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He never forgot his county roots

Posted on July 29, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Most of us can remember our first day in school, our first trip to the movies without parents tagging along, the Christmas we found our first hockey sweater under the tree. I have that kind of recollection of my first night at a boxing card. It was in 1948, at the new Memorial Rink in Stellarton. I had just turned 10 years of age, and I went with my father, [...]

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The book writing bug has hit home

Posted on July 29, 2015 Hugh Townsend

I seem to find myself surrounded by book authors these days. So much so, it’s almost like an epidemic. But, unlike most epidemics, this one’s a positive thing. You see, I’ve caught the bug. After a decade-long delay, I am finally writing my memoirs, highlighting a newspaper career that has passed the 60-year mark. It’s not my first attempt. During 2004 and 2005, when my career was at the half-century [...]

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Fitz OF Fury racing set for Aug. 2

Posted on July 29, 2015

SCOTSBURN – Members of the Pictou County Cycle team are poised to continue their success in Bicycle Nova Scotia’s summer series of races as they prepare to tackle the Fitz of Fury race on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Mountain near Scotsburn. Three male and female adult divisions and up to three youth divisions are in play for the races that start and finish behind the Scotsburn Elementary School. It’s the fourth [...]

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Jason Sanford sets sights on two more tournaments

Posted on July 29, 2015 Steve Goodwin

DURHAM – The summer remains busy for Jason Sanford. The catcher from Durham had barely returned home with a gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto before flying to join his teammates on the Ontario-based Hill United Chiefs Thursday for the U.S. Amateur Softball Association’s men’s championship tournament that started on Thursday and ended on Sunday. He is also on a team from Canada that is playing [...]

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Ryan MacDonald retains Olympic title

Posted on July 29, 2015 Steve Goodwin

MELMERBY BEACH – It was another triumph for Ryan MacDonald at the Melmerby Triathlon’s Olympic event. MacDonald, 25, retained his title on Sunday by surging to a four-minute lead in the swim and holding his own in the cycling and running disciplines to capture the 2015 edition of the Olympic triathlon in two hours, 10 minutes and 14 seconds. It was his first triathlon of the year. The New Glasgow [...]

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Paris hedges on what events to enter in the 55 plus games

Posted on July 22, 2015 Steve GoodwinParis hedges on what events to enter

NEW GLASGOW – For all his time as a distance runner, Henderson Paris is drawing on his time as a track and field athlete as he considers whether or not to participate in the 55+Games in September. Paris has been named honourary chairman of the 2015 Games, which are taking place for the first time in Pictou County. He’s sizing up how busy he will be with those duties to [...]

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Lafleur wows ‘em at Weeks celebrity event

Posted on July 22, 2015 Steve Goodwin

ABERCROMBIE – Another year of glorious golf completed the Weeks Hockey Organization’s annual celebrity tournament on Friday at Abercrombie Country Club. It included proceeds from the 36 golf teams registered for the annual scramble at the club on Friday and funds raised on Thursday by the live auction at the Bluenose Curling Club that help finance the organization’s activities. Each year, the event features a guest celebrity, and former Montreal [...]

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Vincent wins, Koszkulics fifth at IWK 250

Posted on July 22, 2015

JAMES RIVER – It was a night for the unexpected on Saturday during the 2015 IWK 250 stock car races at Riverside International Speedway. Kent Vincent of Crapaud, P.E.I. returned to victory lane in front of a capacity crowd to win top honours. Vincent took the lead on Lap 230 from D.J. Casey of Prospect, N.S. who settled for second, barely a half second behind Vincent. Robbie MacEwen of Sherwood, [...]

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Sanford wins gold in softball at Pan Am Games

Posted on July 22, 2015

DURHAM – Jason Sanford is a 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist. The 38-year-old catcher from Durham helped Team Canada win its seven consecutive gold medal in men’s softball, while the team scored a 2-1 victory over Venezuela in the gold medal match. Used mainly as a defensive catcher, Sanford did not see action in that game or Canada’s 2-0 win on Friday over Argentina in a semifinal game. Canada [...]

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MacDonald opts for German hockey league

Posted on July 22, 2015

BAY VIEW – Joey MacDonald is turning a page in his pro hockey career. MacDonald, 35, will soon leave for Germany to play in a pro league there after 14 professional hockey seasons in North American leagues that includes parts of eight seasons with five NHL teams. He signed a one-year contract last year with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and shared goaltending duties with their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. [...]

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Local athletes bring home medals

Posted on July 22, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Special Olympics Pictou County athletes achieved their share of success at the 2015 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games. Numerous athletes took home medals from the event that ended on July 12 in Halifax. Special Olympics Pictou County is very proud of all of our athletes who trained hard throughout the year and participated in these games,” said Lesley Anne Sobey, communications co-ordinator. “Everyone had a wonderful [...]

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Melmerby events this weekend

Posted on July 22, 2015 Steve Goodwin

MELMERBY BEACH – Triathletes are getting ready for this weekend’s annual Melmerby Triathlon. The kids’ triathlon races will take place on Saturday, while the annual adult challenge is scheduled for Sunday at the Melmerby Provincial Park. The triathlons are among five events on the Johnny Miles sports calendar under race director Terry Curley One of the local triathletes who has decided to help Curley is Ken Heatherington, who earlier this [...]

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A fun-filled summer with Stellarton Keith’s

Posted on July 22, 2015 Hugh Townsend

I was talking baseball nostalgia with a couple of old baseball diehards at one of my granddaughter’s soccer matches the other evening when one of them asked what was the most fun I ever had around a sports team. I always had a quick answer for that one and, ironically, this season marks exactly 50 years since that memorable team in a memorable summer. It was 1965 and my close [...]

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Manoses ride 55+Games celebrity status

Posted on July 15, 2015 Steve Goodwin

KINGS HEAD – For George and Shirley Manos, an idyllic summer has been a time to prepare for the 55+Games in September. The Manoses have also been getting used to their unforeseen celebrity status. They have become poster children for the Games that Pictou County is hosting from Sept. 17 to 19 since a photo of them from the 2013 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend’s 5-K walk and run was [...]

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MacCarthy, Cheverie win by driving ‘Strait Ahead’

Posted on July 15, 2015

PICTOU – Victory was especially sweet for local modified boat racers on Saturday. Dave MacCarthy and Mike Cheverie were aboard their popular craft Strait Ahead as they won the 550 class modified award during the Nova Scotia Boat Racing Association event on Pictou harbour in conjunction with the 2015 Pictou Lobster Carnival. The boat crashed during a race last year in Clark’s Harbour, so MacCarthy said he was glad to [...]

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Cyclist Ryan MacDonald turns page

Posted on July 15, 2015 Steve Goodwin

SYLVESTER – A young cyclist says he is proud of his achievements but says he feels ready to begin a new phase. Ryan MacDonald, who was among nearly 70 bikers who took part last Wednesday in the annual HeartLand Tour in Pictou County, says he wants to haul back on a grinding amateur cycling career and give back to a community that has supported him. “I’m looking to step back [...]

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Fraser wins silver medal at 2015 Pan Am Games

Posted on July 15, 2015

PLYMOUTH – Two Pictou County athletes are competing at the 2015 Pan American Games, and one of them is already a medalist. Equestrian competitor Brittany Fraser from Plymouth is part of the Canadian foursome that won a silver medal in team dressage as part of Canada’s 12-medal haul on Sunday. Fraser and men’s softball catcher Jason Sanford are two of the 14 athletes from Nova Scotia on Canada’s host team [...]

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Desmond helps store Hall of Fame records

Posted on July 15, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Wayne Desmond says he’s enjoying his summer job compiling records at the Pictou County Sports Hall of Fame. Desmond was hired recently and began work on July 6 for six to eight weeks before he returns to North Nova Education Centre to complete his Grade 12. “I generally like computers,” he said. Barry Trenholm, who volunteers at the Hall of Fame, said Desmond is providing a valuable [...]

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Tulloch ready to swim Northumberland Strait

Posted on July 15, 2015 Steve Goodwin

MELMERBY BEACH – Kevin Tulloch delights in new challenges. His latest is a swim across the Northumberland Strait to help raise funds for a cause that’s near to him and his family. The New Glasgow resident, who is already an accomplished runner and cyclist, has stepped up his swimming skills for the annual Big Swim across the Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick to P.E.I. that will take place on Aug. [...]

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County clubs tops point total

Posted on July 8, 2015

STELLARTON – Members of Pictou County Athletics combined to win the team portion of the 2015 Athletics Nova Scotia provincial championship meet that ended on Saturday at the Pioneer Coal Track. Pictou County accumulated 1,765.50 points, while Chebucto Athletics was second with 579. Tatum McLean led Pictou County by winning three field events: shot put, discus and hammer throw. In 100-metre hurdles, Jordan Landry won her race for those aged [...]

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Julia Henderson wins women’s 2015 amateur championship

Posted on July 8, 2015

PUGWASH – Julia Henderson of New Glasgow has won her third Nova Scotia women’s amateur golf championship. Henderson, who plays out of the Abercrombie Country Club, notched her third amateur title in four years, having also won in 2012 and 2014. She followed an opening-day two-under-par 70 and a nine-stroke lead on Friday with a one-over 72 on Saturday and a 76 on Sunday for a three-over-par, three-day total of [...]

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Taylor part of women’s team

Posted on July 8, 2015

SCOTSBURN – Emma Taylor has been concentrating her energies lately with the Canadian national women’s rugby team. Taylor was on the roster for two of the three games Canada hosted in Alberta as part of the Women’s Rugby Super Series, including the latter of those games played on Sunday when Canada narrowly lost to England 15-14 in the final game of the series in Edmonton. She also played in Canada’s [...]

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Okay, Don Cherry, I end my grudge

Posted on July 8, 2015 Hugh Townsend

If you’ve read things I’ve put in print, or heard comments I’ve made in private, you’re aware that I was never a Donald S. Cherry follower. I certainly never signed up as a member of his widespread fan club. I never spoke of him positively when he was bouncing around as a player, or when he was a coach in the American Hockey League and the NHL, and I definitely [...]

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Lobster races draw nearly 400

Posted on July 8, 2015 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – The Run for the Lobster continues to grow, Terry Curley says. Nearly 400 people participated in the 2015 edition of the 10-kilometre and five-kilometre races on Sunday in Pictou. The race represented the first event leading to the annual Pictou Lobster Carnival through this week. “There are more people running in the races,” said Curley, who is the race director for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend and [...]

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Burns learn as family at YMCA while graduating to new belts

Posted on July 8, 2015

The family of Ray and Sheri Burns and their son were honoured recently on the last day of karate class at the Pictou County YMCA. Participants received their certificates and had a chance to show parents and friends their techniques before the summer break. During the presentation Luke Burns, who started in the karate class three years ago, earned his yellow belt and his parents received certificates for their green [...]

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