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This photo shows a Mi’kmaq encampment near Somerset. - Submitted

75 years ago


The 50-member Grade 12 class at KCA prepared the weekly edition of The Adverister. Ronald Young acted as editor.

Radio addresses were an outstanding feature of Education Week, with Dr. F.W. Patterson of Wolfville, J.F. Hockey of Kentville and C. Perry Foote of Lakeville taking part.

R.D. Bligh of the Dominion Experimental Station gave a talk on common varieties of apples grown in the Annapolis Valley at KCA. Farmers, he explained, had tried to keep up with the ever-changing demand and had loads of apples on their hands that were not worth much on the market.

Five new members were initiated at the regular meeting of the Wolfville Division Sons of Temperance on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Joudrey, Hantsport, announced the engagement of their daughter Jean Beatrice to Dean Stanley Hennigar, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Hennigar, Greenwich. The marriage was scheduled to take place in the near future.

Humbugs were on sale at Cleveland’s Grocery in Woflville for 19 cents a pound.


50 years ago


Kentville coroner H.C. Lindsay presided over his last inquest. The new process will be a magisterial inquiry if there was reason to suspect a death was not from natural causes. Lindsay served for 21 years and presided over 500 inquests. Ten of them were listed as murder.

Parents in the seven-school section area around Gaspereau, along with county councillor Opal Parker, petitioned education minister R.L. Stanfield for an eight-room school in the village.

Kentville was the first community in the Atlantic provinces to adopt fluoridation and three dental health studies in the town were positive. Dr. W.G. Dawson told Mayor Garth Calkin that “it should be a source of justifiable pride to have another to add to the already long list of firsts.”

J.B. (Bud) Chisholm was elected president of the Kings County Commercial Travellers Association, succeeding Jack Robinson.

Keith Sullivan, 17, son of Rev. and Mrs. K.G. Sullivan, was chosen by KCA as the Rotary Club of Kentville’s 1963 Adventure in Citizenship student.

Rev. Dennis Godley was appointed to the parish of Aylesford-Berwick. He succeeded Rev. J. Austin Monroe, who moved to Wolfville earlier in the year.

The Dominion store in Kentville featured red grapes at 12 cents a pound, t-bone steak at 99 cents a pound and celery at 27 cents a head.


25 years ago


Amendments to the Kings County MPS were passed by council, with 60 members of the public looking on. Under the amendments, new non-farm dwellings cannot be located within 1,000 feet of an existing intensive livestock operation unless approved before the new amendments. Only a principal residence of the owners, dwellings for farm labourers or for families employed on the farm may be built.

MP Pat Nowlan announced wharf improvements for Hall’s Harbour and Scott’s Bay worth $460,000.

The new Evangeline Middle School in New Minas was scheduled to be completed by September, Kings County School Board superintendent Jim Keith told the board. The earlier date had been Sept. 30.

The replacement for the Vaughan bridge in Grand Pré was being designed by a Halifax firm. The old bridge partially collapsed under the weight of a gravel loaded tandem truck the previous June.

Wolfville native Chris Van Buskirk was elected president of the Acadia Students’ Union recently.

Counter service was expected to soon closed at the Kentville post office on Saturdays. The lock box area was to remain open.

Organizations: Dominion, The Adverister, Education Week Wolfville Division Sons Kings Rotary Club of Kentville Evangeline Middle School Kings County School Board

Geographic location: Kentville, Wolfville, Annapolis Valley Cleveland Gaspereau New Minas Grand Pré Halifax

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