50 years ago (1964):
Provincial government park planners were in the area looking over the Bugaboo range with the idea to lay out parkland. Then-MLA, James Chabot, pressed for a park to be made in this picturesque valley at that year’s legislative session. The planners also inspected beach fronting on Lake Windermere.
45 years ago (1969):
DTSS students took to the school lawn to show their concern about the Vietnam situation and the moratorium in the U.S. the week before. Locals Dave Blakley and Robbie Maundrell, both active in the town’s agitation and protest of the moratorium, suggested that the gathering could help students better understand the situation in Vietnam.
40 years ago (1974):
Christmas tree harvest was well underway and weather was favourable. Tree sales were down for companies like Emerald Christmas Tree Co., based in Eastern Canada, but there were hopes the market would pick up.
30 years ago (1984):
After the derailment the week before, CPR workers had more than wrecked cars and a mangled track to deal with. There were hundreds of tons of ammonium sulphate fertilizer to clean up. With local concern that the chemicals getting into the water system, the Waste Management Branch stepped in and removed both the fertilizer and the surface layer of contaminated soil. Water samples were taken and passed
20 years ago (1994):
Nicholas and Thomas Niddrie posed with their harvest of prime pumpkins for The Valley Echo’s Monster Harvest ’94. They were alongside many others at the Monster Harvest including Braden Schnager, who was featured holding a hand-shaped carrot grown by his mom Karli Schnager, and Lynda Taylor of Windermere who grew a 6.4-pound beet.
15 years ago (1999):
Strand’s Old House Restaurant staff were adding some classical colour to the golf course during their staff outing. They donned kilts as they played a round of golf at the Windermere Valley Golf Course mid-October, toughing out winter’s approach.
10 years ago (2004):
Half-Pints, a basketball team teaching the Don’t Tease program that travels North America to show that size doesn’t matter, took on a select group of DTSS basketball players in an unconventional game fundraising $1,200 for the Family Resource Centre. Despite their size, the little team with big game beat DTSS by a respectable score.