Remember when? (September 14)

A look back at what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the past 50 years for the week of September 14.

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September 17

50 years ago: Gary Hollingsworth, 18, received the Canadian Legion Branch 71 scholarship, awarded to a student of the Windermere District annually. Hollingsworth graduated from David Thompson Secondary School and was moving onward to the University of British Columbia.

45 years ago: The Community Auction held its first cattle sale of the year, drawing a large crowd of interested buyers. The sale would be the first of two, the second one being a mixed sale happening later that month.

40 years ago: Construction on the Windermere District Hospital expansion begun. The expansion, when completed, would add seven additional beds to the existing 24 for a total of 31 beds. The casualty and day care area would be equipped with stretcher beds as well.

35 years ago: A series of break-ins occurred during an early morning in Invermere. Windows were smashed in at the Super-Valu, the Invermere Hardware, the Government Liquor Store and Oldham’s Transport. However, while small items were taken, no money was stolen from any of the businesses.

28 years ago: Smoke began appearing in the box of a garbage truck behind The Valley Echo, where the vehicle was driven to move away from any other businesses should there be a fire. Sure enough, a fire soon blazed. Despite volunteer efforts, the flames could not be doused until the Invermere Fire Department arrived on scene.

25 years ago: Panorama Resort sponsored a three-stage cycling race over the weekend of September 27 and 28. An expected 100 to 150 riders were to partake, including top cyclists from elsewhere in B.C. and Alberta.

20 years ago: The Public Service Alliance of Canada strike continued picketing into its second week. The strike was taking a toll on Radium businesses, yet Kootenay National Park employees continued to strongly support their cause for strike.

15 years ago: Regional District of East Kootenay Directors passed a motion supporting a proposal to designate the land belonging to Jumbo Glacier Alpine Resort as a mountain resort municipality. The motion was in reaction to an August 29 letter from Pheidias Project Management Corp., the company charged with the task of establishing approvals for the creation of a $250 million four-season ski resort.

10 years ago: Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Wendy McMahon presented a cheque for $94,456 to school district superintendent Bendina Miller.

The money would go towards helping to pay for renovations at David Thompson Secondary School and accommodate infant/toddler care space to go along with the Windermere Valley Child Care Centre.

5 years ago: Village of Radium Hot Springs residents showed a strong interest in the concept of a local, open-access, fibre optic communications network in the municipality.

A final public meeting on the topic brought a full-house to the Prestige Inn.