40 YEARS AGO: The first of three Styrofoam floats to be installed at Dutch Lake beach was put in place. Vandals apparently cut the moorings though, and RCMP were required to bring in their boat to recover the float from the other side of the late the next day. According to Martina DeNeef, of the Parks, Cemeteries and Television committee, the new $6,000 float will form an 80-square-foot pool and combined with the existing wood deck will form one of two pools. The new float was expected to make a difference in reducing swimmer’s itch and improve the general safety at the public beach.
30 YEARS AGO: An attempt by two inmates to break out of Bear Creek Camp ran into difficulties when they forced their way into the home of Clearwater resident Mohammed Sattar and his family. The two men, aged 18 and 20, had run away from the prison camp during the late evening hours. The two men knocked on the door of the Sattar family’s home and asked for water for their radiator. Sattar asked them to stay outside while he fulfilled their wish, but once he turned his back, they entered the home. They tried to take the man’s truck keys. Sattar and his 71-year-old father managed to fight back and the two young men ended up fleeing the home.
25 YEARS AGO: A four-month-old semi-truck was demolished and Highway 5 closed for over three hours when a northbound B-train loaded with plywood flipped in the curves just north of the Hole-in-the-Wall. Two men in the vehicle escaped with relatively minor injuries, due in part to the quick actions of another trucker. The driver came across the big rig flipped upside down and jack-knifed around 1 a.m. across the highway, blocking the major travel corridor completely. Sheets of plywood were scattered in the southbound lane and ditch for over 150 feet.
10 YEARS AGO: Baylee Sallenbach was Clearwater Secondary School’s senior all-around student for 2012. She was named to the honour during the school’s year-end awards ceremony. Presenter Carol Pastorek noted that the all-around student award goes to a person who excels in academic studies, athletic pursuits, citizenship, fine arts and student government. Along with the trophy, Sallenbach won the Fred Allen Memorial Bursary of $500. The bursary is named after a well-liked CSS teacher who passed away several years prior.