This 1981 advertisement appeared on the front page of the March 25, 1981 Lake News. Would an ad like this run today?

This 1981 advertisement appeared on the front page of the March 25, 1981 Lake News. Would an ad like this run today?

Lake Flashback Police patrols, Pee Wees, and Saywell High?

Remember these stories from Lake Cowichan?

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old newspapers with the assistance of the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives so we can jog your memory, give you that nostalgic feeling, or just a chuckle, as we take a look at what was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by.

This week around the Cowichan Lake area…

10 years ago

Tourists were warned a decade ago, that police would be patrolling the local hot spots, according to the March 30, 2011 Lake Cowichan Gazette.

“Lake Cowichan RCMP members are gearing up for another summer crackdown, similar to last year’s. ‘The main part of seasonal policing is on the water,’ Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt. Rob Webb said, during a Wednesday, March 23, CVRD meeting. With Lake Cowichan Cpl. Dave Voller away on vacation, Webb represented both areas, during the meeting. With similar situations, in that both Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Lake flood with water-loving tourists during the summer, Webb talked to the importance of seasonal policing. ‘Your support with us the last few years have helped us in combating our pressure on the water,’ he said.”

The public was also warned that they would have to endure more road closures and delays in the weeks ahead.

“Road delays related to work on one of the town’s sewage lift stations, Wednesday, March 23, was only the tip of the iceberg for road delays in the coming weeks. ‘There will be more delays related and unrelated to the project,’ the town’s superintendent of Public Works Nagi Rizk wrote, in an e-mail to the Gazette.”

As former colleague would say, “Oh, happy day!”

25 years ago

The local Pee Wee hockey team returned from the provincial tournament with the bronze medal, this week in 1996, the March 27 Lake News reports.

“It was a tough break for our local guys when they played in the provincial competition last week in Mackenzie B.C. They played some excellent games and won some tough wins but bad luck and some questionable penalty calls didn’t help the Pee Wees when it came down [to] the crunch of who would take the provincial win.”

With the fate of the hockey squad decided, all that was left was the race for Lake Cowichan mayor, which according to the Lake News, was in the midst of “election fever”.

“If Councillor Jean Brown wants it, she just may get the Mayor’s chair by acclamation come the municipal election this November.”

Wait. Is it really “election fever” if there’s only one candidate?

“Mayor Earle Darling has confirmed he will not be standing for re-election. Coun. Jean Brown is the only one to come forward saying ‘she is seriously considering’ running for Mayor….Coun. Jack Peake is the only sitting councillor who indicated he has not made up his mind one way or the other as to whether he will enter his name for re-election nor for what position he would seek.”

40 years ago

A change to the local high school’s name? It was on the table according to the March 25, 1981 edition of the Lake News.

“The School District 66 board of school trustees decided at its March 17 meeting to investigate the possibility of changing the name of Lake Cowichan Secondary School.

“The board decided on this move in response to a request from former Lake Cowichan resident Ken Irving, who is helping to organize a high school reunion here this summer. He asked, in a letter to the board, that the name of the school be changed to Saywell — to honor Jack Saywell who served the school district for so long — and that, if possible, the name change be made at the reunion in June.

“Trustee Bob Macphee said he was opposed to changing the name of the school. When A.B. Greenwell and Palsson schools were named, there were comments from members of the community who felt other, perhaps more-deserving people had been overlooked and should have been honored instead, he said. ‘I think we should put an end to this practice of naming schools after people. It causes bad feeling,’ he said.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

historyLake Cowichan

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abby Dyer of Shawnigan Lake School. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake School poet wins to prize

Abby Dyer has won first place in the Senior Poem category in the Legion’s Youth Remembrance Contest

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has applied for a $199,000 grant to upgrade its emergency communication systems that are used during such events as the major windstorm that hit the Valley in 2018 (pictured).
CVRD looks to upgrade emergency communications with grant

Staff say communications issues plague emergency response efforts in area

A police car at the scene of a child’s death Friday, April 9, at the Falcon Nest Motel in Duncan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
RCMP investigating child’s death at Duncan’s Falcon Nest Motel

First responders attended to a call about an unresponsive child at the… Continue reading

Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. Mayor Bob Day says the possible creation of a Town tourism committee is not a response to the closure. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Town of Lake Cowichan looking to form tourism and housing committees

Decision not related to the Lake Cowichan Visitor Information Centre closure

“Representing the school district, legion, and Kaatza Station Museum left to right are Georgie Clark of the museum, Wilma Rowbottom of School District #66 and Ernie Spencer, representing the Legion. The museum and Legion, along with the Village will each take a piece of the old wood shop.” (The Lake News)
Lake Flashback: Soapboxes, woodshop split, taxes down

Remember these stories from Lake Cowichan?

People take part in an anti-curfew protest in Montreal on Sunday April 11, 2021. Hundreds of people gathered in Old Montreal tonight in defiance of a new 8 p.m. curfew. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giuseppe Valiante
VIDEO: Hundreds defy Montreal’s 8 p.m. curfew in violent, destructive protest

Quebec reported 1,535 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as well as five additional deaths linked to the virus

People walk past the Olympic rings in Whistler, B.C., Friday, May 15, 2020. Whistler which is a travel destination for tourists around the world is seeing the effects of travel bans due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Adults living, working in Whistler, B.C., eligible for COVID-19 vaccine on Monday

The move comes as the province deals with a rush of COVID-19 and variant cases in the community

RCMP display some of the fish seized from three suspects who pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act in 2019, in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - RCMP
3 banned from fishing, holding licences after overfishing violations near Vancouver Island

Mounties seized the group’s 30-foot fishing vessel and all equipment on board at the time

B.C. Premier John Horgan responds to questions during a postelection news conference in Vancouver, on Sunday, October 25, 2020. British Columbia’s opposition Liberals and Greens acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic has presented huge challenges for Horgan’s government, but they say Monday’s throne speech must outline a coherent plan for the province’s economic, health, social and environmental future. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Horgan’s NDP to bring in throne speech in B.C., Opposition wants coherent plan

Farnworth said the budget will include details of government investment in communities and infrastructure

FILE - An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, British Columbia, in this Wednesday, March 31, 2021, file photo. As vaccinations ramp up past a pace of 3 million a day in the U.S, the NHL is in a tougher spot than the other three major North American professional sports leagues because seven of 31 teams are based on Canada. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Vancouver Canucks scheduled to practice Sunday, resume games April 16 after COVID outbreak

Canucks outbreak delayed the team’s season by eight games

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod, seen here on April 9, 2021 with four-year-old sister Elena and mom Vanessa, was born with limb differences. The family, including husband/dad Sean McLeod, is looking for a family puppy that also has a limb difference. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. family looking for puppy with limb difference, just like 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy McLeod born as bilateral amputee, now her family wants to find ‘companion’ puppy for her

Most Read