Canim Lake resident experiencing dramatic fall colours

Community news happening around the Canim Lake area

Laurie and Cliff Irnie on their wedding day at their home on Canim Lake. They posed with their wedding party on the dock for those special wedding pictures.

Laurie and Cliff Irnie on their wedding day at their home on Canim Lake. They posed with their wedding party on the dock for those special wedding pictures.

Dear Canimites,

The changing season moves on with dramatic yellows splashed against the dark green fir forest.

The tiny frogs in our gutter downspout now croak only when the sun is shining on their home, though they do sound somewhat sleepy.


Bush blaze

The fire department made a great save in knocking down a nighttime wildfire adjacent to a remote cabin on Canim Lake.

Twelve firefighters responded from both Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department (FGVFD) Fire Halls. The cabin’s location prevented truck access, so responders hoofed their gear 700 feet through bush and along an old road in the dark.

FGVFD deputy chief Ron Lister was the incident commander of the firefighting effort. A portable pump was used to draft water from the lake to subdue the blaze, which singed, but did not destroy, the cabin and adjacent properties.


Town-hall meeting

Cariboo Regional District Area H Director Margo Wagner organized and chaired a town-hall meeting to give people an opportunity to discuss issues of concern and to provide input into the next CRD budget.

Twenty-five residents attended. There were lively discussions on recreation facilities, boat ramps, high-speed Internet availability, refuse site problems, and the use of herbicides to control invasive plants.

Phil Doddridge, 100 Mile quality manager with Interior Roads, had been invited and was present. He was the focus of a lot of attention during and after the meeting by residents who live on the road to Ruth Lake.


Use post office

The pending sale of the Royal Mail in the United Kingdom, and the reduction of hours at the Forest Grove Post Office, remind us that mail service these days is under a lot of scrutiny.

Please use our Canim Lake Post Office as much as possible, so we “have a leg to stand on” the next time Canada Post comes calling with a notion to curtail our service.


People News

• Cliff and Laurie (Merrick) Irnie of South Canim Road were one of the local couples to marry this past summer.

They exchanged vows at their home on the lake on the August long weekend, with many family members present, and then celebrated with steaks on the “barbie” and a special dessert made by Grace Buse at the store, followed by a dance and fireworks under the Cariboo sky.

Laurie says the weather threw just about everything at them on the big day – morning rain, afternoon sunshine, thunder and lightning during the ceremony, and a spinning windstorm during the first dance. “We feel very lucky to have celebrated with such a great group of family and friends at our favourite place on Canim Lake.”

• Hisako Arai is teaching speech arts to 11 students at the Forest Grove Community School. The young people are each working on a poem by a Canadian author in preparation for a November recital.

Hisako is assisted by June Clarke at the moment.

• Wayne and Louise Traill, together with Anssi and Donna Rantamaa, travelled to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories – Aurora Borealis capital of the world – to have a look for themselves at the night spectacle. Out of four nights, they had clear skies for two of them.

Wayne says the lights looked white to the naked eye, but Anssi’s camera picked up greens and reds. His long exposures even yielded reflections on a nearby lake. For you techies, Anssi was shooting at f2.8 with an ISO setting of 320-400 for 30 to 90 seconds.

Other fascinating things were the wobbly dips and dives in the roads built on permafrost, and the bird life which still abounded. Wayne added a red-breasted merganser to his life list, as well as seeing flocks of robins, redpolls and chipping sparrows.

That’s all for now. Until next time, here’s wishing you many blessings.