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HISTORY: Town firemen apply to operate tavern


35 years ago Sept. 13, 1973 – In a special meeting, the Municipality of Digby council voted to purchase the Digby airport in Hill Grove. Coun. Ervin Marshall said the future would bring great demand for an airport in the area.

Grey Team at Camp Aldercliff in Weymouth North in the late 1950s. Dan Fields photo

Marshall also supported council’s decision to look at the possibility of selling its share of the Digby County Power Board. The councillor said that there was no way the power board could continue to lose money and still operate. The Courier report noted that the board was owed $80,000 by the Municipality and $125,000 by the town of Digby in longstanding debts.

Dr. Clarence Gosse, a frequent visitor to health meetings in Digby, was appointed lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

The Poseidon Adventure was playing at the Little Cinema. Stars included Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Carol Lynley. 50 years ago Sept. 11, 1958 – The big bats of the Antigonish Bulldogs proved too much for the Weymouth Pontiacs in the opening game of the Nova Scotia Intermediate baseball championships. The ‘Dogs chased the ‘cars’ and won 12-2 to lead the best of three series.

Fishermen at Westport reported some of the heaviest schools of tuna ever seen in the rips off Brier Island.

Clare Board of Trade said it favored construction of a regional hospital for western Nova Scotia that would be administered and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph in conjunction with the municipalities of Clare and Argyle. The municipal councils had already given their approval to the idea.

Preparation for paving of Lighthouse Road was nearly complete, with the section from Racquette Hill to Beaman’s Hill to be started immediately.

There was a bumper crop of peaches in Deep Brook.

With the numbers still coming in, there were 1,214 students enrolled in Digby schools, a record high number. Supervisor F.C. Purdy said he didn’t feel it would be necessary to use former air force barracks on Maiden Lane as auxiliary classrooms as had been anticipated.

The western ‘Oregon Passage’ was playing at the Capitol Theatre, with stars John Ericson and Lola Albright. 60 years ago Sept. 9, 1948 – The Digby Fire Company asked town council to hold a plebiscite allowing it to operate a beer tavern, the proceeds from which would be used to build a new fire hall. Council said an application would have to be made to the provincial government.

A full range of water sports, sail and power boat races, baseball, boxing and wrestling marked Labour Day celebrations in Digby.

Digby Ravens won the Western Nova Scotia baseball championships, downing Lockeport Seacaps 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel.

A 41-pound halibut was caught in the drags of a scalloper captained by Gerald Burnie of Litchfield. The captain and two-man crew tied the fish to a spar for safety and carried on fishing. It was only the second known occasion of a fish that size being caught in a scallop drag.

Peggy Cumming and Charles Coburn were the stars of ‘The Green Grass of Wyoming’, playing at the Capitol.

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