Community News

Racing Through the Woods

The Bezanson Bog, the local cross-country race held at the Old Bezanson Townsite, has became a huge community event for the hamlet and surrounding areas over the past 9 years. Racers from all over, including Peace River, Tumbler Ridge, Grande Cache and Valleyview, all came to run the muddy trail and try to conquer Buffalo Hill (a steep climb alongside the fence on the north end, which was not used in some of the previous years). This event has become very popular, but for now, it will have to come to an end.

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Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Patty Patten

Patricia “Patty” Patten was born on December 12, 1982 in Williams Lake, BC. Her parents, Dan and Karen, moved to Bezanson when Patty was three. The Bezanson Consolidated School has always emphasized the importance of students participating in sports. Dennis Maxwell, principal of the Bezanson School, recognized Patty’s talent and instilled in her the value of hard work and the love of competition. Patty participated in all the team sports that the school offered and excelled at track and field. Following Grade 9 at Bezanson, Patty attended High School at Sexsmith where she graduated.

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Bezanson Golden Years Centre – September Calendar

MUSIC JAM SESSION: Sat Sept 7/2019 1 – 5 pm
Calling all music lovers and jammers! Come sing, bring your instruments and play, and dance your summer blues away! The next JAM session will be held Sept 7th from 1-5 pm at the Bezanson Senior’s Centre.
For further info please contact Kathleen Bulford at 780-568-3051 (home) or 587-343-2988 (cell). A light lunch will be served. Everyone Welcome!
MILITARY WHIST: Season Opener – Sat Sept 14/19 at 1:00 pm
Military Whist at the Bezanson Senior’s Centre is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, play commences at 1:00 pm, season kick off Sat Sept 14/2019.
Military Whist calendars, mark your calendars with the following military whist dates: Saturdays in 2019 – Oct 19, Nov 9, Dec 14 and Saturdays in 2020 – Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 11, and May 9. “ALL FOR FUN – FUN FOR ALL”!
GREETING CARD MAKING: Wed, Oct 16/19 at 10 am-12 Noon and/or 1-3 pm
Come for the morning or the afternoon session, or bring your lunch (or pay a visit to Lefty’s) and stay for both sessions! Learn the unique ways to make your own cards and gift tags: ie birthday, wedding, baby, thank you, etc with several techniques including: stamping, embossing, cuddle bugs, colouring, decorating with embellishments, etc. Material costs only; ie. $0.25 per card.
Call, text, or email presenter Marlene Schmitke to join the fun: or 780-512-7996.
QUILTING: Tuesday Sept 10 9:30 am – Informational Meeting
Do you love quilting but never set aside time to complete your projects? Would you like to be introduced to quilting? Would you like to help with a group quilt project? Come share your ideas with us at this meeting!
For further information please contact Hazel Westwood at 780-957-2248
The next meeting for the Golden Year’s Centre is on Tues Aug 27 at 7:00 pm. All members, prospective members, or information seekers welcome!

Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Lawrence Nellis

Lester and Stella Nellis, originally from West Duluth, Minnesota, arrived in the Bezanson area in 1916. The second youngest in the family, Harry, enlisted in the Army and while stationed in England, met and later married Grace Taylor. After Harry was discharged on demobilization, the young couple settled on a farm in Bezanson where they raised a family of three sons; Leslie, Lawrence (born on July 1, 1950) and Edward.

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10 Questions with Terri Hatch

What brought you and your family to Bezanson?
“Prior to moving to Bezanson, we were living in Clarkson Valley. We had started a business out of our garage that before too long had Quenton driving into Grande Prairie multiple times a day. We started looking for property closer to town, and Bezanson seemed like a good fit for us, especially since I had lived here for a while as a kid and had friends and family that lived in Bezanson.”

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