The CiB evaluation tour wrapped up in Cache Creek with a trip to Semlin Valley Golf Course. President Brian Henderson took the group around the course

Communities in Bloom judges see effects of flood

Cache Creek took part in this year's judging, despite the ravages of the flood in May.

From the wastewater treatment plant to the breathtaking views below Semlin Valley Golf Course, the Cache Creek Communities in Bloom committee made sure that the competition’s judges saw the village from every aspect they could think of last week.

The committee, led by chair Carmen Ranta, set out an ambitious all-day tour for provincial judges Lynette Twigge from Qualicum Beach and Victoria Bentley from Sun Peaks. Ranta and members of the committee accompanied the judges as they toured the town’s facilities, including the landfill and the new landfill gas converters, parks, and flood-damaged infrastructure.

The topic of flood damage from the May 23 storm was one that came up often on the judge’s tour, and presentations of appreciation were made to the Cache Creek Fire Dept., the Public Works crew, and the Village staff.

Mayor John Ranta was present on much of the tour and gave interesting details about many of the facilities. Wastewater treatment plant operator Bruce Cassidy, Constantia HDI office manager Ramona Holota, and golf course president Brian Henderson also spoke about their facilities.

The judge’s tour began with a Welcome Supper at the Community Hall on July 21 with free hot dogs, hamburgers, and bingo that was attended by more than 60 people. It ended the following night with supper at Manie’s for the judges, volunteers, and their families.

Wendy Coomber

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