Remember when? (September 7)

A look back at what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the past 50 years for the week of September 7.

September 5

September 5

50 years ago: The children’s theatre group, The Holiday Theatre, came to the valley to present Puss N’ Boots, by Madge Miller. There was also a special Shakespeare-oriented program, with select scenes for classic Shakespearean plays being performed.

45 years ago: A fire of unknown origin started in the waiting room of the Edgewater curling rink. The damage extended along one third of the roof.

The Edgewater Fire Brigade responded quickly to the alarm and volunteers helped keep the damaged power lines from causing further harm.

40 years ago: The Windermere District Historical Society was close to having the new Historical Museum ready for occupancy within the month.

Painting and additional construction work still needed to be done to complete the interior and exterior of the museum building.

35 years ago: A proposed recreational subdivision was planned for Radium. During a Regional District of East Kootenay meeting, Alberta developer Tamarack Estates announced a plan for a 1,000 home subdivision in the area, with varied unit styles.

28 years ago: An armed robber held up the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort office and got away with approximately $1,300.

The robber was identified as male, wearing a mask and carrying a loaded fire-arm. The man later drove away in an unidentified vehicle with the stolen money.

25 years ago: The West Side Classic Annual Bike Race, which sent competitors on a 44km track up and down Invermere and Fairmont, was coming up in the Valley. The event was split for racers and tourers.

20 years ago: The Public Service Alliance of Canadaian workers officially went on strike across the country, and some 60 Kootenay National Park employees joined in. Twenty people on strike formed an information picket line on the east side of the park gates.

15 years ago: Jaryl McIsaac was one of 41 recipients across Canada to receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The award is presented to individuals whose unpaid volunteer contributions provide extraordinary help or care to families or groups in their communities.

10 years ago: A campfire ban was reinstated for the Invermere Forest District during the long weekend due to “tinderbox” conditions in the area and public pressure.

At the time, fires were still being extinguished along White River and Moscow Creek.

5 years ago: The historic K2 Ranch was confirmed to be restored as a historic site and remain on its ranch. The ranch had been present in the valley since the 1960s.