West Shore news … through the decades

10 years ago:

Ryder Hesjedal is primed and ready for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, where he’s racing in the mountain bike category. The Colwood native son won silver at the world championships the year before and is favoured to win a medal at the Olympics. Unfortunately, he suffers a flat tire that takes him out of the running, when he might have won gold.

Also making the news in 2004: Pickets go up at national parks around the country, including at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. The job action by the Public Service Alliance of Canada forces some buildings to be closed, and the park begins offering free admission. And, supporters pitch the idea of twinning a conservation centre in Colwood with a proposal by Butterfly World in Brentwood Bay to take animals from the soon-to-close Crystal Garden Colwood.

20 years ago:

Queen Elizabeth II, here for the Commonwealth Games, pays a visit to Colwood for the Games’ lawn bowling competition. Her presence causes little stir among the lawn bowling aficionados who were focused on the matches, but was a source of excitement for first-time Queen-viewers. The Queen is the patron of women’s lawn bowls in Great Britain.

Also making news in 1994: Faculty and staff at Royal Roads Military College present a 7,500-signature petition to Premier Mike Harcourt, asking that the college be transformed into a civilian university. And, police officers who performed the RCMP’s Musical Ride for the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games bring their precision to the Luxton Fairgrounds for five shows.

30 years ago:

More than a dozen seabirds show up dead on the seashore near Esquimalt Lagoon, prompting people to wonder about the cause of death. The carcasses, identified as murres, were analyzed for poison or pollution. Some were found mutilated, but it was not clear whether the damage caused their death or came afterward.

Also making news in 1984: Community members rally to support Regina Schaerer, a former Gazette mother of the year; her husband, Fritz and their 11 children. The family may be evicted from their Finlayson Arm Road home after missing two mortgage payments. And, a traffic jam in front of the Metchosin Community Hall is a result of the wild popularity of the Metchosin Farmer’s Market, essentially one fresh-produce stand operated by Jim and Durell Bennett.


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