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Local schools were locked down last week following a threatening phone call to Kent Elementary School. The call came in around 2 p.m. last Thursday, May 7. Principal Stan Watchorn says the school was put in lock down until the situation could be assessed. Members from Agassiz and Chilliwack detachments attended the scene as well as integrated police dog services and the emergency response team. ”The RCMP immediately responded when we were called with all our resources," states Cpl. Mike Rail, RCMP spokesman. Concerned parents gathered past the police perimeter as RCMP officers combed the school grounds meticulously, starting with guns drawn looking into windows at the school, followed by searches of the parking lot, playground, surrounding neighbourhoods and even the school roof. "The kids and the staff were great, and the RCMP could not have done a

better job in my view," says Watchorn. "They responded immediately, kept us informed inside about what was going on and they obviously did a thorough and very careful analysis of the situation." While the threatening phone call was directed towards Kent Elementary, all area schools were put in lockdown to follow safety protocols, says Rail, including Agassiz Elementary Secondary School, Agassiz Christian School and Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School. "There was a thorough, thorough

search of the entire area and nobody was located," Rail explains. Parents waited anxiously, blocked at the intersection of Vimy Road and McCullough Road while RCMP searched. Shortly after 3 p.m., RCMP told parents that the area was clear. Students who had been away on a field trip would be bussed back to the scene, followed by bus students being picked up then parents could pick up their children. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., all parents were allowed on-site to pick up their children, relief evident on their faces.

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"Everyone is safe," reports Rail. "All children were safe, there were no injuries." As of Monday afternoon, no one has been taken into custody as a result of the phone call. Rail says RCMP are still investigating. Watchorn was impressed with the professionalism of RCMP, staff and students during the lockdown. "It was obviously stressful because we didn't know exactly what was going on in terms of the significance of the threat," says Watchorn. "But the RCMP were amazing and the kids and the staff, in spite of all the stress, handled it in the most professional way." When bus students were ready to go, Watchorn went out to parents personally to let them know they would be able to pick up their children soon. One thing Watchorn advises to caregivers if another lockdown occurs is to not phone the school. "We had a lot of phonecalls coming in from worried parents," he reports. "In a lockdown situation, we're not able to answer the phone.".

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Laurel Janzen sent out a message on her Twitter account on March 9. "Watching someone I love in unbearable pain everyday for 18 months and I feel helpless," she wrote, adding: #weneedhelp. Her 19-year-old daughter, Emily Janzen, had been suffering debilitating migraines since elementary school, but in the past year and half they had left her bedridden, ill for days and ultimately unable to attend UBC for music studies. Both women's Twitter accounts are filled with messages of hopelessness and despair over the migraines and their effect on Emily's otherwise promising young life. But Emily's sense of humour and hopefulness are also chronicled online. "Whenever I start to feel sorry for myself, I just thank God I'm still alive," one of Emily's most recent posts read. "I complain about all the pain, but at least I'm here to feel it." Now, the B.C. Coroners Service is launching an investigation into the events that led to Emily and Laurel's deaths at their home in Popkum, along with the deaths of father Randy Janzen, and his sister Shelly. RCMP have been slowly confirming what people close to the family have been reporting since last Thursday — that Randy Janzen confessed on Facebook to killing all three women. He said he shot his daughter as a way to release her from the pain, and that he shot his wife Laurel "because a mother should never

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Above: An excavator stands at the ready outside the gutted home of the Janzen family on Llanberis Way Tuesday morning. Investigators have confirmed three bodies were removed from the home, however they have yet to formally confirm their identities. RIght: Fire erupts at the home Thursday evening.

have hear the news her baby has died." In another post he confessed to also killing his sister, Aldergrove resident Shelly Janzen, to save her from the "shame" of what he'd done. Friends have told media they saw the post immediately, at about noon, and went to his sister's house to see if she was okay. Newspapers were piled up and there was no activity, so they turned to the police. By 4 p.m. Thursday, RCMP had surrounded the Janzen home on Llanberis Way in Popkum, believing Randy Janzen was inside. A police helicopter circled the small community for hours, keeping watch on the house and the surrounding area. Llanberis Way is an idyllic no-through street, backed by the former Minter Gardens site and tucked in a forested area filled with tall cedar trees. On Thursday, neighbours arriving home from work were kept at bay on Bunker Road, as RCMP, a tactical unit, and the K9 unit moved in on the house. Other neighbours were told to stay indoors for their safety. After hours of slow activity, something changed as RCMP and the K9 unit began to move in quickly. There were five distinctive bangs, which sounded like gun shots to the dozens of onlookers. Sgt. Stephanie Ashton said on Friday those bangs were the result of "less-than-lethal force and distraction devices,

in order to attempt to make contact with an individual believed to be in the house." By this time, rumours were spreading among the neighbours and passersby that the man inside had killed his family and was in the middle of a standoff with police. And then, without warning, a distinctive boom rocked the neighbourhood. A fire had broken out inside the home and caused an explosion. A plume of thick, black, and dark grey smoke rose from the house, causing at least one volunteer firefighters who had been watching from Yale Road to jump in his vehicle and head to the firehall. One woman stayed glued to her cell phone, keeping connected with her daughter who lived near the Janzens. "She's scared," the woman said. "She's afraid." By 7:30 p.m., the house was engulfed in flames following a loud explosion, presumably with the Janzen family inside. The perimeter was widened and firetrucks arrived quickly. RCMP were unable to get inside the home to access the crime scene until sometime Friday.

until May 7 to contact them, no matter how small the detail is. Police are hoping to get a clearer picture of the events leading up to the fire. "At this point, our priority is to speak with anybody who had been in contact with the Janzen family in a threeweek period leading up to the incident on May 7," says Sgt. Stephanie Ashton. The bodies in the Popkum home were badly burned, making identification difficult. However, on Tuesday morning it was announced that the B.C. Coroners Office would be launching an investigation into the events leading up to the deaths, including whether Emily's health concerns played a role. This could include probing into what sort of treatment Emily was given for her migraines, and how Fraser Health treats patients.

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Emily was well known in Chilliwack theatrical and musical circles, having become an accomplished soprano singer. Her life was full of friendships, volunteer work, and involvement several groups, including the Chilliwack

School of Performing Arts. Her name was often in the pages of the Chilliwack Progress, as part of productions like Seussical the Musical. Friends and former fellow cast members have been posting loving tributes to the young singer, recalling favourite moments on and off the stage, and thanking her for being a friend. But Emily's life was also full of a quiet, painful misery, suffering from almost constant migraines. "In two years I haven't gone more than 12 hours without a headache livin’ the dream," is just one of several tweets Emily sent out over the past months. Much of the time, it seems, Emily either smiled through the pain or resigned from her social life. She had even stopped singing most recently, which is mentioned in her father's apparent online confession. Migraines differ from run-of-the-mill headaches, according to medical literature. They include several stages that patient experiences, from the oncoming symptoms that can last for one or two days. That is accompanied Continued on 3


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Due to ongoing construction of the front walkway The Agassiz Harrison Museum Will be closed.

Child airlifted after 3-storey fall

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BC Air Ambulance transported a child in “critical condition” to BC Children’s Hospital Monday evening.

they often see an increase in falls from windows. “Many of these injuries can be quite severe, including skull fractures and brain injuries and potentially cause long terms effects for the child,” Dr. Singal reports. BCEHS emphasizes that while it might be tempting to leave a window open a crack to let in some fresh air during the warmer months, remember that young children are innately curious and natural climbers, and do not understand the risk of their actions. They can be strong enough to widen an unlocked window. Toddlers have a high centre of gravity, so even

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leaning on a screen can cause a fall, likely headfirst, which can lead to serious injuries. Safety tips to prevent falls from windows: • Don’t underestimate a child’s mobility; children begin climbing before they can walk. • Move household items away from windows to discourage children from climbing to peer out. Toddlers may use anything as a step stool to get higher. • Be aware that window screens will not prevent children from falling through – they keep bugs out, not children in. • Install window guards on windows above the ground

level. These act as a gate in front of the window. • Or, fasten the windows, so that they cannot open more than 10 centimetres (four inches). Children can fit through spaces as small as 12 centimetres (five inches) wide. In either case, ensure there is a safe release option in case of a house fire. • Don’t leave children unattended on balconies or decks. Move furniture or planters away from the edges as kids can climb up and over. • Talk to your children about the dangers of opening and playing near windows, particularly on upper floors of the home.

HONOURING EMILY

A bursary has already been set up to honour Emily Janzen's dreams of becoming a singer. The Emily Janzen Memorial Bursary Fund will be given to students pursuing a music education. Initially, the goal was $1,000 as seed money to be put into a long-term deposit. The funds are being administered by the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, and the Chilliwack Academy of Music. Within 18 hours, the fundraiser had already hit $2,100. "Emily, former student and instructor, forever a part of our CSOPA family, will be fondly remembered for her beautiful voice and amazing spirit with the legacy of this bursary fund," said AnneLise Woyke, office manager of the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts.

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and/or followed by migraine aura, which can include visual problems or vision loss. Migraines can last as long as three days, or more in extreme cases and include nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, and pain that pulses. There are numerous triggers for migraines, and several types of medications designed to help with migraines. Finding a suitable medication for each patient can prove difficult, however, and many of the medications have strong side effects.

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Emergency personnel were called to an Agassiz apartment building Monday evening for a young child who fell from a third floor window. BC Ambulance Service transported the child, heard screaming after the fall, to BC Children’s Hospital, according to RCMP. BC Ambulance Service reports the patient was transported to hospital in “critical condition.” Witnesses saw the child fall through the window and hit the pavement below at the three-story apartment building located at 1735 No. 9 Highway. BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and BC Children’s Hospital report that in 2013, the most recent available statistics, they cared for 21 children who fell through windows or off balconies. Paramedics see the critical injuries that result from falls from windows and balconies, most often including broken bones and facial and head trauma. “If you look after young children or have kids visiting your home, window and door safety locks are your best friend,” said BCEHS Unit Chief Marilyn Oberg. “Little children move quickly and sometimes without reason or warning, so ensuring security locks are in place is a simple and effective safety measure for the warmer months.” Dr. Ash Singhal is a pediatric neurosurgeon and medical director with the BC Children’s Hospital Trauma Program, and says with rising temperatures,

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One lucky class from Kent Elementary got up close and personal with our local watershed. Under a blue sky, Mr. Mill’s grade 4/5 class listened and did hands-on learning about the watershed, from under the ground to the river ways to the vital roles the local system plays in our community. They clustered around a sand table on the lawn of the Fraser River Fishing Lodge to learn about streams and flow. They watched as an instructor explained the water table and the harmful and helpful things humans do that impacts it. They took a walk along the banks of the Fraser River in an area instructors referred to as the the heart of the Fraser, bringing students into the teaching process. “They learn about the watershed, the water cycle, how to look at different components of a watershed, water volume, sediment, and specifically talking about the Fraser and Harrison rivers,” explains La Vern Klassen, program assistant at the Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning. The program was put on by

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Students from Kent Elementary get some hands-on learning at the stream table as they learn about the Fraser Watershed from Hope Mountain Centre instructor Kim Verigin.

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There is a climber’s dreamscape right outside of Harrison Hot Springs. It’s tucked away, hidden behind a bright yellow gate just past the Harrison Resort Golf Course. The Harrison Bluffs are unique because there are multiple-level routes clustered together, allowing climbers of different skill levels to climb together. “You can do everything from climbing for an hour to spending a whole afternoon and evening, climb all the way up to the top and have a really adventurous time,� describes longtime climber Mike Worn. The type of rock at the bluffs also makes it a safer climb than many. “The quality of the rocks is fantastic, it’s the equivalent of granite in Yosemite Park in California,� says Worn. “It makes it really safe to climb on because you don’t have to worry about chunks coming off.� He compares the quality to being on par with Squamish, but with far less crowds. While the climbing routes have been around for many years, it was only within the last 10 or so years that Worn and a few other climbers rediscovered it. He and some fellow climbers worked to uncover old routes and added a few climbs himself. Over the past few years, climbers have volunteered their time to add routes, scrub rocks and maintain trail access. Climbers have quietly enjoyed this recreational pursuit just off of Hot Springs Road for years. But now, a small group is working towards upgrading the site, with a wish list including a proper parking lot, an

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outhouse, perhaps a garbage can too. Sam Waddington, a Chilliwack city councillor and outdoor enthusiast, is one of the climbers interested in seeing upgrades and promotion of the bluffs. He enjoys the bluffs for their varied routes and easy accessibility and says on a hot summer day, dozens of climbers can be found scaling the rocks. He says from his understanding, the area used to be much more popular before the climbing in Squamish (the Stawamus Chief) was developed. “As the area grows more and more popular, you can’t have unlimited amounts of people parking on the highway,� he explains. “We want to make the area’s council aware of this asset in their backyard, and work with them on how to make it better.� Waddington even envisions a future where the parking lot is the start to community walking trails and as a base for an alreadypopular area to drive further recreational use. “Climbing and outdoor recreation in general can be a huge economic driver.� he comments. Waddington has joined forces with Community Futures North Fraser to see how they can make the bluffs into a destination. One of the mandates of Community Futures North Fraser is community economic development, looking for opportunities to help support local business. Executive Director Alan Main says they are working on a proposal to present to the District of Kent Council on the benefits of upgrading the Harrison Bluffs. Main has already approached the Agassiz-Harrison

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Last week’s Alberta election was an example of the democratic process at its best. We aren’t talking about the results. Whether or not the New Democrats can stabilize that mismanaged ship is yet to be seen. The reaction from the ‘right’ following Rachel Notley’s convincing win was predictable; the sky is falling. Meanwhile, the ‘left’ are thrilled. It’s the process to achieve the result that should give all Canadians pause for thought, and a reason to be thankful for the society in which we live. What happened in Alberta on Tuesday was, anecdotally, a civil upheaval - a coup d’état, but in a completely civilized manner. In many countries, such a drastic change of government would come at a heavy cost. Lives would be lost. Millions of lives have been lost in countries around the world in efforts to overthrow long-reigning governments. And yet, in our neighbouring province, the wounds were limited to the egos of those who thought change could never happen in that oil-rich, right-wing driven economy. The democratic process is alive and well. Certainly, there were not nearly enough people getting to the polls. Although voter turnout was the highest in 22 years, 57 per cent is nothing to brag about when deciding the future of a province - higher than B.C.’s 52 per cent in 2013, but a far cry from respectable. The talking heads are still analyzing the results. Some say the arrogance of 44 years of power got to the Conservative supporters - that many of them thought there was no way another party in Alberta could ever garner enough support. On the other side, the “Notley Crew” is basking in the afterglow of a well-run campaign, feeding off the anger of the average Albertan. The lies, deception and ridiculous government spending had gone on long enough for the majority of those who took the time to vote and now the change they demanded is real. Will it prove to be a good move for Alberta? Only time will tell. Undoubtedly, B.C.’s NDP leader John Horgan has already not only congratulated Notley on her victory, but also asked for her campaign notes.

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Is the Orange Tsunami headed west? B.C. VIEWS

Tom Fletcher Victoria – Albertans have always laughed about their longstanding reputation as a reckless, immature society. The classic bumper sticker, now available as a T-shirt  or coffee cup in several variations, states: “Please God, give us one more oil boom, we promise not to p--- it away this time.” Now they’ve thrown out the government that finally tried to stop blowing money like a roughneck fresh out of the bush. Jim Prentice had the gall to propose raising income taxes for high wage earners, doing away with former Alberta treasurer Stockwell Day’s signature flat tax. In response, voters have abruptly replaced the 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty with an upstart NDP that wants to

tax the rich and corporations even more. Facing an oil slump, layoffs and a huge structural deficit in Alberta’s  lavish public service, NDP premier-elect Rachel Notley is committed to a 50-per-cent increase in the minimum wage and another “review” of resource royalties. One headline in a national paper summed it up: “Go home, Alberta. You’re drunk.” In the sober days after the election, a few truths emerge. Alberta hasn’t been a fiscally conservative, small-government place for a long time. Among other things, it has ratcheted up teacher and nurse wages across the country. Alberta is broke, again, and even the NDP is afraid to resort to a sales tax. The minimum wage hike is a pet policy of Canada’s labour federations, which somehow remain convinced that poverty can be eliminated by state order. On the positive side, Notley

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has promised to end corporate and union donations to political parties, as has already been done federally. B.C. should be next,

“Here at the B.C. legislature, an NDP staffer passed out cans of Orange Crush to celebrate.”

but the gravy train of business donations is too tempting for our nominally Liberal government. Here at the B.C. legislature, an NDP staffer passed out cans of Orange Crush to celebrate. NDP leader John Horgan pronounced himself “ecstatic,” and hastened to assure reporters that Notley is “as competent as she sounds.” Notley now has to sort through

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a caucus that includes typical NDP place-holders, college students and union staff running in faint-hope constituencies. Soon after the result, the party pulled down its website platform and candidate biographies, as Notley began phoning energy companies to reassure them Alberta will be “A-OK” on her watch. Horgan likes to describe the “capital flight” from new NDP governments as if it’s just a show put on by big business. Plummeting stock prices and relocation of corporate offices are all staged, according to the party line, nothing to do with actual investment conditions created by NDP policies. This fiction is all Horgan dares to say publicly, because it’s what his party base devoutly believes. Besides, they’re only branch offices of multinational oil companies like Shell, Horgan said. He used his favourite Tommy Douglas quote, about the bad news of a big oil company leaving. OFFICE HOURS Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., & Mon.

“The good news is, the oil is staying here.” B.C.’s natural gas might be staying here too. Horgan insists he supports a natural gas export industry, but his party seems more concerned with an ascending Green Party, and an urban base that believes you can run a resource economy on windmills and solar panels. Notley supports twinning the TransMountain pipeline, while Horgan continues to insist he has no opinion on the project Adrian Dix so memorably opposed. The Alberta NDP has a steep learning curve ahead. The B.C. NDP has a couple of years to see if the appearance of a like-minded Alberta government is a boost for them, or a cautionary tale for voters. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Anger and hate will sap your energy We saw Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in 1968. Now flash forward to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, as LA burns to the ground. Black people want justice against those four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King. Now we have the series of events that happen in 2014 and 2015 involving the shootings of unarmed black people at the hands of white police officers. Someone once told me, “When policemen break the law, there is no law. Only a fight for survival.” The real issues need to be addressed here. Take it from a young black boy who spoke up after the events of Ferguson, Missouri.

Intergenerational Day Celebration June 1

After the success of last year’s event, we will be hosting another event this year to celebrate the national Intergenerational Day on June 1. Once again, the Legion is donating their hall and yard for our activities.  ACE will have our ACE Burger barbecue, Prospera is hosting the bouncy castle, and   Kent students will be bringing seniors from the lodges in the wheelchair walk.  There will also be an open house for local businesses and organizations to set up information tables, and it would be great to have community members showcase their

“We the people in the black communities need jobs, education, healthcare. The high rate of crime and drug addiction in our communities needs to be confronted head on. We the black people can’t do it alone. We need both whites and blacks on board. Only together we can change conditions., if things are to change at all." Our generation will have the hardest time of it. Do not hold onto hate, anger or pain. It will drain you of your energy. It will keep you from loving. Harvey Andrew Agassiz BC

Good and the bad of Alberta’s NDP win

own talents in arts or crafts. It is a great opportunity for the entire community to be involved in an event for all ages. We still have tables and spaces available, and we really need more event volunteers as well.  If you would like to be involved, contact ACE at ace@sd78.bc.ca or 604-796-9496. We are really excited to see this event grow and become a great local celebration of a national day that honors all ages.  Sandy Balascak ACE Administrator

John Horgan says that he is pleased that the NDP won government in Alberta. John now has a couple of problems on his hands because of this NDP win in Alberta. One is that the new NDP premier, Rachel Notely wants the Kinder Morgan pipeline to be built. John Horgan on the other hand does not want this pipeline to be built. The other problem is that if Rachel Notely receives an unsatisfactory report card after two years in government in Alberta, which will be 2017, B.C. voters will have a provincial election. A bad report card will have to be absorbed by John Horgan and the B.C. NDP, once again keeping the B.C. NDP in opposition status.

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The Fraser Timber Supply Area Cooperative Association (FTSACA) is developing a Pest Management Plan (PMP) under the Integrated Pest Management Act. This plan will describe a vegetation management program using Integrated Pest Management, including the use of herbicides. The purpose of the PMP is to describe the vegetation management program in the FTSACA chart area in the Fraser Timber Supply Area. Vegetation control methods in this plan include aerial foliar spray, ground foliar spray (including backpack and power nozzle), stem injection (hack and squirt), basal bark sprays, manual girdling, power saw, stem bending and pulling and mechanical site preparation. These treatments will take place within the Fraser Timber Supply Area that contains Crown land designated as forest land within the Chilliwack Forest District extending from the Nesakwatch River drainage on the Canada / US border in the south to the Nahatlatch River drainage in the north. It extends from the Pitt River in the west to the Skagit River in the east. Since the FTSACA chart areas are spread throughout the Chilliwack Forest District, nearby towns include Boston Bar and Hope and the communities of the Fraser Valley. There are numerous dwellings scattered throughout the plan area. Proposed herbicides to be used include Vision, VisionMax, Vantage, Weed-Master (glyphosate), Release MSO, Garlon RTU, Garlon XRT (triclopyr) and Sylgard 309 (siloxylated polyether). This Pest Management Plan will be in effect for a period of five years from the date of approval (approximately 2015 to 2020).

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Here in the year 2015, it’s the 1960’s all over again. One of the anti-this, anti-that songs that came out of the 1960’s, goes something like this, “When will they ever learn.” As baltimore 2015 burns to the ground, it’s a repeat of Baltimore 1968. What goes around, come around. Flash backwards to the early 1960’s, when black people were marching in the streets, demanding civil rights. The 1965 Watts Riots in South Los Angeles. The Civil Rights movement continues. Last 1960’s, black people across the USA are burning down whole cities. It was called the Race Riots of the late 1960s.

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MAY IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH LEARN TO TOW SAFELY Warm weather is on the horizon, and people from all over are preparing their vehicles for another season of road trips. In addition to packing the interior cargo areas full of equipment and luggage, many road-trippers also haul gear and recreational accessories with them. There’s more to towing than hitching a trailer and hitting the open road. A number of factors come into play when towing cargo or another vehicle, including the towing capacity of the vehicle doing the hauling. The following are some safety tips for road trippers hitting the road with trailer in tow.

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the tires you need. the service you deserve.

MAY IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH LEARN TO TOW SAFELY Warm weather is on the horizon, and people from all over are preparing their vehicles for another season of road trips. In addition to packing the interior cargo areas full of equipment and luggage, many road-trippers also haul gear and recreational accessories with them. There’s more to towing than hitching a trailer and hitting the open road. A number of factors come into play when towing cargo or another vehicle, including the towing capacity of the vehicle doing the hauling. The following are some safety tips for road trippers hitting the road with trailer in tow.

DriveGuard

Open Country A/TII

Road Venture A/T (KL78)

Wrangler Duratrac

Run-flat tires designed specifically for coupes, sedans and wagons outfitted with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Excellent all season traction with ride comfort

Excellent performance and steering in all terrains

Designed for rugged off-road terrain, including snow

Wear-resistant tread compound for excellent tread life

Wide, flat tread for flotation in sand and mud/snow

All-season touring tire

Aggressive sidewall design for traction and good looks

Good braking and steering on various terrains

Enhanced traction in deep mud & snow, LT sizes pinned for #16 studs

Confident handling with a quiet, comfortable ride

80,000 km Tread Life Limited Warranty

Tow vehicles While many vehicles have towing capabilities, not all of those vehicles are necessarily right for the job. Review the towing capacities of various vehicles depending on the type of trailer that will be towed. A larger, more powerful vehicle may be necessary if you will be towing something large and heavy, such as a boat or a recreational vehicle. You may need more horsepower to maintain a safe driving speed when towing especially heavy cargo.

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Communi t y Corner Community  Events

9th Annual Harrison Art Show - Saturday, May 16 & Sunday May 17 from 10am - 5pm both days. View the talents of more than 35 artists in a variety of media. Featured artist is the award winning Laura Levitsky. Onsite Café available. Admission by donation. Harrison Memorial Hall, 290 Esplanade Ave., Harrison Hot Springs. Teddy Bear Picnic at Kilby Historic Site - Sunday, May 17 from 11am - 4pm. Bring your teddy bear and get ready for some old-fashioned family fun! Wholesome goodies available or bring your own picnic. 215 Kilby Rd., Harrison Mills. FMI call 604-7969576 or visit kilby.ca

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4th Annual Harrison Festival Society Fundraiser - Featuring Celtic funk legends, Mad Pudding. Saturday, May 23 at 7:30pm, music at 9pm. Silent auction, raffle, door prizes, desserts and refreshments. Harrison Memorial Hall. FMI call 604796-3664 or visit harrisonfestival.com 2nd Annual Intergenerational Day Celebration - Monday, June 1 from 10am to 3pm at the Agassiz Legion. ACE Burgers, local business displays, bouncy castle and more! FMI call 604-796-9496

Groups &  Activities  For  Kids Agassiz

Kids At The Cross - Thursdays at Recreation Centre in Agassiz. FMI call Ettie the Ag Coffee Break/Story Hour - A weekly Bible Study 604-819- for ladies & children 0-5. Weds 6822 . 9:30 am Christian Reformed Church on Morrow Road. Agassiz FMI call Better Beginnings - Pre/post natal educa or text 604-9 97-44 84 nutrition & support. Lunch is provided. Tues. tion, 10 to 1 pm. 7272 Morrow Rd. FMI call 604-796-03 am 1789 The Royal Westminster Regiment Cadet 13 Corps - Westie Army Cadets Training at the Royal Strong Start - Mon. - Fri. 12:30 - 3:30 pm at Kent Canadian Legion Branch No 228 - 344 Fort Street Elementary School. Free drop-in for kids 0 Hope Wed. 6:30 PM - 9 pm. Free for ages 12 - 19. - 5. FMI call FMI Kent Elementary at 604-796-2161. contact Captain M.E. Sam Ronholm, CD at 1789trg@ gmail.com or call 604-799-8897 Preschool Storytime - Fridays at 10:15. It’s Crack le, Ms Terrill and all your little friends toget her as we Lego Club - Thursdays from 3-5pm. Every Thursday listen to stories and have all kinds of fun. Free, drop afterschool we will clear the floor in the back room in, all welcome. of the library, get out the boxes of Lego and let Agassiz Harrison Family Parenting Place build Lego to your hearts content. There willyou be themes and activities suggested, or kids Meet friends, old & new! Parents/caregive can just their children 0 - 6 are welcome. Mon., Weds rs with build and visit. We add an  afterschool snack and a 9:30 am - 1 pm 7272 Morrow Rd. FMI call . & Thurs. safe place to be, for children that can be on their own 604-796- only please 0313 . Drop in.

For Seniors

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

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

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

Tuesday is Toonie Day Bowling - Agass Harrison seniors are encouraged to come iz and Council of Senior Citizens Organizat out and (COSCO) is an advocacy group devoted to improions join 5 pin bowling every second and last Tuesday ving

of each month starting at 3:15pm at “The Quality of Life” for all seniors. FMI call Chillibowl Ernie Bayer Lanes, Chilliwack. Car pool availa @ 604-576-9734 or email ecbayer@shaw.ca ble. Call Kay FMI at 604-316-3318

Join Us  In  Worship

Agassiz Christian Reformed Church 9am. Everyone Welcome. Contact Father Joaquim 7452 Morrow Rd. Sun. at 10 am. Call 604-703-9558 Dias 604-796-9181. Community Church Meets at Agassiz United Church 6860 Lougheed Central 6800 Pioneer Ave. Sunday 10:30 Highway. 604-796-2680 Agassiz United Church the Ag Hall at am Kids Ministry as well. For more info visit Sunday Service & Sunday School at 10:30 am. www.central365.org All Saints Anglican Church 6904 #9 The Harrison Gospel Chapel Sunday Highway, Agassiz. Holy Eucharist at 10 am Sun. Worship Service begins at 10:30 am. 514 Lillooet St. Anthony’s Catholic Church 7237 Ave, HHS. Call 604-796-9500 Everyone welcome. Morrow Road. Sunday 9 am & 11 am, Tues. to Sat. e-mail: hgc@shaw.ca • harrisongospelchapel.com

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May blooms a delight to the senses

Here in the Agassiz/Harrison area the May blooms never disappoint. The rich colours of rhododendrons and azaleas, the bright purples and white mounds of aubrietias and iberis, plus the fresh green leaves all combine to delight the senses. May Chores JANE KIVETT Check Green shrubs that were pruned Thumb in the fall or winter for more shaping if needed. Take off excess shoots for a more balanced look. Remove suckers at the base of trees, breaking them off at their point of origin. Get ready for the dry summer that is predicted by placing soaker hoses around plants, especially those planted in the last two years. Use mulch to conserve moisture and keep weeds down. Aphids and spittle bugs are in full swing. Both will distort the plant/flower of its intended beautiful growth. Insecticidal sprays can be used or hand removing depending

on the number of plants. In my experience spraying water on aphids only gives them a free ride to the ground and chance for a hike back up the stem to carry on. Stake perennials before they get too tall. Acclimate greenhouse purchased annuals before setting them out. Questions and Answers

How do I know which fertilizers to use on my plants? When I started gardening it seemed a mystery to me, too. Of course, way back then there wasn’t the multiple selection there is now. To make it easier I use the mnemonic “shootsroots-fruits” to explain the use of the three numbers on the fertilizer container, such as 15-30-15. The first number on the label refers to the nitrogen content that is needed for the upper vegetative growth of a plant. Deficiency symptoms are yellowing of leaves, slowing or stopping of growth. The second number refers to the phosphorus content which is needed for healthy roots, blooming and seed/fruit set. Signs of deficiency are dull green leaves, purplish stems and general poor health. The third number refers to the percentage of potassium

or potash which is needed for flower and fruit production and the general health of the plant. The disease can be recognized when the blooms are sickly and small fruit produced. Potassium is also known to promote disease resistance. As an example in using the numbers, lettuce would use a higher first number, nitrogen, and carrots and beets a higher second number, phosphorous. This is a simplified description of the use of commercial fertilizers. There are also many fertilizers that are available that are organically sourced. Plant needs are much more complicated than this explanation, so more reading on the subject is advised. I do encourage home production and use of kitchen and garden compost which will add micronutrients along with some fertilization and friability of the soil. Will soaking vegetable seeds produce a more robust plant? No, it merely shortens the germination time. All seeds can be soaked, usually no more than 24 hours, and planted. Over soaking and planting in wet cool soil may result in rotted seeds. Please keep the questions coming in. Email questions to news@ahobserver.com

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Volunteer firefighters from the Chilliwack River Valley Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting competitors from around the country this weekend to compete in the first SCOTT FireFit event of the season. On May 16 and 17 at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club (48685 Chilliwack Lake Road), over 80 firefighters will compete against the clock to complete a series of tasks that mimic the physical challenges typically faced in emergency situations. Wearing full gear that can weigh in excess of 30 kg, competitors start by running up six flights of stairs carrying a 20 kg hose, placing it in the designated area, and then hoist up another 20 kg hose before running back down the stairs. The next grueling phase has firefighters driving a steel beam 1.5 m using a 4 kg mallet and then

running 50 m to spray a target with a live hose. As if that weren’t enough, the final leg sees competitors dragging an 80 kg mannequin 30 m to the finish line. “It’s pretty intense,” says Fire Chief Mike Danyluk. “The course gives the public a great opportunity to see the kind of training firefighters go through. The Chilliwack River Valley Volunteer Fire Department is very pleased to be hosting FireFit here in our

community.” Hilary McRoberts, executive vice president of operations for SCOTT FireFit says, “The event is often called the toughest two minutes in sports. Not only does it require significant upper and lower body strength to carry out these tasks, competitors also need to have excellent cardiovascular strength.” The public is invited to attend the entire weekend’s competition.

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May 16 10:30 am – Opening ceremonies 11 am – Competition begins 12:30 pm – Auto extrication demonstration Charity BBQ all day ($4 burger/hot dog/smokey and pop) May 17 8 a.m. – Charity Pancake Breakfast ($4 for pancakes and sausage) 9:30 a.m. – Relay Competition begins


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Visitors will soon be able to step back in time on a new entranceway to the Agassiz-Harrison Museum. The museum received a federal grant to cover the cost of a new walkway and got to work on it last week. Museum volunteers prepped the site for the concrete company, with some help from AESS student volunteers. They ripped out the old wood planks, which will be sent to the Community Gardens to build new plots. The wood entrance to the museum / visitor centre on Pioneer Ave. was old and rotting in spots. Boards have been replaced as needed over the years but the 12-year old walkway needed updating. On top of that, the wood has proven to be hazardous with the slightest precipitation, leading to safety concerns for visitors and volunteers, explains museum manager Judy Pickard. “It was far too slippery, especially for senior volunteers who come weekly to help at the museum,” says Pickard. So the new boardwalk will be made from stamped concrete, made to look like wood but with a much longer lifespan and safety rating. Pickard hopes that the nonslip surface will allow the museum to extend programming, perhaps to have volunteers come on a more regular basis or allow for event hosting. The walkway isn’t the only thing new at the visitor centre / museum. Inside, the walls have been completely

repainted, giving a fresh, light look to the place. Every single item had to be boxed up and moved for the painting and for a new floor to replace the old, worn carpet in the main hall of the museum. Volunteers have been working hard for weeks now, putting in hundreds of hours to pack, label, move, unpack, set up and prep the museum for opening. “We have just an amazing group of volunteers here,” boasts Pickard. Every single display was meticulously photographed and documented so items could be put back in their proper order. There are some small changes thanks to volunteer recommendations. Pickard invites the community to come out and have a look at the newly renovated museum / visitor centre once they are ready to open, to be announced soon. The original date of May 16 for opening had to be pushed back to accommodate the concrete work. The walkway project was funded through a New Horizons for Seniors grant of $25,000. The painting and flooring project was made possible by the District of Kent Council, which voted to provide the museum with $22,500 out of the money earned through the filming of a show in Agassiz (Wayward Pines, which premieres tonight). The museum was originally a Canadian Pacific Rail station, built in 1893. It has been lovingly taken care of by the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society, and is now the site of Agassiz’ visitor information centre and museum for the entire local area.

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AESS students Alex Schwichtenberg and Eric Peterson pry a plank loose while Chase Bestwick and Nick Allen wait to move it out of the way. They volunteered their time at the museum last Thursday, May 7 to help prep the site for the new walkway.

Family Parenting Place in Agassiz is temporarily set up at the Catholic church across the street until a mould problem can be dealt with on-site. A dishwasher in the building flooded on multiple occasions, leading to water damage. Laura Midan, executive director of Agassiz-Harrison Community

Services, which operates Family Parenting Place, says it has been a lengthy undertaking to work through the insurance issues around getting the facility fixed. “We’ve been in quite an insurance process,” shares Midan. “We’re working on repairing the water damage.” In the meantime, parents with children aged 0-6 can

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ranging from Celtic jigs to classical quotes, danceable covers, and funk bass lines," says Harrison Festival Society President, Heather Robertson. "Pair that with being a high energy, danceable, Va n c o u v e r - b a s e d band with a history of connection to the Festival and Mad Pudding was an easy choice for our fourth annual Harrison Festival Fundraiser." The Harrison Festival Society, known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fueled programming. Since the first culturally themed Harrison Festival of the Arts in 1985, the Society has consistently presented the best in Canadian and International performing and visual arts both for the annual July Festival and their Season of Performing Arts running from Sept to May each year. "As well as being an important means of seeking resources to produce our year round programming,

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the Festival fundraiser is a chance to celebrate the achievements of our organization," says Robertson. The evening includes door prizes, raffle, desserts and refreshments courtesy of Heritage House Cafe in Agassiz as well as a large selection of silent auction items including outdoor barbecue, surround sound stereo system, vacation rental packages and more, "but of course the music is the main attraction," says Robertson. One of the bestknown bands to emerge from Canada's coast to coast Celtic wave of the 1990's, Mad Pudding cultivated a distinctly West Coast flavour in their music, drawing

on influences ranging from Canadian old time fiddling, Irish traditional music, funk, R & B and progressive rock – and bringing them together in skillful arrangements, often with a dose of humour. "They call their sound 'Celtic Funk' but there is a range to the styles they play that is tied together by a very west coast sense of musical freedom," says Robertson. Recently the band reunited with renewed energy after a 9 year hiatus. The current lineup includes the three original founders of the band, Andy Hillhouse (guitar, vocals), Cam Wilson (fiddle, vocals), and Amy Stephen

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Hospice Coordinator The Fraser Canyon Hospice Society in Hope, BC has an opening for a Hospice Coordinator for their volunteer based program. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Coordinator will be responsible for the administration of the Hospice program according to set goals and services. Services include volunteer development and training, patient/client care, bereavement programs and all other programs offered by the Society. The ideal candidate will be a team player with a combination of post-secondary education and experience in a health care setting. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience/education in end of life care. Computer proficiency and facilitating workshops will be required; a reliable vehicle for travel is necessary plus valid BC driver’s license; Criminal Record Check is required for this position. Work week is 35 hours; hourly wage is negotiable according to qualifications; start date is July 6, 2015. Complete job description available by e-mail request to hospice5@telus.net No phone calls please. Closing date for applications is June 18, 2015 Please send applications and resumes to above e-mail address and indicate in Subject line Resume or mail to: Personnel Committee, Attn: Pat Besse Fraser Canyon Hospice Society 1275 - 7th Avenue, Hope, BC V0X 1L4 Those applicants who are not contacted by June 22, 2015 are thanked for their interest.

You will have at least five years’ experience in a sales or business development role, and knowledge or experience in a community newspaper publishing environment. Your success in developing and implementing sales strategies is a result of your entrepreneurial spirit, well developed customer service and communication skills, knowledge of the publishing industry, and extensive business connections. As the largest independent newspaper group with more than 170 titles in print and online, Black Press has operations in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Hawaii and Ohio. This is a full-time position with a competitive compensation and benefits package. Qualified applicants should send a resume and covering letter before Friday, May 29th to: Bruce McAuliffe, President Black Press BC South c/o Kelowna Capital News 2495 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 7K2 Email: brucem@blackpress.ca

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PRESSURE WASHING

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RUBBISH REMOVAL

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

PETS

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CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION

GARAGE SALES

845

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

ABBOTSFORD

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

TO BE SOLD UNDER THE WAREHOUSE LIEN ACT: 2000 Mercedes CLK32 VIN#:WDBLJ65G1YF138852 Owned by Kevin Craig. Money owed: $5431.99 The sale for the mentioned Mercedes will take place at: Pioneer Motors 1887 #9 Hwy, Agassiz, BC on May 22, 2015

FLEA MARKET Abbotsford Exhibition Park

fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977 German Shepherd pups, vet check, 1st shots, own both parents, gd tempered, farm & family raised in country, good guard dog/family pet. born feb 11. $750; 604-796-3799 or 604-845-6027, no sunday calls

TRANSPORTATION

TRETHEWEY @ MACLURE AVE

~ SUNDAYS ONLY ~ 6 am to 4 pm Phone 604-859-7540 Agassiz - 6932 Lougheed Hwy. Sat, May 16, 2015 9 to 3 pm Dog carrier & kennel, Lego, etc

GERMAN SHEPHERD-X Puppies Family raised, $400. Text or Call for pictures: 604-798-2691.

TO BE SOLD UNDER THE WAREHOUSE LIEN ACT: 1990 Ford F250 VIN#:1FRTHX26M9LKA38033 Owned by Bryce Robert Sutton. Money owed: $3595.96 The sale for the mentioned Ford F250 will take place at: Pioneer Motors 1887 #9 Hwy, Agassiz, BC on May 22, 2015

Harrison Hot Springs

Garage Sale 407 Miami River Drive

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com

Saturday May 16, 2015 9 to 3pm

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE PETS 477

PETS

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

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HELP WANTED

Vantage Way 7979 Vantage Way, Delta, V4G 1A6

Pressroom Helpers/ Stackers We have several openings for Press Helpers/ Stackers at our Delta location.

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Do you have a DISABILITY? Physical or mental. We can help you get up to $40,000 back from the Canadian Government. FOR DETAILS check out our website: disabilitygroupcanada.com or CALL us today Toll-Free 1-888-875-4787.

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MISC. WANTED

Have Unwanted Firearms? Have unwanted or inherited firearms in your possession? Don’t know how to dispose of them safely and legally? Contact Wanstalls and we will come and pick them up and pay you fair value for them. Wanstalls has been proudly serving the Lower Mainland firearms community since 1973. We are a government licensed firearms business with fully certified verifiers, armorers and appraisers.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Linda Wischoff at lwischoff@blackpress.ca Competition closes: June 10, 2015 We thank all those whom are interested in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Call today to set up an appointment 604-467-9232

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APARTMENT/CONDO

AGASSIZ 2 bdrm gr flr corner unit in Woodside Terrace, clean, quiet, well mngd bldg. Refs req. Avail now $750 +utils & D.D. 1-604-588-6665

DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL AGASSIZ

The award-winning Chilliwack Progress has an opening for a temporary multi-media journalist.

T. Marlowe Manor

The successful candidate for this four-day-a-week maternity leave position will have diverse writing capabilities, including experience writing hard news. Photography and video skills will be key attributes, as well as excellent time management.

1755 - #9 Hwy, Agassiz (Under new Management)

Spacious and bright

new condo quality 1 bdrm...$650 and 2 bdrm...$800/m

An ideal applicant will have a strong grasp of social media best practices (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), a passion for online journalism, and an understanding of how to tailor content accordingly. We are looking for someone who will be a key contributor to the core print product, while bringing creativity and innovation to our web-based branding. Knowledge of basic Photoshop, iMovie and InDesign is an asset. Candidates should have a diploma/degree in journalism, or a related field.

Prkg, coin laundry, elevator & balcony, 5 min walk to all conveniences, down town. Available now. Call 604-703-3405

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LOOKING for a 2 bedroom rental in Harrison Hot Springs Village from mid December to mid January. Will consider exchange for 2 bedroom condo in downtown Victoria. Please email sharlynn@telus.net.

The successful candidate will show keen attention to detail, work well under deadline pressures, and be willing to learn in a fast-paced environment.

TRANSPORTATION 821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

The Chilliwack Progress is part of Black Press, Canada’s largest private, independent newspaper company, with more than 170 community, daily and urban newspapers in B.C., Alberta, Washington State, Ohio and Hawaii. Those interested should email a resume, writing samples and a cover letter to: editor@theprogress.com Deadline for applications is May 31, 2015. Thank you to all who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Chilliwack

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WANTED TO RENT

2006 Jeep Liberty - 135000 km, like new, 1 person owned, lady driver. Price negotiable. 604-671-0005 or 604-971-7770

845 The Scrapper

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

$25

Submit by May 15

WAREHOUSE LIEN In the matter of the Warehouse Lien Act:

SAWMILLS from only $4,397 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

Preference given to those with experience in this field, but is not necessary. Shifts are 12 hours/3 shifts per week or 9.5 hours/4 shifts per week. Must be willing to work nights and weekends. References required. Starting wage is $14.31/hr.

Multi-Media Journalist

Agassiz All Storage, located at: 7651 Industrial Way, Agassiz, BC and Gary Ward of the last known address of: 606 Central Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 7M1; for unpaid rents totaling $344.00 If this amount is not paid on or before May 21, 2015, the unit contents will be sold by public auction at a later date to settle unpaid rents.

MISC. FOR SALE

SAWMILLS from only $4,397 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext: 400OT.

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In the matter of the Warehouse Lien Act:

FURNITURE

For Sale: Antique tiger oak roll top desk $900 or obo. Good condition but needs a little TLC. e-mail: kirsten8@hotmail.com

Did your family have a wedding, engagement or birth? Help the Agassiz Harrison Observer celebrate it’s 25th anniversary by placing a 4” word classified in our 25th Anniversary Feature.

WAREHOUSE LIEN

JUNK REMOVAL By RECYCLE-IT! 604.587.5865 www.recycleitcanada.ca

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WHAT WERE YOU DOING 25 YEARS AGO?

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EXTRA INCOME Classified ads are a direct line to extra income. Somewhere there is a buyer for the things you no longer want or need. Call bcclassified.com 604-796-4300 851

Come in to our office: 7167 Pioneer Ave or email: Classified@ahobserver.com

Agassiz All Storage, located at: 7651 Industrial Way, Agassiz, BC and Susan Arrow of Armstrong Commercial Services of the last known address of: PO Box 211, Agassiz, BC, V0M 1A0; for unpaid rents totaling $463.50. If this amount is not paid on or before May 21, 2015, the unit contents will be sold by public auction at a later date to settle unpaid rents.

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POWER WASHING since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627

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KEY TRACK AUTO SALES Abbotsford 30255 Cedar Lane DL# 31038 604-855-0666 2005 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr, auto, sedan, fully loaded, STK#676. $2,900. 2002 HONDA CIVIC 4 dr auto, fully loaded. STK#547. $4,900. 2004 MAZDA 3, 4 dr, auto, p/l, runs good STK#673. $4,900. 2007 DODGE CALIBER, 4 dr, auto. STK#602. $5,900. 2005 HONDA CIVIC, 4 dr, auto, full load. STK#672. This week only! $6,900. 2009 DODGE SEBRING, 4 dr, sedan, loaded, STK#630 $6,900 2007 JEEP COMPASS, 4 dr, auto loaded. STK#603 $7,900. 2007 PONTIAC TORRENT 4 dr, AWD, fully loaded, only 99K kms. STK#657 $9,900. 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. 2009 TOYOTA CAMRY, 4 dr, sedan fully loaded, auto, STK#669. $11,900. 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. 2008 CHEV 1500 LT. Crew cab, 4X4, auto, short box, fully loaded. STK#600. $16,900.

33166 South Fraser Way DL# 40083 778-908-5888 1998 ACCURA 1.6 EL. 4 dr, auto, loaded. STK#651 $2,900. 2003 FORD FOCUS 4 dr, auto, Aircared, STK#545, $3,900. 2003 HONDA ODYSSEY 7psg full load, runs good, Aircared STK#530, $3,900. 2004 DODGE CARAVAN 7psgr, loaded STK#525 $2,900. 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. $9,900. 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 LARIAT crew cab, diesel, 4 X 4, auto short box. STK#275. $16,900.

Financing Available www.keytrackautosales.ca CHECK CLASSIFIEDS

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Public Notice 2015 Parcel Tax Rolls

Pursuant to the Community Charter, the District of Kent gives notification that the assessment rolls listing the names and addresses for all properties subject to 2015 parcel taxes for the following service areas will be certified on May 25, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the Centennial Centre at the Municipal Hall, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC: • Mount Woodside Sewer and Water Systems • Rockwell Bay Estates Water System The rolls may be inspected at the Reception Counter of Municipal Hall, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC during its regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. Property owners must submit in writing to the District at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the time appointed for the sitting of the Tax Review Panel if they wish to request to amend the roll with respect to their property for any of the following reasons: 1. There is an error or omission respecting a name or address; 2. There is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; 3. There is an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable front age of a parcel; or 4. An exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed. If no amendment requests are received by the appointed time then the 2015 parcel tax rolls are deemed to be authenticated by the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel and the meeting will be adjourned.

Any questions concerning the above or in relation to the complaint process should be directed to the undersigned at 604-796-2235. Judy Lewis Director of Financial Services


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COMMUNITY NEWS COVERING MAY 2015 GOOD NEWS STORY

UPCOMING COUNCIL MEETINGS Monday, May 25 Monday, June 8 Monday June 22 Centennial Centre, Municipal Hall 7:00 PM

I have been coming a few times each year to Agassiz (since 1989) to visit my in-laws in Agassiz. It was a great surprise to come and visit on Friday, March 20 and find out that there was this new recreation complex. I took a couple of my kids there to play volleyball in the gym in the afternoon and evening. The gym was amazing. High ceilings, beautiful wood floors and great lighting. The complex was so clean and spotless. What really got my attention were the employees. In the afternoon a female employee and later on in the evening another female employee helped us out. They were some of the nicest and polite people I have ever met. I just wanted to share this bit of information with you and I hope that you will recognize them as providing exceptional service. We plan on spending more time at the recreation centre with each visit to Agassiz. Thanks, Norm Thom

RECREATION AT A GLANCE PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS Tot T-Ball begins - May 20 How Does Your Garden Grow?- June 8 CHILDREN PROGRAMS Home Alone - May 23

ADULT PROGRAMS Community Tile Project - May 23 Food Safe - May 23 Dog Obedience - May 27 Occupational First Aid Level 1 - May 30

SUMMER FUN IS ON ITS WAY!

AGASSIZ FIRE DEPARTMENT 15TH CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT (Texas Scramble Format)

Location: Sandpiper Golf Course Saturday, June 20, 2015 12:30 shot gun start Cost: $150.00 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, power golf cart, return 18 holes play back at Sandpiper Golf Course, dinner and prizes.

CONTACT: Wayne Dyer: 604-819-7119 Fire Hall: 604-796-2614 e-mail (chiefdyer@shaw.ca)

We have some great summer programs coming up. Colton, our Summer Assistant is planning a fun, active Summer! The Pool is Open! Be the first to take lessons this season. Registration is now open for the first set that begins June 1 after school - Salamander Sea Otter, Levels 1 through 6 Lesson sets are available. Join us for Aquafit Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:45pm Public Swim Monday Wednesday and Friday for a $1 in May!

Box 70, 7170 Cheam Ave, Agassiz | Tel 604.796.2235 | www.district.kent. bc.ca

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May 14, 2015 edition of the Agassiz Observer

Agassiz Observer, May 14, 2015  

May 14, 2015 edition of the Agassiz Observer