Remember When? February 23, 2011

A weekly look back at various events that have happened in the Columbia Valley over the last 50 years.

50 years ago: The Edgewater United Church held its annual congregationl meeting. The minister, Rev. J.P. Staniland was the chairman. New officers for the church improvement committees were elected.45 years ago: Valerie Florence and Thora Ferguson of the Radium Girl Guides received the highest award offered by the Guiding at the annual Mother-Daughter banquet in honour of Thinking Day. Both girls received gold cords from the division and district commissioners.40 years ago: Dr. Diane Madson, registered optometrist, opened her office in her home in Invermere on 7th Avenue. Dr. Madson received her degree at the College of Optometry in Toronto, which was affiliated with the University of Waterloo, in 1967.35 years ago: The Embers restaurant opened in Invermere. The “eat in, take out” restaurant opened in a renovated and remodelled building that was previously the Brite Spot Cafe and the Copper Cup Cafe.30 years ago: The Lake Windermere Lions Club undertook a community project to purchase a Jaws of Life unit to add to the life-saving equipment required by the local ambulance crew. The machine would cost $13,000, and ambulance attendants would be trained to use and operate the unit accordingly.25 years ago: Kinettes Judy Smith and Gaye Nixon were presented with a cheque for $687, the proceeds from the Valley Restaurant Participation Benefit Brunch. Restaurants throughout the Valley supported the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation by donating $1 for every brunch served.20 years ago: A cheetah named Tawana toured with world-renowned Dr. Al Oeming to five Windermere district schools. The tour was part of a fundraising project to bring two king cheetahs from Africa to Alberta to assist with a breeding program to help raise the cheetah population.15 years ago: Kindergartners at Windermere Elementary celebrated Heritage Week by creating a mural to express what Canada really means to them. Jordan Goldsmith was featured in The Valley Echo displaying a maple leaf he had made to show his patriotism.10 years ago: Kelowna hypnotist Marc Savard put a spell on David Thompson Secondary School students. Savard’s performance was part of a fundraiser for the Dry Grad.5 years ago: Edgewater Elementary students put on a mock Olympic opening ceremony in celebration of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games being held in Torino, Italy. Students showed their pride by parading with the Canadian flag and creating a mock torch run through the school.