Eighty Years Ago September 7, 1933 Local Conservative MLA J.W. Berry announced he would run as an independent in the Nov. 2 provincial election, after his Conservative Party indicated it would not field a candidate locally. Seventy Years Ago September 9, 1943 A coroner's jury ruled that the death of a brakeman in a Fort Langley train derailment was accidental, despite speculation that the open switch that had caused the crash may have been the result of sabotage. R.R. Brunt and E.J. Wilson were to head a committee to look into getting a swimming pool built in Langley. Sixty Years Ago September 10, 1953 The Langley Agricultural Association predicted that the annual fall fair would raise $500 if the weather was good, or lose that much if it wasn't. Fifty Years Ago September 12, 1963 School trustee Stan Taylor was appointed area representative for Rotary District 504. His area covered the Fraser Valley from Langley to Hope.
Forty Years Ago September 6, 1973 The provincial NDP government's new Agricultural Land Reserve was roundly criticized by most of the 200 landowners who showed up at Langley Secondary School to view maps of the system. Crowded classrooms forced four Langley secon dary school onto shifts, and some of the school district's kindergarten classes were to be held in church halls.
Thirty Years Ago September 7, 1983 Langley School Board received less than $500,000 after submitting capital funding requests totalling $6 million from the Ministry of Education. Furthermore, local officials were perplexed that much of the money that they did receive was for a program they had not requested, and it was not transferable to areas they considered more urgent.
Twenty Years Ago September 8, 1993 PNE officials and the St. John Ambulance honoured Robert Pinette of Langley for his role in saving the life of a woman who was choking on food at the fair.
A survey of 9,075 Langley City residents indicated that new recreation facilities were needed - but not if they were going to cost any money.
Prime Minister Kim Campbell called a federal election for Oct. 25. Candidates already in the Fraser Valley West line-up included: Ed Vanwoudenberg, Christian Heritage Party; Peter Warkentin, Liberal; Lynn Fairall, New Democratic Party; Robert Billyard, National Party; Don Nundal, Progressive Conservative; and Randy White, Reform. Candidates in Surrey-White Rock-South Langley were: Heather Stilwell, CHP; Gordon Hogg, Liberal; Mota Singh Jeeta, NDP; Carolyn Goertzen, NP; Norm Blain, PC; and Val Meredith, Reform. Parolee Wayne Alexander Perkins was on trial for second degree murder in the death of Angela Richards. Ten Years Ago September 9, 2003 As many as 100,000 spectators were estimated to have converged on Langley City's downtown core for the seventh annual Langley Good Times Cruise-in.
A second batch of local firefighters were sent to B.C.'s Interior to help battle the worst wildfires in recent memory.
September 12, 2003 Langley Township considered severing its policing ties with Langley City in its ongoing battle to stop the City's plans for a destination casino, but in the end, a majority of council voted against raising the stakes to that level.
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