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Fall is the perfect time to check that your bat box is well-attached, water-tight and clean, ready to offer a safe roosting site for bats in spring. (Habitat Acquisition Trust photo)

Trick or … a weed pull? Ways to help Cariboo bat populations at risk

Bat-friendly landscaping can help bats at Halloween

  • Oct 22, 2022
Fall is the perfect time to check that your bat box is well-attached, water-tight and clean, ready to offer a safe roosting site for bats in spring. (Habitat Acquisition Trust photo)
Giant Pacific octopus approaches Campbell River diver Andrea Humphreys during a friendly and unforgettable encounter near Campbell River Oct. 15, 2022. Screen capture from video by Andrea Humphreys

VIDEO: A sucker for a friendly face; octopus gloms onto diver for once-in-a-lifetime encounter

Diver off Campbell River spends amazing 40-minute session with a friendly octopus

Giant Pacific octopus approaches Campbell River diver Andrea Humphreys during a friendly and unforgettable encounter near Campbell River Oct. 15, 2022. Screen capture from video by Andrea Humphreys
Curling has started again for the season in Ashcroft, and there are some fun events for all ages and experience levels coming up. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Ashcroft Curling Club offering free junior learn to curl program

Club also holding a Turkey Spiel on Nov. 19, with potluck lunch included

Curling has started again for the season in Ashcroft, and there are some fun events for all ages and experience levels coming up. (Photo credit: Submitted)
An undated picture shows the Clinton schoolhouse (now the museum) with students and teachers. The building was later used as a courthouse, but in 1947 returned to being a school due to the increased number of students. (Photo credit: Clinton Museum)

In 1922 and 1947, kids are warned against Halloween hi-jinks

Mischief and destruction by young people on All Hallows Eve were a grave concern

An undated picture shows the Clinton schoolhouse (now the museum) with students and teachers. The building was later used as a courthouse, but in 1947 returned to being a school due to the increased number of students. (Photo credit: Clinton Museum)
Blake and Morgan Belton had some surprise visitors as they exchanged their wedding vows on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy With Love Photography

Orca pod crashes Quadra Island wedding

‘That’s a pretty good good way to start your marriage off’ — wedding videographer

Blake and Morgan Belton had some surprise visitors as they exchanged their wedding vows on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy With Love Photography
The BC SPCA has now reopened all its centres, meaning prospective pet owners can meet the animals in person. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)

All BC SPCA animal centres are once again open to the public

Centres had been closed for in-person visits for animal adoptions during the COVID pandemic

  • Oct 12, 2022
The BC SPCA has now reopened all its centres, meaning prospective pet owners can meet the animals in person. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)
Skaters in Ashcroft in a photo dated 189-. The rink was at the north end of Railway Avenue near the Cargile Hotel (at centre to the right of the false-fronted building; Interior Savings stands there now). Because the rink was so close TO the CP tracks, cinders from passing steam trains would melt into the ice, causing havoc for skaters who struck them. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

In 1947, beloved Clinton Band Chief Jimmy Gabriel passes away

Gabriel was over 100 years old and had been chief for more than seven decades

Skaters in Ashcroft in a photo dated 189-. The rink was at the north end of Railway Avenue near the Cargile Hotel (at centre to the right of the false-fronted building; Interior Savings stands there now). Because the rink was so close TO the CP tracks, cinders from passing steam trains would melt into the ice, causing havoc for skaters who struck them. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
(from l) The Rev. Len Fraser, tour guide, with The Rev. Christopher Lewis and Dr. Rhona Lewis from the New England Company during a visit to Ashcroft and other areas where their funding has supported the Anglican church ministry. (Photo credit: Linda LaGroix)

In God’s pocket: News from St. Alban’s Anglican Church

For new minister, the past six months at St. Alban’s has been a time of ‘love and support’

  • Oct 12, 2022
(from l) The Rev. Len Fraser, tour guide, with The Rev. Christopher Lewis and Dr. Rhona Lewis from the New England Company during a visit to Ashcroft and other areas where their funding has supported the Anglican church ministry. (Photo credit: Linda LaGroix)
Respect and compassion are necessary when we care for our aging parents and other loved ones who need assistance. (Photo credit: Tyler Olson)

Compassion is key when adult children look after their parents

We need to remember that one day we, too, will be older and in need of care

  • Oct 12, 2022
Respect and compassion are necessary when we care for our aging parents and other loved ones who need assistance. (Photo credit: Tyler Olson)
Pharmasave stores across Western Canada are known for supporting local communities. Now they can now easily capture and share these impact stories through the unique tech-for-good platform, Do Some Good.

Pharmasave chooses Do Some Good to amplify local community giving and storytelling

Pharmasave stores across Western Canada are known for supporting local communities –…

  • Oct 12, 2022
Pharmasave stores across Western Canada are known for supporting local communities. Now they can now easily capture and share these impact stories through the unique tech-for-good platform, Do Some Good.
Joanne and Trevor Halliday from Maple Ridge took second and third at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Langley’s Krause Berry Farm on Saturday, Oct. 8. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Pumpkin growing champion wins B.C. Giant Pumpkin weigh-off

Record holder submitted a small-for-him 1,676 lb. entry

Joanne and Trevor Halliday from Maple Ridge took second and third at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Langley’s Krause Berry Farm on Saturday, Oct. 8. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Thanks to United Way BC donors, 2.5 million meals were provided to families and individuals in need last year by their 16 Regional Community Food Hubs and seven Food Recovery Organizations. United Way BC photo

United Way BC funding goes a long way in boosting local food security

It’s Friday, payday, and you need groceries. You’ve worked out the budget…

  • Oct 10, 2022
Thanks to United Way BC donors, 2.5 million meals were provided to families and individuals in need last year by their 16 Regional Community Food Hubs and seven Food Recovery Organizations. United Way BC photo
Numerous beer varies are produced in British Columbia. Do you know which country leads the world in beer consumption? (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A celebration of wine and beer

Raise a glass in a toast to these popular beverages

Numerous beer varies are produced in British Columbia. Do you know which country leads the world in beer consumption? (Black Press file photo)
Rick McKinney (L) holds a Ridley Bronze, a Canadian turkey that was developed by John Richardson in Saskatchewan. These birds are large, reproduce naturally and have a relaxed temperament. Bo McKinney (R) is holding a Beltsville turkey. This gentle breed is listed as critically endangered as its smaller size makes it unattractive to commercial demands. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Beltsville turkey great for backyard farmer

If you are allergic to dogs you might want to consider a Beltsville turkey as a backyard pet

Rick McKinney (L) holds a Ridley Bronze, a Canadian turkey that was developed by John Richardson in Saskatchewan. These birds are large, reproduce naturally and have a relaxed temperament. Bo McKinney (R) is holding a Beltsville turkey. This gentle breed is listed as critically endangered as its smaller size makes it unattractive to commercial demands. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Photograph taken on Oct. 9, 1947 of a CN passenger train that derailed east of Ashcroft shortly after midnight that morning. No one was seriously injured in the incident. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

In 1947, a CN passenger train derails just east of Ashcroft

No one was injured in the incident, which happened just after midnight near the Bonaparte River

Photograph taken on Oct. 9, 1947 of a CN passenger train that derailed east of Ashcroft shortly after midnight that morning. No one was seriously injured in the incident. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
The choices we make every day can have a huge effect on ourselves and the world around us. (Photo credit: Mohamed Hassan/pxhere)

We can all make our mark on the world in ways large and small

Our pasts do not define us, and our future is in our own hands

  • Oct 5, 2022
The choices we make every day can have a huge effect on ourselves and the world around us. (Photo credit: Mohamed Hassan/pxhere)
Clinton Seniors' Centre sign, 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Rockin’ and Talkin’ With the Clinton Seniors’ Association

Clinton seniors looking forward to Marketplace event Nov. 5

  • Oct 5, 2022
Clinton Seniors' Centre sign, 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Beekeeper John Hoyrup placed sections of a dead snag where honey bees had been living on top of bee boxes in order to rehome the bees whose snag was cut down. (Tara Larocque photo)

Meant to bee? A Cariboo landowner finds honey bee colony on property

Tara Larocque found a wild honey bee colony in a dead snag on her property, or did they find her?

Beekeeper John Hoyrup placed sections of a dead snag where honey bees had been living on top of bee boxes in order to rehome the bees whose snag was cut down. (Tara Larocque photo)
M’akola Housing Society, through funding from BC Housing, will build a five storey affordable housing building at 603 Main Street in Penticton. (Rendering)

QUIZ: How much do you know about housing and homes?

In many communities, finding a place to buy or rent can be a challenge

M’akola Housing Society, through funding from BC Housing, will build a five storey affordable housing building at 603 Main Street in Penticton. (Rendering)
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tyler MacGregor has been doing day surgeries at Cariboo Memorial Hospital as part of a visiting specialists program within Interior Health . (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Casual Country)
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tyler MacGregor has been doing day surgeries at Cariboo Memorial Hospital as part of a visiting specialists program within Interior Health . (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Casual Country)