Community calendars an important fundraiser for Ladies Auxiliary

Community news happening around the Forest Grove area of the South Cariboo

Longtime Forest Grove Legion Ladies Auxiliary member Pat Fitzel is once again spearheading the Community Calendar fundraising project. Proceeds go to the annual Seniors Christmas Party.

Longtime Forest Grove Legion Ladies Auxiliary member Pat Fitzel is once again spearheading the Community Calendar fundraising project. Proceeds go to the annual Seniors Christmas Party.

In 1971, a new community hall was built in Forest Grove, and as a fundraiser, the hall committee decided to sell community calendars.

When the hall was finished and bingo became the main source of funds, the calendar project was turned over to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Pat Fitzel has been an auxiliary member for 51 years, and during that time, she served as president for three terms. Her present term in office started in 1997.

Pat has been co-ordinator for the calendar project for 10 years. She is assisted by Mary Stenerson, June Rislund, Marg Huber and Brenda Scott who represent different areas in and around Forest Grove.

The calendars feature birthdays, anniversaries and memorials. The cost is $10 for six dates and 10 cents for each additional date. Advertising space can be purchased.

Proceeds from the calendars go to the annual seniors’ Christmas dinner. This year, the Ladies Auxiliary will hold its 39th dinner.

The calendars provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge important days in our neighbours’ lives. To get your special days on the 2013 calendars, call Pat at 250-395-1336 before the end of September.


Fall gardens

On Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Ken Bourne will be at the Forest Grove Library to answer gardening questions and to talk about fall pruning, preserving seeds for a spring seed exchange and preparing your garden for winter.

Ken is well known for his practical, tried-and-true methods of planting and growing organic vegetables in a Cariboo environment. He has written gardening columns for various magazines and newspapers.

This is sure to be an enjoyable evening with an engaging speaker, input from local gardeners and a lot of useful tips to take home with you.



Please start saving your bottles, cans, juice containers and other recyclables for a bottle drive to be held by the Forest Grove Elementary School at the end of September.

A pick-up service will be available if you live outside the Grove.

Recyclables can also be dropped off in the bins in front of the school at any time.

The school’s recycling program provides funds for class trips and other expenses.

The date and time for the bottle drive will be noted in the Sept. 19 column,



  • Darts: Bring your own partner tournament at the Legion, Sept. 15. Registration at 10 a.m., games at 11. Kitchen will be open. Contact person is Rene Leblanc at 250-791-7348.
  • Fire department fundraiser: A big day for people of all ages at the community hall, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Yard sale, bake sale, silent auction. Special barbecue. More items are needed for the yard sale and auction, so please donate if you can. Funds go to Halloween fireworks and the children’s Christmas party. To donate or to rent a table, contact Wendy at 250-397-2452.

Interesting reply

In response to an inquiry by James Graff about a First Nations man named Modeste, Gordon Kellett wrote:

“I knew Modeste Boyce when I was young. He was a very nice man, good to small boys like me. He was hard-working and quite independent.

“He and his wife, Minnie, who did not speak English, lived at the west end of the Canim Reserve near the road to Bob Lake, rather than in the main village.

“He always dressed like a rancher/trapper and she wore long, flowing skirts and blouses. Their granddaughter is Irene Charley who I believe still lives on the reserve.”