Prosperity in Forest Grove

Community news from the Forest Grove area of the South Cariboo

Karin Kraal

Karin Kraal

“During the 1990’s, the Forest Grove community was in a decline, now it is prospering.”

John Page proprietor of Forest Grove Supplies took a minute to talk about the upward swing in local businesses.

Page attributed some of the prosperity to the fact that many retired couples have moved into the Grove in recent years.

There are also several young families with children.

“Everyone is busy, more people are working,” Page said.

The hardware store is at the center of a bustling mini mall which includes the post office with postmistress Viv Hall, Karin’s Hair Care owned by Karin Kraal, and Off-Road Pizza, owned by Dave Gisby.

Next door to the mall is Forest Grove Public Storage owned by Darren and Corrie Benard.

The Forest Grove Store operated by John and Heather Shin has been updated with paving, new pumps, a propane shelter and fencing.

Across the highway, Linda Stinson has just finished a major renovation to her new business, Forest Grove Wash Centre.

Remembrance Day

On Nov. 11, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 
11th month of 2011 we will remember those who have gone to war so that we may remain free.

Remembrance Day ceremonies will begin at the Legion at 10:30 a.m. with a short parade to the cenotaph.

A social gathering and lunch will follow. Please try to attend this heartfelt event.

94 Lions

94 Lions President Chris Cummings reports the club’s address sign campaign is over for this year but will be renewed in the spring.

The signs are important safety features and are endorsed by the fire department.

The Lions are busy working on their fire wood project.

Wood is cut, split and delivered to those in need or who are no longer able to get their own.

The International Lions motto is “We serve”.

The 94 Lions do so in many ways 
that benefit our community.

In addition to the firewood 
project and other good works, they 
are the stewards of Ruth Lake Park,
maintaining that beautiful place for the public.

They would welcome anyone interested in joining the club or helping them with their projects. Contact Chris Cummings, 250-397-2892.

Turkey shoot

On Oct. 15 a darts turkey shoot was held at the Legion.

Winners were: Ruth Leblanc, Ed Anderson, Robert Johnson, Karen Smith, Arlene Lamberton, Ralph MacEachern, Linda Smith, Rick Lundstead. Ladies high score went to Aileen Lamberton and men’s to Rick Lundstead. High finish winners were Darlene Tindale and Rene Leblanc. The event was organized by Rene and Ruth Leblanc, the dynamic duo of darts in the Grove.

After months of work by President Tom Timleck and volunteers, the Legion darts area has been transformed into a beautifully designed facility with ten boards permanently installed against a bright background. Drop in darts are Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

Warm Clothing

Winter coats, gloves, toques, boots and scarves are needed in all sizes for people in our community. Please take donations to the school.

Ladies Auxiliary Award

“Mary Stenerson  deserves this award. She’s the one who earned it,” stated Pat Fitzel, President of Branch 261 Ladies Auxiliary.

Fitzel was referring to the Community of Caring Award, presented to the auxiliary by the George Derby Centre, a residential care facility in Burnaby.

So far, Mary has knitted fifty-two lap robes for the Centre’s residents.

The certificate states “ in recognition of the time and effort spent in making these-winter warm robes.”

Mary would appreciate donations of wool for her continuing project and for those of other auxiliary members.

Contact person is Pat Fitzel at 250- 395-1336.