Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson, with the help of the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives, has been combing old newspapers so we can refresh your memory, give you that nostalgic feel, or just giggle as we take a look at what made headlines this week on Cowichan Lake in past Years.
This week around Cowichan Lake …
10 years ago
“Campers Welcome Back to Centennial Park” was the big headline in the Lake Cowichan Gazette on June 29, 2011.
“The council annoyed campers for the past year by banning camping in Centennial Park and reversed its decision during a committee meeting on Tuesday June 21st. Reversing their stance has not been easy, as only last month the council had again voted against camping in Centennial Park for special events and this time only passed with one vote. This time city councilors Bob Day, Tim McGonigle and Mayor Ross Forrest voted to camp, while councilors Jayne Ingram and Franklin Hornbrook voted against the proposal.
According to Gazette editor Tyler Clarke, the council is also making headlines: “The council wants to crack down on unsightly premises.
“There are a number of properties in the city that the city council would like to redevelop. The problem of unsightly space is one of the most raised issues by the public and the council plans to look at its constitutional tools to see what it can do. “I’ll look at this board if they want to take action against these statutes,” Councilor Bob Day said during a committee meeting on Tuesday, June 21st. ‘Are we going to sit back and let it go on?’
“Administrator Joseph Fernandez said property owners who fail to fix unsightly building problems can have their property cleaned by public utility workers at the property owner’s expense.”
25 years ago
The June 26, 1996 Lake News had bad news for factory workers.
“The Department of the Environment has ordered the Confederate Shake and Shingle Mill to stop burning from July 1st. If the mill owners do not have an alternative plan, the mill will be closed.
“The Confederate Shake and Shingle, located in Area I just off the Youbou Highway, use a beehive burner to dispose of wood waste. The provincial government banned the burners in order to forbid all open burns. “
The fines would have been a million dollars a day for every day the mill burned down!
“The problem with Roger Eldred, owner / operator of Confederate, is that all other alternatives are not economically feasible for his small business. Eldred is running a timber recovery operation. This means that he has a team that goes into the local forests, where forest companies cut down and salvage the rubble that is not valuable to larger companies. Since the operation is value-adding and the plant really doesn’t burn a lot of waste wood, Eldred says they have the support of all local leaders and politicians. “
Also 25 years ago in the same issue “Parents win K / 1/2 battle”.
“It seems that parents of AB Greenwell children in K, 1,2 will no longer have to worry. It was decided to keep both variants, the kindergarten / class 1 / class 2 and the separate kindergarten class.
“In the past few weeks, parents of children enrolled in the K / 1/2 program have been meeting with the board and staff at AB Greenwell for fear that low kindergarten enrollment could prevent the K / 1 / 2- Program and the transfer of teacher Chris Rolls. Superintendent / Treasurer Brian Hoole reported Monday that a decision has been made to continue both options but that teacher Chris Rolls will be transferred to Honeymoon Bay Elementary School in September. “
40 years ago
An influx of old friends was expected to return to the lake region 40 years ago when “800 are expected for a huge class reunion”.
“Nostalgia will prevail this weekend as nearly 800 former students, teachers, and spouses of Lake Cowichan High School gather for a three-day reunion on June 26th, 27th, and 28th. According to Ken Irving, a former Lake Cowichan resident at the helm of the organization, the response was greater than expected.
“We’re up to 775 people,” he said, adding that the returning students appear to be fairly evenly spread over the eligible years – 1947 through 1962.
“Irving said the organizers have a list of just over 1,000 names to turn to, and that workers have been able to reach 100 percent of the students for several years. He estimated that ‘around 60 percent’ of the students will take part in the reunification each year. “
Impressive! What a party that must have been!
In the same issue, “School District 66 School Administrators’ Committee decided at its June 16 meeting to decline an invitation from the Nanaimo school board that would have seen this district contract with its CUPE staff as part of a four-district unit.” “And” The Lake Cowichan village is in a land shortage that only widening its borders can alleviate, Mayor Ken Douglas told the area’s residents.
“The village, faced with a shortage of residential, commercial, and industrial land, had asked the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s planning department to find a way out of a growing dilemma.”
All of this and much more appeared in the Lake News of June 24, 1981.