Ruby McBeth: Condolences, awards, and a recipe for rhubarb ice cream

RIP Mike

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Chambers. Mike had been working at Bert Bowes School for several years before I arrived in 1967. As a colleague, he shared the same space and memories of those early years at Bert Bowes.

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I feel a sense of loss to know that he like others of the early Bert Bowes teachers – Amy Cosens, Henry Harder, Jane Haugen, Lorraine Thompson, Shirley Large, Ruth Mitchell, and Connie Tongol (Mathys) are no longer with us. Rest in peace, Mike.

Valued employee

Bill and Heather Bickford, along with their son-in-law Rick Kantz and son Gary Bickford, of Bickford Farms decided to show their appreciation for George Zacharias and his contribution to their enterprise.

The picture above shows Rick and Gary with George when he received a 30-year plaque for his excellent service to their farm. George joined Bickford Farms July 1, 1990.

Rhubarb Ice Cream

Lynn Norman of the Landry WI shared this recipe for rhubarb ice cream.

Ingredients: 4 cups rhubarb, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups miniature marshmallows, 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 7 drops red food coloring, 2 cups whipping cream.


  1. Put 4 cups sliced rhubarb (fairly thin but not super thin), 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water in a pot and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes until the rhubarb is soft.

  3. Stir in 3 cups of miniature marshmallows, 3 tbsp lemon juice, and 7 drops red food coloring.

  4. Cook and stir until marshmallows are melted.

  5. Put in fridge until cool.

  6. Fold in 2 cups whipped whipping cream with no sugar added.

  7. Put in freezer until frozen.

Gardening tip

Beer attracts slugs, so if you set it out in the garden slugs drown in it. Norma Beaudoin from our Baldonnel WI recommends shells from salted peanuts. They don’t like the feel of the shells and the salt kills them. I have also heard that egg shells are helpful. As you probably guessed, the slugs have invaded our garden. 

CNIB Next Offering

On July 28 at 10:30 you can attend a free webinar on “Staying Safe and Getting Connected” part of the CNIB’s Connecting with Technology for Beginners series. To register, contact Alfredo del Arenal at 604-431-2121 extension 6030 or e-mail

Quote of the week

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” - Henry van Dyke

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