Second Installment of History Book Delayed

Mike Carter Chetwynd Echo 
 
CHETWYND – Rumours of the Peace FM history project’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
 
Although, it has been delayed.
 
The project consists of a new, second history book that will supplement and update the last book published in 1989. This book is available at Peace FM and is published by Pine Tree Books.
 
In addition, short 10–15 minute video segments of prominent members of the community will be aired on Chet TV. To date, five of these vignettes have been completed.
 
The story submission deadline for the book has been extended to May, with the expected release of the new history book to be in Sept. 2013.
 
“We’re still chugging along,” Rebecca Korhonen, producer at Chet TV and lead hand on the history project said.
 
Korhonen says story submissions have been slow.
 
She believes that is due in part to the fact that stories for the book have been primarily solicited through email.
 
“It’s unfortunate because a lot of the better stories are the people who don’t know how to [use email],” she said.
 
As a result, the project plans to switch its angle on how stories are submitted.
 
Stories will still be received by email, but for those who are uncomfortable with that medium, Korhonen suggests that they call Peace FM so arrangements can be made to have someone go to where that person is and record what they have to say.
 
Those working on the project have speculated on other reasons why story submissions have been hard to come by.
 
“Our theory was that in the summer people were just too busy to do stuff. So now that the snow is flying and they’re inside, they’ll have more time to work it out.”
 
“We’d appreciate anybody to submit anything,” she said.
 
Photos would also be a welcome addition to the book.
 
“The thing about the photos is that some people are afraid that they are not going to get them back but we scan them pretty quickly and we’ll give them back to you or they can provide a digital copy of they have the means to do so,” she said.
 
“I’m sort of doing a lot of research on things like the Hospital and the Chetwynd Hotel and things like that and going back into the old Echo’s, that’s where the information is.
 
“I’ve found out some pretty interesting stuff, like… in 1971 they were predicting that in five years, Chetwynd would be the size of Dawson Creek.
 
That’s partly why the hospital got going because they figured they would need enough facilities for 5000 people. Here we are in 2012 and we’re at 3000 people.”
 
Korhonen also informed the Echo of a separate project that has spawned out of her work on the history book.
 
“We have been going and talking to seniors around Chetwynd and finding out what kind of things they would like to see the government do to make Chetwynd a better place… they’re actually quite happy with Chetwynd,” she said.
 
However, a few big issues have been brought into focus.
 
Seniors are concerned that they have to go outside of town for dialysis, Korhonen says. 
 
Also, when the Chetwynd General Hospital opened, “… babies were born in Chetwynd and that’s another big issue the seniors seem to be concerned that you have to go out of town (for child birth),” she explained.
 
“The reason they’re concerned about it is because their children are leaving, their children are not staying in Chetwynd so there is no reason for them to stay in Chetwynd…”
 
As far as the history project goes, work is coming along slowly.
 
“The old history book… it’s a big book…” Korhonen said. “They had a huge committee that was doing this so, I have to get more people involved in doing this, more volunteers… the stories in the book talk about how Chetwynd used to be and where they are at now family members that are here, family members that have died, it just needs a little bit of an update as far as where people are.
 
“If (anyone has) any questions, if they have any problems of any kind don’t hesitate to give Nancy a call at the office here and she’ll connect me and we’ll figure something out for them. All hurdles can be overcome.”