Remember when? (August 24)

A look back at what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the past 50 years, for the week of August 24.

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50 years ago: Two enterprising fellows, Roger Askey, 17, and Carl A. Russell, 25, were set to take the water of Lake Windermere. They planned to emulate the feat of Rosemarie Plueschow who, in 1956,  swam the 12-mile length of the lake.

45 years ago: A fire of unknown origins did extensive damage to a couple’s home on Grand Drive.

A young baby sitter in the house next door sent the alarm while the home-owners were out when she heard a window blow out.

The living room of the home was completely burnt and the smoke damage had caused severe issues to other rooms of the home.

40 years ago: Two men were apprehended on charges of breaking and entering a number of Royal Canadian Legion premises across Western Canada, including Invermere.

The Invermere club room had been broken into and the two culprits had stolen cash, liquor, and a starting pistol.

35 years ago: The Columbia Valley Sports Complex Committee appointed Jim Harrington of Canal Flats to be the recreational director and manager of the Columbia Valley Sports Complex. Harrington was selected out of nine applicants.

28 years ago: A substantial drug seizure and arrest was made in Radium. A motel unit had been searched and was found to have between two to three ounces of cocaine with a street value of $4,000.

Two Calgary locals were arrested and charged in court in Cranbrook for possession of cocaine for he purpose of trafficking.

25 years ago: Kilts and bagpipes greeted those who visited Panorama Mountain Village for the Second Annual Scottish Gathering. Large crowds were thoroughly pleased with the performances and festivities of the day.

20 years ago: Invermere’s mixed slowpitch season wrapped up with the final games held at Rotary Park. Bud’s Scuds (formerly called Lobsquad), were crowned champs of the 26-team league.

15 years ago: Surveillance began on the David Thompson Secondary School’s entrance way. The district had been contacted by the Windermere School District to widen the entrance way off of 14th Street. Trees had been removed at the time to allow for better visibility and the slope had been cut back, and more work was planned.

10 years ago: Wildfires were widespread throughout the Columbia Valley, with new flames appearing near Panorama Mountain Village, drawing the focus of nearby fire-fighting units. The fire was originally spotted three kilometres east of Panorama above the canyon on the south side of Toby Creek. The flames spread rapidly due to 40 to 50 km/h winds.

5 years ago: A series of serious illegal dumping reports at Columbia Valley transfer stations were a heated topic among the RDEK and valley communities.

The collection of debris, from wood waste, old appliances and more, would have negative effects on taxpayers as it was now required to have these sites cleaned up.