Stories From Our Past — Week of June 14, 2018

Each week, the Gazette looks back on stories from the past. Here is what happened this week, by year…

1928

– County council and Picton council approved plans to reconstruct one mile on the Cherry Valley road and 800 feet of Bridge Street, including the town hill. The work would be completed in Amiesite pavement. Curbs and gutters would also be completed. The cost for the Bridge Street work alone was to be about $6,000.

– A rabid collie in Consecon bit two people and residents suggested other dogs had contracted rabies. Officials in Hillier and Ameliasburgh townships ordered all dogs to be kept chained.

– Kiwanian W.J. Carter planned to build an arbour and garden over an unsightly pump in front of the Anglican church as part of beautification efforts in Picton. n Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government, led by Premier George Drew swept back to power, winning 53 of 90 seats at Queen’s Park. Locally, incumbent James Hepburn wouldn’t be returning. Liberal J. Donald Baxter won Prince Edward-Lennox by 55 votes as Independent Conservative Thomas Creighton cut into Hepburn’s support.

1948

– Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government, led by Premier George Drew swept back to power, winning 53 of 90 seats at Queen’s Park. Locally, incumbent James Hepburn wouldn’t be returning. Liberal J. Donald Baxter won Prince Edward-Lennox by 55 votes as Independent Conservative Thomas Creighton cut into Hepburn’s support.

– Hundreds gathered near the Gazette office to learn of the results on election night. Bell installed extra telephones, which were in use for four hours, to receive results from polling officials across the district.

– The Prince Edward Riding and Driving Club had 35 horses and over 5,000 spectators at its annual race meet and horse show.

1978

– County council supported a resolution that would call for some seniors in care at McFarland Home to give provincial rent rebates averaging $300 to the municipality. Those affected had no income and did not pay taxes. It was noted costs to run homes were increasing and sometimes families misused rebate money given to residents.

– Three frost-ridden winters had local cherry orchard farmers worried they would have less-than-average crops among their collective 300 acres and that some of their trees may never recover from the damages.

– An OMB hearing regarding a rezoning at Warings’ Corners was postponed as the County was without a planner after Riazudden Ahmed moved to Regina, Sask.

1998

–  June Surgey, the president of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital board said that even though the hospital has been ordered to amalgamate with the Quinte Hospital Corporation, it intended to negotiate as equals and preserve service levels.

-The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board issued layoff notices to some of its 475 non-teaching support staff in order to meet a provincial directive to reduce custodial and secretarial salaries by as much as $2.75 million to meet a funding formula.

– The Camarest Jersey Farm in Ameliasburgh was recognized for having the highest herd averages in Ontario. Ron Bowker said Total Mixed Ration food and good genetics were two reasons for his success.