2013: Community in review

Looking back community and entertainment stories from September to December

Leah Henderson

Week 36 – Sept. 4

Flight 21 cairn inaugurated

The emotional unveiling of the Canadian Pacific Flight 21 monument at the South Cariboo Visitor Centre on Aug. 31 included many family members of crash victims.

The stone cairn memorializes the 52 people who perished in a tragic plane crash 48 years ago near Dog Creek, but not at an easily-accessible site. The group of fundraisers included Ruth Peterson, and Didi Henderson, who lost her father in the July 8, 1965 crash.

Music in her life

Michaela Dickey discussed her career as an opera singer and student of music in Montreal.

“I am living my dream,” the former 100 Mile House resident said.

“I am so lucky to have had the opportunity and mentorship and the people who supported me and cared about me from 100 Mile, so I could find my path towards opera, classical music and doing something as crazy as music for a living.”


Week 37 – Sept. 11

Community Garden

Bruce Madu, a 100 Mile House resident, discussed food security, the growing season and what’s going on these days at the 100 Mile House Community Garden.

Outdoor cinema

Jamie Hughes, co-founder of the 100 Mile House Waterpark Society, talked about the success of the outdoor movie night it hosted.

Admission was by donation as the group attempts to build a spray park at Centennial Park.


Week 38 – Sept. 18

The selective logger

A local wood artist had some of his folk art and furniture on display at Parkside Art Gallery in September.

Chuck Brager talked about his craft and where he gets his material.

Local artist honoured

The Cariboo Artists’ Guild said farewell, for now, to a longtime member.

Grace Mills-Hodgins, who relocated from 100 Mile House to Vancouver, says she can see herself coming back to visit family and friends in the area.


Week 39 – Sept. 25

New start for singer

Stacey Jariett shared her story about losing her son in a devastating car accident in November 1997 that also claimed her country music career.

After years in the hospital and physical therapy, she is able to walk again and looking to re-establish herself in the world of country music.

Preserving the past

Author and Forest Grove resident Marianne Van Osch released a new book, Along the Clearwater Trail, about South Cariboo homesteader Toody Shirran.

Copies of her book are available at a number of local venues.


Week 40 – Oct. 2

Acting bug hits area residents

A local theatre group was busy preparing for a performance of the play Office Hours, written by Canadian playwright Norm Foster.

The 100 Mile Performing Arts Society was rehearsing to perform at Martin Exeter Hall on Oct. 25-26.

Comedy enjoyed

The Hun City Hunnies, a non-profit community improvement society, delivered on what people asked for and brought a night of stand-up comedy to 100 Mile House.

A huge audience packed the 100 Mile Community Hall on Oct. 4 for performances by Dan Quinn, Kyle Bottom and Ivan Decker.


Week 41 – Oct. 9

Harmonica player missed

A classical harmonica player, well-known in the local arts and music scenes, was leaving town.

Anthony Lau and wife, Helen Lennox, left their home in 108 Mile Ranch and moved to Kelowna. Lau has returned on a few occasions to play with the Eclectica Community Choir.

First adult book

Bridge Lake author Becky Citra released a new book, titled, If Only.

The young adult novel was a first for the local author, who has written a number of books for younger readers.


Week 42 – Oct. 16

Scary fun

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grad students were busy preparing for Halloween Town 2013.

Hallways and dressings rooms inside the South Cariboo Rec. Centre looked like a “haunted forest” when they were done. Area residents brave enough got to walk through it.


Week 43 – Oct. 23

Finding beauty

The artwork of Claire Kujundzic was on display at Parkside Art Gallery in 100 Mile House.

The artist explained the works demonstrate a “creative response” to the pine beetle epidemic, which has affected millions of acres of British Columbia’s forests.


Week 44 – Oct. 30

Arts and Crafts Fair

A variety of handcrafted items were for sale at the 36th Annual Winter Arts and Crafts Fair at the 100 Mile Community Hall, Nov. 8-10.

Vendors and organizers were busy preparing for the three-day event.


Week 45 – Nov. 6

Journal details sacrifice, history

A First World War journal that belonged to his grandfather adds significance to Remembrance Day for 108 Mile Ranch resident Carl Gimse.

He has visited some of the locations in Europe his grandfather wrote about, including Vimy Ridge in France.


Week 46 – Nov. 13

Agriculture society nurtures growth

The Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre was almost as busy as a farmer this season with its various projects and events.

Representative Rita Giesbrecht wrapped up the season with her thoughts and experience on some of those activities and other news from the centre.


Week 47 – Nov. 20

Fostering global community

A world of gifts was available for shoppers in 100 Mile House as part of a Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale.

A variety of goods were available for purchase that benefited artisans in developing countries around the world.


Week 48 – Nov. 27

Local sweet stuff

A local beekeeper won multiple awards at a British Columbia honey contest and trade show in Kelowna.

108 Mile Ranch resident Mike Cober discussed what it takes to produce good honey.


Week 49 – Dec. 4

Christmas season kickoff

Hundreds of residents turned out for a parade and some late-night shopping on Nov. 29.

Downtown 100 Mile House was the place to be for Moonlight Madness and the annual Santa Claus Parade.

Choir shared joy of singing

Six members of the Eclectica Community Choir of 100 Mile House travelled to Prince George to sing in the Fourth Movement (Ode to Joy) of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. They shared the stage with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Zakresky.


Week 50 – Dec. 11

Local scene, talent on video

108 Mile Ranch resident and professional photographer Elisha Schaff directed a music video for Christian music singer-songwriter Dan Bremnes.

Parts of the video for This Life were shot in 100 Mile House. It also won music video of the year at the 35th Annual Covenant Awards presented by the Gospel Music Association of Canada in November 2013.


Week 51 – Dec. 18

Veteran’s valour recognized

A handmade quilt paid tribute to a longtime local resident.

At Mill Site Lodge, Cariboo Calico Quilter s guild members Nancy Meville and Marilynne Brager honoured Royal Canadian Air Force veteran Gordon Thorsteinson, who turned 98 on Dec. 31, by presenting him a Quilt of Valour.


Week 52 – Dec. 25

Government limited in response

Esmat Nazaryar is seeking Canadian “pressure” in murder and kidnapping that took place in Afghanistan in April 2013.

The Surrey resident and Hope International Development Agency country director has visited 100 Mile House on several occasions to talk about the South Cariboo Afghanistan Project, which has benefited the Village of Jeloucha for close to 10 years.









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