A special cancel mark has been issued by Canada Post to celebrate the grand reopening of the Clinton post office.

A special cancel mark has been issued by Canada Post to celebrate the grand reopening of the Clinton post office.

Grand reopening held for Clinton post office

Dignitaries were on hand to cut the ribbon at the recently renovated facility.

Post Office grand reopening

The post office in Clinton has recently undergone some renovations. A larger front lobby was created, making space for a number of new mailboxes to be added. There is also a more user-friendly counter, a bigger writing area, better product displays, and improved access for people with mobility issues.

Members of the public were invited to the grand reopening ceremony on Tuesday, September 13. Roberto (Rob) Klarich, the superintendent (retail) of local area operations for Thompson/Nicola/Fraser was on hand with postmaster Marian Nelson, as were Clinton mayor Jim Rivett and councillors Wayne Marchant, David Park, and Susan Swan. As the mayor was held up at the office, Marchant did the honours of cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the post office. Mayor Rivett arrived in time to cut the cake.

Postmaster Marian Nelson (second from l) and councillor Wayne Marchant (right) cut the ribbon at the reopening of the Clinton post office. Photo by Susan Swan.

A special cancel mark was created to mark the occasion. It features a cowboy hat, and the post office staff followed that theme, with everyone wearing cowboy hats for the event. The village had supplied some of the 150/50 postcards, which those attending could have stamped with the new cancel mark as a memento. It is now available for anyone who brings or sends their mail to the Clinton post office.

Several dozen hamburgers were barbecued and enjoyed by the crowd, and they made short work of the cake. Coffee was supplied by the Clinton Coffee House.

Expedition electric

Three intrepid travellers are attempting the longest ever trip on electric motorcycles. They are travelling from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

The 25,047 mile trek is expected to take up to seven months. J.C. Davis, Greg Smith, and Danell Lynn are riding three prototype custom-built, fully electric motorcycles through all kinds of weather and terrain. They will travel through 15 countries, all the while being filmed by Diamondhead Films.

Travelling with them is a Mercedes 911 L-class with their living quarters in which they sleep each night, and a Ford F550 crew support vehicle with a generator, tools, and spare parts for the charging of the bikes each night and for any repairs that may be required along the way. An ambulance film production cab rounds out the entourage.

They stopped in Clinton on their way north, and expect to stop again on the return trip. They hope to be in Clinton on or around October 24 or 25. It all depends on the weather and any delays they may encounter.

Anyone wishing to meet the group and see their electric motorcycles is welcome to do so. They will be stopping at Old School’s Bar and Grill in Clinton.

You can check their website at www.expeditionelectric.com to track their progress and see exactly when they will be stopping in Clinton. You can also check the Facebook page of Old School’s Bar and Grill, as they will let people know when the riders are arriving there.

Once completed, this journey will set a new world record, and the film crew will put together a film of the adventure.

Where did summer go?

I took a drive to 100 Mile House on the weekend, and was amazed at how the leaves have turned colour; some are already falling. Does this seem early to you? It sure did to me.

Thursday, September 22 is the autumn equinox, so it is now officially fall. Time to get ready to hunker down for the winter. The Old Farmers’ Almanac predicts it will be a severe one.

The B.C. Government website states that “Drivers must obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province from October 1 to March 31. Winter road conditions across most of B.C. often include show and ice. We recommend drivers install mountain/snowflake tires for cold weather driving and for extreme conditions, carry chains.”

Are you prepared for winter driving conditions? And of course you realize that there are fewer than 100 days until Christmas!