Remembrance Day 2018 ~

Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice 100th anniversary – 1918-2018

Go to this link for some interesting facts ~

This blog is in memory of my Dad fondly remembered as TIB, Tommy or Ian.  Who at this time of year I think of a little more often. 

My Dad was accepted into the Canadian Army in November 1948.  He was 18 years old. He was sworn in to The Royal Canadian Engineers March 3, 1949. He retired on August 6, 1980.

Dad served in the Korean War from April 1951 to May 1952.  He was a Sapper /Field Engineer.  He deactivated land mines and built bridges while serving there. In my opinion he had nerves of steel.

Dad ~ January 5, 1930 – July 31, 1992 ~ 


Korean War (1950 – 1953)

The Korean War was fought from 1950 to 1953. More than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air during this bitter conflict in a rugged land so far from home. Sadly, 516 Canadians would lose their lives. The Korean War was an important chapter in Canada’s military history and part of our country’s proud tradition of defending peace and freedom around the world.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the active fighting in the Korean War. How will you remember?

 excerpt from

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Stage In The Park ~ Part Five

The final jobs to be completed for the stage were the shingles on the roof and the electrical.  Jim Liddle and Allan completed the shingles & Shawn Parkins did all of the electrical. The weather held up for them. Thank goodness.

Jim Liddle thanks for all your solid work !Allan & Jim finishing up.Great job guys !Now for the electrical … Meet Shawn Parkins.Shawn Parkins Electric


5131 Able Lake Road
100 Mile House
BC V0K 2E1
Phone number:
(250) 395-0428

Shawn said that the Stage needed plenty of power enough to cover any venue.  920 amp service / 100 amp service to the Stage and LED lighting. Thank you Shawn for your professional skills & equipment needed to supply  the power to The Stage.

Now the star of the show….  “The Stage In The Park” completed…

Part Six coming up soon .  We will be thanking all of those involved in making this idea come to fruition..

Stage In The Park ~ Part Four


Progress Report ~

Pre staining the logs and wall planking  at the Sitka log yard…  very thankful for the volunteers from “The 100 Mile Cruzers” and Allan as well…

Tom Lund, Dan Jackson, Allan Roberts, Mike Case Beauty logs from our property at Valhalla … Dan the Man & Tom Lund (oh ya Allan in the middle at the back)

Dan Jackson , Tom Lund , Allan Roberts , Mike Case.

Prestaining the wall planks… Mal Wood &  Jimmy Kulyk … look at all those wall planks… holy Hannah lots of rolling… Thanks guys !!

Next setting the logs on the stage…Rona ( Glen McBride ) Brad Johnson & Sitka crew once again…. lovely day if it doesn’t rain… but it did anyway. Thanks for the cel phone shots you guys !  This process took approximately 4 hours…

Brad & his Sitka Log Home Crew…Brad & some of his crew…Allan & Brad.   It looks great so far !

Next step… the walls and roof… Allan & Richard Liddle , Jimmy Young & Jordan Durk ( Jimmy & Jordan took off before I could get a photo of them must be camera shy eh?! Thanks guys ! ) Brad Johnson, 100 Mile Cruzers, Wally & Anna Bramsleven…

Starting on the roof… Richard & Allan Tom & Mal

Left to right … Tom, Dan, Mal & Mike… on the roof… Allan on the left and Richard on the right…
The sides and back of the Stage In The Park look amazing…Anna & Wally … Thanks you two !  You work so well together must have done projects together before !!

Roof & Walls done in one day . Boom…We are almost there.  I cannot wait to see the completed project it has been very exciting to see this come from an inspiration to a reality . Last but not least look at that view from the stage… Looks like it could be a perfect postcard . Such a beautiful park.  Wow !  We are so lucky to have this in our little town !

Next on the agenda Ralph (Most Wanted Contracting)  will be back for the plywood & shingles on the roof and Shawn Parkins (Shawn Parkins Electric) will be doing the electrical and Benjamin Moore will be using their wonderful product to paint the floor. Will keep you posted !

Stage In The Park ~ Part Three

Breaking ground in the Park…

Ralf Baechmann owner of Most Wanted Contracting without hesitation wanted to help with this project. We are very grateful for Ralf’s expertise, experience and skill to make sure the footings are put in correctly for the stage.
It is a busy time of year for Ralf and we appreciate that he has taken his time away from his business with some of his staff to make sure this part of the job is done properly. The first dig ~ The District of 100 Mile House donated the backhoe & skilled operator Devon to begin the ground breaking for the stage.  Devon ~ The District of 100 Mile House  Backhoe operator  The District of 100 Mile House have been very supportive with this project and we appreciate that.Allan digging dirt getting the ground ready for the sonar tubing. Ralf drilling screws in the tubing.Ralf & Kevin (100 Mile House District Maintenance Supervisor’s) Getting ready for United Concrete to come and pour the concrete.Warren Dirkson a fellow born and raised in 100 Mile House gets to use his skills on “The Stage In The Park” project.United Concrete generously donated all the concrete for this project. Two trucks …one pour .  We have nothing but praise for this company who have a real sense of community for 100 Mile House.
Sorry I did not get these fellas names ~ but thank you !!   

Most Wanted Contracting Ltd. is a 100 Mile House area based company formed in January 2005. The owner, Ralf Baechmann, set roots in the South Cariboo in 2001, brings a lot of experience from Germany in renovations and new construction and all carpentry needs.

Most Wanted Contracting is fully insured, licensed, and carries WCB coverage. We have Red Seal ticketed carpenters and finishing carpenters on staff.

Most Wanted Contracting offers many different services to improve the look and value of your home. We can make it happen on time and on budget without sacrificing quality.

Ralf is available, by appointment to meet with potential customers in100 Mile House/Surrounding area as well in the Lower Mainland.To arrange an appointment, please e-mail Ralf ( call 250-706-4706.

excerpts from Most Wanted Contracting website   United Concrete & Gravel Ltd
United Concrete & Gravel Ltd is a 100% locally owned and operated company serving the entire Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. In 1977, brothers Dave and Paul Zacharias started Ever-Redi Concrete Products Ltd in Quesnel with two ready-mix trucks, one loader, and a basic batch plant. Today United Concrete & Gravel Ltd (as it was renamed in the early 1990’s) has grown to over 75 employees with three locations in Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. It serves all areas of the Cariboo, from Anahim Lake to Nazco to the Interlakes, with ready-mix concretegravel & topsoil, and blocks. United Concrete & Gravel Ltd.-100 Mile House Division – Mr. Rod ZachariasToll Free Number- 1-800-568-8846united@bcwireless.comPO Box 577, 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0Excerpts taken from United Concrete & Gravel website

So far so good the project is coming along really well.  We thank all contributors and donators without you this project would not be .  Allan & April Roberts are overwhelmed with the generosity and positive spirit of those involved in this project.   Go 100 Mile House !!!