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Ruby McBeth: Christmas mail and more

'You live longer once you realize that any time spent unhappy is wasted'
Ruby McBeth: "...thinking about the choices we have for sending parcels to people at Christmas."

I ordered a book a month ago and was told that the postage cost around $24. Because the postage was free if you spent $50, I added on another book and got them both delivered free. That got me thinking about the choices we have for sending parcels to people at Christmas.

I went to the post office at Taylor because I knew they were not likely to be busy. There I learned that you can buy a box with the postage prepaid and send several books for $16.80 plus tax. This is for the small size box. Envelopes for faster delivery cost more.

I decided to check on the other ways a person could send a parcel. Delivery services like FedEx, are more expensive, but you can insure your parcel. The two outlets handling a variety of carriers are the Packaging Depot 6419 B Airport Road and KJA Ventures by the radio station near McDonald’s. Staples handles only FedEx and Trail LeClerc handles only Purolator.

Bus service to Alberta

While talking to LeClerc, I learned that he now handles the Cold Shot bus service to Dawson Creek, Grande Prairie, and Edmonton. The Cold Shot and Purolator depot is just north of the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot at the back door of Trail’s former store 10421-100 St. The buses which leave at 1 p.m. daily are for nine passengers, and you book online. Phone 250-785-9111 for details.

Seniors Hall news

The raffle at the Seniors Hall was drawn on Nov. 15. The lucky winner of the quilt was Monica Wherry, the blue picture went to Jasmine Frazer, the brown picture to Sandra Diehl, and the handwoven shawl to Jennifer Hamilton. All of the tickets were sold. Many thanks to those who bought tickets and to Canadian Tire for allowing us to sell tickets there.

The Seniors Hall has a new look — lighter and brighter. It was decorated on a Winter Wonderland theme by Cindy Dettling and her daughter Stacey Peters. Thank you, ladies, for thinking of us.

Expanded pharmacy services

We all know that pharmacists are the people who specialize in drugs,  their effects and their side effects. Because B.C. pharmacists are very knowledgeable, the government has decided to expand their powers. They are now allowed to renew or change your prescriptions using their professional judgement.

Quote of the week

“You live longer once you realize that any time spent unhappy is wasted.” — Ruth E. Renkl

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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