October 2007 — Rolf Heer and his band of merrymen brought some Oktoberfest cheer to Trudy Jorgensen and the other residents of Columbia House Long Term Care Facility.

Remember When? (October 17)

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

50 years:    Many clubs started to form at David Thompson Secondary School which struck a new interest in students like never before, including a hall monitoring club where  senior students got to practice being in charge of the younger students. The library was getting ready for another school year. Mr. Espie’s drama club held an award-winning play for an upcoming festival. School sports were popular and attracted much school spirit.

45 years ago: The East Kootenay Region was welcoming teachers from across the region for the East Kootenay Fall Conference and Workshop, and with some 600 teachers slated to attend, Invermere was actually facing some physical space problems as the total number of attending teachers had increased by 50 per cent from the lst time the  event was held. A “musical happening” was slated to kick off the event, and teachers were urged to bring their instruments and voices to join in on the social side of the conference.

35 years ago: Federal Liberal caucus members were visiting Invermere to meet with highschool students, a visit to the local Chamber of Commerce and a public meeting. The entire caucus was set to meet the following week in Cranbrook for a round of discussions.

25 years ago: The Minister of Health announced that the new $5 million 25 bed hospital slated for Invermere would start construction the following spring. Government approval had first been given in 1986 for the construction of the hospital, but the announcement marked the first concrete announcement of when construction would begin.

20 years ago: There would be no more wild meat served to the residents of Mount Nelson Place in Invermere, as fears over potential parasites put the practice to rest. Local conservation officers had gotten into the practice of providing the care home with confiscated wild game meat such as moose and bighorn sheep. The meat had been served at Mount Nelson for the previous 15 years without any issues, but new regulations from the East Kootenay environmental health protection office prevented this from happening.

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