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Ruby McBeth: Get out and enjoy the exercise

Plus, saying farewell to Pat and Garry
Brooke and Matt Nikirk and their children Vaya and Grayson enjoyed one of the free skate sessions in the Pomeroy on Feb. 13, 2021.

Now that our deep freeze is over (we hope) we can get out and get some exercise. Some choices are skiing and snowshoeing, walking and skating, and swimming. 

For the Beatton ski trails, email for details. Lessons for adults are 1 p.m. Sundays. 

For indoor venues you need to book as they have limits to the number of people allowed.

The leisure pool now has aquafit on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:35 and 10:35 a.m. There is lane swimming and also exercise in the warm pool.

The cardio workout equipment room is open but they only allow one person at a time to use it.

For information on the use of the pool and cardio equipment and to book phone 250-787-8178. 

At the Pomeroy Sport Centre, skating is Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11 for slow skate, and 12 to 1 on the same days for fast skate.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there is skating from noon to 7. Walking is every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a break from 3 to 4 for cleaning.

Phone 250-785-3033 to book yourself in for walking or skating.

Farewell Pat and Garry

We have recently lost two people who made their home in the Peace. 

Pat Smith came north from Vancouver Island at the age of 15 with her family. You can read what she tells about her family, the Blenkens, in the Cecil lake history book A Community Remembers. After Pat and her husband Mike moved to Vancouver Island a few years ago Pat and I became pen pals. I will miss her.

Garry Callison came from a pioneer family who moved to Murdale (north of Montney) in 1928. They were some of the earliest pioneers in that area. Lorne remembers Garry as the lawyer who efficiently wound up the auto wrecker business for himself and Mel’s widow Margaret Clarke. In recent years Garry would drop into the Seniors Club social days occasionally for a friendly visit.

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Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Fort St. John.