A look at the past 25, 50 and 75 years ago
25 years ago
Construction of the new regional hospital in the Kentville area, which will serve the Valley, will get underway in the spring.
Tenders will be called in June for the construction of a 10-unit senior citizens complex at Centreville, Kings North MLA George Archibald announced last week.
Anna d’Entremont of Wolfville carried the Valley Olympic Torch out of the town’s Willow Park, escorted by the RCMP, following a recent ceremony noted the arrival of the flame in Wolfville. It was carried from Annapolis Royal to Bedford by 200 runners to symbolize support for the 1988 Winter Olympics.
The 125th anniversary of the Pereau United Baptist Church was celebrated recently. Ruby Hiltz, the longest serving member, cut the anniversary cake in the shape of a Bible.
Despite a dry summer, the general yield and variety of Valley vegetables was quite a bit better than last year, according to Peter Rideout at the Kentville Research Station.
50 years ago
Heavy rains last week took a bit more of Willow Lane in Kentville into Mill Brook. Sections of a wooden wall, built several years ago to retain the street, have rotted away leaving the earth exposed to the frequent torrents.
Nova Scotia Fruit Growers are looking at possible complications should Great Britain join the Common Market. Featured speakers were John Shaffner, president of Graves in Berwick and Arthur Calkin, general manager of Scotian Gold.
The Kings County Commercial Travellers Association celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend with over 200 members and guests in attendance. President Jack Robinson cut the anniversary cake.
75 years ago
Work is progressing rapidly on the Blanchard-Fraser Memorial Hospital concrete for the first floor having been poured this week. Chairman of the hospital commission overseeing the work is T.P. Calkin.
The Danish steamer Brigette docked at Port Williams Saturday, sailing on Monday with a cargo of apples for overseas markets. On Tuesday the steamer Martin Carl docked and unloaded 500 tons of potash.
The Theatre Arts Guild of Kentville ascended to new heights last night. Their presentation, Tons of Money, was an outstanding success and played to a full house in the new Capitol Theatre. Mrs. Ernest Wood was director.
Laurie Ells was re-elected president of the Glooscap Curling Club.
Waterbury’s Store in Wolfville has received a large shipment of hockey outfits. Prices range between $3.25 and $11.50.