Here’s a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (Jan. 5 and 12, 1994 editions)
• Melissa Natasha McKinley was the first baby born at the Hants Community Hospital in 1994. She was born on Jan. 5 to Jennie and James McKinley, of Bramber, and weighed six pounds, 13 ounces.
• A Kings County man was set to appear in Windsor court on a charge of mischief after reporting he had been robbed, by gunpoint, on Oct. 2, 1993.
• David Murray Brown, 25, who had been charged with the first degree murder of Frederick Simon Degenhardt of South Rawdon, in 1993, had his preliminary hearing set for March. The co-accused, Degenhardt’s wife, Laura Lillian Degenhardt, 47, was due in court in June.
• Windsor’s Sylvia Shanks reached an out-of-court settlement with a doctor who she claimed had been negligent during an operation in 1989 at the Hants Community Hospital. She also reached a settlement with the anaesthetist, and withdrew the complaint against the hospital.
Shanks alleged she was awake during surgery, aware of what was occurring, but unable to communicate.
• The 1993-94 Acadia Axemen hockey team were provided customized underwear manufactured by Stanfield’s Limited in Nova Scotia.
The specialized underwear, created by Trifilar-A Sports Inc. in Kingston, was being featured in an international newspaper and sports trade show in Montreal.
• A storm near the end of December 1993 dumped 39 centimetres (about 16 inches) on Hants County – much to the delight of children and skiers, who had been waiting for a considerable snowfall.
• Subway celebrated its grand opening in Windsor. The owner/ operator was Riccardo DiBacco; the assistant manager was Elizabeth Hood. Subway staff included Tina Swinamer, Jocelyn Hood, Trish Patterson, Kimberlea Dykens, Shelley Leopold, Marilyn Barkhouse, Michelle Sabean, Angie Davis and Craig MacAuley.
• A new 20-unit seniors complex at Kendall Court, located off Chester Road, officially opened. Fifteen of the units provided affordable housing to seniors while five were intended for residents with special needs.
• Windsor merchants were lobbying to have Sunday shopping nixed. The provincial government had enacted temporary Sunday shopping leading up to Christmas and were considering doing so on an annual basis. Many local merchants expressed concern over allowing that to occur, and said it hurt their bottom line.
• East Hants council voted to reduce the number of councillors representing the municipality to 11, which was down from 15. The move was anticipated to save taxpayers $40,000 per year.
Graham, who relocated to Bedford from Ontario, was a member of the national alpine ski team for 11 years and won six World Cup races.
• Two members of the Windsor Karate Club, Barrie Wile, of Windsor Forks, and Ron Wile, of Burlington, attained the level of black belt while fellow member Blair Sanford, of Windsor, acquired his second degree black belt level.