Remember When? (May 18)

A look back on what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the past 50 years for the week of May 18.

May 23. 2007: The entire student body at Eileen Madson Primary School in Invermere took part in 1.5 km and 3 km running races on Friday morning. The course

May 23. 2007: The entire student body at Eileen Madson Primary School in Invermere took part in 1.5 km and 3 km running races on Friday morning. The course

50 years ago: A brand new post office opened on 4th Street in Invermere. Jack Shibley, veteran mail carrier, made the first delivery to the new office.

45 years ago: The Trinity United Church sponsored its first Home and Garden Show in the Christian Education Centre.

A door prize, which was a spinning wheel planter and flowers, was won by Mrs. Alfred Davidson. The hanging basket raffle was won by Karen Lockheart.

40 years ago: The David Thompson Days event was set to take place over the May long weekend.

The Lake Windermere and District Lions Club kicked off the weekend with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade through Invermere.

Rugby games, drag boat races and more were to be held on Kinsmen Beach.

35 years ago: A new entertainment and dining facility opened in Invermere.

Bud’s Disco, located on the premises of the old Invermere Garage, featured stained cedar siding, a paved west-side parking lot and a completely renovated interior.

30 years ago: Two events sponsored by the Invermere Family Month were to be held at Kinsmen Beach.

The second annual Family Picnic was scheduled for May 22, weather permitting. Other activities and games were to be presented by the Rotary Club of Invermere and the Lake Windermere and District Lions Club.

25 years ago: Richard Beecroft, a victim of multiple sclerosis, pedalled through the Columbia Valley on the final Vancouver to Toronto leg of a three-year, 40,000km World Tour for Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

20 years ago: The Crazy Canoe Classic competition was held at the third annual Beach Bash and Boogie on Lake Windermere.

Decorated canoes raced across the lake to the finish line.

First in the speed category was won by Windy Café. The best-dressed boat award went to the Valley Flower Shop.

15 years ago: Bob Honigman was hiking near Baptiste Lake in Edgewater when one of the two black bears he startled came after him and chased him up a tree.

His dog, Shylo, provided distraction for the bear so Honigman could eventually climb down and he and his dog went home.

10 years ago: Funds were raised on a sunny and fun afternoon for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Invermere Home Hardware and the Invermere Forest District staff collectively pedalled up over $5,000 for the charity while riding large bikes for the cause.

5 years ago: Part one of the annual Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens’ plant sale and swap was held at their waterfront garden location, near Pynelogs in Invermere. A number of gardening enthusiasts gathered to talk plants and get some tips on how to grow plants that are native to the area.