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Canadian mid-amateur raises Abercrombie’s profile

Posted on August 28, 2015

ABERCROMBIE – Hosting the Canadian men’s mid-amateur golf championship is a boost for Abercrombie Country Club, Mike MacDonald says. “I feel great about it,” said MacDonald, who chairs the host committee for the event that began on Tuesday and ends on Friday. “We’ve hosted several national events and we’re looking forward to this one.” More than 150 golfers, including several from the host club, are competing in the mid-amateur. It [...]

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Turnbull, Saulnier to join CWHL’s Calgary Inferno

Posted on August 26, 2015 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Blayre Turnbull has officially turned a page in her hockey career. Turnbull, who is from Stellarton, will join the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League in September after being drafted in the fourth round of the league’s entry draft on Sunday. She said she’s elated to have been chosen by the Inferno and to have Jill Saulnier join her on the team. “I’m excited about it,” [...]

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Downtown bike track draws raves

Posted on August 26, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Organizers hope to build on what they consider a successful debut for a Bicycle Nova Scotia race day in New Glasgow’s downtown. The Pictou County Cycle bicycle club hosted the inaugural Critz of Fury races during the time when the course was blocked off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course included Archimedes, Jury, Provost and George streets with a start and finish at the corner [...]

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Canadian mid-amateur raises Abercrombie club profile

Posted on August 26, 2015

ABERCROMBIE – Hosting the Canadian men’s mid-amateur golf championship is a boost for Abercrombie Country Club, Mike MacDonald says. “I feel great about it,” said MacDonald, who chairs the host committee for the event that began on Tuesday and ends on Friday. “We’ve hosted several national events and we’re looking forward to this one.” More than 150 golfers, including several from the host club, are competing in the mid-amateur. It [...]

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‘Did you used to be Hugh Townsend?’

Posted on August 26, 2015 Hugh Townsend

When your picture is in a newspaper almost every day for more than 30 years, there’s a better than average chance there will be people out there who recognize you, even if you have never met. I know. It’s happened to me many times. My wife used to give me a friendly heads-up not to complain loudly to waiters or waitresses in a restaurant or beverage room, even if something [...]

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Clarke ready to rock ‘n’ roll at 55+Games

Posted on August 19, 2015 By Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Haylett Clarke has a keenness for sport that defies his age. On a day when he completed a round of golf and contemplated windsurfing, he said he will be eager to curl once more at the Nova Scotia 55+Games. Clarke and his team from the host Bluenose Curling Club will be among those contesting the curling championship at the 2015 edition of the Nova Scotia Games that [...]

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Simpson’s gold leads Legion track medal haul

Posted on August 19, 2015 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Members of Pictou County Athletics earned medals, highlighted by a gold medal win by Raymond Simpson, at the recent Royal Canadian Legion National Track and Field Meet. Simpson won his gold medal in the Under-16 category in the 1,500-metre steeplechase race in four minutes, 32 seconds and led from start to finish during the meet that took place Aug 7 to 9) in Ste Therese/Blainville, Que. “I was [...]

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Mobile kayak instruction draws 17 paddlers

Posted on August 19, 2015

BRAESHORE – Seventeen youngsters took part last week in a canoe and kayak program at the Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort. The paddlers were in the open water on Tuesday and Thursday and took advantage of the sheltered lagoon on Wednesday morning due to rising winds before cancelling the afternoon session due to rain. The Atlantic Division of Canoe-Kayak Canada partnered with Pictou Parks and Recreation to host what is called [...]

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Losses in sports not so serious

Posted on August 19, 2015 Hugh Townsend

I generally pay attention when the sermon is being delivered during Sunday morning service. It’s a habit I formed back in my Pictou County days when, as a licensed lay reader, I found myself in the pulpit many times each year. I hated looking down and seeing a parishioner whispering to someone; worse yet, falling asleep. But last Sunday, despite a message that was bringing tears to my eyes, my [...]

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Ball teams get portable washroom facility for remainder of ’15 season

Posted on August 19, 2015

STELLARTON – Lob teams have worked out a deal with the town for a portable toilet for those playing at ball fields on MacGregor Avenue. Recreation co-ordinator Paul Corbin said on Monday that the teams have agreed to pay the $368 cost to rent one toilet for use by those playing at the two fields before the season’s scheduled end on Sept. 24. Corbin brought the matter before town council [...]

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Luke Penney eyes national motocross event

Posted on August 12, 2015 Steve Goodwin

MOUNT THOM – A young dirt bike racing enthusiast has entered a whirlwind week. Luke Penney, who lives next door to the dirt bike track in Mount Thom, left with his family on Sunday for Ontario after competing in Atlantic MX races last weekend at the track. They began a 21-hour trip for Walton, Ont. that allowed them to arrive there early Tuesday and practice today for his part in [...]

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Wally Daley finds coincidence in one-legged hockey player

Posted on August 12, 2015 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – All the life challenges Wally Daley has faced still leaves him feeling fortunate. His feelings float between irony and humour these days over the fact that he recently found a ceramic likeness of a hockey player he created nearly 40 years ago and missing its right leg. “I found it wrapped up with its right leg missing three weeks ago,” he said. Coincidentally, Daley had his right leg [...]

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Gunning buoyed by helping Tulloch with swim

Posted on August 12, 2015

PICTOU – Matt Gunning is welcoming his chance to help Kevin Tulloch swim the Northumberland Strait. Gunning has enlisted his kayaking skills to accompany Tulloch as he swims the strait from New Brunswick to P.E.I. on Sunday. Gunning said he admires Tulloch’s physical fitness as an endurance athlete and his willingness to take on a new challenge for a worthy cause. The swim is scheduled for the early to mid-morning [...]

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MacLeod says time’s perfect to become national president

Posted on August 12, 2015

PICTOU – The new president of the Canadian 55+Games Society says it’s a right time to lead the group. Bob MacLeod is the past-president of the Nova Scotia branch and a member of the host committee organizing the 2015 Nova Scotia 55+Games in September in Pictou County. He said his work allows him to encourage more Nova Scotians to take part in the Games this year and consider the Canadian [...]

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The six-year-old kid has come far

Posted on August 12, 2015 Hugh Townsend

It certainly doesn’t seem very long ago but, by the calendar, it has been 22 years. Two decades and more. Our younger son was a goaltender with a Cole Harbour midget team at the time. Almost any weekend morning, he and his mates had a practice hour at Cole Harbour Place. After the practice, some of us would stay behind to watch a young fellow coming onto the ice with [...]

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Tulloch gets ready for Strait crossing

Posted on August 5, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – The training continues, and Kevin Tulloch is learning more about the features of his impending swim across the Northumberland Strait this month. Tulloch has been training intensely for the annual Big Swim across the Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick to P.E.I. that will take place on Aug. 16. He is scheduled to swim the Strait from Germain Island in New Brunswick to P.E.I., within site of the [...]

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McLean completes P.E.I. Big Bike ride

Posted on August 5, 2015

LYONS BROOK – Thankfully for Lloyd McLean, it was an easy bike ride on Sunday across the length of P.E.I. The celebrated cyclist finished the Big Bike ride from Tignish to Elmira on the province’s Confederation Trail in 13 hours, 46 minutes and 49 seconds. McLean planned to complete the ride in 14 hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday while riding a Fat Tire bike and was [...]

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Johnston enjoys sports med beat

Posted on August 5, 2015 Steve Goodwin

SPRINGVILLE – It has been another enriching time for Nicole Johnston. The local resident with skills in the areas of athletic therapy and physiotherapy was a third person from Pictou County who took part in the 2015 Pan American Games last month in Toronto. Softball player Jason Sanford from Durham was on the men’s team that won gold in Toronto, while equestrian athlete Brittany Fraser was a silver medalist in [...]

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Tim Shea eyes next challenge

Posted on August 5, 2015 Steve Goodwin

SCOTSBURN – Tim Shea has become a strong competitive cyclist. His next challenge is a competition in Quebec. Shea, who lives in Pictou and is in his fourth year of bike racing, is getting ready to travel to the Quebec Cup that will take place on Aug. 15 and 16 in the form of two mountain bike races in Sherbrooke, Que. “I’m excited,” he said. “I feel ready” His specialty [...]

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When Kent Douglas came to Trenton

Posted on August 5, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Reading that an old building will soon be torn down wouldn’t normally generate an idea for a sports column, but that’s exactly what happened when I learned that the old Jubilee Theatre structure in Stellarton will soon be attacked by a demolition crew. My thoughts went back 52 years, recalling the spring day in 1963 when the National Hockey League’s newly-crowned rookie-of-the-year, Kent Douglas, threw the first ball to officially [...]

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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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