We are sharing the stories that appeared on the front page of the Northland Post 50 years ago.
ONR and Board of Trade talk and think tourism
The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission met in Cochrane devoting most of the morning to discussion of local projects with Board of Trade and town Council delegations.
While several projects were given definite or tentative approval, nearly all of them related to tourism in general and the Moosonee excursions in particular. New attractions for visitors, store service, accommodation and information services were discussed.
The Commission “unveiled” the first two pieces in its updated range of promotional material, and Mr. Belisle presented a colour photograph of Chimo, with an invitation that the railway adopt the local polar bear as its model for use in advertising material.
Senior housing ready July 30
The long-awaited senior citizen housing project will be competed by July 30.
The two-storey, 15-unit building, will be started as soon as possible on the corner of Thirteenth Avenue and Fifth Street.
Each unit will contain a bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom. A stove, refrigerator and ample storage space will be included in each apartment. Rent will include heat, light and water. Geared to gross income, rent begins at $28 a month. A person must be 58 years or more to be eligible for an apartment. No children will be allowed.
Rene Brunelle “optimistic” for Cochrane’s Airstrip
The first official plane landed at Cochrane’s partially competed airstrip fittingly enough was made by the Honourable Rene Brunelle, Minister of Lands and Forest.
The twin-engined Otter landed smoothly, on wheels, although it is outfitted with skis as well.
Although it wasn’t an international airport reception, M.J. Labelle, contractor for the airstrip, Marc David, acting airport committee chairman, and Cochrane Lands and Forest officials were on hand to meet Mr. Brunelle and his party.
The 3,600-foot strip was started in September of 196 adjacent to Lillabelle Lake.
Town plans $50,000 to improve roads
The Town of Cochrane is calling for tenders for a $50,000 road construction program to begin this spring.
This will be the first of a five-year road improvement project for the town.
Late last year, Mayor Maurice Hotte told council “our roads are the worst in the country.
The cost will be shared equally by the Town and the Department of Highways.
Files courtesy of the Cochrane Public Library archives