Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (March 31 and April 7, 1993 editions)
• Helen Lake, the manager of Thrifty Credit Union in Kempt Shore, issued a plea for bank robbers to stop holding them up.
The first time the bank was held up was in 1979, shortly after they opened. Lake had been at the credit union for two of the three armed robberies and said it was “very nerve-wracking.”
The second armed robbery occurred in December 1992.
The third armed robbery, in March 1993, involved two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, around 8 a.m. in the morning.
About a week later, three Bramber residents — two men and one woman — were charged with the heist.
• Artist Jockie Loomer-Kruger was opening up her house to visitors after she completed a year-long project.
The folk artist painted each stair riser with a unique scene from 1945 Falmouth. She was nine years old in 1945 and told the Journal that she remembers “having considerable freedom to explore the community. And realizing that home was not only the house where I lived with my family, but that all of Falmouth was home too.”
Money raised from the various open house dates were to be donated to the Falmouth Community Hall.
• Ted Crocker, a Windsor councillor, wished to retract the statements he made in a previous story that laid out his concerns over the amount of businesses and services heading to Kentville instead of Windsor. At the time, he said he saw Windsor “declining as the shire town of Hants County.” Kentville's mayor, Kings County's warden and Windsor's mayor all spoke out after hearing his initial comments, with Kentville Mayor Dorine Taylor saying they are not competing with Windsor for business. Taylor said: “What is good for one part of the Valley is good for all.”
• The Michelin tire plant in Waterville, which had 1,000 employees in 1993, produced its five millionth tire since setting up shop in the Valley.
• C. Donald Dill Construction, of Windsor, was awarded the tender for a 10-unit unique housing project in Tantallon. The tender was valued at $499,466. The apartment complex was to be designed to accommodate people with special needs.
• The Windsor Royals repeated as provincial Junior B hockey champions. The Royals took the Best of 7 provincial series against the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates in four games.
Goalie Fred Corkum was named the MVP of the playoffs.
• Ron Gullon, a former Mount Uniacke councillor, was leading an effort to reduce the size of East Hants' council. He said East Hants was over-governed, with 15-members. The Utilities and Review Board was preparing to review the distribution of councillors.
• The Hants Community Hospital released its year-end report, which showed admissions were up compared to the year prior. A total of 2,976 patients were admitted, 1,615 of which were from West Hants, 695 from Windsor and 170 from Hantsport. The total number for out-patient visits was also up in 1992, totalling 80,361.
• Windsor firefighters held their department's annual banquet and presented a number of awards. Receiving plaques for 20 years of exemplary service were Glen Robinson and Deputy Chief Greg Lake.
Norman Bennett received the Windsor Fire Department Veterans Association's annual award. Veterans Michael Smith and Gilbert Church each received certificates from the Town of Windsor and clocks from the WFD.
• Hantsport's Wayne Myles was hard at work getting people involved with biathlon. The athlete created a biathlon course in Bishopville in 1990 (it was the only such course in 1993 in Nova Scotia). He constructed Wayne's World, a 250-acre site on his parents' farm with 12.5 kilometres of trails, after he was approached by Sport Nova Scotia to coach a biathlon team.
Myles first began participating in the sport while attending King's-Edgehill School in Windsor and went on to win several national medals.
• The Classics, a seven-piece band based in Halifax, was set to play a dance in Windsor to help raise funds for the 1993 Sam Slick Days Festival. It was noted that as the event continued to grow, more fundraising would be needed to keep it going.
• Nova Scotia Premier Don Cameron toured Windsor, taking time to visit students and answer their questions and eat lunch with members of the local business community.
• Arnold Joudrey, of Hantsport, retired from CKF Inc. after 34 years of service. He was employed as a stock runner.
• The Hants Co-Op Farm and Garden Store was reminding residents of the chick days cutoff date. They had “everything you need to help you get your small poultry flock started and make it a success.” Baby roosters were selling for 25 cents each, turkeys were $2.30 each, meat kings were 85 cents, and layers (Dekalb) were $1 each. Day old Peking ducks were $1.85 and day old goslings could be purchased for $3.95.
• Edgecombe Sports Limited was celebrating its grand opening in a new location, 1699 King St. in Windsor. The shop was owned and operated by brothers John and Dave Edgecombe. Among the deals were Converse fleece pants for $16.99, Adidas Lady Road Tech Shoes for $49.99, and a Norco Katmandu mountain bike for $249.99. Free t-shirts were given to the first 40 customers.
50 years ago
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