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The Way We Were – May 15, 2024

25 Years Ago - May 12, 1999

Reading, school important: Martins: Ottawa Senators’ forward Steve Martins addressed the students at Onslow Elementary School in Quyon Monday.
About 150 students eagerly waited in the gym for the arrival of Martins, who was invited by Principal George Singfield. (Singfield taught Martins at D’Arcy McGee High School in Hull in the 1980s.) Some students were wearing Senators’ sweaters and carrying “Go Sens Go!” placards.
“Why I’m here has to do with the Senators,” said Martins in his introduction speech, “but it has more to do with school.”
Martins explained that when he started playing hockey at the age of five years old, he was not a very good skater. But he practiced every day to become one of the game’s speedsters.
“When I was your age, I was not a very good reader, in fact, I hated reading,” Martins said. “When I was eight or 10 years old, I started reading books. I tried to read every day so I could become a better reader,” explained Martins.
“A lot of people don’t realize how important school is. It doesn’t matter what you do, whether a truck driver or a school teacher, you have to read. It’s really important,” He concluded.
Wood producers boycott Thurso mill: Wood producers in Pontiac are refusing to ship wood to James Maclaren Industries in a bid to force the Thurso mill to negotiate with the producer boards in West Quebec as one collective group.
For the last decade, the four wood producer boards: Pontiac, Labelle, Outaouais-Laurentides and Gatineau, have negotiated prices as a group with all the mills in the area including the Smurfit-Stone in Portage du Fort and Maclaren.
But this year, Maclaren wants to negotiate with the boards individually. The pulp mill also wants to increase the volume for the Outaouais-Laurentides Board, the board located closest to the mill and is refusing to accept wood from the Gatineau Board, located the furthest away.

50 Years Ago - May 15, 1974

Walk-athon brings out one hundred participants: Otter Lake R.A. held their annual walk-athon on Saturday. About 100 walkers started off from the R.A. grounds at 8 a.m. They walked down Campbell’s Bay road to the gravel road across to Ladysmith. Then from Ladysmith back to Otter Lake. Ninety walkers made it all the way.
The first boy was Jeffery Pappin of Otter Lake. He received a nice trophy.
Other winners were Gabriel Beaudoin for the oldest walker and Mike Proulx for the youngest walker. There will be a trophy given for the person that brings in the most money.
Regulations for farm improvements: Under the farm improvement program, the Quebec Department of Agriculture will pay 50 per cent of the cost of leveling land, ditching, etc. provided this work is carried out by an approved operator and the work has been approved by the Quebec Department of Agriculture.
Only farmers listed as agricultural producers are eligible and there is a limit of 40 hours per year per farm. It is possible to approve up to 150 hours of work on a farm and have this work carried out but department approval has to be received before the work is started.
In the past, the Quebec Department of Agriculture would dig a drilled well on approved farms for $300. The cost of digging a well on approved farm is now $500.

75 Years Ago - May 12, 1949

Local News: Four very interesting films will be shown to district audiences during the next two weeks as part of the National Film Board programme. These include the features: “Eye Witness”, “The Opening of Parliament”; “Planning Canada’s Capital” and “R.C.M.P. File No. 1365” as well as others.
Shawville Rotarians heard the ins and outs of the newspaper business at their regular meeting Friday evening in the Pontiac House. Guest speaker of the event was Mr. F.A. Rogers, managing editor of THE EQUITY, Lower Pontiac’s only newspaper, which has been published for the past sixty-six years.
Major alterations underway at the local office of the Bank of Montreal since last September, are expected to be completed at the end of this week, George A. McDougall, manager of the branch has declared.
The mix-up over daylight saving time, the housing shortage, poor travel conditions, lowered income from butter fat production and hundreds of other questions call for the formation of a Pontiac County Board of Trade.
The April meeting of the Wesley United Church Ladies Aid was held at the home of Mrs. Sam Harris on Thursday. Present were Mrs. Kenneth Armitage, Mr. J.A. Bryson, Mrs. Joseph Crawford, Mrs. Robert Emmerson, Mrs. E. Hodgins and Mrs. Dean Tubman.
Special revival services are now in progress at the North Clarendon Standard Church and the Maryland school house. Rev. A.J. Slater, superintendent of the Standard Church is present as special speaker. Plans have also been made for the Brockville Bible School Male Quartette to be present on Sunday.

100 Years Ago - May 8, 1924

Local News: The aim of every home-loving enterprising citizen should be to get rid of the rubbish heaps and winter accumulations of garbage before the warm weather sets in. By doing this, the fly nuisance will be considerably lessened.
Having decided to hold the Shawville Fair at an earlier date than usual this year, Sept. 1,2,3; it is hoped that the issuing of the regular and special prize lists will be speeded up so that prospective exhibitors will have a reasonable time within which to make proper preparation for entering the various competitions.
Farming operations throughout this district began last week.
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125 Years Ago - May 18, 1899

Local News: Frosts have been of nightly occurrence during the past week but we have not heard that damage to the crops has resulted to any great extent.
The Grand Calumet Mining Company has taken over the Zenith mine at Rossport. The property is being worked and is giving good results. Mr. W.J. Poupore, M.P. is president of the company.
Mr. W.J. Poupore’s new yacht will be a beautiful craft when it receives its finishing touches by the skilled hands of Mr. John Cockburn and Sons. The work is now going on on the shore near their shops. The Yacht is of 8 feet beam and 42 feet 6 inches in length.
Mr. George Letts, mill owner of Campbell’s Bay, sustained the loss last week of $400 worth of saw logs that were being floated down the Ottawa to the Bay. It seems the parties in charge failed to get the boom snubbed and the contents went over the Calumet Falls.
One of our worthy and respected citizens in company with a party of four Bristolians had a very unpleasant and, we fancy, somewhat “chilly” adventure on Saturday evening. It seems the party referred to were crossing from the other side of the river and were about half way over when the wind suddenly arose, preventing them from reaching shore on this side and were in consequence, obliged to take refuge and remain on an island till ten o’clock on Sunday. Better take the ferry next time, eh?
The mayor has received the report and plan, prepared by Mr. Robert Surtees, C.E., of a system of water works for Shawville. The report contains an estimate of cost by utilizing the power and water at the Mill Creek and also one for lifting the water from Shaw Lake by means of a steam pumping plant. The latter would give a greater domestic pressure, but would exceed the cost of the first mentioned.
Mr. W.J. Connelly of Norcliffe, Kippewa, left here on Thursday morning last with about sixty head of cattle, comprising animals of all ages.
He took them via the ferry to Sand Point from where they were shipped to his extensive farm on the Kippewa.


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