Deka residents enjoyed Christmas bridge party

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

Raine Lafreniere

Raine Lafreniere

Deka’s avid bridge players, many of whom belong to the Bridge Lake Duplicate Bridge Club (BLDBC), held their Christmas party game on Dec. 17 at the home of their instructor Moira Davies.

There was no one winner, as players changed partners every four hands, but a great time was had by all.

BLDBC reconvenes at Bridge Lake School tomorrow (Jan. 5) and every Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Anyone requiring a partner should call Sharon Stewart in advance at 250-593-2126.


Boulanger passes

Sadly, one of Sheridan’s earliest residents, Norm Boulanger, passed away Dec. 17, just a few months short of his 80th birthday.

An American from Seattle whose family first arrived here in 1943, Norm was a constant visitor until 1986 when he retired here and became a Canadian citizen. It was this family that developed the West Sheridan Subdivision back in 1962, and Boulanger Road will always serve as a fond reminder.

An avid outdoorsman, Norm loved the trails and wilderness of Interlakes, and mapped more than 200 kilometres of its trails for public benefit.

A founder of the Interlakes Snowmobile Club, it was he who dressed as the Easter Bunny, or Santa, or whatever was needed, and always said: “My middle name is Fun!” The club presented him with a Life Membership in 2007.

The Remembrance Day issue of the Free Press carries Norm’s typically amusing narration of his time as a radar man in the United States Navy. He was also a worthy past president of the Interlakes Lions Club.

A celebration of Norm’s life will be held in the summer.

He will be sadly missed by countless friends. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family.


Lots of Space

Interlakes youth groups, Kids Space and Teen Space, sponsored by the Cariboo Presbyterian Church, are back in action, generally on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Interlakes Hall.

The “Kids” will meet Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 17, March 9 and 23, April 13, and May 11.

Teens (Grade 7 and up) will meet Jan. 20, March 16 and April 20. Their Feb. 18 meeting, in the morning, will prepare for the annual luncheon fundraiser on Feb. 19.

The Firefighters Club, which is sponsored and approved by Interlakes Volunteer Fire Department and the Cariboo Regional District, is for youths in Grade 7 and up and now meets at the fire hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4, March 3 and May 5.


Showcase artist

Jenny Taylor is January’s guest artist in Bridge Lake Library’s Community Showcase.

Jenny professes to starting with oils, then finding quilting and continuing from there to experiment with curves, colours and dimensions to create fibre art.

A member of the 100 Mile’s Calico Quilters, Jenny says, “It’s machine embroidery, and playing with fabric pieces and thread. I do make quilts as well, but for my landscapes, it’s probably closer to collages. Either way, I’m having a lot of fun with it and I guess that’s what counts.”


All aboard

Bridge Lake’s next “Travels on Sunday” takes you to Bornholm, Denmark with Anne-Marie Brown.

Enjoy the vicarious experience from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Jan. 15 at Bridge Lake School.



Belated champagne and caviar are sent to Roy Winton who celebrated his 85th birthday, Dec. 21. May there be many more.

Brittany Boyd gets 12 big balloons on Jan. 5, while Sheridan’s Irene Barkley clocks up 94 years on Jan. 8.



Call the writer for contact numbers.

• Crib, Deka Fire hall, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 6.

• Deka Ladies Auxiliary meets 10:30 a.m., Jan. 11 at Deka fire hall.

• Bridge Lake Community School meets 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the school.

• Interlakes Snowmobile Club meets 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at Interlakes Hall.