WINDSOR, N.S. — Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (Feb. 2 and 9, 1994 editions)
• Jordan Macumber, of Bramber, discovered a deflated eight square foot weather balloon from Kansas City on Jan. 27.
The balloon was carrying a box of scientific instruments when it crash landed in Nova Scotia.
A representative of Environment Canada said it was a little unusual to have a weather balloon drifting all the way to Nova Scotia but said with the weather the region had been experiencing in 1994, the find wasn’t too surprising.
• Newport Station Elementary School won a nation-wide contest and received 1,993 Canadian books worth about $20,000.
It was noted that there was an annual budget of about $850 for library books at the school, which meant they received about 24 years worth of books in one lump shipment.
Valley Transfer, a local company, picked up the books from Toronto and delivered them to Newport for $80. It had been estimated to cost upwards of $1,000 to have them shipped.
Work was underway to get bookcases built.
• Tuition fees were set to rise at Nova Scotia Community Colleges. For students at the Hants campus, tuition was rising from $300 to $1,000 in three years’ time. Students pay an additional $300 to $400 for books.
• Iron Road Railways, based in Washington, purchased the Dominion Atlantic Railway, which operated between Windsor Junction and New Minas. It was noted that the main users of the 93 kilometre railway were Fundy Gypsum, Co-Op Atlantic and Frito Lay.
• Jeff Redden, representing Home Hardware, and Bill Wade, representing IGA, wanted to possibly build new, larger stores in the Windsor/West Hants Industrial Park, across from the exhibition grounds, and took their proposal to council. The area would need to be rezoned to permit commercial development.
Other business owners in Windsor’s downtown shopping district, however, were not pleased with the idea, with Doug Bundy, representing Sobeys, citing concerns over “developing 33-acres with no site plan” and Harold Griswald, representing the owners of the Windsor Mall, stated they were reluctant to invest more money in downtown upgrades if the town pushed the zoning amendment through.
Town council agreed to wait until West Hants council had a chance to receive the same proposal.
• A Hants County youth centre was in the process of being created, but the search was on to find an appropriate building.
• During 1993, five blood donor clinics were held in Windsor and one at Windsor Regional High School. There were more than 1,000 donors and 956 units of blood collected.
• Orion Electronics Ltd., located in the West Hants Industrial Park, landed a $1 million contract to make oil spill tracking buoys. The Slik-Trak bouy enabled the owner to track an oil spill by satellite. It was reported that the contract, between the local company and Trimble Navigation Ltd., of California, “could be renewed after 12 months and extended indefinitely.”
• Ardoise was preparing to host its annual winter carnival from Feb. 4-6 and Feb. 10-13. Included in the fun was the beard growing contest (which would lead to selecting the king of the carnival), dances, snow sculpture contests, log sawing and arm wrestling.
• Adam Sexton, of Brooklyn, was selected to represent Canada on its national broomball team and was due to compete in Saroma, Japan, from Feb. 8-18. With 16 years of playing the sport, Sexton was a star athlete and was consistently ranked among the top three players in Canada.
• A 400-foot cellular communications tower was erected near the top of Ski Martock as part of MT&T’s commitment to improve reception in the Martock-Windsor area.
• Police were investigating after Tracey’s Sales and Rentals in the Windsor West Hants Industrial Park was broken into and a large quantity of power tools were stolen. The police were still actively chasing down leads on several other break and enters that occurred in the fall and winter of 1993 as well.
• Ernie Spencer, of Pothier Motors Ltd., was recognized for being a top sales manager in the Atlantic Region for Chrysler Canada and won a Caribbean cruise aboard the luxury ship S.S.C. Radisson Diamond.
• The Riverview Ice Maidens precision skating team received a silver medal at the Valley Area Championships in Digby.
The team consisted of Raissa Tetanish, Nicole Pelrine, Heidi Caldwell, Shannon Hudson, Stephanie Zwicker, Shannon Hazel, Ellen Ferguson, Heather Farrell, Alana Pelrine, Alisha Mounce, Cory Aldous, Jennifer Wilson, and Tasha Tetanish.
50 years ago (Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 1969 editions)
• With almost 100 names on a petition, residents of Falmouth were preparing to lobby West Hants council to delay rezoning the area.
Due to the Falmouth-Windsor Avon River Causeway creating “a fresh water lake upstream that now alternates between a swollen tidewater river and nearly empty mudflat basin,” it was noted that there was a noticed increase in demand for building lots overlooking the river. The concerned ratepayers didn’t want “helter skelter development” and wanted to hear from an expert from the Department of Municipal Affairs.
• Grace B. Wallace, a supervising principal with the Windsor School Board, tendered her resignation after teaching for 37 years, of which 24 were with the local board.
• The Fogartys, of Windsor, were set to appear on the Don Messer Show.
• Mrs. Herbert Smith, of Windsor, was struck by a car while crossing Gerrish Street. She was reported to be recuperating in the Payzant Memorial Hospital.
• The Hantsport Winter Carnival was held over three days and featured such activities as a sox-hop, snow sculpture contest, variety show, parade and snowmobile rides.
Several young women competed for the winter carnival crown, with Candice Shay being named queen. Runners up were Jane Harvey, Darlene MacKenzie, Sharon Murray, Betty Meisner and Lee Chipman.
• John Palmer, son of Mrs. Carl Leighton, of Windsor, took his solemn vows as a member of the Victorian Order of Priests in Washington, D.C.
• Hants County curlers, Mrs. Donald MacKinnon (skip), Mrs. Neal Dow (mate), Mrs. Harold Brown (second), and Mrs. Michael Zebian (lead) were selected to represent Windsor at the provincial playoffs in Halifax.
• Mr. And Mrs. Leslie Boyd were elected as the presidents of the No. 9 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Windsor and its Ladies Auxiliary. It was noted that it was the first time a married couple held presidential seats during the same term in office in Windsor, and possibly the Maritimes.
• The Ellershouse Alpine softball team, which won the 1968 Intermediate A Softball Championship, was celebrated in the Alpine Room at Moosehead Breweries. During the celebration, the championship award was presented to the team by Jack Grey, the president of the Nova Scotia Softball Association. David Blanchard, the president of the Hants County Softball Association, presented the team with the Etter Trophy and the brewery sales manager, Don Valardo, presented the team members with sports jackets.
• The Imperial Theatre was showing Gone with the Wind over several nights. The cost to view the show was $1.75, or $1 for students. Other movies on the big screen at the Windsor theatre included two matinees of Tom Thumb, MGM’s Get Yourself a College Girl, Dark of the Sun, which starred Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux and Jim Brown, and With Six You Get Eggroll, starring Doris Day and Brian Keith.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1944, burglars broke into the Windsor Service Station and attempted to break into a grocery store on O’Brien Street.
In wartime news from 1944, Pte. Cyril Anthony was reported as being killed in action in Italy.
In the Hants History column from 1919, Hantsport Captain F. E. Dodge completed a round trip to South America in 90 days. It was noted that the flu caused the Lower Burlington School to close its doors; and in grocery news, eggs dropped to 65 cents per dozen and potatoes were deemed in scarce supply, costing $3 per barrel.
In other news from 1919, Sgt. J. E. Graham, who was awarded the Croix de Guerre while overseas, visited Windsor after being away for 20 years; Chaplain A. E. Andrew was decorated with the Military Cross.