Looking Back Week of March 7

80 Years Ago

March 8, 1939

 County council received advice from its solicitor after Minister of Welfare informed the County it had no jurisdiction to look after neglected children, but instead the Children’s Aid Society is the proper association. The solicitor offered advice that the County could not refuse to pay the prescribed rates for children in care. He also noted he couldn’t find any statutes that would stop the County from supporting children to live in homes outside of Children’s Aid Care for less money.

– The  boards of St. Andrew’s, Grace, and Trinity United Church met to consider the disposition of  property from St. Andrew’s after it decided to  disband its congregation and close. A joint committee of all three churches would be formed to consider options. The largest question facing the committee was whether the other two churches would keep the building open or sell it and divide the proceeds between both churches.

– Research from the Pennsylvania State College advised parents not to teach their children to read before sending them to school. The author, Dr. Emmett A. Betts said teaching a student using a different method than the one used in schools may confuse children and cause irreparable harm.

30 Years Ago

March 15, 1989

– Officials with the OPP expected the Napanee detachment would be ready to take over local policing within a couple of months. Insp. Gerry Boose said even though the Ontario Police Commission approved the change in January, the police force still required approval from the provincial cabinet before it could start operating. To aid in the transition for Napanee town police officers, the OPP planned to provide training, equip officers with new uniforms and equipment, and look at other capital needs.

– Representatives from Richmond Township’s business community quashed a vote to form a ratepayers association. Richard Welsman, of E.S. Hubbell and Sons, said many of the 50 people attending an organizing meeting voted against because they didn’t want to see a minority of people speaking on behalf of the entire township. The group’s organizers were undeterred and planned to have more meetings. One organizer Nijola Cooke stressed the organization was meant to support council in a positive manner, not work against it.

– A coroner’s inquest heard that two water and sewer workers knew there were gasoline fumes in a Napanee pumping station where they were working, but entered anyway. One, Stephen Way, had trouble with his mask, was rendered unconscious and died in hospital two days later.

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