Business owner called for curfew for teens in Courtenay

Every Friday, we feature Comox Valley history taken from back issues of the Comox Valley Record.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A business owner requested city council to impose a curfew on teenagers to curb vandalism in Courtenay.

Joy Martin, owner of The Romance Store on Cliffe Avenue, asked council to establish a 10 p.m. curfew for youth 17 and younger in the wake of damage to her store. Her request was modelled on a bylaw enacted in Vulcan, Alta. that prohibits those 17 and younger from being in a public place between 10:01 p.m. and 6 a.m. without a parent or guardian or a legitimate excuse such as working.

Mayor Starr Winchester said council had been advised it did not have authority to enact such a bylaw.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Former Comox Valley School Board chair Len Morrow spent a night in the bush near Tofino after his small airplane crashed near Estevan Point.

While attempting to offload a passenger, Morrow made a rough landing on the beach, damaging a propeller, which he repaired. He resumed flying but RCC picked up a mayday call from Morrow.

The plane, which had landed in a dense forest of 70-foot trees, sheared off its wings and damaged its tail. Morrow was trapped in the cockpit but freed himself after about 40 minutes.

Rescuers spotted him on the ground waving a flare. Morrow suffered lacerations and muscle damage but was otherwise in good condition.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A snag in the Puntledge River nearly claimed its second victim. The snag was a submerged tree downstream from the Condensory Bridge. Matthew Jensen, 21, was tubing with two friends when the current pulled his tube under the snag, trapping his foot between the between the tube and the log. His friends pushed the tube aside and freed his foot.

About two weeks before this incident, a 12-year-old boy drowned when his lifejacket caught on the snag.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

David Stapley of Cumberland and Mike Rediken of Merville planned to paddle across Georgia Strait as part of the Save the Strait Marathon that month. The event raised money for the Save the Georgia Strait Alliance and non-profits working to stop pollution of the strait from Sechelt to Nanaimo.

The duo paddled the strait in five hours the previous year.

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

It took seven people 4.5 hours to make the Sandwick War Memorial Cairn visible once again at the corner of Dingwall and the Island Highway.

The group tore down ivy that had been growing over the cairn for the past 62 years. Their efforts were part of a restoration project of the 65-year-old monument to local soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars.


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