The Harrison Craft Market featured a wide range of artisans and crafters

Harrison Happenings: We need to look back, to look forward

Columnist: Let's be inspired, it is not often we have a chance to do so!

  • Sep. 8, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Funny, it never entered my mind until I read John Green’s letter to the Editor in last week’s Agassiz-Harrison-Hope Observer edition.  This happened, perhaps, because when I look at  “my bridge”, I see a bridge that has a very elegant and romantic outline — feminine, if you will.  In my mind I can see children crossing it on the way to school, housewives short-cutting to the downtown area or visiting each other.

When I think of a bridge suitable to honour John Allen, other attributes come to my mind such as “big, bold and manly.”  Not that I think John cannot be romantic, far from it.  But his main characteristics are different and we have to find a bridge more suitable for him. In my opinion, his bridge should be part of a main artery running through the town such as the one bridging the Miama River at Hot Springs Road. It would be close to all he loves: There is his home, now a country club, the Village Office he so frequently occupied, the beach he often visited on his dune buggy, the Memorial Hall he never passed without coming in to check out what was going on, a pub and the river running through it all.  But, since this bridge might not be ours to name (being under the provincial jurisdiction), we should search for something equally suitable— another bridge, a mountain perhaps, or a lookout!  Let’s be inspired, it is not often we have a chance to do so!

Things have calmed at Harrison Hot Springs, as they usually do at this time of the year. But, not completely!

Unfortunately, I missed a great weekend at the beach due to my eye operation. There was the craft show at the Memorial Hall hosted by the Harrison Festival of the Arts. There was also the opening of the new Bandshell on the beach followed by an afternoon of concerts which I hear was enjoyed by many people. Over at the Ranger Station Art Gallery there was the opening of the September Show — a photography display of the works of Jutta and Michael Schulz.

I might walk over there, since walking is next on my list I have given it a headstart this summer, which might be of help. Also, with both eyes done now (I just had the second cataract operation  Wednesday, a week ago) I am looking forward to be able to read books again. It is amazing how much one misses what one cannot have!  Luckily, I was able to read the newspaper all along. This week, I especially enjoyed Terrill Scott’s and Jacquelynne Garden’s articles about library summer activities and a book club for the winter. It sounds like a lot of fun and I wish them all the best, especially the book club. Perhaps I can become an “imaginary” book club member. I have to find out!

I will also join my family in getting ready for my grandson Andrew’s wedding to Khristy, a very beautiful and all around nice girl!  There is something very special about weddings and to be part of it is always an honour. There are two more visits to Minter Gardens marked on my calendar and lunch with the Harrison Hot Springs Social Club at Kilby Historic Site’s Harrison River Restaurant.  I will try to do it all. We are so lucky to have such a super garden relatively close by and I really want to see what they are doing at the Kilby Historic Site. I have to say that I am very, very happy that they received the money to restore it. Humble as these buildings are, they are our history and we need them. We have to be able to look back if we want to be able to look forward!

Just Posted

VIDEO: Harrison sailor looking for competitors to race model boats

Bernhard Van Velze is hoping to create a club for model sailboats at Harrison Lake

Community artists, amateurs wanted to create Kent anniversary logo

The 125th anniversary committee is hoping to choose a logo designed by the community

Kent to weigh in on ride-sharing policies

The district will be submitting comments to the province on what ride sharing should look like

Chilliwack prolific offender wanted yet again

B.C.-wide warrant issued for David Allen Geoghegan

One man, two women charged with stolen pickup downtown Chilliwack

None of the three have criminal history in B.C.

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Crash closes Coquihalla southbound lane south of Merritt

Accident occurred approximately 26 kilometres south of Merritt

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

Most Read