Just added to Events on the Rossland Talking Tours page … Last Train To Rossland … In 1966 Jack McDonald and his tape recorder rode the last train from Tadnac to the top of the line at the Wye above the Rossland Station, near the LaFond place, on the day they started removing track … Jack narrates the trip with train whistles and the thrum of the locomotive in the background … great nostalgia for anyone who remembers those sounds. And then Mayor Harry Lefevre talks about growing up with the trains at the Track Removal Ceremony. And under People, John Drake, Pat Williams, and Richie Mann.
Recently added to People on the Rossland Tallking Tours page … Helen Dahlstrom - A Musical Life. Helen had a long and distinguished career in classical music. At the age of 16 she played the Schumann Concerto with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She toured western Canada as an accompanist for John Goss in 1940. She played as a soloist on CBC radio. She taught piano, she conducted, she examined, she adjudicated, and she was involved in many groundbreaking undertakings in various professional associations. As a member of the BC Arts Council in the early 1960s, she planted the seed that later became The Knowledge Network. She was president of the Canadian Federation Of Music Teachers' Associations and as recognition of her service and contribution, was made a lifetime Honorary President … the only other honorary president is the ceremonial position bestowed on whoever is the current Governor-General of Canada. As president of CMFTA she started Canada Music Week. She was always curious and always interesting. I was fortunate to spend three hours with Helen over two sessions in August and October of 2008, at her home in Rossland. We talked about teaching, conducting, the brain, harmony and counterpoint, examining, adjudicating, musicianship, choirs, and more. She was 91 at the time.