This Week in Hants History (Dec. 26, 2013 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill
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The Hants Journal provides readers with a look back at what made news 25 and 50 years ago.

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


25 years ago (Dec. 28, 1988 paper)

• A long-term friendship between Karin Begin, a local radio personality with Magic 97, and movie star Keifer Sutherland became tabloid fodder.

Begin’s spokesperson Shawn Rosvold, Magic 97’s programming director, explained to the Journal that The Star distorted the relationship between the two, inferring they were more than childhood friends.

The Journal reported that the friendship between the families started when Donald Sutherland, Keifer Sutherland’s father, and Begin’s father, were boyhood friends growing up in Bridgewater.

• Newly elected West Hants councillor Randy Matheson told the paper he was not satisfied with the school board’s reasoning behind certain expenditures it made during negotiations with CUPE members in the fall.

It was reported at council that the Hants West District School Board paid $65,000 to a Dartmouth bus company as a retainer to train drivers in the event of a local CUPE strike. (Their services were not required.) Matheson called for an independent inquiry to look into the spending.

• It was decided that the new Windsor Elementary School would not be rebuilt at its current location on Albert Street but a new building would be constructed on Tremaine Crescent.

• The Kentville team of Yvonne Martin, Jocelyn Nix-Amirault, Jill Alcoe-Holland, and Susan Webster won the annual Nova Scotia Textiles Ladies Curling Bonspiel in Windsor.

• Sobeys was selling crisp celery bundles for 39 cents, T-bone steak for $3.77 per pound and a two-litre bottle of Coca-Cola for 99 cents, when a 50 cent coupon was used.



50 years ago (Dec. 25, 1963 paper)

• Craftsman David G. Hergett, son of Mrs. Olive Hergett of Windsor, and a member of 2 Field Workshop, RCEME, Camp Petawawa, graduated from a junior non-commissioned officers course in Ontario for members of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade Group.

• R.E. Anderson, the deputy minister of Labour for Nova Scotia, was appointed chairperson of the Industrial Relations Committee of the International Association of Government Labour Officials. The organization involved the departments of labour in both Canada and the United States.

Anderson, and his 10-person committee, were planning to undertake a study concerning significant developments in the industrial relations field early in the new year.

• Mr. Haeusler, the automotive safety engineer with Chrysler of Canada, warned readers that a seat belt must “fit snugly over the pelvic region to provide full protection.”

• John Sherman, the chairperson of the Outdoor Lighting Committee, announced the judging of the annual Christmas lighting contest would take place Dec. 29.

• Doreen Reynolds, of Newport, won the H. E. Kendall Chapter IODE's contest. She received a doll, her wardrobe and carriage.

• Eighty-eight year old Warren Hennigar, of Vancouver, took his first flight in an airplane and flew back to Nova Scotia over the holidays to spend six weeks visiting friends and family.

He was pictured in the Hants Journal visiting his sister, Mrs. Ezra Miller, of Noel Shore, and her daughter, Mrs. Clair Densmore.



Organizations: Hants Journal, CUPE, The Star Hants West District School Board Windsor Elementary School Sobeys Coca-Cola Field Workshop Canadian Infantry Brigade Group Industrial Relations Committee of the International Association Outdoor Lighting Committee

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Windsor, Bridgewater Dartmouth Canada Albert Street Ontario United States Newport Vancouver Hants County West Hants N.S.

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