Fire Chief, Aron Zablotny, of the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department, proudly holds the intricately crafted ‘thank you’ plaque from the Tsq’escen’ Community / Canim Lake Band. Doris Rufli photo

Canim Lake Band thanks fire fighters

Doris Rufli’s regular correspondence for the 100 Mile Free Press.

By Doris Rufli

A surprise package delivered to the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department (FGVFD) turned out to be a card and plaque from the Canim Lake Band – an acknowledgement for the local firefighters’ help during this year’s wildfire season.

The inscription reads: 2017 / Thank You for Your Support fighting the Wildfire – Tsq’escen’ Community.

Fire Chief, Aron Zablotny, stated that they will mount the commemoration on the wall for everyone to see.

’94 Lions

On Dec. 9, the Forest Grove ’94 Lions will be selling Christmas trees of various sizes as a fundraiser to support community service activities.

This event will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. or once all trees are sold – next to the Forest Grove Hardware Store along the access road to the post office and the Legion.

For more information, please contact France J Robert at 250-397-2560 or email


The annual Children’s Christmas Party at the fire hall (4518 Canim-Hendrix Lake Road) will take place on Dec. 9, starting at 10 a.m. through to 2 p.m.

Children and parents will be able to partake in various crafts while waiting for Santa to arrive at around noon. Hot dogs and juice will be available.


This year’s Xmas Potluck is set for Dec. 20, at noon.

All seniors are invited to bring a dish to share for this social get-together at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 261, Forest Grove (4535 Canim Hendrix Lake Road).

The 50+ Club meets every Wednesday throughout the year for a delicious lunch ($5) at about 11:30 a.m., catching up with friends and/or making new ones. All seniors are welcome.

School Concert

The end of the year performances by students and staff at the Forest Grove Elementary School on Eagle Creek Road is scheduled for the evening of Dec. 20.

For more information, please contact the school at 250-397-2962.


The annual Christmas Eve Community Dinner at the Forest Grove Legion is by donation and will consist of turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6 p.m.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact the Legion on 250-397-2455.

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