Eighty Years Ago September 21, 1933 Langley Volunteer Fire Brigade planned "one of the most outstanding dances ever to be held in this district." Proceeds from the 50-cent admission price were to go towards purchase of fire equipment for the squad. Entertainment was to be by the six-piece, 20-instrument Paramount Dance Orchestra from Vancouver's Alexander Ballroom. Seventy Years Ago September 23, 1943 The local Chinese War Relief Fund collected $631, far short of its goal.
An Advance ad announced roller skating at Coghlan Hall on the weekend. Sixty Years Ago September 24, 1953 The Aldergrove Fall Fair, was opened by Reeve George Brooks at Aldergrove Agricultural Hall. Work on the Trans Mountain oil pipeline approached Glover Road.
Fifty Years Ago September 26, 1963 Thieves cut a hole in the roof of a new Aldergrove grocery store and stole $1,000 worth of cigarettes.
Forty Years Ago September 20, 1973 Prominent Fort Langley businessman Roy Burnett Seney was killed when his truck was hit by a CNR train on a level crossing at the Skyway Airplane Base. Tom Barichello had the grand champion Jersey calf at the PNE, and he was named reserve champion senior dairy showman. Thirty Years Ago September 21, 1983 A police investigation into the financial affairs of Langley Community Services found nothing criminal. Twenty Years Ago September 22, 1993 Campbell Valley Centre, a facility to deal with troubled teens, opened on the former Chrisholme Society property in South Langley. While Chrisholme focused on teens with learning disabilities, the new Centre was aimed at kids with serious behavioural problems. Despite proposing a den sity of 47 units per acre, well over the 18 units allowed in the Murrayville Commu nity Plan, a Veritas Holdings hous ing project got Township council's permission to go to public hearing. Coun. John Scholtens was appalled by the "mindboggling" proposal, but Mayor John Beales said council had to consider a trade-off between higher res i dential densities and preser ving
farmland in rural areas. A shortage of new students in the local schools meant teachers laid off in June weren't going to be rehired, as initially anticipated. Local RCMP, upon interviewing "main Crown witnesses" in the Angela Richards murder case, asked for the charge against Wayne Alexander Perkin to be raised from second to first degree murder. Police charged a 12-year-old boy after a fire in a Walnut Grove Secondary portable.
Ten Years Ago September 23, 2003 Two Langley boys received multiple stab wounds after a verbal argument with two Surrey teens turned violent. In Langley, Premier Gordon Campbell called on Lower Mainland municipalities to create a regional assembly.
September 26, 2003 Langley school trustees were considering closing Otter Elementary (the school's second review in eight months) and selling off the school board office, while contemplating expansion of the Fundamental program into high school. The hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of 12-year-old Carley Regan was denied parole. The parole board had been bombarded with public outrage after agreeing to receive his parole application a third of the way into his 14-month jail term.
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