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Hants History: Jan. 23, 2018 edition

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. 20 and 27, 1993 editions)

• Four Metro-area men, all between 21-31 years of age, were arrested in relation to 40 break and enters around the province.

• The topic of regional government was proposed and one West Hants councillor was lobbying hard against it. Garth Hazel said a regional government would end up costing taxpayers more. The premier of the day was in favour of municipal units amalgamating.

• Glen Sampson Pontiac in Windsor closed. The owner cited economic conditions and a lack of funding that forced his dealership to close.

• The Hantsport Railway Station received heritage designation under the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.

• West Hants council passed a motion to ban video gambling machines. Coun. Randy Matheson called VLTs “an abomination, a scourge, and a cancer.”

In related gambling news, convenience store owner Don MacKay was fighting mad over the provincial government's decision to ban video gambling machines from stores but allow them in licensed establishments.

• Windsor lawyer Jim White announced his intention to seek the Conservative nomination in the Annapolis-Valley-Hants riding.

• Men looking to be crowned king of the 1993 Ardoise Winter Carnival shaved their faces in hopes of growing the best beard. It was a month-long competition. Among the contestants vying for the title were Bob Purcell, Richard Bullock, and Randy Keddy.

• Students attending high schools throughout the Valley were involved in a program to help them quit smoking. A total of 27 students in West Hants took part in the program, with seven of them being successful in remaining smoke-free for a four-week period.

Prizes given out as part of the initiative included a CD player and a Walkman.

• Summerville homeowners Michael Cussen and Mary Costello received an honourable mention in the 1992 Home Awards for their home renovation/rehabilitation.

• The Hants West Novice Warriors won the Christmas Minor Hockey Tournament in Halifax. The championship finale went to double overtime until the local team defeated Truro 5-4.

50 years ago (Jan. 17 and 24, 1968 editions)

• Hantsport Mayor Lovitt G. Bishop was awarded the Centennial Medal in recognition of his service to the nation.

• A bedding drive was underway in order to help Hants County families that were “suffering illness and extreme hardship” during the cold weather and a lack of bedding.

• Chief Petty Officer First Class Charles F. Wright, CD, and Petty Officer Second Class Ronald G. Walker, CD, each received a Canadian Centennial Medal at a ceremonial parade at the Naval Radio Station in Newport Corner.

• The Hantsport Fire Department's chief, J.H. Warner, presented the station's 1967 report. He said there were 31 calls for service, 24 of which were within town limits. The fire loss in Hantsport was estimated to be about $100,000.

• A mahogany side table that was once used by Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton was donated back to Windsor by James M. Fletcher of Asbestos, Quebec.

• Kentville's Canada Manpower Centre announced it would increase their service to Hants County residents. Instead of providing employment service help twice a month, counsellor Jack Hughes would be available to help residents once a week.

• The Imperial Theatre was showing Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers, starring Del Reeves and Hugh X. Lewis, for a four-day run; one night only of Tom Jones!; and three days of Divorce American Style, starring Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jason Robards, Jean Simmons, and Van Johnson.

• In the Hants History column dating back to 1943, it was noted that DAR officials and members of the Windsor Streets Committee were conferring on the future of the “kissing bridge.”

Further, it was noted that 29,000 gas masks arrived in Windsor for distribution to Hants County residents.

In 1918, a quantity of homemade beer was seized on Gerrish Street by military and local police.

The disaster in Pictou County involving a mine explosion was making news in Windsor. Eighty-seven miners were entombed in the Allan shaft.

A total of 400 people attended a fancy dress carnival at the Windsor rink. The winners were Nora Ward, Frank Ettinger and Millie Dimock.

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