COLUMN: Hants History (July 3, 2014 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill
Published on June 30, 2014

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


25 years ago (June 28, 1989 paper and July 5, 1989 paper)

• Thirty-one competitors took part in the annual Shand Challenge bicycle race in Windsor. The winning time was 4:25:26 by Halifax's Steve Irvine.

• The last Grade 12 students to graduate from Hantsport High School were feted. A new school, intended for grades Primary to 9, was to open in the fall. The last students to receive a diploma from Hantsport were: Cindy Croft, Patrick Difford, Joanna Faulkner, Patricia Holland, Michael White, Marie Doucette, Tanya Clayton, Susan MacMillan, Michelle Woolley, Brian Rockwell, Rob Zwicker and Andrew Hoogerwerf.

• Mirabelle Smiley, of Dykeland Lodge, was honoured at the Federation of Nova Scotia Heritage dinner for her published genealogies of Hants County families and her local histories on the area's communities and churches. She received the Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley Award.

• Fantastic Sam's held its grand opening celebration in downtown Windsor.

• Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was playing at the Imperial Theatre.

• Victoria Mall merchants were threatening to take their business elsewhere if they were to lose any more parking spots.

• Windsor Regional High School grads were celebrated for having an outstanding year. Pictured on the front page were Danny Davison, Elizabeth Gillis, Amanda Schurman, Sonja Watkins and Keri McAdoo. They all received top awards.

• More than 1,000 people attended the Teddy Bear Jamboree.

• A new executive and nine directors were elected for the Valley AAA Midget Hockey Association. Newport residents Cecil and Adele Fletcher were appointed first vice-president and secretary, respectively, and Wayne Lunn was elected to be a director.

• Hants Journal readers learned that popular Canadian country singer Joan Kennedy was slated to appear in town in August.

• It was announced that Salvation Army minister Rick Pollard, who had been serving Windsor for two years, had been posted to St. George's in Bermuda.


50 years ago (June 24, 1964 paper and July 1, 1964 paper)

• The provincial health department appointed Judith Ann Marsh, a native of St. Croix, as a dental hygienist with the Fundy Health Unit in Windsor. Her role was to provide an education program to schoolchildren about good dental health habits. She was to make regular school visits to clean and check teeth, apply a topical fluoride solution and encourage proper eating habits to youths under 12 years of age.

• G.R.C. Sircom, of Halifax, was appointed the employee relations manager for Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Ltd., Canadian Keyes Fibre Company Ltd. and associated companies.

• C.R. Sweet, of Windsor, was appointed as the plant engineer for Annapolis Valley Canners Limited.

• Several Hants North communities were selecting princesses to attend a special picnic in Rawdon. Dora Mae Hamilton, 18, was selected to represent the community of Densmore Mills. It was hoped this picnic would become an annual event.

• Hants West ratepayers, who had created a ratepayers association in Brooklyn, announced they would be studying the cost of new school sites. Interim president Elliott Daniels criticized the cost of the site selected for the new eight-room elementary school in Windsor Forks.

• The Windsor Regional High School No. 2 bowling team captured the Dimock Trophy. They defeated the Canadian Keyes Fibre Company Ltd. Team by a margin of 20 pins. A total of 12 teams competed for the trophy.

• Robert Roby received the Governor General's Medal at the closing ceremony of King's College School. The son of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Roby, of Windsor, he also received the Form VI proficiency prize, the Chancellor Harris math prize and the English prize.

• The first Maritime investment firm to be admitted to the Montreal Stock Exchange in eight years was Scotia Bond Company Ltd. On hand for the installation ceremony was Gordon F. Hughes, of Windsor, who was the firm's vice-president.

• The Imperial Theatre was slated to play the following movies: A Tiger Walks, starring Brian Keith and Vera Miles, Enchanted Island, starring Dana Andrews and Jane Powell, and Captain Newman M.D., starring Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis.