Paint & Sippers display their original paintings. The event was so popular that another one has been aranged for December 6. Photo: Cathy Flahr.

Paint & Sippers display their original paintings. The event was so popular that another one has been aranged for December 6. Photo: Cathy Flahr.

The Rundown: Clinton News

The DSS auction smashes records; plus a Christmas Light-Up, Paint & Sip success, and more.

DSS PAC auction breaks records

David Stoddart School’s 26th annual PAC dinner and live auction was held on Saturday, November 25 at the Clinton Memorial Hall. Tickets for the auction sold out on November 22!

Last year, the auction raised an incredible $15,500. This year, the PAC has broken their record once again by raising an astounding $24,000 at the auction. For a Kindergarten to Grade Twelve school with fewer than 100 students, this is a truly remarkable feat that illustrates just how caring our community really is. A huge “thank you” goes out to all those involved in the organization of the event, and to those who donated goods and attended the auction.

“Paint & Sip Party” a success; second event planned

The “Paint & Sip Party” that took place on Saturday, November 18 at Old School’s Bar and Grill was a success, with many excited painters turning up for the event. The evening was so thoroughly enjoyed that a second “Paint & Sip Party” has been organized for Wednesday, December 6 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Clinton.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will cost $40, but space is limited to 15 guests. If you’d like to try your hand at painting with an instructor to guide you along, call ahead to confirm your spot now (250-459-2622 or 778-207-0153). The event will include appetizers, paints for your use, and a 12” x 16” canvas.

CiB Christmas Light-Up contest returns

It’s that special time of year again, when the Clinton Communities in Bloom committee sponsors their annual Christmas Light-Up event. This year, two prizes will be awarded: one for best residential display, and another for best commercial display.

Locals are encouraged to take advantage of this month’s warm weather, and get out and put up your lights and decorations before the snow returns. If each household manages to put up even one string of lights this year, our Village will be more spectacular than ever. After the stressful summer we’ve had, we could all use a little holiday cheer.

This year, the CiB Christmas Light-up committee wants your input. From December 15 to 19, residents are encouraged to head out in the evening to enjoy the various light displays around town. You can walk or drive, and bring your families—or even your furry friends—to enjoy the bright and colourful displays. While you’re out, don’t forget to take note of your favourite displays.

Afterwards, if you’d like to offer your input on who should be awarded best residential and commercial displays, give Yvette May a call at (250) 459-7725. Alternatively, residents can send Yvette an email with their choices to; you can also drop your vote off at the Village office. Please be sure to include the street address or business name of your chosen display.

On the evening of Wednesday, December 20 the Communities in Bloom Light-Up committee will tour the Village and area to admire the decorations and displays. Afterwards, all votes will be tallied and winners will be announced. Don’t forget to turn your lights on!

Community Trail Masterplan requires input

The Village of Clinton Community Trail Network Masterplan is an extensive document that outlines the existing trails in the Village of Clinton and describes the community’s future trail projects. The plan presents economic impact figures, illustrating the need for future trail development. Furthermore, the document intends to showcase the existing trail infrastructure and identify new trail alignments that will help Clinton develop as a popular recreation destination for tourists and locals alike.

An additional goal for the project is to promote a positive outdoor recreation experience in the community through offering trail opportunities and providing future recommendations for trail standards. Implementation of the masterplan is scheduled to start in 2018, so the Village has released a draft of the document to the public and is now requesting local input.

The 177 page document, known as the Community Trail Network Masterplan, is available at If you have reviewed the plan and would like to offer your feedback, please email the Village at

Clothing commercial features local ranch

A new television commercial, “Here’s to the Well Worn”, is now available on YouTube; and local residents may be excited to spot a familiar landscape or two while watching.

The ad—for Mark’s Work Wearhouse—was filmed at Maiden Creek Ranch, and also features the Sundance Guest Ranch near Ashcroft. Viewers can spot Maiden Creek Ranch—located south of Clinton—in the shots that display the tree-faller and blackened forest. The Sundance Guest Ranch is pictured in the shots that feature the woman riding a white horse.

The commercial, which is currently airing on television, can also be viewed at

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