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Body found in Bulkley River By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue recovered the body of a missing person on the Bulkley River last Wednesday morning. Last Tuesday night, search and rescue received a call about a missing person and deployed roughly 15 people as part of their swift water team on the water and shoreline search team along the river. They also received mutual aid from the Houston and Terrace SAR groups. “We searched until dark on Tuesday night and we had teams back on the river on Wednesday morning and we found the subject on Wednesday morning,” said Fred Oliemans, president of the Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue. He was unable to say where exactly the body was found. “It’s a tragic incident,” said Cpl. Dave Tyreman with the RCMP. Tyreman said the case was originally a missing persons case, but has now been handed over to the coroner’s service. Oliemans wants to remind residents to be cautious on the river. “The rivers are in a state now that they’re coming up, they’re rising. They’re exceedingly dangerous,” he said. “The banks are going to become unstable as the water rises and erosion happens and the water is very cold. If people are going to be around the river, be very cautious.”

SCHNAI DAI A SPLASHING SUCCESS Not all skiers were able to traverse the pool on Hudson Bay Mountain during Sunday’s Slush Cup. The event was a crowd favourite for the hundreds gathered for Schnai Dai. This year’s theme was Rockin’ Through the Ages, which saw visitors from around the world dressed in outfits from all rock eras.

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Deadly week on local roads By Alicia Bridges and Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Two men died and another was airlifted to Vancouver with lifethreatening injuries in a tragic start to April on northern roads. The first fatality occurred near Moricetown, when 47-year-old Randy Basil Mitchell of Smithers was killed in a single-vehicle crash on April 4. Mitchell was a passenger in the rear seat of a vehicle travelling westbound when it left the highway and rolled at Corya Creek at about 1:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three occupants were transported to Bulkley Valley District Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The B.C. Corners Service and RCMP Traffic Services are investigating his death. On April 6, William Edward Gush was killed in an accident on Babine Lake Road. The 61-year-old Telkwa resident had pulled over and was standing next to his pickup truck when another pickup travelling in the same direction struck his vehicle, and then struck him. Police and emergency services found him deceased at the scene. RCMP said last week the driver of the second vehicle was being investigated for impaired driving causing death. On April 8, a 20-year-old man was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital with life-threatening injuries after a serious car rollover in

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Gitwangak. Three people, who are all related, were travelling in the older model vehicle when it rolled at the 100 block of Bridge Street. The 20-year-old male was transported to Wrinch Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital with lifethreatening injuries. A 24-year-old woman whose injuries were not life-threatening was transported to Vancouver General Hospital via Terrace, and a 23-yearold man received treatment at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. All three people are from the Gitwangak community. Hazelton RCMP was last week investigating the crash with assistance from Terrace and Prince George RCMP traffic services.





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was at 8 a.m. on April 4, when he called his wife Tia Leask from a Greyhound bus station. He had been in Prince George receiving treatment at a detox centre. A missing persons bulletin being circulated on Facebook last week said it was believed Madam had been dropped off near the Palling reserve after midnight on April 5. The post, written by members of Madam’s family, also expressed concerns Calvin Madam (rear right), whose body was found along Highway 16 last week, with his wife Tia Leask and their about his health. daughters Kelis and Gio. See PUBLIC on A3 Contributed photo

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From TRAGIC on A2 “Calvin is a struggling alcoholic, with critical liver failure,” read the bulletin. “Please help us bring him home to continue his healing and recovery from this awful disease that has taken far too many of our people!” It also said Madam might have been trying to hitchhike back to Smithers. On April 7, a search party including family members went to a forest location near Burns Lake where Madam had reportedly been sighted. The search was still underway when the family received the tragic news of his death. Madam’s motherin-law Marie Martin, who was part of the search party, said they were close to the location where he was found. “We finally did a

search close to Six Mile Summit,” she said. “We were in that area but we were not close enough.” Although the B.C. Coroners Service had not released any details about Madam’s death at the time of print, Martin said the service had confirmed he died from natural causes and that foul-play had been ruled out. Martin said the family is now mourning the loss of a wonderful husband and loving father. “He was very generous, he would help anybody if they asked him for help,” she said. “He was very giving of himself. “He just had a big heart, very friendly with everybody. He had a beautiful heart and would help anybody.” Last week familyfriend Becky Stavast started a fundraiser for Leask and her two daughters.

The Support for Tia Leask Facebook page calls on the Smithers community to donate items to auction for the fundraiser. Stavast also set up a donation account at the Bulkley Valley Credit Union. “Not only is Tia dealing with the loss of her best friend, supporter and husband, but she also has two little princesses that she needs to be strong for,” wrote Stavast on the Facebook page. “One of her girls, suffers with autism, this is a full-time job for Tia. “Tia is a wonderful mother and does her best for these little girls.” Stavast told The Interior News she felt the auction was something that needed to be done. “I just feel that this is a family in need and we are all friends and our kids go to the


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‘Mum I can’t believe what a wonderful community we have here, how much they are helping me and the kids and you and our family.’” Martin said the Street Corners Ministry had also been helping her family. For more information about how to donate to the Leask family visit the Support Auction for Tia Leask pages. The auction closes on April 30.

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A 29-acre piece of land at the foot of Hudson Bay Mountain will soon be home to a new type of community. It is the first rural development to take advantage of a new bare land strata zone created in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako in 2011. Nine country homes will be built on land shared by the families who move in. “It’s similar to a condominium strata in function, except with a condominium strata you have your apartment walls that are individually owned, and then the hallways and the building shell and the parking area and mechanical is all common property and common ownership. Everyone pays a strata fee. “Bareland strata is the same concept except what’s commonly owned are the internal roadways and sewer system, and any other

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common buildings,” explained district director of planning Jason Llewellyn. Teresa Bradley said Mountain Gatetway Estate is the first development she and her husband Jody have ventured to build. “I’m passionate about having space and utilizing it, and I think there’s a lot of people out there that would like to have access to that too.

But sometimes it’s not practical and it’s not affordable, and I’m hoping that this development might bridge that a little bit,” said Bradley. The lots are within the Smithers fire protection area, and range in size from half an acre to just over one acre. A private garbage collector will be hired to service the homes according to Bradley. “It seemed to make sense to

offer people the opportunity to have access to land, but with maybe more of an intown set of amenities. So the strata gives everyone sewer, water, hydro, natural gas and telephone right to the curb... if you had to do those things on a piece of land by yourself, it’s very expensive. By going with a community, everyone shares in those costs. “And the other thing was to try to keep as much green space available, as opposed to chopping the property up into chunks and just cutting the trees down,” said Bradley when explaining why she wanted to use the strata zone. Bradley hopes to see people use the area to get to the nearby trails. The community setup also means neighbours will have to come to a consensus on some ideas Bradley hopes will become a reality, such as a large garden or greenhouse. “If you have someone who has a horse... the community says yes or no, but there’s more flexibility.”



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With the first budget of the new Smithers council presented Tuesday, the next big project is to set the town’s strategic priorities. Table Talks brought together a wide variety of groups with councillors to lay out the topics they wanted council to focus on during the next four years. It replaced community forums by having residents approach council on their own time. Mayor Taylor Bachrach said the idea was a success, with 16 talks giving the town’s government ideas to bring to its planning retreat two weeks ago. He believes the talks and retreat have council ready to release its vision in the next week or two. Each talk had two councillors running a meeting called by a group of six to 10 engaged citizens. “There was really remarkable diversity in the groups that came forward and wanted to be part of the project. Everyone from clients of Positive Living North, to a group of realtors and other groups of business people, and everything in between,” said Bachrach.

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INVITATION TO TENDER First Avenue Storm Sewer Contract# 2015-03 Tenders for the First Avenue Storm Sewer Contract #2015-03 will be received by the Town of Smithers up to 3:30pm Thursday, May 14th, 2015. The Town of Smithers is seeking an experienced Company to construct 73m of new 300mm dia. PVC storm sewer, 50m of concrete curb and gutter, two (2) catch basins and a manhole on the 3900 Block of First Avenue, in conformance with Town of Smithers Specifications. Tender documents are available at the Town Office for a non-refundable charge of $50.00, or electronically on BC Bid at no charge but with the requirement to register. A pre-tender site meeting will be held at 10:30am on April 28th, 2015 at the Smithers Town Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is non-mandatory, but all interested contractors are encouraged to attend. Tenders shall be accompanied by a Tender Security in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the Total Tender Price payable to the Town of Smithers. Tenders will be opened at the above stated time at the Municipal Office. All Tenders will be examined as to their sufficiency and submitted to Town Council for awarding. The Town of Smithers reserves the right to waive informalities in or reject any or all Tenders, or to accept the tender deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The lowest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted. The Town’s Purchasing Policy Applies. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Neil Bailey, EIT. Senior Engineering Technologist Town of Smithers 1027 Aldous Street, P.O. Box 879 Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone (250) 847-1600 Fax (250) 847-1601

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Moms with young kids, high school students, art aficionados, and citizens concerned about sustainability were some of the cross section of Smithers society seated across from their representatives. The format had everyone list what they loved and never wanted to see changed in town, and then writing what could be done to make Smithers better. The last step was to figure out concrete solutions to make those goals a reality. A common theme emerged in the discussion according to the mayor.

“Even though we had a broad cross section of the community, what they told us that they loved about this place had so much in common. “Things like the small town, connected community atmosphere, the natural landscape and the outdoor recreation opportunities, and our downtown and the special feel that our Main Street has. Those were things that were mentioned by just about every single group. “I think that’s as important to know... knowing what people love about Smithers that keeps them here,” said Bachrach.


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A very fond farewell to a great town When I first arrived in Smithers 10 months ago, I’ll admit, I did not know what to expect. After a beautiful 14-hour drive, I arrived on a sunny Sunday, only to find that most stores were already closed. I hoped it would not be a sign of things to come. And it was not. I was around for a gorgeous warm summer where I had the chance to float the Bulkley River, hike Glacier Gulch, enjoy drinks on the Alpenhorn’s patio and listen to great music at the Midsummer Music Festival (my first-ever music festival). When the snow started falling, I tried my hand at cross-country skiing at the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre, spent many weekends photographing events on Hudson Bay Mountain, shot a shot gun and most recently, saw my first moose. More important than the things I accomplished in this town were the people I had the opportunity to interact with on a weekly basis. People in the community exhibit a kindness that I have not seen in a long time, especially coming from Vancouver. It’s a place where no matter where you look people have smiles on their faces and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand. It’s a place where people appreciate the scenery and wildlife and work hard to preserve it. It’s a place that runs on the generosity and support of people in the community to keep clubs and volunteer sports and programs running. There were so many great stories that I was able to share. From following the Smithers Steelheads on the road to interviewing a military enthusiast who built an exact life-sized replica of a signals van from World War Two. I came here to learn how to share people’s stories and report on news in small towns, and I believe I have done that. People have welcomed me with open arms, but now it is time for me to make another move in my career and take a job as a reporter in Victoria. Though Victoria is not quite as large as Vancouver, it does not have the same small town charm that Smithers has. This town represents many “firsts” for me, including the first place I lived away from home and the first paid job that I had in my field. Thanks for the memories, Smithers, it’s been great.

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The true investment in treaty negotiations GUEST VIEW


ecently there have been incorrect reports about the number of First Nations in the treaty negotiations process and the amount of money spent. The Province has inaccurately stated that there are 50 First Nations out of 200 currently in the treaty negotiations process. Media coverage reported that $600 million has been spent by taxpayers to conclude only four treaties. Here are the facts: Negotiations There are 65 First Nations, representing 105 Indian Act Bands out of a total of 199 Indian Act Bands in B.C., which are participating in or have completed treaties through

the B.C. treaty negotiations process. [Source: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada] Active or completed negotiations involve 47 First Nations, representing 83 Indian Act Bands, totalling 41 per cent of all Indian Act Bands in B.C. There are eight treaties completed, not four as has been often stated. Funding For every $100 of negotiation support funding allocated, $80 is a loan from Canada, taken on by First Nations, $12 is a contribution from Canada, and $8 is a contribution from B.C. Since May 1993, $627 million in negotiation support funding has been allocated to 65 First Nations. This represents approximately $493 million in loans and $134 million in non-repayable contributions. This means that the federal

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government has contributed approximately $80.4 million to treaty negotiations, and the provincial government has contributed $53.6 million. Investment With over half of all First Nations in BC in the treaty negotiations process, taking on a total of $493 million in loans, and 41 per cent in active negotiations, the investment by all the parties is significant and ongoing. We must not throw away the investment already made or trivialize the importance of the treaty negotiations process to our province. — The BC Treaty Commission is the independent body responsible for overseeing treaty negotiations among the governments of Canada, B.C. and First Nations in B.C.


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Northwest Community College is leaning towards cutting faceto-face university credit classes completely from its Smithers campus in part due to declining enrolment. Is it right in focusing on trades and training for in-demand jobs?

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Yes 33% GETTING CREATIVE Eight-year-old Elvira Prytula puts the finishing touches on her mosaic during the spring break art camp at the Central Park building last Thursday. The kids also learned how to do needle felting during the two-day camp. Kendra Wong photo

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Editor: Volunteers rock! Each year, National Volunteer Week commemorates the efforts of volunteers across the country who make our society a better place. This year, the theme of National Volunteer Week (April 12 - 18) is “Volunteers are part of the ripple effect.” The theme reminds us that many of the services and the progress we take for granted today are built on the efforts of generous volunteers in the past. The work that volunteers are doing today ripples throughout our communities and into the future. I especially want to acknowledge the past and ongoing work of Canadian Cancer Society volunteers. Thanks to their efforts, over 60 per cent of people will now survive a cancer diagnosis — compared to less than 25 per cent in the 1940s. If you’re a volunteer, you make an enormous contribution and save lives — thank you.      Nancy Shelford Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon Division


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Oliver’s peak-a-boo game comes to an end Editor: It’s no wonder Finance Minister Joe Oliver has been in hiding, refusing to answer questions about his management of the economy in the House of Commons on most days. There’s simply nothing good Mr. Oliver can say about the Conservatives’ ineffectual management of our nation’s finances and economy. Net taxes have gone up in each of


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their last five budgets. Three-quarters of a billion dollars has been wasted on partisan ads and spending on costly outside contracting has ballooned by $3 billion a year. And the economy has suffered. Stephen Harper has had the worst rate of economic growth of any prime minister since R.B. Bennett during the Great Depression. Some 200,000 more Canadians are unemployed now than before the recession, long term unemployment remains elevated and job quality has hit an all-time low. Job growth has slowed for the past two years and unemployment is forecast to rise. All of the chartered banks have chopped their forecasts. The Bank of

Canada says that economic growth is “atrocious” and requires “considerable monetary stimulus to avoid falling back into recession.” It is grossly irresponsible that Mr. Oliver—who is responsible to manage our economy—simply ducked all this bad news. But his peak-a-boo will come to an end when the budget is tabled on April 21, after an unprecedented delay. His signature promise to balance the books relies on the price of oil remaining at $81 (US) a barrel—yet recently it has fluctuated around $50. His major initiative is income splitting, a $2 billion tax break for the rich that will do nothing for growth. We can’t keep going this way. Canada needs to spur growth. Infrastructure investment would be an effective way to invest in our economy and a valuable source of middle-class jobs. Stronger public education is more important than ever in today’s high-skills job market. The decline of the middle-class must be reversed. It’s high time we hang a new sign in front of our government: under new management. Chrystia Freeland, MP Liberal Party of Canada

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MEGA RACES Roughly 120 skiers and snowboarders from all around the North raced in this year’s Mega X 2015 Snowcross races on Hudson Bay Mountain Saturday afternoon. Athletes ranging from four-years-old to 60 raced on the same course used during the National Ski Cross Championships in March. Winners include Adree Brulotte, Brian Philbrook, Megan Fraser, Tosh Krauskopf, Melinda Kabasiuk, Jacob Hoskins, Austin Boehm, Evian Mullen, Kaylee Walstrom, Colby Graham, Gavin Rowell, Jason Oliemans, Elise Dube, Kathy Fraser, Evan Bichon, Erin Holtzman, Stuart Gairns, Bill Liang. Kendra Wong photos

Smithers athletes make mark on Island soccer By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

Three athletes from Smithers are making their mark in soccer on Vancouver Island. Former Smithers residents Anton Bucher, Jayson Bradford and Oliver Schwuchow have found their groove playing with the Saanich Fusion FC with the Vancouver Island Soccer League

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recently. Over the past two years, they helped capture the division one and two titles, as well as the Jackson Cup, one of the most prestigious soccer trophies on the Island. This year, they hoisted the McGavin Cup and most recently, took home silver in a 4-3 over time loss to the Cowichan FC in the 100th Jackson Cup final. But Bucher, Bradford and Schwuchow knew each other long before their success on the Island.

“I played on soccer teams growing up with these guys,” said Schwuchow, a defenceman who moved to Victoria a year and a half ago. “We’ve been playing together in tournaments since most of us were still teenagers . . . we’ve probably been playing together for close to six or seven years.” They grew up playing in soccer tournaments in Prince George, the men’s league, indoor recreational soccer and even attending Smithers Secondary

School together. “You get to battle with guys you know. It’s like fighting for your home a little bit more, in a sense,” said Bucher, a full back. “You put it all on the line for guys that you want to be putting it on the line for, instead of guys that you don’t know.” The trio have created chemistry on the field that helped lift the team to a 10-5-3 record this season. See TRIO on A12

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A local company is using one of the most popular sports in town to raise money for the Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation. Coast Mountain GM raised $700 during the inaugural Coast Mountain GM Street Hockey Tournament and barbecue last Saturday. “It’s fun, the weather was great, people are here for a good time. At the same time, people know they’re doing this for a good cause,” said Alex Meer, one of the event organizers. “People can feel good about having fun.” Seven teams and roughly 45 players showed up to compete for the grand prize of $1,000 — half of which went to the “The Calvins,” the team who won the tournament. The other $500 and money raised from the barbecue and entry fees were donated to the foundation under the team’s name. “It’s just a fun event for charity,” said Meer. “Whether you have a

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The Gunners 2.0 and Trailer Trash battle it out in the first game of the tournament at Coast Mountain GM on Saturday. Kendra Wong photo

newborn, whether you’re pregnant, whether you’re a senior citizen or anyone in between, you need to use that hospital and its services. We tried to choose a charity that affects absolutely everybody.” According to Meer, the idea originated with his wife. “I approached my managers here and it came to fruition,” he said. “We’ve never done or organized anything like this before.” Jeremiah Marko, a player in the tournament, said he enjoyed being able to play

hockey for a good cause. “It’s a good event, we get to play hockey and the money is going to a good cause, so why not come out?” he said. Organizers are already looking into how they can make the event a bigger success next year. “I’ve had a couple of people approach me about youth because we just kept it to [ages] 14 and above,” said Meer, adding that someone has already approached him about doing a kids tournament next month.

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GETTING THEIR KICKS IN Cassidy Collingwood, 7, muscles the ball past Sebastian Audet, 5, during a friendly game of boys versus girls during the Daniel Imhof Soccer Academy at Smithers Secondary School last week. Roughly 20 kids ranging from five to 12-years-old took part in the third annual camp that teaches kids the fundamentals of soccer. Kendra Wong photo

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Anton Bucher (front row first from the left), Jayson Bradford (fourth from left) and Oliver Schwuchow (back row fifth from left).

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Trio create on-field chemistry in league From SOCCER on A9 And it is a chemistry that only comes from years of playing along side each other. “When you spend time playing with a similar group of players for a while, you get to know how they play, their style and you get to know what they’re thinking when they’re on the field,” said Bradford, a winger. “It’s easier to make quick decisions when you know a player is going to be in a certain position.” Steph Steiner, head coach of the Saanich Fusion, said all three athletes come from a strong soccer culture and it shows during games. “All three are very skillful, hardworking and talented players. They grew up with a good culture of soccer players up there in Smithers,” said Steiner, who originally met Bradford

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and Bucher during a soccer camp in town. “They definitely work off each other really well. They do really well when they’re close together on the field and in practice, they tend to link up very well together.” While they have the opportunity to take their skills to the next level, their mentality of hard work and perseverance that they learned in Smithers is something they still value today. “When I was growing up, soccer was about fighting for the guy beside you, playing with your heart, battling and winning tackles and playing as hard as you can . . . when I focus on that, I find it really helps me play to the best of my ability,” said Bucher. Smithers’ Gabi Price and Paul Contumelias also play in the league.

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Houston business chopping for charity By Kendra Wong Smithers/Interior News

A Houston business has found a way of combining chainsaw safety and giving back to the community in a unique pilot project that launched late last month. In March, Layne and Chrisann Boucher, owners of Getumdone Contracting Ltd., launched a course in the Houston industrial area to teach people in Hazelton, Houston, Moricetown and Smithers how to properly and safely use chainsaws. “We thought we could give [the wood] away to community members that were in need like aboriginal or non-aboriginal elders that just didn’t have the ability to get out and get their own firewood or were financially not able to purchase firewood,” said Chrisann, noting that she was in contact with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to identify those in need of the wood. “Or to single family people who had disabilities, who couldn’t work, people who had lost their jobs, basically anyone who needed it.”

Workers put their chainsaw knowledge to the test and chop wood at the Houston Industrial area.

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After three days of chopping and delivering several cords of dry pine, each of the 12 participants received their chainsaw safety certificate and Boucher thought the program would wrap up.

But then they found out they would be getting more wood than they originally asked for. “We found out we could be getting four logging truck loads, which is about 70 cords of wood,” said Chrisann. “Then

it got us thinking, we could use this as a fundraising opportunity for people who could afford to buy the wood.” They put the call out to the community that members could request amounts of firewood,

but instead of paying for it, they would make a donation to a local charity such as the Houston Hospice Society. They have cut and sold roughly 30 cords of wood and delivered to roughly 100 households in the Bulkley Valley. Chrisann said they have had positive responses from elders so far. “It’s been really supportive, lots of times there’s ‘Come in for tea’. One elder gave us some bannock. It’s been great, there’s no strings attached and in this day and age, there aren’t too many programs like that,” she said. “We’re just really happy to do it.” In its first year, the program was funded by Coastal GasLink, while CanFor donated the wood and Groot Bros Contracting Ltd. donated the logging and trucking costs. But Chrisann is hopeful they will be able to receive funding to continue the program next year as well. “What turned into a small training course, turned into something pretty amazing,” she said.

Search on for historic stove By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The stove that warmed visitors to Glenwood Hall since it was built in 1951 has disappeared, and the hall is hoping to get it back with some help from the community. Workers renovating the hall accidentally brought it to the dump in Telkwa last week, not realizing that there were plans for it. “It has a lot of sentimental value,” explained hall director Francios Depey. “I just rushed to the dump. I hoped it had not been pushed by a backhoe on top of a big scrap pile... The stove was nowhere to be

seen.” Depey was told somebody quickly snatched up the massive oval stove. “The idea was to replace it but definitely not get rid of it because there were several projects [proposed]. “One was to make some kind of a sculpture because it has a kind of look with the pipe stove a bit like a dinosaur. So we wanted to create this kind of landmark which is an important part of the hall for many people, but it’s gone,” said Depey, adding another option was to use the stove for a gazebo. “Whatever we do we want to build something around that stove because it’s a part of the history,

and we don’t want to separate the stove from the building.” Efforts by the subcontractor who made the error to contact any scrap collectors have so far proved fruitless. Renovations to the hall include installing a new heating and cooling system, and replacing the roof. The work has been 15 years in the making, with much of the work being done by volunteers according to Depey. Grants, including a $30,000 one to the Glenwood Women’s Institute from Northern Development Initiative Trust, have made hiring contractors for major repairs possible. Contact information for the hall can be found at

The missing stove warmed Glenwood Hall for decades.

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FOR THE BIRDS Brenda Mallory A grand day! It is 15 degrees as we speak! Not as warm in the Northeast but it is sunny. All good for the world of birds and other critters. It was busy this morning with birds mucking about. My forest was very active with woodpecker pecking. The pileated woodpeckers seem to have set up housekeeping. I imagine the others have done the same. I had hoped to get some trees topped. I will concentrate on the area near the house so nothing is disturbed. Same goes for burning brush etc. I have noticed the gooseberry bushes have leafed out. When the hummers arrive they will have some nourishment. A sapsucker is working on a big birch tree. Hummingbirds can

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Police seek info on bin fires and graffiti By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Smithers RCMP are asking for the public’s help after three bins filled with cardboard were set on fire early last Thursday morning. Police got a call that cardboard waste management bins along Main Street were set on fire at about 1:40 a.m. on April 2. The downtown area has also

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been the area of several instances of graffiti. Police said that buildings were tagged around midnight on March 28, two Saturdays ago. Most of the graffiti was sprayed in downtown back alleys. Police add that similar graffiti has been observed in other areas of Smithers and Telkwa. Anyone with information is asked to call Smithers RCMP at 250-847-3233 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. BC Book Prizes On Tour will be dropping books at the Smithers Public Library Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m. Kayla Czaga, For Your Safety Please Hold On, shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Gabrielle Prendergast, Capricious, shortlisted for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. They will read, answer questions, sign books, chat. BV Hospice Society Grief Support Group. A 10 week program starting Thursday, April 16, 7-9 p.m. To be held Thursdays at The Healthy Living Centre. Cornelia 250-847-3449, BV Hospice 250-877-7451. Misrepresented: Making a Case for Wasps Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. at NWCC. BV Naturalists slide show and talk by entomologist Lynn Westcott about the importance of wasps. Music in the Park Spring Edition Saturday, April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Eddy Park in Telkwa. Great local bands. Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets. Everyone welcome.

Sixth Annual Sing Along at Round Lake Hall. Sunday, April 19, 2-4 p.m. Theme: Freedom and Gospel Songs. All you need is your voice! Judy van der Meulen 250-846-5296. Poetry Coffee House Monday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the Smithers Public Library. Local poets Fabienne Calvert Fliteau & Jennifer Skin Wickham read for you in a relaxed setting. BVDHospital Auxiliary next regular meeting Tueesday, April 21, 7 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre on Main St. Guest speaker Beth McAskill Infection Control Practitioner on the importance of hand hygiene. Family Connections Fair: Pathways to Wellness Tuesday, April 21, 5-8 p.m. at NWCC. Helping parents support children with stress and anxiety. Dinner, panel presentation, topic sessions, display tables of services available in Smithers. Free on-site child care. First in a series.

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Pastor Trevor Brawdy 250.847-2929 Last month I took my ten year-old son with me to the Lower Mainland to visit my dad, who is battling cancer. While down there, we went to a Vancouver Canucks’ game, versus the Anaheim Ducks. We had a blast! It was my son’s first NHL game, and he was excited: cheering, clapping, celebrating a Canucks’ win! One highlight was going down rinkside before the game. We watched the Canucks up close, and towards the end of the warm-up, my son’s favourite player – Dan Hamhuis – came and stood right in front of us. I quickly took out my phone and got a picture of my son with Hamhuis right behind him. This wasn’t the first time my son had seen Hamhuis in person – he met him last year when the town named a street after him – but this was special for my

son. We all have people we’d love to see or meet in person. Some of us will get the chance one day, some of us won’t. But there is one prominent person we will all get the chance to see. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is returning, and that when He does return to Earth, every eye will see him. Revelation is the last book in the Bible. In this book, Jesus is presented as the Son of Man in chapter one, and as the conquering King of kings in chapter 19. But the image that is used most to present Jesus is that of a slain lamb. He is the Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world, that we might be forgiven and receive eternal life. One day, the crucified, resurrected, and glorified Jesus is returning. Every eye will see him; everyone must respond to him. How will you?

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Readers, writers celebrate local books By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

When Smithers author Sheila Peters came across the record of a Wet’suwet’en family who were evicted from their homesite along the Telkwa High Road, she felt it was a story that needed to be heard. Peters wanted to publish it with archival photographs and illustrations by local artist Megan Hobson, but it was an unusual book concept which was unlikely to be picked up by a big-scale publisher. To see the book go to print, she and four other people started a smallscale publishing company called Creekstone Press. With support from the Smithers community, the fledgling company published Peters’ book Canyon Creek: A Script in 1998. Starting Creekstone was a way for Peters and the other publishers to share a story that might otherwise have remained unheard. Now, in 2015, the small company is still helping to share northern stories that might be ignored by major publishers. Co-founders Peters and Lynn Shervill said big companies like Amazon and Chapters had turned the book publishing industry on its head, making it harder for smaller publishers like themselves. But a desire to share the work of talented northern authors keeps them in the business, publishing an average of one book every

Creekstone Press publishers Sheila Peters (left) and Lynn Shervill and Smithers Public Library director Wendy Wright promoting books by local authors for the Read Local B.C. project from April 1-22.

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year. Peters and Shervill said there were no restrictions on the type of works published by Creekstone, but some trends had emerged in the subject matter of the books. “A lot of the books have to do with a relationship with the environment,”

said Shervill. “Rather than urban living or suburban living it’s about how people relate to their environment and how they’re informed by their environment in their lives.” Hazelton poet Fabienne Calvert Filteau’s book Second Growth was

published by Creekstone Press last September. She said small publishers had an intimate connection to place, which couldn’t be matched by bigger publishers. “They tend to seek out writers who reflect a diversity of experience that’s rooted to that place

in a way that I think is more particular and more intricate than what a larger press might be able to access,” she said. “They are able to showcase quite a variety of work and to give a place like the North exposure on the Can-lit landscape, otherwise it can be quite

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forgotten.” From April 1-22 the Read Local B.C. project, run by the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, encourages people to read literature by local authors. Smithers Public Library director Wendy Wright said she saw a very strong interest in local literature. “It’s so important for people to be able to place themselves in the environment by reading the perceptions, the views, the experiences of their neighbours,” she said. “It helps them not only understand more about the place that they are in but more about the people there and Smithers has a strong interest in reading local fiction and nonfiction.” Wright praised Creekstone Press for helping to ensure readers had access to the work of northern B.C. authors. “People like Lynn and Sheila here who are dedicated to making the voices of their region be heard, they are not bound by those same restrictions (as larger publishers),” she said. “I’ve seen first-hand how we can become limited to only those books that we know will be financial successes and then those other voices are not heard.” The Smithers Public Library is currently running a display of books by local authors as part of the B.C. Read Local project. The library also has a bibliography of books that tell the history of Smithers.


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Location Where a couple decides to tie the knot will have a significant impact on their bottom line. Certain locales, such as large cities, are more expensive than others. Couples who come from small towns may benefit from tying the knot close to home, as vendors tend to charge less the further they are from large metropolises. Waterfront venues, regardless of which city they happen to be in, also tend to be more expensive than venues with less impressive surroundings. Couples willing to sacrifice city lights and breathtaking views of the water are likely to find more affordable venues for ceremonies and receptions.


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The timing of a wedding also affects a couple’s bottom line. Couples hoping to get married when wedding season hits its peaks, which is generally considered the months of May and June and then also late-September into October, can expect to pay substantially more than couples willing to get married at other times of the year. Couples also can save money by choosing to get married on Friday or Sunday nights or Saturday afternoon, when many venues charge considerably less per person than they do on Saturday night, which remains the most popular night of the week to get married. The cost of a wedding is considerable, but couples can cut those costs in several ways if they’re willing to be flexible and negotiate with vendors.

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Northern author explores ground truths in new book By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

When a professor at the University of British Columbia asked Derrick Stacey Denholm to research one indigenous plant or animal species for a paper in 2009, he decided to research three. He felt the species were too interconnected to cover individually, so he chose the mountain hemlock tree, the blue chanterelle fungus and the devil’s club shrub and researched them simultaneously. “They all have complex interactions and I didn’t really see how you could possibly just write about one,” he said. Seven years later, Denholm is touring northern B.C. with his new book, Ground Truthing, inspired by that research. A poet and forestry field worker of 25 years, the author draws on his experiences living and

researching in northern B.C. to explore the following question: “How can we work productively and participate ethically in a life that maintains respect for the wild, not only in the rain-soaked forests of B.C.’s north coast, but everywhere?” For Denholm, many of the answers come from the First Nations people, whose knowledge he believes should be used collaboratively with Western science. “The First Nations people say that everything they know they learned from an animal or a plant or from some aspect of nature, whether it’s medicine, food, how to best utilize things,” he said. “We need to learn from the science and the ecology lessons that we are able to gain through Western science in combination with the local science. “Traditional ecological knowledge isn’t hocus

pocus, it’s as good a science as you can get.” In his book, the author cites the example of the Heiltsuk Nation, whose fight to prevent the Department of Fisheries and Oceans from allowing a commercial herring fishery near Bella Bella has been making headlines this year. He said the Heiltsuk’s knowledge of herring harvesting was invaluable and should be used to inform the government’s science and decisions. “Together with the way they have their ancestral knowledge of how things work, they are able to make a much better prediction about how the herring, the roe on the kelp should be harvested,” he said. Denholm said Ground Truthing tackles its subject matter laterally. The chapters are called transects, which is a geography term for a path in a straight line on which scientists collect information as they come

across it. The author said the format of the book mimics the way that fungal mycelia, the living tissues of fungi, infiltrate the forest floor. “They branch out straight forward into the environment and they meet things,” he said. “They meet the roots of plants, they meet the roots of trees, they meet rock, they meet rotting wood and they make these huge networks where information is just passed back and forth.” Similarly, he said the book tackles subjects as it reaches them. He hopes it will encourage people to think about the impacts of recreation on the natural environment, and to consider the importance of First Nations land rights in B.C. Denholm will be at the Smithers Public Library on April 23 at 7 p.m. to Derrick Stacey Denholm’s new book Ground Truthing discuss his new book in addresses questions about ethical land use. more detail. Contributed photo

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High energy folk band Shred Kelly is wrapping up their cross-Canada tour in northern B.C. this week, making a stop in Smithers Friday night before their last show in Prince George. The band from Fernie is playing at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre to promote its newest album Sing to the Night, an eclectic mix of banjo riffs,

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layered ambient synth, powerhouse rock, and sweet vocal harmonies. This is Shred Kelly’s first visit to Smithers in two years. The band also played the Kispiox Music Festival five years ago.

“Our fan bases have been growing in the cities, but coming from a small town we definitely love the energy and the vibe that the small town brings out to shows,” said singer

and keyboardist Sage McBride, adding their music will be great for dancing. “It goes through different tempos and different types of emotions are all featured on the album, and the live show is a very dance-able set.” DJ Chad E-Osee opens the show at 8 p.m., followed by Terrace’s Ranger Dan. Tickets are available at Dawn 2 Dusk, Hudson Bay Lodge and Mountain Eagle Books.

Literature on show at library in April Lovers of literature will have the chance to hear local poets and B.C. Book Prize-winners read their work during two events at the Smithers Public Library this month. On April 16, Kayla Czaga and Gabrielle Prendergast will read from their prize-winning works as part of the B.C. Book Prize tour. Czaga, from Kitimat, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for


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her work titled For Your Safety Please Hold On. Prendergast was awarded the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize for her story Capricious. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. on April 16. On April 20, two women whose poetry has a strong connection to the land will appear at a reading to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Fabienne Calvert-Filteau, from Hazelton, will read from her book Second Growth, which was published by Creekstone Press last year. Moricetown woman Jennifer Skin Wickham will share poems from her self-published book I’m A Real Skin. The poetry reading takes place at 7 p.m. at the Smithers Public Library on April 20.

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OPEN BURNING AND SPRING CLEANUP WEEK Smithers Fire Rescue would like to remind residents that the Town of Smithers Open Burning Bylaw prohibits any open burning of domestic waste materials, garden refuse, garbage, land clearing or noxious materials.

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CityWest opened a new storefront in Smithers last Tuesday as part of its new expanded service in the Bulkley Valley. The Second Avenue store is meant to give demonstrations to potential customers for the company’s new fibre to the home technology, which should allow for greater Internet speeds, along with

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TV and home phone products. “We’ll have our first installed customers within the next month, and we wanted to share our excitment with the community today,” said CEO Don Holkestad. This is the third storefront for CityWest, joining others in Terrace and Prince Rupert, where the company was founded in 1910. Fibre to the home is also being installed by CityWest this summer Mayor Taylor Bachrach and CityWest CEO Don in the Hazeltons, Kispiox and Holkestad cut the ribbon to open the new store. Telkwa. Chris Gareau photo

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Public Notice In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, the Town of Smithers intends to dispose of the following lands to the Smithers Junior Softball Society by way of a 5 year lease agreement at $1.00 per year for the purpose of installation of sign boards on the softball diamonds fencing for marketing sponsorship opportunities. Commonly known as the softball diamond fencing at Elks Park, 3040 Pacific Street, and legally known as Lot 1, District Lot 1053, Range 5, Coast District, Plan 12550, PID: 015-580-971. This is not a tender nor a request for offers. Further information can be obtained by contacting Susan Bassett, Director of Corporate Services at (250) 847-1600, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Gitwangak mourns loss of totem pole By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

A fire that burned an historic totem pole to the ground might have been deliberately lit, according to Gitwangak Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Brett Johnson. His department tried but wasn’t able to save the pole from the blaze, which also threatened two houses in Gitwangak.

“The fire was just so fast, a lot of dry grass, it just took right off and we tried putting as much water on as we could but it would just start up on fire again because it was burning from the inside,” he said. Johnson said the department was investigating after witnesses reported seeing two people walking away from the fire. “We’re trying to investigate them to see

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what’s going on because this is pretty bad,” he said. He said the community almost lost its historic church to an arson attack last year. The pole that burned last week was originally erected in honour of the Hudson Bay Company, which had a building there. It belonged to Gitxsan hereditary chief Gi’loo and held the name “supernatural An historic totem pole burned to the ground in Kitwanga last week. halibut.”

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Fresh baked bread and buns from Pauls are always in demand by our customers. We are proud to offer Pauls baked goods that represent well over 60 years of Bulkley Valley excellence.

In an effort to enhance coverage of the Hazeltons we are looking for an individual who lives in the area who can attend community events, write articles and take photographs. The Hazelton correspondent will liaise with our newsroom to decide on coverage and what local issues to report on. Black Press is Canada’s largest independent print media company with more than 170 community, daily and urban newspapers across Canada and the United States. Previous newspaper reporting experience is not required. Anyone interested in this paid position can send a resume and writing and photography samples to:

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Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Three new principals in the Hazeltons By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Grade 8 students won’t be the only ones changing schools when the new educational year starts in September. Three school principals will also be moving into new roles at Hazelton area schools in August. The New Hazelton Elementary School, Majagaleehl Gali Aks and Hazelton Secondary School will all have new principals when the new school year comes around. All three future school leaders are already employed at other schools in the Hazelton area. Alison Campbell, who is currently vice-president at the New Hazelton Elementary School, will become principal when the current principal, Carol Pickering, takes the leadership role at the Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School near Hazelton. Mark Newbery, who is the current Majagaleehl Gali Aks principal, will move into


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In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, the Town of Smithers intends to dispose of the following lands to Northern Root Community Gardens Association by way of a 5 year lease agreement at $1.00 per year for the purpose of a community garden. Commonly known as 1101 Pacific Street, “southwest corner of Elks Park and legally known as Lot 1, Plan 12550, District Lot 1053, Range 05, Coast Range 5 Land District. This is not a tender nor a request for offers. Further information can be obtained by contacting Susan Bassett, Director of Corporate Services at (250) 847-1600, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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New Hazelton Elementary School principal Carol Pickering and vice-president Alison Campbell will both move into new principalship roles when the new school year starts.

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the same role at the Hazelton Secondary School. Campbell, who has been teaching in northern B.C. since 1989, said building relationships in the classroom and the wider community would be one of her priorities. “The relationship with the student and the teacher is

paramount for success in the classroom and that is very research-based,” she said. “My part will just be helping to facilitate and be a support for the teacher as well as the community in order to build those relationships and allow the best possible successful safe learning environment.”

She said establishing relationships with the wider community was especially important in the Hazeltons. “We have quite a few villages and reserves and we also have the actual towns themselves and bringing everyone together will be one of my focuses in trying to work as a team,” she said.

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Public Notice In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, the Town of Smithers intends to dispose of the following lands to Smithers Mountain Bike Association by way of a 5 year lease agreement at a $1 per year for the purposes of promoting the use of a portion of the land located on Pacific Avenue, commonly known as “Elks Park” and legally described as follows: Lot 1, Plan 12550, District Lot 1053, Range 5, Coast District, for the purposes of recreational use for a cycling facility.

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The Friends of The Old Church Garden are seeking some new volunteers to help with the care and maintenance of the garden. Please contact: Pat Scott at 250. 847.2537

Call For Applications Wetzin’kwa is seeking applications for its 2015 Community Grant Program. Approximately $150,000 will be distributed, with individual grant awards limited to a maximum $10,000 per successful applicant. The Community Grant Program was established to distribute profits from the operation of the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest tenure back into the community. The program’s objective is to provide support for a broad range of projects and initiatives that will return the greatest long-term benefit to Bulkley Valley residents. Completion Timetable The application deadline for the current grant intake is May 29, 2015 at 4 p.m. Final board decisions regarding successful grant applications are scheduled for June 23, 2015. Eligibility In order to qualify, proposals must be for activities carried out in the Moricetown, Smithers and Telkwa area by secular, not-for-profit organizations or registered charities. Grant funding may be applied to capital expenditures, staffing costs and/or program planning.



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Grant Application Categories Wetzin’kwa’s Board of Directors has established the following categories: 1. Arts & Culture 4. Social Services 2. Recreation 5. Community Economic Development 3. Environment, Conservation & Natural Resource Management Application Preparation Guidelines Application forms and proposal criteria can be obtained at under the Grant Program tab. All applications must conform to the preparation guidelines provided on our website.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Silent Auction in the Fight against Cancer.

Bid on key items at these participating local merchants: BV Credit Union, Hetherington & Hooper and Heartstrings. Bidding starting Sat., April 18 - Sat., April 25. Available items are: • a load of top soil • a load of gravel • a helicopter ride • a healthy living basket • various art Members of the Hazelton Community Charity Program (left) last week presented a $325 donation to Wrinch Community Garden volunteers (right).

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Teen charity helps garden By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

A group of teenagers are continuing a tradition of volunteering and community collaboration in the Hazeltons by running their own charity to fundraise for local groups. Tony Chen, Brandon Greenall, Spencer Blair, Donney Fan and Matthew Bennett started the Hazelton Community Charity Program (HCCP) as a way to give back to their community. Since their first project last March, the teens have run bottle drives, car washes and even ushered a wedding to collect donations for charity groups. Dogs Deserve Better pet rescue and the Salvation Army Foodbank are among the beneficiaries of their fundraising. Chen said the charity program was an opportunity to show gratitude to the local community. “It’s fun, it’s a lot of work but at the end, when we see how much we’ve raised it’s really satisfying,” he said. Greenall said people were often shocked when they heard

a group of teenagers had started their own charity. “It’s quite the surprise for some people,” he said. “They seem to have a different way to look at teenagers and this is almost a way that we can combat that.” Last week the HCCP donated $325 to the Wrinch Community Garden, a volunteer-run plot behind the local hospital. Originally used to feed hospital patients until the 1960s, the garden is now accessible to the public for an annual fee. Garden volunteers Phil Muir, Stan Walker and Andrea Nikkel usually set aside one or two rows for growing vegetables for the Hazelton foodbank. School groups and a mental health centre have also used the garden, which is protected from bears and deer by an electric fence constructed by volunteers. There is a small orchard on the plot, as well as raised garden beds built by some of the nurses at the hospital. Phil Muir, a retired physician who worked at the hospital for more than 40 years, was impressed the teenagers were continuing a tradition of collaboration in the Hazeltons. “I thought it was quite

amazing that a group of young people did get together to do that,” he said. “I guess that’s a reflection on our community which tends to work together to help each other and I think there’s a sense of co-operation in our community which I don’t know if you would find in a larger community or in a big city. “It gave me the feeling that young people these days are perhaps even more sensitive to what’s important in life than perhaps in times gone by.” Andra Nikkel said the money donated by the HCCP would go towards buying new irrigation hoses and replacing old tools. She praised the teens for their work in the Hazeltons. “I think it’s fabulous what they’ve done for this community,” said Nikkel. “I know they’ve had a car wash and a barbecue and they are doing different things and fundraising for different events and groups or causes for the area and I think it’s a wonderful thing they are doing.” Visit the Hazelton Community Charity Program on Facebook for more information.

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April 15, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News

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April 15, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News