SIXTY YEARS AGO
Currently playing at the Strand Theatre is “Singing in the Rain,” starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor; at the Oak is “Stars in My Crown” starring Joel McCrea and Dean Stockwell and also “Our Relations” starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; at the Green Acres Drive-In is “Only the Valiant,” starring Gregory Peck and “King of the Carnival.” Also tonight at the Green Acres Drive-In it is Foto Night with a cash offer of $260 plus $100 diamond from Green’s Jewelry Store and a $100 cash credit against a new or used car from Breen Motors Ltd.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Joyful bands of Muslims flocked into central Oran today, marking the apparent collapse of European terrorist resistance.
Arthur Dilley, a member of the staff of The Brandon Sun for 44 years, was honoured by fellow employees this week prior to his departure to the west coast, where he will reside.
FORTY YEARS AGO
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 that the death penalty cannot be carried out in the United States.
Martin Joseph Bohn, a former Worcester, Mass., taxicab driver, today began serving his first full day in prison after receiving a six-month sentence on charges of fraud in Court of Queen’s Bench. The charges involved some $23,000, including $10,000 he received from Brandon University towards his $16,000-a-year salary as associate professor of psychology.
A revamped Clean Environment Act setting out stiffer penalties for polluters and giving the government power to revise any previous licence to pollute, has been introduced in the Manitoba legislatures. Corporations violating any provisions of the act would be subject to fines of up to $5,000, while individuals could be fined up to $500.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
Brandon resident Alex Matheson has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada.
Cal Szakacs, a Brandon businessman, has been appointed the Rotary governor of 41 clubs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Two powerful earthquakes hit California last night. The quakes, one of them California’s strongest in 40 years, opened a 70-kilometre fissure in the desert, buckled highways, caused fires and heavily damaged dozens of homes. Another quake shook the Las Vegas area early today.
Street reconstruction got underway on Rosser Avenue today, as heavy equipment ripped out sidewalks and pavement. The upgrades, involving two blocks from 11th Street to Ninth Street, will likely take up to six weeks.
TEN YEARS AGO
Already seeing patients with heat-related illness, health officials in Brandon are reminding people to make special efforts to beat the heat as temperatures remain high. Two people have been treated for heat stroke in Brandon since the heat wave began and several others have turned up with symptoms of heat exhaustion. The mercury hit a high of 33 C in Brandon yesterday. Adding to the sweltering heat is the humidity. Yesterday’s humidex reading topped 40 C.
Shortly after one major housing project collapsed, a series of others are set to begin. Downtown Brandon lost out on 60 units planned for Pacific Avenue when the developer failed to finalize financing earlier this month. But 13 projects announced yesterday that will cash in on incentive programs neatly take its place, renovating 65 units. The projects will mostly fix up existing units and create a few new ones. Two-bedroom apartments must rent for no more than $550 a month including electricity, while single-bedroom units rent for $430 including Hydro. Developer Van-Bi Lee, who received money for two of his projects, says there’s great demand for affordable rental units.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 29, 2012