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Dateline Cowichan: Fields versus trees in perennial local battle
Like many grandparents in Cowichan, I enjoy watching my grandchildren play Saturday league soccer at the jam-packed Sherman Road fields.
In September 1966, soccer fields throughout the district were hard-pressed to keep up with the 300 youngsters then in soccer leagues. In fact, discussion got a mite tetchy as Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce criticized what they saw as lack of co-operation between Duncan and North Cowichan councils in providing modern playing facilities.
Ratepayers would have to adopt the attitude of stern parents to stubborn children before needed changes were made, warned Dick Benzies, chamber vice-president.
A major hiccup seemed to be a choice between trees and development, the chamber realized: A dozen of them stood between young soccer players and more playing accommodation for them at Wharncliffe Park.
“I suppose you are thinking the same thing about the trees on the mound,” remarked school district 65’s board chairman Will Dobson to Louise Underwood, Indian (sic) Band Council secretary-treasurer and chamber member. “I’m afraid so,” Miss Underwood responded in a reference to planned removal of the mound itself to provide space for a shopping plaza.
Youbou Community and Benefit Association donated $2,000 to Cowichan District Hospital for beds and furnishings for a four-bed ward to be located in room 211.
An increase of 200 students — 4.5 per cent — was recorded by the Cowichan school district. Total student population in the region’s public schools now stood at 4,619.
In Norie’s pool, Cobble Hill, Mrs. T. H. Hamilton with helpers Melanie McIntyre and Kerrie and Judy Braithwaite saw Peggy Norie and Shannon Braithwaite reach intermediate bronze in swimming proficiency.