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The Way We Were

The Way We Were – March 20, 2024

25 Years Ago - Mar. 17, 1999

PPHS students, teacher return from Indonesia: Indonesia is a study in contrasts, say Pontiac Protestant High School students who returned from the pacific rim March 8.
“There is a lot of poverty, a lot of people on the streets following you around, asking for money,” Grade ten student Jason Mulligan says. “People are either rich or poor.”
Mulligan, fellow students Jason Wiggins and Jillian Richardson and teacher Rick Valin visited Jakarta and Bandung as part of the Pontiac Students Globe Project. As part of an exchange, three Indonesian students visited Pontiac in February.
“It was really great, the people, the culture, everybody was nice, the vegetation..” Richardson says.
Wiggins says it was a “totally different experience, a good learning experience,” and, like the others, says he would return.
Two hundred at blood donor clinic: With nationwide blood shortages plaguing hospitals, rural clinics are increasingly important to tap into a supply that would otherwise be unaccessible. A portable clinic was set up at the Campbell’s Bay Recreation Hall on Thursday as 200 donors bared their arms for a worthy cause.
Keith Racine, a first-time donor, says the convenience of the clinic in his home town coupled with the need for blood spurred his decision to donate.
“It’s a way of contributing to a good cause,” Racine says.
Another first-timer Essie Schwartz of Ladysmith, appeared relaxed as she waited outside the partition wall separating the clinic from the registration.
“I’ve received so many transfusions, I thought I would give some back for a change,” she said smiling.

50 Years Ago - Mar. 20, 1974

Wallace Barber first president of new tractor association: On March 14, the Ottawa Valley Tractor Pullers Association was officially formed with Wallace Barber as president, Norval Wilson, secretary treasurer.
A delegation was sent to Caledonia which resulted in the purchase of a pulling boat for the purpose of tractor pulling in the Ottawa Valley. Already the association has pulls in Shawville in July and September and in Cobden in August.
Study is underway to open Ottawa River for pleasure navigation: Tom Lefebvre, MP for Pontiac and Len Hopkins, MP for Renfrew North-Nippissing East, have had a meeting with Puritect Ltd. from Trois Riveières, Que. with regard to their feasibility study of opening up the Ottawa River for recreational boating.
The study is headed by J.C. Jacques Heroux, B. Eng., M Sc. A., McGill, who completed his post graduate studies in the fields of sanitary engineering, water treatment and protection of the environment, and obtained his degree of Master of Applied Sciences in 1966.
He was employed by the Foundation Company of Canada and the Federal Dept. of Public Works. This firm will send out questionnaires to municipalities bordering on the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Lake Temiscaming, asking for the number of marinas in each municipality and their total capacity, wharves, ramps and maximum size of boats accepted as well as other pertinent questions. The proposal is to establish a navigable waterway over the 260 miles stretch of river between Ottawa and Lake Temiscaming.

75 Years Ago - Mar. 17, 1949

Local News: More than 6,000 contestants took part in the Ottawa Musical Festival held for six days last week. Adjudicators awarded merit ratings and gave constructive criticism covering every type of musical prowess. Shawville United Church Choir was entered in the rural choir section and were assigned two numbers to sing. In competition with the Iroquois choir, Shawville was awarded 82 marks to Iroquois’ 81 for their rendition of “Immortal, Invisible”, by E.H. Thiman. The second number, entitled, “Now Thank We All Our God” gave Iroquois 83 marks against 81 for Shawville.
Pirie’s Blue Moon Hall was the scene Friday night of a happy crowd for the Shawville Intermediate Hockey Club Dance. Music was by Lindsey Judd’s Orchestra. Among those present were noticed Glenn Hodgins, Eddy Vaughan, Bill Fletcher, Velma Brownlee, Siona Walls of Bryson, Graham Young and Ron Dowe of Quyon; Ron McDowell and Desmond Hodgins of Ottawa, Arnold Garrison, back home from Halifax; Lois Barber and Claire Stewart of Renfrew, Ruth Hodgins of Aylmer and Mr. and Mrs. Asa Smart.

100 Years Ago - Mar. 13, 1924

Local News: A party of the Junior Girls Institute journeyed to Renfrew on Friday afternoon to enjoy the delights of a drive during the prevailing pleasant weather and sample the condition of Renfrew’s fine skating rink.
Whilst still early in the tempestuous month, with loads of time for a period of rough weather, signs of spring are not lacking.
A few days ago a flock of wild geese was observed going north, but we fancy the birds must have been misled by advanced conditions in the south and will necessarily have to retrace their winged course, or starve as it will be some time before there is any open water to welcome their return, the north county being still fast in the grip of King Winter, with four or five feet of snow. South, in Ontario we learn of maple trees being tapped last week and sap running freely. Here in Pontiac, the mild weather of the past week or so depressed the snow by about a foot and those who still have considerable hauling to do fear a break-up of the ice at a time when nobody is prepared for it.
Mr. Sam Sinclair, who has spent the past couple of months up at the lumber camps of Wm. A. Moore on Lake Dumont, is home for a few days but intends to return again to look after one of the dams which have been rebuilt during the past year to facilitate driving operations.
Mr. Sinclair says that over 100,000 logs had been cut and had all been drawn out when he came down, although a great depth of snow had to be contended with. The logs were cut on Lake Dumont and its tributary creeks and also on the Pickanock River, quite a number of jobbers being engaged in the work.
Forty years ago all this district was cut over and was practically cleared of timber at that time, which shows that considerable natural reforestation has been in progress, despite the destructive agency of fire.

125 Years Ago - Mar. 16, 1899

Local News: A move is on foot at Quyon with Mr. J.P. O’Donnell as the promoter to install an electric lighting plant in that town. We shall be glad to hear of the success of the project. Shawville may take serious notions of the same nature before long. Meantime, we will devote our attentions to a water supply.
On Wednesday last, Harold Kennedy, a lad about 14 years of age, son of Mr. William Kennedy of Aldfield, had his lower lip completely bitten off by a horse. The accident, if it may be so called, occurred at Mr. Wm. A. Hodgins’, a relative of the boy, where the latter had only been since Monday previous. At the time of the accident, it seems young Kennedy was watering a team of horses. He was holding the pail past one of the horses to allow the other one to drink, when the first animal snapped, catching him by the lower lip, tearing it with part of each cheek completely off and laying the jaw bone bare.
Drs. Klock and Lyon of this place were called. The doctors managed to sew back into place after the torn edges had been removed. The doctors however, have only a faint hope that the parts will unite again and they considered the case of so serious a nature as to advise the removal of the boy to an hospital. The horse which bit the boy was not known to have any vicious habits, and it is thought he was snapping at the pail when he unfortunately caught the boy instead.

“Ireland and St. Patrick” will be the subject of a lecture by Rev. Mr. Warrington at Bryson on Friday evening, March 17th. The lecture will be illustrated by a fine collection of Irish views.
Sam Parslow and Cordelia Viau met the just penalty of their crime of murdering the latter’s husband, Isidor Poirier at St. Scholastique on Thursday morning last. The doomed pair were ushered into eternity at the same moment by the official hangman Radcliffe. Neither made any statement before the fatal drop occurred.
The crowd which assembled at the jail was very large and those who did not gain admission made an effort to break down the jail gate, which was nearly successful. It is stated some paid as high as ten dollars to gain admission to the gruesome scene.
The re-election of Mr. G.H. Brabazon to the important position of warden, without opposition unmistakenly indicates the board’s appreciation of the services of an efficient and deservedly popular official.

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