2011 — Columbia  Valley ice skaters pose with then Vancouver Canuck Mason Raymond in front of their new dry land training facility

2011 — Columbia Valley ice skaters pose with then Vancouver Canuck Mason Raymond in front of their new dry land training facility

Remember When ( August 26)

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

55 years ago (1960):

Four candidates debated during the Windermere District Board of Trade’s all-candidates forum for a spot in B.C.’s Legislature. The eager competitors were Gordon Rad, Progressive Conservative; Herbert Blakley, Liberal; Richard Orr Newton, Social Credit and Robert Harris, Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.


50 years ago (1965):

The Norman MacKenzie Alumni Scholarship for the district was awarded to Carroll Vivian Weppler, 16, of Invermere. Weppler graduated from DTSS with the highest mark in the province in Math 30. She recieved $350 in total to pursue her education at UBC.


45 years ago (1970):

An extensive renovation program began at Panorama Ski Mountain. The day-lodge was relocated and placed on a 2,100 square foot basement, and a 850 square foot addition was added to serve as a kitchen and shop. Manager Guy Messerli said the improvements were necessary to accommodate the increased number of people looking to use the mountain.


40 years ago (1975):

In memory of Chief Pierre Kinbasket, a traditional feast was held at the home of Thomas Armstrong at Stoddard Creek. Over fifty friends and relatives sat around tables laden with meats of buffalo, deer and salmon.


35 years ago (1980):

Edward Schreyer, Governor General General of Canada, visited Invermere. An evening reception was held at the Invermere Community Hall, hosted by Mayor Henry Delesalle.


30 years ago (1985):

Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, presented a plaque designating Canada’s four National Parks in B.C. and Alberta ­— Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay as the Canadian Rockies World Heritage Site.


20 years ago (1995):

The Edgewater Fire Department held its sixth annual Kenducky Derby. The duck race raised $1,000 for the department. Faux-ducks sped from atop the Edgewater flume down seven kilometers where spectators were waiting. Every duck was built differently, using materials ranging from empty plastic bottles to fruit.


10 years ago (2005):

Greywolf Golf Course in Panorama was rated ‘Best Course in B.C.’ by Score Golf readers. In addition, the course’s signature hole, No. 6 (Cliffhanger) was voted best par 3 in B.C. during Score Golf’s 2005 Golfer’s Choice Awards. Eagle Ranch also recieved an award for ‘Best Course Conditioning in B.C.’ For Greywolf, the awards came on the heels of a placement on Golf Digest’s list of the top 100 courses outside of the United States.