Looking Back Week of October 4

70 Years Ago

October 6, 1948

 –Power restrictions came into effect with services to Napanee interrupted from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  Dr. D. R. Hall, the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Napanee, said the interruptions could be lengthened or shortened  by the provincial Hydro-Electric Power Commission depending on how effective they were in limiting the amount of electricity used in town.

-The Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation sent a letter to Napanee council, urging water and sewer services be commenced immediately for a 25-house development north of Thomas Street. The corporation added it already had signed contracts and its contractor was ready to proceed.

The town was also reminded that it could start collecting special assessment from the lots        adjacent to the services as soon as the lots were sold, which would relieve some of the financial pressures related to the project.

-The Napanee Athletics were prepared to play for an Ontario Baseball Association championship against a Chatham team that had won the title two years in a row. The A’s were playing for Napanee’s first provincial title since 1934 when the Gibbard Intermediates earned championships at both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ levels in the same season.

40 Years Ago

October 4, 1978

-Napanee council was poised to award a tender for the demolition of an existing addition to its fire hall and the construction of a new 34 feet by 50 feet addition. Doornekamp Construction had the lowest tender at $22,635 for a one-storey building, but the company had not yet signed a contract with the town to do the work. Councillors also wished for more detailed specifications for the build, including how many lights would be included. Mayor Lorne Smart said council should decide what it required and either proceed with Doornekamp or be prepared to award a contract to the next lowest bidder.

-A 12-year-old Prince Charles student was hit in the neck by a stray pellet while walking with a classmate in the woods off Marilyn Avenue. She was taken to Lennox and Addington General Hospital and treated, though her sister said she was “more scared than hurt.” Two males were spotted in the woods and questioned by OPP investigators.

-More than 100 members of the Evangel Temple Pentecostal Church witnessed a sod-turning ceremony for a new $600,000 church building at the corner of  Slash Road and Bridge Street that would include a prayer room, two fellowship halls, two nurseries, a lounge library, a resource room and 10 classrooms.

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