2007 — A troop of Christmas elves banded together at the Invermere Community Hall on November 23rd for the annual Elf Craft Sale. Rows of vendors offered up a variety of great gift ideas for early bird Christmas shoppers.

Remember When? (November 26th, 2014)

A look back through The Valley Echo's archives
over the last 55 years

50        years ago (1964):

Tuberculosis epidemics were causing worry across Canada. A case of TB in an elderly shop owner in the area lead to the infection of 29 of his young customers. The teenagers were removed from school and sent to a sanatorium. Their sanatorium treatments ended up costing approximately $150,000 by the end.


45     years ago (1969):

Local man, William Jones, “adopted” a young Ecuadorian boy under the Foster Parents Plan. The six-year-old boy named Alex Leon was a mischievous young boy who enjoyed  schooling and hoped to be a teacher in the future. Mr. Jones’ aid provided supplies, clothing, and general health care to the young boy in Ecuador.


40    years ago (1974):

A motion picture filmed in the Purcells was brought all the way to Japan and viewed by many. It depicted glacier skiing and was shown in three of Japan’s major cities. As Japan was known for its enthusiastic skiers, many of whom were already enjoying B.C. ski slopes, a party of travel editors from Japan visited B.C. ski resorts because of the film.


30     years ago (1984):

CP Rails purchased 90,000 railroad ties, a $17 million purchase, from North Star Planning Co. Ltd. out of Invermere. The ties were planned to be ready for use in the 1985 track program. That year, B.C. spent around $114 million on track maintenance and about $131 million on other capital projects.


20     years ago (1994):

Canadian National Alpine Ski Team member Willy Raine was travelling to Kimberley from Calgary with his custom  Rossignol 7S slalom skis. After arriving in Kimberley, Willy realized his skis were missing and had most likely fallen off the roof of his van somewhere along the way. Willy was offering a $1,000 reward to whoever found them due to the fact he would not be able to get a new pair before the races began.


10     years ago (2004):

DTSS officially became a deep fry-free school. The deep fryer was replaced with a shiny new portable gas grill to introduce healthier foods to the school. The Chef instructor, Allison Bell, explained that it was all part of an attitude shift within the school. Ms. Bell incorporated as many organic foods at the school as she could, also removing the less healthy ingredients like butter and replacing them with alternatives like apple sauce. She was set on the deep fryers demise not being the only change to DTSS menu-wise and hoped to bring many more healthy eating alternatives to the school.

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