25 YEARS AGO - FRIDAY MAY 17 1985
TODAY sees the proverbial wheel turn full circle at Portlethen, with the reopening of a railway station after an absence of nearly 30 years.
However, no sooner had ScotRail fixed 16 gleaming new placards proudly proclaiming the name of the halt on lamp standards up and down both platforms, than eagle eyed primary school children pointed out an elementary mistake.
The signs declared "Port Lethen", making the much expanded village sound like the bustling fishing port it was when the station was originally born! Embarrassed officials quickly ordered the removal of the signs and as ScotRail are not in the business of turning the clock back for the sake of sentimentality, directed that they be re-written.
MONEY left by Mrs Margaret Crighton for the improvement of library facilities is to be used to buy a micro-film display unit for the new extension to Inverbervie's library.
The money, which totalled 1132 in 1980, was previously requested by Inverbervie Community Council to buy books for the local library. However, Mr Gerald Moore, NESLS's Chief Librarian recommended the provision of a display unit to house old historical documents and old newspapers.
50 YEARS AGO - Friday May 20 1960
ANOTHER sign of the approaching summer became evident at Stonehaven south beach this week when the seats were placed in position. This part of the foreshore is far more popular than its appearance would seem to warrant and the seats are a welcome addition to the landscape. Soon, we hope, the duckboards will also be laid as the rough pebbles can make walking – even to the seats- a problem for some of the less nimble.
IT was announced this week that 124 10s has been sent to the World Refugee Year Fund in London from the proceeds of the children's show "Magic in the Air" presented recently in Stonehaven Town Hall by the Hendry School of Dancing.
In addition to the gratifying sum, the funds of Mackie Academy, Fetteresso Primary School, Dunnottar Primary School and the Red Cross have benefited from the four evening performances.
100 YEARS AGO - Thursday May 19 1910
IT might be well to remind our own householders of the warning of the Burgh Surveyor of scarcity of water during the summer months. The Provost seemed to treat the matter off handedly, but those who know as much about the matter as he does hold to the belief that if we do not run short this summer it will be because our usual number of summer visitors have not visited the town.
Those responsible for the water supply should not forget that nothing sends away visitors quicker than any doubts regarding the quality or quantity of a water supply.
BY the will of the late Mr Robert Bruce, of Auchenblae, who died in February, 100 is bequeathed for erecting a drinking fountain in the Market square, near the Drumtochty Arms. Such a fountain will be a great boon to the many cyclists and tourists passing through the village during the summer months.