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Volume 15 September 24, 2012 email@example.com Welcome to the fifteenth issue of Kimberley Chronicle. We hope that everyone is enjoying the extended summer weather which is making up for its late arrival. In this edition of the paper we have the story of the 1962 bombing of a tower for a power line that crossed Kootenay Lake and fed Kimberley with electricity. We hope nobody gets too alarmed by our headline, it’s just fun to get peoples attention. We asked in the paper about an apple press a few issues ago and where happily informed that Wildsight has some equipment that is free to use for community members to help with apple processing. Kudos to them; that’s way more useful than climate change and caribou posters. As per ususal we’d love to hear any questions or comments. We have some copies of past editions (as long as you don’t mind the odd coffee stain) and can also send people digital copies of the paper. Enjoy.
Relations were tense back in 1962 between the Sons of Freedom (aka Freedomites) and just about everybody around them. The breakaway sect of the Doukhobor movement was angry at the government for seizing land and trying to assimilate them into Canadian culture. They were upset at the rest of the Doukhobors’ for not putting up as much as a fight as they were. For being part of a Russian pacifist movement, these West Kootenay Freedomites were becoming quite familiar with bombings and arsons. Then on Downed tower at Kootenay Lake. Courtesy of the Trail Historical Society, West Kootenay Power Photograph Collection. the evening of March 6th 1962 the power went out in Kimberley. Someone had blown up a 90 metre (300 feet) tower that helped a power line span the 3,248 metres (2 miles) across Kootenay Lake that supplied both our city and the Mighty Sullivan with electricity. cont’d
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Witnesses heard three explosions that were believed to have toppled the tower that had been built ten years prior in 1952. Thankfully there were no injuries caused by the blast, a power line guard had patrolled the area ten minutes prior to the explosion and was luckily out of the area. The ensuing power interuption forced the shutdown of the iron, chemical and fertilizer plants in Kimberley, as well as the Sullivan Mine, and the Bluebell Mine in Riondel. With well over 1200 men out Kimberley Heritage Museum of work, some men were talking of setting up vigilante watches of important infrastructure in the area. Eventually the Sullivan 105 Spokane Street - above the library managed to get some electricity from the East Kootenay Power Monday-Friday 1-4pm and was able to run at 60% capacity. The towers and three lines Phone: 250-427-7510 were part of the West Kootenay Power and Light Company’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org infrastructure. Each of the cables was an inch and a half in diEntry Fee - By Donation ameter and weighed over seventeen and a quarter tons. On March 24, 1962, 150 RCMP officers rounded up 59 leaders of the Sons of Freedom sect for the bombing. They were taken Firewood For Sale to the Mountain Institution, a prison built especially for them Pine, Split & Delivered in Agassiz that was built $100/Pickup Load out of metal so that it could not be burnt 250-427-5430 down. The Sons of Freedom were becomHappy Hands Tattoo ing quite well known for their arson abilities as well as their public nude demonstrations. This incident was just one in a long line of demonth 418 - 304 St 778-481-5000 strations. The Doukhobor story in its entirety is too long and complex for this newspaper. In short things seem to be email@example.com OK now. Check out your museum or library The Span. Courtesy of the Trail Historical Society, for more infomation. West Kootenay Power Photograph Collection.
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1) What famous author helped fund the Doukhobors’ migration from Russia to Canada? 2) What brought the Doukhobors’ to British Columbia from their original settlements in Saskatchewan? 3) How did the Sons of Freedom protest policies set out by the Canadian Government? (besides bombing the power line) 4) How long is the longest power line span in the world? 5) 6)
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Kimberley Community Fall Fair
Be sure to come check out the Fair at the Marysville Arena.
Booths & Exhibits, Kiddies Korner, Food Booths, Refreshments, Something for Everyone! Saturday September 29 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday September 30 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Kimberley Branch of the Order of the Eastern Star is collecting postage stamps, Campbell Soup Labels and Pop Can Tabs for various charities. These items can be dropped off at Curves or at 960 Rotary.
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Looks like we can keep on enjoying this First Nations Summer. Mostly sunny with the odd shower. Highs ~16oC ~Lows 5oC.
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Wednesday September 26: Last Free Yoga Class at Blarchmont Park. 9:30-10:45 am. Friday September 28: “Buck” Movie presentation by the Kimberley Happiness Project at Centre 64, 7:30-9:30pm. Saturday September 29 & Sunday September 30: Kimberley Community Fall Fair at the Marysville Arena. 10am-6pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday. 1979 GMC Sierra Pickup Sunday September 30: Lichens in the Nature Park. Meet at ‘Camper Special’ the Nordic Trails parking lot at 1pm for a 3 hour hike. $1000 with or without camper Wednesday October 3: Free Public Swim from 5-6pm. Spon250-427-3058 sored by Marysville Petro-Canada. Wednesday October 3: Author Reading at Kimberley Library: Kimberley Forest Fernie’s Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage & The CanterConsulting bury Trail. 7-8pm in the Reading Room. Your forest expert. Friday September 5: Wildsight Movie Night: Riding Bikes with the Dutch and With My Own Two Wheels at Centre 64, Wildfire Assessments, 7:30-9:30pm. Forest Development Plans, Sunday October 7: Thanksgiving Celebration and Threshing Ecosystem Management, Days. A traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings. Surveys. 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Adults $22.95, ChilWade Jarvis, RPF dren (6-12) $11.95, 5 years and Under pay their Age. firstname.lastname@example.org
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