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 Serving a Progressive and Growing  Area on B. C.'s Southern Coast.  Cover?  Sechelt,  Ion,   Woodfibre,  .Landing,    Half  Island,     Pender  Creek,    Roberts  Gibsons, Port Mel-  Squamish, Irvin��s  Moon Bay, Hardy  Harbour, Wilson  Creek, Granthams?  Landing, Egmont, Hopkins Landing.  Brackendale, Cheekeye, Selma Park,  etc.  FTTBIiTRirSZJ BY THE COAST NEWS, -DIBOTED  Business Office: Gibsons, B.C. National Advertising' Office, Powell Kiver. B.C.  Vol. 4  Gibsons,  B. C.  Monday, March 20, 1950  5c per copy, $2.00 per year, by mail  .by  BILL SUTHERLAND  Editor, The Coast News  .' SO I TOOK a ride out to see the  schools and ran into some pretty good people.  On  a  trip  like  I this it is very easy to say such  [is such and something else is not  such  ��� "profound  nothing,   isn't  , it? Anyway, to get on with  the  'story I decided the best looking  jjroom I saw was the one where  [amiable Mrs Ben Lang was boss.  /The kids in her room -must get a  'great lift out of the day the place  lis decorated. I just about moved  into one of the stools but when I  was reaching to pull the hair of  [the little  girl-in  front, habit,  I  guess, Mrs Lang gave me one of  'those hard, pitying looks. I left.  ^Elay Elliot met us when we entered his prison. I've got a hundred   kids   that   will   agree   all  Schools are prisons. Ray met us  yust  the  same,  and   escorted   us  Pround.   It's   the  first   time  I've  ver been met amiably by a principal in his own room. The last  time I visited a principal's room a  ellow named McArthur in Nel-  bn   Junior  High,  was  the   boss  'pian and he sure forgot to smile.  fyle too.  \ The party I was with visited all  ihe rooms and met all the teachers but I didn't. After we got to  grade four I quit. You can never  i��ell when one i of them drag ���  sorry, teachers, will decide to  ask- what is a past participle or  something. I stayed outside and  missed a lot of fine folk. But it  was safer that wav.  . W. Purcell was another teacher  I met in passing.11 wonder how  [teaching grades six, seven and  |eight compares to life' with the  ^AF.   Some   of   these   times   I'll  School Plans  Still Pending  GIBSONS ��� Approval for school  plans may be two weeks away,  according to word received from  the department of education.  Changes may be necessary in the  plans now under study. It was  pointed out to the school board  that adjustments would be slight.  Board granted a $5 monthly increase to Mrs M. Oyer, janitor  at Halfmoon Bay school.  Following a hint from the department of education through inspector Burnett, the school board  will change the method of audit.  Letters will be sent to local chartered accountants requesting their  views in acting as auditor in the  future. It was pointed out that  this is in line with the general  swing of all school boards  ���throughout the  province.  Said Col Burnett: "School  boards now spend many thousands of dollars annually and it  is for their own protection that  the move should go through."  Mrs Miniato Will  Use Plane to Indies  MRS O. MINIATO, daughter of  Mr arid Hrs J. A. Evans, West  Sechelt, who has. been holidaying  with her parents, leaves soon for  Cuacoa in the Dutch West Indies.  She will fly all the way. Her husband is engineer chemist with the  British Shell Oil.  Gnomes Roam  Around Sechelt  SECHELT ��� March 27 will be  a red letter day for Sechelt  Brownies when they are hosts  to authorities from the Postal  Department.  Born from an original idea  of Mrs Betty Williams, Brownie leader, the Brownies evolved a novel plian for going on  fantasy trips. They wrote to  the Post Office, Vancouver,  for a little information on  their proposed mental jaunt.  The result has been surprising.  It now tends to be surprising  for both Brownies > and postal  officers.  It is all a big Brownie secret  and must be kept under the  cover of a large toadstool until the final and magic hour.  sk-Wm.^.,X;Xx'::-;X��x  ibme"wrien We visited her :room  in Secheit. Mrs B. M. Rankin,  principal ho less, was our guide,  a know her husband, nice fellow,  !so is she.  1 Mrs R. Jay rocked us when  phe reported her kids were absent because they had been shot.  I ducked quick but she was talking about needle shots. Seems  fsome.of the youngsters had taken  "it to. heart. One little girl in complete Brownie regalia gave us the  nee over lightly. She certainly  as not impressed with the dele-  ation.  After    crashing    through    the  rush for what seemed like hours  ind  climbing over jagged rocks  re came suddenly in sight of the  pst misnomered joint ��� I use  acMfcit advisedly,  in the whole  of  %he\ Sechelt Peninsula ���  Silver  !Sands school. ,  Mrs C: Harper came to the door.  (     '   (Continued on Page 8)  Last Minute Fire Hall  Obstacles Squashed  GlBSONS���-After fencing qff/twp^ajttqck^against it,, this ,com-  ^^?vVirYun fife brigade wil\yst^H" immediately on  construction of the long heralded firehall.  At Village    Council    meeting,  Wednesday, Wilf Gray, fire chief,  presented plans. for the hall to  be built on the pump house property. Council gave final OK last  night at a special meeting held  to consider costs and values of  the planned structure.  Volunteer labor will be used  to a great extent in construction.  It is proposed to hire essential  leadership, as in one overseer  carpenter.  Council, on motion by Mrs E.  Nestman, and seconded by Chairman James Drummond, gave the  green light for expenditure of the  previously allocated- $1500. Another $1500 has been earmarked  for this year's portion of the  building  budget.  A delegation from the Ratepayers' Association attempted to  force a referendum  vote on the  rs. Jackson Condemns  pen4��r's Reasoning  [GlBSONS ��� Mrs Annie MacDonald threw a bombshell into the  f school board Saturday when she reported that Pender Har  bour parents "are dead against sending their children to Gibsons on this dormitory plan."  . She was referring to the plan  proposed by Robert Leith, Pender  .Harbour school trustee, whereby  'students of grades 11 and 12 standard could be boarded here, part  of their    expenses  ���  $15     per  month ��� defrayed by the authorities  and schooling  done  in the  ihigh school.  Pender   Harbour   area   cannot,  under the school act, build their  own High School owing to insufficient number of pupils.  The proposal was in lieu of  parents having to send their children to Vancouver with its added travelling expenses on weekends when children would wish  to return home  the idea to the board. They (the  parents) were all in favor of the  plan then."  ' School Principal Mrs McKay  reported in a letter that several  pupils, who would be eligible  for the boarding house idea, had  quit school on the thought that  they would be compelled to go  to Gibsons.  Mrs L. S. Jackson, was vehement in her condemnation of the  false rumor that had caused this  state. "These children are being  denied schooling because of silly,  wrong tales," she said. "Nothing  question of hall site, but this was  vetoed by Mrs Nestman with  charges of just wasting time after having listened to firehall  talk for more than three years.  She contended the association  should have had its vote by this  time. .  Mr Gray was accompanied in  presenting the plans by Eric Inglis and Dick Fitchett, both members of the building committee  of the volunteer fire brigade.  Burnett Defends  Pender Teacher  * i  GIBSONS ��� It was only a matter of seconds before School  Inspector Burnett . had raked  Pender Harbour and its "nest of  unfair rumor", over the verbal  coals.  Following an investigation into  dissatisfaction in the Harbour,  Colonel Burnett never minced  words in his condemnation of the  "unfair attitude toward a good  teacher." Colonel Burnett pointed out that the teacher in question was "on her toes and a darned good teacher. Better than they  rate, maybe."  He pointed out that this teacher had offered to teach overtime  in order to assure her classes a  chance to make up the time lost  during the winter. "Parents turned that idea down." The teacher  had done her own carpentry work  during the winter months in order  to keep her school as near warm  as possible.  "If another teacher were sent  here," the v colonel said, "she  would have to go through the  same hoops. This one is a particularly good teacher and I am at  a loss to answer for this stupid  tirade."  like f��rce was intended.  It was  A^previous board meeting had    merely a plan for the grades in  authorized investigation of the  dormitory plan. It was on this  investigation that Mrs MacDonald was reporting.  Said originator Robert Leith,  "That is certainly an about face  from when I interviewed several  of -the   parents   before  bringing  question to get proper schooling  without having to go to correspondence   courses."  "There is nothing we can do  about it, but it certainly seems a  shame that kids are denied  schooling because of short-sighted  outlooks."  Don't Forget  Red Cross  GIBSONS ��� Have you made  your contribution to the Canadian Red Cross? Encouraging reports are being received from our  canvassers. Your donation, no  matter how small, is needed and  will be gladly received.  GIBSONS���The gauntlet was  with intent afore thought  at the pending by-law and the  the Kinsmen Club at their su  House, Wednesday.  Tenders for  School Bus  GIBSONS ��� Tenders for Roberts  Creek school bus duties will be  called immediately, according to  a decision made at School Board  meeting.  It was pointed out that a new  bus will be needed on this run.  Col Burnett advised calling for  tenders on a five-year plan. He  pointed out that changes in school  plans, proposed under the pending school changes, will have no  effect on the situation. He intimated there would be sufficient  use for the bus in the future.  Sho Now Chile  It's All South  SECHELT ��� John Evans and his  wife were recent visitors with  his parents in Sechelt West.  Program director at Val Dosta,  Georgia, in radio station WGOV,  Mr Evans finds he dislikes the  attitude of whites in relation to  the negro question there. It is his  contention .that. "Democracy for  the People", is more or less a  platitude. It hardly holds good  with the colored element.  He recalled a story in his locality that made the national papers  where a negro was going to vote  and the registrar assured him he  would not be allowed. The colored man protested so the registrar shot him.  No witnesses would take the  stand ��� fearing the dread Ku  Klux Klan.  Next visit to be made by Mr  Evans will probably be by private  plane. He was a pilot with the  RCAF last war.  Credit Union Meeting  THE ROBERTS Creek Credit  Union will hold their Annual  Membership Meeting at the High  School in Gibsons, on Monday,  March 20, 1950, begining at 8:00  p.m. Agenda will include election  of officers, and introduction of a  motion to amend the by-law respecting annual meetings.  thrown without hesitation and  as Francis Drage, JP, lashed out  school board when he addressed  pper meeting  in  Hunter's Guest  "We Cc'n't build schools on the  empty bellies of our old people  and pensioners.  "There is a need for schools  here. I know that and you know  that, but there certainly is not  the need for such extravagant  and out - of - proportion - to-pay  schools.  "What is needed in the Sechelt  School Board is some constructive planning. Not the urge to  go on a spending spree because  the government pays half of the  cost. A decent handy man could  make some of the schools, which  the board proposes to abandon,  quite suitable for some time.  "Let us build in line with our  ability to pay.  "A complete high school is not  necessary now. With less than 70  pupils, this spending school  board wants to build a $300,000  building. It is absolutely ridiculous."  Mr Drage made no bones about  his   intentions.   "I'll   stump   this  peninsula from end to end; bring  in summer visitors and do everything in my power to defeat this  proposed   by-law   if   the   school  board insists on saddling the area  with this iniquitous sum. We can  not   pay   it   despite     what    Mrs  Jackson   says   about     the    high  wage   scale   on     the     peninsula.  More than 60 percent of the population are  pensioners  living on  an average $55 per month. How  can you ask these people to deny  themselves bread and clothes just  to satisfy  a  short-sighted school  board policy?"  The speaker contended that a  change is. due in the distribution  of school costs. "Enough pressure  is going to be brought upon the  government to force a change in  levying the taxes,"  he claimed.  "If you pass this by-law���and  I feel sure you cannot ��� you will  be saddled with the debt for as  long as the indebtedness stands.  The government will have to  change its method but when it  does it is hardly likely it will  make the new system of taxation retroactive. This means  other schools will be built  throughout the province, but it  will actually cost the localities in  question a great deal less.  "You will still be saddled with  this   tremendous   burden.  "These    schools    have    been  (Continued   on  Page  8)  Printing Bills, Toilets and  Kids Keep School Board Busy  GIBSONS���The Farmers' Institute saved 50 cents by writing to  the School Board requesting reduction in hall rent.  The  board  points   out  it  costs =  two dollars for the janitor when  the hall or high school rooms are  opened up for the Institute's  meetings. It takes 50 cents to  pay for the light and fuel burned  that night and the Institute is  charged three dollars.  A. E. Ritchie moved the rent  be reduced 50 cents as "the institute does do a lot for the community."  A letter from Miss M. Patterson requesting something be  done about the outdoor toilets at  Roberts Creek school came in a  little too late. The trouble had  already been rectified. Another  letter from the same source remarking on the undisciplined  school children; their slovenly  habits and the fear created by  them in the mind of Miss Patterson was referred to Ray EWyrAW3Q  liott, School Principal with pow^ulfta,aB>  er to act.  High School Principal Trueman _  requested better repair and main  tenance supervision of typewriters. He pointed out that the annual repair system now in use is  hardly good   enough.  "Little troubles grow into big  ones when they are left," he reported. The board decided to send.  out an SOS on the need for a repairman who will provide at  least monthly service.  One of the local papers raised  the board's ire when its printing  bill was twice that of the other.  Remarks of "fine business" and  "that is one way of doing it,"  preceded the resolution to protest the account.  The principal of the College of  Dental Surgeons will be asked  for advice on the local dental  problem of having students' teeth  checked.  0  9  VIH01DIA By   Cherry   Whitaker  MARKED by the high degree of  restraint with which proceedings were conducted, also by the  complete absence of hisses, boos  or angry mutterings which might  reasonably be expected when any  given number of people are fighting for their pocketbooks, the  Public Utilities Commission hearing of the Union Estates application for increased water rates  has been recorded in the anals of  Sechelt and PUC history. (That  sentence should be recorded  somewhere too ... a classic example of how not to be brief. It  really is something which deserves to be read aloud from the  top of a high hill on a windy  day.)  To get back to history . . . the  seven-hour session, broken by a  two-hour dinner period and a  brief evening adjournment, was  not so mute testimony to the absorbing qualities of the cost per  foot of laying water pipes where  they will do the most good . . .  at least, it's absorbing when the  information is presented by two  minds trained to the peculiarities  of legal procedure.  To the members of the Commission it was probably just another hearing, another session of  listening to facts and figures from  both   sides,   knowing   that   those  same facts and figures were being faithfully recorded for their  future study. Their's was not the  responsibility of handing out an  immediate decision based on the  evidence being presented. Their's  is the responsibility of weighing  that evidence and of arriving at  the conclusion that the applicants  (in  this  case the Union Estates  Ltd) are entitled to "the increase  asked for; that they are entitled  to some increase, or that they are  not entitled to any increase. This  conclusion is reached through the  evidence submitted at the hearing  and   investigations     which     the  Commission conducts on its own  behalf.  Past performance or personalities  have  little  bearing  on  the  outcome except in so far as they  may   have   a   direct   bearing   on  .the case . . . such as the reliability of witness testimony. Frankly,  the PUC, no matter how sympathetic they may be as individuals, aren't the least bit concerned  about the  number of days  little  Mrs  Blurp had to wash diapers  in a teacup because there wasn't  any water in the taps. That sort  of thing is very regrettable, but,  unfortunately does little- beyond  strengthening   the   stand   of   the  applicants.   As   counsel   for   the  applicants might put it: "My dear  Mrs Blurp! Your complaint makes  it   obvious   that   we   must   have  more  money   that  we  keep  the  system in such an excellent state  of repair that these untoward incidents no longer occur.  The job of the counsel for the  complainants   (in   this   case   the  water   consumers)   is   to   try   to  show that the applicants are getting   enough   money   already   to  maintain  their  water  system  in  a satisfactory  manner,  and  that  a little more intensive headwork  on the financial end would produce the desired results. Proving  that they have enough or proving  that they haven't enough can only be done with figures on capital     expenditure,     depreciation,  the number of cubic feet of H20  that can be    expected    to    run  through    a    two-and-a-half-inch  pipe, and how many paid man-  hours  it  takes  to   remove  three  yards of moss that got caught in  a  traffic  jam  in the  main line.  These are the items of great interest to the Commission.  To the spectator the greatest  interest lies in the personalities  of those actively engaged in the  hearing ... in the sudden shifts  in the "feel" of things as a point  is scored or a point not made. In  the small incidents that occur  wherever individuals are gathered together in one large group  . . . interesting sidelights.  Dr W. A. Carrothers, chairman  of the Commission, presiding and  looking for all the world like a  sleepy but very wise old owl  watching spiders weave their  webs. The sleepy appearance belied by the occasional question,  pertinent or humorous remark, a  good indication that the mental  processes were hitting on all six  cylinders.  The two  legal spiders, Milton ���  D. Owen for the Union Estates;  find T. R. "Tommy" Campbell for  the     residents      (complainants),  bach weaving their own verbal  _     _i  Readers Say .  ��!io�� ��ne* Sir  9  THE FIRST gun has been fired in the pending  school by-law which, even now, is showing  signs of being a clear-cut issue between two far  from mean opponents.  It would be easier to suggest that these two  factions were merely two bodies that had a slight  disagreement and therefore leave out the word,  battle. But such is not so. Battle is used advisedly.  Francis Drage, JP, right or wrong, is no small  opponent. When he uses editorials and handfulls  of reports on how various municipal councils,  throughout B.C., are throwing school estimates  and by-laws back at the boards it makes us stop  and think.  On the one hand we have a system of school  taxation which should have gone out with the  Dodo, despite what the Cameron report is reputed to have said (and didn't). Bigger apportionment of costs on a provincial scale is the answer.  .Pressure is being brought to bear on Victoria  now in an effort to have a different system of  school payments inaugurated, but Victoria is in  trouble with that idea.  From somewhere the extra money for schools  has to come. The argument that a federal grant  may come through is rather slim. We still have  Quebec in Canada.  Saich Is Democracy  COMMISSIONER  Mrs   E.   Nestman,   along  with  Commission Chairman James Drummond, are  to be congratulated on their adamant stand during heated argument at a recent council meeting.  The ever recurring question of where to put  the proposed firehall came up again for an airing? Again spearheaded by a delegation from the  Ratepayers' Association, the suggestion of a referendum vote on where the firehall should go,  was thrown into the pot of argument.  Mrs Nestman sprang to defence of the Volunteer Fire brigade delegation, there to present  plans for the new hall. Headed by Firechief Wilf  Gray and including Dick Fitchett and Eric Inglis,  the fire laddies were having trouble with Commissioner William Skellett who had forgotten that  he had previously voted $3,000 toward construction of a hall and procuring equipment. .  We would suggest this state of affairs in one  of our commissioners is not one of which to be  proud. If a man can sit there and vote $1500 away  without knowing what it is alL about we would  suggest a shakeup would be haridy.  Finally Mr Skellett's misunderstanding was  partially straightened out but the question of the  Ratepayers' Association plan for a referendum  '^vote on where the,hall should go, came to the fore.  Mrs Nestman let go with both barrels. In  very few words the irate commissioner demanded  of Robert Macnicoll why the delay in deciding  Boost the sales tax, provincially, may be an  answer, then the municipalities would squawk  again. All these guesses and meanderings fail to  answer the problem facing the kids on the Sechelt Peninsula.  What about new schools���now?  Mr Drage says cut the by-law to where we  can handle it. Then the kids can have schools to  go on with. Then, when the government reallocates the tax burden, it will probably be easier to  finish the complete plan.  The school board says, NO. The board will  take the opportunity in the very near future of  really giving the public the detailed reason why  it vetoes this suggestion. There is one thing we  can be sure of, and that is the people of the Peninsula will understand far more fully than last  time, what they are voting for.  That is all to the good.  The Kinsmen Club is to be congratulated on  giving Mr Drage and the School Board the opportunity of airing their views. The club itself is  charter bound to remain strictly neutral but it  can serve as a medium.  That is in line with its policy of service for  the community.  on the site. She claimed that more than three  years have been spent "shilly shallying" on the  question. She pointed out it would take more  than three months before the referendum vote  could be taken under the plan suggested by the  Association. She charged the fire brigade was  being "undermined" again.  -��� "You people talk about saving taxpayers'  money, yet you suggest building the hall on some,  as yet unchosen, and unbought site, whereas, we  want to put it where we own the land ��� where  we are actually saving the taxpayers' money.  "You come here with no alternative site, just a  lot of delaying suggestions. If we listen to you  we will find ourselves without a fire brigade  again."  The fire brigade' will be given the all important $1500 starting money now.  Work on construction���most of it volunteer  labor���will commence immediately.  We are going to have a firehall and a fire  brigade. That is good.  We'are going "to have one now. That is better.  There may be better sites, in fact we think  there quite probably are, but in more than three  years' juggling of the question, no one has come  up with a sounder idea than the commission has  now.  Commissioner Skellett voted against the  move. We think he is wrong���again.  Wanted���Common Ground  WHAT FOOLS We Mortals Be.  After looking at the school situation here we  are in complete accord with the poet. Now let us  try and strike a balance.  On one hand we have a crying need for  schools.  On the other we have mountainous costs.  Somewhere between these two and their proponents lies the answer to this question.  There have been far too many straight thinkers in this province convinced that school costs  are too high, for the idea to be completely wrong.  We must believe, on the face of the question,  that costs are tremendous. That���we can accept.  On the other hand is the agreed urgent need  for schools now. No etoe denies they are absolutely essential. That���we can accept.  The schools will not be built tomorrow. Let  us investigate every avenue available before the  first stone is laid. Let us try and reach a common  ground between what looks like a two-party war,  now shaping up.  On the one hand we have our School Board  faced with the problem of building needed schools  and the inexorable wall of high costs and architect's immovable ideas.  On the other looms the nearly as inexorable  Mr Francis Drage, strong in his belief that small  owners  cannot  afford the  cost  of such  a large  by-law.  , It is believed Mr Drage will acknowledge the  need for schools���to a degree. It is believed the  School Board will acknowledge the high costs���  to a degree.  Even by his enemies, it is admitted the Gambier Island battler is a man of resource. Would it  be too much to expect he will have some plan for  bridging the gap when he speaks at the Kinsmen  meeting, Wednesday? We honestly think that Mr  Drage will have a partial plan which will be of  no use to the board. But it may move an inch toward the middle.  The Board assures it is ready and willing���  within its limited powers���to consider any plan  which will help solve the question.  We suggest that the indefatigable Mr Drage  put all his powers and resources. toward bringing  the two opposites together. There is still time for  an outstanding plan to give the answer.  The School Board is limited by the Schools  Act and the driving urge for schools. Mr Drage  is not so hampered. He can fight and probably  will, toward finding an answer to this so serious  problem.  The man from Gambier is aware of the need  for schools. We sincerely hope he has at least  part of the answer when he speaks, Wednesday.  webs and trying to tear a large  hole  in  their    opponent's.    The  quantities   of   water   imbibed   at  one table  arid the  quantities  of  life-savers at the other . . . The  fair-haired   Commission   stenographer who recorded seven, hours  of talk . . . speedy fingers moving over a noiseless machine as  fast, as words were uttered, immobile  except  for  eyes  moving  from speaker to speaker and the  flying fingers' . . . The rapt attention of the spectators . . . the  small  rustlings,     shuffling    and  scraping sounds ... the scratch  of matches . . . the intense quiet  during the final summing up (a  dropped pin would have sounded  as loud as a 10-lb. weight.  Such were the things that turned   "dull"  into  "drama".  WILSON CREEK  By A.  JOHNSTON  WE ARE happy to welcome back  Harold Roberts who returned  home last week after several  months' stay in hospital in Vancouver.  Charles Brookman is recovering from his attack of the "flu"  and has even ventured out on a  couple of fishing expeditions, well  bundled up. His fishing luck is  still negligible and the. smokehouse he erected last fall stands  silent, and empty.  Wilson Creek Community Centre was the scene of gayety at  the whist drive held last week.  The Centre has acquired a piano  and with Mrs T. Turner's playing, a community sing-song was  enjoyed by all.  Mr and Mrs Harry Yates, parents of Mrs Lola Follette and  Frank Yates, left last Friday for  California after spending three  months at Davies Bay in Mrs E.  Holmes' home.  George Kraft leaves for Vancouver on Monday going back to  work after holidaying with his  family.  A St Patrick's Tea will be held  at the home of Mrs Mike Jackson under the auspices of the Wilson Creek Ladies' Club, Sunday  afternoon, March 19th. There will  be a silver collection and everyone is cordially invited to attend.  SIR:  In a previous letter I attempted to give a history, however incomplete, of the growth of school  accommodation in this district  since 1900. I made no reference  to the1 struggles of still earlier  settlers who had built the old1  log school house on the waterfront about 1889, nor of those a  Tew years later who built the '  first frame school house on the  site of the present elementary  school. All that was before my  time.  I think it likely, however, that <  from   those   earliest   years  right  up to the present there was one  common  bond,   one  predominat- .  ing factor,  which linked all the I  efforts into one continuous chain,  and  that  was   the  untiring  and  self-sacrificing work of the var-/  ious men and women who serv-/,  ed on school boards as trustees.,.  Very little is heard of them; they:.'  have no publicity agents; no sal-J;  aries,  commissions  nor  honorary  iums are paid to them; the ex-fl  pense   account   (the     good     oldX  "swindle   sheet"   so   popular   in)|  big business and government cir-||  cles) has not become familiar tpA  them. The plaudits of the multi-J  tude are not for them; their re-|  ward is the knowledge of comr*.  munity service performed. f,  It has been my privilege td|  have had the friendship of manjU  of our local trustees, dating back��  nearly fifty years. For a shorty  time I served on the three-memjy  ber board of the old Howe Sounqtt'  School and I must say I found .if|  quite inspiring to observe th<||  sincere and untiring work of nr  two fellow members. More tha:  that, the conclusion was inescap  able that the same quiet devo*  tion to the cause had been true  of trustees for many years past|  I think our school trustees' hav  generally received the confidence!  and support  of the majority  oijf  the  people.  But too   often  sucl|  support    is    somewhat    passive!  while the "griping" minority, of-$  ten  having   nothing   else  to   do|/  make plenty  of  noise.   There A&  often  little   effort made  by the|  public   to   fully   understand   the|  problems presented. On the one;  hand, there are the constant de^  mands for better schools, trans-f'  portation, gym facilities, manua|  training,   etc.,   all  of   which   re|r  quests are usually quite reasont|  able. On the-'other hand, they ':ajq  cost money,  which has    to    tfc  found by the taxpayer. And homc|  sapiens  being what he  is,  it  i|  quite often the case that one wh(|  has loudly criticized the "Schod||  Board" for its failure tb supplM  some service free of charge, wilf  be heard to squall like a tom-caj  when his tax notice arrives an  he finds that his rates have in;  creased sixty-five cents.  But the school board, perhapi  one  of  the few remaining 'vesfH  tiges of democracy, carries on  best  they   are  able,    trying    t  spread the dollars available ovem  the multitude of needs. Perha^|f  it  is  all worth  while;   certain!^"  the  trustees   are   the   ones   whfcj  bear  the  brunt   of  every  effort  toward better conditions, and ap)r  parently the only reward lookedj  for is the knowledge that condr|  tions have  been bettered.  Robert Burnsf?  SIR: *  As an old resident of this dial  trict, keenly interested for man|  years  in   the   progress    of    ou  schools, I have been surprised af?  the spate of personalities and th��  general acrimony with which ou*|  present   problem   lias   been   del*  bated in the local'press. Beside^  causing hard feelings this bitter  ness  tends   to   obscure  the  rea  issues.  As I see it, our elected repre-'  sentatives at Victoria, by adopting the Cameron Report, launch  ed an    educational    programm  which   our   local  representatives  on  the  School  Boards  must  d  (Continued on Page 3)  ,.{Member   Canadian ��� Weekly   Newspapers Association (B.C.  Division)  Authorized   as   Second   Class . Mail,  Post   Office   Department,   Ottawa  '  W. A. SUTHERLAND  Editor and   Managing  Director  Published every   Monday  by  The  Coast  News  Limited  Rates of Subscription:  12 mos. $2; 6 mos. $1; 3 mos. 50c  United  States and   Foreign,  $2.50  per year.  TeJephones:  Editorial    Department,   Gibsons   45  Commercial    Printing,    Gibsons    45  1 Voice of the Manitou   DailCe tQ Mark  WI Birthday  By CLARENCE JOE  IN ONE of my columns I mentioned the first Indian church.  It was in line with this that the  ^Sechelt Indian tribe suffered another great loss, when fire destroyed  the  building  which   had  seen built with  so  much labor  and loving  care.  Back  in those  lays there was no such thing as  ire  equipment,  with the  result  the building, once the fire got a  )good  hold,   soon     vanished     in  'lames. Fire insurance was near-  y an unheard of thing for  the  l  ?  4  STOCK-REDUCING  CLEARANCE  in  DRY GOODS  HARDWARE  CHINA  ETC.  MURDOCH'S,  Marine Supply  PENDER HARBOUR, B.C.  Hassans9  [pender HARBOUR, B.C.  the  Old-Established  General     Store  .  l  ���4-  I  SUPPLYING  FAMILIES,  FISHERMEN AND  CAMPS  Latest   in   Novelties   and  Toys.  Fish Buyers  HOME GAS STATION  I Mechanical Refrigeration  Fresh Deliveries on Hand  Always.  Steer for  Hassans' Landing  Midway South Shore  FINE OLD  AVYRUM  '?��*?&_�� ���  Bottled Er Shipped bif  BTD  LONDON,ENGLAND  This advertisement is not published oi  displayed by the Liquor .Control Board oi  by the Government oi British Columbia.  GIBSONS ��� "Hard Times" dress  will mark the annual birthday  party of the Women's Institute  according to plans proposed at  the monthly meeting held in  Church Hall.  Members were appointed to the  Fall Fair slated for August 18  and 19. Entertainment convenor  for the dance will be Mrs Knight.  Refreshments will be handled by  Mrs Ross, Mrs Corlett and Mrs  Tyson.  WI members assisted P-TA in  caring for children while parents  visited the classrooms during  Education Week.  The meeting opened with president Mrs Burritt asking members to repeat the Ode. Secretary Mrs Haley read the correspondence while treasurer Mrs  Knight gave her report.  tribes in those days so the church  had to be written off as a total  loss.  ���  Without hesitation, the braves  again got together with the aim  of building another church. A  tribal gathering was ordered by  the chiefs and very soon after the  disaster, plans were under way  for another building.  In the early part of July, 1907,  a great decision was reached by  the planners; every brave took  upon himself to raise $100 and  he also took it on his shoulders  to provide $50 for every female  in his family. This, as you see;  was a tremendous undertaking in  those days. This could be used  as a clue to how seriously the  native people took their religion.  While on the subject of religion  it might be the time to point out  that many of our tribal customs  such as potlachs and feathered  headdress were discarded when  the natives here embraced the  faith. There was nothing half  measured about them listening  to the voice of the Real Manitou.  After long discussion on the  new church, a white man, Mr  Ellis, was hired to run the building. The braves went out to their  hand logging camps in order to  raise money to build the church.  Younger members of the tribe  were ordered by the chiefs to  help the carpenter boss. All Indian labor was voluntary, of  course.  Groceries of the helpers were  paid for by fellow members who  raised the money fishing and  logging.  Building the new church took  72 days which was considered a  record in those days considering  the time it took to build the first  church. Opening of the new  building was soon arranged and  that went down in the history of  the tribes as being another great  day in their lives.  I must state here that Father  P. P. Flamondon was very instrumental in the activities of  this progressive tribe.  There, then, is the history of  our two churches built by the Sechelt tribe which in those days  was rated as being the greatest  in B.C. and, according to one  Catholic official, was the greatest in the Dominion of Canada.  MORE  ABOUT  Readers Say .. <,  Continued   from   Editorial   Page  their best to carry out. This programme demands bigger and better schools, new high school  equipment, transportation to central schools, dormitories, etc., all  of which costs money. Our School  Board, like the others throughout the Province, must try to  provide these things or fail in  their duty. To talk of their 'lavish', 'extravagant', 'absurd' programme is abuse in the wrong  place. The Board is a company of  hard - working, public - spirited,  persevering citizens, willing to  stand up to a lot of unfair criticism rather than give up the work  they have undertaken. My thanks  to them in their thankless task!  Whether B.C. can afford our  present type of education, whether we are even ^conferring a  benefit upon our young people  by trying to provide it, is a subject which I commend to all  thoughtful citizens, parents, and  members .of the P-TA. The residents of Vernon, Kaslo, Courtenay, Ladysmith, Mission, etc., evidently have doubts upon the subject. But as long as this is the  educational policy of the Province, it is up to the School  Boards to carry it out.  So why blame our School  Board?  I. M.  Green,  Wilson Creek.  Fire Dance  For Gibson  GIBSONS  ��� This  seems to  be  the season for firemen to have  their dances.  This community's fire brigade  dance is now all set to roll. It is  expected to be one of the highlights of this community's social  season.  Funds are to be used in buying  social equipment, also for starting  a clothing and equipment fund  in order to replace burned clothing of firefighters.  Complete support from the  community is requested. Only by  getting behind the brigade can  the men do a job when an emergency arises.  Regatta Events  Committees Set  PENDER HARBOUR ��� Following are committees with chairmen,     charged    with    handling  events in the coming Regatta.  Decorated boats, Ernie Carpenter; swimming events, Sam  Anderson; novelty events, Mr  Auchinleck; boat races, Bruce In-  rig; advertising, press and programmes, Lloyd Davis; speed  boat, Jack Shairp; chief judge,  Dr  Tripp.  It is hoped that Len Wray will  handle the raffle, Harry Reiter,  first aid, and Dam Cameron, gill-  net setting.  THE COAST NEWS, Monday, March 20, 1950  In the last few years some $25,-  000 worth of lost precious stones  and rings have been recovered  from Montreal's sewers.  WE WILL  Come In and Trade   ���   We Have Cars For Sale  You Set the Price      ���      For Instance We Have A  2 FOR 1 DEAL ������ TWO CARS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE  Come in and bargain. We're in that mood. Cash in NOW.  We are ready and willing to provide all information  on building and its varied needs. This service is for  the man who builds for himself as well as the contractor.  Through our varied building connections we can give  SERVICE FREE  SERVICE EXPERT  SERVICE ALWAYS  Sechelt Building Supplies  Use News Ad-Briefs To Sell!  Products t/>atSP��U  NOW  NOW  Is Time to Consider Your Spring Refrigeration  Needs  FOR   IMMEDIATE   DELIVERY  ASTRAL-'The Baby Frig.*  ] Vi cubic feet capacity. Approx-  lZS��� 153.50  WESTINGHOUSE  7 cf. .    $329     and  $359  NOW Place Your Order NOW  AT  Marshall's Hardware  GIBSONS  PHONE 33  SILVER  GRILLE  WILSON CREEK  GARAGE By "ARIES'  SPRING has sprung, the grass is  ris, I wonder where the flowers  is?  Glad to see Cherry back with  us once more, had begun to think  that like her namesake Cherry  after being admired she had been  eaten. By whom? Friend husband, 'Thass who'.  Connie Marcroft and son Donald are down once more from  Lincoln and Scott. Don is hoping to stay down too, more doing down here anyway for a  young boy.  Had a grand visit with Mrs  Stan Parker from Prince Rupert.  Mrs Parker is staying with son  Jim and daughter-in-law Phyliss  for a time. The latter are now  back from California where they  had a wonderful vacation.  Leaving here after a holiday  spent with her parents, Mr and  Mrs Jack Evans, is Mrs Dorothy  Minanto en route to the West  Indies where her husband is a  representative of Shell Oil Com-  GUY LOMBARDO  One of tho top music-makers of the nation,  featured on THE GUY LOMBARDO SHOW  every Tuesday night at 9:00 o'clock. For  smooth music be sure to listen every  Tuesday evening to . . ,  THE COAST NEWS, Monday, March 20, 1950  pany. Dorothy, well known to us  here, will be flying from Vancouver to New York and then on  to the last lap of her long journey. We hope it won't be long  before we shall see her again  tho'.  Mr and Mrs E. J. Scattergood  of Porpoise Bay have been enjoying the winter with their  daughter, Mrs Ethel Reid, of Vancouver. Very glad to hear they  are both enjoying good health  and expect to be back home  shortly.  We have a wonderful gardener  here in the person of William Elliott who was for many years on  the Woodward estate. Now retired, his garden is something  wonderful to behold. Situated on  Marine Drive it is just a show  place every spring and summer.  Hundreds of rocks were dug out  of this place when the Elliotts  settled here although they had  been coming back and forth for  many years it must have taken  infinite patience to grow so  many' wonderful plants and  shrubs under such conditions and  now Mr Elliott has gone one better. He grew and gave his wife  for a surprise on her recent birthday a gorgeous orchid. Imagine  that, orchids grown in Sechelt,  and  in February too.  We hear that Earl Grey is now  a full time reporter for The Vancouver Sun and West Vancouver.  There is one local who is making  good.  Sorry to hear that Mrs Art Redman is in Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster if any  of you care to write. She was  quite ill but'getting along very  nicely now.  Also in hospital is Mrs Bob  Cooke (Grace). I hope she is getting along alright but at time of  going to press had not heard.  Mr Bob Cooke is in town for  a few days.  A few friends called on Mrs  Martha Froom on her birthday  recently, Mrs Alex Grey, Mrs A.  Gibbons and Mrs G. Taylor.  Many gifts (were sent to Mrs  Froom from other friends in the  Anglican Church guild. But, as  Mrs Froom has been confined to  her bed for some time it was  thought advisable that only a few  call. Many happy returns Martha.  Mr and Mrs Lucken, Gillian,  Averil, David and Roger have  moved to Sechelt from Wilson  Creek and we wish to welcome  them. They have not been out  long from England and getting  very well established here. We  understand Mr and Mrs Lucken .  will be operating the waterfront  Cafe. We wish them every success.  Mr and Mrs Roy Baycroft were  recent visitors from Alberta and  staying with Mr and Mrs W. J.  Mayne at Glendalough. On their  return, their son Harry, well  known to everyone on the Peninsula, will be going back with  them as he has to take a leave of  absence. Harry. is still with the  Government telegraph and tele-  Shopping News  to Cheer About!  Yes, you will be enthusiastic when  you look through EATON'S big,  new Spring and Summer Catalogue.  Selma Park  Hairdressing Shop  Modern hair  styling. Competent    work.  DOLLY  JONAS  Phone for Appointments  Sechelt Talent  Night Is Friday  SECHELT   United   P-TA   Talent  Night will be held Friday, at  8:30 p.m. in the Indian Residential School Auditorium.  This contest is open to anyone  on the Peninsula exclusive of  residents of Sechelt United School  area. Entries will be accepted  providing they are of amateur  standing and do not exceed five  minutes in length of performance. Groups, vocal, instrumental or dramatic, will be accepted.  Entrants will be judged according to age, and points awarded*  for ability, stage presentation  and suitability of selection. Age  groups are as follows: Under 6  years, 6 to 12 years, 13 to 18  years,  19 years and over.  Small cash prizes will be given  to the winners of each age group  plus first, second and third prizes  to the three winners with the  highest aggregate of points.  The three top winners of this  talent  night  will  be  eligible  to  By   JEAN  JEFFRIES  MISS PAULINE McNutt and Mr  Kenneth Griffith were married  by Rev Allan Green, February  25, at the home of the bride's  parents. They later took the plane  for Vancouver for a brief honeymoon.  Whenever there's something  doing I'm somewhere else.  Despite the plane's tardy arrival and the inclement weather  there were many well wishers on  hand to shower the happy couple  as they took off. The best of luck  to you both.  Graeme Murray celebrated his  fifth birthday with a party for  some of his little friends last  Saturday. According to my two  small fry  the party ��� was  every-  phone and whilst we are speaking of Harry we understand that  he has recently become engaged  to Jean Richardson, the very popular daughter of Mr and Mrs  Jack Richardson who operate the  Coffee Shop and restaurant at  Village Centre.  Also noticed here is Mr Percy  Root, staying with his old friends  Mr and Mrs Mayne. We know  spring is here when Percy arrives.  Back from Vancouver where  she had a very nice time is Mrs  Mayne and we hear that her  friends the Misses Jameson's will  soon be building their cottage on  the lot recently bought from Mr  and Mrs Mayne. How nice this  will be for us, as they have been  coming here for years. Miss Bessie Jameson is employed at Hudson's Bay Company and Miss  Ella Jameson at Eaton's, formerly David Spencer Ltd.  compete against winners of the-  two previous contests at a finale  to be held in June.  These contests have been planned with a view to stimulating  interest in, and encouraging real  talent on the Peninsula, particularly amongst the younger members. BUT, remember that it is  open to ALL ages, and in order  to provide as wide and varied a  programme as possible, all entries are welcome.  Ladies Have  Formal Chance  SECHELT  ��� Here  is  a chance  for my lady to show off that  evening gown she has had in the  moth bag for so long. Here is also  the chance for the men to get  their necks all stiffened and  chafed from unusual stiff collars.  The Sechelt Firebrigade is now  in the throes of planning what  is hoped to be the spring ball  of the season.  Ernie Barker, fire chief 'and  chief booster, feels the ladies  should have the opportunity to  go "formal" for once this spring.  It is with this thought in view  that proposals are now forward  to make the coming ball at Roberts Creek a dressed up affair.  Mr Barker believes they who  have formal would like to wear  it; those who wish to come with-:  out formal are also more than/  welcome.  It is all for a good cause. Help  the Fire Brigade.  thing that a party should be.  George and Phyllis Page are^  back from Vancouver where j  George attended the camp men's*  meeting   of  the  U.F.   Co-op.        )  Pender Harbour Community Club  WHIST DRIVE  in the  CLUB  HOUSE ��� GARDEN  BAY -  Proceeds for the Piano Fund  MARCH 24  Refreshments  Choice  Wm. McFadden  Optometrist  GIBSONS  PHONE GIBSONS 91  Office Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Evenings   by  Appointment  Every   day -except  Thursday  Why  go  to  Vancouver for  Optical Service?  Red Cedar Yellow Cedar Fir  IN ALL DIMENSIONS  ROUGH - PLANED - SHIPLAP  We deliver anywhere on the Peninsula  BURNS & JACKSON SAWMILL  Phone Wilson Creek 15M-2  Wilson Creek  echelt-Jervis Towing Co.  Your Local Complete Marine Towing Service  LOG TOWING ��� YARDING ��� SCOWS ��� DREDGING  PILE DRIVING ��� SALVAGE  Special  Facilities for Quick Movement of Cats, Logging Trucks and  General Camp Equipment  PHONE US COLLECT FOR RATES  GIBSONS ��� Mr. Reg Godfrey, Tel. Granthams 56  PENDER HARBOUR���Bill Donley, c/o Hassan's Store, Tel.   11F2  NANAIMO���The  Nanaimo Towing Co.  Ltd.  Tel., Day 555; Night 1497 or 305  Area Agent-���Mr. H. Spalding, Pender Harbour, Tel. 6 S 2  See tho fashion pages, so accurately  illustrated���many in full colour���to  display the stunning new styles in  all their natural beauty.  (P.S.���Note   the   budget-pleasing  prices.)  -But fashions alone don't make up an  EATON Catalogue���there is something on every one of the more than  550 pages, in the new Spring book,  to thrill some member of the family.  Don't delay ��� order your family,  home and farm needs for Spring and  Summer���NOW!  ��T. EATON fr*  UKITC5>  GAY  shop  Ililiiii  J ������taV.'Vv ������:���..-.  CHILDREN'S   CLOTHES   ARE   OUR   SPECIALTY  CUT FLOWERS ��� WREATHS ��� BOUQUETS ��� CORSAGES  ON   ORDER  MRS. E. NESTMAN ��� Former Rose Jar Owner  GIBSONS  1  !  1  j  l  ffl  m  1  I By e. Nestman  MR AND Mrs George Sicotte and  family will be leaving us to  take up residence in Sechelt,  where they tell me George will  be working for Crucil Logging.  Sorry to see neighbors go, but  wish them the best of luck.  Mr P. Burls will be new bookkeeper for Elphinstone Co-op  store. Mr Burls is our Joe Fit-  chett's brother-in-law, and is  proving a valuable asset to the  village.  New neighbor who has taken  one of Bal's apartments is Mrs  V-aseur. We welcome her to our  village.  Sorry to report our bank teller  Doug Pitbrook is being transferred to New Westminster, not too  far, away, maybe we will see you  once in a while in summer, lots  of luck. Beryl and Benny Bennett back from a trip to town,  brought their folks back with  them for a short visit.  Noticed  coming   off  the  ferry  Doctor  Hugh Inglis and daughter,   after   visiting  Dr   Allan   at  ^ North Vancouver.  barag  lutted hu Fire  e Red Cross Drive  Now Under Way  THE COAST NEWS, Monday, March 20, 1950  5  f  ).  I  It's not enough that one of our  Western correspondents pinches  a little of my thunder, but the  boss has to give her a pat on the  back for good measure. Oh well,  I'll share it. I thought it sounded  mighty nice, and don't blame her  a bit. Or maybe she did think it  up herself. Anyway let's see  more of it.  They tell me there's lots of  snow up the hill, it's mighty cold  down here too. Guess winter sure  hates to let go, the poor garden  doing its level best to go places.  If this keeps up, it's liable to go  right back into the ground again.  Can't last much longer, we keep  telling ourselves.  Had three . meetings to cover  last Monday night, so just covered one. They really getting out  of hand. For a small community  there's sure plenty doing, and if  you show the least bit of enthusiasm, you're in, and I mean in,  right up to your neck, and if you  do get into these things, then  you're a person that should have  your head examined, etc., etc. If  you stand on the sidelines, just  kibitzing, then you're something  else. If you stay right at home,  and mind your own business, you  are still in the dog house, so you  can't win. I try to cover them  all, else how are you going to  read about them in the paper, I  get bawled out if I put in certain  news, I get bawled out if I miss  other stuff, I walk down the  street, and when someone comes  up to me, I'm on the defensive,  for I wonder If I've left something out, or put too much in the  ROBERTS CREEK ��� A disastrous fire which started early  in the afternoon, completely wiped out the main portion of the A  and E Garage, Thursday.  Forestry pumps were called into service but the blaze had engulfed the tinder dry building.  Volunteer fighters managed to  confine the blaze to the main  building. An offer to aid was  made by Gibsons Fire Chief Wilf  Gray but it was felt the fire  would be under control by the  time the equipment could get  there.  So great were the flames at  one time it was felt that power  lines would melt. Robert Cook,  district superintendent, B.C.  Power Commission, ordered the  power shut off in an effort to  avoid what could have been a  disastrous   short.  Local ladies served coffee to  the weary fighters.  Jules Mainil is  Liberal Chief  GIBSONS  ���  Jules   Mainil  was  elected president at the annual  meeting  of Gibsons  Liberal Association.  Other officers are: Mrs J. D.  Smith, secretary treasurer, and  A. E. Ritchie, first vice-president.  It was decided to invite James  Sinclair, MP, to attend a dinner  at Gibsons, the date to be set  later.  latest blurb. But do you know  something, I'm getting awfully  tough skinned, and can truthfully say, it doesn't bother me a bit.  It goes to show that people do  read the paper, for if I make an  error, boy do they spot it, a mile  away, but that's what makes it  all interesting. Hope, to see some  of my friends at the St Patrick's  tea at my home on March 17th,  it is in aid of the St Mary's  Church at Gibsons. Time 2 till 5  p.m.  Quite a lot of new faces around  the village lately^ surprising how  when spring comes folks get that  urge to move around again. Guess  after being tied up to the place  all winter, one does get mighty  sick of it all. But it's a good sign  to see new folks coming into the  area. We need them, and certainly hope many of them will  stay here.  Real Prayer always does one  of two things; it either frees us  from the trouble we fear or else  it gives us the strength and courage to meet the trouble when it  comes.  Don't forget the Firemen's  Ball on the 18th, a good time is  promised to all.  mi!hi;, bay lodge  Comfortable Rooms  Every Modern Convenience  Centrally Located in Pender Harbour  Lloyd and Marnei Davis  PHONE 12U2  JUST A REMINDER  That the  Sunset Spring Sale  IS STILL ON  Don't Miss This Boosted Bargain  Chance at  Sunset Hardware  and  sauce  WEST SECHELT ��� Due to a  misunderstanding last year,  residents from this area sent  their Red Cross donations to Vancouver. Much money never reached the credit column of local  campaigners. More than $600 was  sent out to the Red Cross which  failed to bring credit to this area.  In order to avoid this happening  again,   representatives  point  A PROBLEM OF EDUCATION  Many Canadian families are  poorly fed, even though they are  well enough off financially to afford a good diet. Individual preferences and long-tyne habits  have much to do with diet and  homemakers should make an ef-  out there will be a door-to-door  canvass. As these donations are  the only source of revenue the  Red Cross has, it is hoped that  each and every person will give  to- their utmost.  Sinclair to Speak  At Sechelt Turnout  SECHELT ��� Of interest to many  people on the Peninsula is  news that James Sinclair, MP,  will speak at a public meeting in  Legion Hall, Sechelt, April 4. Delegates from air parts of the Peninsula are expected  to attend.  fort to guide their family's eating habits into more nutritious  channels.  GIBSONS  We have a full line of B and K and  Buckerftelds Seeds  Onion Sets  Garden  Tools  SPRAYS FERTILIZERS  Buy Now and Benefit from a Complete Stock  Building Supplies  Sechelt  I   i  4��t-  _.isten...'m i|our heart  When disaster strikes somewhere in Canada, your ears may not hear  the prayers for help. But listen in your heart and you'll hear  the voices of the little children, homeless and afraid, the voices  of the mothers, heart-broken and weary. They are calling to you! ...  And today, on their behalf, the Canadian Red Cross appeals to you  for urgently needed funds to carry on the work of mercy in  disaster-stricken areas ...to provide  Free Blood Transfusion Service  . . . to support your Red Cross  Veterans' Services and Outpost  Hospitals . . . to maintain and  extend many other humanitarian  activities. Give generously, from  your heart. And give today!  *w 6  THE COAST NEWS, Monday, Mareh 20, 1950  Weather Report  For February  AN OLD   country saying as regards February weather, "February  fill  dyke",   holds  for  the  wet weather we have experienc  ed. The month's precipitation  amounted to 6.32 inches or 4.07  inches in excess of February  1949 when the rainfall, for the  month only was 2.25 inches.  The greatest fall was in the 48  hours of the 20th and 21st when  Gibsons School INIews  By EUGENE BLOMGB.EN  OW  Window Bakeries  Easter  HOT CROSS  BUNS:  Dozen      45c  Orders MUST be placed by Sunday.  April 2  Phone ��� Call  Write  June's Coffee Bar  GIBSONS  DIRECTORY  Please Clip This Directory Out and Hang By Your Phone  For Reference  BEER BOTTLES  TYPEWRITERS  Will call and buy for cash,  beer bottles, scrap metal, etc.  Calls made at intervals from  Hopkins to Irvineis Landing.  R. H. STROSHEIN  Wilson   Creek  Typewriter Sales and  Service  Agent for Remington  For Fast, Accurate Service  see  COLIN WINGRAVE  Gibsons,  B.C.  GARBAGE DISPOSAL  Garbage Disposal Service  weekly or monthly  Sechelt, West Sechelt,  Selma Park only  For Information write or  'phone  Union Steamship Co.  Phone Sechelt, 22  GENERAL HAULING  TAXI  PENINSULA CABS  24-Hour Service  2 Phones ��� 2 Cabs  WILSON CREEK and  SELMA PARK  Phone   Sechelt  66  GIFT STORE  Headquarters for Wool,  Notions,  Cards, Toys,  Miscellaneous Gifts  Gibsons 5-10-15 Store  Left of Post Office  Gibsons, B.C.  BILL'S TAXI  Reliable 24 Hour Service  Halfmoon Bay, B.C.  Bill Mervyn  Phone Halfmoon Bay 7-U  TRANSFER-TRUCKERS  LAND CLEARING  Bulldozing ��� Clearing  Grading ��� Excavating  Road Building  PHONE A.   E.   RITCHEY  Gibsons 86, Gibsons, B.C.  HANSEN TRANSFER  GENERAL CARTAGE  GOOD BUSHWOOD  Phone Sechelt 28  Sechelt, B.C.  PLUMBING-HARDWARE  Hardware, Plumbing Supplies  Heating Necessities  "Serving the Peninsula"  Ma rsha 11's  Ha rdwa re'  Phone Gibson���33  PLUMBING and HEATING  j     SUNSET HARDWARE  GIBSONS  Registered Plumbers  PLUMBING  Sales   and   Contracting  REAL ESTATE  Specialist in Coast Property.  Consolidated Brokers Ltd.  Gulf Coast Offices  Gibsons and Sechelt  Phone 37  Always, any negotiation that  involves John L. Lewis reminds  us of the early day motor cars  ���the kind that broke down  while standing still.  It may be destiny that shapes  our ends, but many a flapper has  found that these electric reduc-  }    ing machines help.  "SPORTS  HIGHLIGHTS"  BASKETBALL  West Vancouver eliminated  Gibsons "Eagles" from the B.C.  playoffs by defeating therm with  a final score of 32-27 on. Saturday, March 3, at Gibsons School  Hall.  The score was tied 4-4- at the  first quarter, but Gibsons was  unable to keep up, although they  remained not far behind throughout the game.  Ron Godfrey, Gibsons- guard,  scored the first three basfeets for  Gibsons. He and Ted Paxnwell  were the high scorers fiox Gibsons, both coming out "with 8  points.  Perran, captain of tbie West  Vancouver team, caught up 11  points while his teammate.1 Murray scored 8 points.  The scoring for the game was  as follows:  Gibsons: Stewart 4, Brown 2,  Godfrey 8, Nestman 3, Parnwell  8, Pye 2. Total 27.  West Vancouver: Fleethorn 4,'  Murray 8, Perran 11, Lodge 6,  Empey 5. Total 34.  INAUGURATION CEREM* >NIES  On Monday, March 5, t]he in-  auguration ceremonies wer��e held  for the newly elected Student  Council, with Mr Truemarn acting as chairman, and Mr G< .ostrey  assisting.  SOCCER  Two games of soccer- were  played between Gibsons arid Sechelt on the latter's field on  Thursday, March 2, when (-a girls'  and a boys' team from iGibsons  Elementary School played l against  the Sechelt Seniors.  The Gibsons girls were victorious with a score of 1-0, wh;Ue the  Gibsons boys lost to the :Sechelt  ������������������������^_________^___. _ -_-_-_____________���  1% inches was measured- ;  The weather on the wh.o_le was  dull and very damp, and W small  amount of sunshine.  It would look like as ."if that  doggonned ground hawg eiid see  his shadow?  MATURED  AND  BOTTLED  IN  ENGLAND  and  UM HART  ROYAL NAVY  DEMERARA RUM  This advertisement is noti published:  or displayed by the Liqu or 'Control  Board or by the Government of  British Columbia.  ANEW  SUNDAY TRFJ&T  THE  DON   WRKSHT  CHORUS  AND  JOHN FISHER  Every  Sunday  Evening  9:30  boys with a score of 5-1.  We were all very glad to have  Mr A. S. Trueman, our popular  principal, back at school after a  short illness last week which  kept him from teaching for two  days. Mrs B. Knight substituted  for Mr Trueman,  The students of Gibsons High  School would like to extend the  welcome mat to a new student,  Robert Logan. Robert is a grade  nine pupil.  VISITING DAY  The afternoon of Wednesday,  March 8, was the open day for  the elementary and high schools.  In spite of the rain there was an  excellent turnout of parents and  other people who were interested  in seeing the children at their  work and the types of buildings  in which they work.  Get New Vim, Vigor, Vitality  Say goodbye to these weak, always tired feelings;  depression and nervousness due to weak, tbln  blood. Get up feeling fresli, be peppy all day, have  plenty of vitality left over by evening. Take Ostrex.  Contains iron, vitamin Bt, calcium, phosphorus  for blood building, body strengthening, stimulation.  Invigorates system: Improves appetite, digestive  powers. Costa little. New "get acquainted" size  only 50c. Try Ostrex Tonic Tablets for new. normal pep. vim, vigor, this very day. At all druggists.  . 4  These Two Bargains  1 NEW 3-4-ton Chevrolet Pickup.  1 Used 1935 Ford Pickup���A Real  Workhorse.  ARE YOURS WHEN YOU VISIT WITH  Wilson Creek Garage  >* Your Chevrolet and Oldsmobile Agency  <��he ��oast $etus  CLASSIFIED  ADVERTISING  3 Lines (15 words) for 35c 3 Insertions (same ad) 75c  Extra words, above 15-word mm., 2c each.  Cash with order.  Notices, Engagements, Marriages, Deaths, etc., 75c Insertion  LITTLE ADS . . . BIG RESULTS  MRS.   FISHER,   Granthams,   has  furnished    and    unfurnished  houses for rent. Apply Granthams  Store. 33  HOUSE,   5 rooms,    water,    etc.,  midway between P. Office and  School. No objection to children.  Apply R. C. Abbs,  Gibsons.  2709-34  PAINTING, ETC.:  GENERAL  painting  and  paper-  hanging,   spray  painting     and  graining.   John    Melhus,    Granthams. 2706-34  1939 PLYMOUTH sedan with  radio and heater. Car trailer,  12-ft. motorboat, some household  furniture. A. Schneider, Halfmoon  Bay. 2712-35  FOR SALE:   ���  SUBDIVISION comprising 16  lots, each 50 x 131 ft. Close to  school and churches. Five minutes  from Post Office. $200 per lot if  sold en block. Apply W. B.  Boucher, Granthams Landing.  Phone Gibsons 88. 2713-tfn  30-FT.   GILLNET  type  boat,   20  h.p.  3-cylinder Easthope, $900.  O. Sladey, Pender Harbour.  2710-34  SUMMER homesites in the celebrated and beautiful Jervis Inlet area on Vanguard Bay, any  size you desire from 2 acres up,;  at only $100 per acre. Vanguard  Bay offers unexcelled boat anchorage. Cod and salmon fishing  with   fresh   water   lake   only   1  block inland. For details write  to W. E. Haskins, Pender Harbor, tfn  PERSONAL��� '  SHIP BY Gulf Lines Express to  or from Vancouver. Low rates,  Fast   service.   Careful   handling.  Specify Gulf Lines Express,    tf  WANTED  FIR PILING  For specifications and prices  apply to  Canada Creosoting  Co.  Ltd.  P.O. Drawer 2408, North Vancouver. Telephone North 1421  36  WANTED:  BULL 9 to 12 months. State price.  Box 3, Coast News.        2711-34  WANTED:  URGENT. Broody hens. Will collect, R.  H.  Henton,  West  Sechelt. 2713-1  Form No. 13 (Section 40)  LAND ACT  NOTICE of intention to acquire  land under the Veterans Land  Act in Land Recording District  of Vancouver and situate in Sechelt Inlet between Secret Bay  and Fuller Lake in lot number  2943 at Egmont, B.C.  Take notice that I, Juanita R.  Peddie (Silvey), of Egmont, B.C.,  occupation married woman, intends to apply for the following  described lands:  Commencing at a post planted  on the North West corner of the  Egmont Consumers Co-op, thence  North approx. 25 Chains to F.  Silvey's South East corner;  thence West approx. 31 Chains  to the West line of lot 2943;  thence South approx. 25 Chains;  thence East approx. 31 Chains to.  the point of commencement, and  containing 78 acres, more or less.  For the purpose of mixed farming.  Juanita Rose Peddie (Silvey).  Dated February 25, 1950.  LAND ACT  NOTICE of intention to apply to  lease land in Land Recording  District of Vancouver and situate. Pender Harbour fronting lots  18-23 incl. and road allowance  between lots '22 and 23 ��� D.L.  1390 Group 1, New Westminster  District ��� Plan 4276.  Take notice that R. D. Murdoch of Pender Harbour, B.C.,  occupation merchant, intends to  apply for a lease of the following  described lands:  Commencing at a post planted  High Water mark Pender Harbour being North West corner of  Lot 18 ��� D.L. 1390. Group 1 New  Westminster District���Plan 4276.  Thence Northerly to Low Water  Mark on rock with concrete pillar���5 chains more or less; thence  Northeasterly to intersection of  imaginary line being extension  of line between lots 23 and 24.  Thence Southerly to northeast  corner of lot 23���4 chains more  or less; thence Westerly along  high water line to point of commencement���9 chains more or  less, and containing five acres,  more or less, for the purpose of  mooring floats, necessary walks  and approaches and buildings  supported on posts.  Royal Douglas Murdoch  Dated Feb. 25, 1950. Bowen Island  By   PEARL   PUNNETT  .CONGRATULATIONS to Mr.and  Mrs Bert James on their 31st  wedding anniversary on March  6. A party was held on Saturday,  4th, to celebrate, when a few  friends and neighbors got together.  Mrs Morgan Miller of Pemberton was visiting her parents, Mr  and Mrs James Collins, last  week-end.  Mr and Mrs Joe Howson returned home last week from Nar-  amata, where they had been  staying   since   December.  There was a picture show in  the Lower Dance Hall on March  14, the first one this year. It was  fairly well attended.  Comm. A. H. Reed went to  hospital last week for an operation. Hear he is making good progress and hopes to be home by  the time this is read.  Mr Calvin Frost and Miss  Laurie    Cummings    were    the  guests of the Punnett's last weekend.  Mr and Mrs James Collins went  to Vancouver to take a look at  their brand new grandson, before he leaves for Vancouver Island with his mother.  On Sunday, March 12, two  young ladies from the Naramata  Christian Training School, Miss  Joyce Hill of Edmonton and Miss  Lily Chin of Kimberley were  speakers at the United Church  here. They told about the work  that is being done at the school  and they are turning out very  successful students for youth  leadership, whicn are sadly needed in this country. Our own student, George Searcy, was trained there. He certainly is a fine  example.  Two young fellows have open-  up an office here under the name  Bowen Island Agencies, for real  estate, rentals, insurance and general agency. It is hoped they will  be able to make a success of  same. So good luck to Dave Moon  and Doug MacTaggart.  The United Church has been  wired in reaainess for the exten-  Firemen Slaie  Spring Dance  SECHELT ��� A need exists for  co-operation between residents  and this community's fire brigade, according to Fire Chief  Ernie Barker.  Commenting on the coming  Firemen's Ball, slated for sometime next month, Mr Barker  pointed out the type of volunteer  department now in Sechelt can  only be as successful as citizen's  make it. "Co-operation is the key  word," he said.  The Firemen's Ball will be held  at Roberts Creek. It is aimed at  being the social event of the  spring festivities.  THE COAST NEWS, Monday, March 20, 1950  Transatlantic telephone service  was available to some Canadian  cities as early as 1927.  sion of the B.C. Electric extending to Millers Landing, should  be through by early summer.  The Ladies' Auxiliary to the  Canadian Legion Branch 150 held  their regular monthly meeting  on March 14 at the Clubrooms.  5 DAY LAUNDRY - DRY CLEANING  USE THE BUSES OR ANY OF THESE AGENTS  HOPKINS ��� Post Office Store.  GRANTHAMS ��� The Store  ROBERTS CREEK ��� M and W Store  WILSON CREEK ��� The Coffee Shop  DAVIS BAY���Whitaker's Trading Post  or call  Gibsons Laimdiy  PHONE 100  I am most grateful  for the Hospital Insurance  Service; since  it  has  relieved  me of the responsibility of  paying a large hospital  bill.  SAYS  WALTER E.  CAMALUSH  OF VERNON, B.C.  mm  W8"  s����  *One in six of all British Columbians  were hospitalised and had their hills  paid last year by the B.C. Hospital  Insurance Service,  $&m*  roan Ht�� �����  THE PROVINCE OF  BRITISH COLUMBIA  THE PROV.��� -��   ^^ 1NSUBANcE SSBV.CE  /.MOUNT PAIP_  3 62J0O]  903  112800|   WAt-TE��4^H     STREET  I or pay  1  I 1   VERNON    ^J^_________- J ^^i^���ESW,"�� !  biii=^s*_s__^s:sr'"''.  ,���,, OTp-"��SrS��pSJE*��?������� " *"                                             ^ vou AND YOUR FAMILY                          -        ,  , _, ���*������. ��'   PROTECTS YOU AN       BIU.S    SJSWa*"^- ���  ~-~ ���    yoo AN��� VOUR FAMILY  Hospital Insurance pays the hill!  *Last year 170,000 persons stayed an average  of 10.1 days in general approved hospitals of  British Columbia. An average of $88 per patient  was paid by the Hospital Insurance Service on  account of beneficiaries.  Individual accounts ranged from $10 to well  over $2,000.  25,000 children were born during the year whose  parents' bills were paid under the Plan.  Through Hospital Insurance thousands have  been saved the worry of meeting large hospital  bills out of current pay, exhausting their  savings, or going into debt.  ALWAYS NOTIFY YOUR LOCAL OFFICE OF BIRTHS, DEATHS  AND MARRIAGES, OR CHANGE OF ADDRESS AS SOON AS THEY  OCCUR. AN UP-TO-DATE RECORD IS ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAIN  PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY,  HI-3-50 8  THE COAST NEWS, Monday, March 20, 1950  MORE ABOUT . . .  Drage Starts  (Continued From Page 1)  gradually disintegrating for 20  years but that is no reason why  we should have to saddle the  load of rectifying them in one  year. Let us pay as we go. Never  mind these grandiose schemes  that sound good on paper until  you have to pay for them.  "I charge that the school board  has let the buildings run down  more than necessary, in order to  put a better light on their proposed building plan."  Mr Drage spoke highly of the  majority   of   school   teachers   he  met during his recent Coast  News sponsored tour of the  schools.  He intimated this speech is the  first of many he will make prior  to the by-law.  An invitation is being sent to  the school board from the Kinsmen Club to allow it a proper  opportunity for presenting its  point of view.  Further information will be in  next week's issue of this paper.  First Banker: "You say you're  looking for a cashier? I thought  you hired  one last week."  Second Banker: "I did. That's  the one I'm looking for."  ..._._..>_.��� ,.���,^ _.... ���.. ^._��� ..._,,.j  It seems to me that there's a lot of double talk going on about  these schools. It seems to me that most of it is just talk that  means nothing. For instance there's dire threats going around  about what the government is going to do if we should fail  in our end of the bylaw deal. Somebody said the government  can seize all your furniture if the annual or monthly or  weekly or some kind of payments aren't met every time they  are due. This isn't even worth bothering about. Sure it's in  the act but what government is going to seize my bedroom  suite and two chairs if the community is so doggone broke  it can't keep its schools going. When that happened last time  the government didn't seize furniture���it loaned millions in  relief to see that the folks wouldn't all starve to death. What  kind of double talk is this "seize and hold" stuff. If the government is that hard up they can have the furniture. I don't  need it, I'm heading up with the Eskimos. And while we are  on the subject of Eskimos and cold don't forget li'le old  LAURIE SPECK when the wind starts whistling. This may  be .1 lot of talk about schools but I just can't forget that" heating is our business. Probably the kids having to eat has something to do with that. Anyway if it's heating in any shape  or lorm tell it to  LAURIE SPECK  Gibsons 64-R  THE   CANADIAN   ARMY - "INSURANCE   FOR   PEACE"  NERVE  CENTRE  of the Army  Communications are "vital to every phase of Army  operations. A single message could be the deciding  factor of victory or defeat.  The men responsible for this key operation are  trained in the use of the most advanced equipment and  methods ��� wireless, telegraphy, electronics, telephone.  The opportunities to learn and advance in the Royal  Canadian Corps of Signals are boundless. The Corps  offers a wide selection of specialist trades: wireless and  teletype operation and maintenance; line and cable  laying; switchboard installation and operation. All  training is carried out with the most advanced equipment and methods.  The new Canadian Army can offer young men  truly outstanding career opportunities. For complete  details visit your nearest recruiting office. You are  eligible if you are 17 or over and can meet Army requirements. Bring with you certificates of age and education.  MORE ABOUT ...  Between You 'N Me ..  (Continued From Page 1)  I wouldn't have been surprised  if she had been wearing a .303  under her arm and a Dan'll Boone  on her head but instead she wore  a smile and invited us in. I didn't  go. Too scared the roof would  fall in or maybe one of the walls.  Next stop was Mrs Hlookoff  and her Robinson Crusoe, Mrs A.  McKay. Man, that is a combination. On the one hand a pretty  little teacher with a desire, and  the ability, to be nice and on the  other Mrs McKay with her attitude of take it or leave it, mister.  I thought she was grand. I like  the type that can stand up for  themselves. Mrs McKay did more  than that, she took on the whole  party on behalf of her kids.  Francis Drage was with us and  he got enough in one hour to last  him a lifetime. The truth, the  unvarnished truth, as she saw it,  was flying.  I kept out of her way. Wound  up by borrowing her little boat  when next I go there.  Mrs Iris Smith sailed slowly  past, acknowledged introductions, took a long look at Aggett  and I and pulled out���quick.  While at Hassan's Landing Mrs  L. S. Jackson and I pulled over  to the store and quaffed a small  drink of lemonade. If I'd said,  "had a drink," someone would  have stopped me on the street  tomorrow and assured me that  Mrs Jackson doesn't drink. So . .  I'm going back to Hassan's  store, as I never did learn who  the two good looking girls are  who were there working that  day.  Pender Harbour certainly is a  fitting part of this grand peninsula. When we were there, the  sun was shining and a huge silvered plane was landing on the  placid water. The dark green of  the tree-clad mountains made a  fitting background for the lagoon  like bay. Little boats- scudded  across, leaving criss-crossed  trails of white behind. And a  fussy school boat plowed back  and  forth.  It was easy to see why Pender  Harbour is famed for its beauty.  It could easily create a love for  itself by its very glamor and  story book mystery. It calls ���  and calls . . . and I'm a-listening.  Mrs. Meikle  Heads VON    '  SECHELT -��� Mrs J. E.  Meikle,  Halfmoon Bay, was returned as  president of Elphinstone Branch,  VON.  Other officers are: Mrs W.  Waddell, secretary; Dr Hugh In-^  glis, honorary president; Mrs W.  K. Berry, first vice-president; Mrs  A. E. Ritchie,, second vice-president. Directors are: R. Burns, Mrs  J. Wardil and Mr G. A. Marsden  of Gibsons. T. Humphries, Dr W.  L. Lang of Granthams, Mrs R.  Vernon, Gower Point; Mrs T.  Wallis, Roberts Creek;-Mrs L. S.  Jackson, Wilson Creek; J. Hackett of Sechelt, Mrs C. H. Colson,  Selma Park, and Mrs P. A. Meuse  of Halfmoon Bay.  It was reveaied that $3000  would have to be raised this year  in order to keep the nurse here.  It was pointed out it cost $1.92  per visit of the nurse but all  that was charged was a dollar,  down to nothing depending on  ability to pay.  Grants from the provincial  government amount to $250 with  little chance of it being raised  this year according to word received from North Vancouver  that their request to the provincial government for a boost in  grants was turned down.  The local board will draw up  a brief for presentation to the  government for inclusion in next  year's provincial budget.  Next meeting of the board will  be held Wednesday    at    Wilson  Creek when plans will be drawn  "up for a district drive from May  1  to the 20th.  In   Conjunction  with   Cecil   Lawrence  Sechelt 48  Phone  Gibsons 53  Let  Us Quote You  Prices On  Moulding ���   Shingles <  9   Plywood  ��� Hardware  O   Linoleums  ��� Wallpapers ��� p  Bricks  Wallboards  Roofing  C.I.L.   Paints  FLOOR SANDER RENTAL  NIILLWORK  "Everything   for  the  Builder"  GIBSONS  BUILDING  SUPPLIES  PHONE 86  And now you can enjoy something  new and delightful���cocktails and long  drinks made with Captain Morgan Rum. There are two  brands, each with its own distinctive taste . . . Gold Label  is rich and full-bodied . . . Black Label is extra smooth  and flavqurful. Both brands make taste-tempting drinks!  V*  GOLD LABEL  Wfc^S&M  IMendeci ih;^ Rums  X X bv .Capt^inrMbiean'Rurh  This advertisement is not published or displayed by the Liquor  Control Board or by the Government of British Columbia.  No. 11 Personnel Depot, 4th Avenue & Highbury Street,  Jericho, VANCOUVER, B.C.  C135.BC  Join the CANADIAN ARMY ACTIVE FORCE Now!  Listen to "Comrades In Arms" every Wednesday night on the Dominion Network  More Than $11,000 Paid on Losses in Gibsons  HAVE  YOU  ENOUGH  INSURANCE?  See  N. RICHARD McKIBBIN  Fire and General Insurance  Phone Gibsons 42  YOUR   VOLUNTEER   FIRE   BRIGADE  GIBSONS

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