Talent shows and dances so popular in the 40s and 50s depended upon bands like this Teen Town orchestra performing in the old Opera House. Supported by adults

This Week in History for May 2

This Week in History features a selection of stories from the Arrow Lakes News archives

May 1, 1942 – B.C. Lumber Co. makes gift of tobacco to soldier

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry announced today that arrangements have now been made under the British Columbia Overseas Tobacco Fund whereby residents of British Columbia can send cigarettes and tobacco to their relatives and friends from other parts of Canada who may be serving with the British or Canadian Forces in United Kingdom.

“A very generous donation has just been received from the Western Lumber Manufacturing Association of Vancouver…which will send 41,000 cigarettes to British Columbia House in London for distribution among our men serving in Britain,” said the Deputy Minister.

The Deputy Minister expressed appreciation of the generous support given to the Fund and stressed again the high cost of cigarettes in Britain and the fact that our Canadians much prefer their own Canadian “smokes” to the British Cigarette.

May 3, 1962 – Celgar Sawmill burner dismantled

Saturday morning saw the last of the steel plates taken down from the burner of the former Celgar sawmill in Nakusp. These plates weigh about 40 pounds and are about four feet across.

Dick Rennenberg undertook to do this job, which has been going on for the past three weeks. He informed us that some 6,000 bolts were unscrewed or cut off. Most of them were oiled and came quite readily with a power wrench.

The burner and about half of the conveyor were purchased by Mr. Erickson of the Passmore Lumber Co. and will be again set up at Rosebery. The one in service there is not large enough for the job. This one measures 60 feet high. The plates and sections of the burner were marked and bundled in sections, so as to facilitate the re-erection. Even the cement blocks with metal flanges will be shipped to Rosebery.

May 5, 1982 – Byline Burpy

“Can’t you do something about stopping the proposed Teen Drop-In Centre?” I was asked by a wise old man of the streets. “We’ve already got that albatross of an arena and there’s scads of things for young people. We certainly don’t need a Drop-in Centre,” he said.

I agreed with him. I think our young people do have lots to do and  places to go. My fears are the Drop-in Centre would just become another taxpayers burden and would turn into a teenage hangout where more trouble than good will result.

I see that the Volunteer Services have got student help for the summer for the Drop-In Centre along with other projects but as far as I know, they still haven’t gotten permission from the Village for such a project. Sometimes people get the cart before the horse.

I am really saddened by the fact that more people have gotten laid off at Celgar and more jobs are to be terminated. If the jobs were necessary during good times of full production, surely they will be necessary once again when the company is back in production. A responsible community-minded company should be able to take the good with the bad. Their loyalty to salaried employees should last through the bad times too.

April 29, 1992 – Hydro warns of flying kites near power lines

B.C. Hydro safety officials are reissuing the age-old warning: don’t fly kites or model airplanes near power lines. Even brushing a kite or model airplane control-line against a hydro power line can cause electrocution, said the Hydro District Manager.

“Remind children to stay clear of power lines every time they head out,” he said, “and check that the kite lines are dry.” String becomes a better conductor when wet.

Explain to children the importance of leaving the kite or model airplane alone if it does entangle in a pole or power line. Removing it is a job for a trained lineman with the experience necessary to work near high-voltage electrical equipment.

Some people believe that wooden poles carry only telephone wires but most of them carry power lines operating at high voltage.

May 2, 2002 – Halcyon Home closure explained

Residents of Halcyon Home and their friends and family were told they are out of a home within two years.

Judy Cameron and Barb Chwachka were the local administrators who had to carry out the work of the government announcements on Tuesday.

Residents of Halcyon Community Home in Nakusp were told that the facility would close in two years. Funding cuts would start in six months and reassessments of each resident would begin immediately.

Twenty-seven residential care beds at Halcyon have been eliminated. Ms. Cameron explained the rationale for the closure. She said the ratio of people over 70 in the Kootenays to the number of beds was out of line with the rest of the province.

Health Minister Colin Hanson said that the facilities which did not have modern upgrades would be the first to be chopped.