After a long wait, Vavenby finally has got cell service. With TNRD Area A representative Tim Pennell offering the site for the tower on behalf of the TNRD and with an infrastructure agreement between Telus and the provincial government the ball started rolling and cell service was put in.
The tower is beside the TV site. Eventually TV service and other pre-existing services such as Mercuryspeed will move over to the new power supply. The power line has not yet been finished but should be completed by next week.
The use of our cell phones was operational on Saturday, Feb. 11. On Sunday John Gerber started the morning off at Vavenby Christian Church by telling the congregation to turn off their cell phones so that the church service could begin.
Residents have mixed feelings about having cell service. They feel it will be good in case of emergencies such as breaking down on the highway. One resident felt that it shows we are up to date with the rest of the world and people won’t look at us as a backwoods town. Most residents are upset that their cell phones don’t work because they must be 3G or better. Older ones won’t work so many citizens need to buy new phones.
Healthy lunch for Valentine’s Day
The Vavenby Primary School students helped make a healthy lunch on Valentine’s Day. Volunteer Mary Neathway watched over them as they cut up the vegetables for the soup. The lunch also included baking powder cheese biscuits made with whole-wheat flour, apple wedges with peanut butter, real orange juice, red jello, and cookies. All the adults present were invited to share in this delicious lunch. The students did the clean up.
Student Cadence Busse’s mom had sent heart-shaped cookies to school for the children to decorate. These were eaten during the card exchange.
Following school was the After School Club, now being led by Krystle Moilliet. She is doing games with the students so that they can learn the basics of acting. The first game they played worked on memory and was for receiving/responding. Another game was to work on being good statues. The students ended the day by telling a true story about themselves. Next week they will have to act out their story.
The students were happily participating in everything. They will be with Moilliet for six Tuesdays, one hour each time.