Back in Time

Back in Time

Historical Perspective


It seemed fitting that a man who had seen three different Canadian flags in his lifetime should have been asked to speak at the new Canadian Flag ceremony which took place at Clearwater in the presence of the assembled pupils of the elementary and secondary schools.

J. Alan Smith, secretary-treasurer of School District Number 26 spoke of how the first Canadian flag had been the Union Jack until 1931 when the Red Ensign was chosen and this flag represented Canada in the last World War.


In the principal’s reports at the regular school board meeting trustees complained about the rough condition of the playground in Blue River. Rocks were blamed for an accident in which a pupil broke an arm. An attempt would be made to find money to ease this problem.

Mr. Gamble gave a report for the Clearwater Secondary School. Two athletes did very well in the zone track meet and would advance to the Okanagan Valley track meet to be held in Kelowna.

Bev Buck in girls 17 and under discus gained a second place and Barry Buck placed first in boys 19 and under.


A fight got underway at Fadear Creek Ball Park. Involved were two players; one from each of the teams, Wells Gray and Fadear Creek. Secretary Corney Neufeld and Pres. Alex Kinzel felt that there should be a two-game suspension and each club fined $50. Each club had a week to pay the fine.

Sec. Corney Neufeld said he had never experienced any trouble in the league of that nature before. In going back in the books there was no instance like that before and was sorry to hear that it happened.


Voters from Round Top to Vavenby would be asked whether they wanted to increase the operating funds allocated to the North Thompson Sportsplex to ensure continued operation of the facility. The Sportsplex Committee, appointed by the North Thompson Regional District, said that it is necessary to hold the referendum to compensate for rising operational costs.

At the time, the Sportsplex budget stood at 1 mill (roughly $16,000 that year) and an additional 3 mills were required to operate and repair the facility.


Two Clearwater Secondary School grade 11 students attended the regular School District 26 meeting with a request for financial assistance. The pair, Corinne Nelson and Brent Gunn, told the board they had been chosen by CSS principal Jim London to take part in a visiting program at UBC as representatives.

Fee for the program, which would take place from June 23 to 28, would be $150 each, which they hoped the board would pay. A motion was made by the board to pay the fee for the program, which chairperson Jean Nelson thought was, “Worthwhile.”


The old Vavenby School annex was no more. Rising from its ashes would be a park featuring swings, teeter-totters and adventure playground equipment. Making the decision was the TNRD Parks, Cemetery and Television Committee.

Area A director Paul Cassie said the TNRD had purchased the property from School District 26 for $1.

The building had been gutted and was slated for burning by the Vavenby Fire Department said Charlotte Cederholm. The asphalt would remain for skateboarders.


Funds were in the bank to write a cheque for payment in full when new Clearwater and District Highway Rescue Society van rolled into the North Thompson Valley.

“I’d like to thank everybody in the community for their support,” said Unit Chief Garry Ruston.

“We’ve raised over $90,000 in less than two years. That’s a heck of a lot of money.”

What’s really impressive about that total, added Highway Rescue Society treasurer Ron Van der Zwan, “is the majority of the money came in from the valley, from Clearwater to Blue River. All the smaller donations were equivalent to a few large donations.”


You had to be there. At least, that’s what Clearwater Secondary School band instructor Steve Filipchuk said about his experience of playing in the world’s largest orchestra in Vancouver.

“To hear the sounds, to appreciate them, you can’t put it into words,” he said.

“You’d have to hear it to appreciate it.”

Imagine, if you will, 600 flutes playing all at once. Or a trumpet section 750 strong. Or even a percussion section, which took up as much room as the high school gym.

“The orchestra was pretty much the population of Clearwater,” Filipchuk added.


Local school bands had again won gold at MusicFest Canada.

Clearwater Elementary School Concert Band won an overall gold award and gold in sight reading at the national music festival, held in Richmond.

The evaluation meant the band was the best in Canada in its category, said music teacher Bruce Whitelaw.

“The elementary kids, they really did well. They’ve been saving it up, waiting until it really matters,” he said.

The secondary school band also won gold, said Whitelaw. Unfortunately, there was some confusion about which class it should have been adjudicated in, and the band was officially listed as having received bronze.


Former Clearwater resident, Frank Ritcey, had placed second in CBC Radio’s Canada Writes 2010 contest.

“I was judged the second-best writer in all of Canada. That’s not bad for a country boy,” he said.

Ritcey won his award during the Canada Writes national finals held in Winnipeg in early May. He had entered the contest after CBC called for submissions last January. More than 1,600 people from across Canada wrote on one of five topics to qualify.

“All in all, it was a great competition,” he said. “The CBC treated us very well. All the competitors were excellent people — really funny and passionate about writing.”


Doomsday Discover Disc Golf would be coming to Clearwater. Fifteen to 30 players were expected to attend reported councillor Dennis Greffard.

“Disc golf is becoming mainstream and Kamloops will be hosting the world championships in 2018. They would like to use Clearwater Disc Golf Course as one of the courses during the championships, noted Greffard.


Clearwater had a new business starting up, Clearwater Cricket Farms Inc., which had its owner’s raising crickets for human consumption, and the group was trying to bring the ingredient from the fringes of the food industry to an alternative — and appealing — source of protein.

“People have been eating bugs forever, it’s been a recent trend and it’s crossing into North America as a sustainable replacement to typical livestock farming,” said cricket wrangler, Joey Bedard, who started the company with his business partners Greg Dudley and Bill Parman.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Local History