Looking Back — Week of Nov. 9, 2017

Each week, the Beaver looks back on stories from the past. Here is what happened this week, by year…


-The cost of busing students to the Napanee and District Collegiate Institute rose by nearly $5,000 to $38,300 for 1952-1953.

Transportation committee chair Oscar Babcock told the collegiate board some 45 more students were being carried by the buses, which travel 500 miles per day. The system consisted of 12 main bus routes with seven feeder routes. The board approved the increased cost.

– The Village of Bath accepted delivery of its first municipally owned fire truck. The shiny red 10-ton GMC truck cost $15,000 complete with ladders, hoses, pumps, and fire suits. The vehicle was purchased by the Pierre Thibeault Company of Pirreville, Que. and was to be housed in Hegadorn’s Garage on Main Street.

A volunteer fire brigade was also started to man the truck. It was estimated 30 men would be needed due to the shift-work nature of firefighting.

– Col. R. Spooner, the principal at the Salvation Army Training College in Toronto, spoke at the cenotaph service for Remembrance Day at the County Buildings.  Spooner reflected on Armistice Day and the wars that followed the First World War. He said Britain stands for honesty, truth, righteousness, purity, and the rights of the weak. He said all its subjects should remember that and try to put down wrongs, greed, and immorality.


– The Frontenac-Lennox and Addington Roman Catholic Separate School Board was split over hiring outside agencies to aid staff in the instruction of human sexuality in its schools. The board’s general policy and community relations committee included the option in a policy statement, but some trustees believed it was best to leave the teachings in the hands of Catholic educators with common values. The committee’s chairman, Bill Hurding, argued the policy would simply provide flexibility to allow the board to secure the best experts possible while still controlling its curriculum.

– The Lennox and Addington County Board of Education reached an agreement with its secondary school teachers to avoid strike action after a marathon 12-hour bargaining session. No details of the agreement were released as both sides still had to ratify the deal for it to take effect.

– In a 10-year capital budget plan the Frontenac-Lennox and Addington Roman Catholic Separate School Board planned a $1.5-million school addition in Bath and a new $3-million school in Amherstview. The board was also moving ahead with a $500,000 addition at J.J. O’Neill that year.

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