Forest Grove news

Recreation Society to hold its general meeting on Feb. 5

The Forest Grove and District Recreation Society (FGDRS) will hold a general meeting at the community hall on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

A date for the annual general meeting will be decided at that time.

The FGDRS is an umbrella organization that encompasses the Community Hall Association, Ball Club, Curling Club, Cemetery Committee and all functions of the community centre. It also includes a rental property.

In 2004, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) established the Area H Community Hall and Recreation Facility Support Service to provide funding to the FGDRS to assist in the operation of the community hall. The society is reimbursed for utility bills, insurance and identified capital projects. Funding amounts are provided by way of a parcel tax.

The CRD supports 13 community halls using this type of arrangement. Although each hall and circumstances are different, the CRD recognizes the important role halls play in the stability of their communities.

Our community hall was built by local residents. For many years, it was the gathering place for a wide variety of events that involved everyone in the Grove at one time or another.

We have a beautiful hall with excellent kitchen facilities, a large stage and dance floor and additional rooms that can be used as dressing rooms and storage rooms.

The 94 Lions have a meeting room in the building. The Forest Grove Public Library and the curling rink are also part of the complex. The curling rink is not in use at the time, as a new ice plant is needed. However, plans are under way to work toward restoration of the rink.

The people of the Forest Grove area have always banded together whenever an organization or group needs help or to re-group. The community must rally behind our Recreation Society and work with the members to prove that we do value the community hall and all the other amenities under the auspices of the FGDRS.

Membership forms will be available at the general meeting and at Forest Grove Supplies.

Pool tournament

A pool tournament is underway at the Legion on Friday at 7 p.m.

The tournament will last for 13 weeks. The winner will be determined through a points system. Points are awarded for attendance, scores and there are hidden points.

New players can join at any time. The top prize will be a pool cue and case. Organizers are Gilbert Hochen and Ivan Christopher.

For information, call the Legion at 250-397-2455.

Will Rogers Award

Mag Mawhinney is a well-known cowboy poet with close ties to Forest Grove.

Recently Mag was named the 2012 Cowgirl Poet of the Year, a Will Rogers Award, by the Academy of Western Artists. The annual award is given to the poet who has promoted and preserved western heritage in Canada and the United States in the most exemplary manner.

Many of Mag’s poems and stories are based on the years she and her family, the Teslos, lived near the Grove in the early 1950s, when she developed a love for the Cariboo way of life. One of her stories appeared in the Jan. 4 edition of the Cariboo Connector.

Calendar

• Library: community hall, Tuesday 3- 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. New books and magazines, large selection of children’s and juvenile literature, movies and audio books. Two computer stations, please reserve. Wireless is available. Phone 250-397-2927.

• Walking Club: fire hall, Monday at 11 a.m. Contact Richard at 250-397-2876.

• 50 Plus: at the Legion, Wednesday from noon. Soup and sandwich lunches available.