HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (June 16 and 23, 1993 editions)
• Nova Scotia's strawberry crop was running about a week behind schedule due to snowy and wet spring weather. However, a senior horticulturist said he anticipated a good crop.
In 1992, the province's farmers produced four million quarts of strawberries, bringing in about $1.10 per quart. There were 11 varieties being grown.
• The Thriftee Credit Union in Kempt Shore underwent renovations to help improve security and hinder would-be bank robbers. In the last 10 years, the Hants Shore bank was hit three times by armed robberies.
• Two Truro men were arrested and charged after a late night robbery from the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission store in Kennetcook. Residents witnessed the robbery taking place and alerted the police. The suspects were then picked up by the Enfield RCMP.
• Robert Nunn, of Scotch Village, was touring schools, lecturing young people on the dangers of unprotected sex. Nunn was diagnosed with AIDS two years prior while living in Calgary and wanted to volunteer his remaining days stressing to people the importance of using a condom.
• Hants West MLA Ron Russell denied rumours that he was stepping down to take a run at a federal seat. The Tory MLA was first elected in 1978.
• Maritime playwright and poet Christopher Heide, the associate director for youth theatre at Mermaid Theatre, was selected to represent the country as part of a Canada-Scotland Writers Exchange.
• Lloyd Smith, “on leave from Windsor” and living in British Columbia, announced he would be representing the City of Victoria at a World Class Town Crier's Championship. It marked the first time in the city's 125-year history that they had a town crier compete. Smith thanked Windsor's mayor for throwing the town's support behind his application form.
• West Hants was reported to have one of the highest percentages of smokers in the province, and Nova Scotia had the highest number of smokers in the country. It was estimated that 200,000 Nova Scotians smoke, of which more than 13,000 were minors. An anti-smoking coalition was formed in West Hants to keep the pressure on those who buy and sell tobacco.
• Shopper's Drug Mart was set to close its doors in downtown Windsor on June 26. The space occupied by Shoppers was leased by the neighbouring Pharmasave, which was expected to move into the location on July 5.
• Operation Video Dent was launched in Hants County. It was described as “a new and innovative crime prevention program.” The program's purpose was to help combat thefts and break and enters. For a nominal fee, homeowners could have their valuables (the contents of their homes or vehicles) videotaped, which would help with the recovery of stolen property should items be stolen. This could also aid insurance companies should there be a fire. Families could also opt to have their children videotaped in case of kidnapping.
A university student and two high school graduates were set to work with Const. Mac McIver, of the Windsor rural RCMP detachment, to launch the project.
• Mike's Deli opened on Gerrish Street in Windsor. The business was run by Mike and Hylda Bowers, who had been in the deli business in Windsor for eight years. In addition to deli meats, cheeses and party trays, the business also had in stock home brew kits and supplies.
50 years ago (June 12 and 19, 1968 editions)
• Chappell Construction Limited, of Amherst, was awarded the Avon Causeway contract. Work was expected to start within weeks on the project, which was expected to cost just shy of $2 million, and conclude March 31, 1971.
• Windsor's Arno G. Hawboldt Ltd. was having a sale as the business was “forced to vacate” the warehouse on the waterfront, noting they “were a causeway casualty.” The sale advertisement noted customers would benefit from the massive sale. Chesterfields were going for $15 and up, while customers were encouraged to make an offer on large ticket items, like boats, and items in the building, like display cases and old photos.
• Tenders were called for the construction of a two-lane creosoted timber bridge to be erected over the Halfway River in Hantsport.
It was noted that the existing one-lane bridge was “considered a hazardous bottleneck on the highway.”
• Heritage Memorials, Windsor's newest industrial plant, officially opened on June 8.
• Ella Giles retired after 40 years of being a teacher. She spent 39 of those years teaching Grade 2 at the Windsor Elementary School.
• Construction was set to begin on nine new homes in the Holmes Hill district of Hantsport as part of a co-operative housing project.
• Four riflemen from Hants County, Al Mutch, Bert Crowe, Joe Davis and Cliff Strong, were named to the Nova Scotia Rifle Association's team. They were to compete at the Inter-Maritime Shoot in Bedford.
• Stedmans was having a summer clothing sale that featured such items as ladies' bathing suits for $7.98 to $12.98, men's swim trunks for $2.98, and Stanfield's grand slam golf shirts for $4.
• The Dominion Store in Windsor was bringing customers “sunny savings” for weekend grilling, which included blade roast for 55 cents a pound, breakfast bacon for 79 cents a pound, and rib steak for 99 cents a pound.
• The Imperial Theatre in Windsor was the place to be to see such flicks as The Ambushers, starring Dean Martin; Bonnie Scotland, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Rio Bravo, another Dean Martin movie that also featured John Wayne, Rick Nelson, and Angie Dickenson; and the comedy The Secret War of Harry Frigg, which starred Paul Newman and Sylva Koscina. The next week saw the addition of the western Will Penny, the melodrama House of 1000 Dolls starring Vincent Price, the suspense melodrama Counterpoint starring Charlton Heston and Leslie Nielsen, and the sport drama Grand Prix, to the playbill.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1943, it was noted that the Falmouth Baptist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary.
It was noted that Morris Pratt, who was overseas, received his Christmas parcel from Windsor on May 28. Several parcels that were sent at Christmastime still hadn't arrived to their intended destinations by June 1943.
In news from 1918, five vessels were under construction at Hants County shipyard.
Also, many sheep and lambs were being killed in the Rawdon district, with the newspaper noting bears were responsible.
Wiswell Barkhouse's shingle mill in Burlington was destroyed by fire, as was the home of Mrs. John Lawrence, of South Maitland.
In wartime news from 1918, Pte. Mack Reid, of Windsor, was killed in action; Pte. A.B Spence returned home but had been blinded; and two other soldiers were listed as wounded: E.F. Elderkin, of Falmouth, and W.A. Terfry, of Hantsport.