November 15, 2012 · 4:31 PM

THIS MID-20th century postcard view shows Courtenay’s Fifth Street between Cliffe and Duncan avenues, circa 1950. / Photo courtesy of Courtenay and District Museum

Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Just over a week after closing its doors, the local food bank found a temporary home to continue serving the community.

At the same time, its former Piercy Avenue location was taken over by the LUSH Valley Food Action Society. The building was to be renovated and reborn as LUSH Valley, The Hub.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The controversial Sandwick/Headquarters portion of Areas A and B was swallowed up by the City of Courtenay a week before residents were supposed to vote on that very issue in the municipal election.

An application from the City to include the area into its boundaries sparked much dissension on both sides of the boundary for about a year and had been going to referendum in the election.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

About 50 postal workers were on the brink of a strike as the Record went to press.

A nationwide walkout by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) was postponed 24 hours after Canada Post president Georges Clermont offered to kickstart the stalled talks.

Job security was the union's top issue.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Seething Old Orchard residents stormed out of Courtenay City Hall after council approved a seniors' condo in the neighbourhood.

"This is a hose job! You didn't listen to the people!" one resident raged.

"You are in council. Please leave," Mayor Ron Webber said.

Some claimed the building at Cliffe and Second would ruin the character of the neighbourhood. Others said it would give seniors a chance to live near downtown.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The City was proceeding with the most disadvantaged of four alternatives for the Courtenay Airpark land, according to a confidential report.

Mayor George Cochrane said the publicly funded report was kept from the public "because it was only preliminary."

Included among the four alternatives was council's preference — a realigned airstrip alongside a public park.


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