Councils past and present, MLA Jackie Tegart, Village staff and Public Works crew and members of the public gathered to celebrate the announcement that the Village had received $5,725,356 in provincial and federal grants for the new water treatment plant.

2015 in REVIEW: August

A look back at 2015 from the pages of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal.

Walhachin Hall gets makeover

A two-year renovation project on the Walhachin Soldiers Memorial Hall has replaced windows and kitchen appliances, made the hall wheelchair-accessible and added a deck with a pizza oven for outdoor events.

The project used about $100,000 of TNRD and NDIT funds.

The new sign on the highway two years ago was the beginning of it, says TNRD Director Steve Rice. “It’s going to give Walhachin a whole new lease on life.”

Ashcroft to borrow $500,000 for new fire truck

Council agreed to the alternate approval process, whereby eligible voters register their disapproval of the process by signing an Elector Response Form if they are opposed to the Village borrowing the money.

One hundred and forty-eight or more voters opposed to the borrowing had to register by a certain date in order to take the question to a public referendum. Less than a third of the required votes were cast.

The truck will take up to 12 months to outfit from the time it’s ordered until it’s delivered.

Administrator Michelle Allen said staff spoke to various suppliers “and we expect that the cost of the truck will be around $390,000 US or $450,000 [Canadian funds]. However, with the fluctuation in the exchange rate we are seeking approval for $500,000 Cdn.”

Constantia moving ahead to Phase 2

Constantia HDI announced that it would be moving ahead to Phase 2 of its drilling project this year by  looking for workers, suppliers and contractors.

The exploration company has new property in the 16 Mile area to take core samples from, plus it plans to do more testing on the property it already holds.

Battle of Birds soars high in Lytton

Lytton’s River Festival-goers got an exceptional treat on Sept. 6 when Kevin Loring and his Savage Society premiered Songs of the Land Phase 2, Battle of the Birds.

The story is beautifully told through narration, song and deed. When the community tries and fails to make Eagle see the error of his ways, it is the young Red Hawk who finally teaches him humility. Chastised, Eagle dons a white head and bows to his wife after the rest of the birds are restored by Red Hawk’s medicine.

The performance included an award winning cast as well as community members, and included Sam Bob, Renae Morriseau, Sandy Scofield, Ron Dean Harris and Loring, who is is an award winning actor, playwright and artistic director of the Savage Society.  Amy Charlie and Charon Spinks narrated.

Actor, writer, playwright and director, Loring was born and raised in Lytton and recently won the Governor General’s Award for his play, Where the Blood Mixes.

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