Eighty Years Ago
August 3, 1933
Langley council refused to pay relief in August, in protest against the provincial and federal governments' decision to cut their combined share of the cost of supporting the unemployed to 40 per cent. Previously, the municipality had been expected to cover one third of the cost.
The cost of running the municipality for the first half of 1933 had been $73,368, including $27,975 spent on schools.
Seventy Years Ago
August 5, 1943 Spoilage of home-canned fruits and vegetables was being blamed on failures of sealing rings made of recycled rubber, a war-time savings measure.
Sixty Years Ago
August 6, 1953
The Sperling bear made the news again. Hunting parties had failed to track it down. George Goddard Jr. came face-to-face with it on a logging trail. Goddard scared it away by jumping up and down and barking like a dog.
Fifty Years Ago
August 8, 1963
Radiation monitor W. Lott reported that the radiation count was 173. High count for the month was 326. In 1962, a count of 175 was recorded in July, a month before a series of nuclear tests.
Forty Years Ago August 2, 1973 Bob Adderly retired and was replaced by W.S. Milne as manager of the Langley branch of the Bank of Commerce.
Thirty Years Ago
August 3, 1983 Resignation of the board of directors was demanded at a special meeting of Langley Community Services, following disclosure of the organization's $81,000 deficit.
Twenty Years Ago
August 4, 1993
Township Councillor Muriel Arnason spoke out for the public's right to know what goes on during in camera council meetings, and the right of all councillors to sit in on all committee meetings. She had been ejected from a closed Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.
Langley Chamber of Commerce, feeling the pressure of a growing community, asked Langley City and Township councils for assistance in finding larger, more suitable offices.
A quick-witted woman narrowly escaped a knifepoint abduction attempt on the freeway in Langley.
Police reported that a case in which a local woman was raped in her home appeared related to two other, similar Lower Mainland cases.
Ten Years Ago
August 5, 2003
A shortage of pickers was making things difficult for local growers trying to get their berries to market. August 8, 2003 Langley fire crews were dispatched to the Interior to help fight the worst forest fires to hit B.C. in a century.
Langley Township Councillor Mel Kositsky was appointed vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Municipal Infrastructure for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
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