By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
On January 1st, 2016, the Village of Radium Hot Springs is officially turning twenty-five!
Thats right, twenty-five years ago, community leaders came together to create the Village municipality in hopes of making Radium a more livable and prosperous area.
Every year since then, there has been a fantastic celebration that takes place on New Years Eve to commemorate the passing of one year and a welcoming of the next. Since 25 years is quite the milestone, this years celebration will be one to remember.
Anytime you reach a landmark, its special and important. The Village has come a long way in the last 25 years! commented mayor Clara Reinhardt.
The event begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st and culminates with one of the East Kootenays best firework shows starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks are organized by Radiums volunteer fire department, which spends all year fundraising to put on the show.
They are spectacular. Lots of cars line up on Radiums lookout roads to get a view and it is quite a sight! said Mrs. Reinhardt.
The festivities all take place at Brents Shack near the Radium baseball diamond, while the fireworks are launched from The Springs golf course driving range. The firework launch location allows for close proximity, but still promises to be perfectly safe.
Village staff members and councillors will serve hot chocolate, chili, hot dogs throughout the evening. Capping off the provisions will be a huge birthday cake to be enjoyed by all.
There will be fire pits lit, DJ music in the air, skating and tobogganing (weather permitting). Village senior administrative assistant Jill Logan, one of the events primary organizers, expects upwards of 500 people to attend.
For more information, check out the Village website at www.radiumhotsprings.ca or call 250-347-6455.
Any donations to the volunteer fire department in support of this event are greatly appreciated!