Volunteers Needed - Blewett Skating Rink

The Blewett outdoor skating rink project is well underway. We have received huge support from businesses and organizations in the area. $40,000 has been invested into this project! In order to complete the 2 rinks this fall, we need some help from Blewett community members! Tasks we need help with are:

  • Posting posters for final work party on mailboxes in Blewett
  • Picking out a rink liner
  • Procuring maintenance equipment (sprayers, hoses, etc.)
  • Volunteers for a final work day (likely late November)
  • Transportation of materials - locally and one pickup from Kelowna

We also need about 6 people to volunteer to help maintain the rink over the winter.  

Please consider helping out on the skating rink project - many hands make light work. Plus this is going to be an amazing meeting place for the community - a place where much fun will be had. Email blewettcs@shaw.ca or call Shari at 250-352-3704 if you can lend a hand.

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Supporters:

RDCK

Selkirk College - Carpentry Program

Cover Architectural Collaborative

Pink Dog Designs

Kalesnikoff Lumber

Maglio Building Centre

JY Contracting

Thor's Pizzeria

ANOTHER GARDEN TOUR?????? That’s right!!!!!

BLEWETT CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Third and Last Garden Tour 2017

SUNDAY, SEPT 10 from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Meet at the mailboxes at Bedford and Blewett Road by 9:29am.

We will be visiting 3 gardens, one is a farm/garden; the other two are examples of newly made gardens and both these are in progress. Our focus will be on end of summer, landscaping, and choice of plantings.

This is a great event for newcomers, new gardeners, and experienced gardeners alike. RSVP is not necessary, yet appreciated, as it helps prepare for the event.

(Participants, IF you have SPARE perennials potted up, you may bring one along to add to the new gardens for next season flowers.)

CONTACT MICHAEL – 250-509-0064

Junior and Senior “B” (as in Blewett) Hockey coming to Blewett!

Blewett Community Ice Rink for hockey and skating is coming to the Morning Mountain Recreation Area this winter, and plans are well underway.  The project was initiated by the Blewett Conservation Society (BCS) a couple of years ago under the leadership of BCS member Shari Imada.

The Society was successful in obtaining a $5,000 Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) grant, through the Community Initiatives Grant program Areas E and F, for the rink itself. The RDCK received a further $30,000 Community Works grant, which will allow for site preparation, a high pressure waterline, hydrant and lighting.

The site of the rink is at the bottom of a series of mountain bike and recreational trails (transited by the Trans Canada Trail) adjacent to the lower Morning Mountain parking lot.   Water from the well adjacent to the upper parking lot, will be piped down to a hydrant next to the rink with estimated pressure of 150 gpm that can flood the rink in 30 minutes!

 Rink layout plan (bottom left), boards and brackets (top); Malcolm Fitz-Earle photo.

Rink layout plan (bottom left), boards and brackets (top); Malcolm Fitz-Earle photo.

The BCS held a BBQ recently to raise awareness in the local community, to discuss the plans for the rink, and to seek donations and volunteers for various aspects of the project.  The event was well attended in spite of inclement weather.  RDCK Area E Director, Ramona Faust, a supporter of the rink from the beginning, took part in the meeting and reminded us that the waterline will also connect to a bike wash station for the mountain biking community’s use at other times of the year.

The design for the rink had input from Shari Imada, Malcolm Fitz-Earle, Lukas Armstrong of Cover Architecture and other members of the community.

The boards for the rink will be supported by brackets built with help from students in Selkirk College’s Carpentry Program.  Donations of materials for the boards and fasteners are being sought.  The boards will allow for disassembly following winter. The ice will be frozen over a plastic liner.

Volunteers are still being sought for various aspects of the project: help with installing the water main, milling lumber for the boards, assembly and disassembly of the rink, and rink maintenance during the winter.  To volunteer, contact blewettcs@shaw.ca

Blewett Summer Garden Tour: Sunday, June 25

Blewett Conservation Society (near Nelson, BC) invites gardeners, new gardeners, new people to the area and friends to our

              GARDEN TOUR #1 for Summer 2017

                                  SUNDAY, June 25

                                       at 9:30 am

First place; 3465 Blewett Road (9:30 - 11:00) – Look for traffic cones and park across the road. Please be careful crossing the road.

Second Place; 4260 Kays Road  (11:30 - 1:00) - Parking for people who can walk well is through the gate and down the driveway – look for traffic cones. People with mobility issues can go all the way down to the garden. Tell the garden guide your needs.

We will visit a very well organized small farm and a large property with many plants of interest and a large perennial garden. We will also share info on invasive plants. This will be a perfect morning for gardeners of all experience levels. Please JOIN us.

Contact Garden Tour organizer - Michael at 250-509-0064 for details.

2017 Blewett Conservation Society AGM

Everyone is invited to come out to the Blewett Conservation Society's AGM on April 26, 2017, at 7pm at the Blewett Firehall on Carlson Road. Come to see the detailed watershed maps that were produced for our community thanks to the Columbia Basin Watershed Network. Hear about the Blewett Conservation Society's programs - watershed protection, outdoor skating rink, and community outreach. Get involved - join the Blewett Conservation Society in protecting our local environment in the best interests of our community.  Hope to see you there!!

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AGM Coming Up Fast!

BCS' AGM will take place on Wednesday, November 27th at the Blewett Firehall on Carlson Road.  7pm start.  At the meeting, we will discuss how to build on the success of our water security program, along with electing new board members, and talking about other pertinent issues in the Blewett community.  Please consider attending this important meeting!