Tara Sprickerhoff

French immersion students from School District 27 gathered around City Hall on Thursday, June 14 in honour of French immersion week. The students sang O’Canada in French at city hall and participated in a number of French activities through the lakecity. Leslie Rowse photo

Salut mes amis: French immersion students take over Williams Lake

Canadian Parents for French host French Day in dowtown Williams Lake

French immersion students from School District 27 gathered around City Hall on Thursday, June 14 in honour of French immersion week. The students sang O’Canada in French at city hall and participated in a number of French activities through the lakecity. Leslie Rowse photo
Cariboo GM general sales manager Doug Peters (centre right) hands the keys for a new 2018 Chevy Spark to Ashley Quilt, winner of the Dry Grad Raffle. Sales and Leasing staff Mike Munn (left) and Marilee Vickers (right) were also on hand to give away the new car. Tara Sprickerhoff photo

Grad car donated by Cariboo GM goes to Yunesit’in youth worker

Dry Grad raffle raises $20,000 for graduating festivities

Cariboo GM general sales manager Doug Peters (centre right) hands the keys for a new 2018 Chevy Spark to Ashley Quilt, winner of the Dry Grad Raffle. Sales and Leasing staff Mike Munn (left) and Marilee Vickers (right) were also on hand to give away the new car. Tara Sprickerhoff photo
Machine caused fire near Alkali quickly supressed

Machine caused fire near Alkali quickly supressed

Minimal spread into surrounding area from machine that caught fire

Machine caused fire near Alkali quickly supressed
The Williams Lake Pride Committee is presenting to City Council about their hope to install a rainbow crosswalk in Williams Lake. Lisa Krause design

Pride Committee hopes to install rainbow crosswalk in Williams Lake

Costs of installation to be born by committee, says organizer

The Williams Lake Pride Committee is presenting to City Council about their hope to install a rainbow crosswalk in Williams Lake. Lisa Krause design
Tara Sprickerhoff photo                                Members of Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy, both family and friends, celebrated Cathie Hamm (second from left) surrounded by her wife, Mary-Jo Hilyer (left), and cousin, David Shand. Hamm received the BC Pharmacy Association 2018 Excellence in Patient Care Award and Kornak and Hamm’s celebrated June 1 with cake and many congratulations.

Pharmacist Cathie Hamm recognized for patient care during B.C. wildfires

Hamm returned to Williams Lake during evacuations to help relief efforts

Tara Sprickerhoff photo                                Members of Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy, both family and friends, celebrated Cathie Hamm (second from left) surrounded by her wife, Mary-Jo Hilyer (left), and cousin, David Shand. Hamm received the BC Pharmacy Association 2018 Excellence in Patient Care Award and Kornak and Hamm’s celebrated June 1 with cake and many congratulations.
Tara Sprickerhoff photo                                David Shand poses with Cathie Hamm at Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy. Cathie is passing on the pharmacy to David, who is her first cousin, once removed. The pair grew up quite close, and Shand relocated from Victoria to work with Cathie.

Full circle for Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy

‘It’s like Cheers, but a pharmacy’

Tara Sprickerhoff photo                                David Shand poses with Cathie Hamm at Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy. Cathie is passing on the pharmacy to David, who is her first cousin, once removed. The pair grew up quite close, and Shand relocated from Victoria to work with Cathie.
Greg Sabatino photos                                Anna Sofia Gebert and her grandmother Gerry Gebert admire the displays at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin on May 26, during their grand opening in their new location at the Tourism Discovery Centre.

Museum of Cariboo Chilcotin plans for future exhibits after grand opening

Exhibits cover sports, industry, science and technology, and more

Greg Sabatino photos                                Anna Sofia Gebert and her grandmother Gerry Gebert admire the displays at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin on May 26, during their grand opening in their new location at the Tourism Discovery Centre.
Bryton Kaufman, the owner of Memory Den VR Lounge, hands Big Brother Big Sisters mentoring co-ordinator Tasha Pilkington $1,000 in donations from his grand opening from May 25-27. Tara Sprickerhoff photo.

Non-profits and service providers come together in Williams Lake

Memory Den donates $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters from grand opening celebrations

Bryton Kaufman, the owner of Memory Den VR Lounge, hands Big Brother Big Sisters mentoring co-ordinator Tasha Pilkington $1,000 in donations from his grand opening from May 25-27. Tara Sprickerhoff photo.
An MVI blocked Highway 97 near Knife Creek Friday afternoon. Submitted photo.

MVI blocks highway near Knife Creek

Road now open to single-lane alternating traffic

An MVI blocked Highway 97 near Knife Creek Friday afternoon. Submitted photo.
Acklands-Grainger to close doors at 5 p.m.

Acklands-Grainger to close doors at 5 p.m.

Industrial supply store one of several across Canada closing doors in recent months

Acklands-Grainger to close doors at 5 p.m.
Angie and Michael Brinoni helped build the bulk of the decorations - including this chainsaw carved Kraken for this year’s dry grad, the theme being “Caribbean Nights.”

Arena transformed into Caribbean Night for Williams Lake Dry Grad

Thousands of hours of effort put into decorating arena for new graduates

Angie and Michael Brinoni helped build the bulk of the decorations - including this chainsaw carved Kraken for this year’s dry grad, the theme being “Caribbean Nights.”
150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stan McCarthy and his crew respond to a house fire in Williams Lake recently to assist the Williams Lake Fire Department. Angie Mindus photo

AFTERBURN: Helping the helpers

Part 4: How first responders deal with the stress of fighting fires

150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stan McCarthy and his crew respond to a house fire in Williams Lake recently to assist the Williams Lake Fire Department. Angie Mindus photo
Michael Rawluk photo                                Jason, played by Julian Ratz, strikes out at Timothy, played by Cole Mitchell, with his puppet Tyrone during a performance of Hand to God at the Williams Lake Studio Theatre. The group recently went on to win best play at the Central Interior Zone Festival in Prince George.

Williams Lake Studio Theatre receives accolades at zone festival

‘Hand to God’ will now travel to provincial festival

Michael Rawluk photo                                Jason, played by Julian Ratz, strikes out at Timothy, played by Cole Mitchell, with his puppet Tyrone during a performance of Hand to God at the Williams Lake Studio Theatre. The group recently went on to win best play at the Central Interior Zone Festival in Prince George.
100in1Day festivities to take place in River Valley on Saturday. File photo

100in1Day activities include fun, interactive activities for families Saturday

Invasive Species Council to host activities centred around making positive change

100in1Day festivities to take place in River Valley on Saturday. File photo
Kaleidoscope of dancers at this year’s Dance in Common review
Kaleidoscope of dancers at this year’s Dance in Common review
Students throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin were deeply impacted by the 2017 wildfires, and while a variety of school programs have been designed to help these students, some may still be dealing with continued anxiety - especially as the summer of 2018 approaches.

AFTERBURN: Are the kids okay?

Part 3: Helping children cope with wildfire stress

Students throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin were deeply impacted by the 2017 wildfires, and while a variety of school programs have been designed to help these students, some may still be dealing with continued anxiety - especially as the summer of 2018 approaches.
Submitted photo                                Luke McLetchie, 4, is suffering from a rare life-threatening bone marrow disease. His grandmother, Debra Palin, hopes that more people will sign up for the bone marrow registry to increase the chances of Luke and others in similar situations of finding a donor.

Family searches for bone marrow match for 4-year-old with rare disease

Grandma calls on people to help local family by joining bone marrow registry

Submitted photo                                Luke McLetchie, 4, is suffering from a rare life-threatening bone marrow disease. His grandmother, Debra Palin, hopes that more people will sign up for the bone marrow registry to increase the chances of Luke and others in similar situations of finding a donor.
Plenty to do this weekend in lakecity

Plenty to do this weekend in lakecity

Lilac Fest, Museum opening, Public Works open house and more

Plenty to do this weekend in lakecity
Drummer Blake McAndless teaches students at Marie Sharpe basic drumming skills during an artist’s residency at the school. Tara Sprickerhoff photo

Music, movement and rhythm explored in school workshops

Extra community workshop and concert to be held Saturday, May 26

Drummer Blake McAndless teaches students at Marie Sharpe basic drumming skills during an artist’s residency at the school. Tara Sprickerhoff photo
Child Development Centre founder turns 100

Child Development Centre founder turns 100

CDC will be celebrating Aileen Hewett’s 100th birthday on Friday, May 25

Child Development Centre founder turns 100