Ruby McBeth: Surprise emails, good memories

Sunrise-Two Rivers Women’s Institute

On my birthday I got an e-mail with best wishes from Maxine Bennett. That was a pleasant surprise. Maxine was the leader of our Sunrise-Two Rivers WI for many years. When Herb retired from farming, they moved to Oliver then to Armstrong. After Herb died, Maxine moved back to their house in Oliver.

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More recently when I read the obituary for Aileene Snider (Wendy Clayson’s mother) I learned she had been a member of the Sunrise-Two Rivers WI. I joined the group after Aileene had moved to town, but Jean Leahy was still a member. Maxine was able to supply me with a picture from November 1965 which included Aileene and her friend Jean Leahy.

Good memories of an organization that was not able to keep going when Maxine moved.

Comings and Goings

Alan Kosugi has returned home to Ontario. He came to Fort St. John in the middle of December to help his brother Bruce who was in charge of electronic timing for the cross country ski races in the Winter Games. Alan has been coming to the seniors’ hall with Alan Blair. He has helped us out with our computer problems. We let him know he is welcome to come back any time.

Heather and Bill Bickford are back from an enjoyable time visiting on Vancouver Island.

An alternative to hibernating

I recently discovered slow T.V. This is a phenomenon which originated in Norway. It can best be explained by comparing it to listening to music. Slow T.V. has sound and pictures but no story. The northern lights with their crackling sound are worth watching since we don’t usually get to hear them. You could watch and listen to the northern lights for up to two hours from Alaska or Finnish Lapland. So, if you want a little entertainment while you try to hibernate just google “slow T.V”.

Did you know?

COVID-19 (also written Covid-19) is just a shortened form of “coronavirus disease”. The “19” is because this strain of the disease was first found in humans in 2019. If you see it referred to as “new” or “novel” coronavirus that is because it was a type of coronavirus new to humans. As you can see from this, coronavirus is a term for a group of viruses whereas COVID-19 is the name for the specific strain of coronavirus that is presently troubling the world.

— Ruby McBeth

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