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70 Mile House Riding Arena rejuvenation closing in on completion

Ken Alexander’s column to the Free Press
Randy Spencer was a busy guy at the 70 Mile House Riding Arena Rejuvenation Work Bee on Nov. 5. He was drilling holes in the posts to hang the emergency gate at the far left of the arena. (Ken Alexander photo)

70 Mile House Riding Arena Rejuvenation Committee lead Lori Spencer said the Nov. 5 work bee at the arena, which is next to the 70 Mile Community Hall, was very successful.

“We had eight people show up with tools and machines. We got sections of the original fencing repaired, replacing many boards, and some trees and branches that were encroaching on the arena were trimmed.”

Ken Huber and his son, Michael, cleared up the old boards with a big Kubota.

Spencer added they removed an entire dump trailer full of old boards and items that couldn’t be reused.

“It cleaned up the site very nicely.”

She noted her husband Randy also installed the emergency gate at the far left end of the arena.

Spencer, Caryl Cornett Henry and Karen Greenlees got the six-foot chain harrow ready to be used. Spencer’s mom Marni Miller donated funds to purchase the important piece of equipment.

The women got the harrow hooked up to Cornett Henry’s quad and she harrowed the arena.

Spencer said the committee is still working on getting insurance so members of the regional equine community can start riding in the arena. She added that might have to wait until next spring.

The committee has done a great job in getting the arena prepared for use in a little over a month of work on the old arena.

70 Mile events

There are South Cariboo Community Fellowship Services every Sunday at the 70 Mile Community Hall, starting at 2 p.m. For more information, call Ron at 250-456-2199.

There are pool tournaments at Eddy’s Bar and Grill on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. There is a $5 entry for the Double Knockout Vegas Rules event.

SMAC’s Coffee’s On is a social event at the Community Hall on Tuesdays where people can meet friends and neighbours and make some new friends. The event is held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee, soup and whatever treats the members bring are served.

There are Trivia nights at Eddy’s Bar and Grill on Thursdays at 5 p.m. There will be teams of up to six people.

Winning team receives a round on the House.

There are Poker Fundraisers on the third Saturday of the month at the Community Hall.

The Texas Hold’em tournament has a $20 buy-in for hall operations and $10 for operations and the committee for chili, buns, coffee and door prizes.

For more information, call Dennis Huber at 250-456- 6050.

The SMAC Craft Fair will be held at the Community Hall on Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be raffles. The main raffle will be for a Keurig coffee maker. Vendors might be offering door prizes. Concession and coffee will also be available.

A pancake and sausage breakfast by donation at the Community Hall happens on the first Saturday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. The donations go towards operations.

Bake sale items are sold by donation and funds also go towards operations. There are also door prizes.