annual Christmas bazaar a big success

Important news about the Bridge Lake and Interlakes communities

Donna Jarvis

Donna Jarvis

While vendor numbers were down at the annual Roe Lake Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 20, the event was still deemed a success.

Door prizes went to Pauline Black, Dawn Caldwell and Anne Pym.

On behalf of Interlakes Community Association, co-ordinator Verna Desjardine voiced her gratitude to the public for its support.


Community showcase

Lac des Roches resident Barry Reid, who makes Inukshuks, is the artist on display in Bridge Lake Library’s Community Showcase for the month of December.

A great traveller, Barry has been a rock hound for years, collecting rocks from everywhere he’s been, from the Arctic to the Sahara.

“Soon I had these great piles of rocks sitting around and wondered what I could do with them.”

Then, when in Tuktoyaktuk, he saw these things out on the tundra, some of them really huge, and asked a soapstone artist about them. Of course, since Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games, most people know they were Inukshuks, which are given names and used as markers to point “the right way.”

“I started trying to glue the rocks together without modification and, of course, they all fell apart in a heap. Then, my wife, Lois bought me a diamond saw, so now I cut flat spots to allow them to stay together. When you cut into them, some of them reveal glorious patterns of agate and jasper. And it’s certainly something to do when you’re retired and live up here.”

While Barry has a large one at the top of his driveway, most of his Inukshuks range from two to six inches in height. They can also be found at the Stone Bear Gallery in 100 Mile House.


Help the students

The Bridge Lake Elementary School Parents Advisory Committee’s annual dinner auction is on Dec. 2.

If any dinner tickets ($10/no minors) remain, they can be found at the school or Bridge Lake Store.

Viewing is at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30, and the auction starts at 6:30. Entry to the auction alone costs $1.

This is the school’s biggest fundraiser, so be sure to come out and support it.


Christmas concert

Bridge Lake elementary and community schools will hold their annual Christmas Dinner Concert on Dec. 14.

A full Christmas dinner will be served at 6p.m., with the concert following at 7. Adult dinner tickets cost $10 each; reservations are not required.


Sad passings

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Sheridan’s Marilyn Giesbrecht who passed away Nov. 11 at the age of 68. She will be sadly missed by many friends.

Deepest condolences are also extended to the family of Sheridan’s Jim Sanness who passed away Nov. 16 at the age of 70. Jim was an Interlakes Lion and was married to Kathy, another Lion. A memorial service was held Nov. 26 at Interlakes Hall, with the eulogy given by Lion Harv Allen.


All aboard

The next “Travels on Sunday” takes folks to the Czech Republic with Jarka Hrusa.

Enjoy armchair travel from 1 to 2:30 pm., Dec. 4 at Bridge Lake Library, which is within Bridge Lake School.


Events cancelled

Due to fire-hall renovations, Deka Ladies Auxiliary has cancelled its Christmas party and the Dec. 14 family bingo game.



Champagne and caviar celebrate Moira Davies’ 70th birthday today (Nov. 30).

Bubbly also goes to Ruth Marx, Al Bishop, Aaron Durand and John Frame, and Brittanie Schroeder gets eight big balloons.



Call the writer for contact numbers.

• Highway 24/Interlakes Lions meet 6:30 p.m., Dec. 5 at Interlakes Hall.

• Deka fire practice: 6.30 p.m., Dec. 6.

• Log Cabin Quilters meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 7 at Interlakes Hall.

• BLCS meets at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at the school.