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Merritt foster families shown appreciation By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

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Robert Sampson has only been a foster parent for two years, but said that experience has been a rewarding one. He and his wife Erin have helped raise four foster children, he said. The Sampsons have a teenager of their own and the foster children they’ve looked after have typically been younger. He said in some ways, it can be different raising a foster child from his own because they come from different households with different rules. “Doesn’t take them long to get used to our rules and it’s just like raising our own kids,” Sampson said. Foster families of Merritt were shown some appreciation for the work they put in to supporting children and youth last Wednesday. October was the 23rd Foster Family Month in British Columbia and to celebrate, Interior Community Services, in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, held a celebratory luncheon at St. Michael’s church. Members of the organizations cooked for the foster parents and children and a few also shared some words of thanks. Sampson said he thinks it’s great to have the appreciation luncheon as it is good for networking. Interior Community Services program co-ordina-

Interior Community Services program co-ordinator Lisa Ward serves cake to foster parents Robert and Erin Sampson. October was the 23rd foster parent appreciation month and to show that appreciation, the Ministry of Child and Family Services and Interior Community Services held a luncheon last week for Merritt’s foster parents. Michael Potestio/Herald

tor Lisa Ward said the event is a way to celebrate the hard work of foster parents. “They really put their hearts on the line — their whole lives, actually. They invite children into their

home, support them, care for them, and love them and support the families that these children come from,” Ward said. Ward described the foster parents of Merritt as a “great

bunch.” “We have just been talking about getting together again as a networking group because they voiced an appreciation [of] support[ing] one another,” Ward said.

Interior Community Services supports foster parents with education, training and by encouraging networking amongst foster parents, Ward said. The organization also

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS STAYING WARM WITH CHILI The Fireside Centre was busy on Thursday for a chili lunch during the annual homeless connect event. Four volunteers canvassed the streets of Merritt to meet with homeless people and invite them in to the centre for a free lunch and offered them information on services. The volunteers also distributed 15 backpacks with supplies such as toiletries and gloves. Visitors were also invited to take from the pile of warm winter wear at the centre on Granite Avenue. Emily Wessel/Herald

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The Merritt RCMP is seeking public assistance in locating 44-year-old Dean Kelly Morrison of Merritt. Morrison was reported missing by family on Oct. 28. Family members have not heard from Morrison since he left a family residence at the Stump Lake Ranch on Oct. 23. His current whereabouts are unknown. Family and friends are very concerned about the sudden and unusual disappearance and lack of communication from Morrison, who is a father of three

young children. RCMP investigators have not been able to establish any associated vehicles to the man. Morrison is described as five-foot-five, 150 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. Police and the Morrison family are asking that if anyone sees him or has information about his current whereabouts to contact the Merritt RCMP at (250) 378-4262 or their local police services. Right: Dean Morrison Herald file photo

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REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: November, 1976 Artist Cindilla Trent discusses her artwork with gallery visitors Terry and Cathy Frizzell. Trent’s display at the Courthouse Art Gallery has been extended until Nov. 16. Michael Potestio/Herald

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Anyone who attends the Courthouse Art Gallery will be treated to another two weeks of body-inspired clay art. The art gallery exhibit Torsos More So has been held over until Nov. 16 and artist Cindilla Trent was on hand at the gallery for a reception on Saturday.

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Trent uses doilies to press patterns onto her clay creations, which she molds by pressing the clay onto a plastic girdle mold from an old department store model. Trent also does quilting. She said she first started creating clay art back in the ’70s before focusing more on her quilting art a few years ago. “Now I’m picking it back up,” Trent said.

Trent said she enjoys clay art because it’s three-dimensional and fun. “It’s like making mud pies,” Trent said. Trent said she prefers a nature theme when creating her pieces of art, as is evidenced by many of her quilts on display at the gallery. “I just spend a lot of time out there, so it’s easy to be inspired by that,” Trent said

as to the reason she enjoys outdoor themes in her work. Art gallery visitor Cathy Frizzell told the Herald she thought the artwork was not only creative, but Trent’s use of doilies is eye-catching as well. “I think it’s a wonderful example of how things can be recycled in a really creative way,” Frizzell said. Art gallery director Meriel Barber said Trent’s

show was extended another two weeks and will have been on display for a month, which is the length of time the art gallery will have for its shows on from now on. “That means more shows per year. Instead of six or seven, we’re going to have possibly at least 11,” Barber said, noting she intends to use the back room as a mini-exhibit as well.

Man loses tooth in weekend beating RCMP in Merritt are looking for information after a man was jumped late Saturday night. At approximately 2:30 a.m., the male was walking home alone from

the Coldwater Hotel after playing pool. He had been drinking pop all night and was sober. While walking on Coldwater Avenue near the mill, he was jumped

by an unknown number of people who punched him repeatedly, resulting in a lost tooth and a separated shoulder. Anyone with information regarding

this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers or the Merritt RCMP. Merritt detachment: (250) 378-4262 Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS

“Median unnecessary” say Nicola Avenue businessmen A proposed median on Nicola Avenue in Merritt has aroused much controversy recently. Merritt Town Council were approached by D. Shackleton and D. Gray, both businessmen operating on Nicola Avenue, at a regular meeting of council on Thursday, Oct. 28, 1976. Mr. Shackleton said that the “quantity of traffic on Nicola Avenue does not warrant it (the median). It is unnecessary.” He cited inconveniences to residents and tourists alike while gaining access to the many business and service localities on Nicola Avenue in his arguments before council.

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Fight fraud, protect finances Fraud is a crime. It has many forms, and can happen to anyone. From romance scams to free vacation ploys and toogood-to-be-true investment opportunities, the common thread is that fraud involves deception and stealing something of value from someone else. It is estimated that fraud costs Canadians more than $10 billion every year, according to the RCMP. That’s more than $27 million a day. Financial fraudsters target senior Canadians for many reasons. Seniors are more likely to have excellent credit, making them attractive victims; they tend to be trusting and generous, attributes the bad guys take advantage of; they may have a harder time understanding and using newer technology, making them vulnerable online; and they may struggle with memory and providing detailed descriptions if they are defrauded. Further, because of shame or embarrassment, seniors are not likely to speak up when fraud happens to them. National Senior Safety Week is from Nov. 6 to 12, and the Canada Safety Council encourages seniors, their trusted family members and caretakers to talk about preventing financial fraud and what to do if it happens to them. It is per-

tinent that seniors protect their identity, privacy and information to minimize the risk of having their financial resources stolen or their credit history and reputation compromised. Prevention tips Keep your personal financial information safe. Never provide your bank account or credit card numbers over the phone or Internet, or by email. Do not share your personal identification numbers (PINs) or online banking passwords with anyone — not even family members or close friends. Do not give out your social insurance number by email, over the phone or online, or when making a purchase. Shield the keypad with your free hand when entering your credit or debit card personal identification number (PIN) into an ATM keypad or when making a purchase. If you shop online, shop from reputable retailers and use one credit card to pay for your purchases. This will make it easier to track your transactions and spot suspicious activity. Change this credit card every year. Do not use Wi-Fi Internet at coffee shops, for example, to shop or do your banking online. Make sure you are using a secure connection. Review your credit card and debit statements regularly.

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‘When senior Canadians are defrauded, embarrassment and shame often prevent them from reporting the crime to authorities and to their families.’

If something doesn’t look right, contact your financial institution right away. If you receive paper statements, file them away safely or shred them. Go through your financial paperwork periodically, and shred what you no longer need. Do not throw financial information directly into the garbage; shred it first. Donate only to reputable charities that you know and trust. Do not donate money to an unknown charity. If you want to donate to specific charities, directly contact them to safely make a donation. If you think a deal sounds too good to be true, it is. Walk away. Never rush into a purchase because a salesperson is pressuring you. Take some time to think about the purchase. Be especially wary of appar-

ent door-to-door repair or salespeople, for example, who appear friendly but insist on entering your home or pressuring you to make a purchase. Tell them you need several days to think about it, or choose not to open your door. When you are out running errands, leave your extra credit and debit cards in a safe place at home. This will help protect you in case you lose your purse or wallet. If you lose or misplace your debit or credit cards, contact your financial institution as soon as possible. Order your free credit report at least once a year form both credit reporting agencies in Canada: Equifax and TransUnion. Being informed of your credit situation is an important defence in fighting fraud. If it happens to you When senior Canadians are defrauded, embarrassment and shame often prevent them from reporting the crime to authorities and to their families. Nine in 10 Canadians who are victimized by fraud don’t speak to anyone about it, according to the RCMP. But unreported crime is likely to go unpunished, allowing fraudsters more opportunities to victimize even more people.

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If you or your neighbour are more MacGyver than Mike Holmes when it comes to home repair and maintenance, you could be the star of an HGTV Canada special on unconventional renovations. The Canadian Home and Garden Television network is looking for eccentric characters to cast for a special. The show will take a look at homeowner fixes that are less-thanhandy, celebrating their outside-the-box approach to home repairs. The show will be hosted by comedian Steve Patterson, who’s known for hosting CBC Radio’s The Debaters. While the one-hour special will certainly poke fun at the homeowners, each one will have HGTV’s team of

experts come in and renovate the space for free. Mountain Road Productions public relations assistant Stephanie Beaune said the company has put the call out nationwide for people who don’t take themselves too seriously. Anyone interested in nominating a less-thanhandy homeowner can email an application to casting@mountainroad. ca with the story behind the handiwork, photos of the repair(s), a photo of the applicant and nominated homeowner, and contact information. Beaune said creative applications that showcase the homeowner’s fun-loving personality are a plus. The Ottawa-based production company has worked on numerous HGTV shows, including Design U and Lofty Ideas.

Spot signs of potential fraud From Page 4 Also, fraud victims are more likely to become repeat targets. Fraudsters can be hard to spot. They can be strangers, caretakers, business partners or even abusive family members who pile up debt using your name and credit. Financial fraud committed by people close to you is still fraud, and it should be reported to your financial institution and the police. It is important to recognize that fraud can happen to anyone, regardless of age, income or life experience. If fraud happens to you, break the silence and talk about it. Deal with the incident as soon as

you can. Notify your financial institution immediately and call the police to make a report. Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-4958501. Keep written records detailing the circumstances of the incident. Take steps to protect yourself from becoming a repeat target. Learn as much as you can about recognizing scams and safeguarding your information and finances. For more on fraud prevention and protecting your finances, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website at antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca. Submitted by the Canada Safety Council


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Every day, a co-worker has wandered by my desk the last while so we can swap opinions on what’s happening in Ottawa right now. We share a fascination with how what looked like a trio of selfimportant people who think being a senator gives them special rights the rest of us regular folk don’t have has turned into a controversy the likes of which Canadians haven’t seen in a long time. There are a lot of threads unravelling this story and, while each of them alone might not matter, together they might just rip apart that comfyblue-sweater-vest facade Prime Minister Stephen Harper likes to parade in front of us when it suits his purpose. For those unfamiliar with this pose by the PM, it is best to do your own research. Just Google “Stephen Harper” and “sweater” and you’ll discover many political watchdogs — both professional and amateur — have noted Harper does his Mister Rogers impersonation when he wants to connect with us folks. Who’s lying? All of them are likely playing fast and loose with the facts, each crafting their own version of what is probably a completely different story than any of them actually remember. Harper’s memory is obviously fuzzy. In May, Nigel Wright, Harper’s much-trusted chief of staff, resigned when it was learned he provided his own $90,000 for Mike Duffy to repay Senate for expenses that should never have been approved. Harper accepted that resignation “with regret.”

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Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS It seems that every time I take a drive in Collettville from Main Street, one of two things catches my eye. Number one, someone should really trim that giant shrub at the corner of Main and Government that makes it impossible to see oncoming traffic. It’s a little bit easier to see past now that the leaves have fallen off of it, but it’s still one of those instances where drivers have to creep

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up past the stop sign and crane their necks to see oncoming cars, and the potential to inch out at just the wrong time and get hit by an oncoming car is high. When that sucker was in full bloom in the summer, it was nearly impossible to see around. Number two, that pedestrian safety seems not to be a priority for some people. Some residents of Collettville have voiced their annoyance at the lack of sidewalks in the area, and it is more than an esthetic issue. It can easily be a pedestrian safety issue. Actually, I have witnessed several interesting pedestrian behaviours at that particular intersection. Once, while driving straight through on Main, it was a good thing that shrub was there because

if I hadn’t been moving forward from the stop sign with extreme trepidation for fear of being T-boned, I might not have had time to stop for the girl who was “walking” her dog by letting the dog pull her at top speed on her bike. If I’d done a “rolling stop,” as they say, the situation could’ve ended completely differently and much less fortunately. She blew right past me, turned onto Main, and let the dog run full tilt into the right-hand lane. I do not know how well the girl could command the dog while she was on her bike as the pair flew past me in about two seconds, and I am sure it was excellent exercise for the dog, which was obviously strong and fast. However, common sense tells me there are

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things she could’ve done to make the jaunt safer for both her pooch and herself. Firstly, maybe try to keep it to times when there is some daylight or, at the very least, routes where there are enough street lights to properly illuminate the area. I wouldn’t consider that corner high traffic at all, but it only takes one car and one pedestrian to make a collision. We are losing daylight fast, especially since our clocks fell back an hour over the weekend. That extra hour of sleep on Sunday was nice, but it means the nights are falling faster and we need to be more aware of our appearance when we venture out at night for a jog, to walk the dog, or take the dog for a bike ride. Secondly, if getting out during daylight hours

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can’t be wrangled, use some reflective gear. It looks goofy in the light, but reflective gear can come in very handy in the darkness. Dusk doesn’t last very long anymore, and that golden hour of fading sunlight at the end of the day is more like a golden 20 minutes. Of course, pedestrian safety isn’t just a matter for pedestrians; drivers need to be aware of foot-travellers’ rights as well. Those crosswalks all over town can work well for pedestrians, assuming they wait until the oncoming cars make a stop. It’s not practical or quick, and if I’m in a hurry, I’ll sometimes just wait until oncoming cars slow way down before I leave the sidewalk.

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YOUR OPINION Stay safe on foot, behind wheel Wolves don’t From Page 6

Still, there’s a chance that’s not really good enough. Even worse, I’ve seen countless pedestrians just stride confidently off the curb and into the street. What if drivers are not familiar with these streets and these crosswalks everywhere? These crosswalks — sometimes two in a row at an intersection, such as at Garcia Street and Granite Avenue — are not common in other cities and towns. I’ve seen just as many cars blow through those crosswalks as I’ve seen pedestrians just start walking across them. They are absurdly dangerous if they’re unexpected. In Winnipeg, I watched a teenaged boy start to cross the street in front of my high school at a pedestrian corridor without waiting for

oncoming cars to stop. The car approaching slowed down, the driver of which probably intended to stop. However, that car was quickly rearended by the next, the driver of which clearly had no idea what was coming. That boy got out of the way of the first car, which was pushed well into the intersection, and he walked away. It didn’t matter that there were flashing lights. That crosswalk surprised the second driver and that boy was lucky he wasn’t squished. It’s not just the pedestrian’s responsibility to walk or bike appropriately around traffic (and the lack of sidewalks in town can make people falsely confident about walking on the roads) but drivers need to be aware as well — especially as the long hours of winter darkness set in.

Integrity over image From Page 6 A week later, Harper noted again that “Mr. Wright accepted full responsibility for his error in this matter. He offered his resignation and I accepted that resignation.” Now, however, Harper has said Wright was dismissed. Anyone who has ever had to apply for employment insurance knows there’s a big difference between quitting and being fired — at least, there is in the world in which we meagre mortals live. Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, the bad bunch who really don’t know where their homes are located, are now re-creating themselves as the wronged, the put-upon, the folks Harper invited to the party and then tried to kick out when they ate too much cake. (Forgive my ongoing metaphors here. Writing about the lofty Senate just brings out the pompous side of me, kind of like

writing about Conrad Black.) The part that bothers me, as I tell my colleague when we talk, is that I hate — absolutely despise — rooting for Duffy in this mess. The man did everything he could possibly do, sucked up to as many people in power as he could, to get where he is today. I never thought much of him as a journalist, simply because it all seemed like such a sham to me, but maybe he’ll get the last laugh in this. Maybe Duffy really does have the basic reporter chops and, when he was smiling for the camera during his unofficial campaign for Senate, he kept all those photos. Maybe he kept all those emails and letters and other documents that now will help clarify his senatehood. I know I have a bunch of file folders in my desk, collections I add to now and then and let sit for that one day when one of the subjects between the manila does that

stupid thing and the background’s value is realized. Maybe that’s what Duffy meant when he said he had a story to tell, that documents he has kept are in the hands of his lawyers and will become public when they must. Duffy said this week: “When you read this documentation, colleagues, you will see who was running this brutal campaign to destroy support among Canadians for a chamber of sober second thought, a chamber that would act as a break on the unfettered power of the people across the way.” Maybe Duffy finally has the biggest news scoop of his career. Maybe Harper will realize the sweater won’t help him, that he should have listened when Mister Rogers told us all: “It’s not the honours and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth.” dale@kamloopsthisweek.com

discriminate Make yourself hard prey by taking protective measures Dear Editor, Re: Wolves surround woman near Merritt, Merritt Herald, Oct. 31 First off, I want to offer my condolences to the forestry worker who lost her dog. But I hope she takes comfort in the heroic and noble nature of the death of her dog having faced five wolves all alone. Now I want to raise a question: why is our understanding of wolves is so out of date? If you want to research wolves, sources will say that they are timid, shy animals, blah, blah, Marty Stouffer, blah. They will also say that there are very few or no “documented” cases where a wolf killed a human. Well, with less effort than it takes to pick up some Tim Hortons, you can find cases of wolf-related fatalities online. NBC news reports a fatal wolf attack on March 17, 2010. The article explains how rare this attack is (which is true) and that the biologists couldn’t understand why the wolves killed the girl. Another one previous to this from CBC on Nov. 1, 2007 about an Ontario man killed by a wolf said it was the first documented wolf attack in North America. Then the article went on about how there was speculation (based on no evidence observed) that it could have been a bear that did it. Where does this idea that wolves simply don’t attack humans come from? Do wolves have a code they live by? I think they do — actually, it’s call survival of the fittest! They don’t discriminate their prey by age or race or spe-

cies, it’s more like easy kill versus hard kill. If they think you’re an easy kill, you’re in danger. The reason (I believe) wolf attacks on humans are so rare is because we usually aren’t the easy kill. We’re in cars or groups making lots of noise. Plus, the deer population is doing great so why not get a fawn? Wolves are healthconscious, you see, and prefer organic. Now I want to encourage everyone to take caution when you see a wolf or any wildlife, for that matter. I always see people walking right up to wild animals with cameras. OK, they don’t have a supermarket to go to; they are constantly locked into a state of survival. They can feel threatened by your presence or see you as an easy kill. I recommend always having protection with you when hiking or camping, even if it’s only bear mace. But I, myself, would rather get a gun, and I think that people like forestry workers should be encouraged to carry sidearms. Their employers should even pay for the training because they are sending them into hazardous environments and a sidearm in this case is no different than a hard hat. Maybe if that forestry worker had been carrying a sidearm, her dog would have made it. The funny thing is how much opposition I will get saying these things, and that’s the kind of harmful thinking that I am trying to address here — not for me, but for you. I’m fine because I’m armed! Jordan Goerlitz Merritt

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These two trick-or-treaters had to think twice before knocking on the door of this Clapperton Avenue home. A motion-sensor witch almost got the better of them, turning the trick on the trick-or-treaters.

Julia Dobson went out on Halloween dressed as a Furby, but she said some people had her costume mistaken for an owl.

TRICK-OR-TREATER TAKEOVER Wilma Sleik had her house and yard on Clapperton Avenue fully decorated for Halloween this year, equipped with its very own spooky graveyard, a guillotine, giant black cat and a motion-sensor witch in front of the door. Sleik told the Herald she’s gone all-out on the Halloween decorations for about 15 years and usually sees about 200 trick-or-treaters each year. Her house on Clapperton Avenue saw plenty of people stop by, many of whom took some time to check out the decor. Some children were even deterred from knocking on her door, while some others remarked at how “cool” the house looked. Photos by Michael Potestio/Herald

Issac Joe-Manuel injured his leg while playing hockey but it wasn’t enough to stop this wounded Darth Vader from trick-or-treating.

It was a spooky sight over at 1920 Hill St. as well. Emily Wessel/Herald


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For the fourth time in the event’s eight-year history, the Merritt Centennials have had players selected to the Canada West team that will compete in the annual World Junior A Challenge. Both Cents’ defenceman Dane Birks and forward Jeff Wight were amongst the final 22 players chosen to represent the five western Junior A leagues at the 2013 WJAC, which is being held for the second year in a row in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from Nov. 4-10. Additional teams taking part are Team Canada East, Russia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and the United States. Former Merritt Centennial Casey Pierro-Zabotel took part in the World Junior A Challenge in both 2006 (Yorkton, Sask.) and 2007 (Trail, B.C.), while Reece Willcox compet-

ed in the event in 2011 in Langley. The Cents’ Birks, Wight and Diego Cuglietta were among 66 players who took part in a five-day Team Canada West selection camp in Calgary from Oct. 26-30. Players in attendance represented the British Columbia Hockey League, the Alberta Junior Hockey league, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Superior International Junior Hockey League. Birks and Wight were two of 10 players from the BCHL that made the final 22-man Canada West roster. Eleven players were chosen from the AJHL and one from the SJHL. Competition for one of the 22 Canada West positions was extremely intense. Some of the prominent BCHLers who did not make the cut were goaltender Jonah Imoo from Powell River (who was

on the 2012 Canada West team), Vernon’s Mason Blacklock, West Kelowna���s Seb Lloyd, David Pope and Ambrose Firkus, and the league’s third-leading scorer, Adam Rockwood from Coquitlam. “It is a tremendous achievement for these players to get to this point, and pulling the Team Canada jersey over their heads is something that they will remember for years to come,” said Kirk Lamb, president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, following the selection camp. “Canada West has a proud tradition at the World Junior A Challenge, and we’re confident this group of players will continue the tradition,” said Team Canada West head coach Jason McKee from the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints. “These 22 men earned their spot on the roster, and we believe they will represent western Canada well in Yarmouth.”

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CJHL Prospects East vs West 5th-6th Place Game Bronze Medal Game

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Room & Board Rooms to rent and/or room & board. $400/mon. for room. Room & board negotiable. Seniors preferred. Contact Doug or Donna at 250-378-5688 or douggdixon@yahoo.ca. No alcohol or drugs.

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 www.rtccontainer.com

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

Misc. for Sale

Transportation

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: www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Shared Accommodation

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STEEL BUILDING - The great super sale! 20x20 $4,070. 25x26 $4,879. 30x32 $6,695. 32x40 $8,374. 35x38 $9,540. 40x50 $12,900. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. Or visit us online at: www.pioneersteel.ca

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

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

FOR RENT 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT 2 units available, 1st Ă oor unit ideal for seniors

Available immediately

$750/month incl. heat & laundry.

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

Need a Vehicle?

Cars - Domestic 1993 Chevy Caval 4 dr station wagon. Runs well/good shape. Med. miles. 250-378-5688

Scrap Car Removal Fixable Vehicles, and used tires wanted. All sizes. 250315-4893

Auto Financing Call the

Guaranteed Approvals • Good Credit? • Bad Credit? • No Credit? • Divorce? • Bankrupt?

IF YOU WORK,YOU DRIVE

Call Steve Today 1.855.740.4112 • murraygmmerritt.com

2012 - 24’ WILDWOOD TRAVEL TRAILER Full 110 Volt Solar Power System Walk around bed, large bathroom. Selling due to health issues. No proÀt, just want someone to take over amount owing.

Lots of extras - Must sell

USED TWICE

Phone 250-378-6044 Ask for Andre

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NICOLA VALLEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MERRITT CAMPUS 250.378.3300 VANCOUVER CAMPUS 604.602.9555 TOLL FREE 1.877.682.3300 WWW.NVIT.CA

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Merritt Herald - November 5, 2013