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Hants History (March 6, 2018 edition)

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

25 years ago (March 3 and 10, 1993 editions)

• Windsor town council considered a new road proposal from landowner Philip Burgess. The property owner wanted to build a 1500-foot gravel road at the end of Payzant Drive so that the Church of the Latter Day Saints could build a $1 million church on a parcel of his land.

It was noted that without a proposal with drawings, the town engineer couldn't comment on the matter.

• Two men were charged following an early morning break-in at Gibson's Irving in Newport Station. A quantity of cigarettes was stolen.

• Children were being warned of stranger danger after two young children were approached in the Windsor Forks area and asked to get in a man's car. They ran home.

• A new $5.3 million elementary school was to be constructed in Lantz. It was to replace the 1941-built elementary school in the community.

• East Hants Liberal MLA Jack Hawkins announced he was worried about Nova Scotia's immigration program, saying Canada has become an international joke. He claimed 5,000 jobs in Nova Scotia were being “lost to immigration.”

• Joan Langille was elected as the new Windsor and District Board of Trade president – marking the first woman president of the board.

• Tara Lynn Tousenard, a well-known Nova Scotia fiddler, was to headline the entertainment at the upcoming Princess Windsor coronation.

• Nancy MacNeil, of Windsor, was one of 10 medical students in Canada to receive a 12-week scholarship. The first-year medical student was planning to study the sanitarium in Kentville where tuberculosis patients were once treated, which was more or less in isolation.

• Schools throughout Hants County had guinea pigs placed in their Grade 5 classes as part of a science project. Students attending Windsor Forks Elementary School were happy to see their guinea pig give birth to triplets.

• The Nan Hughes Trophy was awarded to Mary Kenny, second; Pauline Middleton, lead; Isabel Palmeter, skip; and Cheryl Palmer, mate, during a Windsor Curling Club bonspiel.

• King's-Edgehill School students presented the play The Death of Colonel Simon Willoughby (1881-1946).

• Windsor Forks Elementary School students raised $122.35 through a lip sync contest and jelly bean guessing contest. The money was donated to the Windsor food bank.

• Hawboldt's Furniture was having a truck load RCA sale. A 33-inch home theatre stereo TV featuring VHP (very high performance) and 181 channel tuning capability, was on sale for $999.95.  For those on a budget, a nine-inch Color Track TC was available for $299.95.

50 years ago (Feb. 28 and March 6,1968 editions)

• The Windsor Post Office ws one of 113 post offices in the province that was going to be keeping its lobby open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was an “experiment” that was national in scope. It was designed as an opportunity for box holders to pick up their mail at a time convenient to them.

• Four people, including two from East Hants, died while travelling on the Bicentennial Highway near the Kearney Lake overpass.

• Former Windsor resident Charles Eric Boulden was honoured by the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. The new animal husbandry building was posthumously named after him.

• The calendula (Scotch marigold) was selected to be Hants County's flower by the area's rural beautification committee.

• Family and Childrens' Services of Hants County was looking to survey about 500 people aged 65 years and older to learn the problems faced by people in the age bracket and discover the reason why many are able to “get along with relatively little difficulty.”

• PFC Gary F. Shaw, 19, was killed in action in Vietnam. The army paratrooper from Toledo, who was born in Windsor, had been twice wounded in action.

• The Windsor Royals advanced to the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League finals against the Halifax Colonels. It was to be a best of three series. The winner of the series would play Truro.

• The Imperial Theatre in Windsor was showing Hells Angels on Wheels, featuring an all-star cast, Born To The Saddle, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Honey Pot (which was billed as “a motion picture with some sting in it”), The Dirty Dozen, Tristie (a matinee about a tiny outlaw adopted by an elephant), The Reptile, and The Girl and the General.

• In the Hants History column dating back to 1943, it was noted that the month of February had “fair weather and bright, mild days.” The lowest recorded temperature was -18 C.

In military news of 1943, it was reported that Hants Journal employee W.L. Henderson was serving overseas and had been caught in a bombing raid at the Waterloo Station in London.

In February 1918, there were several tragedies reported. Harry Rolph was killed while working in the Hantsport shipbuilding mill of Farquhar and Porter. The home of Mortimer Parsons, of Cheverie, was badly damaged by fire. Capt. David Scott and his crew aboard the steamer Acadien were given up as lost.

In wartime news from 1918, Percy Chisholm, who had been twice wounded in France, returned to fighting on the frontlines.

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