Hants History (July 10, 2014 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 8, 2014

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


25 years ago (July 12, 1989 paper)

• Hants West MLA Ron Russell announced the tender was awarded for the $3,235,000 contract to build the new Windsor Elementary School.

The successful bidder was SAYSF Developments Ltd. of Sackville.

Construction on the 36,367 square foot building was slated to begin immediately, with completion anticipated by September 1990.

• Among the top award winners at the 1989 Hants West Rural High School graduation ceremony were Joanna Church and Theresa Campbell.  Church finished the year at the top of her grade and received the Queen Elizabeth II Medal and the Governor General’s Medal. Campbell finished the year with the second highest average of the 78 students that graduated.

• The West Hants Historical Society Museum opened June 30 and the organizers hoped three new displays were boost local interest. The new displays were on quilts, the Windsor Academy and hockey.

• Among the top award winners at the West Hants Minor Hockey banquet were Peter Johnston, Dennis Edwards, Paul Rolfe, Jamie Leary and Jeff Pemberton.

• The West Hants United Soccer Association put a call out for more volunteers. In 1988, they had about 500 registered players, and the organization was predicting a similar turnout for 1989. As such, they required more people to step up and help out.

• Former Windsor Fire Chief Walter Stephens presented Cyril Woodman with his 30 years of service pin.

• Long-time Hantsport police chief John Allard was honoured with a special tribute during Hantsport’s Canada Day celebrations.

• After spending six months in Hantsport as an exchange student, Michele Woolley was reunited with her parents, Kay and Tony Woolley. She stayed with Cathy Dunbar while visiting the area.


50 years ago (July 8, 1964 paper)

• Residents were treated to take a dip in the new pool in Windsor a few days early. The official opening was to be held on July 11.

• Several Windsorians were inducted to the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. The athletes included: Victor MacAulay, track and field; Cliff Shand and Howard Shaw, bicycle racing; Ernie Mosher, Lou Shaw and Gordon (Doggie) Kuhn, hockey; and Tiny Herman, football.

The Hall of Fame was slated to open on Nov. 2, 1964 at the Halifax Forum grounds.

• Robin Williams, son of Mrs. Laura Williams, won a one week, all expenses paid trip to the New York World's Fair. The student won the trip as part of a magazine sales campaign.

• It was estimated 6,000 people came out to celebrate Dominion Day in Hantsport.

The grand street parade, which was led by Queen Annapolisa Marilyn Barnes, of Kentville, featured many new Apple Blossom floats. First prize in the float section went to Windsor. The Windsor Jaycees created the town's float, which carried the “town's charming princess, Miss Diane Oulton.”

The most original float award went to the Department of Lands and Forests.

Wayne Beazley, of Hantsport, won the Dick Beazley Memorial five-mile race in record time.

Other festivities that took place included an old-time dance, baseball game, soapbox derby, children's parade, and swimming.

• Heather Davison, 16, of Centre Rawdon, was crowned queen of the Rawdon Picnic at the annual North Hants event. Ten other princesses from the North Hants district competed for the honour.

• Windsor Gyro Club member Al Stephens was installed as second Lieutenant-Governor at the Gyro District Six Convention in Halifax.

• It was announced that Windsor would have an entry into the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League for 1964-65. Representing the local club at a league meeting in Halifax was Bill Fenton, C.A. Murdock, Earl Hood and Howie Dill.

• Captain A. Oliver, a native of Windsor, Ontario, and his wife, who was a registered nurse, were appointed as the new Salvation Army officers for Hants County.

• It was reported that the 88th Field Artillery Battery RCA (M), under the command of Captain J.R. Wilcox, made its way to Camp Aldershot to undergo “a strenuous week of training.”