Although it’s a bit late to be talking about the annual “Ed Gregor Stewardship Day” that occurred on Saturday June 2nd of this year, recent activities have prompted the discussion on Stewardship Day Activities.
The annual Stewardship Day has been running for 18 years. It involves local citizens, local businesses, recreation clubs and associations, provincial and municipal government representatives. These folks come out for one day to work on Stewardship projects both within the community of Crowsnest Pass and on the surrounding trails. One unique project this year saw the Stewardship Society team up with the Crowsnest Heritage Initiative to erect historical information signs at Lille. The important information portrayed on these signs gives visitors a look into a bygone era when Lille was a bustling mining town.
You can see how grand the hotel once was and where individual homes were located. The vivid pictures and explanations on the signs easily bring you back to that exciting time.
But here we are today. The Lille Townsite sign has been damaged by vandals. Senseless destruction has ruined what volunteers worked so hard to create. We ask that you pass the message on to others about how vandalism can undo the efforts of passionate volunteers. But the volunteers will prevail. Efforts are already underway to restore the historical sign. It is important that visitors to the old ghost town are able to take that step back into the past to a time when children’s laughter and steam whistles filled the valley with the echoes of people working and playing at Lille.