Looking Back Week of October 17

80 Years Ago
October 18 1939

Premier Hepburn announced that after Jan. 1, 1940, there would be no more municipal elections for at least a two year period or the duration of the war, if it continues after 1942.

The reasons for the order was that it would save an enormous amount of money ordinarily spent on elections each year and it would eliminate the annual disturbance in the municipalities caused by the elections each year.

-The pacifist group of 75 United Church ministers went ‘far beyond the limits of what is wise and proper in the time of war’ when they signed a declaration of opposition to the present war, said the subexecutive committee of the United Church of Canada.

-An official film on the royals’ visit to Canada was expected to be ready for distribution throughout the county by the Dominion Motion Picture Bureau.

30 Years Ago
October 18 1989

Napanee OPP charged a Toronto man with first degree murder of a Quinte Regional Detention Centre guard in Napanee.

The guard was found dead in his North Fredericksburgh Township Road home. Charged was 58-year-old Leonard Riseley.

-A new 24,000 square foot expansion to Lennox and Addington County General Hospital was tentatively set for completion by 1991 and was expected to cost $4.5 million.

Prompted by congested hallways and a need for space due to the aging population, a 30-bed chronic care wing was to be built adjacent to the south side of the existing building.

The main-level expansion was expected to house 14 beds from the existing chronic care unit, plus 16 new ones.

-Lennox and Addington County wanted a third party appraisal on the ongoing ferry dispute between itself and disgruntled parents from Amherst Island.

The committee was to seek an unbiased outside investigation on the matter. Parents were upset buses weren’t being given priority on the ferry.

-The crowd at the home opener for the expansion Napanee Raiders weren’t disappointed as the home team crushed the visiting Picton Pirates 13-4.

The Pirates, also in their first season, were formed that summer to replace the Wellington Dukes, who had just made the jump to become a Jr. B team.

-Kim McCambridge of Marysville had the honour of tossing out the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays playoff game. She won the honour through a contest held by CIBC.

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