Vavenby General Store reopens for business

The residents of Vavenby were very happy to see Vavenby General Store reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 3

Vavenby General Store co-owner Mike Bayley proudly stands in front of the store's new sign.

The residents of Vavenby were very happy to see Vavenby General Store reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 3. All the renovations are complete, so customers have access to the whole store.

Licensing for the selling of liquor, cigarettes, hunting and fishing, Greyhound, and lottery tickets is still in the works so those are not yet available. Eco-cards will eventually be sold here. The store is temporarily accepting cash only.

Co-owner Joy Bayley is managing the store until she has hired a person to take over. There are three other staff members – one for morning, evening, and the deli.

The store is open every day of the week from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. It is closed on holidays. There will be no hot deli on weekends.

Vavenby Primary enrolment

There are six children – three girls and three boys – enrolled at the school this year. There are no Kindergarten nor Grade 3 students. New teacher Katie Clark is enjoying the school. She taught at Raft River School last year.

Vavenby residents show their skills

Congratulations go out to three women from Vavenby who took part in the Barriere Fall Fair.

Doris Scarff won six awards out of her eight entries. She got firsts for her saw painting, rock painting, an unframed canvas painting, and a leather mitten that one could use for a Christmas ornament. She got seconds for a collage and for a wood burning.

Judy Tobin received firsts for her sewing of a pair of jeans and for her sewing of an apron.

Dorothy Schulte won the aggregate award. This is an award for receiving the most points (awards) in the exhibit hall. She won awards for her vegetables, canning, flowers, and quilting.

Moilliets on the move

Ian and Karen Moilliet’s home is going to be more quiet as two more of their children have moved on, leaving only Isaac behind. The parents drove Seth and Vienna to Calgary on Sept. 29.

Seventeen-year-old Seth is going to attend Alberta Bible College for a year. His Aunt June recalled that she was the first person from B.C. to go there.

Twenty-one year old Vienna flew from Calgary to Spain where she is joining Operation Mobilization for a three month mission.

Strong Start starting again

Strong StartRegistration for the Raccoons Strong Start program started on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Vavenby Primary School. Five children signed up.

People can still register their children. Bring their birth certificate or other passport ID, and their care card.

Strong Start is a fun program for all children under five years old and their parent/caregiver. It is held every Wednesday from 8:50 – 11:50 a.m. It is a time for children to learn about colours and shapes, explore science, read books, sing songs, paint, and make crafts. The children will learn about our five senses this year and then move on into emotions.

Each session starts with free time when the children can paint, play with play dough, or play with the toys. Then they sing action songs, have a healthy snack, and end the day with a story.


The facilitator is Amy Macleod. She would like to gratefully acknowledge the financial contribution of the province of B.C. through the Ministry of Education. For more information on Strong Start go to raccoonsstrongstart.



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