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Hants History: June 19, 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 (June 2 and 9, 1993 editions)

• For the ninth consecutive year, the Hants West District School Board's conveyance department received the Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Achievement Award.

• A father and son who went missing after visiting in East Hants were found safe on Noel Road after a weekend search. The Bedford family's car had become stuck in the mud while travelling along a woods road near Walton and the pair stayed in a camp waiting for the weather to improve. They eventually found a sawmill and called for help. The RCMP and Department of Natural Resources were conducting an aerial search when they found a phone.

• Ron Russell was one of a handful of PC incumbents who held on to their seat in the provincial legislature. Russell defeated the Liberal's Mike Doyle by 47 votes – the closest margin in his election history. Two other candidates also ran for the Hants West seat: Dana Harvey, for the NDP, and Don McKay, as an independent. The Liberals were demanding a recount in Hants West.

In East Hants, Liberal Bob Carruthers retained the seat that was held by retired Liberal MLA Jack Hawkins. He told the newspaper the job creation ideas of Liberal leader John Savage was popular with the electorate.

• The first group of youths involved in the Hants Police Venturers graduated and were getting ready to work security during parades and aiding the RCMP throughout the summer months. The group consisted of five girls and 15 boys. The group underwent six months of training.

• Gardeners were left shaking their heads when they checked on their plants, as many shrubs were badly damaged due to the harsh winter Nova Scotia experienced. The hardest hit shrub was the forsythia. Some roses and fruit-bearing plants also felt the sting of the long, cold winter. February 1993, after all, was the coldest it had been since 1962.

• The 52-member Windsor Regional High School Grade 11 and Grade 12 senior concert band won, for the third year in a row, the Grand Challenge event plus the Silver Medal from the Maritime Band Festival. The group also won a $500 cash prize.

• King's-Edgehill School was presented with a Built Heritage Award from the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia for the school's restoration of Convocation Hall. The newly opened facility boasted a library and computer lab.

• The Windsor/Wolfville IWK Golf Tournament held at the Avon Valley Golf and Country Club raised $7,200 for the children's hospital.

The winning team was from the Moncton Fire Department. The golfers were Perry Henwood, Kevin McMahon, Brian Williamson, and Hartley Esterbrooks.

• Music City celebrated its fifth anniversary in Windsor.

50 years ago (May 29 and June 5, 1968 editions)

• The new Eastech Ltd. plant opened in the Windsor Industrial Park.

• Windsor Fire Chief Walter Stephens was awarded the Centennial Medal by the federal government. The medal was awarded to people who provided “outstanding service to Canada.”

• Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau visited the Annapolis Valley on a “whistle stop” and had an audience of 3,000 people attend. It was standing room only. He also visited Yarmouth where he announced a multi-million dollar ferry service to be established between Digby and Saint John.

• Staff of the Town of Windsor were hard at work painting crosswalks throughout the town and were urging motorists to stop for pedestrians.

Grass was also being moved and benches being placed in anticipation of the Apple Blossom Festival weekend. Thousands of visitors were anticipated to visit Windsor.

• The Windsor Jaycettes donated a portable TV to the Payzant Memorial Hospital after receiving the television from Dominion Stores for sales slips collected.

• Brian Burgess, a Grade 10 student from Centre Burlington, competed against 21 other drivers from Atlantic Canada to earn a berth in the national finals for a safe driving competition. He placed second overall.

• A Canada Manpower Centre opened in Windsor.

• The official opening of Windsor's Heritage Memorials new manufacturing and sales facility in the Windsor Industrial Park was scheduled for June 8, 1968. A two-page spread congratulating the company appeared in the Hants Journal. It was reported that the business, founded in June 1967 by Maurice Nelson, was initially set up in a temporary building in the Windsor Industrial Park.

• Retired Martock farmer, Orland Millett, was celebrated on his 95th birthday. He was a resident of the Falmouth-based Bell Nursing Home.

• Bill Smiley's Sugar and Spice column from 1968 started out by saying “One of the dirtiest words in the English language is 'housewife.'” The column discusses the social stigma attached to such a term and offers a scathing take on why more women aren't allowed to have careers.

“Take a look at your average housewife on a TV commercial. She is portrayed as being so dumb it makes you wince, as she raves over some cruddy soap or new instant coffee.”

• The Imperial Theatre in Windsor was showing a variety of movies, including a double bill featuring Country Boy and Thunder in Dixie, The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, starring Clint Eastwood, Disney's The Absent Minded Professor, The Mystery of Thug Island, featuring Guy Madison and Peter Van Eyck, and No Way to Treat a Lady.

• In the Hants History column dating back to 1943, it was noted that small scale operations in the Wentworth quarries would resume after being halted since the fall.

In wartime news from 1943, Capt. Garnet Sexton, of the Royal Artillery and a native of Windsor, was killed in action. Pilot officer Norman Fowlow, of Windsor, was reported to have shot down a Focke-Wolfe 90 over France.

In news from 1918, the Kissing Bridge was completed and “is said to be of first class construction.”

In wartime news from 1918, Capt. Fred A. Smith, of Mount Denson, died when a steamer was torpedoed.

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