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Movie theatre land purchased By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

The Merritt Community Cinema Society has purchased its land at the corner of Coutlee Avenue and Garcia Street. The downtown property will be the site of a future four-bay movie theatre. “It’s not just a dream. Now it’s starting to get a little focus on reality. We’re really, really pleased,” cinema society member Kurt Christopherson said. The society acquired the land and a nearby property for parking for $275,000, about half of what the former owners originally asked for. The deal was struck in late November and the society had until Dec. 19 to make the purchase. The society started its grassroots fundraising efforts with the downtown business owners. Society members said if they could get support from local investors, they could show larger, corporate investors that the project has the community’s support. Christopherson said they were pleased with how the first step in the fundraising process went. “It was so late when the deal was confirmed, and we knew that around Christmas time it would be just about

impossible, so we were pleasantly surprised with how much the community did come through.” He said feedback from people was encouraging. “It was really encouraging to know that support was there. I think we’ve got a really good groundswell.” Christopherson said donations came in all sizes and totalled close to $100,000. The group got an interestfree loan to cover the remainder of the cost. “We knew that we weren’t going to quite reach the full amount in the limited time that we had. We did manage to get a loan for what we needed,” he said. The next step in the process is to make the building’s plans, which will require an architect. There is no timeline on the architect step of the project, but Christopherson said the group is hoping to have that done by the spring. Members of similar cinema societies in Dauphin, Man. and Salmon Arm are sharing their experiences and plans with the local group, which Christopherson said has been helpful in the process so far. The society is fundraising for the non-profit movie theatre, which is estimated to cost in the millions.

No life-jackets, alcohol factors in Langley teens’ deaths CHRISTMAS CRAFTS Eight-year-old Lacey Billy and her six-year-old sister Mackenzi built a Christmas tree out of books at the library on Dec. 18. The library hosted the Billys and other home-schooling families in the area for a day of crafts and hot chocolate. The book trees will be on display until the end of the holidays. Emily Wessel/Herald

A coroners report released last week into the drowning deaths of two Langley teens on Nicola Lake found alcohol and no lifejackets were factors in

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Area students to get entrepreneurial experience in new program By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

The City of Merritt will be quarterbacking a program that aims to give local youth an entrepreneurial experience. The program was presented to council by the city’s economic services manager, Jerry Sucharyna, who has conducted the program before when he was the manager of economic development in Lillooet. The Venture Investment Program (VIP) involves students between Grades 6 and 12 submitting business plans to be judged by a panel of the program’s sponsors. This panel then chooses the top five plans and gives them each a $200 grant in startup capital. Sucharyna told the Herald this program will involve businesses and non-profit organizations sponsoring student business plans during the summer months of July and August. The students selected

will have access to the resources of the sponsors in order to help them with their summer business. At the end of August, each of the five submissions can earn an additional $100 for best business analysis by submitting a business report. At its regular meeting on Dec. 17, council voted unanimously to facilitate the VIP program for schools within Merritt city limits. That means the city will essentially coordinate the program and seek out sponsors to offset the cost of it, primarily the $1,100 in prize money. The City of Merritt will also waive the bill on business licences for participating students. “It’ll be a real neat program for the city of Merritt’s kids,” Sucharyna said. Students can partner up in groups for the project, but will only be entitled to one award, Sucharyna said. Applicants fill out a

one-page “mini-business plan” explaining who the applicant is; what he, she or they will do; what they will charge and a cash-flow statement, Sucharyna said. “It’s up to the students to sell themselves,” Sucharyna said. He also said the additional $100 won’t necessarily go to the student who made the most money. “Just because you made $1,000 doesn’t mean you get the bonus. [It] might be the kid who lost $1,000,” Sucharyna said. Good or bad, what will be important is seeing what each entrepreneur has learned from the experience, he said. Technically, the applicants are not required to follow through with their business from their business plan, Sucharyna told the Herald. However, he said in the 15 years he has worked with the VIP program, that rarely occurred and when it did, the funding was returned.

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Dog’s death divides owners, animal shelter By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

A Merritt-area animal rescue shelter and a local family are butting heads over the events that led to the death of a 12-year-old dog. Judanna Caros, owner of Angel’s Animal Rescue, said she received a call earlier this month about a dog standing in the middle of Aberdeen Road in Lower Nicola. Caros told the Herald she found the dog and took him to the Merritt Veterinary Hospital and he was deemed to be malnourished and dehydrated. Both veterinarians Anne Flemming and Paul Molnar refused to comment. Caros said she’d been receiving complaints for weeks from people in regards to the poor condition of a dog at a residence on Aberdeen Road and had even been sent pictures of the canine. She said she wasn’t aware this was the same dog she was going to pick up that day, but put two and two together once she was in contact with its owners. The dog’s owner, Coleen Colvin, told the Herald she began to notice her 12-year-old canine named Charlie seemed to be getting sick in midNovember as he was losing weight. Colvin said she thought it was worms at first, and she went to a vet and got medication to treat worms. When the medication didn’t work, she searched on the Internet for some home remedies to use, such as feeding the dog garlic and herbs. Colvin said she decided against taking Charlie to a veterinarian for treatment because she couldn’t afford to do so. “We love our pets, but

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we do not budget in our everyday lives for extensive pet bills,� Colvin said. Colvin said she fed Charlie more, hoping he’d regain his lost weight, but the dog’s condition did not improve. By December, the time came when she told her husband and youngest daughter Randi that the dog would probably need to be put down. She said her intention was to have the dog euthanized on the Monday or Tuesday of the second week of December as she had her paycheque coming in. Colvin said that on Dec. 5, she returned to her home on Aberdeen Road

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in Lower Nicola from work and noticed Charlie was missing. “He’s chained, he can’t get loose,� Colvin said. She said her dog usually stays tied up in their front yard and in the winter months, the family moves him into the backyard where his doghouse is located. She called her other daughter Melissa, who lives nearby, but she hadn’t seen the dog either. Later that night, Colvin returned from a school function and went looking for Charlie, but couldn’t find him. Colvin said Charlie was known for getting loose and wandering off

to return home later on, although on this occasion, given his sickly condition, she wasn’t sure he would. Her daughter Randi then called Angel’s Animal Rescue to see if they had come across her dog. Caros confirmed they had found a dog they believed to be Charlie and the family arranged to go see him at the shelter on Dec. 8. Colvin met with Caros at the shelter and confirmed the dog was indeed Charlie. Colvin said Charlie was walking around, had food, water and had toys to play with. “He was looked after up there,� Colvin said. Colvin said she suspected Charlie had cancer. Caros told the Herald she’s dealt with dogs that have cancer and the reason they lose their weight is due to a loss of appetite, which wasn’t the case with Charlie, she said. Caros said she told Colvin she was willing to help Charlie if there was time to save him. She said she asked for the dog to be left in her care and get blood tests done to see if he was sick. Colvin told the Herald she thought that was fine and she left Charlie with Caros. Colvin said she emailed Angel’s Animal Rescue on Monday to see if she had contacted the vet and to find out about costs for blood tests as they wanted to try fundraising

for the tests. The blood tests would have taken time, Caros told the Herald, stating a malnourished dog needs to regain some of its health. “You can’t do blood tests on a dehydrated and malnourished dog; you have to feed them and get them water,� Caros said. “You can’t just start poking a dog for blood tests until they have a little bit of health to them.� Colvin said she emailed Caros again on Tuesday and didn’t hear back from her on Wednesday either. When Caros subsequently contacted Colvin, she asked that she surrender the dog to her so that she could get him treatment. Colvin told the Herald she refused to do that. “It’s my dog,� Colvin said. Caros said she asked Colvin to sign a surrender form in order to give Angel’s Animal Rescue the permission to have veterinary treatment performed on Charlie. “It’s basically a permission sheet,� Caros said, noting she could be held liable if the dog died during treatment without that permission. On Friday, Dec. 13, Caros called Colvin to tell her Charlie was not well and needed to be put down. They arranged to meet at the Merritt Veterinary Hospital that day. When they arrived, the vet was on another call and they had to wait. Colvin waited inside the veterinary hospital while Caros stayed with Charlie at her truck. Caros said the dog was too weak to move and she didn’t want to bring him into the vet’s office as it would have been a stressful experience for him.

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Minister writes to encourage city projects The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from Dec. 17, 2013. Dear Mayor Roline and councillors: I appreciated our meeting at this year’s UBCM convention in Vancouver. It was a good opportunity for me to hear some of the issues you face as leaders in your community. I was pleased to hear your plans for the redevelopment of Central Park. Having amenities to keep people healthy and active in your community is important and this project has a focus on that. I also commend you on engaging the community on this project. Having community support can be critical when it comes time to move this project forward. I know how important senior government funding is to your community helping meet local priorities. Unfortunately, there are no capital funding programs accepting applications at this time. However, we are currently discussing a future federal/provincial long-term infrastructure plan with the federal government and the ongoing structure and delivery options of the permanent Gas Tax Fund. Any new program decisions will be clearly communicated to all local governments. I was also interested to learn about the cultural mapping policy you have begun work on. As you are partnering with the Nicola Valley Arts Council on this project, I suggest that you speak with the Community Arts Development and Partnerships Officer, Ms. Monique Lacerte-Roth, at the British Columbia Arts Council, about submitting an application for funding through one of their programs. We are proud of the partnership we have with you, and the support we have been able to provide to the City of Merritt in meeting local priorities and making communities strong, healthy and prosperous. I have enclosed a summary of investments my ministry has made in your community since 2001. I was also very pleased to provide you at our meeting with confirmation of your successful application for an Infrastructure Planning Grant for the UV Treatment Feasibility Study. Creating and maintaining the local investment climate are important in fostering economic growth and keeping our communities strong. I look forward to working with you to ensure we are well positioned to take full advantage of these opportunities. Thank you to your delegation for taking the time to meet with me at the convention and for the dedication and leadership you are providing to your community. Sincerely, Coralee Oakes, minister of community, sport and cultural development

2014 BY-ELECTION GUIDE Elections for one (1) Councillor for the City of Merritt will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014 For those who may be considering running in the upcoming election, it is important to acknowledge the time commitment that is required by elected officials. Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month for their regularly scheduled Council meeting. As well, Council usually meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for informal Committee of the Whole meetings and there are quarterly scheduled workshops. The expectation of Council members is their involvement in Strategic Planning sessions, budget discussions, roles & responsibility workshops etc. Some of these sessions/workshops are day long events held on a Saturday. Councillors also serve on various committees that meet on a regular basis on other evenings of the week. Weekends are usually spent reading Council Agenda packages which consist of staff reports and correspondence from other government agencies and the public. Prospective candidates should give serious consideration to the time commitment that is expected when holding elected office. It is recommended that prospective candidates speak to a current or former member of Council to discover just how much of their time and energy Council members devote to the community. COMMON ELECTION QUESTIONS

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS CHRISTMAS LUNCH Members of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) feed hungry students at Central Elementary School last Tuesday. Every year, the PAC hosts a school function for the students and this year, about 600 students gathered in the Central gymnasium for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings – including dessert. PAC president Kriss Morel said they had the dinner to give the students a meal together before the Christmas break. Various groups in the community donated a total of 10 turkeys for the school’s lunch.

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From Page 3 “If he was going to have to be euthanized, then I was going to let the vet do it right there,” Caros said. Colvin said she came over to the truck to say her goodbyes to Charlie and was expecting the dog to be brought into the clinic. The vet arrived and went to go see the dog at the truck, but Charlie had already taken his last breaths. Caros told the Herald when she found the dog and first brought him to the vet, he “ate like there’s no tomorrow” and after a few days began eating normally. She said he also drank copious amounts of water at first, but soon began drinking normally. “People can say they’re feeding their dog, but actions speak a lot louder than words,” she said. Caros also told the Herald that if Charlie’s owners couldn’t afford to send him to a vet, they shouldn’t have had the dog. “Why not reach out for help from somebody?” she said. Colvin said she never considered handing the dog over to Angel’s Animal Rescue before the society found him. She said if he was going to die, she wanted it to be at the family home with them. Caros said it isn’t certain if Charlie was sick or not. “If he died from malnourishment, what

happens is they become so malnourished that their systems shut down, their organs stop functioning properly. If they’ve been starved,” Caros said, noting the vet records point to malnourishment. Colvin’s daughter Melissa told the Herald she thinks that if this was a case of neglect, the dog should have got better as opposed to dying after being taken in by the shelter. “When we talked about putting Charlie down, it wasn’t that I’m going to take Charlie into the vet, give him a full check-up and everything, he’s sick. I’m going to have him put down and get his ashes

back,” Colvin said. Caros said she thinks Charlie should have received veterinary care. “That poor dog suffered to the day he died. There should have been something done for him, that’s why we have veterinarians. Our animals don’t have to suffer like this,” Caros said. Caros also said fundraising efforts by Charlie’s owners should have been done when they first noticed him deteriorating. Colvin said Caros knew Charlie was her dog and probably should have come to her door when she picked him up and asked if they had taken him to a vet. Caros said when

she found the dog, she wasn’t 100 per cent sure it was the one that belonged to Colvin. Colvin said if she was mistreating her dog, she wouldn’t have had him tied up in the front yard where everyone could see him. She also said she has two other dogs, both of whom are healthy. Caros said pet owners need to budget for their pets in case they do need to see a veterinarian. Saving up money, making payment arrangements with a vet or phoning an animal rescue group for help are options to consider for those who may not be able to afford medical care for their pets.


the Word, the World

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When Jesus had promised to die for them and give them another chance, He showed Adam how to build an altar and sacrifice an animal on the altar. These animals, a young sheep or goat, represented Jesus and every time one was killed, he was reminded that this foretold what would happen to Jesus. It was to help them to not do anything that they had to sacrifice an innocent lamb in order to be forgiven their wrong doings. Adam and Eve had children. The people began to multiply. The people then lived for 900 years. After a few years they had big families. Some did not do what God had asked of them. Many liked the idea of a sacrifice, but they would sacrifice to the sun, moon, and stars, not to God. You see, these could not tell what was right or wrong so they just did what they wanted. The records say that the minds of men were veil continually, and the Earth

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Abraham was one of the last faithful to God. He said that through Abraham He would make a nation that would follow Him and through them, Jesus would come to fulfill the promise God had made. Abraham became the father of the faithful and of the Jewish nation. It was through the prophets of the Jewish nation that they foretold of the dead being asleep, of Jesus’ first coming, His life, death and resurrection, and of the second coming to resurrect those who fell asleep loving and obeying God.

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HERALD OPINION The big idea of 2013 By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS

VICTORIA – One of Canada’s great entrepreneurial success stories in recent years is WestJet, the Calgary-based airline that is expanding across the country and taking on European routes. Clive Beddoe, the founding CEO of WestJet, was famous for helping the cabin crew tidy up the plane before getting off a flight. And the company is also known for its profitsharing program, with all employees referred to as “owners” who have a stake in the success of the operation. I thought of this management approach when news emerged that the B.C. government was offering public service unions a new kind of contract, with a five-year term and wage increases tied to improved economic growth. The surprising thing is that unions are accepting the idea, even though provincial growth must exceed the government’s independent economic forecast council projections before it can take effect in a given year. The generally non-militant Health Sciences Association was the first to recommend acceptance of a five-year agreement with only 5.5 per cent raises guaranteed. Then they were joined by negotiators for 51,000 health and social services employees, represented by the B.C. Government Employees’ Union and other unions that have long been adversaries of the B.C. Liberals. John Fryer, negotiator for the BCGEU going back to the epic battles with Social Credit governments and now a professor at University of Victoria, wasn’t impressed when he heard the news. “These deals reflect what happens when public sector unions back the losing party in a provincial election,” he said. “Union bargaining power takes a trip down the pooper.”

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Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS Instagram, the photosharing smartphone app, released its top-five most photographed places in 2013. The winner? A luxury mall in Bangkok, Thailand. Of all the things I saw in Southeast Asia, I didn’t expect malls to stand out — but they definitely did. They were everywhere. They were humongous. And they were relentlessly busy.

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The Siam Paragon luxury mall beat out Times Square (No. 2), Disneyland (No. 3), the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas (No. 4) and Disney World in Florida for Instagram’s most-snapped spot in 2013. So what’s so special about this Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok, a city with endless malls and shops in a country with endless malls and shops on a continent with endless malls and shops on a planet where we can’t seem to consume enough? Evidently, it’s the place where Bangkok’s better-off and wannabes go shopping. And arguably more importantly, it’s where they go to be seen shopping. It’s as much a status symbol to be there as it is to already be wearing

expensive clothes there. It’s a signifier of the shopper’s blossoming wealth or secure station in life in a content with an unimaginably huge emerging middle class. I didn’t visit Siam Paragon in Thailand when I went in 2012 as I was a backpacker on a budget. But I did go to the nearby and more bargain-friendly MBK mall, which has 2,000 shops covering seven floors. Every time I emerged from a subway stop in Singapore, I ended up lost in some magnificent mall somewhere between a Louis Vuitton store and a luxury-brand jewelry store. Markets were much the same, and a site to see. In Kuala Lumpur, the hotel I stayed at in Chinatown opened right onto Jalan Petaling, the nightly mar-

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ket comprised of hundreds of stalls selling, I was assured, the highest quality knockoff items at the best price. I was promised the same thing in Bali, at the market in tourist-heavy Kuta Beach. In Bangkok, Chatuchak weekend market covers 35 acres of prime real estate in the city of six million with more than 10,000 stalls of wholesalers and traders offering everything you can think of. You could spend an entire weekend in there and not see the same things twice. It’s a maze, and it was amazing. Further north in Thailand, the Chiang Mai night bazaar opens after sundown and floods with tourists and locals alike. From art to clothes to fabric to knives to Thai food, you can buy it all.

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Over in England, London’s Camden market gives off a different vibe. The thousand-plus stall market offers many alternative fashions for bargain prices (for England, natch). When I went in 2011, it was absolutely crawling with people of all stripes. My time-out from the crowds at a coffee shop provided one of the best people-watching experiences I’ve ever had. Still, I got the impression it was something of a statement to shop there, as if people who go are part of some alternative in-crowd. The world over, from luxury to landmark to lowbudget, markets and their modern counterpart — malls — always have been and always will be meeting places.

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YOUR OPINION A fond look back at Christmas traditions JEANETTE MCMASTER In FRIENDSHIP The winters back in, say, 1945 or thereabouts, were much colder than what we have these days. We had more snow. Ice fishing was good and mountain lakes provided the big trout fish. My dad, Clement and Clarence would

go up to the mountain lakes and ice fish. They brought with them a syrup can in which to make tea, some bannock sandwiches, and sometimes beef jerky, which was made the old-fashioned way, or by air drying. They also had dried salmon. They went ice fishing just before Christmas so we would have lake trout with the turkey. My dad believed in having wild game with the turkey. Clarence might bring a moose roast, while our neighbour might bring a jar of wild grouse, which his wife preserved. We did have a mixture of

many good things. Someone might bring a jar of fruit or pies. It would be a potluck style. For cranberries, we used saskatoon berries or huckleberries. We did not have modern things like electric Christmas tree ornaments. Instead, we had paper, which was coloured and crinkly. And big paper bells. My mom would have the coloured paper strung across the ceiling from corner to corner, and she would place one bell in the centre. A tree would be small, which she placed

on a small table in the living room. We decorated with pretty glass ornaments, and Mom had pretty cloth ornaments which she made by hand sewing. Sometimes we had pine cones, which we painted and hung on the tree with string. Christmas was also a time for church. My mom and dad made plans for us to attend midnight service, which would either be at Quilchena or Upper Nicola. Traditionally, by sleigh and a team of horses, my dad would have the big sleigh loaded up with hay to

Movie theatre not realistic Dear Editor, An open letter to the Merritt Cinema Society With the increase of easy access to first-run movies through electronic means, bigger TVs and also reasonably priced movie rentals, there is no realistic

market for a cinema in Merritt. Viewed as a business proposal, it should be clear that the cost of property, building, licences, associate fees, movie rental fees, utilities, taxes, maintenance, wages, insurance and interest could come closer to $6 million.

It would take approximately 600,000 paying customers to cover this, and over what time span? Remember Mountain Fest or the bike rally? A cinema is a dream that may become a financial nightmare. Glen Arendt Merritt

keep us warm while we travelled by night. It was so exciting. As we sat close together in the sleigh, we would look up and see the stars and the moon, hear the horses’ hooves hit the snow-covered road, and the jingling of the tiny bells, which my dad placed on the horses’ harness. Their breath made tiny icicles hang from their nostrils as they trotted along. When we arrived at the church, we would make our way inside where it would be warm from the big wood heater. The service would begin with prayers and songs. My

mom loved to sing. She had a song she would sing in our Syilx language. After the service, we would attend dinner at my Uncle George’s home or if the service was at Upper Nicola, we would go to our home, where everything was all set. My dad would ask my grandmother to pray before we ate. Everyone then sat down to eat, which would be the bounty of our harvest. We do wish everyone a very merry Christmas. As always in friendship, Jeanette McMaster.

I think there’s more than that going on. Perhaps today’s union leadership is beginning to accept that its wage, benefit and pension arrangements look pretty good compared to the harsh reality of private businesses competing in a global economy. I asked Premier Christy Clark if this new approach is inspired by private-sector profit sharing. She agreed

that is the model. “I think that’s a great principle for all of us to work from,” Clark said. “Until now, the growth of public sector wages has been completely insulated from changes in the private sector. And this is the first time we’ve ever been able to successfully link those two things. At this point it’s still a small increment wage growth, but it’s a big change, and I hope we can continue to build on it.”

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From an employee perspective, it is indeed modest. If real gross domestic product increases one per cent beyond the independent forecast used in the provincial budget, employees get an additional half of one per cent raise for that year. Contrast this labour relations development with what’s happening on the federal scene. A classic confrontation is brewing between the Harper government and the Public Service

Alliance of Canada. A key dispute is over sick days, which the government estimates are averaging 18 a year. PSAC currently has 15 “bankable” sick days a year, which the union president refers to as a “negotiated right.” It takes me back to my first union job, where I was warned never to take just one sick day. We negotiated for two at a time, so always take two, the union rep told me. Implicit in this is

the mindset that employees should give as little and take as much as possible. Looking through my files each December for the B.C. story of the year, I consider what is likely to matter five or 10 years from now. This partnership approach to building the provincial economy is my pick for 2013. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc

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New eye machine a first in Merritt By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a piece of equipment that has never been seen before in Merritt. Doctors Eye Care recently purchased a $90,000 Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal-imagining device, which produces a 200-degree image of a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire retina. After just a couple of weeks on the job, the machine is already proving its worth, detecting problems the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former imaging device could not. The old retinal camera could only take a 30-degree image of the eye, optometrist CarrieLynn Snee said. There are just 500 clinics in Canada with an Optomap imager, and the one in Merritt is one of just 50 located in B.C., she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People used to have to go to Kamloops to get [a retina scan] done but now we can do it here, which is really great,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. The device can take a picture of the eye with auto-fluorescence, which maps the metabolic processes of the eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cells. This is something the old retinal camera couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can see how well the cells are working. If a cell is in the process of dying or is dead, then it will show up on the auto-fluorescence, whereas in a normal picture, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look normal,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. NEW GETS E 5 CITY




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ogy, Snee said she can detect and monitor any changes and concerns in the eyes. The new device can help fight eye cancer as an optometrist can detect melanomas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; moles inside the eye that can become cancerous â&#x20AC;&#x201D; earlier and more efficiently with this device, she said. Retinal holes and tears can also be seen and diagnosed more easily. The holes and tears can lead to blindness if not detected. Snee said the new device is good at detecting changes in the macula that would suggest macula degeneration.


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into their eyes. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking all over the place, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re blinking and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re moving and so now we can, in one image, capture their whole eye,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. A patient looks into the imager at a target. Once the target turns green, it means the eye is lined up perfectly and the device can take the picture. Keeping steady, with both eyes wide open, the device then snaps a digital image of the whole retina. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ultimate selfie, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all in the name of health. With this technol-

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Macula degeneration is a common disease that affects the clarity of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central vision. Snee said there is no cure for macula degeneration, but if detected early, before the cells die, and with vitamin therapy, it can be slowed and contained. Snee said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited to be able to offer the new device to Merrittonians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very exciting to have that in a small town,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just feel that Merritt deserves to have the highest quality health care there is available.â&#x20AC;?


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In the auto-fluorescence picture, grey colouring means the cells are healthy, white means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dying and black means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dead, Snee said. She said in one patient, an image of the eye looked healthy, but upon examining the auto-fluorescence picture, it became clear the patient had whitecoloured cells in his macula. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been able to see that with just a normal camera. Now we can see thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something going on, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affecting his retina,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. In another patient, it looked as though the blood vessels in the eye were becoming clogged with cholesterol, and after examining the auto-fluorescence picture, it was clear the cells around the blood vessel were beginning to die, which could indicate cardiac artery disease or high cholesterol. The device can take a picture of the entire inside of the eye, just as Snee would be able to see with her microscope. The Optomap, however, provides an easier and wider angle view. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much easier to see where something is and to track what it looks like,â&#x20AC;? Snee said. The new device is great for kids, Snee said, noting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge to try to view their eyes with a standard microscope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like playing a video game, looking

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Charity: the most giving of gifts fees, and preserving your legacy. Here’s how you can make the most of your charitable giving.

DAVID L. BROWN Managing YOUR MONEY Christmas is a time for the exchanging of gifts – and you always do your best to match each of your gifts to the person who will be receiving it. At this time of year, you might also be thinking about another kind of giving – charitable giving – to help and support worthy causes you care about. Like your other gifts, you want your philanthropic gift to be the best match for the charity of your choice – and for you. Ideally it will be a gift that helps your charity while minimizing your taxes and other estate


The simplest option: name a charity as a beneficiary In your will, simply leave a bequest of money or a gift in kind (such as securities or artwork) to a recognized charity. Your estate will receive a charitable donation receipt that could reduce the income tax on your final return and perhaps the immediately preceding return as well. Be a donor: establish a donor advised fund You will receive an immediate tax receipt for all contributions made to the fund while retaining the right to advise as to which charities are to receive your fund’s income. Trust: establish a

charitable remainder trust This irrevocable trust holds assets such as cash and mutual funds. The interest and dividends are paid to you as taxable income. At the time of your death, the trust assets – known as the ‘remainder’ – go to your designated charity. When you establish the trust, you will receive a donation receipt for the ‘remainder interest’ of the trust. Insure your giving: donate a life insurance policy while you live You will enjoy certain tax credits and your charity will receive the total death benefit under the policy. Secure your gift: donate publicly funded stocks or securities You will get a tax receipt for their full value

tainly make good use of your monetary donation – and you, when you choose to take an active role as a volunteer. To give the most and get the most from your charitable gifts, talk to your legal and professional advisor.

and will not pay tax on the capital gains of the donated securities. Give and receive: establish a charitable life annuity Set up the annuity for yourself, or for you and your spouse, and receive a lifetime income from the assets. Much of the annuity cash flow is taxfree and you will get a charitable receipt for a portion of the donations based on the amount of annuity income you receive and your life expectancy. Go private: establish a private foundation When you make a substantial donation, establishing a foundation allows your name or family’s name to be permanently associated with the cause you’ve chosen.

This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), and Investors Group Securities Inc. (in Québec, a firm in Financial Planning) presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

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A 2013 B.C. news quiz Guatemala inspires local student By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS

1. When Premier Christy Clark took the stage after her upset election win May 14, the first thing she said was: A: I’m going to Disneyland! B: Well, that was easy! C: Oh no, now I have to pay off the debt! D: Socialism is dead! 2. How many proposed liquefied natural gas export proposals are there on the B.C. coast, according to the premier’s latest estimate? A: four B: six C: eight D: ten 3. After winning $25 million in the lottery, Terrace construction worker Bob Erb gave sixfigure donations to: A. Local anti-poverty and other community groups B. Pay for $300,000 in dental work for locals who couldn’t afford it C. Provide cars and trucks for people he considered needy. D. Sensible BC marijuana legalization campaign E. All of the above 4. How has the province said it would raise money to pay for a promised new bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel? A. Tax increases B. Toll like the Port Mann Bridge C. Small tolls on all Metro Vancouver bridges and major roads D. It hasn’t 5. What admission to U.S. border guards did some B.C. residents find can be deemed a “crime of moral turpitude” and result in America barring your entry? A. Atheism B. Past use of marijuana C. Past conviction for impaired driving C. Past or present membership in the NDP

6. Which of the following wasn’t proposed in B.C.’s liquor law review? A: Licensing alcohol sales at farmers’ markets B: Letting children into pubs with their parents C: Serving alcohol for slot players on BC Ferries D: Selling hard liquor in grocery stores 7. Burnaby’s Tung Sheng (David) Wu was convicted and jailed for performing illegal: A. Proctology B. Taxidermy C. Electronic waste recycling D. Dentistry 8. Since his triumph in the HST referendum, former premier Bill Vander Zalm has campaigned against: A: An alleged secret global surveillance system using smart meters B: An alleged secret global climate control scheme using “chemtrails” C: An alleged secret European Union plot to control world finance through consumption taxes D: All of the above 9. What’s the transportation ministry’s solution to prevent the new Port Mann Bridge from dropping more ice bombs onto cars? A. A system of scrapers and brushes along each cable to remove ice B. Aerial drones that spray the cables with deicing solution C. A flock of seagulls

trained to peck loose ice chunks D. Closing the bridge and waiting for ice to melt 10. What did Metro Vancouver mayors propose in 2013 as a new way to raise money for cashstrapped TransLink? A. $5 toll at the border on all vehicles heading south to the USA B. Regional sales tax of up to 0.5 per cent C. Adding magnets to new SkyTrain fare gates to suck loose change out of pockets D. Forcing SeaBus passengers to row to help save on fuel costs E. Installing slot machines in SkyTrain stations 11. The government is considering spending $6 million to stop the B.C. legislature dome from: A: Cracking B: Peeling C: Twisting D: Sinking 12. Which was not a 911 call received by E-Comm operators who begged cellphone users to be more careful about declaring emergencies? A. Asking who won the hockey game B. Broken TV set C. Big spider in living room D. Politician breaking election promise 13. B.C. pharmacies were ordered by their regulating body to stop doing

what? A: Offering wine tastings at the pharmacy counter B: Issuing reward points or other “kickbacks” to customers buying prescription drugs C: Refusing to sell prescribed medical marijuana D: Refusing to act as supervised injection sites 14. In 2013, the B.C. government approved: A: Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline to Kitimat B: Twinning Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline to Burnaby C: A pipeline to carry fuel from tankers on the Fraser River to Vancouver airport D: A pipeline to transport glacial water from Garibaldi Park to Squamish for export 15. The poaching of what prompted Vancouver Island aboriginal groups to post a $25,000 reward? A: Roosevelt elk B: Abalone C: Seals D: Easter eggs 16. Which B.C. municipal council fended off a court challenge (and death threats) over its deer cull program? A: Oak Bay B: Cranbrook C: Invermere D: Penticton Answers: 1-B, 2-D, 3-E, 4-D, 5-B, 6-C, 7-D, 8-D, 9-A, 10-B, 11-C, 12-D, 13-B, 14-C, 15-A, 16-C

NVIT student Helen Knott didn’t go to Guatemala to lay on the beach. Instead, the social work student went with a group of Canadians on a study tour to meet with Guatemalans impacted by the booming mining industry there, and learn about Canada’s hand in it. What she heard from those indigenous community members was not pleasant. Knott was one of two people sponsored by Kairos Canada, a nondenominational social activism organization, to join another eight people on the tour from Nov. 18 to 29. The other eight are members of the United Church. Knott said it was a diverse group that travelled around the Central American country, visiting with an average of three groups of people per day. The group also met with a Canadian mining company and the Canadian embassy. The mining company is at the forefront of a Guatemalan human rights abuse case that will be heard in Ontario in a precedent-setting move, even though the alleged abuses happened in Guatemala. The plaintiffs blame a Canadian mining


Knott, left, with a woman and her son who were involved in protests of a mine in the northern highlands of Guatemala. Submitted

of the indigenous expecompany for shootings, a killing, and gang rience in Guatemala and that of Canadian rapes in 2007 and indigenous women. 2009. Knott said the Knott said the commodification of group met the widow women in the face of and son of the activbig industry was tough ist who was allegedly killed by the company’s to take. “It’s like the women security guards in El always suffer.” Estor. She said for those “All the stories and everyday people to how they impact [people], you can really feel continue to stand up for what they believe the pain,” Knott said. The group also met in, having lived with many women who through a genocide where that could’ve had formed grassroots been a death sentence, committees to protest was inspiring to see. mining of indigenous “With those memocommunities’ land. ries that are pretty fresh The Fort St. John because that ended in native said seizure 1996, for people stand of indigenous lands up and still meet this and violence against kind of resistance — women “always seem the strength that that to happen in conjunctakes. For the most tion. part, I was just super “I saw a really big parallel in terms of the inspired.” violence against indigenous women,” she said See ‘Teachings’ Page 17


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Golden rules for a Knots send out pain signals gentle awakening (NC) — Weekday mornings are often a race against the clock. The alarm sounds and stress slowly takes control of your day. If you think it is a nightmare to get to work on time, think again. Here are the four golden rules that allow you to fully enjoy the early hours of the day without being late for work. 1) Prepare as much as possible the day before Prepare lunch, organize your work bag and choose your clothes for the next day. Having everything prepared in advance will mean less things to do next the morning. You will also sleep better knowing everything is ready for the next day. 2) Get rid of your alarm clock Is there a worse way to start the day than


getting out of bed from the sound of an assaulting ring of an alarm clock? For gentle waking, nothing is better than a Wake-up Light like the one designed by Philips. This alarm clock emulates the gradual rise of the sun over a 30-minute period and can be accompanied by nature sounds. With over 100 years of experience in the field of lighting technology, Philips has developed the perfect way to wake you up naturally and gradually. 3) Enjoy a quick but delicious breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just cut up fruit the

night before and mix with yogurt and muesli in the morning. Prepare and freeze homemade pancakes to make a quick and tasty treat. Simply pop them in the toaster to warm. 4) Take time for yourself With a little luck, these tips will help you be in less of a hurry. Why not give yourself a few extra minutes that make you happy? Extend your time in the shower, take the time to read your favorite book, or try a new look.... take some time for yourself before the day even begins.

Teachings similar 6,000 km away From Page 16 Knott noted as in Canada, many of the conflicts between industry and indigenous communities seem to originate from a clash of ideologies. However, she said those stories of violence were also stories of strength, and she felt connected with the people she met. “Our stories are real-


ly different, but there are so many similarities at the same time,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if there’s that vast geography splitting us up, we’re still part of that same struggle.” However, there were positive commanlities as well, she said. “When we visited the indigenous communities, a lot of them have the same teachings. The directional teachings,

the colours, the same things I was taught.”

What is a trigger point? I doubt that there is a single reader of this article that does not have one somewhere in his or her body. Before you get alarmed, let me explain what a trigger point is. A trigger point as a highly irritable localized spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule or palpable taut band of muscle tissue. What this means is that they are small localized and painful knots in the muscle. When pressure with even a finger is put on these spots, they really hurt. As well, you don’t have to have an injury for trigger points to develop. They can appear after periods of poor posture, stress, lack of exercise, and even too much exercise. A trigger point occurs when a few of the microscopic muscle fibres in a muscle stay contracted or short-

ened, even when the rest of the muscle is relaxed. This causes blood flow to stop in the immediate area of the trigger point. Blood flow is necessary to nourish the muscle tissue as well as eliminate metabolic (activity) wastes. This results in oxygen starvation and accumulation of waste products irritating the trigger point. The trigger point then sends out pain signals. The problem is that the pain is usually referred – sent to some other part of the body. Unfortunately, conventional treatments focus on the site of the pain itself but the actual source of the pain is nowhere near where the pain is felt, which could be a good distance away from the area of pain. As a chiropractor, I have to be aware of where these trigger points refer pain. Too many healthcare practitioners focus on treating the area that hurts rather than identifying where the pain could originally be coming from. I see these painful trigger points in almost all of my patients. When someone has

‘I see these painful trigger points in almost all of my patients.’

— HERALD COLUMNIST DR. COLIN GAGE neck pain, back pain, headaches, buttock pain or leg pain, trigger points can almost always be found to exist even when other problems such as joint and nerve irritation are the primary problem. If you feel “knots” in your neck, shoulders, back, or pelvis, there is likely a problem brewing that will eventually become more debilitating down the road. As

a chiropractor, it is my job to find these trigger points and “release” them by applying specific pressure on the contracted muscle tissue. Other techniques such as stretching and exercise could also help. Often, the joints and nerves adjacent to the affected muscles are also not functioning well. A stiff joint or irritated muscle can cause trigger points to occur, and vice versa. Thus, it is important to address all the problems in the area, not just the trigger point. If you think you have a trigger point and would like some relief or if you just have questions, feel free to contact me at my office.

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Cents close out 2013 with a statement win Ten different Merritt players pick up points in a penalty-filled 5-2 victory over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks By Ian Webster THE HERALD

For the second time in a week, the Merritt Centennials smacked down the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks on home ice. Friday night, in their final game before a 10-day Christmas break, the Cents scored first and in each period to hand the ’Backs a 5-2 loss and extend Merritt’s modest winning streak to two games. Centennials’ cocaptain Tyler Martin said Friday’s victory was a crucial one. “We knew coming into the game that it was huge for us and would make or break our time off, so it was good that we won.” Friday’s win came just five days after the Centennials battled back from an early threegoal deficit to edge the Silverbacks 5-4 in double overtime. Unlike their first meeting a week ago, the outcome of Friday’s match-up between the two Interior Division rivals never seemed to be in doubt.

Merritt rookie Zach Hartley scored at 2:57 of the first period to get the ball rolling, with assists going to linemate Adam Tracey and Martin. Salmon Arm tied the game briefly at 17:35 of the first with a powerplay tally by league-leading scorer Landon Smith, but the Cents promptly answered back 16 seconds later. Jeff Wight put one of his patented shots past ’Backs netminder Adam Clark to send Merritt to the dressing room with a 2-1 intermission lead. Assists went to Diego Cuglietta and Scotty Patterson. “After they tied it up, I think our quick response was kind of the turning point in the game,” said Centennials head coach and GM Luke Pierce. Merritt essentially put the game away in the second period, scoring twice while limiting Salmon Arm to just seven shots. Goals by Gavin Gould, from Daniel Nachbaur and Shane Poulsen, and Cuglietta, from Wight and Patterson, put Merritt ahead 4-1 and ended Clark’s night as he



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BACK BEATER Merritt Centennials’ leading scorer Scotty Patterson (27) lines up for a face-off beside Alex Gillies of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in Friday night’s game at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. The Cents beat the ’Backs 5-2. Patterson picked up a pair of assists. Ian Webster/Herald

was replaced in the Silverbacks’ net by Angus Redmond. “We had a simple game plan all night long,” said Martin. “Just get pucks in deep and go to the net. It seemed to work well for us.” Salmon Arm’s Kennedy brothers — Brendan and Jeff — tried to stir things up in the middle stanza, but Cents players wisely kept their cool. “We tried to ignore them, stay disciplined and play our game,” said Martin. “They’ve been around long enough that we know what they’re all about,” Pierce added in reference to the Kennedys. “They were just doing their job — trying to gain some momentum for their team. We did a good job of staying out of it.” The Cents extended their lead to four goals when hard-working Rhett Willcox beat Redmond at the 14:04 mark of the third period. Assists went to linemates Hartley and Tracey. The ’Backs managed

to get one more of their own before time expired as Smith scored his second of the night, again on the powerplay, with less than two minutes left in regulation time. Merritt goaltender Devin Kero had a relatively quiet night between the pipes but was solid in stopping 21 of 23 shots. At the other end of the ice, Clark and Redmond fielded a combined total of 39 Merritt pucks. It was a busy night for referee Devin Samaddar as he handed out a total of 60 minutes in penalties, including a pair of misconducts to the Silverbacks’ Brendan Kennedy and Logan Mostat. Pierce said his team did what it needed to get the two points and stay in the hunt in the BCHL’s Interior Division. “It wasn’t a particularly pretty or wellexecuted game. With all the penalties, it was really tough to keep the flow. We just had to find a way to win, and we did.” Merritt goes into the break with a 19-14-2-1 record after 36 games,

good for 41 points and fifth place in their division. While Penticton and Vernon have opened up a bit of a lead over the rest of the pack in the Interior conference, Salmon Arm, West Kelowna and Merritt are currently in a dogfight for the final two playoff spots. After an injury-and-

illness-plagued first half of the season, the Centennials are looking forward to returning in January with a nearly complete lineup. Sebastien Paré will be back from his two-game suspension, and James Neil should be fully recovered from a highankle sprain. The only Cents player who will definitely

not be back in uniform for some time is Devin Oakes. The 18-year-old Prince Rupert native will be out for a substantial period of time following the blindside hit he took on Dec. 15 against the Silverbacks that broke his jaw. Merritt’s first game in the new year is Jan. 3 versus the visiting Penticton Vees.

WINNING HAND Merritt Centennials captain Tyler Martin (left) congratulates winning netminder Devin Kero following the Cents’ 5-2 victory over Salmon Arm on Friday. Ian Webster/Herald

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! from the Merritt Centennials players and coaching staff

Cents players and team personnel looking forward to the holiday break By Ian Webster THE HERALD

When the final buzzer sounded at the end of Friday’s game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, you can bet that the thoughts of Cents players and staff turned very quickly to the wonderful 10-day Christmas break that was about to begin. For 19-year-old rookie defenceman Jake Clifford, the extended holiday means a family trip to warm and sunny Costa Rica for seven days. “Usually we take a family vacation in the summer,” said Clifford, who was born and raised in Brecksville, Ohio but now calls Toronto home. “Since I got a longer break than normal this year, we decided to go somewhere together at Christmas.” Clifford will travel to Central America with his parents, Paul and Rosario, and his two younger sisters, Inadia and Paulina.

“It’ll be my first trip there,” said Clifford. “I’m looking forward to relaxing, enjoying the weather and spending time with my family. Maybe I’ll even get in some surfing and snorkeling.” Cents athletic therapist Hayley Hill will be celebrating Christmas with her two older sisters, Faren and Kathyrn, in Hamilton, Ont. “My oldest sister just got her own house, so she’s kind of the centre of the universe for the three of us right now and we’ll congregate there.” The Hill sisters will also find time to travel to their hometown of Clifford, a tiny hamlet of 700 people in southwestern Ontario, to visit family and friends. While Q101 radio’s “Voice of the Cents” Dustin Scafe is not travelling nearly as far over Christmas as either Clifford or Hill, he definitely has the most hectic schedule of the three. “After the Cents’ final game on Friday night, I

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have to do the morning show at the radio station on Saturday. Then I’ll be driving over to Vernon to celebrate an early Christmas with my dad and grandparents before driving to Edmonton on Sunday to be with my mom and older brother, Kyle.” Come Christmas Day, Scafe will be making the long drive back to Merritt in time to do the afternoon radio show on Boxing Day. “At the end of the day, seeing my family is the most important thing. If it takes a 10-hour drive each way to do that, I’ll do it anytime.” Clifford, Hill and

Scafe were all in far different places as Christmas approached one year ago. The young defenceman was toiling for the USHL’s Minot Minotaurs in North Dakota, while the latter two were in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Hill was the athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos. Scafe was the play-byplay voice of both the Melfort Mustangs and the Nipawin Hawks. Clifford is used to travelling at Christmas time. “Growing up, we would usually make our way up to Wisconsin where some of my

relatives live. We’d do a partial gift exchange on Christmas Eve, and then open the great gifts from Santa in the morning.” Hill says that she and her sisters have begun to create some Christmas traditions of their own in recent years. “Christmas Eve, we usually have a movie marathon with appetizers and some wine. We actually open our presents Christmas Eve.” Hill is quite excited about the holiday season this year as she and some friends will be gathering at the home of Steve Mason, a goaltender for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, for a Christmas

party. She also hopes to get in some pick-up hockey with her sisters on one of the outdoor rinks around Hamilton. Clifford has much to be thankful for this Christmas. His introduction to the BCHL four months ago was an auspicious one. “On my journey out to Merritt for training camp [in August], I was staying the night in Medicine Hat, Alta.,” described Clifford. “I woke up during the night and literally couldn’t move. I was in so much pain. I called my dad and he said to get to the hospital right away. “I managed to drive myself to the ER. I had appendicitis. Eight hours later, I had surgery and had my appendix removed.” Clifford remained in Medicine Hat for a few days to recuperate before completing the journey to Merritt. He missed all of training camp, and did not play until the sec-

ond game of the regular season. “I really appreciate what everybody did for me,” he said. Clifford, Hill and Scafe have all enjoyed immensely their time in Merritt. “I like it a lot — spending time with my teammates, and taking part in community events and activities,” said Clifford. “And the level of hockey is everything that I had hoped for.” “It’s been an amazing experience,” said Hill, “but it’s gone by so fast. It just seems like yesterday we were beginning main camp.” A graduate of Sheridan College in Brampton, Ont., Hill said, “I feel like I’ve grown a lot and learned so much.” Scafe really appreciates how welcoming and helpful everybody has been. “I’ve really warmed to the community,” he said, “and I’m starting to call it home.”


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The Navy League is in need of of ficer’s and volunteers to help out with our growing Cadet Corps. Our children are age 9 to 13 and we meet ever y Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you have past experience or are interested in becoming a par t of our Corps please contact us. Ellen 250-2806944, Debra 250-280-

KNITWITS Love to knit or crochet? Or are you a novice interested in learning more about knitting or crocheting in a friendly and welcoming setting? Come on down to Brambles Baker y Thursday evenings. Bring your yarn and needles and join in the fun.

NVCAC CONCERT COMMITTEE Will be hosting a Matinee per formance on Feb. 1st - Murray Hatfield and Teresa, Canada’s Master Illusionists and Magician of the year 2012. Tickets are available at Black’s Pharmacy

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS For League Information 250-378-4423 Merritt Dance Society Linda Sanford: 250-378-6109 Merritt Duplicate Bridge Club Tuesdays 7 p.m. Seniors’ Centre 250-378-5550 Merritt Elks Lodge Clubs Second & Fourth Wednesday 8 p.m. Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Merritt Lawn Bowling Sun., Tues., & Thurs. at 7 p.m. 250-378-2950 Merritt Lions Club First & Third Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Best Western - Han’s Golden Wok 250-378-9509 Merritt Moms Prenatal Post Natal Support group. Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. 250-378-2252 Merritt Mountain Biking Assoc.Wednesdays 6 p.m. - ride E: T: #merrittbiking Navy League Cadets of Canada Wednesdays 6 - 9 p.m. Cadet Hall - Ages 9-13 welcome 250-280-6944 Merritt Snowmobile Club Second Tuesday 7 p.m. Civic Centre 250-315-1082 Merritt’s Women in Business Second Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Merritt Desert Inn 250-315-5851 Nicola Naturalist Society Third Thursday - 7:00 p.m. NVIT. N.V. 4-H Club Second Tuesday - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-3785028 Nicola Valley Better Breathers Third Wednesdays 1 p.m. Trinity United - 250-378-6266 N.V. Community Band Tuesdays 7 p.m - MSS Music Room 250-378-5031 or 250-378-



Phone 250-378-4241 with any events that you may be hosting or email:

Brownies Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central School - 250-3157410 Canadian Diabetes Association Once a month, 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity United Church Hall. Call Eva 250-378-2897 or Gerry at 250-378-3716 CMHA - Merritt Clubhouse Fireside Center - 2026 Granite Ave. Wed/Fri 9 am - 2:30 pm Shirley 250-378-5660 Central School Pac First Tuesday 7 p.m. Lunchroom - 250-378-4892 Celebrate Recovery Mondays 7 p.m. New Life Fellowship, 1938 Quilchena Ave. 250-378-4534 Community Choir Mondays 7 p.m. - Fall to Spring Collettville Elementary - 250378-9899 Court Whist - Fun Game Wednesdays 7 p.m. at the Seniors Centre 250378-2776 Drop-In Soccer Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Girls & Boys 16+ welcome 250-378-2530 Drop-In Volleyball Mondays 7 - 9 p.m. CMS. 250-378-6212. Girl Guides Wednesdays 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Central School - 250-9368298 Ladies’ Curling League Wednesdays 6 & 8 p.m. Call 250-378- 8175 or 250378-4917 Living With Loss Support Group Wednesdays 7 to 8:45 p.m. 2025 Granite Ave. 250-2804040 Merritt Curling Club

CONTAIN-IT Contents are insurable


Approved mini-storage


On-site rentals




Sale of New and Used storage containers

1750 1 17 7 Hill Street Q Phone: 250-315-3000

THE CHURCHES OF MERRITT WELCOME YOU Crossroads Community Church 2990 Voght St. • 250-378-2911 Service Time: Sundays 10:30 a.m.

Merritt Baptist Church 2499 Coutlee Ave. (Corner of Coutlee and Orme) • 250-378-2464 Service Time/ Sunday School: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Merritt Lutheran Fellowship in St. Michael's Church • 250-378-9899 Service Time: 3rd Sunday each month 1:00 p.m.

Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church

9894 NVCAC Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at The Art Gallery. 250-378-6515 N.V. Dirt Riders Association Last Wednesday 7 p.m. Garden Sushi - Scott: 250-3783502 N.V. Fall Fair Third Monday 7 p.m. 2145 Quilchena Ave. 250378-5925 N.V. Fish & Game (except July and Aug.) Third Wednesday 7 p.m. 2236 Jackson Ave. 250-378-4572 or 250-378-4904 N.V. Heritage Society Last Wednesday - Baillie House 250-378-0349 N.V. Quilters Guild First & Third Thursdays Civic Centre 7 p.m. 250-3784172 N.V. Search & Rescue Second Monday 7 p.m. at the airport - 250-378-6769 N.V. Thrift Store First Tuesday NVGH basement 250-3789100 N.V. Women’s Institute Second Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. For locations, 250-378-2536 One Way Krew Youth Group Tuesdays 7 - 8:30 p.m. Crossroads Community Church 250-378-2911 Pathfinders Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central School - 250-9368298 Patricia Rebekah Lodge Second & Fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Lawn Bowling Club Rocky Mnt. Rangers Cadets Tuesdays 6 p.m. 250-3781302 or 250-572-3775 y Canadian Legion g Royal #96

Executive Mtg. Second Thursday 6 p.m. - Regular Mtg. Fourth Thursday 7 p.m. 1940 Quilchena - 250-3785631 Royal Purple First & Third Mondays 1:00 p.m. - Downstairs @ Elks Hall 250-378-6788 Rotary Club of Merritt Every Thursday - Noon Brambles Bakery Cafe. 250378-5535 Sagebrush Spinners and Weavers Guild Tamarack Gardens every other Thursday at 11:00 AM Bev at 250-378-2787. Rotary Club of Merritt Sunrise Every Tuesday - 7 a.m. Brambles Bakery Seniors’ Mixed Curling Mondays & Tuesdays 1 - 3 p.m. 250-378-5539 Soup Bowl Tuesdays 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Anglican Church Hall Sparks Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Central School - 250-3157410 Teen Centre Mondays & Fridays 3:30 7:30 p.m. 250-378-4878 24U First & Third Tuesdays 2 p.m. at the Hospice Society - Sue 250-378-2717 or Bonnie 250-315-0179 Valley Scrapbooking 250-936-8298 Valley Visual Artists General club information Fran McMurchy 250-378-4230 Vintage Car Club - Merritt Second Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Ska-Lu-La Workshop Al - 250-378-7402 Ted - 250-378-4195

7 Day Weather Forecast for Merritt, BC - Thursday, Dec. 26 - Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014 Thurs. Dec 26

Fri. Dec 27

Sat. Dec 28

Sun. Dec 29

Mon. Dec 30

Tues. Dec 31

Wed. Jan 1

Scattered Flurries

Scattered Flurries

Freezing Rain

Cloudy Periods

Variable Cloudiness

Mainly Sunny

Cloudy Periods

High: -1˚C Low: - 6˚C

High: 1˚C Low: - 3˚C

High: -2˚C Low: - 7˚C

High: -2˚C Low: - 8˚C

High:-2˚C Low: - 7˚C

High: -3˚C Low: - 8˚C

High: -5˚C Low: -11˚C

1950 Maxwell St. • 250-378-9502 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Corner of Jackson & Blair • 250-378-2919 Mass Time: Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Seventh Day Adventist Church 2190 Granite Ave. • 250-378-4061 Service Time: Saturdays 11:00 a.m.

St. Michael’s Anglican Church 1990 Chapman St. • 250-378-3772 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Trinity United Church Corner of Quilchena & Chapman • 250-378-5735 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL Would you like to see a movie theatre in Merritt, then the Merritt Community Cinema Soceity can use your help!

Land Only Goal $300,000

For more information call Patty Beers 250-378-9503 or Rich Hodson 250-378-6794

If you would like to help donate to this wonderful cause please make cheque payable to Merritt Community Cinema Society and mail it to: 1952 Eastwood Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1K3

Purchase 5 previously viewed

Get 5


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THURSDAY, December 26, 2013 • 21

Your community. Your classifieds.

250.378.4241 fax 250.378.6818 email classiÀ ADVERTISING DEADLINES



Tuesday issue noon the preceding Friday Thursday issue noon the preceding Tuesday







Help Wanted

Apt/Condo for Rent

Misc for Rent

ADVERTISE in the LARGEST OUTDOOR PUBLICATION IN BC The 2014-2016 BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis

Experienced parts person required immediately for James Western Star in Williams Lake. Full time, competitive wages, benefits and signing bonus. Fax resume to 250-398-6367 or email:

Mobile Homes & Pads

The most effective way to reach an incredible number of BC Sportsmen & women. Two year edition- terrific presence for your business.

Tuesday issue noon the preceding Friday Thursday issue noon the preceding Tuesday

Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email:


Family Announcements Community Announcements Employment Business Services Pets & Livestock Merchandise For Sale Real Estate Rentals Automotive Legals




Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of any advertisement which discriminates against any person because of race, religion, sex, colour, nationality, ancestry or place of origin, or age, unless the condition is justiÀed by a bonaÀde requirement for the work involved.


Copyright and/or properties subsist in all advertisements and in all other material appearing in this edition of bcclassiÀ 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.

MERRITT HERALD Ph: 378-4241 Fax: 378-6818 Advertising: Publisher: Editorial: Production: 2090 Granite Avenue, P.O. Box 9, Merritt, B.C.

• Labourers • Tradesmen • Class 1 Drivers

SHOP LOCALLY Merchandise for Sale

Misc. for Sale CENTURY PLAZA HOTEL Best Rates. 1.800.663.1818

Employment Help Wanted


1 unit available, 1st Áoor unit ideal for seniors

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 3 yrs old 14” Stilt chopsaw, 2 triangle road slayer and 2 tie down straps like new. Asking 1/2 price for all. 250-378-2889

1 bdrm Apt. $575 inc heat. Plus hydro.

$750/month incl. heat & laundry.

1 bdrm Apt. $600 plus hydro.

100 OFF 1ST MONTHS RENT Newly renovated units “Clapperton Manor” 2775 Clapperton Ave. 250-315-8340

1 bdrm Suite in Heritage Home. $700 plus hydro.

1 bdrm townhouse. $600 plus hydro.


2 bdrm Suite in Heritage Home. $850 plus hydro. 2 bdrm duplex. $700 plus utilities. 2 bdrm duplex. $750 plus utilities. 3 bdrm duplex. $900 plus utilities. 3 bdrm in fourplex. $800 plus hydro.


2 bdrm in Sixplex. $700 inc utilities.. (Lower Nicola) 2 bdrm house. $750 plus utilities.

Brand new 2 bedroom apartments

2 bdrm house. $850 plus utilities. 3 bdrm house. $950 plus utilities. 3 bdrm house. $875 plus utilities.

References required. NO PETS, NO SMOKING. 250-280-7644

3 bdrm Upper level of home. $1000 plus utilities. 3 bdrm house in Sunshine Valley. $1400 plus utilities. 3 bdrm furnished house on Acreage. Temporary. $1500 plus utilities.

One bdrm for one adult only. N/S, N/P, heat & cable incl. $550/mon. Ref’s. 250-3782954


Sandpiper Unit 109 2 bdrm w/laundry. $750/mon + Hydro Avail Mar. 1/14. 250-378-8104

Call for all of your Residential or Commercial Property Management needs!

MERRITT REAL ESTATE SERVICES Property Manager: Lynda Etchart


CHAMBERMAIDS Apply in person to 3561 Voght St. No phone calls please

Mobile Homes & Pads

Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 778-281-0030

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

NICOLA APARTMENTS Clean one and two bedroom. Starting at $600/month. NO PETS

A.R.T ENTERPRISES Ltd o/a Subway at A-2190 Vought St, Merritt, BC, V1K-1B8 is hiring five F/T Permanent Kitchen Helpers. $10.29-$11.50/hour. High School graduate. Duties: Wash & Peel vegetables & fruit. Receive, unpack & store supplies. Remove garbage. Drop-off or email resume:



Obituaries Merritt & District

Hospice Society Volunteering for Hospice? A provincially recognized certiÀcate must be obtained through our training workshop to work with hospice clients. There are other ways you can be of assistance. Please call us for more information. c/o 3451 Voght St., Merritt, B.C. V1K 1C6 Contact: 250-280-4040

Misc for Rent 3 bdrm house on the Bench. $1400/mon. Avail. Immediately 250-378-5276.

2 bedroom mobile home. Available immediately. Washer, dryer, fridge, stove, heat and light. $925 per month. 250-378-0887



MERRITT FUNERAL CHAPEL Celebrating lives with dignity

• Funeral Services • Cremation •Burial •Monuments REGULAR OFFICE HOURS

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday On Call 24 Hours A Day


or 1-800-668-3379 2113 Granite Ave. Merritt, BC

Homes for Rent 3 bdrm dble wide w/basement, lge yard in Lower Nicola. Avail Feb 5/14. $900/mth Call 250378-5268

Townhouses 3 bdrm townhouse, quiet culde-sac, 1 1/2 bath, sm fenced yd, pets neg. $950 incl. gas. 250-682-0844

November 19, 2013

Misc. Wanted


Available January 1st, 2 bedroom duplex. Washer, dryer, fridge, stove, heat and light. Small fenced yard. $950 per month 250-378-0887

1988 Quilchena Ave.

Available Jan. 1, 2014

Mechanics Helper. Full time position. $11.50 per hour with 10 days paid vacation. Duties: Assisting mechanics with maintenance, repairs and welding on mobile heavy equipment and trucks, cleaning and preparing work area, cleaning company vehicles and equipment etc. High school, diploma, valid drivers license and mechanical, welding, cutting experience would be an asset but not necessary. Send resume to Mike at

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Merritt Herald - December 26, 2013  

Merritt Herald - December 26, 2013

Merritt Herald - December 26, 2013  

Merritt Herald - December 26, 2013