80 Years Ago
August 30 1939
Centreville’s Addington Fair, noted as one of the best agricultural fairs in Eastern Ontario, surpassed all records in terms of exhibitions and attendance.
The grounds were filled all day long with visitors from miles around and the entries in all sections were unusually large. Exceptional weather was also deemed to have contributed to the large turnout.
G. Rankin, a regular attendant at the Napanee Market, sold a muskmelon weighing 15 pounds. Rankin stated he had several other melons that weren’t quite ripe yet that would surpass the unusually large 15 pound specimen he had sold.
30 Years Ago
August 30 1989
Family and friends of murder victim Doris Taylor protested agaist the release of convicted murder Paul Macklam in front of Napanee’s Vyas Villas.
The condo complex is where the 44-year-old Macklam, who was afflicted with a debilitating brain tumour, was living under the care of his wife. He had been incarcerated at Millhaven up until that point. His family continued to maintain his innocence.
A Belleville man was missing and presumed drowned at Long Reach point after he had jumped from his pleasure craft in an attempt to retrieve his hat. Search and Rescue Unit members from Trenton CFB joined OPP in the search.
Susan Woodend was given a warm send off after resigning as director of the Allan Macpherson House after five years. She was leaving after having taken a job at a museum in Perth.
A face-to-face meeting between Richmond Township council and Napanee council members was scheduled to discuss the future direction of boundary talks between the two municipalities. The goal was to find out whether they would have amalgamation or annexation. Both sides expected a final decision wouldn’t be made until the Ministry of Municipal Affairs carried out their feasibility study on the boundary changes.