New water system finished: Historic Hat Creek Ranch’s annual Community Day brought local folk and critter folk together. MLA Jackie Tegart helped cut the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the completion of the enhanced water system and fire suppression system at the Ranch. Cutting the ribbon are l-r: HHCR Director Stan Saari

2015 in REVIEW: September

A look back at 2015 from the pages of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal.

Ashcroft reconsiders eliminating Seniors Discount

About 15 residents attended the Sept. 14 Ashcroft Council meeting, most of them visibly unhappy with Council’s intention to raise utility costs and eliminate the seniors 25 per cent discount that had been offered to them for decades.

By the end of the meeting, Council had passed first readings of the new bylaws that would enact the rate changes, but it agreed to reduce the seniors discount rather than eliminate it altogether.

HUB society signs lease on old school

The HUB Society and School District 74 reached an agreement over the use of the old Ashcroft Elementary School as a community centre and HUB was given keys.

The HUB  Society is a group made up of local volunteers who want to see the building kept in use by the community. The elementary school was closed by School District 74 at the end of June.

The group’s mandate is to keep the doors of the building open, to provide accessible, affordable space for clubs, groups and small entrepreneurs and support programming or events that build social connectedness through opportunities in wellness, recreation and the arts.

Cache Creek mourns the passing of Ben Roy

Cache Creek and area was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of businessman and former mayor Ben Roy, 70, on Sept. 17.

Roy was a ceaseless promoter of Cache Creek for nearly 50 years. He served as mayor, alderman, fire chief, and was the driving force behind many groups including Gold Country, Graffiti Days and the Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in establishing the local radio station, CFMA, and was honoured with a BC Community Achievement Award in 2008, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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