New fire truck purchased for Hawkins Lake firefighters

After an extensive search, the Hawkins Lake Volunteer Fire Fighters Association has acquired a new “first-out” truck

Doug Magaw

Doug Magaw

After an extensive search, the Hawkins Lake Volunteer Fire Fighters Association has acquired a new “first-out” truck.

The 2009 F350 4×4 flat deck crew-cab will be painted to match the pumper truck and fitted with a water tank and firefighting equipment. Doug Magaw, Dale McWilliams and Tom Cotey have been working on the hall to accommodate the truck.

Community club

Bev McGregor is stepping down as secretary when her term ends at the AGM on April 30.

Bev served as the president of the club 2005-2007, and then as its secretary 2007-2015. Her energetic leadership has contributed greatly over the years.

Computer gurus Chris Pettman and Charles Bowett met with members to answer questions ranging from virus protection to laser printers. Eventually they broke for coffee and baked goodies, including Yvette Stark’s Saskatoon Bundt Cake and Dolores Angell’s Valentine Cookies.

Chris and Charles are donating their honorarium to the Youth Zone.

The club has purchased a DVD-based course, entitled Our Night Sky. On March 12 at Margo’s Cabin at 10 a.m., we’ll learn about the constellations and their stars. The following week, March 19, in the dark of the new moon, the session will be in the evening, studying the spring sky from the Harts’ deck. There will be handouts for later use at home. Everyone is welcome.

Birds, animals and lake levels

Scott Whitecross had a red-winged blackbird at his feeder on Feb. 11, where it remained the day gorging on the high-calorie chow.

A week or so later down at Oasis Mahood, a young bear turned up at the home of Phil and Sharon Simms. Phil said it looked dishevelled and was walking quite stiffly. It sounds like a teenager just out of bed.

Apparently the lake level is already more than a foot higher than its seasonal low and is rising rapidly.

Calendar

* Book club will meet on March 17 at 10 a.m. at the home of Tryphenia Belli to discuss The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards. New members welcome. Contact Sheila Hart at 250-397-2645 for details.

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