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Cache Creek pulls out of bus service

Coffee, tea or Santa in a stocking? Isobel McGrath (right) searches for empty tea and coffee cups on the tables at the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors’ annual Christmas Tea and Bake Sale last weekend.

Cache Creek Council decided to withdraw from the BC Transit agreement it has with Ashcroft and Clinton at its Nov. 26 Council meeting. Council has been questioning the value of the service since 2007 when the agreement was signed, but escalating costs for maintenance and bus replacement this year, with steadily rising costs for the next several years, made them decide to pull out. Also influencing their decision is timing: they wanted to make their decision before the end of the year to give their partners, Ashcroft and Clinton, sufficient notice. “For the value... It’s nice to have a bus available,” said Mayor John Ranta, “but for regular service it’s under utilized and over priced.” Coun. Herb Hofer felt their decision was premature because the three communities are meeting to discuss the bus on Dec. 11 - the day after Cache Creek’s last Council meeting of the year. Ranta said Council could change its decision in January if there was positive information at the meeting. “It would have to be something big,” agreed Coun. Wyatt McMurray. “Earth shattering.” The service originally cost $10,000 split three ways. By 2015 it could be over $90,000.

Clinton, Whispering Pines sign protocol

Chief Michael Lebourdais and Mayor Jim Rivett sign the document in the Clinton Museum last week.

by Susan Swan The Clinton Museum was the perfect venue for a historic event on Wednesday, Nov. 21 when Village of Clinton Mayor Jim Rivett and Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band Chief Michael Lebourdais signed a Protocol Agreement on co-operation and communication. The Village and First Nation Band have shown a commitment to a continuing working relationship that is built on co-operation and trust between the two parties. Their hope is to strengthen this relationship over time by the implementa-

tion of joint actions and partnerships on economic growth, servicing facilities, and exploring future options for the betterment of the broader community of the greater Clinton area and the residents of both parties. Following the signing of the Protocol by both parties, Chief Lebourdais presented Mayor Rivett with a copy of an outof-print book entitled Shuswap Stories to be kept in the museum. On hand at the proceedings from the Whispering Pines/ Clinton Indian Band were Chief Michael Lebourdais, Coun. Ed Lebourdais, Coun. Jack Bones,

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Viola Lebourdais from Administration and family members Charlotte Lebourdais and Tiffany Dick. Present from the Village of Clinton were Mayor Jim Rivett, Coun. Diana Guerin, Coun. Susan Swan, Village CAO Tom Dall, Office Assistant June Bourgo and South Cariboo Museum Society President Lynn Shook. Following the signing of the Protocol Agreement refreshments were served and the visitors had an opportunity to explore some of the displays in the museum.

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COMING EVENTS Nov. 29: Spaghetti Supper and Fundraising Auction. Tickets at Ashcroft Bakery, Ashcroft TIM-BR Mart and Community Futures - Sun Country. Special rate for families. Also looking for donated items for the auction. Call Jackie at 453-9457. Proceeds to the first annual Ashcroft Wellness Festival next summer. Dec. 1: 2 Christmas Bazaars - 1 Day! Health Auxiliary 10 am Noon at Ashcroft Community Hall (clothing, decorations, toys), Inter-Church Noon - 2:00 pm at Zion United Church Hall, 401 Bancroft St., Ashcroft. Craft & bake tables, tea and goodies. Dec. 1: Spences Bridge Annual Christmas Bazaar, at 6:30 pm in the Spences Bridge Community Hall (Hwy. 8). No admission, but a non-perishable food item for the Community Resources Christmas hampers would be appreciated. Dec 9: Annual Kinsmen Family “Christmas Turkey” Bingo at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 10:00 am. Dec 7th: 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa and Toys for Joys 8-11am at Chris’s Under the Bridge Restaurant. Dec 12 & 13: Screening Mammography at the Ashcroft Hospital. For appointments call 1-800-663-9203. Dec. 14: Zion UCW Church Family Christmas Party; 5:30 pm. Potluck supper and program. Dec. 14: Annual Turkey Bingo at the Spences Bridge Community Hall (Hwy. 8) on Fri. Dec. 14. Doors open at 6:00 pm; early bird starts at 6:30 pm. Dec. 16: Ashcroft Curling Club annual “Turkey Fun Spiel”, 10 am - 4 pm. Entry fee; everyone welcome. Please bring at least one non-perishable food item for the local Christmas Food Hamper. Potluck luncheon. Sign up sheet at the Curling Rink, or call Barb Hodder 250-453-9286. Dec. 16: Seasonal Choral Performance with the Sage Sound Singers and The Desert Bells Handbell Choir at 7 pm in St. Alban’s Church in Ashcroft. Matinee performance at 2 pm on Sunday, Dec. 17. Admission is by donation. Dec. 16: CP Holiday Train rolls into Ashcroft with Brothers Dube, Miss Emily and Doc Walker at 8:30 pm, the tracks next to Fields. Come out to see the lights, hear the music and bring a donation for the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society’s food bank. Dec. 19: Christmas Bird Count for Ashcroft and Cache Creek areas. You don’t need to be a bird expert to take part in this annual international event. Call Wendy at The Journal for more information, 453-2261.

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Tow truck in head on collision

Nov. 21 at 9:45 am police attended a collision on Hwy 99 in the Hat Creek area between a pickup truck and a tow truck with a flatbed. Road conditions at the time were slippery with compact snow covering the highway. A 46 year old female passenger in the pickup truck was taken to the Ashcroft hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The driver, a 44 year old Cache Creek man, was charged with passing while unsafe. The accident disabled both vehicles and they had to be towed. The driver of the tow truck, a 59 year old Lillooet man, was not injured.

Residential fence damaged

Nov. 21 police received a complaint of a damaged chain link fence at a Cache Creek residence. It is suspected that a vehicle ran into the fence, perhaps overnight on Nov. 17. There are no suspects in the case.

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Hit and run accident

Nov. 21 at 9 pm police attended a collision on Barnes Lake Rd. near the Woods Creek Forest Service Rd. after a pickup truck parked at the side of the road was hit by another pickup. The second pickup truck had expired plates and the driver failed to stop. The first vehicle was stopped, waiting for a tow truck, after his 2011 Toyota Tacoma lost control in the icy road and slid into the ditch while hauling a trailer. The 40 year old Brackendale man managed to drive out of the ditch and haul the trailer out as well, but he damaged his truck in the process. While waiting for the tow truck, a white Ford F250 with a crew cab and a short box, BC plate

062 VMR approached and slid into him. The Ford’s driver did not stop at the scene as required. The matter is still under investigation.

Missing man brought home

Nov. 23 at 1:50 pm Ashcroft RCMP assisted Lytton RCMP in locating a missing Cache Creek man and transporting him back home. The 55 year old man was reported missing on Nov. 22. He was located on the highway, hitchhiking and escorted home.

Deer collision

Nov. 26 at 7:30 am police received a report of a single vehicle collision with a deer on Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek by the mushroom compost facility. The 50 year old Cache Creek man reported that his vehicle was still drivable, but he was concerned about the health of the animal. The deer could not be located.

Tough prevention program saves lives VANCOUVER - Two years after B.C. introduced Canada’s toughest provincial impaired driving law, an estimated 104 lives have been saved and impaired driving has dropped significantly. At an event to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims and Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s 25th annual Project Red Ribbon, Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond announced preliminary road-crash fatality data for the two years ending Sept. 30, 2012, and the results of a recent driver impairment survey. “It’s encouraging to note that, as you drive home late at night, the car coming toward you is far less likely to be piloted by an impaired driver than at any time in recent years. More people are getting the message that it’s up to each of us to further road safety, by driving sober and following the rules of the road - and it’s paying off by saving lives,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond. “Today we honour the memory of road crash victims, and reaffirm our government’s commitment to continue to examine more ways to encourage responsible, safe driving.” Since the September 2010 launch of the immediate roadside prohibition (IRP) program, the number of alcoholrelated motor vehicle deaths has decreased to an average of 62 a year. This represents a 46 per cent decrease from the average of 114 in each of the previous five years. This success well exceeds government’s goal, set in 2010

in honour of impaired driving victim Alexa Middelaer, to reduce alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by 35 per cent by the end of 2013. Government also released an independently conducted survey of drivers in Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Saanich and Vancouver. It took place in June 2010 and June 2012 as part of an evaluation of the impact of B.C.’s IRP legislation. The 2012 Roadside Alcohol and Drug Survey found 44 per cent fewer drivers had a bloodalcohol content (BAC) 0.05 per cent and over - and nearly 60 per cent fewer drivers were at or over the Criminal Code threshold of 0.08 per cent. Andy Murie, chief executive officer, MADD Canada, said: “When B.C. introduced its IRP sanctions in 2010, we said we believed that these major, escalating penalties and mandatory remedial programs would better support both deterrence and enforcement, save lives and prevent hundreds of injuries each year. The prevalence survey supports that belief. B.C. has set a new benchmark in reducing impaired driving and the related death toll on its roads.” The results also showed that levels of drinking and driving were the lowest recorded in the history of seven similar surveys conducted since 1995. By questioning voluntarily participating drivers, the 2012 survey revealed strong awareness of, support for and concern about facing B.C.’s IRP sanctions: - More than 82 per cent of drivers said they were aware of the sanctions.

Remembrance Day “Winter weather makes for unsafe driving conditions. Please we drive forget carefully.” - Harry Lest If you value your freedom, then thank a Veteran!

- 90 per cent felt the legislation would make roads safer. - 30 per cent said the new law prompted a change in their behaviour. - Asked to rate how inconvenient they thought certain immediate sanctions were, more than two-thirds of respondents saw B.C.’s lengthy driving prohibitions and vehicle impoundment for impaired driving as a “complete inconvenience.” - 53 per cent said they had been stopped in a police alcohol check in the last two years - and nearly half thought there was a good likelihood of being stopped if they drove after consuming too much alcohol. In the five years before the IRP program, alcohol-related crashes claimed an average of 114 lives each year. In the first year of the IRP program, the fatality total was 66, representing 48 lives saved. In the second year, the preliminary total is 58, representing 56 lives saved. In B.C., drivers impaired by alcohol face immediate penalties that may take away their vehicle, their licence, and cost them anywhere from $600 to more than $4,000 in administrative penalties and remedial program costs. Project Red Ribbon is MADD Canada’s longest-running public awareness campaign. The ribbon - displayed on lapels, vehicles, key rings and elsewhere - reminds Canadians to drive sober through the holiday season and the year. It also serves as a tribute to those killed and injured in impaired driving crashes. Submitted

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Gold Trail chair and vice re-elected Trustee Carmen Ranta was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Education and trustee Nancy Rempel was re-elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Education for School District 74 (Gold Trail) at a board meeting held on Nov. 20 at George M Murray Elementary Carmen Ranta School in Lillooet. Members of the board expressed their appreciation for their leadership in serving the district. Other elected positions included Trustee Ranta re-elected as the representative on the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) Representative Council and Trustee Rempel re-elected as the representative on the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Provincial Council. Chair Ranta stated, “The Board of Education works closely together as a team. It is my pleasure to continue to serve as Board Chair alongside our dedicated and caring Gold Trail trustees who each serve in many different roles throughout our district. Together with you, we share the key goal of increasing student success.” Vice Chair Rempel stated, “I am extremely happy to be serving as Vice Chair for the coming year. This is an exciting time in education and it is a privilege to be a part of it. With the many changes occurring, it is great to see trustees throughout BC keeping public education at the front and center of their work and ensuring it is a top priority for our government.” Submitted

A second chance to shine at Christmas

Second Time Around volunteers (l-r) Bernice Maldidier, Maria Russell-Martin and Ingrid Henderson were hard at work during the thrift store’s Christmas Sale on Dec. 17. Customers found all sorts of “gently used” Christmas treasures to take home.

United Way invests $40,000 in local area This past month, members of the local United Way Community Impact Council allocated over $40,000 to support local non-profit organizations. All the funds were raised through Cache Creek/Logan Lake/Ashcroft United Way campaigns which included United

Steelworkers Local 7619, Highland Valley Copper employees, Wastech, RBC, Interior Savings and other individual donors. Those recipients include: Logan Lake Secondary - Respectful Relationships South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society - Mother Goose Ash-

croft Community Resource Society - Information Directory Logan Lake WHY Youth and Children’s Programs Winding River Arts and Performance Society Cache Creek and Ashcroft Elementary - After-School Art Program Cache Creek PAC - After-School Zumba Program. Members of the Community Impact Council serve as local United Way champions who act as advocates, and decision makers for their commun-

ities. Money raised through a United Way campaign, stays in the community that it was raised in. As our campaigns continue to grow in strength, we are responsible and accountable for how the money is re-invested in the community. United Way works to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. United Way affects change in three focus areas; All that kids can be, From poverty to possibility and Healthy people, strong communities. Submitted

Fly ash process under scrutiny

United Way’s Director of Community Impact Danalee Baker, with Lori Pilon, Jo Petty, Debi Hamson, Susan McLean, Jo-Ann Porter, Nadine Davenport and Gary Winslow.

Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta will take part in a meeting this week in Vancouver to discuss the wetfix process that Covanta uses to bind heavy metals to the fly ash residue from its garbage incinerator. Ranta told his Council on Monday that the results of leachate testing at the Landfill should be known later this week, and that Metro Vancouver, Ministry of Environment, Covanta and Landfill co-permitees, Wastech and the Village of Cache Creek will meet to discuss whether the wetfix process approved by MOE is viable. MOE slapped Cache Creek and Wastech with a non-compliance order last week because of the contaminated fly ash, deemed unsuitable for the Landfill. However, they were not fined.

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How newspapers keep printing It’s not often you can catch me by surprise, but it happens. In the oddest way: a few weeks ago, I was asked how newspapers were “funded.” Now, that’s something that I thought would be obvious to everyone. A store gets its revenue from its customers, and so does a newspaper. They sell a shoe, a pound of potatoes, a camera - we sell advertising. Those who don’t care how a newspaper operates can move on to the Letters section now. Every week (or every day for the dailies still out there) we run the same basic ration of news copy to ads. We need to at least break even, although Black Press, our company, likes us to do a little more than that. Economics 101 - picture each page as a pricing unit. We base our costs (staff, printing, paper, postage, etc.) on each page being filled with a certain amount of advertising. But, because of the way newspapers are printed - four pages at a time, sometimes we have to increase that ratio and skirt the edge of poverty. Such as, if we have enough advertising to cover 10 pages, but we still have to run 12 pages. Although they don’t ask us where the “funding” comes from, people often comment on the size of the paper. Here’s the answer: it all depends on the advertising we receive from week to week. If we have enough advertising to run 16 or 20 pages, we do. If we can only afford to run 12 pages, so be it. Unfortunately, when times are tough for our business customers, they don’t advertise as much, making times difficult for us as well. A publisher that I worked for many years ago told me that a drop in advertising was a sure sign of poor economic times, and that observation has certainly held up over the years. Good times, bad times, they come and go as all of us are well aware of. Right at this moment... well, it’s been better. When we ask everyone to shop “at home” - or as much at home as they can, it’s because we’re an “at home” business as well and we rely on local business - AND you, our readers, to keep us going.

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Desert Hills Ranch deserving of award Dear Editor I was greatly gratified by the news that Desert Hills received the “Best Bloomin” Business Award. The Desert Hills operation is a tremendous asset to our community; I have never had better produce (even in the Pickering-Whitby area of rural Ontario). I always take my guests there for a look and am more than happy to refer visitors who are seeking the best in produce or plants. My only regret is that their season is not long enough. Keep up the good work! Jake Eckardt Ashcroft

Wellness doesn’t pique his curiosity Dear Editor Over the past several months I have been reading about our new “brand” Wellness Awaits You in Ashcroft. I’m not all that familiar

lETTErs To ThE EDiTor with brands other than those on cattle, clothing and food. I am rather new to the branding of a village, town or city and so you must excuse me if I seem a little out of touch. I’ve read of the meetings to discuss the Ashcroft brand, but I’ve been preoccupied with care giving for my 95 year old mother, so I did not get involved in the process. I arrived in Ashcroft in the fall of 1974 and the only knowledge that I possessed of Ashcroft was what I had heard while teaching in Sparwood. A teacher was offered a job in Ashcroft and another teacher said you don’t want to go there, that’s the desert of B.C. I arrived on Sept. 19 and it certainly lived up to its reputation. It was 109F (43C) at 3:30 in the afternoon. The sand and sagebrush certainly reminded me of the deserts I had seen in California and the Southwestern United States. There was something else that captured my attention as I prepared to turn off the highway and descend into Ashcroft, a sign that read Welcome to Historic Ashcroft. Having





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graduated from university with a degree in physical education and history the year before, my curiosity was piqued. What is so historic about Ashcroft? Could it have been the teacher librarian at the elementary school who had been the original Minnie Mouse at Disneyland, or the fact that Dan Blocker and Lorne Greene had owned a ranch just out of Cache Creek, or perhaps that Raymond Burr had once called Ashcroft home for a short time during his formative years? That’s pretty impressive for a small town, but that just wets the appetite to discover more of what made Ashcroft the town it is today. We have a wonderful museum and curator that can provide a wealth of information describing the colorful characters and events comprising the story of Ashcroft. Our heritage park lends further insight as to the history and geography of the area. Perhaps it is just me, but Wellness awaits you in Ashcroft somehow doesn’t pique my curiosity the way that Historic Ashcroft did.


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8TH ANNUAL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2 Awards will be Presented

ONE from Cache Creek & ONE from Ashcroft Submit your choice by Dec. 14th to Ashcroft/Cache Creek Rotary Club PO Box 11, Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0 Or via email to To nominate a worthy citizen please submit a short summary of the work that they have done and please include your name and contact information as well.

Phat albert’s Weekday Cafe Esther Darlington, Leith Mclean, Angele Morgan - Hall, Rhea Little, Barbra Roden, Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan and Susan Little onstage for the production of A Midsummer Night ‘s Midterm. Photo by Dave Gory


Local talent shines in play Dream team performs fairy tale with good grace

Hats off to the over 60 folks who put together the very successful play A Midsummer Night’s Midterm held a week ago in Ashcroft. That was quite the Production! The WRAP Society Committee members want to thank the many Volunteers, courageous Actors and Crew but most of all to our Community for such great support and turn out. “Our community is so fortunate to have such talent and commitment in our arts community. And to see that we are inspiring and growing our young to appreciate and participate is truly a gift to all!” says Jackie Tegart.

Or, in the words of ever disgruntled Egeus - played by the dapper looking Jan Schmitz, “ ...’Twas a tale that asked for some tears and much laughter, some fretting and frolicking, pacing and lacing and the chasing of fairies; being upstaged and falling down stages and gallantly dying (many times over) in the true performing of it! Truly - our loves labor was not lost. Thank you all for a marvelous and unforgettable experience!”

WRAP AGM celebrates successes and community!

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society invites its members and interested Community folk to its Annual

General Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28 starting at 5:30pm (at St Albans Hall 501 Brink St) for finger food pot luck followed by meeting. They welcome you to become a new Member or to get involved with the organizing of the many events throughout the year. Live Music and art displays will be part of this fine evening as well. For more info call (250) 453 9100. Come celebrate the arts in Ashcroft !

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Music for everyone as the Christmas concerts get rolled out CREATIVE from p. 5

Spring Concert tickets make a great gift

The last two remaining Dessert Concerts are in the new year, making them a perfect gift for family or friends. Coming in March on Friday the 22nd is a man and wife duo with some old-time sweet harmony. Pharis and Jason Romero reside in Horsefly, BC, where Jason makes his own guitars and banjos. You can expect some beautiful, striking duet singing with acoustic and National guitar and banjo on originals and well-loved songs from others. For the final show of the Season on April 27, you can look forward to Vancouver-based sextet, Company B Jazz Band. They are a vintage vocal harmony swing band in the style of the Andrews

and Boswell Sisters plus other renditions of classics from the 1920s through 1950s. Loaded with personality, the harmonies of the female vocal trio are well-complemented by an instrumental trio of clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass. These concerts are held in the comfortable and relaxed venue of the St. Albans Hall at 510 Brink Street. You can purchase them ahead of time at the following Ashcroft businesses: The Ashcroft Bakery, Natures Gifts or The Ashcroft Liquor Store or give Nadine or Andrea a call at (250) 453-9100

Holiday Train brings Juno Award winning Country act Doc Walker !

North America’s longest-running food bank fundraiser rolls into Ashcroft at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Lytton can expect a visit the following day at 3:15 pm. Bring your nonperishable food donations to the site on Railway Ave. Your donation will benefit our local community. Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program, powered by an Reserve your space! army of employee volunteers, has Call The Journal 250-453-2261 raised $5.6 million and generated close to 2.5 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves. The Holiday Train has 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights and a box car that has been turned into r he Terry Daniels Publis a travelling stage for performers Office: 250-453-2261 and, of course Santa. 625 Fax: 250-453-9 Headlining the musical spirca nal. jour acc er@ lish e-mail: pub BC • V0K 1A0 it of the season from a specially 402 - 4th Street, Ashcroft, designed stage is Doc Walker and Miss Emily. Doc Walker is a Juno Award winning country trio from Portage La Prairie, Man. From Kingston, Ont., Miss Emily is a truly gifted singer and her voice John Bundus is rich and soulful. She has been & son Ltd. compared to Adele and has per202 BRINK STREET, ASHCRO FT, BC formed with The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts and The Trews. Welding • Fabrication


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Cache Creek Christmas Sing Along and handbell concert

The Cache Creek Beautification Society invites all members of the Cache Creek community and surrounding areas for a good old fashioned Community Sing Along and Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Community Hall (1270 Stage Rd.). This not to be missed seasonal event for all ages will feature live local Christmas music including the Desert Bells Handbell Choir and a Community sing along, plus the Beautification Society will also be handing out Winter Lights Appreciation certificates for residential Christmas light displays. Nominate your neighbour or your own house! Look for posters around town. Doors open at 7 pm with live music starting at 7:30 pm. There will be hot beverages and snacks. Admission is free, but the Handbell Choir will have a donation jar there as they are trying to raise money to purchase their own handbells. For more info call (250) 457 9119.

Sage Sound Singers and Desert Bells perform in Ashcroft

The Sage Sound Singers and the Desert Bells Handbell Choir invite the surrounding Ashcroft/Cache Creek Community for another special evening presented by Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society. Don’t miss the Seasonal Choral Performance of the Season by our two local Choirs on Dec. 15 and 16 at St Albans Hall, 501 Brink Street in Ashcroft. Admission is by donation. Doors open at 7 pm with the Concert beginning at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm for the 2 pm. Matinee performance on Sunday. Come early for hot chocolate and desserts. The evening will feature The Sage Sound Singers and The Desert Bells Handbell Choir, an 11 piece Bell Choir plus, lots of surprises. Beautiful harmonies and sounds will fill the room as the

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night also encourages you to join in on a Community Sing-Along to close out the evening. The Sage Sound Singers are a 23 piece choral group, conducted by Carmen Ranta with accompaniment by pianist Dimiter Terziev. Their Musical Director, Michelle Reid has selected a mixture of popular and seasonal pieces that will surely get you into the holiday spirit. From contemporary folk, traditional and Christmas standards to a medley from the Ma Ma’s and Pa Pa’s, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Christmas Kum Ba Ya, and many more. The Desert Bells Handbell Choir which is also under the direction of Carmen Ranta, will be performing a variety of lovely Christmas Carols. A special feature to celebrate the Season, will be a performance of ‘Hear The Bells of Christmas Ringing’ for SATB Choir, Handbell Choir and piano. This piece will only be performed at the concert Dec. 15 and 16 with Sage Sound Singers. The Desert Bells Handbell Choir will also be performing at Cache Creek Elementary School Dec. 6 at 2 pm. They are also pleased to be invited to perform at the Christmas Concert at Kamloops United Church December 1st at 2 pm. The Bell Choir has eleven ringers who ring three and a half octaves of bells. They are an inter generational handbell choir, with members from age 9 to senior, and practice weekly through the fall and spring at Cache Creek Elementary School. Please also note that at the concert at St. Albans Carmen Ranta will be playing Alto Saxophone with Dimiter and possibly also special guests as yet to be confirmed! Bring the whole Family for a festive traditional Community gathering sure to get you into the holiday season! Free Desserts, Coffee & Tea during Intermission. Happy Holidays! For more info call (250) 453 9100.


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The play’s the thing - the only thing Backstage front stage centre in A Midsummer Night’s Midterm

Backstage on any theatre production is one continuous rush of adrenalin. You can do it, the brain tells you. You know the lines. My God! You’ve rehearsed them often enough to know not only you own lines but most of those of the other actors. Six weeks of listening, speaking, has settled into that core of what you call and think is yourself. And then, surprise surprise, you’ve got to act! The role, that is. Just as a pianist knows that playing the notes aren’t enough, the actor realizes the character he is acting has to be interpreted. At home, you give it a try. Over and over again. Various approaches. Our pet canine, Tanner, doesn’t like these voice changes. These gestures. Who is this person who has invaded our home? He barks, barks, goes into a kind of frenzy, running up and down the hall. Anyway, back to backstage. For one thing, it’s dark. And for another, there shouldn’t be a sound from anyone. Our narrow habitat is crowded. Actors sitting or standing, studying scripts with the aid of a tiny flashlight. The tension is a blanket of mutual excitement, with a good splash of apprehension. The prompters sit or stand with the script, reading the lines, indicating it’s time. The moment of truth has arrived. You do your thing - exit - the relief... How can I describe that feeling? I can’t. Then you wait and read for your next cue to go on stage again. Joris Ekering, a seasoned actor and director with a wide

CAKEWALK CHRONICLES Esther Darlington MacDonald range of experience in the Maritimes and the prairies, calls the whole process a rush of adrenalin. And warns me, that when it’s over, expect exhaustion. A kind of jet lag. He was right on.

Sherman’s illness

On the 13th, two days before opening night, Sherman collapsed. We called the ambulance. Fortunately, ER was open in Ashcroft. Then, 12 hours later, transferred to Kamloops. Released on 15th, with a basketful of puffers and pills. He lunched at home. Collapsed again. Ambulance back to RIH. Joris, God bless him, driving us, depositing me at the entrance, then picking me up later and taking me back to Ashcroft. Barely enough time to costume, have makeup applied. You have to realize that Joris was doing the lighting and sound for the play, and was indispensable. My part in the play, though small, included several more entries on stage with the “faeries”. Sherman is still in the hospital and will remain there until doctors determine what the problem is. His morale is good. He is recovering. He is very grateful for all the community support, teared up a little when I told him how many people have

expressed concern, said they will pray for him. Phone calls and offers of help in any way. What a community we have!

Costuming and language

When I saw the beautiful costumes that Anita Ladoski had designed for the faeries, I could have cried. Hugs with a heart full of gratitude. Tiny feathers, flowers, leaves, buds, Anita made us magical. Pat Dubois’s skillful stitchery was no less appreciated. And it wasn’t just the faeries. Jean Burgess’s Puck, or Robin Goodfellow was a superb explosion of feathers, veils, color. With an energy that brought down the house at curtain call. She had a lot of lines to memorize, some of which was the Old English, that frankly, I had a time with. For example, do you know what Barm is? Well, it’s not a farm building. In Shakespeare’s English, it was the froth on the brewing liquor. And Tern? Well that’s not a bird. It’s a grist mill. How language changes over the cen- A 7

turies has always amazed me. I’ve mentioned it before in my columns. Language is continuously changing, growing, - an eternal stream of communication. But to go backward and learn the old and ancient forms is a real challenge. At least for this writer it was.


We use that word so often, and so often tell ourselves how essential it is to make things happen. But I’ll tell you, that team work is the unspoken given in putting on a play. But it is also a given, unspoken, for chairing a meeting or holding an event of any kind. The one thing I learned from being given a part in a play is how absolutely dedicated to seeing the production work teamwork is. There’s neither time nor is there mental energy for anything else. Ego? Forget about it. Selfconsciousness? Forget about that.

Hurt feelings? Forget about that too. In fact, forget about everything but working with those around you to make what you are doing a complete success.

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At coffee a couple weeks ago I told my friend that I joined Toastmasters. She laughed and said: “Wasn’t that a thing in the 80s?” I don’t know - the 80s was a bit of blur

for me. But I think it’s been a “thing” for a little longer than that, and I think it still is a “thing.” Toastmasters is a non-profit organization originally founded in

1924 to help people improve their public speaking skills. Currently there are clubs in 113 different countries with over 260,000 members. I am one of its newer members.

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The first time I heard about Toastmasters was when I was a child back in the 70s. My Uncle Jack was a gregarious man who loved to be the center of attention delivering awardwinning speeches at Toastmaster competitions around North America. My father, a shy man who flew under the radar for the most part, was invited by my uncle to join. Reluctantly, my dad attended a meeting and immediately saw how beneficial becoming a member would be for him professionally and personally. The same year he joined, my quiet, unassuming father

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ON A BRIGHTER NOTE LORI WELBOURNE trying to get rid of them,” he said. “Being nervous just means you care.” It wasn’t exactly the quick fix I was looking for, so I asked the chairperson of our group, a lawyer named Paul Hergott. He was as gregarious and entertaining as my Uncle Jack, so surely he would tell me what I was looking for. He didn’t. Paul claimed he could barely say his own name the first time he had to present in court and it was just a matter of facing his fear and doing it anyway, over and over again. I figured if he and my father were able to make such impressive strides in their public speaking skills, there might be hope for me yet. Four years ago I finally went to my first Toastmasters meeting. I really wanted to join, but I didn’t. Why? Because I was intimidated by the phenomenal speakers I heard that night, and I was scared I’d look and sound like a bumbling fool. I also decided that I didn’t have the time. Well, I wish I had made the time. What I didn’t realize then was that the meetings aren’t mandatory and the program is self paced. I also didn’t grasp how supportive and

non-threatening the environment truly is. Luckily that sunk in this summer and I faced my fears, became a member and am now loving the experience. Toastmasters is designed to improve skills not just in speaking, but in leadership, communication, storytelling, grammar, time management, and overall self confidence. There is no instructor and there are no lectures. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations, offering encouragement as well as constructive critiques called “gifts.” Even the most accomplished presenters are given gifts and welcome them because they are essential to improving. I encourage everyone, shy or gregarious, to check out a Toastmasters meeting. They are all over the world and being a member will enable you to visit other clubs whenever you wish. To find one that suits you, visit Toastmasters truly is the best and least expensive personal improvement “thing” you can imagine. It also serves coffee. And cookies too. Lori Welbourne is a syndicated columnist. She can be contacted at

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Ashcroft PeeWees working hard The TCMHA PeeWee team played Lillooet twice on Nov. 24 at the Drylands Arena. It was the first time this season playing against Lillooet and although our team didn’t have the opportunity to score any goals, our goalie RyanSpur Reid made many amazing saves and everyone worked hard as a team keep the puck out of their end. We would like to welcome some of our newest players this season: Jeremey Michell, Dustin

Reid and Wyatt Reid are all new to the association and work their hearts out to improve their skills with every game. All of our players are improving with their passes and skating with every game they play. Our next home game should be an exciting one on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 pm against Logan Lake. Whether you have children in hockey or not, come out and cheer for the home team. Deanna Horsting

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lived some miles from town but is attending high school here. She had joined the cast of Midsummer’s Night Mid Term late, and had a considerable role to learn as one of the students. She’s been standing at the hall frontage for some time. Confessed she was chilled. We went to a cafe and she drank a mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, had a light supper of soup and


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a sandwich, and thanked me several times. In the cafe, she told me her last name. It was a name I knew from my time some years back working for the Cook’s Ferry Band. She said it was the last native Thompson name at Cook’s Ferry. Pronounced it for me. A soft sound at the end, spoken from the roof of your mouth. Allison Yamelst. Isn’t that a lovely name?


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November brings community closer together Quick change of seasons

had never had it and we enjoyed listening to the radio, including the radio dramas. Today many residents of Loon Lake take it for granted that they can just drive out and get what they want when they want - and usually they can as the road is well maintained during the winter. They count on the TV to keep up with their favourite shows each week. However I do think that the wise resident would set in supplies of necessary provisions for a minimum of two week so if the unpredictable happens there is no need to panic or worry, just sit back and enjoy the lake as usual, maybe even pulling out an old board game or two. Chess anyone?


November is one of my favourite months because every day can be so different from the day before. The valley frequently takes on the appearance of a very different country. In early November the leaves were turning but still hanging on many of the fruit trees, the grass was green and the chrysanthemums were blooming as in late summer. One week later came frost and then rain; leaves and plants turned brown and gave up for the year. The following week brought snow, turning everything into a brilliant landscape of white on white; even the fences were highlighted with lines of snow which sparkled in the sunlight. No November dullness here and no need to travel to see a different place.

What will the weather bring?

In November we often talk about forecasts and predictions for the coming winter. Many long time residents have their own signs and omens for severe winter weather approaching such as horses with long, shaggy coats, extra berries on the mountain ash, more owls coming down from the north for the winter, a corona around the moon in November and so forth. I checked with the Farmer’s Almanac which is well known for its weather forecasts; the Almanac forecasts that our winter this year will be milder and drier than normal, and they predict that weather in BC at Christmas will be stormy, especially along the coast. The full moon this week is named by the Almanac to be the “Frosty” Moon, also known as the “Full Beaver” Moon, so called because this is a busy time for beavers as they make the final preparations for winter. The weather at Loon Lake has never been easy to forecast but I can tell you with good certainty that we will have periods of relatively mild weather followed by periods of cold and there will be periods of snow and fog offset by periods of sunshine and clear night skies. I hope you enjoy whatever it is that winter weather brings our way.

Barbara Hendricks

Accept what you can’t change

While we can’t do much about changing the weather we can do something about preparing for it. When I was growing up here in the 1950’s, all the children looked forward to those big snow storms that dumped great quantities of snow as it meant a holiday from school. We also welcomed cold weather as there was no school bus running if the thermostat registered minus 30 or lower. Early settlers here were, like the beaver, very busy in November getting in supplies for the winter - firewood, extra fuel, kerosene, root vegetables all set away in the cellar, bacon, hams and sausages hung in the cold room and some meat hanging in a shed. Flour, cereals, coffee, sugar, beans and so forth were stocked in larger quantities. My mother and other farm women also liked to have a good supply of rendered bear fat for making pastry. Loon Lake Road had no BC Hydro service yet, which meant no deep freezers but everyone had pantries with many jars of home preserved vegetables and fruits as well as meats. Every farm had a milk cow or two and some chickens so supplies of fresh milk, butter and eggs were assured but chicken feed and mash for the cows and other farm animals had to be hauled in and stored. As a result of these preparations, two or even three weeks of bad weather with poor roads didn’t really affect people much. Of course a good team of horses and a sleigh could get along on snowy roads that a car could not. Some residents had generators that they would run for a few hours in the evening for light and to listen to the radio. Evening entertainment was playing cards and board games, reading and telling stories, sometimes even signing songs. Sometimes a craft session would occupy all of us - I remember once a spool knitting bug hit us and we would all sit around evening after evening under the kerosene lamp knitting those long tubes. Television wasn’t missed because we

Prepare for the worst

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November travellers

November has been a very sociable month for visits and visitors as outdoor work and recreation slows down. Some more residents have closed up their homes for the winter and headed for other locations for the winter. There appears to be an increase in the number of full time permanent residents and those who come back frequently during the winter for snow and ice recreation. Late migrating birds are also enjoying the open waters on the lake, including the swans which are always wonderful to watch. So far this season the bird population on my patch consists of the usual chickadees, siskins, jays, and nuthatches. This year there are three Stellar’s Jays at the feeder and I always enjoy the antics of these sociable birds that are quick to remind me each morning to put out their food.

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Heritage sites promoted

Community Volunteer Groups The Royal Canadian Legion #113

301 Brink St., Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0 Phone: 250-453-2423 Fax # 250-453-9625

South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society

601 Bancroft St. Box 603, Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0 250-453-9656

Ashcroft and District Fall Fair Contact Person: Janna 250-457-6614 Contact Person: Jessica 250-453-2352

Sage & Sand Pony Club

District Commissioner: Marcie Down

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Rotary Club

Contact Person: Denise Fiddick Phone 250-453-9547

Desert Spokes Cycle Society Phone 250-457-9348

Ashcroft Curling Club Phone 250-453-2341

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Ashcroft/Cache Creek Volunteer Chapter Phone 250-374-8307

Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department

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Ashcroft & District Tennis Association Contact Person: Maria Russell Martin Phone 250-453-9391

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Yoga class works out the aches There is a thriving yoga class three times a week in Ashcroft. The program has been continuous for approximately 12 years. Many capable women have volunteered their time and energy over the years to keep yoga happening in our community. Our current instructors are Marijke Stott and Val Teshima. We practice Hatha Yoga, involving a series of movements and postures intended to align muscle and bone. Gentle stretching and elongating of the spine can work out many annoying aches and pains we acquire throughout our lives. There are mental and spiritual benefits as well when we integrate body breath and mind, taking your attention away from the chaos of

daily living. The overall goal is to enhance and improve on inner and physical development by releasing the positive energy in our bodies, affecting all aspects of our life. All our participants are of various abilities and ages. We don’t compete with anyone else in the room, but do only what we are capable of that day. Classes are held in a gentle, helpful and non judgemental atmosphere. It is a gift to yourself. If you are interested in personal as well as community Wellness, come and join us Monday 7 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am at the Ashcroft Community Hall. Drop in $3 Sharon Rennie

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VANCOUVER - A new exhibit promoting heritage sites in B.C. is now on display at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The display celebrates the province’s rich history and offers visitors intriguing insights into B.C.’s cultural development. It joins other exhibits Historic Hat Creek Ranch is part of a that feature First Nations his- new heritage exhibit at the Vancouver tory and art creating a gallery Convention Centre. that showcases British Columbia’s Aboriginal and heritage fea- proximately 790,000 visitors annually and the display’s location will tures. The display features 11 of help promote our province’s heritB.C.’s 23 provincial heritage sites: age sites to those visitors. These heritage sites play a sigBarkerville - B.C.’s Gold Rush nificant role in B.C.’s tourism sectown, Fort Steele Heritage Town, tor, attracting over 200,000 visitors the Grist Mill at Keremeos, Historannually from around the globe. ic Hat Creek Ranch, Kilby HistorThese sites create jobs for Britic Site, Point Ellice House, Cottonish Columbians, revenue for lowood House, Craigflower Manor, cal communities, and provide resiCraigflower Schoolhouse, Emily dents and visitors a personal conCarr House and Historic Yale. The exhibit features QR codes nection to the roots of British that connect visitors to more infor- Columbia. In 2011, the tourism sector emmation on each of the showcased ployed 126,700 British Columproperties as well as to both the bians, generated over $13.4 bilAboriginal Tourism and Heritage lion in revenue for tourism-relatTourism websites. ed businesses and contributed over The exhibit is in the concourse $1.13 billion to provincial governof the east building of the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Van- ment revenues. Submitted couver Convention Centre sees ap-

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This is a great opportunity for area Is there a more fitting time to rekindle the pageantry and residents to join the Crime Watch and romanticism of the era than bring to the table any issues, concerns during the holidays? Before we and suggestions. Help answer the quesSusan Swan all hunker down for the snowy tion, “What is the future of our Pro459-2224 or 2325 winter season, on Dec. 8, the gram?”. countrysquire@ If you have any questions please Village of Clinton is hosting one last community gather- call Jim Walch at 250-459-2357 or Bob ing - our first annual Victorian Craig at 250-456-2375. Christmas Celebration. Clinton Council Meetings Events will include the anThe next regular meeting of the Village of Clinton Council will be on nual Clinton Merchant MadDon Edward Goff Wednesday, Nov. 28. Due to the holi- ness Sale all day Saturday, It is with great sorrow that we announce days there will only be one council Dec. 8th at all participating the peaceful passing of Don Goff on Monday, November 19, 2012 in the meeting in December on Wednesday, businesses; the Museum will Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Dec. 12. All Clinton Council meetings be decorated and open; a Skate Care Hospice in Kamloops, B.C. with Santa; Christmas Tea begin at 7 pm. at the age of 86, after a brave battle with cancer. Born in Council meetings are held in Coun- at the Seniors Centre; lightBuchanan, Michigan in 1926, cil Chambers in the Municipal Build- ing of the Village Christmas Don lead an adventurous life. Tree; and the Bethel PenteHe joined the US Merchant ing and are open to the public. Marines at the age of 18 and was costal Church Christmas Banan oiler in the engine room of quet. On Sunday, Dec. 9th the Victorian Christmas Celebration supply ships to the troops. These ships were hunted relentlessly by Queen Victoria knew how to make Legion will hold their Annual German U-Boats but his ship always an era! She was a fashion and cultural Children’s Christmas Party. made it through. He met Norma in 1945. She was 15 but it was icon whose rule of the British Empire love at first sight. They married in 1948 and on November 1st of this year were able to celebrate their 64th anniversary. They from 1837 to 1901 influenced art and Crime Watch AGM lived in Ketchikan, Alaska for a few years, where their first child The 47 Mile Area E Rural design for decades. By the later half was born, then moved to Washington State until the early 1960’s when Don moved with his family to the Ashcroft Area and bought of the 19th Century, the opulence and Crime Watch Annual General the Wagner Creek Ranch at the southernmost end of Upper Hat prosperity crossed the Atlantic and ush- Meeting is scheduled for 7 pm Creek. He was one of the first ranchers in the area to run Angus ered in the Gilded Age of North Amer- on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Beef Cattle. His children grew up on the ranch and enjoyed round ups, brandings, haying, and fishing in local lakes and streams. For Clinton Library. ica. The Applications are out for our 4th Annual


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many years he drove the school bus from the ranch, where it was parked overnight, to Cache Creek and Ashcroft, picking up all the children along the way. Everyone knew him from the tip of the Hat Creek Valley to highway 97 and those children and their parents kept in touch with him and Norma for many years to follow. When he sold the ranch they moved first to Cache Creek, then into a house on Government Street in Ashcroft where they resided off and on until, due to health reasons, they moved to the Riverbend Senior’s Residence in Kamloops. Don is survived by his loving wife, Norma, brother Dick (Dorothy), children Terri (Ken), Vicki (John), Susan (Don), Barbara, and David (Brandy-Jo), grandchildren Herb, Angelica, Michael, and Grace, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at the Zion United Church in Ashcroft, B.C. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:30 with refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Care Hospice in Kamloops, B.C. “…and God touched his fingers and he slept.”

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Ashcroft Santa Claus Parade Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 pm Parade floats marshal at 5:30 pm by the blue truck

The Tradition Continues!

SANTA PARADE & MADNESS Friday, December 7, 2012

5:30 pm: Parade entries marshal by CPR tracks south of the blue truck on Railway 6:00 pm: Parade starts All day: Santa Madness shopping at participating locations Hot chocolate, coffee, and barbecued hot dogs will be available at Ashcroft Irly Bird The Ashcroft Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to the 2012 Santa Parade and Santa Madness. This event continues to be a very special one, and we’re looking forward to another exceptional event this year. To register your float or parade entry, please contact Judy Stuart 250-453-9366 or (250) 457-7129, or e-mail her at

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Kitty Murray brings another plate of goodies to a table at last weekend’s annual Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors’ Christmas Bazaar.

Seniors’ bus service concerns seniors We sang O Canada to begin November’s monthly meeting of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Seniors’ Association. Speaker Ashcroft Councillor Jackie Tegart spoke on some of the improvements that are in the works for the seniors’ end of the Village Office. Thank you for the information, and hope to have an ongoing dialogue with you as our liaison with the Village. Our meeting opened with Pat Kirby in the chair.

Thank you to all of our members who gave for our bazaar. We love you all. Our Christmas Dinner is being held on Dec. 13 .... Birthdays for November: Ena Charles, Hilda Drinkwater, Alice Durksen, Linda Holland, Berneice Lemley, Cami Lindseth, Irma Schalles, Fusa Teshima and Donna Tetrault.

FROM THE CENTRE Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors Muriel Scallon We had lots of discussion on the seniors’ bus and how long we will be able to support it. We will talk again later about this subject. Committee reports were all read and everything seems to be doing fine. Bridge isstill one of our popular games.

Resistant to change Should I happen to venture off the highway as a tourist to discover what wellness means, LETTERS from p. 4

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where do I go, and what or who do I see that demonstrates wellness in Ashcroft? I can envision wellness in Harrison, Fairmont or Radium Hotsprings, but what evokes the same thoughts in Ashcroft? A wise friend once shared the thought that there is one constant in life and that is change. he said that we have three choices regarding change: 1) resist it, 2) accept it and 3) plan for it. Perhaps I am getting old, but this is one change that I am having difficulty embracing. Perhaps the folks that I have been talking with are not an accurate sampling of the community sentiment but they seem opposed to this “branding” almost unanimously. I would certainly like to speak with some of the proponents of this change in an effort to ascertain the motivation behind it and how it will serve to improve our community. I am given to understand that this is not funded locally and is the result of a government grant, which to the best of my knowledge still involves our tax dollars. Times of economic recession call for financial restraint, not frivolous spending. If this “branding” will truly help better our community I will certainly support it. If not I would refer to the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I would suggest that one way of resolving this matter would be putting it to a popular vote or referendum at the next civic election and then abiding by the decision of the majority. There would be no extra cost incurred by having it on the ballot and it might provide an interesting forum for perspective council candidates. It would be interesting to know what motivated the necessity of this change.

Mike Baldwin Ashcroft

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November 29, 2012 edition of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, November 29, 2012  

November 29, 2012 edition of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal