From the archives: the ghosts of Decembers past

Our monthly look back at the Undercurrents of Bowen past.

A look back at the Undercurrents of Bowen's past. 

December 2008

Fire chief Brian Biddlecombe, deputy fire chief Bob Clark, RCMP non-commissioned officer Cpl. Donald Southern and the Honourable Judge Judith Gedye gathered, all in full uniform, as the mayor and council were sworn in to begin the fourth term of the Bowen Island Municipal Council. The 2008 council consisted of Peter Frinton, Cro Lucas, Allison Morse, Nerys Poole, David Wrinch, Doug Hooper and Mayor Bob Turner. 

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On December 21, Graham Ritchie, Martin Clarke, Tina Nielsen and Angela McCulloch returned for their 10th annual reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with all proceeds going to Abbeyfield. 

Over 50 people gathered at The Gallery for an Amnesty write-a-thon. It was a huge success with over 121 letters and 54 cards and postcards written by Amnesty International members. Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

December 1993

Arsenic levels in Queen Charlotte Heights were found to exceed safe standards.

Cove parking violators were now to be ticketed and towed. 

Community centre study underway. The architectural firm of Nicholas Tamaki began work on the community centre feasibility study. The report, due March 1994, will summarize community needs that could be met by a community centre, identify a floor plan, recommend a master site development plan and estimate the capital, operational and maintenance costs, both with and without a swimming pool. At completion of the report a financial plan identifying funding options will be developed for consideration by the Bowen Island public. The architects have reviewed seven potential building sites in Snug Cove within walking distance of the school and seniors centre

December 1978

The Bowen Island Rod and Gun Club’s Annual Christmas turkey draw was held on December 16 at 4 p.m. at the Legion. Prizes to be drawn were for three turkeys and one bottle of Christmas cheer. Ticket prices were $.50 each or three for $1. The proceeds were to help defray feed costs for the Wood Ducks. The three turkeys were won by Grace Taylor, Jim Clarke, Ellen Dorman and the bottle was won by John Knight.

Grade ‘A’ Turkeys at the Snug Cove General Store were selling for $1.19 a pound.

Waterfront property in “Hotel Bay” with 350 ft of beach was offered at $150,000.

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