Well….. if they can do it in rural Colorado….






A Celebration of Old Growth… You are invited!

Thursday, January 18th:   Jim Lawrence’s 70th birthday will be celebrated at the Bluebell Bistro with the Merryweather band and birthday cake.  The evening’s merryment is open to the public and we hope to see you there!
If you have questions please email  Pat Lawrence:  pat.lawrence.phd@gmail.com  or call 250-366-4649
“A Celebration of Oldgrowth” – photo by Pat







Advertise your community event on Daybreak South.

Daybreak South (CBC radio) based out of Kelowna, will be accepting your info and stories about upcoming events put on by groups in the southern interior listening area.

To leave a message, (then speak with one of the radio hosts for more info), call and leave your info at: 1-888-662 6628.  Leave the Who, What, Where, When, Why  of your event and Chris or his coworkers will call you back for a mini interview. The more interesting and intriguing you can be the better, in terms of what your event is about, etc.

Winter in the Forest..Feb 12.

The event includes 4 on 4 street hockey, cross-country skiing (skis provided), snow painting, local musicians and entertainment, woodsmen competition, human dogsled and ski races. Food and beverages provided, donations welcome!

Bannock on a stick, homemade soups, stew, baked beans, chili, hot chocolate. And, the most Canadian dessert of all time: maple taffy on the snow! ($2)

The Kaslo Community Forest Society, along with the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation Society, the Kaslo Early Childhood Coalition and the Kaslo Housing Society host this fun family festival outside at the Kaslo Airport this BC Family Day, February 12, 10am-3pm.

Kaslo community Response Network news…

December 28  is the last Thursday morning Open House until March, Folks! Hosted by the Kaslo CRN (Kaslo Community Response Network) with the support of the BC Association of CRNs – working to address and prevent the abuse of vulnerable adults- TOGETHER!

Information is Power and you are welcome to contact me any time- if I don’t have the info. you need I will find it for you. ALWAYS confidential and non judgmental. Phone 250-353-7666, or e-mail kaslocrn@yahoo.ca


Message from Area D Director Watson…



As our beautiful communities are blanketed in snow and we prepare for the annual holiday season, I want to express gratitude to all those who contribute to our communities. Did you know Kaslo and Area D has one of the highest, if not the highest, rates of non profits per capita?

There are many interpretations of what that says about our region. Small, remote populations rely much more on volunteers to provide essential services such as search and rescue, first responders and firefighters.

One could also observe that we have a high value for social care such as family programs, xmas hampers, mentoring and senior care.

Whatever the perspective, many of us donate our time, care and energy to events, program and services because we care deeply about each other and where we live.

While it is dangerous to start naming those who have given so much as I could very well forget others by not naming them, I am going to take that risk and call out a massive THANK YOU with a hug of gratitude to a few that I personally could not have accomplished what I did this year without them.

First off- RICHARD BRENTON- a man of endless talents and opinions; all highly valued. His historical knowledge of the region combined with intensive research into such issues as the Culex studies on mosquito production in the Lardeau Valley have not only kept me informed but have enabled this region to finally see a financial return into the program from BC Hydro based on Duncan Dam operations. One of his many contributions, I could spend a day reporting all of the areas Richard has provided concise, informed input into important issues in the region. For now, a simple and very genuine, THANK YOU.

TERRY PETERSEN and CHRIS FREYTA of JB Fletchers Society; the work you and the team are doing to restore the historical building as well as monuments such as the oak tree that was gifted in 1937 to the community commemorating the coronation of George VI, highlight the cultural history that gave birth to the modern day community of Ainsworth.

SANDRA REMPEL, CARI LAMOUREUX , JOHN SEDAN, TRACY REMPLE and VAL SMITH; what haven’t you helped with?? From senior’s care in the home, organizing a diverse variety of workshops for all ages, keeping the hall running and making lunches for the ALL the kids- AN ENDLESS LIST. You enable our communities to not only function, but blossom.

DEB BORSOS- I can’t name all the things you’ve helped with as it too is an endless list, but I can say how much I appreciate your insight, candor and tireless efforts no matter the issue. Your dedication combined with a sense of humor that keeps me light and focused forward have been highlights to many meetings.

I could go on! (as usual) This list is a very short snapshot of some of the amazing people that make Area D so wonderful to live in. Over the holidays, I will be disconnected from work- no emails or calls and certainly no meetings! (amazing what qualifies as ‘the best gift’ when one is an adult). But I will continue these posts- look for other Area D residents to be acknowledged and thanked for their contributions.

Merry Christmas!