Society formed to manage 70 Mile & Area Community Fund

Community news happening around the 70 Mile House area

The 70 Mile House and Area Community Funds Society executive includes treasurer Robin Rusaw

The 70 Mile House and Area Community Funds Society executive includes treasurer Robin Rusaw

The first meeting of the newly organized 70 Mile & Area Community Fund Society was held at Seventy Mile Access Centre on Nov. 2.

Sally Watson spoke about the reasons for setting up the society and the responsibilities of the administration of the funds.

An election of officers was held and the new executive includes: president Gail Moseley, vice-president Sue Wheeler, and secretary-treasurer Robin Rusaw. Dennis Tupman, Vic Popiel and Shelly McKeown were elected as directors.

The fund began when the 70 Mile Elementary School Parents Advisory Council and the Jackrabbit Club disbanded and donated their remaining funds to the community. Money was also collected at the memorial service for Joel Curson, and other donations were received periodically.

The fund now has a balance of $6,435. The money was deposited with the Kamloops Foundation in the name of the 70 Mile & Area Community Fund.

Sally is working with the Northern Initiative Trust (NIT) to double the fund balance, and the higher the balance, the more we will receive from NIT.

She then challenged the community to donate one day’s pay to the fund, and she donated $140 to start the drive.

Donations can be sent to the 70 Mile & Area Community Fund Society, PO Box 29, 70 Mile House, B.C., V0K 2K0, or to Kamloops Foundation, 70 Mile & Area Community Fund, PO Box 15, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 5K3.

Tax receipts will be sent for donations of $20 and over.

Check the thermometer in the 70 Mile General Store for progress.


Fire call

The 70 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department received a callout on Oct. 25 at 2:40 a.m. to a house fire on the North Chasm Road.

The trucks left the hall 10 minutes later and fought the fire for more than six hours.


Weekly poker

The poker champions for the 2012/13 season were announced on Nov. 6.

They are: first, Steve Thomson; second, Dennis Huber; and third Rod Mickelson. Each received a trophy and the winner’s name was inscribed on the champion’s plaque.



The Thompson-Nicola Regional District bookmobile will be in the area on Nov. 21.

It will be at the South Green Lake Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and at the 70 Mile General Store from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In my last column, the wrong date was listed for the bookmobile. It was here on Oct. 31 and not Nov. 14 as published.



The 70 Mile VFD bingo will be held on Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 at the Seventy Mile Access Centre. Doors open at 5:30 pm and play starts at 6:30 pm.


VFD news

The 70 Mile House VFA will hold a general meeting on Nov. 24 at 10:00 am at the fire hall on Willow Road.

There will be a fire practice on Nov. 26 at 6:30 pm at the fire hall. For information call Derrick at 250-456-2314.

Fire dues are payable now. Fees are $50 for residential and $75 for commercial. Cheques to 70 Mile House VFA can be sent to Box 95, 70 Mile House, BC V0K 2K0.