2013 Year in Review – June

A recap of some of the memorable moments of the past year in the West Boundary.

Nick Bond spots for Clint Eliot as BCSS holds an end of the school year track meet.

Nick Bond spots for Clint Eliot as BCSS holds an end of the school year track meet.

A country market retail facility at the Kettle River Museum bunkhouse is the vision of Kamloops resident Carl Driedger. Midway council heard the proposal from Driedger to create the market retail facility at the bunkhouse and adjacent land at its regular meeting Monday night.

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The contractors for the animal control service in Electoral Areas C and D and the Cities of Grand Forks and Greenwood have terminated their contract with the regional district effective June 1.

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Greenwood voted to follow the lead of the regional district and several other municipalities by establishing a reserve fund rather than purchasing carbon offsets funds from the Darkwoods Project in the Kootenays.

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Two Pathfinders from the Boundary Guiding Unit and one from Grand Forks were awarded the Canada Cord—the highest honour that can be earned in the Pathfinder program through Girl Guides of Canada.

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Greenwood’s John Hallstrom recorded his first hole-in-one on hole #2 at the Kettle Valley Golf Course (KVGC) on May 3 when he was out for a round with his brother Bud and friend Ed Smith.

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With 34 graduates in the Class of 2013, the Midway Arena was packed with hundreds of onlookers who came to witness and celebrate the 43rd commencement ceremony of Boundary Central Senior Secondary. The Valedictory Address was given by Jennifer Hoffmeister and Daniel Hoskin.

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Grand Forks Fire Rescue and the Midway Volunteer Fire Department are swapping equipment for training. The department in Grand Forks (on behalf of the rural fire protection district) will sell a fire water tender (ground water tanker), four breathing apparatuses and fire hose to Midway at a reasonable price and in return, Midway Fire Chief Walt Osellame will come in to provide training to Grand Forks firefighters at no cost to the department.

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Interior Health has signed a five-year contract for use of the blood lab in the basement of the Midway medical clinic.

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Greenwood council has decided to take a more active role in economic development through the formation of an economic development committee.

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Jim Nathorst has again taken up the duties as president of the Greenwood Board of Trade, taking over for Wayne Deib who has resigned for personal reasons.

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The Boundary Economic Development Committee has requested the RDKB board approve the allocation of up to $10,000 from the Feasibility Budget to fund a study that will investigate and report on the development of a Tourism Welcome Centre with year-round washrooms at the corner of Highway 3 and 33 in Rock Creek.

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The final tea held at Catholic rectory was a time for remembering and paying homage to times past. The rectory beside Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Greenwood has been sold and the Catholic Women’s Club held a final tea and bake sale in the house. Rev. Father J.A. Bedard built the house in 1905 for priests who served the area from Grand Forks to Beaverdell.