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Ruby McBeth: Toast to our absent friends

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Piper Tony Jefferies was a familiar face at the annual Robbie Burns Night supper in Fort St. John.

January 25 is Burns Day and I take this occasion to remember an “auld acquaintance.” I have been in the Rotary Pipe Band since 1971, with a break of 10 years when my children were young. I have fond memories of playing in the band with Gordon Adlard, Gene Forster, Doug Lawson, and Tony Jefferies. Ross Haller and Lorne Backus both moved and are also among friends remembered.

Appreciating television

This past fall I got into watching television. I had heard of people binging on Netflix, but I didn’t even know how to access it. Now, with a little help from daughter Joyce, I can search for shows to watch. I also made a donation to the Knowledge Network, which means I get a program booklet every couple of months. I like their program on islands which comes at 7 p.m. on Monday evenings. The first one I watched was on the Faeroe Islands. I look forward to watching more. I do love to travel, but since that is not going to happen anytime soon this is the next best thing.

Warming Centre

The Warming Centre on 100 Avenue for people who need a place to warm up occupies the back half of the H & R Block building. Access is from the alley. The workers at the warming center tell me that they could use donations of coffee mugs, blankets, winter clothing and snacks. If you bake the snacks yourself, they ask that you include a list of ingredients.

Naomi Gardner

I was saddened to hear that Naomi Gardner had passed away. I first knew Naomi when she and Dick lived up the road from us at the farm in Baldonnel. I met her again at the Seniors Club where she was a regular card player. She was always kind and friendly to all.

Learning the Lingo

This week’s term is PDF: portable document format. If you want to send a document file such as a story you have written or recipe to someone it is a good idea to put it in the PDF format. That way the person can open it no matter what type of computer or software they are using. So if you cannot open a file that someone sends you just ask them to send it as a PDF.

Quote of the Week

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” (Kurt Vonnegut)


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.