VIEW FROM THE PORCH: Homecoming and Monopoly tricks

Bill Goodacre (Homecoming Committee chair for Smithers Centennial 2013) invites you to a brainstorming meeting May 16, 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Bill Goodacre (Chair of the Homecoming Committee for Smithers Centennial 2013) invites you to an organizational/brainstorming meeting: Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m., Town Hall. Homecoming Week is planned for August 2 – 10, 2013. Come, plan that family reunion!

Perennial Plant Sale, sponsored by BV Genealogical Society, at the Goat Statue Parking Lot May 26. View plants 8 a.m., sale 9 a.m. – noon.

Raffle tickets sold at Safeway on weekends, draw at noon, plant sale day. Want to donate plants, have them picked up, need help digging, call Jan Smith 847-9758, Marj Coupé 846-9239.

Drop off plants at Central Park Building parking lot Friday, May 25, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The fire extinguishers missing/stolen from Round Lake Hall are still gone. However, through the generosity of Helen at Hermann’s Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service, the hall is once again protected with two brand new extinguishers.

Thank you from all the people who love the Hall!

Did you get to the Trade Show? Wally Bergen was named “Weekend Warrior” by the Peak for his comment “The Library opens the door to the Universe!”

A young announcer was celebrating his one year anniversary in Smithers. His first assignment was the Trade Show. He was astounded that everyone seemed to know everyone.

A woman from Yellowknife came here with her husband for a visit a few months ago, looking for a place to retire. She thought everyone must be employed by the Chamber of Commerce as they were met with smiling, friendly people everywhere they went. They are now in the process of moving here.

Spoke to Norm Adomeit at the Town booth. He was remembering that while in grade school there was a program called “Adopt a Senior” A few times a month the kids would go to the Bulkley Lodge to hear stories told by the seniors.

They were great stories. I heard one from a lady who was born in Yorkshire, England.

She remembers the moor covered in heather, farming near a creek. As a young bride in Alberta her neighbour was a bareback rider, entered in the Rodeo Hall of Fame. She is now retired in Hazelton.

Mark these dates: May 12 – International Nurses Day, May 13 – Mother’s Day, May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia (homophobiaday.org), May 22-25 – Aboriginal Awareness Week, May 28-June1 – Safe Kids Week (safekidscanada.ca).

Monopoly was first on sale in 1935.

During World War II the German army let humanitarian groups distribute the popular game to prisoners of war without realizing the British Secret Service was using the board to conceal compasses, files and maps that helped thousands of captured soldiers escape! It is not JUST a game.

Walking with my fur buddy in the rain, saw a man walking with a small container, head down, looking intently at the road, collecting worms!

My dad had me water the lawn.  After a bit he would be out there collecting worms for fishing in the morning. Memories!

 

 

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