Ashcroft

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Pastor Charles Lomudak (l) with Daniel Collett and Marina Papais (r of sign), Gary Dost (third from r), Gwen and Katie Henderson (4th and 5th from r), and congregants with the church’s new sign. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

New mosaic at Ashcroft church labour of love for congregants

Seventh-Day Adventist Church worked with local artists to design, create new sign

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Pastor Charles Lomudak (l) with Daniel Collett and Marina Papais (r of sign), Gary Dost (third from r), Gwen and Katie Henderson (4th and 5th from r), and congregants with the church’s new sign. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Honour House Society founder and President Allan De Genova (l) and Robert Parkinson, Health and Wellness Director, Ambulance Paramedics of BC and Director, Honour House Society, at the opening of Honour Ranch near Ashcroft, Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Honour Ranch makes use of ‘down time’ to complete essential work

Unable to run programs because of COVID-19, volunteers made the site ready for year-round use

Honour House Society founder and President Allan De Genova (l) and Robert Parkinson, Health and Wellness Director, Ambulance Paramedics of BC and Director, Honour House Society, at the opening of Honour Ranch near Ashcroft, Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Ashcroft cenotaph, Remembrance Day 2019. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft Legion weathering the storm and keeping the doors open

Planning is well underway for annual poppy campaign and Remembrance Day service

Ashcroft cenotaph, Remembrance Day 2019. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Mike Bennie of Nanaimo taking part in the hawk and knife portion of the Black Powder Desert Rendezvous near Ashcroftin October 2018. (Photo credit: Ken Alexander)

Black powder event returns to area over Thanksgiving weekend

Seventh annual Desert Rendezvous will celebrate skills of a bygone age

Mike Bennie of Nanaimo taking part in the hawk and knife portion of the Black Powder Desert Rendezvous near Ashcroftin October 2018. (Photo credit: Ken Alexander)
The CP Holiday Train, pictured during its stop in Ashcroft in 2019, will not be riding the rails this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

CP Holiday Train will not be pulling into communities this year

Virtual event will take its place, but donations to local food banks will go ahead as usual

The CP Holiday Train, pictured during its stop in Ashcroft in 2019, will not be riding the rails this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Ashcroft received an Honourable Mention for its asset management program at this year’s UBCM Community Excellence Awards. (Photo credit: UBCM)

Village of Ashcroft receives award at 2020 UBCM conference

Ashcroft recognized for Excellence in Asset Management for homegrown program

Ashcroft received an Honourable Mention for its asset management program at this year’s UBCM Community Excellence Awards. (Photo credit: UBCM)
(from l) Gold Country Communities Society Board chair Steve Rice; Central Café owner Ogesh Chand; GCCS executive director Marcie Down; and artist Royden Josephson in front of “Surfacing”, part of the Art Route Blue project. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Gold Country’s Art Route Blue project unveils new Ashcroft artwork

Project aims to connect communities and bring people together

(from l) Gold Country Communities Society Board chair Steve Rice; Central Café owner Ogesh Chand; GCCS executive director Marcie Down; and artist Royden Josephson in front of “Surfacing”, part of the Art Route Blue project. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
A car charging at a Level 2 EV station in Sidney, B.C. Ashcroft will be getting two of the stations in 2021. (Photo credit: Wolf Depner/Peninsula News)                                A car charging at a Level 2 EV station in Sidney, B.C. Ashcroft will be getting two of the stations in 2021. (Photo credit: Wolf Depner/Peninsula News)

Two level 2 EV charging stations coming to Ashcroft in 2021

‘Last piece of funding puzzle’ now in place for project that will see 55 stations addded to network

A car charging at a Level 2 EV station in Sidney, B.C. Ashcroft will be getting two of the stations in 2021. (Photo credit: Wolf Depner/Peninsula News)                                A car charging at a Level 2 EV station in Sidney, B.C. Ashcroft will be getting two of the stations in 2021. (Photo credit: Wolf Depner/Peninsula News)
Member of the Ashcroft Slough Society is fighting to gain public access to Ashcroft Slough. (L-R) Susan McLean, Marina Papais, Dora Winwood, Gloria Mertens and Dan Collett, standing above at CN rail level (Leith McLean, photo)

New society seeks access to Ashcroft Slough

The Ashcroft Slough Society will lobby the Ashcroft Terminal to provide public access to the site.

Member of the Ashcroft Slough Society is fighting to gain public access to Ashcroft Slough. (L-R) Susan McLean, Marina Papais, Dora Winwood, Gloria Mertens and Dan Collett, standing above at CN rail level (Leith McLean, photo)
Province to start ‘rehabilitating’ old forestry roads

Province to start ‘rehabilitating’ old forestry roads

The rehabilitation work includes a combined 200 kilometres of road.

Province to start ‘rehabilitating’ old forestry roads
BC Parks rangers are monitoring Green Lake Provincial Park and other sites after complaints about people camping in day-use areas (file photo)

Unlawful campers targeted at Green Lake, other South Cariboo parks

Park rangers to monitor sites and consider further actions if necessary

BC Parks rangers are monitoring Green Lake Provincial Park and other sites after complaints about people camping in day-use areas (file photo)
The Cardboardonian raiders advance on a target. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Cardboardonians came, saw, failed to conquer in brazen attack

Stalwart young defenders defeated the invaders, saved the town

The Cardboardonian raiders advance on a target. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Esther Lang has been helping people shop during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

‘That’s what community is all about’ says longtime volunteer

Esther Lang has been picking up and delivering groceries, medications for people during COVID-19

Esther Lang has been helping people shop during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
(from l) Lisa Bowden and Matt Clough of Ashcroft Terminal, Martina Duncan (Soup’s On coordinator), Mike Bell (Ashcroft Terminal) at Soup’s On, Aug. 21. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft Terminal sponsors Soup’s On, helps out with weekly lunch

Volunteers handed out fruit, cookies, and lunch vouchers to customers

(from l) Lisa Bowden and Matt Clough of Ashcroft Terminal, Martina Duncan (Soup’s On coordinator), Mike Bell (Ashcroft Terminal) at Soup’s On, Aug. 21. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Ashcroft I.D.A. pharmacist Jon Wiesendahl says it was hard to deal with medication shortages at the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Being on pharmacy front line meant ‘More hoops to jump through’

Jon Wiesendahl says having to ration some medications was hard

Ashcroft I.D.A. pharmacist Jon Wiesendahl says it was hard to deal with medication shortages at the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Tyrone Laskey says it was sometimes difficult to keep smiling when the COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented demand from shoppers. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Longtime Safety Mart employee says he’s never seen anything like it

Tyrone Laskey says of unprecedented year ‘I always smiled, like I’ve always done’

Tyrone Laskey says it was sometimes difficult to keep smiling when the COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented demand from shoppers. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
‘It’s cauliflower, Jim, but not as we know it.’ White, orange, purple, and green cauliflower at Desert Hills Ranch, Ashcroft, August 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Desert Hills Ranch weathers challenging year for workers, crops

COVID-19, flooding, and a rainy summer season have all been obstacles to overcome in 2020

‘It’s cauliflower, Jim, but not as we know it.’ White, orange, purple, and green cauliflower at Desert Hills Ranch, Ashcroft, August 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Ashcroft council votes to go ahead with tax sale as usual

Ashcroft council votes to go ahead with tax sale as usual

Deteriorating Tingley Street apartment buildings cited during discussion at recent meeting

Ashcroft council votes to go ahead with tax sale as usual
Ashcroft council hopes to be able to twin the North Ashcroft reservoir, in part to be able to supply water to the Ashcroft Indian Band. (Photo credit: Black Press files)

Council to push North Ashcroft reservoir situation at UBCM

Twinning of existing reservoir seen as key infrastructure need for Ashcroft

Ashcroft council hopes to be able to twin the North Ashcroft reservoir, in part to be able to supply water to the Ashcroft Indian Band. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
Residents of Ashcroft’s Best Street 2020, Cornwall Place, with Andrea Walker (centre) from Ashcroft’s Communities in Bloom. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom honours some bloomin’ good gardens

Even though the judges aren’t visiting this year, annual awards were recently given out

  • Jul 29, 2020
Residents of Ashcroft’s Best Street 2020, Cornwall Place, with Andrea Walker (centre) from Ashcroft’s Communities in Bloom. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)