Clinton’s 2015 Citizen of the Year Zee Chevalier (c; with Karen Taylor) gets ready to cut the cake at this year’s Canada Day celebration in Clinton.

Clinton’s 2015 Citizen of the Year Zee Chevalier (c; with Karen Taylor) gets ready to cut the cake at this year’s Canada Day celebration in Clinton.

Striking a Balance

Canada Day was a blast in Clinton; plus the fire department is looking for members.

Canada Day in Clinton

Friday, July 1 dawned cold, wet, and windy in Clinton. The Seniors’ Association opted to postpone their annual yard sale that is traditionally held on Canada Day. It will instead be held sometime in August (date to be determined), with all proceeds going to the Clinton Museum’s equipment shed project.

By mid-morning the rain had stopped, and the celebrations went on as usual. As a business owner, I was unable to attend the opening ceremonies as I was at work. I was told that our Mill Girl Follies did their usual excellent job of entertaining. Once they finished their routine in Clinton they headed off to the Canada Day celebration at 108 Mile to perform again.

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the bouncy castle that West Fraser Mills had made available for them. The hot dogs disappeared quickly and then the 2015 Citizen of the Year, Zee Chevalier, did the official cutting of the cake. Mayor Jim Rivett publicly thanked event organizer councillor Wayne Marchant for all his work in putting on the event.

The bouncy castle was a hit with the children.

Festivities went on into the afternoon, with the kids enjoying the face-painting, bouncy castle, and running around having fun.

Members of the Clinton Fire Department had the rescue truck and one fire engine on display, while RCMP Const. Tony DiMaggio attended in the ceremonial red serge.

All told, it turned out to be a delightful day to celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday.

Music in the Park

There will be Music in the Park with Ryan McAllister playing in the band shell in Reg Conn Centennial Park on Sunday, July 10 beginning at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and come spend an enjoyable evening with friends. The event is sponsored by the Clinton Art and Cultural Society and the Village of Clinton, and funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Mark your calendar for the next Music in the Park with Ridley Bent on August 7.

Memorial Hall upgrade

When the new stage was built in the Clinton Memorial Hall a few years ago there was a basement constructed under it. That has been wasted space until now, as there was only one entrance/exit, and the space  could not be used for anything as it had no second exit as  is required for safety reasons.

That has now been rectified, with the new stairs constructed by Dirk Fleing. The stairs connect the stage to the basement so it can be used as a “green room”, as well as space for storage, etc.

Lee’s Music in Kamloops is now working on the stage’s sound system and lighting. There will also be stage curtains installed, making the stage much more user-friendly for a number of future events. Watch for a grand unveiling of the improvements when they are complete.

Fire department looking for members

The Clinton Volunteer Fire Department is looking for volunteers to join their ranks. Several of their junior members have now graduated and moved on to other locations. Two of their regular members have moved away from Clinton and one member (David Cole) passed away. This greatly diminishes their numbers.

Men and women are welcome to attend Monday night practices and learn what is involved in being a member. Practices begin at 7 p.m., but if you want to go a little earlier and talk to the fire chief about the fire department you are welcome to do so.