November, 2006 a month of extremes

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A second dump of snow topped off a month of extremes in the Valley.

  • Dec. 1, 2011 8:00 a.m.

THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL on Fifth Street in Courtenay is seen as it appeared in the late 1940s. It stood where the Sid Williams fountain is today at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and Fifth Street. The Bickle Theatre in the background became the Sid Williams Theatre. 988.132.1 P170-1044A

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

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A second dump of snow topped off a month of extremes in the Valley.

But even with 60 cm of snow between two storms, November had not broken any monthly records. Still, the month had a high percentage of precipitation, with only three out of 30 days registered as dry.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

More than 40 firefighters from three departments battled flames that gutted a strip mall at Eighth and England. The wood and brick building that housed the Royal Bank, Shoppers Drug Mart and Appey’s Restaurant was destroyed in the pre-dawn blaze.

A security guard who was called in to investigate a disrupted phone line in the bank spotted smoke at Shoppers and called in the fire.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Paramedics responded to an urgent call for help from the Comox Valley Food Bank.

About 22 uniformed BC Ambulance Service paramedics were to collect donations outside grocery stores each Saturday until Christmas.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A marine pub proposal for the Comox waterfront floated off the rocks of controversy as council voted 4-2 to endorse a liquor licence application.

Ald. John Carten crossed the floor to end a deadlock over whether residents want a pub and restaurant next to the marina.

“I voted against this last time because I wasn’t convinced of the position of the local residents,” Carten said. “I’ve learned since that the residents who live right next door appear to be in favour.”

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

Comox District United Way campaign organizers were thrilled when they tallied $95,000 in donations, the results of the six-week fundraiser.

Although it was short of the $100,000 target, chair Marianne Muir was anything but disappointed.

“It’s short of our goal, but when you consider the election and the (forest) strike we are ecstatic.”

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