The big weekend is approaching fast

The August long weekend is just around the corner and everyone here in Big Valley is scrambling

Young volunteers (l-r) Cordelle Rotvik

Young volunteers (l-r) Cordelle Rotvik

The August long weekend is just around the corner and everyone here in Big Valley is scrambling to get all the preparations completed for our big centennial/homecoming celebration. So much has been accomplished already, yet there is still so much left to do. A big thank you to the Big Valley public works staff for working so hard on all the extra projects needed to get ready in time for all of our visitors. Thanks to Jim Paul, the office and library building has a fresh new coat of paint and it looks amazing. The Friends of the Library Society and the library staff are in charge of finishing the touchups to the stairs and railings. We’re still waiting for the last bit of chain which is on back-order to finish up the Memorial Park upgrades, and we have found someone who is willing to tackle the paint job on the park’s pumpjack. Thanks again to Shaman Energy and to the Big Valley Legion for their donations to this project. Fresh paint, fresh flags, fresh plantings… it’s all starting to come together.

There are still tri-fold boards available to anyone who would like to create a display of their family history. These displays will be set up at the Legion over the anniversary weekend. Stantec Engineering has donated an e-reader as the grand prize for our geocache treasure hunt. Thanks to Chad Mailer for helping make this treasure hunt happen.

The Centennial Wi-Fi Park is almost complete. The flowers are starting to fill in the new planters and the trees and shrubs are holding their own in this heat, thanks to a dedicated watering program. We’re patiently waiting for some parts to arrive so we can complete the pergola. Special thanks to Wilf Dressler for all his hard work with this park so far. He committed a great deal of his time and energy to dig a whole lot of holes through the hard gravel and clay for our trees and shrubs and the pergola posts. He also supplied a lot of his own tools to help make this build a whole lot easier. We couldn’t have done it without him and we could never thank him enough. Thanks also to Dennis Johnson and Tammy Rotvik for giving us their precious free time and “manpower” to help when we needed it most.

Several of our local artists along with group of enthusiastic kids have been hard at work for weeks on our village murals. Touchups were needed on some of our much loved murals and new paintings have been added to some of our “blank” spaces. They have also been creating some wonderful photo cutouts which are to be set up all around the village during our celebration weekend. These paintings are almost complete and they are looking fantastic. Thanks to Alice Faye Watts, Rose Johnson, Vivian Hulley and all the kids (Ainsleigh, Cordelle, Katherine, Zander, and Soren) who have dedicated their time and artistic talents to paint these wonderful creations.