45 YEARS AGO
Christmas greetings dominated the front page of the Vanguard’s Dec. 24, 1969 edition, but the lead story inside concerned the much-talked-about new ferry service – the Prince of Fundy – which was slated to begin in six months. Speaking to the Yarmouth Board of Trade, a spokesman for the operators of the Yarmouth-Portland service said there would be no competition with the Bluenose ferry and that, indeed, arrangements had been made to have the CNR – which operated the Bluenose – handle ticket reservations for the new ship. There was a great demand for this new service on the Portland side, the Yarmouth Board of Trade was told.
Christmas-related events in the Yarmouth area included a banquet for local air cadets at the Lions Club hall, where Most Rev. Austin Burke, the bishop of Yarmouth, spoke of the need to support those interested in joining the armed forces.
The Knights of Columbus hall was the setting for the local CNIB Christmas party, an event attended by, among others, Donald Durkee, chairman of the area’s CNIB advisory board, and Yarmouth Mayor Fred Emin.
Over 1,000 children had turned out for the St. George fire company’s annual Christmas party in Yarmouth’s south end.
40 YEARS AGO
The price of lobsters had climbed to $1.45 a pound, up from a season-opening price of $1.20, the Vanguard reported in its Dec. 25, 1974 edition. Unlike the south shore, which had been hit hard by a powerful windstorm a couple of weeks…