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Ruby McBeth: May they rest in Peace

Advanced voting, local seniors events taking place this weekend
The oldest known cemetery in our area is the Old Fort Cemetery used from 1873 until 1930.

The oldest known cemetery in our area is the Old Fort Cemetery used from 1873 until 1930. You will find it on your right just before you turn down to the settlement at the Old Fort. 

There are no grave markers but a caption on the cairn tells us that 54 burials have been documented. I am told that these were obtained by reading Frank Beatton’s diaries and other old records. The north facing sign on the cairn lists aboriginals, fur traders, hunters, prospectors, and early land seekers as people who are buried there. 

The south facing side reads: “This cemetery… overlooking the mighty Peace to the South, has been preserved to honour the memory of stalwart pioneers – may they rest in peace.”    

Seniors Task Force

The Seniors Task Force have developed a series of nine “MicroEvents.” The first on Saturday, September 11, is "Farmers Market and Block Party Visit.” The Market will be at the Festival Plaza, the Block Party at Centennial Park. To register or ask questions contact Savannah at or phone 250-785-9697. 

The second event a Fall Craft Night at the Seniors’ Hall will be on September 14. Craft supplies and refreshments will be provided. The poster says that transportation can be arranged for each event if required. More about the other events in next week’s column, but I will tell you that Event #9 is Christmas Lights Tour and Photo Booth. Sounds like fun. 

Advance voting

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.  

Advance voting is on September 10,11, 12, and 13 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Canadian Legion. You need to bring ID and your voter card. While you can vote by mail, keep in mind that once you are registered to vote by mail you will not be allowed to vote in person. So, if you don’t send in your vote-by-mail ballot then you will forfeit your vote. 

Retired teachers

Just a reminder to retired teachers of the meeting and lunch at Rick and Linda’s on September 15 at 11. Phone Ruth Ann at 250-785-2105 if you have questions.

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 and writes in Fort St. John.