Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, 1992 editions)
• After learning that the town's outdoor Christmas decorations were destroyed during the Pic N Wear fire, the Windsor Business Improvement District Commission asked downtown merchants to help them transform the downtown core into a Christmas wonderland. The plan was to buy new decorations that would keep “with the unique look of downtown Windsor” but it wouldn't be feasible to do so in time for the holiday.
• The RCMP were investigating after a number of damage complaints in and around Ellershouse and Brooklyn were reported. Several mailboxes were smashed.
• A Falmouth man who was struck by a falling elm tree while he was travelling on the Falmouth Back Road was taking his case to the Supreme Court of Canada. The argument is that the “Crown owed a duty of care to highway users against reasonably foreseeable hazards.” A trial judge ruled in his favour but the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal overturned the ruling.
• The Hants Community Hospital received a three-year accreditation via the Canadian Council on Health Facilities Accreditation.
• A report on the happenings of the Brooklyn Fire Department appeared in the paper. It was noted that a team of Brooklyn junior firefighters competed in a pumper duty race in Bedford. Of the eight teams that competed, the juniors placed third.
In other firefighting news, Garry Hazel became chief of the department after Frank Porter announced his retirement, and Albert Bahri was elected as the deputy chief.
• West Hants Municipal Council supported the 'white ribbons against pornography week' campaign.
It was noted that by wearing a white ribbon, individuals would “give silent testimony to their own dislike of the highly profitable trade in various types of pornography that is currently going on in the area.”
• Using seeds from one of Howard Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkins, firefighter Joel Holland managed to grow a record-breaking specimen. At the World Pumpkin Confederation site in California, Holland managed to grow an 827 pound giant.
• The one-lane bridge crossing the Herbert River near Mantua was being replaced. The new bridge was going to be wide enough to have a sidewalk so people could view the tidal bore.
• Artist Jockie Loomer-Kruger, of Falmouth, had her artwork highlighted in the Country Woman magazine.
• Weldon Smith, the Hants County representative with the Department of Agriculture, was lamenting the 'low fat' diet and what it means for area farmers. He was reported as saying “the cream industry is pretty well finished” and noted that chicken consumption was up due to the no-fat fad.
• Carl Trider, of Windsor Pharmasave, donated an aerosol breathing machine to the Windsor Elementary School to help students with asthma.
• Registered nurse Linda Muir, of Windsor, received a Silver Pin Award in recognition of her service to the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Cancer Society.
• Theresa Griffin, of the Windsor Chito-Ryu Karate Club finished in second place at the 4th International Chito-Soke Cup in Australia and earned a gold medal for team fighting as she represented Canada in the same event.
• A full page feature on James Creighton, “Nova Scotia's first hockey export,” appeared in the newspaper. The feature was written by Dr. Garth Vaughan and featured photos of the man who was nicknamed the 'father of organized hockey.'
• Windsor Cleaning Services Ltd., which had been operating in Windsor for 22 years, changed its name to System Care Cleaning and Restoration.
50 years ago (Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 1967 editions)
• A major expansion was planned for Canadian Keyes Fibre Ltd. in Hantsport. The company was getting ready to launch a new line of products: top quality molded paper plates known as Royal Chinet. The newspaper noted that the line of plates was already being made in the United States and had “captured a major share of the market in that country.”
The first molding machine was expected to start up in September 1968.
• A 22-year-old Noel man was killed in a car crash near Walton. He had been serving with the Canadian Army and had recently returned from Germany.
• Roland Hanson, the Windsor Fire Department's first assistant fire chief, was injured at a fire that nearly destroyed the warehouse of Joseph Fritz Ltd.
He was climbing the aerial ladder, carrying hose line, when he came in contact with a nearby power line.
The fire at the business, located on Water Street across from the D.A.R Freight Shed, occurred in the wee morning hours and was believed to have started near the washroom.
• A Hants West Rural Beautification Rally was held. Mr. And Mrs. Frank Woolaver, of Newport, received first place in the century farm category while Irven and Harry Burgess, of Windsor Forks, took first place in the farm competition. The community winner was the East Noel Community Hall; the youth entry was the Avon 4-H Club based in Martock; and McLean's Service Station in Brooklyn received best commercial.
A total of 64 century farm plaques were distributed to farms throughout Hants County. The complete list appeared in the Journal.
• It was reported that Windsor store owners began “their annual chore of removing soap, wax and many other items from the windows of their stores” after “youngsters” wreaked havoc on Halloween.
• Rev. H.Y. MacLean was inducted as the rector for the Anglican Parish Church in Windsor.
• The Metro-Valley Junior Hockey League was formed in Windsor. The six-team league was to consist of the Halifax Colonels, Darthmouth Hoyt's, Berwick Shell Juniors, East Hants Penguins, Windsor Royals and a squad from Kentville.
• The Imperial Theatre was showing The Big Mouth, featuring Jerry Lewis, The Viscount, a melodrama featuring Kerwin Mathews, Edmond O'Brien and Jane Fleming, and Alfie, starring Michael Caine. Barefoot in the Park, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, was lined up for three days. Starting on Nov. 6, Dr. Zhivago was set to play for six days. Admission for Dr. Zhivago was Monday-Thursday, $1.75 for adults, $1.25 for students; with Friday and Saturday shows costing $2 for adults and $1.25 for students.
Walt Disney's The Hound that Thought He was a Raccoon was also set to play as a matinee for children.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1942, Lawson Taylor was once again named County Plow Champion. In wartime news, Windsor women were preparing Christmas boxes for 128 men serving overseas.
In 1917, a wind storm damaged Windsor. Some chimneys and smoke stacks were blown down, and windows were reported broken.
During October 1917, it was noted that the mercury dropped below the freezing point on five occasions.
In First Word War news, Albert Wilson, of Windsor, wrote a letter from Westfalen as a prisoner of war. Five soldiers, all from Windsor, were reported to have been wounded in action. They were Pte. William P. Murphy and Pte. William Cook – former employees of the Hants Journal, and Pte. Graham Singer, Pte. James Curry and Pte. LeRoy Mosher. Capt. John Hensley, of Windsor, was killed in action.