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County, province react to Ottawa shootings

On another day, Mary Gorman might have been in Ottawa on Wednesday.

But the resident of Merigomish says she has mixed feelings of having been here when two fatal shootings took place on and near Parliament Hill.

Gorman had considered joining her Save our Seas and Shores colleagues for World Wild Life Fund meetings scheduled for Wednesday in Ottawa but was unable to attend.

“I was supposed to be in Ottawa at a WWF meeting (Wednesday),” she said. “Now, I’m so relieved I couldn’t make it.”

Gorman was responding to events that began on Wednesday with a fatal shooting of a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the subsequent death of the shooter on Parliament Hill.

Security was stepped up at military and government institutions throughout Nova Scotia, including the legislature during its fall sitting, and at Government House where Brigadier-General and Lt. Gov. J.J. Grant was presiding over an Adopt-A-Library presentation ceremony.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our fellow citizens in the capital at this difficult time,” he said, before leading a moment of silence.

Construction Engineering Flight 144 Pictou is among groups connected with the air force arm of Canada’s military that has responded to the incidents.

“We’ve essentially followed instructions from (CFB) Greenwood, to report any suspicious activity and any personnel we don’t recognize,” Captain Bernardt van Zil said.

The Flight has also checked in with Pictou County RCMP regarding patrols, he said.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay was among MPs under lockdown as law enforcement personnel rushed to secure the Parliament and related buildings after the initial shooting on Wednesday.

MacKay issued a statement on Friday, saying he and his colleagues’ with the family and friends of Cpl Nathan Cirillo, the reservist who was shot and killed at the cenotaph.

He called that attacks at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill, Canadians experienced a “direct assault on our nation and its sacred institutions.”

“This tragic event strengthens our commitment to peace, freedom and the rule of law – both at home and abroad,” he said. “It also shows that our country is not immune to the dangers of terrorists or those who wish to do us harm.”


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Rash of vehicle break-ins in Westville

Westville police are investigating a number of break-ins into vehicles in town.

Police are focusing on the areas of Park Street, Foxbrook Road and Maple Street.

There were several vehicles entered and a number of items stolen. Items included a small amount of change, a Lenovo laptop computer, cigarette lighters, a camera and some credit cards.

The camera and credit cards were recovered.

One of the hunting knives had a brown handle and a six-inch blade.

Anyone with information can contact the Westville police or Crimestoppers.

Police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked and to not leave valuables in them.

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Trenton declines MOU

During a Trenton council meeting Tuesday evening Mayor Glen Mackinnon read a public statement about the town’s response to the Memorandum of Understanding.

“Trenton is and always was willing to be a partner on the study of regional governance which our advisers tell us, is a necessary prerequisite along with a plebiscite,” began the statement.

“After several meetings with the town solicitor, a public consultation with the citizens of the town of Trenton, and based on the answers provided by the Towns of New Glasgow, Pictou, and the Municipality of the County of Pictou concerning questions raised by Trenton council on the Memorandum of Understanding, Council has decided that this document is not in the best interest of the citizens of Trenton.”

So far out of the three towns that have been presented with the MOU, Stellarton has accepted the conditions, and Trenton has now declined them, leaving only Westville to make a final decision on the document.

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Benefits upcoming for victim of violent assault

After an outpouring of support for a Stellarton man who was seriously assaulted on October 10, fundraisers have begun to spring up to assist him and his family for any future needs.
Glenn Fraser was assaulted outside the Roseland Cabaret in New Glasgow at about 1:45 a.m. on the Friday before Thanksgiving.
As a result, a page on the crowd funding site has been created by close friend Michele Linthorne who, from Holland, wanted to be able to help her friend. The page, which can be found at,, has since had 582 shares on social media and raised $365 out of its $5,000 goal. Updates on Fraser’s condition are available on the page as well.
A bank account has also been set up, in trust, for Fraser for those who do not wish to donate electronically. Donations can be made to any Bank of Montreal branch, transit 0182 and account number 3983-567.
A prepared statement from Fraser’s family reads: “His family has been told he will face a long, long road to recovery and at this time the outcome is unknown.”
Fraser remains at the QEII in Halifax on a ventilator and in an induced coma with life threatening head injuries such as a fractured skull, two bleeds within his brain, as well as multiple facial fractures.
“He hasn’t opened his eyes since the attack,” said a family member who asked not to be named.
Fraser was known as a very quiet person, who rarely went out to bars or similar activities, due to certain anxieties.
“Just two weeks ago he said ‘I’m starting to feel a little more sociable’ and we were really happy,” said Fraser’s family member.
His family is grateful for the continuing support from the community and the love and concern for Fraser that has been shown since the assault.
A local fundraiser will also be held at the Stellarton Legion on November 22 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be a DJ and silent auction with donations being accepted at the door.
“Glenn’s family would like to express their gratitude to everyone who has shown their love and concern for their brother and asks that you keep him in your prayers,” read the statement.
“He has a broken heart, he does,” a family member said regarding Fraser’s 13- year-old son.  “He’s been up by his father’s bed.”
Some of Fraser’s family members appeared in court on Monday for the hearing of the accused, but have mostly been spending their time at Fraser’s bedside hoping for the best.
“We don’t know if he’ll ever go home again,” said a family member.

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Industry and art collide

A new exhibit at the Museum of Industry has viewers looking into Nova Scotia’s industrial past through a combination of photography and jewelry.
What Remains: The Nova Scotia Industrial Project, is a documentation of industries past and present in Nova Scotia.
“We tried to represent a range of places,” said Debra McNabb, Director of the Museum of Industry.
The exhibit held its grand opening on Friday evening with the artists present to speak about the conception of the idea and discuss some of the pieces with the community.
The idea for the collaboration between artists, photographer Elliot Wright, and jeweler and metal smith Liz van Allen came to them about two years ago when van Allen was working on pieces related to maps.
“About winter of 2012 we got the idea that we could focus on industry,” said Wright.
The pair then conducted a lot of research about early industry in the province to get a sense of what kinds of things they could be working with.
“We wanted to focus on industries that were either directly or loosely related to the jewelry making process,” said Wright.
The pair also worked with the museum to figure out where all of the different industrial sites were.
One of the first sites that the artists visited was that of Pioneer Coal in Stellarton.
“It was quite fun,” said van Allen, “it was like being on another world.”
“It’s sort of had a little bit of a haunting feeling,” said Wright about the coal shafts they viewed during their trip.
To make their creations possible the artists received a Creation Grant as well as a Presentation Grant to cover costs of creating the works as well as costs that come with preparing the pieces for showing, such as framing and printing and any other display materials needed.
“We have hopes of it moving around,” said van Allen about the exhibit. As the photographs feature industrial sites from all over Nova Scotia, they are hoping that they may be able to show the display in Cape Breton as well as in Halifax.

“As we move away from this activity, it is artists that are curious about it,” said McNabb, referring to industrial sites.
Along with the photographs and the jewelry that was made of things collected at these sites, the display also includes artifacts from the museums collection to draw a closer connection to the rest of the museum as well as industry itself.
“It’s so much a part of who we’ve been,” said McNabb about industrial activity and history. “This is kind of like our pantheon.”

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Music for Mainville

Fundraiser planned for beloved local musician


A fundraiser boasting “an incredible cast” of singers and songwriters’ will be gracing the stage at Glasgow Square on October 29 in support of Fleur Mainville.
The show boasts artists such as Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier, John Spyder MacDonald, Karen Corbin, John Landry, and Christina Martin as well as Carmel Mikol and Jim Dorie.
The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
“There’s not a shortage of people who want to help,” said Carlton Munroe, manager of Glasgow Square.
He was approached about a week or so ago by Tammy MacLaren of New Glasgow, the mother of a former student of Mainville’s, to hold a fundraiser for the local artist who is currently battling cancer.
“This is her way of trying to lighten their load,” said Munroe referring to MacLaren and the Mainville family. MacLaren put out a call to Munroe who then worked his magic in the music industry and contacted friends of Mainville’s.
“I just started working the phones,” said Munroe. “It didn’t take much work at all.”
Munroe has also been talking to Andrew Heighton, Mainville’s husband, to keep the family up to date on what is going on.
“I’ve been talking with Andrew about this to make sure it’s got their blessing,” said Munroe.
The event is appropriately titled Friends for Fleur, which is indicative in not only the lineup of talent, but the venue as well.
“Fleur has been on our stage more times than I can count,” Munroe. “It seemed appropriate for it to be here.”

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Local businesses celebrated

Local businesses were celebrated last Thursday at the annual Pictou County Chamber of Commerce business awards gala.
It was a big turnout and big celebrations for some companies.
The awards list for the night boasted the Barrie MacMillan Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Export Recognition Award, Large business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, as well as New Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year.
To start off the night, the Barrie MacMillan Entrepreneur of the Year Award was given to Alain Bosse, also known as The Kilted Chef. Unfortunately, Bosse had previous commitments elsewhere, so his award was accepted by his partner, Johanne Hulshof.
The Export Recognition Award went to Big 8. The award was presented to Don Fanning, general manager of Big 8.
Big Business of the Year Award was presented to Sobeys. Peter Doucette, general manager of Sobeys, accepted the award for the grocery chain.
The award for Small Business of the Year was given to the Crossroads Country Market in Thorburn. Tyler MacLane, owner, accepted the award.
The New Business of the Year Award was presented to Karl and Rebecca Whiffen, owners of Uncle Leo’s Brewery in Lyons Brook.
Michelin was named Business Leader of the Year for its leadership though tough times this year, after unfortunate circumstances caused them to cut some positions earlier in the year. Plant manager Jeff MacLean accepted the award for the business.
Guest speaker was Barb Stegemann who gave insights into the world of big business and entrepreneurship, as learned by her experiences in starting her company, The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc., which sells perfumes made from oils collected in rebuilding countries, with the goal of stimulating the economy in countries in need.
“I think you just have to do it, please don’t hesitate,” said Stegemann after the event about entrepreneurs’ pursuing their dreams.
Stegemann hopes that the business people of the county remember some simple, helpful advice,
“We all have challenges, but if you really want something badly enough you’ll find a way. And by sharing my story with Dragon’s Den and how I was able to find venture capitalists’ in our own community, that gave me guidance and wisdom, which gave me courage to go on to the Den. There’s a lot of generosity in our community and all we have to do is ask.”

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Higgs’ star shining

Completing a year-long mentorship with men’s choir Nova Voce has led to another opportunity for Nicholas Higgs: a chance to sing with them again.
The New Glasgow youth is set to sing at Trinity United Church in New Glasgow with the choir on October 26.
“I started singing probably before I could say words,” said Higgs. Growing up in a musical family, Higgs was surrounded by musical siblings and parents, as he has performed with his father during his year singing with Nova Voce.
Beginning vocal lessons at the age of five or six with vocal coach Wayne Rogers, Higgs has been singing and playing music ever since.
He is currently a member of the North Nova Education Centre concert choir, an octet, as well as playing percussion in the school’s concert band.
As a Grade 12 student, Higgs is hoping to attend University of Toronto to study voice there.
“I was the only one in high school in the men’s choir,” said Higgs. “I don’t know anyone that is my age that does a mentorship or sings with an adult choir.
“They try to encourage some university students,” Higgs said, sharing that most of the members are men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.
Higgs was first invited to complete a mentorship with the choir after director Bill Perrot heard Higgs sing at a Christmas concert and invited him to join for one year.
“There’s a lot of incredibly talented people,” said Higgs about the choir.
The choir performs with other choirs, such as a boys choir that Higgs had the opportunity to collaborate with at a Christmas concert while he was completing his mentorship.
The October 26 show will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students, seniors and veterans. To purchase tickets, call Higgs at (902) 752-5053 or visit
Higgs is thrilled that the choir is travelling to sing with him in New Glasgow, on top of the honour of being able to sing with the choir again.
“I was really honoured to start. I really appreciated that it was in my home town,” said Higgs. “I accepted without a second thought.”

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Ward One playground celebrates opening

NEW GLASGOW – Children all over the county ran in excitement on Saturday as the new South End playground celebrated its grand opening.
The playground, which was formerly located at Tartan Field, had been the subject of vandalism multiple times due to its semi-secluded location. The new location at the Ward One Recreation Centre will ensure it is safer due to its proximity to the recreation centre.
“It certainly has boosted activity,” said Crystal States of the Ward One Rec Centre. “There’s a higher volume of traffic coming in and out.”
States hopes that having the new playground next to the rec centre will allow more people to use it while they are at the rec centre, as well as bring in new members of the community to the centre, who may not have gone previously.
“It’s a wonderful place for your children to hang out,” she said.
All of the equipment that had not been damaged by a fire was moved to the new location, as well as some new equipment paid for by the insurance money from the damaged equipment. All of this now joins the playground equipment that already existed at the community centre, as well as a soccer field and a basketball court.
The new location for the playground was chosen also because it is within the same district of the town, so as to still serve its purpose as a local playground for children of the area, as well as the rest of the county.
The price tag on the new playground, to move all of the equipment and make sure it met safety standards, was $40,000; the overall total, that included the insurance money, was $100,000.
The town is also currently in the process of reclaiming the area at Tartan Field.

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Race on the River celebrates successes, gives funds

Race on the River acknowledged its sponsors, its volunteers, and its charitable beneficiaries during a celebration last week at Glasgow Square.
“We do it every year in October just as an end of the year wrap up and to say thank you,” said Meghan Brophy with Race on the River.
“Tonight we’re just celebrating the success of another great event.”
Approximately 60 people  gathered at Glasgow Square for the causal gala, which was felt to be not a bad turnout at all in light of the various social commitments going on elsewhere throughout the county.
Thanks were given to sponsors including Michelin, The Town of New Glasgow, Advocate, East Coast FM, Scotiabank, Grant Thornton, Credit Union, Tim Hortons, MacDonalds, CF Construction, Travel Our Way, Mac Mac & Mac, Scotsburn Dairy, Inglis Jewelers, the Kinsmen, Northern Pulp, McKean’s Flowers, Bridgeview Square, Superior Propane, Leil Brothers Limited, Big8, Life Mark Physiotherapy, The Bombers Club, Higgins, Destination Eastern & Northumberland Shores, Chediac, CIBC Woody Gundy, Proudfoots Self-Storage, West River Greenhouses, Pictou County ATV Club, and Graybar Canada while Cammie Cumminger was recognized as Volunteer of the Year.
Originally, organizers stated that Race on the River 2014 raised  $125,000, however, following additional pledges from the event the raised total was confirmed to be $140,000 which was donated Thursday to Woman Alike Breast Cancer Survivors Society, Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association, and Special Olympics Northern Regions.

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Making his mark

Artist preparing for EXP show at Carver’s

Local artist Trevor Stanley will be unveiling his works in an event entitled EXP on November 8 at Carver’s in Pictou.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. with a number of area musical performers before Stanley unveils his works at 8 p.m. Following the show, the pieces will remain on display for two weeks.
Stanley said he had considered displaying his pieces at another location but some factors didn’t quite sync up for him and it soon became apparent that Carver’s was the “perfect place” for his display due to its blend of coffee house and pub.
“I thought art and music kind of go together,” Stanley said. “The whole process of coming to this was to get that musical energy out that I’m not able to do right now because I’m busy and I’m not able to make a lot of noise at night. Normally I’d be playing music well into the night.”
Due to home and family life, Stanley had to lay the drumsticks and guitar picks down in favour of palettes and paints in an effort to vent his artistic frustrations, creatively.
“I’m up to three in the morning most mornings,” he said, “and I can’t put the brush down.”
It’s hard exactly to describe Stanley’s art but then it’s also hard to dance about architecture. He said he is largely self-taught but soaked up various things from the artists he’s met through the years, while his materials can range from acrylic to Sharpie, often in the same piece.
“A lot of people would say it’s abstract art,” Stanley said, “but it’s not because there’s representation in there.”
His style could be compared, if pressed, to styles seen within modern graffiti, tattooing or even cubism, expressionism or various other isms, although none of them quite fit. However, owning to his non-inspiration from any of these styles and forms perhaps “Stanley-esque” is the only proper way to describe his work.
“I called this show EXP because it’s experimental,” Stanley said. “I’m just learning again how to paint and how to express myself with paint. It’s experimental art really. I’ll start with lines and circles and shapes and then take a few steps back and something will start to show and I’ll bring that out a little bit, rotate the canvas and clear my mind a little bit.”
Stanley said in his previous painting experience he was more in the field of photo-realism, working with pencils and acrylics. But this time around he is allowing inspiration to take him where it pleases.
“I’ll bring that back into the art eventually,” Stanley said. “I want to make something that comes 100 per cent from me. That isn’t influenced from looking at something, or something somebody writes, or some topic. I want to put a canvas down and make a mark without thinking about it, continue to make a mark and lose myself in the moment like I do when I play music because that’s the place I’m going for. It doesn’t have to change anybody’s life or be the topic of somebody’s college essay. It just has to be something interesting to look at.”
Currently, Stanley has 13 or 14 pieces set to be displayed but is hoping to have 20 pieces be featured at the EXP event. Some pieces will be strictly for this display only, although Stanley said he is eager for feedback from the art-loving community and will be open to consignment pieces.
The EXP event will also include a “social painting experiment” which will ask members of the public – for a small donation – to express themselves on an open, shared canvas in an effort to collectively express themselves. Funds raise through this particular venture will be donated to a local charity which will be decided upon closer to the event.

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List of members expands with nine new inductees

WESTVILLE – Some of Pictou County’s finest were inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Westville civic centre.
The ceremony this year saw three builders, one media inductee, and five athlete inductees, as well as several special recognition awards presented.
The ceremony was dedicated to Hugh “Sparky” Paris. Hall of Fame chairman Ken Langille’s wife Gale Langille made a presentation for Sparky’s honour to Ruth Paris.
Master of ceremonies Kevin Reid began by citing the first inductee, Lisa Haley, under the builders’ category. Haley was inducted for her outstanding coaching career that includes coaching at the Sochi winter Olympics. Haley’s former Coach Thelma MacDonald presented the award to her at the ceremony.
He second inductee in the Builders category was Cathy Mason for her hard work on behalf of the Special Olympics community in Pictou County and farther. Lesley Anne Sobey presented Mason with her award.
The final inductee for the builders’ category was given posthumously to Roy Bennett, a prominent figure in the hockey community of New Glasgow. Nelson Wilson presented the award to Bennett’s son, Richard Bennett.
There was also an inductee in the media category.
The Advocate’s Steve Goodwin was given the honour of nomination this year for his long-standing career in sports journalism as well as love of sports. Goodwin was presented his award by Advocate Editor Jackie Jardine.
The athlete inductions were next up on the program with Clayton MacLeod’s induction being the first up.
MacLeod, who was inducted posthumously, was given the honour for his accomplishments in the sport of Harness Racing, including many wins, and a very long standing career. To accept the award for MacLeod, his wife Jean MacLeod took his place, with Henry “Duke” Johnston presenting.
Tara Dunn was inducted this year, for her contributions to multiple sports such as soccer, softball, basketball, and a successful hockey career. To present the award to Dunn, former coach Fred MacKenzie was present.
Courtnay Malcolm, for her contribution to Pictou County, and St. FX women’s rugby, including several title wins. Allan McLaughlin presented the honour to Malcolm at the ceremony.
Jennifer Weir was inducted in recognition of her accomplishments’ in rifle shooting, including travelling to England to compete. Former cadet leader George Manos presented Weir with her award.
The final inductee in the athlete category of the celebrations was Jason MacDonald. MacDonald, who was unable to attend due to another commitment, was given the honour for his contributions in volleyball, as well as Mixed Martial Arts, including being the only Nova Scotian born fighter to compete in the UFC.
To accept the award MacDonald’s grandmother Irene MacDonald was present; with the presentation made by his former schoolmate Jeff Sangster.
Two special recognitions were also made this year, with the first going to the Scott Weeks Celebrity Golf Tournament.
The honour was given to the tournament for bringing many celebrity athletes to the community. The awards were presented to Ed MacLaren, Ivor MacRae, Marty Malcolm and Wade Sullivan.
The final presentation of the day was that of the original Trenton Rink Builders.
The award was given for achieving the daunting task to create a place for the community and sport.
The honour went to Doug Brown, Walter Fanning Sr., Ed O’Keefe, Charlie Fergus, Joe MacDougall, Bill MacEachern, and Ron Humphreys.
The award was also presented posthumously to Demp Murray, John MacKay, Rod Addison, Skipper Fraser, Ralph Cameron, and Keith Wark.

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Siblings combine for rare finish

blings achieved what Brianna Sandluck and her sister Kaitlin Sandluck and Jessica Zentner and her sister Naomi Zentner have done.
The quartette from North Nova Education Centre combined to finish second in the senior girls team competition last Wednesday in Truro during the Northumberland Region high school cross country championships.
Brianna Sandluck was third, Jessica Zentner was fourth, Caitlin Sandluck was ninth and Naomi Zentner was 13th individually among senior girls.
They will be among local athletes attending the provincial championships this week in Halifax.
Coach Pat Carty said it’s unique to have two sets of siblings leading NNEC’s senior girls cross country team.
“In all my years of coaching I haven’t run across this,” Carty said.
Caitlin is 17, while Brianna is 14. Both prefer cross country to running on a track.
“It’s more challenging,” Brianna said.
“The courses are different,” added Caitlin, who hopes to compete in cross country in university. “You always have new conditions.”
Carty said the Sandluck siblings have their family’s determination to go with their talent.
“They have an uncanny ability not to want to give up,” he said.
Jessica Zentner is 17, while Naomi is 16. Like the Sandlucks, they find cross country less monotonous.
“It’s more of an accomplishment,” Naomi said.
“I like not having to run around a track,” Jessica said. “Running cross country was an accomplishment. It felt good. I do hope to keep running.”
North Nova was also strong in intermediate boys racing. Peter Corbin was first, Raymond Simpson was second, Alex Moore was ninth and Hunter Francis was 17th. They combined to win the team event.
Paul Reuter of Northumberland Regional High placed sixth.
Among other finishers, Scott Langille from North Nova was ninth and Logan Coulet from Northumberland Regional High was 11th in senior boys.
In junior high girls, the Sandluck’s sister Allie Sandluck was seventh and East Pictou Middle School teammate Maddie Robertson was 12th among local finishers. Hannah Fraser from Highland Middle was ninth.
In junior high boys, Matt Chediac was first and North Nova Academy teammate Ethan MacDonald was second. Glen Cox of West Pictou Consolidated was ninth. NGA was third among nine teams in the team event.
In intermediate girls, Lauren Quann of Pictou Academy was second, while Genevieve Lemieux was fourth, Robyn Simpson was eighth, Kendyl MacDonald was 11th and Brianna MacNeil was 14th for North Nova.

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Hopewell course gets first ace

HOPEWELL – It may seem out of the way, but a 10-hole golf course in Hopewell has been attracting a good crowd of golfers in recent years.
One of those golfers is Ivan Cock, who lives in Lyons Brook, has a membership at Abercrombie Country Club and still enjoys the occasional trip to Hopewell.
He really enjoyed it one day when he got his first hole-in-one, which was also first ace in the course’s history.
He took out a driver on Sept. 27 on the 212-yard first hole and drove his ball onto the green and into the cup.
“It felt great,” he said.
The Hopewell course has 10 holes because that’s what fits on the farm land that slopes down from the Elgin Road toward the East River.
“It’s a beautiful spot,” Cock said. “It’s like family coming here. I am a member at Abercrombie, but I’m here almost as much.”
Scott and Craig MacLean, who grew up on the MacLean farm where Scott now lives, first crafted two holes – one flowing down the hill and the other coming back up. It’s been a 10-hole course for four years.
“We say if we build it they will come,” Scott MacLean said. “We used to have a farm but there was no one to take it over.”
The course won’t likely be expanded, partly because the 10 holes fill the tract used for it.

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Déjà vu band to play again

Déjà Vu is returning from hiatus for a one-time gig on February 21 to help raise money for New Glasgow Academy. The concert will take at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton.
“It was a very popular band that played years ago here,” said Tammy MacLaren, one of the event organizers.
The event will contribute funds raised to the New Glasgow Academy Enhancement Fund that funded things for the school such as music equipment, sports uniforms, and expansions to the gym as well as the multicultural and music rooms. The goal of the enhancement committee was to reach $200,000.
“We’re on our way to reaching our goal,” said MacLaren who hopes that the concert will have a big impact on the fundraising efforts.
“They are going to play one show and one show only,” said MacLaren about the band.
Tickets for the concert will be on sale before Christmas, she says. Regular tickets will cost $20 while prices for the VIP tickets will be announced at a later date. Buyers are also urged to buy a table if they would like to go as a group.
“What we really want to do is up the hype on this,” said MacLaren, who is hoping that fans of the band will enjoy seeing them once again.
The event will be held as cabaret beginning around 4 p.m.
“We certainly appreciate that the band realized how important the extras are for the school.”
MacLaren urges those that hope to attend to keep an eye out for that ticket sale date and venues to buy tickets at.
“The first time they played at Summer Street [Industries] they had sold out in hours.”

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The philosopher queen heads back to school

Coming from humble roots in Antigonish, working her way all the way to the top of the business food chain, Barb Stegemann stood in front of students of Nova Scotia Community College Pictou campus and spoke with a modest, empowering message.
The seven virtues are more than just the name of Stegemann’s fragrance company; they are her life’s motto and guiding principles.
She began by telling students about her beginnings, and what drove her to create the quickly growing company where she is CEO.
After an appearance on the hit show Dragon’s Den, Stegemann’s career has skyrocketed.
“You’ve got to be the loudest baby in the nursery,” said Stegemann to the students about gaining attention from big time business people.
Stegemann’s company, The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc., sources oils from rebuilding countries and turns them into high quality perfume for buyers in North America, Europe and elsewhere. The income that the oil suppliers gather from the deal helps stimulate the economy in these growing countries.
Through the presentation for NSCC’s first year conference, Stegemann outlined the seven virtues that are featured in her book, Seven Virtues of a Philosopher Queen: Wonder, moderation, truth, courage, wisdom, beauty and justice.
“Your training doesn’t end just in your schooling,” reminded Stegemann, who ensured that wisdom can always be earned, and that a mentor or someone to gather wisdom from is a very valuable source, not just for business but for life as well.
Stegemann was also sure to include a few anecdotes about her ventures as a business woman when she was beginning. One story in particular had her cold calling The Hudson’s Bay Company via a 1-800 number and leaving what she thought was the most fantastic voice message. Only 10 minutes later she received a call back from the perfume buyer who, as it turns out had not heard a word of her message other than the 902 area code.
Her talk was followed by a question and answer period where students asked the speaker to expand on some of her seven virtues, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit and the importance of it in both business as well as daily life.
Stegemann finished by stating. “I think if you’re going to change the world you have to make excellent products that actually fix people’s problems.”

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The last Rangers the best Rangers

If you want to feel a wee bit on the old side, consider this tidbit of Pictou County hockey history: It has been 50 years – yes, half a century – since the last New Glasgow Rangers team took to the ice.
It was also, in my opinion at least, the best Rangers team ever.
I’m talking, of course, about the 1964-65 season when the local club was one of four franchises in the renamed Maritime Senior Hockey League.
That’s when a sports-minded doctor was at the executive head of the New Glasgow club and a former National Hockey League all-star was the playing coach.
For the Rangers, it was quite a year, one that began optimistically in October and ended in March with a Maritime championship and a taste of Allan Cup hockey in Sherbrooke, P.Q.
I remember it well.
Dr. John Hamm, a New Glasgow physician who made house calls and later became Nova Scotia’s premier, was the club president, having succeeded Sobeys store manager Art Mosher.
Fleming Mackell, the old Toronto Maple Leaf and Boston Bruin, was the coach and star player, arguably the best player ever to wear a New Glasgow hockey jersey.
There was enough playing talent, too, to make the Rangers a winning team and an exciting team.
To call it the best Rangers team ever isn’t a stretch of my imagination, and I’m not forgetting about the fact the franchise had memorable championship campaigns in 1951-52 (with goaltending star Jackie Gibson) and in 1954-55 (under coach and goalie Paul LeClerc).
But that 1964-65 lineup had the deepest talent. There was Mackell to lead the way. There was Daryl (Big M) MacMillan and Reggie Asselin. And there was plenty of room for locals like Ralph Cameron, Jim MacNeil, Stew and Johnny Young, and Frank MacDonald. A trade added Ben LeBlanc. On defence there were the likes of Jules (Crash) Bouchard and John Ford.
It should be pointed out that it wasn’t the kind of year that a single club ran away from the pack in the regular schedule. However, New Glasgow did post a fine 34-22-1 record for a first-place finish.
In the offensive department, though, the Rangers did dominate.
Mackell, who had joined the team midway through the previous winter, showed why he had been an NHL star, scoring 49 goals and 124 points to take the scoring title. Asselin was third in the scoring race with 43 goals and 83 points, while MacMillan had 30 goals among his 74 points. LeBlanc scored 25 goals and added 47 assists.
Another noteworthy statistic: Bouchard accumulated more than 400 minutes in penalties, a record in Maritime hockey.
Goaltending got an important upgrade during the year. The team started with Gary Waugh, but he was replaced by Brookfield’s Lyle Carter, a key change. In his first dozen outings with the Rangers, he didn’t allow more than two goals in a game. It was a sign that New Glasgow was ready to rule the league.
Mackell, Carter, Bouchard and Ford all made the league’s all-star team. Mackell was the most valuable player, hands down.
When playoff time arrived, the Rangers faced Windsor-Dartmouth in what was a best-of-nine semi-final. A 9-0 New Glasgow onslaught in the first 40 minutes of the opening contest pretty much showed that Mackell’s club wasn’t going to take anything for granted. They coasted, for sure, winning five games to one.
That brought on Moncton and, though the Hawks proved to be a better opponent, the Rangers still took the round 5-2 in games, giving them a 10-3 playoff mark and the league title.
Next piece of business: a best-of-seven round against the Cape Breton champion Glace Bay Miners. What made this a rather interesting matchup was the fact former New Glasgow coach Leo Amadio was coaching the Miners. That didn’t matter on the ice, however, the Rangers dominating four games to one.
The new Maritime champions had an eye-opening 14-4 playoff mark as they prepared to go on the Allan Cup hunt. The Allan Cup, if you’ve forgotten, was still one of the most cherished hockey trophies anywhere.
The Sherbrooke Beavers were Quebec league champions and their eyes were on just one thing – going all the way to an Allan Cup victory. They were heralded as the best senior team in the country.
Maritime winners were allowed to add players for the Allan Cup trail. The Rangers grabbed Amadio, goalie Don Larin, defenceman Toy Toy Gallant and forward George Gosselin.
And so it was off to Sherbrooke.
My old buddy Sterling Bain and I set out by car and were in the Quebec city when the Rangers arrived, accompanied by Hamm and other team officials.
It was a fun time – off the ice at least. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out on the ice.
Give the Rangers credit, though. Despite a lot of Allan Cup chatter in the community, the Maritime champs pulled an upset in the opening game of the best-of-five round, winning 4-2. The crowd that night seemed stunned.
But Sherbrooke fans got what they wanted the remainder of the series.
The Beavers, who would go all the way and get the national crown and Allan Cup, gave New Glasgow a thorough spanking, posting 8-0, 15-4 and 8-1 wins. Ouch. As I said in a column a few years ago, it was a hard pill to swallow.
A great season had come to a crashing end.
We had no reason to know it when we went home, but that was the last time any of us would see the New Glasgow Rangers in action.
They were actually ready to play again the next season, but nobody else was. The league simply collapsed around them.
The Rangers had played their final game. They would not return.
For those of us who had watched them since 1951, the year the Stadium opened, the curtain had come down.
These 50 years later, I still think of all the games, all the highs and lows, all the guys who wore the uniform, the things that made it a great era in New Glasgow’s hockey history.

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A Reason for Hope continues

On Saturday, November 1, the 7th annual Reason for Hope Fundraising Concert will be held at Glasgow Square Theatre.
This year’s fundraiser, running from 3:30 to 8 p.m., will be held in a casual cabaret format.
Since its inception in 2007, the Reason for Hope Society has raised $40,000 for cancer-related initiatives. Past benefiting groups and organizations include: The Canadian Cancer Society’s Lodge That Gives, Aberdeen Hospital Oncology Department, Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Funds raised at this year’s event will be targeted towards metastatic breast cancer research at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute in Moncton, NB.
This year’s featured performer is Canadian music icon Matt Minglewood who, this year, is celebrating 50 years of entertaining Canadian audiences. Minglewood will be joined by his full band for the New Glasgow show.
Also appearing will be Pictou County’s own Doris Mason who recently released her long awaited CD “Lovesongs & Lullabies.” Mason and Minglewood have shared the stage on numerous occasions as members of the much loved Cape Breton Summertime Review.
Completing the lineup will be Toronto-based New Glasgow native Mary Stewart. She is the daughter of Reason for Hope founder, the late Emma Lee Stewart. This singer is currently in the process of releasing her third CD scheduled for release in 2015.
The event will also feature a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at Glasgow Square and H&R Music, New Glasgow. Doors open at 3 p.m.
For more information contact James Stewart,, 902-752-1650.

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Open mic jam sessions at Legion come to end

To the Editor:
This would be the fourth year that the Friday evening open mic jam session at the Pictou Legion would be bringing in talent from all over the county entertaining all who wish to attend.
Friday evening will now be used for another function and Sunday evening was provided as an alternative.
Due to lack of attendance, the Open Mic is now terminated. I will hopefully find another facility to start the open mic up again which has a more desirable day of the week for those attending.
I would like to extend my appreciation to the Pictou Legion for the use of the lounge up to now.
I have received many compliments from people around the county for providing them the chance to listen to the fantastic talent that sometimes comes from all over the (country) .
What was unique with the Pictou Jam, ALL levels of talent were welcome from beginners to the pros. The audience loved them all, and it was not uncommon to get the audience involved singing with the players.
Alan MacKenzie

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Year-round awareness of ticks essential in preventing bites

To the Editor:
Many people think because it is fall and the winter is coming there is no need to be concerned about ticks and Lyme disease.
Adult blacklegged ticks can be active as long as the temperatures are above freezing and fall is a common time to encounter ticks.
Hunting, walking in the woods and yard cleanup activities are all activities that can bring people into contact with ticks. It is still important to wear repellent and to do tick checks. Year-round awareness is essential!
The adult blacklegged ticks prefer larger hosts such as deer, pets and humans and the ticks can be found questing about knee-high on blades of grass and the tips of branches of low growing shrubs.
Once the female tick is fully engorged on her blood meal, she will drop off the host into the leaf litter, where she can over-winter. An engorged female can lay a single egg mass (up to 1,500-2,000 eggs) in mid-to-late May, and then she dies. The larvae emerge from eggs in the spring or early summer.
There is no time of the year where the potential risk of ticks and Lyme can be ignored. We need to educate ourselves about ticks.
Someone with a bite and a rash went to see a doctor and was concerned about ticks and Lyme disease and was told it could not be a tick bite, otherwise the tick would still be there. People need to be educated regarding the tick life cycle.
There was another person who went to a doctor with a bite and was laughed at when they were concerned about a tick bite; they were told it was a spider bite. Ticks and spiders may belong to the same class, the arachnid class, but their bites are easily distinguished.
Many of our health care professionals lack education regarding vector borne/zoonotic illnesses so patients should be willing to ask for a second opinion.
Elizabeth May’s Private Members Bill C-442 will be in the Senate on October 22 and 23 to be reviewed and voted on by the Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee of the Senate. The bill will then will go back to the full senate for final reading, debate and vote. Bills that are passed get Royal Assent from the Governor General into law. We need this bill to pass so people with Lyme disease can get help in Canada.
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston re-introduced his Lyme Bill along with a petition from the public on Thursday, October 16. We need to have our provincial government establish guidelines regarding prevention, identification, treatment and proper management of Lyme disease. The MLAs will all be hearing from me asking them to support Tim Houston’s Lyme Bill.
Let us hope 2014 will be the end of a long battle for help with Lyme disease in Canada. There will still be a long way to go. Education is key!
Brenda Sterling-Goodwin
New Glasgow

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Few options for twinning

Every time there is a fatal motor vehicle crash, the call resurfaces to twin more roads.
It illustrates the protracted tug between the ongoing quest for greater road safety and accompanying financial constraints.
Last week, the driver of a pick-up truck died in a collision with a trailer truck in Marshy Hope on Highway 104. More than a dozen fatal crashes have occurred on sections of the highway between Sutherlands River and Antigonish during the past five years or so, and people who ply the road have, at various times, sought to get more of the highway twinned.
It is not easy for governments to comply with those pleas, and they have been working over the years to make 100 Series highways safer by twinning them.
Traffic volume is one measure used to justify twinning a section of highway. The volume of crashes – fatal and otherwise – is another. The ability for the province to get cost-sharing federal funding is another.
That is why the recent funding federal announcement to repave parts of Highway 104 was welcome, despite its unfortunate optics and timing.
The twinned portion between Alma and Salt Springs took years to design and build before it opened in 1999. It bypassed a section of two-lane road where fatal crashes also occurred.
Four-lane highway extends to Sutherlands River and eliminated some especially dangerous intersections, but again, it took years to complete and included entire redesign.
Decisions on where to follow terrain and where to fill in, where to incorporate bridges and where to apply culverts are some of the enormous challenges governments and contractors face to build any road. Those challenges are magnified when twinning is involved.
Where Highway 104 flows from the Barney’s River exit to the Pictou-Antigonish county line will be difficult, time-consuming and expensive to replace. It took 12 years to design, build and open the four-lane bypass around Antigonish. A Marshy Hope option could take at least that long if work started today.
So we need to examine what we can do now to reduce the carnage. We need to somehow ease the trauma inflicted on those who travel between here and Antigonish, those friends and loved ones and emergency responders.
There are factors we have to consider. We can twin Highway 104 all the way to the Strait of Canso and beyond, and Nova Scotia will still have mostly two-lane highway. Drivers need to act accordingly and be especially alert and avoid distractions.
We can call for more law enforcement patrol of the highway. We could also reduce the speed limit in and around Marshy Hope.
We could also sign a petition, organized by Tammy MacLaren of New Glasgow, calling for the twinning of the TCH from Sutherlands River to Antigonish. As of Tuesday noon, more than 3,125 did just that.
Steve Goodwin

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Hayride helpers needed

It will soon be the spookiest time of year, where scary things and costumes become the norm for a few days anyway.
To celebrate Halloween this year, the Friends of Trenton Park Society will be hosting the Haunted Hay Rides for the second time, after having taken it over from other groups that had run the event in the past.
Trenton Parks and Recreation staff are putting a call out for those who might be interested in helping out with the hay rides and playing a part in the frightful act.
“We need upwards of 40 people to pull it off,” said Martin Bates, Trenton Parks and Recreation.
The group already has scenes picked out for the actors who wish to participate; the only challenge now is to get bodies to fill the roles. Help setting up days before the event is also needed to help pull it off.
Some of the scenes that will be played out include, Alice in Wonderland, children of the corn, jeeper’s creepers, as well as Psycho and a few more, including new scenes that were not a part of the event last year.
A Hansel and Gretel scene will also be played out for the smaller children during the afternoon hayrides.
The rides will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. for the children’s ride and 6:30 to 10 p.m. for adults.
Participants’ will begin on a horse and wagon ride and will be able to get off and walk through the woods on the way back.
To ensure a fun time for everyone there will be no line ups to wait in.
“We are selling times, you can book them ahead of time,” said Bates. “You don’t have to wait in line.”
Those who do not book a time can also head down to the park and rather than waiting in line for their turn, they will be given a time card for when their group is to come back. In the meantime, those waiting can explore the activities that will be available.
“We’ll have kids’ crafts and games, and those sorts of things, “said Bates.
To book times or if you are interested in volunteering, call Trenton Parks and Recreation at (902) 752-1019, or email
“The volunteers really get a charge out of playing the roles,” said Bates, “they do love it.”

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Strutting their stuff for mental health

Fundraising in Pictou County has never looked so good.
A new fundraiser for mental health will have models of all walks of life strutting their way down the runway in affordable fashions.
Models for Mental Health aims to combat a serious issue with a light hearted night of fun, fashion and some fabulous models.
“Shawna and I had sort of batted the idea of doing a fundraiser,” said Lily DeYoung, one of the organizers of the event. The two-woman team was looking for the right fit though, and in more ways than one, they found it when they caught word that a woman in Tatamagouche had a fashionably different fundraising idea.
Marj Hatherly of Ladies Consignment Shop in Tatamagouche has been hosting fundraiser fashion shows in different parts of the province for different causes. The models for the fashion show are women from all over Pictou County who will be modeling looks from Hatherly’s shop.
The event, to take place Sunday, November 2, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Glasgow Square will feature Pictou County native Starr Dobson, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.
“We knew we wanted Starr Dobson once we got certain things in order,” said Shawna Coleman, the other main organizer of the event. To plan the fundraiser the pair had about a month to put it all together and find a date that would work for all the people essential to make the event work.
Tickets for the event will be $15 each and are available at BaKED Food Café, as well as Scotia Bank in Westville as well as at the door. Scotia Bank will also be matching the money taken in from ticket sales at their Westville branch to contribute to the Mental Health Foundation.
“Our models have been really great to work with,” said DeYoung. The models chosen are family, friends and strangers that the pair approached during their hunt for participants. The age range varies from 16 to 70 years old.
“Each of them will be modeling three outfits,” said DeYoung. The categories will be casual and formal.
Clothes that are worn in the fashion show will also be available for purchase afterward with cash or credit card.
The event will also include some light jazz music as well as a 50/50 draw and a cash bar.
In addition to having fun, the pair wants to ensure that people remember the cause they are donating to and have more conversations around the issue.
“Although we think that there are great strides being made in increasing the awareness about mental health issues we still have a lot of room to grow and there is still a lot of secrecy and stigma that mental health is shrouded in. We still have work to do,” said DeYoung. “It’s probably the last major social issue that we have to eradicate.”

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Harvest Time on Saturday at farmers market

NEW GLASGOW – The New Glasgow Farmers Market will host the annual New Glasgow Harvest Time event on Saturday with a great line-up of activities that celebrate the fall harvest season.
New hours for the market will also be introduced, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m., and these hours will be in effect until the end of November. Special events planned include apple cider demonstrations and samples by Danny MacDonald of Little Dan D Farms, pumpkin painting, a colouring contest and wool crafts for children, as well as face painting. Big Cove Foods will be the featured chefs in the community kitchen and there will even be sheep in a penned in area outside the dome from the Lismore Sheep Farm. Musicians will be singer/songwriter Layne Greene and fiddler Hannah Fraser.
“The annual Harvest Time event is the culmination of the fall harvest and there will be outstanding fall produce available as well as meats, eggs, baked goods, art, crafts and much more,” says Melissa Zimmerman, president of the New Glasgow Farmers Market.
“We still see many tourists coming to the province during autumn and an event such as Harvest Time provides an authentic Nova Scotia experience,” says Kim Dickson, New Glasgow director of Marketing & Communications. “There is nothing more genuine and reflective of Nova Scotia than a quality farmers market and ours is one of the best. The New Glasgow Farmers Market is also a celebration of locally grown produce and locally created art, crafts and baked goods as well as a showcase for an abundance of Nova Scotia talent and creativity that we have right here in Pictou County. It is also now a very well established community gathering place and you are sure to find friends and neighbours there enjoying all that the market has to offer.”
The New Glasgow Farmers Market will also be open Saturdays until November 29 which will be the Christmas theme and the last market of the 2014 season. Visit or the New Glasgow Farmers Market on Facebook.

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Truck hits train overpass in downtown New Glasgow

NEW GLASGOW – Another truck has hit the overpass downtown.
At approximately 6:15 p.m. on Friday, New Glasgow Regional Police and New Glasgow Fire Department received a 911 call and responded to a single motor vehicle crash where an international transport truck impacted with the train bridge on Dalhousie Street.
Dalhousie Street was closed to traffic for a couple of hours.
The bridge received minor damage while the truck suffered major damage.
No one was injured in the collision.
Maritime Rail and the New Glasgow Public Works also attended and investigated the damage and deemed the bridge structure safe.

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