Isobel “Izzy” Nixon (centre) with Creston Valley Thunder Cats (from left) Justin Post, Mason Mazur and Tyler Podgorenko, who joined their teammates in shaving their heads on Feb. 14 to raise funds for Izzy’s family. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour Dec. 19, a week after she turned seven, and her family was travelling to Alberta for her treatments.

Isobel “Izzy” Nixon (centre) with Creston Valley Thunder Cats (from left) Justin Post, Mason Mazur and Tyler Podgorenko, who joined their teammates in shaving their heads on Feb. 14 to raise funds for Izzy’s family. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour Dec. 19, a week after she turned seven, and her family was travelling to Alberta for her treatments.

2015 IN REVIEW: A look back at February in the Creston Valley

Creston town council approved ladder truck; Gwen Telling retired from Huscroft mill; Special Olympics members bring home gold...

Advance editor Brian Lawrence compiled this brief review of some of the goings on in the Creston Valley found in the pages of theAdvance over the last 12 months:

5 — Town council approved nine “pre-budget expenditures”, allowing staff to get a jump on about $300,000 of projects, including vehicle replacement, water and sewer projects, and small renovations.

•Town council gave Creston Fire Rescue the go-ahead to shop for a ladder truck. The truck arrived in late June, and town council tried it out at the June 23 regular meeting. It was used for the first time on Sept. 22 when crews were attacking a fire at Trinity United Church.

12 — A new doctor, Jeremy Kass, arrived from Whitehorse, Yukon, in January to join Dr. Daile Hoffman in her 14th Avenue clinic. He and his wife, Alexandra, were not only impressed by the climate, but also by the welcoming attitude of the other doctors in town.

•A Creston team skipped by Kelly Thompson became the first local team since 2011 to win the A Event in the Creston Curling Centre’s Valentine Bonspiel.

•From bookkeeping to lumber sales to management, Gwen Telling was a fixture at Erickson’s J.H. Huscroft Ltd. sawmill since 1977. But that changed when she retired Feb. 6, leaving the day-to-day operations of the mill behind, and in the capable hands of Justin Storm, general manager since 2013.

•Canyon-Lister Fire Department Chief Glenn Guthrie said an automatic aid agreement for fire protection was a big step toward a valley-wide fire department.

19 — The Creston Valley Thunder Cats finished the 2014-15 season in third place in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Eddie Mountain Division, with 62 points putting them behind the Kimberley Dynamiters (69 points) and Fernie Ghostriders (78).

26 — Five Creston athletes — Dodie Benincasa, James Warman, Kathy Schmidt, Steven Stirling and Maclean Brown — returned home Dec. 5 from Kamloops with gold medals for floor hockey in the Special Olympics BC Winter Games.

•The process of reforestation is much more involved than simply replanting trees — “It entails anything to do with the resource — that resource being timber, that resource being wildlife, that resource being water,” said Rick Hanson, woodlands manager for J.H. Huscroft Ltd.

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