Irish history strengthened, track safety urged

Armstrong city council signed the formal sister city agreement with Rathfriland, Northern Ireland Monday.

The bonds are officially cemented.

Armstrong city council signed the formal sister city agreement with Rathfriland, Northern Ireland Monday.

“It’s all about working on our history and culture,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

Rathfriland is the birthplace of Catherine Schubert, the first European woman to enter B.C. overland from Eastern Canada in 1862.

She moved to Armstrong in 1892 with her husband and their children to a farm on Round Prairie Road. Schubert died in 1918.

“There’s the significance of Catherine Schubert to the Okanagan and the Irish heritage in the Okanagan is big,” said Pieper, who hopes the sister city relationship will bolster tourism opportunities for Armstrong.

Keep off railway tracks

The City of Armstrong is urging people to stay away from railway tracks in the community.

The public works committee recently had a meeting with a Canadian National rail safety police officer.

The goal of the meeting was to reduce the possibility of conflicts with trains.

“We want residents to respect railway property,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

“We don’t want any injuries in Armstrong.”

Pieper hopes CN will take its safety message to local schools.