Kermit the Frog would love green, green grass of Canim

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

Dolores Angell

Dolores Angell

Dear Canimites,

As I write this, an early morning sun shines warmly over the southern hills of Canim Lake, the first after a week of rain.

The birds are singing, and the residents, too. Kermit the frog would love this place, green beyond belief.

Stepping stones

Eleven of Canim Lake’s avid gardeners gathered to fashion stained glass stepping stones to add a touch of artistic and functional beauty to their gardens, using patterns of hummingbirds, iris, frogs, angels and bright suns.

The women were helped in their efforts by Kathy Reid from 100 Mile House. This is the third year the community club organized the activity. The morning ended with a lunch provided by Louise Kerr, Bev McGregor, Margo Wagner and Lynne Baker.

When all was done, Garry Baker got to reclaim his garage with the help of Doug McGregor.

Mahood Lake camping

Big improvements have been made to the Mahood Lake Campground this year, with the installation of $30,000 worth of children’s playground equipment, including a new climbing wall.

Park facility operators Paul and Karen Blackwell say children love it.

In addition to that, the huge former group camping area was divided into two sites, each with its own facilities and they are still spacious enough to serve a large gathering. Recently Sherri and Colin Latimer celebrated their wedding there, with more than 100 guests, many staying overnight in tents and RVs.

Group and individual sites can be booked online at  Select Wells Gray Park, as the Mahood Lake campground is contained within it.

The campground is a great picnicking spot after a hike into the Canim and Mahood falls. Paul says there is no charge for the picnic area, which is located by the beach and the playground equipment.

There is also a very good boat launch. The fishing has been “excellent” this year, with a 25-pound lake trout landed already.

Meet, greet and eat

Cariboo Regional District Director Margo Wagner is hosting a “meet and greet” at the Forest Grove Community Hall, July 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

She will give people the latest news from the CRD, and then provide everyone an opportunity to raise issues and questions they might have. As a fundraiser, refreshments, hotdogs and hamburgers will be served by the Hawkins Lake Volunteer Firefighters Association.

It sounds as if it will be a neighbourly gathering, with a good chance to catch up on the news and discuss issues of mutual interest. Peter and Heather Thomson, Teri Sobo and Philip McManamon will be cooking the perfect barbecue, with Georgina Kay as mistress of the till, and there was never a friendlier face to give your money to than she.

Baby pack project

Leona Hurrell at Hawkins Lake is still working on the baby pack project with assistance from knitters in the area and the Lower Mainland.

In January, she sent 40 pounds of supplies to the project in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, and it was received with thanks. The project assembles packs of essentials for mothers who have just given birth but who are in difficulty providing the basics for their child.

The packs include a diaper and pin, bib, vest, sweater, blanket, soap and a knitted toy. You can read more about this by searching on the Internet, and by calling Leona at 250-397-2586.

I would love to hear about your family gatherings and other special events this summer. Please let me know.

That’s all for now. Until next time, here’s wishing you many blessings.