Nelson in February, 1967: strep throat, short skirts, a rifle range and Nancy Greene

From the files of the Nelson Daily News....

Nelson in February, 1967: strep throat, short skirts, a rifle range and Nancy Greene

From the files of the Nelson Daily News…

February 6, 1967

Over $1,000,000 worth of beer, wine and liquor gurgled down the throats of Nelson and District people between March 1965 and April 1966. That is what the annual repost of B.C.’s Liquor Control Board reveals. The total spent on alcoholic beverage in Nelson was $1,178,660.97, which chalked up a massive profit of $346,573.97, to the Liquor Board. Trail narrowly beat Nelson’s sales with sales of $1,257,328. B.C. Liquor Stores sold over $141,000,000 of alcoholic beverages at a profit of $40,000,000 during the year. (Note $1,178,660.97 equals $8,550,286 in 2016 dollars.)

February 16, 1967

Goodwill ambassadors, exemplary moral character, world sport leaders and other similar compliments were directed to Canada’s National Ski Team by well wishers attending a welcome home reception at the Civic Centre. Each team member received a B.C. sterling silver medallion from the Nelson Chamber of Commerce and each was made an honorary member of the Chamber. A high point was a surprise crowning of Nancy Greene as “Miss Canada Centennial Ski Queen.” The reception followed an afternoon parade down Nelson’s main street before hundreds of well-wishers. Accompanied by sirens and a “swinging” L.V.Rogers High School band, the 14 team members waved their way down Baker Street atop three fire department vehicles.

February 20, 1967

The strep throat epidemic that has decimated the student population of Blewett School over the past two weeks has now spread to some elementary schools in the city. According to the Selkirk Medical Officer of Health, “to date, we have found 86 children carrying this bacteria with or without clinical disease and 29 adults were found to carry streptococcus, the causative agent responsible for strep throat.” Public health nurses will be swabbing children’s throats in the elementary schools this week. Public health nurses will phone parents concerned in case their children are found positive. All parents are urged to take their children for treatment to their physician in case they are found to have strep throat. It was reported last week that an epidemic of infection had hit the Blewett School, and by Thursday had infected some 60 pupils.

February, 1967

What are the Federal dress standards with regard to miniskirts? “Pretty high,” replied Revenue Minister Benson with a fine touch of political ambiguity. The matter was raised in the Commons by H.W. (Bert) Herridge (NDP-Kootenay-West) who will be 72 next month. Mr. Herridge said he has been told some skirts are so short that screens have had to be placed in front of desks in federal offices. On the question of mini-skirts in the public service are there any standards in this respect? he asked. “I should think our standards with regards to mini-skirts are pretty high,” said Mr. Benson. “I shouldn’t say this,” he added quickly, “It’s a serious matter.” Mr. Herridge broached the subject of dress by saying that a mailman with shoulder-length hair had caused “a frightful uproar” among his constituents in the Kootenays. The uproar was compounded by the fact that the hairy employee wore a regulation postal cap over the flowing locks. The NDP member said he is on the side of regulations in such matters and asked what the regulations are. Mr. Benson said matters of dress are decided by the federal departments involved.

February 24, 1967

Cottonwood Falls, scenic Nelson Landmark, site of the first power plant in British Columbia, is slated for re-grooming. The Recreation and Parks Department has undertaken the project involving a complete face-lifting for park, designed to preserve nature, and in keeping with its historic origin. Underwater flood lighting for the falls, barbeque pits, picnic sites, a trailer park, indoor rifle range and meeting hall are tentatively embodied in the plans to be initiated in the next few years. Planned also is a complete park grooming clearing away of underbrush, installation of improved footpaths, clearing of loose rock around the falls and building of guard rails where required. A trailer park is scheduled possibly for both sides of Cottonwood Creek, with easy access from Taghum Highway when completed in two or three year’s time. Nelson Rod and Gun Club hopes to take over the large centrally located fisheries building for use as an indoor rifle range with the forward part of the building used as a meeting hall. A footbridge will be installed over Cottonwood Creek below the falls and in keeping with park history, the hydro wheel, now resting in Lakeside Park, will be moved to the park.