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 (Jan. 6 and 13, 1993 editions)
• Winnifred Blythe was the first baby born at the Hants Community Hospital in 1993. The daughter of Tony and Theresa VanWilgenburg, of Hantsport, she was born Jan. 5 at 5:08 p.m.
• Over the Christmas holiday, Kennetcook Discounter was broken into and about $5,000 worth of tobacco products was stolen. Also, Thrift Credit Union in Kempt Shore was broken into. Nothing was stolen from the safe, but a rear window of the business was damaged.
• A Newport Station woman was fighting to claim her $3,166 slot machine jackpot win after Atlantic Lotto said they believed the machine malfunctioned.
• Council passed a motion to ban video poker machines within Windsor's town limits, however, the Journal noted the town had no jurisdiction to do so. The resolution would just serve to inform the provincial government about council's views.
• On Dec. 21, 1992, Shirley Pineo, of Mantua, was appointed chairperson of the Hants West District School Board. She was the fourth person – and first woman – to hold the position.
• One On One Hairstyling won the Christmas window display competition in Windsor.
• A business feature on Allen Beverages appeared in the newspaper, noting the Windsor Industrial Park business distributed Pepsi Cola Canada products from Coldbrook to Mount Uniacke, and from South Maitland to New Ross, selling about 1.2 million cases annually.
• Joan Carey was the winner of Windsor IGA's three-minute shopping spree. She picked up $268.21 worth of groceries.
• A feature appeared on Margie Koncovy, 29, of Windsor. She was living abroad, teaching English in the village of Kijimadaira, Japan.
• Lee Ann Hart, of Belmont, skated off to a fourth place finish in the junior ladies division at the Atlantic Canadian Figure Skating Championships. The top three positions were captured by Quebec skaters, but a fourth place finish still secured Hart a trip to the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Ontario in February.
• Sweets Corner native Kevin Harvey was named to the 1992 International Softball Congress tournament's All-World First All-Star Team. Harvey, who worked for the Summerside Area Minor Hockey Association, was a member of the Summerside 94s, and played second base for the delegation that won the tournament.
• Middleweight boxer Pee Wee Flint, whose trainer, Bunny Phillips, hailed from Three Mile Plains, was heading to Europe to fight. Flint was set to take on Olympic bronze medalist Ritchi Woodhall for the British Commonwealth middleweight title on Jan. 20 in London.
50 years ago (Jan. 3 and 10, 1968 editions)
• Eric Nott was sworn in as the new Mayor of Windsor on Jan. 2 for a three-year term.
• The Hants Journal noted that an extreme storm hit Nova Scotia, blanketing the region in snow and bringing traffic to a standstill in Windsor. The weatherman was reported as saying the wind chill was equal to 50 below 0.
• A prisoner in the Waterville Home had a brief stint with freedom but was arrested in Windsor by the RCMP.
• At the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture's 72nd Farmers' Parliament, provincial awards for the rural beautification project were presented by the president of the Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia Mrs. Edwin McClare.
First in the Century Farm Competition was Mr. and Mrs. Neil Kell, of Antigonish, with second place going to Mr. And Mrs. Frank Woolaver, of Newport.
The Community Centennial Prize winner was the Fort Lawrence Women's Institute, in Cumberland County, and second place went to the Medford W.I. in Kings County.
• Two Hants County men received the Centennial Medal. They were Provincial Magistrate R. E. Kimball, of Windsor, and Cpl. W.Archie Jamieson, RCAF, of Walton.
• Three 48-ounce tins of Avon Vitamized Apple Juice were selling for $1 at the Dominion grocery store on Gerrish Street in Windsor. Other deals included a pint of Richmello ice cream for 29 cents, a dozen oranges for 49 cents, and a three-pound box of Crino powdered milk for $1.29.
• The Imperial Theatre was showing Tarzan and the Great River; Twice Told Tales starring Vincent Price; and Peter Sellers' After the Fox.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1943, it was noted Margaret Darling was appointed the public health nurse for the district; Ottawa issued a 'Victory Nickel' on Jan. 2, 1943; and army cadets were due to get new uniforms throughout Canada.
In 1918, a $100,000 fundraising campaign was launched for Kings College; Hantsport was to start its own band under the direction of Windsor's Horace Greenough; and F.W. Dimock purchased a building for hay compressing.
In wartime news from 1918, Capt. E. Avard Forsyth left Windsor for New York to command an American Hawaiian steamer on an overseas run.