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Taking a look back at Chase in 2013

First Nations, RCMP, other agencies and citizens participated in the Pulling Together canoe journey, travelling from Mara Lake to Kamloops. - File photo
First Nations, RCMP, other agencies and citizens participated in the Pulling Together canoe journey, travelling from Mara Lake to Kamloops.
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July

Five local First Nations’ bands: Adams Lake, Neskonlith, Splats’in, Little Shuswap and Kamloops, all participated in the Pulling Together Canoe journey this year. For the past 12 years, First Nations groups with RCMP, choose different routes on B.C. waters to paddle together in an effort to break down the barriers between police and First Nations. This year the event started in Enderby with a Sunrise Ceremony with canoes hitting the water at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. They continued on to St. Ives, Celista, Quaaout Lodge, Chase and Pritchard, and finished off in Kamloops, seven days later, in time to participate in the Kamloops Pow wow. The journey included three different bodies of water and more than 110 kilometres paddled.

The second annual Summer Salmon Festival was held at Roderick Haig-Brown Park and was hosted by the Adams River Salmon Society. The event was a success with a bicycle parade, prizes for best costumes and all day entertainment. Ralph McBryan shared the tale of Coyote and Buffalo.

School District #73 considers a new Leadership Program for its schools and minor hockey teams in Chase. The program would expand the hockey academy that already exists within the Chase Secondary School to include players in grades five, six, and seven. There would also be further expansion for the older players by opening up the Haldane Annex building, which has been closed for several years, and turning it into an academy for student hockey players. Training would include on-and-off ice time with specialty speed skating lessons, as well as life skills lessons in respect and accountability worked into the program. The program would be open to both boys and girls interested in hockey.

Chase resident Mitch Hewitt won the memorial trophy at the Canadian Stihl Timbersports event. He had won other years as well but this was a special year as the trophy was awarded in the name of the late Chase lumberjack, Peter Colliver, who Hewitt knew well.  Brock Colliver, the son of Peter Colliver, won the final event of the day.

The Memorial Park Wharf grand opening was held July 27. Residents watched the official ribbon cutting, a bagpipe performance and were given time to reflect on the memories they had for the old red wharf.

Pritchard welcomed the new Eco-Depot at its grand opening on July 31.

August

Air Cadet Shael Huska from Chase earned his glider pilot licence this summer. He spent the summer at the Regional Gliding School in Comox taking classes and flying the Schweizer 2-33A gliders before being presented with his wings.

Seventy players vied for a spot on the team as the Chase Heat main camp started up at the end of the month. In the past, the camp was held much earlier, but the coach tried a new strategy this year by hosting the camp closer to the hockey season. Every player had to earn a spot on the team as all positions are up for grabs. The coach has a very specific goal this year – to win.

Shuswap Zone 8 was represented well at the BC Seniors Games as they brought home the second-most medals – 122 gold, 105 silver, and 103 bronze, totally 330. They were beaten only by Fraser Valley Zone 3 which took home 403 medals. Linda Shilling, Ingrid Whalley, Tony James Haas, Linda Haas, Andy McLaren, Norma Bischoff and Lorna Beecroft all represented Chase and area well as they all brought home medals in several events.

Chase and District Museum opens its doors to the public for art classes this fall. Instructor Joey Nash works with students of all levels and mediums by focusing on the talent of each individual so that everyone learns and thrives.

Jacob Verberg and Little Steph perform at Friday Nights Live at the Centre Mall in Scotch Creek.

Event organizer Diana Endean was very pleased with the turnout and success of the fourth annual CornStock Festival held in Chase. A combination of great weather, great volunteers and committee, sponsors, participants, vendors and entertainers is credited for the success.

Historically this time of year would see the Chase RCMP detachment cracking down on marijuana grow-ops also known as the annual “harvesting” crackdown. However, for the second year in a row, the detachment didn’t have the budget for the manpower and time to search for grow-ops in the area. RCMP still actively investigated and performed seizures, just on a smaller scale.

Chase RCMP added a Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle to their fleet to help with cracking down on road safety and enforcing traffic laws during the busy summer.

September

A wood pellet manufacturing facility was proposed at the Sept.  10 council meeting. Pinnacle Renewable Energy spoke as a delegation to council for the facility which would be located on the former mill site on Aylmer Road. The plant would be processing and packaging forest and wood products.

Chase RCMP informed the public of a man who was impersonating a police officer and conducting traffic stops in the Pritchard area on two separate occasions. Chase police searched the area but did not find the suspect. There were reports of similar incidents throughout the province.

The Chase and District Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Business Brainstorming” session as an opportunity for all business owners to bring ideas on how to make Chase a better place and further the economic development to the community.

Almost 21 per cent of BC Hydro’s customers in Chase have chosen to go the online billing route rather than paper billing.

The Chase Creekside Seniors building, located at 542 Shuswap Avenue in Chase turns 100 years old this year. The building has had several owners since it was built in 1913. It was originally used as the local BC Provincial Police, then a BC Forestry office. In 1964, it became the meeting place for Chase OAPA and finally in 2009 the Chase Creekside Senior Centre clubhouse.

The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge held a pancake breakfast to raise money for the 60- plus donkeys they care for as well as to allow supporters to see where their money goes.

Chase Heat exhibition games began this month as head coach Brad Fox and his team cut down the numbers from 70 players to create a team.  Twenty teams are part of the KIJHL league this year.

Anglemont Estates Golf Club hosted its Men’s Club Championship Tournament and Final Dinner the second weekend in September to finish up the season.

Chase hosted its 33rd annual Terry Fox Run with 44 walkers, runners and cyclists participating, plus the Chase Volunteer Fire Department and the Chase Heat hockey team. More than $450 was raised from the event.

The community was invited to celebrate BC River’s Day with the Adams River Society. The event included a paddle trip from McKay Bay to the mouth of the Adams River.

October

A logging truck overturned and lost its entire load when the driver rounded the corner at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and the Squilax-Anglemont Road; rescue crews helped right the truck as RCMP controlled road traffic around the scene.

Chase council decided to delay a decision on a rezoning application for a pellet plant so that a second public hearing could be scheduled. Council recognized that this proposal is a concern for locals and wants to hear further comments from the public before making a final decision.

Council agreed to waive fees for the Chase Walking Group for the use of the community hall three days a week.

The village park’s and facilities bylaw was amended to prohibit overnight boat moorage at the Memorial Park wharf.

A quarter way through the season, the Chase Heat are optimistic about their regular season as the team is second in the Doug Birks division after 13 games including six wins, five losses, and two overtime losses. The three leading scorers are Connor Venne with 17 points, Kaleb Boyle with 16 points and Nic Fidanza with 15 points.

Students, grades kindergarten to 12 in Chase, were asked to make posters about addictions such as the effects of drugs, alcohol, gambling and technology.

The Skmana X-Country Ski and Snowshoe Club organized a trail clearing event in preparation for the upcoming ski season.

Pete Murray’s Farm held a fun family-oriented Halloween event, including wagon rides touring the pumpkin patch fields.

The group at Chabelos Resort in Chase organized a social potluck dinner for guests with the request that attendees donate one new toy per guest; the result was $2,600 worth of toys collected which were then donated to the Chase Hamper Society.

The Chase Community Hall organized the first Halloween dance and scare band competition. Prizes were won for costumes and best air-band performance. The event was a fundraiser to raise money to purchase a sun protector for the Joyce Dunn Theatre. Danny Redekop and Jerry Johnson also provided DJ music to finish the night.

Adventure travel was the topic for the Travel Talks series held at the Squilax General Store & Hostel.

November

Improvements began on the Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.  Among the changes will be a new gathering place for large groups and festivals, new trails built and old trails closed to help with natural rehabilitation, and a buffer zone will be created between the Adams River and park facilities to help protect natural habitat.  The project is planned to take several years to complete.

Chase council unanimously approved the rezoning of the Aylmer Road property for a proposed wood pellet plant. This approval does not mean the pellet plant will be coming to Chase for certain, just that the business can take the next steps as the pellet plant would be considered a permitted use on the parcel. The village had completed two public hearings as well as consulted with several agencies as required by legislation prior to council making its decision.

Representative of Project Comeback, Natalya Melnychuk, was contracted by the Village of Chase to learn why youth leave rural communities like Chase after graduating high school and to research ways to keep them from leaving. Melnychuk will look into incentives for youth so they will consider staying in their home communities to work and raise their families.

The Kamloops Storm hockey team played against the Heat in Chase and went home with a 4-1 win against the Heat. But the Heat won against the Kelowna Chiefs in a home game the same weekend.

Residents were invited to shop locally for their Christmas presents; the Creekside Craft Fair, the Chase Country Christmas Craft Fair and the Pritchard Christmas Bazaar held their annual events that included local vendors selling their crafts and baked goods.

The Chase Evangelical Free Church and the Pete Murray’s Corn Farm collaborated to provide hay rides to families and children. Locals could also check out the live nativity that was playing at the church.

Craig’s Bakery held a gingerbread house construction workshop for locals of all ages.

Downtown Chase was ablaze with Christmas spirit and good cheer for the Chase Country Christmas. To kick off the holiday season, local shops remained open for late shopping, a bonfire helped keep residents warm as they enjoyed the Christmas parade. There were hayrides and vendors with treats, and the Chase Heat players were available to sign autographs.

December

Shuswap Search and Rescue members were called out to Crowfoot Mountain above Celista to search for a missing snowmobiler. The missing Kamloops man had become separated from the rest of the group and became lost. A member of the Crowfoot Mountain Snowmobile Club found the man about 4:30 a.m. He had been well-prepared with warm clothes and food and was found in good health.

Chase Coun. Rick Berrigan allotted $500 of his discretionary funds towards the local Chase Hamper Society.

Chase RCMP were busy with increased vehicle break-ins and motor vehicle accidents.

The accidents were attributed to snowy weather and icy roads that took drivers by surprise. In one day, RCMP responded to more than 10 calls.

The Chase Heat won 5-4 in overtime against the Columbia Valley Rockies from Invermere, but lost 5-2 against Kamloops Storm in a home game, making the Heat third in the standings.

 

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