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Fahey gets second induction

STELLARTON – Leo Fahey has received a second induction into The New Waterford and District Sport Hall of Fame, this time as he was cited as a member of the New Waterford Strands senior hockey team.
Fahey, who turns 90 in August, is from New Water and now lives in Stellarton. was honoured on July 14 and accepted the honorary plaque inducting the Strands for winning the town’s first and only Cape Breton Senior Hockey League championship be defeating the Sydney Millionaires in 1946.
He was previously inducted as a player during ceremonies last year when the hall of fame was inaugurated to help the town mark its centenial of incorporate
All games were played at the Sydney Forum because New Waterford did not have an indoor rink: practicing mostly at Pushies Pond and playing their games at the Forum. All three games in the final series were played at the Forum.
Sydney won the first game of the best two-of-three series before New Waterford won the next two games to clinch the series. Fahey scored in all three games.
The final game was played before 4,000 fans, with the Strands holding a 3-1 lead heading into the final three minutes of the game when Fahey took a two-minute penalty. The Millionaires scored twice to tie the game at 3-3.
The teams played until 2:30 the following morning until the championship was decided on a goal be Fahey at the 153 rd minute of play: a goal in what stood for many years as the longest final amateur playoff game in history.
Near the conclusion of the induction ceremony, Leo was presented with a painting of the legendary “incredible” Kid Line composed of Leo, Mel Gadd and Doug Petrie by well-known local artist Karl Marsh.
Leo’s son Gus said attending the ceremony was a trip down memory lane.
“I had often heard about the Kid Line from many Cape Bretoners over the years,” he said. “My father, the line and that Strands championship season still lives vividly in the minds of New Waterford residents.”
The members of the Kid Line finished 1-2-3 in league scoring with Fahey winning the scoring title followed by Gadd and Petrie.
“Since my father wore number 7 during his outstanding nine year career as a player, captain and coach (five years) with the New Glasgow Rangers; it was only fitting that this was his seventh induction into a Sport Hall of Fame,” Gus Fahey said.
“The tribute is a well-deserved, heart-warming conclusion to an illustrious athletic career.”

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Flemming wins IWK 250; Koszkulics winds up fifth

JAMES RIVER – John Flemming of Halifax captured the IWK 250 on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway.
Flemming outdrove Donald Chisholm of Antigonish on a restart with three laps remaining in the race to record his second IWK 250 win.
Chisholm, who dominated and led 218 laps of the event, had to settle for the runner-up spot for the second consecutive season in the biggest race of the year at his home track.
Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake, N.S. edged out Shawn Tucker of Fredericton for third, with veteran George Koszkulics of Little Harbour rounding out the top five.
Flemming started the day by winning a heat race. Chisholm and Koszkulics also picked up heat race qualifier victories.
Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton from Tulare, Calif. paced the field in both the dash and time trials.
Colby Smith drove the car owned by Rollie MacDonald to an official 25th place finish.
MacDonald said the car ran well in trials but felt tight after that before benig sidelined due to transmission problems.
Prior to the IWK 250 there was a moving tribute to track owner John Chisholm, passed away on July 4 at the age of 68. The 250 was dedicated to his memory.
Chisholm opened Riverside International Speedway in 1969 and was also responsible for the rebuild of a high-class facility in 2006.
The tour returns to action on Aug. 2 at Oyster Bed Speedway on PEI.
Tour racing will return to Riverside on Aug. 15.
Meanwhile, in sportsman class racing, Dale Richardson of Stellarton won his heat race Friday night but placed outside the top five in the feature race won by Russell Smith Jr.

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Bill Burns wins; Scott, MacLean, Aitken lead Abercrombie scorers

ABERCROMBIE – It was a day that was ultimately won by the golf course as the scores soared at Abercrombie Country Club.
But Bill Burns from the Lingan club in Sydney managed to navigate the course best among the final field of 138.
Burns, 62, who entered the day with a one stroke lead over Aaron Nickerson of River Hills club, never relinquished his hold on first place en route to a four-stroke win with a 54-hole total of 219 Sunday at Abercrombie Golf and Country Club.
Glenn Robinson of Ashburn was four strokes behind Burns, along with Ken-Wo’s Steven Ward and Nickerson but was runner-up with a lower scored on the final day.
Among Abercrombie golfers, Jamie Aitken had the low opening day score of 73 on Friday, but Kevin Scott followed a 77 on Friday with scores of 74 and 76 to finished 12th overall at 227.
Scott survived a triple bogey six on the 10th hole by birdying 11 and 12, absorbing a bogey on 16 and answering with a birdie on 17.
Abercrombie’s Glenn MacLean turned some heads by following his 77 on Friday with a 70 that proved to be Saturday’s low score, along with a 70 by Burns. But he blew to an 81 on Sunday to finish tied for 13th at 228.
Aitken had two rounds of 78 to finish tied for 18th at 229 and third among Abercrombie golfers.
He suffered triple bogeys on 7 and 10 before recording birdies at 11 and 12, sustaining a bogey on 16 and collecting a birdie on 17.

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Affleck’s career enters new phase

MOUNT WILLIAM – Brian Affleck’s golf career has taken a turn.
Affleck, who has aspired to become a professional tour golfer, has placed that on hold to concentrate on operating the Eagles Chance golf facility he now owns.
Affleck completed the purchase from Terry and Linda White on July 15 after courting with the prospects of buying it for two years.
He operates the Brian Affleck Golf Academy at Eagles Chance.
“It all came together in the last month,” Affleck said. “Pictou County is blessed with opportunities for family entertainment, and Eagle’s Chance is a good place for them to come. Everyone can come here and have some fun.”
Eagles Chance has a nine-hole, Par 3 golf course. It also has a driving range and a chipping area around a practice green. There is also a pro shop with club repair and re-gripping service.
Part of Affleck’s job is kids’ instruction from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. most days. Young top 10 golfers attend practices from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We’ve kept a couple of employees,” Affleck said. “I have a lot of family helping me out, and Terry’s a phone call away if I need him.”
In recent golf competition, Affleck took it to the limit before Ken-Wo’s host head professional Derek MacKinnon outlasted him in a playoff on July 11 to capture the PGA of Canada Atlantic Zone Championship.
MacKinnon’s wire-to-wire victory included scores of 69 and 73 for a two-over-par total of 142, while winning on the first playoff hole over Affleck.
An opening 69 in round one gave MacKinnon the lead by two shots over Affleck.
In the final round MacKinnon shot a one-under 34 on the front nine, opening up a four-shot lead on Affleck.
MacKinnon widened the lead to six shots on the 11th hole with a birdie coupled with Affleck’s bogey.
MacKinnon suffered a bogey on 13, a triple bogey on the 14th hole and a bogey at 16 and saw the lead shrink to just one.
Both birdied the par-five 17th hole, while Affleck tied the match with par and MacKinnon’s bogey on the 18th hole.
MacKinnon took a bogey and Affleck double-bogeyed the first playoff hole.

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Corbin goes Celtic

Karen Corbin may be best known for her pop dance hits from the 90s, but she has taken things back to her roots this year with a new album showcasing her favourite Celtic songs and original compositions.
Ready for the Storm is Corbin’s first album since her pop hits. Although she has been playing here and there, never completely leaving her music behind, this is the first time she has stepped into a studio since.
“It was exciting but it wasn’t me, it’s a very commercial industry,” said Corbin. “This is a bit more sincere.”
The album is named after one of the songs Corbin recorded for it. The title song is a strong ballad, complimented by Corbin’s smooth voice and some beautifully played violin and guitar.
The album itself is made up of Corbin’s favourite Celtic songs as well as a track called Hector and Betsey.
“It’s about the two boats that landed on the north shore of Pictou,” said Corbin. Her mother gave her the idea for the song and helped in the beginning stages of writing it. The song was also worked on by Corbin and long-time friend George Canyon.
“It’s a nice folk song,” said Corbin. “He put his heart and soul into it.”
Corbin is currently managing Canyon and dealing with the graphic design aspect of his career. Ready for the Storm was recorded by Canyon at his Alberta ranch recording studio, C4 Recording Studios Inc. The two have known each other for most of their lives, as well as through working together.
“I really wanted to do the project with George,” said Corbin. “He helped me find my key.”
Canyon helped her narrow down the songs that did not sound right for her voice, or fit in the album.
“I actually went out with 13 songs and ended up with 10,” said Corbin.
She will be performing some of the songs from her new album at the de Coste Centre July 29 to 31, at the Celtic ladies portion of the annual Summer Sounds concert. Corbin will be sharing the stage with Carmel Mikol and Cassie and Maggie MacDonald.
Corbin will also be joined on stage with her sister Cheryl Corbin, for their duet song, Wild Mountain Thyme. Since most of the album was recorded in Alberta, Corbin was not sure how she was going to get her sister’s vocals on the song.
“At the end of it I said, we’re going to make this happen,” said Corbin. And that’s just what she did.
She ended up having her sister’s vocals recorded at Dave Gunning’s studio, which were then sent to Canyon in Alberta and mixed into the final track.
The album was released officially on July 4. Corbin thought it coincidental that her album was delivered just before this season’s first hurricane.
“It’s ironic because the album is called Ready for the Storm,” said Corbin. Her album is for sale at Water Street studio in Pictou, as well as Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice on Water Street, Pictou. The Dock Food, Spirits & Ales in New Glasgow is selling the CD on the other side of the causeway. As well, it will be available on itunes this week.
“The type of music that I’m doing now I grew up on,” said Corbin, “so it’s kind of full circle.”

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Riff, melody and energy… Danko Jones bringing it to Jubilee

“I really don’t have downtime,” said Danko Jones.
“This is our job, our full time job. We’ve been 14 years now without a part time job. It’ll eat out chunks of your life away, but even then that’s a lot of your ‘downtime’. It just depends what you want to do with your free time. I don’t know House of Cards. It took me years to get into Breaking Bad. I don’t really watch too many movies so I couldn’t really converse with people on that level any more.”
If it sounds like the vocalist, front man, guitarist and songwriter is complaining, he is not. If it sounds like he is bragging, he is not and piety is a very unattractive quality. Rather than enjoy the life perhaps most of us know of punching in, punching out and vegging out, Jones seems to be constantly on the job- recording, touring, writing or podcasting.
“I do it because I want to,” Jones said.
“I don’t go out and party it up every night. I don’t drink beer or play poker with the guys. I’m usually at home listening to records and writing down my thoughts about them. Or I’m working on a pod cast. I think a lot of people who don’t work in the recording industry do a hell of a lot more than I do, it’s just not in some sort of public eye.”
Although known to audiophiles in many forms, Danko Jones is known to most as the aggressive and slightly sexual front man to his self-named and hard charging trio. A rough linage shows him to have emerged from the late 90s garage scene, however, Jones’ music was a always a bit tighter, a bit better put together, and generally just a bit less amateur a just a smidge slicker than many others he may have been compared to – not that he would be likely to admit or approve of such a statement as in addition to being a hardworker, the man is humble.
“I’ve really never, song-wise or recording-wise, I’ve never really seen ourselves as being anything exceptional in terms of pulling off three piece songs,” Jones said.
“Bands like Rush… those are in the ranks of really high-end players. We’re in the ranks of average musicianship. It’s really concentration on the songs rather than any kind of high writing or technical prowess.”
While Danko Jones’ records may contain a few extra guitar tracks to fill out the mix, the same could be said for other piece bands; Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, or U2 come to mind and Jones himself would point you towards Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, or ZZ Top. The difference is that with the other groups mentioned, albums can run the risk of being a bit over produced while live shows, however awe-inspiring, can be complicated or even void. With Jones, there’s no filler to cut, no fluff to miss.
“I’ve never heard any complaints that we’re playing anything different from the recording,” Jones said.
“I guess there is some sort of awareness on our part that we don’t have a fourth member but we try to make up for it in terms of the show… I really don’t know.
“I’m really more of a musical type player in terms of everything from how I play to even how I set up. I don’t really like a lot of pedals,” Jones said in explanation of his musical approach. “I’m not a gear head. I just like to have the guitar set at a certain volume, in a set tuning. It doesn’t fluctuate from song to song, I don’t change guitars depending on the tuning. It’s really very basic and very simple and it’s always been that way.”
While Jones may be the first person to say that his music isn’t complex, ground breaking, or game changing others would argue there’s a certain level of genius in simplicity.
“It’s just melody, man,” Jones said in what will be granted to be the final words on the issue. “Interesting lyrics, a good melody and you’re off to the races.”
Danko Jones – three pieces of riff, melody and pure energy – will be appearing on the Jubilee mainstage Friday, August 1.

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Strathglass Farewell, second in trilogy, playing at deCoste Sunday night

Betrayal and heartbreak meet young love and stalwart determination in Strathglass Farewell playing Sunday, July 27 at the deCoste Entertainment Centre in Pictou.
Producer Duncan MacDonald, who previously staged Ships of 1801 at the deCoste, said it is fitting to bring the second show in a planned Highland Clearances trilogy to Pictou.
“It is a story from the Highlands of Scotland and it began anew in Pictou. Unlike Ships of 1801, this story deals primarily with people who were cleared from their lands so that sheep could be raised in the pastures of Strathglass.”
The show, which debuted at the Antigonish Highland Games, has a cast of performers from Pictou and Antigonish counties who sing, dance, pipe, fiddle and perform on the piano.
“Strathglass Farewell, like Ships of 1801, is about the profound influence of the Scots on northeastern Nova Scotia. They came bringing a history and a culture with them and we celebrate that as they did, in story and song,” said MacDonald.
Betrayed by their chief and his lady, the passengers on board a ship bound for Pictou are further divided when a terrible argument breaks out between a Chisholm and Fraser over a letter warning the Highlanders against coming to Nova Scotia. The drama escalates when it is revealed that a son and daughter of the opposing families, Sheumais MacLeod and Alexandra Benson, have been secretly courting and planning a life together in Nova Scotia, in sharp contrast to the pining of their parents for the homeland.
The friction between the two families inspires a frenzied, dancing duel, instigated by fiddler Brian MacDonald and responded to by piper Frank Beaton.
Pictou’s Spyder MacDonald captures the conflicting spirits of the Highlanders in a lament for the mid-journey passing of his dear friend’s young daughter and in a celebration of Highland whisky. Penned by his brother Alastair, the whisky song pays tribute to the intricacies of the Highland still, the men who mastered the process and the final product.
Ann Holton, who performs with many of the cast, also sings two solos – Sea Wind, which was written and composed by her father Bruce Holton, and an equally beautiful, The River Doon, by the show’s director, Rob Wolf. A young mother, she tries to comfort her children and the other passengers with song as the journey grows more threatening.
ECMA-award winner Kim Wempe condemns in song the chief’s wife, Elizabeth MacDonnell who is blamed for the clearances, and pays tribute to Mary Chisholm, the chief’s young niece, who fought to keep the Highlanders on the land they farmed for generations.
Peter Rawding denounces the Chisholm chief in Let Your Sheep Defend Thee and castigates the association with English merchants in a song called English Gold while Lewis MacDonald reflects on his life as a soldier and concludes there is no future in Scotland.
Much of the Strathglass story is narrated by Terry MacIntyre who recounts the words of Donald Gobha Chisholm, a blacksmith who actually came from Strathglass and settled in Antigonish County around 1801.
The show begins at 8 p.m.

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Scotians set to ice 2014-15 roster

TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians are working through their financial crisis and are preparing to ice a talented hockey team, Walter Smith says.
Smith, the Scotians’ governor for the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, says the club has paid off most of the $20,000 debt the club sought to eliminate in order to ice a team next season.
“We set a goal of $20,000 (to pay off) or we would not run the team,” Smith said. “We’re around $15,000 or $16,000 so we feel we’re in a position to continue. As far as the ice product, we expect to ice a more talented team than any team in the past. We’re expecting a really strong ice product.”
Smith said the Scotians assumed more debt when its main fundraiser, a flea market in the former Co-op grocery store in New Glasgow, was forced to close when it could no longer occupy space there. He said the team budgeted for revenues all season that ceased midway through the season.
“It’s nobody’s fault,” he said. “We just have to take on other fundraisers. Ones that have worked this summer, we’ll make them permanent. What works, we’ll keep and it will make up for the loss of the flea market.”
Those fundraisers have ranged from the convention to the novel. A lobster draw pegged to raise $3,000 raised $4,700.
The Scotians, Trenton Minor Hockey and Glen Lovat Golf Club are co-sponsoring a golf ball drop by selling golf balls for $10 each for a $1,000 grand prize and other items. The balls purchased will be dropped from a boom truck over a green. The $1,000 will be awarded to the person whose golf ball ends up closest to the hole.
Regarding the roster, the combination of returning talent up front and newcomers on defence has motivated the Scotians’ prospects for the upcoming season.
News of the Scotians financial plight surfaced after they were eliminated in the deciding game of a best-of-seven division semifinal series by the Strait Pirates on home ice.
The Scotians had finished in second place and the Pirates in third place in their division.

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Sport Nova Scotia plays major role

I really love seeing the wide range of quality sports opportunities that are available to young people these days. The more I see of them, the more I’m impressed.
Most of the activities I’ve been attending involve our two grand-daughters who live nearby.
Claire, an eight-year-old, spent the past winter playing hockey, taking skating lessons and swimming lessons. This summer, she’s playing soccer and attending a paddling school. Yes, she’s busy.
Anna, a four-year-old, had skating lessons last winter and is already excited about starting hockey in September. She had swimming lessons through the winter and is in her first summer of soccer. As you see, she’s following big sister.
I mention the two girls because, in my opinion, every sport they’re associated with is very well organized, with valuable leadership at the top and knowledgeable coaches and instructors at the grass roots. In other words, the programs are well worthwhile.
Can children be too involved? I don’t think so. I’d far rather see youngsters on busy sports schedules than hanging around school yards and street corners with nothing to do. You know what idleness leads to.
What’s impressing me this summer – and it impressed me just as much back in the winter – is the way children’s sports are structured.
Sure, there have been good sports programs in Nova Scotia communities for many years – generations, in fact – but there have been major changes for the better.
When I was going through my adolescent years in the late 1940s and early 1950s, there was minor hockey and baseball in most towns, but in many cases the programs were run by one or two dedicated people. There wasn’t the extensive volunteer leadership we see now.
When our three children – two sons and one daughter – were growing up in the 1980s and early 1990s, they played lots of sports, too. Cole Harbour, then as now, had outstanding minor programs and our kids certainly took full advantage. They were into hockey, ringette, soccer, baseball and golf. They all turned out to be university graduates and quality adults and I’ve often said it was because sports kept them busy.
Despite the quality programs our children were exposed to in Cole Harbour, I can see the opportunities are even better now. Why?
I’ve always said the first key is expertise at the top – the very top. In my sports writing career, I saw the formation of Sport Nova Scotia from its very beginning, and I’ve marvelled at the way that organization has grown bigger and bigger, better and better.
Sport Nova Scotia is what brings all of the province’s athletic associations under one umbrella. What has been good for one sport has been good for all sports. And don’t forget, there are a lot of provincial sports organizations, all with their own leaders, their own people to govern their respective activities.
Jamie Ferguson is the present chief executive officer of Sport Nova Scotia, and he has been doing a tremendous job since taking over the position a few years ago. His knowledge of sports, and what sports should be doing for their memberships, cannot be questioned. He’s one of the best things to happen to the system. He’s approachable, always available, always ready to do what he can to improve matters.
Sport Nova Scotia has been putting out its own publication four times a year and you can be sure Jamie, in the lead column, will bring forth views on major subjects. In a recent effort, he addressed the Canadian Sport Policy, a joint effort by the federal and provincial governments.
Usually when we hear or read about new government policies affecting any part of our lives, we shrug and we moan that here we go again. Enough already.
In this case, though, I think it was a step forward, a step in the right direction. So does Jamie, and that makes me believe it’s a plus for Canadian sports.
The sport policy was primarily aimed at getting sports bodies working together in order to improve the quality of sports programming at all levels.
Ferguson’s opinion?
“The rationale,” he wrote, “is that better quality sports programs will lead to more people continuing to take part in sport over the course of their lifetime, helping them benefit from the positive social and health impacts that sport participation can deliver. Here in Nova Scotia, we have many concrete examples of exactly that type of collaboration.”
Jamie says Sport Nova Scotia has been working with community partners across the province in order to improve the quality of sport.
More and more, these co-operative efforts between Sport Nova Scotia and the sports governing bodies in the province will make bigger and bigger impacts on sports for all age groups.
More and more Nova Scotia athletes are achieving big things.
In Cole Harbour, for instance, we have produced the likes of hockey stars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon.
In Pictou County, there have been NHL players, professional boxers and dominant amateur stars like Dave MacLennan, who just won the Johnny Miles Marathon for a 10th time. What a feat!
Those kinds of major achievements can happen for any athlete, from any community in the province. Just give them the chance, the coaching and the direction, and leave the rest to them.
Young people, however, don’t need to win championships to be considered winners. Just by participating, by going out there and giving their best, and having fun, they can benefit more than you would imagine.
That’s why it’s so encouraging to see the great efforts and cooperation being made by Sport Nova Scotia, by the various sports governing bodies, by the executives, coaches and volunteers in our communities.
At the end of the day, it’s our young people who are the winners.

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Highway twinning stats misleading: Changing human factors bigger priority

To the Editor:
I just read the opinion piece entitled “Stats Don’t Lie: It’s time to twin the highway” and I would like to provide the following as a response, if I could.
I have a problem with the misleading title of a recent article and that “stats don’t lie.” Statistics don’t mean anything unless they are put into the proper context and have proper analysis. To make claims without proper context creates misinformation and can mislead the audience – 4/5 people know that.
For example, using data from, from 2006-2010 there were 179 shark attacks leading to three fatalities in North America. People died from going into the water and sharks were the culprits. Should we all stop swimming in the ocean? Or maybe we just kill all sharks and eliminate the problem! Get the government to go on a shark killing expedition so we’re all safe in the water. Yeah, that’s what we should do. And with the media reporting that there are more shark sightings in Nova Scotian waters lately, we can’t be too safe.
However, the context of this data is that first, it is American-based data. An estimated 200 million people visit American beaches every year. What this means is that from 2006 to 2010, one billion people went to a beach and just three died from a shark attack. You have better odds to win a lottery than being killed by a shark in the U.S. Also, there are more sharks killed by humans (estimated 25 million) every year than the opposite. Who really is the biggest threat in the ocean?
My question about the “stats” claimed in this article is, out of those accidents, how many were caused by careless driving? (Distracted driver? Drunk driver? Fatigued driver? Aggressive driving?) When I drive around Antigonish I see too many drivers texting, talking on a cell phone, aggressively driving and impaired driving more frequently than I do see collisions. This observation would have me believe that those accidents are more driver-based than road based.
I do support the roads being twinned but I would list improving driving behaviours as a bigger priority than twinning the roads. The government is in a time of financial crisis and unless they can find ways of increasing their revenue without further taxing the bejebus out of us, the costs associate with twinning that section of highway will be too much due to the topographic factors. Allowing misleading information like that without proper context can lead to mob-like behaviour, propagating misinformation and improper decisions in all areas of life.
For now let’s focus on changing the human factors instead of blaming the sharks, errr, roads.
Matthew Schumacher

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Thanks for a memorable moment

To the Editor:
I am a grandparent who took two excited grandchildren to the Pictou Library on Friday for the Lego Lobster give-away.
I want to express my sincere thank you to Tyler MacLean, the Lobster Carnival Committee and the library staff who made this unique event happen. There were hundreds of people at the library and I commend the staff for their patience and professional attitude with a very excited audience/recipients!
As many of us waited until the BIG MOMENT of receiving the Lego Lobster, we read books… and I am sure that the staff have never before had so many books to put away after an event! Thank you for creating a memorable moment for my grandchildren… and all the others who were there.
Carol MacKay

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May people deserve thanks for helping contribute to success of conference

To the Editor:
An open letter of thanks to Pictou County:
On behalf of the MFCA 100th Anniversary Host Committee we would like to thank our citizens, the business sector, all levels of government, corporate and private organizations of Pictou County for making the Maritime Fire Chiefs’ Association 100th Anniversary conference and trade show from July 6-9 one of the best ever held in Atlantic Canada. Without the ideas, encouragement and financial support we received from the provincial, municipal, corporate and private sectors we could not have made this conference such a huge success.
To the many volunteers, seen and unseen, we can’t thank you enough. Over 500 delegates/partners/children/ vendors and key note speakers attended from across North America. They constantly spoke of the hospitality, friendliness and acceptance of the people of Pictou County during the four-day conference.
To quote one of the keynote speakers from the USA, “Pictou County rolled out the welcome mat and showed us what a beautiful place and facilities you have here to run such top notch conferences. We definitely will return again. Wow, What a show!”
To our ladies who organized programs for the partners and children of delegates, what can we say other than job well done. You have made us all proud! To DEANS, in particular Cindy MacKinnon and Kara Allen, you were there with us from the start and we appreciated all you have done on our behalf.
A big thanks to the New Glasgow Regional Police Ventures under the direction of NGRP officer Ken MacDonald for the conference security and overnight protection of nearly $12 million of fire apparatus trucks on display at the PCWC. To the catering staff from Summer Street Industries who help make the meet and greet a big success, we say thank you.
To the River John Fire Department, the deCoste Centre and Al Gunn for the great sound at the deCoste as well as Antigonish Rent-all for the tent, tables and chairs for the lobster dinner. Also, Louis Cosy Corner catering for the excellent meals served to all delegates, we say thank you. To Global Convention services for the tradeshow set up and all the skirting’s and decorations.
Very special thanks goes out to the Chignecto School Board for the use of their buses and drivers to transport delegates back and forth to hotels/motels, nightly suppers/entertainment, and for the partners and children’s programs daily.
To Highland Ford, Herron Chev/Olds, Central Nova Motors and Atlantic Motors for providing vans and SUV’s for transportation of guest speakers, MFCA executives as well as delegates, we thank you. To the folks at Tru North Communications for supplying all radio communications.
To the RCMP H Division Pipes & Drums, the vintage fire truck owners and those who marched in the parade; Pictou Advocate for printing our conference book, to our First Nations community particularly elder Sadie Francis and Band firefighter Corbin Stevens for performing the Sweet Grass ceremony at the memorial service we are deeply grateful, and John Muirhead for helping to arrange the entertainers from Pictou County as well as Scott Boyd who did an excellent job as MC at the Decoste and the closing banquet.
To Bruce Rogers of Final Touch party rentals for decorating the Wellness Centre to look so good for the banquet and thanks to the local media who gave us excellent coverage on the conference and events. Thank you to Gordon Jones of Pridham’s Studios for the excellent group photo prior to the memorial service.
And to Garfield Hendrickson and tech Brian of 20/20 productions for the sound stage and music, we certainly appreciated the professionalism and promptness of your service to us for the days. And Chris McInnis of Mac I Design for creating our web page, conference book and signage and Betty Mae Madden for installing the signage and posters that were very noticeable around the wellness center inside and outside. Fred Wade and his staff of Fireworks FX for the awesome fireworks display from the roof of the Wellness Center on Sunday evening.
This was the first Convention and Trade Show hosted by the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Mike Adam and the incredible staff at the Wellness Centre exceeded our high expectations in every aspect. Two expressions come to mind: “excellence” and “customer service” and we appreciated this very much. As well to the YMCA for the use of their meeting and lunch area room. This proved to be an excellent communication centre for our transportation operations.
And finally, words cannot fully express how proud we are of our Pictou County Fire Fighter’s Association and all its members for the excellent efforts turned in by everyone. We are so equally proud of the residents of Pictou County for the welcome you gave over 500 visitors from all over North America. They certainly left Nova Scotia with new friendships and happy memories of their visit with us.
Thank you, everyone.
Chairperson Gary MacLaughlin, on behalf
of the entire 100th MFCA Host Committee

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Smoke, air quality in Pictou shortens couple’s visit to carnival’s main stage

To the Editor:
I write this from the comfort of my home in Halifax.
This past Sunday, my wife and I and son decided to take a drive in our RV to Pictou to listen to our friends, Fleur Mainville, Dave Gunning and John Paul Cormier play music at the annual Lobster Carnival.
When we arrived in town, the sun was shining but I could see the smoke coming from the pulp mill. It was drifting away from the centre of town.
We listened to Fleur play, next was Dave. While he was playing the wind changed and brought the pollution on top of the people who had gathered to listen. My eyes stung and there was a heavy taste of chemicals in my mouth. It continued through JP’s set.
We decided to leave JP’s set early because the air quality had deteriorated to the point where we could not breath it anymore. I had parked the RV next to the decoste Centre where the air seemed to be better.
We could not believe how bad the air quality was. We spoke about how shocked we were about the situation. We had been hearing about the problematic mill, but had now experienced the conditions first hand.
We settled in the RV and went to bed. It was about 2 a.m. when my wife woke me up and told me to look outside. The pollution from the mill was settled all over the area where we were parked. We decided to pack up and head back to Halifax to get out of the pollution.
I cannot believe the people of this town and surrounding communities have to breath the air that my family was breathing that night. This is a travesty.
I am still in shock that the almighty dollar wins the day over the health and quality of life of citizens.
My heart goes out to the parents and their children who live in that condition.
We stand united with the citizen’s of the area.
Clean up your act! You are killing Pictou’s economy, environment and it’s people.
Thom Swift

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Hats off to all for successful carnival

To the Editor:
I want to congratulate all the volunteers, organizers and the committee on a hugely successful Pictou Lobster Carnival.
We are privileged as a community to have so many dedicated individuals who devote their time to ensuring what was a great weekend.
On behalf of the Pictou West Liberal Association, I would also like to thank all those who supported our efforts to help promote the Lobster Carnival. We had a very successful 200 Club Draw, as well as an entry in the parade. Special appreciation goes to Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell who paid a visit to Pictou to join in the weekend’s festivities.
Whether you are a performer, a fireworks technician, a Pictou small business owner, a volunteer and all those in between, you deserve nothing but our appreciation.
It is important to remember that before and after we all attend an event of this size, there is a tireless effort on the part of so many. Thank you. Here’s to the next eighty years!
Ben MacLean
President, Pictou West Liberal Association

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Garbage left around following carnival shows disregard for others’ property

To the Editor:
Being in close proximity to the Carnival Main Stage, midway and beer garden this year, we naturally expected to have a certain amount of garbage strewn on the 3 ½ acres of property that we own; however, we were not prepared for the type of garbage that we picked up.
Apart from the assortment of 53 beer bottles and/or cans, 64 water bottles and too many pop bottles and containers from the midway to even begin to count, we are totally dismayed that we are left to clean up wet diapers, very soiled diapers and used tampons. It’s hard to believe that people can be so irresponsible as to use our property to dispose of these personal items that have absolutely no right to be strewn on a piece of land with at least three very large town refuse containers visible on the street.
We commend the people who were assigned the job of picking up garbage for the town – they did an excellent job on the perimeter of the land close to the road – but we wouldn’t expect even them to forage under the trees and bushes to dig out the filthy diapers.
To a certain extent, we recognize that teenagers obviously have no respect at all and just drop their beer and/or pop cans wherever they choose to; however we have to assume that it would be adults disposing of babies’ soiled diapers and so we question their reasoning in using someone else’s property as a garbage dump. The hot weather we all enjoyed brought out the flies and bugs etc. – we need say no more. Unfortunately, as we don’t have the benefit of town garbage pick up, the soiled stinky diapers will have to wait until our contract garbage company makes their scheduled stop.
Unfortunately, we are living in a day and age when apparently no one respects anyone else’s property and so we wonder what kind of life lessons are being taught by these people to their children – or maybe they simply just don’t care?
Mike & Anne Emmett

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Time wasting to clean up air

In democracies, people need to call out governments when they do not take care of us.
That’s what happened last Wednesday in Pictou when business people and other residents met with three provincial cabinet ministers over poor air quality due to emissions from a local pulp mill which they feel are not just unhealthy, but bad for businesses – their businesses.
Parts of Pictou are enveloped in the plume from Northern Pulp when the wind is south or southwest, whether or not the air is heavy. With no wind on Sunday, Pictou Harbour and a considerable land area was heavily smog-bound.
So far, in this latest round of pulp fiction, this provincial government has made the air emissions an environmental issue, given that the lead on this file has been handed off to Environment Minister Randy Delorey. Two other ministers met here Wednesday: Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine and Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Michel Samson.
The Clean Air group was formed and sought this meeting primarily due to lost business in Pictou – empty storefronts, cancelled overnight reservations and reduced restaurant sales. Current and past provincial governments have decided that the pulp mill’s jobs and the ancillary ones it creates are more important than the jobs in Pictou.
History records – and we can judge – the performance of governments.
One government decided to assume responsibility for treating effluent from the pulp mill and did so at Boat Harbour in the 1960s. More recently, a provincial government yielded responsibility for designing wind turbine setbacks to municipalities. The result is a likely 1,000-metre distance in Pictou County that would be the same as neighbouring jurisdictions.
On the previous government’s watch, a biomass heat unit with a voracious appetite for wood was allowed at the pulp mill at Point Tupper where a wind solution already existed. We are several years into a gap between the closure of regional development agencies and the establishment of something called regional enterprise networks.
Debate persists over the merits of continuing a moratorium on fossil fuel exploration and exploitation using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Most people don’t want it.
It appears that it will be next spring before air emissions from Northern Pulp will improve, once new equipment to trap more of the effluent has been installed and starts operating.
That means what we’re seeing now will persist. It also confirms that this government is like previous ones. Some jobs are more important than others. Some economies are more important than others.
Here’s the thing. The Information Age is upon us. The Industrial Age is past. We will be healthier and more prosperous when governments realize this, and act accordingly.

Steve Goodwin

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Homecoming celebrates town’s birthday

This year is a big year for the Town of Stellarton, and celebrating 125 years, Stellarton Homecoming this year is promising to be a memorable one.
To ramp up the excitement, Homecoming organizers have added a second dance to the mix. Each year, a dance is held Saturday evening for town residents to reunite with old friends, school mates and have some fun. This year, in celebration of the historic anniversary, there is a dance on Friday night as well, featuring the Good Feelin’ Band.
“The biggest (event) is usually the Homecoming dance on Saturday,” said Ken Francis, Stellarton councillor.
The dance usually hosts about 800 to 900 people. This year, entertainment will be False Pretense and Hush.
“We have a fireworks display,” said Francis. “They tell us its going to be one of the biggest fireworks displays Pictou County has ever seen.”
In the past, Homecoming usually does not include fireworks in the festivities but organizers are pulling out all the stops for this big event.
A popular attraction that usually brings in crowds each year is the entertainment aspect of the Homecoming festival. This year, there will be a concert in the park being held today, July 23 featuring Frank MacKay. There will also be live entertainment at the fireworks, as well as the Garden Party in Allen Park on Sunday, July 27. The garden party will have Jim Richard and Doris Mason.
“There’s something for everybody,” said Francis. “It doesn’t make a difference what age you are.”
Activities for children such as the waterslide and Kids Fun Day taking place today make sure there is a little something for every age. A teen dance will also be held on Friday, 25.
As for the big 125th anniversary Francis said, “To see Stellarton still be a thriving community is really heartwarming.”

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A doll’s tale

They can be a prized possession, a child’s toy or piece of history.
Jessie Smith most likely has a doll that has fit into one of these roles throughout its life.
Smith has been collecting dolls for 30 years with about 2,000 dolls in total now.
“I’ve always liked dolls,” said Smith. “When I was younger I had nine.”
Out of all the dolls that Smith has managed to collect over the years she hasn’t had a hand in finding more than a few of them.
“Out of the 2,000 dolls that I’ve got I’d say I only bought about 10,” said Smith.
She has managed to gather so many dolls as a result of family giving them to her as gifts and friends finding them at local garage sales.
Character dolls are some of Smith’s favourite in her collection, although she has one favourite out of all.
“I like them all but I do have one favourite,” said Smith, “Mother Theresa.”
When Mother Theresa passed away Smith thought that someone should have something made to honour her. It was at this point that her daughter-in-law, who was taking a doll making class, decided to pull some strings and make it happen.
A mould was sent away for and eventually arrived from India with all of the materials to make the doll.
“The work that they went to get it, sent from India, to get it makes it real special,” said Smith about the doll, explaining why it is her favourite.
Smith will be lending some of her dolls to the Carmichael-Stewart House this month as part of a display there. This is not the first time she has lent her dolls for events. In the past, the museum as well as the Trenton Funfest and a few nursing homes have had the dolls on display.
Smith enjoys sharing her dolls with others and even invites anyone who says they are interested to come to her home to see the dolls, and offers to lend them out for any events people may want to display them for.
Next month, Smith will also be lending her teapot collection to the museum for another display.

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Partnership works to build on to Trans Canada Trail

A new trail was added to the map in Trenton Park last week.
The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is in the process of being extended, with another piece added in Trenton Park last Saturday.
About 25 volunteers showed up to the community-led project to add half a kilometer of trail on to the trail system already spanning through the park.
“We’re really excited to partner with Pulse on this,” said Sally O’Neill, of Active Pictou County. Active PC and Pulse partnered up to bring in volunteers to help with the community development project.
With half of the funding for the project coming from the TCT Foundation the group was able to get 45 tons of gravel to make the trail level and easy to walk on.
The new section of trail begins just off of Park Road near the ending of the Trenton Airport runway.
The TCT Foundation also had a camera crew sent to the trail build to film the community event and use it as promotional material.
“A lot of these folks will come back with their families,” said Garnet McLaughlin of CTC Limited. “There’s about 3km left to do.”
The trail, when complete will connect the Trenton park trails to Smelt Brook trails, and eventually connect through all of the towns in Pictou County.

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Winmar ready to host summer celebration

ALMA – Winmar, a local company based in Alma, will be hosting a summer celebration on Aug. 9 at its shop.
The celebration will include a few other small local businesses: a free barbecue prepared by Gig’s Pizza, children’s activities hosted by Abercrombie Automotive and The Multicultural Association of Pictou County, live music by AJ Leadbetter of Leadbetter Painting and Zumba demonstrations by Kelli Cruickshank.
“We are hosting this event as a way to say thank you to our community for supporting our small business for the past six years,” co-owner Jenny Velchev says.
Jenny and her husband Svilen Velchev opened their company in Pictou County in January 2008. Until then Velchev, who emigrated from Bulgaria in 2000, ran a successful contracting business in Toronto.
“We visited Pictou in 2007 and loved everything about the area, especially the beautiful beaches and the friendliness and kindness of people here,” Velchev said.
The couple moved from Toronto and bought the former fire hall from the Alma Fire Department.
They renovated it to make it into its shop. Since then, they have built their general contracting/restoration business that serves Pictou County. They also travel to Truro, Antigonish and Guysborough.
“We have a skilled, dedicated team of 10 employees who take pride in providing excellent service to the community,” she said.
Winmar is a nationwide restoration franchise with more than 80 locations coast to coast.
Theirs was the second location in Nova Scotia to open, and now there are six locations operating across the province.

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Most oppose fracking at meeting in County

WESTVILLE ROAD – A sizeable majority of the more than 50 people who attended an information session on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Tuesday was opposed to the process.
It was among meetings hosted by Dr. David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University, who chairs a panel reviewing the process of reviewing the process of extracting fossil fuels and the moratorium in place in Nova Scotia.
It was also the first since the initial meetings on July 15 in Sydney and July 17 in Port Hawkesbury. Other meetings were scheduled this week in Tatamagouche on Monday evening and Tuesday at noon in Amherst and in the evening in Truro.
“It’s all great that people come to these meetings and express their concerns, or their enthusiasm,” he said.
Wheeler’s talk included a set of emerging recommendations that suggested to people that the moratorium could be lifted eventually with conditions.
“All the experts are saying this is not coming into being overnight,” Wheeler said. “It’s a five-to-10-year process, if it ever happens. There will be a lot of learning before that happens.”
He noted one clause granting seismic testing and exploration only if or when “full, prior and informed community consent is in place.”
Leon Rogers and Barb Harris were among River John residents who attended Monday’s meeting.
“People don’t generally benefit from (fracking) in Canada,” Rogers said.
Barbara Low from Antigonish noted the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision upholding Aboriginal rights to possess land and decide how it will be used.
“We are not going to allow fracking on our land,” she said. “We don’t want this to happen on our lands and waters.”
Green Hill native Matt Miller from the Ecology Action Centre questioned what trust people can place on the review panel, given what happened to biomass exploitation in the province provisions stemming from a the panel Wheeler was involved with in 2009, despite the fears and evidence presented that the biomass plant for the pulp mill at Pt. Tupper would divert wood for use as fuel and woodworking.

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Three towns agree to review services

WESTVILLE – Three towns are collaborating on a service delivery review.
Mayor Roger MacKay of Westville announced the combined study by the towns of Westville, Trenton and Stellarton on Wednesday. He was accompanied by Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon and Stellarton Deputy Mayor George Megeney.
“This study will gather facts and figures to assist in preparing a cost benefits analysis in order to provide options for the three towns when we are considering the future direction regarding the delivery of services for our citizens,” MacKay said in a press release he read at the announcement.
“We’re hoping to have this done by the end of August. We have to do what’s best for our taxpayers. If it’s going to work, we have to make it work.”
He said once the results are compiled and completed, they will help the three towns in making decisions toward the memorandum of understanding currently that is in process among the towns of New Glasgow and Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County.
“It will allow us to get an understanding on how we can cost share some of our services that will have the highest possible positive impact on our residents, both in our towns and in Pictou County as a whole,” MacKay said.
The three towns extended an invitation to New Glasgow and Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County to participate. To date, New Glasgow has responded saying the town is “not prepared to participate at this time.”
Town CAO Lisa MacDonald said New Glasgow and its partners are studying governance as well as other issues in the MOU formed with Pictou and Pictou County.
“Our focus is on the region and the region’s priorities as opposed to local priorities,” she said. “It doesn’t address governance, the state of municipal infrastructure, existing shared services, and it will not address the number of community rinks.”
MacKinnon said he hopes both groups can work together once each MOU process is completed.
“This initiative is being kicked off and initiated for when the other MOU comes to fruition,” he said. “It’s not a governance study. That’s the first layer. This is the second layer.”
Megeney said any shared services would be on a cost recovery basis, like the services Stellarton and Westville already share for policing.

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Clan Thompson wins N.S. Band Championship

STELLARTON – A Stellarton-based pipe and drum band is the Nova Scotia Grade 4 champion, following a win at the Antigonish Highland Games this past weekend.
Clan Thompson Pipe Band placed first in the Nova Scotia Pipe Band Championship with its Quick March Medley, a blend of march tunes in two-time signatures. The band also placed third in the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Championship, with a full medley of hornpipe, two jigs, slow air, two strathspeys and two reels. Five bands competed in the Grade 4 division.
Several band members also competed in solo events.
Piping: Robert Caldwell: 3rd, Gr. 4 March; 3rd, Gr. 4 piobaireachd. Clare Henderson: 1st, Gr 4 March; 1st, Gr 4 piobaireachd; 1st, Jr. Amateur Jig; Grade 4 Piper of the Games. Brady Webb: 2nd, Jr. Amateur Jig; 3rd, Gr. 3 Strathspey/Reel
Drumming: Luke Henderson: 1st, Gr. 5 March

Amateur piping and drumming is classified in Grades 5 through 1, with Grade 5 as beginner and Grade 1 as the highest level before professional grade.
Clan Thompson Pipe Band was formed in 1984 and is a former North American Champion. The band now includes members ages 13 and up from Pictou County, Antigonish, Cape Breton and Halifax. Pipe major is Scott Williams of Antigonish, Pipe Sergeant is Madelyn Evans-Langlois of Stellarton. Drum Sergeant is Judy MacMullin-Smith of Antigonish. Lead drummer for the Nova Scotia competition was Donald Margeson of Halifax, formerly of New Glasgow.
The band is performing Wednesday nights through August 13 at the deCoste Entertainment Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Rehearsals September through June are Sunday afternoons at GR Saunders school.
New members are welcomed, including experienced pipers and drummers and those new to the instruments. Inquiries can be directed to Madelyn Evans-Langlois at (902) 755-1555. Further information is also available at

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Honoured for a decade of bravery

In 1952 Roy Rushton arrived home from the Korean War and began his life again in Westville.
In 2014 – 62 years later – Rushton was awarded for his bravery during his military career that spanned a decade, including two wars.
On Thursday, Ruston was awarded the Légion d’Honneur, the highest decoration from France, which was created by emperor Napoleon to thank his best soldiers.
“It’s a big honour because it’s an official medal,” said Rushton who is now 96. “I greatly appreciate it.”
Vincent Hommeril of the French Consulate attended the ceremony held at the Northumberland Veteran’s Unit in Pictou to present Rushton with the award. Hommeril also spoke at the event sharing that he, himself, is from Normandy and was told stories about the war when he was younger. He also shared to Rushton, in his speech, the true gratitude that France holds for Canadian veterans.
“The whole French population remembers that it was the sacrifices made by the Canadian soldiers that helped France to free herself from the Nazi domination,” said Hommeril.
“France will be eternally in debt. And France will never forget.”
Rushton was part of the 1st Canadian parachute battalion and one of the first Canadian combat troops to parachute into Normandy on D-day, 70 years ago. Rushton also volunteered in the Korean War being in one of the first units to fight in Korea. During a fight on Hill 532, Rushton took over his platoon following the injury of the platoon leader, and many years later returned a bloodied field book with two bullet holes in it, to the original platoon leader who had managed to survive his wounds. In his time serving the military, Rushton was injured twice and still continued on.
Rushton, who still lives in Westville with his wife Margaret, was incredibly humble about the whole affair. “It’s a great honour to receive it,” said Rushton. “They appreciated the small little part I played as a paratrooper there.”

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MacIntosh wins Memorial Trophy

NEW GLASGOW – Scott MacIntosh of Stellarton is this year’s winner of the Sandy MacLean Memorial Trophy which was presented at the 57th Annual Festival of the Tartans.
MacIntosh, 15, began practice chanter at age 8, and has been playing with the Clan Thompson Pipe Band since age 10. At age 12 he joined the Nova Scotia Cadet Pipes and Drums, where he is now incoming Pipe Major. He is also Pipe Major of the 374 F/L Chisholm Air Cadet Band, is an instructor with three cadet bands and has achieved the Canadian Cadet Organizations Level 5 Piper Qualification, the highest available.
A piping student of Madelyn Evans-Langlois, Scott Williams and Darin Knox, MacIntosh has won several medals this year in competition as a Grade 3 piper. He has also performed in many parades and events, and is known at Northumberland Regional High School, where he is entering Grade 10, for his love of all things bagpipe.
Sandy MacLean was a piping instructor in New Glasgow and ardent supporter of young talent in Pictou County. This trophy is given in his memory each year to honour a young Pictou County piper who exemplifies the pride, spirit and dedication of the Highland piping tradition.
Tartan Field on Saturday was awash with the sounds of piping and drumming, with solo competitions in the morning and band performances in the afternoon. Five band programs took part in two massed bands and individual concerts: Dartmouth and District, Antigonish Highland Society/Old Scotia, Heatherbell Pipes and Drums, Clan Thompson Pipe Band, and Correctional Services of Canada Community Pipes and Drums from Amherst, NS.
Judges for the solo competitions were Bruce Gandy, Andrew Rogers and Scott Williams for piping, and Sean Morton for drumming. Local results included:
Robert Caldwell: 3rd, Gr. 4 piobaireachd; 4th, Gr. 4 March
Clare Henderson: 1st, Gr 4 piobaireachd; 2nd, Jr. Amateur Jig; 3rd, Gr 4 March
Brady Webb, 1st, Grade 3 March; 2nd, Gr. 3 Strathspey/Reel; 3rd, Jr. Amateur Jig; 3rd, Gr. 3 piobaireachd
Luke Henderson: 1st, Gr. 5 March

Piper of the Day was Grade 1 piper Blaise Theriault and Drummer of the Day was Grade 3 drummer Lian Theriault, both of Dartmouth and District.
This year’s Festival of the Tartans offered lessons in Gaelic, an antique car show, and numerous celtic concerts at venues throughout New Glasgow. This year’s event was officially brought to a close on Sunday with the Kirkin’ of the Tartan at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow. Honoured guests included Nova Scotia Lt. Gov. J.J. Grant and Mrs. Grant, Pictou County MLAs Pat Dunn, Tim Houston and Karla MacFarlane, and members of the St. Andrews Society of Pictou County.
“We are blessed here with cultural roots, musical talent and community spirit to help keep this festival alive,” festival committee chair Pat MacKay said. “It take a dedicated volunteer effort to make this festival the best it can be, and we hope anyone with an interest in our festival will consider joining our committee for next year.
Further information is available by contacting Pat MacKay at 771-0990 or

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