Each week the Napanee Beaver takes a look back at the top stories of the week. Here’s what was happening this week back in 1952:
-Napanee police and the OPP were called to the new Napanee District Collegiate early one morning when it was discovered the school had been broken into the night before. An intruder broke a glass pane to gain access to the main office, then kicked in the door to the principal’s office. Desks belonging to the principal, vice-principal, and secretary-treasurer were pried open. Only $1 was reported missing from any of the desks. Police did not know how the culprit gained access to the school, though they thought the person exited via a classroom window. Footprints were found near the main entrance and fingerprints were found on a glass petition.
-The Village of Newburgh was preparing to purchase a new 500-gallon pumper truck for its fire department after receiving the blessing of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office. With equipment upgrades and station repairs to accommodate the vehicle, the total cost would be about $13,400.
– The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 328 officially opened its new home at the former Land O’ Lakes Grill, which was purchased from Tweed’s Arthur Snare. The building consisted of a large hall with lunch bar, restrooms, and a four-room apartment within the Northbrook village. The former Legion hall on Hwy 41 south of the village would be disposed of.
And in 1987:
-The Ontario Police Commission suggested that Napanee council ask for an OPP costing for its police services to relieve itself of the aggravation of negotiating with its police association. The provincial body suggested the town form a body of police commissioners and use a professional negotiator to bargain with officers in the event it did not choose the OPP as it was clearly established personality conflicts existed between the chief, the mayor, and chief administrative officer.
-Tensions remained high over the issue of administration of the Lenadco Home. Members of the Lenadco committee of management felt blindsided when management firm Versa Services bypassed the committee and took its proposal for managing the home right to County council. n The Frontenac-Lennox and Addington Roman Catholic Separate School Board officially gave its staff the option of hiring agencies outside the school system to teach sexual education.Trustee Bill Hurding, chair of the general policy and community relations committee, stressed “Catholicism has to be as high a priority as anything.”