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Blast from the Past: Domtar Ltd. plans expansion for Unity Sifto

Sifto salt plant expansion program cost $1.3 million from Domtar Ltd. 50 years ago.
Unity Public School kindergarten student Todd Bazley adjusts an ornament on one of the many Christmas trees lining the hallways of UPS.

50 years ago

The Wilkie Air Cadet Squadron 399 raised $690 in a walk-a-thon. They donated half to the Combined Appeal of Wilkie District and purchased a used school bus with the other half. They would use the bus for instruction in mechanical upkeep and for field trips.

Domtar Ltd. announced a $1.3 million expansion program for the Sifto salt plant in Unity. The expansion would increase capacity to 200,000 tons a year.

The Delta Co-operative Service Station at Unity, managed by Matt Wildeman, was presented an Excellence Award by Federated Co-operatives Limited.

Luseland Credit Union was pleased to announce that effective Jan. 1, 1974, there would be no service charges on any chequing accounts.

Superior Foods Shop-Rite was advertising a special on margarine – four for $1.

20 years ago

Plans for the Prairie Springs Minerals Spa in Wilkie were being revised to go from a 75-room hotel to 60 or 65 rooms, with a smaller pool area and convention centre.

A moto-cross track at Unity was moving closer to reality with town council reviewing insurance coverage and a lease with the Unity Motocross Club Inc.

Unity dentist Dr. Daniel Azuelos was closing shop in Unity for a month, while he went to Israel to offer his services to underprivileged children in that country as part of the Dental Volunteers of Israel program.

Wilkie town council was considering passing a bylaw to require bicyclists to wear helmets.

Cinema Satellite was announcing deals on the latest computers, with a 512 MB, 80GB hard drive system selling for $1,499, monitor not included.