Hants his­tory

Valley Journal Advertiser - - OPINION -

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.

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