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 (Nov. 18 and 25, 1992 editions)
• Windsor firefighters responded to three large fires over a two-day period. On Nov. 11, 1992, as firefighters were participating in the Remembrance Day parade, a fire broke out on O'Brien Street. Deputy Fire Chief Greg Lake was heralded for saving a baby after the child was dropped into his arms from a second storey window. Later that day, the WFD responded to a mutual aid call for a chimney fire on Panuke Road. On Nov. 12, Brooklyn and Windsor firefighters tackled a blaze at a Quarry Road home.
• A home on the Martock Back Road was gutted after a fire started from a faulty wood stove and metal chimney. Three people were left homeless.
• A Scotch Village house fire that caused $50,000 in damage was under investigation.
• A Newport Corner man was arrested and charged following a hostage situation.
• Hants West MLA Ron Russell donated a giant stuffed tiger to the annual Christmas Daddies fundraiser. He hoped bidding would be brisk for the stuffed animal.
• An early snowfall and freezing temperatures meant good news for Ski Martock. The popular winter business opened their slopes Nov. 21, 1992 – the earliest they had ever been able to open.
• Windsor People First was launched to help connect people with mental challenges with meaningful employment.
• Deer kills in Hants County were up in 1992, with Hants West hunters bagging 572 compared to 567 in 1991.
• Kelli Fletcher was awarded a $500 scholarship for pursuing a career choice in a non-traditional field. She was the only female industrial mechanic student at the Hants Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.
• The Halifax Citadels, an American Hockey League team, put on a show at the Halifax Metro Centre. There were about 4,000 specially-priced upper bowl tickets that were being sold as part of a fundraiser for the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. A total of $3 per ticket would be given back to the society.
A ceremony recognizing Windsor as the Birthplace of Hockey was held at the start of the game between the Capital City Islanders and Halifax Citadels.
• Newport Corner's Shane Rogers joined the Windsor Junior B Royals for the 1992-93 season.
• Seven members of Softball Nova Scotia's Canada Games' boys team hailed from Hants County. The local members included: Steven Johnson, Newport; Peter Lothian, Newport; Gerald Muizelaar, Milford; Darren Swinamer, Newport; Marty Verge, Nine Mile River; Darrin White, Kennetcook; and Terry White, Kennetcook.
• St. John's Presbyterian Church on King Street in Windsor celebrated its 163rd anniversary. The present church was built in 1927 but its congregation dated back to 1829, with a religious history dating back to 1765.
• Grade 7 and 8 students from across the province auditioned to be members of the 1992 Nova Scotia Junior Youth Wind Ensemble. Several from Hants County were successful, including Lori Wilson, Jessie Faulkner, Nancy MacDow, Krista Vaughan, and Helen Johnston.
• Three Walton firefighters — Charles Weatherbee, Eugene Wood, and Doug Fletcher — were honoured at an awards ceremony for helping form the Walton Fire Department 25 years prior.
50 years ago (Nov. 22 and Nov. 29, 1967 editions)
• Another expansion was planned for Mount Martock Ski Limited. The ski hill was going to have three slopes instead of two — an intermediate hill was created — plus newer and faster snow making equipment was purchased, and a direct telephone line to Halifax was established.
• Peter Maxner, of Windsor, won the W.H. Duffray challenge trophy, which was awarded annually to the outstanding Guernsey 4-H Club member in Nova Scotia. He was an Avon 4-H Club member.
• Former Hantsport resident Frederick Harvie, 60, was awarded the Centennial Medal for service to the nation posthumously. The Second World War veteran with the Royal Canadian Engineers died in October 1967 before the award was presented.
• Windsor Construction was named prime contractors for the Nova Scotia Light and Power Company Limited. In 1967, they were hard at work on a special project in Lequille, Annapolis County.
• Saint Paul's Church in Mount Uniacke was celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of the Christian Education Centre.
• Students from Kennetcook, Brooklyn and Windsor rolled up their sleeves to donate blood, with Hants West High School winning the cup for the largest percentage of available donors.
Due to an urgent need in Halifax, a vehicle delivered 32 donations for immediate use over the noon hour.
A total of 339 people donated blood. The names of all the blood donors that day appeared in the paper.
• Kwang Kho, a 23-year-old student from northwest Borneo, joined the staff of the Annapolis Valley Radio for a two month in-station training period.
• The Imperial Theatre was gearing up for a busy holiday season with plenty of popular new movies to show. On the list for the end of November was Double Trouble, starring Elvis Presley, The Christmas That Almost Wasn't – a magical holiday musical, a double bill featuring Master of Horror and Master of Terror, plus Two for the Road, starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1942, Windsor town council was still trying to decide how to dispose of the 'Kissing Bridge.”
Also in 1942, a list of Hants County residents who enlisted in the RCAF appeared, as well as briefs about who was deployed overseas. The Journal reported that a plane crash in Stanley also took the life of a student pilot.
In 1917, the dyke on Card Beach was destroyed by high tides and gales.
In wartime news, a list of all the recent casualties appeared. It was noted that Private Kenneth Hutchinson, who was wounded at Vimy Ridge, was at home in Hantsport on leave.
Former Payzant Memorial Hospital nurse Helen MacKay was listed as being overseas and was awarded the Royal Red Cross.