THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of May 6

A fallen soldier is repatriated, a 15-year-old boy is killed and pubs will open on Sundays, all made headlines in past Gazettes

2006

Langford solider Bombardier Myles Mansell is laid to rest, after an emotional funeral service at Christ Church Cathedral. Approximately 700 attend the service to remember the 25-year-old, who died in Afghanistan alongside three other Canadian soldiers when their light armoured vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb outside Kandahar.

Also making news the week of May 6, 2006:

View Royal ratepayers face a 10.2-per-cent property tax hike, a hefty increase but a far cry from the originally discussed 26.6 per cent. The vote is not unanimous, but four council members approve and only Coun. John Rogers votes against the hike.

And, Langford Coun. Denise Blackwell accepts an invitation to accompany Capital Regional District representatives to Ghana in Africa. Blackwell will spend 10 days as part of an assessment mission to identify ways the CRD can assist two municipal areas in the country.

1996

A 15-year-old boy is killed after being shot in the head, Western Communities RCMP reports. Police attempted emergency first aid on the boy, but to no avail. Three other teenagers are present at the time, including two 14-year old girls and a 16-year-old boy. A handgun is found in the residence and according to witnesses, the shooting may have been accidental.

Also making news the week of May 6, 1996:

A 34-year-old man who allegedly grabs a loaded gun out of an RCMP officer’s holster gets a blast of pepper spray for his efforts.

1986

Most Western Communities bars are accepting the B.C. government’s offer to allow them to open Sundays this summer, for the duration of the Expo 86 World’s Fair in Vancouver. The Hotel and Pub Owners Associations has lobbied the province for years to legislate Sunday openings.

Also making news the week of May 6, 1986:

The old story of a duckling following the first person it forms an attachment to comes true for Metchosin Farmer’s Institute director Bill Ashton. After spotting a tiny duckling while driving along Helmcken Road, Ashton brought it home. “If I leave him alone he just goes crazy, he only likes being in my shirt pocket,” he said.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim