Looking Back Week of Sept. 5

80 Years Ago
September 6 1939

A two year old passed away after falling from a car at his parent’s home in Odessa. The boy was standing on the front seat of his mother’s 1938 Ford coach when the front door opened and he toppled out. The incident was ruled purely accidental.

County council met in a special session where Reeve Duffet explained to council the session was called because it was necessary to pass a by-law making a special levy to cover the costs of equalization.

The county needed to repay money it had previously borrowed from the previous year.

30 Years Ago

September 6 1989

As many as 50 Napanee ratepayers attended a meeting to hear the results of study on a proposed recreational centre.

Members of the audience asked penetrating questions about the study, questioning its costs to the social benefit of a newly built community arena.

The results of the $25,000 study conducted by a Kingston based consulting group found that there was a need for a facility in Napanee. The council chambers fell quiet when it was revealed the proposed centre would cost $6.3 million. A ‘Plan B’ was also discussed, which would cost a more reasonable $2.3 million. Citing how the community was able to rally behind to raise the money for the hospital, it was suggested that the community could raise the $2.3 million in ‘no time’.

The body of Henry Edgar McCluney, a 54-year-old Belleville man who went missing in the waters of Long Reach, was recovered by OPP divers. McCluney had gone missing when fast moving current waters swept him away as he attempted to retrieve his hat that had fallen into the water.

In a surprise move, child care was reinstated at Ernestown Secondary School as an interim solution to the cancellation of the program earlier in the summer. The last minute reversal was made when volunteers stepped up to keep the program running, though it was considered just a temporary bridge until a licensed daycare could be established.

Quinte Region Detention Centre workers reached an agreement on a wage increase of $1.06 and would pay workers an extra $40 a week. The workers had been without a contract since Jan. 1, 1989.

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