Langley's history, as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance.
Seventy Years Ago
September 16, 1943 Corporal Bjorkman of Aldergrove was wounded while serving with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry.
Sixty Years Ago
September 17, 1953 Eighty Brookswood homeowners petitioned council to have their area named a fire zone. They called for a plebiscite to raise $7,000 for a firehall and equipment.
Fifty Years Ago
September 19, 1963 Magistrate Maurice Mulligan sentenced a Vancouver man to 18 months suspended sentence for theft of gasoline from a local sand and gravel company. Two local motorists were fined $20 and $25, respectively, for speeding.
Forty Years Ago
September 13, 1973 Langley School Board asked the provincial Ministry of Education to speed up approval for a $12 million referendum to do something about the district's chronic lack of classroom space.
Thirty Years Ago
September 14, 1983 An arsonist tried to torch Lochiel Elementary School, but damage was limited to a single classroom, which was gutted.
Local Progressive Conservative MP Bob Wenman was appointed Deputy Defence Critic.
Twenty Years Ago
September 15, 1993 Langley Township and City agreed to continue to operate the W.C. Blair Recreation Centre jointly, but a vaunted new ice arena would not be shared between them any time soon, as the City stated it was not committed to "financially participate."
Canada's first Montessori junior high school opened in Langley.
In light of public concerns about the expense, Township council took a second look at its proposal for a new $5 million works yard - and decided to go ahead with it.
Langley City passed a bylaw banning mobile homes, deeming them not suitable as living spaces.
Ten Years Ago
September 16, 2003 Between them, Terry Fox Runs in Walnut Grove, Murrayville, Aldergove, and Langley City raised more than $15,500 to fight cancer.
Abbotsford was having trouble getting Township councillors to allow it to operate a dog pound in Langley.
MP Randy White announced that he would seek re-election in Abbotsford, after the riding boundaries were redrawn, leaving the Canadian Alliance without a candidate in the new Langley riding.
Local federal Liberals formed a group to lobby their party for stiffer penalties for marijuana grow operators.
September 19, 2003
Adding to the complexity of former Township Councillor Heather McMullan's court battles stemming from comments she made in 1999, she announced that she was beginning proceedings against the Township and her insurance company for refusing to pay legal costs in her libel defence against former Mayor John Scholtens. She had lost a similar case brought against her by Scholtens supporter Gregory Thomas, but in that case, the Township had covered her costs of nearly $650,000.
The Fraser Health Authority's plan to contract out all hospital housekeeping put 85 Langley Memorial Hospital employees' jobs in jeopardy.
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