2009 — Little Badger Early Learning Centre student Nico plays with toys and learning tools during a break between snack time and heading outside.

Remember When? (April 23rd, 2014)

A look back through the Valley Echo's archives over the past 55 years

50 years ago (1964):

The Invermere Parent-Teacher Association’s talent show generated an ethusiastic response from the audience. The show included vocal and instrumental numbers. The first public appearance of the Invermere Majorettes generated a particularly high level of local acclaim.


40  years ago (1974):

Local Girl Guides and Brownies were gearing up to begin their cookie-selling campaign. Invermere residents were advised to watch for little girls in brown uniforms and berets and older girls in blue uniforms canvassing the neighbourhood and support the fundraising campaign by buying some of the cookies. Part of the cookie proceeds stayed with local companies, part went to division expenses and part went to provincial headqurters in Vancouver.


30 years ago (1984):

A group of 17 volunteers slashed more than 25 acres of trembling aspen on the northside of Whiteswan Lake in an effort to help make the area better winter range for a herd of about 30 Bighorn sheep. The project was a joint effort by the Canal Flats Wilderness Club, the Kimberley Wilderness Club, the East Kootenay Hunters Association and the Cranbrook Fish and Wildlife Branch. The slash was slated to be burned by prescribed fire later in the fall.


20 years ago (1994):

The Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers (or IWA) of Canada union, representing some 1,200 East Kootenay workers, many of them loggers and mill workers from the Upper Columbia Valley, was embroiled in deep negotiations in Cranbrook on whether or not to support the Commision on Resource and Environment (or CORE). “We all value the opportunity to have the East Kootenay in a CORE region and have heard that this (East Kootenay) table has made a lot of progress — more so perhaps than other tables in the province,” said union spokesperson John Belcher. A major sticking point for the union was its push to have a moratorium on expanding or creating protected areas in the East Kootenay. “We feel that any further land withdrawls into protective status will severely compromise our local economic needs,” said Mr. Belcher. Some kind of a resolution was appearing more likely at the April negotiations than it had during the March negotiations.


10 years ago (2004):

Wings Over the Rockies festival organizers were getting set for the eighth edition of the annual event, which was built around the theme of “Nature’s Orchestra.” The keynote speaker was musician and playwright Ian Tamblyn. As well as giving the main speech at the festival banquet, Mr. Tamblyn was giving a family concert at Christ Church Trinity.

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