A drone threatens eagles on Vancouver Island last year.

A drone threatens eagles on Vancouver Island last year.

Local news briefs: Drone problems

A man has been convicted and fined after his drone buzzed an eagle's nest, disturbing the birds.

Halloween (bear) scares

Pumpkins are, for many people, a basis for baking or a source for Halloween frights. For hungry bears fattening up for winter, however, they’re a powerful attractant; so if you still have Halloween jack-o-lanterns on your front porch, get rid of them safely before potentially belligerent bruins come sniffing around after some free food.

As winter approaches, bear conflicts have declined, but Kamloops and area is still a hot spot, with bear incident reports higher than they have been for a decade.

Tim Brecht plays the Bridge

Musician Tim Brecht is coming to the Packing House in Spences Bridge on November 4 and 5. Brecht takes classic tunes and adds the “Tim touch” to them in a show that will leave the audience rolling in the aisles. Seats are going fast; to book a table call (250) 458-2256. Dinner, dessert, and the show is $40 per person; dessert and the show is $20 per person.

Cache Creek indoor market

The Cache Creek Farmers’ and Flea Market will continue indoors at the Cache Creek Community Hall on the first Saturday of each month. Drop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 for arts, crafts, baking, and more!

Tables and chairs are provided for vendors, and there is a $10 fee per table; no charge for admission. For information call Wendy Coomber at (250) 457-9587, or e-mail wcoomber@telus.net.

Change of meeting date

There has been a change to the date of the next Spences Bridge Community Club meeting, which will not be on November 9 as advertised. The next meeting will instead be on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at Clemes Hall. The SBCC will be discussing possible changes to the constitution and bylaws.

Stress management

“Cooling Down the Stress Soup” is a free stress management seminar coming to Ashcroft on November 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Community Hall on Bancroft Street.

Stress fitness coach Cameron Johnston will be showing participants how to live it up without burning out as they master eight practical and effective ways to manage stress effectively, and prosper in our 24/7 world.

The seminar is designed to help anyone who is struggling with the pressures of modern life, and who needs practical solutions on how to cope effectively with stress.

“There’s lots of stress around nowadays,” says Reg Andersen, who is the local contact for, and organizer of, the event, which is sponsored by Adventist Health and Wellness. It is the first time the seminar has been offered in the area, and Andersen says there is no church component to the presentation, which originated at the Silver Hills Lifestyle Centre in Lumby. “We’re just trying to do some community service things.”

To register for this free seminar, or find out more information, call Reg Andersen at (250) 453-0090, or e-mail rngander@outlook.com.

After school art

Budding school-age artists who want to explore their artistic side should look into the after school art classes being offered by Ashcroft artist Jo Petty at the HUB. Children in grades one to three can attend classes every Tuesday from November 8 to 29, while students in grades four to seven can attend classes every Wednesday from November 9 to 30.

The program is sponsored by United Way, and classes start at 3:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please call Desert Sands Community School at (250) 453-9144.

Christmas downtown light-up

“Let’s have fun making Ashcroft bright and beautiful for Christmas!” says a group of interested people—including the Ashcroft Chamber of Commerce—who are asking downtown businesses to build a large window wreath with lights on it, decorated in an appropriately seasonal fashion, to display in the window of their business.

The contest runs until November 30, and judging will take place that night, with the “Best Christmas Display” winner receiving $200. All the displays will remain on until the Santa Parade on December 2 (and hopefully after that).

Heritage BC awards

Heritage BC is seeking nominations for its annual awards program, which recognizes outstanding and significant achievements in heritage conservation throughout the province. Awards will be presented in four categories: Heritage Education and Awareness (for increasing awareness and support for historic places and conservation in a community); Heritage Conservation (for the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, or adaptive reuse of historic places); Heritage Planning and Management (for community heritage planning and cultural and heritage resource management.); and Distinguished Service Award (for exemplary volunteer commitment to heritage conservation by an individual, through leadership in public awareness, heritage education or interpretation, or heritage advocacy over a considerable period of time).

Nominations can be submitted through Heritage BC’s website (www.heritagebc.ca) until the end of day on Friday, November 4.

Drone pilots beware

The operator of a remote controlled drone that buzzed and harassed an eagle’s nest on Vancouver Island in 2015 has been convicted of an offence under the B.C. Wildlife Act, and fined $230.

The offence took place at a waterfront park in Nanaimo, and a witness reported that the adult eagles, as well as the baby eagles, were extremely agitated by the drone. It is an offence under the B.C. Wildlife Act to harass wildlife with a vehicle or mechanical device.