Waiting patiently for the word to go hunt for eggs – (l-r) Tayla Rice

Waiting patiently for the word to go hunt for eggs – (l-r) Tayla Rice

Comings and Goings On – New projects and some spring cleaning

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan's monthly column about community news and events in Spences Bridge.

Last month I said spring must be here – where did it go? There have been plenty of cool wet days, but April showers bring May flowers, so I’ll try to look on the bright side!

Easter fun and games

Easter Sunday was certainly a lovely spring day – I was afraid the chocolates were going to melt before the children gathered them!

It really was a gorgeous day; there was a great turnout, and lots of participation in the fun and games. The raw egg toss is always a crowd pleaser, and this year was no exception. Folks thought I had hard boiled some of the eggs as they took such a beating! The great old fashioned games of sack races, three legged races, and tug of war had us all working off the chocolate and hot dogs!

Some very sincere thank-yous go out to the following: The Spences Bridge Fire Dept. and Fire Chief Arnie Oram for donating some fantastic prizes, and taking care of the wiener roasting fire, ping pong table, and so much more; Kathleen Kinasewich for doing such an amazing job of the face painting; Pat Jackson for being so organized getting all those picnic supplies and keeping the coffee perking; all you Easter bunny helpers; and the Cook’s Ferry Band for partnering with the expense. To you all  – THANKS!

Hall renovations proceeding

To update you on the progress of the renovations at Clemes’ Hall I’m pleased to report that the insulation has now been installed! The electrical portion of the project is the next step, and then we move on to the staging!

It’s been very exciting seeing the revitalization of our hall, and I look forward to the lower utility bills too!

Outside has seen a bit of a facelift as well as some new white gravel has been spread around the side wall where our memorial plaques are, and a few more plaques have been put up. Carol Madden has worked very hard at keeping up on making the plaques – thanks Carol! If you haven’t yet, do stop by and have a look, it’s a very nice little space.

Thanks to the work crew of volunteers – Arnie Oram, Al Dickinsen, Gary Fortin, Mo, Bill Hare, Dave Rice, Craig Watson, Paul Miller, and Joe Moriera

New Horizon’s Senior’s Program

The New Horizon’s Senior’s Program has held its first Elder’s council meeting. I think we are all very excited to embark on this project and I really am looking forward to participating in as much as I can! The Council will determine the various activities; workshops, presentations, gatherings and so on.

The first task is to hire a coordinator; we hope to have someone in place by May 1.

So, stay tuned as I will announce the project activities in this paper’s monthly column.

Wednesday drop in soup days are ongoing – with cards, games and crafts – everyone welcome!

Cleaning up Spences Bridge

Mark April 20 in your calendar! The Spences Bridge town clean-up is set for this Saturday. We’ll meet at the Post Office at 10 am. Then we will pick a road / highway and pick up all the litter around our little town. Come on out and help make a difference, take pride in your community, bring the kids!

I do suggest you wear gloves, comfortable shoes, and as I’m sure it will be sunny, some sun screen and a hat! Safety vests, picker uppers, and garbage bags are supplied.

We will gather at Madden Island once we are finished for a pot luck wiener roast. The SBCC will supply the hotdogs, but please feel free to bring along a plate of cookies or a salad or something as we gather to congratulate each other on a job well done!

Mothers Day Pancake Breakfast

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and again this year the Spences Bridge Fire Dept. is hosting a Mother’s Day pancake breakfast! Come on out any time after 9 am and buy your Mother breakfast! You’ll be supporting the Fire Dept. and getting to mingle with all your neighbours. Come on out for breakfast even you don’t have a Mother!

The Community Club will be drawing their Mother’s Day Raffle at the breakfast – watchfor tickets at the Packing House, the Post Office, Cook’s Ferry Band Office, and the Log Cabin Pub. The prizes are as follows; a crochet heart-patterned throw (made and donated by Carol Madden), a beautiful hanging basket (donated by yours truly), and a super fancy First Aid kit (donated by SB Fire Dept.).

TV coming to town

There is some news to report on the TV / radio front – we soon will have four TV stations: CBC, Global, CTV, and Knowledge.

Thanks to Mark Hunt for the donation of the fencing for the equipment. It seems we need a new dish in order to receive CBC radio Kamloops, so that is something we will look into in the fall.

On the bright side, when I hear the travel advisory and weather for Prince George on an hourly basis…..well, I feel so happy to live in Spences Bridge!!

Next Community Club meeting

The next Community Club will be our last ‘till our AGM in September – so come on out May 8 at 7 pm and support your community.

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan