March 2021 – Williams Lake Tribune

March 4, 2021

Potato House receives $ 449,000 for restoration work

These are not little potatoes.

The Potato House Sustainable Community Society received $ 449,000 in provincial funding to restore and rehabilitate the Potato House, one of the oldest structures in Williams Lake.

The project began in June to lift the house to remove the original failing foundation and replace it with a concrete foundation.

March 4, 2021

Former Lakecity coach, teacher, releases second rugby book

Retired teacher and former Williams Lake rugby coach Mike Levitt wrote his second book on the sport: Rugby recruits, published this month by Lorimer editions.

The book tackles the issue of girls playing full contact rugby, where the protagonist of the story, Maddy, and her friends are determined to form a junior girls’ rugby team at their high school.

Williams Lake receives a special nod from Levitt in the book, as the high school team are colloquially known as the Stampeders – the former name of Anne Stevenson’s high school rugby team – and the rugby star of Williams Lake Kayla Moleschi of the Canadian Women’s Team Seven makes an appearance appearance.

Levitt’s inspiration for the book’s protagonist, Maddy, came from recent Lake City high school graduate and U Sports National Champion Carleigh Walters of the St. Francis Xavier X-Women (StFX).

March 11, 2021

Charges laid in fatal accident involving teenagers in 2019

A 19-year-old woman was charged in a car crash that resulted in the deaths of two teenagers in October 2019 near Williams Lake.

Dallas Margret Judd-Rekunyk of Williams Lake has faced 15 charges related to impaired driving and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and bodily harm.

The charges date back to October 19, 2019, when Williams Lake RCMP and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at 3:38 a.m. on Highway 20 about 9 miles away. west of town. Upon arrival, they discovered that a GMC pickup truck had pulled off the road and rolled over on its roof.

In September 2021, she pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and was sentenced to two years less a day in prison for each death, six months in custody for each count of bodily harm, followed by three years of probation.

March 11, 2021

Fire destroys family home near Williams Lake

A family living in a rural area south of Williams Lake lost their home, pets and vehicles to a fire on Wednesday March 3.

Jen Macdonald said she and her parents Greg and Debbie Macdonald were at their Knife Creek Road home when they smelled smoke around 8 a.m.

There was a wood stove in the house and Jen and Greg each thought the smoke was coming from it.

When it started to smell of melted plastic, Greg ran outside and saw five-foot flames coming out of the niche in front of the house.

Debbie died two weeks after the fire.

March 18, 2021

Big Lake store, pub completely destroyed by fire

The rural community of Big Lake in the Cariboo lost its only store in a fire that broke out on Sunday evening, March 14.

Members of the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded after a call received at 10:20 p.m.

The store was built in 1985 by the Harder family, then bought seven years ago by Dave and Penny Carpenter.

The carpenters had done a lot of renovations to the store, with a new layout, and brought the post office inside.

Since the fire, the carpenters have rebuilt the store and hope to reopen in the New Year.

March 18, 2021

Community development project underway in Xat’sull thanks to sawing

The sky was the limit for native students north of Williams Lake, where Brian Fuller was helping them complete a 16-week program to learn how to cut wood using a portable sawmill.

“I’ve been a part of something like this before with Toosey (Tl’esqox), so you kind of get a feel for what you’re getting yourself into, but it’s fun,” Fuller said on Thursday March 11. at Xat’sull First Camping of the Whispering Willows Nation.

Between the walk of the 10 participants – all from the Cariboo – through the operation of two different mills, Fuller also took the opportunity to show them maintenance tips.

The goal of the Community Improvement Project is to build a new caretaker’s house designed by participants who normally divide their work days between camping or class work at the old Soda Creek Emporium restaurant.

March 25, 2021

South African doctor joins Atwood clinic

Williams Lake has welcomed a new doctor from South Africa, dividing his time between the Atwood Clinic and the operating room at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Mariska Neuhoff is a physician and anesthesiologist and began working on her first day of labor on March 1 at the clinic.

“I’m already full until the end of March,” she said. “I am taking back the old patients of the doctors who had to leave. There are a lot of patients in need so I am grateful that I can help them.

March 25, 2021

TRU Williams Lake Site for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The Williams Lake campus of Thompson Rivers University has been chosen as the site of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic that opened on Monday, April 12. It remained open until mid-August 2021.

Meanwhile, a vaccination clinic at Williams Lake Health Center, 540 Borland Avenue, opened on March 15 and continued to administer vaccines to the first group of phase 2 COVID-19, four days a week, by appointment. -you.

March 25, 2021

Williams Lake chef to release second children’s book

Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars has been announced to be releasing the sequel to his award-winning children’s book this fall.

More than six years after launching his first book, Dipnetting with daddy, Sellars and illustrator Kevin Easthope have teamed up again to continue Little Brother’s adventures in Hockey with dad.

The second book, Sellars said, is loosely based on his own family experiences with his children, Cash, Milah and Lewis, as well as his own family upbringing, and continues to promote and celebrate the values, culture and traditions of the First Nations.


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