The Bookmobile arrived at the Vavenby Post Office at 1 p.m. on July 4 to do summer reading activities. The theme this year was Everyday Extraordinary, organized by Katreena Abernathy. Adults, as well as children, took part. It was also a great time for the children to take out books to read for the holidays.
The first activity was the construction of pinwheels out of card stock paper and paper straws. Scissors and a hole punch were needed as well. Abernathy explained what to do and helped anyone who was having difficulty. The directions were also shown on a large piece of paper.
The other art activity was doing bubble painting. Abernathy had prepared the bubble mixture from liquid paint and dish soap. Those taking part in this activity put their wands into the many different colours of paint available and blew bubbles onto their piece of white paper. The results of bubble art can be very attractive. Most of the children made more than one picture.
Everyone had a good time. Luckily the rain held off so that the activities could be held outdoors. There was an awning over the table as a precaution.
The addition to the Vavenby Fire Hall began on July 3. Contractor Marshall McRae of On the Level Limited and his three employees took down the siding of the north exterior wall and removed the stairs that day. On July 5 the foundation was dug and the footings put in. The company, based in Clearwater, is working every day in all kinds of weather from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is hoped that the addition will be completed in three months.
The addition is to house the new fire truck, which arrived on July 2. For now, it is being stored at fire chief Phillip Weber’s place as well as the new 30 kw backup generator. Weber plans on being at the fire hall every day while construction is being done.
The volunteer firefighters have practices every Sunday and once a month include a supper. On July 7 they had a barbecue. Weber cooked hamburger patties over the flames to go with the buns, potato salad, and green salad. He also brought the new fire truck to that practice for all to see and to check out.
Money had been saved for 25 years by the fire hall to purchase the new truck. A new one needs to be bought that often. The new forestry truck for wildfires was bought by donations.
The hall now has its own Cascade air system. The money was donated by the Clearwater Sikh Temple. Before Vavenby had its own system the air tanks were refilled at the Blackpool hall.