HANTS HISTORY: June 12, 2017 edition

Published on June 15, 2017

The Windsor Regional High School girls' downhill ski team won the NSSAF provincial championship in 1992.Pictured are, from left, back row: Nicole Scotney, coach Michelle Hudson, and Kelly Roberts; front row: Melissa Gurschick, Lisa VanZoost and Sara Hunter.

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

25 years ago (June 3 and June 10, 1992 editions)

• The Hants Community Hospital announced the OBS ward would remain open for 1992 and there would be no service reductions.

The progressive care ward, which was closed in 1991, was reopening to make room for 12 Camp Hill Hospital patients for six to eight months.

• Fire destroyed Hants County's only recycling facility on June 4. Windsor, Brooklyn and Hantsport firefighters fought the “stubborn blaze” at Colonial Recycling. About 80 firefighters were involved, with one being taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. Damage was estimated to be about $250,000. The business didn't have insurance. It was believed a forklift ignited cardboard. The smoke could be seen for several miles.

Queen Annapolisa LX, Tanya Olscamp of Bridgetown, flanked by Princess Windsor Andrea McAllister and Princess Hantsport Karen Hood, visited Windsor as part of the Apple Blossom Festival's 1992 royal tour.
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• The high school graduation ceremonies for Hants West Rural High School and Windsor Regional High School were set to fall on the same night, angering some locals who were hoping to attend both.

Myrna Swinamer, of Three Mile Plains, was set to take her concern to the local school board in hopes of at least changing the times, if not the dates.

• The fate of Windsor Academy School, a building constructed in 1898, was in question. Windsor town council was tasked with deciding what to do with the building, which had sat vacant for some time. Some councillors wanted to tear it down, while others wanted to see it re-purposed. Coun. Ted Crocker lobbied to see it transformed into a courthouse.

• The Windsor Regional High School girls' downhill ski team won the NSSAF provincial championship. The team, coached by Michelle Hudson, consisted of Nicole Scotney, Kelly Roberts, Melissa Gurschick, Lisa VanZoost and Sara Hunter.

• The Fundy Gypsum Company in Windsor made a $5,000 donation to assist the families of the men who lost their lives in the Westray mine accident.

• Angie Crowe, dressed as Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald, was touring around Windsor during the summer with Scott Davis, who was portraying Sam Slick.

• The Newport Station School revived its public speaking competition, which had ceased to be held after 1985. The top three competitors were Kristy Lake, speaking on laughter and sneezing, Julia Pemberton, speaking on garbage and pollution, and Alexa Goucher, speaking on JFK.

50 years ago (June 7, 1967 edition; June 14 edition unavailable)

• Patricia Edwards, of Kentville, was crowned Queen Annapolisa. She was born in Windsor and lived in town for 14 years before her family relocated to Kentville.

• Three members of the Hants County division of Girl Guides Canada were chosen to attend a national heritage camp on Morrison Island in July. The girls were Susan Smith, Barbara Curry and Janet Redden.

Eric Ripley, of Dartmouth, won the safe driving “roadeo,” while Kentville's Richard Daniels was the runner up. Both received free trips to Expo 67.

Phyllis DeAdder, of Truro, was crowned the Safe Driving Roadeo Queen.

• The Gore Post Office was closing. Postal delivery was going to be taken over by Elmsdale.

• Rev. H.E. Mullen, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Windsor, announced his pending retirement after 46 years in the ministry.

• Donald Church won the annual speaking contest at the Windsor Regional High School.

• Three one-hour showings of cancer films were slated to be held at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre. A doctor was to be in attendance to answer audience questions.

• In the Hants History column focusing on 1942, it was noted that Windsor town council was offering tax concessions to the owners of a proposed new dehydration plant if they were to locate in Windsor instead of the Valley.

In the same column, reporting on news of 1917, it was noted that Harris Shaw and Palmer Brothers both purchased new automobiles. The make and model were not reported.

Also in 1917, Sheriff Currie and Chief Constable Mosher tracked down an escaped prisoner from Windsor. The capture was made on a boat near Lower Blomidon.