A Halloween welcome from the Swans.

A Halloween welcome from the Swans.

Striking A Balance – Children’s Charity fundraiser

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

150/50 Anniversary Appreciated

Village of Clinton CAO Tom Dall returned from the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association AGM with good news.

The Village was awarded the “Out of the Box” Award for the 150/50 Anniversary Project.

The award is given to a community member or business that has done a unique project. The 150/50 Committee brought all community organizations and groups to the table to put on events throughout the yearlong 150/50 anniversary in Clinton.

Congratulations to all the hard working members of the committee.

Halloween in Clinton

It was a relatively quiet Halloween in Clinton this year. There were lots of little ones (and a few not so little ones) going door to door trick or treating. Approximately 50 of them came to my door! Then it was off to the Memorial Hall to warm up before heading to Reg Conn Centennial Park for fireworks.

Thanks to some generous donations to the 150/50 Committee, there was a splendid display of fireworks this year. Following a community survey that indicated that the majority of Clinton residents did not support using tax dollars to pay for fireworks, there was no display in 2012. That made this year’s display even more welcome to many.

Special thanks to the Clinton Fire Fighters for volunteering their time to purchase and shoot off the fireworks.

Variety – The Children’s Charity

A group of dedicated volunteers have been working hard to organize a talent and variety show to raise funds for Variety – The Children’s Charity.

In addition to an evening of entertainment, there will be balloon prizes, jewellery boxes, silent and live auctions and more.

This event will be held in the Clinton Memorial Hall on Friday, Nov. 8. The doors open at 5:30 and admission is by donation. There will be food available (hot dogs and chili) at a nominal cost. This event is open to all ages so why not make it a family night out?

Organizers invite you to come and enjoy the live entertainment, auctions, tall tales and big lies contest and more.

All funds raised will go to Variety – The Children’s Charity.

Remembrance Day

The Remembrance Day Service in Clinton will be held in the Clinton Memorial Hall beginning at 10:45 a.m.

This is an opportunity for all of us to show appreciation to those who fought to give us the life style to which we have become accustomed. Without their sacrifices life could be a whole lot different.

Wherever you may be on Nov. 11, please take the time to show that their efforts were not in vain.

To the men and women who have fought or are still fighting for our freedom and for the lives of others, I say “Thank you”!

Christmas Hamper

The annual drive for donations for the Christmas Hamper Fund is underway. Donations of non-perishable foods and/or cash would be appreciated. You will soon see the familiar boxes and donation cans appearing in local businesses.

Those wishing to apply for a hamper must do so in person. Photo ID and proof of residency is required for each member of the family. Applications can be made at the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Office at 601 Bancroft St. in Ashcroft and Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Cut off date for making application is Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.

Clinton and area residents who wish to apply for a Christmas Food Hamper can do so at the Clinton Health and Wellness Centre on Wednesday, Nov. 13 (2–4 p.m.) or Wednesday, Nov. 27 (2–4 p.m.).

Clinton Council

The Village of Clinton Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.

The next regular meeting of council will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building.

Flu Time

Its that time of year again, Flu Season. Although many people attribute this to the colder weather it really isn’t weather related except in the sense that we all tend to spend more time indoors when it is cold.

When we are indoors, often in crowded rooms with other people we are exposed to the influenza virus more. It is this virus that makes us sick, not the weather.

There are flu immunization clinics being held in most of our communities to immunize those who wished to be immunized.

“Who should get the vaccine? In BC, the flu vaccine is provided for free to people at high risk of serious illness from influenza and people able to transmit or spread influenza to those at high risk of serious illness from influenza.

To find out if you are eligible for a free influenza vaccine, check the website www.immunizebc.ca for information.

The flu clinic in Clinton will be held at the Clinton Health and Wellness Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Susan Swan