Stories from our past – December 9, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • Many are looking forward to the entertainment which Consecon Dramatic Club are presenting in the Masonic Hall. The cast is good and the costumes are being supplied by a costumer in Toronto. To support the play the Belleville orchestra has been engaged. The proceeds are in aid of Trinity church Guild.
  • The Wellington Branch of the Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting at the home of Mrs. John Bell. About thirty members were present, also several ladies, who became members. The meeting was opened with singing one verse of Institute Hymn. 
  • At the meeting held in the Masonic Hall on Thursday evening, Inspector Gunston, at the Children’s Aid Society, gave a lecture on the work of the society and showed a great many lantern pictures illustrative of the same. T. G. Tice, of Picton, and others took part.


  • Carman Scott was re-elected Deputy-Reeve of Picton in Monday’s election. Councillors elected, in order, were Finlay MacArthur, Woodrow Blakely, L. B. Calnan, Ern Ward, Randolph Clapp, Nesbitt McKibbon.
  • Sixty-five Guernsey Breeders enjoyed the first banquet sponsored by the Club recently. The banquet was held in the Belleville Kiwanis Centre. John A. Dalrymple of the Kemptville Agricultural School was the special speaker. Mr. Dalrymple told of the courses offered at the school.
  • The second meeting of the Bloomfield Peppy Gals was held Saturday at the home of Margaret Haight. There was six girls and one leader present, as this was an important meeting, Mrs. Smith opened her home the following Saturday for the girls that missed the previous one.


  • A wide-ranging, detailed proposed plan for the Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area was presented to a full meeting of the Conservation Authority Wednesday night, but it ran into a snag. The main problem is snowmobiles.
  • Prince Edward County seems to be winding up 1971 with a flurry (not snow) of fire hall building. Two such buildings are now complete except for a few finishing touches, and will add greatly to the county’s overall fire protection systems.
  • A colorful slide presentation depicting scenes along the Rideau and Trent-Severn waterways entertained Picton Rotarians at their Tuesday luncheon meeting. Paul Wyatt, member of a government sponsored study project on the area, gave the presentation. 


  • The line-up of spectators was equalled only by the line-ups afterwards by children wanting to visit Santa Claus and receive free candy floss at the Wellington Community Centre. Over 200 youngsters waited to see Santa and tell him what they would like for Christmas.
  • An enthusiastic audience gave a standing ovation to the Tapestry Singers for their performance of “A Christmas Tapestry” at P.E.C.I. last Tuesday night. This was the second program of the 1981-82 subscription series presented by the Prince Edward Arts Council.
  • The Picton Senior Citizens were entertained Wednesday by the Picton Kinsmen and Kinettes in The David Jones Memorial Hall on Ross St., Mrs. Babs Hards acted as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Senior Citizens Choir entertained with carol singing and a “Kitchen” Band accompanied by Mrs. Bill McWilliams on the Accordion