Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (April 12, 1989 paper)
• Garth Hazel, of Panuke Rd., was celebrated as West Hants' provincial volunteer.
Hazel was feted for his involvement in church, club, athletic and administrative volunteer activities. It was noted he was a founding member of the Newport and District Minor Fastball Association, spent 25 years as superintendent of the St. Thomas Anglican Church, coached fastball and minor hockey teams, worked with Cubs, Scouts, and Sea Cadets, and served as a director, minor co-ordinator and president of Softball Nova Scotia. He also served as vice-president of Softball Canada.
• Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School in Summerville was awarded $1,600 from Ben's Bread Ltd. for collecting 14,900 Ben's Bread bags — the most collected in the province.
• Business partners Don Weatherbee and Greg Walker arrived to work April 1 to find an old vehicle perched on top of the roof of their garage. The April Fools prank was pulled off by Ernie Smith, who owned an excavating company.
• Windsor Forks Elementary School was ready to celebrate 25 years on April 22, although the school officially opened on Sept. 16, 1964. When it opened, the principal was Dave Nichols. In 1989, it was Charles Levy.
• Seven young women were vying for the Princess Hantsport crown. They were: Juanita Dukeshiva, Tammy Cochrane, Lesa Vaughan, Jane Dillman, Tammy Gillis, Cherie Selby, and Lisa Gaudet.
• Ten young women were vying for the Princess Windsor crown. They were: Lana Kerr, Debra Pulsifer, Barbara Allen, Kelly Shaw, Maureen Sanford, Kellianne Lewis, Katharine Benedict, Bonnie Isnor, Annette Parker and Jennifer Porter.
• The Windsor Regional High School ski team topped off their successful year with a gold medal at provincials. The team consisted of: Brad Caldwell, Seta Yukiko, Tanya Aucoin, Glenn McDuff, Matthew Sweet, Liza Oulton, Angela Blenkhorne, Peter Aucoin, Greg O'Leary, Paul Hood, Lisa VanZoost, Brian Bain, Blair McDuff, Scott Muir, Heather Allen, Luc Kazimirski, Chris Bridges, and Chris Wyman.
• The Windsor Royals held their annual awards night. The following players received awards: Sheldon Benedict (Rookie of the Year, MVP), Ken Canavan (MVP), Garby Dauphinee (Best Defenceman) and Brett Taylor ( Unsung Hero).
• Provincial labour minister Ron Russell paid tribute to Nova Scotia's 7,000 volunteer firefighters and encouraged citizens to support their local fire departments.
• Dykeland Lodge requested a 50-bed expansion. They were informed they'd have to wait until 1993 as Canada Mortgage and Housing only allotted so many beds per year.
It was reported that the nursing home had a waiting list of at least 50 people.
50 years ago (April 8, 1964 paper)
• The Windsor Presbytery of the United Church joined with the congregations of St. John's and Trinity churches to form a new pastoral charge. At the special ceremony, the united choirs sang the theme Ye Choirs of New Jeruselem. The guest speaker was Rev. A. J. Farquhar, of St. Matthew's United Church in Halifax.
• It was reported that in Three Mile Plains, a cow was born on Clyde Bond's farm without a tail. It was noted the female calf, of Guernsey and Ayrshire cross, was “apparently perfect in every way except for the lack of a built-in fly swatter.”
• The Nova Scotia Housing Commission announced plans for low cost homes (which had a material cost of $4,000 — or $33 per month) to assist those with low incomes afford a new home.
• A report from Ottawa from publisher Dave Allbon provided Journal readers with the playoff highlights from the first game the Windsor Maple Leafs played against the Ottawa Montagnards. The Leafs were trying to capture the best of five Eastern Canadian semi-finals. The Leafs won their first game 4-3, with about 4,200 people attending the game.
• In other Windsor Maple Leafs news, the team's financial burdens were lightened a little as Oland and Sons Ltd., of Halifax, donated $1,000 to the team and offered to match dollar for dollar any contributions made to the Windsor club up to a maximum of $2,500.
• The Windsor Peewees shut out the Kentville squad 1-0 to win the two-game, total-goal series 4-2 and capture the CKEN-CFAB Trophy.
It was noted the local team was coached by Moe Smith, who deserved “a lot of praise for his work in developing local hockey talent.”
• The staff of the Newport Corner Naval Radio Station defeated staff of the Albro Lake Naval Radio Station in a game of broomball. P.O.E. Bland scored Newport's two goals.