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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT The Country Christmas parade overtook downtown Merritt on Nov. 29. Merrittonians lined the streets by the hundreds to catch a glimpse of the lit-up floats as they made their way through town. For more pictures of Christmas-themed activities in the Nicola Valley, turn to page 10 or pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Dec. 3 edition of the Merritt Herald. Michael Potestio/Herald

Cinema Society seeking funds for land By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

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The countdown is on for the Merritt Community Cinema Society to raise $275,000 to pay for the piece of property it wants to build a four-bay, first-run movie theatre on. The society has until Dec. 19 to pay for the property it secured in early November.

So far, the group has about $30,000 in the bank and about $70,000 promised to them, but Cinema Society member Kurt Christopherson said now is the time for community members to show their support for the project. The society is looking at the local business community to help cover the remaining cost as the project is intended to help revitalize

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plan if it doesn’t get the full amount from locals, the idea is to show enough community support for the project for it to go ahead and for the society to seek larger corporate sponsors. “I don’t want to say we have all the money. We’ve got some guarantees that we can get it, but that won’t solve the problem. It has to come from the grassroots, otherwise nobody else will

buy into it,” he said. He said the group won’t be going after any tax dollars in Merritt, although it considers provincial and federal grants fair game. “It’s not going to be a drain on public coffers,” he said. “It’s kind of a philosophical thing, but we think Merritt taxpayers should be paying for the roads, sewers, and water and stuff like that.”

He said federal and provincial grants tend to favour grassroots movements, and that’s what the society sees this project as. Throughout the meeting, he reiterated the society needs to be able to show other potential sponsors that community members support the project.

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Gifts of the Spirit art show opening today By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

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It has one name, but the art show opening tonight at the Courthouse Art Gallery will exhibit a revolving collection of artwork. Gifts of the Spirit is a cash-and-carry show, which means anyone who pays cash for a piece of art will walk out of the building that day with it. As pieces sell, featured artists Cassandra Dolen and Meriel Barber will replenish the art gallery’s walls with new pieces. The show could feature completely different artwork in its last week than in its first, Dolen said. “It’s an opportunity to get to see a lot of great original artwork in a short period of time,” she said. “If you go once, you might not see the same things that you will see the next time.”

Though never formally trained, Dolen has been painting all her life. But it was only after the success of her sold-out show Breaching Boundaries at the Courthouse in 2011 that she realized she could work as a painter full time. Dolen’s pieces are done with walnut oil, the original type of oil used for oil painting, she explained. Dolen said using walnut oil is trickier than other oils because it takes even longer to dry, but said she prefers it because of the vibrancy of its colours. “It’s really good for me because I’m a shameless colour queen. I’m just mesmerized by colour,” she said. Indeed, her central piece in the show, titled The Message, is comprised of brilliant hues of green arbutus trees in stark contrast with two white ravens passing a scroll in the foreground.

Cassandra Dolen, one of two local painters featured in the Courthouse Art Gallery’s current show. Dolen will be at the gallery Saturday for the reception for the show. Emily Wessel/Herald

“This is from a place where we go up on Lindley Creek Road,” Dolen said. “That’s Hamilton Hill in the background. In the springtime, we have mountain bluebirds here which are a real

Both the trees and white ravens are native to Vancouver Island — and Dolen is as well. Another of Dolen’s pieces, The Blue Breath of Spring, features rolling hills and bright blue birds in the foreground.

treat because they’re so incredibly beautiful.” Barber, who’s also the volunteer curator of the gallery, said there really is no main piece for her part of the show. The multimedia artist said her pieces reflect

her eclectic nature as an artist as they range from collage to water colour. “In my media, I tend to play with colours and shapes. If it’s acrylic or if it’s water colour, I will do completely different kinds of work,” Barber said. As the curator, Barber said she wanted to name the show Gifts of the Spirit to tie into the season. “We don’t decide if one gift is more important than another for an individual; what’s important is whether or not they magnify those gifts and use them to benefit themselves and others in positive ways,” Barber said. “That’s what a gift of the spirit is; it’s something like love or hope or passion or constancy. It could be an appreciation of nature and a connection to it through the work that we create.” It’s a rare move to open the gallery in December when the

volunteer-run space usually breaks for holidays and reopens in the new year. However, Barber took the unusual step of opening the gallery for a December show after Dolen’s show, which was originally scheduled for the fall, had to be bumped back. On short notice, Dolen said she “powerpainted” for a month to get ready. “It means being up all night long. I’m good under pressure. I just start neglecting food and sleep and start painting and painting and painting,” she laughed. Gifts of the Spirit opens today and runs until Dec. 21. The art gallery is open Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Both artists will be at the gallery this Saturday for a public reception for the show from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Grieving grandparents share their story By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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For long-time Merritt residents Jeff and Gail Bloom, it’s been less than two weeks since they received every parent’s, every grandparent’s worst nightmare — a phone call telling them that suddenly, violently they had lost a loved one, a child. Their pain is still overwhelming and their emotions raw. The Blooms’ world was irrevocably turned upside down, and their lives forever changed on Friday, Nov. 22 when they received the heart-wrenching news that their two-year-old grandson, Riddick Servio, had been hit and killed by a motor vehicle while walking hand in hand with his mom near the Meadowtown Shopping Mall in Pitt Meadows, and that their daughter, Rowena, had a seriously broken leg. “They were going to Tim Hortons to get my grandson a drink — one of his favourite things to do — when they were hit,” said Jeff in a prepared statement released to the media last week. “It has ripped our lives apart. None of us will ever be the same.” The Blooms have decided to go public with their intensely personal family tragedy and share their story with Herald readers. Jeff and Gail want to get the facts out there for the many, many local citizens of the Nicola Valley who have heard about their misfortune and have been asking questions and seeking information. “We’ve been here in Merritt for almost 40 years. So many people know us, and want to know what happened but perhaps are reluctant or scared to ask,” said Gail. “The accident took place at an extremely busy intersection coming off Lougheed Highway to the Meadowtown Mall,” explained Jeff last Thursday. “There are four lanes, multiple stop signs and quite a long crosswalk. “At 9:45 that Friday morning, Rowena, with Riddick in hand, came to the crosswalk and stopped. The vehicle in question (a Honda Odyssey), was across the intersection, 80 feet away, stopped at a stop sign. At that moment, it was the only vehicle at the intersection. “Rowena made sure that the vehicle was stopped before she and Riddick stepped off the sidewalk and onto the marked crosswalk. As

they were making their way across the intersection, she heard the van accelerate. Rowena turned and the van and woman driver were right there, right on them. The driver wasn’t even looking at them as she hit them. “The van struck Rowena and Riddick so hard that Rowena was thrown 20 feet, while Riddick was caught under the van,” said Jeff. Help for the victims came quickly, according to Jeff, but there was really very little that could be done. Rowena’s shattered leg was formally diagnosed as a complex tibial plateau fracture. Her surgery on Monday of this week was extensive — lasting just over three hours — and involved two metal plates and about 13 screws. She’s going to be out of commission for at least six months to a year.”

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In the family’s press release, the wonderful onsite care and assistance was acknowledged. “We wish to thank so many people, but particularly those who were so directly involved,” the Blooms wrote, “the first responders, the RCMP, the healthcare professionals at Ridge Meadows Hospital, even reporters. They were unbelievably caring and respectful.” News of the Bloom family tragedy was extensively reported by media outlets throughout the Lower Mainland, including The Province and The Vancouver Sun. It has resulted in an outpouring of support and offers of help from around the province. The many acts of kindness and generosity are another reason the Blooms wanted to go public with their story. “The community of Maple Ridge has been absolutely unbelievable and we can’t thank them enough,” said Gail. “Their outpouring of kindness has been truly

amazing. There’s been food organized for us every day by different groups. There have been people over to Rowena’s house doing cleaning. A woman down the street who knew that gluten-free food was required for some family members even took it upon herself to provide all those necessary meals.” An online campaign to raise funds to help the Servio family was started by family friend Laura Gondos, whose daughter went to daycare with Riddick. At closing of donations, $10,100 had been raised. “We were hoping for $500 for a few meals for the family,” Gondos told CBC News, “and it just kind of exploded from there. I’m so shocked and in total awe of how willing people have been to step up and help someone in need — especially during such a tough time of year.” On the Tuesday following the tragic accident, hundreds of people attended an evening candlelight vigil for Riddick held at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. The numbers included the kindergarten class of Riddick’s five-year-old sister, Temperance. They lit special lanterns and released them into the sky. At the funeral service, Riddick’s favourite bedtime story — Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site — was published and read aloud by everyone in attendance. “He was a really good little boy,” said Gail. “He was always happy.” Many people from numerous communities have expressed a desire to make a donation of some sort in memory of Riddick. “Rowena has asked that any donations be made to the B.C. Children’s Hospital,” said Gail. “Donations of toys will also be gratefully accepted. The toys will be

distributed locally in the communities in which they were collected.” In Merritt, toys can be dropped off at Q101 on Quilchena Ave. Jeff and Gail also want people to know that their family has made a commitment to work for changes in shopping mall safety — in terms of parking, traffic patterns, entrance ways and access points. “They simply have not been designed for safety in the 21st century,” said Jeff. “There are no rules. Everybody thinks that because it’s a parking lot, it’s safer because vehicles aren’t moving at a fast speed. But when it comes to a child, you don’t need to be moving very fast to kill them. “If people really want to help, they can watch for the information we’re going to be circulating,” added Bloom. “We’re going to need a lot of help to put pressure on. And the first place we’re going to start is at the Meadowtown Mall.” The Vancouver Sun reported that there were 156 recorded accidents at the Meadowtown Mall between 2008 and 2012, with 50 people injured, including four pedestrians. The paper also stated that ICBC statistics show 15 people killed in parking lots and adjacent areas across B.C. during the same time period. The Sun story quotes Jeffrey Witten, a personal injury lawyer at Vancouver law firm McComb Witten as saying, “On the street, it’s simply much more regulated in terms of the rights of motorists and the rights of pedestrians. But (rules) are not adhered to (in parking lots). The parking lot is much more like the Wild West.” RCMP spokesperson Dan Herbanson said investigators are speaking to the driver (a local 42-year-old woman) and witnesses, and that charges have not been ruled out. A re-enactment of the accident scene took place the day after the accident. In the meantime, the Blooms want people of Merritt to know that they appreciate all their acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy, and that people should not be afraid to approach them. “When they see us, they can come up to us and talk,” said Gail. “We don’t mind. And if they’re not sure what to say, they can just give us a hug. We’re going to need lots of hugs.���

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Byelection candidate packages available now Candidate packages for the 2014 byelection are available for pick up at city hall. City hall is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be open for its regular hours on Dec. 23 and 24. The office will be closed from Dec. 25 until Jan. 2, when it will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Canadian citizens at least 18 years old by the byelection voting date (Feb. 22, 2014) who have lived in B.C. since at least Aug. 22, 2013 are eligible to run in the byelection. Candidates must not have been disqualified from voting in an election. The byelection is for one city councillor.

Council accepts tourism plan as guiding document

At its regular council meeting on Nov. 26, council adopted the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s Destination British Columbia tourism plan as a guiding document. The plan was adopted unanimously after some discussion of whether or not it was a set-in-stone plan or a more general document to guide tourism initiatives. Mayor Roline confirmed the tourism

plan was a guide only, and doesn’t commit council to any particular projects. “If there’s individual things in there, those will come to council at different intervals down the road,” Roline said. Coun. Mike Goetz told council he had some concerns regarding the tourism plan. “There’s a couple things in there that I’m not excited about,” Goetz said.

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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

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES November 29th: Nomination Packages will be available from City Hall January 07th to January 17th: Nomination Period January 24th: First Day for displaying Election Signs February 12th & February 19th : Advance Voting Days

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Who may run? You may run for elected office if you: are a Canadian citizen; are at least 18 years old on February 22, 2014; have lived in British Columbia since August 22, 2013 or longer; have not been disqualified from voting in an election. residency or land ownership within the City of Merritt is not a requirement for candidates

Who may nominate? Candidates must be nominated by two (2) City of Merritt electors (either resident or nonresident).

Who may vote? Persons who live in the City of Merritt (owners and tenants) may vote as a “resident elector” if they: are a Canadian citizen; are at least 18 years old on February 22, 2014; have lived in British Columbia since August 22, 2013 or longer; have lived in the City of Merritt since January 22, 2014 or longer; have not been disqualified from voting in an election. Persons who own property in the City of Merritt but live elsewhere may vote as a “nonresident elector” provided they: are a Canadian citizen; are at least 18 years old on February 22, 2014; have lived in British Columbia since August 22, 2013 or longer; Marchsince 12, 2012 have been an owner of property within Merritt January 22, 2014 or longer; do not live within the City of Merritt; only register in relation to one (1) piece of property; and, if more than one (1) person owns the property, only one (1)owner may register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the others owners.

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The brass of the Interior Health Authority was in Merritt this week to take a pulse on its operations. Interior Health board of directors chair Norman Embree and CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny were in Merritt on Monday as part of their annual meetings throughout the Interior to meet with groups such as their medical staff, foundations, auxiliaries, and local elected officials, Halpenny said. He said the visit is primarily an effort to understand what the issues are in the local area from the local perspective. Halpenny said they met with a number of different groups and had a number of discussions, including ways to recruit more auxiliaries as well as recruiting new doctors to the area. There is a shortage of clinicians who want to work in rural com-

(From left) Interior Health’s Community Area Director Bryan Redford, Community Integration Health Services administrator Berni Easson, CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny and board chair Norman Embree. Michael Potestio/Herald

munities, Halpenny said. IH plans to recruit three more doctors to serve Merritt, but Halpenny said they still don’t have any applicants for the position. “There are some people who say we have enough doctors in Canada, there are other people who say that we don’t,” Halpenny said. He said IH wants the doctors in place as

soon as possible, but because physicians are independent contractors and decide where to set up their practices, all IH and the community can do is “put our best foot forward to try to attract the people to come to this community.” At the end of February, Logan Lake will lose its only doctor as he will be going back to his native South

Africa for personal reasons. Halpenny said he doesn’t know how long it will take to fill that vacated position. “I could go through a list of places where we’ve been struggling for years. Clearwater is still a dilemma for us in recruitment and retention,” Halpenny said. Halpenny said he thinks there might be enough doctors in

Canada, but thinks they should start looking at different models of service. “We’re looking at new models of primary care where we involve what we call physician extenders so that the clinicians are freed up to do what they’re trained to do, which is make diagnosis and prescribe treatment,” Halpenny said. “We’re looking at physician extenders like nurse practitioners and the potential for physician assistants.” Halpenny also said he thinks telehealth is the way of the future. “There’s so much potential for telehealth for rural communities and tele-specialties,” Halpenny said. Halpenny also said he thought speaking with the ThompsonNicola Regional District was important as well given the potential influx of industry and people as a result of the BC Hydro expansion project in Merritt. “We have to be aware of that as we do

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VICTORIA – Last week I described the inevitable demise of B.C.’s “carbon neutral government” scheme, which continues to take millions from hospitals and schools to fund greenhouse gas reduction projects of questionable value. It’s like the AirCare program, a pollution solution that sounded great at the time. AirCare soon found itself chasing diminishing environmental returns, made redundant by new vehicle technology and the financial need to save fuel. Public sector carbon offsets will suffer the same fate, growing as a political liability as their effectiveness declines. All this is separate from B.C.’s carbon tax and greenhouse gas reduction program, another environmental trial balloon that is sinking back to Earth. Former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate goals officially remain in place: 33 per cent greenhouse gas reduction by 2020 and a whopping 80 per cent by 2050. If the gas boom proceeds as planned, B.C. domestic emissions will not be down, but up substantially by 2020. New liquefied natural gas export proposals continue to pop up, the latest ones on former industrial sites near Squamish and Campbell River. And with the surge of LNG activity around Kitimat and Prince Rupert already changing the landscape, questions linger about the pollution and greenhouse gas impacts. As she left for the government’s largest ever trade mission to Asia, Premier Christy Clark dismissed a study that estimated the impact of three LNG plants. That study, done by Kitimat environment group Skeena Wild, assumed “direct drive” technology to chill and compress gas for export.

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Attitude makes all the difference Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS In the Thursday, Nov. 28 edition of the Merritt Herald, we ran a story about a book with a local connection. Although it’s a children’s book, I think we could all benefit from its message once in a while — or maybe more often. In the book I Don’t Like My Grumpy Face, a child picks his face for the day from a closet full of emoticons. He chooses the grumpy one and his face

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gets stuck, as does his attitude meter. It takes some adjusting on his behalf to change that meter’s reading. The message is clear: we choose how we feel and we can control how we feel — which can change how we act and think. In a world where so much is out of our control — such as black ice on the highways or how ethical senators’ expense claims are — we can always change how we interpret and react to situations. For some people, realizing they’re in charge of how they feel is a harder concept to grasp than for others. So, for the purposes of this column, I took a few online personality tests to see how adaptable my attitudes are. One questionnaire found I’m a “laugh it off ” type, who is optimistic and

“never [has] a worry in life.” I appreciate that categorizing any one complex human being into a personality type is “diffucult,” as the (reputable, I’m sure) site spelled it, but that one was just too simplistic for me. I am definitely (or decidedly) not worry-free. On to the next test, which found my political values are mostly progressive, with smaller but equal tendencies toward socialism and tenderness. Taken together, this supposedly means I’m open-minded and have a “generally optimistic attitude towards humanity.” Another general test found I’m an “individualistic doer.” What a phrase! But what does it mean? It means I’m more introverted than extroverted; more inclined to make decisions by what I think than

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what I feel; that I’m more perceptive than judgemental; and that I’m nearly smack-dab in the middle of the sensitive-intuitive scale. This website even gave me a list of “renowned persons with similar personality types.” Apparently, I share a personality type with John Malkovich (yes!) and Tom Cruise (no!) among others. All of these personality test findings could vary quite easily if I took them on a different day when I’m feeling less than agreeable, or if I went into them with the attitude that their findings would be stupid and useless. If my attitude was that I would have to live my life according to these seemingly arbitrary Internet prescriptions, I would probably answer the questions differently as well. In the past year, I heard some people say they were

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unhappy to live in Merritt or that they were sick of it. I maintained that while it does matter who you connect with, how your job’s going and your ultimate goals, I think your attitude comes into play significantly more than people might realize. If you move to Merritt anticipating how lonely you’ll feel, there is a good chance you’ll end up lonely. If you are determined to be bored, you’ll find a way to be bored. But it works the other way around. While it might feel impossible at first, changing your attitude can be a heck of a lot easier than changing your address, your job and your friends. That is a lesson that, no matter how old a person is, one needs to keep learning. And the earlier it’s learned, the more effective the lesson.

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YOUR OPINION Councillors commended for clarifying

In defence of smart meter criticism

Dear Editor,

This is not the first time you have rudely and argumentatively interrupted one of our meetings. Did you not notice that Brian Thiesen asked the crowd for approval of your stay and we unanimously said goodbye? You are not ever there to debate, but rather to interrupt and bluster. I am frustrated by your remarks. They shows you do not have knowledge about smart meters. Therefore, you should do some homework instead of promoting ignorance about smart meters. 1. Bullied “trained” installers? Corix used ads in local newspapers to recruit two-week wonders who could have no electrical training to install (sometimes incorrectly) an electrical appliance. By the way, some installations were accomplished by stealth, deceit and bullying, even with posters that say not to exchange the meters. They were paid by the install, so some were installed at night or when property owners were absent. 2. As we in the no-smart meter group know, nothing is using the ZigBee chip in the

We would like to thank Councillors Christopherson, Norgaard, and Goetz (who phoned us), along with Mayor Roline for taking time to contact us and address our concerns about a new Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame building. According to them, the City of Merritt will not be financing the new building and if there is a new building, that initiative will be led by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Mayor Roline wrote saying, “There are no immediate or even near future plans to build a new Hall of Fame that council is aware of, so therefore no commitment by the City of Merritt financially for that organization’s initiative or for maintenance on the current Hall of Fame building.” According to Mr. Christopherson, “Not sure that TOTA is quite on the same wavelength yet as most of Merritt.” We appreciate everyone for reassuring us on this matter as we both feel there are more important considerations for the City of Merritt’s monies. Peter and Rachelle Vogt Merritt

Dear Editor, Re: Frustrated with smart meter opponents, Thursday, Nov. 28 edition of the Merritt Herald by Darrel Brooks

smart meter at present as BC Hydro and the Liberals have not built the towers or the computer banks to gather this data. When this is accomplished, then the smart meter will emit electrical magnetic frequencies — but not before. If you did not have an agenda and actually watched the documentary Take Back Your Power, you would have seen plants around an emitting smart meter in Ontario that were dead. I have seen pictures of operating smart meters that have killed beehives and caused bats to relocate. I have read of the agony that cancer chemotherapy recipients have endured when they return home and are further bombarded by an operating smart meter. 3. The story that BC Hydro wants us to believe is that the meters only pulse once a day. When operating, the ZigBee chip will monitor power, water, and gas. The information gathered will be stored not in the meter as you suggest, but in the computer banks. Since the ZigBee chip does not store, it operates when any of the four functions are being operated. It may be the case that the ZigBee chip in the smart meter communicates with the Hydro data banks two to three times a day. But the gathering by this chip in the meter on the residence is 24/7. We will

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be bombarded constantly in our own homes with electric magnetic frequencies. Your retained private information could be made available and sold to third parties if not at a corporation’s request than by hacking. Can you imagine the confusion that would ensue if the power grid was hacked and traffic lights were out in any large city? Think opportunity for terrorism. Regarding our ‘Privacy Act’ — when we used this act for our protection, BC Liberals quietly changed this act to enable the smart meter install. That was devious, but also proved that B.C. residents opposed to this whole install were on the right track. 4. Information gathered by the utility company could be used to present “time of use” — that means the price of electricity depends on when it’s used. Don’t believe me? Check out what happened at Hydro One in Ontario. The dream of a worldwide grid is exactly that. It will never happen because too many countries are opposed to smart metering. Are you employed as an antagonist by BC Hydro? That would explain your bluster. Mo Tomchuk Merritt

LNG not likely to replace other power sources From Page 6 It concluded that three plants would burn two and a half times the amount of natural gas currently used in Metro Vancouver. Clark and Environment Minister Mary Polak relied on the same talking point to reject the study. The technology of powering LNG is still being negotiated, as producers work towards environmental permits, so the total can’t be calculated yet. BC Hydro is predicting little electricity demand for

LNG until after 2020, which suggests the early development will either be direct drive, the industry standard and simplest method, or building one or more gasfired power plants in northwest B.C. Even if gas usage is only equivalent to one Lower Mainland, it’s plain to see greenhouse gas emissions are going up. Clark has repeatedly argued that B.C. LNG should get credit for displacing coal in China and elsewhere. I asked Polak if the inter-

national community would accept B.C.’s assertion that emissions from our LNG production shouldn’t count. “We haven’t said we won’t count them,” Polak replied. “What the premier’s talked about and I’ve talked about is that this whole issue of how one accounts for greenhouse gases in a particular region is one that is constantly evolving. There are regularly changes to the international standards for accounting for these things and reporting them. And certainly the ability for one jurisdic-

tion to impact positively on the GHG emissions of another, we think is appropriately considered in how one accounts for these things.” Clark visited the Jiangsu LNG import facility in China that could be a key export destination. Globe and Mail China correspondent Nathan Vanderklippe covered the premier’s visit. He reports that the gas being imported at Jiangsu isn’t replacing coal. It’s being used in addition to coal in peak demand periods.

Clark also visited Japan, another key customer for LNG. The whole world knows why Japan needs new energy sources. It needs to replace production from its disaster-tainted nuclear facilities. Will B.C. LNG be part of the solution to humaninduced climate change? On the evidence so far, the answer is no. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalNews.com Twitter:@tomfletcherbc

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Weekend food drive collects 4,470 pounds of food Royal LePage Merritt thanks the community for supporting their Hands of Hope Christmas Drive. It was a tremendous success, securing over 4,470 pounds of non-perishable items and new toys for the local food bank. The communitywide event was born in the early fall following a conversation between Claudette Edenoste and Rae Robinson about a Christmas food drive he had been a part of for many years in Quesnel. The focus of this drive was to arrive at every home in one afternoon to collect non-perishable items and new toys for those

community members in need during this holiday season. It seemed like an overwhelming task at the time, but Claudette and Rae embraced the challenge! The Royal LePage staff met and expressed their enthusiasm to participate. This support garnered making a phone call to the Merritt Centennials to team together to make the drive a reality. From day one, it felt like a natural partnership. In the ensuing months, weekly meetings took place between the Royal LePage Merritt Realtors and staff, Lawrence (Sach) Sacharuk from the

(From left) Shelly Moorhead makes a donation to Centennials players Adam Tracey and Tyler Martin for the Hands of Hope Food Drive this past Sunday. Michael Potestio/Herald

Centennials, Rae Robinson and Marlene Fenton from the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank. Countless hours

were put in to the preparation, planning and organization to execute this event. A “Name that drive” contest was

put out to the community and the The Hands of Hope Christmas Drive was born! Royal LePage’s Hands of Hope Christmas Drive went much smoother than anyone could have hoped for. It was a fantastic day full of positive attitudes, hard work, fresh air and many laughs. We were so pleased to see many unexpected volunteers come out of the woodwork. Trucks showed up decorated with lights, trees, snowmen and holiday music. The Centennials also showed up wearing their jerseys and best smiles. It was

that provided a helping hand on this day. We would also like to express our appreciation to local businesses for helping out. Royal LePage Merritt’s Hands of Hope Christmas Drive plans to continue the event next year and will be looking for volunteers, which is vital to the event’s success. Happy holidays and thank you again for the generous support and contributions benefitting your local food bank. You have made a difference in giving to many families this holiday season.

great to see community members opening their doors with generous donations and greetings of holiday wishes. We understand that some residences were missed and we extend our heartfelt apologies if you were one of them. If you would like to give a donation, we would be grateful to have you drop it off at either Royal LePage Merritt or the food bank, both located on Quilchena Avenue. Royal LePage Merritt would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to the Merritt Centennials, Cadets, friends and volunteers

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City council plans MP, MLA meeting over Last Post Fund By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

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City council plans to have a discussion regarding the Last Post Fund for veterans with the federal and provincial representatives of the Merritt area sometime in the near future. At the Nov. 26 regular council meeting, council voted unanimously to meet with member of Parliament for OkanaganCoquihalla Dan Albas and Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart regarding

the issue after Coun. Mike Goetz brought the motion forward. Goetz told the Herald that under the current rules, only veterans from the Second World War and the Korean War receive funds for burial or a disability fund if injured. “People who are serving today are not qualified for that, yet there’s enough money there,” Goetz said. He said there’s enough money to cover all veterans for things such as burials through

Last Post, rehabilitation and pensions, but not all veterans are being covered. “There’s money there, it’s just we’ve got to make it known we’d like to see the people who deserve it get it,” Goetz said. Goetz also said he plans to bring the issue to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities as a resolution as well to attract the attention of other municipalities. He said council wants to know what the government’s plans are in

regards to the Last Post Fund issue and voice their concern for veterans. “We need to find out the answers to why the fund has so much money in it, but so little is being paid out,” Goetz told council. The initiative is for the sake of awareness at this point, Goetz told the Herald. Goetz also said the correct answers aren’t coming from Ottawa and if communities like Merritt start asking those questions, they will get

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Pay attention to your Beacon Credit score indicative of financial health

DAVID L. BROWN Managing YOUR MONEY It’s Christmas time (and shopping time) once again. But before you head out on what is the most expensive shopping expedition of the year for most people – and potentially harm your creditworthiness – it might be a very good idea to take a critical look at your Beacon Score. A Beacon Score results from a set of complex algorithms used to establish a person’s credit rating. It takes into account your payment history, current debt load, and number of new credit

applications. Final calculations range from 300 to 900 and tell a financial institution how likely it is that a customer will repay the loan within 24 months. Beacon Scores are typically used by lenders to determine the level of interest to charge a borrower and, in the case of very low scores, whether to extend a loan at all. Most lending institutions use credit scores from Equifax Credit Bureau or Transunion. These credit bureaus assess five areas of your personal finance, with each given a different weighting: • Past payment history (weighting: approximately 35 per cent) – a calculation that considers bankruptcies, late payments, past due accounts, and wage attachments.

• Credit owing (weighting: approximately 30 per cent) – an amount that looks at how much you owe as a proportion of total credit limits. • Length of time to establish credit (weighting: approximately 15 per cent) – how much time has elapsed since your accounts have been open and active. • New credit (weighting: approximately 10 per cent) – a calculation of recent credit inquiries and recently-opened accounts. • Type of credit (weighting: approximately 10 per cent) – assesses the different types of credit used, such as credit cards, retail accounts, mortgage, and line of credit. According to Canadian Mortgage

Trends, the average Canadian adult’s Beacon Score is around 700. A score of 750 or higher puts you in a great position to receive extended credit but if you’re on the low end and hoping to get a mortgage or a large loan for some other reason, you may be able to improve your Beacon Score by: • Establishing a credit history as soon as possible – lenders like to see a payment history of at least two years on at least two accounts, such as a car loan and a credit card. • Making all your payments on time – the cleaner your credit history, the better your chances of being approved. It’s good to know how lenders use your Beacon Score – but it’s even better to know

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Dec. 19 deadline to pay for movie theatre land “Either we’ve got a community that wants to build it or we don’t. I think we’ve come as far as we can as a committee before we take that next leap of faith,” he said. The group got the main piece of land and another piece of property about half a block away for $275,000. Originally, the group of former owners wanted $475,000 for the property and $175,000 for the associated piece of land. Christopherson said those owners went for the deal after the realtor told them what it would be used for. The associated property is on Quilchena Avenue near the train tracks and was one caveat of the deal as it can be used for additional reciprocal parking.

Paying for the land is the first step in the roughly $5-million project. The society

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When we look at what is going on with our money, with our debt rising and rising. This can not go on forever. There will come a day of reckoning that will cause a lot of problems. To spread the Word through missions all over the world while they feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick is what we have been told to do. We must go on and tell the world about Jesus. It is not cheap to carry out this work. The Bible instructs us to bring all the tithe (one tenth of your earnings), besides other offerings, and God will pour you out a blessing. He says that you will have more than you need. How can that be? One solution is that we stop spending so much on the things that we don’t need. The things that are not healthy. That way we can afford to bring this money into God’s works. He has promised a blessing to go with that

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Five days of holiday events brought thousands of people from the Nicola Valley and surrounding areas to downtown Merritt. Country Christmas included the annual community concert, a dance recital, pictures with Santa at Santa’s village, breakfast with Santa, and of course, Friday night’s light-up parade. Photos by Herald staff


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A SNOWY SCENE Merrittonian Marguerite Kempin has set up her annual Christmas village display in the storefront of Vision Quest on Quilchena Avenue. Kempin has set up the mini village for people in Merritt to enjoy for several years. Michael Potestio/Herald

GRAB HOLD! (From left) Merritt Centennials Payton Schaefer and Tyler Martin link up to take a lap around the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena during the Centennials Skate with Santa night on Monday. Proceeds from the event went to Merritt’s soup kitchen. Michael Potestio/Herald

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#2051

Gorgeous 3 bedrm home on 51.99 acres with million dollar views! Open design with custom wood timber frame beams, HW flooring, granite counters in kitchen, huge wrap around deck. Garage with guest suite.

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#2138

$199,900

#1663

$319,000

Good family home

$539,000

$370,000

#2141

$399,900

$260,000

large Shop

Wonderful acres only 15 mins. from Merritt. 2 bedrm modular, huge ensuite, family rm, open living & dining area. Large covered deck. Includes 2 shops for storage. Close to lakes for fishing.

#2116

#2099 

#2119 

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#2092 

$159,000

commercial

$749,900

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$169,000

$229,000

#1837 

157 acres

Spacious 4 bedroom family home with an additional 2 bedroom inlaw suite on ground level. Bright kitchen with lots of cabinets, has den, play room and 3 pce ensuite. Nice fenced backyard.

$279,000

#2113

$849,900

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#1759

$455,000

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GST is applicable

#2000

RESIDENTIAL VIEW LOTS Prices Starting at $85,000 + GST

Fully serviced residential lots with fantastic views of the Nicola Valley and surrounding mountains. Close to shopping and college. Start building your dream home today! #1726

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Moving Real Estate BC Ltd. STRATA END UNIT

Lana McPharlane 315-3748

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#102 - 2840 Voght St., Merritt, BC •

FIRST TIME BUYERS

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CENTRAL LOCATION

HUGE LOT

Personal Real Estate Corporation

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Nice newer end unit with good sized totally fenced yard. Bright open floor plan, kitchen has large island & big pantry. 3 bedrms, open rec.rm & laundry up. 3 pce ensuite, central A/C & double garage.

19,500 sq.ft. lot with fruit trees & vegetable gardens. Home has 2 bdrms up & 2 down. Nicely manicured lawn, has cold storage for canning. Has new siding, windows & furnace

Beautifully renovated inside & out. Spacious 4 bedrm home on 0.25 acres, fully manicured lawn & UG sprinklers. Has new bathrm, new flooring and paint throughout, new windows, siding & more.

Executive 3 level split family home with stunning view of the valley. Has a grand living rm and dining rm with large vaulted ceilings, open kitchen concept with sunken family rm. 3 bedrms up, large master suite. Upgrades include new bathrm, windows & more.

Immaculate 4 bedrm home with fantastic views., 3 pce ensuite with soaker tub & sitting rm. Living rm with gas F/P. Main level has family rm, office, laundry. Double garage. Near college.

#2124

#2130

#2138

#2121

An older 2 bedroom home in nice neighbourhood, close to the downtown on an extra large 13,780 sq.ft. lot that may have subdivision potential. Lane access to a well maintained backyard with a single garage

#2126

#2133

$225,000

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$224,900

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$199,900

$385,000

$329,900

$149,999

Clean 4 bedrm rancher, close to shopping, transit & schools. Reno’s include flooring, siding & complete main bathrm. Large fenced yard, nicely landscaped with storage shed & workshop.

Exquisite 3 bedrm bungalow in prime location, completely redone inside & out. New wiring, plumbing, furnace, HW tanks, all windows, S/S appliance pkg, stacking washer/dryer plus a fully fin. bsmt.

Beautiful 4 bedrm family home with Home Warranty in newer Bench location. Tastefully finished home with top quality products, open concept living, large kitchen with island, maple HW flooring, central A/C.

Beautifully renovated 3 level split with open concept design, large windows, vaulted ceilings & central A/C. Has new kitchen with S/S appliances, new bathrm flooring & paint. Huge double garage.

#2129

#2140

#2132

#2128

$144,900

$324,900

$389,900

$330,999

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HUGE SHOP

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18,000 SQ.FT. LOT

3 bedrms up plus 2 bedrm legal suite down, on 0.19 acre corner lot. Perfect for young family looking for a mortgage helper or an investor. Easy walk to bus and school. Fenced backyard with mature cedars.

Newer 2 bedrm apartment in a great neighbourhood. Features granite counters, S/S appliances. This home has an open modern design, great for entertaining & built-in A/C.

Immaculate side by side duplex with approx. 960 sq.ft. & 2 bedrms per side. Reno’s in 2004 & 2007 include flooring, plumbing, electrical, furnaces, HW tanks & Mill Creek kitchen & both baths. Has detached 16x24 shop.garage.

One of the nicest gated communities in Merritt with views of the Nicola River. Has 3 bedrms, 2 baths, open design living, gas F/P, galley kitchen with nook, laundry on main, hobby & rec.rm down.

In upscale neighbourhood with views of the valley. 3 bedrms on main with 4 pce ensuite, bright kitchen, sunken living rm with vaulted ceilings & gas F/P. Has 2 bedrm suite with sep. entrance.

Gorgeous view home, gourmet kitchen with S/S appl., dining & living rm with walkout balcony, 3 bedrms up, 1 down, fantastic Man Cave in bsmt. Low mtnce yard is prof. landscaped.

Excellent starter home in Lower Nicola on 0.72 acre lot with 48x48 shop. Home has 2 bedrms, 1152 sq.ft. gas fireplace. A work in progress but the neighbourhood but the results can be fantastic.

Charming 2 bedrm home with fresh paint, roof, updated windows & kitchen. 12x12 patio off sundeck. Quiet neighbourd, centrally location with lane access, RV parking & insulated shop.

Gorgeous 5 bedrm, 3.5 bath home with HW flooring, ceramic tile in kitchen & baths, 5 pce ensuite & W/I closet. Fully fin. bsmt with separate entrance, extra large rec.rm. 2 covered decks.

#1957

#2122

#2049

#2120

#2096

#1998

#2099

#2108

Very private yard with fruit trees, amazing patio, fish pond & garden area. Home custom 3 level split home has 4 bedrms, large windows, 12x13 sunroom accessible from master bedrm. The basement has large rec.rm and 2 bedrms.

#1759

#2111

$199,900

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$165,000 BENCH RANCHER

$298,500

$239,000

WALK TO AMENITIES

DESIRABLE AREA

$419,000

BIG DETACHED SHOP

$469,900 DESIRABLE AREA

$169,000 LOWER NICOLA

$165,000

EXECUTIVE BENCH HOME

$455,000

$325,000

IN QUIET CUL DE SAC

REVENUE FOURPLEX

CED

U RED Nice 2 bedrm rancher on popular Bench area. Pine kitchen cabinets, roomy living room with gas F/P. Fairly large sundeck, private backyard, single garage. Great for retirees or first time buyer.

3 bedrrom home in downtown core. Great for homebased business. Has a detached garage 21x23 with lane access. Fenced backyard with sundeck and lane access.

Fantastic 3 bedrm home with amazing private yard. 2 bedrms, laundry, family rm, new kitchen with eating area, dining & living rm on main. Large games rm & hobby rm downstairs.

3 bedrm family home, close to schools with 24x24 shop/garage in backyard with large garden & fruit trees. Home has large living rm & kitchen, 2.5 baths, large rec.rm with dry bar. Priced below assessed value for 2013 of $256,300.

This rancher features 3 bedrms, private yard with garden, 2 car garage & room for RV parking. Includes appliances & gas fireplace. Easy access and quality built home.

Great home in Lower Nicola on 0.35 acres with creek. 2 bedrms up, 1 down in renovated bsmt with new carpets, paint & HW tank. Large living room and a galley kitchen. 24x28 shop.

Quality executive 3 BR family home with HW & cork flooring with spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings & Mill Creek cabinets with granite top on kitchen island. U/G sprinklers, 2 sundecks, private yard.

Spacious 4 bedrm home with open design, 3 pce ensuite, large back porch, huge backyard with nice sundeck and a garden area. Inlcudes 2 bedrm bsmt suite. 26x24 double garage.

Side by side fourplex on a 1/3 of an acre. Has been renovated inside & out including roof & septic system. Monthly rental revenue is currently $2670. Cooperative water. Desirable location

#2113

#2125

#2013

#2080

#2081

#2088

#2141

#2050

#2103

$229,000 SENSATIONAL

COZY RANCHER

$149,000

$319,000

$229,900

GREAT BENCH HOME

COZY BUNGALOW

$224,900

$269,900

CLOSE TO SCHOOL

HAVE A BIG FAMILY?

$399,900 INVESTMENT

$334,900 GREAT LOCATION

$298,000

SPOTLESS RANCHER

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SOL Beautiful 2 bedroom home plus den/hobby room completely updated including all flooring, paint & most fixtures. Lane access for extra parking in rear. Centrally located in downtown core.

Quality built view home offers approx. 4000 sq.ft. on 3 levels. Large chef’s kitchen with all appliances, family rm open to large balcony, 4 bedrms, 3 baths. Fully finished basement. Triple garage.

#2115

#1863

$149,900

$549,900

Great home in the downtown area, close to shopping & amenities. Flat, fenced lot with mature landscaping & RV parking. Home has open oak kitchen/dining rm, 3 bedrms, private patio with hot tub.

#2135

$179,900

Completely renovated 4 bedrm home with new kitchen, flooring, new bathrms up & down, extra spacious floor plan with open concept living. Large lot, covered carport, RV parking.

Perfect for large family with 4 bedroom plus an additional 2 bedrm inlaw suite, den & play roo. Nice fenced yard for children or pets. Lane access. Community parks are close by.

Very nice 4 bedroom home with open floor plan and high cathedral ceilings. Has 1 bedrm and laundry on main, 3 bedrms up and ensuite with jetted tub. Has fenced backyard. Includes 3 appliances.

Side by side uplex with 100 amp service. Each side has 2 bedrms, 1 bath and approx 432 sq.ft. Easy walk to shopping & schools. Has had some renovations. Adjacent duplex also for sale.

3 bedrms on the main, possible 4th down. Kitchen is bright & cheery with new counters & cabinets. Laminate & tile floors. Fully fin. bsmt with big family rm, office & storage.

One level home with 2 master bedrms + den & office (or 3rd bedrm). Each bedrm has its own ensuite. Has 536 sq.ft. covered deck and 20x16 detached shop with concrete floors.

#2038

#2116

#1923

#1982

#2035

#1988

$329,000

$279,000

$259,900

$169,900

$169,900

$246,300

HERITAGE HOME

CLOSE TO SCHOOLS

SPACIOUS MOBILE

WHY RENT

NICE MOBILE

CLOSE TO SCHOOLS

QUIET CUL DE SAC

NEW RANCHER

RIVERFRONT PROPERTY

EXTRA HALF LOT

In downtown core, close to all amenities, lane access & private yard. Features 3 bedrms, 4 pce ensuite, Victorian classic kitchen with all appl., HW flooring in many rooms, 9 ft ceilings & large family rm.

Large family home in good area, close to schools with 3 bedrms up and 2 bedrm inlaw suite on ground level. New paint & flooring on main. HW radiant heat with new boiler in 2009. Large fenced backyard.

2 bedrm mobile in one of the nicest parks. 1 bedrm on each end with an open concept kitchen eating area & living rm in the center. The addition has a large enclosed porch & family rm.

This 3 bedrm home has had some updates, laminate flooring, double glazed windows, electrical upgrade, newer roof. 2 levels, 3 bedrms, 2 baths. Strata fees include heat and hot water.

2009 mobile in Lower Nicola MHP with 2 bedrooms, open design kitchen/living room. Hardi plank siding, 2 x 6 construction, large lot. Great home for retirees or first time buyers

Great 4 bedrm home with HW floors, open concept with big kitchen & comes with appl. Some reno’s have been done like new roof, windows & exterior doors. Main bath has jetted soaker tub.

West Coast contemporary home on quiet street. 3 bedrms, den, 2.5 baths, elegant flooring. 13x18 living rm with 17 ft vaulted ceilings. Kitchen with wrap around counters. 3 pce ensuite. Private backyard.

Great views from this Bench rancher with full walkout basement. HW, porcelain & carpet flooring. Vaulted ceilings, open design kitchen, 2 bedrms up, 2 baths. Bsmt roughed in inlaw suite.

Executive 3 bedrm rancher on immaculate ½ acre lot backing onto Nicola River. Features 3 bedrms, 2 baths, 1900+ sq.ft. with maple HW, ceramic tile & large 475 sq.ft. covered deck.

Perfect for large family with 4 bedrms, 2.5 baths, stainless steel appliances, BI vac, A/C. Great yard with patio gazebo, UG & drip irrigation, double garage and extra parking on 1.5 lots.

#2052

#1967

#2043

#2090

#2010

#1963

#1884

#2022

#2139

#2105

$289,900

$329,000

$74,500

$97,900

BACKYARD OASIS

FANTASTIC VIEWS

SPENCES BRIDGE

EXECUTIVE HOME

Totally renovated home, tastefully decorated, 4 bedrms, 2 baths plus sunroom, custom kitchen with granite counters, fantastic bathrm with high end fixtures. Incredible backyard with water features.

4 bedrm home, completely renovated with open concept living, Mill Creek kitchen, new flooring throughout, 2 new baths, furnace & HW tank plus new large back deck to enjoy the views.

3 bedrm, 2 bath double wide on its own 0.17 acre lot with fruit trees & garden area. Great retreat close to the famous Thompson River known for salmon & steelhead fishing.

Executive 5 bedrm, 3 bath home the HW floors, slate tile, gourmet chef’s kitchen with Maple shaker cabinets. Large living rm, den & family rm with sliding doors to deck. Fully finished basement.

#2051

#2101

#2027

#2097

$279,000

$370,000

$99,500

$509,900

$71,900 GREAT STARTER

$289,000

$299,900

$359,900

INVESTORS

INVESTORS

OPPORTUNITY

Very clean home with 3 bedroom up, 2 bathrooms, new tile & newer flooring in living room. Close to schools. Has a carport in back with lane access and fenced yard.

Great opportunity to own a one bedroom apartment in Merritt. Why rent when you can own. Very affordable unit. BONUS of $3,000 paid to Buyer upon completion! Includes appliances.

Great opportunity of 6 strata title townhomes, all within walking distance to downtown & close to all amenities. Being sold below assessed value at $87,900 per unit. Call for more details.

Great corner lot on a quiet street with plenty of room to build a shop. Home has 2 bedrooms and in need of some TLC, but is priced accordingly. Call for a showing today.

#2110

#2089

#2044

#2098

$127,500

US BON

$65,000

$527,400

$99,900

$439,000

$389,900

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Lavish oasis on 1.05 acres at Nicola Lake. This custom home has 4 bedrms, 5 baths, over 6000 sq.ft. with open concept design, gourmet kitchen, large living areas, 2 master suites & gorgeous infinity pool.

1.216 acre treed lot waiting for you to develop it. Many building site and with great views plus shallow well in place. Hydro to lot line.

#2131

#2048

Good commercial building in downtown core. Approx. 5000 sq.ft. of commercial space on the main with 1100 sq.ft. up with a 3 bedrm suite, currently rented. Zoned C-2. Run your business and live upstairs.

HOMES ON ACREAGE BREATHTAKING VIEWS

HORSE LOVERS

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SOL Exceptionally well built 5 bedrm home on 20 acres, with 4 baths & inlaw suite in fully fin. bsmt. Large windows to enjoy the panoramic views. Reinforced foundation & external walls. 26x37 shop & garage.

#1866

$799,995

Fantastic acreage just 15 mins. from Merritt by Aspen Grove. Has 1500 sq.ft. modular with large covered deck. Includes 2 shops, corrals with heated automatic watering for livestock & more.

#2119

$849,900

Lush 48.46 acres in Sunshine Valley, over 1 km bordering the Nicola River - watering rights. Quality home featuring spacious kitchen, 5 bedrms, 4 baths, in-law suite. 2nd farmhand residence, 55 acres organic hayfields, irrigation & farm equipment, hayshed, 4-stall barn w/ tack room & riding arena.

#2095

$849,000

$2,755,000

$219,000

#2137

$350,000

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KANE VALLEY

PRESTIGIOUS HOME

ON NICOLA LAKE

1 ACRE LOT

INDUSTRIAL BUILDING

Enjoy the peace & privacy from this 10 acre parcel that backs onto Crown Land. Beautiful log home with open concept, kitchen area overlooks gardens. Has several outbldgs. Great rec. area.

Custom home on 51.99 acres with panoramic views. This private home has open design with custom cut timbers frame beams, HW flooring, 3 bedrms, 2.5 baths & wrap around deck

Magnificent lakefront home with vaulted ceilings, 5 bedrms, 4.5 baths, 2 large sundecks overlooking the lake, fully finished basement, low E windows & UG boathouse.

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS

Ty’s excellent adventure in the Land Down Under Nicola Valley bull rider travels to Australia to compete, do some deep-sea fishing and even come face-to-face with a koala bear By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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Merritt bull rider Ty Pozzobon didn’t let a broken right hand — the result of being stepped on by a 2,000pound mountain of beef at the end of October — spoil his recent threeweek trip to the Land of Oz to compete in the country’s Australian Cup. Fresh off a 15thplace finish at the Built Ford Tough World Championships in Las Vegas (Oct. 23-27), Pozzobon travelled to Australia on Nov. 6 to take part in three major PBR bull riding events — in Wollongong and Tamworth, New South Wales, and in the northern Queensland community of Townsville. The 22-year-old Pozzobon even managed to get in some snorkeling and deep-sea fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, pet a koala bear and celebrate his birthday to boot. “It was my second trip to Australia,” said Pozzobon. “I went in 2011, but this time was so much better. I had my girlfriend (Jayd Davis from Texas) along to enjoy everything with me.” Pozzobon got things rolling with two solid rides (79 and 84 points) in Wollongong, good for a fifth-place finish on the average. Neither Pozzobon’s broken hand nor his surgically-repaired right knee — which had kept him out of action for two months prior to Las Vegas — gave him any trouble. “My knee was really good,’ he said, “and the broken hand is my free hand (the one in the air)

WIZARD OF OZ (Left) With his right hand in a cast, Merritt bull rider Ty Pozzobon rides Navaho to a score of 88 and first place in round one at the Tamworh Invitational in Australia on Nov. 23. (Above) Pozzobon and one of his catches off the Queensland coast. (Below) a map of Australia showing the location of Pozzobon’s three competitive stops — Wollongong and Tamworth, New South Wales, and Townsville, Queensland. Photos submitted and Google Maps

so it didn’t affect me at all.” Pozzobon went the full eight seconds on both his bulls in Townsville (81 and 84 points) to finish third overall and pick up more valuable points to start the new PBR season. The young Nicola Valley cowboy saved the best for last, however, as he scored an 88 on Navaho at the Tamworth Invitational to win the first round. Despite being bucked off on his second ride, he still finished third again in the overall standings. “Tamworth was quite an experience,” said Pozzobon. “I had quite a few rerides that night. In the first round, Navaho hit his head in the chute and fouled me, so I brought him back. Then in the championship round, on a bull called Sports Machine, they opened the gate before I even nodded my head, so I got to ride him again. Unfortunately, he

bucked me off the second time round. It was a lot of bulls to get one score.” Fearless on the back of a bull, Pozzobon was more than a little apprehensive about his first few forays underwater on his days off. “I did not want to be in the water with sharks,” Pozzobon told reporter Justin Felisko for a story published on the PBR website. “It took a lot to get me snorkeling around, but Jayd and my good buddy Luke Snyder talked me into it, and I’m sure glad they did.” Ty and Jayd saw a wide variety of tropical creatures that they’d never seen before. The twosome and some other rodeo buddies also got to take in some offshore fishing 60 miles out to sea. “We didn’t catch any marlins,” said Pozzobon, “but we caught a lot of other big stuff.” The big stuff included an eight-foot bull

shark that hooked on to their drumline overnight. It eventually broke free in the morning and swam away. “It was wild,” Pozzobon told Felisko for his article. “Oh man, I never thought I would ever see a real shark, and to see it that close was pretty cool.” Ty and Jayd also visited historic Magnetic Island, located in Cleveland Bay just off the coast near Townsville. The island got its name because of the apparent ‘magnetic’ effect it had on ship’s compasses as they passed close by. One of its early visitors was the famous Captain James Cook. Maggie Isle, as the locals call it, also includes a 27-squarekilometre national park. It is home to over 800 koala bears. Pozzobon actually got to touch one. “We saw a wild one and kind of crawled up a tree and were petting it and stuff,” he said in the

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PBR story. “We didn’t think we would get anywhere near it. He was just sitting there liking it. It was crazy.” Pozzobon is back in the Nicola Valley now, resting up and preparing for the 2014 bull riding season, which begins in earnest right after Christmas. He’s in Fort

Worth on Dec. 27 for a PBR event, followed shortly thereafter by the Monster Energy Buck Off at Madison Square Gardens in New York, Jan. 3-5. Pozzobon finished his shortened 2013 Built Ford Tough season in 30th place with $102,000 in earnings.

In 2011, he placed 20th overall with prize money totalling $106,000. Going into the new season, the young gun from Merritt has landed an other major sponsor. Jack Daniels has joined Smithbilt Hats in backing the rising star on the world’s top bull riding circuit.

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Dealing constructively with arguments GWEN RANDALL-YOUNG Psychology FOR LIVING It is unrealistic to expect that differences will not come up when you are living with a partner or

children. Sometimes things become heated, and words are said in anger. Hurt feelings and distancing can result, sometimes lasting for days. When communication does resume, it may result in another argument about the first argument. If this process is repeated time and again, the relationship will begin to suffer. An ongoing argument about what the other

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person did wrong rarely gets anywhere. If you are angry because you feel you have been wronged, there is a good chance the other

person feels the same way. Rather than making the other wrong, it is enough to state simply what you do not like: being yelled at,

sworn at, put down or ignored. The other person will likely counter with what he or she does not like about what you did or said. Allow this without defensiveness. Then suggest since you have both expressed what was important to each, that you strive to remember that in the future and then let the original argument go. Forget it. Do not file it in your memory bank

to dredge up the next time there is a problem. It is the argument you are letting go, not necessarily the issue. There still may be some work to do on it, but having let the argument go, you may both be able to approach the issue with more objectivity and less emotion. Replaying the argument and analyzing it to pieces is like stepping into emotional quicksand. The more the two

Oh, the sidewalks outside are icy DR. COLIN GAGE Spinal COLUMN During these winter months, the sidewalks and roads are generally very icy. This makes people, particularly the elderly, vulnerable to slipping and falling. I have had numerous patients in my office already this winter with injuries from slipping on icy winter sidewalks. I would like to share what some of those injuries are and then give a few ideas to prevent them from happening in the first place. One of the easiest ways to knock some teeth out, fracture your jaw, give yourself a concussion, and top it off with some quality road rash (scrapes/cuts) on your face is to walk on icy surfaces with your hands deep in your pockets. Whenever you lose your balance, you have an inherent reflex to extend out your hands in order to catch yourself. If you cannot get your hands out of your pockets in

time, one of the first things to hit the ground could be your shoulders, face, or head. When venturing outside in these winter months, wear shoes that have a good tread on the bottom. If you are wearing smooth-surfaced shoes, you are asking for trouble. As an example, I will tell you about a particular businessperson in Merritt. He did not see the need to change out of his perfectly smooth-bottomed dress shoes before going outside onto the icy conditions. He is presently walking with extreme pain and can only sit if he uses a not-so-trendy donut-shaped pillow. The suffering he will endure for the next month from a fractured tailbone may have been prevented if he had proper footwear. If you require a cane when walking, it may be prone to sliding out from under you on icy surfaces. Particularly in the elderly, this unexpected shift in your balance may make you fall. Purchasing a small metal item that clamps onto the end of your cane can prevent this. It has a set of sharp teeth that flip over the rubber knob at the

end of the cane. Then, when you put your weight on it, the teeth bite securely into any icy surface. Recently, I had a patient in my office whose cane slipped out from under her. She fell and attempted to catch herself with her free hand. It was quite obvious when she saw me that she had fractured her wrist. Many elderly people or those with balance disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease or vertigo may require the use of a walker on slippery or uneven surfaces. This gives them the security of being able to lean on a stable structure if they slip or lose their balance slightly. Only last week, I spoke to an elderly man in my office who has balance problems due to Alzheimer’s disease. He slipped on an icy sidewalk and the bridge of his nose struck one

of the wooden benches located on our main street. Although he said it was not a big deal, I believe he had a broken nose and I am confident he should have had the laceration stitched. In addition to taking the necessary precautions for yourself when walking on icy surfaces, there are things you can do for other people as well. First and foremost, shovel the snow off the sidewalk in front of your home or business. You could also spread sand or salt on the icy sections to prevent others from slipping on your section of sidewalk. If you are unfortunate enough to have a fall or even to just slip without actually hitting the ground, it is likely that you have jarred or strained your neck, back, or shoulders. The discomfort may show up immediately or possibly not for a few days.

If one or more of the joints in your spine or neighbouring muscles remain restricted in their movement, then that area will be vulnerable to becoming sore at a later date. Thus, if you do slip, even without completely falling, see your chiropractor for a complete examination.

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Cents manage a point from a yin yang weekend Cents get shut out by the Vipers in Vernon; respond with a tiee on ho home ome iice ce aga against Powell River - the BCHL’s very best By Ian Webster THE HERALD sports@merrittherald.c

As the Merritt Centennials headed to Penticton last night for an important showdown with the much-hated Vees, coaches Luke Pierce and Joe Martin had to be wondering which one of their teams would be showing up for the front half of the home-and-home series between the two teams. Would it be the one that failed to make an appearance in Vernon last Friday, and lost 4-0 to the Snakes in a muchhyped showdown for first place in the BCHL’s Interior Division? Or would it be the one that, 24 hours later, battled the league-leading Powell River Kings to a 1-1 draw at home in a thrilling contest that the Cents thoroughly deserved to win? “I don’t think we started the game (in Vernon) terribly, and being down only a goal going into the second period wasn’t too bad,” said Pierce, “but when we needed to show some life and some com-

FOR THE BIRDS The Merritt Centennials fell 4-0 in Vernon on Friday. (Above) The Vipers’ Jason Bird (21) plays the puck through the legs of Cents’ defenceman Shane Poulsen. Photo courtesoy of Lisa Vandervelde/Vernon Morning Star

pete, it just wasn’t there. We just didn’t have any intensity.” Pierce was especially upset by the series of penalties his team took early in the second period that, in his words, killed their flow and gave the Vipers momentum. “There are times when a good penalty kill or two can provide a real spark, but it didn’t

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happen on that night.” Vernon scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the middle stanza to essentially put the game away on a night when the Centennials were anything but their best. A few players were even benched for lengthly periods of time. “Joe and I wanted to get the message across that if you’re not going to compete with the level of intensity that we expect, then you’re not going to play,” said Pierce. The coaches’ icy epistle appeared to work the next night. Against the BCHL-leading Powell River Kings, the Centennials put in a stellar home-ice performance, tying the league’s best 1-1. “I knew that we’d get

a much better effort,” said Pierce. “Even after we gave up the first goal (at 15:16 of the opening period), I thought that we were playing hard.” The Cents outshot the Kings 17-10 in the first 20 minutes (and 54-41 on the night). Had it not been for the goaltending of PR’s Jeff Smith, Merritt could easily have been ahead by two to three goals. After a scoreless second period, Merritt was finally rewarded at 4:40 of the third when Jeff Wight netted his 12th of the season with assists going to Diego Cuglietta and Tyler Martin. The real hero on the night was Merritt netminder Devin Kero, who also earned the nod as the game’s first star. The rookie puckstopper

SPARKLING TWINE The Cents rebounded to tie the league-leading Powell River Kings 1-1 on Saturday. (Above) Merritt netminder Devin Kero was hroic in stopping 40 of 41 Kings’ shots. Ian Webster/Herald

held the powerhouse Kings to just one goal while dealing with an upper body injury sustained at the beginning of the second period. “We were ready to pull [Devin],” said Pierce, “but he was pretty determined to stay in and play. In the third period, he was doing things a little unconventional but hanging in there.” On Monday of this week, Pierce was hoping that Merritt’s poor performance against Vernon was a bit of an anomaly, and that his team’s effort versus the Kings was more indicative of things to come. “Our consistency was good for the most part in the month of November,” said Pierce. “That said, there’s been

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on home ice for the first time this season. “It’ll be fun. I’m really hoping that the way we played against Powell River will be how we show up on Friday. Regardless of our opponent, that’s the way we need to be. It brings the best out in us.” In the absence of Kero, Russell Sanderson was slated to start in the Merritt net on Wednesday, and be backed up by Nathan Alalouf, an AP from the KIJHL’s Osoyoos Coyotes. Expected to still be out of the Cents’ lineup for this week are forwards Adam Tracey and James Neil, both of whom are nursing lower body injuries. The puck drops Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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a lot going on — with the injuries and illness, and me being away (at the World Junior Challenge). I think the players might have been a little bit drained, mentally. “Having Powell River come in (on Saturday) was ideal for us,” added the coach. “You either show up to play or you get buried. They come at your hard and fast.” The Centennials can expect a not-too-dissimilar style of play in their two-game series with the Vees, who currently hold down second place in the Interior. Following last night’s encounter in Penticton, the teams hook up on Friday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Pierce is looking forward to seeing the Vees

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SPORTS NET RESULT (Left) Collettville Grade 6 student Sheyla Rodie spikes the ball past the outstretched arms of a Diamond Vale blocker during elementary volleyball action last Friday at Nicola Canford School. A total of seven area schools took part in the all-day event. (Right) Diamond Vale Cougar shows great form in executing a forearm pass during his team’s championship game against the Bench #2 team. Ian Webster/Herald

MERRITT BOWLING CENTRE TOP 10 AVERAGES (to Sunday, November 31)

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SD 58 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS MORNING DIVISION

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1. Vermilion Forks #1 (Princeton) 2. Vermilion Forks #2 3. Central 4. Diamond Vale 5. Nicola Canford 6. Collettville

1. Diamond Vale 2. Bench #2 3. Bench #1 4. Collettville 5. Central 6. Nicola Canford

Bill Campbell Jerrid Chandler Jordan Pinto Mark Pattison Harold Aljam Stuart Cornies Bill McNeil Derek Cornies Tom Walker Felix Moses

WOMEN 246 238 228 226 219 216 215 211 194 180

Helen Campbell Crystal Chandler Sam Chandler Deb Tancsa Dianne Walker Lori Walker Cindy Marshall Doreen Nikkel Lorna Valois A. Hostrawser

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The Inter-City Roll-off will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Merritt Bowling Centre to determine who will compete at the B.C. Interior 5-Pin Championships in early 2014.

MINOR HOCKEY REPORT

Fountain Tire atoms edged out by Quesnel in championship game The Merritt Fountain Tire atom development team gave an older, more experienced Quesnel Thunder squad all it could handle on the weekend but, in the end, the locals had to settle for second place in their own sixteam tournament. The Fountain Tire Jr. Cents could not hold onto an early two-goal lead and were struck down by the Thunder 5-3 in the gold medal game on Sunday. The Merritt atoms qualified for the championship game thanks to a thrilling 4-3 victory over their arch-rivals, the North Okanagan Knights. Caleb Brackett netted the game winner in overtime to send the host team to the A final. In round robin play, the Jr. Cents opened the tournament with a pair of 6-4 wins, over South Okanagan and the Blue Admirals from Seattle, Wash. Merritt’s only loss in round robin play was to Quesnel, 5-2. Tournament scorers

for the Fountain Tire team over the weekend were Max Graham, Breanna Ouellet, Matthew Newman, Chase Cooke, Robert Sterling, Divaan Sahota and Brackett. Sajjin Lali chipped in with a couple of assists. Outstanding in net for the Merritt team was the goaltending tandem of Bryce Garcia and Carson

Lang.

Atom House The LNB atom house travelled to Clearwater on the weekend for a doubleheader against the first-place Raiders. After losing 12-6 in Saturday’s opening tilt, the Merritt squad bounced back magnificently with a 10-8 win on Sunday, handing

Clearwater their first loss of the season. “It was probably the best game the kids have played all year,” said coach Shane Jarvie. “They did everything right. It was a great team effort.”

Peewee Girls The Joco Transport peewee girls battled Penticton to a 2-2 tie on

Sunday in the Lakeside City. Merritt goals were scored by Jenna Kane, from Reese Patterson, and Jorja Thormoset. Janelle Gage was once again stellar in net for the Joco girls.

Bantam Girls The McDonald’s bantam girls finished second at a threeday tournament in

MERRITT’S BEST The Merritt Fountain Tire atom development team placed second in their own tournament on the weekend. The Quesnel Thunder were the overall winners. Ian Webster/Herald

Kamloops on the Nov. 23 weekend. The Merritt lasses picked up a pair of wins over the host team (10-1 and 5-1). Their third victory, 4-0 over Surrey, was a shutout effort by McDonald’s netminder Emma Ferch. Both of Merritt’s tournament losses were to the eventual champions from Abbotsford, by scores of 4-0 and 3-0.

win for Merritt against Summerland. Merritt scorers on the weekend were Tyler Edward, Jessie Cunningham, Grady Musgrave, Bradley Colter, Jesse Kane, Marcelo Bose and Grayson McMaster.

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The Tracker Sportswear midgets have been busy recently. On Nov. 24, the team travelled to Vernon for an exhibition game against the city’s tier two team and lost 5-0. In a pair of league games played on the weekend, the local midget reps battled hard and played well defensively to defeated Kelowna 4-2 on Saturday. The next day, Sam Suzuki earned the shutout in a 5-0

Home Games This Weekend Saturday 10:45 Atom House vs. Ashcroft (Shulus)

12:30 Bantam Rep vs. W. Kelowna (Shulus) 2:30 Novice Red vs Salmon Arm (Merritt) 2:45 Midget Rep vs. W. Kelowna (Shulus)

Sunday 12:00 Novice Red exhibition game (Merritt) 1:45 Atom Dev. vs. Salmon Arm (Shulus) 3:30 Jr. Girls vs. Kamloops (Shulus)


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from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Come down and enjoy a hot lunch in a heritage setting. For more info call 378-0349

Nov 12 - Dec. 17 Army, tickets available through any Army Cadet. Win one of three shopping sprees. contact us @ 250-378-9485 or any Army Cadet

ELKS AND ROYAL PURPLE Christmas Craft and Bake Sale at the Elks Hall. Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch available. To book a table, call Mollie 250378-9788

ARMY CADET CRAFT FAIR Dec. 7, 2013, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Contact Tracy for more information @ 250-378-4722 There are tables available

CELEBRATE-A-LIFE TREE Merritt Hospice will once again offer the opportunity for people to hang a tag in memory of a loved one on the Celebrate-A-Life Tree at Extra Foods. Remembering a loved one with a tag on the Tree is often helpful at this difficult time of the year. Volunteers will be at the Tree December 13, 14, 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a supply of tags and Hospice information. For more information contact the Hospice Office at 250-280-1701

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 Bakery Thursday evenings. Bring your yarn and needles and join in the fun.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT BAILLIE HOUSE Saturday Dec. 7

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Saturday Dec. 14th at Trinity United Church. Enjoy homemade soup, sandwich, sweets and beverage for $6. Lunch served from 11a.m1p.m.. Bake and craft sale run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1899 Quilchena Ave.

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The Navy League is in need of officer’s and volunteers to help out with our growing Cadet Corps. Our children are age 9 to 13 and we meet every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you have past experience or are interested in becoming a part of our Corps please contact us. Ellen 250280-6944, Debra 250280-4086 or email at nlccventure@gmail.com

Darts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays; Frosty Fridays at 5 p.m.; Meat Draw at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Will be having a Christmas dinner and dance at the Senior Center on Saturday Dec. 14. Dinner at 6pm. Door prizes and snacks. FMI and tickets phone Dave 378-3578 or Del 3789849

COMMUNITY CAROLING Sunday Dec. 22 6 p.m.-9 p.m. This is a free event to help spread Christmas Cheer. Open to all ages. We will meet at Spirit Square. We are asking participants to bring an item for the N.V. & Dist. Food Bank to help restock shelves for the

NEWBARK RESCUE Newbark Rescue & Rehoming Merritt Branch, are always looking for foster families.

If you would like to help by fostering a fur-kid, until they find a fur-ever home, please contact Margie at newbark_rescue@hotmail.com.

NV REMOTE CONTROL FLYERS We are starting a new club in town for flying model aircraft. We fly at various locations around town. New members welcome. For more info, call Jack 250-3784371.

MERRITT SENIOR CENTRE Weekly schedule is as follows: Monday: Crib & Whist 7 p.m. Tuesday: Bingo 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge 7 p.m. Wednesday: Carpet Bowling 1:30 p.m., Court Whist 7 p.m. Thursday: Floor Curling 1 p.m. (third week - shutin lucheon) Friday: Rummoli & Games 7 p.m. All seniors welcome.

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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 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.

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 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. 250-3784534 Community Choir Mondays 7 p.m. Fall to Spring Collettville Elementary 250-378-9899 Court Whist - Fun Game Wednesdays 7 p.m. at the Seniors Centre 250-378-2776 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 - 250936-8298 Ladies’ Curling League Wednesdays 6 & 8 p.m. Call 250-378- 8175 or 250-378-4917 Living With Loss Support Group Wednesdays 7 to 8:45 p.m. 2025 Granite Ave. 250-280-4040 Merritt Curling Club For League Information 250-378-4423 Merritt Dance Society Linda Sanford: 250-3786109 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 250378-9788 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 250378-9509 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: merrittbiking@yahoo.ca 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. www.nicolanaturalists.ca 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 - 250-3786266 N.V. Community Band Tuesdays 7 p.m - MSS Music Room 250-378-5031 or 250-378-9894 NVCAC Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at The Art Gallery. 250-3786515 www.nvartscouncil. com N.V. Dirt Riders Association Last Wednesday 7 p.m. Garden Sushi - Scott: 250-3783502 www.nvdra.com N.V. Fall Fair Third Monday 7 p.m. 2145 Quilchena Ave. 250-378-5925 N.V. Fish & Game (except July and Aug.) Third Wednesday 7 p.m. 2236 Jackson Ave. 250-378-4572 or 250-3784904 N.V. Heritage Society Last Wednesday - Baillie House 250-378-0349

N.V. Quilters Guild First & Third Thursdays Civic Centre 7 p.m. 250-378-4172 N.V. Search & Rescue Second Monday 7 p.m. at the airport - 250-378-6769 N.V. Thrift Store First Tuesday NVGH basement 250-378-9100 N.V. Women’s Institute Second Wednesday 1:30 p.m. For locations, 250-3782536 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 250-936-8298 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

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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

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The Homemaker position is to provide a safe and supportive home environment to enhance the dignity and independence of physically/mentally disabled and elderly adults, and to assist them in remaining in their own community and home. Homemaking services will include cleaning, laundry, personal care and by exception, transportation, banking and/or shopping. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Grade 12 with minimum Grade 10; WCB First AidLevel 1; Food Safe -Level 1; Current immunization and TB Test; Home Care Attendant Certificate would be an asset; Access to a reliable vehicle and current driver’s licence; Criminal Record Check . This is a 25 hour work week. Please forward resume and cover letter to Glenis Holmes, Social Development Coordinator by Friday December 13, 2013. Email: gholmes@coldwaterband.org Hand deliver: 2249 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt BC 301-230th Street Coldwater Reserve.

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www.tolko.com MERRITT POLICE-BASED VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR Nicola Valley Women In Action is seeking a qualiÀed, experienced and highly motivated individual to coordinate services to victims of crime and other traumas in Merritt and the Nicola Valley. This 35 hour/per week full-time permanent position is based in the Merritt RCMP Detachment and the successful candidate must be able to work a Áexible schedule and carry a cell phone as part of after hours on-call service. The Program Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and a number of other administrative duties such as supervising staff and volunteers, compiling statistics and writing monthly and annual reports. The program coordinator also offers crisis intervention, information, and support to victims of crime and liaises with RCMP, Crown Counsel and other community agencies. For a detailed list of responsibilities and qualiÀcations please contact Shannon Daw at 250-378-9222. The successful candidate must have related postsecondary education; and/or the equivalent combination of training, education and experience. A working knowledge of the Criminal Justice System and the dynamics of abusive relationships is an asset and prior victim service experience is preferred. The successful candidate must possess a valid BC Driver’s license and have access to a vehicle. In addition, the successful candidate will have to obtain and maintain an RCMP enhanced reliability and security clearance. *Start date to commence and upon candidate obtaining RCMP Enhanced Security Clearance. Please forward a covering letter and resume with 3 references, by December 19, 2013 before 3:00 pm to: Nicola Family Therapy, Box 968, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Email: nicolaft@telus.net or Fax: 250-378-9299 Thank you to all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) is accepting applications for a First Nations Support Worker at elementary schools in Princeton. This is a 25-hour per week, temporary position to June 27, 2014. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing counseling support, communicating with students and parents/guardians, tutoring, and cultural education.

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The application process will help us identify qualiÀed candidates to take part in NCCP Gymnastics Coach Training. A total of 4 applicants will be selected to participate in the training process (all expenses paid). Once trained, each leader will be required to deliver three 8 week sessions over a year. Each session will include 1 day per week. This is a paid position.

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Posting Deadline: December 13, 2014

Application forms are available at the School Board Office, 1550 Chapman Street, Merritt, BC, Princeton Secondary School, 201 Old Merritt Road, Princeton, BC or on-line at www.sd58.bc.ca, click on Jobs/Support Positions/ Job Postings, listed under Job Code #573786, and follow the prompts. Applications, including a detailed resume with a minimum of three references, will be accepted until December 13, 2013. Please forward to:

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Attn: Secretary Treasurer School District #58 (Nicola-Similkameen) P.O. Box 4100, 1550 Chapman St. Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Fax: (250) 378-6263 Only those applicants being interviewed will be contacted.

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