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Ruby McBeth: Remembering a jolly friend

Secret Santas putting together gifts for seniors
Richard (Dick) Velander of Goodlow passed peacefully in Hospice House in Kelowna on Oct. 31.

Anyone who knew Dick Velander will agree he was a cheerful sort. Lorne was sorry to read in the Alaska Highway News last week that Dick had passed away. Lorne went to high school with him in Dawson Creek. We last saw Dick and his wife at Gloria Carlstad’s funeral in the Bear Canyon community Hall. Rest in peace, Dick.

Santa Parade Dec. 4

This Saturday, the Seniors Task Force is offering Cookie Decorating and Christmas music followed by the Santa Claus Parade. Decorations and refreshments are provided. This begins at Urban Systems at 3:30 followed by the parade. Phone Kelsey at 778-557-7231 or email her at to book.

Presents for seniors

Rita Schonewille is heading up a Seniors Task Force project called SECRET SANTA GIFTS for SENIORS. They are doing this instead of hampers because many seniors live in residences that provide food. Either provide gifts or gift cards in denominations of $25 (Walmart, Shoppers, grocery stores, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Dollar Store, and Tim Hortons are suggested).

All donations are welcome. Put the unwrapped gifts in cloth bags. Bags can be dropped off at The Gym (opposite the Bank of Montreal), Unforgettable Memories, Fort Motors, or Harvest Wines. They have a list of 300 seniors to get bags for, so every bit helps. I dropped my two bags off at the Red Cross when Rita was volunteering there. Contact Rita at 250-262-9154 if you have questions.

Ski season started

I went out to the Whiskey Jack ski hill on Sunday, Nov. 21. It was beautiful out there, with lots of snow; however, I had to stop twice to clear the snow off my skis. The next week I bought some silver wax to prepare for more warm day skiing. But you can’t predict the weather up here. Now a week later the weather is more like spring -wet and melting. Ah well, lots more winter to come.

Learning the lingo

This week’s terms are ‘Facebook’ and ‘friend’. Facebook began as a website for university students to connect, but it is now a worldwide sharing app enabling you to keep up with your friends and family. When you connect or add someone via Facebook you are “friending” them. If you decide to try out Facebook, you may want to get help from someone experienced with it at first, to learn on-line etiquette and cyber-safety.

Pun of the Week

How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.