Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (Feb. 3 and 10, 1993 editions)
• The RCMP was looking for a teen purse snatcher. Two separate incidents had been reported, with an eye witness to one of the attempts.
In other RCMP news, the public was being asked for tips on a break, enter and theft that occurred at Winnie's Video and Variety in Tennecape. A quantity of cash and tobacco products were stolen.
• Sgt. John Ingalls, of the Windsor RCMP's town detachment, was moving to Reserve Mines, Cape Breton as he was promoted to staff sergeant. He had been serving Windsor for about 10 years.
• A travelling collection of interactive science exhibits arrived in Windsor for a three-week stay. The program was put on by the Discovery Centre of Nova Scotia.
• Laurie Saulnier, of Windsor, was honoured by Hunter Education Instructor magazine for his life-long passion for teaching hunting safety. The magazine was based in the United States. He was considered one of Nova Scotia's top hunting safety instructors.
• Windsor town council was drawing up plans to include an elevator in the town office building.
• The Windsor Tree Commission announced it would spend up to $100,000 to remove diseased elm trees throughout the town. More than $500,000 was anticipated to be spent over a two-year period in order to tackle the Dutch Elm disease problem.
• Residents were expressing concern over a clearcutting operation on Colbert Road near Kennetcook.
• An all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet was planned for Valentine's Day in order to raise money for the Windsor Workshop.
• Overeaters Anonymous formed a West Hants branch to help people with compulsive overeating.
• The planned expansion at the Windsor Elms building on King Street was progressing despite the frigid winter temperatures.
• After a two-year hiatus, a Beaver group in Falmouth was reactivated.
• The inaugural 22 Shoot was held in Upper Vaughans. Using 22-calibre rifles, contestants were scored on their accuracy at hitting targets. The winners were Matthew Chandler (top male), Jason Flynn (top teen), Kevin Walker (top marksman), and Jeanette Poirier (top female).
• Stephanie O'Brien, of Ski Martock, won the silver medal for the Women's 3-2 Slalom at Ben Eoin.
• The Riverview Figure Skating Club's novice precision team won a gold medal at the Valley Area Figure Skating Championships.
• The 21st annual Progress Kings Meadow Celebrity Dinner was held in Halifax Jan. 21. The fundraiser for the group home featured celebrities like Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Bob Cameron, TSN host Teresa Hergert and Major League umpire Durwood Merril.
50 years ago (Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 1968 editions)
• It was reported that Dr. Arthur Hines, of Cheverie, likely held the record of years of service as a municipal councilor in Nova Scotia. Hines served from 1926-29, and then was re-elected in 1932. He was still a councillor in 1968.
• Verna Theriault, of Kempt Shore, was trapped inside her home due to a massive snowfall. She had to wait until her son and neighbours came to her rescue. The snow completely blocked the entrances to her home.
• A host of Valley fire departments, including the Windsor Fire Department, were honoured for their involvement in helping battle the costly blaze at the Maritime Co-Op feed plant in New Minas in September 1967. All of the fire departments involved received a sum of money from Maritime Co-Op Insurance as tribute for their hard work.
• Robert Dimock was named the president of the Windsor Board of Trade, taking over from Fred Woodward.
• The Windsor Minor Hockey Association was formed, with the executive consisting of Alan Stewart, president; Arch Blackburn, vice-president; and Bob Bickerton, secretary treasurer. The association was to help organize hockey for boys aged eight to 12 years.
• Aircraftman Garth Smith, 19, of Windsor, graduated from a 16-week air weapons technicians course at CFB Borden.
• The Imperial Theatre was showing a variety of movies over a two-week period. Devil's Angels, starring John Cassavettes, Beverly Adams, and Mimsy Farmer, was slated for a three-day run; a Saturday matinee of Beauty and the Beast was scheduled; plus North to Alaska, starring John Wayne, Stewart Granger and Capucine was set for Sunday. The following week, movie goers could watch James Coburn in The President's Analyst and Dean Martin in The Silencers. Other movies were Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Magic Sword, and You're a Big Boy Now.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1943, it was reported that the new highway bridge at Mantua was shifted onto new piers.
In military news, it was noted that Hants County men in uniform totalled 1,082.
It was also noted that pilot officer L.D. White, RCAF, and a student pilot were killed in a plane crash near Stanley.
In 1918, the Falmouth Shipbuilding and Transportation Company announced it was proceeding with the construction of another three-masted schooner.
Also in 1918, fire destroyed a large mill and all equipment of the Nova Scotia Manganese Company in New Ross.
In wartime news, Pte. Reuben Carpenter, of Windsor, was killed in action in France.