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Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association president Mike Rispin addresses city council at its regular meeting back in October of 2020 asking the city to rescind its no-spectator policy. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

WLMHA remains vigilant, steady, as practices carry on amid pandemic

WLMHA is looking at organizing several skills competitions for players to take part in

Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association president Mike Rispin addresses city council at its regular meeting back in October of 2020 asking the city to rescind its no-spectator policy. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Cale Murdock, 23, has been training with the Williams Lake Blue Fins and is hoping for an opportunity to compete at the Canadian Olympic Trials in April in Toronto, depending on whether they still take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Blue Fins swimmer Cale Murdock preparing for Canadian Olympic Trials in April

Cale Murdock was selected as one of the top 20 swimmers in the country in his events to attend

Cale Murdock, 23, has been training with the Williams Lake Blue Fins and is hoping for an opportunity to compete at the Canadian Olympic Trials in April in Toronto, depending on whether they still take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Willie Hardeman, 66, is heavily involved in the Williams Lake sports community and volunteers his time to teach youth the sport of basketball, and to pass along positive guidance. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

OUR HOMETOWN: From the Bay Area to the lakecity

Willie Hardeman looks to give back to youth through sports

Willie Hardeman, 66, is heavily involved in the Williams Lake sports community and volunteers his time to teach youth the sport of basketball, and to pass along positive guidance. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The 2021 Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Bear Swim in Williams Lake is being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, organizers are preparing a virtual event to celebrate its 21st anniversary. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake Freezin’ for a Reason polar bear swim going virtual for 2021

Ice bath, snow angels, and more are being encouraged

The 2021 Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Bear Swim in Williams Lake is being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, organizers are preparing a virtual event to celebrate its 21st anniversary. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
For the Cariboo, property sales were up in 100 Mile House and Quesnel, but down slightly in Williams Lake. (Unsplash photo)

Average residential sale price up in 2020: BC Northern Real Estate Board

For the Cariboo, total property sales were up in 100 Mile House and Quesnel, but down slightly in Williams Lake

For the Cariboo, property sales were up in 100 Mile House and Quesnel, but down slightly in Williams Lake. (Unsplash photo)
Kendra Parent of Williams Lake is enjoying her first season with the Vernon-based Thompson Okanagan Football Club. (Photo submitted)

Lakecity youth soccer player testing waters in BC Soccer Premier League

Spring season begins on March 1, following training up until that point

Kendra Parent of Williams Lake is enjoying her first season with the Vernon-based Thompson Okanagan Football Club. (Photo submitted)
The Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club has been working throughout the early season to ensure the riding area at Yanks Peak is in great shape for snowmobilers. (Photo submitted)

Powder Kings sledding into 2021 with great start to snowmobile season

“Ride hard, ride safe and ride prepared,” - Williams Lake Powder Kings president Mark Snowball

The Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club has been working throughout the early season to ensure the riding area at Yanks Peak is in great shape for snowmobilers. (Photo submitted)
Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune

Winter, cross-country ski playground awaits at Chimney Lake

“It’s a kind of limitless area because of the exploring part of it.” - Mark Savard

Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune
Rudi Durfeld, Graham Pritchard, Eric Johnson, Jim Smylie and Paul Carnes, circa 2000, get ready for a night of carolling as part of the Pritchard family’s annual Christmas carolling potluck. (Photo submitted)

Pritchard family, Rustlers, put annual Christmas carolling on hold

Silent Night will take on a different meaning this Christmas for the…

Rudi Durfeld, Graham Pritchard, Eric Johnson, Jim Smylie and Paul Carnes, circa 2000, get ready for a night of carolling as part of the Pritchard family’s annual Christmas carolling potluck. (Photo submitted)
Caren Pritchard (left) and Maureen Margetts have been busy for the past several years making sure seniors in Williams Lake who may not have family or friends around for the holidays, still receive a gift. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Santa’s elves making Christmases brighter for seniors

“All this one man wanted was an extra-large Batman suit,” Margetts chuckled

Caren Pritchard (left) and Maureen Margetts have been busy for the past several years making sure seniors in Williams Lake who may not have family or friends around for the holidays, still receive a gift. (Greg Sabatino photo)
Williams Lake Seniors Activity Centre manager Glenda Winger (left) accepts a table filled with Christmas gifts for seniors living in the community from Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce executive director Alex Gresl as part of the organization’s Spark into Christmas campaign. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce making Christmas bright for seniors

“We needed to do something to brighten everyone’s day,” Glenda Winger said

Williams Lake Seniors Activity Centre manager Glenda Winger (left) accepts a table filled with Christmas gifts for seniors living in the community from Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce executive director Alex Gresl as part of the organization’s Spark into Christmas campaign. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The RE/MAX team of Court Smith (from left), Kyla Irawan, Lauren Moore, Ryan Best, Lynda Colgate, Pauline Smith and Marty the dog, display a table stacked full of winter clothing items donated during the business’s annual Cozy Coats Campaign Friday, Dec. 18. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

RE/MAX team amazed at support for Cozy Coat Campaign

“We’re always blown away.” - Court Smith

The RE/MAX team of Court Smith (from left), Kyla Irawan, Lauren Moore, Ryan Best, Lynda Colgate, Pauline Smith and Marty the dog, display a table stacked full of winter clothing items donated during the business’s annual Cozy Coats Campaign Friday, Dec. 18. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Cataline students Elsie Scott, Avaline Ostrom and Daxton Sauna-Czerniak drop off presents at the Child Development Centre in Williams Lake earlier this month. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Cataline students embrace 12 days of Christmas giving

Once word got out of the class’s initiative, other classes at the school jumped on board to pitch in

Cataline students Elsie Scott, Avaline Ostrom and Daxton Sauna-Czerniak drop off presents at the Child Development Centre in Williams Lake earlier this month. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Residents from the community converged under the Williams Creek bridge along Highway 20 Sunday morning to tidy up the area after a mess had been left behind by people staying under the bridge for several months. (Scott Nelson photo)

Community bands together to cleanup mess under Highway 20 bridge Sunday

Roughly 80 garbage bags were filled in the effort

Residents from the community converged under the Williams Creek bridge along Highway 20 Sunday morning to tidy up the area after a mess had been left behind by people staying under the bridge for several months. (Scott Nelson photo)
Williams Lake Bullets Speed Skating Association head coach Tania Lauren is presented a provincial award from the B.C. Speed Skating Association club for coaching excellence during a team practice on Tuesday, Dec. 8. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake Bullets speed skaters zipping as pandemic slogs on

The Williams Lake Bullets have been speeding along relatively smoothly in the…

Williams Lake Bullets Speed Skating Association head coach Tania Lauren is presented a provincial award from the B.C. Speed Skating Association club for coaching excellence during a team practice on Tuesday, Dec. 8. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake RCMP are seeking the public’s help identifying a man who robbed the 7-Eleven twice within three hours on Dec. 13. (Photo submitted)

RCMP seek help identifying knife-wielding man who robbed 7-Eleven twice in three hours

Anyone who is able to identify the suspect is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-392-6211

Williams Lake RCMP are seeking the public’s help identifying a man who robbed the 7-Eleven twice within three hours on Dec. 13. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake Special Olympics athletes Ian Stafford (left) and Austin Weber man an information table about the program, and fundraise by selling baked goods and snacks. (Photo submitted)

‘Lives change’: Special Olympics volunteer reflects on program success

“I’m going to miss that [the lifestyle transformations],” she said. “It’s been just amazing.”

Williams Lake Special Olympics athletes Ian Stafford (left) and Austin Weber man an information table about the program, and fundraise by selling baked goods and snacks. (Photo submitted)
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Braden Holtby’s new helmet design, created by Swedish artist David Gunnarson, came under fire this week on accusations of cultural appropriation. (David Gunnarson, Instagram)

Williams Lake First Nation Chief supports Canucks amid cultural appropriation controversy

“That’s my team. That’s who I cheer for, and I’ve always taken great pride in that logo.”

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Braden Holtby’s new helmet design, created by Swedish artist David Gunnarson, came under fire this week on accusations of cultural appropriation. (David Gunnarson, Instagram)
A BC Emergency Health Services team of Major Incident Rapid Response paramedics will remain deployed in the community of Fort St. James for at least another four days, as of Dec. 14. (BC Emergency Health Services photo)

Mayor, MLA call for transparency from NHA amid COVID surge in Fort St. James

“We’re all in it together here,” Fort St. James Mayor Bob Motion said.

A BC Emergency Health Services team of Major Incident Rapid Response paramedics will remain deployed in the community of Fort St. James for at least another four days, as of Dec. 14. (BC Emergency Health Services photo)
Critical care paramedic Tom and advanced care paramedic Laurence finish up a 14-hour work day after being deployed as part of a BC Emergency Health Services Rapid Response Team deployed to Fort St. James this week to help provide relief to local paramedics and health support workers due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases.. (BC Emergency Health Services photo)

B.C.’s specialized COVID paramedics ‘impressed’ with Fort St. James’ community response

A BC Emergency Health Services team of paramedics deployed to Fort St.…

Critical care paramedic Tom and advanced care paramedic Laurence finish up a 14-hour work day after being deployed as part of a BC Emergency Health Services Rapid Response Team deployed to Fort St. James this week to help provide relief to local paramedics and health support workers due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases.. (BC Emergency Health Services photo)