As The Packet marks its 50th anniversary this year, we offer readers a look back at the local stories that made the news.
50 years ago
From the Nov. 21, 1968 edition
Caribous score 26-0 victory
Does that headline sound ridiculous? Well it is no more so than the mismatch that unfortunate fans had the pleasure of witnessing last Friday night as the Caribous walloped, white-washed and otherwise whipped the poor Peterview Barons of the central league 26-0. The score sounds more like a football score or the distance in feet and inches for a good long jumper. Unfortunately, the barons are not able to get much ice time at Grand Falls where they must pay $25 per hour just to practice. Maybe it’s time Grand Falls thought about doing a little more for intermediate hockey? Jim Tilley, Eugene Strong and Roy Greening all got hat-tricks with Eldred Drodge being the top scorer with 4 goals.
40 years ago
From the Nov. 16, 1978 edition
Council gives support for new school
The Shoal Harbour Town Council has given its support to a committee in that town which is in endeavoring to have a new school built there.
At a public meeting held a few weeks ago a committee was formed to look into all avenues that might be explored with a view to having a new school facility provided, to replace the existing Balbo Elementary School, which has served the community for over 30 years. A spokesperson for the committee has said there will not be any let up until there is a commitment that a new school will be built.
20 years ago
From the Nov. 23, 1998 edition
10 years ago
From the Nov. 27, 2008
Holloway’s Grocery closing its doors after 60 + years
When Audrey Holloway bows into retirement at the end of December, her store will follow.
With its closed sign facing outward from 9 to 5 for the rest of it days, the little blue building will be joining the hundreds of its kind across the island.
In time, it will take the bright Pepsi logos out front for a tourist to tell this was once a store. Scattered passersby will likely pull into the driveway for years to come, before they notice the emptiness inside.
But the town of Harcourt will know when it’s gone. It will be missed.
Holloway’s has been standing there serving the same people for over 60 years.