Langley in history: Local parents complain about the school board, 1936

A look back in the files of the Langley Advance, started in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

October 8, 1936

A Vancouver firm was to be paid $45,000 to build an emergency airstrip in Langley – one of the largest on the Pacific coast. Critics opposed building the field on expensive lowland at Roberts Rd. (56th Ave.) and Johnston Townline Rd. (216th St.).

Parents in the Langley Prairie and Lochiel neighbourhoods asked for school bus route changes, alleging discrimination against their areas.

Seventy Years Ago

October 10, 1946

The provincial highways department resurfaced the Trans-Canada Hwy. (Fraser Hwy.) with a wider 22-foot strip of blacktop.

Thirty groups got together to discuss a new community centre for Lang­ley. It was up to the Langley Amateur Athletic Association to draft a plan for further consideration.

Trixie, a prize-winning pony, fell through rotten planks over an old well on Twigge Rd. (206th St.) and drowned.

Sixty Years Ago

October 11, 1956

Parents in the Brown Rd. (240th St.) and Medd Rd. (64th Ave.) area threatened to keep their children out of school, to back up their demands for either improved crossing of a nearby ravine or bus service to Sperling School.

Some shopkeepers in Langley clung to old opening hours, closing on Wednesdays and opening Saturday evenings, while others adopted new hours, closing Mondays and adding extra hours on Fridays.

Fifty Years Ago

October 13, 1966

Fly ash from the McDonald Cedar mill would not bother Fort Langley residents past 1967, the mill superintendent promised the Fort Langley Board of Trade. The waste wood was to be dumped instead of burned.

Forty Years Ago

October 7, 1976

Alderman Bill Blair, after 15 years on Township council, announced he would not seek re-election.

The Township Advisory Planning Commission chairman resigned, claiming council was muzzling him.

Thirty Years Ago

October 8, 1986

A six-year-old girl spent 30 minutes with her foot caught in a tree along Eastleigh Cres., until she was freed with help from RCMP Const. Phil Sommerville and Langley City Fire Chief Jim McGregor.

The first of three major child abuse studies was released by Langley School District officials.

Twenty Years Ago

October 9, 1996

Langley City received the Union of B.C. Municipalities Year Long Community Awareness Award.

Township Mayor John Scholtens announced he would seek re-election, joining the race already started by challenger Pat Mugridge.

The Township withdrew a policy of charging City residents about double for use of the Township’s recreation facilities.

A development permit was issued for construction of a $10 million cultural centre on municipal property at 221st St. in Murrayville. It was anticipated that, if the project were scrapped after the November election – as a number candidates promised it would – Langley taxpayers would be out $800,000 in fees, etc.

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