hoping to have that done by the spring. Members of similar cinema societies in Dauphin, Man. and Salmon Arm are sharing their experiences and plans with the local group, which Christopherson said has been helpful in the process so far. The society is fundraising for the non-profit movie theatre, which is estimated to cost in the millions.

No life-jackets, alcohol factors in Langley teens’ deaths CHRISTMAS CRAFTS Eight-year-old Lacey Billy and her six-year-old sister Mackenzi built a Christmas tree out of books at the library on Dec. 18. The library hosted the Billys and other home-schooling families in the area for a day of crafts and hot chocolate. The book trees will be on display until the end of the holidays. Emily Wessel/Herald

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Area students to get entrepreneurial experience in new program By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

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The City of Merritt will be quarterbacking a program that aims to give local youth an entrepreneurial experience. The program was presented to council by the city’s economic services manager, Jerry Sucharyna, who has conducted the program before when he was the manager of economic development in Lillooet. The Venture Investment Program (VIP) involves students between Grades 6 and 12 submitting business plans to be judged by a panel of the program’s sponsors. This panel then chooses the top five plans and gives them each a $200 grant in startup capital. Sucharyna told the Herald this program will involve businesses and non-profit organizations sponsoring student business plans during the summer months of July and August. The students selected

will have access to the resources of the sponsors in order to help them with their summer business. At the end of August, each of the five submissions can earn an additional $100 for best business analysis by submitting a business report. At its regular meeting on Dec. 17, council voted unanimously to facilitate the VIP program for schools within Merritt city limits. That means the city will essentially coordinate the program and seek out sponsors to offset the cost of it, primarily the $1,100 in prize money. The City of Merritt will also waive the bill on business licences for participating students. “It’ll be a real neat program for the city of Merritt’s kids,” Sucharyna said. Students can partner up in groups for the project, but will only be entitled to one award, Sucharyna said. Applicants fill out a

one-page “mini-business plan” explaining who the applicant is; what he, she or they will do; what they will charge and a cash-flow statement, Sucharyna said. “It’s up to the students to sell themselves,” Sucharyna said. He also said the additional $100 won’t necessarily go to the student who made the most money. “Just because you made $1,000 doesn’t mean you get the bonus. [It] might be the kid who lost $1,000,” Sucharyna said. Good or bad, what will be important is seeing what each entrepreneur has learned from the experience, he said. Technically, the applicants are not required to follow through with their business from their business plan, Sucharyna told the Herald. However, he said in the 15 years he has worked with the VIP program, that rarely occurred and when it did, the funding was returned.

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Dog’s death divides owners, animal shelter By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

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A Merritt-area animal rescue shelter and a local family are butting heads over the events that led to the death of a 12-year-old dog. Judanna Caros, owner of Angel’s Animal Rescue, said she received a call earlier this month about a dog standing in the middle of Aberdeen Road in Lower Nicola. Caros told the Herald she found the dog and took him to the Merritt Veterinary Hospital and he was deemed to be malnourished and dehydrated. Both veterinarians Anne Flemming and Paul Molnar refused to comment. Caros said she’d been receiving complaints for weeks from people in regards to the poor condition of a dog at a residence on Aberdeen Road and had even been sent pictures of the canine. She said she wasn’t aware this was the same dog she was going to pick up that day, but put two and two together once she was in contact with its owners. The dog’s owner, Coleen Colvin, told the Herald she began to notice her 12-year-old canine named Charlie seemed to be getting sick in midNovember as he was losing weight. Colvin said she thought it was worms at first, and she went to a vet and got medication to treat worms. When the medication didn’t work, she searched on the Internet for some home remedies to use, such as feeding the dog garlic and herbs. Colvin said she decided against taking Charlie to a veterinarian for treatment because she couldn’t afford to do so. “We love our pets, but

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we do not budget in our everyday lives for extensive pet bills,� Colvin said. Colvin said she fed Charlie more, hoping he’d regain his lost weight, but the dog’s condition did not improve. By December, the time came when she told her husband and youngest daughter Randi that the dog would probably need to be put down. She said her intention was to have the dog euthanized on the Monday or Tuesday of the second week of December as she had her paycheque coming in. Colvin said that on Dec. 5, she returned to her home on Aberdeen Road

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in Lower Nicola from work and noticed Charlie was missing. “He’s chained, he can’t get loose,� Colvin said. She said her dog usually stays tied up in their front yard and in the winter months, the family moves him into the backyard where his doghouse is located. She called her other daughter Melissa, who lives nearby, but she hadn’t seen the dog either. Later that night, Colvin returned from a school function and went looking for Charlie, but couldn’t find him. Colvin said Charlie was known for getting loose and wandering off

to return home later on, although on this occasion, given his sickly condition, she wasn’t sure he would. Her daughter Randi then called Angel’s Animal Rescue to see if they had come across her dog. Caros confirmed they had found a dog they believed to be Charlie and the family arranged to go see him at the shelter on Dec. 8. Colvin met with Caros at the shelter and confirmed the dog was indeed Charlie. Colvin said Charlie was walking around, had food, water and had toys to play with. “He was looked after up there,� Colvin said. Colvin said she suspected Charlie had cancer. Caros told the Herald she’s dealt with dogs that have cancer and the reason they lose their weight is due to a loss of appetite, which wasn’t the case with Charlie, she said. Caros said she told Colvin she was willing to help Charlie if there was time to save him. She said she asked for the dog to be left in her care and get blood tests done to see if he was sick. Colvin told the Herald she thought that was fine and she left Charlie with Caros. Colvin said she emailed Angel’s Animal Rescue on Monday to see if she had contacted the vet and to find out about costs for blood tests as they wanted to try fundraising

for the tests. The blood tests would have taken time, Caros told the Herald, stating a malnourished dog needs to regain some of its health. “You can’t do blood tests on a dehydrated and malnourished dog; you have to feed them and get them water,� Caros said. “You can’t just start poking a dog for blood tests until they have a little bit of health to them.� Colvin said she emailed Caros again on Tuesday and didn’t hear back from her on Wednesday either. When Caros subsequently contacted Colvin, she asked that she surrender the dog to her so that she could get him treatment. Colvin told the Herald she refused to do that. “It’s my dog,� Colvin said. Caros said she asked Colvin to sign a surrender form in order to give Angel’s Animal Rescue the permission to have veterinary treatment performed on Charlie. “It’s basically a permission sheet,� Caros said, noting she could be held liable if the dog died during treatment without that permission. On Friday, Dec. 13, Caros called Colvin to tell her Charlie was not well and needed to be put down. They arranged to meet at the Merritt Veterinary Hospital that day. When they arrived, the vet was on another call and they had to wait. Colvin waited inside the veterinary hospital while Caros stayed with Charlie at her truck. Caros said the dog was too weak to move and she didn’t want to bring him into the vet’s office as it would have been a stressful experience for him.

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Minister writes to encourage city projects The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from Dec. 17, 2013. Dear Mayor Roline and councillors: I appreciated our meeting at this year’s UBCM convention in Vancouver. It was a good opportunity for me to hear some of the issues you face as leaders in your community. I was pleased to hear your plans for the redevelopment of Central Park. Having amenities to keep people healthy and active in your community is important and this project has a focus on that. I also commend you on engaging the community on this project. Having community support can be critical when it comes time to move this project forward. I know how important senior government funding is to your community helping meet local priorities. Unfortunately, there are no capital funding programs accepting applications at this time. However, we are currently discussing a future federal/provincial long-term infrastructure plan with the federal government and the ongoing structure and delivery options of the permanent Gas Tax Fund. Any new program decisions will be clearly communicated to all local governments. I was also interested to learn about the cultural mapping policy you have begun work on. As you are partnering with the Nicola Valley Arts Council on this project, I suggest that you speak with the Community Arts Development and Partnerships Officer, Ms. Monique Lacerte-Roth, at the British Columbia Arts Council, about submitting an application for funding through one of their programs. We are proud of the partnership we have with you, and the support we have been able to provide to the City of Merritt in meeting local priorities and making communities strong, healthy and prosperous. I have enclosed a summary of investments my ministry has made in your community since 2001. I was also very pleased to provide you at our meeting with confirmation of your successful application for an Infrastructure Planning Grant for the UV Treatment Feasibility Study. Creating and maintaining the local investment climate are important in fostering economic growth and keeping our communities strong. I look forward to working with you to ensure we are well positioned to take full advantage of these opportunities. Thank you to your delegation for taking the time to meet with me at the convention and for the dedication and leadership you are providing to your community. Sincerely, Coralee Oakes, minister of community, sport and cultural development

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2014 BY-ELECTION GUIDE Elections for one (1) Councillor for the City of Merritt will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014 For those who may be considering running in the upcoming election, it is important to acknowledge the time commitment that is required by elected officials. Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month for their regularly scheduled Council meeting. As well, Council usually meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for informal Committee of the Whole meetings and there are quarterly scheduled workshops. The expectation of Council members is their involvement in Strategic Planning sessions, budget discussions, roles & responsibility workshops etc. Some of these sessions/workshops are day long events held on a Saturday. Councillors also serve on various committees that meet on a regular basis on other evenings of the week. Weekends are usually spent reading Council Agenda packages which consist of staff reports and correspondence from other government agencies and the public. Prospective candidates should give serious consideration to the time commitment that is expected when holding elected office. It is recommended that prospective candidates speak to a current or former member of Council to discover just how much of their time and energy Council members devote to the community. COMMON ELECTION QUESTIONS

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES November 29th: Nomination Packages will be available from City Hall January 07th to January 17th: Nomination Period January 24th: First Day for displaying Election Signs February 12th & February 19th : Advance Voting Days

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From Page 3 “If he was going to have to be euthanized, then I was going to let the vet do it right there,” Caros said. Colvin said she came over to the truck to say her goodbyes to Charlie and was expecting the dog to be brought into the clinic. The vet arrived and went to go see the dog at the truck, but Charlie had already taken his last breaths. Caros told the Herald when she found the dog and first brought him to the vet, he “ate like there’s no tomorrow” and after a few days began eating normally. She said he also drank copious amounts of water at first, but soon began drinking normally. “People can say they’re feeding their dog, but actions speak a lot louder than words,” she said. Caros also told the Herald that if Charlie’s owners couldn’t afford to send him to a vet, they shouldn’t have had the dog. “Why not reach out for help from somebody?” she said. Colvin said she never considered handing the dog over to Angel’s Animal Rescue before the society found him. She said if he was going to die, she wanted it to be at the family home with them. Caros said it isn’t certain if Charlie was sick or not. “If he died from malnourishment, what

happens is they become so malnourished that their systems shut down, their organs stop functioning properly. If they’ve been starved,” Caros said, noting the vet records point to malnourishment. Colvin’s daughter Melissa told the Herald she thinks that if this was a case of neglect, the dog should have got better as opposed to dying after being taken in by the shelter. “When we talked about putting Charlie down, it wasn’t that I’m going to take Charlie into the vet, give him a full check-up and everything, he’s sick. I’m going to have him put down and get his ashes

back,” Colvin said. Caros said she thinks Charlie should have received veterinary care. “That poor dog suffered to the day he died. There should have been something done for him, that’s why we have veterinarians. Our animals don’t have to suffer like this,” Caros said. Caros also said fundraising efforts by Charlie’s owners should have been done when they first noticed him deteriorating. Colvin said Caros knew Charlie was her dog and probably should have come to her door when she picked him up and asked if they had taken him to a vet. Caros said when

she found the dog, she wasn’t 100 per cent sure it was the one that belonged to Colvin. Colvin said if she was mistreating her dog, she wouldn’t have had him tied up in the front yard where everyone could see him. She also said she has two other dogs, both of whom are healthy. Caros said pet owners need to budget for their pets in case they do need to see a veterinarian. Saving up money, making payment arrangements with a vet or phoning an animal rescue group for help are options to consider for those who may not be able to afford medical care for their pets.

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When Jesus had promised to die for them and give them another chance, He showed Adam how to build an altar and sacrifice an animal on the altar. These animals, a young sheep or goat, represented Jesus and every time one was killed, he was reminded that this foretold what would happen to Jesus. It was to help them to not do anything that they had to sacrifice an innocent lamb in order to be forgiven their wrong doings. Adam and Eve had children. The people began to multiply. The people then lived for 900 years. After a few years they had big families. Some did not do what God had asked of them. Many liked the idea of a sacrifice, but they would sacrifice to the sun, moon, and stars, not to God. You see, these could not tell what was right or wrong so they just did what they wanted. The records say that the minds of men were veil continually, and the Earth

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HERALD OPINION The big idea of 2013 By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS tfletcher@blackpress.ca

VICTORIA – One of Canada’s great entrepreneurial success stories in recent years is WestJet, the Calgary-based airline that is expanding across the country and taking on European routes. Clive Beddoe, the founding CEO of WestJet, was famous for helping the cabin crew tidy up the plane before getting off a flight. And the company is also known for its profitsharing program, with all employees referred to as “owners” who have a stake in the success of the operation. I thought of this management approach when news emerged that the B.C. government was offering public service unions a new kind of contract, with a five-year term and wage increases tied to improved economic growth. The surprising thing is that unions are accepting the idea, even though provincial growth must exceed the government’s independent economic forecast council projections before it can take effect in a given year. The generally non-militant Health Sciences Association was the first to recommend acceptance of a five-year agreement with only 5.5 per cent raises guaranteed. Then they were joined by negotiators for 51,000 health and social services employees, represented by the B.C. Government Employees’ Union and other unions that have long been adversaries of the B.C. Liberals. John Fryer, negotiator for the BCGEU going back to the epic battles with Social Credit governments and now a professor at University of Victoria, wasn’t impressed when he heard the news. “These deals reflect what happens when public sector unions back the losing party in a provincial election,” he said. “Union bargaining power takes a trip down the pooper.”

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Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS Instagram, the photosharing smartphone app, released its top-five most photographed places in 2013. The winner? A luxury mall in Bangkok, Thailand. Of all the things I saw in Southeast Asia, I didn’t expect malls to stand out — but they definitely did. They were everywhere. They were humongous. And they were relentlessly busy.

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The Siam Paragon luxury mall beat out Times Square (No. 2), Disneyland (No. 3), the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas (No. 4) and Disney World in Florida for Instagram’s most-snapped spot in 2013. So what’s so special about this Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok, a city with endless malls and shops in a country with endless malls and shops on a continent with endless malls and shops on a planet where we can’t seem to consume enough? Evidently, it’s the place where Bangkok’s better-off and wannabes go shopping. And arguably more importantly, it’s where they go to be seen shopping. It’s as much a status symbol to be there as it is to already be wearing

expensive clothes there. It’s a signifier of the shopper’s blossoming wealth or secure station in life in a content with an unimaginably huge emerging middle class. I didn’t visit Siam Paragon in Thailand when I went in 2012 as I was a backpacker on a budget. But I did go to the nearby and more bargain-friendly MBK mall, which has 2,000 shops covering seven floors. Every time I emerged from a subway stop in Singapore, I ended up lost in some magnificent mall somewhere between a Louis Vuitton store and a luxury-brand jewelry store. Markets were much the same, and a site to see. In Kuala Lumpur, the hotel I stayed at in Chinatown opened right onto Jalan Petaling, the nightly mar-

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ket comprised of hundreds of stalls selling, I was assured, the highest quality knockoff items at the best price. I was promised the same thing in Bali, at the market in tourist-heavy Kuta Beach. In Bangkok, Chatuchak weekend market covers 35 acres of prime real estate in the city of six million with more than 10,000 stalls of wholesalers and traders offering everything you can think of. You could spend an entire weekend in there and not see the same things twice. It’s a maze, and it was amazing. Further north in Thailand, the Chiang Mai night bazaar opens after sundown and floods with tourists and locals alike. From art to clothes to fabric to knives to Thai food, you can buy it all.

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Over in England, London’s Camden market gives off a different vibe. The thousand-plus stall market offers many alternative fashions for bargain prices (for England, natch). When I went in 2011, it was absolutely crawling with people of all stripes. My time-out from the crowds at a coffee shop provided one of the best people-watching experiences I’ve ever had. Still, I got the impression it was something of a statement to shop there, as if people who go are part of some alternative in-crowd. The world over, from luxury to landmark to lowbudget, markets and their modern counterpart — malls — always have been and always will be meeting places.

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YOUR OPINION A fond look back at Christmas traditions JEANETTE MCMASTER In FRIENDSHIP The winters back in, say, 1945 or thereabouts, were much colder than what we have these days. We had more snow. Ice fishing was good and mountain lakes provided the big trout fish. My dad, Clement and Clarence would

go up to the mountain lakes and ice fish. They brought with them a syrup can in which to make tea, some bannock sandwiches, and sometimes beef jerky, which was made the old-fashioned way, or by air drying. They also had dried salmon. They went ice fishing just before Christmas so we would have lake trout with the turkey. My dad believed in having wild game with the turkey. Clarence might bring a moose roast, while our neighbour might bring a jar of wild grouse, which his wife preserved. We did have a mixture of

many good things. Someone might bring a jar of fruit or pies. It would be a potluck style. For cranberries, we used saskatoon berries or huckleberries. We did not have modern things like electric Christmas tree ornaments. Instead, we had paper, which was coloured and crinkly. And big paper bells. My mom would have the coloured paper strung across the ceiling from corner to corner, and she would place one bell in the centre. A tree would be small, which she placed

on a small table in the living room. We decorated with pretty glass ornaments, and Mom had pretty cloth ornaments which she made by hand sewing. Sometimes we had pine cones, which we painted and hung on the tree with string. Christmas was also a time for church. My mom and dad made plans for us to attend midnight service, which would either be at Quilchena or Upper Nicola. Traditionally, by sleigh and a team of horses, my dad would have the big sleigh loaded up with hay to

Movie theatre not realistic Dear Editor, An open letter to the Merritt Cinema Society With the increase of easy access to first-run movies through electronic means, bigger TVs and also reasonably priced movie rentals, there is no realistic

market for a cinema in Merritt. Viewed as a business proposal, it should be clear that the cost of property, building, licences, associate fees, movie rental fees, utilities, taxes, maintenance, wages, insurance and interest could come closer to $6 million.

It would take approximately 600,000 paying customers to cover this, and over what time span? Remember Mountain Fest or the bike rally? A cinema is a dream that may become a financial nightmare. Glen Arendt Merritt

keep us warm while we travelled by night. It was so exciting. As we sat close together in the sleigh, we would look up and see the stars and the moon, hear the horses’ hooves hit the snow-covered road, and the jingling of the tiny bells, which my dad placed on the horses’ harness. Their breath made tiny icicles hang from their nostrils as they trotted along. When we arrived at the church, we would make our way inside where it would be warm from the big wood heater. The service would begin with prayers and songs. My

mom loved to sing. She had a song she would sing in our Syilx language. After the service, we would attend dinner at my Uncle George’s home or if the service was at Upper Nicola, we would go to our home, where everything was all set. My dad would ask my grandmother to pray before we ate. Everyone then sat down to eat, which would be the bounty of our harvest. We do wish everyone a very merry Christmas. As always in friendship, Jeanette McMaster.

I think there’s more than that going on. Perhaps today’s union leadership is beginning to accept that its wage, benefit and pension arrangements look pretty good compared to the harsh reality of private businesses competing in a global economy. I asked Premier Christy Clark if this new approach is inspired by private-sector profit sharing. She agreed

that is the model. “I think that’s a great principle for all of us to work from,” Clark said. “Until now, the growth of public sector wages has been completely insulated from changes in the private sector. And this is the first time we’ve ever been able to successfully link those two things. At this point it’s still a small increment wage growth, but it’s a big change, and I hope we can continue to build on it.”

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From an employee perspective, it is indeed modest. If real gross domestic product increases one per cent beyond the independent forecast used in the provincial budget, employees get an additional half of one per cent raise for that year. Contrast this labour relations development with what’s happening on the federal scene. A classic confrontation is brewing between the Harper government and the Public Service

Alliance of Canada. A key dispute is over sick days, which the government estimates are averaging 18 a year. PSAC currently has 15 “bankable” sick days a year, which the union president refers to as a “negotiated right.” It takes me back to my first union job, where I was warned never to take just one sick day. We negotiated for two at a time, so always take two, the union rep told me. Implicit in this is

the mindset that employees should give as little and take as much as possible. Looking through my files each December for the B.C. story of the year, I consider what is likely to matter five or 10 years from now. This partnership approach to building the provincial economy is my pick for 2013. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a piece of equipment that has never been seen before in Merritt. Doctors Eye Care recently purchased a $90,000 Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal-imagining device, which produces a 200-degree image of a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire retina. After just a couple of weeks on the job, the machine is already proving its worth, detecting problems the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former imaging device could not. The old retinal camera could only take a 30-degree image of the eye, optometrist CarrieLynn Snee said. There are just 500 clinics in Canada with an Optomap imager, and the one in Merritt is one of just 50 located in B.C., she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People used to have to go to Kamloops to get [a retina scan] done but now we can do it here, which is really great,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. The device can take a picture of the eye with auto-fluorescence, which maps the metabolic processes of the eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cells. This is something the old retinal camera couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can see how well the cells are working. If a cell is in the process of dying or is dead, then it will show up on the auto-fluorescence, whereas in a normal picture, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look normal,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. NEW GETS E 5 CITY

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In the auto-fluorescence picture, grey colouring means the cells are healthy, white means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dying and black means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dead, Snee said. She said in one patient, an image of the eye looked healthy, but upon examining the auto-fluorescence picture, it became clear the patient had whitecoloured cells in his macula. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been able to see that with just a normal camera. Now we can see thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something going on, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affecting his retina,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. In another patient, it looked as though the blood vessels in the eye were becoming clogged with cholesterol, and after examining the auto-fluorescence picture, it was clear the cells around the blood vessel were beginning to die, which could indicate cardiac artery disease or high cholesterol. The device can take a picture of the entire inside of the eye, just as Snee would be able to see with her microscope. The Optomap, however, provides an easier and wider angle view. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much easier to see where something is and to track what it looks like,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. The new device is great for kids, Snee said, noting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge to try to view their eyes with a standard microscope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like playing a video game, looking

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$499,000

M3873

• Locally managed 11 unit building • Main floor has laundry hookups • U/G sprinklers, good tenant base • Corner store half a block away

$725,000

M4002

• 1500 sq.ft/ floor, wheelchair access • Great Investment Opportunity! • Prime development potential. • Top floor, 1 office, mini kitch & Bth • Ideal location for your business. • Backyard fenced, Ramps both sides • Mixed use commercial.

$265,000

M4027

$570,000

M4038

• End unit-includes all appliances • 24 hour notice required

$194,000

• • • •

M3741

New 2 bed, 2 bath Apartment Bright open design Kitchen w/ lrg center island Laundry room in unit

$164,000

M4001

• • • •

Beautiful Heritage Charmer 3 BD,2 Bth, shop & RV parking U/G sprinklers for amazing gardens A/C & security system

$187,950

M4031

• • • •

Just across from the arena! 2000 sq ft half duplex 5 bdrms, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms Laminate floors, fenced yard.

$179,900

M4028

• Nice 3 BR, 2 full Bath, 1/2 duplex

• Close to down town core • Great investment property

• Fam Room on Main w/2 BRs, Kitch • And L.R. on 2nd storey, Fenced yard

$159,000

M4021

$159,000

M3851

• Cozy 2 BD rancher, fenced back yard • Wood stove, metal shed & Shop • Front yard has Garlic and Herb bed

$169,000

M3886

• • • •

5 Bed , 3 Bath home Currently set up as duplex Back unit has 2 Bedrooms Comes with appl. in both suites

$167,000

M3879

$195,000

CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT www.royallepage.ca/merritt

M3603

• 26+ acre parcel • Bring your Building ideas

$155,000

M4003

• Absolutely lovely 2+ acres • Beautiful southern views • Backs on to Crown Land

$150,000

M3940

D ROA

$134,900

• 160 acres w/opportunities

• 160 acres of privacy

• Water license available

• Endless trails, this land is fenced

• Recreational/ farm potential

• 10 kms from paved highway

$599,000

$599,000

HWY

M3922

97C

M3815

$529,000

M4041

E SHIN SUN LLEY VA

$499,900

M3991

ERE

OKM

BRO

• Extra large double lot • 2 city water & sewage hookups • Easy access w/ paved roads

$100,000

• Riverfront Acreage,

• Totally private/fenced & cross fenced

• 9.62 property, fenced pasture

• Beautiful home w/custom kitch • Attached garage with guest room & • 3 piece bath

$485,000

$439,000

$399,000

$375,000

M4016

HIGH MILE

SE LIMP

G

M4032

LAKE

M3857

DISE PARAKE LA

KE E LA

M3534

• Desirable Nicola Wynd Dev. • Nice lot for your dream home • Quality builder available

$79,000

M3909

• Beautiful river view • Nice, quiet neighborhood • Close to downtown

$79,000

M3707

• Desirable Nicola Wynd Dev. • Build your dream home • Quality builder available

• Amazing 2800 sq ft log home • 3 bed 2 bath quality built • Vaulted ceilings, 2 lofts • Totally fenced 1.14 acres w/out buildings.

• Modular home, 3 BR, 2Bth

M3495

$79,000

• Amazing Panoramic views • Mstr BR w/ Ensuite & W/I closet • 4 bed, 3 bath- 8 years new • Vaulted ceilings, C/Air, C/vac • 10 acres and 2500 sq.ft barn • 9.91 acres- Totally fenced M3943

M3898

• Good sized lot, Ok for double wide • City services @ prop line • Mountain view in a quiet area

E SHIN SUN ESTATES EY VALL

• Main floor has vaulted ceiling

DR OSE R D L WI

• Horses welcome – 9.88 acres • Very nice 3 bed 2 bath home • Bright open design w/vaulted ceilings M3983

M3974

24 acres, beautiful Sunshine Valley Treed lot, very private, easy access Many potential building sites Hydro & phone lines to prop line

$70,000

• Sunvalley Court-2 BR, 2 Bth T/home

M4004

$212,000

• Utopia in the Sunshine Valley! • 44 +/- private acres w/creek • 38+ acres of breathtaking property • 2530 sq.ft. rancher,26x36 log barn • 4 BR, in floor heat, 9 ft ceilings • 20x40 RV,70x140 • Old growth forest & mature gardens arena,36x40 shop

$1,350,000

M4042

$249,000

• • • •

E SHIN SUN LLEY VA

• 13+ acres close to Merritt • House is 3 years new • 3 bdrm, 3 bath, family home M#4035 • Detached garage/shop & 2 wells.

FREE Market Evaluation 250-378-6181

• Nicely finished in-law suite

Amazing 1 year new 3 bdrm 2 bath rancher Bright open design Buyer to assign rebate

• 1.44 acre, approx, 295 ft river-front • Walking distance to downtown • Gorgeous views of mtns/ranchland

$775,000

• • • •

M3944

• 3 bed, 1 ½ bath family home • Downtown location–close to library/ shopping • 22 X 24 heated/wired detached garage/shop

Call For Your

• • • •

• 160 acre ranch

$2,100,000

• Mill Creek cabinets in kitchen

T PETIEK CRE

RAN

Nice 2 bed 1 bath on .359 acre Aerothermal heating & cooling Updated windows/totally fenced 24X30 detached shop/garage

• Large 7 bedroom 4 1/2 bath home

• • • •

M3908, M3910, M3911

• Easy access to new Retail and Dining • Wonderful Views, good sized lot • Build your own dream home

$60,500

M3914 & M3915

• New residential lots in nice area • Located in quiet cul-de-sac M4019 • Fully serviced incl curbs/ storm drain

$57,000

PS GLIM

M3692

COMMERCIAL LOTS • Well known location • Insurance office across the lane • Adjacent to city’s only Drycleaners

$85,900

• Luxurious 3 BR Custom Log Home • Laundry on main, Games room/ more • Resort style Atmosphere- Mile High!

• Year round residence • 4 bed, 2 bath main home • 2 acres private lot w/ extra’s • Guest cottage w/ tons of parking

• Exclusive recreational property • Wonderful lake views & access • 2 bdrms & loft log cabin • Onsite caretaker, weekly rentals

• Cozy, 1 bed cottage w/loft • 2 acres, fully fenced • Huge deck w/lovely Lk view • Year round recreation

• One of a kind in downtown • Potential dev opportunities • Bring your building plans

$349,000

$289,000

$288,000

$230,000

$85,000

M3894

M3946

M4033

M3995

M3935

M3942


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Crystal Chandler Unlicenced Assistant

250-378-1996

250-378-6181

Phone: 250-378-6181

M E R R I T T

Tom McDonagh Broker

1988 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 • Fax: 250-378-6184

www.royallepage.ca/merritt

www.realtor.ca

250-378-7170

tmcdonagh@telus.net

Karen Bonneteau Sales Rep

John Issac Sales Rep

Claudette Edenoste Broker

Debra Schindler Personal Real Estate Corp.

Melody Simon Sales Rep

250-315-5178

250-378-1586

250-280-0689

250-315-3548

250-315-8539

kbonneteau@telus.net

johnissac@telus.net

MOBILE HOMES IN PARKS

INC

GST

LOTS AND ACREAGE • • • •

26 Country acreage Natural grasslands, Good water table 2 acre, leveled, ready for a home

$310,000

• New Double wide mobile home • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom • Close to schools and park

$75,000 INCL GST

• • • •

M4046

• • • •

Beautiful rebuilt Mobile Home Priced to sell 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom 55+ Mobile Park

$59,990

M4044

Amazing kitchen w/granite Easy care yard 5 BR, 4 bth family home w/pool New roof & remodeled Bthrms

$439,000

For Renting, and Property & Strata Management call 250-378-1996

M3844

Beautiful 5 BR family home 4 Bath, ensuite w/ jetted tub 2 bedroom in-law suite 2 Covered decks

$399,888

• • • • M3972

The Best Bungalow! 3 bedrooms, 2 bath Private backyard w/ pool Full basement w/ dbl carport

• • • •

$357,000

M3994

Beautiful sprawling rancher Nicola River frontage Mature shade trees Located in quiet cul-de-sac

• • • •

$349,000

L3980

Perfect family enterprise Training can be provided Beautiful storefront and deli. 2 walk-in coolers, large quick freeze. M4030

• • • •

• • • •

$159,000

• • • •

Lrg 4 BR, 3 bath family home + 2 bedroom suite, own laundry Skylights, A/C, U/G sprinklers Oversized double garage M4020

ER LOW LA NICO

Perfect family enterprise Training can be provided Beautiful storefront and deli. 2 walk-in coolers, large quick freeze. M4021

Immaculate 3 bed plus den Motivated-Quick possession Quality appl.-amazing Kitch C/Air, Gas F/P, U/G sprinklers

• Very nice 4 bedroom 2 bath home • Hardwood floors/view side of Parker Drive • Private backyard with awesome deck and pool L3989 $330,000 M4045

$332,000

ER LOW LA NICO

LE ITABINESS F O PR BUS AL O L C

$150,000

M4039

$327,000

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

• • • •

• • • •

Royal Lepage Merritt for all your Real Estate needs. For Buying & Selling call 250-378-6181

Completely Replumbed New HW tank 3 Bed, 2 Bath rancher Appliances included

$34,900

• • • •

• • • •

Hobby Farm 1.79 acres 3 bdrm, 2 bath home 5 stall barn, hay shed, poultry pens Numerous fruit trees, large veg. garden.

$269,000

M4017

Family home 4 BR, 3 Bath Plus 2 bedroom suite Rear deck with BBQ hookup Family area, cul-de-sac street

$325,000

• • • • M3961

Beautifully updated 2900 sq ft 3 bed family home Lrg covered deck, fully fenced Awesome family home

• • • •

$297,990

L4008

New roof, recent H/W & Boiler 5 BR, 3 Bath main part of home + 2 BR suite at ground level Mstr BR, ensuite has jetted tub

$289,000

• • • • M3984

CH!

$269,000

M4022

ER BUY 0 0 0 $2, ONUS B

• Ver y nice 4 BR, 2 Bth family home • Updated main Bth- Private backyard

• • • •

$264,900

$244,900

• New furnace, roof and gutters

M3945

Investors, priced for your budget! Totally updated side X side duplex Currently rented with separate hydro Unit A 725 sq ft, Unit B 778 sq ft approx.

$219,850

M4048

• 4 Plex – Investors, lots of parking • 4 Lrg Suites, Close to D/Town • Double Lot, Great Location

$388,000

M3863

• 4500 Sq.ft. Linwood home • 130x220 riding arena

UE UNIQERTY P PRO

Located on nice quiet street 5 Bed, 3 bath incl. ensuite Granite countertops, Central air Tile & laminate flooring, 5 Appl.

• • • • M3981

Nice 3 Bedroom rancher Close to school & shopping Separate living & family room 16x20 detached garage

$239,000

M3968

$224,900

Quiet culdesac location! 3 bdrms up, 2 down, 2 bathrooms Includes appliances, central air Lots of parking

$214,000

M4043

• Full duplex, steady revenue • Great Buy! Below assessed Value • Recent roof & vinyl windows, fenced • 2 single family homes on Lrg lots yard • Two levels each side, 4 bedrooms each • Collect rental income from both • Priced below assessed value!

$209,000

M4040

$209,000

M3947

• 2 bedroom character home • Located near park • Private oasis in backyard

$194,500

M4025

$329,000

M3862

$329,000

• • • • incl GST M4024

4 bed, 4 bath family home In-law suite on main level 22 X 25 insulated/wired shop Central air and u/g sprinklers

$329,000

T!

FRON

R RIVE

• • • • M4026

RANCHES, RURAL AND RECREATION

HWY

97C

• 80 acre horse farm • 2 lrg ranch houses,44x96 barn • 40x40 wired, Insul, heated shop

$1,690,000

M3900

PETIT

L3990

REEK

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$799,000

MILL

Spectacular Sunshine Valley! Special 9.9+ acre property Pristine views of Nicola River Build your Future

• • • •

M#4036

CES SPENWAY T T I R MER GE HIGH BRID

• Awesome waterfront property • 3 BR home, new roof & floors • 7 stall barn, 2-16x24 cabins • Water rights on Nicola River

$640.000

E CACH

M3967

K

CREE

• Custom Post & Beam Home • Stunning views on 21 + acres • Custom built maple cabinets & more

• Log home/Hobby farm • Creek runs thru property • Farm Equipment included • Approx. 9 acres in hay

$599,000

$539,000

H

BEEC

Lovely getaway acreage! Great views of Stump Lake Easy access to the highway Water system & power to lot line

M3876

REEK

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• Approx 15 acres of dev. prop • Current zoning I3 w/portion in ALR • Subdivision potential

$499,000

M3873

• Locally managed 11 unit building • Main floor has laundry hookups • U/G sprinklers, good tenant base • Corner store half a block away

$725,000

M4002

• 1500 sq.ft/ floor, wheelchair access • Great Investment Opportunity! • Prime development potential. • Top floor, 1 office, mini kitch & Bth • Ideal location for your business. • Backyard fenced, Ramps both sides • Mixed use commercial.

$265,000

M4027

$570,000

M4038

• End unit-includes all appliances • 24 hour notice required

$194,000

• • • •

M3741

New 2 bed, 2 bath Apartment Bright open design Kitchen w/ lrg center island Laundry room in unit

$164,000

M4001

• • • •

Beautiful Heritage Charmer 3 BD,2 Bth, shop & RV parking U/G sprinklers for amazing gardens A/C & security system

$187,950

M4031

• • • •

Just across from the arena! 2000 sq ft half duplex 5 bdrms, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms Laminate floors, fenced yard.

$179,900

M4028

• Nice 3 BR, 2 full Bath, 1/2 duplex

• Close to down town core • Great investment property

• Fam Room on Main w/2 BRs, Kitch • And L.R. on 2nd storey, Fenced yard

$159,000

M4021

$159,000

M3851

• Cozy 2 BD rancher, fenced back yard • Wood stove, metal shed & Shop • Front yard has Garlic and Herb bed

$169,000

M3886

• • • •

5 Bed , 3 Bath home Currently set up as duplex Back unit has 2 Bedrooms Comes with appl. in both suites

$167,000

M3879

$195,000

CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT www.royallepage.ca/merritt

M3603

• 26+ acre parcel • Bring your Building ideas

$155,000

M4003

• Absolutely lovely 2+ acres • Beautiful southern views • Backs on to Crown Land

$150,000

M3940

D ROA

$134,900

• 160 acres w/opportunities

• 160 acres of privacy

• Water license available

• Endless trails, this land is fenced

• Recreational/ farm potential

• 10 kms from paved highway

$599,000

$599,000

HWY

M3922

97C

M3815

$529,000

M4041

E SHIN SUN LLEY VA

$499,900

M3991

ERE

OKM

BRO

• Extra large double lot • 2 city water & sewage hookups • Easy access w/ paved roads

$100,000

• Riverfront Acreage,

• Totally private/fenced & cross fenced

• 9.62 property, fenced pasture

• Beautiful home w/custom kitch • Attached garage with guest room & • 3 piece bath

$485,000

$439,000

$399,000

$375,000

M4016

HIGH MILE

SE LIMP

G

M4032

LAKE

M3857

DISE PARAKE LA

KE E LA

M3534

• Desirable Nicola Wynd Dev. • Nice lot for your dream home • Quality builder available

$79,000

M3909

• Beautiful river view • Nice, quiet neighborhood • Close to downtown

$79,000

M3707

• Desirable Nicola Wynd Dev. • Build your dream home • Quality builder available

• Amazing 2800 sq ft log home • 3 bed 2 bath quality built • Vaulted ceilings, 2 lofts • Totally fenced 1.14 acres w/out buildings.

• Modular home, 3 BR, 2Bth

M3495

$79,000

• Amazing Panoramic views • Mstr BR w/ Ensuite & W/I closet • 4 bed, 3 bath- 8 years new • Vaulted ceilings, C/Air, C/vac • 10 acres and 2500 sq.ft barn • 9.91 acres- Totally fenced M3943

M3898

• Good sized lot, Ok for double wide • City services @ prop line • Mountain view in a quiet area

E SHIN SUN ESTATES EY VALL

• Main floor has vaulted ceiling

DR OSE R D L WI

• Horses welcome – 9.88 acres • Very nice 3 bed 2 bath home • Bright open design w/vaulted ceilings M3983

M3974

24 acres, beautiful Sunshine Valley Treed lot, very private, easy access Many potential building sites Hydro & phone lines to prop line

$70,000

• Sunvalley Court-2 BR, 2 Bth T/home

M4004

$212,000

• Utopia in the Sunshine Valley! • 44 +/- private acres w/creek • 38+ acres of breathtaking property • 2530 sq.ft. rancher,26x36 log barn • 4 BR, in floor heat, 9 ft ceilings • 20x40 RV,70x140 • Old growth forest & mature gardens arena,36x40 shop

$1,350,000

M4042

$249,000

• • • •

E SHIN SUN LLEY VA

• 13+ acres close to Merritt • House is 3 years new • 3 bdrm, 3 bath, family home M#4035 • Detached garage/shop & 2 wells.

FREE Market Evaluation 250-378-6181

• Nicely finished in-law suite

Amazing 1 year new 3 bdrm 2 bath rancher Bright open design Buyer to assign rebate

• 1.44 acre, approx, 295 ft river-front • Walking distance to downtown • Gorgeous views of mtns/ranchland

$775,000

• • • •

M3944

• 3 bed, 1 ½ bath family home • Downtown location–close to library/ shopping • 22 X 24 heated/wired detached garage/shop

Call For Your

• • • •

• 160 acre ranch

$2,100,000

• Mill Creek cabinets in kitchen

T PETIEK CRE

RAN

Nice 2 bed 1 bath on .359 acre Aerothermal heating & cooling Updated windows/totally fenced 24X30 detached shop/garage

• Large 7 bedroom 4 1/2 bath home

• • • •

M3908, M3910, M3911

• Easy access to new Retail and Dining • Wonderful Views, good sized lot • Build your own dream home

$60,500

M3914 & M3915

• New residential lots in nice area • Located in quiet cul-de-sac M4019 • Fully serviced incl curbs/ storm drain

$57,000

PS GLIM

M3692

COMMERCIAL LOTS • Well known location • Insurance office across the lane • Adjacent to city’s only Drycleaners

$85,900

• Luxurious 3 BR Custom Log Home • Laundry on main, Games room/ more • Resort style Atmosphere- Mile High!

• Year round residence • 4 bed, 2 bath main home • 2 acres private lot w/ extra’s • Guest cottage w/ tons of parking

• Exclusive recreational property • Wonderful lake views & access • 2 bdrms & loft log cabin • Onsite caretaker, weekly rentals

• Cozy, 1 bed cottage w/loft • 2 acres, fully fenced • Huge deck w/lovely Lk view • Year round recreation

• One of a kind in downtown • Potential dev opportunities • Bring your building plans

$349,000

$289,000

$288,000

$230,000

$85,000

M3894

M3946

M4033

M3995

M3935

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M E R R I T T Royal Lepage Realtors(R) are trained to provide valuable assistance to Buyers

Phone: 250-378-6181

1988 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 • Fax: 250-378-6184

www.royallepage.ca/merritt

SY CLASDO! N CO

• Updated cottage with huge yard • 2 bed 1 bath & 4 appliances • Great income, retirement or 1st time buyer.

• 3 Bedroom rancher • Newer flooring in kitchen all bedrooms & livingroom • Yard is fully fenced

• Unique layout that awaits your touch • 2 lots, 2 titles • Detached double garage

• Fabulously updated w/ lots of extras • Custom cupboards & granite counters

• Good for revenue or first timer

$142,490

$149,900

$128,000

$127,000

$108,000

M4018

M3973

• Rev prop, Lvgrm, kitchen on main • Upper flr has 3 bdrms & full bath • Vinyl windows, fully fenced front yd

• 2+ bdrm home on a good sized lot • Open plan for kitchen, DR & LR • Fully fenced yard & lots of parking

• 2 bedrooms in strata building • Central location, Laminate floors • New roof in 2010

• Great investment property

$103,000

$99,900

$76,900

$74,000

M3823

M3871

M3486

M3792

• • • •

• New laminate flooring • Newer furnace, H/W tank

MERRITT,

M3934

• Nice 2 Bedroom Condo

• 1st floor, 2 bedroom unit, new bthroom • New laminate flooring

M4034

Don’t Rent when you can own! 1 bed, lrg rooms & updates Includes fridge and stove Well maintained building

$139,995

M3877

• Ground level entry and parking • Open design living room& kitchen • All electric heat and hotwater

M3992

$69,900

M3955

LOGAN LAKE, BC

LOGAN LAKE LOTS AND ACREAGE • Creek flows thru entire acreage • Great location nr Tunkwa Lake • 153 acres of Farm land

$358,000

M3930

• Build your dream home • 30 min drive to Kamloops

• Invest today in growing community

$44,000

• Start planning for your retirement • 40 acres with flowing creek

• Sunny lot on Calcite drive • Great Investment & views • Water, gas, sewer to lot line

$198,500

$43,000

• Enjoy the great outdoors

M3929

M3884

M3931

• • • •

Live in Luxury!! 4 Br, 3000+ sq ft home His and hers walk in closets Central A/C, Central Vac.

$479,888

• Outstanding views, lots of privacy • Nearly 20 acres, all new fencing • 3 BR, 2 Bath Home, Move-in ready! M3971

$349,000

M3881

• 4 Level split executive home • Features newer kitchen, 4 pce mbdrm ensuite • Large private yard with two level deck & hot tub • Double car garage and more.

$320,000

M4047

Royal Lepage Realtors(R) are trained to provide valuable assistance to Buyers in the following areas: • Identifying desirable types of properties • Investigation and timely information gathering • Viewing properties and providing information and advice • Preparing a binding Contract of Purchase and Sale • Negotiating terms and conditions • Assisting in arranging inspections and other needed services

• Huge Jacuzzi tub & pool table

• • • •

$258,000

$181,000

• Spacious 4 bdrm home • Family neighborhood, awesome deck

M3806

Pet friendly 3 bed home New roof, flooring & more! Private backyard Backs onto Greenbelt M4005

• • • •

Enjoy drinks at the wet bar! Custom built cedar home 3 BR w/ walk in closet, Sunny kitchen & hobby room

$309,900

TWO

• • • •

Custom built red cedar home 0.24 acre lot Large master bedroom with ensuite Main floor laundry, walk-out basement

$304,500

M4014

• • • •

3 Bdrms, 3 full baths on 2.24 Acres Laundry on main floor Extra large room with own entrance Perfect for a home business.

$279,000

M4013

• Starting out, over or renting out

• 2 BR, 2 Bath Manufactured home

• Renovated 3 BR M.H, new roof

• Open floor plan offers casual living

• New windows, furnace & electric

• Skylights and upgraded appliances

$142,000

M3926

$137,000

M3904

• • • •

There is no place like home! Move in ready 3 Bdrm 2 bath family home Private back yard on green belt

$259,000

• • • •

M4037

Perfect home for retirement! Open style mobile on its own lot. Large living room/kitchen. Covered deck & shed.

$135,000

M4029

M3975

S

TITLE

• Great starter or retirement home • 2 lots for the price of 1 • 4 bdrms, 2 bathrooms

$259,900

M4010

• Immaculate 2BR, 2Bth, super suite • Lrg dining area and Elegant kitchen • Strata fee inc, heat, hot water, cable

$115,000

Claudette Edenoste your Logan Lake Broker •Phone: 778-220-3210 Suite 10A, 111 Chartrand Ave., LOGAN LAKE, BC • www.royallepage.ca/merritt

M3808


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Charity: the most giving of gifts fees, and preserving your legacy. Here’s how you can make the most of your charitable giving.

DAVID L. BROWN Managing YOUR MONEY Christmas is a time for the exchanging of gifts – and you always do your best to match each of your gifts to the person who will be receiving it. At this time of year, you might also be thinking about another kind of giving – charitable giving – to help and support worthy causes you care about. Like your other gifts, you want your philanthropic gift to be the best match for the charity of your choice – and for you. Ideally it will be a gift that helps your charity while minimizing your taxes and other estate

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The simplest option: name a charity as a beneficiary In your will, simply leave a bequest of money or a gift in kind (such as securities or artwork) to a recognized charity. Your estate will receive a charitable donation receipt that could reduce the income tax on your final return and perhaps the immediately preceding return as well. Be a donor: establish a donor advised fund You will receive an immediate tax receipt for all contributions made to the fund while retaining the right to advise as to which charities are to receive your fund’s income. Trust: establish a

charitable remainder trust This irrevocable trust holds assets such as cash and mutual funds. The interest and dividends are paid to you as taxable income. At the time of your death, the trust assets – known as the ‘remainder’ – go to your designated charity. When you establish the trust, you will receive a donation receipt for the ‘remainder interest’ of the trust. Insure your giving: donate a life insurance policy while you live You will enjoy certain tax credits and your charity will receive the total death benefit under the policy. Secure your gift: donate publicly funded stocks or securities You will get a tax receipt for their full value

tainly make good use of your monetary donation – and you, when you choose to take an active role as a volunteer. To give the most and get the most from your charitable gifts, talk to your legal and professional advisor.

and will not pay tax on the capital gains of the donated securities. Give and receive: establish a charitable life annuity Set up the annuity for yourself, or for you and your spouse, and receive a lifetime income from the assets. Much of the annuity cash flow is taxfree and you will get a charitable receipt for a portion of the donations based on the amount of annuity income you receive and your life expectancy. Go private: establish a private foundation When you make a substantial donation, establishing a foundation allows your name or family’s name to be permanently associated with the cause you’ve chosen.

This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), and Investors Group Securities Inc. (in Québec, a firm in Financial Planning) presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

Give the gift of yourself: volunteer Your charity will cer-

Contact David Brown at 250-3150241 or at david. brown@investorsgroup.com to book your appointment.

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A 2013 B.C. news quiz Guatemala inspires local student By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS tfletcher@blackpress.ca

1. When Premier Christy Clark took the stage after her upset election win May 14, the first thing she said was: A: I’m going to Disneyland! B: Well, that was easy! C: Oh no, now I have to pay off the debt! D: Socialism is dead! 2. How many proposed liquefied natural gas export proposals are there on the B.C. coast, according to the premier’s latest estimate? A: four B: six C: eight D: ten 3. After winning $25 million in the lottery, Terrace construction worker Bob Erb gave sixfigure donations to: A. Local anti-poverty and other community groups B. Pay for $300,000 in dental work for locals who couldn’t afford it C. Provide cars and trucks for people he considered needy. D. Sensible BC marijuana legalization campaign E. All of the above 4. How has the province said it would raise money to pay for a promised new bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel? A. Tax increases B. Toll like the Port Mann Bridge C. Small tolls on all Metro Vancouver bridges and major roads D. It hasn’t 5. What admission to U.S. border guards did some B.C. residents find can be deemed a “crime of moral turpitude” and result in America barring your entry? A. Atheism B. Past use of marijuana C. Past conviction for impaired driving C. Past or present membership in the NDP

6. Which of the following wasn’t proposed in B.C.’s liquor law review? A: Licensing alcohol sales at farmers’ markets B: Letting children into pubs with their parents C: Serving alcohol for slot players on BC Ferries D: Selling hard liquor in grocery stores 7. Burnaby’s Tung Sheng (David) Wu was convicted and jailed for performing illegal: A. Proctology B. Taxidermy C. Electronic waste recycling D. Dentistry 8. Since his triumph in the HST referendum, former premier Bill Vander Zalm has campaigned against: A: An alleged secret global surveillance system using smart meters B: An alleged secret global climate control scheme using “chemtrails” C: An alleged secret European Union plot to control world finance through consumption taxes D: All of the above 9. What’s the transportation ministry’s solution to prevent the new Port Mann Bridge from dropping more ice bombs onto cars? A. A system of scrapers and brushes along each cable to remove ice B. Aerial drones that spray the cables with deicing solution C. A flock of seagulls

trained to peck loose ice chunks D. Closing the bridge and waiting for ice to melt 10. What did Metro Vancouver mayors propose in 2013 as a new way to raise money for cashstrapped TransLink? A. $5 toll at the border on all vehicles heading south to the USA B. Regional sales tax of up to 0.5 per cent C. Adding magnets to new SkyTrain fare gates to suck loose change out of pockets D. Forcing SeaBus passengers to row to help save on fuel costs E. Installing slot machines in SkyTrain stations 11. The government is considering spending $6 million to stop the B.C. legislature dome from: A: Cracking B: Peeling C: Twisting D: Sinking 12. Which was not a 911 call received by E-Comm operators who begged cellphone users to be more careful about declaring emergencies? A. Asking who won the hockey game B. Broken TV set C. Big spider in living room D. Politician breaking election promise 13. B.C. pharmacies were ordered by their regulating body to stop doing

what? A: Offering wine tastings at the pharmacy counter B: Issuing reward points or other “kickbacks” to customers buying prescription drugs C: Refusing to sell prescribed medical marijuana D: Refusing to act as supervised injection sites 14. In 2013, the B.C. government approved: A: Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline to Kitimat B: Twinning Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline to Burnaby C: A pipeline to carry fuel from tankers on the Fraser River to Vancouver airport D: A pipeline to transport glacial water from Garibaldi Park to Squamish for export 15. The poaching of what prompted Vancouver Island aboriginal groups to post a $25,000 reward? A: Roosevelt elk B: Abalone C: Seals D: Easter eggs 16. Which B.C. municipal council fended off a court challenge (and death threats) over its deer cull program? A: Oak Bay B: Cranbrook C: Invermere D: Penticton Answers: 1-B, 2-D, 3-E, 4-D, 5-B, 6-C, 7-D, 8-D, 9-A, 10-B, 11-C, 12-D, 13-B, 14-C, 15-A, 16-C

NVIT student Helen Knott didn’t go to Guatemala to lay on the beach. Instead, the social work student went with a group of Canadians on a study tour to meet with Guatemalans impacted by the booming mining industry there, and learn about Canada’s hand in it. What she heard from those indigenous community members was not pleasant. Knott was one of two people sponsored by Kairos Canada, a nondenominational social activism organization, to join another eight people on the tour from Nov. 18 to 29. The other eight are members of the United Church. Knott said it was a diverse group that travelled around the Central American country, visiting with an average of three groups of people per day. The group also met with a Canadian mining company and the Canadian embassy. The mining company is at the forefront of a Guatemalan human rights abuse case that will be heard in Ontario in a precedent-setting move, even though the alleged abuses happened in Guatemala. The plaintiffs blame a Canadian mining

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of the indigenous expecompany for shootings, a killing, and gang rience in Guatemala and that of Canadian rapes in 2007 and indigenous women. 2009. Knott said the Knott said the commodification of group met the widow women in the face of and son of the activbig industry was tough ist who was allegedly killed by the company’s to take. “It’s like the women security guards in El always suffer.” Estor. She said for those “All the stories and everyday people to how they impact [people], you can really feel continue to stand up for what they believe the pain,” Knott said. The group also met in, having lived with many women who through a genocide where that could’ve had formed grassroots been a death sentence, committees to protest was inspiring to see. mining of indigenous “With those memocommunities’ land. ries that are pretty fresh The Fort St. John because that ended in native said seizure 1996, for people stand of indigenous lands up and still meet this and violence against kind of resistance — women “always seem the strength that that to happen in conjunctakes. For the most tion. part, I was just super “I saw a really big parallel in terms of the inspired.” violence against indigenous women,” she said See ‘Teachings’ Page 17

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Golden rules for a Knots send out pain signals gentle awakening (NC) — Weekday mornings are often a race against the clock. The alarm sounds and stress slowly takes control of your day. If you think it is a nightmare to get to work on time, think again. Here are the four golden rules that allow you to fully enjoy the early hours of the day without being late for work. 1) Prepare as much as possible the day before Prepare lunch, organize your work bag and choose your clothes for the next day. Having everything prepared in advance will mean less things to do next the morning. You will also sleep better knowing everything is ready for the next day. 2) Get rid of your alarm clock Is there a worse way to start the day than

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getting out of bed from the sound of an assaulting ring of an alarm clock? For gentle waking, nothing is better than a Wake-up Light like the one designed by Philips. This alarm clock emulates the gradual rise of the sun over a 30-minute period and can be accompanied by nature sounds. With over 100 years of experience in the field of lighting technology, Philips has developed the perfect way to wake you up naturally and gradually. 3) Enjoy a quick but delicious breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just cut up fruit the

night before and mix with yogurt and muesli in the morning. Prepare and freeze homemade pancakes to make a quick and tasty treat. Simply pop them in the toaster to warm. 4) Take time for yourself With a little luck, these tips will help you be in less of a hurry. Why not give yourself a few extra minutes that make you happy? Extend your time in the shower, take the time to read your favorite book, or try a new look.... take some time for yourself before the day even begins. www.newscanada.com

Teachings similar 6,000 km away From Page 16 Knott noted as in Canada, many of the conflicts between industry and indigenous communities seem to originate from a clash of ideologies. However, she said those stories of violence were also stories of strength, and she felt connected with the people she met. “Our stories are real-

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ly different, but there are so many similarities at the same time,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if there’s that vast geography splitting us up, we’re still part of that same struggle.” However, there were positive commanlities as well, she said. “When we visited the indigenous communities, a lot of them have the same teachings. The directional teachings,

the colours, the same things I was taught.”

What is a trigger point? I doubt that there is a single reader of this article that does not have one somewhere in his or her body. Before you get alarmed, let me explain what a trigger point is. A trigger point as a highly irritable localized spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule or palpable taut band of muscle tissue. What this means is that they are small localized and painful knots in the muscle. When pressure with even a finger is put on these spots, they really hurt. As well, you don’t have to have an injury for trigger points to develop. They can appear after periods of poor posture, stress, lack of exercise, and even too much exercise. A trigger point occurs when a few of the microscopic muscle fibres in a muscle stay contracted or short-

ened, even when the rest of the muscle is relaxed. This causes blood flow to stop in the immediate area of the trigger point. Blood flow is necessary to nourish the muscle tissue as well as eliminate metabolic (activity) wastes. This results in oxygen starvation and accumulation of waste products irritating the trigger point. The trigger point then sends out pain signals. The problem is that the pain is usually referred – sent to some other part of the body. Unfortunately, conventional treatments focus on the site of the pain itself but the actual source of the pain is nowhere near where the pain is felt, which could be a good distance away from the area of pain. As a chiropractor, I have to be aware of where these trigger points refer pain. Too many healthcare practitioners focus on treating the area that hurts rather than identifying where the pain could originally be coming from. I see these painful trigger points in almost all of my patients. When someone has

‘I see these painful trigger points in almost all of my patients.’

— HERALD COLUMNIST DR. COLIN GAGE neck pain, back pain, headaches, buttock pain or leg pain, trigger points can almost always be found to exist even when other problems such as joint and nerve irritation are the primary problem. If you feel “knots” in your neck, shoulders, back, or pelvis, there is likely a problem brewing that will eventually become more debilitating down the road. As

a chiropractor, it is my job to find these trigger points and “release” them by applying specific pressure on the contracted muscle tissue. Other techniques such as stretching and exercise could also help. Often, the joints and nerves adjacent to the affected muscles are also not functioning well. A stiff joint or irritated muscle can cause trigger points to occur, and vice versa. Thus, it is important to address all the problems in the area, not just the trigger point. If you think you have a trigger point and would like some relief or if you just have questions, feel free to contact me at my office.

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Cents close out 2013 with a statement win Ten different Merritt players pick up points in a penalty-filled 5-2 victory over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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For the second time in a week, the Merritt Centennials smacked down the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks on home ice. Friday night, in their final game before a 10-day Christmas break, the Cents scored first and in each period to hand the ’Backs a 5-2 loss and extend Merritt’s modest winning streak to two games. Centennials’ cocaptain Tyler Martin said Friday’s victory was a crucial one. “We knew coming into the game that it was huge for us and would make or break our time off, so it was good that we won.” Friday’s win came just five days after the Centennials battled back from an early threegoal deficit to edge the Silverbacks 5-4 in double overtime. Unlike their first meeting a week ago, the outcome of Friday’s match-up between the two Interior Division rivals never seemed to be in doubt.

Merritt rookie Zach Hartley scored at 2:57 of the first period to get the ball rolling, with assists going to linemate Adam Tracey and Martin. Salmon Arm tied the game briefly at 17:35 of the first with a powerplay tally by league-leading scorer Landon Smith, but the Cents promptly answered back 16 seconds later. Jeff Wight put one of his patented shots past ’Backs netminder Adam Clark to send Merritt to the dressing room with a 2-1 intermission lead. Assists went to Diego Cuglietta and Scotty Patterson. “After they tied it up, I think our quick response was kind of the turning point in the game,” said Centennials head coach and GM Luke Pierce. Merritt essentially put the game away in the second period, scoring twice while limiting Salmon Arm to just seven shots. Goals by Gavin Gould, from Daniel Nachbaur and Shane Poulsen, and Cuglietta, from Wight and Patterson, put Merritt ahead 4-1 and ended Clark’s night as he

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BACK BEATER Merritt Centennials’ leading scorer Scotty Patterson (27) lines up for a face-off beside Alex Gillies of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in Friday night’s game at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. The Cents beat the ’Backs 5-2. Patterson picked up a pair of assists. Ian Webster/Herald

was replaced in the Silverbacks’ net by Angus Redmond. “We had a simple game plan all night long,” said Martin. “Just get pucks in deep and go to the net. It seemed to work well for us.” Salmon Arm’s Kennedy brothers — Brendan and Jeff — tried to stir things up in the middle stanza, but Cents players wisely kept their cool. “We tried to ignore them, stay disciplined and play our game,” said Martin. “They’ve been around long enough that we know what they’re all about,” Pierce added in reference to the Kennedys. “They were just doing their job — trying to gain some momentum for their team. We did a good job of staying out of it.” The Cents extended their lead to four goals when hard-working Rhett Willcox beat Redmond at the 14:04 mark of the third period. Assists went to linemates Hartley and Tracey. The ’Backs managed

to get one more of their own before time expired as Smith scored his second of the night, again on the powerplay, with less than two minutes left in regulation time. Merritt goaltender Devin Kero had a relatively quiet night between the pipes but was solid in stopping 21 of 23 shots. At the other end of the ice, Clark and Redmond fielded a combined total of 39 Merritt pucks. It was a busy night for referee Devin Samaddar as he handed out a total of 60 minutes in penalties, including a pair of misconducts to the Silverbacks’ Brendan Kennedy and Logan Mostat. Pierce said his team did what it needed to get the two points and stay in the hunt in the BCHL’s Interior Division. “It wasn’t a particularly pretty or wellexecuted game. With all the penalties, it was really tough to keep the flow. We just had to find a way to win, and we did.” Merritt goes into the break with a 19-14-2-1 record after 36 games,

good for 41 points and fifth place in their division. While Penticton and Vernon have opened up a bit of a lead over the rest of the pack in the Interior conference, Salmon Arm, West Kelowna and Merritt are currently in a dogfight for the final two playoff spots. After an injury-and-

illness-plagued first half of the season, the Centennials are looking forward to returning in January with a nearly complete lineup. Sebastien Paré will be back from his two-game suspension, and James Neil should be fully recovered from a highankle sprain. The only Cents player who will definitely

not be back in uniform for some time is Devin Oakes. The 18-year-old Prince Rupert native will be out for a substantial period of time following the blindside hit he took on Dec. 15 against the Silverbacks that broke his jaw. Merritt’s first game in the new year is Jan. 3 versus the visiting Penticton Vees.

WINNING HAND Merritt Centennials captain Tyler Martin (left) congratulates winning netminder Devin Kero following the Cents’ 5-2 victory over Salmon Arm on Friday. Ian Webster/Herald


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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! from the Merritt Centennials players and coaching staff

Cents players and team personnel looking forward to the holiday break By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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When the final buzzer sounded at the end of Friday’s game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, you can bet that the thoughts of Cents players and staff turned very quickly to the wonderful 10-day Christmas break that was about to begin. For 19-year-old rookie defenceman Jake Clifford, the extended holiday means a family trip to warm and sunny Costa Rica for seven days. “Usually we take a family vacation in the summer,” said Clifford, who was born and raised in Brecksville, Ohio but now calls Toronto home. “Since I got a longer break than normal this year, we decided to go somewhere together at Christmas.” Clifford will travel to Central America with his parents, Paul and Rosario, and his two younger sisters, Inadia and Paulina.

“It’ll be my first trip there,” said Clifford. “I’m looking forward to relaxing, enjoying the weather and spending time with my family. Maybe I’ll even get in some surfing and snorkeling.” Cents athletic therapist Hayley Hill will be celebrating Christmas with her two older sisters, Faren and Kathyrn, in Hamilton, Ont. “My oldest sister just got her own house, so she’s kind of the centre of the universe for the three of us right now and we’ll congregate there.” The Hill sisters will also find time to travel to their hometown of Clifford, a tiny hamlet of 700 people in southwestern Ontario, to visit family and friends. While Q101 radio’s “Voice of the Cents” Dustin Scafe is not travelling nearly as far over Christmas as either Clifford or Hill, he definitely has the most hectic schedule of the three. “After the Cents’ final game on Friday night, I

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have to do the morning show at the radio station on Saturday. Then I’ll be driving over to Vernon to celebrate an early Christmas with my dad and grandparents before driving to Edmonton on Sunday to be with my mom and older brother, Kyle.” Come Christmas Day, Scafe will be making the long drive back to Merritt in time to do the afternoon radio show on Boxing Day. “At the end of the day, seeing my family is the most important thing. If it takes a 10-hour drive each way to do that, I’ll do it anytime.” Clifford, Hill and

Scafe were all in far different places as Christmas approached one year ago. The young defenceman was toiling for the USHL’s Minot Minotaurs in North Dakota, while the latter two were in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Hill was the athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos. Scafe was the play-byplay voice of both the Melfort Mustangs and the Nipawin Hawks. Clifford is used to travelling at Christmas time. “Growing up, we would usually make our way up to Wisconsin where some of my

relatives live. We’d do a partial gift exchange on Christmas Eve, and then open the great gifts from Santa in the morning.” Hill says that she and her sisters have begun to create some Christmas traditions of their own in recent years. “Christmas Eve, we usually have a movie marathon with appetizers and some wine. We actually open our presents Christmas Eve.” Hill is quite excited about the holiday season this year as she and some friends will be gathering at the home of Steve Mason, a goaltender for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, for a Christmas

party. She also hopes to get in some pick-up hockey with her sisters on one of the outdoor rinks around Hamilton. Clifford has much to be thankful for this Christmas. His introduction to the BCHL four months ago was an auspicious one. “On my journey out to Merritt for training camp [in August], I was staying the night in Medicine Hat, Alta.,” described Clifford. “I woke up during the night and literally couldn’t move. I was in so much pain. I called my dad and he said to get to the hospital right away. “I managed to drive myself to the ER. I had appendicitis. Eight hours later, I had surgery and had my appendix removed.” Clifford remained in Medicine Hat for a few days to recuperate before completing the journey to Merritt. He missed all of training camp, and did not play until the sec-

ond game of the regular season. “I really appreciate what everybody did for me,” he said. Clifford, Hill and Scafe have all enjoyed immensely their time in Merritt. “I like it a lot — spending time with my teammates, and taking part in community events and activities,” said Clifford. “And the level of hockey is everything that I had hoped for.” “It’s been an amazing experience,” said Hill, “but it’s gone by so fast. It just seems like yesterday we were beginning main camp.” A graduate of Sheridan College in Brampton, Ont., Hill said, “I feel like I’ve grown a lot and learned so much.” Scafe really appreciates how welcoming and helpful everybody has been. “I’ve really warmed to the community,” he said, “and I’m starting to call it home.”


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KNITWITS Love to knit or crochet? Or are you a novice interested in learning more about knitting or crocheting in a friendly and welcoming setting? Come on down to Brambles Baker y Thursday evenings. Bring your yarn and needles and join in the fun.

NVCAC CONCERT COMMITTEE Will be hosting a Matinee per formance on Feb. 1st - Murray Hatfield and Teresa, Canada’s Master Illusionists and Magician of the year 2012. Tickets are available at Black’s Pharmacy

NEWBARK RESCUE Newbark Rescue & Rehoming Merritt

Branch, are always looking for foster families. If you would like to help by fostering a fur-kid, until they find a fur-ever home, please contact Margie at newbark_rescue@ hotmail.com.

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New members welcome. For more info, call Jack 250-3784371.

Weekly schedule is as follows: Monday: Crib & Whist 7 p.m. Tuesday: Bingo 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge 7 p.m. Wednesday: Carpet Bowling 1:30 p.m., Cour t Whist 7 p.m. Thursday: Floor Curling 1 p.m. (third week -

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS For League Information 250-378-4423 Merritt Dance Society Linda Sanford: 250-378-6109 Merritt Duplicate Bridge Club Tuesdays 7 p.m. Seniors’ Centre 250-378-5550 Merritt Elks Lodge Clubs Second & Fourth Wednesday 8 p.m. Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Merritt Lawn Bowling Sun., Tues., & Thurs. at 7 p.m. 250-378-2950 Merritt Lions Club First & Third Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Best Western - Han’s Golden Wok 250-378-9509 Merritt Moms Prenatal Post Natal Support group. Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. 250-378-2252 Merritt Mountain Biking Assoc.Wednesdays 6 p.m. - ride E: merrittbiking@yahoo.ca T: #merrittbiking Navy League Cadets of Canada Wednesdays 6 - 9 p.m. Cadet Hall - Ages 9-13 welcome 250-280-6944 Merritt Snowmobile Club Second Tuesday 7 p.m. Civic Centre 250-315-1082 Merritt’s Women in Business Second Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Merritt Desert Inn 250-315-5851 Nicola Naturalist Society Third Thursday - 7:00 p.m. NVIT. www.nicolanaturalists.ca N.V. 4-H Club Second Tuesday - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-3785028 Nicola Valley Better Breathers Third Wednesdays 1 p.m. Trinity United - 250-378-6266 N.V. Community Band Tuesdays 7 p.m - MSS Music Room 250-378-5031 or 250-378-

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9894 NVCAC Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at The Art Gallery. 250-378-6515 www.nvartscouncil.com N.V. Dirt Riders Association Last Wednesday 7 p.m. Garden Sushi - Scott: 250-3783502 N.V. Fall Fair Third Monday 7 p.m. 2145 Quilchena Ave. 250378-5925 N.V. Fish & Game (except July and Aug.) Third Wednesday 7 p.m. 2236 Jackson Ave. 250-378-4572 or 250-378-4904 N.V. Heritage Society Last Wednesday - Baillie House 250-378-0349 N.V. Quilters Guild First & Third Thursdays Civic Centre 7 p.m. 250-3784172 N.V. Search & Rescue Second Monday 7 p.m. at the airport - 250-378-6769 N.V. Thrift Store First Tuesday NVGH basement 250-3789100 N.V. Women’s Institute Second Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. For locations, 250-378-2536 One Way Krew Youth Group Tuesdays 7 - 8:30 p.m. Crossroads Community Church 250-378-2911 Pathfinders Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central School - 250-9368298 Patricia Rebekah Lodge Second & Fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Lawn Bowling Club Rocky Mnt. Rangers Cadets Tuesdays 6 p.m. 250-3781302 or 250-572-3775 Royal y Canadian Legion g #96

Executive Mtg. Second Thursday 6 p.m. - Regular Mtg. Fourth Thursday 7 p.m. 1940 Quilchena - 250-3785631 Royal Purple First & Third Mondays 1:00 p.m. - Downstairs @ Elks Hall 250-378-6788 Rotary Club of Merritt Every Thursday - Noon Brambles Bakery Cafe. 250378-5535 Sagebrush Spinners and Weavers Guild Tamarack Gardens every other Thursday at 11:00 AM Bev at 250-378-2787. Rotary Club of Merritt Sunrise Every Tuesday - 7 a.m. Brambles Bakery Seniors’ Mixed Curling Mondays & Tuesdays 1 - 3 p.m. 250-378-5539 Soup Bowl Tuesdays 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Anglican Church Hall Sparks Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Central School - 250-3157410 Teen Centre Mondays & Fridays 3:30 7:30 p.m. 250-378-4878 24U First & Third Tuesdays 2 p.m. at the Hospice Society - Sue 250-378-2717 or Bonnie 250-315-0179 Valley Scrapbooking 250-936-8298 Valley Visual Artists General club information Fran McMurchy 250-378-4230 Vintage Car Club - Merritt Second Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Ska-Lu-La Workshop Al - 250-378-7402 Ted - 250-378-4195

7 Day Weather Forecast for Merritt, BC - Thursday, Dec. 26 - Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014 Thurs. Dec 26

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1950 Maxwell St. • 250-378-9502 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Corner of Jackson & Blair • 250-378-2919 Mass Time: Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Seventh Day Adventist Church 2190 Granite Ave. • 250-378-4061 Service Time: Saturdays 11:00 a.m.

St. Michael’s Anglican Church 1990 Chapman St. • 250-378-3772 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Trinity United Church Corner of Quilchena & Chapman • 250-378-5735 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL Would you like to see a movie theatre in Merritt, then the Merritt Community Cinema Soceity can use your help!

Land Only Goal $300,000

For more information call Patty Beers 250-378-9503 or Rich Hodson 250-378-6794

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A.R.T ENTERPRISES Ltd o/a Subway at A-2190 Vought St, Merritt, BC, V1K-1B8 is hiring five F/T Permanent Kitchen Helpers. $10.29-$11.50/hour. High School graduate. Duties: Wash & Peel vegetables & fruit. Receive, unpack & store supplies. Remove garbage. Drop-off or email resume: worksubwaymerritt@aol.com

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The count down to Christmas is on, but here at the Merritt Herald we managed to catch Jolly old St. Nick for a quick interview. We compiled a list of questions from your letters to Santa and here’s what he had to say: How is Mrs. Claus doing? Mrs. Claus is doing very well, thank you for asking. She had a fall a while back when some silly elves forgot to put their toys away, but she made a miraculous recovery. Christmas is her favourite time of year you know, and she just sings all day long. Does Mrs. Claus bake cookies? Take a look at me. I’m surprised you even have to ask that question. Of course she does! She bakes the best cookies in the whole wide world, and believe me, I would know. How much do you weigh? Well now, that’s not exactly a polite question, but to tell you the truth, I haven’t the foggiest. I’ve never bothered to step on a scale. Are you on a weight loss program? Goodness! What are you trying to say? No, I’m not on a weight loss program, but I take it you think I should be. I did hear that Merritt will be hosting a Biggest Loser challenge, so maybe I’ll consider participating, but after all, I do have my image to maintain. Do you like to fly on a broomstick? Ho ho ho. I think someone’s been reading too much Harry Potter. The only thing I’ve ever flown on is my sleigh. But if I did have a flying broomstick, I’d definitely play Quidditch. Do you know every single language? Well, there are a lot of languages out there you know. I should mention that we do have a translation department with elves that speak every language, so we are fully equipped to process letters from all over the world. As for me, I’m a little rusty in some of them, but I try to focus on one new language each year. This year I practiced German.

Published By The Merritt Herald

Is your suit hot? I’ll admit it gets a little toasty when I’m delivering to countries like Australia and Brazil, but it’s just right for the colder places like Merritt. Delivering gifts wouldn’t be quite as pleasant if I got frost bite.


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Merry Christmas A World of Good Wishes. One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the new year

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Season’s Greetings All the members of our team would like to offer you their warmest wish for this holiday season.

At this special time, it is our great pleasure to offer our best wishes for a joyful holiday season! CONTRACTING

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Wishing all a safe and prosperous new year.

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Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year.

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During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. And in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely Thank You and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year

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May your home be Ă&#x;lled with all the joys of the season

Wishing you lidays o H y p p a H Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Fred, Lorna, Barb, Monique & families wish you a very safe & prosperous new year.

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Moving Real Estate BC Ltd.

be filled with joy and good cheer

May songs of joy Ă&#x20AC;ll your home with warmth and your heart with happiness this holiday season!

And the New Year bring you peace and happiness

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Merry Christmas

This Holiday Season

Spend time with family, friends and loved ones.    

        

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Appreciate the good fortune we all have in our community. Aspen Planners Ltd.


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SEASONS GREETINGS Dear Santa, How are you doing? I am doing fine. The wether is freesing. Do you have magic powers to help you fly? I think i have ben good this year. I learned how to ride a dert bike. I would like a Slurpee maker for Chirstmas They are very yumy. I dont get them very often. From, Ryland Sheldon Dear Santa, You’re the best because on the night of Chistmas eve, you always bring the most wonderful presents to every single house in the world all the presents one by one down the chimneys and under the trees. That

Merritt

BOWLING CENTRE Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring! Phone: 250-378-5252 or 250-936-8384

2076 Coutlee Avenue

May Creator bless you & yours with a Merry y Christmas mas

must be soooooooo hard. SO I DECIDED TO WRITE A Christmas Carol! O Santa Claus O Santa Claus boy winter must be hard every day of December writing Christmas cards aO Santa Claus O Santa Claus those who believe what Chrismas really means shall get what they deseve to have O Santa Claus O Santa Claus you’re the very best leaving gifts for everyone when we’re all at rest O Santa Claus O Santa Claus you’re the very best from: Donald Dear Santa, My name is Lily-ann the reason why I am handwriting I like it! Santa people dont believe in you but I

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would like to wish

Everyone a Happy Holiday

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do! I cant wait until you come we got cookies and milk too! I live on coldwater reserve! i wish I could see you but I’m too busy sleeping. bye Santa! Love Lily-ann Dear Santa, How is miss claus? How is your reindear? Tell you elves that I appreci ate the help of making the toys. I will leave you some cookies and milk when you come to my house ok. Is rudolph the Red nosed reindeer real? thank you for all your work. the elves Do a jood gob to. thank you, Santa tell miss claus I said Hi hear is some of the thin’s I would like for Christmas Some Rainbow magic

Books and some Geronimo Stilton’s Books and some Camjansen’s Books from Jazmin! Dear Santa, I have a couple of questions to ask you. Who is your favourite rain deer? What are your elves names? and How many elves do you have? Who is your favourite elf. These are a few things that I would like for christmas. I want a orbeez smoothing spa. I also want a purple notebook, and a big big husky dog. I want all of these things because they are cool. from Payton Moffat

Wishing all of you the very best of the season and a prosperous New Year!

Call David Brown at 250.315.0241 or email him at David.Brown@investorsgroup.com

From all the staff at garden sushi we would like to wish you a very

Happy Holiday

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and thank you for your support throughout the year!

Mon. - Sat.: 11 am to 9 pm Sundays: 4 pm to 9 pm Closed: Christmas Day & New Years Day

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2701 Nicola Ave., Merritt

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SEASONS GREETINGS Dear Santa, My name is Riya. I’m 9 years old and I live in Merritt. I want to ask, how is Mrs. Claus and the elves? For Christmas I would like a respect potion. I would like an i-pod touch. I would also like a barbie holiday doll. Have a Merry Christmas!! from: Riya Chhabra Dear Santa, how are you doing….. I want a Xbox 360 I want a Xwing star fitger lege star wars I want to give Aeleay a trampler I want to give Joja barbies I want to give lily a DS that’s navy I want to give a yapy dog to Braiden Michael Dear Santa,

How are you? I have been goo this year and I would like to ask for a few things, could I please get a tv, an Ipod, a DSI some games fora DSI and an Easy Bake oven? Thanks Santa Be safe on Christmas! from, Emma-Lee Dear Santa, How is Mrs Claus? How are the reindeer? How many Elves do you have? I would like a few things for Christmas. May I have Angry birds toys and could you get Mario kart 7 for my brother? From your friend Evan! Dear Santa, I wante to give my friend a gift for

graycin Angry Birdsblack one and my name is Aaliyah and I wate to give my teacher a pigwing ornament He might be Happy sosososososososo happy and I woet to give jorja a BarbaieShe miht Be sosososososososo happy and I wantto give Michael Minecraft game a I woht to give Eamma-Lee a nowe sweter is a Blue one She miht be sosososososo happy I wohtd a Diary of a wimpy kid the ugly truth I woht to give Hannah monster High I woht to give mr. Anscomb a new baak I woht to give Diya pink and green and red I woht

to give Diya a Christmas Dress for Diya. Aaliyah Dear Santa, How are you and how is Miss Claus, the reindeers, and the elves? I hope that they are fine. For Christmas I would like a few different kinds of Barbie dolls, a DS game, a new pair slippers called Stompzes, a bath rope a alarm clock, a sleeping Beauty Doll, a new pair of pink boots, a new pair of pyjamas, and a new jacket. If you can’t get all fo those things it will be alirght. I don’t need all of them anyway. I just need a few things just in case. Merry Christmas and

Happy New Year From Your friend Diya Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a big Barbie house and my brother want a big train set oh and I want lots of Barbie cloths and some furniture for my Barbie

house and a Dracula by Bram Stoker adapted by Stephanie Spinner and my brother wants a bin full of thomas and friends movies I want to give Emma-lee a big Barbie house. Thanks from: Jorja M

Where friends meet to eat

Lynda and her staff wish everyone a

and a Happy New Year!

and a special thanks to our loyal customers! 2101 Quilchea Ave. Merritt 250-378-0331 www.lyndascafe.webs.com

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Our vision is a healthy and economically successful community that respects our traditions, culture and values.

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Happy Holidays It’s almost Christmas!

Season’s Greetings & Happy New Year

Peace on Earth. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness. Dr. Jaspal Sarao Dr. Sunil Malhotra & our dental team

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2731 Forksdale Avenue,

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103 2102 Nicola Ave, Merritt BC

The Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary would like to THANK the VOLUNTEERS and the COMMUNITY for their support throughout the Year. Season’s Greetings to All! nvhca.weebly.com | facebook.com/nvhca

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s a m t s i r h C y r Mer r a e Y w e N y p & Hap The happiest of holidays to you and yours! We so greatly appreciate having good friends and customers like you!

Nicola Plumbing & Heating PHONE: 250-378-4943

2064 Coutlee Ave., Merritt, BC

Hours: Monday - Friday 11 am - 8:30 pm Saturday 4 pm - 8:30 pm Sunday Closed

Seasons Greetings Joe, Christine and Corrine would like to thank all their customers for their patronage throughout the year.

Ron of Kennedy’s Appliances would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

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for your continued pa throughout the year!

KENNEDY’S APPLIANCES

1926 Voght St.

MERRITT LUMBER SALES We would like to thank our customers for supporting our Family Business. Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season. Stop by and check out our stocking stuffers for the handy person on your list.

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Merry Christmas

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“However you celebrate or worship during the Christmas and holiday season, remember your family and friends by driving carefully and getting home safely for the holidays.”

and for keeping me inspired!

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from everyone at

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It is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in your home and warming the gracious flame of charity in your heart Happy Holidays


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Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

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A World of Good Wishes. One of the real joys this holiday season is the

In warm appreciation of our association during the past year, we extend our very best wishes for a happy holiday season

Stain Glass by Almerina Rizzardo Available at Creative Company 2074 Quilchena Ave. Merritt, BC

From all of us at DCS AUTO

Ph: 250-378-0813

May your holidays be Safe & Filled with Great Memories

Season’s Greetings

CONTAIN-IT STORAGE

May your holidays be filled with love and joy!

NICOLA CHAINSAW & EQUIPMENT RENTALS 1750 Lindley Creek Rd., Merritt

250-378-2224

2602 Nicola Avenue, Merritt, BC

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A Big Thank You to all our Customers & Staff. Wishing all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

best for the new year

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Merry Christmas

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Season’s Greetings Enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends. from the staff at the

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Please Don’t Drink & Drive!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season! Management & Staff Mario’s Towing Group

2676 Nicola Avenue Toll Free: 1-888-292-1581

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No Place Like Home For the Holidays

May your life be colorful magnificent, shimmering and joyful as the magic of Christmas surrounds you Merry Christmas, from the management and staff at... MAIN LOCATION & CLEARANCE CENTRE 2025 Coutlee Ave., Merritt

Hours:

Monday to Friday 9 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Sundays: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 123 456 789

Phone: 250-378-2332


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