A lot of activity going on in downtown Lone Butte

Community news happening around the Lone Butte area of the South Cariboo

The Psalm 23 Transition Society members from 59 Mile held their first concession at the Lone Butte Craft Fair & Flea Market on April 20. Anthony Kuno

The Psalm 23 Transition Society members from 59 Mile held their first concession at the Lone Butte Craft Fair & Flea Market on April 20. Anthony Kuno

Last year at the Lone Butte Rocks day, the Lone Butte Historical Association (LBHA) got caught in the down pour and items left over from their annual garage sale were put into the Water Tower as quickly as possible.

Of course, the haste of putting the items away created an unorganized storage. There is a work bee planned for May 26 starting at 9 a.m., to clean out the tower, get things organized and build shelves.

The LBHA is planning on holding its annual fundraiser on Lone Butte Rocks day, July 6, and would gratefully accept any quality garage sale items. To help out with the work bee or to donate items, call Al or Gayle Jones at 250-395-5193.


Sale a Success

The April 20 Craft Fair & Flea Market at the Lone Butte Community Hall was very successful, organizer Pat McKay says, adding the support from the local residents was wonderful.

For the first time, the group from Psalm 23 looked after the concession, and from all reports, the food was excellent. This writer can attest to the great breakfast sandwich.

McKay says Psalm 23 will be back for the next craft fair on May 25.

Using this non-profit group is a great way of combining community efforts. It’s a good way for Psalm 23 to raise awareness and money, and a good way for the Lone Butte Horse Lake Community Association (LBHLCA) to offer great food and show support.

If vendors are interested in attending the next sale, contact Pat McKay at 250-395-2114.


Firefighting support

The Lone Butte Volunteer Fire Department (LBVFD) has quite a few volunteers coming out to practices, but with the increase comes an increase in equipment.

It costs about $2,200 to safely suit up a firefighter, including his or her turn-out gear, safety equipment and pager.

Fire chief Jon Grieves says the LBVFD also would like to upgrade the outdated Self Contained Breathing Apparatus the volunteers use.

A newly formed LBVFD Auxiliary wants to raise funds to help with the purchase of needed equipment for the firefighters. The members are asking for donations of items for an upcoming yard sale in June.

If you are interested in helping in any way or want to donate items for the sale, contact Chris Schmidt at 250-395-2006.


OUT and about

The Other Unusual Talents group, which meets the first and third Tuesday of the month starting at 10 a.m., is having great attendance, but there is always room for one more. This fun group of talented ladies get together to do their crafts or just sit and talk. A swap meet will be held at the May 1 meeting. For more information, call Pat at 250-395-2114.


Roof leaking

The community hall has been through a lot over the past few months with heating upgrades, foundation renovations and installation of a better sound system.

Like any old building, however, there is always something that needs looking after. The next item on the list of repairs is the roof. Leaks discovered during installation of the heating system.

The LBHLCA is looking into getting some quotes for a quick fix before winter and then looking into what’s out there for grants in 2014 to do a proper job. The next meeting for the association is May 7 at 7 p.m., call Chris at 250-395-2006 or Heather Nelson at 250-395-3588 for more information.


Remember to vote

The Lone Butte Community Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 14 for folks to cast their votes.

Heather Nelson is the former Lone Butte correspondent.