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Kia Canada has awarded a brand-new vehicle to local couple Jeff and Angela Bond, customers of Castlegar Kia. As part of a national promotion, Kia pledged to give away 60 cars in 60 days. Jeff and Angela were automatically entered in the contest after buying a 2014 Kia Sportage from Castlegar Kia in December. It turns out they were the 59th of the 60 winners, and were quickly reimbursed for their purchase. It happened so quickly, it took time – and a phone call from product

advisor Noah Lerch at Castlegar Kia –for the good fortune to sink in. “When we were called, I just thought we were entered as a finalist in a larger draw,” Angela Bond explained, not realizing what she had won. “I wasn’t at all excited, but Noah sure was,” Angela Bond recalled. “That’s what finally tipped me off.” Without knowing much about the contest, the Bonds chose the Kia Sportage after considering a few other vehicles in the same category. Jeff Bond visited Castlegar Kia more than a month earlier to see the Kia Sportage, a model that

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he believed best suited his wife’s commuting needs. “I did my research and I checked out and tried other brands in the area,” he said. “But once I took it out for I drive I immediately knew.” Angela added that the zero-percent financing offer and no payments until May also factored into their decision. But for husband Jeff, it was all about the vehicle’s handling and the quality fit and finish. “They’re just beautiful vehicles,” he added. An excited Keith Kalawsky, owner and general manager at Castlegar Kia, is excited about

their win. “We have been open for two months and really value the support of our local customers,” Kalawsky said. “I am so happy to have a winner from our area.” There are more than 120 Kia dealers across the country, Kalawsky said, and thousands of cars were sold during the two-month contest period. As the contest wound down, Castlegar Kia checked the results daily for the latest winners. With only two days until Christmas, financial services manager Sarah Klan unwrapped the bow and ribbon from the Bonds’ new Sportage before they drove away.

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January is a great time for anniversaries and along with all the other milestones being observed in the post-festive season is one of particular interest to the city’s artistic community. It was January 2012 when Joy Barrett was formally welcomed as the executive director of the Castlegar Sculpturewalk program. In the time that has whisked by, the effort which has enhanced Castlegar’s position on the cultural landscape has grown to impressive new heights. Continent-wide attention is being attracted to the “crossroads” community and everyone

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here is benefitting from it. In just a few years the foundations for a

prestigious reputation have been laid and the future is looking positive.

Having reached the plateau of 30 artists for the current edition of Sculpturewalk, the prevailing sentiment is that further growth is not a priority for the program at this time. Consolidation and quality are concepts being welcomed. “I would say my favourite part of the job is working with the artists,” the director related. “We’re fortunate in the Kootenays, the Castlegar region in particular, to have so many artists and artisans who are creating such amazing pieces of work... that we don’t have to go that far afield to find the quality we’re looking for.

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“It’s been a wonderful year,” Barrett told the Castlegar News on January 7. “I was very excited to come on board Sculpturewalk. It was great working under the tutelage of the founding member Pat Field and to learn from his experience and expertise.” Field’s energy and vision were instrumental in getting the idea from the planning stages to tangible reality. It was in 2012 that the artist/ organizer/promoter stepped aside, making way for the very qualified Barrett, who doubles as Cultural Development Officer with the City of Nelson.


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imminent purchase of more than 40 Bombardier turbo-prop aircraft and the creation of a region service to be known as WestJet Encore. Expressions of interest in WestJet service were solicited by the airline and dozens of communities responded, making formal presentations in Calgary last June. Announcement day is drawing closer as a planned late January statement date was pushed back. Communities across the country have eagerly awaited a decision on who can expect WestJet Encore service. Representing the West Kootenays, a Castlegar contingent felt good about it’s pitch following the effort and Mayor Lawrence Chernoff

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is every bit as upbeat now as he was late last spring. “I’m still optimistic about it,” said Chernoff on Jan. 31. The mayor hinted that there may have been recent, encouraging signs relating to whether Castlegar’s name is among those cities whose names are read when the news is broken. “I just think it’s working in a good direction,” he said. “It’s my understanding that WestJet executives were in the community in the last

couple of days, either Rossland or Nelson… in the area.” Chernoff did not indicate any knowledge of who the executives were, or exactly what the purpose of their visit may have been. WestJet media representative Robert Palmer, in an email, told the Castlegar News on Jan. 31 he had been unaware of any such group visiting the West Kootenays over this period. Back in June an excited Chernoff had described how towns

and cities from Pacific coast to Atlantic coast had taken their 25-minute turns in telling WestJet why they’d be good candidates for WestJet Encore service. His enthusiasm does not appear to have waned. “I’m still positive,” says the Castlegar mayor, “no doubt about it. I’m extremely hopeful. To me, it’s the right time and I think it’s a great opportunity.” While the identity of the successful applicants remains a mystery for the time being, according to WestJet, the wait will be over soon. “We haven’t made the date public,” Palmer’s email concluded, “but it will be sometime in February via news release early in the morning.”

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March 21, 2013 The West Kootenay Regional Transit Project, earlier projected to start in September of this year, will now see significant changes on July 2, 2013. The West Kootenay Transit Committee (WKTC) released a number of details recently, including: new transit routes, new schedules and new fare increases for adults, seniors and students in almost every ridership category.

- Adult cash fares increase from $1.75 to $2.00 - Adult book of 10 tickets increases from $15.00 to $18.00 - Adult monthly passes increase from $46.00 to $50.00 - Senior cash fares increase from $1.50 to $2.00 - Senior book of 10 tickets increases from $13.50 to $15.75 - Student cash fares increase from $1.50 to $2.00 - Student book of

10 tickets increases from $13.50 to $15.75 - Student and Senior monthly passes will decrease by a dollar to $35.00. Another change noted in the release was an “all zone” fare (ranging from $3.50 for a single cash fare to $90.00 for a monthly pass) for three different zones (Kootenay, Slocan and Columbia). “It’s not really an increase,” said Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, who is also chairperson of the

WKTC. “It’s really the opportunity to — instead of paying once and then move to another zone and pay again – it’s setting the fares where they are reasonable.” The Kootenay Zone includes routes 1 to 19; Slocan Zone routes 20 to 29; Columbia Zone routes 30 to 39 and Columbia Zone (Kootenay Boundary) is made up of routes 40 to 49. “We’re trying to work things so everything runs smoothly,” said Chernoff. Other notable changes include:

- two additional trips between Nelson and Castlegar - four of six regional trips from Castlegar finish at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital - route #5 service covered by route #9 from Trail (no deviation into Blueberry or Fairview) - one additional return trip on #1 - two additional return trips on #2 - a new Friday early evening #3 - an earlier trip to Selkirk College on #6. - introduction of

new smaller community busses to the local Nelson service “We’re trying to materialize this into more people using the busses than ever before,” said Chernoff. “Additional runs from Nelson to Castlegar to Trail, it kind of ties it all together in this new plan. That’s the big thing here, you could get on a bus from Trail and go all the way to Nelson.” Children under four years of age ride free and senior rates apply to those persons age 65 and old-

er upon presentation of valid ID. Students must be in full-time attendance to Grade 12 upon presentation of valid student ID and college student fare products are available to full-time college students upon presentation of valid student ID. Tickets and passes are available for sale on campus only. BC Transit and local transit providers are finalizing schedules that will be made available in the next few weeks. For more information, visit:

Pair of St. Rita’s arson suspects charged marvin beatty Castlegar News Reporter

April 4, 2013 Two Castlegar residents have been charged with arson related to two fires, at St. Rita’s Catholic church and a vehicle owned by the Red Cross near Kinnaird Community Church, that occurred the night of Monday, March 25. RCMP Inspector Nick Romanchuk, Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment, confirmed by phone to the Castlegar News that 18-yearold Lee Wilding of Castlegar and a 16-year-old Castlegar female had been charged in relation to the incident. In a follow-up press release, Romanchuk indicated that the female who was charged cannot be named

under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Wilding and the female have each been charged with two counts of arson with respect to the fires. The female was taken before a justice of the peace where she was released on conditions. Wilding has been remanded in custody since his arrest on Thursday, March 28, 2013 and was to appear in provincial court in Grand Forks, Tuesday, April 2. “The investigation was led by the Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit and included resources from the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment General Investigation Section, members of Castlegar Detachment, as well as resources from other areas of British Columbia,” said Ro-

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manchuk in the release. “Everyone involved in this investigation did an outstanding job of quickly gathering evidence to allow for arrests to be made and charges laid within a very timely manner. “Over the past number of years we have developed a very strong investigative capacity with respect to serious criminal offences and this incident is a testament to that fact.” The investigation into a garage fire on Thursday, March 28 in the 300 block of 7th Avenue in Castlegar is still ongoing. Please direct inquiries regarding any of these incidents to Inspector Nick Romanchuk, Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment, at (250) 354-5172.

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B.C.’s path for the next four years will be forged with a majority Liberal government at the helm after Christy Clark and the BC Liberals took an early lead as results came in and the numbers continued to climb throughout the evening. As of publication at 11:30 p.m., of the 85 seats up for grabs in the legislature, the Liberals were leading or elected in 50, the NDP were at 33, while the Green Party had 1, “Other” was at 1 and the Conservatives had 0. Locally, incumbent Katrine Conroy (NDP) took the Kootenay West seat in a landslide. Here are the percentages and vote tallies on the night: Conroy 62.99 per cent (10,606); Jim Postnikoff (BC LIberal) 21.33 per cent (3,592); Joseph Hughes (Independent) 13.30 per cent (2,239) and Glen Byle (Independent) 2.38 per cent (400). According to Elections BC, final voting results will not be available until after the conclusion of the final count, which begins on May 27. The BC Liberals were led by Christy Clark, who took over as party leader in February of

Members of the public line up to pose questions during a pre-election all candidates forum at the Sandman Hotel.

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2011 and were down in the majority of polls heading into the final days of the campaign. The NDP, with Adrian Dix as leader, looked to be clear favourites across B.C.’s ridings but the faces of those gathered at Conroy’s reception at the Portuguese Social Centre were a mix of shock and gratitude that their candidate bucked the provincial trend. Speaking from Castlegar, surrounded by supporters at a reception at the Portuguese Hall Conroy said she would continue as she has in the past. “Provincially, this is a concern and I’m watching and hoping the numbers will change as more polls are counted,” said Conroy. “Some of the ridings don’t have more than 50 per cent of the polls

counted so we’ll hope things change by morning.” Conroy was asked if she felt the continuation of a Liberal government would make her job that much harder. “It would make it harder but I’ve always worked hard in this constituency and will continue to work hard and will continue to represent the people of this area,” said Conroy. “Hopefully, I can continue the work I’ve been doing with seniors and making sure those issues are being addressed. We’ll continue to fight for what’s right and what needs to be done in this province.” Conroy was first elected as the MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary in 2005 before the boundaries were redrawn in 2008.

Labour/management strife marvin beatty Castlegar News Reporter

May 14, 2013 FortisBC received 72 hour strike notice from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, (IBEW) local 213 on Friday, May 10 but there has been little in the way of disruption according to a press release from Neal Pobran, manager of corporate communications with FortisBC. FortisBC and the IBEW 213 have agreed on an essential services order that was issued by the BC Labour Relations Board. The release stated bargaining with the union has been taking place since early January 2013 and that FortisBC presented an offer that provided “market-competitive general wage increases.” FortisBC is not proposing concessions to employee wages, benefits or pensions.

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The current contract with the union expired January 31, 2013. The Vancouver office of the IBEW 213 referred the Castlegar News to Rod Russell, business representative for the union in Kelowna, but no comment has been received despite telephone messages left both Friday and Monday. FortisBC noted the IBEW 213 represents approximately 225 FortisBC employees working primarily in electric

generation, transmission, and distribution occupations such as power line technicians, electricians, and system power dispatchers and that they do have a contingency plans to deal with job action.

*As it happened, FortisBC workers, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, would be locked out in June, 2013. The lockout would las until December.

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Year in Review Status quo for Castlegar’s Rota Villa jim sinclair

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Brian Brady, pictured at right, meets with residents on issues relating to Rota Villa. Jim Sinclair

guson. One additional director is awaiting confirmation. It appears that this group wants to make things work locally, but will be hindered, in my opinion, because five are tenants and will be in a conflict of interest in many situations. Interest from outside Rota Villa seems to have dwindled since the March meeting.” Some residents of the 40-suite seniors facility (11th Street and 7th Avenue) had had issues with with a possible change in the administration of the complex – directed for a number of years by an independent society following it’s original construction which had been arranged by Castlegar Rotarians. An interested onlooker in this ongoing issue has been Castlegar city councillor Deb McIntosh, who was also in attendance at the June 13 AGM. Members of the board were

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July 11, 2013 On Tuesday, July 9 workers at Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill learned that about 85 employees will be let go over the next five years, with the majority of employees to be affected over the next 12 months. Mercer International Inc. announced the workforce reduction after conducting a comprehensive assessment, saying in a press release the reduction is intended to improve its competitiveness with other pulp producers. The planned reduction will affect both hourly and salaried employees. Kevin Anderson, managing director of operations and technical at Celgar spoke

with the Castlegar News on Tuesday about the unfolding situation. “It’s an unfortunate reality for some people here,” said Anderson. “Though we are doing our best to minimize the impact to employees. One of the key things is that we’re looking to offer, as much as possible, voluntary alternatives for senior employees to depart and lessen the impact to some of our junior employees. “We know the number of positions but it’s difficult to know the employees that are going to go because there is quite a process in the collective agreement around seniority that we need to work though.” Anderson added the company is doing its best to be “as fair and generous” with the retirement incen-

Portion of Highway 3 Right of Way Plan R346 and Sublot 66, District 3 LotRight 4598, of Kootenay Plan R346 Portion of Highway Way Plan X34 except (1) part included in Plan RW11, (2) and part included in Ref Plan 40016D and (3) parts in plans 2938, 2949, 2952, Plan Sublot 66,included District Lot 4598, Kootenay 5055, 5488, 5581, 5652, 6282 8749 X34 except (1) part included in and Plan RW11, (2) PID 016-338-847 part (commonly includedknown in RefasPlan 40016D the “Ootischenia and Pit (3) parts included in plans Lands”)2938, 2949, 2952,

encouraged to take an active role in overseeing the day to day operation of the Villa, and 5055, 5488, 5581, 5652, 6282 and 8749 taking also, according to McInPID 016-338-847 tosh, a pro-active approach to(commonly known as the “Ootischenia Pit Lands”) ward the long-term future of the facility. “It’s good that there are people coming on board to help them out,” said the councillor on June 15, “it’s up to them to get the board going and keep it going.” McIntosh emphasized that the ball is in the board’s court. “They have a full slate of officers and hopefully they can take it to the next step now, which is either declining BC Housing’s offer, or running it as a society. But they have a big The property is currently owned by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Th job ahead of them and I hope Ministry has offered, and the City has accepted, a Right of First Refusal for this propert The City anticipates the transfer of title to this land to the City. they’re up for the task. Sandy McCreight (seniors ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS AND ELIGIBILITY advocate) and I have offered to be on the outside as advisors, in And Further Take Notice That the City of Castlegar may proceed with the bounda extension request unless at least ten percent of municipal electors indicate that The property is currently owned by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The an unofficial capacity, to help referendum must be held by submitting a signed Elector Response Form to Castlegar Ci Ministry offered, theonCity has accepted, a Right of FirstResponse Refusal forForms this property. them move things forward.” Hall no laterhas than 4:30 and p.m. February 3, 2014. Elector must beThe in th

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Notice is Notice hereby given that under Section 86 (Alternative Approval Process given that under Section 86 (Alternative Approval Process) of the CommuNoticeisishereby hereby given that under Section 86 (Alternative Approval Process) of the Community Charter and Section 20 of the Local Government Act, the Council nity Charter and Section 20 of the Local Government Act, the Council of the City of Castlegar Community Charter and Section 20 of the Local Government Act, the Council of the Cityoo Castlegar tothe petition of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Castlegar intends topetition petition the the Minister of Community, Sport and requesting Cultural intends intends to Minister of Minister Community, Sport and Cultural Development anDe anofextension oflands: the area thear the area of the municipality to include the following described requestingrequesting anextension extension of of the municipality to include the following describe municipality to include the followin lands: lands: Boundary Extension

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It was back in March of this year that a special meeting had called for the residents and board members of the Rota Villa Housing Society in Castlegar. The continuing administration of the residential facility which caters to those on fixed incomes was in some doubt as some residents were in favour of the reins being taken up by BC Housing, while others were not. A vote was held, and while a 64 per cent majority preferred BC Housing guidance, the required majority was 75 per cent. “Our meeting in March resulted in the society remaining as is and electing a new board,” said outgoing society secretary Brian Brady in an email following the society’s June 13 Annual General Meeting. “Thursday night a new board was elected,” Brady’s email continued, “headed by interim chair Elmer Williams, Barb Olson as Secretary, Marian LaBrie as treasurer, and directors Terry Kaufman, Doug Patan, Joan Hall, and Bob Fer- A5

anticipatesbythe transfer title to thisand landonly to thethose City. persons who qualify as electors formCity established the City ofofCastlegar the municipality are entitled to sign Elector Response Forms.

The property is currently owned by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastr ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS AND ELIGIBILITY Ministry has offered, and the City has accepted, a Right of First Refusal for th The City anticipates the transfer of title to this land to the City. And Further Take Notice That the City of Castlegar may proceed with the boundary ex-

tives as possible and that once it’s better known who will take the voluntary options

it will be easier to astension request unless at least ten percent of municipal electors indicate that a referendum certain who will be ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS AND ELIGIBILITY must be held by submitting a signed Elector Response Form to Castlegar City Hall no later leaving on an involunthan 4:30 p.m. on February 3, 2014. Elector Response Forms must be in the form estabtary basis. And Further lished City of Castlegar and only those who qualify as electors of the with munic- th Takeby the Notice That the City ofpersons Castlegar may proceed

ipality areunless entitled toat sign least Elector Response Forms. of municipal electors indi extension request ten percent referendum must be held by submitting a signed Elector Response Form to C Resident Elector – Youon areFebruary entitled to submit an Elector Response as a resident electorm Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. 3, 2014. Elector Form Response Forms if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in form established by the City of Castlegar and only those persons who qualify a B.C. for at least six months, and have been a resident of the City of Castlegar for the past the municipality are or entitled 30 days more. to sign Elector Response Forms.

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Non-Resident Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a non-resident property elector if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in B.C. for at least six months, have owned and held registered title to a property in the City of Castlegar for the past 30 days or more, and do not qualify as a resident elector. NOTE: Only one non-resident property elector may submit an Elector Response Form per property, regardless of how many owners there may be. If less than ten percent (609) of municipal electors submit an Elector Response Form, the boundary extension request will be deemed to have the approval of the electors and the proposal may proceed to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for consideration. For the purpose of conducting the alternative approval opportunity, the number of electors is calculated as 6,096. Elector Response Forms are available from City Hall located at 460 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. Phone: (250) 365-7227; E-mail: castlegar between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except statutory holidays, or on the City’s website at And That this is the second of two publications of the notice in a newspaper.

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Whether a person is looking for it or not, there is never any shortage of handy and heartfelt advice out there. But many of us have had more than enough over the years and - as with Nanaimo bars and butter tarts - have no room for more. The seasonal banner is still draped across Columbia Avenue and the brilliant multi-coloured lights continue to twinkle up a storm. We remain in the festive grip of the Christmas-New Year period, and while the evidence of the freely-enjoyed edibles lingers... in the cupboard, in the fridge, and with freshly used belt notches... some may be thinking it’s been about enough over-indulgence. Please don’t take this as advice, but rather as an observation - it may be made more relevant at the tail end of the annual orgy of consumerism that the festive season has come to symbolize for mainstream society. How about health? How can any material gift compare with feeling better in general? There are no answers or ultimatums here, just a suggestion that acting on a desire to be in better health can be effective no matter how intense, or casual the act may be. The best part is that improvement can occur in practically every situation. How can anything trump the immediacy of how we happen to feel at any given moment? How can feeling better physically not spill over to a person’s overall mood? Resolutions have taken a lot of shots over the years because it can be so tough to keep them. But the arrival of a New Year continues to be a good time to think of such things... Have a good one! We want to hear from you.

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A new way of seeing things I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, I never have been. In the early years, in the spirit of the season and conformity I made resolutions, but without fail they fell by the wayside somewhere between the resolution to lose weight and quit smoking. The problem was that I set resolutions instead of goals. To me resolutions are do or die things. You either succeed or you don’t. There is no middle ground and to be honest, sometimes the resolutions were way too lofty and bolstered with holiday good cheer (take that however you want that folks) and are unfettered and unrealistic expectations. After a few years of this merry go round I became just a little bit depressed with my inability to follow through and decided that New Year’s resolutions weren’t for me. Somehow that has changed this year. The only difference is that I choose to call them goals. We have all set goals and sometimes they work out, and sometimes they fail abysmally. But, at least with goals, you do have the chance of achieving them. Add in the fact that I have learned the best way to achieve goals is to keep them realistic and then build upon those successes. It is true that success builds success and I have learned, after many tears and trial and error to rein in some of the mighty goals, trim them up a bit and streamline them to ensure success. Cindy Amaral Production Manager

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With that in mind, I have thought long and hard about what goals I want to achieve this year. In previous times they would have been resolutions which, because of their proper lack of perspective and thought were really self-serving and all about me. There’s something to be said about aging. I have the luxury of perspective gleaned from many years of mistakes and actually, honestly and truly reflect on the things that will enhance the lives of those whom I love and which will therefore boomerang to bring me peace, love and happiness. Here are a few of my goals for this year. First and foremost, I want to build a climate of loving and thoughtful relations between me and those I care about. In my mind, this should benefit the recipient. Once again, I need to remind myself that my happiness is not the goal, but rather the goal is to bring love and joy to those whom I love. While reminding myself that I am not the end all and be all, I do know that when those who love me are happy, I get the added bonus of basking in their happiness. How perfect is that? I also want to be more mindful of those around me, even strangers. Inherent kindness and generosity of heart don’t cost a cent to give and yet many of us, including me, miser it as if it was hard-earned money. Recently I read

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an article about how some people treat those in the service industry. If their waiter forgot the butter, or was less then stellar, the automatic reaction is to assume that the server is a lousy server. That’s not always true. Have you never had an off day and no matter what you did, the whole day just ended up a dog’s breakfast? For one second, consider that lousy waiter. Maybe it was THEIR lousy day. Maybe they just lost someone they love, or were working despite medical issues. If I can think in those terms I’ll bet my judgment of such “lousy service” might morph into a kinder understanding of the ills we all go through. I am limited in writing my goals by available space, but suffice to say in the last several months I have had a wonderful epiphany. The essence of this is that instead of thinking of myself I am more willing as the days pass to instead focus on those whom I love, and even those who I don’t know enough to love. My goal, when I pass from this earth is instead of people saying, “She was fun,” or “I liked her columns” is instead to have people say, “She touched my life,” or, even better, “My life is better because of her.” As last year has faded into this one, I know one thing: If I keep this in mind, 2014 is likely to be my best year ever. Happy New Years dear readers and I most sincerely hope 2014 treats you with love, generosity and kindness. Jim Sinclair Editor

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Year in Review


Jet fuel spill fouls pristine Lemon Creek junction with Highway 3A to junction with Highway 31A in New Denver was closed until Saturday afternoon. Interior Health has issued a Do Not Use water order for all surface source users on Lemon Creek, Slocan River and the Kootenay River above and below Brilliant Dam to the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers at Castlegar. The Do Not Use order remains in effect until further notice. Residents drawing from wells are not impacted by this order. The City of Castlegar water supply is not affected as water is drawn from Lower Arrow Lake.

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August 1, 2013 A driver was lucky to escape serious injury after his tanker overturned on a remote forestry service road, spilling almost 35,000 litres of very toxic Jet A-1 fuel into Lemon Creek in the Slocan Valley west of Winlaw on Friday, July 26. A local state of emergency was declared and evacuations of areas around Lemon Creek and the Slocan River began shortly thereafter. At one point, almost 2,500 homes were affected by the order. Highway 6, from the

Dr. Trevor Corneil, medical health officer for Interior Health, said through other media sources that approximately 40 people have been treated for minor throat irritation. The fuel involved (Jet Fuel A-1) is a volatile organic compound that in high concentrations (liquid or gas) can cause significant damage to skin, lung tissue, gastrointestinal tissue, and brain tissue. Volatile organic compounds such as these can also exacerbate any chronic diseases such as emphysema, heart disease, and neuromuscular disorders. The Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Emer-

gency Operations Centre (EOC) held a public meeting at the Winlaw Community Hall Tuesday night to address issues regarding the spill. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Interior Health Authority, Wildfire Management Branch and the company - Executive Flight Centre, which is headquartered in Calgary - were there answering questions from the public. Wayne Smook, senior vice president of airport services at Executive Flight Centre, was reached by phone Saturday, July 27 and said the company was responding as best as they possibly can.

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More memories brought back to Castlegar turned earlier this month from several weeks in Bolivia where they soaked up culture, started friendships that will likely last a lifetime, and did a whole pile of hard work. There were 18 young folks who made the trip. Each of the travellers had taken the maximum allowable luggage. Along with some personal effects, they were loaded down with gifts

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September 18, 2013 Reaching across international and geographic boundaries to make a difference in the lives of others – there’s an act worth looking back on for the long term. Local youth involved in the Rotary Interact club re-

for their hosts and others. With carefully measured amounts of sightseeing and recreation, a heavy work schedule was followed. The afternoon (Sept. 15) the group was caught up with at the Kinnaird Hall, it was about to get down to some forward-looking business, including the election of a new president. While still in possession of the executive distinc-

tion, Israel Millar provided a summary of the recently concluded expedition. It was a very long trip to the southern hemisphere but the effect of the kilometres seemed to vaporize as the crew arrived. The group was bound for an area called Cochabamba in the central part of the country. The main goal of the visit was do work on a community school.

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Year in Review Maximenko announces candidacy Craig Lindsay Black Press


November 14, 2013 She may have a similar name as the man she hopes to replace, but Margaret Maximenko is looking at building her own name in federal politics. On Nov. 4, Maximenko announced her intention to run for the NDP nomination in the newly named riding South Okanagan West Kootenay (SOWK). The federal riding is currently called B.C. Southern Interior and represented by NDP Member of Parliament (MP) Alex Atamanenko, who recently announced he was retiring at the end of his current term. “I’ve been a long time activist,” said Maximenko. “I came to Canada as an immigrant at the age of nine; I understand what this country has to offer and what it has provided the citizens of this country for a long time. I’ve been watching






that disintegrate and it’s been causing me some distress. We can do better. I don’t believe I have all the answers – but I believe I can be part of the solution.” Maximenko said she’s been recruited many times over the years to go into federal politics, and she’s also been a recruiter. “I think it’s a great opportunity to represent this area,” she said. “I have a lot of experience in the role of representing constituents. The time is right for me.” Maximenko grew up in a political family with a strong political culture. She recalls being 16 when she was first recruited by Stanley Orrice to run her first campaign. “The bug was set,” she said. “Although I didn’t get back into it in a big way until 1986 when I began more campaign work and it snowballed from there.” In 1990, Maximenko was nominated for Area C (Christina Lake) director for the

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A new candidate for the South Okanagan West Kootenay region has emerged out of Penticton. Marshall Neufeld, a former Parliamentary aid to Wishing you a Stockwell Day, announced rehappy new year filled with cently that he will run for the candidacy for the Conservasuccess and unlimited tive party in the area. Neufeld reasons to smile. was born and raised in Penticton and after a year working in North Vancouver returned to the Peach City. He trained as a rehabilitation assistant in Kelowna and eventually worked at a senior’s home in Penticton and also volunteered as an assistant with then����������������������� ��������������������������������������� MP Stockwell Day. In 2006, he was hired on fulltime as a Parliamentary assistant for Day. “I was there for two years with Stockwell,” said Neufeld. “The first year I was 1128 3rd St, Castlegar • Visit junior Parliamentary assistance. Visit


The second year I was senior Parliamentary assistant so I ran the office in Ottawa and worked on Parliament Hill.” “It was tremendous,” said Neufeld. “He’s a man of incredible integrity. I didn’t really realize how fantastic he was until I started to work with him. He’s completely consistent whether he’s in his riding, in Ottawa or working privately with someone in an office or public setting. He’s a down to earth guy who really wants to help society.” “He inspired me and made me realize how much good a person can accomplish within politics,” he said. “That’s really what I wanted achieve by running myself. I would like to be an MP who’s here to serve the people and make the country and the riding a better place.” Neufeld left Day to become a realtor in Penticton. He stayed involved in politics as a volunteer. He was Conservative Party riding president for Okana-

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Regional District of Kootenay Boundary which she really enjoyed. “That was a wonderful job with great opportunities,” she said. “Through that, I was selected as the local government spokesperson for the commission on resources and the environment, which Mike Harcourt and Stephen Owen set up to attempt to quell the war in the woods. It was a multi-stake holder process that lasted over two years and I was selected to represent the five regional districts that make up the Southeastern quarter of the province.” Maximenko was born in Oakland, California and moved to Grand Forks at the age of nine with her family. She began her business career as a property manager at the age of 20. With her husband, she eventually ended up operating a retail operation, three contracting companies and a manufacturing plant which employed over 100 people over four years.

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Winter 2014 Fitness Classes Free Fitness Classes:

Registration for all our Winter 2014 programs continues.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga Tuesday January 7th 7:10-8:10am African Groove

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Tuesday January 7th 10:10-11:10am Gentle Yoga Friday January 10th 7:00-8:00am Mother Nature’s with Mickey Tarasoff

Drop in classes start January 6th: Step to It; Step N Tone; Core & More; Ultimate Kickbox; Health & Recovery; Aqua Circuit, Latin Aqua Dance

Registered Fitness Classes start mid January: Register Now for: African Groove, Yoga, Zumba, Max Fit Training, Rise n’ Shine Boot Camp, Spin & Sculpt, Yoga by Myra; Health & Mobility and more

Registration continuing for our Winter 2014 Programs: Sign up today for: Red Cross Swim Lessons; Women’s Hockey Basics; Music for Young Children; Red Cross Babysitting Course; Discover Dance; Ballroom Dance; Ladies Cross Country Skiing; Kids Safeway with manager Brian Bogle

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Other Community Events • Rebels New Years Eve tickets now on sale a the Complex $30.00 per person.

Ice Action • Public Skate Saturday January 4, 2:00-4:00pm Sunday January 5, 4:15-5:45pm

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Festive Fiddle Finale Making great use of the Kinnaird Community Church, this group of traditional music zealots had a Christmas wind-up recently. The group of beginner-to-advanced musicians meets regularly, accommodating their common love of the genre. The members hail from everwhere between Beaver Valley and Robson. Barb Sinclair




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Community Calendar


Monday 10 a.m.–darts, 1 p.m. whist Tuesday 9:30 a.m.–floor curling/carpet bowling, 1 p.m. crafts, 7 p.m. pool. Wednesday 9:30 floor curling 10 a.m. (Jan. 15) Raspberry Hi-Coffee, 2 p.m. (Jan 8) AGM, 7 p.m. Rummoli Thursday 9 a.m. (Jan16) Zone 6 S.R. meeting), 9:30 a.m. floor curling, 1 p.m. bingo. Friday 10 a.m. Qi Gong, 1 p.m. bridge/ crib. Saturday 11:30 (Jan 18) Soup Day Open weekdays 9-4 for coffee January 7: Computer Work-

shops for Seniors: 7th - Working with Photos from 9 a.m. - noon and Getting to Know Your Computer from 1-4 p.m. at the Castlegar & District Public Library. January 14th - Using Facebook from 9 a.m.-noon and Caring for your Computer from 1-4 p.m. at Blueberry Creek Community School Hub. Offered in partnership with Blueberry Creek Community School Hub, Castlegar & District Public Library and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Call Alana to register 250304-6862 or email amurdoch@ January 14: Pass Creek Gospel

Music Festival organizational meeting – 7 p.m. and Kootenay Gospel Choir organizational meeting – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday January 14 at Kinnaird Church of God. Contact John at 250365-7456 or email john491@ for more info. Starts on January 21: Seniors

Computer Classes. Learn to set up an email account and develop basic email and internet search skills. Robson Community School on Tuesdays, Jan. 21 – Mar. 11

c a s A11 This page is for community, charity or fundraising events that are free or (nearly so) at the discretion of the editor. Dated events take priority. If you have previously posted an event and want it to run again, provide an upto-date version with contact details to, drop off at our office at Unit 2 - 1810 8th Ave in Castlegar or give us a call at 250-365-6397. Thank you.

from 9:00 – 10:30 am To register call Alana at 250304-6862 or email amurdoch@ Offered in partnership with Robson Community School and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Starts on January 22: Parent Child Mother Goose for babies 0-12 months at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. (childminding available for older siblings) Call 250-365-6611 to register. For toddlers and preschoolers at Castlegar Primary School on Thursdays from1011 a.m. starting Jan. 23rd. Call 250-304-6862 to register.


free hot meal at the sharing dinner pot at Cadet Hall, 8th

Ave, Castlegar (two blocks from library) Tuesdays at noon.

ROBSON MARKET - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Festive items available include jewelry, collectibles, art glass, vintage tools, jams and jellies, baking, handcrafted items, yarn for your own projects, holiday decor and decorations. Homestyle breakfast s 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. We will be open every Sunday up to and including Dec. 22. We are closed over Christmas and New Years and re-open on Jan. 5, 2014. Our tables are currently fully booked but if you want your name on the list in case of cancellations, call Kathy (250) 365-3796. And as always, still looking for charity groups to work the kitchen for their charity. All About Breastfeeding infor-

mative support group for breastfeeding moms. Neighbourhood House in Castlegar, Tuesdays, 10:30 - noon More info: 250365-3662, tops group meets every wednesday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. at

Kinnaird Hall, 2320 Columbia Ave. Round table discussion. Get motivated to eat healthy and lose weight. Monthly fee $10. More info call 365-7956.


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Castlegar A.A. meetings at the Pioneer Arena Sun. at 10 a.m.

(phone Mike at 399-4417); Tues. at 7 p.m. (phone Dennis at 3652738); Wednesday at 7 p.m., (phone Fay at 250-687-0484. Thurs. at 8 p.m. (phone Jim at 365-6216) and Sat. at 8 p.m (phone Len at 365-7805).

al-anon meets every Monday night for people whose lives

have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Mondays 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2224 6th Ave. (Kootenay Society for Community Living building.) More info call Donna 250-365-3168 or Eileen 250-365-3674.

Local Toastmasters club Sentinel Speakers, 7 - 9 p.m. at the Fireside Inn, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Learn speaking skills, gain confidence and have fun! Guests welcome. More info call Diane Cushing at 250365-8336. TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS

Operation Feast All invited for

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Call 250-608-0589 or 1-877352-5777.

- 11 a.m. until Nov. 28. To register call 250-304-6862.

Mom’s Support Group All moms

English as a Second Language programs Classes for adults,

welcome to this loosely structured group supporting challenges of being a mom. No referral required. More info: Sandi McCreight 250-365-2104 ext. 34 FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELLING for problem gambling; Cas-

tlegar Community Services Call 250-608-2254. Scrabble Club 2nd Wed. of the

month, Castlegar Public Library. 6:30 – 8 p.m. All levels welcome! For info call Alana at 304-6862. Offered by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.

back to school with baby Program free for parents to upgrade

Math, English and/or study skills with an instructor from Selkirk College. Kootenay Family Place , Mon. & Wed. from 1 - 3 p.m. Childcare and snacks provided. More info call Alana at 304-6862.

home-cooked meals Thursdays at New Life Assembly Church, 602 - 7th Street. Doors open at 4 p.m, dinner served until 5:30 p.m. Entrance to dining area at back of Church. More info: Carol at 365-5734.

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Legion Meat Draws Saturdays

Every Saturday at the Royal Canadian Legion, 248 Columbia Ave. Bring friends and have an afternoon of fun. youth program at Blueberry Creek Community School. Fun, safe night for a movie, games/sports/hanging out. Grades K - 5, 6:30 - 8 p.m. and grades 6 up, 8 - 10 p.m. See B.C.C.S. facebook page for more info or phone 250-365-7201.


USCC Cultural Interpretive Society meets Monday and

Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Doukhobor Arts and Crafts Centre, 820 Markova Rd., beside the Brilliant Cultural Centre. Advocate in Castlegar on Thursdays Questions about wel-

fare, disability benefits, tenancy or family law? The Advocacy Centre is in Castlegar Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Castlegar and District Community Services, 1007 2nd Street.

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vices provides eligible newcomers with information about community services or preparing for citizenship. Call 250-687-4714 or email welcometocastlegar@ Royal Canadian Legion Castlegar/Robson Branch #170, 248 Columbia Avenue, 4-6 p.m. Guests welcome and must be signed in by a member. W.K. Yoga For MS Support Group. Mondays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.,

Castlegar Library, lower level. Free. Sponsored by WK MS Society for its members/care providers. Call Lonnie Facchina 1-866-352-3997 or email info@ or Janice Ferraro, at 250-365-5428, email

Parent Child Mother Goose for babies 0-12 months at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Wednesdays from 10 - 11 a.m. until Nov. 20. (childminding available for older siblings) Call 250-365-6611. Toddlers and preschoolers at Castlegar Primary School Thurs. from 10

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Conversation Club, Family Drop-in for families with young children, 1 to 1 tutoring. Free. More info call Alana at 250304-6862.

St. David’s and the United Church Thrift Shop open Satur-

days, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. also Mon & Fri, and Tues-Wed-Thurs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Clothing, household items, bedding, linen, books, etc. at 605 Columbia Ave. under the Motor Vehicle Office. Christmas items avail. after Nov. 11. Clean, good cond. items accepted (no furniture, TVs, large items). Families



Register for free program where families have fun preparing, cooking and eating dinner together. Third Wed. of the month (Nov-Mar) at Kootenay Family Place from 5 to 7 p.m. To register, call 1-877-258-4133 or email

Love to sing? Come out to Robson Community School and sing with the Robson Choir. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. More info: Jeannie at 250-365-2901.

Ongoing: KPKids is a free program for kids in Kindergarten to Gr. 4 Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Kinnaird Park Community Church (behind Kinnaird Park). We also offer a program for youth Gr. 5 - 7 called  KPJY at the same time and location. Registration upon arrival, drop in’s welcome!


help Castlegar Special Olympics athletes and your environment. Donations accepted at 2908 Columbia Ave in Castlegar. Look for big blue sign.

Blueberry Bottle Depot Please

donate refundable bottles & cans to Blueberry Creek Community School Hub at 200 Centre Ave. in Blueberry Creek. All proceeds benefit kids’ playground and school.

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Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Highway linehaul, P & D Drivers and Owner Operators based in our Castlegar terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain, driving exp. / training.

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To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract & details of your truck to: Call 604-968-5488 Fax: 604-587-9889

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Help Wanted Experienced parts person required immediately for James Western Star in Williams Lake. Full time, competitive wages, benefits and signing bonus. Fax resume to 250-398-6367 or email:


Happy 65th Anniversary

Cards of Thanks

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George Richards We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks for the love and support given to us at the passing of George, our beloved husband, father and grandfather. Many thanks for the cards, gifts, donations, phone calls, flowers, masses and visits. Thank you to Father David John and Servers, St. Rita’s Choir, organist Elizabeth Stephens, St. Rita’s Catholic Women’s League and kitchen staff who made the service a very special day. We thank the staff and friends at Castleview Care Centre and Castle Wood Village, Dr. Larocque, Ministry to the Sick, and visitations by the parishioners of St. Rita’s for the care and attention over the years. The kind thoughts and donations by relatives, friends and neighbours, KRUNA, Alex Atamanenko and staff, Katrina Conroy and staff, and the Technical Support Department at Teck Metals, were sincerely appreciated. Thank you to the Castlegar Funeral Home for making arrangements.

With our gratitude to you all, Mila Richards, Greg, Louise, Beatrice, Tim and Shirley, and families.

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INSURANCE SALES REPRESENTATIVE Are you ambitious, independent, and interested in a career as an Insurance Broker? HG Insurance provides excellent customer service and a full range of insurance products to meet our client needs. We are recruiting an Insurance Broker to provide scheduled and unscheduled relief at our busy Castlegar and Slocan Park branches. This position will provide automobile and general insurance products to our clients, as well as assisting in a variety of agency office duties. We offer excellent wages and benefits as per our current collective agreement. If you would like to become part of our dedicated and growing team and have these qualifications, we would like to hear from you. • Exceptional customer service and communication skills. • Ability to organize work and meet changing deadlines. • Committed to continued learning and education. • Computer knowledge and keyboarding skills. Preference will be given to candidates with: • Post secondary education. • Level I or Level 2 Insurance License. • Successful completion of Autoplan Basics for Brokers. • Training opportunity may be available for lesser qualified candidates. To apply, please submit resumes to: Manager, HG Insurance Agencies Ltd 100-630 17th Street Castlegar BC V1N 4G7 or email:

RECRUIT POLICE CONSTABLE The Nelson Police Department has an immediate opening for a recruit police constable. The successful candidate will be trained at the Justice Institute of British Columbia beginning in the spring of 2014. Further information regarding this opportunity can be found at

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The Nelson Police Department has an immediate opening for an Exempt Patrol Constable. The successful candidate must be a certified Municipal or RCMP Constable.

Office of the Chief Constable, Nelson Police Dept. 606 Stanley Street Nelson, B.C. V1L 1N4 While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for involvement in the selection process will be contacted.

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Bayshore Home Health is currently seeking Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses for night shifts in the Castlegar/ Nelson area to work with children with complex care needs. If you are an RN or LPN and love working with children and their families , we would appreciate hearing from you. Pediatric experience is an asset and we do offer client specific training.

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JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Or send by email to:


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Product Advisor If you’re ready for a career opportunity with unlimited potential; if you’re honest and enjoy dealing with people; if you have the self-discipline to dig in and learn a new profession; if you have the conďŹ dence to know you’ll get better with time, then this might be the job for you. Castlegar Toyota is an established automobile dealership with an eleven-year reputation for honesty, integrity and outstanding customer service. With some of the most popular vehicles in the market and a reputation for excellence, we’re looking for a capable, hard-working Product Advisor to help expand our growth while providing exceptional service to our existing customers.

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Legal Notices

Legal Notices

Notice to Creditors and Others Re: Alice Amelia Sanford, deceased formerly of Silver Kettle Village 2350 72nd Avenue Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that creditors and others having claims against the estate of the above deceased are hereby required to send particulars thereof to the Executors named hereunder at 1115 3rd Street, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 2A1, on or before February 28, 2014, after which date the Executors will distribute the said estate among the parties entitled thereto having regard only to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. Lynne Elizabeth Bollinger and James Anthony Sanford, Executors c/o JACOB POLONICOFF POLONICOFF LAW FIRM 1115 3rd Street Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 2A1

If you’re currently a professional in automotive sales, or if you’re serious about a career change, then we would like to talk to you. Send your cover letter and resumÊ to: Craig Kalawsky Castlegar Toyota 1530 Columbia Avenue Castlegar, BC V1N 1H9 Fax: (250) 365-2752 or

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Castlegar News Thursday, January 2, 2014 A15


Many adults find themselves feeling drowsy in the hours after they eat lunch. Aheavy lunch, a staid office atmosphere or a combination of the two can make professionals feel sleepy as the workday winds down. Though some might opt for a second cup of coffee, the immediate energy boost provided by caffeine quickly wears off, leaving men and women feeling even more tired as a result. Oftentimes, the right mid-afternoon snack can provide the energy boosts adults need to stay productive throughout the workday. The following are a handful of healthy snacks that tend to provide a lot of energy.

* Whole grains: Whole grain snacks are loaded with energizing ingredients, including fiber, iron, magnesium, and protein. Whole wheat snacks are also loaded with Bvitamins, which help people fight fatigue and stabilize blood sugar levels. In addition, the body takes longer to absorb the complex carbohydrates found in whole wheat snacks, which means the body can maintain stable blood sugar levels for extended periods of time, and that leads to a long-lasting energy boost. White bread and simple carbohydrates provide an immediate, yet temporary, energy boost when people’s blood sugar levels spike. But once that initial energy boost subsides, men and women will be left feeling fatigued.

* Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt has become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more people are opting for this snack that’s rich in calcium, protein, phosphorous, and zinc. Traditional yogurt tends to provide a quick energy boost, as it is generally easy to digest, before that boost quickly fades. Greek yogurt is thicker than traditional yogurt, so it does not digest so easily, producing more sustained energy levels as a result. However, Greek yogurt is also loaded with protein, helping men and women feel fuller longer. That can be beneficial for those who want to lose weight, as the feeling of fullness that Greek yogurt provides means those who eat it are less likely to eat more snacks throughout the day.

* Almonds: Almonds are loaded with ingredients that increase energy levels, including vitamin E, phosphorous, vitamin B2, and magnesium, which serves numerous beneficial functions, including aiding in the production of energy and relieving stress and anxiety. Because they are rich in protein and fiber, almonds take longer for the body to digest, which means energy levels will stay up for longer periods of time than they would for those snacks that are easily digested. Almonds also contain healthy fats that curb appetite, making it less likely that men and women who snack on almonds will overeat and find themselves fighting the fatigue that’s often a byproduct of overeating.



* Edamame: Many people may know edamame from recipes, but few might know edamame can be an energy-boosting snack as well. Edamame are boiled soybeans that are rich in protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Each of these things helps the body sustain energy levels. In addition, edamame is also packed with a trace mineral known as molybdenum that helps cells function properly while enhancing alertness and improving concentration.

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