10 Years ago
Hawkesbury mayor convention allowance increased
The Review, June 27, 2012 – HAWKESBURY – Hawkesbury Mayor René Berthiaume says he won’t reimburse any of the money he overspent on conventions and special events in 2021. In fact, council recently voted in favour of increasing the $3,000 the mayor is allotted each year for special events and conventions by $4,000, after the mayor indicated the original sum “severely limits the capacity of the mayor to adequately represent the town and carry out my duties.”

25 Years Ago
Vankleek Hill Homecoming Weekend a success
The Review, July 2, 1997 – VANKLEEK HILL – Verne Gilkes, chairperson of the Homecoming Weekend has declared the event a success. Gilkes credited Janice Renwick, chairperson of the Bicentennial/Centennial Committee and the respective sub-committees. The chairperson of Homecoming Weekend also thanked Michelle Landriault of the museum, archives and visitor centre for research and presenting historical keepsakes and artifacts at the Arbor Gallery and J. Denis Seguin for his tireless efforts in getting the Higginson Tower declared a historical site and for personally spending time with a member of the Vankleek family in 1996 by introducing him to the town his ancestors had settled 200 years ago.

50 Years Ago
Diane Smith chosen as Prescott County Dairy Princess
The Review, June 28, 1972 – VANKLEEK HILL – Diane Smith, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of St-Eugène, was crowned Prescott County Dairy Princess 1972. Smith was crowned by 1971 Dairy Princess Sheryl Ryan. Following the princess selection was a two-hour variety show featuring Dusty King and Marty, Steve Merritt, the Nixon Sisters, the Donovans, the Smith Family, and the Prescott County Public School Choir under Mrs. Jean MacLeod, with accompanist Mrs. Jean Ward.

75 Years Ago
Funeral held for George Drummond Mode, Prominent Agriculturalist
The Review, July 3, 1947 – VANKLEEK HILL – Friends and relatives gathered Tuesday, July 1, to pay final tribute to George Drummond Mode, who passed away on June 28 after a brief illness. A life-long resident of this district, word of his death cast gloom and sorrow over all who knew him. He was recognized as an outstanding livestock breeder, having established the herd of Bonnie Brae Ayrshires, now known worldwide, 40 years ago. Mr. Mode served as president of the local Horticultural Society for 20 years and was also president and a director for many years of the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society.

100 Years Ago
Insane prisoner tried to take his own life
The Review, June 30, 1922 – CORNWALL – A man named Fred Miner, 52, was removed from the Cornwall jail to Brockville Asylum on Tuesday, having gone violently insane while being brought to Cornwall from Maxville the night before. The man had been working for Mr. McGillivray, of Dalkeith, for about three weeks, but took a trip to Montréal. When he came back, he had a gun and cartridges and proceeded to shoot at Mr. and Mrs. McGillivray, who kept indoors until neighbours came and captured him. After arrived at the jail, he became insane and tore up his clothes and the mattresses and tried to take his own life several times during the night.

125 Years Ago
Vandals attempt to wreck CPR train
The Review, July 2, 1897 – MCALPINE – On June 12, a tie was placed on the Canadian Pacific Railways track near McAlpine’s by some scoundrel with the evident intention of wrecking the night train from Montréal. The engine picked up the tie and carried it to Jonathan Cross, where the engineer detected there was something wrong. The tie was found between the cowcatcher and the wheels of the engine and it was nothing less than providential that the train was not derailed.