LOOKBACK: Rig Expo bombed last year

Severe erosion caused by the rain-swollen Red Deer River had Mountain View County scrambling to protect a road southwest of Sundre.

Red Deer Royals’ band members and their families pull hard to win the family tug of war at Kin Kanyon. Games

Red Deer Royals’ band members and their families pull hard to win the family tug of war at Kin Kanyon. Games

ONE YEAR AGO

• Severe erosion caused by the rain-swollen Red Deer River had Mountain View County scrambling to protect a road southwest of Sundre. The river bank was worn away to within 45 metres of the centre line of the Coal Camp Road after heavy rains sent a torrent of water flowing down the river. Nearly 23 metres of land near the road, about 10 km southwest of Sundre, had crumbled away in a month.

• The organizer of a Red Deer trade show that bombed said he was prepared to offer refunds to three exhibitors, after he initially claimed to be broke. Rig Expo’s Paul Pearson said he would take the blame for what happened at the event that collapsed when only about 22 visitors showed. Other exhibitors at the inaugural event feared they had been scammed.

FIVE YEARS AGO

• Veteran Red Deer City Councillor Morris Flewwelling announced he would run for mayor of Red Deer. Flewwelling, 63, was the first mayoral candidate to throw his hat in the ring. The former teacher and director of Red Deer’s museum was seeking the position vacated by Gail Surkan.

• A Red Deer woman was shocked to discover an anti-American note on her vehicle sporting a Tennessee licence plate. Courtney Fraser was shopping at the southside Wal-Mart when she found the hand-written note that said: “Go home, eat your own beef.”

10 YEARS AGO

• About 100 people packed Bower Ponds Pavilion to protest plans for a mini-golf course at the park. The public defence of the park’s green space was enough to scuttle the proposal.

• A dress code brought in by a student-run school improvement committee at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School started to become an issue during the warm weather. It banned the wearing of skirts cut higher than the fingertips; backless or strapless tops; see-through blouses; muscle shirts; or showing underwear labels above the pants.

25 YEARS AGO

• A four-lane highway was built through the north end of Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary to save $750,000, city council decided. But council gave engineers instructions to use as little sanctuary lands as possible for the approach to the 67th street bridge. Council also told engineers to report back for approval of the final design. About 30 members of the Red Deer River Naturalists and the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary Committee vowed to fight again for the least possible intrusion.

• The price was right for sale of a second hangar at Red Deer Industrial Airport, Mayor Bob McGhee said in a recommendation to city council. Mayor McGhee recommended council approve the sale on terms agreed to between the airport commission and the buyer, Air Spray Ltd. The water-bomber outfit agreed to pay $65,000 for the 4,200-square-metre hangar built during the Second World War. The first sale, in March, was to Sky Wings Aviation Ltd. For the same price.

50 YEARS AGO

• Dr. R.M. Parsons was named president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association at a meeting of the association’s general council in Toronto. He would succeed His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in this post and would be installed in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the joint meeting there of the British Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association.

• One hundred 4-H girls representing eight clubs, gathered at the Armories for the annual Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House District 4-H Rally. The rally was held each year to select representatives to the provincial judging competitions, which were held at the Olds School of Agriculture.

90 YEARS AGO

• Capt. Mundy and Lieut. Haywood of the Salvation Army took about 18 of their Boy Scouts out to Sylvan Lake for an outing. The boys has a great time swimming, boating etc., and certainly made their presence known at the lake while there. Altogether it was an ideal day for them in spite of the fact that many came home sunburnt.

• The citizens of Eckville and district celebrated the King’s Birthday, a public holiday, with a grand gala day of sports, music, etc. at the village. The committee have met with loyal support and have put up an attractive programme.

100 YEARS AGO

• Several local men were convicted of stealing cattle and sentenced to jail for their crimes. Louis Solway got five years; Irvine Holt, nine years; J. Cardinal, three months; and Jas Holt, two years.

• Town regulations required all town dogs to be muzzled. Also, according to the regulations: “All dogs in town and district have to be detained by being effectively fastened by a chain.”

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