Looking back in Kings County: December

Wendy Elliott
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25 years ago

New Minas residents are voting on a proposal to build a $3 million administration and recreation facility in the village.

Two residents of Myrtle Tree Farm in Waterville sat down for a lengthy interview with The Advertiser about the controversy facing the religious community. Earlier in the fall, family and children’s services took the son of one man living on the farm into custody. Spokesperson Jean Swantko said members just go and disconnect from the world if they’re going to have the Holy Spirit. The so-called commune has been operating on a farm for two years.

 

50 years ago

 

Centre Square Park Association, now within reach of the $12,000 needed to develop the interior of the main business square in Kentville as a parking lot, elected R.W. Phinney as president and took the initial step toward incorporation.

Kentville town council turned down an application by Irving Oil to move two apartment buildings from Main Street to Masters Avenue. A delegation of homeowners in a new subdivision, represented by L. Javorek and Harry How, objected to the move on the grounds that all the other buildings were modern in design and had been built with care.

Carrol C. Cunningham, Kentville, has been chosen as the first principal of the Kings County Vocational High School. He has a lengthy background in industrial arts and guidance.

Jack Sheriff, Acadia University’s bearded wizard of drama, will chalk up another first this Christmas, with a presentation of The Wizard of Oz until Dec. 29.

 

75 years ago

 

Dr. J.P. McGrath, chair of the Blanchard-Fraser Memorial Hospital Equipment Campaign, says the campaign will officially close next week. The total amount pledged, he stated, is well over $40,000 and the campaign must be regarded as a complete success.

The Kentville Fire Chief spoke strongly to town council on the subject of keeping ashes in a wooden containers or pile against wooden walls. He stated that this all too common practice should be eliminated.

Shipping fever, a serious cattle disease that threatened large herds of cattle in the Gaspereau Valley, is now under control. In the past two weeks, though, about 30 cattle have died from the disease, while about 1,000 received a preventive inoculation.

Cleveland’s Grocery in Wolfville is featuring this week a new product by Kraft. This macaroni and cheese dinner is prepared in just nine minutes. Cost is 22 cents per package.

Organizations: Square Park Association, Kentville town council, Irving Oil Kings County Vocational High School Acadia University Blanchard-Fraser Memorial Hospital Equipment Campaign

Geographic location: Kentville, Kings, New Minas Masters Avenue Gaspereau Valley Cleveland Wolfville

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