Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (May 17, 1989 paper)
• The federal government offered to transfer ownership of three surplus wharfs to the Municipality of West Hants. If the wharfs, located in Burlington, Newport Landing (Avondale), and Summerville, were not taken over, they were to be removed in June 1989.
• The “Jenkins House” on King St. was transported to Nesbitt St. in Windsor to make way for more town office parking.
• The organizers of Matthew 25, a used clothing outlet for people in need, were scrambling to find a new location after being notified April 1 that the landlord of the Curry’s Corner location had plans to convert the property into a store.
• Century All Stars Circus was coming to town May 23 and bringing with it all the “fun, thrills, and excitement of the Big Top.” The advertisement in the paper promoted a galaxy of circus stars, mighty Asian and African elephants, as well as roaring jungle beasts.
• The Brooklyn Home and School Association held a challenge for students to design an emblem for the elementary school. The winning entry was designed by student Michelle Linton. Runners up were Paul Pettipas, Laura Brackett and Danny Phillips.
• Jason Francis, of Upper Rawdon, was selected by the Hockey News as the International Minor Hockey League’s player of the year. The 11-year-old, and his family, was invited to attend a special banquet in Toronto in June.
• The West Hants Mike MacPhee Warriors Novice A team went undefeated in the 10th annual Frank MacIsaac Hockey Tournament. They defeated the Centennial Hawks 4-3 to take home the championship title.
50 years ago (May 13, 1964 paper)
• The third-most attended blood donor clinic in Windsor's history was held, with a total of 343 donors rolling up their sleeves. The names of all of the donors, and where they lived, appeared in the paper.
• Members of the Windsor Fire Department and Mount Uniacke Fire Department responded to a two-storey house fire in the area of Cameron Lake.
It was reported the house, attached to a small business known as Jean's Lunch, caught fire and sustained extensive damage. The lunchroom suffered water damage only.
• The Windsor Rotary Club held a clinic through the Easter Seals. Dr. John C. Acker, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. N. Barrie Coward, a pediatrician, examined 39 cases of disabled children, 15 of which were first-time patients.
• Rev. Douglas Hergett, of Windsor, was appointed the deacon for the Parish of Maitland. He was to be ordained to the priesthood and inducted as the parish rector upon the successful passing of his priest's papers.
The Parish of Maitland consisted of Holy Trinity Church, Maitland; St. John Baptist Church, Lattie's Brook; St. Peter's Church, Upper Kennetcook; and St. Paul's Church, Northfield.
• Donald Stevenson, of Tatamagouche, was appointed assistant agricultural representative for Hants County for the summer. He noted he intended to devote his time during the summer “to the work of the 4-H clubs and the farming gentry in Hants County.”
• Dominion Stores were advertising a variety of hot deals, including a 20-oz tin of beans for 15 cents, a 13-pound watermelon for 79 cents, and a two-pound package of wieners for 99 cents.