Feb. 21—Feb. 21, 1946
Realtors oppose rent control
A spokesperson for the Scranton Real Estate Board announced that "rent control in the Scranton area is unnecessary and under the peculiar conditions existing in this locality would do a great deal more harm than good."
The spokesperson added, "We also agree that the answer to our immediate problem in this area is not rent control, but additional available housing, by alteration and repairs of existing properties and by erection of new privately owned units."
This statement was given in response to an announcement that a then-recent report given to the local Office of Price Administration called for the creation of a probe into the area's rental market.
Wind delaying snow removal
Temperatures near zero combined with a strong northwest wind was causing delays in snow removal across Scranton, Lackawanna County and beyond.
Clearing the snow drifts created by the wind was the focus of the state highway crews. Once they were cleared, the crews would tend to the secondary roads.
Scranton Public Works employees reportedly removed tons of snow and spread rock salt on the streets in downtown overnight. This work helped to keep the city's buses running at a
Students in Scranton and surrounding communities all had school Feb. 21.
Canadian troops in Scranton
Four trains carrying 1,700 members of the Canadian Armed Forces made a brief stop in Scranton the evening of Feb. 20 on their journey home.
The trains, two owned by the Lackawanna Railroad and two owned by the Canadian government, stopped at the Lackawanna Station.
In the brief stop, Red Cross volunteers distributed sandwiches, coffee and cigarettes to the soldiers.
At the movies
"The Bells of St. Mary's" played at both the Strand and Capitol, "Tars and Spars" at the Comerford, "Danger Signal" at the West Side, "Spanish Mary" at the Roosevelt and "Dakota" at the Rialto.
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