New Officer In Town
Our community welcomes a new officer, Corporal Derek Ayers, to our local detachment on August 27. Growing up in the lower Mainland most of his life, Ayers has been with the RCMP for 19 years , the last five as Corporal in Terrace. Corporal Ayers should fit right in to our little town as he is an outdoorsman , who enjoys fishing, camping, boating, skiing and wood-working.
Mrs. Ayers, Natalie, is from Ottawa and is fluent in both our official languages. She also enjoys the outdoors and likes to accompany her husband and their 11 year old son ( going in to grade 6) on camping trips, even though she is not so keen on the fishing! Natalie has been involved with the school district, in Terrace, and has worked as a substitute French teacher. She also enjoys arts and crafts and sewing. Corporal Ayers says his family is looking forward to the change and hope to do a little travelling when they have the chance.
Editorial Comment- A crosswalk for Boston Bar
In the last issue I promised to tell you how to become a member of the executive committee for the cable television. Go to the meetings and have your say. Getting involved in our community and the committees that run it is the only way that you can be relatively sure that your voice is heard. Make it your business to find out when the meetings are, and make an appearance.
On another note, here is your chance to show some community cohesion; A crosswalk, with an overhead pedestrian sign, has been approved for Boston Bar, but, after two years , frustrating delays and red tape are stalling the final construction. Terry Raymond told us that on Wednesday, August 15, two people had been sent from the Department of Highways to count cars and pedestrians at Francis Harrington Park ( across from the Esso) .
It seems ludicrous to conduct this `study' on a weekday, to determine our need for such an important addition to our town. Terry Raymond says that community members can have a huge impact in speeding up the process , he asks us to forward letters to him , as many as possible, expressing the importance of a pedestrian crosswalk in our town. Address letters to Terry Raymond, Box 159, Boston Bar.
The Express Salute
Grayson McCrady receives this Express Salute for taking it upon himself to assist at both schools with the computers. Although Grayson is now teaching in the Bahamas, his friends still want the community to recognize all his hard work and helpful assistance. His countless volunteer hours with the night time pathfinder program also should not go unacknowledged so, with this salute, we all say Well Done Grayson!
nominated by Donna Kneller
If you know someone who deserves recognition for a job well done, let us know and we will give him or her the Express Salute
Ask Your Neighbour
In our last Ask Your Neighbour one of our readers wanted a "good brine recipe for smoked fish". We got a few submissions but this one seems the easiest.
If you plan to cold smoke this is a good fast way to cure it . 5 quarts of water, 3 pounds of salt, 2 cups of brown sugar, 2 tblsp of onion powder and 2 tblsp of oregano, soak boneless fillets for 2 to 4 hours, rinse the fish and brush it off, hang it to dry for a short time then put it in the smoker. Hope this is helpful. p.s. if you like spicy, just add cracked pepper corns.
Three Hope Restaurants Fined for Violating Fisheries Act
DNA Testing has resulted in three restaurants in Hope being fined for possession of salmon that had not been commercially caught or processed, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced on August 8, 2001.
On July 26, 2000, the owner/manager of the Hope Husky restaurant was found in possession of 47 sockeye salmon and 2 chinook (spring) salmon. Fisheries officers determined that the salmon had not been purchased from a commercial source. The fine was $500 and the value of the forfeited fish was approximately $2,900.
On August 11, 2000, the owner of Grammy's restaurant in Hope was found in possession of approximately 37 sockeye salmon, not commercially caught . The fine totalled $500 and the forfeited fish was valued at more than $2,200.
On August 19, 2000, the owner and manager of The New Golden Star Restaurant in Hope was found with approximately 30 sockeye salmon in the restaurant. Fisheries officers determined the fish were not from a commercial source. The fine was $500 and the forfeited fish was valued at approximately $1,800.
The fish from all three restaurants was analyzed using DNA testing to determine it's origin, it was discovered that the fish had been harvested from the Fraser River at a time when there were conservation concerns for the salmon, then illegally sold.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is very concerned with illegal fishing activities and asks for assistance from the public in reporting any fishing violations. 1-800-465-4336
Police report a recent increase in break and enters and thefts. Five more Honda generators have been stolen, since our last report . Constable Fiddler asks people to be observant if they are approached to buy a generator, get as many details as you can, and get license plate numbers.
Aluminum scaffolding was stolen from a Forman's dump truck, and more chainsaws were stolen from CN. Police would like to warn townspeople to lock up their aluminum items at night, "Just five minutes of your time to make everything secure, can save you a lot of money and a lot of grief" says Constable Fiddler. Police have a suspect under investigation in connection with the thefts.
Our town has been blessedly peaceful for the last couple of weeks, no traffic accidents to report, and just a few reports of erratic drivers. Working on a tip, police conducted a search of a suspected meth lab ( crystal methamphetamine, a synthetic narcotic). The search did not result in arrests, but some good evidence was found
A woman and her companion were travelling through the Fraser Canyon and started fighting, the woman got out of the car "somewhere between Boston Bar and Lytton", and the man drove off without her. Later, when he returned, she was gone. A few days passed and he finally reported her as missing. After an extensive manhunt, with dogs, she finally turned up, alive and well, in Merritt. She had apparently hitched a ride shortly after being dropped off.
Police would like to remind people that when they see the flashing lights and sirens of an emergency vehicle, move to the side of the road and STOP. "Some people think they should just pull over, and keep going at the same speed", says Constable Fiddler. This is very dangerous, and could result in an accident. The soft shoulders of the highway are not suitable for fast driving. Pull over and come to a complete stop, that is the law.
Mill To Remain Running, Despite Tariff
In the news lately, the big story has been the newly imposed 19.3% tariff on Canadian softwood going into the US. We have heard the reports of men being laid off from mills on the coast, but what about here, at J.S. Jones? How does the tariff affect us?
Chris Jensen, General Manager of the J.S.Jones sawmill, does not foresee any lay offs because of this duty. He says "We keep right on going. We have no intention of any curtailment. The impact has really hit the lumber mills on the coast because the affect of the tariff on cedar is prohibitive. It works out to almost $1000 on 1000(board feet), but here, in Boston Bar we are dealing with mostly $300-$400 construction grade lumber.
"What we are seeing," he says, " is the industry sticking together to get the US consumer to pick up the tab. What happens in the short term, is that we expect to have no sales for a couple of weeks, but we anticipate sales will then pick up again. It looks like in the long run the main one getting hurt is the US consumer."
Holistic Healing with Essential Oils- Tea Tree Oil
By Carol Bergstrom
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and deodorizer. It is a particularly effective fungicide, and is useful in the treatment of infections such as athlete's foot and nail fungal infections. Corns, acne, , sinus infections, warts, and urinary infections will all benefit from applications of tea tree oil. A few drops in your water when washing your hair is great to prevent head lice. The oil is useful as an expectorant for colds and effective for clearing the sinuses when inhaled. When applied to a skin infection, it will not "sting" and is therefore very useful as a first aid treatment for all members of your family. NEXT ISSUE- Oil of Peppermint
Carol Bergstrom is a holistic health practitioner from Hope, schooled in shiatsu massage, aromatherapy , reflexology (pamper your feet) and reiki (healing hands). Give her a call and treat yourself right.
Will Travel to Boston Bar 604-869-3753