2007: Eileen Madson Primary Students celebrate the win of $250 in books for the school library via a literacy week competition.

2007: Eileen Madson Primary Students celebrate the win of $250 in books for the school library via a literacy week competition.

Remember When (February 22)

A look back at what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the last 50 years.

50 years ago: The CPR had announced plans to remove its passenger coach from the Kootenay Central Railway, which ran between Cranbrook and Golden. In the previous year, only six tickets had been sold for the coach, and the car was slated to be removed so long as no community served by the line had any objections.

45 years ago:  The Windermere Valley Community Association’s annual Ling Derby drew a crowd of anglers, ski-doo racers and eager sleigh riders to Lake Windermere. The largest fish of the day was a 27.5 inch ling caught by Ab Nelson, who received $25 for his effort.

35 years ago: A newly formed theatre troupe from Cranbrook and Invermere was set to stage a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The group’s Invermere performance was to be the first in an East Kootenay tour.

23 years ago: Invermere council agreed to take a new approach to dog control in the district that included setting up a vehicle to catch canines and building new pens to hold them. At the time, the district’s policy was to hold troublesome dogs for 48 hours, after which they were euthanized if their owners could not be found.

20 years ago: Panorama Mountain Village was getting ready to host the 1992 Labatt’s Blue World Tour Downhill Super G races. CBC crews had arrived to string cable for the event, and the opening ceremonies were mostly planned, with member of the local junior ski program and the Great Canadian Sled Dog Co. on the program.

15 years ago: Pro hockey player Sheldon Kennedy announced the Columbia Valley would be the home of a ranch for abused boys. Kennedy, a victim of sexual abuse himself, said he planned to build the ranch on donated land either south of Canal Flats or along Horsethief Creek near Radium.

10 years ago: About 1,000 people were expected to converge on Invermere’s Cenotaph Park for a “Save Our Communities Rally” in response to recent cutbacks made by the provincial government. The District of Invermere agreed to barricade the street during the rally, and was also planning its own town hall meeting to address the cuts.

5 years ago: Invermere’s community greenhouse got a boost from the Panorama Foundation. The project, a joint effort between School District 6, David Thompson Secondary School, the Columbia Valley Botanical Society and the Centre for Sustainable Living, had raised almost all of the $95,000 needed to begin construction. Building was expected to start in the fall.

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