Eighty Years Ago
March 17, 1938
• Council took the school board’s budget into arbitration.
• E.E. Sendall succeeded Len Nicholas as president of the Langley Board of Trade. Sendall had previously served two terms as president. Speaker at the board’s annual banquet was UBC Dean of Agriculture F.M. Clement.
• The Don Lange Cup, for the top Langley High School orator, was presented for the first time, to 17-year-old Grade 12 student Pat Brown.
Seventy Years Ago
March 18, 1948
• The 28th annual session of the Grand Lodge of the True Blue Association was held at the Masonic Lodge.
• Constable Robinson’s salary was raised $10 per month.
• Council received an application to create a Mennonite cemetery. The applicants were informed that land had been purchased for cemeteries in Fort Langley and Murrayville, and burial plots were available at those locations.
Sixty Years Ago
March 20, 1958
• Langley Memorial Hospital appealed to Langley City and Township to help bail it out of a $24,000 debt incurred in drilling a new well. The City passed the request on to a special committee, but the Township rejected the plea.
• The City was looking for a place to sink its own well, after having already drilled two dry holes in its search for a water supply.
• The school board unveiled plans for a $½-million referendum during a supper meeting with Langley City and Township councils.
Fifty Years Ago
March 21, 1968
• Sponsorship of a Langley Secondary School bursary was dropped by Progress Lodge 81 of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, who wished to furnish a room at the new Cedar Hill Extended Care Unit instead.
• Langley District “100” Kiwanis club president Bob Press officially received the club’s charter in Fort Langley.
• Aldergrove High School student Sandy Maitland was to read his paper, “Quasistellars and their effect on cosmology,” before the Humanities and Science Symposium sponsored jointly by the University of Victoria and the IBM Corporation.
Forty Years Ago
March 22, 1978
• Two Trinity Western College aviation students were killed in a mid-air collision over Washington State.
• A permanent Douglas College site was chosen in Langley, but the location was not disclosed.
• A new world record for soccer marathon was set at Trinity Western College, where a 48-hour match smashed the old mark set at 43 hours and four minutes in Britain.
Thirty Years Ago
March 16, 1988
• Construction started on a new $2.5-million library at Trinity Western University.
• An Aldergrove mother appealed to Township council for a ban on all video games in stores and arcades.
Twenty Years Ago
March 20, 1998
• A reported need to spend $2 million on repairs to Township recreation facilities was blamed on previous lack of maintenance.
• After being harshly criticized in a judge’s ruling on a sexual misconduct case (in which a local teacher was cleared of all charges), Langley school board reviewed the procedures under which the allegations had been handled.
• Canada Post shut down the mail service that had been offered at Porter’s Store at the Five Corners in Murrayville for 80 years.
• Township councillor Karen Kersey called on Premier Glen Clark to step in and shut down Money’s Mushrooms’ composting plant immediately. She and others were not satisfied by the $100,000 fine and an order to close in 18 months, the terms of a settlement Money’s reached with the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
• Provincial Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh backed out of a visit to Langley City, at which Mayor Marlene Grinnell had been hoping to present arguments against Dosanjh’s plans to close the local provincial court house.
• An anti-racism video created and produced by Brookswood Secondary students won a national competition sponsored by Heritage Canada.