Looking Back Week of July 25

80 Years Ago
July 26, 1939

At a special meeting held in Napanee, council accepted the requisition from the board of education for $4,147 to cover the cost of the installation of steam heating, ventilation systems and stoker for the old part of the collegiate.

-New regulations governing motor car headlights to eliminate glare became effective in August of 1939 and Attorney General Gordon Conant announced provincial traffic officers had been instructed to enforce the new laws.

-Despite dry weather which prevailed for much of the early summer, farm produce was offered in large quantities and good quality at the local market. Farmers were delighted with the splendid rain that fell the previous weekend and expected a marked improvement on the crop outlook as a result.

30 Years Ago
July 26, 1989

Richmond Township applied to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for the annexation of Napanee.

The proposal invoked howls of protest and surprised many who believed Richmond would not return to the negotiating table, unless forced to do so by the ministry.

Napanee reeve Greg Wagar said the idea was ‘totally unacceptable.’

-A public meeting was scheduled for Aug. 30, 1989 to decide if a recreation and cultural centre would be built in the Napanee area. Included in the recommendation was a 25-metre indoor pool, two squash courts and two multi-purpose rooms. The expected cost if it went ahead was $6.3 million, depending on its location.

-A 42 year old St. Catharines man died when his boat sank 15 feet from shore on Gull Lake.

-A court date had been set for two Millhaven Institute inmates who were charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of another inmate. They were to appear in provincial court on Aug. 3, 1989.

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