Photo of the 2011 visit to the Lachute Flea Market from the television show 'Canadian Pickers', who were joined for their visit by the late Phil Arber. This picture is from the September 14, 2011, edition of The Review. Click on the photo for the full caption as it appeared in the original edition. Archive photo

This Week in Local History – September 15, 2021 – The Review Archives – ‘Canadian Pickers’ TV show visits Lachute, Vankleek Hill

10 Years ago
‘Canadian Pickers’ TV show films in region
The Review, September 14, 2011 – LACHUTE – The bright lights of reality television turned their cameras towards Lachute on Tuesday, August 30, when the hosts of ‘Canadian Pickers’ arrived at the Lachute Flea Market to search for treasure. Busy filming the second season of their show, the pickers spent 10 days traveling through Quebec and Ontario on their hunt for new finds. The Canadian Pickers spent the third day of their journey in Vankleek Hill, where they visited Phil Arber, a local antique collector and farmer, who welcomed the pickers into his home and barns for a day of treasure hunting.

25 Years Ago
L’Orignal Jail not on province’s closure list
The Review, September 18, 1996 – L’ORIGNAL – The L’Orignal Jail is absent from a list of 14 prisons the Ontario government intends to close in the next two to three years. The jail’s future has been uncertain, but the local institution was not among the jails which Solicitor General Robert Runciman announced last week would be closed. The L’Orignal Jail employs 40 people and injects about $2 million annually into the local economy.

50 Years Ago
Record enrollment at PCPS
The Review, September 15, 1971 – PLEASANT CORNER – Prescott County Public School opened its doors on September 7 to a record number of 703 students and a teaching staff of 30. Principal E. Kelly reports that one new staff member, Mrs. Marilyn MacSweyn, is replacing Mrs. Shirley Duncan in Grades 4 and 5.

75 Years Ago
Horace L. Nixon wins top Holstein calf prize
The Review, September 19, 1946 – VANKLEEK HILL – Results of the Vankleek Hill Calf Club Achievement Day held in conjunction with the Vankleek Hill Fair. Holstein Calves: 1st Horace L. Nixon; 2nd Charles Proudfoot; 3rd Kenneth B. Nixon, 4th David Proudfoot; 5th Kenneth Allen. Ayrshire Calves: 1st Ray Newton; 2nd Keith Newton; 3rd Ian M. Oswald. Showmanship: 1st L. Gordon Allen; 2nd Horace Nixon; 3rd Keith Newton.

100 Years Ago
Aeroplane makes stop in town
The Review, September 16, 1921 – VANKLEEK HILL – An aeroplane is in town today delivering a consignment of paint to Messrs. Cameron & Downing, one of our most progressive mercantile establishments. This is the first time that the aeroplane has been used for business delivery in this section.

125 Years Ago
Narrow escape in wagon accident
The Review, September 14, 1896 – VANKLEEK HILL – A very narrow escape from a serious accident occurred on High Street Thursday afternoon and was only averted by the presence of mind of Mr. James Waite. A load of brick was proceeding down High Street and owing to a rat in the road, the driver Mr. Jos. Villeneuve lost his seat and was thrown under the wagon. Mr. Waite, who happened to be passing by, stopped the team just in time to prevent the heavily laden wagon from passing over the head of the driver, who was stunned by the fall.

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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