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Flying objects identified as sky lanterns Fire department warns of dangers after lanterns land at mill By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

Consider the mystery of the bright orange lights floating over Merritt on March 31 solved by the Merritt Fire Rescue Department. As it turns out, they were flying lanterns. These lanterns are essentially little hot air balloons made of paper and powered by flames from candles or fuelsoaked wax paper. They catch in the wind and drift until their flames burn out. However, in this case, the lanterns kept burning once they hit the ground — at a local lumber yard. An employee spotted them coming down at Aspen Planers’ site two on Houston Street and was able to extinguish the flames. The lanterns are popular in several parts of the world, where people let them fly in large quantities as part of celebrations and festivals. In this case, the release appeared to be a memorial. But where they landed has prompted the city’s fire department to warn Merrittonians of the fire hazard these sky lanterns really are. Fire prevention officer Sky McKeown said the sight of the lanterns probably causes people

Scotia, and in parts of Spain, Germany, Brazil and Austria. McKeown said besides a fire risk, the lanterns pose risks to wildlife and other animals because the wire frames and waxy fuel sources aren’t biodegradable. Kamloops Fire Centre fire information officer Kayla Pepper said the Wildfire Management Branch has a partial prohibition on sky lanterns, which means they can’t be lit up and sent off in the Merritt Fire Zone between May 15 and Oct. 15 as per provincial fire bans. That restriction applies to areas outside of municipalities. “When we do open burning restrictions, it’s not only for piled wood in your backyard. It also includes fireworks, burning barrels, and as of last year, sky lanterns,” Pepper said. “That’s due to the unpredictable nature of Merritt Fire Rescue Department fire prevention officer Sky McKeown (left) and Chief Dave Tomkinson are asking Merritt residents not to use flying lanterns after several, sky lanterns. When you including the one McKeown is holding, landed at a local lumber yard (background) where they continued to burn. The fires were caught and put out by a mill employee. release them, you can’t Emily Wessel/Herald always control where can be several kilomecause major damage supposed to extinguish quite beautiful at the to forget that they’re they land. They are tres away from where before they come down, and it was caught soon time, but it definitely sending an open flame identified as a wildfire they’re lit when they in this case, the lanterns enough.” could’ve had some ‘unup in the air, which risk.” go up into the breeze,” McKeown said the kept burning once on can’t be controlled once beautiful’ consequencThe dates of the McKeown said. “In this prohibition can be lanterns pose a differthe ground. es,” McKeown said. it takes off. case, that’s what hapent risk than fireworks “When it landed, it About six to eight of Sky lanterns are altered depending on because fireworks aren’t pened.” simply prohibited under the lanterns drifted over actually started to burn how dry the season is, The lanterns have nearly as likely to drift the rice paper that it’s the City of Merritt’s fire the city and eventuPepper said. been banned in other as these lanterns. built from,” McKeown ally came down to the and safety regulations, Pepper said there’s parts of Canada includ- already a risk for grass “Different from said of one of the langround at the lumber McKeown said. ing P.E.I. and Nova fireworks, these things terns. “Luckily, it didn’t yard. Although they’re “It was probably fires in the area.

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Blended dirt that is “ready to grow.” SHINE ON Courthouse Art Gallery curator Meriel Barber (left) and local artist Fran McMurchy straighten a painting by local artist Gale Simpson at the reception for the Show and Shine exhibit and sale on April 4. The show features an eclectic array of offerings from arts council members’ collections and an art supply sale, which includes frames and art books. Barber said some proceeds from the sales will go toward repainting the gallery’s walls.

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS BLUEGRASS AND BOOGIE Randy Goulding and Kate Main of Backspin strummin’ their bluegrass style of music at Merritt’s Culture Club Saturday night. The Vancouver band played its first show in Merritt on the weekend.

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REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: April 1978 Legion celebrates 50th anniversary

Locally-shot film showing in Merritt By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

It’s premiered in Switzerland and had its Canadian premiere last weekend at Vancouver’s Reel 2 Reel film festival, and now it’s Merritt’s turn. The film Shana: The Wolf ’s Music, which was filmed in and stars locals from the Nicola Valley, will be shown at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology from Thursday to Saturday. Shana herself plans to attend all three showings. Played by Sunshine O’Donovan, the film follows young Shana as she discovers herself through the power of music with the help of her violin teacher. O’Donovan and her co-star, Delilah Dick, spent two weeks in Switzerland attending eight premieres of the film in various cities, such as Berne, Zurich and Solothurn. The showing in

Solothurn was sold out, O’Donovan told the Herald, noting she had a lot of autographing to do afterwards. Between Switzerland and the Reel 2 Reel festival, O’Donovan has had multiple interviews and has attended even more showings of the movie. She said she was surprised by the amount of media attention she’s received from the film. “I’m kind of surprised that I’m being interviewed by all these people. It’s really cool and I hope it spreads the word for Shana, to say what a great film it is and what a good time we had during the film,” O’Donovan said. “I never really thought that I’d have this much attention on me,” she said. The film’s director, Nino Jacusso, will also attend the Merritt premiere. Jacusso told the Herald he could not describe in words why he chose to shoot his

film in the Nicola Valley, chalking up his reasoning to a feeling rather than a thought. “I don’t know why, but we dropped in in Lower Nicola, in the Nicola Valley, and we were just touched in our heart from the people, from the landscape ... maybe from the spirits who are living there,” Jacusso said. The movie is an adaptation of the book of the same name by author Frederica de Cesco. Jacusso said about 80 or 90 per cent of the film version had been changed from the book version to make it more reflective of the Scw’exmx culture. “Film for me is made like a mirror of all life, so for me it’s important to make it real,” Jacusso said. Jacusso said he uses nonactors instead of professional actors because they add to the realism of a film in that they play a role where

they can be themselves. Jacusso said the roles in the movie adapted to each person’s personality. “Shana is a part of Sunshine in the movie, and it’s not an actress who makes Shana possible,” Jacusso said. Jacusso said when he first met O’Donovan, he knew she was the right fit for the lead role. O’Donovan told the Herald it was easy to play Shana because she was told to be herself. She said she heard that Jacusso was looking for a girl who could play violin and applied for the role not knowing it was the lead. O’Donovan said she knows how to play violin, although she’s still a beginner. As far as why she decided to apply, O’Donovan said she never knew if she’d have the opportunity to be in a movie again so she decided she should take the chance while she had it.

The movie is now playing in 40 theatres in Switzerland, Jacusso said. NVIT instructor and fellow actor in the film Mil Juricic said he hopes School District 58 will incorporate the film into its curriculum. “It’s a unique piece that makes a big contribution to the bridging between native culture and mainstream, dominant culture,” Juricic said of the film, noting Shana’s playing of the violin – a non-native instrument. “You suddenly realize that the violin become part of this native culture,” Juricic said. “It doesn’t matter what instrument it would be it doesn’t have to be a drum; it can be anything … instruments are just made to speak. What they speak is a whole different story.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night from April 10 to 12 and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. The film plays at NVIT’s lecture theatre.

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The Merritt Legion Branch No. 96 celebrated its 50th anniversary last Saturday, April 8, 1978, opening the doors at 12 noon for a reception for members and wellwishers that lasted all afternoon and on into the evening for a steady stream of people. In a report carried in the April 1928 Merritt Herald, the Merritt Branch was organized by the B.C. Provincial Command and the “aims and objects of the Legion, which is affiliated with the British Empire Service League, of which the late Field Marshall Earl Haig was chief, are to promote the advancement and betterment of all returned men and their immediate dependents, and the honouring of those who have ‘gone before.’”

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National Volunteer Week Smart Step finalizes

Celebrate volunteers April 6-12 summer plans If you would like to live in a community in which you may have pride, then dedicate yourself in the spirit of humility to your responsibilities in that community. — Herbert Victor Prochnow National Volunteer Week is set aside each year to honour and thank volunteers for the time and energy they contribute to causes that benefit our community. It is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank volunteers who strengthen our society and inspire others to seek out ways to engage in their communities. In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the City of Merritt would like to extend a very warm

thank you to all volunteers who give countless hours to causes they hold near to them and for their commitment, dedication, and passion for our city. Without them, we would not have the determination to face our challenges and accomplish our goals. By working together, the City of Merritt continues to prove that collective power can foster positive changes. Why volunteer? Here are some of the many benefits! • To enhance social awareness • Learn through service • Enjoy better health • Gain self-confidence • Discover/share your strengths and talents • Build a sense of


Part-Time Bylaw Enforcement Officer The City of Merritt is seeking an individual to serve as Bylaw Enforcement Officer on a part time basis. The position is for a twenty (20) hour work week including shifts on weekends from May 1st to September 30th. For complete details, visit the City website at www. Applications will be received by the undersigned until 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 Carole Fraser Deputy Clerk/Human Resources Manager City of Merritt 2185 Voght Street, Box 189 Merritt, B.C. V1K 1B8 As only those candidates short-listed will be contacted, we thank you in advance for your interest in this position.

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ages and backgrounds; and

Whereas: 13.3 million Canadian volunteers given their time to help others, contributing 2.1 billion volunteer hours per year; and

Whereas: the collective result of the work done by our city’s volunteers is that Merritt is a more desirable place to live; and

Whereas: volunteers in the City of Merritt mentor our children, feed our hungry, comfort our lonely, beautify our green spaces, and fundraise for our charitable organizations; and

Whereas: organizations in the City of Merritt rely on volunteers Now, therefore, I, Susan Roline, Mayor of the City of Merritt, do hereby proclaim April 6 to 12, 2014 as National Volunteer Week, and urge my fellow citizens to recognize the crucial role played by volunteers in our community.

Whereas: the City of Merritt’s volunteers are young, old, families, workers, retirees, men and women of all

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The youth association is starting to finalize summer plans. Grant applications for youth employment and event sponsorship have been completed and Smart Step is awaiting notification. Smart Step will be partnering with PacificSport this summer to offer weekly

games and activities in community and school parks to neighbourhood kids. As well, Smart Step was successful in its application to United Way TNC for youth initiative funding that will cover costs and provide training for the community clean up week.

Mayor’s DROP IN SESSION WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Community Room Downstairs at City Hall.

Come down and meet the Mayor. This is your opportunity to bring forth ideas on how we can make Merritt a better place to live and do business, ask questions about something you don’t understand or if something has transpired that you have not received a proper resolution with.

SANITARY SEWER FLUSHING The City of Merritt Public Works Department would like to remind residents that it is that time of year again for our annual maintenance program for sewer flushing and camera work. We apologize for any inconvenience and your patience is greatly appreciated. If you have had any problems with your toilet bubbling up in the past it is recommended that you place a towel or saran wrap over your bowl and put the lid down. Also, if you experience any foul smelling odour it is advised to run a little water through the household’s sinks and bathtubs. This is scheduled to begin on April 14 and run until about May 30th approximately.

Current resumes reflecting applicants’ knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the position and detailing education, qualifications and proof of required licenses/certificates/degrees will be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m., April 11, 2014 by: Carole Fraser, Human Resources Manager City of Merritt PO Box 189, 2185 Voght Street Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Or by email: We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Art adoption fees support students By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

A new piece of artwork will be officially unveiled at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology tomorrow, but it won’t just hang on the wall. The wood sculpture, titled “Forever,� will collect donations for a new scholarship or bursary at the school. The sculpture is a large circular puzzle made from 100 different pieces of carved wood. To contribute to the scholarship, people can donate $50 to adopt a piece of it. A map numbering each piece and identifying the type of wood it is made of will be posted alongside the sculpture, NVIT instructor Mil Juricic said. Some of the wood pieces come from types of wood that can no longer be harvested and there is even one type of wood that has not been identified.

NVIT instructor Mil Juricic and artist Peregrine O’Gormley admire the newest piece of artwork at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. The artwork will be unveiled at its permanent location tomorrow at noon. Michael Potestio/Herald

other for the Burnaby campus. The artwork in Merritt has one puzzle piece missing, which is meant to symbolize 100 of 10,000 species of bird that have gone extinct. Juricic told the Her-

That wood, however, has already been purchased. “My wife bought it,� Juricic said with a laugh. Two of these sculptures were purchased by NVIT: one for the Merritt campus and the

ald that the meaning of the missing piece can have a local perspective to it too. He said the piece that is separated from the rest of the puzzle could be interpreted as the piece of NVIT that is their Burnaby

Reclamation at Craigmont mill site underway By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

Reclamation work is underway at the Craigmont Mill site about 10 kilometres west of Merritt. Owner Huldra Silver started planting on March 28 at two areas of the mill to mitigate dust issues. The geography of the area meant wind would funnel into the site, pick up dust and loose dirt and carry it out into the Nicola Valley. Huldra Silver CEO Peter Espig said the two areas the company is planting now are responsible for spreading about the majority of the dust. “I had actually been at the mine one time when I had seen the dust. I can say first-hand that I understand it was an issue,� he said. One of the spots is along the southern

Although there was no vegetation in that area, loose dirt and gravel on a steep slope

side of the tailings banks, where the company did some reclamation work last year.

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campus. The artwork in Burnaby has no missing piece and is titled “Treasure,� Juricic said. Some of the wood pieces have already been adopted, but others remain unclaimed. All proceeds collected from adopting a piece of the puzzle go toward the bursary or scholarship, Juricic said. The two sculptures purchased by NVIT cost $9,000 total. The unveiling of Merritt’s artwork will be at noon at NVIT on April 9. Peregrine O’Gormley, the artist who created the pieces, will be present for the ceremony.

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HERALD OPINION Afghanistan mission not accomplished By Gwynne Dyer

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron rambled a bit on his visit to Afghanistan last December, but ended up sounding just as deluded as former U.S. president George W. Bush had been when he proclaimed “Mission accomplished” six weeks after the invasion of Iraq. British troops were sent to Afghanistan, Cameron said, “so it doesn’t become a haven for terror. That is the mission . . . and I think we will have accomplished that mission.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper was equally upbeat when addressing Canadian troops just before they pulled out in 2011. Afghanistan no longer represents a “geostrategic risk to the world [and] is no longer a source of global terrorism,” he said. Both men are technically correct, since Afghanistan never was a “geostrategic risk to the world” or “a haven for terror,” but they must both know the whole war was really a pointless waste of lives. Obviously, neither man can afford to say the soldiers who died in obedience to the orders of their government (448 British troops, 158 Canadians) died in vain, but U.S. President Barack Obama has found a better way to address the dilemma: He just doesn’t offer any assessment of the campaign’s success. “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” wrote former defence secretary Robert Gates — and he was right. So was Obama, in the sense he realized the mission, whatever its purpose (the definitions kept changing), was neither doable nor worth doing.

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Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS “Gone are the days when all you want to see are sprawling countryside vistas.” More like gone are the days when you can trick anybody with an April Fool’s Day story featuring a caricature of an arrogant condo tycoon. Last Tuesday, the Merritt Herald published a phoney

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story that a Vancouver developer was planning to build a 12-storey highrise in downtown Merritt. The bogus story featured the bogus quote that leads this column. In dreaming up this April Fool’s Day story, I had to think of one where there wouldn’t be any collateral damage. It had to quote fake sources who, for obvious reasons, couldn’t be from real companies. I also didn’t want to report something that would be awesome if it were real and then shatter people’s hopes with the final paragraph outing the story as a joke. So, enter Stu Sherman, a completely out-of-touch jerk, and his plans for a gaudy highrise in the

middle of a quaint country city. Here’s a little bit of his background. Sherman is the former owner and operator of a horse and buggy taxi company, which although he admitted was a “generally inconvenient way to travel,” he still peddled as a viable, everyday taxi service. He went so far as to pitch horse and buggy lanes to the provincial government, although even he had to admit that their support seemed unlikely. Sherman made his first fortune selling counterfeit art, which he sunk entirely into a terribly-written self-help book detailing his many get-rich-quick schemes and an accompanying speaking circuit,

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which was really an excuse to jet around the world in luxury. The book sales were abysmal and the speaker series was a complete loss. Though he lost his fortune, Sherman didn’t lose his taste for luxury. On his last dime, it was a matter of being at the right place at the right time for Sherman. That place was a gaudy casino in Las Vegas, which would introduce him to a high-flyin’ poker playerturned-business partner, and would serve as the inspiration for his newfound condominium development plans. Of course, there are so many red flags in the story that you probably didn’t need to read to the end to decide it was an April Fool’s

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Day joke. (Better yet, if it took you to the end to realize, nobody needs to know.) Before the advent of Google at our fingertips, people weren’t always too savvy for such pranks. In the 1950s, the BBC reported on a family spaghetti tree farm in Switzerland, and was inundated with calls and requests for spaghetti gardening tips. In 1977, the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. ran a seven-page travel spread celebrating the island nation of San Serriffe, which any self-respecting design nerd would have a nice chuckle at. (For those who aren’t, it’s a typeface reference.)

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From Page 6 But, in fact, he did support it, at least to the extent of not pulling the plug on it — and 1,685 of the 2,315 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan died on his watch. Could do better. Now there’s another “election� coming up in Afghanistan on Saturday, April 5, and at least threequarters of the remaining foreign troops (perhaps all of them) will be gone from the country by the end of this year, and the whole thing is getting ready to fall apart. This will pose no threat to the rest of the world, but it’s going to be deeply embarrassing for the Western leaders who nailed their flags to this particular mast. The election is to replace President Hamid Karzai, who has served two full terms and cannot run again. It will be at least as crooked as the last one in 2009 — 20.7-million voters cards have already been distributed in a country where there are only 13.5-million people over the age of 18. Karzai is so confident of remaining the power behind the throne he is building his “retirement� residence next to the presidential palace — but he’s probably wrong. His confidence is based on his skill as a manipulator of tribal politics. Indeed, his insistence the U.S. hand over control of Bagram jail and his subsequent release of 72 hard-core Taliban prisoners was designed to rebuild ties with the prisoners’ families and clans before the election. But, it is that same Taliban organization that will probably make all Karzai’s plans and plots irrelevant. It’s not that the Taliban will sweep back to power all over Afghanistan once Western troops leave. It really only controlled the Pashtun-majority areas of the east and south and the area around the capital even when it was “in power� in 1996-2001, while the Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras of the “Northern Alliance� ruled the rest.

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That pattern is likely to reappear, with the Taliban and the northern warlords pushing politicians like Karzai aside — probably not at once, when most or all of the Western troops go home at the end of this year, but a while later, when the flow of aid (which accounts for 97 per cent of Afghan government spending) finally stops. The U.S.-backed government of South Vietnam did not collapse when American troops went home in 1973, but two years later, when Congress cut the aid to Saigon. The Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan did not collapse when Soviet troops withdrew in 1989, but three years later, after the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia cut the aid. It will happen that way again. The new part-Taliban Afghanistan that emerges will be no more a source of international terrorism than the old part-Taliban Afghanistan was. It was Osama bin Laden and his merry men, mostly Arabs and a few Pakistanis, who plotted and carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, not the Taliban. True, bin Laden et al were guests on Afghan soil at the time, but it is highly unlikely they told the Taliban about the attacks in advance. After all, they were probably going to get their hosts’ country invaded by the United States; best not to bring it up. And there have been no international terrorist attacks coming out of Afghanistan in the past eight years, although the Taliban already control a fair chunk of the country. The election will unfold as Karzai wishes and his preferred candidate (exactly whom is still not clear) will probably emerge as the new president, but this truly is a case of rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic. The second long foreign occupation of Afghanistan in half a century is drawing to a close, and Afghanistan’s own politics and history are about to resume. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist based in London, England, whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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Media pranks verge on believable From Page 6 On April 1, 1981, the Merritt Herald ran a story about hot springs discovered at the bottom of Nicola Lake, and a California developer’s plans to build a milliondollar resort there. The hijinks continued into this century, getting more and more sneaky and closer to that edge between believable and ridiculous. In 2008, the CBC Radio show “As It Happens� reported the $5 bill would be

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Local ranchers give input on seed mixture From Page 5

“The wind would hit that, and it would just — poof. It would carry it upward because it hits the slope,” Espig said. “You can think of it like a wave when it hits something underneath; it just pushes it straight up.” Huldra reduced that slope from a 2:1 ratio to a 3:1 ratio. The other area that produced lots of dust were dune-like sand piles, which will be flattened and seeded. “[Those are] our immediate two priority sections and that’s where 95 per cent of the dust comes from,” he said. He said the company reached out to ranchers with neighbouring properties before establishing a seed mixture that would be used. “It’s fine if grass grows, but if you don’t know really the effect of that organic material and how that



affects the ranchers’ water beside us — it’s fine for us, it looks green — but without getting the local people there and understanding the effects... in the end, we actually brought in the local ranchers and made them aware,” he said. “Essentially, the amount of cleanliness you need for a mine is much less than somebody who has cattle in that area,” Espig said. The Ministry of Energy and Mines originally recommended




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and the company wants to get the seeds in while the ground is wet, Espig said. He said it was important to connect with locals because they are the ones who live beside the site. “As a mining company based in Vancouver, it’s very often you forget about who your neighbours are,” he said, adding that as the new CEO, he is working to change that.














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Young rugby players tour England and Wales By Ian Webster THE HERALD

For two Merritt teenagers, a recent 15-day visit to the United Kingdom will be an experience they will savour for a lifetime. The pair — Michael Peterson and Paz Morrison-Rainville — were part of a rugby tour to England and Wales organized by the Kamloops Rugby Club for its Raiders junior team. The two-week trip in March of this year included four games against British club and school sides as well as a host of sightseeing and cultural opportunities. “It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” said 17-yearold Peterson, a Grade 12 student at Merritt Secondary School and a member of the school’s senior boys rugby team. “It was my first time travelling overseas,” added Panther teammate Morrison-Rainville, 16 years old and in Grade 11 at MSS. “It was the most amazing trip.” Both Peterson and Morrison-Rainville have been part of the KRC’s junior program for more than a year now. Morrison-Rainville was one of four Merritt players who joined the Kamloops Raiders junior rugby team last spring on a YMCA exchange trip to Ottawa. Both trips were orga-

nized by Raiders coach Trevor Johnston, who welcomes the involvement of Merritt players. “The boys we’ve had come up from Merritt have been terrific,” said Johnston. “They’re fine young men.” The rest of the Raiders’ junior team is comprised of athletes from four different Kamloops school. The majority of the players are 16 to 17 years of age, with one 18-year-old and two 15-year-olds. The head coach of the junior program at KRC said planning for the trip to England and Wales started quite late — not until this past November. “It all came together rather quickly. We trained indoors twice a week right through the winter at different Kamloops schools. We didn’t get on a field outside at all until we landed in England.” After busing to Vancouver and flying directly to London, the 30-member Raiders squad made their way to Birmingham for their first game — against the Sutton Coldfield Greens, a club side. Amazingly, the Kamloops team pulled off a victory, 15-14. “It was a great start for our team,” said Johnston. “The boys’ sheer enthusiasm is what did it. The whole group always wants success and they just feed off each other. They aren’t satis-

DEADLY DUO Merritt Secondary School rugby players Paz Morrison-Rainville (left) and Michael Peterson travelled to England and Wales with the Kamloops Raiders junior rugby team for a series of exhibition games. Ian Webster/Herald

fied with being second best.” “We came out hard, and just kept pushing throughout the game,” said Morrison-Rainville who played flanker in the forward group throughout the tour. The Kamloops team made their way to Pontypool, Wales for their second match — against another club team, New Panteg. They were blanked 10-0. “They were a lastminute replacement when our original hosts pulled out,” said Johnston. “They were a big squad with four or five boys who were 19 years old. They were the difference in the game. They were stronger and had more rugby sense.”

HALLOWED GROUNDS The Kamloops Raiders junior rugby team takes time out for a picture at historic Bancroft’s School in Greater London. Photo submitted

“They were tough to play,” said Peterson. “It blew our minds that we couldn’t score against them. Every time we broke through their line, there was always someone else there to make a tackle.” The visit to Wales was made all the more memorable by the last-minute accommodation that was arranged for the visiting Kamloops team. “They didn’t have time to organize billets, so our entire group ended up staying in one room of their clubhouse – all 29 of us. It was interesting to say the least,” said Johnston. The visitors from Canada returned to England for two memorable games against prominent school teams. The first was Bancroft’s School, an independent co-ed institution located in Woodford Green (Greater London). Founded in 1737, Bancroft’s beautiful grounds, venerable buildings and hallowed halls were actually considered for the setting of the Harry Potter films. “We ended up losing to them 19-7,” said Johnston. “The Bancroft’s coach held a training session with our boys in the morning and really sold them on how good they were, and how they were

going to steamroll over his lads. I think our players got the feeling that all they had to do was show up and they’d win. Well, they didn’t. It was a good lesson for our players in rugby strategy and gamesmanship.” The Raiders’ final match was against Campion, another Greater London school and the number-one state side in England. “Their rugby program is very good,” said Johnston. “Last year, they toured Singapore and New Zealand. Next year, they’re going to South Africa.” Johnston went on to say that the KamloopsCampion contest was constructed to be an “exhibition-friendly” in every sense of the word. “It was our last game, and I wanted all our team to get plenty of playing time. So, as coaches, we decided to basically break the match into two separate games with lots of substitutions. They ended up beating us 19-5 and then 21-5. It was a good result for us when you consider that they toured Canada two years ago and beat an Alberta rep team by over 80 points.” Despite a 1-3 record, the Merritt boys were more than happy with their team’s effort in all

the games. “The competition was really stiff, but I think that we held our ground,” said Peterson, who will move in from his fullback position with the Raiders to play either scrum half or fly half with his MSS team. The Raiders’ time in England wasn’t all comprised of “punishment on the pitch.” The Canadian contingent took in plenty of sights, including Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Piccadilly Square and the British Parliament Buildings. In Wales, they toured Caerphilly Castle and the Big Pit Coal Mine. “It was awesome,” said Peterson. “I think my favorite thing was St. Paul’s Cathedral, with all the incredible artwork.” Peterson also enjoyed the London Eye — a humongous enclosed ferris wheel built for the Millenium celebrations in 2000. “It was cool,” he said. “It gave you an amazing view of London from a different perspective.” The boys also took in a pair of high-level rugby matches. First was Scotland versus Wales in an international friendly, followed by the Harlequins against the Saracens in an elite-level club contest in front of 83,000 people at the world-famous Wembley Stadium. Morrison-Rainville

found the billeting with families to be incredibly meaningful and rewarding. “I think it was the best part of the trip,” he said. “You really got to learn a lot about their culture.” Food was a real eyeopener for both Merritt boys. “Lots of beans,” Morrison-Rainville said with a laugh, “even for breakfast!” By the end of the tour, Johnston conceded that his young crew was exhausted. “I don’t think that the boys were prepared for the amount of walking that we did, and the amount of travelling by planes, trains and automobiles. It really wore them out. And, of course, they wanted to have their fun, too. It all took its toll. By the end, I think they were all glad they were coming home…for a rest.” Peterson and Morrison-Rainville’s involvement in Raiders’ rugby is not finished just yet. “In July, Bancroft’s School is paying a return visit to play us,” said Johnston, “and a Scottish touring team has also contacted me about playing a game in August.” Johnston welcomes the Merritt boys’ continued participation. “Both boys couldn’t be better ambassadors for Merritt. They’re wonderful lads. I’d take those kids anywhere.”

Paz Morrison-Rainville received a $1,000 bursary from the Chris McGoon Memorial Fund to help with the expenses of his trip. The CMMF has been set up to honour the former Merritt Secondary School student and athlete who passed away suddenly in 2004. Each year, Chris’s friends and classmates from MSS, along with family members, get together for the John Wayne Classic golf tournament to raise funds for the educational needs of Chris’s daughter, Neveah, and to provide financial assistance to worthy studentathletes at Merritt Secondary. “It was a real miracle to be able to go, and experience a trip that I will never forget. My family and I thank the Chris McGoon Fund and everyone else for their tremendous support and help.” - Paz Morrison-Rainville

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Legal Notices Attention Mr. Mervin Fedorchuk, your 1994 Lincoln vin# 1LNLM9744RY792758 will be sold to cover the repair bill of $1416.67 plus storage fees, unless payment is received by April 22, 2014. Chez Transmission, 136 Wilson St. Kamloops, BC V2B 2M6


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2003 22’ NASH Travel trailer, electric lift, solar panel, 2 new batteries, air conditioning, full bath, fridge, 3 burner stove, microwave, sleeps six, easy towing, sway bars and hitch. Excellent condition. $9,999 obo Call 250-378-3569

Utility Trailers 13’ by 8’4” high two horse trailer. Includes 6’ tack area, dual axle, 120 lbs. tires. Paid $1650 will sell for $1500 obo. Call Clarence Oppenheim at 3781819 or 315-4842

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Legal Notices

Legal Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Estate of Elmer Abram Reimer, deceased, formerly of 1902 Eastwood Avenue, Merritt, B.C. Creditors and other having claims against the estate of Elmer Abram Reimer, deceased, are hereby notiÀed under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor at Morelli Chertkow LLP, 300 – 180 Seymour Street, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C 2E3, on or before May 5, 2014 after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. Signed: Janice Lillian Reimer Executor of the Estate of Elmer Abram Reimer Solicitor: MORELLI CHERTKOW LLP

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Merritt Herald - April 8, 2014  

Merritt Herald - April 8, 2014