Looking back week of June 14

70 Years Ago

June 16, 1948

– Napanee council voted to hire an Ontario land surveyor to survey land it recently acquired north of Thomas Street. With the survey information at hand, the town would then begin negotiating with the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation to erect 25 new homes there to be rented at $33.50 for two bedrooms and $37.50 for three bedrooms.

– Sheffield man John Williams was sentenced in Napanee court by Magistrate J.P. Garvin to 30 days in jail and had his driver’s licence suspended for three months following a charge of being in possession of a motor vehicle while impaired. Garvin’s vehicle was also impounded for 30 days. The charge related to an automobile accident near Erinsville May 18 that took three lives.  Witnesses  say Williams was behind the wheel of his truck, which was parked in the middle of Hwy 41. The driver of a car approaching the truck swerved to avoid hitting the truck and lost control.

– Cecil MacGregor, the caretaker of Napanee’s fire hall and a fire truck drier suffered a painful injury while working at Town Hall with a dance in progress. MacGregor was making adjustments to the fire escape when he fell and cut his head open. It required 10 stitches to close.

40 Years Ago

June 14, 1978

– Three former Ernestown council members: William Briscoe, William Raycraft Sr. and George Miller visited South Fredericksburgh Township with a proposal to re-align the boundaries of the two townships. The men said their proposal would allow Ernestown to focus on urban development in Odessa and Amherstview, while allowing the rural residents in the western part of Ernestown to align with a municipality focused on rural needs.

The Ernestown delegates felt they received a mostly negative response from council. They realized, however, South Fredericksburgh might not want to see any negative impact to the grants in lieu of taxes they were receiving for hosting the Lennox Generation Station in the municipality.

– The Lennox and Addington County Board of Education approved a realignment of custodial services it estimated could save more than  $50,000 annually. The move would see head custodian allowances removed and head custodian positions declared redundant. Staff suggested the change would also improve supervision of staff.

– The OPP was called in to help NDSS investigate the theft of two student sculptures depicting characters from Star Wars. The sculptures were recognizable by distinctive markings on the bottom of each.

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