2009 — Canadian wilderness artist Murray Phillips spent a sunny day painting outside Effusion Gallery in Invermere.

2009 — Canadian wilderness artist Murray Phillips spent a sunny day painting outside Effusion Gallery in Invermere.

Remember When? (June 18th, 2014)

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

55  years ago (1959):

Miss Gladys Pitts of Invermere retired on June 17th after 25 years of Service. John Koralewicz of Invermere was appointed Acting Postmaster. Miss Pitts assisted her late father, J. C. Pitts, at Windermere before coming to Invermere in 1935.


50  years ago (1964):

The Greyhound Bus service in the Windermere Valley resumed. The closing of the Radium Hot Springs Hotel gave the The Skookum Inn in Windermere the scheduled stop.


45 years ago (1969):

Entry to the Historical Museum had been gained by breaking a window beside the front door. A casual inspection showed nothing stolen, but Mrs. George Walker, secretary, said the break-in had imposed a severe financial concern for the society.


40  years ago (1974):

A fire ravaged the meat market, threatening businesses and homes in the adjacent Toby Block. The fire started in the smoke room of the butcher shop and was discovered by the owner-operator Hans Mattman. Mr. Mattman’s loss of fittings and stock was serious.


30 years ago (1984):

The Windermere Ambulance Society entered two teams in the WCB Industrial First Aid competitions in Kimberley on June 9th. The two local teams were: Garry Gallagher, Pat Long, Tony Brunner, Harry Hower on one and Don Yanko, Joso Puskaric, Aina Cernenoks and Peter Hecher on the other team.


20  years ago (1994):

The Spruce Grove Restaurant in Fairmont sported a completely new look. “The old building was established in 1945 and served its purpose in the valley,” restaurant owner Cy Berry said. “The old building was small.” The new building offered more in the way of atmosphere and space.


15  years ago (1999):

The fire hazard in southeastern B.C. was rated low in most of the East Kootenay, according to the southeast fire centre of the B.C. Forest Service. Nevertheless, an open fire restriction order went into effect June 15th until further notice.  It prohibited lighting, fueling, or using open fire.


10 years ago (2004):

Thousands of dollars in marijuana and growing equipment were seized in Edgewater. Cpl. Dale Morgan of the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment explained that 180 marijuana plants, along with a significant quantity of hydroponic and electrical growing-equipment, were found at an Edgewater residence.


5 years ago (2009):

The Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society, operator of the Summit Youth Centre upstairs at the Invermere Community Hall, announced the centre would be renovated that summer — $15,000 had been donated to the centre.