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Old metal turns into golden opportunity Everyone from time to time has an old rust bucket in their driveway. Maybe one of the kids left in there on their last trip home from University, maybe your youngest had been driving it but stopped when it just failed to start one day or your old car just finally let out its last puff of smoke. Whatever the case, what do you do with it now? Traditionally you could probably pay a few bucks, call someone and have it towed away or you could help the community and call Lee Gardiner and he will scrap it for poverty. That’s right! Lee and his Scrapping for Poverty are on a mission to rid Kamloops of all their junk metal and while doing so will give funds to both the New Life Mission and abroad. “Our immediate goal is for a portion of the funds raised to go to the New Life Mission,� explains Lee. “There will also be a portion that will go to Impact Ministries in Guatemala. We will pick up free of charge your scrap car or even a car in running order. We will also pick up scrap metal of any kind in the Kamloops and surrounding area. We have partnered with local businesses to pick up their metal

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Public Health nurse Gaudenza Plato (R) gives Randi Amato a flu shot at the Homelessness Action Plan’s flu clinic last Friday. A family flu shot clinic is happening on the South Shore at the Public Health Unit at 519 Columbia Street on November 14 and 28, and December 5 and 12. Flu shots are by appointment only. Please call the Kamloops Flu Information Line at 250-851-7359.

New curator for art gallery

The Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charo Neville as curator. Her predecessor, Annette Hurtig will continue her involvement with the Gallery as adjunct curator. The two are cocurating upcoming exhibitions at the Gallery. Charo Neville comes to the KAG from Vancouver where she has worked in several art institutions in various curatorial roles, including the Belkin Satellite, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. While at the Belkin Art Gallery, Neville had her first contact with the KAG, as part of

the team who organized Rebecca Belmore’s Venice Biennale project. Most recently Neville was the interim director/curator of Artspeak Artist Run Centre and before that she was associate director at the Catriona Jeffries Gallery. As an independent curator, Neville has produced numerous exhibitions and written texts that have often focused on socio-political art practices and community art projects. Neville contributes critical rigour and a strong commitment to community engagement to her new position at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

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– continued from page 1 events and retreats. We encourage your business to also get involved; we currently work with many plumbing and heating companies, office supply, heavy equipment dealers, ranches and more.” If you have some metal hanging around that you would like to clear out give Scrapping for Poverty a call and they will rid you of your junk. Whether it is a beater in your

driveway or an old tractor out in the yard, your old wheels can be turned into meals. If you are a business who is throwing away metal consistently, go green and start having it picked up. It could be anything from old copiers and water heaters to old farm tools, metal sheeting or more. You can reach them online at www.scrappingforpoverty.com or by phone at 250-813-6422. Tanya Orozco, freelance

A new web camera in Kamloops is now live on the Province’s DriveBC website, providing real-time coverage of highway conditions in the area and helping motorists plan a safe journey. The web camera is located at Hwy 1 at Peterson Creek bridge in Kamloops, looking west: http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/ www/239.html. Priority for new DriveBC web cameras is given to routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, and for sites where there is not already a nearby webcam. Rapidly changing weather conditions make this a prime location for a webcam. Commuters and tourists will now have access to current road condition updates, travel advisories, road closure information for provincial highways, and weather information with a click of a button to the travelling public.

Blazers fan blog

The Kamloops Blazers have launched a blog for fans to keep track of the weekly and daily happenings of the hockey club. This blog will offer an opportunity to get to know the team and its players on a more in-depth basis. The blog, at blazerhockey.blogspot. com, will feature guest bloggers, alumni and prospect updates, pictures and videos.

City removes graffiti vandalism

As a Community In Bloom award winner, Kamloops works hard to maintain its nationally recognized status as a beautiful community, and the City of Kamloops wants the public to know that graffiti vandalism is a serious offence.” Vandalism of any kind is unacceptable. Our message is that tagging property will not go unnoticed. By-law enforcement of these acts will be undertaken, charges will be laid,” states Len Hrycan, community and corporate affairs director. “The City of Kamloops is a beautiful community receiving numerous awards. It is unacceptable that the work of a few taggers could negatively impact our image.” Recently, the City of Kamloops Community Safety and Enforcement staff, Community Safety volunteers and Graffiti Task Force members completed a sixhour graffiti removal blitz across the city resulting in the removal of over 175 tags. The City announces that increased efforts around graffiti enforcement and removal will continue.


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St. Paul’s Anglican Church held their community Harvest Dinner recently, with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings, including homemade apple pie and squash from Reid’s garden. Reverend Louise Peters (far right) blesses the cooks (L-R) Jim Walbie, Jim Mitchell, Bud Forbes, Reid Albright, and Rae Long.

The art of nature Flora and Fauna exhibit

Don’t miss the Flora and Fauna art show of original sketches by Ron Schneider, running until October 24 at the Kamloops Arts Council Main Gallery in the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre at 7 Seymour Street West. The Courthouse Gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Ron is a self-taught artist who dabbled in watercolour and the odd sketch, and then seriously took up the pencil/pen about six years ago as a hobby. His love for all creatures great and small knows

no bounds, and hence his sketches have involved either family pets or scenes involving animals both wild and domestic. His use of artist’s pens with pencil highlights has captured his interest and most of his efforts have used this medium. A lot of his early sketches were derived from absorbing the beauty in the small wonders that nature provides us. This is Ron’s first showing, and he hopes you enjoy his images of the magnificent ‘flora and fauna’ that surround us all.

Password needed for Red Cross fundraiser

What will the folks at Sanbiki Restaurant do to reach their fundraising goal of $1000.00 for the Red Cross? What ever it takes, even throwing someone from an airplane! So Sanbiki teamed up with The Kamloops Skydiving Club, and Barry from Camera House shot some footage at the restaurant. Adam (of “My Name is Johnny Canuck” fame) from Sugar Coded Designs put it all together. Here’s the plan: watch the video (at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=V5zeMF6TYI0) and get the secret password. Then sign up for Sanbiki’s fundraising dinner to be held Monday, October 24 at

5:30 p.m. and tell them the secret password. Free beer (courtesy of Sorrento-based Crannog Ales) or a free dessert is your reward.

Eat, drink and feel good doing it, knowing that you’re helping the Red Cross deal with the devastating famine in East Africa.

TELUS and Interior Savings are sponsoring youth grants so United Way can allocate up to $1,500 to individual youth groups in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region. Anyone under the age of 25 with a locally focused project can apply before December 2 to put their ideas into action in 2012. Interested youth are invited to contact youth@ unitedwaytnc.ca for an application package.

Teams of youth, working in partnership with sponsor organizations, can apply for grants to address important social issues like poverty, diversity, and health and well-being. For more information, please contact: Kaitlin O’Leary, United Way Community Development Associate or Amy Berard, United Way Campus Liaison at 250-3729933 or by email at: youth@unitedwaytnc.ca.

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The City of Kamloops Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department invites residents to attend a public meeting to initiate the process of establishing a Kamloops Natural Areas Advisory Committee. The committee will contribute to the direction of future management of the City’s natural parks, including areas such as Petersen Creek Park

and Kenna Cartwright Park, and will advise on the updating of nature park management plans. This meeting, which was originally scheduled for October 19, has been rescheduled and will take place on November 30 at 7:00 pm at the Parkside Lounge at Interior Savings Centre. For more information please contact the City of Kamloops at 250-828-3551.

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The cutest trick or treater Halloween special delivery The orthopedic surgeon I work for was moving to a new office, and his staff was helping transport many of the items. I sat the display skeleton in the front of my car, his bony arm across the back of my seat. I hadn’t considered the drive across town. At one

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n Kamloops Family History Society meetings take place 4th Thurs. of each month, Sept. to May 7-9pm at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. Bring a military item of interest, recognizing Remembrance Day. Guests and new members welcome. FMI 250-579-2078. n Haunted House at Halloween Alley in Sahali Mall open during mall hours in October. Donations to baldkidsrule.com are welcomed. n Ultimate Frisbee Indoor League Thursdays to Nov 3, with games from 6:15 and 7:15 at TCC, 910 McGill Road. FMI contact Mark at mdmoran62@hotmail.com. n Letter From Wingfield Farm presented by WCT until Oct. 22 at the Sagebrush Theatre. For tickets call 250-374-LIVE (5483) or visit www.kamloopslive.com n KCBIA Open House & Mixer for Think Green Publishing and ROI Media Works at 204-242 Victoria St. on Oct. 20 from 5-7pm. n Dr. Daniel Amen, “A Magnificent Mind at any Age� on Oct. 20 at 7pm at the Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way. FMI 250-374-0679 local 209. n Kamloops Business & Professional Women’s Club networking evening on Oct. 20 at Hotel 540 from 5-7pm in the lounge. n Multi-Genre Concert featuring local duos at Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St, on Oct. 21. FMI contact Alan Corbishley at 250-819-7373. For tickets call 250-374-LIVE (5483) or visit www.kamloopslive.com n Pumpkin Pie Party hosted by Donovan Cavers on Oct. 21 from 4-9pm at 652 Dominion St. Fundraiser for Donovan’s city council campaign. RSVP to www.caversforcouncil.com n Kidney Function Free Screening on Oct. 21. For an appointment call Sahali Mall Administration Office between 9am and 3pm on weekdays 250-374-3033. n 2141 Steam Locomotive Ghost Train one-hour long journey of restless souls. All

TEA TALK - Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo hosted meet-ups last week at local cafes and invited residents to join her to share their thoughts over a cup of coffee or tea. Local pastor and fencing instructor Zacharie Jean had a visit with Cathy at the downtown Blenz.

departures have sold out the past five years so book early. Departure dates: Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30pm. FMI 250-374-2141. n Fur Trade Lecture, presented by the Okanagan Historical Society& Okanagan County Historical Society on Oct. 21 at 7pm at TRU in the new Barber Centre. n Cuz I’m Talented at The Art We Are, 246 Victoria St. Oct. 21 at 7pm. Sign up at Cuz I’m Magic, 240 3rd Ave. n The Art We Are, 246 Victoria St. 250828-7998. Oct. 22, Wild Oaks at 8pm; Oct. 23, Morning Meditation with Therese Dorer from 11am-1pm; Oct. 29, The Harvest at 8pm. n So You Think You’re Funny? A Kamloops Players Society “Renovation� Fundraiser. A Comedy Variety Show and Competition on Oct. 22 at 8pm, 422 Tranquille. Tickets at

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LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23)  False information from someone trying to start problems is likely. Deception in your home is evident. Don’t beat around the bush. Make alternate plans just in case you need to make a career shift. Travel for pleasure will be enticing. SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) You can make career moves that will bring you a much higher income. Don’t go out of your way, and don’t let these unexpected guests cost you money. You may have been too nice to a friend who wanted to take advantage. Do not make any decisions in haste. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)  Changes in your home are apparent, and you must be willing to bend if you don’t want to find yourself alone. Don’t get involved in expensive entertainment that involves gambling. You can pick up wonderful buys if you really look hard this week. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 20) Your best efforts will come through hard work. The great outdoors will allow you to teach youngsters some of the things you learned when growing up. Avoid confrontations with coworkers who aren’t pulling their weight. Enjoy some entertainment. AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) Relatives will want to get together. You have to feel free to come and go as you please to achieve happiness. Visit friends or relatives who have been confirmed. Your ability to organize and get everyone together will enhance your popularity. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20) You may be tom between two possibilities. This has left you in a confused and uncertain state. Learn some new skills that will increase your in come. Get help finishing a project if needed. ARIES (Mar 21-April 20) Residential moves will be favorable, and larger quarters the most probable direction. Try to avoid being extravagant this week. You may have difficulties at an emotional level with mates. You may have ignored or neglected your mate lately. TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21) Get involved in philosophic groups that will enlighten you. Find out exactly what’s expected of you and you’ll be surprised to find out how capable you are. Those close to your heart may be difficult to reason with. You may find hidden matters disturbing. GEMINI (May 22-June 21)  Think hard before going into business with friends or family. Emotional deception will cause friction on the home front. Don’t let your mate force you into making a decision that you aren’t ready to make. Attend social functions that are linked to work. CANCER (June 22-July 22)  Raise your self esteem and your confidence if you want to get back into the mainstream again. You could be cornered, so be prepared to tell the truth. Use your high energy and dynamic approach to win favors from superiors. Deception and doubts may surround your involvement with friends and relatives. LEO (July 23-Aug 22)  Work hard on improving your living quarters. You can write beautiful love letters this week. You should not be concerned with coworkers who insist on spreading rumors. Be cautious when dealing with foreigners. VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 23) Don’t lament to a friend about any grievance regarding your mate, or it may be hard to rectify your relationship. Don’t hesitate to talk to your partner about rekindling your relationship. Check out prestigious clubs or groups that have a cause you believe in. Horoscopes courtesy of astrologer Michael Thiessen. For daily horoscopes go to www.astrology-online.com 1.16 oct 20.indd 1

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