HANTS HISTORY: Feb. 6, 2017 edition


Published on February 9, 2017

In 1992, it was commonplace to see young and old alike visiting the Minas Basin power damn in St. Croix to practice — and show off — their skating skills.

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WINDSOR, 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. 29 and Feb. 1992 editions)

• Although firefighters couldn't save a cattle barn from being destroyed, they did manage to rescue the 38 cows that were inside when it caught fire. The Shubenacadie farmer, John Irving, told the Journal that he was working in another barn when he saw the fire trucks coming up the driveway. Firefighters battled the blaze for 12 hours.

• Belmont sheep farmer Orland Berggren said he was concerned over the number of people trespassing on his property for recreational use.

RCMP Cst. Lorne MacKinnon told the Journal that landowners do have rights and can make a citizen's arrest – as long as they don't assault anyone. Additionally, they can take photos or videos of the culprits trespassing so that they can be dealt with in court.

• The Minas Basin power damn in St. Croix was a place for skaters to go to practice and show off their skills.

• A new group was formed in West Hants called Crossings. Their purpose was to help men who have mentally or physically abused their partner.

• The Summerville and District Fire Department held its annual general meeting and elected its slate of officers. For 1992, the chief was Ron Spencer and deputy chief was Phillip Smith.

The Windsor Fire Department were the 1992 Smelt Tournament champions. The crew competed in the annual competition in Conqueral Bank, near Bridgewater. Pictured are, from left, Mark Richard, Todd Richard, Scott Burgess, Ronnie Johnson, Tyron Ackroyd, Chris Sullivan, Greg Cleveland, Tim Porter, and Barry Wile. Missing from the team photo are Scott Murdock, Eddie Fleet, and Todd Mills.

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In 1992, Ashley Boyd was all smiles as she met former Canadian and World Cup women's ski champion Laurie Graham at Ski Martock.
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• The West Hants Warriors PeeWee C hockey team signed a contract to remain drug and alcohol free during the season. The team consisted of Megan Hutchinson, Garrett Lake, Corey McLelland, Kevin Greenwood, Chris Turnbull, Kenny Lake, Andrew Kent, Craig Kelly, Shawn Benedict, and Kevin Moore.

• It was estimated that 59 centimetres of snow fell in Hants County during “the recent deluge of snow fluffies.”

The Journal noted that exact snowfall records were not kept prior to 1979.

• The Windsor Fire Department won the annual Smelt Tournament in Conqueral Bank, near Bridgewater. Involved with competition were Mark Richard, Todd Richard, Scott Burgess, Ronnie Johnson, Tyron Ackroyd, Chris Sullivan, Greg Cleveland, Tim Porter, Barry Wile, Scott Murdock, Eddie Fleet, and Todd Mills.

 

50 years ago (Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 1967 editions)

• Fundraising for the 'New Hospital Building Fund' was well underway, with $1,360 being donated individually in the month of January.

• Jessie Parker's painting 'Paradox' was selected for the Centennial Travelling Art Exhibition.

In 1992, the West Hants Warriors PeeWee C hockey team signed a contract to remain drug and alcohol free during the season. Pictured here are, from left, front row: Megan Hutchinson, Garrett Lake, Corey McLelland, Kevin Greenwood, and Chris Turnbull; back row: RCMP co-ordinator Dale Bogel, Kenny Lake, Andrew Kent, Craig Kelly, Shawn Benedict, Kevin Moore, manager Barry Kelly and assistant coach Ken Lake.

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• Ann MacBurnie was crowned Queen of the Hantsport Winter Carnival.

• It was reported that “thousands of Nova Scotians” were taking to ski slopes, including the hills at Mount Martock.

• A front page article with the headline 'Elderly Summerville lady gets hawk' described how Lena Marsters and her neighbours managed to kill a hawk that had been giving them grief all winter. The Journal reported that after Marsters discovered the hawk had stunned itself by hitting the kitchen window, she beat it with a broom and called for her neighbours to dispatch the bird. The hawk had been killing other birds in the area.

• The first 100 customers to visit Bonny Bakery's new location on Water Street, next to the Canadian Tire Store, were set to receive a loaf of fresh white sliced bread.

• Advertised as being on sale in town was a wringer-washer with a nine-pound round tub for $114.88, or $7 monthly, and a Coronado 14-foot refrigerator-freezer for $292.88, or $16 monthly.

• A trip to Vancouver from Halifax via train would cost $60.

• The Hants History column featuring news from 1942 noted that the 'worst storm in 10 years' hit Windsor, costing the town $1,000.

In other news that year, Windsor was named as the headquarters for the Nova Scotia Company 250 Railway Construction Corps.

In 1917, it was reported that John Lynch & Sons celebrated 50 years in the grocery store business in Windsor.

Ann MacBurnie was crowned Queen of the Hantsport Winter Carnival in 1967. Pictured presenting the crown is 1966 Queen Linda Schurman.

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