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‘Pathbreaker’ earns folk music honour Former Harrison Festival director Phyllis Stenson presented ‘Spirit of Folk’ award

By Greg Laychak The Observer

Phyllis Stenson had been to the Folk Alliance International (FAI) conference before, but she didn’t expect to attend this year – she’s been retired from her roles as executive and artistic directors of the Harrison Festival for two years now. The deciding factor though, was a phone call from the FAI executive director telling her she’d won one of the five 2016 Spirit of Folk awards handed out at the event in February. “When he said I'd won the award I couldn't imagine how it had

happened,” Phyllis said. “To be from such a small community was so exciting [for me], and for the festival as well.” The award that Stenson and her husband travelled to Kansas City for her to accept is given every year to those who are actively involved in promoting and preserving folk music through community building and leadership. “What the local community may not all know is the extent to which Phyllis is respected in the broader arts community,” said Stenson’s replacement at the Harrison Festival, Andy Hillhouse. “She was a real pathbreaker in programming

that was culturally diverse and inclusive, and always maintained a strong focus on the local community integrity of the festival.” In this case, that broader arts community is an organization whose conference attracts about 1,800 people annually. During the panel that she participated in while at the conference, Phyllis’s table had festival coordinators from theatres in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C., as an example of the scale of the event and the status of her peers. “It's a very important organization, not only to the festival community

but anybody that has anything to do with non-mainstream music,” she said. “Folk music, blues, world music.” She would sometimes go to the FAI event when it came to Toronto to look for artists to book for the Harrison Festival, to find herself immersed in the “spectrum of the industry.” So the return for Phyllis and husband Ed to the event after they both retired from the festival was a revisiting of old friends and a past world for the couple. The pair made a trip out of it, making the journey beside each Continued on Page 2

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those who have inherited the legacy of the festival, including Hillhouse, stand behind that original and important mandate. Phyllis said she couldn’t have asked for anybody better to fill her shoes. Reflecting back on her time with the festival, one memory stands out above the others. When a group of 10 indigenous musicians from Rwanda came to Harrison Hot Springs to perform, the society arranged to take their guests downriver to the Chehalis Band where the two cultures interacted and shared traditions. “Those were the kinds of things that were important,” Phyllis said. “For me it was all about community. When they presented

Phyllis Stenson accepts her Spirit of Folk award at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City midFebruary.

me with the award, that was one thing that was mentioned, the crosscultural programming and community building.” Now, she and Ed get to take the time to bask in the honour in retirement as they enjoy the community

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Agassiz RCMP released last quarter’s property crime maps for the District of Kent and Harrison Hot Springs and they show an increase of thefts from vehicles in Agassiz and a spike in auto theft in Harrison. In one example, local police believe the owner of an impounded vehicle broke into an auto repair shop, entered the vehicle and removed its license plates. Those plates were later located by Abbotsford Police and the matter remains under investigation, according to the RCMP.

“In Agassiz we observed an increase in theft from vehicles in the months leading into the holiday season,” said Sgt. Darren Rennie of the Agassiz police. “In most cases vehicles were left insecure. The police want to remind the public to ensure your vehicles are locked and valuables are out of sight.” During the summer months RCMP investigated an increase in thefts of motor vehicles in the Harrison Hot Springs area. They observed a drop in the amount of recovered and stolen vehicles in the 2015 fourth quarter, but police said it is evident the

thefts have continued. In these cases, the police utilized forensic science when a stolen vehicle is recovered. That evidence has led to police identification of suspects in those stolen vehicles cases and in some instances, charges have been recommended. “Recently we have received a number of fingerprint hits on the recovered stolen vehicles,” Sgt. Rennie said. “The identified suspects appear to have no link with one another. Where the evidence supports a charge the police are pursuing arrests and criminal charges.”

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Three months for prolific offender charges of theft under $5,000 and assault with a weapon led to the sentence last week. He was arrested at the scene of the Popkum convenience store in early February, where he was reported to have been caught by staff rifling through an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot.

Maintenance staff were repairing a gas pump when the suspect entered a work truck and stole the keys, according to RCMP reports. When confronted by employees, Douglas allegedly threw the stolen keys at one of the employees and threw his bicycle, striking two others and causing

minor injuries. The bicycle, a red Huffy mountain bike, is believed to have been stolen. Douglas has a long list of past charges— mostly theft and various breaches in Chilliwack dating back to late 1996 and occurring almost every year.

Landfill plan gets final ‘no’ By Greg Laychak THE OBSERVER

In a unanimous decision of support, the eight electoral area (EA) directors voted against the proposed rezoning for a remediated soil dump on Chehalis Forest Service Road last week, putting the final nail in the coffin of the project north of Highway 7. The final word about a Statlu Resources Inc. initiative was resolved at the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) Board meeting on Feb. 23, with the four delegations set to present withdrawing from the agenda. Only EA directors are permitted to vote on items that pertain to the electoral areas, so the vote was more of a formality as the Electoral Area Services Committee (AESC) had already voted the proposal down earlier in February.

Statlu had proposed a site on the east side of Chehalis Forest Service Road (also known as Chehalis Resource Road) where remediated soil would be dumped into a site downhill from that company’s sand and gravel extraction operation. Company owner Earl Wilder said his planned facility was so safe that even if a 200-year event rainfall occurred it wouldn’t pollute the Chehalis River below. He feels the process wasn’t fair and that his project was doomed from the start because few people would even look at the rigorous research his company had carried out. “It’s just ‘no’ and no reasons for ‘no’—just ‘no,’” he told the Observer after the earlier decision. But local petitioners felt otherwise, gathering over 2,000

signatures locally and from around the Fraser Valley, along with more than 50 letters to the FVRD. Their argument was against the environmental cost—no matter how small or unlikely— such a project could pose to a wilderness area that supports tourism, recreation and important ecological populations. During the AESC meeting in early February, the FVRD also passed a resolution that will see the group asking B.C. for funding to look at the need for such a facility in the area and which location “could be better and have less potential environmental impact,” according to FVRD’s CAO Paul Gipps in an previous statement.



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The pets owned by British Columbians are usually well cared for. Whether they have pampered indoor animals or muddy-pawed working dogs and barn cats, people generally take their health and well being seriously. When there are incidents of animal abuse and neglect, the general population is shocked. The death of six dogs in a dog walker’s truck in the Fraser Valley a couple of years ago caused an uproar. More recently, an alleged puppy mill was busted in Langley’s Glen Valley, and a large number of cats and more than a dozen dogs were seized from a breeder and kennel operator in Surrey. This week, the B.C. government announced changes to the code of practices for kennel operators and cat and dog breeders. The new rules will provide for minimum space for animals, a duty to provide immediate veterinary care, and may include proactive monitoring and enforcement for breeders. That last sounds like a good idea – a few random inspections could go a long way to clean out the dark corners of the industry. More than a third of Canadians own a cat or a dog, according to a survey last year by the Canadian Animal Health Institute. We owe it to our pets to take good care of them, and to ensure that the industries that supply us with pets are being watched. Animals come into our lives from reputable breeders, from friends with litters, and from animal shelters. They become parts of our families, providing companionship. All they ask is food and shelter and care, and sometimes a tossed ball or a warm lap on which to sleep. People sometime question why the public seems to get angrier about crimes against animals than about violent crimes involving adult humans. The simple reason is that, like children, animals didn’t make any choices to be where they are. They are entirely at the mercy of their owners. We owe it to them to ensure that their owners do not fail them.

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Tom Fletcher One of the enduring legacies of Pierre Trudeau’s time as prime minister is the legal supremacy of the individual, as articulated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We are seeing this played out with greater force than ever today, by an activist high court that swatted aside Stephen Harper’s attempts to restrain it, and now orders a meek, politically correct Justin Trudeau government to do its bidding. The Federal Court decreed last week that people have the right to grow their own “medical” marijuana. This ruling is unlikely to be appealed, given that Trudeau the Younger is committed to legalizing marijuana for everyone. There are conditions that show measurable relief from marijuana products, such as glaucoma or the

nausea and loss of appetite associated with cancer treatments. But much of the so-called medical marijuana industry is based on unsubstantiated claims about an inconsistent herbal remedy that hasn’t been studied much because it’s been illegal. The Federal Court case involves four people from B.C., which boasts more than half of the contested medical marijuana growing licences issued across the country. One of the petitioners suffers from a vaguely defined condition known as “chronic fatigue syndrome,” which led to a disability pension from a federal civil service job at age 45. The judge cited no research to support the claim that sitting around smoking dope all day relieves this condition. Indeed it defies common sense that a set of symptoms with no identified cause, which might be confused with what we used to call laziness, would be alleviated by chronic consumption of a drug that promotes eating chips and watching TV.

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Much of the so-called medical marijuana industry is based on unsubstantiated claims about an inconsistent herbal remedy that hasn’t been studied much because it’s been illegal. charter, which in Section 7 protects the “right to life, liberty and security of the person,” includes a right to have a doctor’s help to commit suicide. Euthanasia has been re-branded

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as “assisted dying” by all the most “progressive” countries, and Canada has been given a firm deadline to join the club. (Meanwhile, the term “right to life” is all but banned from university campuses, to minimize the risk of a coarse literal interpretation that it means, you know, a right to life.) A Liberal-dominated committee of MPs and senators has recommended full-throttle implementation, not restricted to terminal illness and including mental conditions such as depression and dementia. The majority suggested even “mature minors” should have this new right. The politicians support allowing doctors to opt out of cases they won’t condone, as long as they provide a referral to another doctor. In Belgium, one of the pioneers of this brave new world, most of the growing number of euthanasia patients have had cancer. But as The New Yorker  magazine reported in a ground-breaking article last summer, others have been euthanized because OFFICE HOURS Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., & Mon.

of autism, anorexia, partial paralysis, blindness with deafness, manicdepression and yes, chronic fatigue syndrome. B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake expressed the hope that Canada ends up with a consistent policy on doctor-assisted suicide, rather than a provincial patchwork. The closest Lake came to politically incorrect criticism was to caution that “deep discussion” is needed around the court’s notion of a “competent minor,” someone not yet entrusted with the vote or access to a liquor store. Three dissenting Conservative MPs went so far as to say the recommendations don’t adequately protect seniors who might be coerced into checking out and passing on their estates. How old-fashioned.

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Mailbag Homelessness is Liberal spending questioned not about poverty

Re: Urban drug ghettos don’t work (B.C. Views, Feb. 4). Full credit goes to Tom Fletcher for being the first to scratch the surface of our failed “homelessness” model and his observation that money alone will not solve this crisis. Throughout the world and throughout history, social ills have always been the result of shortages. Shortages of food, water and shelter were the result of a lack of resources. In our society, social ills are a result of excesses. Too much money, too many calories, too much salt, too much alcohol, for example, are the result of oversupply.

The current Federal Liberal Governments plan of borrow and spend is not only fiscally irresponsible, it’s future damage to Canada’s economy may prove to be insurmountable. The fact is, that our current debt of approximately $700 billion, is now costing the Canadian Taxpayer about $34 billion per year in interest payments alone. That $34 billion, would be more than enough to stimulate Canada’s economy, and thrust us far and beyond any other countries economy in the world.  Instead, because of past Governments, including the Liberals,  irresponsible spending, and lack of forward economic creativity, we are now approaching an area of possible economic failure. Liberal economists preach about stimulating the economy, on the pretext of infrastructure spending, with borrowed money, because interest rates are low.  Well, interest rates have already begun to rise south of the border, so you know, we are not far behind.   This just goes to show how they lack any creative financial concept, whatsoever.   They are constantly harping how the low cost of energy exports, have depleted their coffers.   At the same time, challenging themselves to lower our carbon footprint to avoid a climate catastrophe.   They do this, while at the same time, financial experts, and climate scientists, are telling us that the greatest

Since losing my job in the oil and gas business in Calgary in 2008 I have been a regular user of our “homelessness” services and it is obvious to me that “homelessness” is a result of substance abuse, not poverty. The province has a legal obligation to provide access to housing services but we have an entire arsenal of housing resources on the federal, provincial and municipal level that are being abused. Once again, congratulations to Fletcher and this paper for the courage to address the reality of this problem. Eric Hoch

Two sides to the ledger that these premiums paid must be added to the gross pay on the politician and public sector worker pay cheques so that income tax, canada pension, and unemployment insurance statutory deductions are made on these amounts. These amounts will not add up to the exact amount  what has been paid

Tom Fletcher says, “Also note that politicians and public sector employees have never paid msp premiums.” (Take the MSP off life support, The Observer, Feb. 25) True, but Tom forgot to mention that these premiums are a taxable benefit under the Canada income tax act. This means

on their behalf, but with the extra higher deduction totals   will make the net payroll clearing the bank account lower. Always two sides to the ledger. In summary, increases in MSP premiums, makes net payroll total lower with the increase.  Joe Sawchuk

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economic opportunity the world will ever see lies in the conversion to clean and renewable energy systems. Obviously, their loyalty to the fossil fuel industry is their primary concern. They are still talking about getting fossil fuels to tide water, even though, it would cost them more to do so, compared to its worth.   They are still talking about building LNG Plants, even though Asia, their target market, can buy it cheaper from Russia, than we can even get it out of the ground for. This Governments pathetic agenda is only placing us on an economic abyss.  Now is the time to start converting in a serious way.   All the technologies exist, for Canada to become an innovated and economic world leader.   Solar, wind, geothermic, and save our fossil fuel for manufacturing components. Instead of selling off our raw resources, we should be processing and manufacturing them right here in Canada, making them value added, instead of exporting out all of our jobs. It just goes to show how little talent our politicians have, and how corrupt they’ve become, as their loyalties lie mainly with multinational corporations.  It seems that their main concerns are for themselves, and getting re-elected, over the well being of the Canadian constituency. Art Green

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Jacqueline Pearce talks about the inspiration for her latest work, Flood Warning, at Kent elementary last week.

Author helps young writers keep the creative juices flowing By Greg Laychak THE OBSERVER

Appointment Andrew Franklin, Director of Digital Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Cynthia Bolwig as Digital Account Manager. Cynthia brings extensive knowledge in advertising to her new position. She began her career in radio advertising, in the small northern Ontario community of Elliot Lake. Cynthia has been in the industry for more than 20 years in radio, print and directory advertising, including the last 7 years in digital advertising sales with the Yellow Pages Group. Cynthia will be responsible for Black Press’ regional digital accounts from Surrey to Hope. Cynthia lives in Cloverdale. She has a love for travelling and enjoys exploring her new B.C. communities. Please join us in congratulating Cynthia on her appointment as Digital Account Manager.

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Last week a Grade 4 Kent elementary school student named Daeton was at a bit of a road block. More specifically, it was a writer’s block: his manga-style story was at a standstill and he needed inspiration. Lucky for him, wellknown B.C. children’s book author Jacqueline Pearce paid a visit last Thursday to talk to classes about her books. “For me it's great because mostly I'm working in isolation at home on my computer, so it's really good to come and talk to the kids and get some feedback and see whether they're enjoying the books,” Pearce said after giving Daeton some much appreciated advice about where to take his story next. One of Pearce’s titles is actually about magna, but she was in Agassiz mostly to talk about another book: Flood Warning. Taking place locally during the big 1948 flood in Agassiz, the story focuses on a fictional boy based on a real-life hero who saved his family’s herd of cows from the overflowing Fraser River. “The school invited me because they have literacy month and because a lot of the classes had been reading this book in Grades 3 and 4,” Pearce

said before her first afternoon presentation. “The kids are doing full studies of the flood. Some of them have visited the graveyard and have looked at old photographs of the flood scenes.” It’s the first time the Burnaby-based writer has been in Agassiz since she did her original research for the book at the former location of the museum. Though she can’t remember where exactly the idea for the book came from, many of Pearce’s titles are about local history and are written with an educational goal in

mind. Once she had found out about the east Fraser Valley midcentury disaster, she was on her way to creating the 2012 book. Giving a slide show presentation in the school library, it was difficult for Pearce to get through the illustrations of the book and photos of the historic flood because of the metaphorical flood of students’ hands waving for a turn to ask questions. One student said her grandfather has told her stories from that great historical event. “Something about [the flood] intrigued

me,” Pearce said. “I think I was interested also because a lot of the kids were evacuated by train when the flooding started.” And those who stayed and camped on the graveyard with their dairy cows watched as the rising flood waters turned their makeshift camp among the gravestones into an eerie island. That’s a part of the story that gets the kids’ attention, Pearce said. Writing about history, contemporary stories and even tales set abroad, she knows a thing or two about capturing young minds and turning ideas into stories. So Pearce likes to show students where those ideas come from and how to get started turning them into creations. But it’s not just about the students. “I like to know whether or not [my books] work in the classroom and if it works for teachers to integrate them into the lessons,” Pearce said. And though he didn’t get a chance to see her present, Daeton got a personal lesson from the visiting author. “It was really exciting [to meet her],” he said as the bell rang and he raced off with his writing in hand, freshly inspired.

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AWARDS A winning evening… Retailers, restaurants, home-based businesses and not-for-profits. All of these businesses and more were celebrated during the 2016 Harrison-Agassiz Business Excellence Awards on February 20th. The lively and entertaining evening at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, included fine dining, 50/50 draw, DJ dance and of course, an outpouring of love and plenty of congratulatory wishes for the winners and nominees. Remember, local business can only thrive with local customers. So The Observer would like to send out a big 'thank you' to all of you who nominated a business for their excellence. Each nominee was truly deserving of your support. And as you will read in the following pages, each of them is incredibly thankful for all of you, their loyal customers.

Not-for-profit Organization Excellence: Agassiz-Harrison Lions Club; Agriculture & Agri-Food Innovation Excellence: The Farm House Natural Cheeses; Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Excellence: Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre; Retailer Excellence: Agassiz Produce; Celebrating Culinary Excellence: The Black Forest Steak & Schnitzel House; Service Excellence: Muddy Waters Café & Espresso; People’s Choice: Agassiz Remedy’sRx Pharmacy; Harrison Agassiz Chamber Choice: Prospera Credit Union, Agassiz; Home-Based Business Excellence: Todd’s Signs

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Agassiz-Harrison Lions Club James Massie, Production Supervisor of Britco, Agassiz, presents Lion Mohamed Hasanine with the Not-For-Profit Organization Excellence award.

Lions serving for more than half a century By Hunter Ramey


Formed over fifty years ago and made up of about forty community minded men and women, the Agassiz-Harrison Lions club would like to thank Business Excellence Awards voters for voting it the best non-profit of the year. Amongst other fundraisers, the group raises funds through the July car show on Pioneer Avenue and through Supervalu raffles. The group donates proceeds to community events such as the Mother’s Day pancake breakfast, Agassiz Parks and Recreation events, the museum and the Agassiz Scouts. In the past, they donated funds to furnish the children’s room in the library, to build the Agricultural Hall and purchase the ‘Jaws of Life’ for the fire department. Most recently, they awarded four bursaries to AESS graduates, as well as make donations to the Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation and Honour House (which helps first responders and their families). The Lions live up to their motto, “We serve” through their endless dedication to the community and its people, while having fun too. “Lions smile 90 percent of the time,” said Lion Gerry Ruble. “They are too busy to mope!” If you would like to find out more about the Agassiz-Harrison Lions club email your name and phone number to award sponsored by:


The Farm House Natural Cheeses Erin Goosen of Tourism Harrison, accepted the award for Agriculture & Agri-Food Innovation Excellence on behalf of The Farm House Natural Cheeses from Coun. Darcy Striker.

More flavour in this cheese

In order to remain viable in an increasing global economy, George and Debra Boyes decided years ago to look at value-added opportunities for their small family Agassiz farm. The couple decided to combine George’s British Royal Agriculture College education and experience in dairy farming with the Swiss cheese making knowledge of Debra and make a go of it in business. The Boyes built their on-farm processing facility and began making cheese in May of 2004 under the name of The Farm House Natural Cheeses. “We changed our milking herd from the more common Holstein breed to heritage breed cows... whose milk has more components and flavour making it extra good for cheese making,” Debra said. They soon added goat’s milk products and then, last year, became a certified organic farm and creamery. The milk from the farm’s 65 cows and 130 goats is made into cheese, yogurt, fluid non-homogenized milk, and other dairy products. Though their product range boasts many awards over the years, the Boyes are more honoured by the fact that they contribute to the sustainability of their community and build lasting relationships as well.

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Recognition from the Chamber of Commerce The 2016 Harrison-Agassiz Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were once again a great success. Thank you to Sonja, Michelle, Judy, Linda and Sarah for your hard work and enthusiasm. Your efforts resulted in a wonderful evening of networking, fine dining and honouring the excellence of local businesses. A BIG thank you to the following: • Holly Tree Florist & Gifts, for the winners' beautiful flowers. • Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, for the delicious meal as well as the generous grand prize package of an overnight accommodation in a Lakeview guestroom complete with couples massage, dinner at The Copper Room and breakfast the next morning.

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THANK YOU Agassiz & Harrison for making this award possible!

Winners of the 2016 Agassiz Harrison Business Excellence Awards gathered after the ceremony at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, February 20.


HARRISON-AGASSIZ BUSINESS AWARD for Not-For-Profit Organization Excellence


Robert Reyerse, Executive Director of Tourism Harrison, presents the award for Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Excellence to Judy Pickard, manager of AgassizHarrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre.

Making history at the museum

By Hunter Ramey The Agassiz Harrison Museum would like to thank voters for their Business Excellence Award. The Museum opened thirty years ago after renovations made to the CPR station, originally built in 1893. “The rest, you could say, is history,” Judy Pickard said. “We are now about to celebrate our 30th season.” The museum is the perfect place for tourists and locals interested in their community, especially since the Visitor Information Centre moved to the museum in 2009. It is part of the Agassiz Harrison Historical Society, which has been around since the early 1980s (originally called the Harrison Lake Historical Society). Run by volunteers with a love for heritage, the AgassizHarrison Museum, a not-for-profit society, is a great learning experience for community and visitors. “All of our volunteers deserve huge applause for all of their generous time, knowledge and expertise,” Pickard said. In fact, she credits the success of the organization to the efforts of that volunteer base. During the summer months, approximately forty volunteers take shifts working in the Visitor Information Centre, gift shop and as tour guides.

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To our sponsors, without you, this event would not be possible. They are: • Britco LP • District of Kent • Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce • Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa • HUB International Barton Insurance • Prospera Credit Union • RIMEX • Tourism Harrison • Village of Harrison Hot Springs

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We are honoured to receive the Retailer Excellence Award! It is our pleasure to serve our community.

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Agassiz Produce Jennifer Peters, Assistant Branch Manager and Cindy Helmer, Branch Manager from Prospera Credit Union, Agassiz, present Jackie Greene of Agassiz Produce with the Retailer Excellence award.

Selling produce in a friendly atmosphere A charming old-style sign on the side of the building says it all: “green grocer and fruiterer.” Located on Pioneer Avenue Agassiz Produce sells a mix of local and imported food, but puts an emphasis on stocking as many locally grown fruits and vegetables as possible. In fact, owner Jackie Greene supplies the store with her own family farm’s produce during the local growing season. Only when seasonal supply is short will customers see imports—and that’s to deliver variety. Greene said Agassiz Produce has weathered a few storms in the 10 years they’ve been in business, including the recent spike in vegetable prices that saw cauliflower costs among others go through the roof. But with a lifetime of produce experience behind her, the Abbotsford product knows how to shake off the challenges and succeed through “a lot of hard work and dedication.” Greene likes Agassiz and she tries to provide the same friendly atmosphere in her store that the people of the town exude themselves. “Our customers are happy with what we provide them,” she said.

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Joining the Chamber has benefits The Harrison-Agassiz Chamber represents the business interests of two dynamic and different communities: Harrison Hot Springs and the District of Kent. Harrison Hot Springs, a small village in the big outdoors, has been a premier resort destination for over a century and offers access to the largest fresh water lake in South Western BC. The District of Kent is the hub for agricultural activity in the Eastern Fraser Valley and is the "Corn Capital" of BC.

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As the Voice of Business, the Harrison-Agassiz Chamber of Commerce has been serving the needs of the business community in the Kent District and Harrison Hot Springs for more than 25 years. They are a non-profit, non-government organization with nearly 100 members comprised of businesses, professionals and associations who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and tourist interests of our community.

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Ian Maw, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, presents the Celebrating Culinary Excellence award to The Black Forest Steak & Schnitzel House.

A European experience When Vick Ghotra, Sunny Manihani, and their wives Kamal Ghotra and Kiran Manihani took over the Black Forest Steak and Schnitzel House four years ago, they were taking on over four decades of European foodservice history. “It’s so wonderful to run a business in such a small, tight-knit community,” Manihani said. “Sometimes at the restaurant, when it’s busy, customers already know each other and share their dining experiences together.” He added it’s also comforting to see how welcoming the locals are to visiting tourists in his restaurant, creating an inviting environment for everyone. The restauranteurs have been in the hospitality industry for the past 25 years and also own a couple of other German restaurants in New Westminster and Surrey, where they provide a similar European culinary experience to those communities. So what’s the recipe for creating multiple hits among the Valley’s euro-culinary offerings? “The secret to our success is hard work, consistency, and passion for our trade,” Manihani said. And a top-selling German Schnitzel doesn’t hurt either.

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Muddy Waters Café & Espresso Mayor Leo Facio presents the award for Service Excellence to Richard Fife and Jenny Peters of Muddy Waters Cafe & Espresso.

Living their dream

When they purchased Muddy Waters/Baskin Robbins in April of 2012, Richard Fife and Jenny Peters completely changed the menu, sourcing out local, organic food, and providing only homemade options. “Richard and I have been in the foodservice industry since we were both in our early teens,” Peters said. “Starting our own business was our dream.” The two bought the business from Peters’ brother, who founded Muddy Waters in 1994, because they “knew it was the only place for us.” “We absolutely love what we do, where we live, the people we work with and the community we serve,” Peters said. The restaurant gets a lot of local support, and Peters considers Agassiz Harrison to be a true community with business owners, friends and family all working together and looking after one another. And so for nearly four years the pair have been feeding the community in their own way. “We believe in real food, we want our customers to feel good after eating at our establishment,” Peters said.

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Owner and staff of Agassiz Remedy’sRx happily hold up their Peoples Owner and staff of Agassiz Remedy’sRx happily hold up their Peoples Choice Award, sponsored by RIMEX. Choice Award, sponsored by RIMEX.

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With a location in both Agassiz and Seabird, Mohamed Hasanine and Tareq Youssef provide a lot of help to the local community With a location in both Agassiz and Seabird, Mohamed Hasanine and Tareq provide the a lotAgassiz-Harrison of help to the local community through their Remedy’sRx pharmacy businesses. “We consider ourselves luckyYoussef to be helping and surrounding through their Remedy’sRx pharmacy businesses. “We consider ourselves lucky to be helping the Agassiz-Harrison and surrounding communities,” Hasanine said. “People are so friendly, appreciative and caring. We don’t think of it as just a “job”, we come here to meet communities,” Hasanine said. “Peoplefamily.” are so Their friendly, appreciative and caring. We don’tattention think of it as just “job”, chain we come here to meet with our customers…our extended pharmacies provide more personal than the alarger stores according with our customers…our extended family.” Their pharmacies provide more personal attention than the larger chain stores according to Hasanine. “Because we’re focused on building relationships with members of the communities in which our pharmacies reside, to Hasanine. “Because we’re focused onand building relationships withevery members of the communities in co-founder which our Youssef pharmacies reside, we’ve built a reputation for going above beyond our customers’ expectation,” he said. He and distinguish we’ve built a reputation for going above and beyond our customers’ every expectation,” he said. He and co-founder Youssef distinguish themselves by running a comprehensive pharmacy approach that is everything pharmacy related: prescriptions, home health products, themselves by running a comprehensive pharmacyand approach that is They everything prescriptions, home healththat products, Ostomy supplies, compounding, wound dressings vaccination. are notpharmacy interestedrelated: in the grocery bulk retail models other Ostomy supplies, compounding, wound dressings and vaccination. They are not interested in the grocery bulk retail models that other companies settle with. “We run a pharmacy only, where patients can talk to their pharmacist anytime with any health concern,” Hasanine companies settle with.  “We run a pharmacy only, where patients can talk to their pharmacist anytime with any health concern,” Hasanine said. “We are offering all of that and more since the first day we opened.” said. “We are offering all of that and more since the first day we opened.” award sponsored by: award sponsored by:


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Prospera Credit Union Agassiz Staff from Prospera Credit Union, Agassiz were all smiles after they happily accepted the Harrison-Agassiz Chamber Choice award.

Prospering in the Fraser Valley


Like many credit unions in BC, Prospera was founded by a small group of people in the community who couldn’t get what they needed within the traditional banking system. “What did they need? Credit. Or in more plain terms, money,” said Cindy Helmer, Agassiz branch manager. “Money to finance their farms and their businesses, money to invest in their hopes and dreams and money to build a future for their families.” Those original members got creative and decided the best way to get the credit they needed was to pool their money together and start their own co-operative bank. Those deep Fraser Valley roots go back to the ‘40s and Helmer said her branch continues to be committed to the health and wellbeing of this community. “We live in a beautiful place where neighbours really care about one another and people help each other,” Helmer said. “We’re very happy to be recognized with this award.”

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Todd’s Signs Barb Janzen from HUB International Barton Insurance, presents the Home-Based Business Excellence award to Todd Bazan.

A sign of the times After working and learning the trade in a small sign shop in Chilliwack for a few years in the mid-80s, Todd Bazan thought it was time to set out on his own. With the blessing of his former employer, Bazan started Todd’s Signs in its original location in 1987 in Agassiz. “It was a slow start but over the past 29 years my clientele base has built up over and beyond my expectations,” he said. Since his business’ humble beginnings almost three decades ago, Bazan has moved several times and currently operates out of Harrison Hot Springs. Todd’s signs has adapted to the major changes in the sign-making industry, and produces all types of signage from wood and metal signs, decals, vehicle and boat lettering, illuminated signs—and even large billboards. “I enjoy working in the Agassiz Harrison area where I grew up and basically know everyone,” Bazan said. Though he likes the local feel, the entrepreneur has quite the reach with clients all over B.C. and Alberta.

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Voss earns bronze in provincial open series

Hemlock Ski Club racer Katrina Voss won a bronze medal in an exciting dual night slalom race at Apex last weekend for the second of three Provincial Open Series events this season. Voss’s performance had her clocking the second fastest time in the qualifying runs. In the two Super G speed events Voss placed sixth in the first race and fourth in her second appearance. Those efforts earned the ski athlete a No. 4 ranking in the province based on total accumulated points for the season.

“Great skiing and training at Hemlock this winter along with hard work from Katrina added up to great results for her,” said Hemlock’s program director and head coach Rob Lahti—also a former World Cup circuit racer. The Hemlock Ski Club provides ski racing opportunities for children and youth from four to 18 years of age. For more information about the Hemlock Ski Club and its ski racing program, visit the ski club website at www.

Senior girls b-ball head to provincials

The Agassiz elementary secondary school (AESS) senior girls basketball team punched their ticket to the provincial championships last weekend when they finished third in the Fraser Valley playoffs. The Eagles lost their first game to Credo Christian 62-48 on Friday.   Hannah Exley led the team in scoring with 23 points with Taylor Lees and Sydney VanderWyk netting 8 points apiece.   The Eagles bounced back against the St. John Brebeuf Bears the following day to win 67-42.   Exley beat her previous performance by one point, scoring 24 including 14 downed free throws.   Alyssa Lawley had 14 points, Katrina Lawley scored 12 and VanderWyk finished the game with 10 points.     The Eagles head to Duncan Christian for the Provincials March 9 to 12.   All games can be watched online—details are available on the tournament website: www.

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The power of the paddle

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Last Indoor Training is March 4 Indoor training will end on Friday, March 4 to gear up for the Spring baseball season set to start in April. Registered players will soon be contacted by their coaches to plan for the season. For further information about the season contact or call Monte Chartrand at 604 796-5588 Visit or Like us on Facebook (Agassiz Baseball Association) to get the latest updates


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Zoning Bylaw 1219, Amendment Bylaw No. 1541, 2016

Purpose of the Hearing: On March 14, 2016, Council of the District of Kent will hold a public hearing on proposed Zoning Bylaw amendments to provide more opportunity for agricultural use within rural residential zoned properties. The following is a general summary of the proposed amendments: 1. 2.



I paddle dragon boats. What’s your superpower? Most people think the sport of dragon boating looks easy until they try it. Good teams make the sport look incredibly easy. Most people do not realize the amount of physical and mental effort it takes to stay focused and disciplined during practice or

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The hobby farm use would be replaced with a light agricultural use in the Rural Residential 1 Zone (RR1) and the Rural Residential 2 Zone (RR2). The light agricultural use would allow: a. the growing, rearing, producing, and harvesting of agricultural products including the use of nurseries and greenhouses; b. 2 livestock (cow, bull, horse, mule, ass, sheep, goat, swine, or llama) for every 0.4 ha (1 acre) with a minimum lot size of 0.4 ha (1 acre); c. 12 head of poultry (excluding roosters), for every 0.2 Ha (0.5 acre) with a minimum lot size of 0.2 ha (0.5 acre); and d. 12 geese or ducks or rabbits or pigeons or doves, or a combination thereof, for every 0.4 Ha (1 acre) with a minimum lot size of 0.4 Ha (1 acre). The hobby farm use would be replaced with an agricultural use in the Tourist Accommodation Commercial Zone (CS4).

Your Input Is Welcome: District of Kent Council will consider your views on these proposed changes when making its decision. You can communicate these to Council in two ways: •

Speak in person at the public hearing. The hearing will be held Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Centennial Centre, Municipal Hall, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC.

Submit your written comments. These must be addressed to Darcey Kohuch, Director of Development Services, District of Kent, PO Box 70, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0 and received by 4:00 pm March 14, 2016.

You can review the proposed amendment bylaw, all background material, and staff reports in advance at the District of Kent Municipal Hall reception desk between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from March 3 to March 14, 2016 inclusive. Subject Lands:

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right away while others can struggle a bit before it falls into place. You can spot a new paddler in any boat right away. New paddlers have a tendency to think about what they are doing. You see them methodically place their paddle in the water, hoping they did it correctly, and they methodically pull their paddle through the water and methodically take it out of the water and they stare at their paddle the whole time. It is as if their whole world revolves around that dragon boat paddle. The experienced paddler will get into a boat, adjust themselves accordingly and just start paddling. They will know to keep their heads up and across so they can keep time with the rest of the boat. Their body will let them know when they are doing everything right. It will just feel natural. It becomes second nature. As with all things in life, practice does make perfect. A well-oiled dragon boat team is much like a racehorse: neither are truly happy until they are racing. The best part of being on a dragon boat team are the dragon boat races themselves. Being lined up with five other teams at the start line, adrenaline pumping through your veins, the anticipation of the start gun, in your boat with your teammates. It does not get better. The horn sounds and you are off. Time to move the boat. Five long strokes to get the boat out of the water, a couple of sets of “ups” to get the boat up to race speed and then into our race pace. Paddle, paddle, paddle. Power Series. Paddle some more. Another Power Series. Why are we still paddling? We must be done. Paddle, paddle, paddle. Then you hear, “Finish it now,” and you dump every bit of energy you have left knowing that the finish line is just seconds away. Then comes the best three words ever put

together in the English language (from a dragon boater’s point of view), “Let it ride.” You did it. You have nothing left. You are exhausted. You are totally out of breath. Your body is like Jell-O and the only thing going through your mind is, “When do we race again?" It is a very addicting sport. A quote that was going around the dragon boat world a while ago went something like this, “People that think a minute is not a lot of time have never raced in a dragon boat.” A typical 500 metre race for a recreational dragon boat team will last about 2.5 minutes. Those minutes do feel like an eternity while you paddle. As you paddle through a race your body slowly starts to tire. When this happens your body position tends to suffer. You slouch, you bend your elbows, your head starts to fall forward and you look down instead of up. That is where the mental toughness comes into play. You force yourself to sit up straight and to battle through the tiredness. Your body fights with your mind during the first half of the race and then your mind fights with your body during the second half. The fight lasts a few minutes, the rewards last a lifetime. The sport of dragon boat is not for everyone but it is for most people. Come challenge yourself, come change your life. ••• For more information about our club check out the newly revamped website: www.fvdbc. com. Free Open Paddle dates, times and locations are listed below. The Open Paddles are open to the general public. They are free and there is no obligation to join. March 19th at Municipal Dock on Harrison Lake, 10 a.m. start; April 9th at Municipal Dock on Harrison Lake, 10 a.m. start; May 29th at Kawkawa Camp and Retreat on Kawkawa Lake, Hope, noon start.

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Harrison Festival Society presents Patricia Cano’s Illusion Peruvian-Canadian singer Patricia Cano is a singer who specializes in using the vocal jazz and cabaret idioms as starting points to explore a variety of musical styles and languages. Singing in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, she is known for communicating the spirit of a song in a way that grabs listeners regardless of their native language. Cano will bring her multi-lingual musical skills with the concert Illusión at the Harrison Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 12. In a single set, she may delve into Brazilian samba, Afro-Peruvian rhythms or jazz—she may even launch into a self-penned country song singing the praises of her home town of Sudbury. Throughout it all, her personality and incredibly expressive musicality shine through. “Patricia always has stellar musicians playing with her,” says Harrison Festival artistic director, Andy Hillhouse. “For this show, she will have her devoted


On March 7, 2016 the Council of the District of Kent will hold three public hearings on the following Zoning Bylaw amendments. The first hearing for Bylaw 1538 will start at 6:00 pm.

Multi-lingual singer Patricia Cano expresses a rich cultural heritage through song.

percussionist and guitar player, as well as a guest Brazilian guitar player, Carlos Bernardo, who is truly a world class, mesmerizing performer. “As a singer, she really connects with her accompanying instrumentalists in an intuitive way and that is a really fun part of seeing her perform.” Cano came by the cosmopolitan variety of her repertoire naturally. Raised in Sudbury Ontario, she has lived in France and Brazil, and is of Peruvian parentage. She has a strong personal and artistic bond with the well known indigenous

Canadian author and playwright Tomson Highway (with whom she has collaborated in both acting and singing roles). Her show Illusion explores her rich cultural heritage in an intimate, playful, and powerful way. Hillhouse notes that Cano is now a regular on Canadian touring circuits, and is developing a strong following across the country. “She is a singer who I seek out when I go to showcase events because I just love watching her perform,” he says. “She just really

gets inside the music and is a pleasure to hear and watch. To me, she is quintessentially Canadian in the cultural diversity of her influences, which come so naturally to her.” Tickets for Patricia Cano are $22.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival. com, by phone at 604796-3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Avenue. Cano’s concert Illusión will be at the Harrison Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

1) Public Hearing for the District of Kent Zoning Bylaw 1219, Amendment Bylaw No. 1538, 2016 Purpose of the amendment bylaw is to: •

Provide a new Small Lot Agricultural Zone (A1) for lots created during approved Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) subdivisions, boundary adjustments or homesite severances.

Remove produce sales auxiliary use from the Agricultural Zone (A) since farm retail sale use is already permitted.

Rezone proposed Lot 2 (currently part of 7272 Martin Road) from an Agricultural Zone (A) to the new Small Lot Agricultural Zone (A1) as shown in bold hatching on Map 1.

2) Public Hearing for District of Kent Zoning Bylaw 1219, Amendment Bylaw No. 1539, 2016 (Note: the hearing for Bylaw 1539 will commence following the closure of the hearing for Bylaw 1538) Purpose of the amendment bylaw is to: •

Allow, at 1423 Tranmer Road (see Map 2), a commercial use for a general contracting business as approved by the ALC.

Allow, at 3004 Hardy Road (see Map 3), a construction contractor home occupation not exceeding four (4) business vehicles, three (3) of which can be in excess of 3,900 kg curb weight.

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World of Words annual writing workshop with Mark Leiren-Young By Rebecca Schram RVSCHRAM@SHAW.CA

From memoirs to monologues to blogs, writers today have moved from sharing their most intimate moments with their ‘Dear Diary’ to revealing all to audiences. If you want to write about your life, what’s the best medium for sharing our stories? How do you choose which stories to tell? Where do you draw the line between sharing and oversharing? A workshop entitled World of Words with with Mark LeirenYoung will offer techniques and exercises to help writers share and remember the stories of their lives at the Agassiz Public Library on Saturday. Mark Leiren-Young is the author of two comic memoirs, Free Magic Secrets Revealed and Never Shoot a Stampede Queen—A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo, which won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Mark Leiren-Young

Both books are being adapted for film. He has also written two books of non-fiction, The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut and This Crazy Time (written with and about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman).

Leiren-Young has also directed and produced an award-winning feature film, The Green Chain. He has written for and performed on television and the stage, and Leiren-Young’s plays have been produced throughout North America and also staged in Europe and Australia. As a journalist Mark LeirenYoung has written for TIME, Maclean’s, The Hollywood Reporter, The Walrus and most of Canada’s daily newspapers. He has interviewed hundreds of celebrities ranging from William Shatner to Salman Rushdie. The arts council and library are extremely excited to bring Leiren-Young to Agassiz to share his wisdom, experience, and wonderfully humourous approach with participants. > The workshop will be free, and registration is recommended. Please call the Agassiz Public Library at (604) 796-9510 for more information and to reserve your spot at the workshop.

3) District of Kent Zoning Bylaw 1219, Amendment Bylaw No. 1540, 2016 (Note: the hearing for Bylaw 1540 will commence following the closure of the hearing for Bylaw 1538 and 1539) Purpose of the amendment bylaw is to: •

Rezone 6994 Pioneer Avenue, as shown in black hatching on Map 4, from a Service Commercial Zone (CS1) to a Town Centre Commercial and Residential Zone (CT2) to accommodate the applicant’s proposed consignment/pawn business with a coffee bar on the lower level and a single accessory residence on the upper level.

Your Input Is Welcome: District of Kent Council will consider your views on these proposed bylaw amendments when making its decision. You may communicate these to Council in two ways: • Submit your written comments. • Speak in person at the public These comments must be hearing. The hearings will be addressed to Darcey Kohuch, held Monday, March 7, 2016 Director of Development Services, commencing at 6:00 pm at the District of Kent, PO Box 70, 7170 Centennial Centre, Municipal Hall, Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC V0M 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC. 1A0 and received by 4:00 pm March 7, 2016. You may review the proposed amendments, all background material, and staff reports in advance at the District of Kent Municipal Hall reception desk between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from February 25 to March 7, 2016 inclusive. For More Information: Please contact Darcey Kohuch, District of Kent Director of Development Services, at (604) 796-2235.

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CANADA BENEFIT GROUP - Do you or someone you know suffer from a disability? Get up to $40,000 from the Canadian Government. Toll-free 1-888-511-2250 or

HIP OR KNEE REPLACEMENT? Arthritic Conditions/COPD? Restrictions in Walking/Dressing? Disability Tax Credit $2,000 Tax Credit $20,000 Refund. Apply today For Assistance: 1-844-453-5372.

Denied Long-Term Disability Benefits or other insurance?

NEW EXCITING MINI VLT’S. Produce Buckets of Cash Monthly. Attracts Customers Like Money Magnets. Locations Provided. Ground Floor Opportunity. Full Details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629. Website WWW.TCVEND.COM

If YES, call or email for FREE initial legal consultation and protect your right to compensation.



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COPYRIGHT Copyright and/or properties subsist in all advertisement and in all other material appearing in this edition of Permission to reproduce wholly or in part and in any form whatsoever, particularly by a photographic or offset process in a publication must be obtained in writing from the publisher. Any unauthorized reproduction will be subject to recourse in law.





of our parents

Sam & Grace Post Friday, March 11 at 2 pm Agassiz Agricultural Hall 6800 Pioneer Avenue Your presence is considered your gift 7471576



The AESS Class of 2016 would like to thank Jimmy’s Pub for hosting our Burger & Brew and for donating the Canuck’s,Henrik Sedin #33 Jersey

Qualifications: • Minimum five years’ experience in lubricants, chemical, or related manufacturing. • Forklift experience • Demonstrated ability to supervise hourly personnel. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and SAP. • A Bachelor’s degree is highly preferred or applicable exp. in lieu of education is needed.

• Bozzini’s Restaurant • Chilliwack Engine and Auto Repair • Agassiz Dollar Supply • Agassiz-Harrison Printers • Black Forest Restaurant • Mandy Hastie • Pioneer Building Supplies, Barry Giesbrecht • Ina, Wenona & Esa James-Point • Supplement King, Chilliwack, Jordan Grypuik • Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, Ron Bazan • Nicole Shah • Plateau Landscaping • Epicure, Karen Martin • Grandma Poch • Korbitron Studio • Home Depot

Fuchs Lubricants Canada LTD. offers an excellent compensation, benefits package, and bonus plan.


Excavator & Backhoe Operator Training. Be employable in 4-6wks. Call 604-546-7600.





HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTATION SPECIALISTS are in huge demand. Employers want CanScribe graduates. A great work-from-home career! Train with Canada’s best-rated program. Enroll today. 1.800.466.1535.

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT SCHOOL. Hands-On Tasks. Start Weekly. GPS Training! Funding & Housing Avail! Job Aid! Already a HEO? Get certification proof. Call 1-866-399-3853 or go to:


TREE To Me: Farm Manager (Organic) Tree To Me is a new organic farm operation located in Keremeos, BC that has a farm market, coffee shop, bakery and bed and breakfast. The company requires a full time Farm Manager. This is a career position with the opportunity for equity ownership in the business. The current farm operation includes tree fruits, perennial vegetables and berries, annual vegetables and a greenhouse operation. Along with increasing production in these areas, additional farming activities will be added in the future. The successful candidate will have both academic and practical farm experience, an aptitude for equipment and building maintenance and be capable of functioning within a management team. An attractive remuneration package will be offered. Reply by email to

Located in Agassiz, requires a Casual Bus Driver with an unrestricted class 4 driver’s license, clean driver’s abstract and online (vulnerable adult) criminal record check. If you enjoy working with seniors, please call 604-796-3886 for more info or send your resume to



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Interior & Exterior. Additions, Repairs & Strata Improvements. Also fences, decks, sheds, garages & wood planters. 604-690-3327





Full Service Plumbing from Parker Dean. Fast, reliable, 24/7 service. Take $50 off your next job if you present this ad. Vancouver area. 1-800-573-2928




Competition #2016-12 - Facility Operator III (Full-Time)


OLD SETTLER PUB in Harrison, is currently seeking full and part-time servers and bartenders


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

Cloverdale High Performance paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring.

LABOURERS REQUIRED for lumber re-manufacturing facility, must be available for day or afternoon shifts. Wages commensurate with experience. Drop off resume to: 8133 Aitken Rd., between 7-3:30



(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls

The Fraser Valley Regional District has the following positions available for Recreation, Culture and Airpark Services located in Hope, BC:

Read the Classifieds COMING EVENTS

.Dan Knoke Trucking 1-888-794-3388


Email resume to: or fax to: 604-796-1034



2 coats any colour

To learn more about this world-class organization, please visit the company website at or apply by e-mail:



PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299



GUNS • KNIVES • MILITARIA ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9am-5pm Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9am-3pm Heritage Park 44140 Luckakuck Way Chilliwack, BC (Exit 116 off Highway 1)

Your Support for our Dry Grad Celebration is so much appreciated!!



778-322-2378 Lower Mainland 604-996-8128 Fraser Valley Running this ad for over 12yrs

We would also like to thank everyone who donated items for the raffle baskets: • Jimmy’s Pub • Harrison Watersports • Allenby's Farm Store • Burden Propane • Old Settler Pub • Aldergrove Financial Group • Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa • Healing Springs Spa, Harrison Resort • Matsel Hair Studio • Len Davidiuk Tax Services • Lordco, Agassiz • Shoppers Drug Mart, Agassiz • Tracey and John Paris • White Spot, Chilliwack • Horn of Plenty • Greek Islands Restaurant


LARGE FUND Borrowers Wanted Start saving hundreds of dollars today! We can easily approve you by phone. 1st, 2nd or 3rd mortgage money is available right now. Rates start at Prime. Equity counts. We don’t rely on credit, age or income. Call Anytime 1-800-639-2274 or 604-430-1498. Apply online

Fuchs Lubricants Canada Ltd. is the Canadian operating unit of Fuchs Petrolub S.E., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of specialty lubricants.


the 50th Wedding Anniversary




GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420

START A NEW CAREER in Graphic Arts, Healthcare, Business, Education or Information Tech. If you have a GED, call: 855-670-9765

With thanksgiving to the Lord we welcome you to celebrate with us





EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION reserved the right to revise, edit, classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answers directed to the Box Reply Service and to repay the customer the sum paid for the advertisement and box rental.



SAVE 30% on our Heart of the Arctic adventure. Visit Inuit communities in Greenland and Nunavut aboard the comfortable 198 passenger Ocean Endeavour. CALL FOR DETAILS! 1-800-363-7566 or visit: (TICO#04001400)

AGREEMENT It is agreed by any Display or Classified Advertiser requesting space that the liability of the paper in the event of failure to publish an advertisement shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for that portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect item only, and that there shall be no liability in any event beyond the amount paid for such advertisement. The publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement.



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A Special Heartfelt Thanks to First Class Waste Management Family, Don Labossiere the Harrison Fire Chief and the rest of the Harrison Fire Department for the much needed donation to Glennis & Calvin, 411 Emerald after the debilitating floods. Their Kindness is deep appreciated.



WE SUPPORT THE CANADIAN CANCER “KID’S CAMP” AND CKNW ORPHAN’S FUND General Admission: $5 • Parking by donation • ATM on site

Competition #2016-13 - Daycare Attendant (Part-Time) Competition #2016-14 - Recreation Assistant (Part-Time) - up to 2 positions Competition #2016-15 - Lifeguard (Part-Time) - Time-Duration - up to 2 positions Competition #2016-16 - Lifeguard (Part-Time) - Up to 2 positions The successful candidates must be available for shifts from 4 to 8 hours in duration, anytime between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., and/or split shifts and temporary shifts, inclusive of evenings, weekends and some holidays. For further details on these positions and the Fraser Valley Regional District please visit our website at If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please submit your resume, along with a cover letter. Please quote the applicable Competition Number and send, in confidence, by the requested deadline to or mail to: Human Resources Department Fraser Valley Regional District 45950 Cheam Avenue Chilliwack, BC V2P 1N6 or fax confidentially to: 604-702-5461

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





30255 Cedar Lane DL# 31038 604-855-0666


New SRI Manufactured homes Singles $74,900. Doubles $99,900. PARK SPACES AVAILABLE REPOSSESSIONS 1974-2010 Chuck 604-830-1960 Trades. Financing. Permits.


POLE BARNS, Shops, steel buildings metal clad or fabric clad. Complete supply and installation. Call John at 403-998-7907;



We Service all Makes! • ADT’s, Brinks Etc. • Medical & Fall Alert User friendly systems Free* Alarm Systems 604-792-8055



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



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



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

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

Wanstalls Tactical & Sporting Arms

PETS 477

33166 South Fraser Way DL# 40083 778-908-5888


2003 FORD FOCUS 4 dr, auto, Aircared, STK#545, $2,900. 2004 DODGE CARAVAN 7psgr, loaded STK#525 $2,900. 2002 HONDA ACCORD 2dr, auto, loaded, STK#648 $3,900. 2003 HONDA ODYSSEY 7psg full load, runs good, Aircared STK#530 $3,900. 2007 CHEV UPLANDER 7 psg fully loaded. STK#473 $4,500. 2004 MAZDA 3 Auto, 4 dr, Only this wk! STK#673 $4,900. 2005 FORD EXPLORER Full load, 7psg, 4X4, auto. Only this week. STK#773. $5,900.

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




SALES pick a part


Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land

Take notice that Bremner Trio Hydro Corp. from Vancouver BC, has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Surrey for a land tenure for phase 2 of the Bremner Trio Small Hydro Project. situated on Provincial Crown land located 45km North of Harrison Hotsprings on the west side of Harrison Lake. Lands file #2409028. Comments on this application may be submitted in two ways: 1) Online via the Applications and Reasons for Decision Database website at:

2) By mail to the Project Lead, Regional Initiatives Division at 200 10428 153rd Street, Surrey, BC V3R 1E1. Comments will be received by the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource operations until March 24, 2016. Comments received after this date may not be considered. The development plan is available for review from Feb 24, 2016 till March 24, 2016 at: Chilliwack Forest District office, located 46360 Airport Road Chilliwack BC. V2P 1A5. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contactInformation Access Operations at the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services in Victoria at:

An open house will be held March 31 at the Sts’ailes Lhawathet lalem, 16300 Morris Valley Road, Harrison Mills from 4:00pm till 8:00pm. First right after the Sts’ailes bridge.

Financing Available

Advertising Sales Consultant

The Now Newspaper has an opening for an advertising consultant.

This is a career opportunity for a results-driven individual looking to contribute to one of the fastest growing communities. The ideal candidate should be a strong communicator, well organized, self motivated and enjoy working in a fast-pace environment. The ability to multi-task and meet deadlines is a must. Previous media sales experience is preferred. A car and a valid driver’s license are required. The Now Newspaper offers a competitive salary plus commissions, car allowance and a FRPSHWLWLYHEHQH¿WVSDFNDJH The Now Newspaper is part of Black Press, Canada’s largest private independent newspaper company with more than 170 community, daily and urban newspapers in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Washington, Ohio, California and Hawaii. If you are up to the challenge, please email your resume with a brief note on why you are a great candidate to: Dal Hothi – Sales Manager Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 5pm


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REFORESTATION NURSERY SEEDLINGS of hardy trees, shrubs, & berries for shelterbelts or landscaping. Spruce & Pine from $0.99/tree. Free Shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or

1995 TOYOTA COROLLA 4dr auto sedan, a/c. Only this week. STK#772. $1,595. 2002 TOYOTA COROLLA 4dr, auto, loaded, STK#749. $2,900. 2004 FORD EXPLORER 4dr 4X4, auto, 7psg, full load. Only this week. STK#470. $4,900. 2004 ACURA EL 1.7 4dr sedan leather, sunroof, loaded STK#724. $5,900. 2007 TOYOTA YARIS, 4 dr, auto, sedan, STK#734 $5,900. 2005 HONDA CIVIC, 4 dr, auto, loaded. STK#672. $6,900. 2009 FORD FOCUS 4dr,sedan loaded, auto STK#687 $6,900. 2006 HONDA CRV AWD auto, leather seats, fully loaded. STK#757 $6,900. 2004 HONDA CRV. 4dr, fully loaded auto. STK#747 $6,900. 2008 DODGE Cavalier STX 4dr, loaded, auto, low ks. Only this week . STK#774. $7,500. 2008 HONDA CIVIC 4 dr auto, loaded. STK#691. $7,900. 2009 NISSAN ALTIMA 4 dr, sedan, auto, loaded, STK#696 $7,900. 2011 NISSAN Versa 4dr auto, h/bk, loaded, STK#721 $9,900. 2010 FORD FUSION. Full load, auto, 4 dr, sedan. Only this week. STK#776. $9,900. 2004 ACURA MDX 4dr auto, 7 psgr, loaded, DVD, Navigation STK#254 $10,900. 2013 HYUNDAI ACCENT. 4dr auto loaded, STK#750. $11,900. 2011 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 4 dr, auto, fully loaded. STK#721 $12,900. 2012 NISSAN ALTIMA. 4dr, auto, fully loaded, low kms. STK#746. $13,900. 2012 HONDA CIVIC 4 dr, auto, loaded, STK#695. $14,900.




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20 Agassiz Harrison Observer Thursday, March 3, 2016


March 2016

Community Events



Math is fun! - Wed., March 9 from 9:15-

Y O U R S O U R C E F O R Q U A L I T Y LWorld O C Day A Lof Prayer P R O2016 F E- March S S I 4Oat N A10:15am L S at Family Parenting Place. Come 1pm at the Agassiz Christian Reformed

Agassiz Storage

Meet the Pros

• Long term discounts FREE metal p/u • Security fenced FREE estimates • Electronic gate 604-796-2834 for junk removal Service to•allVideo makes of surveillance


Sales & Repairs

Mon-Fri 10-4:30




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washers, dryers, stoves, 604.819.1936 7236 B Pioneer Ave. KJLACROIX62@HOTMAIL.COM dishwashers &7651 refrigerators Industrial Way Agassiz, BC • Ph: 1.604.796.5577 •


604.796.1196 | 604.857.3375 (cell) 604-796-1196 | cell 604-857-3375

New Cabinetry, and Cabinet Refacing

• New CabinetryCounter and Cabinet Refacing Tops • Counter Tops • All Custom Cabinets are made 6390 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz from solid wood (no particle board) VISIT OUR SHOWROOM

6390 Pioneer Ave., AgAssiz

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Computer & Signs

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Computers 4&15*$4&37*$&4 Laptops •&Complete collision & glass services • Courtesy Vehicles (3&"4&53"14

• Express repair facility Sales & Repairs - all insurance company estimates written here Mon-Sat 10-4:30 966 6th Avenue, 604 •869 •5244 604-491-6601 72368 Pioneer Ave. 604.869.1847

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Service to all makes of washers, dryers, stoves, 24 Hour Service dishwashers & refrigeratorsLocally owned and operated contact us for For more information visit more information

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Keating Plumbing & Gas (604) 378-8115


604.796.1196 | 604.857.3375 (cell) 604-796-1196 | cell 604-857-3375

New Cabinetry, and Cabinet Refacing

Same day service water tank installation Agassiz owned & operated Full service & instalation FREE estimates Ask about our senior’s discount

• New CabinetryCounter and Cabinet Refacing Tops • Counter Tops • All Custom Cabinets are made 6390 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz from solid wood (no particle board) VISIT OUR SHOWROOM

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6390 Pioneer Ave., AgAssiz

SERVICES Service v i s i t o uCARPENTRY r s h24 owHour ro om

Locally owned and operated For more information visit

TO ADVERTISE IN THIS FEATURE: CALL Sarah @ 604-796-4301 • Complete collision & glass services • Courtesy Vehicles • Express repair facility Direct repair facility for all Major Insurance Companies

966 6th Ave. Hope BC • 604 - 869 - 5244 •

The Kent Harrison Arts Council invites you to: Karen Kroeker, One Stitch At A Time (That’s How The Work Gets Done) - Opening Sunday March 6 from 2-4pm. Station Runs till March 28 at the Ranger July Art Gallery, 98 Rockwell Dr., Harrison Hot Springs. FMI all (604) 796-2723

Veterans Shoot - Sat., March 5 from 10am-3pm at the Agassiz-Harrison Rod & Gun Club. Open to any Veteran and spouse. By donation, all proceeds to benefit Honour House. Refreshments 2015 available. FMI visit 7034561

R.C.E. JOE’S JUNKHwy APPLIANCE Agassiz Easy access 1 or 7 & M E TA L from R E M O VA L We have storage for: Computer & Signs REPAIR • RVS • BOATS • VEHICLES NOTHING TOO SMALL, Computers NOTHING TOO BIG. • Heated units & Laptops

and explore some fun activities that will engage adults and children alike. Free, refreshments provided.

Church, 7452 Morrow Rd. Nursery provided. FMI visit

Groups & Activities for Kids

Agassiz Kids At The Cross - Thursdays at - 1pm and Saturdays from 9am the Ag Recreation Centre in Agassiz. FMI call noon 7272 Morrow Rd. FMI call 604-796-0313. . Ettie 604-819-6822. Better Beginnings - Pre/post natal Coffee Break/Story Hour - A weekly Bible Study for ladies & children 0-5. Weds. 9:30 education, nutrition & support. Lunch provided. Tues. 10 am to 1 pm. 7272 Morrowis am Agassiz Christian Reformed Church on Morrow Road. FMI call or text Karen 604-997Rd. FMI call 604-796-0313. 4484 Strong Start - Mon. - Fri. 12:30 - 3:30 pm at Kent Elementary School. Free drop-in 1789 The Royal Westminster Regiment Cadet Corps - Westie Army Cadets Train for kids 0 - 5. FMI call Kent Elementary at at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No ing 604-796-2161. 228 - 344 Fort Street Hope Storytime at Agassiz Library - Every Frida Free for ages 12 - 19. Wed. 6:30 PM - 9 pm. at 10:15 am. Stories, songs and fun for littley M.E. Sam Ronholm, CDFMI contact Captain ones and their grownups. Free, drop in, FMI com or call 1789trg@gmail. call 604-796-9510. Lego© Club - Wed., 2:30 – 4 pm at the Agassiz Harrison Family Parenting Place Agassiz Library. A ton of Lego©, your friend Meet friends, old and new! Paren some ideas and an after school snack. Greas, ts/ t caregivers with their children 0 - 6 are way to spend a winter after welcome. Mon., Wed. and Thurs. 9:30a kids, younger children noon. School age m welcome with their grownup.

For Seniors


Seniors Friendship House Drop THE-In - Mon. Tues Seniors Walking to Music at 10 am, Sit & Fit and day is Toonie Day Bowling - Agassiz at Harrison seniors are encouraged to 10:30 am, Bingo at 1 pm, Seniors Learn to Line & IAL come out and join 5 pin bowling every C R E M Dance at 4 pm; M ageTIA Computer & Tues. Signs Bridge and COCribb L second and last Tuesday of each at N E mon 1 pm.; Wed. Floor Curling at 1 Rpm.; ESID starting at 3:15pm at Chillibowl Laneth Fri. HFloor me o te Curling at 1 pm. FMI call 604-796-34 le Chilliwack. Car pool available. Call Kay FMI s, Comp22. ons at enovati R 604-3 16-3318. Council of Senior Citizens Orga itions ions Addnizat g (COSCO) is an advocacy group Fdevo raminted to The Better at Home program is looking Sales & Repairs improving “The Quality of Life” forLaall minate for Friendly visitor volunteers - If you have g senio n rs. ss skills, energ Floori iberg rgla the FMI call Ernie Baye y & time we would love to F r @ 604-5 & 76-97 34 Mon-Fri 10-4:30 od emai Woor s l hear from you, as you ck e d n u can make a positive S diff ATerence for seniors & your community. Call 604-491-6601 Agassiz Harrison Senior Peer SupportKELLY Knit Agas siz-Harrison Community Services, Fiona 604.819.1936 & Natte 7236 B rPioneer Ave. Group: We meet every Thurs day at Delcourt, Program Coordinator (604) Dogwood Manor on MorrowKJLACROIX62@HOTMAIL.COM Rd., Agassiz. 2585 Everyone welcome. Call Eunice 604-796-98 41.


Computers & Laptops

Hope Auto Body Ltd.

Join Us in Worship

Agassiz Christian Reformed Church 7452 Rev. Steny Mascarenhas, OCD 604-796-9181. Morrow Rd. Sun. at 10 am. Cal 604-997-4484 Central Community Church Meets at the Agassiz United Church 6860 Lougheed Hwy. Ag Hall at 6800 Pioneer Ave. Sunday 10:30 604-796-2680 Agassiz United Church Sunday am Kids Ministry as well. For more info visit • Complete glassatservices • Courtesy Vehicles 10:30 am. School Sunday & Service &collision • ExpressChurch repair facility High#9 6904 Anglican Harrison Gospel Chapel Sunday Saints All - all insurance company estimates written hereThe way, Agassiz. Holy Eucharist at 10 am Sun. Worship Service begins at 10:30 am. 514 6th Avenue, 604Church •869 7237 •5244Lillooet Ave, HHS. Call 604-796-9500 Catholic Anthony’s St.966 Sunday 9 am & 11 am, Tues. Everyone welcome. e-mail: • Morrow Road. to Sat. 9am. Everyone Welcome. Contact

Agassiz Campus Sunday, 10:30 am Kids’ Ministry

Best Rates ☎

Sarah 604.796.4301 Meeting at the Ag Hall Call (604) 795-0214 6800 Pioneer Ave. 24 Hour Service To adver tise in Locally owned and operated th is sp ace For more information visit

Agassiz Observer, March 03, 2016  

March 03, 2016 edition of the Agassiz Observer

Agassiz Observer, March 03, 2016  

March 03, 2016 edition of the Agassiz Observer