Flashback: 50 years ago today in Powell River

The photo above and articles below were published in the Powell River News on October 9, 1969.

Scholarship fund starts 1970 with $168 from PTA

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Citizens’ Scholarship Fund received a nice start for its 1970 scholarship award, in a cheque for $168 from the Powell River Parent-Teacher Council.

Secretary Mrs. Irene Hinds explained the council was winding up its affairs, and had decided to donate the balance in its treasury to the CSF.

This summer the Citizens’ Scholarship Fund award was $75, and won by Doug Clark. With the donation from the PTA Council, the 1970 award will be at least $225.

The Citizens’ Scholarship Fund is publicized and collected by the News, which solicits donations from organizations which may have spare funds, of which may not have a large enough donation each year to make a special award. Similarly, donations come from individuals and small groups.

These donations are collected throughout the year by the News, then lumped into one sizable award. Bequests and gifts for permanent awards are also solicited, to be managed by a trustee committee.

Recipient of the award is decided by the Max Cameron Scholarship Committee each year; The News merely acts as collecting and publicity agent.

Doug Clark sent a note of appreciation to Powell River: “Thank you very much for the scholarship, it will assist me greatly in continuing my studies here at university and it is much appreciated.”

‘Open area’ school idea offered to community

School Board’s education committee is sponsoring a meeting October 22 to discuss “open area” schools, at 7:30 in Gordon Park School, Westview.

“Open area” schools are staffed by principals and teachers who have just graduated from teacher-training institutions, having had no formal teaching experience. It is a new philosophy in teaching and a pilot school operates in Kamloops at the elementary level; Gordon Park operates on the same basis.

Addressing the meeting will be Dr. O. A. Oldridge of UBC, who will offer explanations of the philosophy and answer questions; school board members and Gordon Park principal R. A. Martin will also be present for the same purpose.

Mort Thorsell, supervisor of special services for PR school board, has invited representatives of local organizations to attend; if your organization has not been contacted, phone Mr. Thorsell if you wish to attend this meeting.

Underground wire law surfaces for revision

Present municipal bylaw regarding underground wiring in subdivisions is being withdrawn, “mainly because it is illegal” in the words of alderman Joe Dallos.

The bylaw leaves the decision as to when underground wiring must go in new subdivisions to the discretion of council, as it is presently worded. This is a discretion council cannot legally use.

No decision was made as to whether the bylaw, aimed at a gradual disappearance of overhead wiring in the municipality, would be redrafted.

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