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Groups hope to send local actors to film premiere

A screen shot from Shana: The Wolf’s Music, which was shot locally and stars Lower Nicola Indian Band member Sunshine O’Donovan. Submitted

By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

Two Nicola Valley groups are hoping to send two local actors to Zurich, Switzerland for the premiere of the locally-shot movie they starred in. Merritt SaySo Expression Society president Mil Juricic and Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce manager Etelka Gillespie are spearheading an initiative to raise funds to send the two lead actors from the movie Shana: The Wolf ’s Music to the premiere of the Swiss film. Come March, they are hoping to send Lower Nicola Indian Band

member Sunshine O’Donovan, who plays the main character, Shana, and fellow cast member Delilah Dick, who plays Shana’s teacher and mentor, to the film’s premiere in Zurich. Juricic and Gillespie are looking at ways to fundraise for the trip. Juricic told the Herald the nonprofit SaySo and the local chamber of commerce recently put in a grant proposal with Rotary Club of Merritt Sunrise. Juricic said they are looking at sending the pair to Zurich for 10 to 12 days. Gillespie said it should cost about $7,000 to send the pair on


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submit the film to be shown at some film festivals, such as the Berlin Film Festival or even the Sundance Film Festival. The film will also likely see a debut in Canada and Juricic said they are lobbying to get that premiere brought to Merritt next spring. Juricic said SaySo, the chamber of commerce and the ThompsonNicola Film Commission are working to promote the locallyshot film as much as possible. “There’s been a number of films, Hollywood included, that have done films in this area. This one is particularly precious because it’s about this area,”

Juricic said. The film was directed by Switzerland’s Nino Jacusso and made in conjunction with Switzerland’s Reck Filmproduktions and Vancouver’s Red Cedar Films. There are 50 speaking roles in the movie — including six lead actors — and 95 per cent of them are First Nations. Even Juricic has a small speaking role in the film. “What’s unique about this production is that it hasn’t been peppered by famous Hollywood actors or anything.”

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the roundtrip to Switzerland. “We’re doing stuff on the cheap here,” Juricic said. The two actors plan to take some of the dresses they wore in the film to wear at the premiere as well. “It’s [about] creating a presence and enough of a profile that people say ‘Oh, gee, we want to see that film in our country,’” Juricic said, noting the hope is there will be film distributors at the premiere. Gillespie said the actors also plan to tour schools around Zurich to talk about the film and Canadian life in Lower Nicola. Juricic said he also hopes to




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Child care workers extend knowledge By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

The Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre held a two-day workshop called “Coming together to learn” for community child care providers and educators in Merritt. The workshop was held at the Crossroads Community Church on Nov. 1 and 2. Supportive child development consultant for the organization Brenda Gustafson said the workshop was the first the organization has held in Merritt and she intends to host another one in the spring. At the workshop, childcare providers of Merritt attended lectures by three presenters, one of which was about strategies to increase a child’s positive behaviour, Gustafson said.

There was even a yoga session in between presentations for the participants. The yoga was to get them moving after a morning of sitting, Gustafson said. In total, 56 people attended the workshop, Gustafson said. Ellen Maclaren from Tumbleweed Playschool Society said the workshop was informative for her. She said she learned about new ideas on positive attitudes in dealing with children on a daily basis. At the workshop, Gustafson told the Herald the childcare providers got to learn a variety of techniques on how to run their programs. Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre is a provinciallyfunded agency based out of Kamloops, but has a Merritt office.

“All the acting is done by real, local people who are in the film,” Juricic said, noting the Nicola Valley isn’t portrayed as a different part of the world in this movie, but rather as itself. The film is about a 13-year-old Canadian First Nations girl who is a gifted violinist. After her father sells her violin to pay a debt, Shana


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steals it back, takes to the wilderness and discovers a new form of musical expression leading to her acceptance to a Vancouver music school. While in the wilderness, she connects with a wolf that protects her. The film was filmed in the Nicola Valley last summer. Juricic said anyone who has an idea for fundraising for this cause can contact the chamber of commerce office at (250) 378-5634.


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Ellen Maclaren and a group of other child care workers participate in a yoga session in between lectures at the first Children’s Therapy and Family Resources workshop on Nov. 1 at the Crossroads Community Church. Michael Potestio/Herald

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BABY BETS OFF The bets on when Brambles Bakery co-owner Sarah Molnar (centre) would welcome her baby to the world are off: baby Rufus was born Oct. 5. To celebrate, Brambles hosted a month-long “baby pool,” where a $2 donation to the food bank bought each donor a guess on Molnar’s delivery date. The pool ended up raising $109 for the food bank, which manager Marlene Fenton (left) accepted on Oct. 31, and earned pool winner Rachelle Vogt (right) lunch for two at the restaurant. Emily Wessel/Herald

Winter road conditions hit Coquihalla By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

As road conditions worsen, Merritt RCMP members are reminding Merrittonians to be careful when they’re travelling on highways. Now that winter driv ing conditions have arrived in the Nicola Valley, drivers need to slow down and drive at a speed appropriate to road conditions, Merritt RCMP Cpl. Doug Hardy said. “This time of year [in the] early morning [and] later part of the afternoon, be careful in shaded areas because that can frost up pretty fast,” Hardy said. He said in those areas it’s easy not to notice ice and frost

developing on the road. Roadway conditions can change quite rapidly, Hardy said. A Merritt police cruiser was struck by a vehicle on the night of Nov. 3 on the Coquihalla Highway near Surrey Lake Summit. Hardy said the police car was attending the scene of an accident when a Pontiac Grand Am rear-ended it. A female officer was inside the police car at the time but wasn’t hurt in the incident, Hardy said. He said none of the four occupants of the Grand Am were injured. There was, however, about $4,000 worth of damage to the Pontiac, and about $6,500

in damage to the police cruiser. That day, there were slushy and slippery sections on the Coquihalla Highway and multiple reported vehicle incidents north of Merritt, according to Drive BC. Hardy said Merritt police responded to about eight accidents that weekend. Hardy also said he thinks the conditions on the Coquihalla were not good, and doesn’t believe people slowed down for the conditions as many calls were of cars that had gone off the road and into ditches. “A lot of them just went into the ditch,” Hardy said. “There wasn’t any damage. The ones we responded to

obviously had damage, maybe even minor injuries,” Hardy said, noting there were no incidents involving serious injuries or fatalities in the Merritt area that weekend. BCAS offers safety tips The BC Ambulance Service is warning pedestrians and drivers to be careful on the road, especially in the weeks following the time change. The provincial emergency service reports it responded to 19 per cent more calls for pedestrians being hit by cars in the four weeks following the change from daylight savings time to standard time compared to the previous four weeks.

The service recommends pedestrians wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight; use sidewalks where available or walk facing traffic; use crosswalks; stay off highways; be careful walking around hedges, parked cars and buses; make eye contact with drivers; and avoid headphones or talking on cellphones. BC Ambulance Service recommends drivers slow down in the wet, dark winter months, especially around crosswalks; shoulder check when turning right to make sure no pedestrians are walking; be attentive, particularly around schools and residential neighbourhoods; and never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.

Province looking to award community achievers Do you know someone who puts time, energy, talent, and hard work into making their community in the Nicola Valley a little bit better? The B.C. government is taking nominations for British Columbia Community Achievement Awards and is seeking applicants who are dedicated to making arts and culture,

sports and recreation, multiculturalism, the environment, health care, education, civic duty, business innovation, voluntarism, philanthropy, and youth and senior leadership more vibrant in their communities. “Each year, we encourage communities to consider their citizens who make a difference,” said Keith

Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, which administers the awards. “Take the time to nominate the special people who contribute to your communities — either as a volunteer or in the course of their work — and who inspire by their example.” The recipients are selected by an

independent council of community leaders and will be honoured at a ceremony at Government House in Victoria in the spring. Nominations can be submitted online and are due by Nov. 15. For more information about the process, visit or call (604) 261-9777 or 1-866-882-6088 toll-free.

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From the Herald archives: November, 1976 Another new business: the Yarn Barn for Merritt A new business is opening in Merritt this week and will be a welcome addition to the downtown shopping area. The Yarn Barn, owned and operated by Rebecca Warren and Donna Gilbertson, both Merritt residents, is opening Thursday, Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Both these ladies have loved to work with wool and have found that Yarn Barn offers quality and such interesting combinations, as well as the experience of selecting combinations and weights at a very reasonable price. Mrs. Warren, a keypunch operator, says it is a first time into business for her and her sister-inlaw, Mrs. Gilbertson, and they are both looking forward very much to their new venture.

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Trust at centre of Senate scandal DAN ALBAS View from the HILL Hearing from constituents is, in my view, a critically important part of elected office. Many citizens take the time to offer constructive advice that can help public office holders do a more effective job in representing constituents. From my own perspective, I greatly value the comments and feedback that I receive back each week in response to my weekly reports. In last week’s discussion, I raised the topic of the Senate and in particular recent efforts to suspend a number of senators without pay. I also shared some of the feedback I had received on this subject that was overwhelming outrage as most citizens feel strongly that senators should be held to the same standards as everyday citizens. One criticism I heard from a number of individuals is that I did not firmly state my position

on this subject. Having since re-read last week’s report, I agree with my critics in that I did not clearly state my stance on this issue as clearly as I should have and in this week’s report, I would like to remedy that. For the record, I fully support the suspension of these senators without pay and while the majority of citizens I have heard from also strongly support this position, there are a few who disagree. The argument most frequently made from those who support the senators not being suspended is “due process� should be the guiding factor. The challenge with that from my experience (as I stated in last week’s report) is “due process� as it pertains to elected officials spending tax dollars usually amounts to finding a loophole to justify an expense and arguing that it did not technically break any rules and as such there should be no consequences. As I also passed on last week (with an example), this practice has clearly gone on in Ottawa for far too long – this is why there are literally entire chapters of rules governing members’ business in

order to close previous loopholes that have allowed for the exploitation of tax dollars by elected officials. I should also add this is not a partisan issue; there have been many examples over the years from members representing all major political parties that have abused tax dollars in expense claims.


show up for work and as legislators, to not break the law. For the vast majority of citizens I hear from, if they were to misuse use tax dollars or abuse funds from an employer, they would expect serious consequences for that behaviour. This same expectation extends not just to the Senate but to all elected

‘This is an issue of trust — the public trust.’ — MP DAN ALBAS

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officials. Last year I posted an annual accountability report. In this report, I attempted to provide as much information as possible on a variety of different subjects including travel, sponsored travel, meetings and other activities related to my position as a member of Parliament. After doing this report, I received a strong level of support from citizens who appreciated the information and effort for increased transparency. As a result of that feedback, I am currently in the process of preparing what will become an

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Indexes ROYAL REWARD Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 in Merritt members Jan Oswald (left) and Randy Poehnell middle) display a cheque for $8,000 that represents the legion’s contributions to various community organizations over the year. The funds were generated by the poppy campaign and the legion’s Saturday meat draws. Submitted

Wolf population booming in area OTHMAR VOHRINGER The OUTDOORSMAN Merritt has been in the international headlines again. This time it had nothing to do with feral cats or bobcats roaming in our city. This time it was much more serious. The headlines read: “Aggressive wolf pack attack near Merritt prompts warning.” The encounter was serious enough for the BC Forestry Safety Council to issue a warning to all their employees and people living in the Merritt area. As much as some try to convince us that this is just a singular case, it happens more frequently each passing year. The provincial government has stated that the wolf population in our province is growing each year and in some areas has reached the point of over-population. The regular readers of this column may remember my article about the peril of the B.C. mountain caribou. Part of the problem is a growing wolf population killing off these endangered animals at a rate that puts the survival of the entire herd in jeopardy. There are gov-

ernment reports that elk and moose population in some areas are facing similar pressure from wolves. With a growing wolf population, the danger to humans increases dramatically too. Once the wolves have decimated their natural prey, they quickly learn that human-inhabited areas within their range are an easily accessible food source. Each year, there are reports of farmers and ranchers who lose cattle and horses to packs of wolves. In one case, it was reported that two wolves in a single night killed over 170 sheep. Wolf advocates try to convince us that wolves only kill what they need for food. Not quite true. Research has shown, time and again, that in areas where wildlife and livestock exist in large numbers, wolves, for reasons not fully understood yet, will indiscriminately kill every animal they can catch. Humans in these areas are also attacked more frequently. Wolves can become a real danger to humans when they come close to our towns. I discovered this year that they are closer to Merritt than I would ever have imagined. At the start of the hunting season, I noticed the deer in my favourite hunting spot just outside Merritt appeared to be more skittish than in previous years, and

I kept wondering why that might be. I got the answer when I shot a bear in mid-October and went back in the evening to retrieve one of my treestands. Passing about a hundred metres by the field where I took the bear, I noticed crows and eagles feasting on the intestines and organs I left behind. I also noticed what I thought at first were two big coyotes nearby; they were unusually large so I had to have a closer look at them. To my astonishment, I saw that they were, in fact, wolves. Now if we are to

believe the pro-wolf advocates, we all should learn to co-exist with wolves. Of course, such talk emanates mostly from people who live in cities where no one has to co-exist with any wildlife and certainly not with wolves. On the other hand, we have researched expertise from wildlife authorities such as wildlife biologist Dr. Valerius Geist who has studied wolves to a great extent and concluded that wolves indeed can be a tremendous menace on wildlife populations and livestock, and have no

hesitation whatsoever to take on humans too if their populations are not strictly managed. Wolves live in large packs of up to 30 and 40 animals strong, but they do not run together at all times. They split up in small groups in search of prey — meaning if you see one or two wolves, there are 20 or more you don’t see. Our government has recognized the problem of an ever-growing wolf population throughout the Thompson region and is considering lifting all remaining wolf harvest restrictions.

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HERALD OPINION The Asian race to Mars By Gwynne Dyer


The Curse of Mars also applies to Asian countries. About two-thirds of the attempted missions to Mars have failed, many of them even before leaving Earth orbit, and most of the rest when they tried to land. Japan’s only Mars mission failed in 1998. China’s first attempt failed when the Russian rocket carrying its Mars orbiter into space fell back to Earth in 2011. So, India seized the opportunity to be the first Asian country to go to Mars. Fifteen months after the decision was announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an Independence Day speech from the Red Fort in Delhi, India’s half-tonne Mangalyaan vehicle blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the country’s east coast on Tuesday, Nov. 5. It is already in Earth orbit and, within two weeks, it will set course for Mars. Unless the Mars Curse gets it, of course. There is something faintly ridiculous about India and China racing to be the first Asian country to reach Mars, but it’s no more ridiculous than the Russian-American space race of the 1960s. Besides, to be fair to the Indian Space Research Organization, the launch window for making a relatively low-energy transition to a Mars orbit will close before the end of this month — and it won’t open again for more than two years. Once Mangalyaan gets there, if it does, it will go into orbit around Mars and carry out various scientific experiments, notably a search for methane (an indicator of the presence of life) in the Martian atmosphere. At this point, various arrogant and/or sanctimonious people will point out the American Mars rover

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to the south. Just under 35,000 people call this island home. It is located off the east coast of Florida but is actually connected to the mainland to the west and another island to the east by causeways. It’s about an hour’s drive to Orlando on the mainland, and a quick 15-kilometre jaunt across Banana River to the famous Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Merritt Island starts wide in the sparsely-populated north and tapers off to a skinny point in the more populated south. It is home to a number of unincorporated towns, including Merritt City. Residents of the area overwhelmingly defeated a bid to incorporate the island in 1988, and it remains governed by Bre-

vard County. The average temperature in November ranges between 15 and a balmy 26 degrees Celsius. Most famously, Merritt Island is home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The population of the island boomed in the 1950s and ’60s during the space race, when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. battled for firsts in space exploration and ultimate cosmic supremacy. The kind-of former Floridian island is also home to a 140,000-acre nature sanctuary. Some of the resident wildlife includes sea turtles, alligators, manatees, bald eagles, and bobcats (hey, we’ve got those!). About 12,000 feral pigs call North Merritt Island home as well (and you thought our feral cat

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The causeways around Merritt Island cause their fair share of accidents, including a fatal motorcycle crash recently. Other crashes in recent news from the area include a small plane that took off from Merritt Island and crashed in south Georgia, killing one. Back on land, a man crashed his Cadillac into a Merritt Island resident’s house. So there you have it, a quick snapshot of life on Merritt Island, our town’s twin in title, its double in denomination, its nemesis in nomenclature. Well, maybe nemesis is a bit much, but it’s hard not to be jealous of pictures of Merritt Island’s white sandy beaches under the sun while winter edges closer and closer to our little Merritt of the north!

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YOUR OPINION A heartfelt thanks for help, support Dear Editor,

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS Aspen Planers presented donations to the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank ($3,000), the Soup Bowl ($700), the Nicola Valley Shelter and Support Society ($600), and Nicola Family Therapy ($600) on Nov. 6. The money was raised over the past year at company functions. The company also donated $200 to each elementary school. Aspen Planers employees and management donated $2,950 at their Christmas party and the company matched it for a total of $5,900 raised. Michael Potestio/Herald

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Merritt who have shown me such kindness in the search for my missing son, Dean Kelly Morrison. Everyone has been very supportive and willing to put up the flyers I have given out. Dean, your family and friends love you and are missing you very much. Please phone your mom and let her know you are all right. Elizabeth Faber Merritt

Nationalism, glory behind new space race From Page 6 Curiosity has already reported finding no methane on Mars and that India is too poor to be indulging in such foolishness anyway. The Indians will reply that NASA, the American space agency, also said there was no evidence of water on the Moon — until the Indian lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 reported the presence of water molecules in the lunar soil in 2008. They might also mention that if the United States waited until there were no more poor Americans before sending people to the Moon, the first U.S mission might leave 50 years from now. Or maybe not even then. The Indian space programme operates on an amazingly small budget (about $1 billion a year), but

it has put dozens of satellites in orbit that provide practical benefits for earthbound Indians: Remote sensing, flood management, cyclone alerts, fishery and forest management, etc. But, that’s all in near space. The question is really whether long-range space exploration is a rational proposition. Nationalism is part of the motivation behind every country’s space program and, while it has its comical side, it does at least persuade the political authorities to provide large sums that are needed. China is planning to land a rover on the Moon next month and is talking about a manned landing there by 2024. That will certainly speed up India’s manned space program.

Like the old RussianAmerican space race, the Chinese-Indian one will accelerate the development of new technologies and techniques. It will fill some of the gap left by the loss of momentum in the older space powers and some useful science will get done. But, the biggest reason for welcoming the entry of major new players in space exploration is the one everybody is too embarrassed to mention — the future of the human race. Well, almost everyone. Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, the private company that aims to dominate the delivery-toorbit service once provided by NASA, actually wants to create a human colony on Mars in his own lifetime — and he’s 41 now.

Musk is a serious player whose large fortune (derived from his creation and subsequent sale of PayPal) is now devoted to manufacturing electric cars and building space-transportation systems. Both projects are prospering and he sees them as providing the financial and technological basis for pursuing his real goal — spreading human beings beyond this single planetary habitat while the launch window for that is still open. Musk was quite frank about that in an interview with Rory Carroll in the Guardian newspaper in July. “The lessons of history suggest that civilizations move in cycles,” he said. “You can track that back quite far — the Babylonians, the Sumerians. We’re in a very upward cycle right now

and, hopefully, that remains the case. But, it might not. “There could be some series of events that cause that technology level to decline. Given that this is the first time in 4.5 billion years where it’s been possible for humanity to extend life beyond Earth, it seems like we’d be wise to act while the window was open and not count on the fact that it will be open a long time.” I’ll let you in on a little secret. That is a big part of the motivation (though a rarely admitted part) for half the people who work in any of the national space programs, including India’s. They value the science and they may even revel in the glory from time to time, but that’s what it’s really about.

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Canada West in bronze medal game By Ian Webster THE HERALD

As this edition of the Merritt Herald went to print on Friday (due to Remembrance Day), Team Canada West (with the Merritt Centennials’ Dane Birks and Jeff Wight) had earned a place in Sunday’s bronze medal game of the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. With the grandson of famous netminder Vladislav Tretiak in goal, Russia scored five unanswered times to defeat Team Canada West 5-2 in one of two WJAC semi-final games played on Friday at the Mariner’s Centre in Yarmouth. The United States and Switzerland were scheduled to play in the second semi-final game later on Friday to determine who will meet

Russia in the championship game and who will meet Canada West in the battle for third spot. Canada West earned a bye into the semi-finals thanks to a perfect 2-0 record in Pool B preliminary round play. They defeated Switzerland 4-3 on Nov. 4 and the Czech Republic 4-1 on Nov. 5. The United States won Pool A with a 2-0 record after defeating Russia 8-3 and Team Canada East 4-2. In quarterfinal action, Switzerland edged Canada East 5-4 in overtime, while Russia downed the Czech Republic 3-1. Sunday’s gold medal game between Russia and either the United States or Switzerland will be Russia’s first appearance in the championship game in the eight-year history of the World Junior A

Challenge, dating back to 2006. It will also be just the second time that Team Canada West is not in the gold medal game. Canada West has won the gold medal at the WJAC on three occasions (2006, 2007, 2011). The Merritt Centennials’ Casey Pierro-Zabotel was on

the first two championship Canadian teams while the Cents’ Reece Willcox played on the 2011 gold-medal team. Going into the bronze medal game on Sunday, both Birks (one goal, two assists) and Wight (two goals, one assist) had three points for Team Canada West at the 2013 WJAC.

MERRITT’S VERY OWN (Left) The Merritt Centennials’ Dane Birks during warm-up prior to Team Canada West’s game against Switzerland. (Above) The Centennials’ Jeff Wight celebrates his goal in Canada West’s 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic. Photos courtesy of Tina Comeau/ Yarmouth Vanguard

TEAM CANADA WEST The Merritt Centennials’ Jeff Wight and Dane Birks are in the middle row, third and fourth from the left respectively. Photo courtesy of Matt Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images

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Cops for Kids fundraiser a huge success By Ian Webster THE HERALD

The second annual Cops for Kids fundraising volleyball tournament, held on the Nov. 2-3 weekend at the Lower Nicola Band School, was a complete success, according to its prinicipal organizer, Const. Lurene Dillon of the local RCMP detachment. “We had a total of eight teams take part and we raised over $1,100 for the program,” said Dillon. In the best-of-three final match on Sunday, it was the Dinosaur Crushers who disposed of the Rockin’ Rambos, 2-0. “I was the one that chose the team names,” said Dillon with a laugh. The RCMP constable was very appreciative of all the assistance she received from Brandon Dechert of the local RCMP Community Policing Office, and from the local McDonald’s

restaurant and its managers, Brandy and Graham Walker. “[McDonald’s] provided us with all sorts of supplies like coffee and muffins,” Dillon said, “and they even put together a volleyball team (Big Macs) made up of employees at the last minute when we had a team drop out.” Dillon also noted the generosity of principal Angie Sterling who made the Lower Nicola Band School gymnasium available all weekend for the event at no charge. Annually, the B.C. Southern Interior branch of Cops for Kids raises close to $100,000 to assist children throughout the region who are in medical, physical or traumatic need. “Recently, we had a specialized bike purchased for a local girl who has cerebral palsy,” said Dillon, “and we also donated some funds to a Merritt Youth and Family Services event.”

A REAL HIT (Left) Sonny Billy and John Cavaliere contest the volleyball at the net during a game between the Dinosaur Crushers and the Rockin’ Rambos. (Right) As teammate Miguel Mack looks on, Tiana Collins of the Big Macs team focuses on her forearm pass. Ian Webster/Herald

The Cops for Kids major fundraiser each year is a grueling 10-day bike ride around the southern Interior of the province by RCMP officers. The 2013 event raised almost $94,000. Online requests for financial assistance from the Cops for Kids program can be made by individuals, families

or groups directly, or by a second or third party on behalf of someone else in need, said Dillon. The financial aid can go towards things like registration costs, equipment purchases and even travel assistance. For more information on the Cops for Kids program, contact Dillon at 250-315-9877.

DINO-MITE! The winners of the Cops for Kids fundraising volleyball tournament were the Dinosaur Crushers: (from left) René Thomsen, Rob Dunsmore, Rita Cavaliere, Wendy Farmer (holding trophy), Liz Cavaliere and John Cavaliere. Photo submitted

Soccer Quest developing Merritt’s youth By Ian Webster THE HERALD

Soccer Quest Academy, based out of Nelson, has had a strong presence in Merritt for close to 10 years now. “We’ve been putting on week-long camps every summer for quite awhile,” said Quest owner and senior instructor David Spendlove. “We’ve also been involved in pre-season coaching clinics for Merritt Youth Soccer for the past several years.” Spendlove and his coaching team have increased their visibility in the Nicola Valley even more this fall by offering an 18-week indoor program for young soccer players at Collettville

School on Monday nights. “We’ve got two groups at present,” said Spendlove, “a U11 group that meets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and a 12-plus group that goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. “The current session runs from September to the early part of December,” added Spendlove. “We’ll take a bit of a break and then offer another 18-week session starting in February.” Spendlove said the weekly soccer sessions are all about teaching the basics of the beautiful game. “We work on the Canadian Soccer Association’s LTPD (Long Term Player

Development) program. It’s a grassroots skill development program that is used across the country.” Spendlove really likes what he sees happening with youth soccer in the Merritt area. “The people who run Merritt Youth Soccer, and have been involved for the last six to seven years, have done an excellent job in developing soccer in the community. We’ve given them a lot of help and they’ve done fantastic.” The 58-year-old Spendlove has spent a good part of his life honing his craft. “I originally came over to Canada from England in 1979,” he said. “At the time, I

was just the third fulltime head coach of a youth soccer program anywhere in Canada. Today, there are thousands.” Spendlove worked in Toronto for almost 25 years before coming to Kamloops in 2001. After five years with KYSA, he decided to create the privately-run Soccer Quest Academy. Today, Soccer Quest operates programs for over a thousand youngsters throughout the Kootenays and in communities like Kamloops and Merritt. The easiest way to register for any upcoming Soccer Quest programs is to call their head office at 250-3524625.

GAME ON Soccer Quest players (from left) Wade Kanigan, Mathew Desmond, Beckett Finch, Koen Hales and Sebastien Myram take part in a lively scrimmage at the end of their Monday night session at Collettville School. Ian Webster/Herald

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Merchandise for Sale


Heavy Duty Machinery

Shared Accommodation

A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53’and insulated containers all sizes in stock. SPECIAL Trades are welcome. 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

Roommates wanted. 4 bdrm fully furnished home. $550 per/mon. Everything incl. Must be employed, males preferred. Call 250-315-9719


Misc. for Sale 4 winter tires: Arctic Claw size: 215/TOR15. $400. Call 250-378-5595 STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at: WOLFERMANS’ TREAT Your Friends and Family! Wolferman’s English Muffins! Perfect Holiday Assortment, Variety of Sweet & Savory Muffins $29.95 – Use Code “Favorite” Free Shipping! 1800-999-1910 Or www.

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

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Suites, Lower 2 bdrm basement suite, with all appliances, fully furnished, no smoking, no pets. $850/mon. including utilities. 250-315-3548

Suites, Upper 2 bdrm suite, with all appliances, fully furnished, no smoking, no pets. $950/mon. including utilities. 250-315-3548



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$750/month incl. heat & laundry.

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








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2 bdrm upper unit apartment for rent. F/s, w/d, dw, nosmoking, no-pets, avail Dec. 1st. $650/mon. + util. 1-604701-6493

Duplex / 4 Plex 1/2 duplex for rent. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, n/pets, ref. req. $1050 plus util. 250-378-8188

Misc for Rent 3 bdrm house on the Bench. $1450/mon. Avail. Dec. 2. 250-378-5276. Quiet Country living 26 km W. of Merritt, 2 bdrm mobile with addition, wood/oil heat, w/d, f/s, d/w hs intern. must be capable of yard work, Ref. required. appt to view. $800/mon. + util 250-378-5865

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Trucks & Vans 2005 Chevy Uplander van with remote start. $3900 obo 250378-5519 ‘97 Dodge Dakota 169,000km runs real good. 250-315-1090

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Merritt Herald - November 12, 2013  

Merritt Herald - November 12, 2013

Merritt Herald - November 12, 2013  

Merritt Herald - November 12, 2013