January 24, 2013 · 3:36 PM

NOW A BUSY commercial stretch of Comox Avenue, this is where Mrs. Fairbairns lived after selling the Lorne Hotel. / 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:

Fanny Bay representatives were against a gravel quarry application.

Area A's advisory planning commission (APC) member Rodney Jones noted the lack of information around the proposal was the greatest concern.

The proposal, by a numbered company, said it would seek licence to extract sand and gravel aggregate from a 183-hectare area of Crown land about four kilometres west of Fanny Bay.

The Province, which had approving authority on the matter, referred the application to the Comox Strathcona Regional District.

The APC said it couldn't support the application with the information provided by the company and sent a decision to that effect on to the Province.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A Norwalk-type virus kept a record number of students out of Cape Lazo Middle School in Comox.

More than one-third of the 380-student population was absent during the middle of the week.

Stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting are typical symptoms of the virus.

"We have never had such a great number of students afflicted at the same time in the district, but it has occurred in other areas of the province," said the Coastal Health Centre's Dr. Brian Emerson.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Plans were underway for the connector to the Inland Island Highway, now called the Comox Valley Parkway.

A number of routes connecting 29th Street with the highway were proposed, and while the route was not completely finalized, upgrading work was expected to begin on 29th Street in the spring in preparation for the connector itself.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Real Canadian Superstore was taking shape, with plans on schedule to open the large shopping space in the summer.

"We picked Courtenay because of a lot of considerations," said Westfair Foods spokesperson David Ryzebol, adding the store would be aimed at Valley customers but would likely attract consumers from out of town as well.

"People from the Sunshine Coast go to our stores in the Lower Mainland, so we think it will be a magnet for the area and direct traffic into Courtenay."

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

The Olympic Flame made its way through the Comox Valley before ending up at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Many Comox Valley residents joined in the festivities including Record employee Gene Miles, who carried the torch for a kilometre of the route.

Jim Hunter, a 1972 Olympic athlete, told a large crowd the flame is the symbol of the Olympics because "a flame reaches up, a flame gives warmth, and a flame unites all who see and feel it."


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