The Vavenby Primary School students spent Feb. 14 in Blue River when Mike Wiegele held his annual cross-country ski races for all the elementary school students.
None of the Vavenby students won medals but all of them had a good time. They raced against their own grade levels. Teacher Mrs.. Boyes was very proud of her students as they all tried hard and displayed good sportsmanship.
Wiegele provided a free lunch of pasta with meat sauce and the Wells Gray Community Forest 2010 Society gave the school’s Kindergarten students brand new skis and boots.
Party at Oma’s house
The school has a new Grade 1 student. Mitchell Samila is from Kamloops and he said that when he first came to the school he didn’t like it because it was totally new. But the second day was totally awesome. He loves everything now!
Some members of the Vavenby Christian Church got together on the evening of Feb. 14 for a Valentine’s Day party at the home of Marie Visser, affectionately known as Oma.
It started off with a delicious and very filling pot-luck dinner. Valerie Gerber then told everyone how Valentine’s Day got its name. One legend is that it was named after a Christian bishop named St. Valentine who held secret marriage ceremonies for young soldiers. This was around 270 AD and the Roman ruler Claudius forbade marriages of his young soldiers. Valentine was caught and executed, supposedly on Feb. 14.
CN crew visits Vavenby
On Feb. 15 a train went through town, heading towards Kamloops, and carrying a strange looking machine on the back.
The train stopped on the far side of the crossing. All of the crew jumped off the train and ran into the Vavenby General Store to buy lunch. The first fellow in was really happy because he got the last slice of pizza. The next crew member bought chicken wings and encouraged everyone else to do the same. He kept saying how delicious they were.
The extra crew was because of the machine on the back that was called a threader car. It pulls out old rails and puts down the new rails that are on the train. The crew was travelling as far as Kamloops where new members would take over.