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RISING STAR Nicola Canford student Nia Kuzio sang Let it Go from the Disney movie Frozen for a nearly full house at the Nicola Canford talent show on Tuesday. The talent show’s theme was Hollywood Dream, and it opened with an impressive multigrade song-anddance number to There’s No Business Like Show Business. Emily Wessel/Herald

City busting Merritt’s highest tax myth By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

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The City of Merritt financial services department says the idea that Merrittonians have the highest property taxes in B.C. simply isn’t true. “One of the constant complaints I’ve heard since I’ve come here is that Merritt has the highest property taxes in the province and I can say

without any reservation that that’s entirely untrue,” financial services manager Ken Ostraat told council at their last regular council meeting. The average house in Merritt is worth $216,395 for 2014 and will have to pay about $2,100 in general taxes before the Home Owner Grant. When compared to seven other B.C. cities of similar size, Merritt’s total

residential property taxes and residential user fees in 2013 on the average home totalled $2,711 on the average household value of $217,304. Provincial statistics from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development regarding the amount of residential property taxes and residential user fees the average house in a community is charged show Merritt

ranked seventh of eight cities of comparable size. Those other cities are Kent, Trail, Revelstoke, Ladysmith, Kimberley, Hope and Castlegar. Of those communities – which range in population size from 5,000 to 8,000 – Kimberley had the highest total for residential property taxes and user fees in 2013 at $3,284. Hope was the second highest with $3,136 then Ladysmith at

$2,928, Kent at $2,843, Revelstoke with $2,822, Castlegar with $2,806 and then Merritt ($2,711). Trail had the lowest property taxes with $2,579. In population size, Ladysmith is the largest of the eight cities with 7,921 people followed by Castlegar at 7,816, Trail at 7,681 and Revelstoke at 7,139. Merritt sits just above Kimberley at fifth in population size between those

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS HELPING HAND Diamond Vale Grade 4 student Kira Meldrum (right) gets a hand from Sikh priest Surinder Singh at the local gurdwara as she tries out traditional instruments while classmate Kuran Natt looks on. The two students from Peter Schmid’s class stopped by the temple on April 25 to learn about the Sikh religion and culture and tried out instruments after a demonstration from Singh and Amrit Samra (background). The visit came ahead of Vaisakhi, the spring harvest festival. On Sunday, April 27, the flag outside the temple was lowered and changed, and the flagpole was cleaned as part of the annual Vaisakhi celebrations. Vaisakhi also marks when the formation of the Khalsa, a group of Sikh people who were equally dedicated to defending their religion against persecution and to the equality of all people in a caste-based society. Emily Wessel/Herald

Man injured in motorcycle crash on 5A A Kamloops man is in stable condition in hospital after losing control of his motorcycle on Highway 5A on Tuesday, April 29. Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Doug Aird said the 66-year-old experienced motorcyclist was riding with his nephew in the Cardieux Hill area, eight kilometres south of Knutsford, just before 3 p.m. when he lost control. “All of the sudden he started wobbling,” Aird said. “It was probably a combination of gravel

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Emergency workers tend to a 66-year-old Kamloops man who was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle on Highway 5A on Tuesday. Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week

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The Chhabra family from Merritt is walking as team Diya’s Demolishers in this year’s Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes in Kamloops. Named for nine-year-old Diya (centre), who has Type 1 diabetes, the family is fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. From left: Riya, Nitu, Diya, Rajnish, and Rahul. Emily Wessel/Herald

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to see how she looked and how she was doing,� Diya’s mother, Nitu, said. Diya said having diabetes has made her feel left out at times, but she’s getting more and more comfortable managing her disease. With the support of her family, including twin sister Riya and their older brother Rahul, Diya has come a long way, their mother said. In fact, she’s been chosen as one of five ambassadors from the Kamloops region for the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes. Her role as an ambassador is to help cut the ribbon at the event and talk to other people and youth about Type 1 diabetes.

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Fundraising to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is a family endeavour for the Chhabras, and that’s because it’s a cause that hits close to home. Nine-year-old Diya Chhabra has Type 1 diabetes, a disease in which the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin. Insulin is crucial for the body’s regulation of blood sugar, and without it, blood sugar builds instead of being used up for energy. She was diagnosed with diabetes at age five. “It was heartbreaking. It was really overwhelming

“She’s really on top of keeping herself healthy,� Nitu said. The Grade 4 student said she’s active in sports at Central Elementary School, and she’s a member of the Merritt Otters Swim Club. Since the body also produces blood sugar from ingesting food such as fruit, pasta, rice, milk and bread, eating healthy is another way Diya’s family supports her. Type 1 diabetes must be managed with insulin therapy. For some, that means pricking the end of a finger in order to get a blood sugar reading and injecting insulin. Diya said she wanted

to help fundraise for a cure for juvenile diabetes because she wants people to be able to enjoy their lives, and not have to always worry about managing the disease. “I want to help find a cure for diabetes and to get people to stop poking themselves so much so they can be free to do other things,� Diya said. This is the first year the family is taking part in the walk, which goes Sunday, June 8 at the Kamloops Wildlife Park. They’re registered under the name Diya’s Demolishers. Their goal is to raise $1,000 for the cause, and after about a month of fundraising, they were

already at about $300. Their future fundraising efforts include a hotdog sale outside Coopers on May 10, and a steak lunch and dinner fundraiser on May 31 at the Grand Pub and Grill. That event includes a grand prize of a pair of tickets to the Ty Pozzobon PBR Invitational that day, which will be drawn at the noon sitting. Rajnish and Nitu said they hope to contribute to finding a cure, but in the meantime, they know the research they’re supporting will benefit their daughter. “It goes along with you your whole life, but fingers crossed, hopefully we’ll find a cure for it,� Nitu said.

Breaking down Merritt’s tax makeup From Page 1 Merritt’s property taxes go to various services, the three largest of which in 2014 are school, the regional district and policing. School taxes come out to $589.65 for the average $200,000 home.

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comes from residential properties. The next highest source of tax revenue is businesses. The city generates $1,987,610 from businesses, such as stores and offices, making up just over a quarter of taxes collected. The next highest comes from

major industry – such as sawmills – which contributes about 19 per cent of Merritt’s tax revenue with $1,289,095. Smaller industrial operations classified as light industry total $168,220, followed by utilities at $86,315, farms at $12,115 and recreation at $1,115.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE COMMITTEE

High levels on Nicola River result of groundwater seepage and/or basement drain backups. If unforeseen weather conditions are experienced, changes to water flows may result in some degree of localized flooding, requiring proactive flood protection along the river within the city.

The City of Merritt urges residents living along the Nicola River or travelling through the area to be alert for potentially damaging flows or obstructions which should be reported to city hall at 378-4224. Please keep a respectful distance from river banks and

Branding open Animal issues at low levels houses in May The City of Merritt is inviting Merrittonians to voice more opinions on the branding process with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Open houses are scheduled for May 12 at 7 p.m. and May 13 at 1 p.m. at the Civic Centre. The brand rationale statement has been updated to reflect the feedback from the open house on March 12. The city will also launch an online survey to seek additional input. For more information and updates on the branding process, visit totabc.org.

The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from April 22, 2014. Animal control

Calls and complaints into the bylaw office regarding animals of any kind continue to be minimal, to say the least. In the month of March, the city impounded two dogs. Both were released back to their owners. Dog and animal-

related issues will continue to be a high priority for the bylaw office and the results that have been achieved in our whole community are encouraging. Pet owners continue to be respectful of others and the number of dogs off-leash in the city has improved exponentially. It is rare when bylaw finds an owner walking a dog without a leash. The fact remains: in the city, dogs must be leashed and licensed, and the message is getting out.

keep your children and animals safe. Residents are cautioned to remain alert for further potential flooding levels as the current weather trend continues.

ministry suggests that flows will still be within the channel banks of the Nicola River and therefore we do not anticipate any overbank flooding within the city. Residents living adjacent to the Nicola River may experience further infiltration into pipes and basements as a

The City of Merritt has been advised by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations that with the current weather trend, we can expect the Nicola River level to creep up, which may result in increased seepage to low-lying areas. At present, the

The City is looking for interested persons to sit on its advisory Directional Signage Committee. The purpose of the committee is to review and recommend to Council progressive steps for initiating consistent directional signage guidelines; review and recommend to Council budget and strategic plan measures to deliver said guidelines; interact with City of Merritt Technical Planning Committee; Review and recommend to Council ways in which directional signage can be used to promote Merritt as a destination for tourists and investors. Committee meetings are generally once a month, in the late afternoon or evening. Interested applicants should fill in a Committee Volunteer application form (available on the City’s website or at City Hall), or send a letter indicating their name, address, telephone and email contacts, and the reason they would like serve on this committee. Carole Fraser Deputy Clerk/Human Resources Manager

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6 am - 8 am & 7 pm - 10 pm EVEN ADDRESS: Monday, Wednesday & Friday ODD ADDRESS: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday Midnight am to 4 am EVEN ADDRESS: Monday, Wednesday & Friday ODD ADDRESS: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday THERE IS NO SPRINKLING ALLOWED ON SUNDAY Violations will result in a $50 fine.

Hand watering of plants using a hand held hose with a working springloaded shut-off nozzle or a hand held container is permitted anytime. Please clip-out and keep on your refrigerator to remind of regulations!

SANITARY SEWER FLUSHING Cemetery Clean-Up The City works crew will be commencing the annual Cemetery clean up from May 5 – 9, 2014. Any offerings or memorabilia that are placed on headstones will be removed and placed at the Pine Ridge Cemetery shed. Memorabilia only will remain at the Cemetery shed for 30 days then the items will be disposed of accordingly. Pursuant to City of Merritt Cemetery Bylaw No. 2087, 2009 Section L General:

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No above ground memorabilia will be permitted after the grave site has been prepared for turf. Flowers may be placed on graves but may be removed by the “Caretaker” when their condition is deemed by him/her to be detrimental to the beauty of the cemetery. Any non-conforming offerings, wreaths, flowers, fencing, curbs or other devices may be removed by City personnel. The City shall not be responsible for the loss or theft of any offerings.

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The City of Merritt Public Works Department would like to remind residents that it is that time of year again for our annual maintenance program for sewer flushing and camera work. We apologize for any inconvenience and your patience is greatly appreciated. If you have had any problems with your toilet bubbling up in the past it is recommended that you place a towel or saran wrap over your bowl and put the lid down. Also, if you experience any foul smelling odour it is advised to run a little water through the household’s sinks and bathtubs. This is scheduled to begin on April 14 and run until about May 30th approximately.

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quite well,” Lancaster said. Though Lancaster writes the songs, he said the group’s structure is anything but a dictatorship. Each musician has room to give their take on the song. He described the band’s song structures as “loose.” “We know the cues, we know how the song goes. We have to make sure they don’t always turn into these far-out space jams every time, but it’s fun,” he said. “As much as I’d like to say I could go on tour and do this for a living, I don’t think that’s in the cards. This keeps it fun.” The connections to the B.C. Interior are

strong in this group: half of its members are based in Merritt and the other two are based in Kamloops. The group’s namesake is also a Kamloops reference: River City Magic was an allages venue in the early 2000s. “At that time, I was playing in a band and we would play there,” he said. “That was a very formative time in my life.” Lancaster, who came to Merritt in 2011, said he thinks of the group as a Merritt band. “We rehearse in Kamloops, but the songs were written to be representative of my life in Merritt so I’d like to say we’re a

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Merritt band,” he said. There are also more connections to Kamloops and Merritt: Schneider is also the drummer for firstgeneration Kamloops/ Merritt band the Dungbeatles, in which Ollek’s father Mo also plays. One of the musicians who played with River City Magic temporarily is Rory McClure, frontman of the Vancouver-based indie lo-fi band the Shimmering Stars, and also the son of Dungbeatles frontman Tim McClure. The three bands will share the bill at Saturday’s show with a late-addition Vancouver-based multi-instrumentalist. The doors

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to the Culture Club on Granite Avenue open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available at Country Bug Books and Gifts and Earthwalker Spiritual Shop before the concert. The concert is presented by the SaySo Expression Project, which recently changed its name from the SaySo Expression Society.

Come by and feed the baby goats, lambs, pigs, calves, and more! There’s also a bouncy castle, pig races, wagon rides, barbecued hot dogs, and our first ever dunk tank. Take a shot at the bull’s-eye and drop someone into the water! On Saturday May 3rd Hanging Baskets for just $6.00 So come on down to visit the animals and check out our great deals!

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The prophet, Daniel spoke of the time of the end, “There shall be a time of trouble such as never was.” What is the cause for all the trouble? A long time ago, in Heaven, Lucifer, the head angel, became jealous of Jesus and said that he wanted to be like the Most High. We read in the prophecies that lucifer said, “I will rise to power and I will be like the Most High.” This was the start of it, and now we have a problem.

operates the big radio station in Guam. There it can reach to much of the heavily populated parts of the world, providing them with the good news about Jesus. Jesus left His wonderful place in Heaven and came to this earth to show people a way from the bondage of lucifer. We can look to Jesus, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. He’s the One who supplies us with all the necessities of life.

That lust for power is not dead. We When we see Jesus and His love, see it everywhere. After the happy we keep His commandments, it gives time at the Olympics we saw the power us peace and joy in helping others. lust suddenly rise in Russia. We clearly While things go on like in the saw the problems rise in the Ukraine. It Ukraine, the Adventist church still goes was the main story in the news. on sending the message through the This is not an isolated problem. We radio which can travel through the see it in Syria and in different countries. problem areas of the world still telling “You do as I say and believe what people of Jesus. I believe or I will kill you.” That is the Jesus said, “Go into all the world threat in many parts of the world. and tell the good news of Jesus and This is why the Adventist church His love for all.

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It’s been nearly a year since local band River City Magic has played a show, and frontman JP Lancaster says his band is ready to go this Saturday. The band’s sound borrows elements from George Thorogood’s blues, Neil Young’s raw garage style and the post-hardcore movement of the ’90s. In that year between their shows last summer and their upcoming one, the group experienced a bit of a revolving lineup. “We played five shows last year and I don’t think we ever had the same lineup twice,” he said. The only consistencies were Lancaster on guitar and vocals and his fiance, Maggie Ollek, on organ. Now they’ve got their permanent lineup nailed down with Mallory Johnson on bass and Sean Schneider on drums. The four members have been playing together since September to get ready for their live shows, and have been learning to play off one another as a cohesive unit in that time. “We have a pretty dynamic set in that we’re loud and we rock for a bit and then we can bring it down

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HERALD OPINION Inconvenient truth of pine beetle By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS tfletcher@blackpress.ca

VICTORIA – Last week’s column on Earth Day myths attracted a fair amount of criticism. One tireless member of the “Alberta tar sands killing the planet” crowd scolded me for daring to mention that 60 per cent of the oil pollution in the oceans around North America comes from natural seeps. That’s eight times more than all pipeline and tanker spills combined, and it’s been going on 24 hours a day for the last 10,000 years or so. This fact blows another hole in the carefully crafted narrative that only Canadian oil exports to Asia would destroy our delicate ecosystems. That narrative is why the daily Alaska supertankers along the B.C. coast are ignored, as is the barbaric shale oil rush in North Dakota that can be seen from space. U.S. oil barons are flaring off the vast volume of natural gas that comes up with the more valuable light crude, while the U.S. environment lobby obsesses over the Keystone XL pipeline. Here’s another one that may upset people indoctrinated by our school system, media and our supposedly green B.C. Liberal government. B.C.’s recent pine beetle epidemic was caused by human carbon emissions, right? Everybody knows that. Gordon Campbell hammered the point home in speeches for years. In 2012 I participated in a B.C. forests ministry tour of facilities where hardy seedlings are grown for reforestation. Test plantings were also underway to see if the range of southern tree species is shifting northward due to climate change. During the bus ride, I asked the province’s top forest scientists if Campbell was right.

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Costs of skydiving fall land on family Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS A Victoria woman has raised about $20,000 so far for the family of a friend who’s facing a massive medical bill from an extended stay in U.S. hospitals. That’s nearly halfway to her goal of raising $50,000 to help the family of 32-year-old Kenzie Markey, who was severely injured in a skydiving acci-

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dent in Arizona. On April 6, Markey’s parachute collapsed in wind turbulence and she fell to the ground. Markey, who has over 100 jumps under her belt, suffered a fractured femur, toe, pelvis, skull, eye socket, nose, elbow, a collapsed lung, and a brain injury. She had to stay in Arizona hospitals until she was stable enough to be transported back to B.C. She was eventually brought back to the province by B.C.-based private company Executive Air Ambulance, which gave her the flight from Phoenix to Vancouver at a cut rate of about $20,000 — about half of the initial quote. Markey, who lives in

Pemberton but is originally from Nova Scotia, is now in stable condition in a North Vancouver hospital, but her extended stay in the States racked up a bill of about $500,000. Markey’s mother has travelled across the country from Nova Scotia to be at her daughter’s side, but she admitted to media in Vancouver she had “no idea” how the family would cover the extreme medical bill. Markey had travel insurance, but her policy did not cover extreme sports. Online news website commenters, who are quick to point out how much more they know than everybody else, are also quick to criticize

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Markey for not knowing her policy didn’t cover extreme sports. Fair, she knew she was going to do something extreme and voluntarily jump out of an airplane, but for a family that’s now burdened with a whopping medical bill, it’s simply useless to advise her to go back in time and change the past. Frankly, it’s not even useful to advise her and others to scour the fine print of her insurance policies in the future. I can’t say for sure, but I’d put money on the idea that she will read policies over carefully after this. What will help them now is money. Even if they get the bill reduced to about 40 per cent of its

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original cost, as a member of the air ambulance team who transported Markey back to Canada believes they can, it’s still a huge amount of money. Donations can be made online to Markey’s cause at fundrazr.com. Other people wonder why a person would ever jump out of a plane by choice, knowing that if something goes wrong, it’s likely to go very wrong. In early April, a 46-year-old woman died after her parachute deployed too close to the ground and didn’t fully open during a stunt jump with 220 people in Arizona. She had done over 1,500 jumps in her life.

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Too many holes in the humancaused pine beetle theory From Page 6 The answer? We don’t have enough evidence to conclude that. As for shifting tree habitat, those decadeslong experiments are continuing. The scientists confirmed what I already knew, which is that the most recent bark beetle epidemic is the latest of many. It’s the largest “on record,” but the record goes back less than a century. In 2008 I interviewed Lorne Swanell on the occasion of his 100th birthday. A graduate of UBC’s school of forest engineering, Swanell began his career with the forests ministry in 1930. After a year as a ranger, he was assigned to the Kamloops region to help deal with a pine beetle epidemic. Conventional wisdom on the latest outbreak holds that it spread so far because of a lack of cold winters, attributed to human carbon emissions. I grew up in northern B.C., and my last two visits to the Peace country were both in January. In 2004 I recall changing planes on the tarmac of Prince George airport, moving briskly in the daytime temperature near -40 C. That night, and sub-

sequent nights, the mercury dropped to -50 C. In January 2013 I returned for some discussions on the Enbridge pipeline route, and experienced a relatively balmy -30 C in the daytime. So when I hear people talk about the end of cold winters in northern B.C. because of global warming, it’s difficult to square with personal experience. I can hear the rebuttals already. It takes long periods of extreme cold to kill the pine beetle. How long? Longer than those ones, of course. Similarly flexible theories are being advanced to explain the 17-year “pause” in Earth’s average surface temperature rise, the growing Antarctic ice sheet, and this past winter’s “polar vortex.” If anyone has substantial evidence that CO2 from human activity was the trigger mechanism for the latest beetle outbreak in B.C., I’d like to see it. But please, spare me the affirmations of quasi-religious faith that often pass for climate change arguments today. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc

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To vote, go online to merrittherald.com GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE Ten Merritt parents and their babies participated in the Great Cloth Diaper Change on April 26 at the local legion. The event occurred at locations around North America in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the number of babies changed at the same time. Although locations had to have at least 25 babies changed to meet the requirement to qualify for the Guinness record, the organizer of the local event said it was a good turnout for the first event in Merritt. Submitted

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Spences Bridge starting up new farmers market Dear Editor, Spences Bridge is embarking on a new endeavour: a farmers/flea market is coming to town! The Spences Bridge Community Club (SBCC) has taken on hosting this exciting new opportunity for the town and surrounding area. The very first market will be on May 4. The market will be held at Clemes Hall on Highway 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. There will be a wide variety of things to shop for, from quilts to coffee, fine handmade soaps to plants, moccasins to seasonal fresh produce. We expect new arrivals every week and always something different. Local musicians are also invited to take to

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the stage to serenade vendors and shoppers. Anyone wishing to rent a table to or to find more information, please phone 250-4582489. The SBCC has also created the Sunday Loop, which is a brochure with a map advertising local businesses. Folks who visit those businesses will receive a discount on their lunch or peaches or whatever the case may be (on Sundays only). Take the Sunday drive to Spences Bridge and join us for the fun and support local crafters and growers. Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan President Spences Bridge Community Club

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on a rough landing during a performance. Despite these stories, skydiving incidents are actually relatively uncommon in North America. According to the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association, about one in every 148,000 skydives ends in death in Canada. Last year, there were 24

skydiving deaths out of 3.2 million dives in the U.S. That’s a rate of one in 133,333 dives, according to the U.S. Skydiving Association. To many people, that’s an acceptable risk. After all, we accept a higher risk of death when we hop in the car and hit the highway, firmly on the ground.

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Only you can cancel or make changes Your premiums are guaranteed for the life of the plan and you can make changes as your needs change. On the other hand, the lender may change the premium or cancel a mortgage insurance policy at any time. Your coverage stays with you if you move Personal insurance is portable but in most instances, you may not be able to transfer mortgage insurance to a new mortgage or new lender and need to re-qualify for new coverage. Your coverage is confirmed when you apply Mortgage insurance may assess your eligibility only when you make

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Michelle Schultz said it warmed her heart to be recognized for the contributions she makes to her community. Schultz volunteers at the Coquihalla Gillis House once per week, painting the nails of the ladies who reside there, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just love it so much,â&#x20AC;? Schultz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people are uncomfortable around older people, but I mean, some people are at different stages of dementia and things, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still people and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so fun and so funny and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really interesting to hear about things that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived through and they just bring such a light to my day when I go,â&#x20AC;? she said. The 17-year-old is one of 10 children in her family and in addition to helping out at Gillis House, she also home-schools her four younger brothers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I help them with every subject, really, so their science, their math and their English, and their social studies and me and my mom work together to get those kids learning stuff,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And

When it comes to finding the time to volunteer, Schultz simply said she makes the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that I love, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anything get in my way,â&#x20AC;? she said with a laugh.

A total of 31 Merritt youth were congratulated for their philanthropic services to the community. The nominees were awarded with certificates of recognition, journals and pins. Michael Potestio/Herald

were recognized for their philanthropic contributions to the community last Thursday at the second annual Youth Celebration Night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for things that are outside of your regular school events â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so school and sporting events that they normally get recognized for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so they could be recognized for volunteerism, working in the community with their families or whatever Michelle Schultz receives a journal from MSS teacher Shannon Dunn as part of her award at the Youth Celebration Night at the Civic Centre last Thursday. Michael Potestio/Herald

then when I finish with their school, I go and I do mine,â&#x20AC;? she said with a laugh. She is also involved with Smart Step,

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‘For me, passing our knowledge on to others is a big part of our hunting heritage.’

OTHMAR VOHRINGER The OUTDOORSMAN For me, May has always been a special month, and it has little to do with the fact that my birthday falls in that month. In May, the weather is pleasant enough to have a barbecue outside or go fishing without having to wear several layers of clothing. The spring hunting season for bears and turkeys also goes into May, although this year, I have to give that one a miss due to other commitments and work schedules. This year, I am particularly excited about May because of two great events coming up. The first event is the bowhunting course held from May 5 to 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Merritt Civic Centre.

The course is suitable for beginner to advanced bowhunters and covers topics such as equipment choices, bowhunting safety, shooting a bow under hunting conditions versus archery, scouting and hunting tactics, using calls and scent to attract game, plus much more. The course can be attended by anybody interested in hunting or archery, as there are several topics that are equally beneficial to all hunters to become more successful in pursuing game. The minimum age to attend is 16 years and you do not have to bring your own bow to the course. I am extremely proud to provide this course for the second time after the success we had in the previous

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one. For me, passing our knowledge on to others is a big part of our hunting heritage and with that continues our hunting and conservation traditions into the next generation. The second event is also something that I very much look forward to. On May 24, the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club is holding a big fundraising spaghetti and rib dinner event at the Merritt Desert Inn. Tickets are available at Ponderosa Sporting Goods or at Nicola Valley Outdoors. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and for adults, a Bone Beer will also be available. Bone Beer is brewed in Kelowna by the only brewery in Canada owned by hunters, and they pro-

vide a good portion of the money from the sale of beer to wildlife conservation programs. This is going to be a real hunter and angler event. Organizers ask that you bring your mounted trophies, be they game or fish, and display them at the event for everybody to see. The event also includes a special raffle for a brand new .30-06 Ruger American Hunter rifle. All in all, the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club wants this to be an event to celebrate Nicola Valley outdoor heritage and raise money for their legal fund. So come on out, bring your family and friends to have a good time, share stories and meet great people. For more information call (250) 378-1909. With all that said, May is a great month with many things to be happy about, new things to learn about, and to celebrate. I hope to see many of you at both these events.

For 37 years, Myrna Jones has generously volunteered with the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary. Throughout her time as a volunteer, she has filled many roles at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre and the Thrift Shop. Her most prominent role has been at the Thrift Shop, organizing the weekly window display. Jones has taken on this role for 35 years, always with great attention to detail. Her displays have brought many customers into the Thrift Shop. “I’ve loved the auxiliary and I’ve always done the window. I just love doing it because it’s for a good cause,” Jones said. Looking back, Jones has had many fond memories of her time with the auxiliary. She had a few laughs at a provincial auxiliary conference,

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Merrittonian Myrna Jones has volunteered with the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary for decades and arranges the auxiliary’s Thrift Shop display window. Submitted

niece are also members of the auxiliary and she enjoys volunteering with them. Jones said her favourite thing about the Thrift Shop is working with all the different people there. “I’ve always loved all the people I’ve worked with,” she said.

where she and a few members of the local auxiliary participated in a hay ride. Little did they know that once attached to the wagon, the horse team would take off running with the members in tow. Jones loves spending time with her two daughters, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Her sister and

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There will be some familiar faces at the Big Bike ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation this year. The six teams registered so far are all returning, Big Bike co-ordinator Lisa Verity said. “It really speaks of the commitment from Merritt as a community when there are those established and committed team members and riders,” she said. Last year, Merritt riders raised over $18,000 for the foundation through the Big Bike event. “That’s huge,” Heart and Stroke Kamloops/Cariboo area manager Teresa Moore said, adding in years prior, fundraisers typically brought in about $8,000 for the cause. She said the Big Bike has really grown in Merritt and she wants that momentum to keep up. “We all know someone who’s been affected by heart disease and stroke and we all know someone who’s benefitted from the research by the Heart and Stroke Foundation,” Moore said. The Merritt ride is

The Silver Foxes are back at it again, raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and taking their seats on the Big Bike as it rolls through Merritt on May 9. The team will take the first of three rides from the Property Guys parking lot on Voght Street at 4 p.m. Herald file photo

the first of 10 in the Kamloops/Cariboo area, which includes four days of full rides in Kamloops from June 3-6 before the bike heads up north. The bike is one of two in B.C., with the other touring the Coast. Big Bike events will continue until the end of June. The event has a maximum of 10 rides per day at each location. So far, there are three rides in Merritt planned. The Silver Foxes will ride at 4 p.m. on May 9, 4:30 is CUPE and Diamond

Vale school, and 5:30 is the Merritt Golf and Country Club, Curves and the Merritt Curling Club. The organizers said all the teams are still looking for riders, and that anyone who wants to join up doesn’t have to be affiliated with the team’s organization. Moore said while the clock is ticking down to the Big Bike ride, there is still plenty of time for people to raise their minimum $50 donation to get a seat on the bike. They said there are only two requirements

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riders must meet: raise at least $50 for the foundation and be at least 14 years old. The money goes toward the organization’s research, advocacy and outreach. Locally, that outreach includes literature in the local hospital and working with teachers to promote heart health in the school system. “It comes back in many ways to the communities, but I believe the strongest one is just the person next door or your family member who is here because of the work the Heart and Stroke Foundation has done over the past 60 years,” Moore said.

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“We are creating survivors,” she said. This year, organizers are sweetening the pot for Merritt participants by offering the top fundraiser in town a pair of tickets to a benefit concert featuring country musician Chad Brownlee. The event takes place at Kamloops winery Harper’s Trail on June 28. “Merritt loves [its] country music, and we’re hoping that will generate a little bit of a competitive spirit between the riders,” Verity said. The rides depart May 9 from the Property Guys parking lot on Voght Street.

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Mechanical to radio-off meter to cost $77.60 From Page 11 The commission cut the one-time fee for disabling the meter radio to $22.60, far below BC Hydro’s proposed $100. Most of BC Hydro’s nearly two million customers now have fully functioning smart meters, which send daily readings to a collection network and signal when

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How gall bladder pain Easy healthy eating tips can appear in your back DR. COLIN GAGE Spinal COLUMN It is likely that 60 per cent of the patients treated each week in our chiropractic practice are there for some form of back pain. Usually it is due to a traumatic injury, heavy/repetitive activities, or just a general lack of activity. Because chiropractors likely see more back injury cases than any other healthcare practitioner, they become pretty good at identifying what the problem is. However, once in a while a person with a tricky

case of back pain will walk in. A prime example is when a person comes to see a chiropractor for pain at the right shoulder blade and he or she does not recall doing anything that may have injured it. He or she may also be experiencing abdominal pain at the same time. This may sound strange but it is possible. When an injury occurs at the right upper back or shoulder blade, nerves from that region carry the message of “ouch” to a specific area in the spinal cord, usually at the level of the seventh, eighth and ninth thoracic (mid-back) vertebrae. The message of “ouch” then travels up the spinal cord to the brain, making you consciously aware that the shoulder blade is experiencing pain.

When the gall bladder is under distress (such as when painful gallstones are present), it also has nerves that carry the message of “ouch.” These nerves travel to the spinal cord in almost exactly the same path as the nerves from the shoulder blade. These two different paths then both pass on their potential message of pain to the same single path that travels up to the brain. Because there is only a single “ouch” message from two possible sources, the brain cannot tell if the pain is originating from the shoulder blade or from the gallbladder. This is why people who have painful gallstones will usually also feel pain in the upper right back or shoulder blade when there is really nothing

wrong in that area. This same scenario can occur in other areas as well. For example, the esophagus can refer pain to between the shoulder blades. The pancreas can refer pain to the middle and right mid or low back. The spleen can refer pain to the left mid to lower back. The uterus/cervix can refer pain to the middle of the lower back. A chiropractor is highly trained to identify muscle, nerve, or joint problems in your back. If there is a possibility that your pain is originating from another source, such as your gall bladder, then he or she will refer you to another health-care practitioner who may be able to help you further.

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The MSS senior boys’ rugby team notched their first win of the regular season in a commanding way, defeating the St. Ann’s Crusaders 57-17 last Friday. The game certainly didn’t start off looking like it would be a victory for the Panthers as the Crusaders scored early in the first half with an unconverted try. The Panthers stormed back, however, and took the lead with a converted try. After that, St. Ann’s snatched the lead back, running in and grounding the ball with ease to make it 12-7 after converting the try. An unconverted Crusaders try later, the Panthers scored three tries before the end of the half, with a lead of 26-17 at the halfway mark. In the second it was all Panthers as they scored 31 points off of tries, only two of which went unconverted. Panthers coach JP Lancaster said he thought the team’s veterans responded well to the back-and-forth early in the game. “Some of those guys have that prior experience [so] they know how to respond to adversity, and we challenge them all week in practice to respond to that kind of a situation and we were happy to see them fight back like that,” Lancaster said. After the game, Lancaster stressed the importance of practice to his team. “Finally, we’re starting to get to where we need to be, but there’s still room for improvement — especially going forward,” Lancaster said, noting the playoffs for both senior and junior teams are right around the corner. Scorers for the seniors were Michael Peterson with two tries, Mitch Major with two, Paz Morrison-Rainville, John Noel, Levi Loewen, Kalleb Williams and Trevor Hillson. Michael Peterson also kicked six converts. The big victory means the Panthers finish the season 1-2. Their playoffs begin tomorrow.

It was a different story in junior boys’ rugby as the Panthers lost to the South Kamloops Secondary Raiders by a score of 24-0 last Thursday. The score may not have said it, but the Junior Panthers showed improvement in their second regular season round with the Raiders. The Panthers allowed 20 fewer points against them than in the first game, when they lost 44-0. “It was a lot better performance than their first outing against South Kam,” coach Nathan Brigden said. Brigden said he was impressed with his team’s tackling and aggressiveness. It was all Raiders in the first half as they scored a converted try early in the game to open the scoring 7-0. The Panther defence had a hard time containing the Raiders as they went on to score twice more before the half was over. But the Panthers didn’t give up and, for the most part, managed to stifle the Raiders in the second half, allowing just a single unconverted try. The game was halted at the 49-minute mark when MSS hooker Caleb Loewen sustained a neck injury and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance. He was taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Loewen suffered some torn muscles and ligaments in his neck, but had no concussion nor bone damage, coach JP Lancaster told the Herald. Brigden said the junior team didn’t stack up against the Raiders in the mauls, rucks and scrums. He said the Panthers got pushed around in the scrums and weren’t as organized as the Raiders were at rucks. The Panthers were also shorthanded for much of the first half of the game as Dakota Grismer-Voght was placed in the sin bin twice and given a yellow card. “I was pleased that we could hang with them, especially when you consider we played a man down

The junior boys’ rugby game was cut short after a Panther sustained a neck injury. He was taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops where it was determined he had some torn muscles and ligaments, but no broken bones nor a concussion. Michael Potestio/Herald

Paz Morrison-Rainville scores the first try of the game for the Merritt senior boys’ rugby team last Thursday against the St. Ann’s crusaders. Michael Potestio/Herald

for a good part of the first half,” Lancaster said. Brigden said the team’s first game versus SKSS was the first game of rugby more than half the team had ever played and they were in tough against a seasoned Raiders squad. “Rugby at that age comes down to being aggressive: aggressive in your tackling and aggressive at the rucks, and they got a lot better at

that,” Brigden said. Both Panther coaches pointed out the stellar play of inside centre John Noel. “He plays the game right. He plays very physical; he’s fearless. The outside centre that he was matched up against was probably twice his size and John stuck him a couple times with a few real good tackles and that was a great matchup to watch all day,” Lancaster said.

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The junior team now has a 1-3 record. The victory came on Tuesday when the St. Ann’s junior boys’ team forfeited the match due to being short on players. Brigden told the Herald that team was amalgamated with the senior team. The Panthers have lost two games to SKSS this season and one to NorKam, whom they hosted on Tuesday.

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Panthers still Merritt golfer Roger Sloan on hunt for shows improvement in first win in second WNB Classic girls’ rugby The MSS girls’ rugby team was in Kamloops on Wednesday to take on Valleyview, but left the match on the losing end of a 32-10 game. Coach Molly Brigden pointed out the improvement shown by her squad in their rematch with Valleyview, who defeated MSS 40-0 back on April 8. Brigden said the Panthers struggled with committing too many players to the ruck. “What we would do is we would put way too many girls into the ruck, and so that when the next phase of play would happen, we wouldn’t have enough girls to be able to block what they were doing,” Brigden said. Danika Potter scored both tries for the Panthers. The girls’ team is now 0-3 and will host Lillooet today. The girls team also plays next Monday and Wednesday before playoffs begin. Brigden said her team needs to work on its quickness, communication and reading plays to be successful in playoffs.

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History did not repeat itself for Merritt golfer Roger Sloan at the WNB Classic in Midland, Texas last weekend. Sloan finished the tournament tied for 60th with a final score of three under par, earning him $1,524. That finish marks the second time he’s made the cut at a tournament this season, the last being his 34th place finish at the Chile Classic, which earned him $3,245.94. His $4,770 total has him sitting at 131 on the money list on the Web. com Tour. Sloan failed to make the cut at last year’s WNB Classic, shooting a 143 after two days – 73 strokes the first day and 70 on the second. He was cut at -1. Fast forward to 2014 and Sloan was two shots ahead of his pace from last year, posting a 71 and 70 through two rounds. “I just focus on executing my game plan when I’m out there. I’m not too worried about the score or how I played in the past,” Sloan said. He told the Herald his experience and preparation led to the improvement at the tournament.

Aaron Montreal (21) and Justin Berg do battle for the ball in a Grade 8+ matchup on Saturday during Merritt Youth Soccer Association play at Nicola Canford. Emily Wessel/Herald

“When you’ve seen a golf course before, it’s always easier to go in and focus on creating a strategy for it rather than having to figure out the entire golf course in a few day[s] preparation period,” Sloan said. In round three, Sloan shot a 72, but we’ll never know what might have been on day four as play was cancelled due to high winds. “We had a nasty wind storm come through on Sunday with gusts up to 75 kilometres an hour,” Sloan said. He said he was shooting about +1 through 12 holes when play was

halted. “I was playing solid just like I had all week. I got it going early, I moved myself up into a good position on the leaderboard. Unfortunately when the high winds kicked in, I slipped in a few bogies in there and faltered a little bit, but I was really happy with how I executed,” he said. When the round was called off, the scores were reverted back to the three-round total from 54 holes. Sloan’s three-round total was 213. American Andrew Putnam won the tournament, earning him his first professional win, with a score of -20 from a three-day total of 196. Second place was Richard Johnson, who shot -13 from 203 strokes. The purse for the WNB Classic was $600,000 with a winning share of $108,000. Sloan’s played in six tournaments so far this season and missed the cut four times. Next he plays at the South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest GC in Valdosta, Georgia. The purse for that event is $650,000. Sloan said there are some areas of his game to fix heading into this week’s tournament in Valdosta and moving forward, but was happy with the progress he had at the WNB Classic.

Renney Egan (14) and Abram Jackson go toe-to-toe on the Nicola Canford field during Grade 6-7 Merritt Youth Soccer Association action on Saturday. Emily Wessel/Herald


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BOWHUNTING COURSE May 5 to 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Civic Centre Merritt. The course will cover topics such as; Choosing the right equipment, bowhunting safety, scouting and hunting tactis, calls and scent lure usage plus much more. The course is designed for beginning to advanced bowhunters. For registration please contact the Civic Centre at 250315-1050 or the Aquatic Centre at 250-378-6662

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE There is still time to join and help us in the fight against cancer. Register for our May 31 event from noon to midnight at relayforlife.ca

NICOLA VALLEY FISH AND GAME CLUB C.O.R.E. Conser vation and Outdoor Recreation Education Programme which is required to obtain a hunting license in B.C. will be starting April 11. For more info contact Paul Komonoski at 250-378-4904 (leave a message)

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May 10 at the Baillie House. 2 seatings 11:30 and 1:30. Reservations required by May 8 at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy a high tea in a lovely Victorian setting. For more information / to reserve call 250-378-0349

ROTARY CLUB OF MERRITT Second Annual Crab Fest. Delicious crab (or chicken) dinner and dance. May 10, doors open at 6:00 p.m. at the Civic Centre. Music by Boogie Nights Entertainment. Call Jacqueline Whitecross 250-378-2546, Elizabeth Laird 250-378-4288 or drop in at Brambles Bakery. Proceeds to support, Merritt Community Cinema Society and the Merritt Food Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nutrition program.

NICOLA VALLEY FARMERS MARKET Is having a garage sale Saturday, May 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot beside the Baillie House. All table money raised will go into our yearly Bursary, awarded to a high school student to further their education. For more info call Sue at 250378-2031. Nicola Valley Farmers Market 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Saturday rain or shine, in the

parking lot beside the Baillie House. Come down and enjoy fresh home grown veggies, flowers, baking, arts and crafts made and grown here in our Nicola Valley. A great place to socialize and enjoy the day. Vendors call Market Manager: Lang Mackenzie 250-939-8605 or Sue 250-3782031

THE VALLEY VISUAL ARTISTS VVA are pleased to invite everyone to their 20th Annual Show and Sale May 2 to 31. Enjoy our reception May 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and open house May 3 and 4 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festivities include flowers for the first 20 moms, a tonnie draw and painting demonstrations.

PATRICIA REBEKAH LODGE Is having a garage sale, Saturday, May 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the lawn bowling parking lot..

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Navy League is in need of officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and volunteers to help out with our growing Cadet Corps. Our children are age 9 to 13 and we meet every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you have past experience or are interested in becoming a part of our

Corps please contact us. Ellen 250-280-6944, Debra 250-2804086 or email at nlccventure@ gmail.com

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

COURTHOUSE ART GALLERY The Valley Visual Arts (VVA) will be holding a weekly creative art session, in the artists room at the Art Gallery, every Thursday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Everyone welcome to stop in and see their work.

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

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TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 1899 Quilchena Ave. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sundays for children ages 4 to 8 years. Children learn of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love through stories, music, crafts and fun. More information: Gail 250378-9706

MERRITT SENIOR CENTRE Weekly schedule is as follows: Monday: Crib & Whist 7 p.m. Tuesday: Bingo 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge 7 p.m. Wednesday: Carpet Bowling 1:30 p.m., Court Whist 7 p.m. Thursday: Floor Curling 1 p.m. (third week - shut-in lucheon) Friday: Rummoli & Games 7 p.m. All seniors welcome.

SENIOR-IN-TRAINING Positions now available for Senior-In-Training. Applicants must be 40 years or older. Qualifications include a willingness to have fun and enjoy the company of others. Contact Seniors Association at 250-3783763 for more information.

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- Regular Mtg. Fourth Thursday 7 p.m. 1940 Quilchena - 250-378-5631 Royal Purple First & Third Mondays 1:00 p.m. - Downstairs @ Elks Hall 250-378-6788 Rotary Club of Merritt Every Thursday - Noon Brambles Bakery Cafe. 250-378-5535 Sagebrush Spinners and Weavers Guild Tamarack Gardens every other Thursday at 11:00 AM Bev at 250-378-2787. Rotary Club of Merritt - Sunrise Every Tuesday - 7 a.m. Brambles Bakery Seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mixed Curling Mondays & Tuesdays 1 - 3 p.m. 250-378-5539 Soup Bowl Tuesdays 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Anglican Church Hall Sparks Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Central School - 250-315-7410 Teen Centre / Fireside Thursday & Friday 3:30-7:30 p.m. 250-378-5660 Valley Scrapbooking 250-936-8298 Valley Visual Artists General club information Fran McMurchy 250-378-4230 Vintage Car Club - Merritt Second Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Anglican Church Hall Al 378-7402 Jack 378-2662 Ska-Lu-La Workshop Al - 250-378-7402 Ted - 250-378-4195

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Merritt Elks Lodge Clubs Second & Fourth Wednesday 8 p.m. Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Merritt Lawn Bowling Sun., Tues., & Thurs. at 7 p.m. 2050 Merritt Ave. 250-378-2095 Merritt Lions Club First & Third Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Best Western - Hanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Wok 250-378-9509 Merritt Moms Prenatal Post Natal Support group. Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. 250-378-2252 Merritt Mountain Biking Assoc. Wednesdays 6 p.m. - ride E: merrittbiking@yahoo.ca T: #merrittbiking Navy League Cadets of Canada Wednesdays 6 - 9 p.m. Cadet Hall - Ages 9-13 welcome 250-280-6944 Merritt Snowmobile Club Second Tuesday 7 p.m. Civic Centre 250-315-1082 Merrittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Women in Business Second Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Merritt Desert Inn 250-315-5851 Nicola Naturalist Society Third Thursday - 7:00 p.m. NVIT. www.nicolanaturalists.ca N.V. 4-H Club Second Tuesday - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-378-5028 Nicola Valley Better Breathers Third Wednesdays 1 p.m. Trinity United - 250-378-6266 N.V. Community Band Tuesdays 7 p.m - MSS Music Room 250-378-5031 or 250-378-9894 NVCAC Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month

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Brownies Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central School - 250-315-7410 Canadian Diabetes Association Once a month, 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity United Church Hall. Call Eva 250-378-2897 or Gerry at 250-378-3716 CMHA - Merritt Clubhouse Fireside Center - 2026 Granite Ave. Wed/Fri 9 am - 2:30 pm Shirley 250-378-5660 Central School Pac First Tuesday 7 p.m. Lunchroom - 250-378-4892 Community Choir Mondays 7 p.m. - Fall to Spring Collettville Elementary - 250-378-9899 Court Whist - Fun Game Wednesdays 7 p.m. at the Seniors Centre 250-378-2776 Drop-In Soccer Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Girls & Boys 16+ welcome 250-378-2530 Drop-In Volleyball Mondays 7 - 9 p.m. CMS. 250-378-6212. Girl Guides Wednesdays 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Central School - 250-936-8298 Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Curling League Wednesdays 6 & 8 p.m. Call 250-378- 8175 or 250-378-4917 Living With Loss Support Group Wednesdays 7 to 8:45 p.m. 2025 Granite Ave. 250-280-4040 Merritt Curling Club For League Information 250-378-4423 Merritt Duplicate Bridge Club Tuesdays 7 p.m. Seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Centre 250-378-5550

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

Phase 2 has started. Goal to reach $155,000 for design & architect fees

For more information call Rich Hodson 250-378-6794

If you would like to help donate to this wonderful cause please make cheque payable to Merritt Community Cinema Society and mail it to: 1952 Eastwood Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1K3

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In loving memory of our Husband, Father & Grandfather, Keith McGachen Andrews born June 14, 1936 and passed away on April 17, 2014. Keith fell in love with and married Greta Berg in 1961. They lived in Prince George, where they had 3 children and then later moved to Lower Nicola. Keith worked for the Prince George Fire Department for 32 years. He retired in 1991 from the position of Assistant Fire Chief. Keith loved life. He & Greta purchased a cabin at Fraser Lake and spent any spare time they could there with family & friends. They also had numerous opportunities to Áy into Namu, a BC Packers Àshing village where they enjoyed many a day Àshing on the ocean. In 2000 they sold Fraser Lake and moved to Lower Nicola where they lived for 14 years. During this time Keith & Greta spent many years RVing and travelling throughout the United States. Keith was preceded in death by his parents Jack & Mary, son Rick, wife Kim and 2 grandsons Joshua & Daniel. Keith is survived by his wife Greta, daughters Bev, Sherry (Mark), granddaughter Nicole (Myles) Cameron & Connor. Brothers; Rob (Debbie), Chris and sister Heather (Wayne), the Almgren family and many friends. A special thank you to the Home Support workers and staff at Gillis House in Merritt. A celebration of Keith’s life will be held at a later date at the family home. In lieu of Áowers please make a donation to Gillis House.

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Rachel DeSimone DESIMONE, RACHEL ANGEL passed away with her family by her side on April 21, 2014 at the age of 80 years. Rachel will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her best friend Jack Dick of Penticton, BC, children; Mike (Tami-Jo) of Merritt, BC, Angelo (Carol) of Merritt, BC, Matilda (Lynda) of North Vancouver, BC, Margaret (Steve) of Aldergrove, BC, Kim (Dave) of Penticton, BC, ten grandchildren; Sara, Shannon, Sarah, Nick, Amanda, Joel, Mark, Katarina, Sela, Michael, three great grandchildren; Lexi, Maddox, and Hazel as well as other family members. Sadly predeceased by her late husband, Cesar and one sister, Celine. Rachel will be remembered for her infectious laugh. A celebration of life will be held 11:00 am, April 29, 2014 at the Parkview Chapel, 1258 Main Street, Penticton, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com, 250-493-1774.

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June 6, 1931 - April 17, 2014 John Takashi Suzuki, 82, of Merritt, BC passed away on April 17, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. John is predeceased by his brother Charlie (Gwen), and survived by his wife of 51 years, Katherine, sons Dwayne (Linda) and Kevin (Dewen), three grandchildren Brendan, Kaitlyn, Owen, and his sister Mary (Yuki). He also leaves behind other family members, many friends, and coworkers. John was born in Merritt on June 6, 1931 and moved to Victoria at the age of two, and then to Fanny Bay on the island at the age of six. When the Second World War began, John was relocated back to Merritt due to the internment of the Japanese. John’s long career in the forest industry began with working for Pooley Bros. Logging, Jim Fountain Logging, Higano Sawmill, and Nicola Valley Sawmills. John ended his long working career as Mill Superintendent at Aspen Planers, where he worked in many positions for 43 years. John’s family would like to thank Dr. Smit and the nursing staff at Nicola Valley Health Care, and Dr. Proctor and the nursing staff at the Kamloops Cancer Clinic for their compassionate care and attention. There will be a celebration of John’s life on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Merritt Civic Center from 1-4:00 pm. In lieu of Áowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to the Merritt Funeral Chapel (250) 378-2116, www.merrittfuneralchapel.com.


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YARD LABOURER Emmerick Excavating Ltd. requires a seasonal, full-time Yard Labourer for the Merritt location. Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful applicant will be responsible for various yard duties as assigned. If qualified, the applicant may also be required to operate tandem dump trucks and other heavy equipment.

Skills required: t Physical fitness as some heavy lifting may be required t Minimum Class 5 Driver’s License, Class 1 or 3 with Air Endorsement preferred t Communication and interpersonal skills t The ability to work in a team environment, or alone with minimal supervision Please submit a resume and covering letter with current drivers abstract by May 9th: By mail: 1301 Nicola Avenue Merritt, BC V1K 1H3 Attn: Operations Manager By fax: (250) 378-9700 or in person at 1301 Nicola Avenue. While we welcome all qualified applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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LOWER NICOLA INDIAN BAND DEPARTMENT: LNIB SCHOOL POSITION: SENIOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR-HEAD START Reporting to and under the general direction of the School Principal, the Senior Early Childhood Educator – Head Start Program is responsible for ensuring the learning environment reflects the six components of a Head Start program and that the K4 children are adequately prepared to enter Kindergarten. The ultimate goal of the position is to engage children in the possibility of learning, so that they carry forth the enthusiasm, self-esteem and initiative to learn in the future. Areas of Responsibility: r Provides direct supervision to the Early Childhood Education program; r Develops, implements and enables opportunities for quality education for young children in preparation for entrance into the mainstream school system; r Serves as an advocate in explaining, supporting and ensuring the rights of children and parent/caregivers in the ongoing education process; r Establishes and maintains a file management system for children and family involvement; r Develops, implements and maintains a daily plan outlining lessons, activities and schedules; r Ensures and maintains proper care to protect the health and safety of children; r Arranges and participates in cultural, physical and social activities; Qualifications & skills: r Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Diploma preferred with Infant/Tot and Special Needs Training; r Minimum of 2-3 years experience in an early childhood education setting; r Previous supervision experience in an Early Childhood Edcuation Program; r Knowledge and understanding of the Head Start mandate; r Experience and knowledge of First Nations heritage, language and culture; r Experince working in a First Nations environment, preferred; r Positive role model for children, parents and families; r Excellent diplomacy, tact and confidentiality in dealing with a variety of people; r Good problem solving, communication and team work skills; r Criminal records and Child Abuse Registry check, mandatory; r Food safe, valid first aid certificate, preferred; r Must possess a valid drivers licence, as some travel maybe required; r Ability to speak or willingness to learn the Nãe΁kepmx language. If you possess the necessary qualifications and skills, please forward your cover letter, resume and salary expectations, in the strictest confidence, by May 16, 2014, to: Lower Nicola Indian Band Human Resources Department 181 Nawishaskin Lane Merritt, B.C., V1K 0A7 Email: hrmanager@lnib.net Fax: (250) 378-6188 Please insert Senior Early Childhood Educator-Head Start into email subject heading.

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Office: 604-795-4224 Cell: 250-280-6115 Fax: 604-795-4228

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