Throwback Thursday: From the Canora Courier files

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates listed refer to publication dates and not to dates of the events.)


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August 17, 1977 – Sgt. Harvey Babcock, commanding officer of the Canora detachment of the RCMP, announced his retirement after 25 years in the force, including six in Canora.


August 24, 1977 – Katie Whitton of Canora broke two provincial records at the provincial swim meet held in Biggar. Whitton won a gold medal in free style, breaking the previous record by over two seconds. She also broke the previous record in the backstroke, but settled for the silver medal after tying with a Swift Current racer, who was awarded the gold by a judge’s decision.


September 7, 1977 – With an overall average of 97.2 per cent, Marusia Kobrynsky was presented the Canora branch of the Royal Canadian Legion gold medal for proficiency in Grade 12 at the first annual fall graduation exercises of the Canora Composite High School.


September 14, 1977 – A fire was extinguished within five minutes of the arrival of 12 members of the Canora fire brigade after an alarm came in, according to Fred Dutchak, fire chief. The fire started in the rear seat of an old wrecked car, on the lot of Don’s Auto Body on the north service road. Had workers not made a “bucket brigade” while waiting for the assistance of the brigade the fire would have spread to surrounding autos and bushes, he said.


September 14, 1977 – A confectionary operated by Irene Toomey of Canora was opened in the William Block on Main Street. It was to be open seven days a week, featuring: confections, groceries, dairy and meat products, a variety of reading material and a ‘snack-‘n-go’ service, Toomey said.


September 21, 1977 – Joseph (Joey) R. Smallwood, former premier of Newfoundland, donated a copy of his latest book, The Face of Newfoundland, to the library of the Canora Composite High School. The donation was made as a gesture to his friend and associate, Lorne Rostotski, a Canora native who established a photography business in Newfoundland and whose photos were included in the book.