Town Hall meeting tonight

Cariboo Regional District Area H residents are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting at the Forest Grove Community Hall on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Director Art Dumaresq will be on hand to outline the proposed 2007 five-year financial plan that has been endorsed by the CRD.

Following public consultation at the Town Hall Meetings held throughout the District, the plan will be taken back to the board for final approval in March.

At the present time the CRD provides about 95 services for taxpayers, including fire protection, land use planning, invasive plant management and solid waste management. The CRD also provides building inspections, water and light services, oversees an advisory council that deals with re-zoning requests and employs a bylaw enforcement officer to look into violations of the Noise Control Bylaw and the Unsightly Premises Bylaw.

Dumaresq urges taxpayers to bring their concerns to the meeting for discussion. He stated that if he is unable to assist directly with an issue, he would be able to refer residents to someone who would be of help.

Down at the dump

Great news for fellow scroungers and recycling fans! In the near future a Share Shed will be set up at the Forest Grove dump. Mugs left over from yard sales, magazines, bike parts, toys and TV’ s (that still work) will now be stored all under one roof and free to the taker! Does it get any better than that?

Brownie news

Guider, Alice de Viveiros reports that the Forest Grove Brownies are back in action after the Christmas break. “New members are very welcome at any time,” she says. “Just come to the hall any Monday night and have a look. There is so much to do and so much fun to be had that we extended the meeting time by half an hour.”

The Brownies meet at the community hall on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. De Viveiros can be reached for further information at 395-4608.

Parent support group

The parent support group of the independent school is recycling bottles and cans.

A bin has been placed at the side of the school for use by the public. Proceeds will go to the students’ activity fund.

At the Library

If a bit of cabin fever is beginning to set in and you enjoy reading, the current top 10 best sellers are available at the Forest Grove Library. New books arrive regularly.

Librarian Mary Bourne would like to remind everyone that if a book is not in stock at the local branch, she can generally obtain a copy quickly through the Cariboo Regional District Library network. Library hours are Tuesday, 3-8 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A precarious perch

On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, a tiny figure could be seen high on the top of a narrow tower at the back of the Community Hall. The tower is free-standing and with no trees around for comparison, the man at the top looked like a bird perched on a very tall flagpole.

Mike Heimdallson

was working on the high speed wireless service that he is bringing into the Forest Grove area. At the present time the tower is 40 meters high. Another 19 meters will be added.

Pileated diners

With the proliferation of bugs and beetles there are more woodpeckers than ever before in our yards. A supply of suet or beef fat is a great attraction. A simple holder for fat can be made from a long rectangle of small gauge chicken wire. Fold the rectangle in half. Open wide enough to place chunks of fat on one surface. Fold wire back over the fat and secure edges tightly with twist ties. Hang on a nail.

Pileated, downy and hairy woodpeckers, flickers, whiskey jacks and most of the small birds will flock to the tree.

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