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This Week in History: October 24

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

Oct. 23, 1952

Appeal for aid for Burton, Arrow Park families

Four homes, two in Burton and two in Arrow Park have gone up in flames within a two-week period. The first, the McCormack home, was destroyed in Burton about two weeks ago and residents along the lakes started a fund on their behalf. But the full impact of disaster was felt on Saturday when the Stan Hamptons of Arrow Park lost everything in a mid-morning blaze. Again the good people of district came to the aid of the unfortunates. The following evening the Percy Evans of Burton lost their home as a result of a gas lamp exploding. Topping off the worst fire disaster period in the history of the community was the fire which destroyed home and belongings of the Carlton family at Birds Landing.

Oct. 25, 1962

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Oct. 25, 1972

Budget bewitching low prices at Overwaitea

Pumpkins – .05 per pound

Apple Juice – two tins for .89

Peas – 2 lbs. for .53

French Maid Bleach – .45

Pork Spareribs – .89/pound

Cornish Game hens – .99 each

Margarine – 3 lbs. for .69

Caramel Apples – 2 for .25

Pomegranates – 2 for .25

Hash Browns – 2 lbs. for .43

Oct. 27, 1982

Nakusp youths charged

Four RCMP detachments apprehended six youths in connection with two separate break-ins last Sunday night in Slocan. Crescent Valley RCMP arrested the suspects about 3 a.m. Monday morning with the assistance of Castlegar, Nelson and New Denver detachments, and a Slocan resident. Break-ins at Bernie’s Garage and Stu’s Country Kitchen resulted in criminal charges to four adults and two juveniles.

Oct. 21, 1992

Plan to get out alive winners named by volunteer firemen

The Nakusp Volunteer fire department played host to the Fire Chief for the Day on Saturday. Three children were chosen from a large number of entries in the “Plan to Get Out Alive” contest. Elementary school students drew up plans of escape from their homes in case of fire. The winning entries were Tristan Assel, Cade Snyder and Amber Vigue.

The three were invited to the Nakusp fire hall on Saturday to see the equipment in action and to ride on the fire truck. After a tour of the facilities, the children were entertained for dinner at the Lord Minto Restaurant along with Fire Chief Lyle Thompson and several firemen. Chief Thompson says he really appreciates the help of merchants and businesses for their participation in the fire safety books,which were passed out to the schools, and other activities during Fire Safety Week.

Oct. 24, 2002

Vehicles collide north of Fauquier

A serious, nearly fatal car accident Monday night sent two people to hospital and closed down Highway 6 for about three hours in both directions while rescue crews moved in to help the injured.

Within minutes, a search and rescue unit, two ambulances from Nakusp and one from Edgewood rushed to the scene.

Nakusp RCMP constable Mark Kilba said a blue LTD station wagon was travelling on Highway 6 when it was hit from behind by a white Sentra GXE rental car following at a higher rate of speed. Kilba said the driver who hit the station wagon thought the wagon was pulling over so he tried to pass, but when it didn’t, he hit the wagon “nose to tail.”

The collision left about 60 feet of skid marks and jack-knifed the station wagon to such an extent that its bumper was only inches off the ground and its doors were jammed completely shut. The rescue team quickly fired up a generator and began using the “jaws of life” to remove the two people, a Kimberley couple in their 50s, from the car. Kilba said the extent of their injuries could not be determined at the time of the crash but were not life threatening.

The rental car driver, a 31-year-old from Washington, walked away with a cut to his forehead. He has been charged with unsafe passing.