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Behind the Gold – Norm Gronskei


Many of you knew Norm Gronskei.  If you didn’t know him here is a link to brief obit for him:

Norm was a story teller.  He kept a book in which he wrote down many interesting stories of his life and times in Pioneer and Bralorne.  In the last 10 years or so he published them in our local newsletter, the Mountain Telegraph.

Norm, his family and the entire community thought a book of his stories should be published.  But…it never quite happened. But it is now!!!  His family and the Bridge River Valley Community Association have come together and we are going to have a professionally published book done with the working title, “Behind the Gold” Norm Gronskei’s stories of Life in Pioneer and Bralorne .

Everybody is on board and has agreed, that once printed and being sold – 1/3 of the proceeds will go to The Mountain Telegraph and 2/3 will go to the Museum.  We know this is exactly what Norm would want.

It takes a bit of money and a lot of work to get a book professionally published.  Leaving aside the printing , publishing involves:

  • transcribe (some) And organize all of his stories (30-40)
  • find suitable photos to go with each story in the Museum
  • write a forward and perhaps a chapter on Norm
  • have the book cover designed
  • have the all the stories professionally edited (and the family will be very involved here to make sure Norm’s “voice” doesn’t change)
  • have the book typeset professionally
  • have the book indexed (so the reader can find names of people and places easily)

We are working with the publisher that helped us digitize and re-publish Bridge River Gold and she has given us a quote of approx.. $5,000.

Norm’s family is putting in $1,000 to start us off.     Can you help with a small donation?  We think you will agree that Norm’s stories will keep the legacy of Bralorne and Pioneer going forward for a long long time.

Here is one of Norm’s stories called First Class Living…. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

If you can help with a donation , a cheque can be made out to Bridge River Valley Community Association, General Delivery, Gold Bridge, BC V0K 1P0

You can also click here to  send a donation via Credit Card or Pay Pal

This is such a worthy project for all of us, we hope you will support it.  Our goal would be to have the book out next year.


Comunity Advisory April 4


Haylmore Heritage Site Assistant – Fun job!!!  Job sharing considered.

Maintenance Support Worker – Contract position with financial retainer    See this link:

3 Summer Jobs – 15 – 30 years, pays well above minimum wage,

Tyax Kitchen Positions, see details here:

Tyax Housekeeping Positions, see details here:


Community Resource Building -  Mechanical Room Construction

Bralorne Church – Repair Replacement of Front/Back porches 

Bralorne Church – Painting   

Bralorne Church – Preliminary Drainage Work


Health Care

Dr. Humber’s Next Visit

Dr. Humber’s next visit is Saturday April 20 and following that, May 18.  . Call the Lillooet Medical Clinic to make an appointment. 250-256-7505

Public Health Nurse Visit

The public health nurse will be in Gold Bridge Thursday April 25.  Phone toll free 1-855-656-4233, dial 0 and ask for Public Health to make an appointment.


Update on Logging in the Marshall/Liza Lake areas and the Mud-Noaxe Area:

We plan to start logging Blk 733-14 (M92) above Marshall Lake sometime in
April. We currently have operations up the Noaxe (104km spur). We will have
operations in Bonanza starting in May. We will have some hauling out of Liza
in early to mid-summer. Grading and minor road maintenance will be ongoing
between now and start-up of our operations. We are planning to work in
conjunction with Highways to apply dust control along the Mud M/L above
Marshall Lake.

Community Advisory Feb 28

Winterfest 2019

The Bridge River Valley Community Association would like to thank all the folks who came out on Feb 16th to make the 10th annual the best attended event yet.  And thank you to all the volunteers and donors who supported this great, local event!

The Public Health Nurse will be in Gold Bridge March 7th.    Please call 1-250-256-1314 to book an appointment.

Short-Term Rentals survey

SLRD Electoral Directors and Staff have been receiving an increasing number of complaints associated with illegal short-term nightly rentals.  Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey on short-term rentals in your area.

Summer Employment

Are you between 15 and 30? Great news, Canada Summer Jobs has removed the requirement to be returning to school full time in order to get one of our funded positions this summer. BRVCA and the Museum have applied for 3 positions.  Please e-mail the if you are interested.

Committee Treasurers 

Both the Bralorne Community Advisory Committee and the Gun Lake Boat Launch are currently looking for committee treasurers.  Volunteer time is about 1 hr/month plus meetings.  Keep in mind BRVCA has an overall Treasurer that looks after many of the functions financially.  Please have a read of the role description at the attached link – basically if you can use a spreadsheet and have some basic understanding of budgets, invoices,etc. you can fill this role.

Mountain Telegraph digital & print subscriptions

The digital edition is $45 for 10 editions (a year) and will be link protected. Each subscription will be able to sign up two email addresses.   A mailed print subscription will continue to be available at $70 for 10 editions (a year). The Mountain Telegraph is available for $4/edition at locations in the Valley and is also distributed at no charge to everyone who has a mail box in Gold Bridge.  Makes a great gift too!  Sign up and pay for your digital or print subscription here:

Winterfest Surplus

Stop by the Community Resource Building Mondays/Thursdays, we’ve got beer and spaghetti for sale!  Budweiser and Molson Canadian, prices vary.

Porta Pottie rentals

Need a porta pottie? We rent to personal (events/weddings) and commercial, long and short term. We have 2 and sometimes 3 available. Very special (cheap) rates for non-profit community uses!  Get in touch with us for complete information.

Curling Rock rental

The lakes are beautifully frozen for curling right now. Rent some rocks and have your own tournie!   See the details and book at the link.…/CURLINGROCKSETBOOKING

 Community Futures Wildfire Business Transition Program Business  

Community Futures is offering a Self-Directed Training Program intended to help businesses and not-for-profits (organizations) impacted by the 2017 wild fire season to identify their training needs and provide financial and advisory support to meet those needs.  This is free training for businesses impacted by the 2017 fires due to loss of access and  revenue and applies to Bridge River Valley businesses and organizations.

Application forms are available at    Or contact Laurie Rice at 250-255-2485 or call toll free at 1-855-782-5049 for more information

February Logging Update

Update: They will also be hauling out of Dale Road on West Gun Lake Rd and down Vanderburg Hill approx 6-8 trucks per day.

The following is an update of Aspen Planers harvesting activities in the Bridge River Valley heading into the February long weekend.

Our harvesting crews are located throughout the valley in the following locations:

Slim Creek FSR
Gun Lake Area (Dale Road)
Cadwallader / Kingdom Lake Road

Expect logging truck traffic Monday to Friday on Road 40 with the possibility of some minor weekend trucking.  Travel leaving Lillooet for Goldbridge later in the afternoon will reduce the amount of log truck encounters.

Logging trucks should not be hauling on Monday Feb 18 (Family Day).

Road building and harvesting activities are taking place above Gun Lake, up Dale Road and up the Slim Creek FSR in off the 8.5km spur.  All trails in these areas are closed until activities can be completed.

There is a parking area for snowmobilers on the Slim Creek FSR just past the 8.5km spur. However due to the log hauling on the Slim FSR, if you are going travel the road to the parking area during operating hours make sure you either have radio contact or follow a vehicle that has radio contact and make sure they are aware you are following them.

Harvesting activities and log hauling are taking place out the Cadwallader (Kingdom Lake FSR).

Please respect all signs and use caution in these areas and have a save and enjoyable long weekend



February Community Advisory

Winterfest celebration at Little Gun Lake – Saturday Feb 16th

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Chances to win a flightseeing trip with Blackcomb Helicopter, draws start 11:30 a.m.

 Hockey & curling tournaments, great raffle prizes and concession stands by the Bridge River Valley ATV/Snowmobile Club and the BRVCA!  

 Sign up your hockey or curling team here:

 *We are looking for a staff person for a couple of hours to float/help with concession stand and one volunteer person to wear the new mascot costume (1 hr)!     Can you help?  


 70’s Disco Family Spaghetti Dinner – Saturday Feb 16th

 $15 Adults /  Kids 10 and under FREE

Get your tickets here! Information here:   (scroll down).

 Prizes for best costume and best group “stayin’ alive” dance, silent auction.

This is a volunteer run benefit for the Bralorne Pioneer Museum.  

And you don’t have to cook !!!!


Training Survey for 2019 programs

The Valley Wide Training Initiative Committee is seeking feedback for the 2019 Training Program prior to pursuing further information, quotes and funding.
Thank you for taking part in this survey and supporting the training provided in the past. Survey link here:


 Senior’s Lunch Sunday February 24th

The funding has ended for this great program, don’t miss the last lunch at the Gold Bridge Community Club.


The BRVCA is hiring!

Are you between the ages of 15 and 30 or know someone who is? Canada Summer Jobs has removed the requirement to be returning to school full time in order to get one of our funded positions this summer. BRVCA and the Museum have applied for 3 positions, if you think you might be interested in working this summer between May long weekend and the end of August, send us an email:

Oct 18 Community Advisory

Senior’s Lunch Sunday Oct 21st at the Gold Bridge Community Club

Come on out and enjoy a free lunch, Hot Turkey Sandwiches, and good company!


NEWLY RE-PUBLISHED!  BRIDGE RIVER GOLD- Just in time for gift giving!

Special Pre-sale Price of $20 ends October 26. 

Purchase here:   You will be given option to pay using PayPal or “other” (credit card).  A PAY PAL account is not needed to do this.

There are two choices :

Pick-up -  pre-purchased books will be available at the Community Resource Building in Gold Bridge after October 30 on Mondays & Thursdays or other special arrangements can be made.  Price $20 per copy.

Mailed copies (single) - these will be going out, all things going well on October 29.   Mailing addresses will be confirmed upon payment. The shipping price for the book is the $20 presale plus $15 postage.

If you have previously contacted us, we will be in touch with you!   If you want to pay by other means, order more than one copy, please email or PM them on Facebook.   Support our museum, it is amazing!

 2019 Bridge River Valley Calendar

The second printing of the 2019 calendar has arrived. You can order on-line at

 Remembrance Day Nov 11th &  Wreath Sponsorship

The Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place at the Gold Bridge Cemetery at 10:45 am followed by a tea luncheon at the Gold Bridge Hotel.  The BRVCA is offering wreath sponsorship again this year- Sm wreath $40.00 , Lg wreath $70.00   Please contact if you would like to sponsor a wreath.

2019 Thanksgiving Fair

Fall Fair poster 2018 (3)

September Community Advisory

Community Advisory Sept 24, 2018

District Election

The 2018 district election is on October 20th.   There will be an All Candidates meeting on Oct 8th at the Gold Bridge Community Club, click here for details:  You can also visit the SLRD website for voting regulations and advance voting details:

 Thanksgiving Fair 

Saturday Oct 6th   11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Gold Bridge Community Club

Apple & pumpkins pies, baked goods, local artisans and more!   

*We are also looking for pie & baking donations this year, all proceeds go to support the Bralorne Community Church which is in need of some plumbing repairs.

PRE-SALES for the Bridge River Gold Book

The Museum is currently taking pre sales orders for the new Bridge River Gold book. The cost of the book in pre-order is $20.00 plus the cost of shipping. They will be available for Christmas so this makes them favorable gifts and thoughtful ones also. The full price at a later date will be $24.99 plus shipping. If you are interested e-mail the Bralorne Museum @ or call 250-238-2349 with your name, how many copies you desire and contact information. We will contact you at a later date regarding payment details. Sneak peek at the cover here:

2019 Bridge River Valley Calendar

The new 2019 calendar will be here soon.  You can purchase a calendar at the Thanksgiving Fair Oct 6th or pre-order on-line at

The Bralorne Pioneer Museum is open up to and including Thanksgiving Weekend – Saturday, Sunday & Mondays – 10 to 4

The Haylmore Heritage Site is open up to and including weekend of September 27-30.

 Remembrance Day Nov 11th

We are looking for a community advocate, someone with a heart for our fallen.  The advocate will assist with sponsoring wreaths and help define the Remembrance Day ceremony. Please contact if you can help.


SLRD Area A Director Candidates

The next general local government elections will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

2018 SLRD Area A Director candidates:




The BRVCA is hosting two All Candidates meetings ahead of the Oct 20th election:

In Person – Oct 8th – 9:00 am – 10:00 am at the Gold Bridge Community Club.

Teleconference Oct 9th – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.   There are 16 phone lines available.  If you wish to participate in the teleconference please RSVP to and you will be sent the phone number and access code.

Questions for candidates may be submitted in advance to the BRVCA

For more information on advance voting and voting regulations please visit


Logging Activity Update

The following is an update of Aspen Planers harvesting activities in the Bridge River Valley heading into the September long weekend. 

Our harvesting crews are located throughout the valley in the following locations: 

Bridge Mainline/Downton Lake 
Liza Creek 
La Rochelle/Yalakom 

Continue to expect logging truck traffic Monday to Friday on Road 40 with the possibility of some minor weekend trucking.  Travel leaving Lillooet for Goldbridge after 5 pm daily will reduce the amount of crew and log truck encounters.  Travelers coming into the valley via the Hurley can expect truck traffic until 4 pm daily.  After 4 pm truck traffic should be done for the day but there is the possibility of traffic after 4 in the event of breakdowns or low-bedding. 

Aspen will be stockpiling wood at the old rock quarry near the Goldbridge transfer station.  Trucks will be turning off the Hurley FSR and traveling up the road towards Gun Lake.  Extra caution is advisable near the Hurley/Gun Lake Road junction as the trucks will be moving very slowly at this intersection. 

Truck traffic will be steady throughout the summer on the Marshall/Mud road system moving wood out of Liza Creek.  Trucks will also be entering Road 40 just west of the Yalakom Bridge out of the La Rochelle/Moha FSR. 

Brushing and road upgrades will be completed on the Bonanza road over the next couple of months, expect delays and road closures for bridge works. 

There will be road upgrades and construction in the Kingdom/Cadwallader road system.  Expect road closures or delays throughout the valley. 

Any questions or comments can be sent to me directly. 


Bill Poppy, R.F.T.
Aspen Planers Ltd.
Lillooet Woodlands Division

Office  1-250-256-5216
Cell      1-250-256-9335