In 1992, members of the Halifax Windjammers visited Windsor to show young local athletes how to play basketball. Pictured here are Jody Harvey, of Brooklyn, and R.J. Redden, of Falmouth, getting tips from Windjammer guards Keith Smart and A.J. Wynden.
HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (July 29 and Aug. 5, 1992 editions)
• About 70 headstones were knocked over at the Old Parish Burying Ground, with many being broken. The cost to repair the stones was estimated to be about $5,000.
• It was reported that 1992 was not a good year for strawberry operations in Hants County.
In Upper Rawdon, Bud Weatherhead, the owner of Rainbow Farms, said the cold summer set the season back a week, and he lost many plants due to the winter and insects.
The farm usually had 25 acres of strawberries but was down to 15 acres. The weather was good for blueberries.
• More than 15,000 people visited the new Windsor Country Fair on its opening weekend in July. The fair, located at the exhibition grounds, was billed as an “economic engine” for Hants County.
• The Hants West Tourism Commission opened a shop near the entrance to the Windsor Country Fair called Ye Olde Touriste Shoppe that was filled with local arts and crafts plus promotional items.
• In a 4-2 vote, Windsor town council agreed to have the 94-year-old Windsor Academy building demolished. Councillors Ted Crocker and Dennis Connelly both wanted to see the old Albert Street building restored, with Crocker suggesting it could be used as a courthouse and Connelly hoped to see it used as a personal development centre.
• Falmouth artist Jockie Loomer-Kruger was one of 30 artists invited to participate in the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival in Lunenburg.
• Lucy Traves launched a petition to help get Colonial Recycling Ltd. back in business after it was destroyed by fire earlier in the summer. The public's response to the petition was positive, she told the Journal, and the local MLA indicated the owner should contact the economic development minister to see what funding could be available to help.
• In an effort to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy, Stephen Rogers, a retired military engineer, cycled from Vancouver to his hometown of Hantsport.
• The Sam Slick Festival's committee was planning to yet again host a fireworks extravaganza that would make it the second largest fireworks display in the province. The festival was to be held Aug. 7-9.
• A sod turning was held at a 20-unit senior citizens complex. It was noted the $1 million complex was the fourth building constructed on the Kendall Lane site, providing affordable and accessible housing for seniors.
• A full page feature delved into the history of Windsor native Blaine Nathaniel Sexton and his hockey connection. The story, written by Dr. Garth Vaughan, noted that “recent evidence” indicated Sexton “may have been responsible for taking the game to England in the early 1900s and helped establish the first organized league there.”
• Michelle Hazel, from Falmouth, “blasted her Chev-powered slingshot” to a first place finish in the super elimination class at the Maitland Dragway.
• The Halifax Windjammers professional basketball team visited Windsor to show young local athletes how to play the game.
• Windsor native and Acadia University student Glen MacDuff, 21, was selected to be on Canada's team at the Atlantic Challenge in Brest, France. The 24-member team, which competed in the seamanship challenge, placed third.
• Four local 10-year-olds were selected to play with the Nova Scotia AAA Selects all-star hockey team. They were Troy Perry, of Mount Uniacke, Ryan Hatchard, of Brooklyn, Brandon Benedict, of Avondale, and Colin Keith, of Brooklyn. The team won a tournament in Troy, New York.
• Windsor's Josh Dill was selected to be a left winger with the Nova Scotia Young Citadels, a peewee all-star team that was partially sponsored by the American Hockey League.
50 years ago (Aug. 2 and Aug. 9,1967)
• Windsor's Centennial Street Parade was reported to have been the 'best ever' and featured everything from bands and marching troops to floats, vintage cars and people dressed in styles from long ago.
The grand prize went to the City of Halifax, while the most original went to the Windsor Fire Department's ladies' auxiliary. The Windsor IOOF Lodge won the best centennial theme category, Avon Valley Greenhouses took home most artistic and Acadian Distillers was awarded best industrial float.
• The Annapolis Valley Canners apple juice processing plant in Hantsport was gutted by fire. The Hantsport Fire Department and Windsor Fire Department battled the blaze and prevented it from spreading. The loss was estimated to be about $100,000.
There were already plans to rebuild, and the owners were optimistic to have it up and ready to handle the apple crop in the fall.
• Eastech Limited, a manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment announced it was expanding its business and building a new plant in Windsor.
• Olive M. Mills opened the Windsor Flower and Gift Shop at 152 Gerrish St. in Windsor.
• The grand unveiling of the IOOF Memorial at Maplewood Cemetery in Windsor was held July 29. The memorial was part of a centennial project conducted by members of the Pesaquid Lodge No. 38 and the Leila Rebekah Lodge No. 59.
• A services parade, organized by the Windsor Fire Department to complement the town's centennial week celebrations, featured the WFD, RCMP, the town's public works department, Nova Scotia Light and Power Company and the Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company. Following the parade, the public was invited to inspect equipment and watch various demonstrations.
• The annual 4-H Club's king and queen contest was held, with Maxine Wile, of the Avon club, being named queen and Everett Densmore, from the Cobequid club, being crowned king.
• It was noted that the blood situation in Nova Scotia was critical and an editorial on the front page of the paper implored residents to donate at an upcoming blood donor clinic.
• Several movies were slated to play in early August at the Imperial Theatre, including Ride Beyond Vengeance featuring Joan Blondell and Michael Rennie, Secret Agent Fireball, starring Richard Harrison and Dominique Boschere, and Georgy Girl, with James Mason, Alan Bates and Lynn Redgrave.
• In the Hants History column reflecting on 1942, it was reported that fire caused damage to the William Curry and Son store in Curry's Corner.
Mailing of newspapers overseas was restricted in order to conserve shipping space.
In wartime news, 35 stirrup pumps arrived for the air raid precautions organization and an air raid siren was installed at Newport Station.
Flight officer Hubert Miller was presumed dead after a “raid on Scharnhorst and Gneisenau” in the English channel.
From the files of 1917, it was noted that Vernon Rice, a 14-year-old Bridgetown boy with one leg, rescued a boy from drowning in the Avon River.
A severe electrical storm wreaked havoc. A.P. Redden lost two barns, a number of livestock, equipment and farm machinery, and the Mounce barn in Mantua was burned. The storm was so bad that some people attending the Wonderland Show knelt down thinking that the end of the world was at hand.
In war news, Private Irving H. Lyon, of Upper Falmouth, was killed in action. A steamer carrying 600 wounded soldiers was broken in two when it went ashore in Portuguese Cove. All aboard were saved except one fireman.