December 20, 2012 · Updated 4:41 PM

THE ANDERTON FAMILY built St. John the Baptist Church in Comox in 1885. A new stone fence was added in the 1950s. / Photo courtesy Comox Archives and Museum

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

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Comox Valley politicians turned out to hear about an innovative way to minimize their landfill-destined waste.

Mayor Rob Hutchins, from the Town of Ladysmith, made a presentation about his community's roadside organics disposal pickup program.

"It will cause in your community a general sense of doing the right thing," said Hutchins.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

B.C. Bud was declared big business in the Valley by RCMP Const. Trevor Allen, who said upwards of 400 grow operations were thriving in the Valley. He added many were in expensive houses in upscale subdivisions.

"Some of these houses have been busted three or four times, so the landlords are clearly turning a blind eye," he said.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Preliminary concept drawings for for Simms Millennium Park were ready to for public feedback.

Courtenay's Randy Wiwchar said the proposal was very conceptual at that point.

"There will probably be walkways and viewpoints and parking. The park centre could be anything from a small amphitheatre to an interactive display," he added.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Sunrise Quad officially opened at Mount Washington Ski Resort. Premier Mike Harcourt, and about 75 other VIPs, showed up to launch the new lift.

"The new lift is not only an added bonus to the economy of the Valley and the entire Island, it's also a milestone in the mountain's story because it's a sign of where the mountain is and where it's going," said resort president George Stuart.

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

The local chapter of the steelhead society mounted a massive campaign to persuade the Province to step up the reclamation of the Tsolum River.

Society chairman Father Charles Brandt noted a study showed an initial outlay of $600,000 and a per-year maintenance cost of $2,000 should be enough to control copper contamination in the river.


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