10 Years ago
Road work, frustration ahead
The Review, August 15, 2012 – VANKLEEK HILL – Whether it’s driving to Mike Dean’s for groceries, filling up the car, heading into Hawkesbury, or going home, the construction on Highway 34 has taken a toll on everyone driving through Vankleek Hill. The small distance from Main Street to Hillview Crescent, which usually takes less than a minute to navigate, now takes what seems like and eternity, say many drivers. Construction on Highway 34 began in June and will continue into November of this year.
25 Years Ago
Controversial Main Street bypass will soon open
The Review, August 20, 1997 – HAWKESBURY – Almost 30 years after the idea first surfaced, Hawkesbury’s contentious Boulevard de Chenail will soon open. As the debate over the merits of the Main Street bypass continues, construction on the riverfront route connecting John and McGill streets is scheduled to be completed by mid-October. The need for a new artery to relieve congestion on Main Street was first documented in a study completed in 1968. Some 14,700 vehicles go to and from the Perley Bridge each day.
50 Years Ago
Maxville OPP office destroyed in fire
The Review, August 23, 1972 – Maxville – Fire destroyed the building that housed the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment and a hardware store in Maxville on Monday night. The fire started at the rear of the MacEwen Hardware store on Main Street about 7 p.m. Efforts by volunteer firefighters from Maxville, Moose Creek, St. Isidore de Prescott and Apple Hill confined the blaze to the building but could not save it. Only the brick walls of the structure were left standing.
75 Years Ago
Four directors of Cheese Producers in train wreck
The Review, August 21, 1947 – KINGSTON – Joseph St. Denis of Vankleek Hill and Horace Marjerison of Glengarry were among four directors of the Ontario Cheese Producers who were on a train that wrecked at Kingston Station early Sunday evening. Neither were injured, although St. Denis ended up on the floor of the dining car with considerable food over him. The big steel diner left its wheels behind when it left the rails and slid along on its undercarriage, ending up ahead of the overturned engine.
100 Years Ago
Several breaches of Ontario Temperance Act
The Review, August 18, 1922 – L’ORIGNAL – Several cases for breach of the Ontario Temperance Act were tried at the courthouse in L’Orignal last Thursday. A. Lalonde, hotelkeeper, of Curran, had to pay a fine of $300 for having liquor on the premises. Three cases are those of three young men, who were returning from Fassett and caught drinking beer by the roadside, as the inspectors say, and the evidence points that way.
125 Years Ago
Boy loses eye in air gun accident
The Review, August 20, 1897 – VANKLEEK HILL – A most lamentable accident occurred on Wednesday, whereby Master Harry Kelly, youngest son of Mr. Bernard Kelly, lost his right eye. The injury was caused by that most useless and dangerous thing known as a air gun in the hands of Master John McKenzie. A number of boys were practicing marksmanship with the gun, having for a target an empty dry goods box and Master Harry ran into the box to be out of harm’s way, but put his head out just as McKenzie fired.