Opera singer returns home to South Cariboo in 1983 – 100 Mile House Free Press

39 YEARS AGO (1983): Opera singer and former 100 Mile resident Gerhard Zeller performed at 100 Mile Community Hall. In 1966, Zeller packed up and left for Vancouver as the first step towards what has now become a full-time job – singing with the Vancouver Opera. In 1970 he won the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, and in the summer of 1974 he toured Germany as a tenor soloist with the Lyra Men’s Chorus. Zeller will sing again with Vancouver Opera next season after giving two recitals in Queensland, Australia.

30 YEARS AGO (1992): The 100 Mile House area launched a new charter airline with regular flights to Vancouver. The return trip from the coast included a stop at Lake Chilco. The investors bought four planes for the airline, including a Cessna 182, a Cessna 185 (on floats), a turbocharged Cessna 206 and a nine-passenger twin-engine Piper Chieftain. The Piper Chieftain made a tri-weekly run to shore on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Although three of the aircraft operated from the 100 Mile Airport and the South Cariboo Regional Airport at 108 Mile Ranch, the Piper Chieftain was based solely at the 108 Mile site.

19 YEARS AGO (2003): Brent Johnson, 24, one of three in his family of eight who danced competitively. This group also included his 53-year-old father. Johnson, who has been dancing for 17 years, joined many others of all ages and danced at the South Cariboo Gathering of the Dancers at 100 Mile House from June 27-29 wearing a white satin sash that read “100 Mile Senior Brave”. To have won a brave title is an accolade. He has been the representative for powwows in British Columbia and Alberta since 2001 (there was no powwow in 2002.) Between work and time spent on remedial schooling, Johnson attended about 20 powwow every summer.

10 YEARS AGO (2012): The Regional District of Cariboo and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George awarded $5,000 grants to the Barkerville Heritage Trust to support the construction of a replica of Williams Creek School. The original school was destroyed by fire decades ago. Since then, on field trips, school children and their teachers had to experience their 1860 “school experience” in a cramped space less than half the size of the original school. More than 2,000 children attended the school each year.

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