Some day in the far future, the new IGA building in Fort Langley will eventually be demolished.
And when that day finally comes, the developers at that time will find a little present left behind by the residents of today.
A time capsule containing a copy of the Fort Langley Villager Magazine, printouts and newspaper clips documenting the IGA’s history, a badge from the fire department, a business card from Mayor Jack Froese and many other items were all placed in a green metal box and buried in the earth beneath the entrance of the new IGA building on June 16.
Concrete for the floor was poured two days later, securely locking the time capsule away for possibly 100 years or more.
The idea came from owner Robert Lee, who woke up in the middle of the night early last week with a sudden thought that a time capsule should be burred before the concrete is poured. One day it will serve as a reminder to residents in the future about the great community that Fort Langley is today.
“I think it’s a real sign of how much the community misses their grocery store, in particular the Lee family who have run that store since 1975,” said Kurt Alberts, long time Fort Langley resident and organizer of the event. “There’s a lot of eager anticipation hoping the store is up and running soon.”
Dozens of residents and local business owners braved the pouring rain to attend the time capsule burial ceremony and sign their names and well wishes on papers that were also placed inside the capsule.
“It was amazing, there were people rushing around at the last minute to leave their mark, their signature, and make a comment,” Alberts said, adding that is was also interesting to see comments from young people, who wrote about their iPhones and high tech devices that will be archaic 100 years from now.
A plaque will be placed on top of the burial site inside the store once it is finished.
A time capsule will carry part of Fort Langley’s past into the future
By Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance June 14, 2012
Residents of the Fort and beyond will have their chance to put their names in a time capsule that will be built into a neighbourhood grocery store.
The Lee family is hosting a special ceremony Saturday, June 16, at the corner of Mavis and Glover in Fort Langley.
With the floor of the new grocery store about to be poured, Robert Lee has decided to bury a large thermos with a few newspaper articles about the store’s fiery destruction and resurrection.
Along with the news stories will be the signatures of everyone who attends the ceremony between 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The former IGA stood in Fort Langley for decades before it was destroyed in a fire on Jan. 4, 2011. The fire was the work of an unknown thief who tried to break in by cutting bars off a window. Sparks ignited a blaze that left Fort Langley without its only major grocery outlet.
Within weeks the Lee family had decided to rebuild, and a new grocery store is now partially constructed just to the east of the former site.
Former mayor and Fort resident Kurt Alberts is helping to organize the event.
He has asked local papers to bring copies of their stories about the groundbreaking held last year for the new store.
A plaque will be placed above the spot where the time capsule will be buried.
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