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Shayna Jones tells a folk story to an engaged audience at the Family Literacy Day event held at Kent Elementary School Tuesday, Jan. 27. The event, hosted by the FVRL Agassiz, Agassiz-Harrison Early Years committee, the District of Kent, Agassiz CALL and SD #78, featured Jones as well as information on local services, a launch of the build a book project, a Lego table and refreshments.

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An age-friendly Harrison has better access to services, wider sidewalks, intergenerational activities, mentorship programs, senior's fairs and even a village history book. These are among the suggestions found in the draft AgeFriendly Action Plan for the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. The suggestions came out of a consultation process in 2014 that included meetings with key stakeholders, drop-in discussion times for the public, workshops and a “Walk a Mile in my orthopedic shoes” event. There are more than 30 key action areas identified within four broad categories: transportation

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and built environment, social and civic participation, employment and volunteerism, and housing and health "The key action areas were the most mentioned areas of concern that came out of the consultation process," explains project manager Cherie Enns. With more than one-third of Harrison residents 65 years and older, the senior population is not one to disregard in Harrison. The draft report states, “It is integral to maintain and improve the quality of life for these residents by having a long-term plan in place that ensures residents ample services, public space, activities, amenities, and other community aspects that allow them to age in place, in the best way

possible.” Harrison Hot Springs was one of 26 communities to receive an age friendly grant from the province in 2014 with the goal of helping senior citizens stay mobile, physically active and healthy. The Village Council hired Cheri Enns Consulting to create an Age-Friendly Plan. Enns presented the draft plan to Council January 19. Enns says one of the findings from the consultation process that struck her was the importance of intergenerational connections to locals and how they wanted improvements to work for all generations. "It's important, especially in a small community, that improvements work

for everybody," says Enns. "[If] you make the waterfront more accessible for seniors, it also works for moms with strollers, it works for someone who just had surgery. It just works for everybody." The Age-Friendly Action Plan will be presented at an open house in February for public feedback. Mayor Leo Facio is pleased with the report and says following the open house, Council will sit down to discuss it at length and decide on the next steps. "It's been very well done," Facio comments. The open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Memorial Hall, from 3-6 p.m. Please RSVP to cherieennsconsulting@gmail.com or call 604-649-1255.

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Agassiz cook in top 50 of reality cooking show "My passion is cooking and creating," says Tammy Wood By Lorene Keitch THE OBSERVER

Agassiz resident Tammy Wood probably has the best-tasting dinner on her table tonight. It might be a Greek venison kleftiko with puff pastry, or maybe venison samosas. It could be Italian elk sausage or perhaps braised, roasted elk with caramelized onions and mushrooms served atop a turnip horseradish puree. "My passion is cooking and creating," Wood explains. "I'm very calm in the kitchen. It's my sanctity, my peace." Wood is a hunter, but she takes her cooking to a whole new level with gourmet treatments of game meats. Her six children all like her cooking. But Wood recently brought her culinary skills to some critics more challenging than kids and she wowed them too. Wood has been announced one of the top 50 finalists in the second season of MasterChef Canada. This reality TV show features amateur cooks from across Canada

vying for the $100,000 prize and accolades as a master chef. The finalists are as varied as can be, from a holistic nutritionist in Brampton to a retired pro football player in Vancouver. There's a veterinarian, a bus driver and stay-at-home moms, all seeking a spot in the top 16. Wood grew up with parents who had a passion for food. Her dad has worked as a camp cook his whole career and her mom is also a "fantastic" cook who loves Asian cuisine. She grew up not on mac and cheese, but on Sunday morning visits to Vancouver for dim sum, on authentic Indian cuisine, on unique and creative foods and ways to prepare them. It gave her an adventurous spirit when it comes to food and it's something she's passed on to her kids as well. This Chilliwack-born resident is raising her six children in Agassiz on her own after losing her husband before their youngest was born. Her children help her in the kitchen and

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her oldest goes hunting with her now too. As we sat in Wood's kitchen, a sumptuous aroma filled the air from a simmering pot on the stove. She remarks that it is an Irish peasant soup. Made from chicken gizzards. And she knows her kids will love it. Wood proudly cooks many "offals" such as the kidney, heart or gizzards. With her favourite pastimes of hunting and fishing, Wood has access to organic, fresh meat on a regular basis for her family. She hunts, cuts and prepares the animal from start to end. One thing Wood has found is there's not a lot of recipe books out

there for game meat so she has taken matters into her own hands and started creating her own cookbooks. She's just finishing up her first cookbook called "Around The World in 30 Plates" focusing on venison. In her Youtube submission to MasterChef, Wood talked about her passion for hunting. After submitting her video, she heard back the next day from MasterChef. She ended up getting a call to go to a closed audition in Vancouver and, after waiting for every other contestant to be called, finally got her chance to show off her cooking skills to the judges. She brought with

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wiring, and any necessary modifications is $33,607.20 after the $16,09.80 incentive amount. Staff estimate the project upgrades will save $8,000 per year, resulting in an estimated payback period of four years. The Sewer Operation budget has enough money to cover the project costs.

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The last District of Kent Council meeting, held January 26, included a number of items of note to Agassiz residents. Financial Finesse:

Mayor John Van Laerhoven presented an award to Judy Lewis, director of financial services, on behalf of the finance department. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting recognizes excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting, “and represents a significant accomplishment by a municipal government and its management,” notes a letter from the Government Finance Officers Association. “Judy always prepares fabulous financial statements,” commented Van Laerhoven as he presented the award to Lewis. Lewis was quick to point out it was the entire department who earned this honour. District staff get fit:

The District’s community services department organized several drop-in volleyball games for District staff, Council, firefighters and RCMP members. A staff report says they were pleased with the turnout, with anywhere from six to 13 players coming for the once a week,

Parks & Rec Committee:

Judy Lewis, director of financial services, is presented with an Award for Financial Reporting for 2013 from Mayor John Van Laerhoven at the Council meeting Jan. 26.

one hour session. The department looked to Council for permission to continue this event to promote workplace wellness, active living, socialization and play at the Community Recreation & Cultural Centre. Coun. Darcy Striker remarked that while he agreed the one-hour time slot was great for employees and protective services staff, he was concerned about providing the gym time for free. He said there are other groups that may want to do that as well and says the staff are already offered reduced rates at the fitness centre. Van Laerhoven said in his opinion, it’s a good use of the time and space. “It’s good from a corporate wellness point of view,” he said. “If there is another use for that space at that time, we

will have to rethink.” The Corporate Wellness policy passed, with Coun. Sylvia Pranger and Coun. Duane Post opposed. Lighting up the Treatment Plant:

The Agassiz Wastewater Treatment Plant will be getting a complete lighting overall. District staff were looking into ways to reduce energy costs at the plant and found an incentive program through BC Hydro that will cover more than a quarter of the cost of upgrades. “It’s a complete conversion to LED lighting,” explained Mick Thiessen, director of engineering services. The proposed cost for upgrading all five buildings and the outside yard lamp posts, including installation,

Council approved the creation of a parks and recreation committee. The committee will fill an advisory role to the District on issues related to program service delivery and general use of recreation facilities. According to a staff report to Council, the committee “may be tasked with providing innovative ideas, and being focused on solutions with respects to parks, trails, recreation and cultural services.” Benefits of the committee outlined in the report included providing more public transparency on parks, trails, recreation and cultural services, establishing protocols for public engagement and promoting public awareness of parks trails, recreation and cultural services. Committee members will need to be residents with an interest in park, recreation and culture services delivery.

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Council approved an application from the Harrison Resort Golf Course to increase their liquor license area to include a new patio. The old patio faces the parking lot on the south side of the clubhouse. The new patio, which has a 34-person capacity, faces the golf course. In an email sent to the District, golf course manager Kimber Weenk stated, “The purpose of our new patio is to provide our clientele with a more appealing area to enjoy a postgame beverage.” In accordance with the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation, District staff investigated any potential for noise and the potential impact on the community. Darcey Kohuch, director of development services, reported that letters were sent out to neighbours and no feedback was sent to the District. He said in the last six years, the District has never received any complaints about that business.

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Campsite fees are going up between $2 and $5 at provincial parks around B.C. this spring. After March 15, a night under the stars at Sasquatch Park goes up to $23 from $21while some parks such as Cultus Lake or Golden Ears are facing a $5 jump in fees. Fees at 40 provincial campgrounds in the Kootenay-Okanagan, Northern, South Coast and West Coast regions are increasing at least $3 a night, and 141 of B.C.'s 204 provincial campgrounds will see a $2 increase. The Ministry of Environment says this is the first province-wide increase in fees since 2010. Rates for backcountry camping and use of sani-

stations remain at $5, and fees for mooring buoys, picnic shelters and group camping are unchanged. Parking fees for day-use lots, a failed experiment from 10 years ago, are not being reintroduced. The ministry says the varied rate increases take into account local demand and economic conditions as well as private camping availability. Sought-after locations such as Cultus Lake and Shuswap Lake charge $35 a night for a site with up to four adults, while nearby private campgrounds charge higher rates. The province collected about $17 million from its park and recreation fees last year, while spending $22 million on direct park operating costs. Campsite use is on

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Expansion at Harrison Esplanade restaurant By Lorene Keitch

deck. With the recent approval from the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, they are one step away from making it a reality. Harrison Hot Springs Council approved

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Vick and Kamal Ghotra stand in front of their Esplanade Ave. restaurant that is ready for renovations. Their plan is to expand the second storey deck to match the sidewalk setback of the bottom deck, as well as expand west towards the Harrison Beach hotel.

deck, it will "provide a view of the lake and attract more visitors.” Coun. Sonja Reyerse was pleased to see the current character maintained with the renovation. Owner Vick Ghotra says the expansion will allow the restaurant to reduce wait times during high season. "Summer is our peak season and everyone

wants to sit outside," explains Ghotra. With waits of more than an hour during peak times, Ghotra says it was time to expand. They made the decision last year and started the process of developing the plans and getting permission from the Village. Black Forest already has an upstairs patio but it was not available for public use.

With the development variance permit and development permit approved, all they need now is the building permit which will be provided by the Village when all requirements have been met. Ghotra is hoping to start construction in February and is estimating two to three months for completion. Black Forest was

built in 1971. Ghotra says they bought the business in 2012 and are preparing for their fourth summer season as owners of this German-themed restaurant. Ghotra and his wife Kamal co-own Black Forest as well as two other Germanthemed restaurants with his brother and sisterin-law Sunny and Kiran Ghotra.

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Fraser Health plans two-month bump in surgeries and scans Extra money in budget allows more procedures: officials Jeff Nagel BLACK PRESS

Fraser Health is temporarily increasing the number of surgeries it will perform over the next two months by seven per cent and it's boosting the number of MRI scans by four per cent. The additional 650 surgeries and 1,500 MRI scans are to be performed in February and March in a bid to reduce wait lists. A year-end increase in spending to step up surgeries and scans was made possible because of a surplus in the surgical program budget, said Dr. Peter Blair, Fraser Health's medical director for surgery. "These cases are going to be done over the remainder of this fiscal year and out of our current budget, so we're not taking money out of some other activity in order to fund this," he said. "We'll be looking at the longer waiting cases first and bringing them down." Extra surgeries will be distributed over various hospitals but not likely every one. "We're looking at Burnaby as a

site and we'll be looking at Surrey, Langley and Eagle Ridge," he said, listing likely hospitals that may get extra funding. The bump may well be temporary – there's no guarantee the rate of surgeries and scans won't drop back down in April as Fraser enters a new budget year. Future levels will depend on Fraser's budget allocation and the length of its wait lists, officials say. The move comes after criticism last fall of Fraser for ordering surgeons to reassess some patients in an attempt to avoid or reduce government-imposed fines for failing to complete surgeries within one year. As of Oct. 9, leaked statistics showed 650 scheduled surgeries had waited more than a year, the threshold where the health ministry imposes financial penalties under its pay-forperformance system. Fraser Health spokesperson Tasleem Juma said those numbers have been steadily improving over the last several months. The proportion of surgeries

waiting longer than a year had dropped to 2.8 per cent as of the end of December, she said, down from more than 10 per cent in September of 2013. She credited the combined efforts of surgeons and hospitals for the reduction. Several hospitals with extra operating room time were able to offer it to surgeons normally based at different hospitals, she said. Each surgery that waits longer than a year means Fraser is docked $1,400 in additional funding it could have otherwise accessed. Juma said the planned increase in surgeries now is unconnected to the potential for penalties. Fraser won't find out how much funding is withheld due to excessive waits until after the 2014-15 fiscal year is finished. Blair wasn't able to comment on current wait times for surgeries or scans. He said Fraser may need to do some juggling of nursing shifts and add anesthesiology time to step up surgeries.

The additional 650 surgeries will be performed in the Fraser Health region during February and March in a bid to reduce wait lists.

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Thousands of B.C. drivers are being frozen out of driver's licence or car insurance renewals because they refused or neglected to pay bridge tolls. ICBC acts as the enforcement mechanism and it currently has refuse-to-issue notices on file against 25,000 drivers for failing to pay their Port Mann Bridge tolls and 17,000 for unpaid tolls on the Golden Ears Bridge. By comparison, ICBC is also blocking 9,300 parents for failing to make child support payments and 4,100 TransLink fare evaders who haven't paid their tickets. The 25,000 drivers barred by ICBC for Port Mann tolls is an all-time high and has been as low as 10,000 at other times, according to the Transportation Investment Corp. that manages the bridge.

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TI Corp. spokesman Greg Johnson insists the system to enforce toll payment is fair. He said the "vast majority" of Port Mann bridge users pay their tolls on time, many of them by automatic preauthorized payment through their TReO bridge tolling account. A Refuse to Issue notice goes to ICBC only if a driver owes more than $25 and is 90 days overdue. "Drivers receive at least three notifications requesting payment before being designated Refuse to Issue," he said. Johnson said 80 to 85 per cent of users pay after being notified and most owe relatively small amounts of less than $100. Interest charges of 1.5 per cent a month (19 per cent annually) are added to unpaid Port Mann tolls. TransLink adds two per cent interest a month to unpaid Golden Ears Bridge tolls.

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While ICBC's monopoly on mandatory basic insurance makes it an effective stick against B.C. toll evaders, it doesn't have the same power over out-ofprovince motorists. But Johnson said TReO still gets "hundreds of payments" through its website or walk-in centres every month from drivers from elsewhere in Canada or the U.S. The electronic tolling cameras capture the licence plates of non-B.C. vehicles and invoices are mailed out to those who don't pay on time. "More than 150,000 invoices have been sent to date and 80 per cent make payment on receiving their bill." About $3 million in total Port Mann tolls are currently unpaid – twice as much as in the fall of 2013 –  and the 25,000 drivers who owe that are mostly unregistered, meaning they are billed by mail, with an extra

$2.30 licence plate processing charge added to each $3 toll. TransLink officials were unable to comment on Golden Ears Bridge toll enforcement, but said they are having more success in compelling transit fare evaders to pay their fines since the province provided new powers in 2012. In addition to denial of insurance or licences through ICBC, TransLink can also send unpaid fines to collection agencies. Revenue from transit fines was up 25 per cent in 2014 from the previous year as of the end of November, according to spokesperson Cheryl Ziola. TransLink had collected $1.8 million in fines in 2014 as of Nov. 30, compared to $1.4 million in all of 2013. Fare evasion fines start at $173 but climb to $213 after six months and $273 if they're unpaid after a year.

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Canada Post’s plan to replace home delivery in certain areas with large community mailboxes has been met with consternation from from many. However, one thing people tend to forget is Canada Post is a corporation, and like any other private business, they need consistent revenue to remain solvent. The precipitous drop in Canada Post’s income in recent years, prompted by the movement en masse by individuals and businesses to use electronic methods of communicating, has meant it has had to look for other revenue sources. It has provided customers with a viable option for courier service, but its core business, letter mail, has taken a nosedive. We’re not surprised that Canada Post has taken the step of batching more work for its employees at street level. They had to do something to stop the bleeding of red ink. But is it our responsibility to keep paying more and more for the services provided by this 150-year-old entity? We don’t relish paying more than a dollar per stamp for those times when we have to send communications – like Christmas cards – by “snail mail.” We acknowledge the challenges faced by those who might physically have a more difficult time collecting their mail. But the reality is, more people than ever use electronic means to receive and pay bills and engage in other transactions. Canada Post’s situation parallels that of B.C. Ferries: charging more for its services has seen less people use those services, which leads to the Catch 22 of having to increase fares more. The mail corporation has to drastically change the way it operates. For those who hate change, that can only lead to disappointment. ~ Black Press

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Wolf kill last hope for caribou B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher Victoria – When the B.C. government last resorted to shooting wolves from helicopters in the 1980s, an emotional public outcry forced a retreat. In the B.C. tradition, sensation-seeking urban media and protesters led the way. An outraged reporter named Pamela Martin marched a BCTV crew off the road near Fort St. John to expose this presumed crime against nature. With a metre of snow and temperatures dipping to -40, they didn’t get far, but public sentiment was aroused enough for politicians to overrule wildlife biologists. This winter, while snow reveals the wolves’ location from the air, the choppers and rifles are out again. And my heart goes out to

the biologists and First Nations hunters who face this grim task. The South Selkirk mountain caribou herd, which ranges between B.C., Idaho and Washington, has been the target of intensive conservation efforts by governments on both sides of the border. Six of the remaining 18 animals now wear radio collars. There were 46 in 2009, only 27 by 2012, and wolves have killed two more since last spring. Targeted hunting and trapping haven’t been sufficient, so up to 24 grey wolves are to be shot from the air before the snow melts. There are seven caribou herds in the South Peace, with the Graham herd the largest at about 700. It’s the control group, left to fend for itself as a measure of wolf removal for the rest. The Burnt Pine herd is down to one bull, effectively extinct. The province and Treaty 8 First Nations are working on a plan to kill 120-160 wolves in that region.

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It’s long been accepted that resource roads, logging and recreational trail use have increased herd disruption and predator access through what would otherwise be seamless bush

“This winter, while snow reveals the wolves’ location from the air, the choppers and rifles are out again.” and deep snow. Snowmobiles and even backcountry skiers can shift the balance. Smithers-area outdoor enthusiasts are currently being urged to stay away from the Telkwa Mountains, where the caribou herd is down to fewer than 20 animals. Local hunting and snowmobile clubs have observed a ban on motorized travel since 2003, but of course

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there will always be yahoos who chase animals for fun. A mountain caribou recovery plan was implemented in 2007, protecting 2.2 million hectares from logging and road-building, including most of the core habitat of the South Selkirk herd. The Nature Conservancy of Canada bought 550 square kilometres in that region to protect habitat. Strategies include transplanting animals from healthier to weaker herds to increase genetic diversity, and capturing and penning females with young calves to keep them from being picked off by wolves. The B.C. grey wolf population averages around 8,500, with managed hunting and trapping to protect livestock while preserving the wolf as apex predator in most of its wide range. This context is seldom reported by Vancouver media, which mostly sees its role not as explaining issues but rather embarrassing whatever OFFICE HOURS Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., & Mon.

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Mailbag Killing wolves the wrong approach I can't believe that I'm reading this. It sounds ridiculous. The BC government is going to slaughter 184 wolves to save 18 caribou. Once again the BC government is launching a war on wolves. What's worse is that the government knows it won't work. In the BC wolf management plan they stated themselves that " The ultimate reason that caribou have declined is likely habitat fragmentation and loss... To date, B.C.'s wolf management actions have not been successful in meeting Mountain Caribou recovery objectives." The government has tried before to save caribou populations by culling wolves and it hasn't worked before, it won't work now. That's because wolves are not the problem and definitely not the cause of the declining caribou population. Habitat degradation is the leading cause in the population decline. Things like clear cutting, logging, pipelines, oil sands and recreational activities such as snowmobiling are to blame. Caribou are adapted to living in areas where

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Mountain caribou from the South Selkirk herd, which has fallen to 18 animals despite intensive conservation efforts.

no other ungulates can survive. This choice of habitat is an important predator avoidance strategy. When there is so much habitat loss it pushes the caribou into smaller areas but higher concentrations which makes them easy targets for predators. Not to mention that the clear cutting and road building certainly makes

hunting easier for the wolves. In addition, the habitat loss and fragmentation alters their habitat to start increasing the growth of shrubs. This opens up new territory for other ungulate species such as deer, elk, moose. Wolves will follow their main food source, and this new territory is often where they end up which

A promise to stand behind agriculture I’m currently seeking the Conservative nomination for the new federal riding of MissionMatsqui-Fraser Canyon (MMFC). This riding extends from Matsqui Prairie in Abbotsford all the way up the Canyon to Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Lillooet. MMFC is a large area similar in size to the country of Belgium. It expands different climates and cultures between the southern and northern parts of the Fraser River. It will require someone with lots of energy, dedication and the ability to manage multiple priorities with limited time. Last week I was in town learning about the critical watercourse issues your community faces and was reminded of the importance of the agricultural sector. Agassiz possesses some of the best arable land found anywhere in North America and farmers in Agassiz produce some of Canada’s best crops.

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For the record... An article titled Provincial registry for automatic defibrillators, found in the January 22 edition of The Observer on page 13, incorrectly stated that the Village of Harrison Hot Springs does not maintain any AEDs for public use. There is an AED located in Muddy Waters Cafe. The Harrison Fire Department recently did an upgrade / safety check on the device and Muddy Waters owner Richard Fife adds that at least four of his staff are trained in its use. The Observer apologizes for this omission.

increases the predation on caribou as a result. In addition to this, wolves are highly intelligent creatures with very complex social relationships, much like humans. When a pack member is killed it disrupts the entire pack, and research shows that as a result it can increase reproductive rates in wolves and destabilizes pack structure causing more predation of livestock and other non-native prey. The BC government will continue to use scientifically unsound reasons to scapegoat the wolf in order to divert attention from the fundamental problem of ongoing habitat destruction and displacement caused by human encroachment due to the advancement of industry. There are other ways to protect and help ensure a future population for the caribou but shooting wolves from helicopters isn't one of them. Please write to your government to voice your opposition to this barbaric plan. Ashley Gribble

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2014 SUCCESS January is always a good time to reflect on the past year and think about the coming year. Looking back, 2014 was generally a good year for BC with tourism picking up across the province. Harrison was no exception with overnight stays up 5 per cent over 2013. The business community in Harrison and Agassiz were both supported by the increased traffic to our area. That said we did see a number of businesses close their doors but generally they have been replaced by new ones.  While the Harrison Agassiz Chamber is a 100% volunteerbased organization we do support our local community in a number of ways: • With the help of Community Futures North we held a number of workshops in both Agassiz and Harrison to provide consulting advice to a variety of local businesses. • Together with Tourism Harrison, the Harrison Festival Society, the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and the community of Sts’ailes we sponsored a successful third annual Sasquatch Days. This is a great community building event. • We made significant Canada Day donations to both Agassiz and Harrison. • We sponsored a race for the Dragon Boat Regatta that brings thousands of visitors to Harrison Lake. • We were sponsors for the Slow Food Cycle Tour, now in its 8th year - this event showcases the incredible farms and farm products in the Agassiz area. • During the summer the Chamber sponsored a race at the Agassiz Speedway. • We worked with Tourism Harrison and Todd Richard for the

4th annual Bands on the Beach event. • We sponsored and many Directors volunteered for the 3rd annual Harrison Beer Festival. • We organized an All Candidates debate in both Harrison and Agassiz. • We made a significant donation to the Agassiz Harrison Museum – this museum is a great asset to the local community as well as a wonderful tourist attraction. Of course we also hold regular meetings and social events to encourage networking between our local businesses with our next get-together a breakfast on February 10th at the Harrison Resort. Enjoy a great buffet breakfast and reconnect with other Agassiz and Harrison business owners. If you are interested contact Ed Stenson at info@harrison. ca. Not a member? Come out anyway and maybe you will decide to join us in building a better more energized business community. For the coming year expectations for the local business economy are pretty up beat. With both the Canadian dollar and gas prices down we expect to see more Americans heading north of the border with many visiting our region.  At the same time a low Canadian dollar means Canadians are more likely to travel locally. This should have a positive impact on both Harrison, Harrison Mills and Agassiz. Wishing all of you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015!

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Youth golfer on the Vancouver Golf Tour By Lorene Keitch THE OBSERVER

Keep your eyes on Jacob Lucki. If last weekend’s victory is any indication, this Harrison Hot Springs golfer is well on his way to making it in the pros some day. Lucki got the low score at a Vancouver Golf Tour event last Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey, with one under par. He outplayed competitors twice his age and with years of experience under their golf-shoed feet. What Lucki accomplished last Sunday was “really incredible,” says coach Richard Fife. He says the level of competition was staggering, including a few competitors who have played at the Canadian Amateurs and golfers who have invested a great deal of time and money into the

The commissioner of the Vancouver golf tour, Fraser Mulholland, congratulates Jacob Lucki after his Vancouver Golf Tour win Jan. 25.

sport. Former competitors at Vancouver Golf Tour events have gone on to play in the PGA Tour. Lucki, on the other hand, only started golfing a year and a half ago. Lucki tells The Observer he heard there were scholarship

opportunities from universities for golf. So he decided to start practicing and took on Fife as a coach. He tries to spend time on the links four or five days a week right now and every day in the summer. He played in a few province-wide tours before this event, but remarks, “This is the first one where I’ve done exceptionally well.” He was surprised himself since the pressure at these events is “crazy.” Lucki hopes to one day play professionally. Fife figures Lucki has what it takes as he is committed to practicing and has come a long way in such a short time. Lucki’s next competition is a Vancouver Golf Tour event on February 8.

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Agassiz Grade 8 girls eye playoffs The grade 8 girl’s basketball team at Agassiz Elementary Secondary School is currently fighting for a good position in the Fraser Valley East Playoffs. With three games left in the regular season, the Eagles are sitting in 5th place with a record of

five wins and six losses. “The girls are improving every day. The team has beaten teams that they lost too earlier in the season”, according to coach Kyle Dickey. In the last league game, the

Eagles defeated Vedder Middle School 58-10. Katrina Lawley led the way with 16 points and Ashlyn Lowe, Anna Fehr, and Rionna Vanderwyk were strong defensively. The Fraser Valley East Playoffs start February 10.


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Community

4H Puts a smile on children's faces

Jacinta Meir

that helps children in third world countries that are born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. The medical systems in many

third-world countries don’t cover the operation to fix this condition so this charity fixes it for them. It costs $240 to preform the operation on one child. But why stop at one child? Why not challenge Chilliwack 4-H Senior Council to donate the same amount? Well there’s no reason why not. So at the Chilliwack 4-H Awards Night, Jessica Meir announced Junior Council’s donation and challenged Senior Council to donate $240 as well. Ken Schwaerzle, Senior Council president announced that Senior Council decided to accept the challenge and was donating $240 to Operation Smile. The Chilliwack 4-H District helped change the lives of

two children for the better. The volunteers who work for this charity are devoted and dedicated people who give their time to help these poor children live normal lives. If people can take their eyes off of themselves and focus on people who need help this world would be a much better place. All you need to make a difference is a few determined people. A few determined people like the members of Junior and Senior Council who charitably gave $480 altogether to help two children. All you need to make this world a much better place is determination and kindness. Jacinta Meir Rushing Rivers 4-H club Reporter

Cross-border trips dive with loonie Jeff Nagel BLACK PRESS

The number of Canadians heading south into the U.S. at Lower Mainland crossings was down sharply in December even before the latest plunge in the loonie took another bite out of B.C. residents' purchasing power across the border. Canada Border Services Agency data shows the five crossings from Tsawwassen to Abbotsford recorded 19.6 per cent fewer trips south by Canadians last month compared to a year earlier, when the Canadian dollar was still worth 94 cents U.S. Looking back two years, southbound Canadian traffic is down 28 per cent from December of 2012, when the loonie was above par. It closed Friday at 80.7 cents U.S. The declines vary depending on location, but the drops were steepest at the AbbotsfordHuntingdon border crossing, which saw a drop for the month of nearly 30,000 Canadian trips or 24.7 per cent, and at the Douglas (Peace Arch) crossing, where the decrease was 71,500 trips, or 24.4 per cent. Add in similar declines at other crossings – 14.9 per cent at Pacific Highway, 15.6 per cent at Boundary Bay (Point Roberts) and 14.1 per cent at Aldergrove – and a total of 164,000 fewer Canadians crossed the border last month from

a year earlier, or 258,000 fewer than in December of 2012. It's good news for Canadian retailers if B.C. residents spend more at home. But Washington State businesses in Whatcom County are watching the sinking loonie with growing alarm. "It's definitely something we're all watching and looking at," Bellingham Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Guy Occhiogrosso said. He said retailers there were already noticing about a 10 per cent drop in sales in December and the latest declines in the Canadian dollar in January likely mean more decreases are coming. Occhiogrosso was surprised by drop in Canadian cross-border travel measured by the CBSA. "That's really, really steep," he said. "Everybody will be impacted with that sharp of a decline." Big U.S. retailers are the hardest hit when the loonie falls, Occhiogrosso said, adding smaller shops and restaurants may be better positioned. He said some business observers there have speculated that the flow of cross-border Canadians will fall significantly if the loonie reaches 75 cents U.S. "We're definitely approaching that theoretical number right now so we're all waiting to see what happens." He noted the drop

in retail business also translates into less local sales tax flowing to Washington municipalities, which may then be under pressure to cut costs or raise other taxes. Occhiogrosso predicts more Americans may head north to vacation in B.C. or take in entertainment events because their dollar goes further here. Retail Council of

Canada vice-president Mark Startup said the falling dollar is definitely an incentive for B.C. shoppers to keep their money in Canada. "It's very positive and welcomed by retailers," he said, but added some chronic crossborder shoppers are very entrenched in their habits. "Nothing will convince them to keep their dollars in Canada."

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4-H is a youth development program. We aim to boost self-confidence, teach kids important life skills, and make sure everyone feels important and has fun. But wait. Isn’t there something missing from that? Well Jessica Meir, Chilliwack 4-H Junior Council President, puts it in just the right words: “4-H is a great program, but we (Chilliwack 4-H Junior Council) felt there was something missing. 4-H is meant to shape responsible, caring citizens. But sometimes 4-H gets a little self-centered," says Meir. "So we decided to make charity a bigger part of the program. We all decided on giving $240 to Operation Smile.� Operation Smile is a charity


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VAN DYK, Ruth Feb 4, 1959 - Jan 22, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ruth VanDyk, Jan 22,2015. Ruth was born and raised in Harrison Mills. She later completed her schooling in Agassiz, B.C. Being committed to her church, Ruth enjoyed all her volunteer hours with her friends and family in Langley, B.C. Ruth’s motto in life was to always make people laugh. She loved life. Ruth was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and she was the bravest in her day to day challenges with having the disease. She was predeceased by her father, Mathys VanDyk. Ruth will also be fondly remembered by her mother Johanna VanDyk and all of her siblings, Nanda (Gus), Gonda(Marinus), Nettie (John), Dolores(Harv), and Erik (Liz). She also will be missed by all her nieces and nephews and also dear friends who were of great support and love in all her days. Willy, Cindy and Margaret ...thank you! A farewell gathering for Ruth will take place on Thursday Jan 29, 2015 at 1pm in the Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, 20525 72 Ave. Langley.

Conor O’Rourke, 76, of Merritt, BC passed away peacefully following a short illness Sunday, January 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Conor was born January 31, 1938 in Hull, England. He proudly served in the British military in the mid-1950s as a member of the Cold Stream guards where he was a respected NCO. Thereafter, he crafted a distinguished 45 year career as an RN/RPN working within the British Health Care system, BC Health Care, and the Federal Corrections Service. Conor married the love of his life Jean on January 28, 1961. They raised three children Kevin, Tracy & Julie and they immigrated to Canada in 1973. In their life together Conor and Jean enjoyed many memorable vacations in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Asia, Europe and Mexico. Conor and Jean were also snowbirds with many friends in Yuma, Arizona. Most of all, Conor will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Conor is survived by siblings Noreen and Gerald of Halifax, England, brother Peter (Lynn) of Sydney, Australia, son Kevin (Ernestine), daughters Tracy (Robert) and Julie (Glenn), grandchildren; Kassandra & Brittany, Lucas & Justin, Gabriel & Grady; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Michael & Margaret and siblings Michael, Peggy and Joan. A Celebration of Conor’s life will be held February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel – The Chapel Room, 32281 Lougheed Highway, Mission, BC. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca. Condolences and remembrances of Conor may be left on-line for the family at: www.firstmemorialkamloops.ca Arrangements entrusted to: First Memorial Funeral Services Kamloops, BC (250) 554-2429

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Sherlock, Anne June 9, 1932 January 24, 2015

It is with deep sadness the Sherlock family announces the passing of their mother, Anne Sherlock, early in the morning of January 24th, 2015, in her 83rd year. Mom faced an insurmountable foe, but did fight a brave fight with cancer. Mom was born and raised in Nelson, BC in a large family of 7 sisters and 1 brother. In the mid 1950’s married Dad and moved to various places throughout BC before settling in Agassiz in the early 1960’s. Most will remember Mom as the Director’s secretary at the Agassiz Research Station for the last 20 years before her retirement. Since retiring, Mom’s most avid interests were her gardening, growing almost everything from seed or shoot, and spending many hours transplanting and watching things grow. She loved all the birds and tiny woodland creatures that came to live in her yard with her, especially the squirrels and jays. Her whole life focussed on her yard, her children and her grand/greatgrand children. Anne was preceased by both her parents and several of her sisters and her brother. Our dad passed 8 weeks before her. Left to mourn and carry on are her children Brent, Kim, Jason and Karan. Mom had 6 grandchildren: Trevor, Nicki, Jake, Erik, Jylece and Kaydana. She also had 1 great-granddaughter, Jordana. No service at this time by request, however a celebration of life to follow: TBA. If you wish to leave condolences please consider the on-line option @ www.hendersonsfunerals com. Kim and Karan wish to extend their sincere heartfelt thanks for the entire nursing staff and palliative team @ 4th Floor, Chilliwack General Hospital, as well as unspeakable gratitude for those who work and administer @ Cascade’s Hospice. “Rest easy sweet mama…. We are all o.k….. be without pain now.” Henderson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements (604)792-1344 www.hendersonsfunerals.com

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Interested in owning your own small business? Now is a great time to leverage the brand strength of Jiffy Lube. The two Chilliwack Jiffy Lube stores are currently for sale so if you live in the Chilliwack area and would like more information on owning these stores please email inquiry@jiffylubeservice.ca

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Van Kam’s group of companies req. Highway linehaul owner operators based in our Surrey terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain driving experience/training. We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package. To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract and details of your truck to: careers@vankam.com or Call 604-968-5488 or Fax: 604-587-9889 Only those of interest will be contacted.

DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.

CLASS 1 DRIVER REQUIRED Crane experience an asset but not necessary- will train. Job requires out of town work in the railway business. Fax resume and drivers abstract to: 604-850-3554 or email:

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Stó:lō Nation Requires the services of a QUALIFIED

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For complete details visit our website: www.stolonation.bc.ca click on Jobs link Mail resume and cover letter to: #7-7201 Vedder Road Chilliwack BC, V2R 4G5 E-mail to: jobs@stolonation.bc.ca OR Fax to 604-824-5342

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EDUCATION

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HELP WANTED

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TRADES, TECHNICAL

YARD LABOURER Required for railroad business in Abbotsford, to put together orders. Must be physically fit, willing to work outdoors and have a valid driver’s license.

INDUSTRIAL MECHANIC (MILLWRIGHT)

Fax resume to: 604-850-3554

FARM WORKERS

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HELP WANTED

CONSTRUCTION SITE In your NEIGHBOURHOOD

Req: Carpenters, Helpers Labourers, CSO’s/OFA’s TCP’s, Cleaners $11-28/hr Work Today, Daily or Weekly Pay Apply 9AM to 2PM at: 118 – 713 Columbia Street

New West 604.522.4900

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PROFESSIONALS/ MANAGEMENT

PRAIRIECOAST Equipment is seeking a Senior Accountant with a minimum of 3 years’ experience, univ. degree in accounting or business with CMA, CGA designation. Knowledge of auditing practices, strong Excel skills. Experience with Payworks an asset. If you want to develop your career and be part of this growing company, we welcome your application. Email resume to: fjohnstone@pcequip.ca or by fax: 604-557-7094

We are a local progressive concrete pre-cast company based in Chilliwack. Duties include; preventative maint., scheduled repairs, and quick response repairs to ensure our modernized equipment runs efficiently. Routine equipment inspections and repairs are required. The Successful candidate must have good problem solving, diagnostic, interpersonal, and time management skills. Must be able to work flexible hours in a variety of conditions. Experience working with electrical systems and PLC programs would be a definite asset. Minimum requirements include completion of ITA certificate of qualification as an Industrial Mechanic, inter - provincial red seal endorsement, & a certificate of apprenticeship. Previous work experience in a related industry would be an asset.

Coordinator

Promontory Heights Elementary Community School Association is looking for a new Community School Coordinator. Competitive wages. 35 hrs/week with some flexibility. Details at phecsa.ca/jobs and email resumes to jobs@phecsa.ca by Feb 13. Vernon Service Company requires F/T Journeyman Plumber/Gasfitter. $36/hr. Call 250-549-4444 or email: pres@aslanservices.ca

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAX FREE MONEY is available, if you are a homeowner, today! We can easily approve you by phone. 1st, 2nd or 3rd mortgage money is available right now. Rates start at Prime. Equity counts. We don’t rely on credit, age or income. Call Anytime 1-800-639-2274 or 604-430-1498. Apply online www.capitaldirect.ca

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YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

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PLP CUSTOM farm work. Blueberry and Raspberry hilling using GPS RTK technology for precision straight rows - Farm Status, Plowing, Discing, Sawdust spreading. PH: 604-835-5000

SHOP WORKER WANTED IN NORTH LANGLEY, starting wage $14.00 moving to $16.00 within 9 months, benefits. Fax resume to 604-888-8828 or email ron@valmartdoors.com

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PLUMBING

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TRANSPORTATION

VACUUMS 845

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from $499 (Made in BC) Repairs & Service. We extend warranties to all makes. Vacuum needs a service every 5 years just like an oil change! 604-792-8055 / 854-8055

Gutter & Roof Cleaning/Power Washing since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Simon, 604-230-0627

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MOVING & STORAGE (778)378-6683

1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555.

PETS SCRAP CARS & METALS - CA$H for CARS Up to $300. No Wheels - No Problem! Friendly &

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PETS

CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at:

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

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PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.

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Financing Available

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Agassiz - 1 & 2 bdrm apt. for rent available near post office. Clean building. Laundry and off street parking onsite.$650/mth & 800/mth call 604-491-6380 or 778-834-1951

1998 HONDA CIVIC 2 dr, auto Aircared. STK#652. $2,495. 2007 DODGE CARAVAN 7 psgr, auto, fully loaded. Only this week! STK#546. $3,900. 2002 HONDA CIVIC 4 dr auto, fully loaded. STK#547. $4,900. 2005 NISSAN ALTIMA 4 dr, auto, full load. STK#648 $4,900. 2007 DODGE CALIBER, 4 dr, auto. STK#602. $5,900. 2003 HONDA ACCORD 2 dr, auto, full load, ST#586 $6,900. 2007 JEEP COMPASS, 4 dr, auto, full load, STK#603 $7,900. 2008 HONDA CIVIC, 2 dr, auto, sunroof, fully loaded. STK#642. $9,900. 2009 JEEP COMPASS, 4 dr, auto. STK#606. $10,900. 2009 KIA SPORTAGE, 4 dr, auto, full load, runs good. STK# 624 $10,900. 2012 NISSAN SENTRA, 4 dr auto, sedan, full load, black. STK#614 $12,900. 2010 DODGE JOURNEY 4 dr, auto, loaded, 7 psgr STK#428. $13,900. 2011 NISSAN ALTIMA. 4 dr, auto, sedan, fully loaded, sunroof. STK#641. $14,900. 2013 TOYOTA COROLLA, 4 dr, auto, fully loaded, standard STK#639. $15,500. 2008 CHEV 1500 LT. Crew cab, 4 X 4, auto, short box, fully loaded. STK#600. $16,900.

1998 ACCURA 1.6 EL. 4 dr, auto, loaded. STK#651 $2,900. 2003 FORD FOCUS 4 dr, auto, Aircared, STK#545, $3,900. 2002 FORD EXPLORER 4X4, auto, full load. ST#585 $5,900. 2007 DODGE Caravan 7 psgr, Aircared, STK#524 $5,900. 2007 FORD Fusion 4 dr auto, loaded A/cared ST#321 $6,900 2007 KIA RONDO 4 dr, auto, 7 psgr, leather, runs good, STK#424. $10,900. 2009 TOYOTA COROLLA 4 dr sedan, loaded. No trade. STK#504. $10,900. 2006 FORD F350 XLT quad cab, 4X4, auto, diesel, only 156K STK#17. $12,900. 2007 FORD F350 XLT Crew cab, diesel, 4X4, auto, short box only 162K. STK#126. $14,900. 2007 FORD F350 LARIAT crew cab, diesel, 4 X 4, auto short box. STK#275. $16,900.

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JANUARY Communi t y 2015 Corner Community Events

#78, and ReadRight Society. The Legion presents: Steak Dinner & Dance - Kent, SchoolatDistrict the Kent Community Cultural and Saturday, January 31 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Takes place

1846 No.9 Hwy. Dinner from 6-7pm followed by Recreation Centre. dancing to Danny & Belinda from 7:30 - 11:30pm. Scrapbook Get Together - Thursday, February 5 Call 604-796-2332 to purchase tickets. from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Agassiz Library. Its time in order and scrapbooking is Family Literacy Day : 15 Minutes A Day, A to get those memories it. Rachael will be on hand to teach Lifetime of Learning - Tuesday, Jan 27 from 6:30 a great way to dowe have the supplies for you to pm - 8:00 pm. Local book readings, refreshments, techniques and will own. Its easy, creative and prizes and give-aways. Sponsored by Agassiz Library, do a couple pages of your winter evening. Bring a a spend to way relaxing a Learning, and Literacy to Access Agassiz Community . us on is tea the of friend, District , Committee Years Early rison Agassiz-Har

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Ag 1789 The Royal West Recreation Centre in Agassiz. FMI call Ettie 604-819- Corps - Westie Army minster Regiment Cadet 6822 Cadets Training at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 228 344 Fort Street Better Beginnings - Pre/post natal Hope Wed. 6:30 nutrition & support. Lunch is provided. education, contact Capta PM - 9 pm. Free for ages 12 - 19. FMI 1 pm. 7272 Morrow Rd. FMI call 604-7 Tues. 10 am to gmail.com in M.E. Sam Ronholm, CD at 1789trg@ or call 604-799-8897 96-0313 Strong Start - Mon. - Fri. 12:30 - 3:30 pm Lego Club - Thursdays from 3-5pm. Every at Kent Thursday Elementary School. Free drop-in for kids 0 - 5. FMI call afterschool we will clear the floor in the back room Kent Elementary at 604-796-2161. of the library, get out the boxes of Lego build Lego to your hearts content. and let you Preschool Storytime - Fridays at 10:15. There will be It’s Crackle, themes Ms Terrill and all your little friends together as we build and activities suggested, or kids can just listen to stories and have all kinds of fun. Free, drop safe and visit. We add an  afterschool snack and a in, all welcome. place to be, for children that can be on their own only please. Drop in. Agassiz Harrison Family Parenting Place Meet Teens Only at the Library - Tuesdays from friends, old & new! Parents/caregive children 0 - 6 are welcome. Mon., Weds rs with their It’s warm inside and you are welcome to 3-5pm. . come and & Thurs . 9:30 hang out. Come by the library afters am - 1 pm 7272 Morrow Rd. FMI call 604-7 chool and there 96-0313 will be a snack , some game s to play if you choose or Coffee Break/Story Hour - A week for ladies & children 0-5. Weds. 9:30ly Bible Study you can just sit and visit and listen to your music in Christian Reformed Church on Morro am Agassiz the library’s back room. Your choices, your place and w Road. FMI call your time. or text 604-997-4484

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604-796-2834 Service to all makes of washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers & refrigerators

• Tree pruning • Hedging • Yard clean up • Fencing • Landscape design & install • Bobcat service • Material delivery

Seniors Friendship House Drop-In - Mon. Agassiz Harrison Senior Seniors Walking to Music at Peer Support - Knit

10 am, Sit am, Bingo at 1 pm, Seniors Learn to & Fit at 10:30 Line Dance at 4 pm; Tues. Bridge and Cribbage at 1 pm.; Wed. Floor Curling at 1 pm.; Fri. Floor Curling at 1 pm. FMI call 604-796-3422.

& Natter Group: We meet every Thursday Manor on Morrow Rd., Agassiz. Every at Dogwood one welcome. Call Eunice 604-796-9841

Tuesday is

Toonie Day Bowling Harrison seniors are encouraged to - Agassiz and Council of Senior Citizens Orga come out and nizat ions join 5 pin bowl ing every second and last Tuesday (COSCO) is an advocacy group devoted “The Quality of Life” for all seniors. FMI to improving of each month starting at 3pm at Chillibowl Lanes, call Ernie Bayer Chilliwack. Car pool @ 604-576-9734 or email ecbayer@sh available. Call Kay FMI at aw.ca 604-316-3318

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