2010 — Karen Cote accepted a cheque from The Valley Echo’s Sheila Tutty on behalf of the Columbia Valley Chapter of the B.C. Special Olympics from the annual Giving Back Golf Tournament.

Remember When? (June 30th, 2014)

A look back through The Valley Echo's archives over the past 50 years

50 years ago (1964):

“Echoes from the Valley” is the name of the sound-colour movie which was shown July 30 & 31st by Mr. Penguin (Joe Hughes) of Portland, Ore., in Toby Theatre. “The name was chosen” Mr Hughes says, “because of the assistance the Lake Windermere Valley Echo had in the making of the film.”


45 years ago (1969):

Several groups were unhappy with the development of Canterbury Point now (Fort Point in Invermere). The Rod and Gun Club was concerned about possible pollution of the lake because it would cause interference with fish and Calgary summer homeowners were annoyed with the dust it had created in their homes.


40 years ago (1974):

Fire ravaged the Alpen Deli in Invermere on June 14, 1974, threatening businesses and homes in the adjacent Toby Block. The blaze started in the smoke room of the butcher shop and was discovered by owner-operator Hans Mattman.


30 years ago (1984):

Calvin Hastings of Columbia Texaco in Canal Flats brought service to a new height. Norma Harmsworth and daughter Katherine stopped at his service station when she realized she’d forgotten her purse. Not only did Hastings trust her to pay him back for the gas but he lent her $20 so she and her daughter would not have to go without lunch in Cranbrook.


20 years ago (1994):

After nearly two years of work, costing about $34,000 the Lake Windermere Restructure Study was terminated. Donna Tunnacliffe, chair of the restructure committee, said there wasn’t enough interest shown at the public meetings to hold a referendum on the issue of amalgamating the District of Invermere and the east side of Lake Windermere.


15 years ago (1999):

Several sheep died and dozens more were injured after a dog entered a pen on on a Juniper Heights farm, cornered and attacked them. Of 55 sheep, only about five were not chewed on, according to Susan Halverson.  While most of the wounds and punctures were to the neck, one animal had to have its eye cut off as it was hanging out of its head.


10 years ago (2004):

The Columbia Valley Arts Council sponsored its annual benefit evening featuring Greek cuisine and rousing music. The Greek Taverna setting for the unique evening was the Windermere Community Hall, with all proceeds going toward the ongoing support of CV Arts programs.


5 years ago (2009):

Boxes full of books arrived daily at the Invermere Public Library. Columbia Valley residents responded to a call from Friends of the Library to donate books.

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