It happened in the Mearns March 20

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This week we bring you what happened in the Mearns from our own archives.

25 YEARS AGO - March 23 1990

Portlethen’s Bourtree Group received good news this week, when they heard that their long, and sometimes bitter, struggle to find a home is over - at least for another year. Speaking to “The Leader” this week, Playgroup chairperson, Mrs Ann Corbett, said it seemed certain that the group will be allowed to remain in the classroom they presently occupy at Portlethen Academy. For much of 1989 Playgroup organisers believed they would have to vacate the classroom by June of this year because of a growth in student enrolments at the Academy for the 1990/91 session, and a subsequent increase in the number of classrooms needed. Now, however, Academy Rector Mr Clement Stewart, is to get temporary classrooms to accommodate his increased roll and he says it is likely the Playgroup can stay where they are until the next academic session.

50 YEARS AGO - March 19 1965

Part of Mackie Academy’s contribution towards this year’s Saltire Society’s schools competition will be a display entitled “Facets of Scottish Aviation”. The entry will be organised by Mr Samuel B. Jolly, art teacher, and will depict the history of Scottish airways. It is hoped to charter a 44-seater Herald aircraft to fly as many pupils as possible from Dyce on a 135-mile tour of Kincardineshire. A colour film will be taken from the aeroplane and displayed in the exhibit. The only two dates available for the charter flight are 28th March and 4th April. The children will be briefed and insured before being allowed on the trip, which will cost 27/6 each. Experts will provide the other information for the project, which will also call for research by the children. The second exhibit will be of a historical nature.

100 YEARS AGO - March 25 1915

As farm work becomes more urgent, farmers are beginning to feel the scarcity of farm hands more and more. Most of them have a man less than they had last year and they are looking forward with no very great delight to the busy seed time that will be here in a week or so. Fortunately school boards in most cases sympathise with the farmer in his plight and are showing more freedom than usual in granting exemptions to boys who are within a few months of leaving school and desire to enter farm service. It is to be expected that there will be further increases in wages. Where markets - for married servants - have already been held wages have risen about £5 all over.

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Last week saw the heaviest fall of snow for the winter and on Thursday snow lay to the depth of six inches.