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The Way We Were

The Way We Were – April 10, 2024

25 Years Ago - April 7, 1999

Weather plays havoc with maple syrup producers: Like the March weather it depends upon, the maple syrup season is often fickle and unpredictable.
This year is no different. What began as a season overflowing with sap has quickly dried up, so much so that in some parts of Pontiac, farmers have already removed the taps from their trees.
“It was no good at all,” says Art Fleming of the Chichester farm and retreat “Northfolk”, who pulled up his taps Mar. 31.
Without frost, maple trees can’t retain the sap in their roots. Fleming says he didn’t collect a quarter of the sap he normally brings in.
This marks the second year in a row maple syrup producers have been hit with a poor year.
Construction workers protest: All they want to do is work. With this goal in mind, about 200 Pontiac construction workers and their supporters began protesting at the provincial bridges at Portage du Fort and Allumettes Island yesterday.
Under the watchful eye of the MRC Pontiac Sureté du Quebec, protesters slowed traffic to one lane while they handed out flyers with this message: “We are here, because we believe that everyone has the legal right to work no matter what province they are from, and that the consumer has the right to choose who they hire. We also believe we have the right to join a union if we choose, not because we are legislated.”

50 Years Ago - April 10, 1974

Eardley wants new road as soon as possible: Sixty-five citizens of Eardley township met in the town hall Saturday night at a hastily called public meeting to discuss the proposed new highway which has been sought for almost half a century by the people of that district.
Having discovered the planned routing of the new highway, a group of rate payers who have bought properties on the old Hurdman farm decided it should be somewhere else and formed a committee. This committee, under the chairmanship of Russell Hurdman and secretary Jean Hodson, has already written letters to the Department of Transportation proposing an alternate route.
The petition suggested that the new road would endanger the properties which were called heritage homes whose deeds could be traced more than 100 years and which therefore claimed should never be traversed by the new highway.
The meeting was charged with emotion and the tumultuous crowd wanted no delay. Elie Perrault said he had been waiting for the new road for 45 years and wanted no further delay. Others who use the road daily stood and applauded agreement.
Shawville Midgets win Ottawa Valley Championship: A Cinderella story for a Cinderella hockey team, the Shawville Midget Hockey Team captured a championship trophy that was supposed to go to Pembroke or Renfrew.
In the first round, Shawville was up against Pembroke Midgets. With the score tied 2-2 in the second game and seven seconds remaining in the game, Warnie Richardson took the face off and scored to give Shawville a 3-2 win.
Shawville then defeated Pembroke in the third and final game in Pembroke, 4-2.
Renfrew made it very tight when they scored at the seventeen minute mark to narrow the score to 3-2 but Shawville held on to their lead and became the first midget team to win the Ottawa Valley Midget Championship.

75 Years Ago - April 7, 1949

Local News: A half load limit on truck loadings went into effect in this district on Monday. Warm weather during the last few days has made noticeable changes in the previously wintry aspect of the country and roads are softening quickly. Farmers, however, say there is very little frost in the ground this year.
Chimes rang out from the bell tower of the Shawville United Church last Sunday for the first time. There were broadcasts at the usual time of the call for service, a number of beautiful sacred hymns and the soft spring air of the morning and evening was enriched by the mellow tones.
A crack was discovered some time ago in the old bell that has run out its call to devotion since 1890. This bell had its place in the tower of the church that was burned in 1906 and fell at that time, about 50 feet into the basement. Mr. Alwin Dale, local radio expert installed the chimes that were heard on Sunday last and will be heard on succeeding Sundays. Meanwhile the bell that has served through the years will be taken down and brazed for further service as it is valued highly by those who have heard the call ringing out over the past 60 years.

Shawville Rotarians paid tribute to the officers and airmen of the Royal Canadian Air Force at their dinner meeting Friday night. Guest of honour on the occasion of the 25th birthday of the air force was Wing Commander Reg. Lane, DFC of Victoria, B.C.
A youthful officer of high rank, W.C. Lane, came especially to Shawville from Air Force Headquarters for the occasion. He was introduced to the meeting by Rotarian George Eades, himself a veteran of the air force, and a toast to the R.C.A.F. was given by Rotarian air veteran Ed. Reinke.

100 Years Ago - April 3, 1924

Local News: March on the whole was a pleasant month, few snowstorms and lots of sunshine. The closing days, however, demonstrated that the Old Lion of our grandfathers’ day was still vigorous and aggressive.
A few of our local hockey fans went to Ottawa Tuesday afternoon to witness the last game of the year for the Stanley Cup championship between Calgary Tigers, leaders of the Western league and the Montreal Canadiens, winners of the Eastern championship. The Canucks maintained their supremacy in one of the most sensational exhibitions seen at the auditorium this winter and are fully entitled to all the honours that are being bestowed upon them.
Sleighing hung out much longer in this section than the outlook promised at the beginning of March and thus most of the hauling was finished up by the end of the past week.
The maple syrup industry of this district got into action last week, a day or two late in most instances to secure the early run, which came on a little in advance of expectations. A finer spell of March weather is seldom experienced than that which prevailed last week.

125 Years Ago - April 6, 1899

Local News: Quite a number of our villagers took advantage of the Easter holidays low rates on the P.P.J. to visit the Capital.
The dying days of March 1899 will long be remembered for having contributed the worst weather that has hitherto been experienced at this particular season of the year for a long period. Deeper snow, fiercer gales, heavier drifts and worse roads than at any time during the long winter through which we have passed. To use a popular slang expression, Wednesday last was a “corker”. It gave the P.P.J. Railway train, which has run without interruption during the winter, what might be termed a knockout blow on that day. On the way up Wednesday evening, between Quyon Station and Billerica, the train came to an unexpected halt, owing to the snow plow, unfortunately, leaving the rails at a point where an enormous drift had formed. This necessitated the train backing down to Quyon and a delay of many hours before the plow was righted and the bank of snow dislodged.
Shawville Academy closed Thursday afternoon last for Easter with an enjoyable and profitable entertainment for the school children and friends. Songs, recitations, selections on the gramophone and a very interesting social event occupied a pleasant hour or two. The proceeds were in aid of the library, which has had such a good foundation laid for it.
The fates were decidedly unfriendly to Manager Legett on the occasion of his winding up carnival on Tuesday evening last. A very unpleasant rain and sleet set in about dark, and a wind, prevented visitors from outlying points from honouring the occasion with their presence. The hockey match between the “Buffers” and “Duffers” came off as scheduled and was marked by a degree of vim and enthusiasm worthy of a great champion event.
Mr. J.E. Dolan of the Rattray House, Portage du Fort, has procured the running mail between P.D. Fort and Haley’s Station on the C.P.R.


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