Margaret Houben

Canada’s 150th birthday is filled with possibilities

Have you made any plans to celebrate this great event?

Handwriting, still an important skill

Handwriting is still very much a skill that is worth cultivating

2016 Year In Review

A brief review of what the Star/Journal covered during 2016

Rather than making a snowman

Snow fort built in Barriere subdivision

Someone with imagination made this great snow fort

Rather than making a snowman
Lions Club members serving up lunch.

Christmas lunch at Christian Life Assembly in Barriere

Thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors of this free community event

Lions Club members serving up lunch.
Mrs. Young’s kindergarten class at Barriere Elementary pose in front of the many boxes of food and seasonal items collected by the students and staff for the local food bank.   The total was 202 pounds of food which included 39 pounds of hot chocolate packs each with a handmade Christmas Card.

Little ones collect for food bank

Barriere Elementary students and staff collect goods for Food Bank Christmas Hampers

Mrs. Young’s kindergarten class at Barriere Elementary pose in front of the many boxes of food and seasonal items collected by the students and staff for the local food bank.   The total was 202 pounds of food which included 39 pounds of hot chocolate packs each with a handmade Christmas Card.
Nicholas “Nicky” Robert Grummett passed away in 2005 at the age of 15. Volunteering and fundraising was important to Nicky

Nicky’s Red Wagon supporting Barriere Food Bank since 2005

Nicholas “Nicky” Robert Grummett passed away in 2005 at the age of 15

Nicholas “Nicky” Robert Grummett passed away in 2005 at the age of 15. Volunteering and fundraising was important to Nicky
Area residents awoke early Friday morning

The snow is finally here

Barriere residents awoke early Dec. 2, to see the first snow of note falling in the community

Area residents awoke early Friday morning
The parking lot was full to overflowing at the Senior’s Craft Fair in Barriere on Saturday

Giant craft fair at senior’ hall in Barriere

The parking lot was full to overflowing at the Senior’s Craft Fair in Barriere on Nov. 26

The parking lot was full to overflowing at the Senior’s Craft Fair in Barriere on Saturday
(Right) Business was brisk at the Annual No Host Bazaar in the fall fair hall last Saturday. Numerous tables filled the hall with all manner of goodies for Christmas shoppers and those with a sweet tooth.  Pictured are the ladies manning the Barriere and District Senior’s Society table.

Local Barriere groups raise funds at No Host Bazaar

Annual event draws 22 booths and a concession for group fundraiser

(Right) Business was brisk at the Annual No Host Bazaar in the fall fair hall last Saturday. Numerous tables filled the hall with all manner of goodies for Christmas shoppers and those with a sweet tooth.  Pictured are the ladies manning the Barriere and District Senior’s Society table.
(R-l) Private Grimm from Edmonton Base

Barriere remembers

The sky was overcast but it stayed dry for the Remembrance Day Parade in Barriere

(R-l) Private Grimm from Edmonton Base

What happened to the cell service in Little Fort?

Sunday, Nov. 6, the residents of Little Fort started experiencing really poor cell service

Pictured at St. George’s CatholicChurch holding up pro-life signs are: (l-r) Vicky

40 Days For Life

On Oct. 30, members of St. George’s Catholic Church in Barriere took part in a peaceful demonstration

Pictured at St. George’s CatholicChurch holding up pro-life signs are: (l-r) Vicky
Public Health Nurse

Senior’s Wellness Fair in Barriere filled with useful and informative information

Organizers encouraged to hold more Senior Wellness Fairs within the community in the future

Public Health Nurse

Samaritan’s Purse shoe box gifts to be constructed on Nov. 12

To date distributed over 100 million shoe box gifts worldwide

Examples of Legacy Family Tree 8.0 screens.

Genealogy 101: Exploring Legacy Family Tree 8.0

Genealogy 101: Exploring Legacy Family Tree 8.0 - by Margaret Houben

Examples of Legacy Family Tree 8.0 screens.
Top Left: Clearwater corporal Even Schenkeveld poses next to his police car at a quick stop in Little Fort while on patrol in the area. Top Right: Our local officers offer much more then protection; their community support and involvement is evident during such events such as Barriere’s annual Bike Rodeo. Bottom: Barriere officers lead the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo parade.

Those responsible for protecting our North Thompson Valley

Valley Voices - Those responsible for protecting our North Thompson Valley

Top Left: Clearwater corporal Even Schenkeveld poses next to his police car at a quick stop in Little Fort while on patrol in the area. Top Right: Our local officers offer much more then protection; their community support and involvement is evident during such events such as Barriere’s annual Bike Rodeo. Bottom: Barriere officers lead the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo parade.
(L-r) B&B Alternative Heating owner Bev Fraser with new owner Jolene Wright.  The company will continue serving the North Thompson Valley under the name LA Alternative Heating.

Lofty Ambitions for Alternative Heating

B&B Alternative Heating to become LA Alternative Heating under new owners

(L-r) B&B Alternative Heating owner Bev Fraser with new owner Jolene Wright.  The company will continue serving the North Thompson Valley under the name LA Alternative Heating.
Lauren Ficke was delighted to find out she’d won the top prize in the Barriere Writer’s Group Writing Contest.  It took the organizers of the contest a while to catch up to this talented young lady

Young writer receives her prize

Lauren Ficke was delighted to find out she’d won the top prize in the Barriere Writer’s Group

Lauren Ficke was delighted to find out she’d won the top prize in the Barriere Writer’s Group Writing Contest.  It took the organizers of the contest a while to catch up to this talented young lady

Artists invited to World Wide Paint Out in Barriere on Sept. 10, 11

Some of the area’s most talented painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to Fadear Park