Captain Don Hewitt retires from Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department

Community news happening around the Forest Grove area

Long-time member and dispatcher for the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department

Long-time member and dispatcher for the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department

After another very successful Children’s Christmas Party on Dec. 10, it was the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s turn to celebrate the Festive Season.

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 261, Forest Grove, catered this special event on Dec. 17, which saw many firefighters and guests enjoying each other’s company on a social level.

This was also the occasion to present a number of promotions and awards as well as one fond farewell.

Matt Wiesendahl is now the training officer, while Cliff Robertson was promoted to Lieutenant and Michael Gent to Captain.

Richard Bergen received the ‘British Columbia Long Service Award’ in recognition of 25 years of dedication to the fire service. Roger Beveridge accepted his 10-year pin and Shannon Wagner was bestowed the 5-year pin.

Captain Don Hewitt announced his retirement as he was moving away from the South Cariboo to settle in Winnipeg. Fire Chief Aron Zablotny praised him to have been a great asset to the department and stated that he will be greatly missed.


The Age Friendly Society of the South Cariboo held a ’55+ Housing Forum’ at the 100 Mile House community hall on Jan. 24, which included a number of guest presenters. Attendees were then invited to join discussions after a light lunch to gather further information.

In order to obtain as wide a variety of opinions throughout the area as possible, a survey was set up and everybody is asked to participate – It will be available online until Feb. 14. Paper copies can be picked up at the District of 100 Mile House or CRD offices, or your local library.

For more information, please contact the Age Friendly Society on 250-791-6406 or email


The third annual Valentine’s Dance will take place at the Forest Grove community hall on Feb. 11. Mark Allen will invite everyone to dance the night away starting at 7:30 p.m., with doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10, there will be a cash bar and pizza wedges available. For more information, please contact Wendy Clarke at 250-706-4177.