With scissors in hand (left to right) Interior Health Authority residential health services administrator Deborah Smith

2011 Community Year in Review July to December

In July the 150 Mile House community celebrated the 150 year anniversary of the community.



July, 16, 2011

150 Mile



150 Mile House invites everyone to come out and celebrate the 150th anniversary of this historical community on July 16. This important milestone was marked with a pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m., followed by historical tours, wagon rides, a pioneer tea and many other demonstrations and entertainment throughout the day. The evening finished off with a family dance at 7 p.m. and a grand finale of fireworks.







Aug. 11, 2011

Potato House





Work on the historic Potato House at 49 Borland St. clipped along at an amazing pace through spring and summer. In early spring volunteers got together for a pruning bee to teach young‘uns about proper maintenance of the apple trees, grape vines and rose bushes. A general clean-up of the grounds continued throughout the spring. In spring the garden was prepared for planting in the summer when eight students working on a practicum removed wood waste, planted the garden, participated in a weeding workshop, cleaned and repaired the building, including putting in a new toilet and removing old carpeting to reveal hardwood floors in good condition.










Aug. 25, 2011

Old Time

Fiddlers 30th


The Williams Lake Old Time Fiddlers have had toes tapping, voices singing and people up dancing to the music around the region for 30 years this summer.

Founded July 22, 1981 by a group of fiddlers and other musicians with a love for old time fiddle tunes, the lakecity group is the Chapter 10 charter member of the B.C. Old Time Fiddlers. Members have played and entered contests in Quesnel, Merritt, Kelowna and on Vancouver Island and hosted several local fiddle contests. The Old Time Fiddlers had a 30-year reunion at the Seniors’ Activity Centre on Aug. 13 and six of the original members were in attendance, said Marj Blair, one of the founding members.







Aug. 25, 2011

4-H Show and Sale




The 53rd annual Williams Lake & District 4-H Show and Sale wrapped up Wednesday night at the Williams Lake Stockyards.

Participating clubs included Springhouse, Chilcotin, Big Lake, Canim Valley, Highland, Horsefly, Chimney Valley, Lone Butte, and Rose Lake/Miocene.

Entries included beef, swine, poultry, rabbits, and sheep, as well as non-agriculture entries, such as photography, clothing, crafts, gardening, small engines, and more.

The show and sale also featured a dog and bike show, food show, games, gift draws, youth dance, goat demo, parade of champions, and a buyers appreciation dinner.




Aug. 26, 2011

Art Walk popular




The 2011 Art Walk Show and Sale is producing lots of interest in the lakecity this summer. Art Walk chair Willie Dye says visits to his business have doubled over last year’s art walk and there are still about 12 days left for people to complete in this year’s walk which winds up on Sept. 9. “I have had more than 200 visitors already,” Dye says. While participating in the art walk people will also see and hear some local musicians performing at various times on various street corners.




Aug. 30, 2011










The lakecity’s Lynn Hanson, best known for her amazingly decorated wedding cakes, has taken second place in the fifth annual Master Garlic Chef contest held at the South Cariboo Garlic Festival in Lac la Hache on the weekend.

“That was pretty exciting,” Hanson says. First prize was $1,000. Second prize was $500. Third prize was $250.




Sept. 15, 2011






There were many wonderful entries in the Williams Lake Harvest Fair held in the Stampede Grounds last weekend.

Ribbons were presented and prize money was awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Ribbons were also awarded for best of show entries in the various categories and those who had many entries were in contention for high point ribbons. Cheryl Procter was returned as the grand aggregate winner with entries in cut flowers, floral art, baking, and crochet categories.

High point winners were also announced in the various categories.

This year the fair also featured bull riding and the return of the popular logger sports, dog agility, gymkhana, and Little Britches rodeo  events, along with traditional home and farm produce exhibits.




Dec. 1, 2011

Hospital gala

a huge success







Although final figures won’t be in for a while yet all indications are that the fifth annual Christmas Gala for Cariboo Memorial Hospital held at Thompson Rivers University Saturday was a huge success.

“The support we got from the community was just unbelievable this  year,” says Joy Hennig, who organized the ball with Tammy Tugnum.

“We made approximately $50,000,” Hennig says. “The auctions alone raised $17,000.”

By comparison, she says last year’s hospital gala raised $38,000.

The gala is part of the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust’s current efforts to raise funds for a new digital mammography unit for CMH. The machine will cost about $1 million, about $600,000 of which the community must raise.







Dec. 8, 2011

Christmas tea




There was a steady stream of visitors for the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin’s annual Christmas tea and bake sale Saturday.

The displays were cleared away from the main gallery and tables were set with fine china and embroidered table cloths for the annual event.


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