Remember when?

50 years ago: A hoedown at the Lake Windermere Community Centre attracted square dancers from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. First place in the square dancing went to a couple from Canal Flats and second to a pair from Edgewater. Mr. and Mrs. Stan Gibb won the competition.

45 years ago: W.A. Jones from Athalmer won a new transistor radio at the Ling Derby. Also, the Invermere Public Library opted to have some evening hours to better suit the needs of book borrowers.

40 years ago: Windermere valley pioneer citizens were honoured at a Windermere Centennial Celebration. Centennial medals were awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Morigeau, Dominic Nicholas, Vaughan Kimpton, Gus Pascal and Fenton Smith.

35 years ago: Well known Shuswap band member Moses Teneese was killed when he was struck by a car while walking down Hwy. 93/95 in the dark. Teneese farmed the land which now houses the Invermere Airport. In the same week, two local RCMP officers were shot at by a Vancouver man when they pulled him over for driving erratically near Canal Flats. Fortunately, both officers were unhurt.

30 years ago: The smoking debate continued as smokers and non-smokers faced off over whether to allow smoking during RDEK meetings. Each year smokers introduced a motion to allow smoking during meetings and every year non-smokers defeated the motion in a vote. Smokers even began retaliating with threats of blackmail and vandalism.

25 years ago: The Columbia Valley Nordic Club’s Annual Marathon drew 220 participants from as far away as Vancouver and Saskatoon. Local skiers that placed well in the 10 km race included Andrea Shnider, Kristi MacLeod, Sandra Schleper, Paul Messerli, Lorne Bueckert and Lilo Fuhrer.

20 years ago: Save the River, a group of concerned citizens, sent a letter to MLA Duane Crandall, the RDEK and the Minister of the Environment, with 135 signatures of people worried about the pollution of the Columbia River. Gary Lawrence of the Waste Management branch in Cranbrook denied that there was a serious water quality problem with the river.

15 years ago: Beloved valley resident, Bear Mitchell (pictured right) passed away. The popular Newfie, who survived a gunshot wound and being run over by a Bobcat in his younger years, was claimed by mouth cancer just short of his 12th birthday. Bear, who belonged to Janice and Ken Mitchell was a familiar face around downtown Invermere.

10 years ago: The DOI began evaluating test locations for the proposed water meters. “We’re hoping within a month we’ll find out what the final costs will be,” said Gene Sobolewski, the director of public works. The project was being done to curb high water use and offer a more equitable billing system.

5 years ago: Hundreds of valley residents turned out to a rally at the Invermere and District Hospital (pictured above) after learning that Murray Ramsden, CEO of the Interior Health Authority was meeting with hospital authorities. The peaceful protesters were concerned that closure of the hospital would have direct consequences on patients. “If this hospital wasn’t here my son would not be alive,” said Madonna Young.

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