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Tigger Needs a Home

Tigger is still looking for a forever home!  Please call 283-7606 if you can help.

Pics of Tigger

This is Tigger, a neutered male Tabby, who is approx. 3 years old. Very affectionate, he loves to curl up beside or on top of his owner when laying on the couch.  He is an indoor/outdoor cat but uses a litter box when indoors.  He eats Friskies dry cat food, but he doesn’t seem picky.  He doesn’t scratch furniture because he likes his scratching post.  Good with adults, we don’t know how he is with children as he’s not around any.

If you would like to adopt this sweetheart, please contact the Gold River Cat Society at 250-283-7606. Leave a message if no one answers.

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Exterior Beautification of the Legion and Parking Lot

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The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #270 would like to thank the following for their time, energy and donations towards our summer beautification project. Without your help the wonderful transformation that has taken place in front of the Branch would not have been possible.

Bob & Grace Hoffman, Staff & Membership of RC Legion Branch 270, Jack Wilander, Mayor Craig & Jennifer Anderson, Family of the Late Alex Beatty, Darlene & Tony Reeve, Doug Kennedy, Dillon Kennedy, Doug Knowles, Shirley Farley & Gary Philcox, Christine Williamson, Michelle Lauzon, Bill & Tracy Jennings, Mike Leighton, Roselyn Goernert, Bob McGeorge, Janet Witton & Chuck Syme.

We would also like to thank the following businesses and organizations: 

Howard Nemtin, Howard Nemtin & Associates Ltd., B&L Forest Products Ltd., Dwayne, Lester and Frank, Steve Savola Conuma Cable Systems Ltd., Gold River Lions Club Glen Frame, Bridgette Messer Gold River Garden Center, Rick Messer Gold River Building Supplies (1983)Ltd., Gold River Auto Parts Plus, Ross Allison & Jim Bailey, Scott Patrick Painting, Mick Mann, Village of Gold River Public Works.

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The Great BC Shakeout – Oct 16 @ 10:16am

(Thank you to Merle Hagerty for the reminder! :) )

The Great BC Shakeout  Drill is scheduled for 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014.  This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.

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Via The Great BC Shakeout Website:

PROTECT YOURSELF. SPREAD THE WORD.

Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.

These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as described in Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (PDF | RTF).

The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You shouldDrop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.

As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to shake, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as children do in school at least once each year.

What NOT to do:

DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake photo is of a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!

DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

DO NOT believe the so-called “triangle of life”! In recent years, an e-mail has circulated which recommends potentially life threatening actions, and the source has been discredited by leading experts. Please click here for more details.

What to do after the shaking stops!

After the shaking stops: Car

After the shaking stops: Home

After the shaking stops: Work

Please check out The Great BC Shakeout website, where there are numerous more resources for families, schools and businesses, and many resources on First Aid and emergency kit supplies.  It’s a great reminder!  Plus you can register your family/school/business!  I registered the Gold River Buzz, and will remind you on Oct 16th when it’s time to “drop, cover and hold on”.

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Minutes of First Village Voice Meeting

Please note: Printed as received

Notice : Gordon Rajotte
A concerned group of citizens met at The Gold River Chalet on Wednesday evening to form a broad organization to be called VILLAGE VOICE to promote interest in the upcoming Council and Board of Education Municipal elections.
Who would you like to nominate for mayor, councilors and school trustees?
What do you want them to do?
We need to promote Gold River as an ideal, affordable retirement community with excellent health facilities.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday October 22nd at 7PM at the Chalet.

Minutes Gold River Voice – Gold River Chalet -09 24 2014 7PM to 8:30PM, D Beggs

Gold River Voice held its founding meeting Wednesday 24 September in the beautiful meeting rooms graciously donated to the 17 persons who attended 15 of whom became members.
Gordon Rajjotte chaired the meeting and thanked the Chalet and its manager Lana for donating the space . 350 notices were delivered in the village and notices were posted on the plaza billboard. Community , kindly on the “Community Cable Wheel” and here thoughtfully on the excellent “Gold River Buzz” website. Thanks were also expressed to these community minded individuals.
Don Beggs explained to the gathering how the meeting was motivated originating and social gathering where most guests expressed a need have a voice to be heard, which was followed up by a home meeting to consider what could be done to encourage greater input into community governance.
I t was pointed out that the plan was for a non partisan discussion to encourage anyone interested to stand for office in the municipal or school board elections to be held this Nov.17 or to nominate someone who they may consider as a quality leadership candidate.
The meeting then turned to a lively discussion from individuals attending . A few members felt that all was well, indicated that they were personally happy with their current leadership. Town staff were praise d for their efforts. Nonetheless, many issues, which were troubling attendees, emerged, including many of the concerns encountered during the delivery of meeting notices. It was pointed out that the town could not afford to operate the community pool (one attendee suggested the cost was $50,000 a month) and that taxes c could not support this even if slightly increased each year. It was pointed out that during the past ten years the village has predicted deficits, but later managed modest surplus budgets, I was suggested t there was a real need to keep a *surplus fund on hand “for a rainy day”. Even the lack of Canada day celebrations was noted, with leadership allegedly offering the excuse that there were not enough people to do the organizing.
Job creation was suggested as being paramount to resolving the complaint that businesses are not sufficiently supported in our community. It was also suggested that jobs could be created by enhancing our ( unanimously praised) excellent health center with a dentist. Another idea for an employment opportunity was for village and school board to jointly hire trades persons and allow them to proved private service on scheduled day s for maintenance , electric al or plumbing needs in h ec community. One participant pointed out the municipal people had turned down discussion about such a proposition with the school board in recent time.

* When the mill closed in 1996 ,the provincial government provide ten million dollars to assist the recovery o f the community along with significant dollars for job retraining. As well, they provided $50 000 for the school board’s effort s to create a resident hockey school.
It was suggested that we need to focus on what we can do, not on what we cannot do. A number of complaints were vocalized, ranging from questionable allocation of village personnel for some gardening tasks and expense for a “luxury” sign at the recreation centre to blocking drive ways of seniors after snow falls. As well participants decried the lack of economic development promotion , involving actual negotiations with would be developers. Senior residences, were among many suggestion that could be actively explored and encourage in a low land cost community, with many absentee land lords and vacant homes.
The discussion turned to leadership in terms of persons who have the will and capacity to communicate closely with as many resident s who choose and are willing to engage in many conversations.
Before adjourning the group present agreed to form a community association to be called the Gold River Voice and to hold another meeting on Oct. , jus t after nominations are in. They also discussed the need for an open and candid candidates’ forum . Members will be those who put their name and address on the organization roster and all citizens will be welcome, including incumbent member s of the village council and District School Board.

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Please Watch Speed Limits in School Zones

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With kids back to school this fall your local RCMP want to remind everyone of the reduced speed limits in school zones (30km/h 8am-5pm) and to expect extra foot traffic in and around town. Our local speed watch volunteers were out this past week and noted some increased speeds in the passing vehicles. Drivers can also expect an increased police presence and a zero tolerance for speed related offences in our local school zones. So please do your part, slow down and help us keep the roads safe for everyone.
Thanks,

Chris MCGEE Sgt.
Detachment Commander
Nootka Sound Detachment
499 Muchalat Drive
Gold River, B.C.
V0P 1G0
(250)283-2227 Office
(250)283-7657 Fax

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Resident Spotlight: Heather Warwick

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This Resident Spotlight is someone who I’m sure most everyone knows! She’s lived in Gold River for many years, and as you will read, has been a very active volunteer, helping to make our community a better one. :)

Thank you so much Heather!

How long have you lived in Gold River? What brought you here?

I have been here in Gold River since 1976 – 38 years.

I was born and raised in Quebec – my late husband, Bob, also. Bob worked in the Pulp and Paper Industry – in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick – for the Company which eventually became part owner of the new Pulp Mill here in Gold River. In 1976 Bob was offered a transfer out here – he was thrilled at the opportunity to get working in a NEW mill. The kids and I not so thrilled, but heck what’s one more move. So we left family and friends behind and out we came.

What do you do for (paid) work?

I have never worked outside the house since coming to Gold River   -   always plenty inside the house to look after!

Please tell us about any volunteer work you do.
I am a long time member of the Gold River Health Care Auxiliary.  And under that umbrella comes the Thrift Shop  -  always lots to do there. Also the Community door-to-door Cancer Canvass which we do every April. Also the Screening Mammography visit twice a year and we give the girls a hand there.  Along with Pastor Rob Hoffman, he and I handle the Gold River Food Bank year round.  And the best part of our year is our Community food drive the end of November, and then the Christmas hampers.
Please tell us a bit about your family.

We all settled in nicely in 1976, and liked Gold River a WHOLE LOT.   Sadly, 4 years later Bob was diagnosed with bladder cancer.   He fought his battle for 11 years, and in 1991 he lost it.

L to R: Jeff, Heather, Karen, Kent

L to R: Jeff, Heather, Karen, Kent

We had 4 children, they all graduated from Gold River Secondary School.

Karen is a nurse at the Chilliwack General Hospital
Kevin teaches Forestry in Lincolnshire, England  -  has a son and daughter
Kent works for Squamish Terminals, in Squamish  -  has a daughter
Jeff has his own Cartographics Company in Victoria
Do you have any pets?

No pets in today’s world.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love our Aquatic Centre Pool, and I’m there every weekday morning for aquafit and a swim.  I much enjoy playing Bridge, which I do Thursday nights.
What do you wish Gold River had that it doesn’t? Is there anything missing for you?

I often dream of a Senior’s Home (of some sort), providing all the amenities and help for the aging Senior.

And just for fun – if you had 1 million dollars to donate to the community in any way you wished – what would you do with the money?

I would like a chunk of it (maybe all of it over the years) to support our Recreational Facilities and Sports Programs.   Exercise is good medicine and time well spent.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Yes, I would like to acknowledge our Gold River Health Clinic and its very special staff for the excellent service they provide.

Ditto to our Ambulance service and its Paramedics.  Ditto to our Gold River Fire Department.



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Hockey Pool Fundraiser for GRSS

Make your own hockey team for $20 and play for the NHL season.  1-point for a goal –1-point for an assist. Log onto http://www.officepools.com/ any time to check your points.
The fundraiser is for the GRSS Student Exchange to Italy. Italian students are coming here in February and our students are going to Venice in April or May. The Hockey Pool is available for the entire community.
For more info, please phone Laura Brunning at 283-7980.

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Super Valu Specials: Sept 26 – Oct 2nd

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