COLUMN: Hants History (Dec. 5, 2013 paper)

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.

 

25 years ago (Dec. 7, 1988 paper)

• The 12th annual Hants County Christmas Daddies show at the Windsor community centre brought in more than $22,000 for Family and Children's Services of Hants County.

RCMP Al McKay was the honorary chair for the broadcast show. More than 300 people volunteered their time and talent to make sure the show was a success.

• Members of the RCMP and Department of Lands of Forests (Windsor branch) conducted a joint Wildlife Act enforcement operation that resulted in 42 charges. During the Oct. 28 to Dec. 3 campaign, four vehicles were seized, as well as an assortment of firearms and a number of illegally harvested deer carcases.

• Sweet's Corner resident Gary Cochrane was returned to another term as warden of the Municipality of West Hants. Coun. Richard Dauphinee was appointed deputy warden.

• Icy road conditions were blamed for a single vehicle car accident on Highway 101 near Ellershouse that resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man.

• A total of 30,000 Christmas trees were being shipped to Manhattan from a Windsor depot near the Hants County Exhibition grounds.

Hants County Evergreen Balsam Products broker Claude O'Hara explained that Windsor was one of three shipping points to the New York area for trees. More than 20 local workers were employed for the duration of the project.

• Level 42, a Kentville-based club on Aberdeen Street, was reported to be a hot spot for teens as the club was keeping Valley youths off the streets. The venue gave the teens a place to dance in a non-alcoholic atmosphere.

• Kentville Publishing issued a notice to readers that the paper was not conducting telephone surveys and to avoid giving out personal information to whoever was calling.

• Hants County Shorthorn breeders showed well at the 1988 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Philip Burgess, of Falmouth, had a first place two-year-old female and a first placed senior heifer.

Dale MacPhee, of Nine Mile River, placed second with his two-year-old bull. Allan and Joy Palmer, of Belmont, showed stock that placed in the Top 10 at the country fair.

• Employees and customers of downtown Windsor couldn't wait for the official opening of Victoria Lane Extension to start parking there. It was reported that parking was to be permitted along the guardrail that runs the length of the street, just off Stannus Street in Windsor.

• A group of elementary school students were once again offering their snow clearing services to seniors in need of a helping hand. The project, sponsored by the Windsor Jaycettes, allowed the students to shovel off walkways, steps and sidewalks (but not the driveways).

• Jamie Robinson, of Falmouth, was pictured in the paper after receiving one of the major entrance scholarships available for St. Francis Xavier University. The graduate of Windsor Regional High School was a freshman at the university who was enrolled in the jazz studies program.

 

50 years ago (Dec. 4, 1963 paper)

• Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor won a trip for two to Waikiki beach in Honolulu as guests of the Ford Motor Company.

The couple took in the Grey Cup Game in Vancouver before flying to Honolulu for the weeklong vacation.

• A unique reunion took place that saw six of the seven war-time commanding officers of No. 17 Elementary Flying Training School, of Stanley, Nova Scotia, gather in Montreal as luncheon guests of C. F. Harrington — the vice-president and general manager of the Royal Trust Company.

• Dr. Robert A. MacLellan, of Rawdon Gold Mines, an active member of the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia since the turn of the century, was to be honoured at the annual meeting of the Hants East Liberal Association.

• Hantsport town council finally had a full slate. The mayor was D. M. Freeman, and the councillors were Dr. George Kenny, C. C. Holmes, Len McCully, John L. Harvie, John A. Scott and John L. Hicking.

• Hunting enthusiasts Foster Bateman, Vic Cleyle, Allister Stephens and Ed Boulter said they planned to travel to Newfoundland every year after their successful three-day trip. The men returned to Windsor after bagging four moose.

• The Radio Day held over Station CFAB was a successful affair for the Windsor Maple Leafs. While donations did not total 1962's figures, it was reported that people appeared to enjoy the program more.

It was reported that the funniest antic of the day was when Bill Walker offered a pledge if Yves Crosette dressed as a woman and went to the Dominion Store to ask for their personalized shopping services. Crosette took along his little “daughter” (Marc Dufor). Within minutes, the store was packed with people clamouring to see how the hockey fundraiser would pan out.

• Six men received gold watches from Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Limited for their 25 years of service to the Hantsport-based business. Those receiving watches were Kenneth Weagle, Harold Warner, Harold Ingram, Harvey Folker, Leslie Rafuse and Bernard McDonald.

 

Organizations: Hants Journal, RCMP, Municipality of West Hants Kentville Publishing St. Francis Xavier University Windsor Regional High School Ford Motor Company Elementary Flying Training School Liberal Party of Nova Scotia Hants East Liberal Association Windsor Maple Leafs Dominion Store Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company

Geographic location: Windsor, Falmouth, Manhattan New York Aberdeen Street Honolulu Toronto Belmont Stannus Street Waikiki Vancouver Nova Scotia Montreal Newfoundland Hants County West Hants

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