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Ruby McBeth: Hymns and songs and a goodbye to an old friend

Lorne and I attended the funeral for Dick Ardill at the Hudson Hope Cemetery. It was a very peaceful setting and the weather co-operated. Faye Lavallee, an Anglican lay reader and friend of the family, took the service. Tom Cole led the hymns.
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The Beaver People’s Cemetery is beside the Hudson’s Hope Pioneer Cemetery.

Lorne and I attended the funeral for Dick Ardill at the Hudson Hope Cemetery. It was a very peaceful setting and the weather co-operated. Faye Lavallee, an Anglican lay reader and friend of the family, took the service. Tom Cole led the hymns. George Desjarlais played his drum and sang, and his granddaughter sang with him. 

After the funeral there was a lunch at Beattie Park. I was able to talk to George at the lunch. When I asked him about the Beaver People’s Cemetery, which is beside the Hudson’s Hope Pioneer Cemetery, he said that he has several relatives buried there. He explained that Beaver People live on the West Moberly Reserve and are closely related to the people living on the Halfway Reserve. I also spoke to one of Dick Ardill’s relatives and learned that Monica Storrs had visited with the Ardill family.

Election in Canada

Most of you will have received your elections Canada voter information cards in the mail. If you haven’t got your card or have questions you can phone 1-866-809-3316. When you vote bring along your voter information card and your proof of identity just to make things go smoothly. Election day is Monday, Sept. 20.

Driver’s Assessment

After the age of 80 drivers wanting to keep their licenses must undergo a driver assessment. If you want to learn more about this you can attend a free workshop, which will be held online on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. To register e-mail pither470@shaw.ca.

Seniors Task Force

The Seniors Task Force have developed a series of nine “MicroEvents.” You can still get in on #3, a North Peace Museum Visit (admission fee provided) will be on Saturday Sept., 25. To register or ask questions contact Savannah at szachary@urbansystems.ca or phone 250-785-9697. 

The poster says that transportation can be arranged for each event if required. More about the other MicroEvents in next week’s column, but I will tell you that Event #9 is Christmas Lights Tour and Photo Booth. Sounds like fun.

Quote of the Week

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” - Dave Barry


Ruby McBeth lives in Fort St. John.