(April 2001) The local group “Jonah” plays at The Blue Moose on the first Friday evening of each month (left to right) Mark Friesen, La Vern Klassen and Jason Homey have a wide repertoire, spiced with harmonies and instrumentals. The group is part of a recent surge of live entertainment, throughout the community. (Photo/Barry Stewart)

(April 2001) The local group “Jonah” plays at The Blue Moose on the first Friday evening of each month (left to right) Mark Friesen, La Vern Klassen and Jason Homey have a wide repertoire, spiced with harmonies and instrumentals. The group is part of a recent surge of live entertainment, throughout the community. (Photo/Barry Stewart)

Hope In History: April 2001, 1981 and 1961

Take a peek at the past through The Standard’s archives

The following is a look back through the archives of The Hope Standard, turning back the clock to Aprils of the past.

20 years ago: April 5, 2001

Battle over garbage heats up in Sunshine Valley

Protesters picketing against a planned garbage and recycling depot for Sunshine Valley on Sunday (April 1), sent out a warning that garage will be strewn along the highway when residents are unable to access the proposed site in the winter.

The proposal will see garbage and recycling services moved 2.6 kilometres out of the community to a highway maintenance yard near the Hope Slide.

The 30 protesters came out to view the isolated area, many warning that there will be a facility if residents are made to turn across two oncoming lanes of traffic in severe weather conditions and heavy traffic, even before battling a steep and sometimes icy hill.

“Even the highways maintenance trucks have difficulty climbing the hill in the snow and ice,” said protest organizer Julie Atlee. Atlee says she has collected over 100 signatures from residents demanding the regional district reconsider the plan.

According to the area director Mike Bourcier, construction on the new site was to begin April 1, but those plans have been put on hold, says regional district administrator Jerry Kingston.

Both sides have made their opinions known to us, said Kingston, who expects that a planned survey by letter which will give the district a better idea of which site is preferred by residents.

RELATED: Hope In History: February 8, 2001, 1981 and 1961

40 years ago: April 8, 1981

Yale Museum strides forward

Despite delays, the Yale District Historical Society made great strides toward opening Historical Yale Museum.

“Feelings of frustration – the length of time needed to get this project on its feet seemed to be endless, but our plans are going ahead quite well at the present time,” President Bob Barry reports.

Secretary-treasurer Verna Shilson told The Standard that “we’ve been really working hard. Heritage (conservation branch) is surprised we are even going to open this year.”

Through provincial assistance, Barry said, “the outside (had been) repaired, windows boarded, new roof and gutters installed, (plus) drain field, basement and cement work (had been) completed in the fall.”

In the last few weeks, the chimney was rebuilt, he said, and the electrical contract neared completion.

Membership chairperson Dorothy Eklund reported that the society is looking forward to setting up displays later this year. These displays will consist of audio-visual shows and antique pictures, Shilson said.

Ideas for the museum are voiced at informal Sunday afternoon meetings. Some ideas were gained from a tour of Lillooet, Clinton and Ashcroft’s museums.

Overall, Barry said, for the society “Our year 1980-1981 has been one of great expectations and success.”

He noted that Yale’s strawberry festival (tea), “proved to be a great afternoon.”

RELATED: Hope In History: March 2001, 1981 and 1961

60 years ago: April 12, 1961

Easter Egg Hunt Is Lots Of Fun

Due to threatening rain, the Easter egg hunt at Silver Creek School Thursday, March 30, was held slightly earlier than scheduled. The children had a grand scramble to determine which one could amass the greatest number of coloured eggs which were supplied by the P.T.A. Each child was also given a chocolate egg by the P.T.A. and Mr. Edwards, the school custodian, treated them all to suckers.

Mrs. Bock, Mrs. Sleasman, Mrs. Cromarty, Mrs. Brindamour and Mrs. Henry had a very difficult job on their hands following the hunt when they were asked to judge the elaborately decorated eggs which the students had prepared in their craft classes.

– Compiled by Adam Louis

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