Around Town

By Ellen Sager
The Mardi Gras Winter carnival is coming this weekend. There will be a craft and home business sale on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tables are free and there is no percentage charge.  To reserve your table call Carol Poff at 250-242-4445. There are lots of activities including ice sculpturing.  It’s certainly cold enough for that. We’re having a wonderful winter and here it is mid-January and we are just getting a little cold spell.
Tumbler Ridge Health Centre Foundation has received donations from Darryl Krakowka, owner of Shop Easy of $1000 and the Lions Club of $1000. The funding was used to buy an adult wheelchair ($1108) and a pediatric wheelchair ($1822).
The Health Centre Foundation received a donation from the employees of Canadian Natural Resources Limited Fort St. John District of $27,552.65 from the funds raised at their 10th Charity Golf Tournament on Sep 1, 2011. The drawn team consisted of Jim Jung of CNRL and Jenny Jung who selected the Tumbler Ridge Health Centre Foundation as their choice of a recipient.
The following donated to the cause:  Jerack Filtration Ltd. Finning, Rolling High Ventures Ltd., ABM Towing, Hoerbiger, Goodlo Holdings Ltd., Tidy Trucking, Pimm’s Production Equipment Ltd., Lobo Picker Service Ltd., AGAT Labs, CCS Corporation, Rig Ratz Safety Ltd., CCT, Cascade Holdings, Maximum Mecanical, Florite Environmental Systems Inc., Sharp Instruments Ltd., Northern Vac Services Ltd. We thank these wonderful businesses and corporations for their donations. The money will be used to provide the Health Centre with equipment that will serve Tumbler Ridge residents. Many thanks.

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Around Town

         
By: Ellen Sager
 
Who are Hartfords? The "By George" column in the Tumbler Ridge News gave much entertainment to readers including commenting on controversial issues. This was a weekly article by George Hartford, and you either liked him or not. Janet Hartford also entertained us for many years with her weekly articles.

Janet and George moved from Dawson Creek to Tumbler Ridge at the beginning of Tumbler Ridge time in the early 1980s. Both were teachers at the local Secondary School and George was principal for a number of years. George, who passed away in January 2011, also was an alderman and mayor. Janet now lives in Victoria, returning occasionally and enjoying visiting old friends and seeing the town developing with the resurgence of coal mining.
 
George and Janet volunteered since arriving in Tumbler Ridge. He joined the Lions, and served on many boards including the library board and the museum board. George and Janet are honourary life members of the museum.  He also joined Janet volunteering on many of the organizations in town.
 
He was on the executive of TRISPS (Tumbler Ridge Indoor Swimming Pool Society) for many years. Janet started this organization, which began for the purpose of building a swimming pool, and it was successful.  Now we still have the craft fair each year and the monies provide equipment for the swimming pool.
 
The Seniors’ Needs Committee was formed a few years ago to address the needs of the seniors.  Compared to the beginning of the town when the population was young, the selling of the houses in 2001 and 2002 brought many seniors. George provided his expertise to develop programs that will service the seniors for many years. He worked very hard to get the seniors’ housing, now named Hartford Court, here in Tumbler Ridge.
 
If you are new in town you will hear the old folks refer to “Janet” or “George” because everyone new them and it was very difficult to say no to either of them when you were asked to volunteer. 
 
Around town recognition of the wonderful contributions both have made include Hartford Court (the BC Housing complex), Hartford Gardens (named after Janet who was a founding member of the Tumbler Ridge Garden Club and key to the creation of the gardens at the caboose), the Hartford Award (the District of Tumbler Ridge Citizen of the Year award), and the Hartford Museum Exhibit (in the Community Centre near the children’s play area).
 
In December 2002 Janet received the Queen’s Jubilee Award Medal.  This award was awarded to Canadians who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community, or to Canada over the previous fifty years. This was a commemorative medal created in 2002 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth the second.  How many communities have two persons, Janet and George, worthy of such an award and one receiving such an award? 
At least once a month I was blessed to be able to visit Janet and George.  We would discuss current affairs as well as historical triumphs. If I remember correctly, he was instrumental in working with a member the federal parliament in initiating the influx of doctors from South Africa because of Tumbler Ridge's needs.
 
They have touched the lives of so many persons not only with their volunteering but with their joy for living.  It is important for all to know how significant the name “Hartford” is to Tumbler Ridge and how two people have given so much to our community. 
 
Janet and George have been called the matriarch and patriarch of Tumbler Ridge.  You can be assured that whatever you do in Tumbler Ridge, be it using health care, swimming, volunteering, enjoying the museum, using the library, living in the BC Housing units, having a picnic at the Hartford Gardens and much more, you can thank Janet and George for their dedication to the community. 

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