Get off my lawn
A couple of young would-be thieves took on more than they could handle when they came up against a 78-year-old determined South Glengarry resident who just weeks earlier had undergone major surgery.
Not only did the man chase them off his property around 10 p.m. earlier this month, but he kept chasing them for a couple of miles in his pick-up truck. Right on their tail.
It all started when the man’s wife noticed a light shining near a vacant building on their property not far from the main residence. She alerted her husband who immediately swung into action.
He grabbed a rifle and headed out of the house. The rifle had a trigger lock so its only use would been as a bat. Of course, the two would-be thieves didn’t know that the rifle was locked. When the two suspects saw what was happening they made a run for their vehicle and headed down the driveway to the main road with the resident, in his pick-up truck in hot pursuit.
In a Hollywood-style chase, in which he stayed close enough to the fleeing vehicle to read the Quebec licence plate, the resident eventually cornered them in a Lancaster restaurant parking lot. He blocked them in. Oddly enough, they didn’t try to make a run for it on foot. Perhaps, thinking the man was armed, they thought it safer to remain in the vehicle and wait for the police to “save” them.
Fortunately, a witness to all the action called 9-1-1 (the resident didn’t have his cell phone with him) and within a few minutes three Ontario Provincial Police cruisers were on scene to make the arrests. A search of the vehicle found break-in tools and a quantity of drugs.
The home owner admitted that in hindsight chasing the two suspects might not have been the smartest thing to do.
If they got to the 401 the man’s game plan was to run them off the highway before they got to the Quebec border.
Upon hearing the wild tale, a retired OPP staff sergeant, who knows the man, joked, “The guy is my new hero.”
Somebody else suggested that perhaps the home owner might be eligible for an honourary membership in the National Rifle Association (NRA) which is big on arming citizens to protect themselves and their property.
As for that rifle, police told him it was a good thing he left it back at the house, otherwise they would have been obliged to charge him with a firearms offence.
Yup, our justice system, always looking out for the victim. fixed rental rate. One, Verdun, paid just $200 a game. He also pointed out that Cornwall played in one of the smallest (capacity) rinks in the league with just 1,400 seats. In Quebec City, the Remparts had a 10,500-seat arena with average attendance of around 8,000.
Markell said the team, which he said lost $15,000 in the 1969-70 season, could make it through the upcoming season without a better cut of the gate, but doubted if the team would be around for the following season.
While the club lost money, he said the city made $8,200 on gate receipts, which was used to help upgrade one of the oldest junior hockey rinks in Ontario.
The team also wanted a reduction in the number of complimentary tickets it was obligated to fork over to the city. Markell said the freebies cost the club $2,500 a season.
Some members of council said that if the Royals got a better financial deal other organizations that rented the Water Street Arena and Bob Turner Memorial Centre would expect the same.
In the end the team got a better deal and would go on to become one of the few junior hockey franchises to win three Memorial Cups.
ALSO THIS WEEK IN 1970 - The SD and G County School Board voted ( Trustee Sam Mcleod broke the tie) to supply free milk to pupils in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 at a cost of $50,000 per school term. A recommendation to supply free milk to all elementary pupils at a cost $100,000 was voted down. ... Just months after laying off 650 employees, Courtaulds announced at two-week layoff in its rayon fibre division. ...
HERE AND THERE If there are folks willing to fork out the money grocery stores are charging for organic food, I figure with my garden I’m sitting on a gold mine. ... Okay, where are all these Japenese Beetles coming from? ... A voice of reason from within the Liberal government: Environment Minister Catherine Mckenna said we can’t erase history by tearing down statues ( Sir John A. Macdonald). Amen. ... Hard to believe that it has been 50 years since Collège Classique de Cornwall (Classical College) closed its doors. A reunion in September will celebrate the college’s immense contribution to secondary and post-secondary education in this city and the United Counties. And it all started in 1949 in a renovated duplex on Lawrence Avenue with four teachers (Clerics of St. Viateur brothers) and 35 students.
TRIVIA ANSWER Charlottenburgh Township native John Angus Cameron was a gold prospector who transported his wife’s body in a metal coffin filled with alcohol, from British Columbia to Cornwall, a 8,600-mile journey via the Isthmus of Panama, for burial. Years later when rumours spread that perhaps his wife had been murdered, or that it wasn’t her body buried in the Cornwall cemetery, the body was exhumed for examination. It was his wife. She had died of typhoid fever. She was reburied at Salem Cemetery in Summerstown. Cameron returned to the B.C. gold fields after running out of money. He died penniless and is buried at Bakerville, B.C.
TRIVIA This East Cornwall landmark had a bowling alley in the basement and adjacent drug store.
FINALLY The only fuction of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectiable. - John Kenneth Galbraith
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