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Free Saturday swimming in Ashcroft, some crafty opportunities, and a winning foursome of Cache Creek golfers.

Fenderless collector cars such as this 1931 Ford coupe can now legally be driven on B.C. roads. The bulldog is optional.

Fenderless collector cars such as this 1931 Ford coupe can now legally be driven on B.C. roads. The bulldog is optional.

Free Saturday swimming

Thanks to a donation from the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society, swimming at the Ashcroft pool is free for everyone each Saturday through September 3. Saturday pool hours are 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Winning Cache Creek golfers

A very successful golf tournament hosted by Chu Chua Men’s Fastball on June 18 saw Cache Creek foursome Gabe Battel, Shayne Billy, Christine Milward, and Lyndon Minnabarriet come out on top. The Texas Scramble best ball format event was held at Chinook Cove Golf Course near Barriere, and saw 11 teams from as far afield as Williams Lake and Merritt take part. The event was a fund-raiser for Chu Chua Men’s Fastball, who look forward to holding the tournament again next year.

Crafty partnership

The Ashcroft and District Lions Club and the Ashcroft and District Fall Fair have teamed up to offer artists and crafters an opportunity to get together and be creative while enjoying light snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshment, and free entry of their completed projects into the Ashcroft Fall Fair.

Cocktails and Cardmaking offers a choice of two evenings—July 22 or July 23—for participants to create a card, with all supplies and instruction, as well as snacks and one complimentary drink, included in the $20 fee. Brushes and Booze also offers two evenings to choose from—August 5 or August 6—with supplies, instruction from artist Jo Petty, snacks, and one complimentary drink included in the $35 per person fee. All sessions are at the Ashcroft HUB; with card making starting at 6:30 p.m. each night and painting starting at 7 p.m. A cash bar provided by the Lions Club will be available at all sessions. Spaces for both events are limited, so anyone interested should contact Kat Chatten at (250) 457-0732 (phone or text), or by email at attackkat@hotmail.ca. You can also visit Facebook.com/ashcroftlions.

Watch for children on roads

School is out for the summer, and ICBC is warning drivers to expect more children playing outside and to take care while driving, especially around parks and playgrounds and in residential areas. Drivers are cautioned to slow down, watch for clues indicating that children are playing nearby, and actively watch out for cyclists, while parents are urged to go over safety tips with their children, set a good example (no jaywalking!), discuss cycling basics, and ensure that if your child requires a booster seat that it accompanies them when they are driving with friends and relatives.

Safe driving tips

If your driving will take you over a long distance, make sure to plan ahead so you arrive safely. The Ministry of Transportation encourages drivers to “know before you go” and check road conditions, weather, incidents, and special events such as road construction at DriveBC.ca. The Ministry also suggests that drivers be realistic about travel times and allow extra time for possible delays; stay safe by wearing a seatbelt and obeying all posted speed limits, especially in construction zones; and by making sure your vehicle is up for the drive before you set out by checking engine oil, washer fluid, the lights, and the tires (including the spare).

CRA scammers unabated

The Better Business Bureau reports that the Canada Revenue Agency tax scam is not only still around, it appears to be getting worse. It was the BBB’s top scam of 2015, and this year 20 per cent of the scams reported to the BBB Serving Mainland BC deal with this one issue. The BBB is concerned that the scam is even more prevalent than the numbers suggest, and that it is targeting seniors at an alarming rate.

“I recently took part in a public event put on by the Richmond chapter of seniors advocacy group CARP,” says Evan Kelly, senior communications advisor for BBB Serving Mainland BC. “I spoke directly with over 100 local seniors. Not just a few, but each and every one told me they have received, and are currently receiving, harassing phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the CRA. While this is not an official poll, the number surprised even me. This scam isn’t going away, and in fact appears to be growing in intensity.”

Canadians lost nearly $3 million to the scam last year; and that is a low estimate, as many victims choose not to report it. The CRA does not solicit by phone for payment or personal information, and does not accept payment through prepaid credit or gift cards. If you receive a call that purports to come from the CRA, do not provide any personal information; say that you will call the CRA yourself, and hang up. Do not return the call with the number that shows up on call display, as it is likely a fake.

Fenderless collector cars now legal on B.C. roads

Owners of qualifying specialty cars without mud flaps or fenders can now operate legally on B.C. roads, thanks to a recently-announced amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act. Vehicles must have been built in the 1940s or earlier, or be replicas of this vintage of vehicle, which did not include mud flaps or fenders as part of their design. The amendment will make it easier for owners of the qualifying specialty cars to travel to events or just take their cars for a spin without special concerns about breaking the law.

Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal