Here’s a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (Nov. 10 and 17, 1993 editions)
• Downtown Windsor merchants were singing the blues when it came to Sunday shopping becoming a reality in 1993.
Lisa Lowthers, the Mainstreet Coordinator, told Windsor councillors that the relaxed Sunday shopping regulations were going to hurt the smaller businesses. With the Windsor Sobeys’ location set to open on Sundays, she told council that downtown merchants were contacting her with their concerns. As such, a survey was set to gauge the concern and if it was a ‘widespread feeling’ then the small business community was going to take a stand against allowing Sunday shopping.
• Three clock faces were going to be installed on the outside of the new elevator tower on the Walter B. Stephens building in Windsor. The cost was $16,975 plus GST plus installation by the Public Works staff.
• The police were treating the death of South Rawdon’s Fred Simon Degenhardt as suspicious and were investigating it as such. His body was found in the Herbert River on Oct. 30, 1993.
• Windsor Mayor Earle Hood was none too pleased over the government’s enactment of the Public Sector Unpaid Leave Act, which ordered municipal units to provide five unpaid leave days for most of its employees before March 31, 1994. The unpaid leave would only apply to employees making more than $22,000 per year.
• Windsor Regional High School students in Grade 7 spent time visiting Maplewood Cemetery, creating rubbings of designs and epitaphs on the headstones. The oldest grave in the cemetery dates back to 1784, the final resting place of Diane Oulton.
• The All Saints Church in Leminster, built in 1871, was named West Hants’ first heritage property.
• Police were investigating a theft of a motor vehicle from Pothier Motors. The RCMP reported that the Honda Civic had been left overnight for servicing and was found later destroyed by fire on the Mines Road.
• The Christmas Angels campaign had its sights set on raising $30,000. The newspaper noted they were helping 1,000 children.
• The J. W. Mason and Sons Ltd. business in Three Mile Plains was being recognized for being innovators in the food packing industry.
• The Royal Canadian Legion’s Branch 009, Windsor, presented the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, from Windsor, with a mace to be used during all band functions.
• A letter to the editor from Windsor resident Glenda Redden appeared, stating her concerns over the new adult video store in town. While the store was for adults only, she feared the impact the movies and displays would have on younger children.
“I personally feel that this will impress upon young boys and girls that it is alright to degrade women and to treat them like a piece of meat,” she wrote, later asking what next would be permitted in town – topless waitresses or strippers.
• King of Video was promoting ‘Xmas Xcitement’ by selling Aladdin or NHL ‘94 for the Sega Genesis for $79.99; Jurassic Park for the Sega Genesis for $69.99; and Street Fighter 2 Turbo for $89.99 for the Super Nintendo. The Windsor-based business noted it had more than 500 games for sale or rent.
50 years ago (Nov. 13, 1968 edition)
• On Nov. 12, 1968, Edgar Fielden, of Centre Burlington, brought a raspberry cane into the Journal office, complete with berries and blossoms on it.
• Windsor town council was offering a discount to ratepayers who paid their taxes in advance of May 31, 1969.
• A modern shopping centre located in the heart of Windsor’s business district was pitched to Windsor town council, who, in turn, approved in principal a 10year tax agreement for the site.
The proposal, by businessmen Richard Taylor and Walter Aylward, would see several existing buildings demolished and “the erection of a completely modern commercial area with parking facilities.”
• Fundy Gypsum Company Limited honoured five local employees in recognition of long service. They were: Walter Miller and Kenneth Martin, of the Wentworth Department; Roley Phillips and Owen Phillips, of the Maintenance Department; and Howard Hunter, of the Miller’s Creek Department. Each received a watch.
• The Windsor Regional High School’s field hockey team won the Nova Scotia Headmaster Girls’ Field Hockey Championship in 1968.
• Troy Donahue and Connie Stevens were in love again when they appeared in Susan Slade at the Imperial Theatre in Windsor. Other movies showing in mid-November 1968 included Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, starring Doris Day, Robert Morse, Terry Thomas and Patrick O’Neil, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, featuring Julie Andrews.
• In the Hants History column from 1943, it was noted that one case of diphtheria was reported in Windsor.
In the Hants History column from 1918, readers learned that Private Cecil Blanchard, of Windsor, was awarded a bar to his Military Medal and Capt. J. Burpee Black was decorated for bravery in the field.
In 1993, the Royal Canadian Legion’s Branch 009 presented the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, based in Windsor, with a mace to be used during all band functions. Pictured here are, from left, Lt. Ed Bland, commanding officer; Lyle Pico, Legion representative; LC Dennis McCarthy, drum major; Lt. Carol Clayton, band officer; and CI Marina Clayton, band instructor.