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Heritage Gas prepared to expand branch lines

NEW GLASGOW – A natural gas company that has already completed fuel lines to two big users is poised to branch into New Glasgow and Stellarton.
Heritage Gas outlined on Monday during a presentation to New Glasgow Town Council that is it ready to bury lines later this year to supply gas to customers in the two towns, pending regulatory approval by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Its company representatives shared diagrams showing where the lines will enter the towns.
The UARB requires Heritage Gas to file for permits to construct the lines.
The company’s first line from the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline in Salt Springs to Northern Pulp in Abercrombie was laid last year after work started in September and tested in February.
Michelin’s tire plant in Granton is expected to receive gas within the next two months.
Heritage Gas is working with New Glasgow and Stellarton about installing the lines this spring through what are called Municipal Operating Access agreements so that work can begin through the summer and fall.
A test hole was dug in front of the Aberdeen Hospital, one of the high-volume customers the company wants to secure.
New Glasgow Academy is also a potential user.
The Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton is another potential customer.
The new correctional centre in Priestville is not a candidate because a geothermal energy source was chosen as part of its design and construction.
Deputy Mayor Jack Lewis asked the Heritage Gas officials how deep its lines go and was told the depth is between 30 and 48 inches. Lewis wanted to know how the depth compares with the depth of the town’s water and sewer lines.
Town engineer Earl MacKenzie said the pipes for water are usually five to six feet underground.
Residential conversions to natural gas cost about $6,500 for hot air oil systems and about $8,500 for oil hot water systems.

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Annual event set for June 7

WESTVILLE – It’s that time of year again, with plans well under way for the 2014 Pictou County Walk for ALS on June 7, 2014 in Westville.
This is the third year that the walk has taken place in Pictou County, and the committee is excited about this year’s event.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that causes the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Eighty per cent of patients will pass away within two to five years of diagnosis.
Walk co-ordinator Sara Watters and the rest of the walk committee are seeking help in the fight against this disease.
Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Westville Civic Centre, and the walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies.
Live entertainment, a barbecue and door prizes are some of the events that are planned, and the committee is hoping for a great turnout.
Walk for ALS is a fun, family friendly event that occurs across the country in more than 85 locations.
The walks raise much needed funds for support services for those affected by ALS, and for research into the causes, treatment, and a cure for this devastating disease.
More than just a fundraising event, the walk is a celebration of hope for those living with ALS, and a celebration of lives lived for the family and friends of those who have lost their fight to ALS.
Pledge forms can be downloaded at and those interested can contact Sara Watters at for more information.

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Springhill and its Fencebusters

A recent email from Doug Perrin said he “thoroughly enjoys” this column each week. Then he added, “I get to read the column before it goes to press.”
It was that second comment that caught my eye, but the explanation was quite simple: Doug is an employee of The Advocate.
In the email, he said he was born and raised “a Springhiller,” an obviously proud native of what, for many decades, was one of the best coal mining towns in the country, the long-time home of baseball’s legendary Fencebusters and, in more recent times, the hometown of Anne Murray, one of the finest and most successful singers ever from Nova Scotia.
Unfortunately, because of recent financial shortfalls at the municipal level – a problem faced by many small towns in these times – Springhill will be a town no longer. But that’s not what prompted Doug Perrin’s email.
An attachment had a photograph of a large plaque displayed proudly at the entrance to the ball fields in Springhill that carries the names of some 100 baseball stars who wore Fencebusters jerseys between 1920 and 1951.
“How many of the names do you recognize in this group,” Doug wondered. “My guess would be 90 per cent.”
I was thankful he added the qualifier “even though a lot were long before your time.”
Truth is, I wasn’t born in the 1920s or through most of the ’30s. But, yes, I certainly recognize many of the names. Ackie Allbon, Buddy Condy, Hum Joseph, Red Gallagher, Hank O’Rourke, Brownie Burden, Freddie O’Brien, Lawson Fowler, Leo (Sailor) MacDonald, Artie Crawford, Hilton Boss and Stew MacLeod are just a few.
The Fencebusters were an outstanding organization, won championships in different decades, and the 1927 and 1928 clubs were inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. There were at least a couple other Springhill teams that could easily be placed in the provincial hall.
During their great times, the Springhillers played many games against teams such as the Middleton Shamrocks, Yarmouth Gateways and Liverpool Larrupers. And, maybe right at the top of their rivals, Pictou County’s own Westville Miners.
Like myself, Perrin only knows the greatest Fencebusters from stories he’s heard and read.
“They were all before my time,” he wrote, “and I was always told that Lawson Fowler was the best baseball player in Nova Scotia; not the greatest hitter, but nothing got through second base. I have read lots of stories about the Busters and I think my favourite was Hank O’Rourke (by legend only).”
For its size, Springhill was as great a baseball community as you could find anywhere in the Maritimes through the 1920-1951 era.
In the 1950s, the Halifax and District Baseball League, with all its American imports, had become the primary baseball circuit in this part of the country, its membership made up of the Stellarton Albions, Truro Bearcats, Halifax Capitals, Dartmouth Arrows, Liverpool Larrupers and Kentville Wildcats. With so many years gone by, it’s necessary to recognize those great Fencebusters through memories and stories.
Springhill is well-known for more than baseball and Anne Murray.
Personally, I sometimes think about how close I was to being involved with the media coverage of the huge coal mine “bump” in the town in October 1958, the worst bump ever in a coal mine anywhere in North America.
When I joined The Chronicle Herald months later in 1959, I was initially assigned to the paper’s news bureau in Truro. Because of its proximity to Springhill, the Truro reporters were first on the scene when the bump occurred. Had I been in Truro by then, I would have been in the middle of it all. There were 74 miners killed, 100 others were rescued dramatically days later, an event that received world-wide coverage in a media era much different from today’s Internet world.
I remember Springhill baseball for another reason. My pal Sterling Bain and I were operating the Stellarton Keiths baseball team in the 1960s, a club that won the Nova Scotia intermediate championship in 1965. That playoff trail wound up in, yes, Springhill. A couple of the Keiths players that year never let me forget what happened in the old mining town.
The Keiths won the Twilight Baseball League title, then there was a successful provincial semi-final against the Great Village Braves that brought on the showdown we all wanted: the Keiths versus the Springhill Fencebusters. Stellarton won the first two games at home, and the third contest was scheduled for Springhill. That’s when things got rather wild.
Gun Mason, who had won the triple crown in the Twilight league, was ejected by umpire Hum Joseph. Yes, the same Joseph who had played years earlier with the Fencebusters. It didn’t end there.
I was coaching at first base and, during the Mason ejection, I let the umpire know what I thought. Quicker than a lightning bolt, he shook his fist in my face and screamed, “I’ll punch you in the mouth after the game.” The brawl that broke out lasted for 15 minutes before peace was restored.
Afterwards? Hum and I, and a few others, laughed about the whole thing. The next year, I actually talked the same Hum into putting on the gear to join our club. Ah baseball, it’s such fun.
Those Fencebusters in 1965 were not unlike so many of their predecessors of the past. They bounced back and forced the series to the full five games, before Stellarton’s title clincher back in the other old coal mining town.
Really, I don’t believe you could ever be involved with baseball in this province without knowing about Springhill and its Fencebusters.
Thanks, Doug Perrin, for rekindling old memories and, I hope, you’re okay when you see my comments about the email – before they’re even published.

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Midget A Maripacs win SEDMHA banner

PICTOU – Ryan MacDonald and Keighan Bailey-Malloy each scored two goals as the Pictou Maripacs won the Midget A Division of the annual SEDMHA International Minor Hockey Tournament recently with a 6-3 victory over the Lancaster Thunder.
Jared Green and Cody Bowen also scored.
The Maripacs went unbeaten over the four days while capping their quest with the win on April 6 over the New Brunswick team.
Teammate Logan MacDonald tied for first in points with six goals and six assists in the six games, while Maripacs goalie Ethan Scanlan posted a 2.50 goals-against average by allowing 15 goals in the six games.
Ryan MacDonald and Green each had five goals and four assists.
Logan MacDonald scored twice as Pictou opened on April 3 with a 6-2 victory over Sackville, N.S. Ryan Lochead, Conner MacLeod, Green and Bowen also scored.
Ryan MacDonald and MacLeod tallied on April 4 as Pictou edged TASA 2-1.
Logan MacDonald tallied three times and Ryan MacDonald got the other goal as the Maripacs outlasted Eastern Shore 4-3 later that day.
The Maripacs also played twice on April 5, starting with a 3-1 victory over Saint John, N.B. on goals by Green, Logan MacDonald and Keil MacDonald.
Green scored twice and Logan MacDonald added four assists as the Maripacs outscored Lancaster 6-5. Ryan MacDonald, Keil MacDonald, Kyle Rudolph and Bailey-Malloy got the other goals.

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Steeves hopes to return to usual flag duty in ‘14

SINCLAIR ISLAND – Art Steeves knows the miles are piling up, but he hopes to return for Maritime stock racing flag duty.
Steeves has been the official starter, or flagman, for the Parts for Trucks Maritime Pro Stock tour of races that includes stops at Riverside International Speedway in James River.
He has been flagman for more than 30 years since his own time racing stock cars.
“I know they’re looking for me, and I’ll be there if I can,” he said. “If my health holds, I’m hoping to get back. I’m aiming for it.”
Racing begins at Scotia SpeedWorld on May 24.
Races at Riverside include dates on June 14 and Sept. 6, as well as the IWK 250 on July 19.
Steeves began flag duty since injuries he suffered in a crash in 1970 ended his driving career.
Most recently, Steeves was cited by Pictou East MLA Tim Houston, who is married to his daughter Carol, for his work with Christmas Daddies and “a wonderful volunteer and mentor” during a resolution Houston presented last Thursday in the provincial legislature.
The motion acknowledged the 50th anniversary of Steeves participation in the event, well after his retirement after 37 years working for ATV and despite the changes in technology and the production.
Members agreed with Houston’s motion to thank Steeves “for his half-century of volunteering with Christmas Daddies, and for being a role model in making the world a better place to live and raise our children.”

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Haley enjoys golden moments

WESTVILLE – As the ancient warning goes, all glory is fleeting.
But Lisa Haley was able to relive her golden Olympic moment a little longer last week during a journey home to Westville.
It was a chance to spend time with her family after arriving on Tuesday evening last week and spending two full days before her twin sister Lesley Jordan drove her to the airport on Friday for Haley’s return trip to Toronto.
That meant returning to her husband and son and concentrating on a job as head coach of the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team that she took a leave of absence from last year. That allowed her to apply her role as an assistant coach of Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey team that garnered gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Jordan is as proud as anyone can be of her sister’s achievement. Haley didn’t get to play on an Olympic team, but she got to coach one. Haley did it partly through her work as a university head coach at Saint Mary’s and Ryerson, just as Jordan did as a head coach at Dalhousie.
“It’s hard to describe; to see her reach her dream and be able to share it with family and friends is pretty incredible,” Jordan said. “I’m definitely proud to celebrate it with her.”
Haley said she feels grateful for the fortunes that allowed her to pursue hockey at a high level while playing and coaching university and international hockey all the way to Olympic gold.
“You have to find your passion,” she said. “Then it’s easy.”
Haley recounted the struggles the Canadian team underwent to prepare for the Olympics, especially with the coaching change that led to Kevin Dineen’s appointment as head coach.
“It took a bit longer than we wanted for it to pay off,” she said.” They knew what they were there for and pulled as one.”

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Fundraiser inking third year

George Smith is resting up for what will, no doubt, be one of his busiest days.
Smith is once again organizing a tattoo-a-thon at his Stellarton shop, Two Face Tattoos, for Chelsey Livingstone-Rector, a 14-year-old county girl suffering from Lyme disease.
This is the third year for the event which has been very successful.
“It will take place on May 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,” says Angela Livingstone-Rector, Chelsey’s mother.
Smith will be tattooing three designs, a horseshoe, a four-leaf clover and a lime green ribbon for Lyme disease.
“I chose those for luck,” says Chelsey.
“We hope it will be a lucky year,” her mother adds.
On May 3, there will be live entertainment by Pat Spaulding and Smith will be assisted by Gordon Stewart, another tattoo artist.
“Last year I did 24 tattoos in 14 hours and I had to turn away more than 25 people,” recalls Smith.
The tattoos will be $40 each and no appointment is required, first come, first served.
“We dropped the minimum price in hopes of getting more people out,” says Smith. “And all of the funds from the tattoos, the barbecue and the bottle drive all go to Chelsey.”
This event is something that Smith has been doing because he knows the family.
“These guys are close friends of mine and have been for quite some time,” he says. “When I see my friends in need of help I do what I can, especially since there is no funding from the government to help. We are trying to prove the point that this is a disease.”
The family is planning a medical trip to New York that was supposed to be in May, but has been pushed back to June 18.
“Chelsey’s doctor started her on some new medication, all natural/herbal medication, and took her off of all of her other medications, so she wants to see if there is any change with the medication before she sees her again,” explains Angela.
Chelsey had a rough winter, suffering with a lot of joint pain and aches, but she says she is “kind of feeling a bit better, better than I was in the winter time.”
Angela noted that after her first visit to her doctor in New York last spring, she felt a little bit better.
“She saw about a 10 per cent change in how she was feeling, but the doctor wasn’t happy with that so they changed her medication in December and are changing it again now. With the herbal medication it’s great, because it’s a lot cheaper than her other medication, but we may have trouble finding it.”
Chelsey has to travel to New York for treatment because doctors in the province are not permitted to acknowledge that Lyme disease is a real disease, according to Angela, and without health insurance, the cost is a burden on the family, which is why Smith hosts this fundraiser each year.
“On top of the medication, Chelsey has to do detoxes and she is now allowed a small amount of sugar and has to eat all organic products and lots of fruits and vegetables,” says Angela.
Chelsey is looking forward to the tattoo-a-thon, especially since she missed it last year, being in the hospital.
This year, they have expanded to hold the event over two days and the barbecue and bottle drive will also be taking place outside of the shop on Foord Street for both days.
“Someone donated all of the items for the barbecue,” she says.
There will be a guest book at the event for everyone to sign well wishes for Chelsey.
There will also be a benefit dance on April 26 at the White Tail Pub in Westville with a silent auction. The doors open at 7 p.m. and Next Exit will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The silent auction will close around 1 a.m. and anyone who cannot stay can leave their phone number and will be called the next day if they win the item.
“We will also have a 50/50 draw and a lobster draw,” she says.
The Livingstone-Rectors are excited about the event, but also thankful to have someone in their life that cares so much.
“George is the first person that ever stepped up and wanted to help. He knew when Chelsey first got sick and wanted to help out. We didn’t expect it and we still don’t; but I don’t know how we would ever repay George for all he has done. It means a lot to us,” says Angela.

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Say cheese! Pictou Lobster Carnival sponsoring photo contest

Show the Pictou Lobster Carnival how much you love it by submitting photos from carnivals past.
The Pictou Lobster Carnival committee is sponsoring a photo contest to celebrate its 80th year and the public is invited to submit photos from any past carnival. Any year, any event, any photo that shows the best the Carnival has to offer.
There are three categories for submissions; youth for those ages 5 through 12; teen for ages 13 through 19; and adult, ages 20 plus. There will also be a category for historical photos from the years 1934 through 2000.
Entrants must submit photos either via email at, through Twitter @plc_julyfun or posted via Facebook to the Pictou Lobster Carnival page.
There is also the option of mailing in hard copies of the photos to P.O. Box 1480, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0 or delivering in person to the Pictou Pharmasave.
Include the category for the submission, your name, age, phone number, the year the photo was taken and details about the subject.
The Pictou Lobster Carnival Photo Contest began yesterday, April 15 and will run through June 15 at midnight Atlantic Standard Time (AST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest.
There is no cost to enter the contest and multiple submissions are allowed, not exceeding five entries per person. The carnival committee asks the photos be in good taste and be taken by the person submitting the photo.
Winning photos will be published in The Advocate and prizes will be awarded for each category and the winning photos will be posted to the carnival website.
For more information on the Pictou Lobster Carnival Photo contest, visit

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Lyme sufferers buoyed by Houston’s bill

NEW GLASGOW – Lyme disease sufferers and advocates are encouraged by a private member’s bill introduced at the Legislative Assembly last Thursday by Pictou East MLA Tim Houston.
“I was really happy Tim introduced it,” said Angela Livingstone-Rector, whose 14-year-old daughter Chelsey has had the symptoms associated with Lyme disease most of her life.
Angela, Chelsey and other family members were among those who sat in the gallery to hear Houston present the bill that is designed to mirror the provisions contained in a private members’ bill by Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May.
Her bill has passed First Reading in Parliament and was up for a Second Reading vote on Friday. Parliament was shut down immediately after members heard of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s death earlier in the day. The bill’s second reading is scheduled for April 28.
Nova Scotia is the first province to advance such a bill.
“I am proud to be able to bring forward this long overdue legislation to address patients’ concerns respecting the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in Nova Scotia,” Houston said.
“Having talked to so many people in Pictou County who are aware of Lyme disease, it has to be addressed. It’s something I see all three parties working for and should advance. It’s time for the government to take action on Lyme disease. They should be able to get the health care they need right here at home.”
The Lyme Disease Strategy Act calls on the government to convene a stakeholder conference within six months, seeking input from the medical community and patients’ groups. It would create a provincial standard of care to reflect best practices for treatment and introduce a medical surveillance program to properly track incidence rates and associated economic costs of Lyme disease. It also aims to increase awareness about the disease and create establishment of guidelines for prevention, identification, treatment and management.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Chelsey said when she was introduced to the House.
Although she attended Thursday’s session, she continues to miss school and suffers joint and stomach pain and light sensitivity.
Houston, fellow Pictou County MLAs Karla MacFarlane from Pictou West and Pat Dunn from Pictou Centre, Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie and Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan took turns vacating their legislature seats to speak with Angela and Chelsey, as well as Brenda Sterling-Goodwin, a long-time advocate for a Lyme disease strategy in Nova Scotia who Houston also introduced to the House.
“It’s a first step and a major step,” Dunn said.
Houston also asked Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine if his support for the people suffering from Lyme disease goes beyond proclaiming May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
Glavine called it a newer disease. “I think now we do have a stronger education component for all Nova Scotians, and that’s going to be the initial strong thrust for us to be able to deal with this disease,” Glavine said.
Sterling-Goodwin had a pointed response when told about the new level of renown her Lyme advocacy has gained: “I don’t want to be famous,” she said. “I want to be well.”

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Neil Diamond tribute show slated for Pictou Legion

Joey Purpura’s Neil Diamond Tribute show is returning to the Pictou Legion.
Purpura was in town last October for a weeknight show and is returning April 25 for a Friday night performance.
“The reception we got the first time was amazing, and that was a Tuesday night, so Bill Echlin who organized it made us promise to come back on the weekend.”
Purpura has been involved in the impersonation business for 15 years and has enjoyed every minute.
“It was about 15 years ago I tried karaoke and really enjoyed it,” says Purpura. “I began doing a variety of voices and found that I could really do impersonations. Then one night I heard this fella do a Neil Diamond song and it sounded vaguely familiar so I thought I would try it and the reaction I got was great.”
He went on to learn a few more Neil Diamond songs and continued to get the same reaction.
“Most of the songs were unfamiliar to me, because I didn’t grow up with my parents listening to Neil Diamond.”
As for making this a career, Purpura says it didn’t really cross his mind until about eight years ago.
“After about two years of doing the impersonations, I began to feel like it was becoming more genuine and I was thinking I wanted to do it full time.”
Originally from Montreal, Purpura now lives in Toronto and spends most of his time touring Canada with his show. He has performed across Canada, upstate New York, Boston and Cuba, but prefers to work in his home country.
“I’m so busy here, I haven’t really thought about going out of country that much,” he says. “I do around 70 shows a year. I’d love to do more, but I also do all of the promotion so it’s all I can do to organize it all.”
Purpura’s show is a true representation of Neil Diamond from the mid 1970s.
“I watched a lot of videos and learned the songs,” he recalls. “Then I chose a particular era, the mid 70s, and went with his glittery look with pastel colours.”
Purpura says he has about 10 different Neil Diamond costumes for his performances, most of which were made by a tailor in Las Vegas.
His voice also lends itself to the authenticity of the show.
“I think there’s a certain magic to tribute shows. People that were young in the mid 70s, now in their 60s, 70s or 80s, those are the ones that want to see this kind of show. There’s a big demand for tribute shows, particularly from that era and the response I have gotten is that my impersonation is so exact. That’s what sets it apart from other impersonations.”
Purpura also tries to weave what he calls a tapestry of Neil Diamond’s life into his performance, in between songs, telling stories and adding that little extra.
“I’m very excited to come back to Pictou. The legion is like a cabaret style and I enjoy an intimate setting.”
His performance takes place on April 25 at the Pictou Legion at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets phone the Legion at 485-5790.

To win tickets to the tribute show at the Pictou Legion April 25, email: to be entered in a draw for a pair of tickets

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Music Shapes series continues with Ria Mae, Three Sheet

Music Shapes New Glasgow will continue this week at Glasgow Square with Pop Hip Hop night featuring Ria Mae and Halifax based hip hop outfit Three Sheet.
Mae recently played New Glasgow for the first time, but seems to have taken a liking to New Glasgow crowds.
“I loved playing in New Glasgow,” she said. “I can see myself coming back to New Glasgow a lot in the future! Great people there. Really great people…who could all have a future in comedy.”
Mae’s last appearance here was part of a stripped down acoustic evening showcasing songwriting and song craft. This time around however, with full band in tow, it will be a chance to really let people hear her sound.
“For me, it’s a fun opportunity to take our show to a smaller community and to have a great time doing it,” Mae said.
“I write everything on an acoustic guitar, so song circles allow me to show people the root of the idea. But building a full track is a huge part of what I love to do, so showcasing those with the band is just another fun aspect of it all.”
Mae is pleased to be sharing the bill with Three Sheet, a group which has graced New Glasgow courtesy of the Jubilee. “They have an amazing live show and I’m so envious of their stage presence. They’re also the nicest people in the world. I can’t wait to have an excuse to hang out with them again.”
“We’re going to mix it up a bit, too,” said Three Sheets MC Vanessa Furlong. “I sometimes guest with Ria. There’s going to be a spot where I do a verse with her just to show the mixing of the genres, too.”
Three Sheet, who are returning to the studio in a matter of weeks for a summer or fall release, is far from the modern standard hip hop group, which Furlong explained can be a mixed blessing.
“We’re not what you hear on Much Music,” she said. “Sometimes that works in our favour, sometimes it doesn’t. We have a live band, which is not used very often, and where we have all our percussion beatboxed and people are used to hearing a more produced sound, there’s all those factors. And having a female MC as well, we’re breaking rules all over the place.”
The band’s sound, Furlong said, tends to be easier for them to pull off live than recorded – largely due to the energy and interplay the stage provides. “It’s a lot easier to do live than on record,” she said. “Recording has been our main issue because the energy and dynamics we have live are hard to replicate live. The energy we have on stage really amps up the sound.”
Another area where Three Sheet differs from the “norm” is in their subject matter and attitudes in general. “I think what ends up happening for us is, especially at family friendly shows, is we’re representing hip hop all the time. Because we’re such a different form of the genre…what people expect when they hear hip hop is often, for some of the demographic, a negative connotation. They’re assuming that it’s going to have a certain content and attract a certain crowd,” Furlong said. “What we like to do is have that shock factor. Kids and older folks will show up and hear this form of hip hop and go ‘oh, okay it’s (hip hop) not all what we cracked it up to be’. We’re representing a portion of it but I don’t think as a whole we’re representing hip hop.”
Pop Hip Hop Night will take place Saturday, April 19.

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Glasgow Square announces spring lineup

Glasgow Square Theatre, 2014 ECMA Nominee for Venue of the Year, has released its spring lineup, a collection of performances that ranges from the best in East Coast music, to theatre and dance, to creative community presentations.
“We are very proud to be able to present a variety of top-notch performances and fantastic community events this spring,” says Carlton Munroe, New Glasgow’s program and events manager and manager of Glasgow Square Theatre.
The first performance of the spring lineup on April 12 was the Music Shapes New Glasgow series’ Women’s Blues Night.
On April 19, Music Shapes New Glasgow’s Pop/Hip Hop Night features past ECMA winner Ria Mae, who has been working with Classified on her latest material, along with multiple Music Nova Scotia award winners Three Sheet, backed by one of the most fascinating beat boxers on the planet, EMC. Rae is an incredible lyricist/vocalist who offers a raw depth with attitude yet a tender sweetness to her versatile style.
The Rotary Club of New Glasgow will present Pictou County’s Best Pizza Competition on April 26. Celebrity judges will pick a winner and participants will select the people’s choice for the County’s Best Pizza.
On May 3, Glasgow Square Theatre and more than a dozen other venues will be a part of Art at Night, a celebration of art, community and culture.
“This is one magnificent evening with over 90 artists showcasing their work throughout Downtown New Glasgow,” explains Munroe. “Art at Night was an immediate success and it has exploded into a force to be reckoned with on the art scene of northern Nova Scotia and beyond.”
The New Glasgow Youth Theatre Company will present An Evening of Drama: A Variety of One-Act Plays and Sketches on May 8 and 9.
Pictou County’s premiere party band, Ghostrider Blues Band, will officially launch their new CD “House Rockin’” at a CD release show on May 10. The follow up to “Take a Ride” sees the band deliver 13 tracks of classic blues and some lesser known gems, re-arranged Ghostrider-style in a contemporary full throttle, high energy, rockin’ blues collection.
On May 23 and 24, Miss Carla’s Dance Studio will hold its fourth annual recital, including performances in ballet, tap, jazz contemporary and hip hop all choreographed by Miss Carla herself.
The 30th Nova Scotia Music Festival Gala Concert to be held at Glasgow Square on May 31 features performances by all junior and senior class winners in brass, chamber, musical theatre, piano, strings, voice and woodwind. The team to National competitions will also be announced.
“Once again we will be privy to the ever incredible musical talents of Pictou County. These are stars in the making,” adds Munroe.
On June 26, Rawlins Cross, one of Canada’s most accomplished and beloved Celtic bands will return to the Square. Multiple Juno nominees and eight-time ECMA winners, Rawlins Cross are equally at ease with a soulful Highland air or a raucous party song and never fail to electrify their fans.
Glasgow Square had booked Europa Band, a tribute to Santana, along with Ghostrider Blues Band to perform June 28 as published in the spring brochure. Unfortunately, word was received that the Europa Band has cancelled the engagement.
“The spring showcase at Glasgow Square is further evidence of our region’s growth as a centre for arts, music and culture,” says Kim Dickson, New Glasgow’s director of Marketing and Communications.
“In addition to a great response from the community, we are expecting guests from outside the region will want to travel for these great performances. The arts and music scene in Pictou County has always been a hallmark of the area but it is exciting to see it continue to grow through the offering of a wide scope of talent from both home and across the country.”
Tickets for all performances can be purchased at Glasgow Square Box Office. For more information go to or check out Glasgow Square’s Facebook and Twitter page.

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Salvation Army looking for community support for Red Shield campaign

To the Editor:
The Salvation Army of northeastern Nova Scotia located in the heart of our community is a part of the International Salvation Army. We are the largest non-governmental provider of social services in Canada. We reached out to 400 communities from coast to coast, providing services, hope and dignity, to those who met with hard times. Our mission is to meet human needs and be a transforming influence in our community.
The corps in Westville, Pictou County started providing services over a hundred and twenty five years ago. Some of the services include, Family Services, Outreach Meals, Thrift Stores, Emergency Response and many programs that are linked directly to the needs of Pictou County and northeastern Nova Scotia. We are proud to offer these services and have proven to be a vital resource in our community.
The Salvation Army kicks off their Red Shield Campaign with a special event on Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m. at the Pictou Lodge Resort. We will have a lively evening with food sampling prepared by culinary professionals like Atlantic Canada’s Culinary Ambassador, the Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse. Other Chefs involved will be Head Chef, Andrew Farrell, of 2 Doors Down Restaurant, located in Halifax, and Pictou Lodge, Head Chef, Thomas Carey. The evening will host a live and silent auction as well as music provided by Fleur Mainville. Professional speaker, Buhle Dlamini, from South Africa will “WOW”, the audience with his presentation. This is a fundraising event and all monies raised, will be used for the needy in our community.
Contact our Thrift Store coordinator, Pearl Joyce, at 695-3298, or e-mail at if your organization or company would like to donate an item for our silent auction, purchase tickets at $20 a person, or reserve a table for your business or group.
Capt Dolores Abbott
Pastor & Community & Family Services Director
New Glasgow

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Recommit money to help stop TB

To the Editor:
When I work in Africa for Doctors Without Borders, many of my patients have TB, mostly undiagnosed and never treated.
We do our best but most of them die.
I try not to think about the risk of my colleagues or I catching it ourselves. It takes six months of daily antibiotics to treat even a simple case, and years of swallowing a toxic cocktail of drugs if you have the resistant type.
One third of the world’s population are carriers.
Every year, there are 1.4 million deaths, and nine million new cases, three million of whom will never be diagnosed and have no chance of treatment. They will spread the illness to other victims before they die.
World TB Day was on March 24. Canada has been funding TB Reach, which has 109 projects in 44 countries that focus on detection and assured treatment. That funding will end this year unless we recommit $40 million a year for five years. Let Minister Paradis and your MP know that you care.
Detect. Treat. Eradicate. It could be as simple as that.
And if we don’t stop it, it will be everywhere.
Dr. Cassandra Arnold
Calgary AB

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Keep your smile bright and healthy, especially during Oral Health Month

To the Editor:
April is Oral Health Month, and that’s a lot to smile about! Doctors want Nova Scotians to be aware of their oral health and the impact it can have on their overall well being.
Problems such as bad breath, infected gums, and lesions in the mouth can all be symptoms of larger problems that need to be addressed. Research indicates that poor oral health and gum disease are linked to many serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
The best way to keep your mouth and teeth healthy is to follow your dentist’s recommendations between dental appointments. Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day and flossing once a day are the best ways to maintain your teeth and gum health. Flossing is just as important as brushing because more than one third of the surface area of your teeth can’t be cleaned unless you floss.
Another important aspect of your oral health is your diet. Making healthy food and beverage choices will help maintain good health in your mouth, and the rest of your body! Nutrients found in healthy foods help fight cavities and gum disease, and help us maintain a healthy body weight.
Tobacco products can lead to stained and missing teeth, infected gums, bad breath and oral cancer. It’s important to avoid smoking and chewing tobacco for your oral, lung, and overall health.
Doctors Nova Scotia encourages all Nova Scotians to make oral health part of your healthy lifestyle, which includes staying active and enjoying a healthy diet. For more information visit,
Mike Fleming, President
Doctors Nova Scotia

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Jim Flaherty merits praise

State funerals are reserved for a choice few people whose leadership accords them high esteem.
Today, Jim Flaherty becomes the most recent Canadian to receive one.
It is appropriate, given the outpouring of tributes bestowed upon him since his sudden passing last Friday from all sides in the House of Commons and among leaders of financial institutions.
Tragedy is a story line that permeates Flaherty’s death. He was barely a month removed from stepping down as federal finance minister and, by all accounts, riding the anticipation of a time perhaps more rewarding and certainly less strenuous than what he left behind. A retirement too brief is always tragic.
Health issues played a role in his decision to retire. We are also hearing that they may have hastened his death.
Too often, people are so passionate about their work that the cost exacted on them includes their health.
There is consolation in the respect Flaherty commanded among his Conservative Party colleagues and across the aisle in Parliament. Only now are many us able to appreciate the professional and personal qualities that MPs saw Flaherty demonstrate consistently and unfailingly during his time in office.
Flaherty’s death, at least as much as his retirement, underscores what the Conservatives have lost.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the party’s leader, but in many ways Jim Flaherty was its conscience.
He conveyed a moral and fiscal rectitude that was widely admired in Ottawa and in financial circles around the world. He is credited with steering Canada through the global economic turbulence in a better fashion than most countries could boast over the past five years.
Flaherty also was among the many Conservatives who have earned a degree of credibility because they are not rich, very much middle class and work hard without the prospect of great monetary or verbal reward.
It was fascinating to see how the House of Commons shed its rancor and gained its focus over Flaherty’s passing. It is said that Flaherty enjoyed the cut and thrust of parliamentary politics, but it’s sad how seldom that happens these days.
If there is a lesson from this time in Canada’s history, it is for us to cherish the good that comes from honouring a public servant the best way we can and to remember the unity that came from it long after halting Parliament and giving him a state funeral.
It is a very Canadian thing to do.

Steve Goodwin

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Agency happy for support, despite falling short of goal

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County is happy with the $60,000 raised at Saturday’s annual Bowl for Kids fundraiser, despite falling short of their goal.
Some 98 teams of bowlers hit the Heather Lanes this year with estimates of 450 to 500 people taking part, including MLA for Pictou West and long time supporter Karla MacFarlane.
“This year we raised just a shade under $60,000,” said the organization’s executive director Margie Grant-Walsh.
“When the rest of the pledges come in it should be close to $60,000.”
Persons or teams with outstanding pledges, she said, can donate directly at the Big Brothers office or online via “A lot of people will do that within a week or two of the event.”
While the total raised is down significantly from last year Grant-Walsh views the event and the total raised as successful.
“Certainly the proceeds this year are down. We set our goal at $73,000, so we didn’t reach our goal, but we’re still pleased given the economic challenges. It’s a pretty positive result. There are a lot of things going on, major campaigns, and people only have so many dollars to go around.”
Also slightly down, or perhaps just less obvious, were the fun and wacky costumes of the bowlers.
“Be a kid again was the theme,” Grant-Walsh said. “We had a number of people come in through the day in costumes… I think people are a little donor fatigued, you know. They’re tired but they still want to support our cause. Being there is important to people, maybe not dressed up but they’re just glad they can come.”
Bowl for Kids – in addition to being one of the county’s biggest charitable campaigns in general- is Big Brothers Big Sisters biggest fundraiser of the year, and by extension it is also the organization’s biggest PR campaign of the year. Grant-Walsh said that historically, the number of volunteers and interest in Big Brothers increases following the event.
“I think that has to do with people who do come out. They hear and find out a bit more about what we do. Plus all the PR surrounding the event. On average people think about it for about a year before they walk through the door. It just may take one little event or an ad they come across to get them to come in.”

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Walking miracle

April 13 marked a momentous occasion for the Hawkins family of Pictou.
That was the day that Reese Hawkins, 3, celebrated two years since her bone marrow transplant.
To celebrate, the Hawkins are putting on the third annual Walk for Reese in Pictou on April 27.
“Reese’s birthday is on May 11 and we decided to celebrate her transplant birthday and her actual birthday, by moving ahead the Walk for Reese,” explains Kora Hanrahan, Reese’s mother.
Typically the event is hosted earlier in April, but this year it will take place April 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. from the Lobster Bar on Caladh Avenue, with registration at 9 a.m.
“It’s a five kilometer walk or run on the Jitney Trail,” explains Hanrahan.
The event will kick off with the singing of happy birthday to Reese and after the walk, participants join the family at the Lobster Bar for cake, food donated by Tim Hortons and draw prizes including a dozen cooked lobster.
“We put on the walk to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada,” explains Hanrahan.
There is no registration fee for the Walk for Reese, but after the walk, a donation bottle is passed around and all of the funds go to the Light the Night fundraising walk in Halifax, the primary fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, which takes place on October 18.
Hanrahan explains, when a child gets a bone marrow transplant, the transplant day is called their new birthday because it celebrates new blood and a new lease on life.
“Reese has been just over two years cancer-free, 25 months,” says Hanrahan. “She’s finally in the above average category on the growth chart. Reese has always been in the 25th percentile for growth, but now she is in the 75th percentile.”
The event is also a way for the Hawkins to give back to the community.
“We were going through the most difficult time of our lives and the community was there for us, to help us in any way that they could, so this is our thank you,” says Hanrahan.
The Walk for Reese is open to anyone who would like to attend and members of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada will be on hand to issue receipts for any donations.
“They will also have t-shirts to give away, first come first served.”
There will be balloons for those who don’t get a t-shirt, like during the Light the Night event where everyone gets a balloon to symbolize hope.
Reese has her own shirt that says ‘I walk because I beat blood cancer’ and on the back it says ‘survivor’.
Last year the walk raised $5,000 and the hope is that with good weather, they can raise that amount again.
“The first year we had a huge turnout because that was when Reese was getting her transplant and last year we had a great turnout to celebrate the one-year anniversary, there were about 250 people there,” recalls Hanrahan.
Reese says she is excited about the walk, but mostly the cake because “cake is delicious.”
On April 22, just before the walk, Reese has her big annual checkup in Halifax where they test her heart, kidneys, blood and immunity.
“They test to make sure her blood is 100 per cent donor,” says Hanrahan. “It was last year and we are praying for 100 per cent donor blood again.”
Reese adds, “I’m feeling good.”

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Mulroney gets warm welcome during return to Pictou County

STELLARTON – Brian Mulroney showed how he has retained his charm, wit and astuteness at a local Conservative fundraising event on Friday.
The former prime minister attended a $300-per-plate party fundraising dinner at the Nova Scotia Community College, whose gym was converted into a worthy venue for the occasion.
Those attending the dinner included former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm, Pictou County’s three MLAs and provincial PC leader Jamie Baillie.
It will be 30 years this September since Mulroney became prime minister under the former Progressive Conservatives in 1984. Elmer MacKay gave up his seat the previous year to allow Mulroney to gain membership in Parliament after winning the PC leadership.
MacKay was re-elected in Central Nova, while Mulroney represented his home Baie-Comeau riding in Quebec from 1984 until he resigned in 1993.
Mulroney said he never doubted what riding he would contest once he secured the party leadership. He said northern Nova Scotia became a home away from home for him from the time he earned a political science degree from St. Francis Xavier University and cut his political teeth as a Young Progressive Conservative.
“Six members of Parliament offered to step down to open their seats, from B.C. to Newfoundland,” he said. “When Elmer was kind enough to offer his seat, there was no hesitation. It was like coming home. My first trip to New Glasgow was when I was 16. It looked like Las Vegas to me coming from Baie-Comeau.”
Mulroney touched on some of the highlights for him while he was prime minister, such as two majority governments, lower taxes, achieving free trade agreements, getting the Confederation Bridge built to connect P.E.I. and the mainland and composing an Atlantic Accord for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to secure offshore oil and gas revenues.
The event was also an opportunity to honour the contributions by MacKay’s son, Justice Minister Peter MacKay, the federal member for Central Nova, who has represented the riding he was first elected in 1997.
“There’s a lot of affection and appreciation for (Mulroney), a feeling of coming home,” Peter MacKay said. “He feels a great connection from the very warm welcome he received in 1983.”

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Prince Charles, Camilla announce visit to Pictou

PICTOU – Organizers in Pictou are preparing to host Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in May.
The Royal Highnesses will visit Pictou on May 19 as part of their spring tour of Canada. They will begin their Canadian tour in Halifax on May 18.
“We have been aware of it for some time,” said Anne Emmett, who is helping organize their visit to Pictou. “We’re entirely excited and honoured. It doesn’t get much better for exposure so we’re happy.”
Emmett is a member of the society that owns and operates the Hector Heritage Quay that will be included in their visit.
“We have been working on the visit for some time,” she said. “They’re coming to the Quay. It’s a very short period of time that they will be here.”
It marks the 17th time Prince Charles has visited Canada and the third time for the duchess. They were previously in Canada in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“I could not be more thrilled to have the Royal Couple visit the Town of Pictou,” said Mayor Joe Hawes. “We have so much to offer and share. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which I will cherish.”
Oliver Pastor, who chairs the Central and Northeast Nova Scotia Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada said she is looking forward to the visit.
“Any time we have a royal visit, it’s really nice,” she said.
The Royal Tour represents an opportunity for a new generation of Nova Scotians to meet The Prince of Wales. He last toured Nova Scotia in 1983. This is his first visit to the province with The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Nova Scotia program is being developed in co-operation with the federal government and representatives of Their Royal Highnesses.
“We’re thrilled to have the Royal Couple come to Pictou,” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said. “I think they will have a wonderful time meeting the people and seeing the landscape of Pictou County.”

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Olympic-sized welcome

WESTVILLE – In Sochi, Lisa Haley realized her Olympic dream.
In Westville, she knew she was home.
Lisa (Jordan) Haley, who grew up in Westville and played hockey from an early age, received a triumphant welcome home last week. A gathering was hosted last Wednesday by the Town of Westville to honour Haley’s role as an assistant coach of Canada’s gold-medal-winning women’s hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
She arrived the previous day and returned on Friday to her home and family in Toronto.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be here today,” Haley said.
A crowd of more than 300 people rimmed the walls of the Westville Civic Building’s auditorium. They were joined by members of the Westville air cadet corps, including Sgt. Scott MacIntosh who piped in Haley and the Jordan family.
Gifts were bestowed on her by Westville Mayor Roger MacKay – including a key to the town – as well as Deputy Mayor Jack Lewis on behalf of the Town of New Glasgow and Pictou East MLA Tim Houston on behalf of the province.
“We are very proud of all that Lisa has done,” MacKay said.
“Hockey is Canada’s game,” Houston said. “To be part of the gold medal women’s team is the ultimate, as well as seeing the gold medal and seeing the support here.”
The crowd was treated to a video presentation composed by her twin sister, Lesley Jordan, who spoke about their early years playing hockey and her sister’s aspirations.
“Lisa had a dream of the Olympics and winning gold,” Jordan said. “At Sochi, she realized her dream.”
Haley praised those who coached her in hockey and other sports in her formative years, especially the late Shirley Geddes.
“That was the first time I thought of the Olympics,” Haley said. “You can live in a small town, and it’s perfectly fine to have big dreams.”

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Lobster Carnival releases lineup

The line up for this year’s Pictou Lobster Carnival main stage entertainment is jam-packed.
The Carnival, running July 11 through 13, kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremonies and entertainment will begin at
8 p.m. with Olovus followed by the fireworks at 10 p.m., Pretty Archie at 10:30 p.m. and the popular Stanfields at 11:45 p.m. wrapping up at
1 a.m.
Saturday entertainment on the main stage starts at 11:30 a.m. with the annual mermaid pageant followed by Shelly Bean and the Duckety Muds at 12:30 p.m., Forget Me Nots at 1:40 p.m. and Fiddle and Feet at 2:20 p.m.
The Old Time Dance has been moved to the main stage this year, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and running through until 5 p.m. with Raymond MacDonald.
There will be a break in the entertainment for the street parade, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Entertainment will resume at the main stage at 8 p.m.
Saturday night’s entertainment kicks off with the Full Circle Blues Band, followed by Charlie A’Court at 9 p.m. and E.B. Anderson and the Resolutes at 10:40 p.m. Rounding it off will be Garret Mason at 11:40 p.m. playing through to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, the main stage will be home to gospel entertainment with Brian Bowden and Friends at 10 a.m. followed by a First Nations Drum Circle at 10:50 a.m.
Entertainment continues at 11:30 a.m. with False Pretense, Mike and the MacPhersons at 12:40 p.m., Ashley George at 1:40 p.m., John Spyder Macdonald and Niki Veniot at 4:20 p.m. Fleur Mainville takes the stage at 4:30 p.m., Dave Gunning at 5:45 p.m. and J.P. Cormier at 7:10 p.m.
The beer garden has moved to the main stage this year so there will be a $5 admission fee beginning at 8 p.m. for both the beer garden and the main stage.
For additional information visit the Pictou Lobster Carnival website at, their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Sam Roberts Band, Steven Page and Danko Jones to headline New Glasgow Jubilee

The New Glasgow Jubilee will be “Rockin’ the River” August 1-3 with an all-star lineup that features Sam Roberts Band, Steven Page, Danko Jones, Crash Karma and more.
The Jubilee kicks off August 1 with Danko Jones who, over the course of six albums, has forged a singular brand of rock ‘n’ roll that draws equally from blues, garage, hard rock, power pop and indie rock. Jones has provided some epic rock memories in the past on the East Coast, at Halifax Pop Explosion and opening for Guns N Roses in 2010.
Montreal rockers and six-time Juno winners Sam Roberts Band (SRB) will headline Jubilee Saturday. The band’s 2001 debut release, The Inhuman Condition, became one of the bestselling independent releases in Canadian music history. They are currently touring Lo Fantasy, the band’s fifth album. The lead single “We’re All In This Together” went to #1 in Canada and #1 on rock radio charts.
Sunday the Jubilee stage will welcome Canadian musical icon Steven Page. Page, who enjoyed two decades of success as the lead singer and co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, is now touring with his new six-piece band of multi-instrumentalists. The Steven Page live show contains everything you would expect and more. New songs and reworked arrangements of BNL classics all punctuated with Steven’s trademark humour and one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in music today.
Bonafide Can-Rock super-group, Crash Karma will open for Danko Jones on Friday night. Crash Karma is singer Edwin (formerly of I Mother Earth), guitarist Mike Turner (ex- Our Lady Peace), drummer Jeff Burrows (The Tea Party) and bassist Amir Epstein (Zygote).
Supporting these acts are a full slate of artists who are making some of the most exciting music coming out of the very hot East Coast music scene, the majority of which are new to the Jubilee stage. 2014 ECMA award winner Mo Kenney who, at just 23, has made a mark on the music scene with her distinctive voice and quirky song-writing that has already garnered her numerous nominations and awards.
Adam Baldwin is a Dartmouth rocker, best known for his stints as a member of Matt Mays & El Torpedo and Gloryhound. Baldwin is just coming off tour as special guest of his former band mate Matt Mays, and is now embarking on a solo career.
Cape Breton’s Carleton Stone has just released his latest album Draws Blood, co-produced by Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Hayden) and Jason Collett (acclaimed singer/songwriter and member of Broken Social Scene).
SoHo Ghetto is an orchestral five-piece indie-pop band from Halifax that creates indie rhythms and compositions mixed with references to 80s pop. The result is a diverse mix of anthems and pop gems – and a raucous live show. SoHo Ghetto has also been selected to play the world’s largest music festival – Milwakee Summerfest this year, opening for Juno winners Tegan and Sara in late June.
Prairie born, now Maritime based singer songwriter Kim Wempe is a powerful performer with smoky vocals and an undeniable stage presence. On the heels of her 2010 ECMA win and a 2011 ECMA nomination, her new album ‘Coalition’ is a big, bold, unapologetic leap into a whole new sound of roots-tinged, pop/blues and a touch of gospel.
Scientists of Sound are an electro tech-house duo from Halifax. Their sound is anthemic electro with raging guitar hooks, heavy grooves, eclectic poly-rhythms and catchy gang vocal melodies – sure to keep the Jubilee crowd hopping to the end of the night.
Returning to the Jubilee stage is Cape Breton indie rock ensemble Tom Fun Orchestra, and two-time 2014 ECMA winners The Town Heroes who blew everyone away at last year’s Jubilee with an incredible sound energy from this two-piece rock act. Also returning is Alert The Medic, who are out this year with their much anticipated follow up to We The Weapon. Their Jubilee performance will be their hometown album release show for The Phantom Moves.
The festival main stage line up for the award winning music festival (in the order they appear each night) is as follows:
Friday, August 1: ReverbNation Artist TBA, Alert The Medic, Crash Karma, Danko Jones and The Town Heroes.
Saturday, August 2: Rain Over St. Ambrose, Kim Wempe, Adam Baldwin, Sam Roberts Band and Scientists of Sound.
Sunday, August 3: SoHo Ghetto, Carleton Stone, Mo Kenney, Steven Page, and Tom Fun Orchestra.
Also returning this year is the Late Night Stage at the Acro Lounge & Eatery. Friday: ReverbNation Artist TBA, Black City Avenger; Saturday: Lead Mule, and Alert The Medic; Sunday: Machete, Rain Over St. Ambrose. Cover charge is $10.
Weekend Early Bird passes go on sale April 19, and are $60 (including tax and surcharge). The Jubilee is also offering a very limited number VIP Early Bird Weekend Passes for $120 (including tax and surcharge). This pricing is in effect only until May 2 and quantities are limited at this price.
Daily and Youth passes go on sale May 3.
Tickets are available by visiting:

For more information on the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, visit:

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Royals are coming to Pictou!

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will tour Halifax and Pictou next month.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are planning a Royal visit to the province on Sunday, May 18 and Monday, May 19.
The pair announced their visit in January, their first stop together in Nova Scotia after a 2012 trip skipped the province altogether.
“The province is busy making final preparations for what is expected to be a great two days,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Victoria Day weekend is a time when many Nova Scotia families are looking to experience some of the province’s best attractions and places of interest. The visit by the Royal Couple will provide a perfect opportunity to do just that.”
Pictou Mayor Joe Haws said, “I could not be more thrilled to have the Royal Couple visit the Town of Pictou. We have so much to offer and share with Their Royal Highnesses. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which I will cherish.”
Halifax is the first stop on the Royal Tour. It is an opportunity for a new generation of Nova Scotians to meet The Prince of Wales. He last toured Nova Scotia in 1983. This is his first visit with The Duchess of Cornwall. The tour will provide many opportunities for Nova Scotians to meet the Royal Couple.
The full schedule of events will be released in the coming weeks. The Nova Scotia program is being developed in co-operation with the federal government and representatives of Their Royal Highnesses.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also visit Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

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Local Lyme disease advocates support MLA Tim Houston in Legislature

Lyme disease advocates in Pictou County are expressing support for Pictou East MLA Tim Houston’s introduction of a bill asking the governing Liberals to strengthen their resolve in terms of Lyme research.
Houston introduced a bill today, April 10, in the Legislative Assembly that mirrors the Private Members bill introduced in Ottawa by federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and called on the government to provide more education on the effects of Lyme disease and for the medical community to be more vigilant in the detection of Lyme disease and its treatment.
Among the Pictou County residents who travelled to Halifax for the event were Brenda Sterling Goodwin and Chelsey Livingstone Rector and her mother, Angela.

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