Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (March 1, 1989 paper)
• The home of Danny Grey on Mountain Road went up in flames in the early morning hours of Feb. 27.
• Dorian Hall Academy of Music announced it was starting a community jazz band. The band director was to be Kathryn Young, a brass instructor at the music school.
• A feature on dog breeders Joost and Pat Postma appeared in the Hants Journal. The Upper Burlington couple who bred Saint Bernard and Weimaraners were warning people to not make a hasty decision when looking to buy a puppy.
Pat Postma, the acting president of the Glooscap Kennel Club, noted the organization was working on better educating the public on the needs of the various breeds as well as the commitment involved with dog ownership.
• Even though East Hants council commissioned a preliminary management review in 1988, and the report was received, the councillors couldn’t agree on what course of action to take. One councillor suggested hiring an American consultant to provide them with advice; another suggested it should be done in-house. Among the concerns were councillor stipends, staff salaries, the size and organization of the staff, as well as various communication issues.
• Hantsport Mayor Len McCully presented exemplary service medals to the following town firefighters: Lou Doucette, Don Caldwell, Warren Tompkins, Carl Salter, Paul Douthwright, John Murray, George Scott, Don McNeil, Chuck Mounce, Lou Irving, Richard Bishop, Robert Murray and Eddie Pearson.
• The date was set for the third annual Teddy Bear Jamboree. The Falmouth festival was set to run June 24, with a rain date of June 25.
• To avoid jeopardizing the amalgamation of the Kings County and Hantsport school boards, Kings County council reversed a decision to support a 12-member amalgamation board. Instead, they temporarily agreed to the 16-person body.
• A photo of Montreal Canadiens hockey player Mike McPhee wearing a West Hants Minor Hockey sweater appeared in the Journal. McPhee, who sponsored the West Hants novice A team, was pictured with his teammates Mike Lawlor, Bobby Smith, Brian Skrudland, Mats Näsland and Larry Robinson.
• Lakeside Variety’s proprietors Lyle and Betty Northrop announced the grand opening celebrations of the business.
The couple said customers would be entered to win a Walkman every time they purchased a 2-litre Pepsi or 7-Up product for $1.99.
• The Avon Credit Union was celebrating its 50th anniversary.
• Donald Davison, of Hantsport, retired from CKF after 39 years of service.
• A fitness day was held at the Windsor Elms with residents competing against their counterparts at Dykeland Lodge. It was reported the Elms ‘wrestled away’ the championship title from the 1988 winners.
50 years ago (Feb. 26, 1964 paper)
• The entire address made to the provincial government by J. Albert Ettinger, the MLA for Hants East, appeared on the front page of the Journal. The MLA requested the province “give attention to the need of bridges and paved roads” for his constituency.
• Hants East MLA J. Albert Ettinger told members of East Hants council that a suitable site for a provincial park along the Noel Shore had not yet been found. However, he said locations were still being considered.
He also noted that a proposed bridge in Tennecape was still in the planning stages.
• Rev. W.W. Davis, the Bishop of Nova Scotia, was set to come to town to help commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Christ Church in Windsor.
It was noted that the church was built in the early 1800s, with the cornerstone being laid in Oct. 1882. The official opening was held on March 2, 1884.
• LAC David A. Hanes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hanes of Poplar Grove was sent to Germany to be stationed with the RCAF.
• West Hants Rural High School and Brooklyn District agreed to assist the Payzant Memorial Hospital with their Golden Book for Charity fundraiser.
• With playoffs underway, photos of two of the Windsor Maple Leafs appeared in the Hants Journal. Jacques Allard was reported as having won the “scoring championship of the N.S.S.H.L. with a total 183. A recount placed him one point ahead of Oscar Gaudet.” Goaltender Serge Aubry was also highlighted. It was noted he had a “stellar game” in the Leafs' opening game with the New Glasgow Rangers.
• IGA was advertising their bargains, which included turkeys for 39 cents a pound, leg of lamb roast for 49 cents a pound, two-pound poly bags of peas for 50 cents, and a two-vehicle cookie jar of peanut butter for 79 cents.
• Stedman Stores was advertising Kelvinator wringer washers for $139.95 and a Sparton combination TV, radio and record player was on sale for $499.95.