July 2008 — Graduates of the afternoon pre-school class at Windermere Valley Child Care Society waited patiently for their certificates at their graduation ceremony.

Remember When? (July 4)

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

50 years ago: Pynelogs Rest Home was given a donation of patio furniture by the Invermere Kinettes, affording Pynelogs residents many pleasant hours on the deck and lawn. The Invermere Fire Brigade also came by to water the plants , followed by a mock water battle to the amusement of residents.

45 years ago: Some of the top water-skiers in Canada were set to gather in Invermere for the Alberta Water Ski Championships. Skiers from coast to coat were set to compete for a chance to go on to national competition in categories such as trick skiing and slalom.

35 years ago: Village zoning problems prompted some lively discussion as the question of density was a hot topic. A comprehensive development plan was presented that was aimed at preventing future mistakes rather than fixing old ones, but residents were incensed at some of the recent zoning changes.

23 years ago: Fire season started with fury after three forest fires ignited in a 24-hour period in the Invermere Forest District. One of the fires was reported to be 100 hectares in size, and 25 men had been working to contain it with helicopters and tank trucks.

20 years ago: The Lake Windermere Lion’s Club was moving ahead with their proposed 18-hole golf course and campground south of the crossroads. The mayor of Invermere expressed his approval of the proposal during an open house, and the Chamber of Commerce said they were whole-heartedly behind any idea which would promote the valley.

15 years ago: Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Jim Doyle was cautioning East Kootenay residents that wished to join Alberta to instead look at the good the B.C. government had recently done. The remarks came during a Chamber of Commerce meeting, where the issue of secession was weighed due to the negligence of Victoria.

10 years ago: The Radium and Canal Flats schools finally closed their doors after a nearly unanimous vote. All together, a total of seven schools were voted closed after the district meeting, after looking into ongoing costs earlier in the year.

5 years ago: The Ktunaxa Nation took part in a First Nations National Day of Action with a campaign that slowed traffic at two separate points. Members handed out brochures filled with information on the day of action, including solutions for protecting major archaeological sites throughout the valley.


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