49 Forever

We have always liked Tumbler Ridge (you?ve probably guessed that already) but it is interesting to note that another couple have moved back. Interesting, of course, is that their two sons live here and went to school here when we were teaching. Of course I?m speaking of Mike and Sharon Caisley. Actually, Mike was Mayor here when Quintette started downsizing and he lost his job at the mine so had to leave town. This left the Mayor?s position vacant and we had to have an election. George had retired by this time so was available to run in the by-election which he won.

I don?t know if Mike has political aspirations but I do know that he will be another good citizen who will get involved in community activities. Sharon is still working and, like several other Tumbler Ridgites , prefers to live here and commute to Dawson to work.

It has come to my attention that several 49ers are having problems getting to their doctors? appointments in Dawson C reek. Some are not well enough to drive and others have no car and find it increasingly difficult, or impossible, to get to town. The cost of gas or even of our new Stage may also be more than they can afford. Profits from our Thrift Store are used to help those in need and the number of people who need help seems to be increasing. In fact, it looks as if our lobbying and help from Blair Lekstrom is finally paying off and, starting this month, the Ministry of Human Resources will be sending out a Social Worker once a month. I hope this is really true and that having a worker here will help the situation. You can make a free call to Dawson Creek to book an appointment. 1 866 866 0800 or Dawson Creek direct at 784 2311.

On November 12 and 13 we will be having our Annual Christmas Craft Fair. Tables are still available and there will be a babysitting service in room three.

In December we will be filling Christmas hampers as usual. 59 were given out last year and we expect that more will be needed this year. Brian Sipe at the Thrift Store will be organizing the Hamper Drive this year but we all are asked to contribute.

We?ve lived in the Peace area for 20 years but have never before seen the weed that infested our front flower beds this year. The fact that it wasn?t there last year adds to the confusion. I mentioned it at Garden Club last week and now I have a more knowledgeable person working on the mystery. Offhand he didn?t recognize it so he took one home to look it up.

Speaking of flowers, our pansies and snapdragons are still bravely blooming, our bent loosestrife is still standing up there bent, our kids are coming home for Thanksgiving, God?s in his heaven All?s right with the world.