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Variety of activities planned for Festival

Something new There’s a whole lot more to Desert Hills Ranch in Ashcroft this year. Fresh cut flowers, houseplants, fertilizer, pots, seeds and so much more in addition to the bedding plants in the spring and the delicious products of their labour in the summer and fall. The store was bustling with people during their Opening Day last week.

As summer draws closer, so does the Ashcroft Wellness Festival (July 19-21) being organized by the Ashcroft branding committee. They made a presentation to Ashcroft Council on Apr. 22 to update the councillors. The committee has held two fundraisers since November, Deb Arnott told Council, and raised just over $7,000. It makes for a shoestring budget, she said, but the committee was adamant from the beginning that it would not ask local businesses for money to fund the Festival. She said part of the point of having the Festival is so the businesses can benefit from the hundreds of people coming in from out of town to enjoy the event. Because the group is a little shy on funding, each of the committee members has agreed to kick in $100 each to make it all happen. May 31 is the deadline for vendors and planning. The group already has heard from several interested vendors and has lined up music from local band Flat Busted and Elvis impersonator Steve Elliott. They also have plans for plenty of tours, hikes, workshops, demonstrations such as yoga and tai chi, a mini-geocaching event, a minitriathalon, children’s activities, free swimming and many more activities, all free. “We’re not trying to sell Ashcroft to the world,” said committee member Jack Jeyes, “but to bring our brand alive to Ashcroft residents.” Much of the activity will happen downtown along Railway Ave., which the group is hoping Council will agree to close to traffic for the weekend.

Cache Creek Farmer & Flea Market opens The Cache Creek Farmer & Flea Market is getting ready for Opening Day on Saturday. Besides free tables for vendors for this special day, organizers are also planning to have plant swaps and draws for both customers and vendors. Something new this year, says organizer Judy Davison, is that the Market will be issuing a regular newsletter with news about the market, up-

coming upcoming specials from vendors and a chance for local gardeners to let others know that they have a bumper crop of vegetables or fruit to sell or give away. The Market invites anyone with plants, vegetables, fruit, crafts or flea market items to come and set up a table. It’s free for opening day. For the rest of the year, it costs $5 per week.

The Cache Creek Farmer & Flea Market is held every Saturday from now until midOctober, from 9 am until 1 pm. Vendors are asked to come at 8:30 am to set up. Customers are invited to come any time between 9-1 pm. The Farmer & Flea Market is located at the main intersection in Cache Creek, on the old Esso property next to Chum’s restaurant.

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TOWN HALL MEETING PROPOSED FIVE YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN All members of the public are invited to join Council and staff at a Town Hall Meeting to review the Village’s proposed five year financial plan. The meeting will be held in the Ashcroft Community Hall, 409 Bancroft Street on Monday, May 6th 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Comments are welcome at this time. This notice is issued pursuant to Section 166 of the Community Charter.

Thieves caught

Apr. 25 at 5 am police were called to the Cache Creek Husky for a suspected impaired driver. Police arrived and found a male and female in the store and discovered that they were acting strangely because they were stealing merchandise. The Prince George pair were not only to be in possession of stolen merchandise (sunglasses, hats, etc.) but were also on condition not to have contact with each other because of alleged previous thefts together. Jesse Bird, 31 and Ursula Monk, 29, were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and breach of conditions not to associate. Two other people with them were not arrested as they were sitting in their vehicle and did not appear to be involved directly with the incident.

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weapon or any sort was found. All parties inWendy Coomber volved Looking for a bed were from Apr. 25 at 4:30 pm po- the Reserve, aged 26-54. lice were called to the Ashcroft hospital where an in- Felt slower toxicated male was causing Apr. 27 at 10 am police a disturbance and refusing to stopped a 2008 Mitsubishi leave. Police arrested the 53 Lancer on Hwy 1 by the year old Cache Creek man mushroom plant travelling at and lodged in cells until he 148 kph in the 100 zone. The was sober. driver, a 49 year old Lillooet man, said he thought he Shouting match was only doing around 120 Apr. 26 at 8:40 pm police kph. He was issued a ticket were called to the Ashcroft for excessive speed and his Reserve for a fight in prog- car was impounded for sevress. Officers arrived and en days. found a shouting matching among four men occuring Items stolen from room outside a residence, with a Apr. 27 at 7 pm a Cache few of the neighbours shout- Creek woman called to reing at them as well. There port the theft of a laptop, a was a report that one of the bike, cigarettes and marifour involved had a gun, but juana from her motel room he was in Cache Creek. She sussearched pected a trusted friend, a and no Kamloops man, whom she’d

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left to look after the room while she was away for a few hours. An investigation determined that there was no evidence to support any charges.

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Apr. 28 at 10 am police received a report of a man passed out in the Cache Creek Community Park. Police attended and found that the 26 year old Cache Creek man was just sleeping. He was woken up and left the area on his own two feet. At 1:45 pm police were called to a Cache Creek residence where a family member was causing a disturbance by being disruptive and disrespectful. An investigation revealed that he was already known to police for actions other than being asleep in the park. The investigation is ongoing and charges are contemplated against the 26 year old Cache Creek man.

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More tennis for students Ashcroft high school students were totally focussed as they took in tennis lessons with the Tennis Pro, George Lea. Teachers, Ms. Parsons and Mr. Beckett brushed up on their skills as well. The program was provided by a grant from Viasport. Two portable nets will be purchased for the High School so indoor winter tennis can be played. The Elementary programs will begin in May. If interested in lessons for all levels, call 250-453-9391.

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Students use their business sense

The grade 6/7 students in Mrs. Patterson’s class at Cache Creek Elementary have been busy working on their businesses for the upcoming Spring Into Action Fair that will be held on May 4, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The class has recently completed the A Business of Our Own course by Junior Achievement, instructed by Marcie Down. They are putting their newly acquired business skills to work in starting their own businesses from book sales, clothing, cupcakes, artwork, Ductopia, to video games! Come and support the students and pick up a good read for your summer vacation. Sales of the books go towards the Grade 6/7 end of the year field trip to Silver Lake. If you have some books to donate for the book sale please bring them to the Cache Creek Elementary School by the end of the school day on Friday. While you’re in the area, plan to bring your hazardous waste to the TNRD’s annual Hazardous Waste pickup in the Community Centre’s parking lot in front of the InfoCentre just off Hwy 97. And plan to take in the Opening Day of the Cache Creek Farmer & Flea Market next to Chum’s restaurant. Submitted

Fly In event getting bigger Don’t miss the annual Mother’s Day Fly In and Pancake Breakfast at the Campbell Hill Regional Airport on May 12. Entrance is free, but bring some money for raffle tickets and the ever popular Lions’ pancake breakfast.

Incineration becomes an election issue in Lower Mainland

The Abbotsford News While the economy is one of the bigger issues up for debate during B.C.’s election campaign, garbage incineration is surfacing as an important topic in the Fraser Valley. The BC Conservatives have already announced they will oppose the construction of a waste-to-energy (incineration) plant in the Lower Mainland. The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) has been opposing the incinerator from the beginning, saying it will negatively impact the local airshed.

Local candidates are taking similar positions. Liberal Darryl Plecas (Abbotsford South) has already spoken against the idea, saying “only an idiot” would support incineration if they lived in Abbotsford. He said other technologies should be explored. Aird Flavelle (Abbotsford-Mission) and Stephen O’Shea (Abbotsford West), both representing the Green Party, agree that incineration is not an option in the Fraser Valley. However, O’Shea said he could see incineration being a possibility in a different location, such as Vancouver Island, as an alternative to trucking waste to

Cache Creek. Sukhi Dhami (NDP candidate in Abbotsford West) said his party “will not support approval of incinerators in the Lower Mainland region.” Liberal candidate Simon Gibson (Abbotsford-Mission) said based on the information he’s seen, construction of a plant “would not be in the best interest of the health of our community.” Abbotsford-Mission candidate Preet Rai (NDP) said he is against an incinerator, calling it a “significant issue.” Independent John van Dongen (Abbotsford-South incumbent) said he’s been “actively opposing the garbage incinerator for the past year.” When asked if he supported incineration in the Lower Mainland, Abbotsford West incumbent Mike de Jong (Liberal) said “not unless we’re certain air quality isn’t adversely affected.” As for incineration outside the Lower Mainland, de Jong said “the same test applies.” Moe Gill (independent candidate for Abbotsford West) said he has voted against incineration as a member of Abbotsford council and the FVRD. Lakhvinder Jhaj, NDP candidate for Abbotsford South, said she would not support anything that impacts the local airshed. Conservatives Don Stahl (Abbotsford-Mission) and Paul Redekopp (Abbotsford West) both agreed with their leader, stating they were against incineration in the Lower Mainland. Both are open to a plant being built outside of the area. Marcus Halliday (Excalibur Party in Abbotsford-Mission) is opposed to incineration, saying he’d rather protect the air, not pollute it. Only Independent candidate Roman Bojczuk (Abbotsford-Mission) said he had no opinion on the issue. He said it doesn’t matter what he thinks – he follows “the will of the people.” Wendy Bales (independent candidate for The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors Association held their annual Strawberry Tea last weekend. A good Abbotsford-Mission) and Kerry-lynn Osbourne crowd of local strawberry shortcake-lovers turned up to enjoy the friendship and goodies that are (Excalibur candidate for Abbotsford West) could not be reached by press time. always part of the special events held at the Ashcroft Seniors Centre.

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Mother Nature’s sense of humour Oh yes, Spring in the interior desert of BC - now you see it, now you don’t - oh wait, it’s back again... Don’t you love it? I was just leaving Cache Creek on Monday, mid-morning. Driving past Wastech I was thinking to myself: “Time to make an appointment to get my tires changed oh wait is that a snowflake?” Yes indeedy. A wee bit of snow in Cache Creek, in Ashcroft, a little bit more in Loon Lake and Kamloops. Probably a lot more in Clinton and Logan Lake. I call it Spring Rain. I also call it unspeakable names, because I’m walking around Ashcroft in early springtime gear and my coat, which I’d rather have, is back home in Cache Creek. I’m just thankful that I didn’t succumb to the temptation to ditch my sweater, which I was considering just two days previous to that. Isn’t it wonderful? Every part of the country has its own characteristics of spring. Way up north it was the tornadoforce winds, the geese arriving back and the green glow around the poplar (cottonwood) trees. In southern Ontario (trying to remember back that long ago) it was dad trying to force the roto-tiller though the still half-frozen soil in the garden at the start of May. Here, it’s the return of the hummingbirds and the osprey. I have to admit, I feel sorry for them the most when spring decides to slack off and let a bit of winter creep back in. They came for the great local weather, not for the wintery garbage that they can experience pretty much anywhere in Canada. Of course, it would happen just after I finally got all of my vegetable seeds planted (in trays) after weeks of procrastination: Six variety of tomatoes (not as bad as last year’s eight varieties), three varieties of peppers, and the singletons of zucchini, cumbers and the rest. Then, on planting day, four varieties of beans, two of peas, two more of carrots, and on and on. But it’s okay. If I’ve done nothing else over my five-plus decades of existence, it’s to learn that Spring will come when it’s ready. It’s the anticipation that makes it special.

BEFORE THE RETURN OF WINTER: a pleasant Saturday morning in Ashcroft VICTORIA – NDP leader Adrian Dix has finally rolled out his “fully costed” election platform. Major policy announcements had been released previously, but there was plenty more spending added to the total. The NDP’s health care plan is surprisingly modest – more money for home support, residential senior care, mental health and addiction services and a rural acute care initiative totaling $159 million over three years. As health critic Mike Farnworth points out, the residential care increase will allow seniors two baths a week instead of one. Full marks to the NDP for this part of the platform. Increases to Community Living B.C., children and families programs and aboriginal friendship centres are also commendable. Other NDP proposals don’t inspire as much confidence. Raise welfare rates $20 a month and index them to inflation. Index the minimum wage to inflation too, at a time when inflation can only rise. Set up a new child bonus program to send $70

but false claim of “a decade of cuts” in education. Another Tom Fletcher $100 lion goes to student grants, much of it further per month for each child with family income under subsidizing the oversupply $25,000. Lesser payments of English, education, sociwould go to families with in- ology, women’s studies, journalism and other unicome up to $66,000. This ’70s-style family al- versity grads who eventuallowance scheme is based on ly discover there is little dea “child poverty” claim that mand for their degrees. As misrepresents federal statis- with welfare, increasing tics of relative income distri- support for bad choices can bution. The program is opti- only yield more bad choices. On a related note, the mistically budgeted at $210 million a year. Dix insists it NDP will revive a ministry isn’t a “big new social pro- of women’s equality, “to gram,” which makes me promote social and economwonder what would qualify. ic equality to all government It would be partly fund- programs....” As with female ed by cancelling a B.C. Lib- candidate quotas, the NDP eral plan to establish edu- keeps the flame of ’70s socation savings accounts for cialist feminism alive. The party totals up its kids born after 2006. Out with self-reliance, in with new program spending to $988 million over three the nanny state. Another $100 million is years. That’s exactly the added to hire more teach- amount Dix estimates will ers, to address the teach- be raised by tax hikes on ers’ union’s often-repeated corporate income, bank cap-


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ital, personal income over $150,000, carbon tax on oil and gas drilling, and cancelling the B.C. Liberals’ RESP and child tax credit plans. As for deficits, the NDP claims that the B.C. Liberal budget hides a deficit of $800 million this year and similar deficits in the next two years. The B.C. Liberals point to an impressive string of “net zero” wage settlements with public sector unions, the core of their spending control record. Would the NDP continue to hold the line on public service wages, as the B.C. Liberals have done? Dix’s NDP caucus and staff is stocked with former government union officials. Party president Moe Sihota is essentially a direct employee of the same unions. The B.C. Federation of Labour has shaped the NDP’s Labour Code changes, which we won’t see until after the May 14 vote. And how much money does the “fully costed” NDP plan set aside to pay wage increases for its government union brothers and sisters? Zero. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press

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how mechanized transport came to the Cariboo by Esther Darlington MacDonald Clarence Stephenson was one of the earliest teamsters on the Old Cariboo Road. As the stagecoaches gave way to mechanized transport, Clarence and his brother-in-law, Norman Glover of Ashcroft, bought a Dodge sedan and called it the IT Stage, or Interior Transportation Company. As the late Jack Glover, a teamster himself, and son of Norman, tells it, “They jitneyed their way into the transportation industry.” A jitney, for those who are not familiar with the word, is a taxi. The driver approached the passengers as they came off the trains, offering to take them up the Cariboo Road as far north as Prince George. It didn’t take long for Clarence and Norman to realize that it would become a lucrative business. There was no other means of transport after all. And most people in the 1920s and 30s didn’t own cars. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway had come into the country after the first World War, but this

line went through Clinton, a good 40-odd miles from Ashcroft, and connections weren’t that reliable. A traveler might find himself waiting for hours, even a full day, at the small station house on the ridge high above Clinton. So it made a lot of sense to get into the IT Stage vehicle at Ashcroft if you were heading north any distance. It was a big day in Ashcroft when the IT added five new Studebakers “straight from the factory”. People of the town gathered around the station to look over the handsome new vehicles, like they do today when vintage vehicles are driven into Ashcroft and Cache Creek at Graffiti Days. You might think Clarence and Norman were taking their chances, making such a sizeable investment. But the two men knew that they were on to something big. The demand was immediate, and the passenger trains came in like clockwork every few hours. In those days, trains stopped at every whistle stop, picking up passengers say, from Whitecourt,

Alberta, to Prince George. People boarded the trains with loads of groceries and other supplies and they were dropped off where required. Those smoke belching steam driven locomotives chugged across the Cariboo, the uniformed conductors taking the tickets as passengers tucked themselves into wicker or horsehair seats. But Stephenson and Glover weren’t the only teamsters on the Cariboo Road. In the early 1920s, the late Thelma Haddock of Ashcroft, and later, of Walhachin, was interviewed by the writer. She told me that she drove a 1916 Buick sedan taxi right up until the mid 20s. At that time, mechanized transport had to compete with horses on the Cariboo Road, and the vehicles had to wait to let the horse and wagons go by before proceeding. Maybe, horses, like pedestrians on city streets, had the right of way in those days. Thelma said she was often times precariously perched on the side of the road. The IT hauled express

freight as well as passengers. All mail was hauled free of charge. (How times have changed!) And the pick up of these letters was kind of tricky. Jack Glover recalled that people would stick their letters on the end of a willow, and the stage would come by without stopping, plucking the letter off the stake and putting it into a canvas bag. Jack admitted, if it was snowing or raining, the mail might be a little soggy. You couldn’t be too fussy in those days about things like that. The Studebakers were used throughout the winter, except when snows became too heavy and high to travel through. And it seems, old timers told the writer, that there was more snow then, and winters were definitely much colder than they are today. Still, our improvising pioneer teamsters clamped runners on the car wheels to get through the snow. From Ashcroft, the IT went to Williams Lake, and another driver would take passengers to Likely, B.C., then, a thriving mining town.

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letters to the editor Old pipeline needs replacing Dear editor What Adrian Dix needs to think about He shouldn’t be making irresponsible statements to get votes The KinderMorgan pipeline is over 60 years old. It needs to be replaced.

This pipeline carries most of the Fuel that is used to fuel all of the cars, trucks, ferries, boats and airplanes in Vancouver and most of BC and on Vancouver Island, gas stations, truck stops, marinas and airports. If the pipeline isn’t replaced the fuel will need to brought from Alberta by railway and trucks. Is this safer than a pipeline?

Vancouver needs more fuel than 60 years ago, therefore maybe the new pipeline needs to be a little larger. There may be some fuel shipped offshore. Is that so bad? The pipeline technology and safety is much better than 60 years ago. Should Adrian really be against the pipeline just to get votes or should he wake up and be more honest? Paul Whitehead Thompson River Estates

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ence was driving a horse driven stage when Julia caught sight of him. The couple married some years later in November of 1920. The roads weren’t “highways” by any means back then. And in winter, “They were just skating rinks,” Jack Glover told the writer in 1980, when she interviewed Jack, Julia and Jimmy Strand about transportation on the Cariboo Road. The good old buffalo robe and the hot water bottle and a few hot bricks helped keep travellers tucked in and warm enough to keep from being frostbitten. And, Jack had to add, the buffalo robe could always serve in a pinch when needed for traction on a particularly icy spot. The mufflers on the vehicles were lost with monotonous regularity, Jack recalls, and some times, a piece of straight pipe was a substitute. (O! those improvisational pioneers!) The pioneer teamsters remembered grimly that the Road north of Margeurite, B.C. at Alexandria Flats, between Soda Creek and Quesnel, was a mire of thick gumbo mud. Another treacherous spot was “Hogsback” overlooking the Soda Creek canyon. This road is still in use and overlooks the Fraser CHaNGE OF DaTE: may 3 - Movie Night at Zion United, River. In that period between 401 Bancroft Street, Ashcroft. Showing Journey to the the First World War and even Centre of the Earth at 7 PM. FREE admission; refreshments up to the 1940s, an era hovby donation. Come and join your friends and neighbours. ering between horse drawn may 4 - Spring Into Action on Saturday May 4 at the transport and mechanized, the Cache Creek Community Hall! Come see local talent and products, home businesses, demonstrations, and visit challenge was doubled by the the concession. Open 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Admission passing of cattle and horses by donation to the Food Bank. To book a table contact over the road. Marcie at (250) 826-6957. Sometimes it wasn’t just may 4 - Cache Creek Farmer & Flea Market Opening Day, the condition of the roads and 9 am to 1 pm. Next to Chum’s Restaurant in the old Esso lot at the main junction on Hwy 1. Seed Swap. Vendors the animals that posed the tables are rent free for Opening Day only. hazards for the IT drivers, it May 7th: United Church 2:00 pm meeting to was the passengers. The late plan for upcoming activities. All interested ladies Jimmy Strand, an IT Stage welcome. driver for many years, recalls may 13 - Next meeting of the Cache Creek Council, 7 pm a Chinese gentleman who bein the Village Office. Everyone welcome. came car sick, and instead of may 22-23 - 2nd Annual Ashcroft Plein Air Paint-Out opening a window, opened the may 23 - Plein Air Art Show & Sale open to the Public. 6:30-8:30 pm at St. Alban’s Church Hall. door and fell out and injured The BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography mobile his head. Jimmy took the inservice will be visiting Ashcroft Hospital JUNE 21-22, jured passenger to the hospital 2013. Women ages 40-79 can book an appointment by in Williams Lake. calling 1-800-663-9203 or visiting Liquor, that all important Every Friday - Soup’s On from 11 am to 1 pm at St. commodity was definitely a Alban’s Anglican Church in Ashcroft. Soup, buns and dessert by donation. popular stage item. “We used to take orders Ashcroft Royal Canadian Legion from every rancher on the road,” recalled Jimmy. “There FRI., may 3 • 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Clarence Stephenson didn’t drive the regular stage. He drove a special sedan that catered to the travelling salesmen. These salesmen were frequent travellers, taking orders for all kinds of merchandise from not only individuals, but from hotel keepers, merchants, clothing stores and restaurants. Clarence drove these salesmen all the way to the Chilcotin. Getting into the Chilcotin country in those days was an excruciatingly difficult exercise. The territory was so isolated, and the ranches and the odd general store so far between. A major breakdown was always a possibility. When Clarence left for the Chilcotin he’d be gone for about two weeks. Described by the late Julia Stephenson, Clarence was a tall, handsome man with dark eyes. She was smitten while she was living with her family at Soda Creek, then a hub of river boat transportation. The village held hotels, school, a flour mill, and several hundred residents. But ClarIT Stage from p. 6


was no liquor available from Ashcroft to Williams Lake in those days. They would give you the order and pay you on delivery.” In the case of one well known rancher, now departed this life, but in our history books, Jimmy was asked to “Just leave the bottle in the barn”, lest his good woman spot its delivery. Naturally, vehicles broke down pretty frequently with roads being in the rough condition especially in the spring, which is referred in the Cariboo as “Break Up”. A broken axle was the most usual problem. So the IT Stage packed what Jack Glover called, “Axles with bearings” and when an axle broke, a new one was installed, “Just like you pack a spare tire in your car today.” The Lac La Hache plateau was the worst for drifting snow, the pioneer teamsters recalled. Drivers “punched their way” through the drifts, by backing up, and taking a run at the drift. Little by little, they made it through. Glover recalls that Lac La Hache could have a temperature of 60 below. The IT sedans were all equipped with heaters, a hot water type from the engine under the front seat. The back seat passengers suffered some discomfort, no doubt. The drivers shuddered when scantily clad ladies boarded the stage, clad in attire more suitable for a coastal winter than a Cariboo one. In 1937, the IT purchased a fleet of DeSotos and the old Studebakers were put to rest. And, at the height of the depression the company also used five passenger Ford vehicles. The vehicles were serviced by Norman Glover. The garage was situated at the corner of First Avenue and Railway Street, became a favourite hangout where the fellows would sit around the stove and talk, probably about the adventures on the Road. Clarence Stephenson passed on in 1955, and Norman too, in 1966. Both men had retired some years earlier. The IT Stage was sold to Greyhound Bus Lines in 1943. Greyhound used the DeSotos until 1945. The cars were then sold to the CPR and shipped to Hope. After the Second World War, the stages were replaced by busses. Thus ended the pioneer era of the first mechanized transport vehicles on the Old Cariboo Road.

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Ashcroft Legion General Meeting 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (no meeting July and August) Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday • 12 pm - 4 pm Thursday - Friday • 12 pm - 11 pm Saturday • 12 pm - 8 pm Sunday • 12 pm - 6 pm


To celebrate our 150th year and to honour our long history as a bustling transportation centre for passenger, freight and service industries, we are hosting a GATHERING OF WAGONS, STAGECOACHES and PRE-HORSELESS CARRIAGES on May 25th and 26th, 2013. We invite you to represent and promote your town, business, association or family by bringing your wagon, buggy or stagecoach to our Clinton 150/50 anniversary celebration. Location: Palace Hotel grounds on the Cariboo Highway, in the centre of Clinton, BC Wagon gathering: Saturday & Sunday, May 25th and 26th all day

For more information or to reserve a patch of grass for your wagon, call Doug Carnegie at 604-816-9760 or email

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Michael Beauclair BC Conservative Party

Alan Groome PO Box 1244, Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0

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John Kidder Green Party of BC

John Kidder 1 Old Mill Rd PO Box 882, Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0

Harry Lali BC NDP

Dean Morrison PO Box 1728, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

Jackie Tegart BC Liberal Party

Debra Arnott 4141 Mickey Frontage Rd RR 1, Cache Creek, BC, V0K 1H1

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Lac Le Jeune Resort Lodge 5665 Lac Le Jeune Rd, Lac Le Jeune, BC

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Kamloops’ Harley Owner’s Group plans big for 25th anniversary The members of Kamloops Chapter Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) would like to invite your family to view The Parade of Flags being held on June 1 at 2 pm, as part of this year’s annual HOG Run. We will be starting the parade on Railway Ave. near Heritage Park and travelling throughout the local streets. This street will be blocked off for safety and your entertainment. Please be sure to get your viewing spots before 1:30. Bikes will start to arrive in Ashcroft around noon. Please note Railway Ave. will be blocked off to traffic after noon, no public parking between 3rd and 8th streets. We have invited the children of Ashcroft Elementary in Grades 1-6 to participate in a show n shine with their bikes. There will be separate classes for girls and boys. The winners of these two classes will

be decided by vocal response from the crowd. (Yes, we will have a decimal reader on site.) There will also be other games for the children to participate in, including a unisex slow race and a unisex ride the plank race, and the winners will be determined by stop watch. Winner plaques for these two categories will be awarded and all participants will receive a certificate of participation. As to the Adult participation in this event, there will be a biker show ‘n shine and only one plaque will be presented. This plaque will represent the Citizens of Ashcroft Favourite Bike. Voting will be limited to non-rider crowd participants and this plaque will

be awarded at the end of the games, to enable you to see the winner of your choice. Biker participation will involve two separate singles unisex events, two separate couple events and one unisex Chapter Challenge event. All of this is being designed for your entertainment. The events will end at 4. Kamloops Chapter would like to thank The Village of Ashcroft, Ashcroft Firefighters and the citizens of Ashcroft for your 25 years of dedication to helping make our poker run the success is has been. We look forward to seeing you at our event rain or shine! Submitted


The Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) have several activities planned to mark the occasion of their 25th annual HOG Run - a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy that always winds up with a banquet in Ashcroft.


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Gardeners getting ready despite clinging Winter Open water

The water birds could happily swim on Loon Lake again on April 19 with most of the ice gone. It is a sad sight to see Canada Geese standing on the ice rather than swimming. Of course the Loons, who have difficulty with walking on hard surfaces, had gathered in the small areas of open water. The first hummingbird at my feeders was on April 26. I was really glad to hear their familiar hum and cheerful chirp. April 29 brought a fresh blanket of snow for all the flowers and young shoots just beginning to peek out and made glittering icicles near the irrigation systems. In addition to the grebes, golden eyes and loons, other recently returned residents include many seasonal people who are busy setting their homes to order for the summer. Boats and docks are being touched up and put back in the water; people are busy raking up all the fallen tree debris. These are part of the Loon Lake Road spring routine. Ranchers are getting out their irrigation systems and fields are being prepared for a new growing season. The water in Loon Creek, Hihium and the Bonaparte is quite high for early spring but no sign of flooding.

PUBLIC NOTICE CHANGE TO SUMMER HOURS Please be advised that Public Works Crews will switch to summer hours effective Monday, May 6, 2013. Hours of operation will be 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. Please be sure to put your garbage out early on the collection days. Regular hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm will resume on Monday, September 30, 2013.

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The Loon Lake Road First Aid station is closed. For the past 38 years Ethel Smith has operated the station on a volunteer basis and it has been a great benefit to the community and those passing through. A big bouquet of thanks to Ethel for her many years of dedicated services to the residents and visitors of Loon Lake Road.


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Dangerous Dogs

On Apr. 18 the TNRD approved the first trial year of a Dangerous Dog Bylaw. Our area is not among the areas asking for the service and I do hope that

those areas feeling the need for such a bylaw find Barbara Hendricks that this proposal works for them. The cost will be $.0621 per 1,000 dollars of assessed property value in the four areas in the programme. Reading through the draft bylaw, the plan seems quite reasonable and I am looking forward to reading about the experience of the first year. Even though the Loon Lake Road residential area is about as high density living as you can find on the Bonaparte Plateau, we live in large enough spaces that it is not so difficult to avoid other dogs and I don’t think we need this additional tax or service. I could foresee the dangerous dog label being misused when two neighbours get into a dispute over something else, but to be fair I think the bylaw has tried to address this issue. I know many residents and guest regularly walk Loon Lake Road for exercise and a dog running out at them could be an irritation. However most owners of larger dogs are quite responsible and would take action anyway if their dog was aggressive.


TNRD website

The TNRD has made some changes to its website and some of them have resulted in easier and improved access to information on the web. Well done, TNRD. Once again there will be no Hazardous Waste Round up held at Loon Lake. However, residents of Loon Lake Road can take advantage of one held in Cache Creek on May 4 at the Visitor’s Info Centre (at Hwy 98 and Stage Rd.). Examples of hazardous materials include: adhesives, aerosols, antifreeze, batteries, corrosive/toxic liquids, gasoline, kerosene, mercury and mercury containing items (i.e. old thermostats), paint, paint thinner, PCB ballasts, pesticide/herbicides, pool chemicals, propane tanks, oil, oil filters & plastic oil containers, cleaners, compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, fluorescent light tubes, fertilizer, expired fire extinguishers, grease and tar.

Health service for Loon Lake

In talking with residents of Loon Lake Road, many indicate their prime concern regarding access to services is the issue of local medical services and

a local hospital. While the new doctors in Ashcroft are welcomed, it is still a big concern that when discussions about local health services in Ashcroft occur, it is with the mayors of Ashcroft and Cache Creek, and the 1000plus year-round and seasonal residents of Loon Lake are not considered in the picture. We are paying taxes for hospital improvements but they are happening elsewhere. Now would be a good time for more residents of Loon Lake to call, write or speak to candidates in the current provincial election about this issue.

Seed saving

Amazingly, a great number of the kale plants and Swiss chard overwintered and are sprouting again. This is not supposed to happen here but I am glad for it, as I will let these plants go to seed and save them for next year’s planting. Since reading Susan Swan’s (Striking A Balance) article last fall on saving tomato seeds, I have decided to try and save more seeds. Last year I saved seeds from my tomatoes and they all germinated well this spring, so with that success I am encouraged to try for more. Other easily saved seeds are dill, coriander, asparagus, radish, calendula, hollyhock, delphinium, marigold (tagetes), larkspur and corn flower. Some little surprises found in the garden this week include self-seeded tulips and flowering alliums and I will watch those for seed to be gathered as well. Both the native clematis and pulsatilla (pasque flower) set seeds here but they are best planted fresh in the fall when they are gathered, so anyone who wants seeds from these can contact me to arrange to get some in the fall. Local seed exchanges give me even further opportunity to pass on what I don’t need and find something new and locally hardy. There will be seed exchanges in both Cache Creek and Clinton this weekend, which is a great idea - however, I think there should be some seed exchanges before April, especially for those seeds that need a six to eight weeks head start. This would allow gardeners to make plans and assemble the seeds they plan to grow. The Loon Lake Garden Club is planning to make garden ornaments as well as hold a plant exchange. Some Loon Lake Road gardeners will be at the Farmer and Flea Market in Cache Creek on May 4 and I will bring my extra seeds for the seed exchange there.

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Agricultural policies from the main parties By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – Relief from carbon tax on farms and promotion of B.C.grown agricultural products are key promises in the campaign for the May 14 provincial election. The B.C. Liberal Party and the B.C. NDP have argued for a decade about the best way to promote local food consumption. The NDP platform promises to reinstate the “Buy B.C.” program that identifies products grown anywhere in the province. The B.C. Liberal government ended that program, and in 2012 it committed $2 million to regional “Buy Local” promotions that they say

are more adaptable to local needs. The party’s current platform promises to double that funding to “promote 50and 100-mile diets.” Neither party is specific about assistance for tree fruit growers. The NDP pledges to “help orchardists with replanting and other costs,” while the B.C. Liberals offer to “begin work on a permanent and sustainable tree fruit replant program, to be implemented following the current three-year, $2 million program.” In its pre-election budget, the B.C. Liberal government has offered $20 million in carbon tax relief for greenhouse and flower growers, in addition to an exemption for coloured gasoline and diesel

used on farms. The B.C. Green Party proposes major reforms, including phasing out synthetic chemical pesticides, banning genetically modified crops such as canola and removing taxes on value-added B.C. products such as juices and wines. Platform highlights: • The B.C. Liberals promise a new meat inspection system by 2014, including a new “Certified B.C. Beef” brand. The party also wants to create a “Centre of Excellence for Agriculture” at the University of the Fraser Valley. • The B.C. NDP promises $8 million per year starting in 2014 for agriculture programs. Plans include pi-

lot programs to use B.C. produce in hospitals and long-term care facilities. • The B.C. Conservative platform promises only to “introduce policies that support, farmers, ranchers and others.” The party emphasizes its pledge to phase out the carbon tax on all fossil fuels, citing its role in poor financial performance by B.C. agriculture relative to the rest of the country. • The B.C. Green Party would prohibit further release of top-rated land from the Agricultural Land Reserve, and “provide small grants to support municipalities and school boards that wish to maintain and expand community gardens and urban agriculture.”

Few things more important than Mothers Day

M is for May and Mothers. daffodil pins available for their clients. How important is Mother’s Day? April 27 was Daffodil Day to spread More than 60 countries celebrate Mothawareness of cancer and the work of Clinton Seniors Association er’s Day on the second Sunday of May. the Society which is celebrating its Zee Chevalier On this day it is common for moth75th anniversary this year. ers to be remembered with presents and The next regular meeting of the special attention from their loved ones. In Clinton it is the month to cele- Clinton Seniors Association is May Mothers are honoured and thanked brate Heritage Week beginning with 16 following noon lunch in the Clinby millions of people the world over for the Victoria day week-end. Many sen- ton Seniors Centre at 217 Smith Ave. their efforts in giving them life, raising iors are involved in the staging of ac- Come and join us! them and being their constant support tivities that week and also enjoying the Chairperson of the Clinton Senand well-wisher. various events. The Annual Ball, this iors Association is moving away this My Mother’s Day gift came ear- year is May 18. The Old Timers’ Tea is month and our thanks and good wishly this year. On April 15 our Toron- well attended and the visiting and chat- es go with her for her efforts to head up to daughter was running the Boston ter will happen May 24. The May Pa- our organization. Helene Cade will be Marathon. Her husband was with her rade starts off Saturday, May 25 fol- Chairperson until the Annual Generbut did not run this race. We could track lowed by the Lions Beef on a Bun and al Meeting in November. Thank you, her time on the computer and knew Rodeo. Helene. that she had finished the race but we Have a Happy Birthday, Sharon, on Some of the seniors have been helpcouldn’t communicate with her. Calls ing out with the school lunch program. May 29. Happy Birthday also to Bud were not getting through on their cell Thank you to the businesses and Cade on May 9. phones. Often runners will hang around establishments who have supported the finish line waiting for their fellow the Canadian Cancer Socicompetitors to get in, taking pictures, ety’s Daffodil Campaign in the etc. We did not know where she was. month of April with boxes and It was hours before we learned that she had crossed the finish line about 40 minCome down for the ZION UNITED utes before the bombs Sunday Worship 10:50 am Grand OpeninG exploded; hours be401 Bancroft, Ashcroft, BC • 250-453-9511 fore I heard the of the desert Hills est words “Hi! mom” Farm Market United Church of Canada over the ‘phone. She Saturday, april 27th Alice Watson, CS was alive and well and Wide variety of annuals, safe. What a gift inperennials, trees, shrubs, deed. SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10 am vegetables, pond plants, We think of May KIDZ MONDAY SCHOOL: 3:30 pm fresh cut flowers, and as the start of sumSt. Alban’s much more in store mer but it’s really 501 Brink St, Ashcroft ~ 250-453-9909 So come on down to visit the new animal still Spring. We wonarrivals and check out whats new! der aloud when will Anglican Church of Canada REV. DAN HINES OR DEACON LOIS PETTY Mother Nature deRT HILLS RAN E liver up warm, sunny CH ES days. May is looked D Cache Creek Pentecostal Church forward to as a time Christ Centered People Centered for renewal in the gar1551 Stage Rd. Cache Creek B.C. den, a time for planPhone 250-457-6463 ASHCROFT, B.C. ning our summer acPastor David Murphy Open 7 Days a week • 9:30am - 5:30pm tivities, and just getWorship and Sermon commences at 10 a.m. For more information please visit our ting outdoors without Everyone welcome website at or phone us at 1-250-453-9878 half freezing.

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No need to be picture perfect

Looking through old photos from when my kids were young, I’m hard-pressed to find very many of myself in there. The reason for this is because I was too busy being the photographer and I would forget to hand the camera over to someone else. The other reason is that I typically didn’t feel presentable and preferred being behind the lens rather than in front of it. On the rare occasion that I thought I looked good enough, and I actually remembered to ask, my husband would snap a few. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep many of the pictures he took because I’d invariably find fault with my

ON A BRIGHTER NOTE LORI WELBOURNE appearance and throw them out. Good grief. I kick myself for that now. It shouldn’t have mattered how I looked. Photographs of me, especially with my children, are important. “There’s hardly any of you,” Sam and Daisy have complained when looking through our scrapbooks and

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photo boxes. I know exactly how they feel since I’ve felt the same way about the lack of pictures of my mother. But it’s our own fault. Like my grandmothers, we were too selfconscious to pose, and we probably didn’t want to waste money getting photos developed that would just wind up in the

garbage. When I first met my husband he’d attempt to take my picture, but he was rarely successful. Trying to get snapshots of someone who is uncooperative and camera-shy gets tiresome. Thank goodness for my mother-in-law who obviously didn’t care and knew better. Perusing her photo albums is an entirely different experience because there aren’t just prints of my husband and our kids, there are actually some of me in there too. Even pre-parenthood pictures, which Sam and Daisy love. “Is that you?” my nine-year-old

daughter asked, pointing to an image of me from 19 years earlier when I first started dating their daddy. “You look so young, Mama.” I did look young. Young and thin. Ironically I didn’t want to get my picture taken back then because I felt too plump. What was I thinking? It’s obvious looking through her album that my size fluctuated dramatically over time, particularly during the first few years after my kids were born and I wasn’t quick to lose the extra baby weight. But seeing photos of me with my children at various stages of their lives, no matter

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how I looked, isn’t just a treat for them, it’s a treat for me as well. Since turning 40 I haven’t objected to getting my picture taken like I used to. It’s not that I think I’ve become more photogenic, I just care more about capturing moments and less about looking perfect. I still feel like I should be doing way more of it though. My brother has always snapped a ton of his family, and I’ve noticed my dad doing the same as he’s become more sentimental. I need to follow their lead. In this digital age we can take an unlimited number of pictures

and not worry about getting rolls of photos developed and ending up with a bunch we don’t want. Now when we have images printed, we can hand-pick exactly what we want and save or trash the rest. There’s no such thing as taking too many pictures anymore. There also should be no such thing as waiting to look perfect. That kind of attitude might work in the modeling world, but in the real world where memories matter, it doesn’t make sense. Lori Welbourne is a syndicated columnist. She can be contacted at LoriWelbourne. com

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Art throughout the summer Another painting year has come again see our annual ArtWalk to a close for th Ashcroft Arts Club. around Ashcroft. Lots going on We welcomed new members, new this summer in our area. and exciting art, as well as our long Sharon Rennie time members. The Art Show this year (Apr. 20-23) was a resounding success, featuring painting, photography and very funky sculptures. The first place winner of the Peoples Choice is Wet Spring by Pauline Ogilvie. First place in Students Choice is Leopard by Kobus Kitshoff. Second place pick in both catagories is Bobcat/TotemPole by Doug Tucker of Clinton. Next up in our art world is the 2nd Annual PleinAir PaintOut on May 22nd-23rd. Everyone is welcome to sign up for a fun time. July and August will once Bobcat and totem pole - Doug Tucker

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Child care and early education policies

by Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – Child care policies offer a clear choice between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP in the May 14 provincial election. Premier Christy Clark wants to take a provincially funded savings account set up for each child born since 2007, and hand out $1,200 to parents who open a Registered Education Savings Plan to begin saving for post-secondary training. Former premier Gordon Campbell established the fund when the B.C. government was enjoying budget surpluses, before the 2008 downturn in the world economy. That’s added to the B.C. Liberal “early years strategy” that includes full-day kindergarten, $142 million for child care subsidies, $34 million for “Success by Six” programs in 225 communities, and an additional $32 million promised over three years to help create new licensed child care spaces. NDP leader Adrian Dix has promised to cancel the RESP and other new spending, and redirect it to a “Family Bonus Program,” a direct subsidy of up to $70 per month, per child for low-income families starting in

2014. The NDP plan would pay the full amount to families with annual income of $25,000 or less, with payments decreasing on a sliding scale to families with income under $66,000. Applying to all children under 18, the bonus program is projected to cost $210 million a year. Platform highlights: • The B.C. Conservative pre-election platform offers no specific programs for child care or early childhood education. Its September 2012 policy document supports “the principle that parents are the child’s first and most important teachers.” B.C. Conservatives also support a school voucher system, “ensuring that taxpayers’ dollars follow the student to provincially approved educational options,” and the principle that social services be “delivered by community-based organizations rather than directly by government.” • The B.C. Green platform promises to create “local child care trusts” monitored by the provincial government. Promised services include “child care, in-home support, emergency and crisis services, a guaranteed livable income and safe and adequate housing.”

The B.C. Green platform offers no costing estimate for any of its programs. • The B.C. Liberals would require school districts to promote use of school property by licensed child care providers from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and create a provincewide child care registry. • The B.C. NDP would immediately double earnings exemption for employable income assistance recipients, and allow a further exemption for child maintenance payments. Children play in the Cache Creek park

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South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society

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Health and Wellness Fair includes: Diabetic (Blood/sugar) testing Blood Pressure & Cholesterol testing Healthy Eating Habits/Fitness Bar-B-Que: Salmon, Chicken, Salads Closing Speeches

Injured Worker Talks at Ashcroft, Lillooet and Lytton Senior Secondary Schools

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Desert Spokes Cycle Society Phone 250-457-9348

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May 7th and 8th, 2013

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

Ashcroft & District Tennis Association

NAOSH Days Timetable

District Commissioner: Marcie Down

Ashcroft Curling Club Phone 250-453-2341

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South Cariboo Sportsmen Assc. #3366 Attn: Marian Pitt, Box 341, Ashcroft BC V0K 1A0

Ashcroft & District Lions Club

Soccer Association

Contact Person: Lion Vivian Phone 250-453-9077

Contact: Sandi Harry

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors Assc.

Minor Hockey Association

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Historic Hat Creek Ranch

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Ashcroft Communities in Bloom

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Phone 250-453-2259

Contact Person: Dave 250-453-9062

Cache Creek Recreation Society Contact Person: Jackie

Phone 250-457-9122

Contact Persons: Andrea Walker 250-453-9402 or Marijke Stott 250-453-0050

Ashcroft Royal Purple Phone 250-457-9122

Taoist Tai Chi Contact Person: Danita Howard Phone 250-453-9907 e-mail:

Bridging to Literacy Contact Person: Ann Belcham 250-453-9417

Ashcroft Hospice Program

Shirley 250-453-9202 or Marijke 250-453-0050

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society Contact Person: Nadine 450.453.9100

The “Purpose of Sunday” Car Club President: Tom Lowe 240-457-6564

SCI Thompson River, B.C. Chapter Ken Brown - Phone: 250-453-9415

Canadian Red Cross - Health Equipment Loan Program (H.E.L.P.)

Ashcroft Yoga Group

Ashcroft Hospital - 250-453-2244

Call Marijke - Phone: 250-453-0050

Desert Bells Handbell Choir

Second Time Around

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201 Railway Ave., Ashcroft BC Anne Bonter 250-457-9781

Sage Sound Singers Adult Community Choir Michelle Reid 250-457-9676

Cache Creek Communities in Bloom Committee Carmen Ranta 250-457-9119

Cache Creek Beautification Society

BC Lung Association Carolyn Chorneychuk, Director 250-453-9683

(and Farmers Market) Judy Davison 250-457-6693

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Thursday, May 2, 2013 The Journal

ADHCA sets $100,000 goal The first hospital for Ashcroft & District was officially opened in August of 1913 and the hospital auxiliary was formed. In 2000, the name changed to the Ashcroft and District Health Care Auxiliary. The Thrift Shop opened and in 1974 moved to its present location. The Auxiliary has a dedicated team of volunteers that give generously of their time to work at the Thrift Shop. Other members visit the long term care residents twice a week as well as participate in and assist with their recreational activities. The Auxiliary funds many of the programs of entertainment and recreation for the residents. The Auxiliary, as well as most members of our community, have with reluctance acknowledged that the small rural hospital can no longer provide the specialized medical care that is necessary in today’s world of medical treatment. It is with this in mind that we not only support the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Centre for the purchase of medical equipment – we also support the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and BC Cancer agency for cancer research. We now have three doctors in the community which gives us a better opportunity to have extended emergency room hours. We believe a well equipped rural hospital is able to provide better care and emergence treatment with modern up to date equipment that meets the standards of the electronic age and is able to transmit medical information to our regional hospital. At the request of the manager of the Ashcroft Community Health Site, we have budgeted to purchase two Cardio-Vital Signs monitors, as well as participate in the purchase of a new cardiac defibrillator and an Ultrasound. It is our goal to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Auxiliary by donating $100,000 to the health care facilities and agencies that provide health care to all the members of our community. Submitted

Ashcroft Mayor Andy Anderson presents members of the Ashcrot & District Health Care Auxiliary with a plaque to mark their 100th anniversary. Irene Trueman, Shirley Holowchuk and Fran Helland made a short presentation to Council at the Apr. 22 meeting where they received the plaque.

Change for the Better Means $45 Million to rebuild rural healthcare. Vote Change for the Better VOTE Harry Lali

Harry Lali Ashcroft 250-453-9253 authorized by dean Morrison, financial agent, 250-378-6697


Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, May 02, 2013  

May 02, 2013 edition of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

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