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DECEMBER 24, 2015

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MELLOTT LIVING THE HOCKEY DREAM A19 Martina Dopf photo

Santa Claus and Kim Baechmann as Cindy Lou Who spread Christmas cheer at the annual Santa Claus Parade in 100 Mile House.

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Liberals questioned on First Nations file Cathy McLeod: Liberal policy towards reconciliation is ‘irresponsible’ Gaven Crites Free Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government must be clear with Canadians about the costs and impacts of their policies aimed at rebuilding Canada’s relationship with First Nations, says Cathy McLeod, Conservative Party Critic for Indigenous Affairs. The Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo MP released a joint statement with deputy critic

Todd Doherty in response to the release on Dec. 15 of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The report formally documented the tragic legacy of Canada’s notorious residential school system, and made 94 recommendations on how to improve relations between indigenous and non-indigenous people in this country. In completing its nearly 4,000-page report, titled “Honouring the Truth,

Reconciling for the Future,” the six-year TRC investigation heard thousands of hours of emotional testimony from indigenous women and men who were abused as children in the governmentand church-run residential schools. Some of the TRC recommendations include more education funding for aboriginal students; addressing the overrepresentation of aboriginal people in the criminal justice system; the

preservation of aboriginal languages; the creation of a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls; and the creation of a statutory holiday and memorials to honour residential school survivors. Speaking on behalf of the Official Opposition, McLeod and Doherty say that while the TRC made “many positive recommendations” the Liberal government’s acceptance of all 94 recommendations

is irresponsible “with no detailed impact analysis or comprehensive costing.” McLeod and Doherty are also critical of the Liberal plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which calls on governments to obtain “free, prior and informed consent,” when making decisions regarding land use and natural resource development on Continued on A4


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Around the South Cariboo

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Ashton Chretien played “Night Song for Christopher” by Joan Hansen at the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts’ Canada Music Week Recital at the 100 Mile House Evangelical Free Church on Nov. 29.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus posed with their elf, Aislyn Murray, who helped them at the Breakfast with Santa at the 108 Mile Community Centre on Dec. 5.

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Kurtis Porter of the 100 Mile House Free Press atom team sold over $847 in poinsettia’s on his own to help raise funds for his team and the 100 Mile House & District Minor Hockey. Kurtis won a $100 gift card from Borgo’s Sport Shack. The team was the overall winner, selling over $2,600 in poinsettias, and will be treated to a dinner and a movie night. A peewee team sponsored by Norbord was second with $1,600 sold and a midget team sponsored by Century Home Hardware was third with $1,060.

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Nicole Reynolds and her son, Mason Peters, posed at their Wildlife Arts booth at the 108 Christmas Market at the 108 Mile Community Centre on Nov. 29.

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Jim Peterson led a group of snowshoeing beginners during an instructional course organized by the 100 Mile Nordics Ski Society at 99 Mile Hill on Dec. 5.

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From the Philippines to 100 Mile Aunt sponsors orphaned nephew to ‘change his life here in Canada’

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Like many first-time visitors to this tranquil, timber-rich region, Paulo Valenciano had never seen so many trees, or heard so much quiet.

portive of the new immigrants. English is also widely spoken in the Philippines, and Elizabeth and Mikaela speak it very well. While Paulo has some command of the language, he continues to struggle with it. Elizabeth encourages him to

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Paulo Valenciano, 18, of the Philippines, was sponsored as an orphaned relative by his aunt Elizabeth Hesse. He now lives in 100 Mile House with the Hesse family, which includes his cousin Mikaela, 15.

The slow, rustic rhythms that define life in the Cariboo are quite literally a world apart from the 18-year-old’s native country of the Philippines, where he grew up in the greater Manilla area, near the country’s capital, one of the most densely populated areas on Earth, in a crowded, bustling world of lights, businesses, skyscrapers and concrete. Paulo’s primary language is Tagalog, which is widely spoken in the Philippines. He speaks it at home with his aunt and legal guardian, Elizabeth Hesse who sponsored Paulo as an orphaned family relative, bringing him to 100 Mile House in July of this year. Elizabeth, the sister of Paulo’s mother, whose name is Winnie, is married to Ernie Hesse, a Canadian. The couple have lived here together, with 15-year-old daughter Mikaela, since 2011. Paulo lost his mother to lung cancer in 2014; his father to a car accident in 2013. His father, Elvis, had left his mother when he was eight years old. Paulo is the youngest of four siblings. After his mom died, Paulo bounced around between their homes, living temporarily with each. Elizabeth and Ernie wanted to give Paulo a place to belong, and a true father figure, which Elizabeth says Paulo lacked most of his life. Elizabeth says they sponsored Paulo “to change his life here in Canada.” There are about 15 Filipino families in this area, Elizabeth estimates. The Filipino culture is, for the most part a very religious one, she explains, and the churches in the 100 Mile House area are very sup-

practice as much as possible. Where Paulo is comfortable is on the basketball court. It’s a sport he loves, a sport that’s incredibly popular in the Philippines. On the court, Paulo is a slim kid with a wide and ready smile whose style of play is of the run-and-gun variety. He doesn’t waste much time getting the ball to the basket and he possesses a quick, high-arching jump shot that falls through the hoop pretty consistently. He plays an all-out, physical-style of defence that lends itself to foul trouble, or he plays no defence at all. His coaches try to address this, and he tries to listen to his coaches, but they speak no Tagalog, so it’s a work in progress. On the court, Paulo is always smiling. Some of the boys call him P. “I never expected we had basketball here,” Paulo says. Before a classmate at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School invited him to shoot hoops during an open gym period at the start of the school year. Paulo is among the best players in the school and he’s a member of the senior boy’s team, the Eagles, which competed in their first tournament of the season in Ashcroft in December, and played a charity exhibition game against the Harlem Crowns the month before. Paulo was in that game, sprinting up and down the floor harder than he needed to, running and gunning, not wasting open looks or chances at layups or defensive stops. Both

teams, the Eagles and the Crowns, took a group photo after the game. Paulo is standing on the far left, grinning, a schoolbag slung over his shoulder, giving a thumbs up. “I really love playing basketball. In the Philippines, I was playing only in the street. Because in school, there were no tournaments.” Paulo is also learning to play the drums. On the weekends, he works at the A&W Restaurant, where he says, “it’s not easy, but you can learn much.” “I learn about the serving of food and how to make a burger. I learn about the responsibility of working on the grill, and always cleaning up your place.” He’s also now, for the first time, an older brother figure of sorts to his younger cousin, Mikaela, who also attends PSO. The pair’s relationship seems to be going as most relationships between teenage siblings go. Asked how is it getting along with Paulo since he moved in this summer, Mikaela waffles her hand, “so-so,” she says, and laughs to cushion the blow. “Sometimes he can be annoying,” Mikaela says. “Sometimes he’s fun to be with.”

Elizabeth adds, “It’s part of being brothers and sisters”. Mikaela has to agree, and both Paulo and Mikaela find it amusing. Paulo is good with chores around the house, Mikaela then admits. Paulo learned to mow the lawn this summer and he’s now learning about that seasonal burden familiar to most Canadians everywhere – clearing heaps of snow from the driveway. Asked about his future, Paulo mentions that he has to study more, that he has to get his math scores up. Then he mentions his mother, who used to run a small shop in their old neighbourhood selling school supplies. Paulo says he wants to be a businessman one day. He wants to run a small business like his mother did. Business teaches responsibility, he says. “ M y mother said to me, business is good work.”

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FAST bytes TRACKING SANTA NORAD is celebrating is 60th Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey. The TracksSanta website, www.noradsanta. org, was launched on Dec. 1. It features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games and activities. Starting at 11:01 a.m. PST on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations. NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere.

ELECTION RESULTS The chair and vicechair of the Cariboo Regional District board will remain the same. Al Richmond has been re-elected as chair for the eighth consecutive year. Also re-elected for the eighth consecutive year, was Area A Director Ted Armstrong as vicechair. Armstrong was elected by acclamation, while Richmond defeated Area D Director Steve Forseth.

DISEASE RESEARCH On Dec. 17, the federal government announced an investment of $5 million to support new research focused on reducing the global impact of chronic lung diseases. The funding will support teams of researchers from Canada and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The teams will study how to prevent chronic lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease in LMICs.


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January will see the start of the In-School Mentoring Program in 100 Mile House, a project of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake (BBBSWL), which earlier this year opened a South Cariboo branch office in 100 Mile House. “It’s the first time we’ve offered the Mentoring Program in the South Cariboo,” says Kira Mitchell, the local mentoring co-ordinator. “The focus is on healthy relationships, healthy boundaries,

and trust, and encour“Referrals come from ages younger children to the teachers and the speak up when some- principal based on their thing seems knowledge and wrong.” understanding of The prothe students.” gram will The PSO see grade mentors are all 9-12 students volunteers, and from Peter must go through Skene Ogden an application Secondary process, get Kira School (PSO) Mitchell parental consent, mentor stuand provide three dents at 100 Mile House references before they Elementary School. can begin training. While students from The one-on-one menkindergarten to Grade 7 toring, which takes place are eligible to take part, at the elementary school Mitchell says the great- during school hours, est initial need has been consists of a one-hour from students in grades session each week. 5–7. Mitchell has had 10 volunteer mentors from the PSO so far. “We try to match students based on compatibility, similar interests and personCanada’s national inter- alities. The focus is on est.” In the statement, the Conservatives also acknowledged the formal apology in 2008 by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper to former students of residential schools. “Through the apology, the government of Canada rightfully recognized that the residential schools policy had a damaging impact on indigenous and aboriginal culture, heritage and language.”

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Two more men have been charged with production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking, following a marijuana grow operation bust at 5190 Abel Lake Rd. on June 17. Further investigation revealed Ryan Delorme of Chilliwack and Shawn Parkins of 100 Mile House were involved, according to an RCMP spokesperson. They appeared in 100 Mile House provincial court on Dec. 8 along with the four Chilliwack men who were ensnared in a coordinated grow-op bust involving RCMP members from 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Kamloops and the Lower Mainland. According to the June 18, 2015 police report, the RCMP executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at

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Ingrid Meyer, founder of the local Share-AMeal campaign, wants to remind area residents that donations made this month will help less fortunate friends and neighbours have a special meal during the yuletide season. Meyer started the campaign in December 2013 after learning there was a need to provide meals to folks who couldn’t otherwise afford it. “I learned from Heidi Read from Higher Ground Natural Foods, who was gathering money to feed kids at 100 Mile House Elementary School, and from the Foot Safe

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Father’s Day, so they really appreciated getting these coupons. “Now, the coupons are also going to be in the CFEC’s Touch of Christmas food hampers.” Noting the ShareA-Meal campaign has become a big part in our community, Meyer says it runs all year long, but it is very important in the winter months. In this past two years, the campaign has raised more than $9,000.

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As people come together to celebrate the holiday season, influenza (flu) can spread quickly, so Interior Health (IH) reminds people that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Influenza symptoms often include sudden high fever, headache, general body aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. In some cases, influenza can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia and even death. “The flu shot is the safest and most effective way to prevent influenza,” said Dr. Kamran Golmohammadi, IH medical health officer. “Getting a flu shot helps protect you from influenza and it also helps prevent you from spreading it to family, friends and those who may be more vulnerable to serious complications from influenza.” The flu shot is still available at pharmacies, physician offices and through local public health centres. To find a flu shot provider near you, visit Immunize BC’s Flu Clinic locator (http://immunizebc.ca/ clinics/flu#8/49.246/123.116). The flu shot is free for: • Seniors over 65 years

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he car won’t start. Call the mechanic. “Maybe it’s the battery. Maybe it’s out of gas. Maybe it’s a fuse.” What’s the plan? “Here’s what you do: wash the windows and try starting it again.” Huh? Canada’s unelected and unaccountable Senate isn’t working. Its benefits are obscure and its scandals have become outrageous. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a plan to fix the Senate. He’s going to form a committee of unelected, unaccountable political appointees to appoint unelected, unaccountable senators. Huh? The Senate has a lot of problems, but is there anyone who thinks more political appointees will solve the current problem with political appointees? It’s hard to imagine what criteria these appointed committee members will use to select members for the

Red Chamber (Senate), but impossible to get rid of them one key consideration will until they turn 75 or die. remain consistent: Senate What will happen when appointments will have to Trudeau’s unelected, play well in the media across unaccountable committee of this great country. political appointees makes a With all due respect to the pick for the Senate that turns chattering class, I believe out to be a stinker? that media Will voters have appeal is not the opportunity a particularly to punish them sound predictor the way they of success in the punish members Senate. of Parliament in Consider the elections? reaction to It’s obvious Mike Duffy’s that salvaging appointment in the Senate would 2008. require a major Todd At that overhaul. MacKay particular time, Former prime virtually every minister Stephen media outlet Harper attempted referred to him as a “wellincremental improvement by respected journalist.” appointing elected senators, The Senate’s intake system but squabbling with most may be flawed, but its provinces ran that plan off exhaust system is much the road. worse. Others have recommended Elections can clean the a much more ambitious House of Commons every restorations requiring few years. constitutional change to When people are implement an elected, equal appointed to the Senate, and effective Senate. however, it’s almost Before embarking on any

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here’s an ageless word in ancient texts that gives us pause to wonder. Selah. That’s the word. It’s found throughout the Psalms of antiquity. It literally means to “pause, suspend the music, and think about what you just read or sung.” It was used most often in songs as a rhythmic breathing spot with meditation in mind. Think. That’s sort of what Christmas is supposed to be, a rhythmic pause in the melody of life on this planet, but it’s sort of gotten out of hand hasn’t it? It seems like Christmas has become anything but a pausing point – more like a mad, grab, push, fuss, shop-untilyou-drop cacophony of chaos! In a world that is anything but peaceful, Christmas should cause us to pause and wonder. To breathe. To be thankful for what we have, especially in our nation, for good food, good friends and family to share it with. There’s much more but that’s a starting place. Exactly 101 years ago on a crisp winter morning, thousands of British, Belgian and French soldiers put down their rifles, crawled out of their trenches and spent Christmas chatting with their German enemies along the Western front. You probably know the story. It has always been seen as some kind of miracle, a rare pause of peace in a horrific war that eventually claimed over 15 million lives. To this day historians still argue over specifics; no one really knows where or how it all began. Many diaries and letters home have been studied and collated, but at the end of the day, no one really knows. Reportedly about 100,000 men participated in those amazing few hours of peace on Christmas day, 1914. Germans held up signs saying, “You no shoot, we no shoot.” Troops exchanged gifts of cigarettes, food, coats, gloves and hats. Each side was allowed by the other to collect their dead from the “no man’s land” between the trenches in order to bury them. There is even a legend that a friendly game of soccer broke out. That is the “power” in the pause of Christmas calling forth humanity to a higher value of life and peace and even laughter. According to the Bible, when the Christ child was born, angels announced “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, goodwill to all men.” We’ve all heard those words, and sung those words. They came bearing “good news of great joy for all people.” Now those are words worth pausing over. Really? Good news? We could use some good news nowadays. Really? Peace? We sure could use some real peace. Really? For all people? Even for people here in the South Cariboo? Selah. Pause. Think. Rick Barker is the pastor at Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship – church at 108 Mile Ranch.

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renovation, however, it’s important to ask whether the Senate is still useful and worth saving. The founders built the Senate to solidify national unity and provide elite sober second thought for laws passed by the angry mob in the House of Commons. More than a century later, it’s hard to argue that the Senate is doing either. Perhaps a better Senate is possible, but it would require years of constitutional wrangling. Whether the Senate is worth saving is a question that can only be answered by the Canadian people. It’s time for a referendum to ask Canadians whether they want to abolish the Senate. An unelected, unaccountable committee of political appointees is nothing more than a flashy distraction. Only voters can tell the Senate where to go and how to get there. Todd MacKay is the Prairie director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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Christmas message never more relevant To the editor: In a speech Pope Francis delivered recently at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, he said Christmas this year will be a “charade” because the “world continues to wage war” and “we do not understand peace.” It is difficult to argue against the obvious facts of continuing war in the Middle East and other places and our inability as a race to understand and practice peace,

To the editor: Re: Inconvenient truths of climate change (B.C. Views, Dec. 3) Tom Fletcher’s “Inconvenient truths” column was highly selective in its choice of so-called climate “alarmist” examples. Yes, contrarian examples exist, and can be used to make a point. For example, some glaciers are growing (around seven per cent,

but it is untimely and untrue to demean Christmas as a false event represented as true, which is pretty close to the meaning of charade. I would argue the opposite. If ever a dark world needed a glimpse of light that light is in the wonderful message of Christmas. But to make the season significant, you have to cut through the veneer of all the bright lights, ridiculous commercialization, parties and excesses and deliberately focus

early 20th-century Scottish Baptist in his Christmas devotional commentary: “Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of – He is a being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate – God coming into

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compared to more than 70 per cent that are shrinking). One who would sympathize with some of Fletcher’s comments is the famous independent scientist James Lovelock, annoyed with some “environmentalists who emotionalize the arguments.” But Lovelock, the father of the Gaia Theory, directs his focus not to these people but more importantly to the climate scientists, the results

To the editor: More than 60 years ago the United Nations established Nov. 20 as Universal Children’s Day – a day where the rights and needs of children everywhere are acknowledged. By all measures, the world has done an incredible job at improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, but, of course, much remains to be done.

on the true story and meaning of the event. And make no mistake – this event was the most significant in all of our history. The inspired physician St. Luke wrote “…that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35) That Jesus was born in history is without dispute. The world may debate the significance of His birth if they like, but I love the words of Oswald Chambers the

of their work, and the stark options facing civilization. In his latest book, A Rough Ride to the Future, Lovelock notes that the fact there has not been as much warming to date as most models were predicting has contributed to the denier perspective. He sees early computer models as simulating the atmosphere well, whereas only now are models simulating the interaction

between the oceans and the atmosphere, something much more complex to model. It is clear there has been significant warming linked to burning fossil fuels. Increasing parts per million of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other warming gases is documented, as is ocean acidification. The built-up inertia in the Earth system, given

these data, may be a tipping point from which it could be too late to take meaningful action. The nature of this issue means we cannot be 100 per cent certain; however the Precautionary Principle would urge action on 80 per cent confidence when the realization of a risk would be catastrophic. Editorials that denigrate vocal activists and selectively

Time to take care of children Sadly, Canada cannot take much credit for this because we have long lagged behind all other major developed nations in our commitment to foreign aid as a proportion of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With the election of the Justin Trudeau federal government, many Canadians hope for a significant improvement in Ottawa’s

human flesh from outside it. “His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent – the appearance of God in human form.” The Pope still offers the world hope – the message of the Christ child has never been more relevant.

sense of social responsibility, at home and abroad. However, past Liberal governments began Canada’s steep decline in aid, a trend that only worsened under the Conservatives. Canada’s aid is parsimonious, barely onethird of it’s publicly declared goal of 0.7 per cent of GDP. Improving Canada’s standing in the world

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has been one of Mr. Trudeau’s stated goals during the election campaign, and Universal Children’s Day is a great opportunity for him to show that this was not mere electioneering, and at last, increase aid funding for the world’s most vulnerable children. Nathaniel Pool Victoria

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DP Leader John Horgan sat down with Tom Fletcher for a year-end interview in his Victoria office Dec. 10. Here are excerpts. For the full version, see the Opinion tab at [www.100milefreepress.net].

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TF: In the recent federal election, national NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair rejected the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) sight unseen, endorsing letters from Unifor and CUPE saying this is a bad deal. Is your party seen as against Pacific Rim trade? JH: No, I don’t think so, and what I said at the time was that I support trade. We’re a trade-centred province. We’re looking across the ocean at the largest market the world has known, and I support getting our products to higher-priced markets. But having said that, the B.C. Liberals embraced TPP without even having seen it. TF: The NDP and unions have historically been protectionist. Do you see any need to modernize the B.C. party?

JH: When it comes to trade, I think we have time to look at tax policy broadly to have modernized. And who was the first see if we can make improvements in the premier to go on a trade mission from carbon tax. British Columbia? It was Dave Barrett. For me, and I think for most British And now there has been a succession of Columbians, the model that Alberta has premiers make regular visits adopted of taking revenues and to other markets to try to driving them into industries, or stimulate economic activity activities like transit that will here at home. reduce emissions over time. TF: Your party supports the TF: Natural gas price and carbon tax now, but not the volume continue to go down, revenue neutral approach. Do along with commodities you support increasing the generally, and supply of oil and rate? gas keeps going up. What’s your JH: I’ve looked carefully take on the prospects for LNG at the report tabled by the after the year we’ve had? Tom premier’s [advisory] group, JH: Not good. I’ve always said Fletcher a vast array of British price will determine whether Columbians, and there was investors drop down multia lot of water put into the wine to get billions of dollars in a far-away place to to the position they got to. What I’m provide a product that is not developed comfortable with is that the date that here. Brownfield opportunities have they’ve selected for a ramping up of the moved very quickly in the United States. carbon tax is 2018, which will be a year Changing LNG import facilities to export after the next provincial election. So if facilities is a whole lot easier and cheaper I’m successful and form a government, I’ll than starting from scratch.

Getting to the Coast is a challenge for fossil fuels, and the last LNG price point I saw delivered in Asia was $5.70 a unit. You’re not going to make money at that price, even with rock-bottom prices here in B.C. TF: We’ve just had a couple of announcements as part of the government’s Jobs Plan, $100 million in financing for tech startups, which your critic was pleased about, and an agriculture and food strategy. Are we going to see more Jobs Plan advertising in the new year? JH: It’s the Christmas season, the federal election is over, there are two sets of ads running now. I think these ads are selfpromotion. These are not informing the public on information that they really need. If it’s just smiling people with hardhats on; I think we’re going to have something to say about that. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. E-mail: tfletcher@ blackpress.ca Twitter: @tomfletcherbc


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Politicians being accused of putting residents at risk. VERNON - Council has reconfirmed the city’s previous position that only volunteer firefighters will be used at the Okanagan Landing and Predator Ridge fire halls, and staffing will remain like that at least until 2018. “Vernon Fire Rescue has long been underfunded and this decision is simply misguided priorities,” said Brent Bond, Vernon Professional Firefighters Association president. “When the normal level of funding fire protection is in the range of 10 per cent of a city’s budget within B.C., and Vernon continues to languish in the seven per cent range for decades, council missed an opportunity to make our community and our firefighters safer.” Bond says the loss of property and lives is proportional to response time by firefighters. “We know that a volunteer response is a significantly longer response than a staffed response,” he said. “As a result, our volunteers are placed in harm’s way unnecessarily and our residents are placed at far greater risk to property and life loss unnecessarily.” Coun. Juliette Cunningham says the issue of unionized versus volunteer firefighters arose because the current council hadn’t considered the policy since the 2014 election. Small earthquake felt in village SALMON ARM - A small earthquake was felt by residents in south central British Columbia, including Chase, in the early morning hours of Dec. 16. The federal Natural Resources Department’s website says the quake was 3.6 magnitude and occurred just before 2 a.m. Reports of the quake were made from several areas of Kamloops, including the city’s north shore, west of Savona and as far east as Chase. There had been no reports of damage by Wednesday, Dec. 16 and officials with Earthquakes Canada say there have been no further quake readings for the area.

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BC Ambulance responders attended to occupants who managed to free themselves from a rollover motor vehicle incident on Highway 97 just south of 108 Mile Ranch at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 16.

Teaching kids 9-1-1 fundamentals

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is reminding parents and caregivers that teaching children when and how to call 9-1-1 is one of the most important things they can do to help keep loved ones safe. “It’s more than teaching children how to dial a phone. It’s about helping children understand what an emergency is and what happens when a dispatcher answers their call,” says Paramedic Unit Chief Marilyn Oberg. “Teaching chil-

dren about calling 9-1-1 is simple and it can save lives.” Follow the three Ts to teach your children to call 9-1-1: • Talk to your children about emergencies. Speak calmly, in a reassuring manner about different kinds of emergency situations in your home, in the park or with friends. Ask questions such as: what would you do if someone faints, or what would you do if someone has a bug bite? • Tell children that 9-1-1 is a number to call

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100 Mile House, Canim Lake and Deka Lake Divisions are looking for volunteers to make a difference in our communities. All that is required is you and your vehicle, 2-4 hours per month and a criminal records check, compensation is provided for use of your vehicle. Help us keep the South Cariboo safe for all of our citizens and businesses.

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for help when someone is in danger or not safe and that children can trust the person who answers a 9-1-1 call. • Try role-playing to build their confidence; ask them when they should call 9-1-1 or to point out emergency workers in your community. “Start with the basics when your child is three

or four,” says Oberg. “Role-play some simple scenarios with your child – ‘mom can’t get up from the floor and there’s no one else around’ – and then pretend to dial 9-1-1 on a play phone. Revisit the lesson every year as your child becomes more mature and aware of his or her surroundings and abilities.”

For RRIFs, when naming your spouse as beneficiary, you are given the option of having your spouse receive the RRIF as a lump sum or choosing your spouse as the Dave Simkins Branch Manager “successor annuitant” to the RRIF. If a successor annuitant election is not made, the deceased’s RRIF will be collapsed causing a disposition of the investments in the RRIF followed by a rollover to an RRSP or RRIF of the surviving spouse. There may be several disadvantages to this. It may not be a good time to sell the investments in the RRIF or there may also be selling costs to consider. The successor annuitant designation is effortless. The spouse simply takes over from the deceased and continues to receive RRIF payments in his/her place. The investments in the RRIF are not affected by this, as there is no need to execute a new contract.

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Village of Clinton council recently voted in favour of approving a development permit for Clinton Hangyang Zhengong International Investments, allowing the company to move forward with a proposed water bottling plant near the Village. The plant has been a subject of concern for many Clinton residents who attended a public hearing and special Committee of the Whole meeting to ask questions. Council gathered all the questions, directed them to the appropriate person, and Mayor

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Vancouver Island. “There is no doubt that the family is very grateful for all of the support Tammie has received.” Anyone who missed the fundraiser, but would like to support Tammie and her family, can do so via a trust account that has been set up at the 100 Mile CIBC branch. Among the expenses Tammie faces are travel to and from medical appointments, and pos-

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Anna Betuzzi is preparing to take her Grade 10 level practical piano test in February by performing some house concerts in the 100 Mile House area. The 108 Ranch resident, who dreams of owning her own music studio one day, knows she has to pass her Grade 10 level and then complete her Associate Diploma in June to make that dream come true. Anna, who practices on her piano 90 minutes every day, says she will play her eight Grade 10 pieces by memory but will be using music sheets for her three Associate Diploma level pieces, which are much more difficult, at the house concert. The first house concert will be at home/

studio of her piano coach Ginny-Lou Alexander, 903 Jens Street in 100 Mile House, on Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. This will be followed by a concert at the home of Marilyn Buyar, on Ranch Road in Lac la Hache on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. The third concert will be hosted by Karen Fahrentholz, location to be announced, on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Anna’s program • Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 851, J.S. Bach • Sonata, L 472, D. Scarlatti • Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 47 No.2, 1st & 2nd movements, M. Clementi • Sonata in B-flat Major, K.333, W.A. Mozart • Nocturne Op.9 No.1, F. Chopin

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For more than 20 years, the Canadian Council of the Blind 100 Mile House and District chapter of the White Cane Club has run a Diamond Raffle Draw, and it’s become a local tradition, says chapter president Marilyn Vinson. “People ask for tickets before they’re printed and really look forward to it.” This year was no exception, and four people took home the prizes. Ruth Brooks won a diamond ring valued at $1,800; Sharon Nekrash won two tickets to the Shriners’ dinner/ auction; Sarah Duff took home a 24-inch handcrafted Father Christmas; and Donna Watson won a $40 gift certificate for Clancy’s Restaurant. All the money raised by the draw helps keep the chapter running

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The annual Christmas Piano Recital was held the Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship church on Dec. 11. A great turnout of family and

Music teacher Karen Fahrentholz and her piano students presented the 108 Mile Christmas Piano Recital at the CCLF church on Dec. 11.

friends filled most of the church where they were entertained by some 50 students having their turn at the piano.

Music teacher Karen Fahrentholz has been training music students for more than 30 years, starting in Chilliwack,

then in Richmond and now at the 108 Mile Ranch. Karen says she has lost count on how many students she has taught, but it must be in the hundreds. Her students also performed in the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts where many of them have won trophies and awards. A student must receive an 80 per cent mark to pass, and last year, all of her students

had the honour of passing. Christmas lights Hurry and get those Christmas Lights up as the general public is judging the lights this year and they need to get their results in by Jan. 16. Send your results, complete with address of your favourite light-up display, to Ingrid Meyer at 250-791-5663 or 250609-4094. All that is required is

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Dec. 24-Jan. 3 – Mt. Timothy Ski Area in Lac la Hache is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 (weather dependent). Closed on Christmas Day. For information, call 250-396-4095 or mttimothyguestservices@gmail.com. • Dec. 26 – The 100 Mile Nordic ski trails at 99 Mile will be hosting a 100-kilometre ski with local cross-country skier and UBC Nordic Ski team member, Kirsty Bock will be on her home course to raise money for the HOPE – a school for children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.To view online, click https://www. gofundme.com/9scj36dp, and visit Kirsty or ski a few kilometres with her, starting at 8 a.m. • Dec. 27 – Local pianist Anna Betuzzi will be performing at a house concert at home/studio of her piano coach Ginny-Lou Alexander, 903 Jens Street in 100 Mile House, on Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. Betuzzi is preparing for her upcoming Grade 10 level and Associate Diploma tests. Phone Alexander at 250-395-3555 for more information or to reserve a seat. • Jan. 9 – The 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society is hosting its annual Ladies’ Ski/ Snowshoe & High Tea. Open to all levels of skiers, just meet at the Nordics’ Day Lodge at the 99 Mile Trails at 1 p.m. Cost is by donation, which will go to the 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre. • Jan. 14-16 – Drama students at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School are putting on an elaborate stage production of the Charles Dickens novel, Nicholas Nickleby, at Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House. • Jan. 29 – The Cariboo Challenge Family Fun Night 2016 will be held on Birch Avenue in 100 Mile House from 5 to 9 p.m. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. • Jan. 29-31 – Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Race (Home of the Jack Gawthorn Memorial Sled Dog Race) will be held at the 108 Mile Heritage Site. For more information, go to www.cariboochallengesleddograce.com. • Feb. 13 – The 16th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be held at Martin Exeter Hall, with two shows: 2 and 7 p.m., featuring Alan Moberg, Bernadette Ducharme, Wesley Hardisty and Frank Gleeson. Tickets are $15 each and are available at Work n Play, PMT Chartered Accountants and 100 Mile Feed and Ranch Supply.

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Donations up at Swing Into Christmas concert

Barbara Roden Free Press

A major snowfall on the morning of the Swing Into Christmas concert by the Eclectica Community Choir on Dec. 13 meant a slightly lower attendance this year, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of audience members who donated more than last year. “It was still a pretty big crowd,” says spokesperson Barbara Hooper. “Martin Exeter Hall felt really full from the stage!” More than $2,400 and four bags of groceries were donated to the 100 Mile House Food Bank and Loaves & Fishes Outreach at the event. Representatives from the two organizations collected donations before the event and spoke at the end of the concert. Wendy Hamblin of the Food Bank said she would love to give “the usual warm

and fuzzy about our work,” but advocated instead for people to be “rabble-rousers” because of government cuts. “We need to speak up about these cuts,” she said, adding there are at least 55 families in need in the 100 Mile House area. Rusty Martin from Loaves & Fishes Outreach echoed what Hamblin said about the need for people to become rabble-rousers. “There’s so much need in our community.” The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #260-100 Mile House paid the hall rental for the event, and Hooper says that it was greatly appreciated. The Front Porch Bluegrass Band, which played before the concert began at 2 p.m., was really well-received, she adds. “People loved them.” The concert opened with the Liberian folksong

“Banuwa,” which translates to Noel, and as Jeffrey Newman performed on the djembe (drum), the 53-member choir began singing in the foyer and then entered down each aisle and met on stage. Members of the audience were able to participate in a sing-along of Christmas carols in both halves of the concert, and Hooper says people really sung out during these sessions. “There was a real family grouping in the audience; people were of all ages.” Hooper notes the Eclectica Community Choir starts again on Jan. 13, and anyone interested in joining can register in January. The choir meets at 7 p.m. at the 100 Mile House United Church, with anyone interested in registering asked to be there at 6:30. “We welcome any and all who want to take part.”

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Members of the Eclectica Community Choir started singing in the foyer of Martin Exeter Hall and then walked down the aisles to the stage for their Swing Into Christmas concert on Dec. 13. The choir’s annual fundraising Christmas concert saw the 100 Mile House Food Bank and Loaves & Fishes Outreach split $2,400 and four bags of groceries, which were donated by the audience.

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Mellott and Capitals defending provincial title

Coach: Northern Capitals have the potential to go all the way this season Gaven Crites Free Press

Caily Mellott is winning face-offs and competing hard every time she hits the ice with one of the top teams in British Columbia's Female Midget AAA Hockey League. The local skater had two goals and two assists after 17 games this season with the Northern Capitals, which ranked at the top of the league standings in mid-December. Mellott – along with her older sister Cassidy – played with the Prince George-based team last season, known as the Cougars then, when they captured the provincial championship. Northern Capitals c o a ch Mar i o Desjardins, who also coached the team last year, says the goal this year is not only defending the club's provincial title, but also winning a resulting regional series and moving on to the 2016 ESSO Cup, the premiere tournament for female AAA hockey in Canada, held in Weyburn Saskatchewan this year in April. “With the dynamics of the team – we've got the goaltending, we've got the defence, we've got scoring – I have big hopes for this team to go all the way this year.” However, the coach admits it's going to be a challenge getting out of this province's very competitive midget league. “The league continues to progress to being definitely better and better every year [since] I started coaching three years ago. Any team can win on any given night, that's for sure.” As for Mellott,

Desjardins has been utilizing the forward as a face-off specialist in different situations this year. “She brings a compete level every single night”, he says. And like a lot of new players to the league, she's adapting to the quicker pace of the game at this level. “She's getting a full year under her belt. I think the biggest adjustment, not just for Caily but for the younger players, is time and space. It's very limited compared to where they're coming from.” Mellott says the league is definitely a step up from last year. She spent most of last season playing rep hockey in Kamloops. It was a big help playing with the Cougars during their provincial championship series last March. Mellott plays on a line with Jordan Shanks of Prince George and Taylor Beck of Houston. Speaking during a six-game winning streak, Mellott said the speedy line had found its “happy place” with respect to their on-ice chemistry. “We're three of the smallest girls on the team, but we've done really well. We haven't had many goals scored against us.” Playing AAA hockey makes for a demanding schedule. The Capitals are on the road constantly for tournaments (in Saskatchewan recently for the Mandi Schwartz Challenge in December) and regular weekend trips for league games against the Greater Vancouver Comets; the ThompsonOkanagan Lakers; Vancouver Island Seals; Fraser Valley Rush; and

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FAST bytes HALL OF FAME Canadian basketball icon Steve Nash headlined the list of 2016 inductees into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame on Dec. 10. Nash, who grew up on Vancouver Island, is an eight-time NBA all-star and two-time MVP. He played his 18th and final season (2014-15) in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Other 2016 inductees in the athlete category include: professional golfer Dave Barr; CFL kicker Dave Cutler; and Team Canada soccer player Geri Donnelly. The 199495 Kamloops Blazers hockey team was selected for induction in the team category.

TRY CURLING The 100 Mile House Curling Club is making the game easier for new members by introducing a new fun league that will be starting on Jan. 11. Curling is a sport in which winning is not everything, but it emphasizes the camaraderie and friendships you make on and off the ice. For more information please contact Joanne at 250-395-2296 or Jim at 250-395-4237.

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Caily Mellott of 100 Mile House is skating this season with the Northern Capitals, a defending provincial championship team in Prince George in the British Columbia Female Midget AAA Hockey League.

Kootenay Wild. Mellott seems to be relishing her new situation, working hard to balance her Grade 11 studies at Duchess Park

Secondary School in Prince George with the rigorous nature of AAA hockey. “Really, all I do is hockey and school

work. "If I'm not in the hockey rink, I'm probably in the books.” Mellott hopes to play university hockey

one day. Sunrise Ford in 100 Mile House is a muchappreciated sponsor of Mellott as she pursues her hockey dreams.

A popular event is rolling back onto Birch Avenue. Cariboo Challenge Family Fun Night is returning Jan. 29, and so is the charity broomball tournament. There are spots for eight teams only. Canlan Ice Sports in 100 Mile House is sponsoring the event. Cost is $250 per team. The winning team has the honour of donating the $2,000 in entry fees to its favourite local charity. Contact 250-395-1353 to sign up.


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The 100 Mile House Wranglers are in the hunt, four points out of first place with a pair of games in hand, heading into a 10-day layoff for Christmas break. The local Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club trail the Kamloops Storm for top spot in the Doug Birks Division, after splitting two games at home against the Revelstoke Grizzlies, which hold fourth spot. The Wranglers fell 6-2 on Dec. 19 after a 6-3 win on Dec. 18 at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre. 100 Mile House will face off with the Chase Heat, third in the division, at home on Dec. 29 and in Chase on Dec. 30. In the new year, the local club will host Revelstoke on Jan. 2 and the Sicamous Eagles on Jan. 3. On Dec. 19, Justin Bond, with assists from Michael Lynch and Brett Harris, scored first for the Wranglers. Revelstoke scored twice in the second period and the same trio tied the game up for the Wranglers. Revelstoke scored four unanswered in the third period, including a shorthanded emptynetter. Ryan Friesen won

and Bond (2) found the back of the net. Stephen Egan, Cole Zimmerman, Harris (2) and Povelofskie tallied assists. Billet families were presented with flowers, hand shakes and hugs from players in a ceremony on the ice before the game.

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Goalie Adam Derochie thanked his billet hosts, Tim Sheets and Leanne Spurr, before a game with the Revelstoke Grizzlies in 100 Mile House on Dec. 18. Wranglers players skated out and handed out flowers and hugs in appreciation of the billet families, which open their homes to the players throughout the long KIJHL season.

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seven years ago. At that time, “amateur boxing was dead”, says Huber, whose fights took place in school gymnasiums and abandoned churches, in front of maybe 60 people. Huber operates the Kamloops Boxing Academy, which has also been flourishing in the close to three years since he bought it with his dad, Paul. Boxing is a gentleman’s sport, and the quality of the shows, the quality of the competition, the quality of the fighters, and the general atmosphere is improving all the time, Huber emphasizes. "At the end of the day, it's the fans that encourage us to work hard and keep fighting.”

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The Board of Education of School District No. 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) has declared multiple properties as surplus and is offering them for sale. Instructions on how to place a bid and further details on each property can be found on the School District website: www.sd27.bc.ca.

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Representatives from the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre, Loaves and Fishes, the 100 Mile House and District Women’s Centre, and the Youth Zone recently collected goods donated during the Royal LePage 100 Mile Realty Christmas Helper event. All the groups were “very pleased” with this year’s response.

five vehicles to pick everything up, and they couldn’t have fit anything else in.” Royal LePage acknowledges the generous donations from Centennial Law, Heartland Law, Larry McCrea, and Steve Pellizzari, and the discount on items purchased given by Safeway, Fields, and the Bargain Shop, Davidson noted. All the goods purchased are done locally, Davidson says, adding the Bargain Shop had a donation box where people could purchase items and drop them in the Royal LePage box. “It was another successful year.”

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lowed by Polly Black and Susan Brown and, in third place, Joyce Schwab and Jozef Stencel. Hostess Pam and coordinator Carney Myers received thank-you gifts, and Susan was the lucky door prize winner of a stunning burgundy poinsettia.

Celebrations Many congratulations to Lorraine and Charlie Faessler on their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27, and to Joice and Danny Jenewein on their 55th anniversary on Dec. 30. Christmas greeting I love Margaret Ingall’s Christmas poem, which really says it all.

“Christmas is the candle-glow that lights the Thursday, De darkest gloom; Christmas is the fireside that warms the coldest room; Christmas is the silver star that guides all those who roam; Christmas is the shining path that beckons us back home; Christmas is the peal of bells that spills through frosty air; Christmas is the greeting card that shows old friend still care; Christmas is the fragrant dish of joy and hope combined; Christmas is the gift of love that’s meant for all mankind.”

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Best Christmas in the South Cariboo

The following are stories from Horse Lake Elementary School students who entered the Youth category of the Free Press Christmas Story Contest.

Runner-up The very Best Christmas In the South Cariboo was when I opened my presents after I ate my breakfast. After breakfast time I could finally open up my new toys. I got an: iPod, bunchums, bobbers and a snow board and an iTunes gift card for 50 bucks. On Boxing Day, my mother went to Kamloops and got a lot of candy and extrapresents. Luke Simpson Grade 3 Runner-up It’s really fun when it’s Christmas and my dad makes big piles of snow with his plow. Then my dad comes along with his plow and tries to steal the snow chunks. Then we try to make sure all of the snow chunks are hidden behind the snow hill

beautiful Christmas lights and angel decorations decorating my house. But … the best decorations would be the decoration reindeers that really look real.

and then dad tries to get the snow chunks. Myra Hindmarsh Grade 3 Runner-up This year in the Cariboo, I want to see a caribou. This year I hope my Mom’s friend will take me on his snowmobile. This Christmas I want to do good deeds for people like giving people food and clothing. This year for Christmas I want to give perishable food items for homeless people all over the world. This year in the Cariboo, I want to go to the Santa Claus breakfast. Oland Vickers Grade 3 Runner-up The best Christmas of the South Cariboo would have wreaths all over the place and lovely decorations and very

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There would be hot chocolate sales and people would buy it for $1.50. A Santa Claus Parade would have lots of jolly men in the floats and holly decorating the whole town. My

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with spun glass “angel hair” to avoid irritation to eyes and skin. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles or plastic or non- leaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children. Fires Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that flue is open. Keep a screen before the fireplace all the time a fire is burning. Use care with “fire salts” which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals which can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation or vomiting if eaten. Paper When making paper decorations, look for materials labeled noncombustible or flameresistant. Never place trimming near open flames or electrical connections. Remove all wrapping papers from tree and fireplace areas immediately after presents are opened. Do not burn papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely. General Rules for Holiday Safety Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach of children. Avoid smoking near flammable decorations. Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in the home. See that each family member knows what to do. Avoid wearing loose flowing clothes— particularly long, open sleeves—near open flames - such as those of a fireplace, stove, or candlelit table. Never burn candles near evergreens. Burning evergreens in the fireplace can also be hazardous. When dry, greens burn like tinder. Flames can flare out of control, and send sparks flying into a room, or up the chimney to ignite creosote deposits. Plan for safety. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections.

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LONE BUTTE q The Lone Butte 4H Club is holding its club member registration for 2016 at the Lone Butte Community Hall on Jan. 9 from 1-3 p.m. The fee is $100; bring Birth Certificate and Care Card. Projects include sheep, beef, rabbit, photography and Cloverbuds. 100 MILE q The 100 Mile and District Stamp Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., in the 100 Mile House Branch Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts. Information: Glenna (250-395-3661). 100 MILE q The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Early Years Program is accepting donations of nonperishable food items for the emergency food cupboard, including infant food and formula, baby wipes and diapers, infant clothes and winter wear, as well as maternity wear. Donations accepted Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 250-3955155. 100 MILE q The 100 Mile District General Hospital Auxiliary’s Gift Shop in the lobby is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but is closed for lunch noon-1 p.m. Information: Ruth (250395-1163 or e-mail w.i._Ruth@telus.net). 100 MILE q Parent information sessions are held the first Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre. Guest speakers present topics of interest to expectant mothers and families

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with infant children. Information: 250-3955155. 100 MILE q The Cariboo Artists’ Guild meets the first Tuesday of each month, downstairs at Parkside Art Gallery, beginning at noon. We are an informal group of aspiring and accomplished artists who exchange ideas and promote art. Information: Sharon (250-706-0111), Kathy (250-395-3725), or website www.gobc.ca/ caribooartistsguild. 100 MILE q If you would

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Obituaries BAILEY

(Henry) Gillis Jan. 22, 1925 – Dec. 5, 2015

In Loving Memory

ALEXANDER Donald R.

March 25, 1930 ~ Dec. 5, 2015

Royal Canadian Navy 1943 -1945 (Henry) GILLIS Bailey, second generation born in Kelowna B.C. January 22nd 1925 to (Violet) RUTH Bailey / Wybrew (nee Hardy) and (Henry) HARRY Charles Bailey. Gill is survived by his loving wife Gwen of 18 years, his brother Phillip and predeceased by his brother Fred (Leona, Hawaii) and his first wife (Pauline) POLLY Bailey 1928 – 2003 (nee Schwab). Dad’s grandparents were Kelowna pioneers Archibald and Julia Hardy. Dad will be hugely missed by his family: Son Gordon (Gayle), grandchildren Leigha; Dyan (Mikko), great grandchildren Liisa & Jeff; Crystal (Bryan), great grandchildren Zoe & Ian; Daughter Barb (Bob) Bassett, grandchildren Robbie (Meagan), great grandchildren Zachary & Anya; Carlie (Kevin) Krampl (nee Bassett), great grandchildren Ethan, Lucas & Kaden; and Craig (Julia), great grandchild Hensley. Gillis was very fond of his loving step family, two of whom resided in 100 Mile House and took great care of him: Wendy Wenting (Trevor Zywine); Rob (Carmen) Wenting; and Andy (Dawn), Wenting on Vancouver Island. Born and raised in Kelowna, Dad had a huge love of the beautiful Okanagan Valley so it was natural that he returned after he served in the Royal Canadian Navy (HMCS Mimico) from 1943 to 1945. He worked for the Kelowna Ferry system; was a Marine Engineer on the B.C. coast; a motel owner in the Wells – Barkerville area and a Commissionaire in Vancouver. In retirement he found his dream home, second wife and dancing partner (Gwen), when he settled at 108 Mile Ranch in his beautiful cozy log home backing onto the Walker Valley. He lived his life just the way he wanted, enjoying his love of cars, dancing, classical music, old movies especially Clark Gable, reading and telling stories with everyone especially Navy and Legion buddies, (#261). His great sense of humour got him through life and folks knew him as a “great guy.” We would like to sincerely thank all the doctors and nurses from Interior Health 100 Mile, 100 Mile Hospital and Mill Site Respite hospital who made dad’s last few months very comfortable. There will be a memorial service in 100 Mile House and another at the internment site at the Hardy Family Plot in the Kelowna City Cemetery; to be announced in the spring of 2016. In Gill’s remembrance, any donations in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated by the: “BC Cancer Foundation, Kelowna division, Brachytherapy Program; attention Dr. J Crook.”

Don passed away peacefully at home with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter at his side, after a short battle with cancer. Don was born in Victoria, BC where he worked as a truck driver and later became a commercial fisherman along side his wife. Don has left behind his wife, Bev, of 62 years, his daughters; Debbie (Dave) Anderson and Karen Alexander, his son Wayne (Lesley) Alexander, his grandchildren; Deanna (Nathan) Valcourt, Ryan (Lindsay) Alexander, Travis Alexander and Kristie Anderson as well as his five great grandchildren. There will be no formal funeral service held at Don’s request. Our family would like to thank Kristen Carmont, the awesome girls in home support and Dr. Lapin for all their help and support. Don will always be remembered as a strong man with a big heart and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted with the arrangements. 250-395-3243 Condolences can be sent to the family care of 100milefuneralservice@gmail.com

I heard your voice in the wind today and I turned to see your face; The warmth of the wind caressed me as I stood silently in place. I felt your touch in the sun today as its warmth filled the sky; I closed my eyes for your embrace and my spirit soared high. I saw your eyes in the window pane as I watched the falling rain; It seemed as each raindrop fell it quietly said your name. I held you close in my heart today it made me feel complete; You may have died ...but you are not gone you will always be a part of me. As long as the sun shines... the wind blows... the rain falls... You will live on inside of me forever for that is all my heart knows.


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nna and Norman Granberg celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 10, 2015. This year, the lifelong residents of Lone Butte will celebrate their 71st Christmas together as a married couple. Anna is the youngest daughter of Sheridan Lake homesteaders Carl and Sarah Nath. Norman is the eldest son of Ellis and Bertha Granberg who homesteaded at Roe Lake. Following their wedding in Kamloops in 1945, Anna and Norman spent their first Christmas in a cabin at the 83 Mile Ranch. The next spring they moved to a cabin on Taylor Lake Road called the “Pre-Emption,” a homestead belonging to Norm’s Uncle Frank Granb erg. Uncle Frank presented Anna with her first flock of hens and she has raised chickens every year since. Within a couple of years their growing family expanded with two little ones and they

moved to a small ranch near Katchmar Road. In 1956, they moved up the road to the quarter section where they still make their home today, about a half mile from Lone Butte. After finishing school after Grade 8 in 1938, Norm figured he honestly became a full-time working cowboy at around age 13. In the early years, he also supported his young family working at the local sawmill and was a first rate cat skinner. In the mid-1960s and early ‘70s, Norm became one of the first log home builders in the area. For Norm, ranching also meant putting up his own hay for his livestock, every summer – rain or shine. Well known and respected in the local ranching community, Norm was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in April 2012 as a Working Cowboy. Although he downsized his herd in recent years, Norm did not fully retire from cattle ranching until three years ago at age 87. At age 15, Anna lived in Victoria for a year with an aunt and uncle while attending a seamstress school and working for her room and board. Homesick, she returned to the Cariboo to work in the Lone Butte Hotel for several years prior to her marriage. In addition to the ranch chores alongside Norman, gardening and the busy life of raising five children, Anna also helped to support her growing family by working as the janitor at the Lone Butte Elementary School for 30 years, retiring in 1992. Throughout all these years, Anna pursued her creative nature and devoted her “spare time” to baking, quilting, sewing, knitting and all manner of handcrafting. Her handmade items must number in the thousands and they became birthday, wedding and Christmas gifts for her friends, family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Anna and Norm Granberg posed for this photo on July 11, great-great-grandchildren. Furthermore, Anna still 2015, and they are looking forward to celebrating their 71st Christmas together this year. found time, and still does

Happy couple, Norm and Anna Granberg, posed during their wedding on Oct. 10, 1945.

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Deer Santa letter pleads for some thought

By Colin Campbell

To: Sclaus@tundra.ca From: Sniff@humbug.com Deer Santa ... Get it? ... reindeer ... Yea, well, anyway. I’m writing to let you know how disappointed I am to learn that you intend to bypass me this Christmas. Referring to me as “a whinging, ungrateful lummox,” is hardly what one might call an appropriate seasonal

sentiment. I may not be perfect, but I feel that I’ve behaved rather well this past year. I haven’t spilled jam on the rug (the wine stains hardly show anymore). I haven’t misplaced the dog, and I was only joking about setting fire to the cat it if it persisted in vigorously kneading my lap. I’ve also given up clipping my toenails in the dining room, and on your advice, changed the way I eat bananas – although I don’t get what was so “disgusting and offensive” about

the way I formerly munched them. As for my so-called “litany of complaints,” I can only reiterate what I’ve said before about unimaginative gifts, and plead with you to inject a little bit more thought into your selection process. I realize you’re a busy fellow at this time of year and that there’s a shortage of skilled help ... Shortage ... get it? ... elves ...shortage.... Well, anyway, I appreciate how difficult it is to lure people away from Star Wars roles when all you’re offering is platform shoes and

Christmas with Elves, plum dumplings and Izzy Dolls

By Diana Forster

“Oh, dear me, dearie, dearie me, we are so very very late,” grumbled Santa, as he hurried Rudolph and the others along. “Faster, Dasher, do your best, take the lead, else we’ll never make Canada before morn, never mind the South Cariboo.” Thirty-six little hooves sprinted across the sky, leaping over clouds and ducking under thunderheads as the reindeer snorted and blew their way through huge Christmas snowflakes. “I see land, Canada ahead. Yay!” shouted Santa, and then they were sliding speedily down the brightly-lit Pan Pacific sails. “We’ll start here, then make our way to Prince George and on east to the Atlantic.” Just then, an ear-splitting whistle resonated around them. Santa looked up to see thousands of Elves on the Shelves sliding down the sails to help him on this most important day. He almost burst into tears of relief. Being intelligent elves, they had brought lots and lots of sacks because they knew just

how late Santa was. So off they went, Santa, the sleigh and thousands of Elves on the Shelves. They hovered momentarily over each house so the elves could heave a sack of presents downwards. Whilst all this was going on, Niva and Ahria were fast asleep dreaming of the gifts Santa might bring, and quite unaware of the kerfuffle above them. They just knew Santa would come. So, when they awoke and found empty stockings, they sobbed inconsolably. Mother hastened to reassure them, “Perhaps he’ll come later. Why not take the dog for a walk while we get breakfast ready.” On hearing his name, Brew stood alert, waiting to leap through the door the moment it opened. But then, as he tried to push through the crack, he stopped. His ears pricked, his nose twitched and he growled ferociously. What did he see? The girls leaned cautiously over him, and then laughed. “Oh, it’s just a sack!” said Niva. “And an old

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Ahria, left, and Niva McNichol were busy making plum dumplings for Santa – and others.

dirty one at that,” said Ahria. But then, just as they bent down to pick up the sack, it fell over and out tumbled a wee Izzy Doll. They knew what it was because their mother had been knitting them for children in war-torn places. “Mine, mine, mine!” yelled Ahria. “No, no, no!” shouted Niva. “Now, now, now, none of that!” said a stern voice. It was Chippy, their Elf on the Shelf, who had been watching them.

“I won’t come back next year unless you’re good and kind all the time. By the way, girls, those plum dumplings were deeeeeeeeelicious.” The girls dragged the sack indoors, with Ahria yelling. “Look, look, look, he did come. He brought Izzy Dolls and stuff, and he loved our plum dumplings.” “And we’re going to be good and kind forever,” promised a very serious Niva. Diana Forster is the Interlakes/ Deka Lake correspondent.

three squares a day. Still.... How about easing up on the socks for starters? At last count, I had 197 of the things. Twenty of them paired. I’ve attempted to offload a bunch to different charities, such as the SPCA and Dentists Without Pensions. No luck. Tried giving some to a homeless person and got the response “what do you think I am, a bl..ding octopus?” And what’s with the annual inundation of aftershave? May I remind you that I’ve been sporting a beard for the past 15 years and that I’m quite attached to it. Never mind that a certain malcontent relative claims that it resembles a sporran with mange. As for shoe laces, only a particularly malicious prison guard would gift laces at Christmas! It’s true that in an emergency one time, I was forced to utilize string. That was a decade ago. Speaking of string, have you heard the one about the piece of string that walks into a bar and orders a drink? No? Yes? Well, anyway, the bartender looks at him and says, “Can’t you read the sign? We don’t serve string in here.” So the string leaves. Outside he begins wriggling, turning and twisting himself, pulling out a few threads here and there and goes back inside. The bartender looks at him: “Aren’t you the string who came in earlier?” “No,” the string replies, “I’m a frayed knot.” So, where was I? Ah, yes, gifts. Ties: See socks. Slippers: See socks and ties. At last count, I had thirteen of the things: five black, three purple, one Spiderman, one bunny, three assorted. So what does that leave, you ask? Well, despite what you claim, I’m not that difficult to please. A stock portfolio similar to that of teen warbler Justin Blubber ... Bleeper ... would be quite acceptable. So, too, would a nice condo, or even an exotic holiday package if you’re up to it. Whatever. Just put some thought into it is all I ask. You do that and I’ll see to it the milk is fresh this time and no turnips. Have a nice flight. Yours truly, Colin P.S. You were joking about not stopping, right?

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elcome dear readers to the 2015 edition of our Christmas Greetings. We have put together a compilation of the material that was sent to us for your enjoyment. The theme for our writing contest was “Christmas Memories” and we received many wonderful stories in four categories – youth, teen, adult and senior. We also received great artwork from some of the schools in our readership area, and some yummy recipes from other readers. We hope you enjoy the read. We wish you and your loved ones the best of the festive season and hope you have a healthy and prosperous new year. Front cover: Well-known local artist Kathy Crawshay says the people of the Cariboo inspired her to paint “Be Yourself ” because they always love having fun in the outdoors, whatever the season, and wherever they find themselves. “The painting epitomizes Cariboo culture and its joie de vivre.”

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The Cariboo Christmas tree: a family tradition Does a cross-country move mean the end of the tree?

By Barbara Roden Free Press

Traditions loom larger at Christmas than at any other time of the year. Almost all who celebrate the season will have traditions of their own; this one involves that humble yet graceful symbol – the Christmas tree. It goes back many years to when there were four young men; I shall call them Bill, Paul, Al, and Pat. Although they lived in the Lower Mainland, Paul loved the area near Ashcroft, and bought land there. The men, and their young families, made a habit of visiting the area many times each summer, a welcome respite from the city. Walks through the

woods were plentiful, with the men casting appraising glances at any stands of Douglas fir. One of them would have some flagging tape, and every now and then they would stop and size up this or that tree, muttering phrases such as “sparse branches” or “a bit bare.” When a tree passed muster, it would be marked with tape, the dangling ends fluttering occasionally in the hot summer breeze. Next time the men saw these trees, the wind would no longer be dry and hot, but a piercing, lung-filling cold. Even though it was still early November, the snow would lie deep and crisp and even, covering the trees in white shrouds. But the men knew which trees they want-

ed, and out would come saws. The trees were loaded into cars, to speed their way back to the Coast and the joyous cries of the children, who would know

that Christmas was one step closer. In 1973, the tradition changed slightly, when Bill – who wore the red serge of the Royal Canadian Mounted

Cook Islands Christmas memory By Katie McCullough One of my fondest Christmas memories was formed while on vacation in the Cook Islands several years ago. On Christmas Eve, we flew from the main airport in Rarotonga to the small island of Aitutaki for a sightseeing trip. We took a small plane to Aitutaki – Santa Claus happened to be aboard our flight – and touched down on the tarmac of a very small airport, which consisted of one air strip with a terminal building with a thatched roof. As we taxied up to the building, we could see the crowd of locals waiting for the flight to arrive. It was definitely not the tourists they were anxiously waiting to meet. We got off the plane ahead of Santa Claus and watched in joy as he came down the steps of the plane to greet the children who were waiting for him. They put him on a luggage carrier and drove him and his sack of gifts to his guests. As he began to give out gifts to all the local children – who live a very simple lifestyle in thatched-roof homes near or below the poverty level – it was definitely a tear jerker. The children went crazy with excitement. When Santa finished giving out his gifts and visiting, they literally chased him as he went back down the tarmac towards the plane. It was obvious that this was such an exciting time

for these children. It warmed our hearts to see the excitement in the air. Coming from a privileged country like Canada where you attend a Christmas party and often see the gifts are tossed aside by children in hopes of getting something better, or the child is in tears because he or she doesn’t want to sit on Santa’s knee, it was really something to see how much these children appreciated the gifts and were so excited by the yearly visit from Santa. It meant so much to see these people filled with pure joy as they received their gifts. It was definitely a privilege to witness such a beautiful day in lives of these children on the other side of the world. Katie McCullough is the Clinton correspondent.

Police – was transferred to Victoria. He was still able to get a Cariboo Christmas tree to the suburbs of the Saanich Peninsula; but the following year – well, Christmas of 1974 saw Bill and his family in Ottawa. Of course, there would be Christmas trees in Ontario, but the tradition had ended. Plans were afoot for Christmas in Toronto, at Bill’s parents’ house. Aunts and uncles and cousins would be there, and grandma and grandpa had promised to hand-pick the finest Christmas tree Toronto had to offer. If the children thought that no Toronto tree could compare with the ones they had known from the Cariboo, growing strong and proud,

up which squirrels had scampered and on which birds had sought shelter, they said nothing. And then, one early December day, the postman rang their doorbell, a puzzled look on his face. “Parcel for you,” he said. “Big, but not too heavy. Sign here.” Big? The box would have held a refrigerator. And when it was opened, it revealed a Douglas fir, which seemed relieved at the chance to stretch and spread itself, filling the house with the scent of sap and needles and – yes, perhaps just a whisper of hot, dry Cariboo air. And there was a note: “You weren’t with us, so we picked a tree for you.”

A quick phone call to Toronto was made. “Don’t get a tree,” said Bill to his father, “we’re bringing one.” “You don’t have to bring one,” said grandpa. “Long way to bring a tree, all the way from Ottawa.” Bill laughed. “This one’s special. And it’s already come a long way. A very long way indeed.” The memory of that tree looms large, casting a warm glow over the decades that separate the story from the telling of it. And for the past 19 years, there has been a Cariboo Christmas tree in our living-room, bearing many of the same decorations its long-ago forbears displayed. Merry Christmas!

‘Perfect time’ for family and friends Champs look to defend Christmas Madness tourney crown

’Tis the season for quick-paced hockey between friends and family as the Christmas Madness Threeon-Three Tournament is returning to 100 Mile House. The ninth annual ice hockey tourney runs Dec. 26-27 at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre. The three-on-three format is faster than the traditional five-on-five, and it’s a perfect time to play when family and friends are back home for the holidays, says organizer Laura Albert. “It could be the first time players get back on their skates since going back to school or starting work. It’s also a chance for a little competition between friends during the Christmas break.” The teams consist of nine skaters and one goalie. The tournament is growing in popularity. Albert was looking to add a senior’s division this year. Three-on-three is probably the most fun you can have playing hockey, says Brent Szabo, whose Morningwood team won last year.

“It’s end-to-end, fast-paced and extremely tiring. Having a goalie that can handle the puck well is a must to cut down on some of the open ice.” The tourney is a great chance to get together with all the friends that come back for the holidays, Szabo adds. “Our team has won the tournament the last few years, and we look forward to repeating as champs.”


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By Earl-Cahill Everybody likes to talk about the weather, so I’ll share some of my winter stories. The winter of 1948/49 was my first in Clinton. There had been a lot of snow in November with temperatures as low as -20 F. December was even colder with more snow before Christmas. I went home to Lillooet for the holiday. Friends came in to visit Boxing Day, and when

one mentioned that they wished there was a dance in town, I said, “Well, there is one in Williams Lake.” So away we went to drive the 180 miles to the dance. The roads were snowy, and as we drove past Lac la Hache, my cousin George, who was sitting in the back seat, complained that his feet were cold so I stopped so he could change seats. We found the snow was blowing in through a small opening at the base of the rear door and had covered his feet. After enjoying the dance and driving back to Lillooet, someone

suggested that I invite a couple of my Clinton girlfriends to come along to keep me company as I drove back to Clinton that evening. It was snowing hard, and while the girls and I were eating supper at my parent’s home in Lillooet, the snowplow driver came in to advise me I had better hurry if I planned to drive back to Clinton that evening as the snow was drifting on the road, which would soon be closed. We followed the snowplow about five miles before we had to return to Lillooet. The following day we

followed the plow for about 14 miles before we had to return to Lillooet where we snowed in for the next eight days. The girls were able to borrow clothes from my sister so we were able to enjoy the New Year’s Eve dance and I was a pretty popular fellow that week! The girls were good sports and we remained good friends. We finally arrived back in Clinton on a cold -40 F day, and after supper at the girls’ home, I went back to my room at the New Bob Inn. When I finally warmed up enough to stretch out in bed my feet hit some-

thing that made me jump right out again. Although my room was right over the kitchen a hot water bottle left in my bed was frozen solid. It seems that Goldilocks had been sleeping in my bed while I was away. While I was at the dance in Williams Lake I met a friend who planned to be in Lillooet on July 1, so made a date for the dance there. There was no communication during the intervening six months, so I (foolishly) took my Clinton girlfriend to Lillooet. When we got to the dance, my Williams Lake gal was waiting for me,

so I quickly found two friends to help me out. Thirty-five years later while attending a family reunion at Lac la Hache, a voice came over the loudspeaker asking me to please stand up, then I heard, “Ladies and gentlemen, Earl stood me up at a dance in Lillooet thirty-five years ago, but if he will have the next dance with me, I might forgive him.” The temperature stayed between -40 F and -60 F at night for the first six weeks of 1949. I was in the taxi business, and since block heaters were not yet available, I would get up in the night to

start our cars and warm up a few others around town. Winter tires and four-by-four vehicles weren’t around yet, but we could always chain up and get going. We also delivered mail and freight by truck to Gang Ranch via Jesmond, Big Bar Creek and Canoe Creek. This was a two-day trip, leaving Clinton Thursdays. Several times that winter I had to follow the snowplow, a D6 bulldozer, as it cleared snow drifts, sometimes as high as six feet, along the Fraser River. Everyone welcomed spring that year.

In the spirit of the season,

we’d like to join you and your family in a wish for worldwide peace and brotherhood this holiday season.

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Dec. 24

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Dec. 25

10:30am - Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion 10:30am - Service of Lessons and Carols

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Dec 25 - Christmas Morning

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The Cariboo Presbyterian Church prays that everyone has a safe, happy, and wonderful Christmas season!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Thurs. Dec. 24 at 7:00pm 250-395-2932 unitedchurch100mile@shaw.ca

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas Eve Services Dec. 24 at 7:00pm Ph: 250-395-4637 Fax: 250-395-4648 bethelchapel@shawcable.com www.100milebethel.ca

CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR OUTREACH In His Spirit of GIVING, we are glad to offer you the amazing ‘COSMIC CONFLICT’ and ‘FINAL EVENTS’ DVDs as a free gift, which you will be sure to enjoy! Awesome one-on-one Bible study is also available with the ‘Amazing Facts’ Study Guides!

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Wishing You Jesus Christ’s SPIRIT OF LOVE!

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Take time to enjoy your family and friends during the holiday season. Merry Christmas.

Christmas spirit comes to Samantha Walker By Doris E Rufli

empty stomach started growling, demanding food. While she had been engrossed in her novel, daylight had turned to dusk and only the bright lights of her Christmas tree had prevented her from straining her eyes. Samantha placed the book on the little table between her chair and the tree, and got to her feet. Then she heard the sound of an approaching car. Puzzled as to who would visit unannounced on Christmas Eve, she walked over to the window overlooking her porch to take a look. However, in the remaining light of the passing day, she did not recognize the car or the people emerging from it. She only wrestled with her decision briefly as to whether to switch on the lights or pretending, she was not home, before decisively walking over to the door and opening it. At first, she thought the bright glow of the overhead lamp was playing tricks on her eyes as expecting and smiling faces climbed the few steps to her front door, bearing gifts and wonderful smelling food. Christmas had truly arrived as she embraced her brother and his family with tears in her eyes, inviting them into the warmth of her house.

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Samantha Walker woke up to a beautifully sunny day. She stretched leisurely, in the blissful knowledge that this was Christmas Eve – no work, no responsibilities … aside from the annual tree decorating. However, that was a “duty” she gladly took on. She got up and realized it had snowed overnight. “We are having a White Christmas after all,” she thought to herself. Winter had been long in coming – but arrived just in time. Though in time for what exactly, she was not quite sure. Sporting a big smile, she walked out into the living room, where she had put up the tree a few days ago with the help of some friends. Unfortunately, they would not be around for the festive season, having decided to head south for a couple of weeks. They had asked her to join them, but she had declined. She was not much of a traveller these days. It had all simply become too complicated and she preferred the simple life at home. Samantha started opening boxes and selecting ornaments, which she easily adjusted to the branches, ending with a beautiful gold and white angel that she had inherited when her parents passed

away. They had been dead now for a few years, but from time to time she still had a yearning to talk with them. Sadly, her older brother and his family had chosen to lead their own lives and it appeared there was no room to even communicate with her. Yes, she had decided to move abroad and halfway across the world; however, with today’s technology and the Internet, it would have been easy to keep in touch. That knowledge hurt, and not even her close and loving friends could make up for the loss she sometimes felt, especially around this time of year. She stepped back from the tree to examine her efforts. Satisfied, she closed and stacked the boxes, pulling out a bag filled with angel hair – to apply the finishing touches. Reminiscing over the attaching of candleholders filled with real candles during her childhood years, she plugged in the modern, colourful lights and was pleased with the result. She retreated to her easy chair, tucked her legs under her and picked up the book she had only started reading the day before. Losing herself in the words of the mystery, she did not realize the passing of the hours, until her

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Christmas in Lone Butte is much different than what it was where I grew up in the south part of Vancouver Island. We seldom got snow living in Victoria and a white Christmas was even more rare. Victoria folks didn't stand on guard against the snow storms like we do in Lone Butte with winter tires, antifreeze to -40 C, tractors, snow blowers, ATVs and even shovels ready for the next snowfall. The snow in Lone Butte usually arrives sometime after Halloween and stays until spring. We get to enjoy the winter sports like hockey, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, down-hill and cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and skating on cleared portions of area lakes. Whatever your winter hobby, we really get to enjoy the cold winter season in Lone Butte, as we live in one of the coldest places in the South Cariboo. The best Christmas I can remember was back in the mid-’60s when our family spent Christmas in our extended family summer cabin. It was located at Shawnigan Lake, some 50 kilometres north of Victoria.

My father had sold the family home and the new house wasn't available until the new year. It wasn't because the realtor messed up on closing dates, but because my father's hobby was to buy houses that needed fixing up, and he would work on them for a few years. Dad had found a good one and the summer cabin would do for a couple of months. We commuted to and from school, but that Christmas actually had a life altering effect on me. As kids, we loved our extended family summer vacations at the cabin with our cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We all enjoyed the many summer activities – swimming, hiking, kayaking and fishing, but we never went to the summer cabin the winter before. It wasn't insulated and was cold even for the Vancouver Island winters. We had a wood cook stove for heat and cold water came from the outside well and pumping by hand. There was an outhouse and partial indoor bathroom under construction, with a usable bathtub, if you heated the water and were quick. There was no television in the cabin, but we listened to the radio, mainly for news on weather and road reports. We played cards and

games around the table, close to the wood stove. As kids, we all learned how to split wood and make kindling for the cook stove. There was snow that Christmas season at the cabin and my brothers and I spent countless hours hiking and tobogganing down the biggest hills we could find. We were amazed how much the lake rose in the winter and came right up to the cabin porch. We discovered that our summer playground was also a fantastic winter wonderland. That year's Christmas experience is one of the reasons I chose to move to the Lone Butte/Horse Lake area some 35 years ago. I was recently talking with an old friend I grew up with and still lives in Victoria. It was just after our recent snowfall and first few days with -25 C temperatures at night. I had just finished shovelling snow out the driveway, and was complaining because a belt had broken on our snow blower. He was just putting away his lawn mower for a couple of months. Rob put things back in perspective when he said, "I can still only dream of getting snow at Christmas time," which reminded me of why I moved here in the first place.

A criminal Christmas caper

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Our Entire Organization Joins in Sending Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a New Year Filled with Peace, Health and Happiness.

’Twas 2 a.m., Christmas morning, in 1951 and the taxi driver had just been summoned by the hospital. When the hospital wanted him in the middle of the night, they let the phone ring three times, then hung up and called again. That way, Jack knew it was the hospital and he must get out of his cozy bed. Earlier, due to the freezing temperatures and his own garages being full, he

had parked the “warm” car in a neighbour’s garage. So he set off down the road and almost immediately noticed footprints in the freshly-fallen snow. Hmm, he thought, strange! Glancing about, he saw that the footsteps went up one driveway and back into the middle of the road, then across the road and up that driveway and back to the middle, and so on and so forth.

It didn’t take him long to surmise that burglars were out and about. Making a hasty decision, he detoured via the police station to inform them of his discovery, and then went happily on his way in time to welcome a newborn into the world. And, to his utter astonishment and joy, they named the babe “Jack” after him! After the children had finished demolish-

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ing their stockings in the morning, the family sat down for Christmas brunch. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door and Jack’s small daughter leapt to her feet and ran to answer it. She was soon back in the breakfast-room, stating, “Dad, there’s a bus driver at the door.” Jack was a little surprised, and indeed embarrassed, to find that the uniformed bus driver was actually the chief of Police. As Jack smiled his welcome, the chief bent down and from beside the doorway where it had been hidden, picked up a huge basket of fruit. “This is for your family with our sincere thanks. We nabbed them, three of them, and retrieved all the loot. “Have a wonderful Christmas. I only wish all our citizens were as observant and conscientious as you were last night.” Diana Forster is the Interlakes/Deka Lake correspondent


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RECIPE: Chräbeli (Anise Cookies) By Manuela Boos Ingredients: (For approximately 60 cookies, depending on the size of a single cookie) •  4 eggs • 450 grams (16 ounces)    of icing sugar •  1 pinch of salt •  1 1/2 tablespoons of anise •  1 tablespoon of kirsch •  550-600 g (19-21 oz.) flour Put eggs, icing sugar, salt, anise and kirsch in a bowl and stir about

five minutes until well mixed. Add flour and mix into dough. Form rolls of about 1.5 cm (6/10th inches) diameter and cut in pieces of about 5 cm (2 inches) length. • Cut in each piece about three times slightly angular and bend them slightly. Slightly grease baking sheets and put the rolls onto it to dry. Do not use parchment paper sheets. Do not move the pieces. Let them dry for 24 to 48 hours at room temperature. Make sure there is no draft.

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We put our Christmas tree up. There were lights on it. Aleah Judson, Kindergarten 100 Mile Elementary

Last night my mommy set up the Christmas tree. I saw it this morning and I was surprised! Alexis Walker, Kindergarten 100 Mile Elementary

I am decorating my small tree. Charlie Larson, Kindergarten 100 Mile Elementary

I am sitting on Santa’s lap. I am telling him I want a doll house. Ella Ritchey, Kindergarten 100 Mile Elementary

These cinnamon buns are for Santa and the carrot is for his reindeer. I made the cinnamon buns. Kolton Mitchell, Kindergarten 100 Mile Elementary

Me outside with a snowman waiting for daddy. We are going to put up our blow ups together. Jadyn Lavigne, Kindergarten 100 Mile Elementary

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By Elaine Hefer Two boxes stood in the tiny bedroom of 25-yearold Holly’s bleak rental house. Even the sparkling snow looked inviting in comparison. Three days before, Dec. 3, Holly left the city, arriving in 100 Mile House to start her nursing career. Holly shook back short strawberr y-coloured hair. As she unpacked her scrubs, the doorbell chimed. Holly yanked it open. Outside stood a wellbuilt, pleasant-faced young man, in leather jacket, jeans, green toque and scarf. “Hello,” he said, smiling. “Are you ...?” “I’m not buying any-

Holly’s new Christmas thing,” Holly retorted, shutting the door. That night was her first hospital shift. Nothing between shifts made Holly feel fulfilled inside; nothing she did seemed to have any purpose. A week later, Holly was awoken at 3 p.m. by the doorbell. She bounced

her hair and opened the door. It was that same man. His smile brightened his hazel eyes. “Hello. Are you Holly Blake?” “Yes.” My name’s Mark Tupman. I came....” “I’ve already told you,” Holly replied crushContinued on Pg B12

For our Christmas Give Back this year we chose Alex S. from 108 Mile Ranch. He is not well and in desperate need of a kitchen renovation that is out of his budget at the moment. We are grateful and blessed to help out in our community. Special thanks to our employees who donated their work hours for this special project. It would not be possible without you! “Let me use this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Billy and Tiger, their people, and their companies. God bless you and I wish you all the success in your business. Let God support you in helping people and sometimes creating miracles that make people happy.” ~ Alex S.

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ingly, “I’m not buying anything. Goodnight.” She slammed the door fiercely.

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May your heart be furnished with joy, and your hearth be blessed by many glad tidings this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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at work. Someone might have invited her for Christmas. On Christmas Eve morning, the doorbell rang again. Holly, dressed in her scrubs, opened the door to see Tupman. After greeting cordially, Mark remained silent. “Got something to say?” Holly asked. “Absolutely,” he said humorously. “Just wondered if you’d slam the door again.” “I might.” “This is more important than a product, Ms. Blake.” “Oh?” “Did you know tomorrow is the day we celebrate Jesus

Season’s Greetings Here’s Hoping You Have a House Full of Happiness

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Christ’s birth?” Holly crossed her arms. “I’m aware of Christmas, Mr. Tupman, but I don’t see much of this Jesus Christ.” “Absolutely,” Mark nodded. “For most, Christmas is a holiday. But it should be a way of life.” “Christmas only happens once a year. Haven’t you noticed?” she replied “Christmas is about Christ,” Mark continued. “And Christ is a way of life. Jesus died on a cross for our sins. The Son of God died out of love – ‘For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16). I’ve repented and asked Jesus to be my Savior, but – have you?” “Hurry up, it’s cold,” Holly said – quietly. Mark smiled. “Just slam the door ... God giving up His Son for us isn’t all. Three days later Jesus rose alive and is now with His Father in Heaven. He’s the God of the living, and living means giving Christ your heart. Do you want Christ in your heart, Ms. Blake?” Holly stood, wordless, not understanding the Holy Spirit opening her heart. She couldn’t deny it. She met Mark’s eyes. “I want Christ in my heart, Mr. Tupman.” He grinned joyously. The prayer of repentance he led Holly through transformed her heart. She’d finally found the meaning of life. Mark smiled. “Holly, would you like to spend Christmas afternoon with my family and I?” Holly coughed, unable to speak. Then – “Absolutely,” she murmured. Holly Blake and Mark Tupman are fictional characters.


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At this special time of year, we pause to enjoy family and friends. All of us here at Centennial Law wish you Season’s Greetings and a happy, healthy New Year. Rather than sending out Christmas Cards at this time of year, the team at Centennial Law supports the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre, Royal LePage Christmas Helper Event 2015, and the South Cariboo Community Enhancement Foundation. We will be closed for the Christmas break from 4:30pm on Dec. 23rd, 2015 until 8:30am on January 4th, 2016.

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Pennies from Heaven By Marianne Van Osch Kate Hansen dropped shavings of soap into the metal basin. As she poured water from the tea kettle onto the soap, an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness filled her. She put the kettle down and leaned against the cupboard. She wiped a patch of steam from the window with the dishtowel. Kate stared out the window but did not see the blue-shadowed hummocks of snow that hid stumps and tangles of weeds. She did not notice the graceful fir branches that framed the peaceful scene. Here it was, Christmas 1937, and it sure didn’t feel like anything special. She and Jake had come to this country to make a better life, but after three years, there was little to show for all their hard work. Jake had done as well as any man could. He had worked in the fall on the haying crew at the 100 Mile Ranch. And now he and the team were skidding logs at a bush mill that was set up about two miles from home. But still Kate fretted about how many jars of berries were left, what about oil for the lamps and where could Jake hunt with the snow so deep. Kate thought that Jake looked worn with worry. He seldom talked to her or the children with his usual good-natured enthusiasm. He had even suggested that maybe they should think about returning to live with his family on the farm near Abbottsford. But that would be giving up their dream of making it on their own. Kate was startled when Duke, their mutt of uncertain make or model, barked a loud welcome to someone. She went to the front window and wiped a spot clear. The day had deepened into soft winter dusk. A pale yellow sunset streaked with a touch of pink was quickly disappearing. Shades of mauve spread over the snow. A man was climbing off his horse at the barn. Jake was there, lost for a minute in the steam of the horse’s breath. Their visitor was Bill Beck, a neighbour from up Bradley Creek, an old bachelor who had taken to stopping by quite often, usually just in time for supper. He liked talking to Jake and had taken a shine to the children, bringing them treats and stories. This time Bill had brought something really interesting – a mysterious, heavy wooden box. Jake carried it into the house and slid it across the floor to the small fir that stood in the corner, decorated with silver paper stars and dried rose hips and bright shapes coloured with crayons. After supper, Bill dragged the wooden box over to the table. Jake helped him lift a shiny wooden thing from the box onto the table. It had a kind of clock face with lots of numbers on it, some big metal buttons and a couple of cloth-covered openings in the wood. “Delco 32-volt,” Bill said proudly. He turned the buttons. Suddenly a man’s voice flew out of the box right into the room. Everyone jumped. “That’s a radio!” yelled the older boy. He had heard about such incredible things.

“And now to croon a tune for us from one of his best-loved movies is Bing Crosby,” said the man in the radio. And then this man named Bing began to sing, “Every time it rains it rains, pennies from heaven, “Don’t you know each cloud contains, pennies from heaven.” The children listened open-mouthed as the

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The best Christmas would probably be this year because my whole family will be at home. My brothers are usually visiting their Granny. We always see the Northern Lights on Christmas night. We always turn all the lights out so we can see them better. My absolute favourite part of Christmas is getting the tree. It’s so fun to decorate it, and it’s a lot nicer to work for fun. We always have hot chocolate on Christmas morning and sometime later in the afternoon, I go outside and take my two dogs Lucy and George to play. I throw snowballs at Lucy and then she jumps up in the air to catch them. My Grandparents are also coming to town from Vancouver to visit us. Our Grandma usually takes our family somewhere nice in town to treat us to something good. But I’m even happier if she doesn’t because it’s going to be almost our whole family at my house: my sister, my brothers, my mom, and my grandparents. My dad won’t be there because he’s busy, but I still get to see him. I think he’ll still drop by to say hi anyways. By Abigail Shaver Horse Lake Elementary School Grade 3

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It’s Christmas! Snow is dancing down from the sky. Ice is tingling like Christmas bells. We go skating, skiing and sledding. Hills are as slippery as the ice is a puddle of frozen water. It’s Christmas! Christmas brings the spirit of love to us. It makes the Christmas

lights shine like the stars, and it makes the bells go cling-a-lingling. It’s Christmas! It brings us around the Christmas tree and start to sing together! It’s The Best Christmas in the South Cariboo! By Floria Meili Horse Lake Elementary School Grade 4

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It's Christmas in the South Cariboo. Most kids think Christmas is about all of the presents, but it’s not; it’s about spending time with your family. All kids are excited for Christmas day. It’s not every day that you get presents. When I go outside to play, I never forget about Rosie. Before I call Rosie to play, I break an icicle off the roof and then we play fetch with the icicle. It’s so funny to watch Rosie dig in the snow. Every year my grandpa Wayne builds me and Xander a huge snow fort, and we dig tunnels in it. We have a blast playing outside. By Delaney Best Horse Lake Elementary School Grade 4

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I don't have a best Christmas yet but I am hoping for a best Christmas what no one had before. I hope with a lot of presents for my family and with my grandma and grandpa and my cousin she is 10 we play a Lot. And with a big Christmas tree. Anna Alexis Grade 3

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When I got 10 halo sets and I got a quad and an rpg with it. And I played with it all day and it was awesome. It was so fun too. And I got a wart hog with it and there was a machine gun with it. And I got a rocket. Keenan Arnott Grade 4

On Christmas we go in the forest to cut down a tree. Sometimes we get to decorate the tree free style, which means we get to put random stuff on the tree. We have presents already, but we do not get to open the presents. The best thing of all is we get to bake cookies and get to eat them and leave some for Santa. We get lots of presents and one time I saw Rudolf with his red nose. But the best thing of all, we got lots of presents. By CJ Grade 3

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This year is the best year. We are going to the Santa breakfast. There is lots of snow on the ground. My daddy pulls me in the sled with his quad. We have snowball fights. My nana and papa from Calgary brought presents for us! Our family loves Christmas. We like to cut our own Christmas tree down. We like decorating the tree. Christmas is the best in the south Cariboo! By Eva Black

I wasn’t that happy because the bullets ran out fast really fast. Then I got a steerable sled and then we did family movie. We watched Arthur’s Christmas it was about a kid that noticed a child was missed and then he sets off on a journey it was funny. And we also watched Van Helsing it was a cool movie. Felix pavlik Grade 4

we went to my grandma and grandpa’s house. It was fun. We had a sleep over. We helped decorate the Christmas tree and we helped with the cookies. Then our cousin and Aunties and Uncles came to give us presents. By Brooke Pfannmueller Grade 3

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today. Let’s look to the original people involved, to see how very real it is in our time as well. People with a dream lost, just resolved to the fact that unless a miracle happens it can never be. And that, they find a little hard to believe –

like Zacharias, and standing idly by Elizabeth. – shepherds and People accused of towns people. being in a circumPeople with gifts, stance that they had looking, searchno doing in and no ing, for the place or one believes them – people they may be like Mary. given to – like the People in circumthree wise-men. stances needing to How many of make choices they us have wondered never thought what to give as they’d have to – like gifts? Pastor Ron Wiebe Joseph. From the first People less than perfect Christmas story, what was needing to do and speak given was of value, both presof things in spite of others ent and future. Gifts that had

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meaning behind them. With those of the past, we, too, find ourselves in need of hope and comfort. The Psalmist, in the Word, found hope that was a comfort to him. Another writer wrote, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” – that Word was, Jesus, and in Him, is hope and comfort. That gift, Jesus, is just as relevant today as he was then. This Christmas join us who celebrate His birth and proclaim our joy to the world.

The true meaning of We are preparing for Christmas Christmas

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he Christmas season evokes a wide range of emotional responses. Where one person has positive memories of warm, welcoming gatherings of family and friends, another has negative memories filled with loneliness, broken dreams and regret. Buried guilt over words that were said, painful memories about things that they have done wrong or things that have been done wrong to them rush back. Christmas is supposed to be a time of happiness and good will, and our brokenness is magnified in light of it. Our world is full of hurting people and broken relationships. We were created to have a relationship with God but that relationship has been broken, leaving an empty place deep inside in every human being, a God-shaped vacuum in every soul that can only He can fill. There is a longing for meaning in life that nothing else can fill. The Bible tells us that the purpose of the first Christmas was to make a way for people

to have the broken relationship with their creator restored. Jesus was born into the world to be the bridge over a vast chasm of separation between God and man, which could not be crossed any other way. The promise of Christmas is that if we place our faith in Pastor Clint Lange Him, Jesus our creator cleans us on the inside, forgiving us for all of the wrong we have done to Him and also the wrong we have done to others. Jesus provides healing for deep wounds, and gives us the strength to forgive the people who have hurt us. The gift of God brings true freedom and meaning to life. The real message Christmas brings is healing, forgiveness, and peace offered freely to all people. That God loved us and came to make a way for us to know Him – this is the true meaning of Christmas.

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not only as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, but also for the renewal of salm 46:9 – God’s spirit within us, and Come now and for the hope of Jesus comlook upon the ing again. works of the Lord, what Anglicans are often awesome things he has done described as Christmas on earth.” Christians. We celebrate At St. Timothy’s Anglican Jesus, God’s Son, coming to Church, we have earth as a human been preparing baby and living for Christmas. in the world as a T h r o u g h human being. the month of God becomDecember we ing human celebrate a time while remaining called Advent. divine, to share It is a time of our lives, hopes, preparation, a fears, joys, and time to slow sufferings gives down, to reflect us hope and joy on our lives, and because it means to prepare again we follow a God to meet God in Rev. Kristen Dobyns who is intimately new ways. engaged in our lives. We prepare our hearts We know our God is not St. Timothy’s Anglican Church

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his is His command, to believe in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another ... for God IS LOVE.” (1 John 3:23.4:16) Our worldly lust and cravings separate us from God and leave us defenseless against cruel satanic forces, followed by wickedness, disasters, terrorism, hatred, murder, suffering, sickness and death in unprecedented proportions. Our common enemy ceaselessly turns the world to heaps of ruin and a battle ground today. What a world for Jesus, coming from Heaven to be born in

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Bethlehem! and long suffering of Nations around such infinite sacrifice Him out of fear unitto Him. ed under one Roman “A Man of sorrows ... world government, acquainted with grief, as well as in one relidespised and rejected gion of pagan sun-idol ... wounded for our worship, which events transgressions.” (Isa. our Savior warned of, 53:3) will be repeated before Jesus Christ, our His second coming. Savior, assured us God did not answer eternal life beyond to our rejection of death and graves Him and our transthrough His own Klara Lange gressions with wiping death. But, it will only us out, as we deserve, benefit us if we by faith but He sent His only Begotten live out His life of kindness, love Son, Jesus Christ, to save anyone and truth in our own daily life who believes in Him. towards each other, or it will be a The heart of God is broken curse against us! and grieved over our un-appreA very Blessed Christmas and ciation, trampling on His grace happy holidays!

uman philosophical and religious belief systems have generally assumed that anyone from the realm of the perfect and the eternal would never actually lower themselves to intertwine with and personally experience this imperfect, decaying and mortal world. But then we see the apostle John inspired to write Scripture that tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” and futhermore that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory....” (John 1:1,14a). Wow! Could this be true?

Another disciple, “express image of His Peter, said they “were Father,” Christmas eyewitnesses of His reminds us that the majesty.” (2Pet 1:16). universe is friendly In other words, they after all! were eyewitnesses of a Want to know what Christ who was resGod is like? Receive urrected from death, Jesus, and then you thereby conquering too will personally death for us mortals. know the truth that The Son of God who “God is Love.” invaded this suffering, No wonder the chaotic, mortal world shepherds were awethat first Christmas to struck, the angels Bruce Wilcox suffer with us and for sang for joy, and the us, so that we could wise men endured a have the opportunity for for- long journey to worship Him! giveness from God, a new start, Because the humanly unthinkpurpose and meaning now, and able happened ...God became immortality with Him and one flesh and dwelt among us! another in the future. A blessed Christmas to you all. Because Jesus is called the

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f your household is like mine, you have more rolls of wrapping paper than you do presents. Along with decorating our Christmas trees and setting out all of the other decorations, it just would not seem right to put our presents under the tree without wrapping them in festive paper. Opening a carefully wrapped present brings a sense of excitement when we finally sit

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down and get to see what’s inside. Just think about how much importance we place on Christmas presents from the money we spend to buy

them to the paper we purchase to wrap them ... one might think Christmas is all about the presents. The birth of Jesus reminds us that it is not the wrapping of Christmas presents that is important, but it is the Christmas Presence itself. The presence of God’s Son, Jesus, was the greatest gift ever given to us, for it is the gift each of us needed the most. He came to wrap up all of our sins and carry them to the cross where he suffered and died.

He was wrapped in the grave but rose again to bring about our complete forgiveness. As you spend time this holiday season wrapping up your presents, please don’t forget the One whose presence changes everything – the gift of your Saviour given for you. Celebrate the greatest gift this Christmas as you worship the Savior Jesus who was born for you. Christ the King Lutheran Church wishes you a joy-filled and blessed Christmas!


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hristmas is described as “family”… But that’s not Christ. Christmas is described as “feasting”… But that’s not Christ. Christmas is described as “holiday time”… But that’s not Christ. Christmas is described as “presents”… But that’s not Christ. Christmas is described as “shop ‘till you drop”… But that’s not Christ. Christmas – trees and lights… That’s not Christ. Christmas – memories… Not Christ. Christmas… Christ.

If you take Christ out of Christmas, you’re not left with much. As someone once said, it’s like taking “Christ” out of Christian; all you are left with is “Ian” and Ian cannot help you. Christ.

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Christ is a title not a name. Jesus wasn’t Mr. Christ. That was a Greek title meaning “Messiah” – the Promised One, the Saviour, the Anointed One. The question remains – “well, was he? Was he really who he said he was? He claimed to be the unique Son of God. Was he? How do we really know?” You have to take a good, long, honest look at both his words and his actions because there’s no inbetween. He either truly was born the Son of God, lived, died, was buried, and yet rose again – and still lives. Or no, he is not. The only way to know is to ask Him and seek out Pastor Rick Barker evidence. The evidence for his resurrection is key. Look at both the Bible and nonbiblical historical evidence. You won’t be disappointed. Take away all of the wrappings of Christmas. All you are left with is Christ.

t this time of year, we often like to sing Christmas carols. One of those carols is, Away in The Manger. I heard of a story of a parent who was singing that song with their young son, Tommy, as they decorated the house for Christmas. As they sang, the parent noticed what Tommy was actually singing. Instead of singing, “Away in the manger,” Tommy sang, “THE way in the manger.” While Tommy simply mispronounced the words of the song,

what he sang is mately died on the cross profoundly true. to pay for our sin. In so Because God so doing, He made it posloved the world, He sible to be forgiven of sent His Son into our sin, cancelling the the world to make debt that we owed God the one and only because of that sin. way to be reconJesus said about ciled with Himself Himself in John 14:6, (John 3:16). “I am the way, and the The Gospel of truth, and the life; no one Luke in chapter 2 comes to the Father but tells us how God by Me.” Pastor went about doing By placing our faith in Dean Denlinger that. Jesus Christ Christ and Christ alone, we was born of the virgin Mary and can be eternally saved. placed in a manger over 2000 So little Tommy was right. years ago. The way did come through the He lived a perfect life and ulti- manger!

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he season of Advent (arrival) has long been observed by Christians as a time to consider the meaning of Christ the Saviour – born to the world. As we hear, believe and sing like Mary, Zachariah and the angels, we also seek to help others in finding Christ the Saviour. The love of God, which arrived in Bethlehem –

God’s Son, is Unspeakable not only the Grace! Such announcesaving-grace ment of glad can never be tidings but grasped by He is Christ our human the Lord. deter minaGod’s alltion – it is powerful the sweet gift and all-lovof Amazing ing gift of Grace. grace. God’s The season gracious of Advent Pastor Kevan Sears gift, given presents the through Christ, is also unique opportunity to both revealer and over- re-focus. Not only are we comer! reminded of the inspirHe is the light to the ing and life-changing world that conquers gift of Jesus Christ, we darkness and death. are also reminded of our

deep need for Jesus to heal our brokenness. Without Him our lives are shattered. Indeed, that is why He came – to bring healing to the brokenhearted. As we re-align our ways with God’s ways, we are encouraged to trust Him. And as we accept God’s love by faith, we are strengthened and can depend on Him. This is why the angels declared “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

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599

Reg. $1499

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100 Mile House Free Press, December 24, 2015  

December 24, 2015 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press

100 Mile House Free Press, December 24, 2015  

December 24, 2015 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press