Volunteers helped out the Creston Community Garden

Volunteers helped out the Creston Community Garden

2015 IN REVIEW: A look back at December in the Creston Valley

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  • Jan. 4, 2016 1:00 p.m.

3 — The Regional District of Central Kootenay agreed to fund the Creston Valley Sports Wall of Fame, developed by a committee that wanted to honour the Creston Valley’s sports builders and athletes via a website and interactive screen at the community complex.

•On Nov. 24, Prince Charles Secondary School industrial arts students delivered new raised frames, made of two-by-twelve lumber donated by J.H. Huscroft Ltd. sawmill, to the Creston Community Garden. The frames are waiting for spring, when volunteers will dismantle the old ones and put the new ones in place.

10 — An Alberta resident got a surprise when Creston RCMP called to tell him his stolen Stihl chainsaw had been located. The saw was found on the road near Hillside Street and Eighth Avenue North and when police checked out the serial number they discovered it was listed as stolen, and had been since 2007.

17 — Creston town council got its first look at a conceptual design for a “market park” at the Dec. 8 committee of the whole meeting. The design would create a permanent home for the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market at its present outdoor location on Cook Street; included was space for 70 vendors, a vehicle ramp that would allow vendors better access and a Ktunaxa First Nation museum park. At the Dec. 15 meeting, council added the concept to 2016 budget discussions.

•The Creston Valley Gleaners Society food bank got a $14,000 boost when the CP Holiday Train stopped on Dec. 14. CP Rail donated $5,000, and Creston Mayor Ron Toyota’s Mayor’s Challenge ultimately raised over $10,00.

24 — With no confirmed sightings since the first on Dec. 17, the BC Conservation Officer Service was no longer actively searching for a cheetah near Crawford and Kootenay bays, but the investigation isn’t over, with a person of interest identified. Residents of Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay were asked to be wary after a cheetah was spotted on Highway 3A around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

•The Creston Ministerial Association’s annual Christmas hamper program saw 460 hampers packed, an anticipated rise from 400 last year. There was no shortage, though, with donations of mainly non-perishable food — and some fresh fall produce — being brought in by the truckload leading up to the packing on Dec. 14.

•Pharmasave now sponsors the Creston and District Community Complex’s Zamboni with its purchase of advertising. User groups — the Creston Valley Minor Hockey Association, the Creston Valley Figure Skating Club and the Creston Valley Thunder Cats — got a portion of the sponsorship proceeds to reduce their ice fees and the balance was put into a capital fund for a future Zamboni replacement.