The recent gathering at the East Delta Hall of "old Ladner folks" and friends, which celebrated the life of Sylvia Vietch nee (North), brought to mind the effect of the "North family" on the lifestyle of post-Second World War Ladner Village. In those years, approximately 4,500 people resided in Delta, mainly located in the Ladner area.
Delta Secondary is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
In my last column before a short break, I penned an article around tunnel congestion, calling for a "Tour de Tunnel time trial." This was a "tongue in cheek" attempt to draw attention to potential short-term solutions to the vexing issue of peak hour tunnel gridlock. Any long-term solution is likely decades away, so what can be done in the meantime?
It's exactly 7: 45 on a chilly Monday morning as long-time councillor Bruce McDonald and former mayor Doug Husband pull out of the parking lot at Delta municipal hall.
During the Christmas break I drove into Vancouver through the George Massey Tunnel. The weather was decent, there was minimal traffic and significant time was saved. The first business day of 2013 changed all that.
Living in Delta likely means we drive by Deas Island often, if not on a daily basis via the George Massey Tunnel. On other occasions we access Deas Island for various recreational purposes.
Re: Short-term fix available before new crossing becomes reality, Community
I'm motivated once again to raise the topic of the thoroughly discussed traffic issues in Delta. The meeting to discuss the future of the George Massey Tunnel spurs me on.
My personal ramblings usually reflect back to Delta's early history. I like to think it keeps me grounded and I hope it's a chance for others to appreciate the underpinnings of our present lifestyle.
What's in a name? Thousands of commuters on highways 10 and 17 pass by Paterson Park daily, noting only open space and an abandoned track.
I found Doug Husband's historical overview series of the Southlands to be informative and interesting. In my opinion, his conclusions were bang on.
Re: Former mayor should keep his opinions to himself, letter to the editor, Sept. 28
Having grown up in Ladner, it's a pleasure to reach back into the past and explore its relevance with today's vastly different lifestyle.
Re: Compromise needed to end this divisive chapter in Delta history, Community
This will be my fourth, and last, column on the Spetifore property.
After driving around Delta recently, here's my rant for the day. As an oldertimer (not old yet) of Ladner, I sometimes yearn for yesteryear.
Re: Spetifores found support for initial development plans, Community
We continue the Spetifore family history from farmers to owners of land that became the focus of a lengthy public hearing in 1989.
When I last wrote we left off with the Spetifore family facing a tax assessment on the estate reported to be $320,000 (Optimist, 1969), which in today's dollars would be well in excess of $1 million.