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Contact Info:
Editor: Ingrid Baetzel – mainstreet@eshore.ca
Phone: 250.227.9246
Mail: Box 140, Crawford Bay, BC, V0B 1E0

History of The East Shore Mainstreet

The first East Shore Mainstreet was printed in July of 1991.

That first four-page paper from 1991 was carefully coaxed into life by editors Janet Schwieger, John Smith and Lorna Robin. The issue contained the first “Tom’s Corner” as well as “Gray Creek Pass Report”, the community calendar, “Info Booth News”, “Chamber News”, handibus and ferry schedules, a few classifieds, and exactly fourteen display ads – several of whom (Crawford Bay Store, Riondel Market, North Woven Broom, Kootenay Forge, Kokanee Springs and The Lakeview) continue to be loyal advertisers to this day, doing their part in feeding the local economy.

Starting in July of 1991, the editors counted their copies as such: July 1991, Vol. 1, No. 1. For many years, they chose to not produce a January edition. This method of marking the editions continued. In July of 1992, it was Vol. 2, No. 1 and was up to an impressive 16 pages with editorials, an expanded letters section, poetry and crosswords, and a few new contributions, including Robert Agnew’s “Dumpster Musings.” Alvin Dunic’s “Riondel Clips” continued on their merry way, with help from Colin Turner and well over forty new advertisers emerged from the business community. This year also saw the birth of the Mainstreet’s most stalwart and reliable column: Gerald Panio’s “Seldom Scene.”

Somewhere in the early ‘90’s (archives are missing a chunk of editions between July 1993 and 1996), the Mainstreet added one-spot colour to the print and began to implement a price per issue of one dollar. By now, John Edwards and Brenda Panio were on board as well, and the paper was printing as many as 48 pages (booklet style).

In the spring of 1997, the paper went to tabloid style (as it remains today) and Fran Kinder was now in the mix. This dynamic group of volunteer editors and contributors continued the well-established tradition of information and idea sharing for several years until January of 2002, when Ingrid Zaiss Baetzel took over ownership and the position of editor with help from Doreen Zaiss.

Today, it is a reasonably well-oiled machine in full colour and digitized. As owner and editor of the paper edition, Ingrid has seen the paper through a strong period of growth and is pleased to now offer this website to long-time and new readers alike –  a place to stay current with East Shore news and events. Please join us by subscribing and a short email will be sent to you (less frequently that even once per week) to keep you informed when a news item is posted.