The Rotundus, a cafe, ice cream parlor and gift shop, opened in downtown Windsor in 1992. Its purpose was to provide vocational training. Pictured here are, from left, Margaret Reid, Ruby Rafuse, Dawn McCulloch and Wilfred Covey.
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 (Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, 1992 editions)
• A 13-pound lobster dubbed Barnacle Betty was set to be released back into the ocean in the fall if someone didn't buy it from owner David Burleton, of Windsor Forks, at the upcoming Country Fair.
• A fatal accident near Kennetcook between a tractor trailer and passenger car claimed the life of a Noel Road man and sent another person to hospital.
• West Hants council debated sending a letter urging the Province of Quebec to remain united with the rest of the country. After much discussion, councillors agreed they didn't want to “beg another province to stay.”
• The Eldridge Road Recreation Park in Falmouth held its official grand opening.
• The Rotundus, a cafe, ice cream parlor and gift shop, opened in downtown Windsor. The new aim of the new business was to provide vocational training to people with special challenges.
• The Hants Co-Op held the official opening of the new gas bar on O'Brien Street in Windsor.
• Earl Davis, of Windsor, was rehired as the Windsor Royals' rink announcer and media co-ordinator for the 1992-93 hockey season.
• Gordon F. Hughes, of Windsor, won two provincial tennis titles. He won with his partner David Piers for 55 years and over doubles, and with his partner Norman Ferguson in 65 and over doubles.
• The West Hants Ground Search and Rescue group was holding a barbecue fundraiser as the organization requires donations to operate.
• Discussion at Windsor town council was had over rebranding the community as the Birthplace of Hockey. The group behind the push hoped to have some coins minted bearing the logo. Dr. Garth Vaughan suggested turning the old elementary school on Albert Street into a hockey museum. That idea was rejected as there was “empty space in the community centre and the town hall.”
In other Windsor news, council agreed to replace the No. 1 pumper truck for the Windsor Fire Department at a cost of $300,298.
• Lauren Aulenbach, a 14-year-old Windsor girl, spent the summer training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Although she had been dancing since the age of three, she said it was more of a hobby and not something she planned to pursue as a career.
50 years ago (Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, 1967)
• The community was remembering Coun. Bertram Charles McLellan, who died at age 58 following a lengthy illness.
The councillor served the Town of Windsor for 12 years and during his 24 years in town, operated Comfort Shoes Limited and McLellan's Shoe Repair.
• At least 650 people signed up for swimming lessons at the Windsor Community Pool over the summer.
• Funding for the proposed water system for Falmouth, which was primarily designed to serve the greenhouse industry, ran into problems. The Federal Treasury Board ruled that the $600,000 set aside for the project was not a grant but a repayable loan, which would mean residents would be on the hook for $200 per household. A cheaper design, at $360,000, was then pitched in hopes the treasury board would approve full funding.
• Stephen Sheehy, son of Mr. And Mrs. Ellis Sheehy of College Road, and Bobby Dill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Dill of King Street, were awarded bursaries to King's College School for Grades 9-12. The bursaries were worth $200 for each year.
• The Dodgers, comprised of youths aged 10-12 years, were crowned the major league champions for 1967. The team consisted of Bobby Lyons, Allan Cudmore, Keith Richards, Brian Patterson, Billie Garland, Ricky Bacon, Jimmy Doucette, Leigh Carson, and Stephen Brown. The coach was Bob Bickerton.
• Led by pitcher Maurice Lynch, the Windsor Jaycees retained the Senator Thomas trophy after going the distance in an elimination-style softball tournament.
• The Imperial Theatre was getting ready to show The Professionals, featuring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy, Mara of the Wilderness, with Adam West and Linda Saunders, and on Sunday only, A Covenant with Death, starring George Maharis and Laura Devon.
• In the Hants History column featuring news from 1942, it was noted that fire damaged the Falmouth end of the Avon River Bridge.
It was reported that women were also allowed to be employed for certain jobs at the Stanley Flying School.
Some area residents were arrested for breaking regulations during an evening practice 'blackout.'
A total of 772 students were in enrolled in high school and elementary school in Windsor.
• In the Hants History column featuring news from 1917, it was reported that Canadian hotels and restaurants were forbidden to serve beef and bacon on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Capt. Frank Dodge, of Hantsport, sold his coal business to Chipman Currie, and the Foley Brothers of Halifax purchased North's shipyards in Hantsport.
The Ralph S. Parsons schooner launched at Cheverie with 2,000 people watching. It was purchased by Tassier and Company, of Newfoundland, for $71,000.
In wartime news of that year, it was noted that Aug. 20 marked the one-year anniversary of “Windsor's first contingent departure for overseas.” Three soldiers of the 20 that left that day made the supreme sacrifice: Pte. Charles Sellon, Pte. Arthur Warr, and Pte. John Currie.