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Flag display honours Roy Bennett

Posted on December 17, 2014 Aaron Cameron

The Pictou County Wellness Centre received a very special gift last Friday. A lit flag display case was donated by Richard Bennett in honour of his father Roy J. Bennett. While the Wellness Centre hadn’t hinted at the need for such a case, Richard Bennett took it upon himself simply because he didn’t like the casual look of how the flags were previously hanging. Now the Canadian and Nova Scotian [...]

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Scotians complete weekend sweep

Posted on December 17, 2014

TRENTON – A weekend sweep and the prospects of a win next Friday have the Pictou County Aecon Scotians in a good position before they break for the holidays. The Scotians moved closer to the first-place Glace Bay Miners in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League’s Sid Rowe Division by defeating them 3-2 on Saturday in Glace Bay before posting a 6-1 victory on Sunday in Trenton against the Cumberland [...]

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Crushers test Ramblers twice

Posted on December 17, 2014

The Pictou County Crushers will try to keep their division lead in the MHL with two games against the Amherst Ramblers. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and on Saturday in Amherst. The Crushers won two of the three games they played in as many nights last week to enter this week in first place in the league’s Eastlink Division. They [...]

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County clubs set to host Swan’s fundraising tour

Posted on December 17, 2014

PICTOU – Pictou County curling clubs are hosting New Brunswick curler Rob Swan’s Maritime portion of his Curling Across the Nation tour. Swan is scheduled to arrive in Pictou on Friday to curl at the New Caledonian Curling Club before stops at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow and the Stellar club in Stellarton the same day. He is scheduled to curl at the Westville club at 9 a.m. [...]

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Paul MacLean got a rotten deal

Posted on December 17, 2014

The town of Antigonish is close enough to Pictou County that most Pictonians know the community to the east almost as well as their own neighbourhoods. For decades – if not more – local sports fans knew almost as much about Antigonish teams and players as they did about their own. Teams playing under the Antigonish Bulldogs monicker – especially in hockey and baseball — were as familiar as Pictou [...]

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Bluenose Cashspiel hits right notes

Posted on December 10, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – The first Bluenose Cashspiel could have an encore. The 16-team event drew men’s, women’s and mixed teams to the Bluenose Curling Club and provided the kind of club team competition that points to another event this time next year. Danny Roy, the tournament’s chairman and curling director for the host Bluenose Curling Club, said he hopes it can become a regular late fall event on the club [...]

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Five Kanokai members on Canada Games team

Posted on December 10, 2014

ALMA – Five members of the Kanokai Judo Club of New Glasgow have earned a trip to the Canada Winter Games. Megan Constable of New Glasgow, Kyle Sutherland of Scotsburn, Marshall Fitt and Maddy Fitt of Egerton and Cody Angevine of Merigomish will be on the judo team representing Nova Scotia at the Games from February 15 to March 1 in Prince George, B.C. “We have a great group of [...]

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Peewee AA Selects win on and off ice during Wickfest

Posted on December 10, 2014

The Pictou County Peewee AA Selects returned from Calgary with a championship and memories that will last a lifetime. The Selects traveled to Calgary on Nov. 27 to attend Hayley Wickenheiser’s tournament, Wickfest. The tournament is billed as much more than just a hockey tournament and it delivered, says spokesman Craig Clarke who accompanied the team. After the team arrived, members got to meet Olympic champion Natalie Spooner, who spent [...]

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Why I called him ‘Mr. Beliveau’

Posted on December 10, 2014

Take my word for it: You cross paths with a lot of eminent and prominent people when you’ve worked in the newspaper business for six decades. Not even considering personalities in the sports world, I’ve met and interviewed many high-profile individuals. For example: six Canadian prime ministers. But there’s no hesitation in placing Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, at the top of my have-met list. My two minutes of conversation with [...]

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Kids get active, have fun and play

Posted on December 3, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – Youngsters in Pictou enjoyed an opportunity to learn and play various sports on Saturday during Sports Day. Pictou Recreation and Parks and the Pictou branch of the Royal Bank of Canada presented options at three venues as part of the fourth annual RBC Sports Day in Canada that was celebrated on Saturday. Bitterly cold weather on Saturday was cited as one reason why road hockey on Caladh Avenue [...]

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Residents get ready for 2014-15 fitness challenge

Posted on December 3, 2014

LISMORE – The sixth annual District I Fitness Challenge is under way. Several of those who have signed up for the challenge gathered on Sunday at the Lismore Hall to register and walk a distance from the hall to Lismore Harbour and back. “Last year we had more than 100 people participating,” organizer Don Butler said. “They did everything from playing in the snow to knitting by the fire.” Activities [...]

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Bob Boardway retires from coaching

Posted on December 3, 2014 Steve Goodwin

ALMA – Bob Boardway’s high school soccer coaching career had ended. Boardway confirmed last week that he would not return to helm the Northumberland Lady Nighthawks in 2015. “I think it’s time,” he said. “I felt it would be better to tell them at the end of the season to give them time to find a coach. It’s a big commitment. It’s bigger now with more travel than when we [...]

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Hawks clip Gryphons 4-1 to win Cameron tourney

Posted on December 3, 2014

TRENTON – The Red Hawks from Rothesay, N.B. won the 15th annual Allan Cameron Memorial boys’ high school hockey tournament by defeating the host North Nova Gryphons in the championship game before a large crowd on Sunday in Trenton. The Gryphons had an apparent goal disallowed, while Rothesay took a 1-0 lead in the first period and led 2-0 after the second period. NNEC pressed all through the third period [...]

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The last good year for the APC league

Posted on December 3, 2014

Oh how the time has gone by. That thought came to mind recently when I realized it was 60 hockey seasons ago that I began writing sports for a real newspaper. I say “real newspaper” because, a couple years before that, I began publishing what I always called a family newspaper. Hugh’s Chronicle, as I called it, featured everything from NHL news, to local hockey games, to my grandmother’s bridge [...]

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Nov. 27 Crushers game postponed

Posted on November 27, 2014

The November 27 MHL regular season game between the Woodstock Slammers and Pictou County Weeks Crushers, originally scheduled for 7PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center, has been postponed due to the winter storm currently affecting the region. A makeup date will be announced at a later time.

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Miners capture Midget B Division at Keith MacLean Memorial event

Posted on November 26, 2014

THORBURN – The Westville Miners earned a banner by capturing the Midget B Division on Sunday during the fourth annual Keith MacLean Memorial Tournament at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink. The Miners downed the Sackville Flyers 6-2 in the championship game in front of a capacity crowd. Friday night, Westville was on fire, shutting down Thorburn with an 8-0 victory. Goals were scored by Brendan MacIntosh, Christian MacLeod, Dawson Clow, [...]

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Kin members grace Bluenose for games, fun time together

Posted on November 26, 2014 Aaron Cameron

NEW GLASGOW – The New Glasgow Kinsmen and Kinettes had the rare opportunity to do something for themselves on Saturday with a just-for-fun zone curling bonspiel at the Bluenose Curling Club. The afternoon involved members from clubs in the northern zone, Cape Breton, and P.E.I. and was a way for members to get together, have a bit of fun, and maybe even swap some ideas. “It’s a fun event,” local [...]

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Albions pound out big victories

Posted on November 26, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – It was another promising night of victories for Albion boxers All but one of the members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club won their bouts on an 11-bout card that included provincial championship matches. “It was a good card,” Albion head coach Jim Worthen said. “We had a good performance from all our boxers. Dawson Bowes won the main event, a unanimous decision over Blake Shaw from [...]

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Scotians set to host Pirates

Posted on November 26, 2014

TRENTON – The Pictou County Aecon Scotians will host the Strait Pirates at 7 p.m. on Sunday in Trenton in their lone Nova Scotia Hockey League game this week. It will be a chance for the Scotians to avenge a previous home-ice loss to the Pirates and stretch their current winning streak. Since the Pirates defeated the Scotians 5-4 on Nov. 2, the Scotians have won five straight games, including [...]

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Best of them all was Gordie Howe

Posted on November 26, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Most of the time when I’m selecting subjects for this column, I concentrate on Pictou County people and topics, or matters with at least some county connection. I’ve been known, however, to make a few exceptions, and one of those occasions is now. The item I refer to is the declining health of Mr. Hockey, almost as well-known as Gordie Howe. He’s 86 years old now – wow, that’s hard [...]

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Stellar club attempts to build membership

Posted on November 19, 2014

STELLARTON – It has been a while since Mindy Langley and Ryan Williams have curled. So they took the opportunity to check out Stellar Curling Club during an open house the club offered last week. Langley and Williams reside in Central West River. The open house took place from Nov. 10 to 14, and they arrived on Nov. 13 to see club president Roger Garby getting the ice ready. “I [...]

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Naylor has had quite a career

Posted on November 19, 2014 Hu

I’m sure Bob Naylor won’t deny that he’s been writing letters to the editors of newspapers for a long time. Lots and lots of letters. For years and years. I don’t believe for a moment, though, that it’s a case of the well-known Pictou resident not having things to do with his time. Far from it. He’s always been a busy guy, whether it’s to do with sports, business, politics [...]

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Locals learn tips on next steps

Posted on November 19, 2014

Coaching can be tough. Selecting athletes for a team is tougher A coaching clinic based on how to evaluate and select athletes on Nov. 12 provided some help for those who attended the clinic at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Nearly 30 people registered for last week’s clinic, as well as the introductory one on Oct. 7. Both of them were hosted by Mark Smith and Stephanie Spencer. Smith is [...]

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Club marks 40th anniversary

Posted on November 19, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – More than 50 people gathered last Wednesday for the 40th anniversary celebrations for the New Glasgow Karate Club. It was a time to demonstrate club members’ skills, welcome club leaders from the past and present awards. The club has evolved over the years and has moved from its previous home on Archimedes Street to its current location in the New Glasgow Fire Hall. It is directed by [...]

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McDowell recalls Vimy course

Posted on November 12, 2014 Rob McDowell

Canadians, we all grow up learning of that place called Vimy, in France – a place that represents a defining time in our country’s history – truly a Canada moment. To paraphrase one now-deceased veteran, “We went over as part of the British, we came back as Canadians.” Some Canadians know more than others about this historic military event. If asked, well sure we could all say that it was [...]

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