Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (May 11, 18 and 25, 1994 editions)
• The provincial government announced the pending closure of both Western Kings and Eastern Kings Memorial Hospitals. Both Berwick Mayor John Rainforth and Wolfville Mayor Gwen Phillips told the paper that they were shocked and devastated by the news. Rainforth said the human side of healthcare appeared to be lost while the government tackled cost reform, while Phillips noted that the Wolfville hospital, slated to close in September, had been noted for the quality of care patients receive. The Berwick hospital was set to close in March 1995.
Additionally, the Hants Community Hospital was hit with a reduction of $645,000 in funding. It was reported that the outpatients and emergency department would have to cut the number of patient visits from25,000 to 18,000 to accommodate for the cut.
• The Town of Windsor and the Municipality of West Hants were hoping to team up with the Department of Transportation to clean up the bottom of Lake Pisiquid in the coming years.
It was noted that the lake had been temporarily drained, which revealed various debris like bridge abutments and rail bridge abutments. At the very least, they wanted the more dangerous sections to have buoys installed to make for safer lake recreation opportunities.
• A 25-year-old Hants County man lost control of his car and smashed into a pole and a new Chrysler LHS at Pothier Motors and damaged other vehicles in the lot. The heavily damaged LHS was valued at $40,000.
• A head-on car collision in Kennetcook claimed the life of a 22-year-old Pictou County man, while the driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized with minor injuries and charged in relation to the accident.
• The Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union voted 68 per cent in favour of strike action. Hants West school superintendent, Fred MacLean, said any strike, even a rotating one, would cause classrooms to shut down.
In other school news, the Hants West District School Board announced that upwards of 15 teachers could be out of work due to severe financial difficulties. It was reported that the board was facing a $1.1 million shortfall in funding.
• Microzyme Diagnostic Biotechnology Research and Resource Centre in Hantsport was quietly developing several new products to help diagnose patients with cardiovascular problems. The research company was run by chief scientist and president Dr. Abdullah Kirumira. Clinical trials were underway at Acadia University and the Hants Community Hospital.
• BFI Waste Systems opted out of making a presentation to Chester council, noting they no longer had an interest in hauling metro garbage to the Kaizer Meadow Landfill. Leading up to the decision, many residents of Chester and Hants County had protested the initial proposal.
• Manager Alan Dauphinee and employees Trevor Lynch, Sandy Flynn and Eddie Fleet were hard at work in May 1994 preparing for Haliburton House and Shand House museums to open for the tourist season.
• Four youth, Leilani Cleveland, Windsor; Joey Archibald, St. Croix; Alicia Smith, Windsor and Cory Gibson, Newport Station, pitched their proposal of forming a youth council to West Hants council. The students were delighted when council unanimously supported the concept. The proposal was to have a council comprised of eight youth and Windsor’s mayor and West Hants’ warden, plus a secretary.
• A feature appeared in the Hants Journal on Helena Folker’s extensive antique plate collection. The Hantsport woman had 176 collector plates.
• The Windsor Regional High School Class A301 Jazz Combo, featuring Pete Johnston, Tim Myers, Mac Ogilvie, Stephen Nadeau and Jeff Nichols, brought home a gold medal following a music festival at Mount St. Vincent.
• Volunteers were working on a summertime re-enactment of the arrival of the Planters at Newport Landing. The organizers were looking for historic documents, diaries, letters and memorabilia to display. The Three Cornered Women’s Institute was helping provide dress ideas and patterns for those wishing to look the part of a 1760 New England colonist.
• Angela Baxter, the chef at the Coffee Merchant in Wolfville, won the top prize in the Apple Blossom Dessert Contest at the Port Williams Community Centre. She made apple almond phyllo crisps.
• Fundy Gypsum in Windsor won the John T. Ryan Regional Safety Trophy for Ontario and Eastern Canada. The award was for safe mining practices.
• At the Hants Co-Op Services on O’Brien Street, it was reported that there were line ups as far down as the meat department during the store’s Puttin’ on the Ritz promotion.
• Curry’s Corner Food-Mart was selling Grade A boneless full slice round steak for $2.29 a pound plus a two-pound vacuum pack of Larsens wieners for $1.99.
50 years ago (May 7, 14, 21, 1969 editions)
• Tragedy struck Hantsport after two local fisherman drowned after their boat overturned in Lower Canoe Lake.
The community was mourning the deaths of Fraser Randolph Demings, 35, and Gerald David MacBurnie, 28.
• Hantsport industrialist R. A. Jodrey contributed $250,000 to Acadia University and another $250,000 to Dalhousie University. In 1963, Jodrey received an honourary doctorate from Acadia and since 1960, was a member of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors.
• Windsor residents were advised to boil water for at least a week after nine of 11 water samples tested by the Department of Public Health proved to be unsatisfactory.
• Colonel Charles F. Sanford, who was born in Summerville in 1922, was named commander of CFB Edmonton. He joined the RCAF in September of 1940.
• Twelve-year-old Lorraine Smith won a bicycle following a colouring contest sponsored by John L. Harvie’s Red and White Store in Hantsport.
• Windsor Elementary School was preparing to present a two-act Western opera known as Cowboy on the Moon. The proceeds raised from the shows were to help pay for curtains for the stage at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre.
• The Hants County branch of the Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Dart League celebrated the end of a successful season. Mrs. Harold MacLeod was presented the trophy for high score for three darts throughout league play. The score was 139.
• Three members of the Windsor Royals were selected for the All Star team of the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League. They were Grant Veinot, Jerry Turner and Mike Hughes.
• IGA’s advertisement was celebrating the queen. As part of the store’s specials, IGA was promoting pork loin roast on sale for 69 cents per pound, two Duncan Hines cake mixes for 89 cents, one pound of banquet chocolates for 69 cents and a bottle of IGA tomato catsup for 19 cents.
• There was no shortage of films lined up for May at the Imperial Theatre in Windsor. Among the titles were Helga, The Mini- Skirt Mob, The Impossible Years, Bullitt, The Sons of Katie Elder, Castle of Evil, The Hellbenders, The Boston Strangler, and the documentary Mondo Cane.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1944, Christina Crowell, a Walton-born Windsorian, was crowed Queen of the Blossoms for the Apple Blossom Festival. She was reported to be a sergeant in the CWAC.
In wartime news from 1944, pilot officer R.C. Lockhart, formerly of Newport, received a Distinguished Flying Medal; Able Seaman Owen Deal, of South Rawdon, was reported as missing in action from the HMCS Athabaskan and Ordinary Seaman Murray Wilson, of Enfield, was missing following the loss of HMCS Valleyfield. Flying officer Norman Fowlow was also reported missing overseas. Peter Paul Hashem, of the American Merchant Marines, died.
• In the Hants History column from 1919, it was noted that the Hants Journal was celebrating its 52nd anniversary while in Valley news, the Kentville Advertiser block, owned by H.G. Harris, was destroyed by fire.
At the request of residents, Windsor’s mayor proclaimed May 26, 1919 to be a holiday in town.
And in provincial news from 1919, Australian fliers Harry Hawker and Kenneth MacKenzie Grieve had to be rescued in the Atlantic by Danish steamer Mary after attempting a trans-Atlantic flight.