Residents appreciate snow plowers

Thumbs up to folks who keep their driveways and sidewalks clear for visitors and service people, and two thumbs up for those good samaritans who also do their neighbour’s driveways.

This little nuthatch enjoys an easy meal from a bird feeder at the 108 Mile Ranch.

This little nuthatch enjoys an easy meal from a bird feeder at the 108 Mile Ranch.

Thumbs up to folks who keep their driveways and sidewalks clear for visitors and service people, and two thumbs up for those good samaritans who also do their neighbour’s driveways.

A big thumbs down, though, for those folks who push all the snow from their driveways across the road, leaving 18-inch ridges of hard snow for small cars to plow through unexpectedly as they come around the corner.

Birding news

As always, more snow equals more birds at the bird

feeders.

We have lost our tail-less Steller’s jay, but three others are still in residence, along with grey jays, black-capped chickadees, mountain chickadees, nuthatches, the downy and hairy woodpeckers, a pair of flickers and a small flock of pine grosbeaks.

Meanwhile, the deer have been tiptoeing in and inhaling the sunflower seeds, leaving a nearly empty feeder swinging crazily off-balance in the mornings.

Ice Off Contest

Once again the 108 Lions will be holding their Ice Off Contest on the 108 Lake. Watch for

more details in the next few weeks.

Coffee time

Ranch Residents Coffee Club is in full swing again.

Come and enjoy coffee, tea, snacks, and friendly conversation on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The drop-in fee is $2.

For more details, contact Debbie Porter at 250-791-6472.

Mitten tree

There was another very successful collection of mittens, scarves, socks and toques this year from the Mitten Tree in the 108 Mall over the Christmas holidays. Four boxes of woollies have been handed over to Loaves & Fishes Outreach, and with this weather, it’s just in time. Thank you to all who donated.