May 14, 2014

Looking Back

As published in The Erin Advocate

From the Advocate – 45 years ago (1969)

NHL Referee Bruce Hood was the guest speaker at the 12th Annual Erin Minor Hockey Banquet. He was introduced by 15-year-old Terry Gregson (NHL referee, 1981-2004).
Minor Hockey trophies went to the Pee-Wee Leafs, with Coach Ralph Marshall, Helper Craig Kirk and Captain Tim Herbison, and the Bantam Kings, with Coach Les Indoe and Captain Terry Gregson.

Lois Marshall performed the Hayden Allegretto in A Major at the Canadian Trinity Teachers Association Recital in Toronto. She received the Silver Medal for highest honours in her grade.

Sue Maxwell reported that cadets from Erin District High School went to Canadian Forces Base Borden. The most successful on the firing range were Cadet Bombardier Jim Reid, Cadet Bombardier Doug Smith, Cadet Lieutenant Wayne Case and Cadet Sergeant Rick Curran, with honourable mention to Cadets Lea Thomas, Rob McEachern and Gord Smith.
At the Kiwanis Music Festival, Miriam Root won the Lloyd Yorke trophy in solo church singing, and placed first in the concert solo class.

From the Advocate – 35 years ago (1979)

The foundation has been poured for a new warehouse and sales office for Ed Stewart Garage & Equipment Ltd. The business will move from Main Street to Hwy. 24 in Brisbane.

Another $10,674 is needed to pay for the Erin Community Centre. Co-chairmen Peter Durksen and Paul Dray are planning more special fundraising events.

Joyce Graham reported that Hillsburgh Lion Warren Wicks was elected as deputy district governor at a convention in Stratford.

The Belfountain-Rockside Women’s Institute celebrated its 75th anniversary, with President Mrs. Ellis Lester and Mrs. J.C. MacMillan (a member since 1915) cutting the cake.

Ken Pinkney removed the last logs from the bridge he had helped build in 1976 over the Credit River behind the municipal office, leading the Woolen Mills Conservation Area. Erin Village was forced to take the bridge down after repeated attacks by vandals rendered it unsafe.

Federal Liberal candidate Harry Green opened a campaign office in Hillsburgh across the road from the Community Centre, and was welcomed by local Liberal organizer Kenneth Leitch. Green supports Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s promise to repatriate the constitution.

From the Advocate – 25 years ago (1989)

An Advocate editorial warned of stagnation if the village didn’t find a way to grow: “With the Village of Erin about to burst at the seams, amalgamation with the Township seems the only viable solution.”

Frank and Ivan Gray presented a $10,000 cheque to Village Reeve Terry Mundell and Clerk Pat McDermott, for the Erin and Community Lions Club Building Fund.

Erin District High School presented the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring: Barry Pletch, Doug Stride, Janey Arnold, Tom Redekop, Mike Kopinak, Mike Pickett, Phil Van Manen, Marg Graham and Jeff Agnew.

The Belfountain-Rockside Women’s Institute celebrated its 85th anniversary. Photographed for the occasion were President Helen Kirk, Margaret Duggan, Isobel Foster, Mary McLeod, Joan Wilson, Sarah Kiteley, Alma Corbett, Bernice Trimble and Elizabeth MacMillan, a member since 1915.