This Week in Hants History (June 12, 2014 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill
Published on June 10, 2014

Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.


25 years ago (June 14, 1989 paper)

• More than 40 residents of Avondale, Poplar Grove and Belmont voiced their displeasure over their phone service to representatives of Maritime Tel & Tel at a special community meeting.

Chief among the concerns were broken promises, interrupted service, and long periods of time without any service at all.

• Thousands of tiny red spruce trees were handed out at Bowater Mersey’s booth during the Nova Scotia Forestry Exhibition in Windsor. Visitors to the weekend exhibition were reminded that the red spruce was designated as the province’s official tree.

Another memorable highlight from the annual exhibition was the demonstration of the province’s ability to fight forest fires. A helicopter normally used in battling large scale blazes was brought in for the show and, during the demonstrations, would drop thousands of gallons of water on a target set up at the exhibition grounds.

• Through an aggressive fundraising endeavour, Nova Scotia Textiles Ltd. employees raised $12,119 for the IWK Telethon.

• The Hants West Royals boys’ softball team won the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s provincial AA title.

• King’s-Edgehill’s 1988-89 Athlete of the Year awards were presented to Neil Poirer, Hantsport (senior boy); Shannon Jamael, Sydney, N.S. (senior girl); Richard Goulden, Cayman Island (junior boy); and Alison MacKay, Banff (junior girls).

• Plans were well underway for Windsor to host the Shand Challenge bike race.

The race was in honour of Clifford Shand, who, during his peak biking years (1887-91), entered 21 major races in the Maritimes and won 15.

• Arthur Mailman, Betty Mailman, Sadie Swinamer, Joyce Pittman and Elaine Spence were honoured for their service to the 330 St. John Ambulance Windsor Brigade.


50 years ago (June 10, 1964 paper)

• A large water truck rolled over while making the turn from Gerrish Street onto Water Street, “with disastrous results to Simpsons-Sears’ large plate glass window.”

No one was injured in the crash.

• The Canadian Keyes Fibre Company Limited, announced plans to expand. It was reported a new molding machine, drying oven and auxiliary equipment were ordered for the Hantsport location, and were expected to be put in operation during the fourth quartre of 1964. This was part of the company's efforts to enter the molded egg carton field.

Construction had already started on a 40,000 square foot building to accommodate the expanded business.

• An electrician appeared before Windsor's town council to inquire about a $2,000 expenditure made by a community hall committee for the installation of lights. The businessman asked why the capital expenditure was not put out for tender. The mayor, who was a member of the committee, replied that the committee felt the lighting was part of the centre's maintenance and therefore wouldn't require the job going to tender. Council voted to investigate the meaning of 'maintenance' as applied in the Municipal Government Act before further discussion would be held.

• James Main and Sons, of Noel Shore, was awarded the Gold Seal Certificate for their cow, Maincroft Mina.

It was reported she produced 119,250 pounds of milk, 4,987 pounds of fat, 4.17 per cent in 3,889 days during 12 lactations.

• Miss Marianne J. Bishop, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lovitt G. Bishop of Hantsport and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jodrey, was named the Margaret M. Reid Scholar of the Year for 1964 at Acadia University.

• John Hughes, of Windsor, was named to the Board of Governors of the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. The board was to be tasked with selecting candidates for the Hall of Fame, and more than 141 names had already been put forward in which to choose from.

• Student Margie King led all the girls at the Headmasters Meet in Truro, winning both the 60-yard and 100-yard dashes. Meanwhile, local boy Fred Harvey took top honours in the shot-put event.

• The pass list for students in 1964 for Anslow Business College appeared in the Hants Journal, with the names of each student and subject appearing on the front page.