25 years ago — 1990
As of midnight last Tuesday, rubber tires are no longer accepted at the St. Marys garbage disposal site. Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the tires unwelcome at the site after receiving notice from the Ministry of the Environment that tires can no longer be burned here.
NOTICE — Enjoy a unique experience in Affordable Housing with Stonetown Co-operative Homes. Public Information Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1990 at the Friendship Centre.
BOOK LAUNCH — Heritage St. Marys (LACAC) are pleased to announce a very special event, “Limestone Legacy,” at St. Marys’ Crosthwaite’s store on Feb. 17. Authors Larry and Catherine Pfaff will be available for a time following the “launching” to sign your copy.
50 years ago — 1965
We See: THAT a new inlaid linoleum floor is in the process of installation at the Ready Shoe Store. The local firm of Craigmile Flooring has the job in hand.
Several young people from the neighbourhood are enjoying skiing at Skee-Hi, near Thorndale. (Glendale)
The Men’s Orange Lodge held the first euchre of the New Year in the hall recently. (Woodham)
At the recent meeting of the St. Marys Library Board, arrangements were made for the annual Sale of Magazines. Mr. Casey Seale will be the auctioneer. Plans were made to keep the Library in a good state of repair. It was felt that a reasonable amount will have to be spent each year in order to do this.
75 years ago — 1940
Headline: “Elderly People of Avonbank — Still Take a Keen Interest in Life. All Belonged to No. 7 School Section.” Mrs. Robert Bell of Downie has favoured the Journal Argus with the following contribution: “Last week I listened to a broadcast of Neighborly News by Andy Clark. He made mention of several old people whom the weekly newspaper had honoured in their column.” Mrs. Bell goes on to say that the throught came to her that we, the people of Avonbank, had some dear old friends that were most worthy of mention. They are Mr. Alex Hotson, who will celebrate his 91st birthday next June; his brother, Mr. J.L Hotson, is two years younger; Mrs. Robert Good, who celebrated her 88th birthday last September; and Mrs. Dunlop, who is 87, and her brother, Mr. Neil Stevenson, who is 85. These elderly people still take a keen interest in the life of the community. They all belonged to No. 7 school and still live within a radius of two miles. (Downie)
According to local naturalists, the pheasants are having a hard time to find food this winter due to the extreme and prolonged cold. The pheasant population, which makes its habitat along the river on Thomas Street area, has become so bold as the result of hunger that they come willingly to a breakfast of scraps and grain served at the back door of Mrs. Wm. Eley’s home. Just before eight o’clock each morning, the birds congregate about this spot and spend anywhere from 20 minutes to a half hour. The rest of the day they spend will-huddled below the reeds along the riverbank.
100 years ago — 1915
Four rinks of Detroit curlers played here recently and were winners by one shot. There were, in fact, five rinks of them, but as our rink here only provided for four sheets of ice for curlers, one rink had to step aside. The visitors arrived here from London. They are taking a solid week of fun out of curling and are certainly as genial a lot of fellows as one would want to meet. They are fine curlers, too. The visitors seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly and played the game for all that was in them. They left next morning for Stratford, where they were defeated by eight shots. From there, they proceeded to Waterloo. St. Marys rinks are: J.G. Lind; J. Pool; S. Dunsmore; W.H. Tovell; W.J. Leslie; J.G. Constable; Chas. Stewart; Wm. Andrews; F.W. Hutton; W.A. Sutherland; A. Johnston; W. McLarty; W.A. Lavelle; R. Northgrave; J. Oddy; and R. Cunningham.
Trains on both railways are now running about normal after the severe blizzard of last week. CPR did not get a train out for a week, but had a gang of men busily engaged picking and shovelling the tracks, which were in many places frozen solid. Freight on the GTR did not begin to move freely until the end of the week. It was a costly storm for both railway companies.
Nothing will so effectively educate the ability of the people to be intelligently appreciative of the best in music as will the gramophone.