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Ruby McBeth: Quite the sight out at dam viewpoint

If you drive a bit past the town landfill you will see the sign on the right directing you to the Site C Viewpoint. It is well located with a good view of the dam site. There are two telescopes set up and free for people to use.
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One of the signs about First Nations people and history at the Site C viewpoint in Fort St. John.

If you drive a bit past the town landfill you will see the sign on the right directing you to the Site C Viewpoint. It is well located with a good view of the dam site. There are two telescopes set up and free for people to use. 

In the background on the right you can see where the Moberly River comes in; on the left where the BC Hydro road goes off to Chetwynd. Three sign boards tell about the construction of the dam and about local First Nations people. One panel done by the Blueberry River First Nations includes a picture of Bella Yahey. When Bella died in 1976 at the age of 118 she was the oldest person in Canada. 

Another panel by the Fort St. John Beaver Band tells about the Peace River Valley and its significance to their people. It was good to read these sign boards written from the point of view of the people themselves. I was glad I checked out the viewpoint.

Seniors Club

The Seniors Club is now open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 to 12. Activities are limited to cards, floor curling and pool. These are allowed according to the COVID safe opening plan: wear mask, sanitize, and distance. Bring a bag lunch.

Library Click Program

Learn about computers in a friendly setting. The Fort St. John Public Library has received funding from the Peace River Regional district for its one-on-one computer and technology training program. A friend who was on the WI coffee time told me she had used this service and found the assistant very patient. To book a 45-minute appointment, call 250-785-3731 or email click@fsjpl.ca.

Learning the lingo

This week’s word is ‘smartphone’. The smartphone is much more than a cell phone; it is also a mini-computer, a camera, an entertainment system, and a personal assistant. Out of necessity I have learned to take pictures, send texts, attach pictures to emails, and see who phoned when I miss a call. The main advantage is that the smartphone has all of its features in a pocket-sized package. The disadvantage is that it needs to be plugged in at night, and has a small screen and small pop-up keyboard.

Quote of the week

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and used up in order to exist at all.” - William Faulkner


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.