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Looking Back at 1983

February 14, 2024

Robin Adamson, Lloyd Kelly and Jon Adamson in front of J'n B's, circa 1983.

Originally Published in the North Kawartha Times, December 28, 1983

The North Kawartha Times was founded in March 1983.


Fenelon Falls Council asks the Ontario Municipal Board to intervene in a dispute between the chamber and the council over a zoning by-law requiring new businesses to provide a set number of parking spaces or pay cash in lieu of.

Lindsay Ontario Provincial Police detachment opens a store front operation in Bobcaygeon.

A storm was brewing between Fenelon Falls Council and the Downtown Retail Merchant’s Association over the ownership, storage and maintenance of Christmas lights. The merchants had purchased the decorative lights in 1982.

Harry Van Oudenaren was selected to chair the 150th anniversary committee in celebration of the building of the Bobcaygeon lock.

Two local residents, Dave Pendlebury and Tony Fiorini ppeared before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission for licences to operate cable service in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon.

Fenelon Falls Council passes a by-law restricting the operation of arcades.


Parents of schoolchildren in Kinmount met with the Victoria County Board of Education to fight a plan to move Grade 7 and 8 classes from Kinmount to Burnt River School.

The Fenelon Falls Midget hockey team are declared the All-Ontario Champions of Midget “C” division after winning three straight games in a best of five series.

Downtown merchants in Fenelon Falls are up in arms over plans to reconstruct the Lindsay St. bridge in the spring. Merchants felt it would keep tourists away from the village.

Tragedy strikes the village of Bobcaygeon as two young children die in a blaze which destroyed the Wager family home.


Fenelon Falls Council gives approval for a consulting firm to look at the possibility of building up a small hydro-electric plant to generate the village’s electricity.

Bobcaygeon Council passes its budget with a five percent increase. Repairing and maintaining village roads, at $151,000, was the largest item on the sheet.

Fenelon Falls resident Eric Robertson proposes a mobile security patrol be set up in the village to supplement OPP patrols.

Fenelon Township taxpayers face a seven percent increase in township taxes as the Council passes a total budget of $887,892. The largest item is $551,000 for roads.


Fenelon Falls residents face a 5.8 percent hike in the municipal mill rate. The 1983 budget was set at $1,032,588. The largest expenditure at $387,600 will be for roads.

The squabble over the Christmas lights in Fenelon Falls was finally resolved when the village accepts ownership of the lights.

A project which began in the fall of 1978 is completed as the official opening of the Galway-Cavendish community centre takes place.

Provincial Health Minister (at the time) Larry Grossman cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Fenelon Ambulance Service.


Construction begins on a community facility in Bobcaygeon which will house the village’s volunteer fire department. The building is estimated to cost $247,000.

The Ontario Municipal Board ends a two-and-a-half-day hearing in Fenelon Falls over objections received on a proposed zoning by-law requiring new and expanded businesses to provide parking facilities.

Lock Centennial Celebrations in Fenelon Falls are held throughout the month of July ranging from an arts and crafts weekend to an antique and heritage weekend.


Victoria County Council agrees to the establishment of a special disaster relief fund to aid local residents who lose their homes or possessions as the result of fire.

Fenelon Falls Council cracks down on noise as two people are charged under the village’s anti-noise by-law.

The Bobcaygeon/Verulam Community Centre installs new lighting over the ice surface which will improve the arena’s lighting and cut operation costs.

Ownership of the North Kawartha Times changes as Fenelon Falls residents Bill and Patti Cragg purchase the weekly newspaper from Minden Times publisher Jack Brezina.

The end of a transportation era begins as the Canadian National Railway starts to remove the old railway tracks between Lindsay and Haliburton.


The 111th Kinmount Fall Fair draws a record number of 25,000 people.

Fenelon Township Council decides its proposed new administrative and garage complex will be one building. The new building will be located on the 6th Concession near County Road 8.

The Fenelon Falls Victoria Sport Peewees win the OASA All-Ontario Championships in the village.

The village of Kinmount forms a Civic Action Committee to create some uniformity as the village is located in four townships and three counties.

Somerville Township begins plans to restore the old Austin sawmill. Work was completed over the summer on the restoration of the railway station in Kinmount.


Nancy Hodgson is crowned the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair Queen.

Construction begins on a new IGA store in Coboconk. The new store, expected to open in April 1984, will have 4,500 square feet of retail space.

Battered wives and their children have a greater opportunity to receive assistance now that the Victoria County Task Force on Family Violence is formed.

Victoria County Council discusses a proposal on whether the county should have a full time warden and if the salary should be $35,000 plus expenses.

Fenelon Falls Council approves a Homecoming Week and the restoration of the CN railway station as its Bicentennial projects


Three-day auction of the Bobcaygeon Boyd estate attracted thousands. Highest bid of $52,500 was for a painting. Councillors and villagers still work to preserve the house and grounds as an historical part of the village.

Fourteen Ontario scholars are honoured at the annual commencement exercises at Fenelon Falls Secondary School.

Victoria County council proposes the construction of a new Victoria Manor facility.

Meeting held in Bobcaygeon to discuss the possibility of the Lindsay YMCA office offering extension programs in Bobcaygeon.

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