Ruby McBeth: Apple syrup and active adults

Just before the first snow, my neighbour Colleen asked if I wanted crabapples. She had a tree in her backyard that was loaded with them. I said yes, and the next day she helped me pick some. I used my juicer to extract the juice so once I had them prepared the job was easy.

Thanks to Colleen I now have 17 jars - some jelly and some syrup. I like to put things away for winter – does that mean I am squirrely?

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Hall happenings

Christie runs an Active Adults class at the Seniors’ Hall. This class is for anyone ages 50 and over and includes strength, cardio, balance, and flexibility. Starting on Oct. 21, they will meet every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.

“There is so much room for social distancing and my group is amazing; some I’ve been working with for almost three years” says Christie.

If you are interested in joining, please message Christie at 778-256-1160.

First at Canadian finals

My brother Ben phoned me as he had missed our Thanksgiving Zoom family get-together. He and son Thomas Thorlakson and friend Russell Armstrong had been busy at the Canadian finals team penning. They came first in their class.

Quite a few years ago we went out to Edmonton to watch a competition. Twylla and Don Goodbun were there competing. I checked the competitors lists and sure enough there was a Goodbun – Cash Goodbun - Don and Twylla’s grandson. His team came second in the youth category.

I bet those grandparents are really proud and happy to see him carry on the tradition.

South Peace rambles

On Thanksgiving Sunday, Lorne and I drove to the South Peace to check again on the location of the Upper Cutbank School. The school had been located at the end of a beautiful ranching valley.

I got Lorne to stop on the way back to take a picture of the windmills on Bear Mountain south-west of Dawson Creek.

Around town

Don’t forget, if you have any questions or problems with voting you can phone 778-576-1120. It is their job to help you.

Flu shots begin Monday, Nov. 2 and will continue until Tuesday, Dec. 15. Phone 250-263-6000 to book an appointment and get details. No shots Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Quote of the Week

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.” — Thomas Merton

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Fort St. John. 

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