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Cache Creek Council has still not heard about an operational certificate for the landfill extension, and more news.

No word on landfill certificate

At the Cache Creek Council meeting on April 25, Mayor John Ranta reported that there has been no news from the Ministry of the Environment regarding the issuing of the operational certificate for the extension at the Cache Creek landfill. Ranta indicated in March that June 2016 would be the latest that work could start on the liner for the extension, in order for it to be in use by the time the current landfill closes at the end of 2016.

Cache Creek Elementary fund-raiser

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) at CCES is holding a turkey dinner and live and silent auction fund-raiser at the Cache Creek Community Hall on Saturday, May 14.  The licenced event will also feature a 50/50 draw, and DJ Tom Moe will be there to provide the music. PAC president Tracy Cox says the event is to raise funds to purchase items for the school such as stage and musical equipment. Tickets are $20.00 per person, and are available at the school or at the Petro-Can restaurant in Cache Creek. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:00.

WorldHost training workshop

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is offering two WorldHost Ambassador Training workshops in Lillooet on Monday, May 14. The workshop prepares employees and volunteers who deal with the public to deliver outstanding customer service and create a connection with visitors to their community. The cost is $80 per person, and the sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to noon or from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Registration before May 10 is requested; for information phone (250) 256-4296 or e-mail mhohner@tru.ca.

Foodsafe course offered

The Ashcroft and District Lions Club is inviting anyone who is interested in taking the Foodsafe course to contact them about an upcoming session hosted by the Logan Lake Lions. Interior Health has offered the Lions a group rate for the course, enabling them to offer it for much less than the usual $115 per person cost. No date has been set yet, and a minimum of 12 people need to sign up in order for the course to proceed. Anyone interested should contact Vivian Edwards at (250) 453-9077 or at vivinash@telus.net. TRU will also be offering the Foodsafe course at the Ashcroft HUB on September 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Books for everyone

Two local schools are hosting spring Scholastic Book Fairs from May 18 to 20. The fairs offer books for children of all ages, with the profits used to purchase books for the schools’ classrooms and libraries. The fair at Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft will be open at recess and lunchtime each day, and from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. on May 19, while at Cache Creek Elementary School the fair will be open at lunchtimes, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on May 18, and from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on May 19. Everyone is welcome to come by either school to check out the selection of books on offer.

Online services for hunters

The provincial government has launched a new online portal that makes it easy for hunters to access a range of e-services, including hunting licences and applications for limited entry hunting (LEH) draws. Hunters will have instant access to apply for their resident hunting credentials and the new Fish and Wildlife ID, which replaces the old hunter identification number. The service also offers interactive maps and information on upcoming hunting opportunities. The move online means that the province will not be issuing paper LEH applications, and will not accept paper LEH applications after 2016. Hunters without Internet access can visit any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location, or an authorized vendor, to apply in person for the fish and wildlife ID or an LEH draw. For information, visit www.gov.bc.ca/hunting.

On your bike

Bike to Work and School Week 2016 doesn’t start until May 30, but it’s not too early to register to start, or join, a team to qualify for more than $20,000 in prizes. Anyone who registers and logs a practice bike trip before May 10 will be entered to win an early bird prize. If you bike to work often, or plan to start, you can log your trips during Bike to Work week and be eligible for the grand prize of a cycling trip for two in Vietnam. For information go to www.biketowork.ca.

Vaccines get a boost

The B.C. government is introducing a vaccine for Grade 9 students which will protect them against four strains of meningitis rather than just one. The current vaccine has seen rates of meningococcal C steadily decline, and students will now be protected against three additional strains of meningococcal disease. Parents are urged to make sure their children are up-to-date on the meningitis vaccine and all their other shots.

Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

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