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This Week in Local History – April 21, 2021 – The Review Archives

10 Years ago
Significant layoffs loom over Ivaco
The Review, April 20, 2011 – The future of one of the area’s biggest employers is up in the air, as rumors circulate that Ivaco Rolling Mills is planning to lay off a number of employees as part of its ‘restructuring plan’. A letter penned by company President and CEO Giorgio Piliu and sent to members of the United Steelworkers of Canada, District 6, said there will be a “cessation of operations” at the melt shop, effective July 1, 2011.

25 Years ago
Hydro sheds light on flicker problem
The Review, April 17, 1996 – Ontario Hydro is trying to resolve a ‘voltage flicker’ problem that has affected about 20,000 area residences and businesses for the past two years. The problem causes incandescent lights to alternately brighten and dim and television and computer monitors to waver. Regions affected include Alexandria, Alfred, L’Orignal, Maxville, Plantagenet, Vankleek Hill and the eastern section of Hawkesbury.

50 Years ago
Animals killed in Kirkhill fire
The Review, April 21, 1971 – Fire killed 29 head of cattle and three sows at Kirkhill early Sunday, on the farm of James MacGillivray. A harvester and other farm machinery was also lost in the fire, which broke out in the barn and caused more than $20,000 in losses. Alexandria firefighters fought for three hours to prevent the blaze from spreading to the nearby home.

75 Years ago
Orangemen honor returned members
The Review, April 18, 1946 – The regular meeting of Orange Lodge No. 214 was held on April 12, with members taking the opportunity to express appreciation to seven of their number who served overseas and another who served in Canada. The members were Melvin McRae, Melvin Nixon, Roy Nixon, Thomas Holmes, Angus Craig, Darwin McLennan, Cecil Cooper and Arnold McNabb.

100 Years ago
First Curling Club banquet a huge success
The Review, April 22, 1921 – Curling was given a big boost by its members on Wednesday evening, when they gave their first annual banquet at the Windsor Hotel. The affair was very enjoyable from both a social and financial standpoint. The banquet room at the Windsor was a thing of beauty and a joy forever, decorated by Mr. McNown and the committee in charge.

125 Years ago
Party goers pleased with evening
The Review, April 17, 1896 – PLEASANT CORNERS – Mr. M. Moore gave a party last week, the occasion being a farewell for Mr. Holmes and sisters, who have returned to their home in Nevada. All seemed much pleased with the evening spent, but the one who seemed most pleased of all was Mr. A.J.H., who through all the bad roads accompanied his best girl home in the wee small hours.

Photo and caption reprinted from the April 21, 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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