2009- The ladies at the Windermere Valley Child Care Society day care were treated to a little spa time on April 24th. Pictured are Erin Elliott

Remember When? (April 30th, 2014)

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

55 years ago (1959):

The annual Bazaar of Swansea Chapter of the Eastern Star was to be held at the Lake Windermere Memorial community center. Mrs. Thomas Cookson was in charge of the home cooking stall and the sewing stall was taken care of by Mrs. Jim Frater and Mrs. Pearce.


50 years ago (1964):

The week of May 11th to 15th was set as the official spring clean up week for the town of Invermere. The town already had a tidier appearance. The works truck had been around with its crew gathering tumbleweed, broken branches and general winter debris.


45 years ago (1969):

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hambruch had purchased the Valley Flower shop in Invermere from Mrs. J.A. Laird and Mrs. George Rossington. Mr. and Mrs. Hambruch would have taken over the business on May 1st, 1969.


40 years ago (1974):

Creston Community Theater won the Best Play Award and other honours at the annual East Kootenay Drama Festival in Cranbrook. Hazel Dalke of Invermere won the Best Actress Award for her lead roll in “Silver Wedding” written and directed by Winnifred Weir.


30 years ago (1984):

Friday, April 27th was the sixth annual B.C. School Sports Milk Run. 150,000 paticipants from 278 secondary schools walked, jogged or ran three kilometres to celebrate fitness and nutrition. From DTSS, about 300 teachers and students participated in the event. Upon completion of the run, participants recieved a carton of milk.


20 years ago (1994):

About 70 CP workers from all over Western Canada helped clear up a 14-car derailment in the spiral tunnel. Workers finished the job by Sunday, April 24th, 1994.


15 years ago (1999):

A Calgary man was arrested after hanging around the highschool in his vehicle. The police had recieved five calls the day before the arrest and nine calls the day of the arrest. The man had been carrying toys and balloons.


10 years ago (2004):

Every year, Wings Over the Rockies offers presentations and talks to participants. These are given to increase awareness of the wetlands and its inhabitants. That year the festival welcomed back Peter Sherrington and three new presenters: Ian Tambly, Jeff Galius and Lex Hedley.


5 years ago (2009):

On April 15th, a few rural nurses from Invermere and Fernie joined the British Columbia Nurses Union Campaign bus tour starting in Burnaby. They had hopes to keep nurses’ issues front and centre during the election campaign and after.

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