Residents of 16 Mile held a sandbagging bee on March 16. The 16 Mile AGM is coming up on March 25, and all residents are encouraged to attend.

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Seniors’ drop-in programs, a Kombucha workshop, the 16 Mile AGM, Loon Lake fire hall news, and more

16 Mile AGM

The 16 Mile Community Society will be holding its AGM on Monday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the restaurant at Historic Hat Creek, and all residents are encouraged to attend.

The AGM will feature an update on the program of activities for the upcoming year, a volunteer lot maintenence sign-up, a winter water trailer outfit program outline, crime watch information, and more. For information contact Al Midgley at (250) 457-9288 or

Kombucha and sprouting workshop

Have you heard about Kombucha, and want to learn more about it? Come out to a Kombucha and sprouting workshop at the Ashcroft HUB on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and find out all about Kombucha, a brewed black or green tea and sugar beverage that has had a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) introduced to it. It is then left to ferment for a period of time (usually one week to one month), and the result is a delicious naturally carbonated beverage that is a gut-healing, immune-boosting, joint function-improving powerhouse. Workshop participants will learn how to brew Kombucha at home, as well as other ways to take care of your health.

The cost is $20 in advance ($25 at the door), and the first eight registrants will receive a free SCOBY starter pack. Register by contacting the HUB at (250) 453-9177 or; for more information check out the Kombucha & Sprouting Workshop Facebook page.

Let’s Talk

Every Wednesday from now through May 1, The Equality Project will be hosting an informal conversation for those whose lives are affected by disabilities. Terry from Pacific Dawn—the DisAbled Womens Network—will be discussing such topics as where and when to seek help and resources; isolation; health issues; victim services; violence against women, and more.

The free sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Project’s clubhouse on Stage Road in Cache Creek, and are open to anyone living with disabilities, as well as caregivers, spouses, and friends of those living with disabilities. For more information contact The Equality Project at (250) 457-6485.

Community Coffee Wednesdays

The Community Coffee Wednesday drop-in session continues at the Ashcroft HUB from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Area seniors are welcome to drop by for tea, coffee, snacks, and a variety of activities, including the simple pleasure of socializing with others. The event is by donation.

The community bus is available to pick-up and/or drop-off Ashcroft residents between 1 and 3 p.m. each Wednesday afternoon, for $2 per trip. To book the bus (for this event or anywhere else you want to go in Ashcroft, on Wednesday or Friday afternoons), call 1-855-359-3935.

Cache Creek Seniors’ Drop-in

The weekly drop-in session for those aged 55+ continues at the Cache Creek Community Hall (downstairs meeting room) every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no charge for the sessions, so come by and enjoy a cup of coffee, cards and games (bring your own game if you’d like), and conversation with others.

For more information, call or text Wendy Coomber at (250) 457-0245.

Loon Lake fire hall

At its regular meeting on March 14, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board recommended that staff submit a Crown Land Tenure application to secure approximately 2.64 acres of land for the construction of a main fire hall for the Loon Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

The land in question is on a portion of District Lot 7457 (the closed Loon Lake Provincial Park) located on the north side of Loon Lake Road.

The hall was destroyed during the 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire and was a critical piece of infrastructure for the community. The TNRD assumed responsibility for fire protection services in Loon Lake in January 2019.

In late January the TNRD received $275,000 from Fraserway RV to go towards construction of a new fire hall at Loon Lake, and earlier this month the Red Cross donated more than $84,000 for the Loon Lake Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new fire equipment, to replace some of the equipment that was lost in the fire.

Playground funding for Lytton

The B.C. government is building 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts this year, announced Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, on March 15.

“As a parent, I understand first-hand how tough it can be for schools and parents to find the time and volunteers to fundraise for playground equipment and activities,” said Fleming. “Our government is committed to improving the learning environment at B.C. schools. Safe, fun, and accessible playgrounds are very much part of delivering on this commitment. And to make this happen, parents should not have to become dedicated fundraisers in their spare time.”

Playgrounds are a key factor in a child’s development and learning. They encourage outdoor physical activity, help students learn how to share, overcome challenges, and help them focus and learn more effectively in the classroom.

This year, the Playground Equipment Program (PEP) will invest $5 million in 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts around B.C., including 30 universally accessible playgrounds. Some $105,000 of the funding has been allocated for the constriction of an accessible playground at Kumsheen Elementary-Secondary School in Lytton.

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura ( is a website that bills itself as showcasing “Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations” from around the world. Now and then one of the sites is within striking distance of our region, so travellers might want to check it out next time they’re in the area.

The Devils Tower in Wyoming gained worldwide fame when it featured prominently in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Many scientists believe that the igneous material which forms it is the remains of a large volcano, and this theory is also used to account for a smaller—but still impressive—tower in central Oregon.

Steins Pillar is a 350 foot reminder of the volcanic past of the Ochoco Mountains in which it is situated, and is believed to have been a sacred place for the Shoshone Indians. It stands on a gentle hillside, looming over the trees which surround it, so is easily visible from a distance, but it is also accessible via a four-mile round-trip hike on a relatively easy trail.

For more information about Steins Pillar, including photographs and directions, go to

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