Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter James Goldie 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…
10 years ago:
Lake Cowichan town council voted in favour of saving the Kinsol Trestle this week, rather than endorsing the province’s estimated $1.5 million expenditure to tear down the historic landmark. Instead, council agreed to send a letter to the CVRD expressing its desire to see that money be put into a fund to refurbish the train bridge, which had not been maintained since the late 1970s, when it was last part of an active rail system.
Council’s position was contrary to CVRD administrator Frank Raimondo’s recommendation. He said saving the trestle is not the CVRD’s responsibility. The CVRD had proposed replacing the Kinsol Trestle with a similar structure that would connect the Trans Canada Trail.
Jack Peake, mayor of Lake Cowichan, said supporting the movement to save the trestle was extremely important.
“Other trestles have been refurbished,” he said. “There’s a move afoot to make that trail work.”
25 years ago:
The Cowichan District Seniors’ Association and the Lake Cowichan Seniors’ group are seeking to acquire school board property in the centre of “town” and additional property belonging to the Village of Lake Cowichan.
Recently a seniors’ complex — a second phase similar to Olson Manor — was denied funding because of a large demand for limited government funds.
“Our plan is to build 16 single-story duplex units, which would provide living accommodation for 32 people on the site,” said Norm Lorenz, president of the Cowichan District Seniors’ Association. “We would also like to ensure property adjacent to the new seniors’ centre will be available for expansion of the centre.”
He pointed out his association already has 200 members and the centre may need to be expanded.
40 years ago:
Youbou resident Olive Baird has received a trophy recognizing her incredible weight loss of 102 pounds in just over a year.
The mother of four and bookkeeper for the family contracting business went from 217 pounds to 115 pounds, attributing her dramatic transformation to help from her family and TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a support group for people trying to slim down.
She received the organization’s British Columbia award for the most weight lost by a TOPS member in the 200 to 250 pound category.
Baird told the Lake News she was a “foodaholic” and knew something had to change for the sake of her health.
“I couldn’t even climb up a set of stairs without huffing and puffing,” she said.
She gave up sugary drinks and snacks, and beer was “outlawed.”
“I practically live on potatoes during the heavy dieting,” she said.
Baird still attends weekly TOPS meetings Wednesday nights to guard against falling back into old habits and regaining, following such a drastic weight loss.
“We all need support whether we’re foodaholics, alcoholics, compulsive gamblers or whatever.”
Compiled by James Goldie, Gazette