Firefighters thank ladies auxiliary with festive dinner

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

Deka Lake & District Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary quilters display their unfinished queen-sized quilt. The quilters include Joyce Rowe

Deka Lake and District Volunteer Fire Department (DLDVFD) laid on a sumptuous self-catered beef dinner on June 5, in appreciation of its Ladies Auxiliary (LA) that raises at least $5,000 a year.

All of this money, except small amounts used for community purposes, goes to the DLDVFD to help provide extras and keep fire protection taxes down.

Firefighters, headed up by co-ordinator, shopper, head-cook and bottle washer Montana Forster, wined and dined their ladies, and perhaps best of all from the ladies’ point of view, did all the dishes and cleanup.

Firefighter Jim Watson created a personal thank-you card for each of the 30-plus ladies; and deputy fire chief Ted Weight thanked the ladies for all their hard work. Red, pink and white roses adorned each table, and the meal ended with dessert cake, inscribed “Thank You Ladies” in their choice of vanilla or chocolate.

While the dinner was intended to thank them, the LA members were most appreciative.


Tickets available

The LA’s queen-sized raffle quilt is now finished and tickets for it and seven other exciting prizes, go on sale next week.

In cream and burgundy, the delightful pattern is Prairie Meadows. Winners will be drawn at the LA’s Fall Dinner on Oct. 26, which, this year, will probably be followed by a dance.


AGM slated

Mountain Spruce Community Centre Society’s (MSCCS) annual general meeting starts at 11 a.m. on July 13 in the park at the intersection of Mahood Lake and Burgess roads.

The meeting is timed so everyone, including our many summer residents, can stop and enjoy a picnic in the park afterwards.

They may be lucky enough to see the cow elk that’s been spotted in there, or mama fox with at least three kits.

Membership in MSCCS costs $5 a year, and those who send $10 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Money should be mailed to MSCCS, 6335 Mahood Lake Rd., Lone Butte, VOK 1X3.


AGM scheduled

Deka Lake & District Ratepayers’ Association’s (DLDRA) annual general meeting is on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

The DLDRA constitution calls for a board of 12 but the association is short of directors, and really appeals to residents to step up and help.

The many facilities provided by DLDRA include the bulletin boards, the channel markers, and the street lamps at Blain and Mahood/Burgess. This year, contingent upon ministry approval and assistance, they are looking at providing concrete boat launches at a couple of lake accesses.

The DLDRA always caters the DLDVFD’s summer fishing derby, without which there would be no beer garden. A lot of help is needed on Aug. 3-4 if DLDRA is to cater breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and supper on Sunday.

Call Penny Millway at 250-593-4521 if you can help, and especially if you are willing to let your name stand as a director.


Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life for Ken Mead, who passed away May 13 at the age of 60, is being held at his home, 7621 Lee Rd. at Bridge Lake on June 29 at 3 p.m.

Ken’s wife, Jeanne, invites friends to join her in remembering her husband.



Special congratulations go to Evan Jenkins on his 99th birthday on June 25. Birthday bubbly also goes to Crystal Thibeault, Bill Versluis and Wolf Zink.



Call the writer for contact numbers.

• Crib, Deka Fire Hall: 7:30 p.m., June 21.

• Bridge Lake Stampede is on June 29.


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