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Final days Region welcomes first baby for petition New year: Evan Martin process born in same By Barb Brouwer OBSeRVeR STAFF

With just two days remaining to voice opposition to a Ross Street underpass land lease proposal, the committee for a Strong and Sustainable Salmon Arm (cASSSA) is hoping to garner enough signatures to stop the deal. The group’s latest strategy is an email they hope will go viral, asking eligible Salmon Arm voters to make their opposition known to the city by the deadline, which is 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. The purpose of the lease is to use the lots for parking or some other public use, including as a staging area for the construction of the Ross Street underpass, estimated by city staff to cost between $7 and 9 million. If the lease is approved, the city will receive from the lessor, WH laird Holdings ltd. – owned by developer Bill laird, statutory right of way along property on both sides of the tracks, including a road dedication the city would also acquire Corey Paiement through a lot between City Corporate offiCer Shuswap Park Mall and the cP Rail station. On Monday, city corporate Officer cory Paiement would acknowledge only that there has been interest in the community, with residents continuing to pick up information packages and submit completed forms. “I won’t disclose numbers since it may influence the process,” he said, emphasizing the deadline for public response is this Friday afternoon. “It has to be date stamped and as we get down to Friday, the time they arrive will also be noted.” After the deadline, Paiement will scrutinize what has been submitted and report to council, something he hopes to do at the Jan. 27 council meeting. “If 10 per cent of the electorate or 1,361 persons have submitted the forms and we have received them, council is unable to enter into the lease agreement,” he said. “If they wanted to proceed, See Deadline on page A2

delivery room as his father. By Barb Brouwer OBSeRVeR STAFF

not only did evan Martin earn celebrity status as Interior Health’s new Year’s baby, he was delivered in the same hospital room his father was born in 38 years ago. In a flip remark to her boss at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort, 33-year-old lyndsay Martin suggested she and husband Allan were thinking of having the new Year’s baby so she might not show up for work Jan. 1. less than 12 hours later, the Salmon Arm couple celebrated the new year with the arrival of their first child, son evan – 10 days before his due date. Beating out all the other babies in Interior Health, evan arrived at 1:15 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing in at 6 lbs 4 oz. “He’s a beautiful little baby and he knows how to cry,” says Allan, obviously entranced with the new addition to the Martin family. “But he’s a good sleeper and we’re thankful for that.” After he called home at the end of the work day dec. 31, Allan expected to see his wife drive up to his workplace within minutes.  Instead, lyndsay called back to tell him, “I am not coming; you’re going to have to come and get me.” Fortunately, Allan, who works at GM, simply borrowed a car from the lot and drove home to get

This week Photographer James Murray chooses his favourite images from 2013. See A12. The SilverBacks beat Merritt, but are outmuscled by the Clippers. See more on A17.

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Happy New Year: Allan and Lyndsay Martin share a tender moment with their son Evan, who arrived at 1:15 a.m. Jan. 1. lyndsay and take her to the hospital. “They checked her out and because she was having minor contractions, they thought it would take longer, so we went home,” says Allan. “But by the time we got back to the house, the contractions were more noticeable.” The couple, who live within five minutes of the hospital, were home for a couple of hours, returning to the hospital at 10:30, where Allan says staff were a little surprised to see them. labour progressed smoothly and lyndsay was “pretty well ready to go” by midnight. “everything is ready at

home,” laughed Allan last Thursday where the couple was preparing to spend one more night in hospital. “lyndsay has been nesting at home for a while.” Allan grew up in Salmon Arm but had moved away. He and lyndsay met four years ago in Revelstoke where she was a ski instructor and he was selling skis. “It was the last day of the ski season and lyndsay’s birthday,” laughs Allan. The couple moved to Salmon Arm about a year ago and married June 21. “We’re really thankful to the staff, they’ve been fantastic,” said lyndsay, who was ready to take her son home.

The couple is also grateful to the Mennonite Sewing circle in Gardom lake from whom they received a handcrafted quilt. Salmon Arm shares a link to Vernon’s new Year’s baby in Grace lynne FreemanPeet, who made her entrance at 10:32 a.m. Wednesday. Her mom nadine is a former Salmon Arm resident. nadine scored a first in Vernon Jubilee Hospital with her daughter who made an early debut, three days before her due date, but it is her second time delivering a new Year’s baby. nadine’s youngest son was born seven days into a new year, becoming Golden’s first baby.

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Blaze engulfs vacant residence By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF

A fire that destroyed a home on Campbell Road in Silver Creek has been deemed suspicious and handed over to the RCMP for further investigation. Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services co-ordinator Kenn Mount says Silver Creek volunteer firefighters responded to the 7 p.m. call New Year’s Eve within nine minutes, finding the vacant home fully engulfed when they arrived on scene. “We did find out it was an empty singlelevel with basement structure and the prop-

erty is for sale,” he added. “We are deeming it very suspicious in nature since there were no utilities or power to the structure.” Salmon Arm RCMP also responded to the Campbell Road fire. “The previous owner has advised police that she had attended to that place and had used an open flame assist her in seeing in the darkness,”said Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane in a Jan. 3 statement. “Police investigation is continuing.” Mount, meanwhile, says several people witnessed the fire and “a lot of video and photo evidence” has been handed over to

local police. “We can figure out the area of origin but don’t know the ignition sequence,” he says, noting neighbours had heard people at the home prior to the fire. Mount was pleased with the way Silver Creek Fire Chief Jason Phillips and the 14 volunteer firefighters were able to handle the fire without assistance from other departments. Firefighters were onscene until 11 p.m. “They missed their New Year’s party so I was able to feed them Panago pizza and get them back to their families and friends,” said Mount.

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publications signed, member who had no problem, but others about 150 signatures they would have to are skeptical,” said but was unaware of receive the assent Benson, noting some how many people of the electors via people told her they were canvassing for referendum.” have to think more, CASSSA. nt, technology, project management, strategic business skills, financial literacy, human resources, enthusiasm, teamwork, time management, leadership The last-minute while others wereplanning, The now-retired push by CASSSA is in unwilling to sign what Glazenburg says one addition to canvassing they didn’t understand. of the common themes being done by a “It’s good if people are he heard when people number of members. skeptical, if they want entered his store to sign As of Monday to know more about the form was that the morning, Judith it.” timing for the alternate Benson had At the request of approval process was approached some 50 CASSSA, Tibout poor. people and acquired Glazenburg, former “The pity is that 37 signatures on a owner of Gondwana $300,000 is down petition protesting a Gallery, agreed to the drain if the proposed 10-year lease make copies of the underpass does not agreement, at $33,000 city’s Elector Response go forward,” he says. per year, for two lots Form available in the “That commitment is on the north side of the Lakeshore Drive store. there; why not do the train tracks. At last count, he had referendum first and community, commitment, analysis, governance, risk management, technology, project manage “The people who 250 signatures and says find out what people have been reading the he knows of another want.” Contact your SASCU Board of Directors Nominating Committee Call for Nominations. Nominations to fill four June Stewart – Chair: positions will be accepted until the close of business T|250.804.2787 on February 15, 2014. E| SASCU Credit Union is looking for talented and John Schlosar: conscientious Board Nominees to lead and strengthen our financial co-operative. We seek candidates able to make T|250.836.4934 strong contributions in one or more of the areas of Risk E| Management, Financial Literacy and Regulatory Glenn Hill: Compliance. It is the collective knowledge and experience T|250.832.4041 that will create a fine balance and continue to make the Credit Union strong. E| Continued from front



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Serious assault at grocery store On Jan. 3, police began an investigation into an aggravated assault that occurred at the Blind Bay Village Grocery Store. A 49-year-old male and a 45-year-old male became involved in an argument. This led to a physical altercation between the two in which one person struck his head on the ground causing a skull fracture. The victim of the skull fracture is in serious condition in Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Police investigation is continuing. RCMP report they have not yet been able to interview the victim due to his condition. Names are being withheld until a decision is made by Crown counsel on whether criminal charges will be laid.

Taxi driver stabbed in leg Police are still on the lookout for a suspect who stabbed a taxi driver in the leg on Dec. 28. At 11:45 p.m., the taxi driver was approached by an intoxicated male outside the Hideaway Pub requesting a ride. The driver advised he would be back shortly and left his vehicle unattended. Upon the driver’s return he saw the male flattening the taxi tires with a knife. He grabbed the suspect male who then stuck the driver in the shin with the knife. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. The identity of the suspect is unknown and police have been presenting mug shots to the driver to assist with identification. The man was described as being 5’8”, 150 lbs, dark medium length hair, no facial hair, 25 to 30 years old, wearing blue jeans, a three-quarter length black jacket and wearing a black backpack with checkered top. The injury to the driver was minor.

Truck, two snowmobiles stolen On Jan. 6, between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m., a theft occurred at Shuswap Xtreme Recreation on Fourth Avenue SW. Stolen was a brown 2001 Ford F350 pickup truck with B.C. licence plate ER 8938. The truck is a flat deck with utility boxes and snowmobile deck on top. Two snowmobiles were on the deck; a 2014 green Arctic Cat M9000 HCR valued at $17,299 and a 2014 Orange Arctic Cat M8000 Sno Pro valued at $15,549. Police are requesting that any member of the public who may have information or may have witnessed this theft, contact the Salmon Arm RCMP Detachment.

Vehicle overturns Salmon Arm RCMP were called to a single vehicle rollover on the Trans-Canada Highway four kilometres east of Salmon Arm at 4 p.m. on Jan. 5. The driver lost control on the soft shoulder of the road. There were no injuries.

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Ten members of Shuswap Search and Rescue extricated a snowmobiler from a gully at 4 p.m. Saturday. The sledder from Drayton Valley, Alta. had gone into the gully about 20 kilometres up the Owl’s Head Trail toward Blue Lake. The team reached the injured man high above Sicamous at 6:15 p.m. and placed him on a backboard before the ropes team hauled him out of the gully. “He was playing around, jumping a little knoll or something of that nature and ended up flying through the air,” says SAR search manager John Schut. “As he flew through the air, he parted company with his snowmobile and slammed into a tree without his snowmobile, which is a good thing. Otherwise he would not have been taken to hospital,” said Schut, referring to the likelihood of a fatality. Once back on the trail, the sledder was taken down the trail on a toboggan towed by a snowmobile, arriving at a waiting ambulance at 7:30 p.m. The crew transferred the man to Shuswap Lake Gen-

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Another delay in fatal boat crash trial By Tracy Hughes There is another delay in the legal proceedings against a man charged in a fatal boat crash on shuswap

Lake more than three years ago. The criminal negligence trial of Celista, resident Leon reinbrecht was slated to begin this week in b.C. supreme Court

in Kamloops. Instead, a change of counsel is underway, which could stall the trial for another month. reinbrecht was charged after a five metre speedboat rammed

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Property assessments drop slightly By Tracy Hughes observer sTAFF

Property assessments in the shuswap dropped compared with the previous year, although the change is modest. For salmon Arm, a residential property valued at $325,000 in 2013, is now valued at $319,000. For sicamous, a residential property valued at $318,000 in 2013 is now valued at $310,000. Homes are assessed by bC Assessment on

July 1 of each year. “Most homes in the North okanagan are remaining stable compared to last year’s assessment roll,” said Tracy Wall, deputy assessor. “Most homeowners will see modest changes in the plusfive to minus-five per cent range.” overall the North okanagan’s assessment roll, which includes the areas of Armstrong, enderby, revelstoke, Greater vernon, salmon Arm, sicamous and Lumby, has decreased slightly

in value. Property assessments can be affected by many variables, so owners are advised to contact bC Assessment as soon as possible if they feel their property assessment does not reflect market value of the property. None of the properties in salmon Arm cracked the top 100 highest valued residences. The vast majority of these properties were waterfront land in Kelowna. Across most of b.C. property assessments

are up slightly, with dips in average residential values in the okanagan and on vancouver Island. The biggest increases were in the Northwest and Peace river regions, where total residential value rose about 10 per cent as natural gas and other industrial development picks up speed. The value of all property in b.C. rose 1.27 per cent, despite declines in most regions for farm, recreational and managed forest land.

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Polar Bear Swim: (Clockwise from right) Emma and Ethan Pyle and Eva Mosher huddle together to get warm after taking part in the annual Polar Bear Swim held New Year’s Day morning at Canoe Beach; Maggie Manning braves the icy waters; a cold group heads back to shore after their dip; Paivi Sarre is still smiling as she, Austin Phillips and Shana Oberst splash their way to shore.

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Notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Salmon Arm will hold a Public Hearing in the Council Chamber of the City Hall, 500 - 2 Avenue NE, Salmon Arm, BC, on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. 1. Proposed Amendment to Zoning Bylaw No. 2303: 1. Rezone Lot 1, Section 13, Township 20, Range 10, W6M, KDYD, Plan KAP59130 from C-3 (Service Commercial Zone) to C-6 (Tourist / Recreation Commercial Zone); 2. Add the defined use retail store to Section 20.3 (Permitted Uses) of the C-6 (Tourist / Recreation Commercial Zone) and renumber the balance of Section 20.3 accordingly; 3. Delete the following permitted uses from Section 20.3 (Permitted Uses) of the C-6 (Tourist / Recreation Commercial Zone) and renumber the balance of Section 20.3 accordingly: .5 convenience store .30 tourist retail shop .32 video stores Civic Address: 2770 – 10 Avenue (TCH) NE Location: SW corner of intersection of 10 Ave (TCH) NE and 28 Street NE Present Use: Commercial Proposed Use: Commercial with retail store permitted Owner: Fireside Electric Ltd. Applicant: Fireside Electric Ltd. Reference: ZON-997/ Bylaw No. 4005 The files for the proposed bylaws are available for Inspection between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays from January 2, 2014 to January 13, 2014, both inclusive, in the office of the Corporate Officer at the City of Salmon Arm, 500 - 2 Avenue NE. THOSE WHO DEEM THEIR INTEREST AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED BYLAWS ARE URGED TO REVIEW THE FILES AVAILABLE IN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT (OR TELEPHONE 803-4000) TO OBTAIN THE FACTS OF THE PROPOSALS PRIOR TO THE PUBLIC HEARING. Corey Paiement, Corporate Officer

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The 2014 Property Assessment Notices will be mailed by the B.C. Assessment Authority in early January 2014. Please contact the B.C. Assessment Authority’s Kelowna office at 1-866-825-8322 (1-866-valueBC) if you have not received your 2014 Property Assessment Notice by January 20, 2014. HAVE YOU MOVED? Remember to advise City Hall of your new mailing address. Each year, many undeliverable utility and property tax notices are returned to the City, often resulting in late payment charges.


Annual utility bills for water and sewer have been mailed. To qualify for the 10% discount, payment must be received at City Hall on or before 4:00 pm February 17, 2014. Post marks are not accepted as proof of payment. Please note other dates to keep in mind as shown. Dog Licences – discount date February 17, 2014 Annual Utility – discount date February 17, 2014 Annual Utility – to avoid penalty July 2, 2014 Metered Utility – to avoid penalty 15th of the month following billing Property Tax Notices Mailed Third week of May Property Taxes – to avoid penalty July 2, 2014 You can pay your property taxes and utility bills by internet and telephone banking services. You no longer need to stand in a line-up or carry cash. We readily accept postdated cheques, and have a drop box to the left of the front doors of City Hall.


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Tracy Hughes

Taking stock in 2014

I am a list-maker. I write to-do lists, grocery lists, books-I-want-to-read lists and at no time in the year is it as prominent as in January, when spurred on by the tradition of resolutions, I always seem to be jotting down some kind of list in an effort to motivate me to action. So in keeping with the theme, this column compiles my personal best and worst list of things related to life in our fair city. Best improvement to roads: The addition of some new lanes on the Trans-Canada Highway near the SmartCentres development. Four-laning is a critical element to increasing safety and improving traffic flow on the highway. Worst improvement to roads: The upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway on either side of the SmartCentres development. While the section that has been improved is well done, the layout at either end, by the former Canadian Tire location is a terrible patchwork that, in my mind, is an accident waiting to happen – especially at night. Here’s hoping 2014 will see additional improvements. The west end of town also needs a serious upgrade including major improvements to the Salmon River Bridge. The new section serves to highlight the terrible inadequacies that drivers have been forced to put up with for far too many years. Best place to spend a winter’s day in the outdoors: Snowshoeing or skiing at Larch Hills. The lantern ski events are especially magical with lit trails and a bonfire to enjoy. Worst thing missing from the city’s recreation options: an outdoor ice skating rink. While, McGuire and Shuswap Lake can be places to skate, they are often not usable and not maintained. It would be nice to see a real outdoor rink where families could skate or play shinny – maybe at the upgraded Blackburn Park? Most promising announcement for Salmon Arm’s future: Jerry Thompson’s recent proposed donation of 20 acres of land for the purpose of a downtown Okanagan College campus. This could lay the foundation for a serious bid for an expanded college, possibly with a focus on agriculture. The economic spinoffs from this would be huge. Worst economic reality: The continued need for many Shuswap families to move away, or have one partner work out of town in order to make ends meet. Best place for a driver to turn: The installation of a turn signal at 10th Street SW, it will make turning left to head to Piccadilly Mall much easier and safer. Worst place for a driver to turn: The recent renovations at the uptown Tim Horton’s raised my hopes that something would be done about their access, especially when exiting their drive-thru. Best place to be for the Christmas season: Well I normally don’t like referencing other media, but it was great to see the Vancouver Province recognizing Salmon Arm as the place Santa loves best. It was a nice reminder for the people who live here not to take our city for granted. The author of the article, Sam Cooper, was once an intern reporter at the Observer, so he knows of what he writes.

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Plan ahead for successful resolutions It’s one of the many magical characteristics of mankind that we have this self-resolve around this time of year to look into the future and imagine that, maybe, just maybe, things are going to be better. Tobacco, alcohol, lack of exercise and poor diet are the four major contributing factors to poor health outcomes. Addressing any one of these results in impressive gains in the ways that people feel and engage with others, benefiting both mental and physical health over the long term. Weight loss, eating better, and regular exercise are the most common resolutions that people make in the new year. Unfortunately, they are also the most difficult to keep. Often, the challenge is that we’re pretty good at maintaining our resolutions for the first month

and then, come end of January, early February, the shiny “new self” starts to feel unsustainable. Goal-setting is one effective way to achieve. Making clear and precise goals that are realistic and achievable often leads to better confidence and maintains motivation to continue. For example, setting an exercise goal of moderate activity for 10 minutes a day for a month and succeeding is far better than setting a goal of vigorous activity for 20 minutes a day and feeling like it’s too much or setting a generic goal of “doing more exercise.” Another way to achieve resolutions is to plan ahead. A little bit of forward thinking can set the conditions for long term success. -Richmond Review

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The Observer asked: What do you think was the most notable event in the Shuswap for 2013?

Andre Carelse “The opening of Walmart.”

Ebony Vardal “The proposed Ruddock Creek Mine site – because of the lack of coverage.”

Edith Stead “The election of our new MLA Greg Kyllo.”

Pam Waechter “The opening of Walmart and the SmartCentre.”

Ross Harrison “I guess it would have to be the results of the provincial election.”

It’s about Grade separations benefit communities priorities I’ve been circulating the petition that would put to a vote council’s proposal to pay $330,000 (plus GST and property taxes) to lease two of W. Laird’s parking lots. Citizens familiar with this issue via the excellent articles and letters in local publications signed right away. Others, after reading the printed explanation on the form, refused for lack of clarity. The city was democratic in its decision to offer residents the opportunity to collect signatures for putting this to a vote, but doing so over the holidays was not. The lack of a more transparent process in this matter echoes that of the federal government shutting down Parliament to make decisions without citizen input. If we do not obtain the signatures of 10 per cent of Salmon Arm’s population by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, will council succumb to the pressure of private developers and sign the lease? These parking lots will provide a staging area for the heavy equipment needed to construct a Ross Street underpass. The lease is for 10 years with an option to extend. That implies 10 years of construction. Today’s $9 million underpass price tag can only increase. Add the ongoing cost of spring flooding. To date, I am unaware of any government commitment to subsidize these proposed expenditures. Citizen research proves that waiting four minutes for a train does not present a safety issue. Driving around Salmon Arm in the dark, straining to see a centre line or upcoming curves due to lack of street lighting do impede safety. In the present economic climate, the lease and underpass would mean huge tax increases and perhaps closing more schools, further reducing public transportation, continuing to deprive streets of sidewalks. Let’s take another look at our OCP priorities. Judith Benson

I have been reading with interest the letters to the editor regarding the proposed railway underpass crossing at Ross Street. It is not about wait times and other frivolous items. It is about separating vehicle traffic from rail traffic. If you look around the province and the communities with a major rail line passing through,

they all have an overpass or underpass. Follow the rail mainlines and communities such as Houston, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Golden, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Savona, Ashcroft, Hope, Langley and many others all have at least one underpass or overpass to separate the traffic. These grade separations have benefited

all of these communities tremendously. With increased vehicle, rail and pedestrian traffic in future years the need for grade separation will be even greater. Grade separation has the same benefits whether it is highways or railways. Doug Hlina

Overpass option could have more to offer I am a retired road and highway construction boss and I have lived in Salmon Arm now for 20 years. I see a perfect elevation to construct an overpass starting at the corner of Fourth Street NE and Hudson Avenue NE over the railroad tracks and curving westbound down onto Beatty Avenue. There is going to be a traffic light installed at Fourth Avenue and Trans-Canada Highway so this

will fit the traffic flow. The benefits are constant traffic flow with lighted pedestrian sidewalks on both sides, easy maintenance and the city owns the streets and doesn’t have to spend money on leases from private parties. No more waiting for trains. Waterfront business will flourish. Please introduce an article in your newspaper to get people talking about the alternatives to this underpass. I think with

the world’s changing weather patterns there will be a battle with flooding as the scientists are predicting more severe rain storms in our future. This underpass proposal will take the roadway below the flood plain level. What are engineers’ total estimated costs, including the proposed leases, versus an overpass? Cliff Price

Citizen petition effort faces Friday deadline City councillors are responding to articles questioning the Ross St. Underpass land lease proposal, a plan to begin spending $330,000 of our tax dollars on a project with a final price tag of $9 million. They seem to have three primary concerns. The first is that the current train track crossing is “a barrier to tourist and local traffic.” Perhaps, but how serious is this “barrier?” No one on council asked this question before unanimously endorsing the proposal. We checked actual train frequencies and wait times, and found there is no barrier for 9 of 10 trips because no train is in the crossing. The other 10 per cent of the time there is a wait of

five minutes or less. Is this a problem requiring a $9-million solution? “The number one concern is safety.” As we have pointed out, a maximum wait of five minutes 10 per cent of the time is less unsafe than other areas of the city that are more than five minutes away from a firehall or ambulance dispatch – all the time. Next year, fire chief Brad Shirley will produce a map of the city showing areas more than 10 minutes from a firehall. Perhaps then the mayor and council will shift their safety concerns from the waterfront to these less-served neighbourhoods. “Approving spending up to $330,000 now doesn’t mean we’re committed to a $9 Mil-

lion Underpass.” True, but we’re being asked to accept council spending tax dollars with little or no information on why it is needed, how it would affect downtown, where the $9 million would come from, or how it will affect other spending priorities and our taxes. If this seems as ill-considered to you as it does to us, visit city hall before 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 and sign the official elector response form. Let council know it’s their responsibility to be informed – and inform you – when spending large amounts of your money. Bill Remphrey on behalf of CASSSA

When did Mayes ever vote against the party line? MP Colin Mayes might wish to correct an error which appeared in his column. Private member’s bills are not votes of confidence in the government, and thus may or may not be whipped. Had he dared to vote against the government on a matter of confidence (literally a vote on which the government can fall) he would have been voting with the opposition, and would not be in the caucus today. In the last session of parliament, eight pri-

vate member’s bills introduced by Conservative MPs were passed on to the Senate, while five bills from NDP MPs and two by Liberal MPs met defeat. In this session, only three opposition bills have gotten royal assent, two of them introduced by Liberal senators and all of them innocuous (one established a national day for autism awareness). One opposition bill has passed third reading and is in the Senate: NDP MP Joe Comartin’s bill

about sports betting. According to Mayes, this was something of an accident. Would Mayes be so good as to tell us just which private member’s bills introduced by the NDP and/or the Liberals he voted for, and which of those introduced by Conservative MPs he voted against, contrary to the majority of his party? Richard Smiley, Anglemont

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Put referendum before lease Mel Arnold in his letter in the Dec. 25 Salmon Arm Observer, neglected to list two facts. The cost to the taxpayer in leasing the two lots on the north side

of the tracks is $33,000 plus the loss of taxes that are currently being paid by the landowner every year for at least 10 years. The city will have no use for these two lots unless  the

building of the underpass goes ahead. To me it would make sense to hold a referendum on whether to build the underpass before leasing the two lots. For anyone who

agrees with me, please sign the petition available at city hall to oppose the municipality entering  the proposed 10-year lease. Joyce Henderson

Dialogue on underpass helpful There has been much discussion around the plan by the city to lease land from developer Bill Laird – land that might be used for an underpass under the tracks at the foot of Ross St. I have had a welcome opportunity to discuss this plan with various people central to this decision. As a result of these discussions, and for what they are worth, my observations are as follows: 1. Bill Laird is acting as a prudent citizen in this matter, to avoid

escalation of land costs if an underpass were to be built. 2. There will be an adequate process of community input around this complex issue in the future, undoubtedly including a referendum. 3. The costs of an underpass, were it to be built, would be diffused among taxpayers outside Salmon Arm as well as within it, due to participation by provincial and federal governments, and possibly CP Rail. 4. The desire for rapid

emergency access to the north side of the tracks, while highly emotionally charged, is not of itself a sound rationale for an underpass. 5. Little land is still waiting to be developed north of the tracks. 6. Previous developers have tilted the playing field over the years by putting $660,000 from homeowners north of the tracks into a fund expressly for an underpass. I do not know if these funds are refundable if the underpass isn’t built.

I believe there is good will on the part of those concerned in proceeding with this plan. However a more active process of involving concerned and engaged citizens, on both sides of the underpass issue, to establish a thoughtful, sustained dialogue over the coming months or years, would be helpful. It could reduce or even eliminate acrimony and conflict around this major capital project. Warren Bell

Council’s timing counter-productive An open letter to mayor and council: Shame on you for trying to gamble with taxpayers’ money. After reading the terms of proposed lease between City of Salmon Arm and Laird Holdings Ltd. it appears council is attempting to sneak the acquisition of land for the proposed underpass in through the “back door” instead of including it in a referendum on the underpass. Artificial deadlines have been created to give the appearance of urgency in order to pass this piece of legislation. When the council of the day delayed a decision on the underpass until 2014, it was to revisit the circumstances

which may lead to the construction of an alternate crossing, not necessarily to build it. Council knew this date was coming and has had 10 years to compile, consult and inform the citizens with verifiable data, not “guesstimates” of conditions that may warrant this project. It has done none of the above. After visiting this site I find that there is sufficient land for any constructions staging, etc. Section 38 (1) of the community charter allows for the temporary closure of roads by the city for such a purpose. There is no need to lease this land. As for the need for a parking lot, the city has recently sold two parking lots.

As far as the areas of statutory rights of way the city can expropriate the necessary lands needed under the development permit process. There is no need to lease (rent) this land for 10 years, etc. for $350,000 and end up with nothing to show for it. Include the purchase of the land needed in the referendum and be honest with the people of Salmon Arm. The mayor and council are gambling that taxpayers’ apathy and confusion will allow this deal to proceed. Suppose it does proceed, and when all the pertinent information is gathered, it is determined that an underpass at this location is not the best option for

access across the tracks and the referendum fails. According to the terms of this agreement as it is now written the taxpayers and future council will be on the hook for 10 years paying rent for a piece of land they didn’t need in the first place. This council has failed to address the necessary safeguards, on behalf of the citizens of this community, by not tying this lease contract to the passage or failure of a referendum on the underpass. Pull this piece of legislation immediately and give the community the honesty and good government it deserves. Bob Edwards

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Mayes stands by government’s record Reflections on politics: MP credits Conservative policies with helping families, economy. By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF

Reflecting on the past year as North Okanagan-Shuswap’s member of Parliament is for Colin Mayes, a mostly satisfying endeavour. An eight-year member of the Conservative government’s backbench, Mayes says he is proud of the federal focus on trying to help families and seniors survive in this economy. “There have been various initiatives to help put money back in the pockets of young families,” he says, noting the programs help parents involve their children in activities such as hockey and gymnastics. “The child tax credit has been popular; it puts a few extra dollars in parents’ pockets to hire a babysitter or help to pay for activities, or put it in savings for future education.” For seniors, it’s income splitting. “Canada has one of the least number of seniors living below the poverty line,” he says, maintaining some 70 per cent of Canadian seniors have incomes of $50,000 or better. “I know there is still 30 per cent who, for sure need help. The tax-free savings account has helped seniors of the country be able to get through tougher times.” Asked about child poverty in Canada,

Mayes, who’s daughter works for Samaritan’s Purse in Africa, says people don’t know what poverty is in this country. He says recently released Statistics Canada figures indicate the number of children living in poverty has been reduced by 70,000 over the past decade. “It needs to be fixed, but I definitely believe we’re making headway with low-income housing helping single moms and children,” he says. Mayes says his government is doing a study on Human Resources Development Canada – on how Ottawa can better provide First Nations with the skills they need for the jobs of today. “I have to say, you’ve heard what Abraham Lincoln said: ‘The government should never do for citizens what citizens can do for themselves,’” he says. “In saying that, it’s not up to us to feed the children that might not be getting proper nourishment. Our job is to make sure parents, or those who are caring for the children, get the support they need to ensure they have the resources to provide the nourishment for their children.” In relation to MP Mike Chong and several other backbenchers seeking more power,

Mayes believes there has been some misunderstanding. “We have power as backbenchers, the ability to speak to the prime minister in our caucus meetings and to speak, once a month, directly

some issues and even voted against him on some.” Mayes says Harper has respected his position and those of his colleagues who have shared his position, but was not willing to share

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Colin Mayes OKangan-ShuSwap Mp to the ministers on issues concerning our committees,” he says. “The effort that has been made by Michael Chong is to try to allow for decisions around caucus discipline; that it should be a caucus decision not a prime ministerial decision.” He says Chong is trying to ensure that no prime minister is able to drop party candidates from out of a riding, or even out of the country, into ridings, thereby circumventing the grassroots within the constituency. This, he says, puts the process back in MPs’ hands. “I have been there for eight years and I never felt once that my position has been compromised by any prime ministerial discipline,” he says. “I have disagreed with him on

examples. Agreeing that the Senate scandal has indeed been embarrassing for the institution,

Mayes says that with 308 MPs and 110 senators, there are bound to be “different thresholds of ethics.” “Now we have really narrowed guidelines for expenses, we have the Governor General auditing and now Colin Mayes and all my colleagues are disclosing every month online all our expenses, so now the public is able to see what their MP or senator is spending. That’s a very positive thing.” Mayes takes offence to the NDP Opposition’s criticism of his government, when, he says, former NDP party leader Jack Layton supported the Liberals during the 2007 sponsorship scandal.

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A Vancouver resident W.C. Bravender, was cleaning a turkey sent to him by a friend. In the crop of the bird was found several lumps of rich placer gold with a total weight of over half an ounce. Wilson MacDonald, the Canadian poet, was making a recital appearance in Salmon Arm under the auspices of the Parent -Teacher Association. A mixed quartette consisting of Miss Munro, Mrs. Carroll, F.E. Wilcox and A. Bedford sang during the evening.


Alderman Glasgow and Alderman Carroll reminded the council that citizens are responsible for cleaning the snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their property and that owners of vacant lots failing to do their share had caused the city to put on a small plow. During the past week, almost 8.5 inches of snow fell and the temperature dipped to 12 below 0.




Frank Farmer, the district’s new reeve, at 30 was the youngest man to hold that office. A telegram from Ottawa informed Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Reed that their son Lieut. Ken Reed had suffered wounds while fighting in Italy. Owing to the resignation of W.J. Honey, who had been on the school board for many years, there were three candidates to be chosen and four names were on the ballot paper: Mrs. Hobbs, Mrs. Amelia Martin, H. Killingley and E.P. Wright.


A $27,000 transfusion surged into the economy of Salmon Arm when the usual pre-Christmas payment was made to Salmon Arm Fruit Growers on their 1953 crop. Cheques for the payment were made to the growers by Salmon Arm Farmer’s Exchange. Two Vancouver engineers made a survey in the Okanagan to determine possible demand for natural gas.


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1. Game face: Salmon Arm Secondary player Lenny De Patie concentrates on the basket while fending off another player. I felt the expressions on both players’ faces were far more interesting than the action of the game. 2. Of all the acts that have performed on stage at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival over the past 21 years, Corvus Corax was certainly one of the most interesting visually – especially when it came to taking photos. 3. The gracefully flowing lines in this photograph of dancer Emma Lasko, taken during the Shuswap Dance Center’s annual Christmas concert,


to me are not dissimilar to the graceful movements of the dance itself. 4. While the photo of a group of spectators watching Salmon Arm Pee Wee Colts player Luke 5 Matheson dive across the goal line is visually interesting because of the prone position of the player and the timing, it is also one of those photos that haunts a photographer. If I had only been on the other side of the field. 5. Two baby rufous hummingbirds waited patiently in their tiny nest, which was built in the knot of a rope hanging in a shed. The most interesting thing about the image to me is that it is probably 10 times larger than actual life-size.

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Kyllo navigates provincial politics

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sition from municipal politics to the provincial political scene in 2013. Now, with just over six months under his belt, Kyllo describes the experience as fantastic, especially in terms of the support and commitment from his B.C. Liberal colleagues. Kyllo had a tough act to follow, being elected to the post after longtime MLA George Abbott, who was well respected both by constituents and within the Liberal Party structure. Abbott held key posts in the government including minister of health and education. But Kyllo’s abilities in business with Twin Anchors Houseboats and the more recently formed TA Structures have also caught the attention of the upper echelons of the party. While not given a cabinet post, Kyllo has been named to many high-profile committees including the Treasury Board, the Core Review, Strong Economy and Public Accounts. “I think my work in my company has given me a different perspective, in that in business you are always thinking about the most effective way to spend your money. So for me, it really comes back to asking, ‘Is this how I would spend my own dollars?’� That’s how I view spending the taxpayers’ money. I ask myself, “If I was personally accountable for this bill, is this what I would do?�


time it takes to move things forward. As a business owner, I was used to making decisions quickly and seeing results immediately and I took a lot of personal satisfaction out of that. Now, in this role, you are truly more a director and you have to take a longer view.� Kyllo says another change from municipal politics has been the shift in the scope of issues. “After living in Sicamous for 30 years, I had a pretty good handle on all the issues and concerns locally, and a well-developed personal perspective on where the community needs to go. That’s hard to do on the provincial side, because the issues are so varied, especially when it comes to things like health, education and social issues. It’s a lot to absorb. My colleague, (MLA) Todd Stone said it was like trying to drink out of a fire hose. I think that’s the best description.� Another adjustment for Kyllo has been the amount of travel between Victoria, Vancouver and Sicamous. “I’m in Vancouver three to four days a week, as most of the committee work is done there to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The public has the perception that when the house is not in session, we’re not working, but really the heavy lifting gets done through the committee work.�



















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Family first: Greg Kyllo, with his wife and four daughters says

he wants to help improve the B.C. economy to help secure viable jobs for young people in the Shuswap. Another big accomplishment was working towards the announcement of the $3 million bridge upgrade at Hummingbird Creek. “That situation has been challenging for so many years, that it was wonderful to work to a solution. That project should be designed in the spring with construction later in the year.� The biggest challenge he sees for the future is in expanding the Shuswap’s economic base. The father of four grown daughters, Kyllo says it hurts to hear people in the riding talking about their children who have moved away due to a lack of employment opportunities. “It needs to be more diverse. We need to foster tourism, but we need manufacturing, industry that can provide those year-round, high quality jobs. I’m like many of us in the Shuswap. I want my kids to be able to find gainful employment right here, rather than feeling like they have to move elsewhere to get ahead,� he said. “My wife and I, we’re anticipating our first grandchild in the new year and I sure want to be able to see that baby

a whole lot. It would break my heart if they were to move far away because they had no choice.� Despite his concerns, Kyllo is optimistic about 2014. “I think there was a lot of uncertainty in

the past few years, a lot of projects put on hold, but now we are on track to growing the economy and moving this province forward,� he said. “In my mind a healthy community is a working community.�



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Thirty-five Larch Hills skiers headed north last weekend for the first Teck BC Cup cross-country ski race in the 2014 series, where they picked up many top finishes. Hosted by the Caledonia Nordic Club in Prince George, Saturday’s race was individual free technique and Sunday featured classic. In Saturday’s sprint race, Ian Van Bergeyk placed first in the Atom Boys category 3 and Eric Moore took first in the Pee Wee Boys 1. Julianne Moore earned first in the Bantam Girls 1, with Claire Van Bergeyk second and Sophia van Varseveld, third. Keeya Corbett was third in the Bantam Girls 2. Trond May placed first in the Bantam Boys Category 1, and Stephen Moore and Calvin Hepburn placed first and second in the Bantam Boys 2. David Bakker was second in the Juvenile Boys 1, and Andrew Nash placed first in the Juvenile Boys 2. John Connor earned first in the Junior Boys category 2, Thomas Hardy placed first in the Junior Men 1, and Laura Hepburn was second in the Masters Women. In Sunday’s classic race, Ian Van Bergeyk took first in the Atom Boys category 3 and Eric Moore placed first in PeeWee 1. Julianne Moore was first, Sophia van Varseveld second, and Claire Van Bergeyk, third in the Bantam Girls 1, while Keeya Corbett placed first in the Bantam Girls 2. Trond May was first in the Bantam Boys 1, and Stephen Moore and Calvin Hepburn placed first and second in the Bantam Boys 2. Rachel Bates was second in the Midget Girls 1, and Konrad van Varseveld earned third in the Midget Boys 2. Rachel May placed first in the Juvenile Girls 1 and David Bakker was first in the Juvenile Boys 1, with Andrew Nash placing first and Seth van Varseveld third in the Juvenile Boys 2. Alexander Corbett took second in the Junior Boys 1 and John Connor was second in the Junior Boys 2. Thomas Hardy placed first in the Junior Men 1 category and Sheila Corbett came second in the Masters Women.

Making strides: (Clockwise, from above) Participants head off at the start of the annual Larch Hills Fun Race held Sunday afternoon at Larch Hills; Fia and Mia Bucher watch participants; skier Dominik Wilkie powers his way around a bend; racer Alexandra Peterson maintains her balance as she skis down a hill; and Emma Levins, Jeremia Bucher, Zoe Plummer and Samantha Vukadinovic negotiate their way around a bend. For results of this fun race, go to


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Pirates taking to the hills The Annual Larch Hills School Pirate Loppet will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting – cancelled if temperature at Larch Hills is -15 C or colder). This event is hosted by a group of volunteers from the Larch Hills Nordic Society in an effort to encourage youth to experience the natural beauty, pleasure, accessibility and affordability of cross-country skiing. The emphasis is on participation with all proceeds returned to local schools to help them build their ski equipment inventory. This event is for grades 3 to 7 and experienced younger students accompanied by their parents can participate. The registration fee is $5. It’s a five-km course with varied terrain, classic technique (no skating). Draw prizes. The theme is pirates, and ski-safe costumes are welcome. Hot lunch provided. Parent enthusiasm and assistance is very welcome at the finish line. Registration, including fee collection, will be done through schools. Interested schools or PACs should contact Brian Smith at 250-832-2934 or Tom Peasgood at 250-832-7368. Arrangements for ski rental equipment should be done a.s.a.p.

Indoor volleyball starting You’re invited to join indoor volleyball which runs Jan. 8 to March 13, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Six players per team, minimum two girls on court, two pools, recreational and competitive. Email: jsyme@

Dodge that ball A co-ed recreational dodgeball league starts Jan. 14 in Salmon Arm and will run to March 4. Goes at 7 p.m. at the SASCU Downtown Activity Centre, 451 Shuswap St. Find the league on Facebook at Shuswap Dodgeball, on the web at or Dodgeball@

30th loppet goes Jan. 18 This year, local and visiting skiers will celebrate the 30th annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet on Saturday, Jan. 18. The event has raised over $400,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation over the past 29 years. Online registration is at or entry forms are available through local ski shops. The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 17 at the SASCU Recreation Centre. If skiers require further information regarding registration, contact Tina Letham at 250-832-8676. Have a sports event? Write to us at:

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The Salmon Arm Ice Breakers Speed Skating Club will be hosting its first sanctioned short track speed skating competition this Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Shaw Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clubs from Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Nelson as well as other skaters from around the province are expected to compete in various distances with skaters’ ages ranging from five to 18. “There should be some great races with skaters just starting to race as well as experienced skaters. This is a great opportunity to see what short track speed skating is all about,” said Rick Hofmann club president. “This is one sport worth checking out live, especially with the 2014 Sochi Olympics coming up next month.” The speed skating club’s Learn to Speed Skate program is always accepting anyone who wishes to try the sport. Speed skates are supplied. For more information, check out: and drop them an email.

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Fine form: Alyssa Skaalid, #235, who trains with the Ice Breakers, will be one of the participants in Saturday’s competition.

Wrestlers compete with best in BC The SAS Wrestling Team went to the War On The Floor Wrestling Tournament in December at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Eighty schools and about 450 wrestlers from around B.C. attended the two-day event. The first day of wrestling included novice wrestlers, young men and women who have not medaled in a major tournament with four or more entries in their weight class.

The local results from the novice tournament included: • Men - Chad Baker, 66 kg, 4th; Jacob Fagrie, 63 kg, 5th; Dean Koller, 70 kg, 5th; Kellen McEachein-Corely, 54 kg, 6th; Colin Robinson, 38 kg, 5th; Ian St. Clair-Moniz, 74 kg, 5th. • Women - Krystine Hamre, 60 kg, 2nd; Mikayla McKay, 70 kg, 3rd; Madison Porteous, 64 kg, 1st. The second day of wrestling was for the elite wrestlers, indi-

viduals who have placed in the top three positions at a major tournament during their high school wrestling careers as well as outstanding wrestlers from the War On The Floor. Salmon Arm had five wrestlers entered in this part of the meet: Chad Baker; St ClairMoniz; McKay who placed 5th; Porteous who placed 5th and Shay-lyn Steiger who came third in the 46 kg category, wrestling two weight

classes higher than last year. Twenty-three wrestlers from the Salmon Arm team attended the tournament. “All of our wrestlers competed to the best of their ability and treated the meet as a chance to improve their skills and compete with the best wrestlers in the province,” said co-coach Richard Sweet. “They are good kids who continue to work hard and improve with each practice.”

Memorable tournament for Silvertips On Jan. 1 the Salmon Arm Scotiabank Bantam Tier 2 Silvertips began what could be their most memorable hockey tournament ever. They attended the KIBIHT (Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament) with approximately 500 young, talented hockey players from all over North America. The Tips faced the Prince George Cougars first, a team the Tips have tied before, but not this time. The final score was 5-1 for Prince George. Salmon Arm’s lone goal came from Evan Hughes (game MVP).

On Jan. 2 the Tips faced the Okanagan Hockey Academy, and the change was evident. Salmon Arm was up 1-0 after the first period with a nice tip by Dylan McBeth from a sizzler by Jason Herd (game MVP). In the second the Tips got ahead 2-0 with a shot from Trajan Boyd. Goals then came from Tyler Chartier via a beautiful pass from Matthew Dolinar, and an incredible contribution from Hughes with a hat trick for a 6-3 win. Ryan Freed was solid in the Tips’ net, making numerous key saves. The evening game saw Salmon Arm go

up against a tough opponent from Mission. The Tips played a great first period which ended 1-1. The second period brought a beautiful shot from Aaron Plessis (game MVP) who worked hard all tournament. A score of 2-1 for the Tips was followed by three unanswered power-play goals from Mission. The third period in the third game in a 27-hour period proved that Mission’s stamina outlasted Salmon Arm’s. Final score, 9-2. Friday the Tips were evenly matched with North Delta. The first period finished at two goals apiece with Ben

Wardman (game MVP) and Hughes scoring. The second period ended at 3-2 for the Tips, again from Hughes. The third brought a consistent issue for the Tips throughout the tournament – stringent officiating. The contest ended 5-3 in favour of North Delta. Devon Blackmore took the loss in goal despite making some key saves to keep the team in the game. Salmon Arm’s defensive squad of Noah Paterson, Jordan Campagnolo, Steven Luchkanych, Herd, Austin-Anthony Jules and Cameron Watson all played an amazing

tournament. The final game for the Tips was Saturday versus Williams Lake. Hughes notched the first tally, one of two he potted. A beautiful goal came from Austin Anthony-Jules (game MVP) on a nice feed from Dolinar, as well as one from Wardman in a penalty riddled game and a 5-4 loss. Other integral members of the offensive squad were Harley Bootsma and Trent Thompson. A standing ovation goes to netminders Freed and Blackmore for their exemplary performance, stamina and resolve.

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’Backs get past turkey game


Year begins: First two contests after break deliver one victory. A pair of wins is always better than one out of two, but with the Interior Division shaping up as it is for the stretch run to the playoffs, the Salmon Arm SilverBacks won the preferred matchup last weekend. After dropping a 2-1 decision to the Nanaimo Clippers Friday, the ’Backs rallied to knock off their Interior Division enemies the Merritt Centennials 4-2 on Saturday which keeps the Cents four points back of Salmon Arm for now. “Obviously, we wanted to win both… but if we had to pick one, that would be the one,” said SilverBacks head coach Troy Mick. With top centre Evan Anderson not in the lineup for the weekend, secondary offensive contributors Mike Roberts, Jeff Kennedy and Colton Thibault tallied goals against Merritt with Thibault’s being the winner midway through the second period. “That would be one of our keys, to have more guys step up and score,” said Mick. “It’s not an unread book anymore that those guys (Anderson and fellow first-liners Alex Gillies and Landon Smith) are three pretty damn good hockey players. We need all 12 guys to be able to chip in.” The SilverBacks also got nice work from Angus Redmond in

net. The backup goalie made both starts on the weekend with Adam Clark fighting off the flu. Redmond stopped 57 of 61 shots in the two games for a .934 save percentage. “We feel we do have two No. 1 goaltenders and if one guy is struggling, you look down the bench and you know you have another guy to step up,” said Mick. “Those guys (Clark and Redmond) get along so good; it’s a healthy rivalry.” Mick said he expects both Clark and Anderson, along with defenceman Mitch Ferguson, back on the ice this weekend when they travel to Vancouver Island. “That’s the biggest thing – we’re getting healthy,” said Mick. “This weekend we’ll have a healthy lineup.” Something they could have used against Nanaimo for the first game back after the Christmas break. Instead, they managed to get just one puck past Clippers netminder Jayson Argue as they struggled to find their skating legs after the holidays. “It was their (Nanaimo) first game back too, the turkey game,” noted Mick. “You don’t expect your first game back is going to be your best but we’ve got to get hunkered down for the stretch run here.” Redmond might have been a bit rusty at the

Taking control: Cole McKaskill fights for the puck during the ’Backs 2-1 home ice loss Friday to the Nanaimo Clippers, which was followed by a 4-2 victory over Merritt Saturday.

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outset as well, allowing a shot from well out by Anthony Sabitsky to beat him. Landon Smith tied the game briefly but Sheldon Rempal had the winner midway through the second for Nanaimo. Salmon Arm couldn’t muster the equalizer in the third. “It was back and forth; each team had chances to score (in the third),” said Mick. “It was a good and sloppy hockey game.” Salmon Arm is on the road this weekend with games against Powell River Friday at 7:30 p.m., Alberni Valley Saturday in a 7 p.m. start and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Cowichan Valley. “At this stage, with 19 games left, they’re all Game Sevens,” said Mick.

Twenty-year-old forward Landon Smith has agreed to play for the Quinnipiac University Bobcats, as of the 2014-2015 campaign. Smith, a BCHL rookie hailing from Denver, Colorado, has cemented himself as one of the most dynamic players in SilverBacks’ recent history, as he entered the holiday break leading the BCHL in points and goals, with 59 points and 33 goals in just 37 games.

They begin in Salmon Arm, where the first Spring Camp will take place from May 2 to 4 at the Shaw Centre, before staff head south for camps that run from May 16 to 18 and May 30 to June 1, in Simi Valley, California, and Denver, Colorado, respectively.

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The SilverBacks have announced the organization will be hosting three separate Spring Evaluation Camps during the offseason.


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Artist buoyed by recognition By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF


relative newcomer to the art world, Cynthia Langford’s work has been given worldwide exposure in a high-profile magazine. Her painting entitled “Mama Doula” is featured in the December 2013 issue of The Rotarian, a publication of Rotary International. “The painting was inspired by my friend’s daughter who had travelled to Nicaragua where she was studying midwifery,” says Langford, noting the young woman had taken a photo of a similar picture she had seen on a wall there. “Her mom asked me to paint it for her birthday.” Langford says Rotary International was putting together a story on mothers in developing countries and had found the picture on her website. Late in the summer, Rotary International got in touch with Langford to ask if they could use the image in their magazine. “It gave me a lot of confidence to continue painting,” she says. “I felt very honoured. As an artist, you always wonder because there are so many great artists around.” An adventure devotee, Langford started painting seriously a couple of years ago after taking a 10-day course with an artist in Italy. “It’s a wonderful place to go for a holiday and for art,” she says enthusiastically, describing her painting experience prior to that as “dabbling.” And what she dabbled in was water colours – that is, until her artist mother urged her to try acrylics. “I absolutely loved it; you can

texture and use bold colours.” And it is a love of adventure that fuels Langford’s artwork. At a stage in her life when her children are no longer dependent on her, Langford is celebrating life with a series of exciting adventures travelling with “a great group of women.” “My recent works have been painted from photographs taken while on holiday in Utah and Nevada, Greece and Italy,” says Langford in a statement on her website that features her artwork. “It has been a joy to re-live my travels while painting the white buildings and the beautiful blue Mediterranean sea, warm brick buildings in Italy with laundry hanging from windows, cobblestone streets, hiking the magnificent Zion Narrows and kayaking down the Colorado River.” Closer to home, Langford recently biked the Kettle Valley Railway and was entranced by a large ponderosa pine she saw near Penticton. The result? A painting she loves. Her biggest fan, she says, is her husband who has built her a “lovely”in-home studio. It is where the Maple Tree Clinic office manager spends a lot of her time, well, when she is not playing tennis, kayaking, walking her dog or on another adventure. “There are so many life adventures to do – they’re called life rewards, so I can do this now,” she laughs. “I paint it and if you don’t like it, it’s fine. I don’t like to put pressure on myself either.” Langford’s artwork, which is available in a variety of prints and cell phone covers, can be viewed at


Adventures in art: Local artist Cynthia Langford’s painting entitled Mama Doula was chosen for inclusion in The Rotarian. Many of the artist’s paintings are done from photos taken on trips to destinations far and wide.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12 VARIETY’S KIDS – The local Variety Club Committee presents their annual, fundraising champagne breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Branch #62 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Breakfast consisting of ham or sausage, eggs and toast is $8 per person. Proceeds go the the annual campaign for Variety – The Children’s Charity.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 BEST FOR BABES – The Healthiest Babies Possible program resumes with Mom and Baby Care at Harbourfront Chiropractic; Jan. 14 – Public Health – Safe Sleep; Jan. 21 – Movie day at Salmar Grand; Jan. 28 – Homemade play dough. For times, call Trish Johnson, pregnancy outreach program co-ordinator at the Shuswap Family Resource Centre, at 250-832-2170, ext. 205.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 WRITE STUFF – Shuswap Writers’ Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the board room at the Mall at Piccadilly. Drop-ins are welcome. Contact Shirley at 250-835-4544.

FRIDAY, JAN. 17 COFFEE HOUSE – The Salmon Arm Coffee House takes place at Little Mountain Field House, 250 – 30th Street SE. A tune or a toonie gets you in the door. All ages welcome. For more information, call Gerri at 250833-4024 or Connie at 250-832-8088.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 VARIETY’S KIDS – The local Variety Club Committee presents their 25th annual fundraising auction for Variety – The Children’s Charity, from noon to 5 p.m. at Branch #62 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Volunteers are still looking for items to auction. To donate, call Brenda at 250-8323157 or Sherrie at 250-804-3001. BOTTLE DRIVE – Air Cadets of 222 Shuswap Squadron will be happy to pick up refundable beverage containers. Call 250-832-2807 to arrange pick-up or drop containers off at Bill’s Bottle Depot between 10 a.m. and noon. SILVER SCREEN – The Shuswap Film Society presents All is Lost, an adventure drama about a man who wakes to find his yacht is taking on water, at 5 p.m. at the Salmar Classic.

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Symphony works its magic Variation: Program first presented 20 years ago. The Kamloops Symphony’s traditional welcome of the New Year, The Magic of Vienna, includes both Kamloops and Salmon Arm audiences this January. Although the name has remained the same since this program was introduced in the year 2000, the music and its presentation have been varied. For 2014, the format reflects back to a soldout performance more than 20 years ago – Tales from the Vienna Woods. The program was devised by the renowned broadcaster and music raconteur, Otto Lowy who, himself, added to the magic of any program he created with his inimitable, unique use of the English language. The performance captivated the audience with its anecdotes about the people and places of the music’s origins. With Rod Michell as our host, we have re-created the 1993 program with the same music and much of the same evocative narrative. Born and raised in England, Michell came to Canada as a graduate student at UBC. Two of the great passions of his life have

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Raconteur of note: Rod Michell will

host Friday’s symphony with the same music and much of the same evocative narrative as the original 1993 program. been literature and music, and he considers it his good fortune to be able to continue his pursuit of both. Retired after a career of almost 40 years of teaching English language and literature at Thompson Rivers University, he now presents courses in literature for the Kamloops Adult Learners and hosts Classical Connections, a two-hour classical music show on CFBX FM Radio. This will be his third performance with the Kamloops Symphony. The most famous of the composers brought to mind by thoughts of Viennese music are undoubtedly Johann

Strauss Jr., who has been dubbed “the waltz king” and members of his family, who were responsible for creating a vast amount of popular music – waltzes, polkas, galops, quadrilles, and marches. This was, of course, not the only music one would have heard in Vienna in the 1800s. Lanner, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven all lived and worked in Vienna and are represented on the program. Kamloops Symphony concertmaster Cvetozar Vutev is the featured soloist for Kreisler’s Caprice Viennoise and Rondo in C major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Born in the city of Pleven, Bulgaria, Cvetozar Vutev started taking violin lessons at the age of six and played his first solo recital at 16. He moved to Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, to study at Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. In 1990 he earned a master’s degree in violin performance under Prof. Boyan Lechev. He has also worked with several worldfamous violin teachers such as Ifrah Niemann (UK) and Wolfgang Marschner (Germany). He has served as a concertmaster with the Kamloops Symphony since September 2005 and teaches violin, viola and chamber music ensembles with the Kamloops Symphony Music School. He is also a member of the Okanagan Symphony. The Magic of Vienna plays Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at SASCU Recreation Centre. Tickets are available in advance at Kamloops Live! Box Office at 1-866-374-5483, at Wearabouts on Alexander Street or at the door. More program and ticket information is available on the website

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Club caters to jazz fans The Jazz Club of Salmon Arm opens a new season tomorrow evening with the Bill Coon Duo. Juno-nominated guitarist/composer, Coon’s music is described as intimate, conversational, and virtuosic. A Canadian jazz icon and a master improviser, he’s performed with Jimmy Heath, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and more. Coon was winner of the 2009 Jazz Guitarist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and performs regularly as a leader with Two Much Guitar (a collaboration with legendary guitarist Oliver Gannon), the Bill Coon Quartet featuring Ross Taggart and the BC Double Quartet (jazz quartet and string quartet) featuring Brad Turner. Coon has recorded and performed with Jill Townsend Big Band, Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, Laura Crema,

Wow Jazz Orchestra, Kevin Elaschuk Trio, Kate HammettVaughan and Miles Black. His keen interest in Brazilian music has inspired performances with Ray Piper and Tom Keenlyside in the Choro ensemble Gostosinhoas well as a duo with pianist Michael Creber. In addition to a busy performance and recording schedule, Coon is in high demand as an educator. He teaches arranging, composition and jazz guitar at Capilano University in North Vancouver and is a clinician and adjudicator for music festivals throughout Canada. The Jazz Club plays out on the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the banquet room of Shuswap Chefs Restaurant, 551 Trans-Canada Highway. Admission is by donation. The Tapas menu is

The combination of growing regional trails and having a whole load of fun has become something of a tradition for communities throughout the Shuswap each winter. Now in its eighth year, promotion for the annual Shuswap Trail Alliance fundraiser dance and silent auction kicked into gear with tickets going on sale just before Christmas. The $30 tickets help to secure the annual base funding needed to allow the Shuswap Trail Alliance to support trail projects with partners throughout the Shuswap. This year’s Shuswap Trail Party and Silent Auction is set to roll Friday, Feb. 7 at the SASCU Recreation Centre auditorium. The perennial dance band favourite, Scarecrow, is booked, along with Patrick Ryley, spinning his DJ magic. And local foods will once again be featured, this year thanks to the

talents of Blue Canoe Bakery Cafe. The call for auction sponsors is out, inviting local businesses and leaders to get their name out on the auction tables. The event usually sells out weeks before the dance floor lights up the first Friday night of February. Funding from both ticket sales and the silent auction, combined with private donations, go towards working with community partners. This includes funding for insurance, tools, equipment, the website, the trail report hotline, and volunteer events. “We’ve seen an incredible transformation in support of trails and pathways over the last nine years,” says Phil McIntyre-Paul, executive director of the Shuswap Trail Alliance, noting that this past year saw more than 40 regional partners work together to create more than 12,000 metres of

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Salmon Arm Observer Bruce Bruce Dunn Dunn Music Music Director Director

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new trail at 15 locations around the Shuswap. Maintenance alone saw over 160 kilometres of existing trails cleared, improved, and signed. And the involvement of volunteers continues to grow through the efforts of regular volunteer events, the new trail report hotline, and the continued work of stewardship organizations like the Larch Hills Nordic Society, Shuswap Outdoors, the EQ Trail Association, and the new Shuswap Bicycle Society. Tickets are available at Lakeside Insurance and Skookum Cycle and Ski. To contribute to the silent auction and for information on the Shuswap Trails celebration, call Winston Pain at 250-804-6451, or email wpwinston2@ To find out more about Shuswap trails throughout the region and the Shuswap Trail Alliance, visit www.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Personal relationships will ruffle your feathers this week. Compromise may be your safest bet when agreements don’t go so smoothly. Despite the adversaries who have a strong power over you, what doesn’t kill you will certainly make you that much stronger. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This week will analyze your patience and your level of composure. Nonetheless, you will get your share of lighthearted conversations, comforting friendships and simply exploring life’s hidden spheres. Overexpansion may also mark your general being. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You will engage yourself in some serious issues pertaining to your private life. Unlike others who are in a more expansive mood, you will seek to avoid dead-ends and work towards bringing in more structural efficiency into your life. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You are feeling risky and you are feeling frisky! This is a busy week for you where negotiations and agreements will preoccupy your mind and your schedule. You will find your surroundings pleasant in the company of loved ones. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your work life picks up quite fast and you will be on a roll this week. However, as daring and as capable as you are, don’t promise more than you can actually deliver. Try to understand your opponent or your ally before you commit yourself fully. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Life embraces you with sweet delights this week. A love declaration will ooze you with plenty of romance. Your child-like qualities emerge once you let go of your seriousness. You are feeling alive under this week’s celestial limelight. Celebrate life and all its surprises!






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BERNARDUS ARIS (BEN) SCHUT MAY 27, 1927 – DECEMBER 26, 2013 Ben passed away peacefully on December 26th 2013 at Bastion Place at the age of 86 years. Ben was born in Rhenen, Netherlands on May 27, 1927 and immigrated to British Columbia, in 1953. After working in different areas of the province he settled in Salmon Arm, married the “love of his life” (Trudy) and purchased a Dairy Farm in 1959. After retirement, he enjoyed travelling, family, gardening and many volunteer endeavours. Ben is survived by one sister Alida Smit (Albert), his two children: John (Carolyn), Caroline (Sante) and four grandchildren. All have good memories of Dad, Opa, Grandpa. Even the calves at the farm will miss him! He is predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Trudy in 2005, two of his sisters and brother. We would like to extend a big thank you to the many community care aides, staff at Arbor Lodge and Bastion Place for their outstanding care and compassion. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1:30 p.m. at the First United Church in Salmon Arm. If family and friends wish to make a donation in Ben’s memory, please donate to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation at PO Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3, telephone 250-803-4565 or online. MCGILL, clare CLARE elizabeth ELIZABETH McGill, (nee Marshall, formerly Frew) Born November 3, 1956 in Vancouver, bc BC born Clare passed passed away away peacefully atathome homewithwith byherher on family by sideside on January January 5, 2014 after a 5, 2014 after a courageous courageous battlecancer with at battle with ovarian ovarian at the age the age cancer of 57 years. of Clare 57 years. is predeceased by predeceased herClare fatheris Charles Marshall by her father and mother BettyCharles Marshall MarshallBC)and (Chase, and mother is lovingly Betty Marshall remembered by (Chase, her husband Wayne McGill and BC) and is Annie lovingly her daughters Korver of Calgary and Erin remembered her sister Diane Tarry (Bob) Vieira (Jamie) of by Kamloops, husband of Chase, Wayne brother McGill Jim Marshall (Cindy) of Merritt, and brother her Harry daughters Marshall (Monica) of Parksville, Annie Korver of Calgary mother-in-law Joan McGill of Salmon Arm, stepson and ErinMcGill Vieira (Jamie) Kamloops,stepson sister Diane James of Port ofCoquitlam, Jay Tarry of Chase, brother JimKolina Marshall (Cindy) McGill(Bob) of Calgary, stepdaughter Malloff of of Merritt, Harry Marshall (Monica) her of Grand Forks,brother numerous nieces and nephews, Parksville, mother-in-law Abby Joan and McGill of Salmon beloved granddaughters Hannah Vieira Arm,step-grandchildren stepson James McGill of Port Coquitlam, and Alexander, Ana and Lauren stepsonand Jaymany McGillgood of Calgary, McGill, friends.stepdaughter Kolina Malloff Grand Forks, numerous and Mom of spent her childhood years in nieces Vancouver, nephews, Lake her beloved granddaughters Abby and Williams and finally Chase where she Hannah Vieira graduated fromand highstep-grandchildren school. In 1982 sheAlexander, moved to Ana and Lauren McGill, and many good friends. In Revelstoke where she raised her two daughters. Mom spent childhood in Vancouver, 2000, Mom andher Wayne movedyears to Salmon Arm. Williams Laketo and Chase with where she Mom loved spendfinally time travelling Wayne graduated fromduring high school. In 1982 she moved to in their RV and the summer of 2013 together Revelstoke where her two to daughters. In they took the ‘tripshe of raised their lifetime’ the Grand 2000, Mom andalso Wayne moved to Salmon Arm. Canyon. Mom enjoyed quilting, sewing, taking loved spend time Lake, travelling herMom sailboat outtoon Shuswap andwith mostWayne of all, in their RV time and during thefamily. summer of 2013 together spending with her Mom experienced they took the ‘trip their lifetime’ to the Grand her ‘perfect day’ on of November 16, 2013 when she Canyon. Momfriend, also enjoyed taking wed her best Wayne quilting, McGill insewing, the presence herher sailboat of family.out on Shuswap Lake, and most of all, spending time with her family. Mom experienced Mom will forever be remembered as a loving her ‘perfect November 16, 2013 colleague. when she mother, wifeday’ and on Nana and a dedicated wedlieu her of bestflowers, friend, Wayne McGill the Shuswap presence In donations to inthe of her family. Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Mom will forever remembered as Anglican a loving Mom’s service will be held at St. John’s mother, in wife and Nana andFriday, a dedicated Church Salmon Arm on Januarycolleague. 10, 2014 In 2:00p.m. lieu of flowers, donations to theto Shuswap at Arrangements entrusted Fischer’s Hospital Foundation be appreciated. Funeral Services & would Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Mom’s service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Arm, (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and Church in Salmonthrough Arm onClare’s Friday, obituary January 10, 2014 share memories at www. at 2:00p.m.



MILLER, LARRY ARNOLD 1954 - 2014 It is with great sadness that the family of Larry announces his passing in Salmon Arm, BC on January 4, 2014 at the age of 59 years. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday January 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm from Bowers Funeral Chapel, Salmon Arm. A reception will follow in the mountainside room allowing friends and family to continue sharing memories. Online condolences may be sent through Larry’s obituary at Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC

PATRICIA EDNA HURTIG March 31, 1931 – December 27, 2013 Mom, Pats as many knew her was born in Vancouver, B.C. Pats married Bert Neumann in the 1950’s and they had two sons; Michael Neumann of Princeton, B.C. and Brian Neumann of Salmon Arm, B.C. Pats and Bert separated and in 1970 Cecil Hurtig came into her life and they were a happy couple until Cecil’s passing in 2005. Cecil and Pats lived in White Rock, B.C. when they were first married and then later moved to Armstrong where they lived on two different farms over the years. Raising and currying for horses was one of mom’s passions. Eventually they moved to Salon Arm to be close to their grand kids. Cecil and mom loved their time with them and many a fine laugh was had as they grew into young ladies. The many who knew mom will miss her. Mom’s family; her sons Michael and Brian, daughter-in-law Sherlene and grand-daughters Nikola and Joelene most of all. We wish to thank those amazing people at Hillside Village, Bastion Place and Shuswap Lodge who made mom’s day, everyday... Thank you for all your caring and compassionate love to mom. DANFORD MARTIN “DAN” NASH NASH, Danford Martin “Dan” passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm, BC on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the age of 97 years. Dan was born in Tofield, Alberta on May 13, 1916 and moved to the Shuswap with his family as a young boy. He served overseas in France during World War II and upon returning to the Shuswap, worked at Adams Lake Sawmill and in forestry. Dan was predeceased by his wife, Rose in 1993; sister, Edith Pari; brothers, Everett, Arden, Erling, and Russell. He is survived by his son, John (Remi) of Vancouver; grandchildren, Martin Nash and Christina (Steve) Pitkanen; great grandchildren, Darla and Marshall Pitkanen; two nieces, Dian (Tom) Fox and family; and Claudette (Dale) Ophus and family. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at the Shuswap Lodge Retirement Residence, Salmon Arm on Saturday, January 11th at 2:00 pm. The family would like to give a very special thank you to the staff at the Shuswap Lodge Retirement Residence and Shuswap Lake General Hospital for the compassionate care they gave to Dan. Online condolences can be sent through Dan’s obituary at Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.



FERGUSON, JOSEPHINE Josephine Ferguson passed away peacefully at Hillside Village, Dec. 29, 2013 at the age of 103 years. She will be sadly missed by her daughter June Scott, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren. Gran had six generations three times over. She saw many changes in her lifetime. The family would like to thank the staff at Hillside Village for their patience and wonderful care of Gran as well as Vince and Tammy at Fischer’s for making us feel so comfortable. Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Josephine’s obituary at SARRAZIN, JUNE CAROL Born January 5, 1958 - passed peacefully at home on December 16, 2013 at the age of 55. June loved Christmas, a white-winter and staying cool. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. June is survived by her husband Leonard, children; Lisa, Michael, Stacy, Lindsay and Kelsey and grandchildren; Destinee and Evan as well as three brothers, five sisters and several in-laws. June loved and enjoyed helping people who were not able to help themselves. She is with us in our hearts and will be forever missed. A celebration of June’s life will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Silver Creek Community Hall. Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm, (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through June’s obituary at

OVEREEM, JOHN John Overeem passed away suddenly at his residence in Lee Creek, BC on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 and went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 73 years. John was born at Amersfoort, Netherlands on April 6, 1940 and had been a resident of Lee Creek since 1993. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Christina; Children, Hank (Linda) Overeem, Rose (Phil) Lesowski, Bob (Tina) Overeem, Carolyn (Peter) Kwong and Heather (Doug) Sytsma; fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. A graveside service was held in Mount Ida Cemetery on Saturday, December 28th at 11:00 am. The funeral service followed at the Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church at 1:00 pm, with Pastor Peter Stellingwerff officiating. If so desired, contributions in memory of John may be made to The Leprosy Mission Canada, 90 Allstate Parkway, Suite 200, Markham, Ontario, L3R 6H3 or World Renew-Canada, 3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8. Online condolences can be sent through John’s obituary at Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.

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ROLIN, LAVERNE E. (LEFTY) JUNE 13, 1932 - DECEMBER 27, 2013 It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great man, “Lefty” Rolin on December 27. He was predeceased by his parents, Louie and Margaret and his youngest brother, Garry. Lefty is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vivian, brothers, Ken (Dorothy) Rolin, Urb (Enid) Rolin, daughters Debbie (Doug) Dymond, Sandra Rolin (Mark Young)and Nadine (Dan) Bardarson, 8 grandsons and 3 greatgrandchildren. His love of family, his sense of humor and his great passion for the outdoors will never be forgotten. A Celebration of life service will be held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home on Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. with Jack Bowers the funeral celebrant. A reception will follow in the Mountainside room allowing time for family and friends to continue sharing memories. Interment will follow in the spring time in Mt. Ida Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Lefty may be sent to the Charity of One’s choice. On line email condolences may be sent to Lefty’s obituary at Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm. ARNOUSE, YVONNE Yvonne Cecilia Arnouse passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the age of 69 years. The Funeral Service was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Monday morning, January 6th at 10 a.m. with Jack Bowers the funeral celebrant, with tributes shared by Ronnie Jules, Felix Arnouse, Joan Arnouse, Dion Arnouse with DVD presented by Kyle Arnouse. Interment followed on the Tappen Reserve Cemetery. Pallbearers were; Ronnie and David Jules, Ralph McBryan, Cyprian Allen, Stan Walstrom, Les Tomma; Dana, Kyle, Chad, Josh, Aaron and Jay Arnouse. Cross bearers were Kaiden and Eddie Arnouse. Born in Salmon Arm on September 8, 1944. Except for her nurses training in Vancouver, Yvonne lived her life in the Shuswap. She was a dedicated and faithful nurse at Shuswap Lake General Hospital for 35 years. Yvonne is well remembered and respected for her faith and sharing the Native Culture in the community. She was foster mother to 34 children, as well nursed and cared in her home for 5 elders, all with raising her own children, as a single mother. Predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth Arnouse, sister, Hazel Sylvestor and brother, Jimmy. Yvonne leaves her loving family; children, Dion (Gloria) Arnouse of West Bank, Dave Nordquist of Chase, Jason Arnouse of Miami, Lorretta Nordquist of Kelowna, Crystal Arnouse of Tappen, Cynthia Nordquist of Vancouver; 5 grandchildren, Damian, Jamie and Alexandria Arnouse, Kash Pooley and Kohl Nordquist; brothers, Chief Felix (Joan) Arnouse of Squilax, Oliver Arnouse of Tappen, Greg Sylvestor of Sunnybrae, Gordon Sylvestor of Kamloops; and many other relatives. Email condolences may be sent to Yvonne’s obituary at Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm. A23 A23



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Louise Mabel Waterson Mrs. Louise Mabel Waterson passed away at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 at the age of 91 years. A memorial service for Louise will be held in Sicamous in the spring of 2014 with interment of her cremated remains in the family plot of Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. Louise was born in Erpingham, England on February 14, 1922 and had been a longtime resident of Sicamous. Her gardens were her pride and joy. Spring through fall found Louise tending numerous flower beds as well as a vegetable garden. Many friends and neighbours reaped the benefits of her gardening expertise. In the winter months Louise was into crosswords and many types of needlecraft. Louise is survived by her husband of 67 years, Rusty of Sicamous; two sons: Ralph (Judy) of Sicamous and Harley (Livia) of Surrey; two step grandchildren: Don (Angela) Waterson of Revelstoke, Dennis (Robin) Peterson of Vanderhoof and one sister, Margaret Graham of Armstrong. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting Louise’s obituary notice at Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.

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The Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce is currently recruiting a part-time Visitor Centre Counsellor to complement our existing team of tourism service providers. This permanent part-time position is 2 days per week, encompassing a 7 hour workday (8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Thu & Fri each week). Responsibilities will focus on providing tourism information and promotion of our community. Applicants will possess superior interpersonal skills, excellent communication abilities, enjoy learning on a daily basis and working in a team atmosphere. Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume to: GENERAL MANAGER - Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce #101, 20 Hudson Avenue NE, PO Box 999 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P2 E-mail: Posting closes January 24, 2014

PRODUCE CLERK – FULL TIME Our Salmon Arm – Uptown Location, Produce Department, is looking for an experienced produce clerk to start immediately. This position offers competitive wages with a comprehensive benefits and pension plan package. If you are energetic, enthusiastic and want to be part of the Askew’s team, we want to hear from you. Please apply in person, to: Mike Medwid, Produce Manager or George Green, Store Manager– Uptown Store or you can apply by email to Mike@ or

Kindale Developmental Association

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Plywood Shift Supervisor Canoe Forest Products Ltd., located near Salmon Arm BC has an immediate fulltime opening within the Plywood Department for a Shift Supervisor. Reporting directly to the Plywood Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the plywood manufacturing business. The position offers a challenging opportunity to an experienced, self-motivated, technically sound individual who can work with minimal supervision. Other prerequisites include above average interpersonal and communication skills. A thorough understanding of Quality & Statistical Process Control systems would be desirable. Preference will be given to those applicants who hold post-secondary education in Woods Product Manufacturing or Business Administration. Three to five years of related supervisory experience would also be an asset. Canoe Forest Products Ltd. offers a competitive salary and benefits package based on experience and qualifications. If you possess the skills and qualifications for this position, please submit your resume with cover letter, in confidence, by Monday, January 20, 2014 to: Human Resources Department Canoe Forest Products Ltd. Box 70, Canoe BC V0E 1K0 E: F: 866�514�8773 Canoe Forest Products thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


H2O4U located in Salmon Arm is looking for a full time customer service representative. Repetitive heavy lift is a requirement. The applicant will also have a strong understanding and commitment to customer service and willingness to learn new skills. Apply at PART TIME commission sales person required for community radio CKVS. Contact (250)463-5026 or send resume: SUB CARRIERS NEEDED To deliver Shuswap Market News and Lakeshore News Covering carrier routes on Fridays. Car needed as different routes each week. Good pay. Call Valerie in circulation for more details. (250) 832-2131

Financial Services


Financial Services


Esthetics Services PERMANENT Laser Hair reduction. Call for a free consultation. Sada (250)832-4266 Shuswap Laser Clinic or email:

Share your home and/or your time providing support to adults with disabilities in Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Lumby & Lavington. Home assessments and/or training will be provided. Send Expression of Interest letter to: Attention: Home Share Coordinator Kindale Developmental Association P.O. Box 94 Armstrong, BC V0E 1B0 Fax: 250-546-3053 Email:


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; Email:

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Legal Services Shuswap-Revelstoke Drew Lee-Hai & Associates Chartered Accountants/ Business Advisors is seeking candidates for the following positions for the upcoming tax season:

Staff Accountant Temporary F/T staff accountant with background in preparation of personal and corporate income tax returns, year-end financial statements and related working papers. Experience with Caseware and Taxprep applications would be a definite asset. The successful candidate is a self-starter who has excellent time management skills and possesses a strong work ethic.

Administrative Assistant Temporary F/T administrative assistant to assist with clerical duties. The candidate must possess strong communication skills, must be courteous, organized, must be able to multi-task and perform a variety of office duties in a busy environment with little supervision. Computer skills and interpersonal skills are essential. Please fax/email your resume to: Fax: (250) 832-5377 Email:

Program Coordinator – Information, Education and Family Support The candidate will provide support, education and advocacy to families of individuals who live with a mental illness and/ or substance use issues. They will coordinate the provision of information and education regarding mental health to the community, individuals and agencies. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge base of mental health and the psycho/social model of support and treatment. They will possess excellent interpersonal skills and have support-group facilitation experience. The position also requires excellent knowledge of computer systems with MS Office suite and in depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms and their respective participants (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.) To receive a copy of the full job description please email: Please send your resume and cover letter to: Closing date January 17, 2014 Only those considered for the position will be contacted. Thank you!

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Pets & Livestock A25 A25

Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate




Mobile Homes & Pads

Shared Accommodation

CANOE 2 bdrm, den, 1.5 bath. Walking distance to elementary school and beach. Large fenced yard, covered deck, quiet cul de sac, 6 appliances, pet friendly, ample parking. Available immediately. $1200 plus utilities. Call 587-297-4605 or email

WOULD like to share my 2bdrm suite in Travellers Rest Motel, 60yrs. or older, must have vehicle (250)515-6063 (250)832-3075 ext. 109

Misc Services


Misc. for Sale

Business for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Home & Yard

N&T CANINE CARE Daycare, boarding, grooming. Visit our webpage: 250-835-0136 TO give away to good home 10mo. old long hair male cat, loves children, very friendly & cuddly (250)832-8611 With Dignity & Understanding. N&T PET CREMATION SERVICES call 250-835-0136

For Lease: Gas Bar/Grocery Store, Fruit Stand, 56 seat licensed Restaurant, lots of prkg for Truck Stop 4800 sq.ft. bldg on Trans Canada Hwy Sicamous. 1 (250)309-0975

2BDRM. condo in quiet 55+, NS, NP building, centrally located in SA, walking distance to both malls, bright corner unit w/ensuite, $945/mo. incl. water, garbage, heat, DD req’d, Call (250)833-8281

Cell 833-8009 Home 836-4154

Dozen Bar signs and clocks. will only sell as a set $300 Firm 250-833-0130

RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. SINGER sewing machine, model 6268 & 7 drawer desk full of extras $2800. invested, passing of wife forces sale asking $800. Must see to appreciate (250)832-4652 (250)517-7985 SPORTSMAN incubators. 1201, 1202 model hatcher. 16” wide 30” deep 30” high. $300. & $350 each. (250)832-2432 STEEL BUILDINGS, Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206; STEEL BUILDING. The big year end clear out! 20x22 $4,259. 25x24 $4,684. 30x34 $6,895. 35x36 $9,190. 40x48 $12,526. 47x70 $17,200. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.


Misc. Wanted


APPROX. 2 cords of well seasoned dry fire wood, you pick up, (250)675-5024

COLLECTOR looking to buy a coin collection. Also looking for coins, bars, medals, ingots from RC Mint, Franklin Mint, US Mint & others. Todd 250864-3521 I make house calls! Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Estates, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins, Paper etc.Confidential 778-281-0030 PURCHASING old Canadian & American coin collections & accumulations. 250-548-3670 TOOLS related to carpentry, saws, drills, socket sets, ladders, etc. Please call Erin (250)803-3937

•Renovation •Repair •Maintenance

•Fencing •Decks •Patios


Painting & Decorating

Merchandise for Sale

$100 & Under

nt iscou $D ting$$ $ ain P • Residential

2 Snow Tires 235/75R/15, like new, $120. (250)515-6327 2 Snow Tires 235/75R16. Like New $100 Call 250-515-6327 COMPUTER desk with hutch $40. (250)832-0618

& Commercial • Interior/Exterior

• Wallpapering • Drywall Repair • Professional Workmanship • Seniors Discounts

$300 & Under

For Free Estimate call Lorraine Serving Sicamous & Area for 20+ Years

Energetic young man with references will do snow shovelling $15/hr minimum 1 hr. 250-832-0916

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay A horse quality orchard grass, 2nd crop $5 & 1st crop $4, Al Fritzel (250)832-9070

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Misc. for Sale BUNDY alto sax w/case $500. antique upright Heinzman piano all original $350. LH Fender acoustic guitar w/case $300. LH Fender electric guitar w/case & amp $350. Shure microphone $90. elliptical machine $100. (250)832-9256 IPHONE CASE Brand new, never used Iphone 5 Lifeproof.Multiple colors. Asking $15.00. 250-549-1489 or text 250-3068489 for details.

Excavating & Drainage

Excavating & Drainage

DAN DEGLAN EXCAVATING Professionally Beautifying Properties for Over 27 Years. • Rock Walls • Utility Services • Site Prep • Terracing • Drainage • Pools 981 - 16th Street N.E., Salmon Arm V1E 2V2


Pet Services

Pet Services

PET GROOMING With Michelle

Monday to Friday

All Breeds including Cats & Large Dogs

Appointments necessary. 271A Trans-Can. Hwy. N.E. (across from KFC) • 250-832-0604

Garden & Lawn

Garden & Lawn

REIMER’S FARM SERVICE • Bark Mulch • Shavings • Sawdust

We Deliver

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Houses For Sale Spectacular Swiss Chalet home, lake, mountain and valley views, 4bdrm, 2.5bath, 2 living rooms + bonus rooms, renovated with hardwood floors, 3yr. old roof, private back yard, adjacent to Little Mt. Park trails, a beauty inside and out! Priced to Sell $367,500. (250)832-0910


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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 1BDRM in new 4-Plex, f/s, priv. entr., elec. heat, adults, quiet pet OK, $750. 1070 1 St. SE, 250-833-2129 1BDRM in new adult 4-Plex, all lino, elec. heat, w/d optional, quiet pet OK, $830. 1070 1 St. SE, 250-833-2129 1BDRM top floor new 4-plex f/s, priv entrance, adults quiet pet OK, shower w/seat, $825. 1070 1 St. SE 250-833-2129 1BED & bonus room in very quiet bldg, walk DT. Cable/int incl. $575 + hydro. NS, NP. Quiet adult 250- 832-4429.

Free Items Found and Free to good home 2 litters of Abandoned Kittens. 5-6 mos. old 1 female 6 males Absolutely adorable and in need of love and a forever home. 250-308-5489 FREE: Braun slide trays. Most hold 100 slides, some hold 80. 250-832-2231

Houses For Sale

1 Bedroom Apartment fridge, stove, coin laundry

ADULT orientated 2bdrm. level entry, walk to town, carport, NS, NP $590/mo + utilities (250)833-6400 BRIGHT 2 Bdrm corner suite in town avail. Feb 1st. Balcony, AC, heat & hot water incl. $750/mo refs req’d. Adults only. 250-833-4726 Bright, spacious 2 bedroom apartments Close to town, family owned & operated. Includes F/S, DW, A/C, H/W NS, NP. Available Jan 1, 2014 $825/month (250) 803-1694 Ask about Senior’s Discount CAMBRIDGE Court reno’d 2bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appl, covered parking, avail. Feb1, H & HW incl., NP, ref’s (250)833-4842 Cute 2nd floor apt. 1bdrm. walk to town, NP, NS, $490/mo. + util. (250)833-6400 DANBURY MANOR 791 Okanagan Ave. NE, 1bdrm. $650/mo. avail. immed., NS, Call Robin (250)833-5458 LAKEVIEW MANOR Beautiful unfurnished and fully furnished Apts. Viewing Shuswap Lake & McGuire Park. Close to all amenities in quiet adult NS, NP building. *Short term rates avail. Ref’s req’d (250)833-9148 ROOMY & CLEAN, 1 bdrm, walk out suite, avlbl Jan 1. 10 ft ceilings. Separate Everything! Walking distance to DT. Pet negotiable. N/S. $900/mo inclds util. 250-832-7888

& hot water included, No Pets


1-855-852-5660 Toll Free 3BDRM APT Close to DT parking coin laundry, NP, NS, $850/mo. avail immed 250804-9627

Houses For Sale

Misc for Rent 3bdrm, 2bath, 2car garage 6appl. in SA, beautiful lake view in nice subdivision 2bdrm + den, 1.5bath close to rec centre 1bdrm, 1bath condo Salmon Arm

HOME BUYING MADE EASY • New home on its own 50 X 100 lot • All landscaping c/w underground sprinklers • Concrete drive & walkway All for only




plus GST


2Bdrm Furn. Coach house, Shuswap Lake, Sunnybrae, avail now until Jun 30/14. Ref’s req’d. $700/mo. + $250 DD incl everything but phone & int. N/S Resp. tenants only. Jackie 250-835-4800 4 bed, 3 bath renovated Blind Bay house for rent. $1200/mth Avail Jan 15. 250-320-3641 BEAUTIFUL 1/2 duplex in S/A with yard. 17th st SE : 3 bdrm, den, 3 full bath, air, view. Avail Dec 1st N/S N/P $1400/mth plus util. Call 250-764-4336 Beautiful 2 Acre property with cozy wood house. H/W floors, 3 levels, large windows, Wood burning stove, Reverse osmosis water system, New High Efficiency W/D, 4 Bdrm 2 Baths 1700 Sq. Ft. $1200 + Util. 604-848-5923 Blind Bay 3Bdrm NS NP $950 + Util 250-832-8552 Chase Like new 4Bdrm 3Bath 2 level, lge garage. In town $1300+util close to schools NS NP avail Jan 1 604-542-6224 DOWNTOWN SA, 3bdrm. 2 level suite, NS, NP, refs req. $1100/mo. util. incl., avail. now (250)832-6296 (250)463-3313 GORGEOUS 3/4bdrm w/view 1.5 acres, W/D, util, int, sat incl., avail. Now smoking outside $1350 (250)832-7809 Malakwa-3bdrm home $700 +utils. 2bdrm $600.+utils, 250836-2928. SPACIOUS upper floor w/3bdrm., 1.5bath, fully fenced yard, 5appl., $1250/mo. incl. util.Avail Jan 1 (250)832-2616

1-877-60HOMES (604-6637)

Misc. for Sale

Contact AL BINGHAM (250)804-6216

FOR LEASE: Goldpanner Restaurant Located @ Tappen Esso, avail. immediately, for more infor or appointment contact Art at 250-835-4585

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

Invitation to Tenderers The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band is inviting qualified contractors to submit bids for the following work: • Construction of a new water treatment plant • Completion of two (2) water supply wells • Construction of approximately 4km of 250 mm HDPE water transmission main • Construction of buried valve chambers and tie-ins to existing reservoirs • Associated civil works Tender documents including addenda may be obtained on B.C. Bid ( Interested bidders must submit email bids to the office of the Owner’s Representative: Chris Cheng, P.Eng. Associated Engineering Tender Closing Date: January 24, 2014 Tender Closing Time: 2:00 p.m. local time

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Suites, Upper 1BDRM suite, close to Uptown Askews & high school incl. util, $675/mo. NS (250)804-0399


Auto Financing



per month OAC

Misc. for Sale


Homes for Rent 1.5BDRM home on fishing lake in Turtle Valley, Chase. long term only, avail. immed. (250)679-3950 2Bdrm $800 on beautiful 1/2 acre. W/D pets Ok Covered garage. Work Shed. green house. Length of stay neg. Hydro & Int incl. Silver Creek area. 250-517-9904 or email

Suites, Lower 1000sqft. priv. level entry, own laundry, wanting single quiet resp. person, NS, will share garden, near 30ST NE & TCH, ref’s req’d, $700/mo. incl. util, avail Feb1 (250)832-2246 1BDRM F/S/W/D, walking distance to both malls, NS, NP, avail. immed. $600/mo. + hydro (250)832-5462 1BDRM. level entry, incl. all util., 5appl., in town, $875/mo. NS, No pets (250)832-6720 1BDRM. w/o suite, utilities, wifi, satellite incl., all appl, 8km from SA $650/mo. (250)8327809 available January 1st 2-BDRM. daylight basement suite, util. incl., N/G fireplace. Adult orientated, NP, ref’s req’d. Avail. immed. $750/mo. & D/D. 250-832-8361 / 250-515-1720 BRIGHT walk-out bachelor suite on small acreage, avail immed F/S, No laundry, N/S. $650/mo util. incl. (250)-804-5052 LARGE 1bdrm walkout near beach, own patio, 6appl., walk in closet, gas FP, unfurn. or furn., NS NP, Blind Bay, $695 util incl. (250)675-5054 NEW 1bdrm. near college & rec centre, NS, NP, No Parties, own laundry, $750/mo. util. incl. (250)833-4525 WALKOUT ground level covered deck to private back yard, lake view, F/S/DW, heated tile, tub, shower, incl. util., laund., int. $675/mo. (250)832-6577

The specified Bid Bond must be received within 5 business days of tender close, payable to the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band: Ms. Nicolette Keith, Chief Administrative Officer Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band 1886 Little Shuswap Lake Road West Box 1100, Chase, BC V0E 1M0 The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted. Technical inquires by bidders must be sent via email to Chris Cheng, P.Eng of Associated Engineering ( Inquires must be received prior to three business days before tender close. An optional site visit is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014. Meeting location to be confirmed. Please RSVP to by Tuesday, January 7, 2014 to confirm attendance.

Cars - Sports & Imports 2004 Chevy Optra, 5spd., 110K, 17” low profile tires/no winters, blue underglow w/interior lights to match, Alpine deck w/10” sub $5000. (250)515-0165

Trucks & Vans 1993 Ford Explorer XLT 4wd, 6cyl. 283,600km, good winter & summer tires, drives great $1000. obo (250)832-5419


Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Salmon Arm Observer

Birders spot a couple of rare species during count

Profile of the week

Larch Hills area, much to the excitement of the observers,” Hillary says. Other species of owls included a short-eared owl close to the mouth of the Salmon River, and two great horned owls near the end of North Broadview. “Every year it is the anticipation of seeing something rare which helps motivate birders to do the annual count,” Hillary says. “There is also real value in having this annual record as it is a good indicator on how our environment is faring.” Deemed a success, Hillary says this year’s count included 27 par-

Photo contRiButed

Rare visitor: A dunlin, a small shore bird, was among the unique species recorded during the annual Christmas Bird Count. ticipants in eight teams actively searching in a 24-kilometre circle around Salmon Arm. In addition, nine oth-

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most part, was co-operative, with temperatures around freezing and with good visibility,” Hillary said.


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er people participated by taking note of all the birds at their backyard feeders. “The weather, for the


Peter Wolf started up his own Heating, Plumbing and Gas Fitting company only two years ago but he brings over 35 years of experience from Europe as an independent business owner. Peter installs hot water tanks, gas fireplaces, oil & gas furnaces and in-floor heating systems. He installs all brands and products. Peter is up to standard in newest technology on the market and in recent years he has focused on integrating new technologies for the benefit of the consumer at an affordable price Peter is very detail oriented and takes a lot of pride in his work. He also offers great advice. Call Peter Wolf to get exceptional service for your heating and plumbing needs. Peter 250-833-2838 or 803-4608

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and 492 pigeons. Forty red-tailed hawks were counted, something Hillary describes as an unusually high number. Other high counts were 44 Eurasian collared doves and 122 northern flickers. The count included 75 species of birds on the day of the count, with an additional two species observed during the count week – for a total of 77 species. Four varieties of owls were observed, including eight northern pygmy owls – another high number for this area. “A great grey owl posed for pictures in the


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In amongst the more common starlings, mallards and pigeons were a couple of rare surprises in the annual Christmas Bird Count held Dec. 22. “A couple of rarities were seen, both only recorded once before in the past 25 years of the count,” says coordinator Ted Hillary. “Two snow buntings were seen in the Tappen area.” This is a rare winter visitor that had volunteer observers delving into their bird books in order to verify the birds’

identification, he adds. “The other rare visitor for this time of year was a dunlin, a small shore bird,” Hillary says. “It was feeding with some ducks in a small lead in the ice in front of the Peter Jannink Nature Park.” In total 5,517 individual birds were counted. “This is below average, probably because the Salmon Arm Bay was mostly frozen over,” Hillary says. “Also, many birds had left the area during the cold weather in the previous weeks.” Volunteer observers tallied 870 European starlings, 539 mallards




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Medical, pension payments go up in 2014 By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS

VICTORIA – Medical premiums for all but low-income B.C. residents go up again with the start of a new year. The B.C. government is increasing its Medical Services Plan premiums for the fifth straight year, by four per cent across the board. The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation released its annual survey of tax and other payroll deductions Monday, calculating that MSP premiums in B.C. have risen 28 per cent since 2010. Effective Jan. 1, the monthly health premium for a single person rises from $66.50 to $69.25. In 2014, families of two pay $125.50, up from $120.50, and families of three or more pay $138.50, up from $133.00. Many full-time employees have their MSP premiums paid by their employer. People earning $30,000 or less are eligible for reduced premiums on a sliding scale, with premiums eliminated for those earning $22,000 a year or less. The B.C. government has used the increased MSP revenues to offset the long-term growth of health care

costs, which are approaching half of the total provincial budget. Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s 2013 budget projected health spending to in-

crease 2.3 per cent in the current fiscal year, 2.7 per cent in the year beginning April 1 and only 2.2 per cent the following year. The government’s critics

called that unrealistic after years of increases of more than five per cent. The CTF reports that Canada Pension Plan and Employment In-

surance payments are also going up for many people, despite a federal government pledge to freeze EI premiums for three years. In its New Year Tax

Changes report, it calculates that maximum EI premiums will go up $23 in 2014, totalling $914 for the year. The maximum employee Canada Pen-

sion Plan deduction, charged to those earning $52,500 or more, goes up $70 to $2,426. Employers match employee CPP payments dollar for dollar.

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Dealer order or trade may be required. ‡ 0%/0%/1.99% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank for 84/72/72 months on new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1LS/2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS FWD (1SA)/2014 Chevrolet Trax LS FWD. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0%/1.99% APR, the monthly payment is $119/$128 for 84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0/$721, total obligation is $10,000/$10,721. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. Freight included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and dealer fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers only. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ≠ 0%/0%/0%/1.5% lease APR available for 60/48/48/36 months on a new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1LS/2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS FWD (1SA)/2014 Chevrolet Trax LS FWD/2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab 4x4 (1SA) O.A.C by GM Financial. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Down payment or trade and/ or security deposit may be required. Monthly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. License, insurance, dealer fees, excess wear and km charges, applicable taxes, registration fees and other applicable fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See participating dealer for details. † Whichever comes first. Limit of four ACDelco Lube-Oil-Filter services in total. Fluid top-offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc., are not covered. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ~Includes 6 months trial of Directions & Connections with Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Turn-by-Turn Navigation not available in certain areas; availability impacted by some geographical/cellular limitations), advisor assisted-routing available; Visit for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions. *^ For more information visit ** 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel fuel consumption ratings based on preliminary GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. WBased on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. + The Best Buy Seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. Consumer Digest Best Buy was awarded to the 2013 Equinox. *≠ When equipped with available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. Class is light-duty full-size pickups. X U.S. government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA ’s) New Car Assessment Program ( †† Requires 2WD Double or Crew Cab with the available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and Max Trailering Package. Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a base vehicle, except for any option(s) necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. Comparison based on 2013 Light-Duty Large Pickup segment and lates competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. Class is light-duty full-size pickups. ¥ $4,000 is a manufacturer to dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive) for 2014 Silverado Crew Cab 1WT and is reflected in offers in this advertisement. #Offer only valid from January 3, 2014 – January 31, 2014 (the “Program Period”) to retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing (during the Program Period) a GM or competitor pickup truck to receive a $1,000 credit towards the purchase, finance or lease of an eligible new 2013 or 2014 Model Year Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty, Silverado Heavy Duty, Sierra Light Duty, Sierra Heavy Duty, or 2013 Avalanche. Only one (1) credit may be applied per eligible vehicle sale. Offer is transferable to a family member living in the same household (proof of address required). This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. The $1,000 credit includes HST/GST/PST as applicable by province. As part of the transaction, dealer will request current vehicle registration and/or insurance to prove ownership. GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details. *† Comparison based on 2013 Polk segmentation: Compact SUV and latest competitive data available and based on the maximum legroom available.

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2 YR/40,000 KM† 3 YR/60,000 KM† 5 YR/160,000 KM† 5 YR/160,000 KM† 6 MONTHS~

2014 CRUZE 1SA *^



$ 85 AT 0%


52 MPG HIGHWAY 5.4 L/100 KM HWY | 8.2 L/100 KM CITYW


2014 TRAX LS ~



$ 129


50 MPG HIGHWAY 5.7 L/100 KM HWY | 7.8 L/100 KM CITYW



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



$ 159 AT 0%



6.1 L/100 KM HWY | 9.2 L/100 KM CITYW




$ 189



9.0 L/100 KM HWY | 12.6 L/100 KM CITYW

Salmon Arm Observer, January 08, 2014  

January 08, 2014 edition of the Salmon Arm Observer

Salmon Arm Observer, January 08, 2014  

January 08, 2014 edition of the Salmon Arm Observer