Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (April 26, 1989 paper)
• Out of a field of seven competitors, 19-year-old Lesa Vaughan was crowned Princess Hantsport 1989. Tammy Gillis was named First Lady-in-Waiting.
• For his fifth birthday, Robert “Bubby” Rogers was made an honorary associate member of the West Hants Ground Search and Rescue unit. Blair Pemberton was pictured in the paper presenting the youngster with an official search and rescue jacket.
• The Hants Journal reported that the Ontario-based Clark Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. revealed financial problems that would upset the arrival of their proposed $7 million plant in the Windsor West Hants Industrial Park.
• A Scotch Village man was arrested and charged with possessing hashish oil and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
• The Windsor Regional High School Band Parents Association held their annual Save Easy Shopping Spree fundraiser. The winners received one minute to race around the store filling their carts with groceries. The winners were: Terry Lake, of Martock, who netted $115.68 worth of groceries, Cathleen Niedermayer, with $101.52, and Bernice Blinn, with $53.18.
• First Choice Hair Cutters was offering free hair cuts to the first 50 people to stop by the grand opening of their business on April 29.
• The Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation Zone Awards were presented for 1988. Among those who captured brass rings were Lisa VanZoost, with G.H. Alisian; Lesley Barry, with Black Stormy; Amanda Rawlins, with Peachy Keen; and Christa Caldwell, with Wish Me Well.
• Howard Dill provided a full-page feature celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Windsor Maple Leafs.
• Newport won the Hants Midland Hockey League Championship title.
• Xerox of Canada presented a cheque worth $850 to help the Windsor Bluefins Swim Club afford to host the provincial swimming championships in August.
50 years ago (April 22, 1964 paper)
• Fire “swept through the buildings” of A. Hill’s fill in Moose Brook and resulted in a “considerable loss of property and livestock.”
It was thought the blaze started after a heat lamp overheated and caught fire. Neighbours formed a bucket brigade until the fire department could arrive. The farmer lost a pigpen, barn, hen-house, wagon house, wood shed, a granary, as well as two horses, a sow and her litter of 11 piglets.
• Windsor's historical link to the ‘Relief of Lucknow’ was made known to the community. It was reported that Sir John Inglis, the “dauntless defender of Lucknow” had been a student at Kings Collegiate School and was the grandson of Bishop Inglis — the founder of the local private school.
• E. D. Haliburton, the minister of the Department of Lands and Forests, announced that land, somewhere along the Cobequid Shore, would be purchased by the province during the summer for a provincial park. The land would be located between South Maitland and Walton.
• Mary Linda Barker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Barker of Falmouth, won the public speaking contest at Windsor Regional High School and received the Gordon B. Crossley Cup. The cup, presented annually, was first handed out in 1960.
• A 13-year-old girl attending Hants North Rural High School broke her arm when she attempted to jump a bar while in gym class.
• The East Hants Association of the Nova Scotia Women's Progressive Conservative Association was formed in Kennetcook. Mrs. Hadley Burns, of Selma, was awarded a prize for submitting the best name for the group.
• L.G. Punchard, the director of water safety services with the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Red Cross, announced the names of local residents who passed their exams following a four-day course. The successful candidates were Dana Lee Church and Ralph Dixon, of Windsor; and Celia Langdon, Gerald Nichols and Nancy Oldershaw, of Hantsport.
• It was announced Windsor's E. L. Boulter, the assistant provincial forester with the Department of Lands and Forests, was in charge of operating the 13th annual Scalers' School in Shubenacadie. Forty-five Nova Scotia lumbermen applied to take part in the three-day school.
• A total of $6,207.44 was collected during the Maritime-wide drive for funds to allow the Windsor Maple Leafs a chance to compete in the Allan Cup playdowns.
• A dedication service was being planned for May 3 for the newly renovated United Church of Nine Mile River.