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Ruby McBeth: Arthur Hadland remembers

One Saturday in early November, Lorne drove us through Arthur Hadland’s field near his home to show us a memorial he had put up for his grandparents.
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Arthur Hadland’s monument to his grandparents.

One Saturday in early November, Lorne drove us through Arthur Hadland’s field near his home to show us a memorial he had put up for his grandparents. The drive also included Arthur pointing out where the gold rush trail crossed the property and where an early tragedy happened on a neighbour’s property. 

It was a good time to drive across the fields since the crops were in and the ground was hard from the frost but the heavy snow had not yet come. Arthur later commented on problems with supplies coming to our area. He said that in his grandparents’ day an order was put in once a year for provisions such as salt, tea and coffee, and the steamboat brought the supplies.

Ceilie (Lucille) Powell

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Ceilie Powell. I have happy memories of playing floor curling with her at the Seniors’ Club. May she rest in peace.

Nora Bitner

When I worked briefly at the Northern Lights College, there was a woman called Nora who worked as a counsellor. She was a quiet and steady person in an otherwise very active building. Nora Bitner died recently and from the obituary I learned that she had continued working as a private counsellor after she left her job at the college. I know there will be many people out there who will have benefited from her peaceful presence.

Seniors Games Victoria

I received the newsletter from the 55+ BC Games (Seniors Games). The Victoria people are getting in gear for the games September 13-17, 2022. 

Two items were of interest: First, registration begins on March 1, 2022. Second, immunization is required for all participants and supporters. There are no exemptions at this time. This rule is in place even if the province lessens restrictions. The aim is to let people know ahead of time so that they do not waste time on playdowns if they are not vaccinated.

Learning the Lingo

My word of the week is ‘Word’. Word is a very common writing program - sort of like a computer based paper and typewriter. I purchased Word as part of Microsoft Office when I bought my computer. There are other writing programs that are free. Word enables you to choose your font, style and size, check your spelling and many other options.

Pun of the Week

What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted in closing up their own incision? Suture self.


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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