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108 MILE RANCH NEWS - 2011

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Reg Berrington Nov.23, 2011

This will be my last article for the 2011 season, as I will be away for medical reasons and hope to return in the new year. Until then Jennifer Raifteiri-McArdle will be replacing me. Please contact her to submit your articles and information at 250-791-6509 or by e-mail at

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December 21, 2011

108 Breakfast with Santa a jolly good time

The 108 Breakfast with Santa was a great success, with more than 60 children and their families taking in the fun. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by fire truck and were mobbed by a crowd of very excited young fans. Along with the 108 Lions breakfast, there were crafts, face painting, teddies and balloons handed out by the 108 Mile Ranch Volunteer Fire Department members and, of course, visits and pictures with Saint Nick. The food items and cash collected were divided between the 100 Mile House Food Bank and the 100 Mile House & District Women's Centre Society. Thanks to everyone who donated time and items, and helped to make this fun family day a success.

Brown Creeper. Photo Jeffrey Newman, JN Web Design
Reg returns

Reg Berrington is back at home recuperating nicely, and has even rejoined the group for coffee in the mornings. His only lament at the moment is he is restricted in some activities, such as shovelling snow - poor guy. He certainly hasn't lost his sense of humour and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Late flight

Two very late swans were winging madly away this week over the 108. The switch to our winter birds is complete, with both types of chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, pine grosbeaks and woodpeckers strutting their stuff. Audrey Hoeg has been enjoying the antics of a brown creeper in her yard. We are still plagued by deer hoovering up the birdseed, and snacking on the cedars while waiting their turn at the bird feeder. A few raptors are still hanging around the Highway 97 corridor as well.

Trumpeter Swans. Photo Steve Monk

November 30, 2011

108 Lake water options examined By Carole Rooney - 100 Mile House Free Press

About 70 people turned out at a meeting to discuss various options to the declining lake levels at 108 Mile Ranch on Oct. 24.

Read on in the Free Press

November 23, 2011

Mile 108 Elementary School students busy

Mile 108 Elementary School is hosting the south end elementary schools Grade 7 Volleyball Tournament on December 2, starting at noon. The Grade 6 teams play at Horse Lake Elementary School on December 1. Spectators are welcome. Mile 108’s Christmas concert, Santa's Holiday Hoe Down, will be on December 15, with shows at 1 and 6 p.m. Mile 108 Elementary students, staff and parents would like to thank Pete Penner for his many years of service to School District 27. He has been a trustee, vice- and board chair, and has helped to guide the district through very turbulent and changing times. He was a frequent visitor to the school and his hard work and dedication to the students is appreciated.

RCA fundraiser

The 108 Mile Ranch Community Association (RCA) will be having its annual Christmas Market on December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a number of items available to assist with your Christmas shopping, including woodwork, crafts, jewelry, Arbonne, baking, chocolates, soaps and lotions, and a book signing. People who are interested in booking a table can contact Ingrid Meyer at 250-791-5663.

CCLF news

The Operation Christmas Child Christmas Box drop-off will be at the Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship church (4930 Telqua Dr.) at the administration building on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, and on November 25 from 3 to 6 p.m., and November 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 12, 2011

108 Mile Ranch firefighters put the boots to MD

The 108 Mile Ranch Volunteer Fire Department raised around $600 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada on Sept. 24 at the 108 Mall. The weather co-operated and it was great to see the firefighters in their uniforms and the shiny fire truck, which was a great draw for the young children. The fire boots were filled with donations. The money raised will be donated to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services, and funding for research that will one day lead to a cure. It is Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15, so we must remember to check our fire alarm batteries and clean our chimneys.

Wolf group

Ingrid Meyer would like to thank everyone who helped at the recent South Cariboo Community Fall Fair, as well as to all who signed the petition for the protection of wolves. It appears a new law was recently passed that gives wolves no protection and they can be destroyed at any time. This year, Wolf Awareness Week is celebrated Oct. 16-22. Ingrid advises she would like to have a table at Save-On-Foods and another in Cariboo Mall to get more signatures. Folks who want to assist Ingrid in these events by helping her with the tables can contact her at 250-791-5663 or cell 250-609-4094 or by e-mail at People can go to Facebook for more information on wolves.


Volleyball was held at the 108 Main Beach area this year, but owing to the poor weather conditions, attendance was sparse. It is hoped volleyball will be offered next year. It has been reported the vandalism in the beach area was has been significantly less this year. The Main Beach gate will remain closed until next season.

108 Lions

The 108 Lions Club is in full swing again with regular meetings on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Folks who are interested in joining a great group of people and participating in worthwhile fundraising projects should call Lions membership chairperson Don White at 250-791-7323. The Lions have three- by eight-foot folding tables for rent. To arrange for table rentals, call Bill Hamilton at 250-791-6452. The club also provides general bar service for licensed events. To arrange for this service, call Les Cookman at 250-791-5775. Funds raised by the club go back into the community for the benefit of numerous groups. The club looks forward to a new year of good fellowship and welcome all who wish to support its efforts.

Ancestor research

Diane S. Dickert has requested assistance in her search for her ancestors who were reportedly the first settlers here, Archibald McKinley and Sarah Julia Ogden daughter of Peter Skene Ogden and Julia Rivet. Diane says she is a direct descendant and is currently based at Lac la Hache and wonders if area residents can help her in her research. She can be contacted at

Community Association AGM

The 108 Mile Ranch Community Association annual general meeting is slated for Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the 108 Community Hall.

August 3, 2011

Residential address signage project underway

In an emergency when every second counts, firefighters, police or medical emergency services may lose critical time if they cannot locate a home. Is your home address visible during the day and especially at night? Many of the homemade address signs may look good, but are almost invisible especially when it is a dark and stormy night. The 108 Mile Lions and the 108 Mile Ranch Volunteer Fire Department sponsor the new highly visible reflective signs. The application forms are on the wall in a large envelope located at the entrance door to the 108 Supermarket. The signs are on engineer-grade aluminum with a highly reflective background and measure eight inches high x 16 inches wide with five-inch black numbers. These signs have been approved by our fire department. The costs are $15 for single-sided and $25 for double-sided signs. For further information, contact Lion Pam Hales at 250-791-5656 or fire chief Marcel Ried at 250-791-8048. The deadline for placing your order is Sept. 19.

Trail walk around 108 Lake
Lake trails

The trails around the 108 Mile and Sepa lakes are in full use. If you like a good stimulating walk, this is the place to go. The trails are in good condition and meet the requirements of most walkers. Sepa Lake is now rated as an accessibility trail, which was accomplished by the extensive work done by the Green Belt Commission. When using the trail, please pick up after your animals.

Horses and Heroes

Horses and Heroes is a fundraiser for the SPCA. The event is being held on Sept. 4, starting at 10 a.m. at the 108 Stables in the Red Barn at the north entrance of the 108 Ranch. For information on selling a horse or equine-related products, call 250-791-6509 or 250-791-6519. Be a hero and support the SPCA at the 108 Stables private reaty horse sale.

CCLF youth movement

The Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship (CCLF) Youth Church (for Grade 8-12), which has been held here in the 108 during the summer, will be moving to the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School band room on Sept. 7. Meetings will be held every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

New store

A new store has opened in the 108 Mall, selling gifts, jewelry and furniture restorations by Serge William, plus artwork from artist Joanne Young. Drop in and say hello to Linda Evans. The store is located right across from the post office.

Store upgrade

The 108 Super Market, located in the 108 Mall, has done a few upgrades in the last few months. They moved their office into the empty store at the front of the mall and installed a beer and wine cooler where the office used to be, offering more variety for those hot-day beverages.


Volleyball games are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Main Beach off Telqua Drive.
Airport Appreciation Day is at the South Cariboo Regional Airport in the 108 on Sept. 10, starting with breakfast at 7 a.m. and main events get underway at 10:30.
CCLF conference "Men Tracker," with guest speaker David Murrow is scheduled for Sept. 23-24.

If you have any community events, get well, birthday or anniversary wishes and any information the 108 would like to know, give me a call at 250-791-9235 or e-mail at

August 3, 2011

Mile 108 Elementary School roof repaired

By the time this edition is published, the roof and flashing on the school should have been completed. It has been a difficult time for the contractor, owing to all of the rain. On July 22, there was even a layer of ice on the roof. The old top layer of roofing has been removed, an extra layer of insulation was installed and then more roofing material. The roof was installed by Mainland Roofing of Williams Lake, according to the specifications of the Roofing Contractors Association of BC (RCABC). The roofing company and staff have been trained to RCABC standards and the roof was to be inspected on specific occasions. Apart from the rain, foreman Adam Wolstenholme said the contract proceeded according to the plans and met all safety standards.

Heritage market

The 108 Heritage Market goes from July to Labour Day. Located at the 108 Heritage Site each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the group is looking for more vendors. There is ample parking and washrooms are close by. There is easy access from highway 97 and the 108. For more information contact Ingrid at 250-791-5663.

Beach volleyball

Remember beach volleyball is every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the Main Beach area, accessed from Telqua Drive. Come on out, but bring your sunscreen, mosquito repellent and drinking water. Have a great time and meet other 108 players. This is a 108 Mile Ranch Community Association initiative. For more information, contact Ingrid or Rainer at 250-791-5663.

108 tennis

Tennis is continuing throughout the summer months when it is not raining. Ladies night is on Tuesdays, starting at 4:30 p.m. Mixed doubles is on Thursdays, starting at 5 p.m. If they get rained out on Thursday, they play again on Friday. Folks can pay a reasonable annual fee or $7 for a drop-in. All levels of players are welcome. For mixed doubles, people don't need to bring a partner, as names are drawn for partners. They play for a while and then switch around. If you want to play at other times, call the 108 Golf Resort at 250-791-5211 to reserve a court.

CCLF news

How about going to church without leaving the comfort of your living room? The Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship (CCLF) streams its Sunday morning services over the Internet from 9 to 11 a.m., but a high-speed Internet connection is required. On Sunday mornings, go to and click on Live located on the menu bar. Every Tuesday, CCLF hosts a Space Day Camp geared for children aged five to 11 at The Rock Youth Centre at 4940 Telqua Dr., (next to the church). This camp is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The children need to bring a bag lunch and a change of clothes, as well as sunscreen and mosquito repellent. This culminates in August with a Space Camp Vacation Bible school Aug. 15-19. Call 250-791-5532 for more information, or go to

Water restrictions

Even though we have had a lot of rain, water restrictions are still in place from May 1 to Oct. 1. The times are 6-9 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Bear Alert

A mother bear and her three cubs were observed on Kallum Drive. This is the time to bear-proof by securing our garbage containers and other sources of food. Try not to attract wild animals as this can lead to them causing unpleasant activities and result in them having to be destroyed.

June 1, 2011

Grants keep 108 Heritage Site open

The 100 Mile & District Historical Society has received $20,000 in the latest round of provincial gaming grants, as well as a $10,000 grant from the Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia.


Beach volleyball for 108 main beach

The 108 Mile Ranch Community Association (RCA) board of directors has decided to put a beach volleyball court at the main beach on 108 Mile Lake.


May 18, 2011

108 Mile Ranch Business Fair

The dates for the 108 Mile Ranch Business Fair are June 10 from 5 to 9 p.m., and June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to rent a table or require more information, contact Ingrid at 250-791-5663.

Dog walk

The annual 108 Mile Lions' Purina Dog Walk for Dog Guides is set to go on May 29. Registration starts at noon, and the walk starts at 1 p.m. Free hotdogs and hamburgers will be available. For more information, contact Lion Eamon at 250-791-6509


This will be my last column, and while it has been great fun and I've met a lot of terrific people, it's time to move on and devote more time to old activities and try some new ones. Thanks to everyone who has read my column and phoned in with news items to share with our friends and neighbours. Everybody take care, stay healthy, and continue to look after and enjoy this amazing community we live in.

Editor’s note

We, at the Free Press, would like to thank Jennifer for the great job she has done for us over the years, not only as a correspondent for her community at the 108 Mile Ranch, but also for taking on other feature stories for Cariboo Calling, the Christmas supplement as well as many others. Thank you Jennifer for being a valued member of our team.

Installation of a new geothermal system at Mile 108 Elementary

Mile 108 Elementary School lowers carbon footprint

The installation of a new geothermal system at Mile 108 Elementary is close to completion.

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100 Mile RCMP at the 108

On May 13, 100 Mile RCMP received a complaint the greenhouse at the 108 Mile Mall had been vandalized. Unknown culprits slashed the plastic on the greenhouse and then damaged the plants inside. The damage to the property is estimated to be around $2,000. Anyone having information about this incident is asked to call the 100 Mile House RCMP at 250-395-2456 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

March 16, 2011

MV Lion for the ice offThird Annual Horse Bazaar on March 26-27

March 26-27 are the dates set for the Third Annual Horse Bazaar at the Lakeside Equestrian Centre on Tatton Station Road. There will be a stallion showcase, display booths, horses for sale, demonstrations and consignment and used tack sale. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry to the bazaar is by donation, and there is a dinner and auction Saturday night. For more information contact Randy Brodoway at 250-395-5175 or e-mail

Ice-Off Contest

Don't forget to get your guess in for the 108 Ranch Lions Club Ice-Off Contest. There are a lot of dates to choose from this year. Tickets are $2 per guess and available from all 108 Lions, Dowe's Diner, 108 Supermarket, Vidas (open again April 6), and Race Trac Gas. For more information, call Lion Jim at 250-791-6633.

Elvis in the house

Come out and support the 108 Mile Lions Club as it presents Elvis Elite on March 26 at the 100 Mile Community Hall. This fundraiser for the 108 Lions is back by popular demand and includes a '50s dress up contest, full bar, snacks and lunch. Doors and bar open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and only sold in advance at 108 Supermarket, Donex, Didi's, and Money Concepts. For more information, call 250-791-5775 or 250-791-5656.

Bird sightings

On Feb. 27, we had a single, bewildered red-winged blackbird in the backyard that was not seen again. The usual group continues to visit us, along with a handful of redpolls and a solitary pine siskin.

February 16, 2011

Ice Off Contest at 108 Mile underway

Can the spring thaw be that far away? Probably, but the 108 Lions Ice Off Contest is here. The closest guess to the exact time the ice is off wins $100 in cash, and new this year, is a random draw for prizes. Tickets are $2 per guess and available from all 108 Lions, Dowe's Diner, The Hills Health Ranch, 108 Supermarket, Vidas and Race Trac Gas. For more information, call Lion Jim at 250-791-6633.


As winter drags on, our regulars still visit, including the pine grosbeaks, grey jays, both chickadees, nuthatches, red-shafted flickers, hairy, downy and pileated woodpeckers. The Steller's jays have beaten a retreat and are nowhere to be seen. After eating about $100 of sunflower seeds, the resident little herd of deer on Kallum Drive were cut off and the feeder brought in at night. Before the Mule Deer Diner closed, however, they consumed our pyramid cedars from ground level to about four feet up.

Water Act

For folks who missed the recent town-hall meeting in Lac la Hache, the topic was the modernization of the Water Act. A new act has been proposed to replace the 100-year-old act currently in place, and our input is encouraged. To view the new act, visit Comments can be submitted by e-mail to or fax at 250-356-1202.

Backcountry RidersChapter formed

There is a new chapter of the Back Country Horsemen in the South Cariboo, and it’s dedicated to building new trails, trailheads and other riding facilities from Clinton to Williams Lake. The group already has a number of rides planned, including an easy ride at the 108 Hills, slated for April (weather permitting). For more information, contact Peter Reid at 250-395-6492.

Backyard Bird Count

Looking for some real tweets? Join bird lovers across North America in the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 18-21. Tally birds for at least 15 minutes on any day during the four-day count, in your backyard, local park or wilderness area. Then enter the highest number of each species seen at any one time at and watch as the numbers grow across Canada and the United States. Typically the four-day bird count records more than 10 million observations. The count also includes a photo contest and a prize drawing for participants who enter their bird checklists online. For more information, including bird identification tips, instructions and past results, visit

With the print edition of the newsletter discontinued (as a cost-saving measure), we thank Maddi Newman of KeyBoard Graphic Design for her many years' work as editor, producing a newsletter we were all proud of.

The 108-er was distributed by:
  • 108 Supermarket
  • 108 Post Office
  • 108 Cafe
  • Action Fitness
  • Aviator's Roost
  • Heritage Site Gift Store
  • Heritage Thyme restaurant
  • Hair Flair
  • Rac Trac Gas
  • The Hills
  • The Post House
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