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Jim Pattison. (Submitted Photo)

PODCAST: Legendary B.C. businessman Jim Pattison still going strong at age 92

TODAY IN B.C.: Philanthropist discusses his long career, has no plans to retire

Jim Pattison. (Submitted Photo)
On Friday, July 1, Canada will celebrate its 155th birthday. How much do you know about Canada, its history and its people? (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about Canada?

Canada’s 155th birthday is on Friday, July 1

On Friday, July 1, Canada will celebrate its 155th birthday. How much do you know about Canada, its history and its people? (Black Press file photo)
The cake prepared for the Canada Day celebration in Ashcroft in 2018. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Free Canada Day events coming up in Ashcroft and Clinton

Canada Day celebrations are back for the first time since 2019

The cake prepared for the Canada Day celebration in Ashcroft in 2018. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
In 1897 there were calls to establish a reading room in Ashcroft, which would ‘improve this place’. The building ‘between Mr. Foster’s and the Drug Store’ — the small white building above the ‘B.C.’ in this photo from about 1912 — was suggested as a suitable location. Foster’s General Store is the large building to the left of it, and Clement’s Drug Store is the first of the two two-storey false-fronted buildings to the right; R.D. Cumming’s General Store is the false-fronted building closest to the corner of Railway and 4th (where ReMax Realty is now located). (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

In 1972, plans for a new high school in Lytton after fire

After fire destroyed Kumsheen Secondary, plans for a new and better school are presented

In 1897 there were calls to establish a reading room in Ashcroft, which would ‘improve this place’. The building ‘between Mr. Foster’s and the Drug Store’ — the small white building above the ‘B.C.’ in this photo from about 1912 — was suggested as a suitable location. Foster’s General Store is the large building to the left of it, and Clement’s Drug Store is the first of the two two-storey false-fronted buildings to the right; R.D. Cumming’s General Store is the false-fronted building closest to the corner of Railway and 4th (where ReMax Realty is now located). (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
Terry and Darrell Fox. (Submitted Photo)

PODCAST: Darrell Fox discusses his brother Terry’s Marathon of Hope

TODAY IN B.C.: ’Terry always compared running a marathon a day to going through cancer’

Terry and Darrell Fox. (Submitted Photo)
A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: B.C. couple presented with new car after winning Canada-wide contest

‘We thought it was some scam when we found out we won,’ they said

A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
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TNRL launches Summer Reading Club

The program runs from July 4 to Aug. 26

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‘Ashcroft and District Stampede Queen And Princess Chosen At Fashion Show’ (June 22, 1972): ‘Pictured are the five contestants for Stampede Queen. (Left to right): Nelda Stocking, Cheryl Oliver, Roberta Morgan, Penny Cumming, and Sheila Booth. Chosen Queen was Sheila Booth and Roberta Morgan Princess. Congratulations!’ (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)

In 1972, an Ashcroft Stampede Queen and Princess are crowned

Sheila Booth is the 1972 Stampede Queen, and Roberta Morgan is the Princess

‘Ashcroft and District Stampede Queen And Princess Chosen At Fashion Show’ (June 22, 1972): ‘Pictured are the five contestants for Stampede Queen. (Left to right): Nelda Stocking, Cheryl Oliver, Roberta Morgan, Penny Cumming, and Sheila Booth. Chosen Queen was Sheila Booth and Roberta Morgan Princess. Congratulations!’ (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)
The Ashcroft Library is closed through mid-July as it undergoes renovations, but hours at the Cache Creek Library have been expanded while work continues. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Extended hours at Cache Creek Library while Ashcroft branch closed

Renovations at Ashcroft Library scheduled to be completed in mid-July

The Ashcroft Library is closed through mid-July as it undergoes renovations, but hours at the Cache Creek Library have been expanded while work continues. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Young dancers give it their all during the Similkameen Powwow of Champions. June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is designated as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: Honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and June is National Indigenous History Month

Young dancers give it their all during the Similkameen Powwow of Champions. June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is designated as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. (Black Press file photo)
Some of the Huleme Rams Drummers from Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft, with instructor Violet Cowley at far left. A video of the group performing the Secwepemc Welcome Song will be part of the Drum Across North & South America event on June 21. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Drummers from Desert Sands School make international appearance

The Huleme Rams Drummers are taking part in Drum Across North & South America on June 21

Some of the Huleme Rams Drummers from Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft, with instructor Violet Cowley at far left. A video of the group performing the Secwepemc Welcome Song will be part of the Drum Across North & South America event on June 21. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
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Okanagan-based group ready for B.C.-wide celebration of collector cars

July 9 is recognized as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province

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Bruce Madu left and his wife Sandy Madu travelled to Kamloops last Sunday to attend the event. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Queen’s Jubilee pins awarded to volunteers

Nine South Cariboo residents were recognized Sunday

Bruce Madu left and his wife Sandy Madu travelled to Kamloops last Sunday to attend the event. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Revd. Linda LaGroix, who was recently installed as the priest at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Ashcroft. (Photo credit: Alice Durksen)

‘Thank you for being so welcoming’ says The Revd. Linda LaGroix

By The Revd. Linda LaGroix Well, I have been here in Ashcroft…

  • Jun 15, 2022
The Revd. Linda LaGroix, who was recently installed as the priest at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Ashcroft. (Photo credit: Alice Durksen)
The Cache Creek Thrashers U13 girls’ softball team is all smiles after a win during a tournament at the Chief Scott ballfields on the Ashcroft Reserve on June 11. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Cache Creek Softball Association a big hit with kids and parents

Nearly 100 kids from as far away as Kamloops and 100 Mile taking part

The Cache Creek Thrashers U13 girls’ softball team is all smiles after a win during a tournament at the Chief Scott ballfields on the Ashcroft Reserve on June 11. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
An advertisement in the June 19, 1897 issue of the <em>Journal</em> advertising the steamer <em>Charlotte</em>, which plied the Fraser River between Soda Creek (east of Williams Lake) and Quesnel and offered travellers a welcome alternative to the stagecoach for part of the journey to the goldfields. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)

In 1897, a new steamer on the Fraser River promises luxurious travel along the Cariboo Road

The Charlotte would be a welcome break from stagecoaches for weary travellers

An advertisement in the June 19, 1897 issue of the <em>Journal</em> advertising the steamer <em>Charlotte</em>, which plied the Fraser River between Soda Creek (east of Williams Lake) and Quesnel and offered travellers a welcome alternative to the stagecoach for part of the journey to the goldfields. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)
(from l) Cache Creek firefighters Al Wiens, Tom Moe, and Alana Peters will be taking part in the Fire Fit Challenge in Spruce Meadows, Alberta on the weekend of June 17. They’re pictured here at the start of Skip’s Run in Ashcroft on June 5. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Four Cache Creek firefighters heading to FireFit Championships

Firefighters will be competing in gruelling team and individual events

(from l) Cache Creek firefighters Al Wiens, Tom Moe, and Alana Peters will be taking part in the Fire Fit Challenge in Spruce Meadows, Alberta on the weekend of June 17. They’re pictured here at the start of Skip’s Run in Ashcroft on June 5. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Cycling is a popular summer activity and takes various forms including mountain biking and road cycling. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: Are you ready for some summer sports?

The summer months are a time to enjoy outdoor sports and recreation.

Cycling is a popular summer activity and takes various forms including mountain biking and road cycling. (Black Press file photo)
Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

78-year-old Ken Barkman of Chilliwack riding 3,000 kilometres for BC Children’s Hospital

Grandfather helping son and wife, who have adopted four high-risk babies

Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Benjamin Pierro (centre), who took part in this year’s Skip’s Run, was the winner of a bike donated by Lion Nick Lebedoff (r). Also pictured is Benjamin’s dad, Brad. (Photo credit: Kimberly Pierro)

Rainy weather no deterrent for determined participants in Skip’s Run

Nearly 50 people turned out to take part in the 10th annual event on June 5

Benjamin Pierro (centre), who took part in this year’s Skip’s Run, was the winner of a bike donated by Lion Nick Lebedoff (r). Also pictured is Benjamin’s dad, Brad. (Photo credit: Kimberly Pierro)