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Hants History: End of August, early September 2019

Two Windsor teens were heralded as heroes after saving their friend’s life after the truck they were driving in crashed and landed upside down in a body of water. The trio, John Copas, Shawn Foley and 21-year-old Lincoln Smith were returning from fishing when the accident occurred in 1994 near Armstrong Lake. Smith said he was thankful his 17-year-old friends kept their cool and managed to free him, bring him to shore and resuscitate him.
Two Windsor teens were heralded as heroes after saving their friend’s life after the truck they were driving in crashed and landed upside down in a body of water. The trio, John Copas, Shawn Foley and 21-year-old Lincoln Smith were returning from fishing when the accident occurred in 1994 near Armstrong Lake. Smith said he was thankful his 17-year-old friends kept their cool and managed to free him, bring him to shore and resuscitate him. - FILE
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Capt. A.L. McNeil explained to media the details surrounding the July 27, 1994 crash of a Canadian Armed Forces T-33 Silver Star jet. - FILE PHOTOS
Capt. A.L. McNeil explained to media the details surrounding the July 27, 1994 crash of a Canadian Armed Forces T-33 Silver Star jet. - FILE PHOTOS

25 years ago (Aug. 3 and 10, 1994 editions)

• The entire fleet of Canadian Armed Forces T-33 Silver Star jet trainers were grounded following a crash in the woods near Falmouth.

An investigation was launched into what caused the July 27 crash. The body of the 40-year-old pilot, Capt. Harry Munro, was found about two miles from the crash site three days after the accident.

In 1994, retired volunteer firefighter Norm Bennett perched atop the Windsor Fire Department’s aerial ladder truck for a weekend ladder sit to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and help bring in some funds for research. He raised more than $5,000 over the Sam Slick Days weekend.
In 1994, retired volunteer firefighter Norm Bennett perched atop the Windsor Fire Department’s aerial ladder truck for a weekend ladder sit to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and help bring in some funds for research. He raised more than $5,000 over the Sam Slick Days weekend.

• Retired volunteer firefighter Norm Bennett perched atop the Windsor Fire Department’s aerial ladder truck for a weekend ladder sit to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and help bring in some funds for research. He was suspended 80 feet in the air and sitting in a special chair fitted with seat belts, a serving tray, and built-in canopy and it was customized for Bennett’s Parkinson’s. He managed to raise more than $5,000.

• Kingston’s Lisa Bonnell married Sean Badcock at the Windsor Country Fair courtyard on July 30, arriving in a horse-drawn wagon.

• The Acadia Arena was transformed into a movie set for Dolores Claiborne. Needful Productions, based out of Beverly Hills, California, hired 24 hour security for “one of the largest blue-screen sets ever made for the motion picture industry.”

Among the summer security personnel were Acadia students Earl MacLeod, of Stewiacke, Jeff Flecknell, of New Minas, and Darren Winter, of Upper Rawdon. The security director was Bob Groves.

• After serving seven years on council, Maxine Whynot put her name forward to be Windsor’s next mayor.

• The National Transportation Agency of Canada approved the sale of the 4.4 mile spur of the existing railway between Windsor Junction and New Minas to the Windsor & Hantsport Railway Company Limited.

Glen Wallis, of Windsor, prepared to take his passengers, Charlotte Schofield and her children Jeff and Chelsea, on a miniature railway train ride during Sam Slick Days 1994.
Glen Wallis, of Windsor, prepared to take his passengers, Charlotte Schofield and her children Jeff and Chelsea, on a miniature railway train ride during Sam Slick Days 1994.

• The Village of Maitland opened a new attraction. A small, permanent, outdoor exhibit at Lawrence House Museum, which featured a series of modules, was installed to help explain the area’s shipbuilding history to visitors.

• A group called the Committee of the Community, which refused to identify members, was holding a meeting to discuss the group’s next move while they fought against what they said was poor management at the Windsor Country Fair. Sheana Holloman was the committee’s spokeswoman and would not say how many people were in the group or who they were.

• The Town of Hantsport held its tax rate, with residential property owners paying $1.66 per $100 of assessed value and commercial property owners paying $2.79 per $100 of assessed value.

• In an August article in Gourmet, a magazine based in New York, the Evangeline Trail was highlighted, as was a visit to Falmouth artist Jockie Loomer-Kruger.

• Windsor firefighters battled a fire at Pothier Motors, which caused extensive damage to two vehicles and one of the buildings.

• The Newport 4-H Club was preparing to host its 70th anniversary.

• The Windsor Legion Olands baseball team, a favourite heading into a tournament in St. Croix, was still reeling after being eliminated. However, the team’s spirits were lifted when they learned they would participate in the elite ISC World Championship in PEI.

• The West Hants Bombers came out victorious, winning gold at the Gunn Baldursson Memorial Soccer Tournament.

• The Windsor Summer Basketball League held an all-star contest. Jeff Starratt was the winner of the three-point contest and Jeff Landry was the winner of the slamdunk contest.

The Sam Slick Days’ Fitness and Pose Down competition was a popular attraction in 1994, raising about $2,400 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Pictured are some of the competitors: Donnie (Wiener) Brown, Darren Foley, Jeff Archibald, Jeff Williams, Matthew Carr, Dave Fitzgerald and Dave Beaton.
The Sam Slick Days’ Fitness and Pose Down competition was a popular attraction in 1994, raising about $2,400 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Pictured are some of the competitors: Donnie (Wiener) Brown, Darren Foley, Jeff Archibald, Jeff Williams, Matthew Carr, Dave Fitzgerald and Dave Beaton.

Kingston’s Lisa Bonnell climbs aboard a horse-drawn wagon en route to marry Sean Badcock at the Windsor Country Fair courtyard on July 30, 1994. Pictured with her are her bridesmaids Danielle Badcock and Carm Miller.
Kingston’s Lisa Bonnell climbs aboard a horse-drawn wagon en route to marry Sean Badcock at the Windsor Country Fair courtyard on July 30, 1994. Pictured with her are her bridesmaids Danielle Badcock and Carm Miller.

Quiet on the set! These summer security guards worked at Acadia in 1994 when Needful Productions was in Wolfville shooting scenes from Dolores Claiborne. Pictured here are, from left, security director was Bob Groves with Acadia students Earl MacLeod, of Stewiacke, Jeff Flecknell, of New Minas, and Darren Winter, of Upper Rawdon.
Quiet on the set! These summer security guards worked at Acadia in 1994 when Needful Productions was in Wolfville shooting scenes from Dolores Claiborne. Pictured here are, from left, security director was Bob Groves with Acadia students Earl MacLeod, of Stewiacke, Jeff Flecknell, of New Minas, and Darren Winter, of Upper Rawdon.

Visitors to Maitland in 1994 were the first to check out a new outdoor display at Lawrence House Museum that described the area’s shipbuilding history.
Visitors to Maitland in 1994 were the first to check out a new outdoor display at Lawrence House Museum that described the area’s shipbuilding history.

50 years ago (July 30 and Aug. 6, 1969 editions)

• King’s College School received a $350,000 loan to construct a student housing project in Windsor. The dormitory extension would provide accommodation for 88 more students, and the building would contain kitchen and dining facilities. The federal loan had a 50-year term.

In 1969, Windsor native Stu Gray was set to fight for the Canadian Middleweight Boxing Championship.
In 1969, Windsor native Stu Gray was set to fight for the Canadian Middleweight Boxing Championship.

• Windsor native Stu Gray was set to fight for the Canadian Middleweight Boxing Championship in Halifax. Gray was being trained by Al Clemente, a veteran trainer, in Boston, Mass. Gray was being billed as a future champ. He wound up losing the fight in the eighth round to Halifax’s Dave Downey.

• Tragedy befell East Uniacke when Adelaide Poole, 70, and her son, 42-year-old Robert Poole, died in a car-truck accident in Upper Sackville.

• Fundy Gypsum Company Limited received a special 2,000,000 Man Hour Safety Award from the Nova Scotia Accident Prevention Association.

• Due to mounting hospital costs, West Hants Coun. Gordon Crossley put forth a resolution to the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities to consider requesting the provincial government increase grants per hospital bed to $10,000, from $5,000.

• Tourists were rather disappointed when they couldn’t find the ‘Petrified Forest’ in Little Rainy in Pembroke. The Journal contacted several ‘old-timers’ and none had heard tell of the forest, though the tourists insist they saw it noted in a book.

• Dennis Lynds, of Windsor, won the overall Arm Wrestling Trophy for the second consecutive year at the Maritime Powerlifting and Arm Wrestling Championships.

• Ninety-one youths were registered for summertime tennis lessons in Windsor.

• Anne Porter, of Falmouth, was representing Windsor Regional High School in the Young Voyageur Program. She attended a two-week trip to Winnipeg.

• The Cedar Shake Drive-in Restaurant was set to open soon in Windsor. They were promoting the fact that they would sell Brookfield ice cream.

• The Imperial Theatre in Windsor was ready to entertain the masses with its summertime movie offerings. Showing during the first part of August were Charro, starring Elvis Presley; The Outrage, starring Paul Newman; Angels from Hell, a biker flick starring Tom Stern and Arlene Martel; Disney’s Never a Dull Moment, starring Dick Van Dyke; The Cobra, which was being billed as a flick featuring danger, dames and sudden death; The Sergeant, starring Rod Steiger; Doctor Dolittle, with Rex Harrison; I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, starring Peter Sellers; and Valley of the Dolls, an American drama starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate and Susan Hayward.

• In the Hants History column dating back to 1944, wartime news took the forefront. L/Cpl. Frank M. Wile, of Wile Settlement, Pte. Kenneth Davis, of Gormanville, and Gnr. Frank Henry Porter, of Windsor, were killed in action. Sgt. William Swinamer, of Falmouth, and Pte. Leslie Spencer, of Noel, were wounded in action.

South Rawdon’s Owen Deal, who was reported as missing in action after the Athabaska sank, was reported to be a prisoner of war in Germany.

• In the Hants History column from 1919, Carl Tully’s body was recovered in the St. Croix River; conductor George W. McCully was presented with a gold-headed ebony cane upon his retirement from active service with the Dominion Atlantic Railway; and the Windsor School Board voted to increase the salaries of teaching staff for the third time in three years.

Good catches of salmon were also being reported by Avon River fishermen.

In 1969, Fundy Gypsum Company Limited received a special 2,000,000 Man Hour Safety Award from the Nova Scotia Accident Prevention Association (NSAPA). Pictured receiving the award were, from left, electric shovel operator Joseph MacDonald, NSAPA secretary manager Ralph Myers, plant safety supervisor Jack Whalen, and equipment serviceman Gerald Young.
In 1969, Fundy Gypsum Company Limited received a special 2,000,000 Man Hour Safety Award from the Nova Scotia Accident Prevention Association (NSAPA). Pictured receiving the award were, from left, electric shovel operator Joseph MacDonald, NSAPA secretary manager Ralph Myers, plant safety supervisor Jack Whalen, and equipment serviceman Gerald Young.

Fred Godfrey, left, and John Reid, guides at the Hants West Historical Society Museum, kicked off the opening of the site for the season July 3, 1986 dressed in style. Pictured with them was the society’s president, Veronica Connelly, and vice-president Roland Meuse. The museum staff were celebrating new acquisitions that year, which included a microfiche reader.
Fred Godfrey, left, and John Reid, guides at the Hants West Historical Society Museum, kicked off the opening of the site for the season July 3, 1986 dressed in style. Pictured with them was the society’s president, Veronica Connelly, and vice-president Roland Meuse. The museum staff were celebrating new acquisitions that year, which included a microfiche reader.

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