Teen alerts father to floundering boater

Community news happening around the Deka Lake district of the South Cariboo

Someone reported a “heroic rescue” near dusk on Deka Lake on June 19.

Apparently, a boater, wearing hip-waders, flipped his craft. When Ken Wright’s 14-year -old granddaughter, Codie, looked out the window and saw the upturned boat and the captain struggling to swim in the water, she summoned her father, Steve.

A firefighter from the Coast, Steve dashed to the lake, dove in and dragged the boater out, while fighting against hip-waders full of water. Other nearby boaters hooked onto the upturned boat’s bow and towed it to the access.

The victim was lucky, and kudos go to Codie and Steve for their part in the rescue.


Gathering planned

In memory of longtime Deka resident Erna Zink, who passed away April 2, a celebration of life will be at the Deka Fire Hall, Aug. 4 from 1 to 3p.m.


Students acknowledged

June 28 was Awards Day at Bridge Lake Elementary School (BLES.)

After appreciation was shown to the school’s many volunteers, and a slide show of this year’s activities, the annual awards were presented. All awards, except the Jimmy Bonter Memorial Citizenship Award, went to Grade 7 students.

The Bonter award was won by Grade 6 student Giorgia Lanzoni, while the Ryan Larson Memorial Sportsmanship Award went to Cameron Caldwell. The Outstanding Pupil (Academic) Award saw a tie between Piper Loft and Nicholas Rottluff.

Loft also won the Music Award; while Lukas Waldner won for French and Jordana Weeks for Fine Arts.

The Soar like an Eagle Award, which goes to the student who has “found his wings and is ready to fly,” was won by a thrilled Morgan Briand.

Students who are to be congratulated on making the honour roll for the entire year, include Grade 5, Logan Law and Hannah Valihora; Grade 6, Brittany Boyd; and Grade 7s Caldwell, Loft, Rottluff and Waldner.

The community congratulates all the above students, and wishes the Grade 7s a wonderful future as they move on to the “big school.”


Guest artist

Bridge Lake librarian Brenda Tillyer has welcomed well-known quilter Donna Fillmore to the library’s Community Showcase for the month of July.


Elections held

BLES Parent Advisory Committee held its elections June 21. Andrea Veitch is returning to the presidency after several years’ absence. Mandy Lipka is the newly elected treasurer, and Sandy Law remains secretary. A new vice-president has yet to be named.


Pub hooked

After many months of waiting, this writer can now divulge the worst kept secret of all times, that Debi Young is now the proud owner of what used to be the Fish On Pub. While a name and an opening date for the licensed family restaurant and lounge are not yet official, it is true that Debi’s other business, Wildmans Rural Living Store, will eventually move into the pub’s downstairs.


Speaker series

Friends of Bridge Lake’s Les Anderson, organizer of their Summer Speaker Series, notes the ‘Interlakes Volunteer Fire Department an Update” is the first subject.

Everyone is welcome to Bridge Lake School on July 11 at 7 p.m.



Birthday bubbly goes to Catherine Cook, Mary Shennum and Don Chariton.

Many congratulations on wedding anniversaries go for Alyce and Stan Matthews’ 53rd today (July 4); and Susan and Mel Grahn’s 24th on July 9.



Call the writer for contact numbers.

• Family Bingo every Wednesday at Deka Fire Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; play starts at 7.

• Crib, Deka Fire Hall on July 6 at 7:30 p.m.

• To register for the Kids Space Vacation, July 30 to Aug. 2, call Elaine Adams at 250-593-2303.