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Wednesday November 13th, 2019

The Atlin Whisper “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.� Margaret Mead

Wayne Merry 1931- 2019

Wayne Merry, long-time resident of Atlin B.C., died peacefully October 30th at home surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old and he was loved. Wayne was born in Fresno, California on August 4th, 1931 to Harold White and his mother, Sara, who later remarried Ralph Merry. He married eighteen year old Lucinda (Cindy) Barrison on March 22, 1959. Her honeymoon was spent on a trip up the Inside Passage from Ketchikan in a wood and canvas kayak. Wayne had many accomplishments in his life, but he was most well-known for the first ascent of El Capitan in 1958 with Warren Harding and George Whitmore. He later helped establish Yosemite Search and Rescue, the Yosemite Mountaineering School, and the Yosemite Mountain Shop in the 1970’s. He was Chief Ranger in Denali National Park in the late 1960’s, where the young family lived for a time at the Wonder Lake ranger station. In 1972 he led the first ski traverse of the Brooks Range. In 1974 the Merry family emigrated to Canada, settling in Atlin, British Columbia. Wayne became volunteer Fire Chief and worked to get a fire house built and the department trained, equipped and modernized. He was the first official Unit Head of the B.C. ambulance service for Atlin, was later certified as a local Ambulance Instructor, and would eventually become Area Coordinator for the Provincial Emergency Program, a Search and Rescue Instructor, an Advanced Tracker, and a Deputy B.C. Fire Marshall. At other times, Wayne was president of the Atlin Historical Society, president of the Protect Atlin Lake Society, participated in the Local Improvement District, and sat on the steering committee of Rivers Without Borders. For many decades, he pioneered, taught and advocated for Search and Rescue and Northern Survival in Canada. Wayne provided training to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Rangers, and Parks Canada, as well as Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Nunavut search and rescue organizations. His awards and recognitions include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program, a Congressional Resolution honoring the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of El Capitan and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. His published works include the St. John’s Ambulance Wilderness First Aid Guide, and Basic Ground SAR in Canada: A Home Study Guide as well as contributing chapters and photos for several works with other authors. He had numerous non-fiction articles published in magazines such as Sunset, Outside, Backpacker, and The Mother Earth News. He was featured in the online version of Atlantic Magazine. Wayne was a prolific letter-writer, and his many unpublished works of prose and poetry were shared with and enjoyed by friends and family. Wayne drew satisfaction from mentoring and befriending others and sharing in adventures both outdoors and literary. He also enjoyed interacting with climbers on the “SuperTopo” online climbing forum, where he frequently posted as “Fossil Climber”. Wayne is survived by Cindy, his wife of 61 years, his brother Bill, his sons Scott and Kendall, and his grandson Tristan James Hovest (Merry). The family is very grateful for the support and help of the entire community of Atlin, and Wayne and Cindy’s many friends around the world. In particular, we would like to acknowledge Nita Connolly and the volunteers of the Atlin Supportive Living Society, as well as the nurses of the Atlin Health Centre. A Celebration of Life will be held in Atlin early next summer, date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation or note of appreciation to the Atlin Historical Society or the Atlin Supportive Living Society on behalf of Wayne:

Atlin Supportive Living Society Box 347 Atlin, BC V0W 1A0

Atlin Historical Society Box 111 Atlin, BC V0W 1A0

Remembrance Day 2019 Thanks to all who took time to honour those who made great sacrifices for us to live in freedom today. So grateful to all the participants, especially to the ladies who created the Poppies for the impactive epitaph display for Remembrance Day. Hope you were inspired to create more Poppies so we can expand our display for next year. Photos and blurb Sent in by Barb Tait

Atlin Community Improvement District The Atlin Community Improvement District is accepting resumes for the position of Administrator. Hours: Approximately 40 – 70 hours per month Closing Date: Until filled Start Date: November 26, 2019 Pay: Commensurate with experience

Skills and requirements: 

Basic computer skills with knowledge of WORD processing package & EXCEL  Able to do bookkeeping using SIMPLY Accounting  Typing speed of 30 words per minute  Good communication skills – verbal & written (letter and report writing) Ability to use and maintain an organized filing system – physical & on computer  Able to work unsupervised & be extremely organized and self-motivated

As the ACID Administrator you will be expected to: - Set up meetings, prepare meeting agendas, and take meeting minutes

- Post notices, minutes (& other) at Post Office, Service BC, and town bulletin boards - Organize & keep paper files at the ACID office and computer files on the ACID computer - Follow generally accepted bookkeeping procedures - accts payable & receivable, payroll, etc - Submit necessary government documents and reports in a timely manner - Handle all correspondence (email & post) - Keep Trustees and Chairperson informed - Work directly with the Chairperson - Prepare the annual budget - Organize the Annual General Meeting and elections - Manage administration duties for the Atlin Volunteer Fire Department - Other duties as outlined in Bylaw #57 (See current administrator for info) - Research and request information from various agencies - Communicate with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and other government agencies as required - Share office space and equipment - General light maintenance of fire hall – janitorial and snow clearing - If required, painting and summer maintenance of walkway

Administrative experience is not necessary for the position, although it would be an asset. Training will be available. We would prefer someone on a long-term basis. Please submit your resume via mail or email, to: Atlin Community Improvement District P.O. Box 388 Atlin, BC V0W 1A0

Fashion Show The Historic Globe Theatre

Tie-dye Sharon Saturday November 16, 2019 Just in time for Christmas shopping! Join us for an evening of art, laughter, and sharing. Local resident Sharon Leech first learned how to tie-dye through FASSY Yukon in 2000. Sharon has been crafting her art ever since. She has been branching out to new levels with her signature, shirts, pants, jackets, and bed sheets. To see a taste of her clothing line in action, you won’t want to miss this!

Doors Open 1:30 Show Starts 2:00 Coffee & Tea Service Available by Donation Enter by Donation Facebook: @ExploreAtlin

Email Presented by Heather Keny

The Historic Globe Theatre Sunday November 17: The Aviator: Howard Hughes

Doors Open 6:30 Show Time 7:00 – 9:45 rated PG-13 Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett Directed by Martin Scorsese Biographical Drama: One of the 20th century’s most compelling figures, Howard Hughes was a wily industrialist, glamorous movie producer and unstoppable American innovator – but he thought of himself first and foremost as an aviator. The Film focuses on the most prolific period in Hughes life: the mid 1920’s – 1940’s, it was a time of brilliant aeronautical invention, turbulent love affairs and savage corporate battles. Sunday November 24: Joan of Arc

Doors Open 6:30 Show Time 7:00 – 9:15 Starring Leelee Sobieski, Peter O’Toole, Chad Willett

rated 14A Directed by Christian Duguay

Biographical Drama: Despite impoverished beginnings, her deep religious convictions lead her to believe in her destiny to lead France to freedom. Joan’s ability to rally the people is tested as she struggles to help the Dauphin Charles claim his throne and unite France against its English invaders. Admission Donation Concession items marked All proceeds go towards enhancing Theatre Assets Facebook: @ExploreAtlin Email: Presented by Heather Keny

Health Centre Update The Atlin health Centre replacement project is progressing well – the project is on-schedule and within budget with projected completion this winter. Folks in Atlin will have noticed by now that action on the Health Centre site has increased over the past two weeks as the modular units that will make up the facility have arrived on flatbed trucks from ATCO Industries in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Next steps will include installation(s) of the roof truss system, metal roof, Hardy plank siding, and buttoning up the facility (affixing the modular units together). Also being installed are power connections with BC Hydro, the Superior propane tank and respective services. Northern Health continues to meet with the Atlin Health Centre Community Advisory group on project updates and community concerns. Updates on the project can also be found on the Northern Health website at: .

NORTHERN HOMES REAL ESTATE Atlin Highway Hidden away in an enchanted forest is this truly unique home built by a very skilled artisan on 4 acres with other guest cabins, workshops, barn and fenced paddocks. $435,000 Trond Gulch In a pastoral setting, backing onto Munro Mtn, this one-bedroom, 715 sqft off-the-grid home on 9.88 acres surrounded by Crown Land. Sauna and guest cabin. Was lived in year around for many years with great garden areas. $350,000

Atlin Highway 80 acres fronting onto the highway, off grid, with the most spectacular views in the area, Atlin Lake from Minto Mountain to Teresa Island! $350,000 Warm Bay Road 12.4 acres with great mountain views, several cabins, shop and living quarters. Well on site. Off grid. $195,000 6th Street 320 sq.ft. cabin on 50x100 lot, no plumbing. “As is, where is” $52,000 4th July Bay Half acre lakefront property with log home that has one BR on main level and 2 more in walk out lower level. Large garage, greenhouse and storage shed completes the package. $365,000 Food Basket Thriving business in Atlin! The building, land, rental suite, and grocery store are all included. A great way for someone wanting an early retirement to make a comfortable living $448,000 Ruffner Bay Stunning five-bedroom beautiful 4,000+ sqft home with two guest cottages hangar. AND DOCK. Lakefront, off the grid 25 acre parcel, no neighbors! $995,000. 4640 Warm Bay Road Fabulous 3 level home on 2.6 acres high above Warm Bay Road providing an incredible view of Atlin Lake. $240,000 Green Street Quiet three-bedroom 2,058 sq ft family home, quality built to code, one of the best shops in town on two acres. $299,700 Third Street 2 bedroom, bright home on 75x100 lot with a 24x40’ shop with 12’ ceilings. Some updating needed but most rooms are 15’+. Major foundation and roof work already done. $199,900 Trond Gulch In a pastoral setting, backing onto Munro Mtn, this one-bedroom, 715 sqft off-the-grid home on 9.88 acres surrounded by Crown Land. Sauna and guest cabin. Was lived in year around for many years. $350,000 First Street 2500 sq.ft. basement entry home with 4 bedrooms, 24x24’ garage, 60’ shed for wood, quads or whatever you need, very private 2 acres. $187,000 SOLD Wilson Street Quiet mountain views from this four-bedroom, 1600 sqft home on two acres. Open yard with raised beds and greenhouse. Where else can you find a kitchen like this at this price? Great value at $197,500 SOLD Pine Creek Subdivision Three-bedroom 1,336 sq ft family home on 1.75-acres in Pine Creek subdivision. Backs onto Pine Creek. $215,000 SOLD

Call Myrna at (250) 775-1019

Please text or email a message (rather than voice mail) . Go to for more details.

Fishing Charters

SVOP Licence, 24 ft. Boat, Transport Canada Commercial Registration – Insured

Custom Fish Art- Fiberglas and Wood GARY HILL’S FISH ART

BIG WATER SOCIETY Mental Health Counselor Information: Jan Forde, MSW, is available Tuesdays and Thursdays of every month for appointments. Please call 250-651-2189 or 250-651-2460 to leave a name and number to book an appointment. You can also email Jan at

Gary Hill, Atlin B.C. V0W 1A0 Licensed, B.C. Guide


Call -250 651-7553 Email

7 MONARCH Drive – ATLIN – BC. V0W 1A0

$850.00 per day - $550.00 per 1/2 day


Sewing Machine

Atlin Community

Cleaning, Repair, & Setup

Open Every

Library Friday and Saturday

2-4p.m. Terry 250 651-7769

Everyone Welcome

Jan is available to schedule meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at: Comfortable Pew some mornings and the afternoon, also meetings at Northern Lights College in the afternoons. The TRT Multipurpose building (formerly Health and Social) is used some mornings and afternoons as well. Jan can be available at Health and Social in 5 Mile upon request or by appointment as well.

St. Martin’s Anglican Church 10 a.m. Sunday

Atlin Christian Centre Affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

Services Sunday 11: a.m.

Everyone Welcome

Come join us! (778) 721-0710

I will not wish you riches, nor the glow of greatness, but that wherever you go some weary heart shall gladden at your smile. On a church wall in Upwaltham England

Please note that calls for same day water delivery service must be received no later than 11 a.m. of said day. Thank you!

Delivery days are Monday through Friday Our mailing address is Box 318, Atlin BC V0W 1A0 You can also email us at 250-651-7463

With thanks, Dana and Mary Hammond

The next Whisper is Wednesday November 27th . Submissions are due no later than Sunday 9pm November 24th . Compiled and edited by Lynne Phipps. Printing courtesy of RCMP Atlin; Printing costs courtesy of Literacy Now. Classifieds, news, upcoming events Contact 1-250-651-7861 or if you have, pictures or articles you would like to submit. Please note that submissions should be sent in either WORD or JPEG whenever possible. PDF must first be printed and then scanned back into the computer in order to format it into the paper. This costs in both paper and ink. We know that at times a PDF is the only way, which is okay when necessary, but otherwise, as the Whisper is a FREE community service we appreciate your support in helping to keep the costs down as much as possible. Thank You!

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The Atlin Whisperer November 13, 2019  

The Atlin Whisperer November 13, 2019