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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

Dear Re­spected Ed­i­tor, As­sala­mua­likum Wa Rah­mat­ul­lah (May the peace of bless­ings of Al­lah be upon you).

My name is Zahid Sar­dark­han and I am a mis­sion­ary of the Ah­madiyya Mus­lim Com­mu­nity (AMJ) in Is­lam. I am vis­it­ing Corn­wall for a short pe­riod and it is my first visit. I ex­tend my greet­ings to your staff mem­bers. I am here to clarify any mis­un­der­stand­ing about Is­lam and its be­liefs. I would like to sit down and in­tro­duce my­self to you so we can de­velop a stronger re­la­tion­ship and fur­ther dis­cuss more on our be­liefs. My Phone num­ber is (289)-923-2084 and my email ad­dress is zkhan7695@gmail.com.

As you are aware that the re­li­gion and ter­mi­nol­ogy of Is­lam is be­com­ing known as a great con­tro­versy in the present age. Ter­ror­ist groups such as ISIS and the Tal­iban are try­ing to spread the name of Is­lam in ex­trem­ism and Vi­o­lence. Also, as you know the def­i­ni­tion of Is­lam de­fines PEACE and SUB­MIS­SION to­wards serv­ing mankind. So ‘Is­lam’ would mean the path of those who are obe­di­ent to Al­lah and who es­tab­lish peace with Him and His crea­tures. As Mus­lims we be­lieve in Mirza Ghu­lam Ah­mad (Peace Be Upon Him) as the Mes­siah and Mirza Mas­roor Ah­mad as the cur­rent leader of the Ah­madiyya Mus­lim Com­mu­nity. The main motto of the Ah­madiyya Move­ment is:

Cur­rently we are also sup­port­ing the reg­is­tered or­ga­ni­za­tion of our com­mu­nity known as Hu­man­ity First which you may have heard of. Hu­man­ity first is an in­ter­na­tional non – profit dis­as­ter re­sponse and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished to pro­vide help and as­sis­tance to the less for­tu­nate in Canada and im­prove the qual­ity of life in un­de­vel­oped coun­tries across the globe.

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