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Ruby McBeth: Clarke farm celebrates 50 years, Bill’s 90th birthday

Jesse and Bill Clarke at the party for their farm’s 50th anniversary, and Bill’s 90th birthday.

Seniors’ Club News

At a recent general meeting of the Fort St. John Seniors’ Club, it was decided to move the Monday social/activity time to Tuesday. The Thursday social/activity day remains the same. Bag lunches are required until they get enough volunteers to have lunch provided.

Help Needed

Ruth Ann Darnall has sent out a request for help with Meals on Wheels. For details contact Karen Mason-Bennett at 250-785-6328. Ruth Ann added a comment: “Barrie and Barb Sones delivered up to a few months before Barrie became ill and he was 87 at the time. You could volunteer even if you are younger.”

Farm Celebration

On Sunday, July 25, Lorne and I went out to Bill and Jesse Clarke’s place for a celebration of Bill’s 90th birthday and their farm’s 50th anniversary. It was good to visit with Bill and Jessie’s family and with neighbours.

Farewell to Glen Fox

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Glen Fox. When he first came to this country, he hauled lumber for Mel Clarke’s sawmill. That was when Lorne met him. After a year or two, Glen started hauling sand and gravel which became his life’s work. Glen and his wife Ellen were awarded Pioneer of the Year at the Fall Fair in 2018.

Fall Fair

I am keeping my fingers crossed that we are able to attend the North Peace Fall Fair. Our peas will probably already be harvested by then but the beans and root vegetables should be good. Lorne is thinking of doing a scarecrow again this year and I will be scratching my head for ideas on a vegetable sculpture.

Learning the Lingo

This week’s word is 'backup'. A backup is simply making a second copy of your work. If your computer breaks down or you accidentally delete something you can retrieve your pictures or writing again by going to the second copy. While computers are not likely to be stolen from your home, if you are travelling with a laptop you will want to do a backup before your trip. One simple way to back up your work is to send it to a friend. That way they can give you back a copy if you lose it. There are more complicated ways of doing backups which we will talk about next week.


Wide mouth mason lids are now available at Canadian Tire.

Quote of the Week

“Be tactful. What goes around comes around.” - from a fortune cookie.

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.