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Vicky Trill, executive director of the Ashcroft HUB, with two of the new pieces of equipment purchased with grant funding from Interior Savings: a seated glider (at left) and an air assault bike. (Photo credit: Babara Roden)

Interior Savings grant helps fund new equipment at Ashcroft HUB

Equipment will help those who have mobility issues but want to get fit

Vicky Trill, executive director of the Ashcroft HUB, with two of the new pieces of equipment purchased with grant funding from Interior Savings: a seated glider (at left) and an air assault bike. (Photo credit: Babara Roden)
A photograph from the 1930s shows a wooden sign beside what remained of Harper’s Mill. That sign is still there, beside the CN track that runs past the mill site, and another sign, which is now in the Ashcroft Museum, can be seen on the front of the building at centre. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

Golden Country: Was the Big Slide of 1880 a bad omen for the success of Harper’s Mill?

Fast work and determination saved the mill, but did nothing to help the transportation issue

A photograph from the 1930s shows a wooden sign beside what remained of Harper’s Mill. That sign is still there, beside the CN track that runs past the mill site, and another sign, which is now in the Ashcroft Museum, can be seen on the front of the building at centre. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
A Williams Lake trucker is being lauded as a ‘prince of men,’ after he stopped to help an elderly couple who had a flat tire on Highway 97 north of Cache Creek. (Facebook photo)

Trucker praised for generosity toward stranded elderly couple on Highway 97

Rene Bremner stopped, helped, paid for tire repair and couple’s lunch at Cache Creek

A Williams Lake trucker is being lauded as a ‘prince of men,’ after he stopped to help an elderly couple who had a flat tire on Highway 97 north of Cache Creek. (Facebook photo)
A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)

Theft of cherished kayak led to several acts of giving, says Abbotsford mother

Woman sponsoring birthday party for a child in Nunavut after overwhelming community support

A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)
Around two dozen Warrior Walkers and members of the Canim Lake Band marched through 100 Mile House down Highway 97 Thursday afternoon. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Warrior Walkers pass through 100 Mile House on way to Kamloops

Group walk to honour residential school survivors

Around two dozen Warrior Walkers and members of the Canim Lake Band marched through 100 Mile House down Highway 97 Thursday afternoon. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Black Press reader survey graphic, July 2021.

Black Press reader survey offers up $5,000 prize to be won

The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal is offering readers the chance to win a…

  • Aug 5, 2021
Black Press reader survey graphic, July 2021.
Some of the ad hoc group of volunteers helping wildfire evacuees staying in the area, with Ashcroft and District Lions Club president Sue Peters and other club members presenting Joyce Buckland with a $3,500 donation from four area Lions clubs. (from l) Phyllis Rainey (with Ruby); Lion Vivian Edwards; Lion Patty McKenzie; Chris Webster; Kitty Murray; Lion Millie Notte; Lion Sue Peters; Lion Alan Notte; Joyce Buckland; Shirley Holowchuk; Esther Lang; Lion Nick Lebedoff; and Vicky Trill. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Volunteers lend helping hand to evacuees from Lytton and beyond

Ad hoc local group providing gift cards, personal items, assistance, and more to dozens of people

Some of the ad hoc group of volunteers helping wildfire evacuees staying in the area, with Ashcroft and District Lions Club president Sue Peters and other club members presenting Joyce Buckland with a $3,500 donation from four area Lions clubs. (from l) Phyllis Rainey (with Ruby); Lion Vivian Edwards; Lion Patty McKenzie; Chris Webster; Kitty Murray; Lion Millie Notte; Lion Sue Peters; Lion Alan Notte; Joyce Buckland; Shirley Holowchuk; Esther Lang; Lion Nick Lebedoff; and Vicky Trill. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Perseid Meteor Shower is visible (smoke permitting) now through Aug. 14. (Photo credit: Pierre Martin)

Look to the skies: the annual Perseid Meteor Shower is back

Aug. 12 will be the night for ‘peak meteor’ if conditions allow

  • Aug 5, 2021
The Perseid Meteor Shower is visible (smoke permitting) now through Aug. 14. (Photo credit: Pierre Martin)
An outdoor concert at UniTea Café in Ashcroft in summer 2021. One final outdoor concert is coming up before UniTea moves to a new venue further south on Railway Avenue. (Photo credit: Nadine Davenport)

UniTea Café welcomes one last band before moving to new venue

Music has been a big part of the plan since UniTea opened in May 2014

An outdoor concert at UniTea Café in Ashcroft in summer 2021. One final outdoor concert is coming up before UniTea moves to a new venue further south on Railway Avenue. (Photo credit: Nadine Davenport)
(from l) Rotary Club of Ashcroft/Cache Creek members members Barb Hood, David Dubois, Theresa Takacs, Cami Lindseth, and Ron Hood. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

New Ashcroft/Cache Creek Rotary president is a familiar face

Past president Theresa Takacs takes the reins as club starts to get back to pre-pandemic normal

(from l) Rotary Club of Ashcroft/Cache Creek members members Barb Hood, David Dubois, Theresa Takacs, Cami Lindseth, and Ron Hood. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
(from l) Baking brigade organizers Jan Morrison, Jackie Berkey, Sue Peters, and Darlene Daily with some of the many baked goods donated by local residents for evacuees staying in Cache Creek (not pictured: volunteer Maggie Hillyard). (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Wildfire evacuees get a taste of home thanks to local bakers

Bags of home-baked goodies were distributed last wek to evacuees staying in Cache Creek

(from l) Baking brigade organizers Jan Morrison, Jackie Berkey, Sue Peters, and Darlene Daily with some of the many baked goods donated by local residents for evacuees staying in Cache Creek (not pictured: volunteer Maggie Hillyard). (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Construction of the Ashcroft arena, from the Aug. 5, 1971 issue of the <em>Journal</em>. The article noted that much of the labour had been contributed by volunteers, who had been working hard during the recent ‘sizzling’ heat, and that a group of women had initiated a phone committee to coordinate volunteers. ‘But don’t wait to be called, COME OUT AND BRING A HAMMER!’ The arena would be destroyed by fire in May 1975. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)

From the archives: In 1921, Victoria ignores interior towns regarding a new highway

Plus a grasshopper plague, a new arena for Ashcroft, and are electric cars the way of the future?

  • Aug 4, 2021
Construction of the Ashcroft arena, from the Aug. 5, 1971 issue of the <em>Journal</em>. The article noted that much of the labour had been contributed by volunteers, who had been working hard during the recent ‘sizzling’ heat, and that a group of women had initiated a phone committee to coordinate volunteers. ‘But don’t wait to be called, COME OUT AND BRING A HAMMER!’ The arena would be destroyed by fire in May 1975. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
Members of the Ashcroft Curling Club get ready to start the curling season in November 2020, after the rink was closed for the 2019/2020 season. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft Curling Club gets grant after losing last season to COVID

Curling rink reopened on Nov. 3 after year-long closure, closed four weeks later due to pandemic

Members of the Ashcroft Curling Club get ready to start the curling season in November 2020, after the rink was closed for the 2019/2020 season. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
‘Oh Baby, It’s a Wild World’ by Big Bar Lake’s Jill Philipchuk will be one of the paintings featured at the Clinton Art and Cultural Society Show and Sale the weekend of July 31. (Photo credit: Clinton Art and Cultural Society)

Art show and sale going ahead this weekend in Clinton

Show takes place July 31 and August 1 and features live music and more

‘Oh Baby, It’s a Wild World’ by Big Bar Lake’s Jill Philipchuk will be one of the paintings featured at the Clinton Art and Cultural Society Show and Sale the weekend of July 31. (Photo credit: Clinton Art and Cultural Society)
Members of Steelworkers Union #7619 from Highland Valley hosted the Soup’s On lunch at St. Alban’s church, Ashcroft on July 23. Members host a lunch every year, donating all the food and doing all the prep work, cooking, serving, and clean-up. (from l) Jim McCarthy, Jim McLean, Robert Royce, Travis Hillson, Paul Giles, and David Gory. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Soup’s On welcoming guests back to sit-down lunch every Friday

Program has reopened its doors at St. Alban’s church hall after picoting during the pandemic

Members of Steelworkers Union #7619 from Highland Valley hosted the Soup’s On lunch at St. Alban’s church, Ashcroft on July 23. Members host a lunch every year, donating all the food and doing all the prep work, cooking, serving, and clean-up. (from l) Jim McCarthy, Jim McLean, Robert Royce, Travis Hillson, Paul Giles, and David Gory. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Some wildfire smoke — such as this plume from the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, photographed from the Ashcroft Indian Band on July 21 — is obvious. Know what to do if you’re not sure you’re seeing smoke from a fire. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)

Where there’s smoke there might be fire

If you’re reporting what you think is wildfire smoke, here are a few things to keep in mind

  • Jul 29, 2021
Some wildfire smoke — such as this plume from the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, photographed from the Ashcroft Indian Band on July 21 — is obvious. Know what to do if you’re not sure you’re seeing smoke from a fire. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)
Harper’s Mill on the Bonaparte River, pictured in the 1890s. The road connecting the site to the Cariboo Waggon Road can be seen in the background. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

Before there was an Ashcroft, there was Harper’s Mill on the Bonaparte

The mill took a roundabout route to its final location, with stops in Lillooet and Clinton first

Harper’s Mill on the Bonaparte River, pictured in the 1890s. The road connecting the site to the Cariboo Waggon Road can be seen in the background. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
Barney Bentall, Dan Fremlin, Dustin Bentall and Trixie Berkel perform during a benefit concert for Lytton in Clinton Friday, July 23. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press).

Clinton benefit concerts raise over $8,000 for Lytton

Barney and Dustin Bentall and the Blue Wranglers raise funds for Lytton museums, Red Cross

Barney Bentall, Dan Fremlin, Dustin Bentall and Trixie Berkel perform during a benefit concert for Lytton in Clinton Friday, July 23. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press).