Connie Flannery is the new librarian in Forest Grove.
She is looking forward to meeting people from the community and from outlying areas. She extends an invitation to everyone to stop in to say hello and to check out the well-stocked library shelves.
Flannery notes new books, such as current best sellers, are ordered on a regular basis. She can also order books from other libraries throughout the province.
The library has an extensive children’s section and a good selection of juvenile literature. Magazines, newspapers, audio books and DVDs are also available. Computer stations with high-speed wireless access can be reserved.
Library hours are Tuesdays, 3-8 p.m., and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact the library at 250-397-2927.
Forest Grove Elementary School’s recycling program has been a tremendous success for several years.
Says co-ordinator Heather Van Osch: “Our recycling program is the main fundraiser for our school. It is a win-win situation for everybody, the school and the people who would like to help the environment.”
Items can be dropped off at the school or at Richard Bergen’s home. Pickup is also available.
Other key people in the recycling program are Kelly Kelsey and Tex Textor.
For many of us, changes in the seasons are at the heart of our lives in the Cariboo.
Autumn is a busy time. Everything must be made ready for winter.
We think about projects we will get at, the books we’ll read in the warmth of woodstoves and the people we’ll see now that summer travels are over.
The following is a continuation of a list of Grove groups and activities begun in the last column. All of them will provide companionship and good times in the months ahead.
• 94 Lions Club: Correction – meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays at the community hall at 7:30 p.m.
• Legion Branch 261: Meetings are the third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Legion is open to the public for all functions. Membership is no longer based on military affiliation.
The kitchen is open for excellent food Wednesday through Saturday. Meat draws are held Saturday at 4:30.
Remembrance Day is a special community event beginning with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Contact the Legion at 250-397-2455.
• Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department: The true grit of our community, they are relied on in fire and medical emergencies.
They provide good work and activities, such as the Christmas party, Halloween fireworks and participation in the community Christmas concert, round out the department’s presence in the Grove. Practices are Monday at the hall at 7 p.m. For information, contact social convener Wendy Clarke 250-397-2452.
• Forest Grove Girl Guides and Brownies: Meetings are held at the school.
There are two divisions: kindergarten to Grade 4 (Sparks, Brownies, first-year Guides) meet Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Grades 5-9 (second-, third-year Guides and Pathfinders) meet Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
District Commissioner Alice de Viveirous notes these are the only Guiding groups in the 100 Mile area at the present time.
• Recreation Society: incorporates the ball club, Cemetery Committee and the community hall complex, which includes the library and curling rink.
To rent facilities, contact Lorna Faulkner at 250-397-2262. Meetings are first Mondays at 7 p.m. New members would be appreciated.
• Hootenannies: An ever-changing mix of groups and individual performers – much like an old-time vaudeville evening of music, spoken word and dance. Held at the community hall, dates and time are advertised well ahead. Proceeds go to the Stumpranchers’ log school restoration fund. Contact Steve or Astrid at 250-397-4103 for information.