Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (April 5, 1989 paper)
• The key person behind the successful Sam Slick Days festival, Mike MacKenzie, was selected as the town's provincial volunteer. With the honour, he joined the company of previous provincial volunteers Irene Roby, Walter Stephens, Veronica Connelly and Chris Fry.
MacKenzie, as chair of the Board of Trade's Tourism, Festivals, and Events committee, was the principle organizer and promoter of Sam Slick Days since its revitalization in 1983.
• The ice rink in Brooklyn was filed with “crazy looking creatures” as the Riverview Ice Skating Club held its year-end carnival.
• Newport figure skaters Heather Lynch and Tricia Lane successfully tried out for the Valley Classics Precision Team. The 21 skaters from Newport to Annapolis were set to travel to Edmonton to compete at the Canadian Precision Championships.
• King of Video, located on Gerrish St. in Windsor, was offering the following rainy day deals: an Emerson VCR for $399, a radar detector for $159, an Emerson 20” TV for $499 and a Nintendo control deck for $199.
• The winner of a snowblower through the Windsor Foodland Prize Give-Away was Verna Hartt.
• The Shore Oilers won the 1988-89 Hants Midland Hockey League title. The team consisted of Kenny Snow, Steve Woodman, Adam Sexton, Mark Bishop, Brent Brown, Garry Sanford, Tony Sanford, Barclay Crossley, Trent Allen, Kevin Cochrane, Darrell Milligan, Brian Boyd, John Shunaman, Kirby Boyd, Billy Sanford and Richard Blois.
• The MacLeod's Do-It Centre Broomball Club, from Newport, ended a successful first season by winning both the provincial and Atlantic championship titles. The team consisted of Murray Purcell (trainer), Jody Hood (trainer), Kelly O'Leary, Luke Wellwood, Manny States, Blair Sanford, Doug Sanford, Tim McNielle, Paul Harvey, Morris Harvey, Blair Burgess, Mike MacDougall, Jake States, Sheldon States, Hugo Cox, Kevin O'Leary, Mike MacDonald, Adam Sexton (assistant player and coach), Mike Fletcher, Wayne Smith, and Darrell Lyttle (player and coach).
• The Port Hood Bees defeated the West Hants Warriors to win the provincial Atom B championship title.
• The Golden Youth Group, of Rawdon, was celebrating seven years. The senior citizens group formed in 1982.
• Members of the Windsor country/rock group Mainland received a certificate of appreciation from West Hants Ground Search and Rescue for playing a charity concert that raised $900 for the organization.
The band consisted of Butch Lavers, Matthew Lunn, Kevin Swinamer and Richard Boutilier.
50 years ago (April 1, 1964 paper)
• A fire in Curry's Corner at the piggery of Kenneth Hergett resulted in extensive damage to his stock and buildings.
It was reported that a boar, two sows and 15 piglets died in the blaze. The cause of the fire was thought to have been a heat lamp that was used in delivering a litter during the night.
• Effective April 1, 1964, postal rates were set to rise. According to the news report, “printed matter, including newspapers, circulars, birthday cards, Christmas cards, etc.,” would cost three cents for the first two ounces plus one cent for each additional two ounces, or fraction thereof.
• Hantsport's Marianne Jean Bishop was one of 22 students to win the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal.
• The Windsor Maple Leafs defeated Montreal's Boisclair Motors hockey team 11-4 to win the third straight game of the playoffs and advance further on the road to the Allen Cup. In the second round, the Leafs were headed to Ottawa to meet the St. Lawrence Hockey League winner for a best of five series.
• The window of Bill's Men's Wear featured the DOSCO Trophy, emblematic of the NSSHL championship, and the Starr Trophy, emblematic of the Maritime championship, as the Windsor Maple Leafs continued on their journey to try and win the Allen Cup.
• Flight Sergeant R. R. Swinimer, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swinimer of Upper Vaughan, was given the honour of cutting into the RCAF's 40th anniversary cake. He was one of 70 service personnel to turn 40 at the east-Ottawa air station during 1964.
• Three Hantsport high school students, Celia Langdon, Nancy Oldershaw and Gerry Nichols, were in Halifax for a weeklong Swimming Instructors Course.
• Petty Officer Ronald Nash, who was stationed at the Naval Radio Station in Newport Corner, was awarded the Canadian Forces' Decoration for long service.
• Mrs. Nita Irvine, a teacher at Windsor Regional High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Boyd of Curry's Corner, was awarded one of 10 Nova Scotia Teachers' Union's summer school bursaries.
• Mrs. Owen Shires, of Three Mile Plains, won $100 in coupons during the Golden Easter Egg sales promotion sponsored by CFAB and Simpson's.
• Listed among CN's travel bargains was a one-way trip to Montreal for $14.