This Week in Local History – July 27, 2022 – The Journal Archives – 1947: Hawkesbury finally gets parking meters – 1897: Steam mail service resumes on the Ottawa River

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10 years ago
Severe thunderstorms knock out electricity in the region
The Review, July 25, 2012 – VANKLEEK HILL – Despite a series of intense thunderstorms rocking Prescott-Russell with heavy rain, howling winds, hail and an incredible lightning show on Monday, it wasn’t enough to lift the water from the Level 2 condition declared last week by South Nation Conservation. Hydro One reported that thousands of homes in an area stretching to Alexandria and Cornwall in the east from Barry’s Bay in the west were affected by outages. Unfortunately, rain and hail did little to alleviate the drought conditions across the region.

25 years ago
Stamp to mark 50e anniversary of the Glengarry Highland Games
La Revue, July 30, 1997 – MAXVILLE – Canada Post Corporation will issue a commemorative stamp on July 31 to celebrate the 50e anniversary of the Glengarry Highland Games. The vibrant 45-cent stamp features four figures against a background showing spectators and a grassy field. It depicts a kilted heavyweight event competitor with a caber, a piper, a drummer wearing the uniform of a Highland regiment and a female Highland dance competitor.

50 years ago
Two drowned in the Grenville Canal after the removal of a bridge
The Review, August 2, 1972 – GRENVILLE – A couple from Alfred, Ont., drowned Saturday night while driving their car through the Grenville Canal on the approach to a bridge that had been demolished six weeks earlier. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Poirier were apparently returning from a wedding in Grenville when the accident occurred around 11 p.m. The bridge, on Main Street in Grenville, was replaced in May with a new one at another location. Police say no signs were put up to warn motorists of the danger when the accident happened.

75 years ago
Downtown Hawkesbury finally gets parking meters
The Review, July 31, 1947 – HAWKESBURY – Following what we wrote a few months ago about the installation of parking meters in our town, we were fortunate to learn that a contract has just been signed to install the famous American Kar Park parking meters in our city. Meters will be placed on both sides of Main Street from John Street (Sproule gas station) to the Bridge Inn, as well as on both sides of William Street from Main to Regent. Municipal elected officials hope that this innovation will benefit everyone.

100 years ago
Lawn tennis has become fashionable
The Review, July 28, 1922 – VANKLEEK HILL – Lawn tennis has become the fashionable thing now and the pastime has become an auction-house, for in the evening the new court recently built on the Collegiate grounds is filled with players. A very strong club has organized and things seem to be exploding. If this induces more brotherhood among our fellow citizens, The Review would be delighted, as we believe the old-fashioned handshake is badly needed – in fact, it’s almost entirely abandoned here.

125 years ago
Steam mail service resumes on the Ottawa River
The Review, July 23, 1897 – HAWKESBURY – Postal service across the river from Hawkesbury to Calumet was restored last Monday and the steamer Glide will now make regular trips as before. The news will be welcomed by the citizens of Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury and other nearby villages, and will provide much faster postal service to points on the north side of the river.

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