Annual Deka Lake ice-fishing derby slated

Community news happening around the Deka Lake are of the South Cariboo


Deka Lake & District Volunteer Fire Department (DL&DVFD) is gearing up for its ice-fishing derby on Feb. 4.

Tickets cost $6 each and are available from any firefighter or at the weigh-in.

Folks can weigh in from dawn to 2 p.m. at McDonald’s Access, and refreshments will be available on the ice.

Prizes are awarded to three places for each of kokanee, lake and rainbow trout.

The person who weighs in the largest kokanee also wins the Dennis Watt Memorial Trophy, named for the Higgins Lake resident who passed away in 2003 and

was always a generous supporter of the fire department. Dennis’ widow, Maria, now lives in l00 Mile House, and sincerely appreciates the fact Deka still remembers her husband.

Tickets will be entered in the draw for countless door prizes even if you don’t fish but prizewinners must be present when the prizes are handed out, which will happen shortly after 2 p.m.

Tickets for the annual Ice-Out raffle, $1 each or six for $5, will also be available at the derby.

Just guess, to the nearest second, when the ice will leave Deka Lake and maybe win one of three cash prizes.


Heading north

Deka District congratulates Alamu Durand, 22, who has just graduated from Thompson Rivers University as a Red Seal chef.

Alamu is planning to head up north to work, thereby earning great dollars to allow him to move to England in September, to look for work there.

God speed and good luck to him.


Parrent passes

Residents will be sorry to learn that Ethel Parrent passed away Jan. 11 at the age of 83.

The last of Deka’s “Parrents,” Ethel and her late husband, Don, and his late brother, Elgin, and wife, Anja, were residents at Deka for some 30 years.

Ethel will be sadly missed by her many friends, who extend sincere condolences to her family.

BLCS news

Bridge Lake Community School is offering “Earthship” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25.

A Lone Butte homeowner will present slides and answer questions about his self-sustaining home. The cost is $5.

Search & Rescue’s Peter Crawshay instructs the Unified Navigation System – all you need to know to play safely in the wilderness, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a charge for the course, and the registration deadline is Jan. 26.

Call BLCS co-ordinator Wendy Dubbin (250-593-4538) to register.


Power outages

BC Hydro has announced Interlakes customers can expect power outages of up to one hour between now and March 15, in order for them to improve its system.

Individual homeowners will be advised in advance of when their power will be out, but residents should protect sensitive equipment at all times.


Art display

Be sure to drop into Parkside Art Gallery where the art glass and photos on canvas of Bridge Lake’s Gina Myhill-Jones are on display.

The display will be there until Feb. 13.



Champagne and caviar go to Kitty Carroll, Elsie Clarkson, Joan Foster and Bill Jollymore all celebrate a big birthday on Jan. 20.



Call the writer for contact numbers.

• Teen Space, for Interlakes youth in Grade 7 and up, sponsored by the Cariboo Presbyterian Church meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 20 at Interlakes Hall.

• Crib, Deka Firehall, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 20.

• Roe Lake & District Recreation Commission meets at 7 p.m., Jan. 25, followed by an Interlakes Community Associa-tion meeting at 7:30.

• Valentine’s Dance, Interlakes Hall from 8 p.m. to l a.m. Feb. 11. Your $15 ticket includes music by Mark Allen, door prizes and light refreshments. Reservations are not needed.