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This Week in Local History – March 31, 2021 – The Review Archives

10 Years ago
Flames win broomball gold
The Review, March 30, 2011 – It took eight hard-fought games, but The Flames came home with gold for the second straight year at the provincial broomball championships in Stratford, Ontario. Michelle DeRepentigny, Celine DeRepentigny, Leigh-Anne Dearing and Theresa Wever were named to the tournament All-Star Team. Michelle DeRepentigny was also named Flames MVP for the tournament.

25 Years Ago
Name change proposed for new Perley Bridge
The Review, March 27, 1996 – The Perley Bridge could very well have a new name by the time the new inter-provincial span between Hawkesbury and Grenville is completed. Grenville Council has suggested the new bridge be named after former Mayor Fernand Bernier. Meanwhile, Hawkesbury’s heritage committee is also considering a new name, a title that does not refer to an individual. The names ‘Pont du Chenail’ and ‘Pont des Voyageurs’ are both being considered.

50 Years Ago
Wheel falls off freight train in middle of Maxville
The Review, March 31, 1971 – Another unusual railway accident occurred at Maxville last Saturday. A heavily-loaded box car in a freight train developed a hot box, at the crossing in the middle of the village – and the red hot, blazing wheel fell right off the car, landing in the middle of the street. Witnesses said it looked like a big ball of fire, but by sheer luck there were no cars or pedestrians close and no one was injured.

75 Years Ago
New highways urged for Eastern Ontario
The Review, March 28, 1946 – E.A. MacGillivray (Liberal Glengarry) suggested in the Ontario Legislative that Highways Minister Doucett consider constructing another highway link with Quebec to provide a “swift and hindered route” for transportation of Eastern Ontario farm products to Montreal. Noting that the budget forecast $47,000,000 for highways Mr. MacGillivray urged that a “portion of this vast sum” be spent in Eastern Ontario. “Not forgetting Glengarry, of course,” interjected Mr. Doucett with a smile.

100 Years Ago
What is wrong with our town?
The Review, April 1, 1921 – We wish that someone would tell us what is wrong with our town. Tuesday evening the Rialto Orchestra composed of some of our young men held a concert to provide funds to carry on. There was a small attendance and the boys scarcely paid expenses, let alone raise funds for proper instruments. Wagging tongues have begun to knock the boys, and today the town has no musical organization, nor does anybody care what becomes of them.

125 Years Ago
Alexandria Furniture Factory may not be rebuilt
The Review, April 3, 1896 – There seems to be considerable doubt as to the rebuilding of the Alexandria Furniture Factory, which was destroyed by fire a short time ago. Mr. A.A. Cattou made a strong appeal to the merchants and monied men of Alexandria to take steps toward that end, as the institution was a great benefit to the town, as the company in the course of a year paid out something like $50,000 in wages.

Photo and caption reprinted from the March 30, 2011 edition of The Review.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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