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Fisheries pool adds wheelchair, lift

Posted on August 20, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A public indoor swimming pool has added a new dimension to its menu of uses. The Pictou Fisheries Pool now has an aquatic lift and aquatic wheelchair to allow those with disabilities access to the pool. The equipment was to be officially dedicated on Tuesday. The goal is to have it available for people to use by late September. “We’re trying to make it more accessible for people [...]

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Hiking and biking with the Hahns

Posted on August 20, 2014 Hugh Townsend

I first met Tom Hahn four and a half years ago. It was at the Land Registration Office in Pictou where he’s property mapping supervisor for the northern part of Nova Scotia. We talked that day about his love for long-distance running, his love for marathons, his love for tackling anything physical. I got enough information that day to write not one, but three columns for The Advocate, highlighted by [...]

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Haley cites Olympic Gold among coaching highlights

Posted on August 20, 2014 Steve Goodwin

WESTVILLE – Lisa (Jordan) Haley says she welcomes the honour of being inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. Haley will join Cathy Mason and the late Roy Bennett in the builder category during inductions that will take place on Oct. 18 at the Westville Civic Centre’s auditorium. “Growing up as a kid in Pictou County, I remember how much of my life revolved around playing sports,” [...]

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Rangers open AGR league playoff hunt

Posted on August 20, 2014

TRENTON – An abbreviated regular season for the Trenton Rangers in the AGR Fastball League has finally given way to a round of playoffs. The Rangers ended the regular with a 9-1 record by winning a game scheduled for Aug. 12 in Trenton by forfeiture over St. Andrew’s. They had not played either the St. Andrew’s Flyers or the Whycocomagh Warriors all season and were scheduled to open their playoffs [...]

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Richardson second in Sportsman final

Posted on August 20, 2014

JAMES RIVER – Dale Richardson of Stellarton took second place in the NAPA Sportsman Series Highland Building Centres 100 race at Riverside International Speedway on Sunday. Richardson’s performance in the event was part of the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 on the Maritime Pro Stock tour that had been scheduled for Friday. The feature had been re-scheduled from the spring, but was washed out on both Friday and Saturday [...]

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Love confirmed at Fenway Park

Posted on August 20, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – A couple’s adoration for the Boston Red Sox compelled them to marry at Fenway Park. Jason Rorison and Heather Fougere on July 31 celebrated the first anniversary of their marriage at the famed asymmetrical baseball shrine, confirming their love for each other and the baseball team. Fougere is originally from St. Peter’s. They live in the house Rorison grew up in on Munroe Avenue. They met at [...]

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Mason cited for Special Olympics

Posted on August 13, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Cathy Mason says she’s happy to have been nominated for induction into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. Mason is among three people in the builder category being honoured at the 23rd annual induction ceremony on Oct. 18 at the Westville Civic Building. Mason’s induction is primarily for her more than 20 years of work with Special Olympics. Hockey coach Lisa Haley is also being inducted [...]

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Local players earn trip to Nationals

Posted on August 13, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Two Pictou County players are looking forward to playing in a national baseball championship. Rivaldo Yanes, left, and Colby Russell are among members of the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA baseball club that will be representing Nova Scotia at the Canadian midget championship in Magog, Que. this week. Yanes, 16, was born in Cuba but has lived in Pictou County most of his life. Russell grew up near the [...]

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Smith, Symons at bantam tourney

Posted on August 13, 2014

STELLARTON – Two members of the Stellarton Subway Stingers are playing on one of the two Nova Scotia bantam female teams that will be contesting a national championship this week. Courtney Smith and infielder Mckayla Symons are on the roster that travelled to the national championship that starts today and ends on Sunday in Brampton, Ont. Smith and Symons play for the Subway Stingers in the Stellarton and Area Minor [...]

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It was the summer the winning ended

Posted on August 13, 2014 Hugh Townsend

It was 60 years ago this month that a Pictou County baseball dynasty came to an abrupt end when the Stellarton Albions were eliminated in the Halifax and District Baseball League semi-finals. The defeat ended a three-year reign by the Albions, the only franchise to capture three consecutive championships in the import-laden league. I remember that disappointing season very well. It was the year I got my first job in [...]

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Games too costly for their worth

Posted on August 6, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Pictou County boxer Brody Blair notwithstanding, I don’t have very much interest in the Commonwealth Games. Not like I used to years ago. To be frank, I haven’t watched a minute of the coverage on the big screen. I do admit, a few years back I got somewhat excited, like a lot of Nova Scotians, when a number of community and political heavyweights in Halifax-Dartmouth thought it was possible to [...]

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English eyes trip to Australia event

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – Gillian English says she feels ready for her new sports adventure. English, who grew up in Sutherlands River, got a rare chance from her busy schedule to return to Pictou County to visit her parents, family and friends last month before her scheduled trip with the Midnight Suns Canadian Development Team to the Australian Rules Football International Cup in Melbourne, Australia. The team was scheduled to leave [...]

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MacPhee eyes ring future

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A member of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club says she’s glad to have taken part in a recent run with Mike Strange and hopes she can keep boxing. “It was nice we were one of the clubs that got to participate and raise some money,” Shania MacPhee said. “Quite a few of us ran with him.” MacPhee was among the nine Albion boxers who ran part of a [...]

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Henderson, Maxwell win two-ball playoff

Posted on August 6, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Julia Henderson from Abercrombie and Ruth Maxwell from Oakfield were smiling as they left the Antigonish Golf and Country Club. The pair combined to win the 2014 NSGA women’s two-ball event on July 29, besting the field of 111 teams. But they needed a playoff to overcome Karen Munn from Oakfield and Tracy MacKay from Truro in the Pinehurst format used for the playoff after the pairs [...]

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Scott Williston joins Canada Games team

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU LANDING – Scott Williston says he’s thrilled to be going to the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Williston will be on Nova Scotia’s freestyle skiing team that will be among competitors from the province at the Games in Prince George, B.C. It’s his second attempt at competing at the Games. “I’m really excited,” he said. “I didn’t make the 2011 Games (hosted by Halifax), so I’m one of the few [...]

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County sends six to Legion meet

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Pictou County Athletics members are looking forward to their participation at the 2014 Royal Canadian Legion track and field championships next week. “I’m really excited,” says Lauren Quann of Pictou, who will join fellow Pictou County athletes Alyssa MacNeil, Tatum McLean, Olivia Pretty and Kaelan Schmidt at the meet. Taylor Mattinson of Oxford, who is also a member of Pictou County Athletics, is also representing the club on [...]

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Mariners end season with awards

Posted on July 30, 2014

PICTOU – The Pictou County Mariners wrapped up their season in June at their annual swim banquet following an eventful year with awards given out for both Nova Tech swimmers and Aged Group swimmers. The Nova Tech awards included rookie of the year awarded to Grace Hendshaw, Nova Tech most promising swimmer to Samantha Reid, and Nova tech MVP award to Jamie Scott-Barter. Aged group awards included most improved swimmer [...]

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More information on Ches Gregory

Posted on July 30, 2014 Hugh Townsend

A few years ago, I wrote a column in The Advocate on long-ago hockey player Ches Gregory, one of the early athletic heroes on the Pictou County sports scene. I explained how he used to sit in the church pew directly behind us every Sunday morning. It wasn’t until his death that I began to really learn what a great player he had been. I knew then that it was [...]

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Crushers’ pre-season schedule

Posted on July 30, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have released their 2014 Training Camp Schedule. The camp opens on Aug. 28 and has four exhibition games. Thursday, Aug. 28 6 p.m. Camp Check In 7 – 745 p.m. Team A Practice 8 – 8:45 p.m. Team B Practice 9 – 9:45 p.m. Team C Practice Friday, Aug. 29 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Intersquad #1 10 – 11:15 a.m. Intersquad #2 [...]

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Doherty wins top honours

Posted on July 30, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Matt Doherty is the festival of the Tartans overall Scottish heavyweight events champion for 2014. Doherty took first place among 11 contestants on July 19 during the annual festival events at the Tartan Field in New Glasgow by winning five of the six events. He won the open stone toss, 22-pound hammer throw, the 28-pound weight for distance, 56-pound weight for distance and the 56-pound weight for [...]

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Previous cuts end Brody Blair’s bid

Posted on July 30, 2014

LYONS BROOK – Brody Blair’s dream of a Commonwealth Games medal has ended. The Lyons Brook boxer was disappointed Monday evening in Glasgow, Scotland when his second bout at the Games was stopped because of a previous fight injury. Cuts he sustained above both eyes from a head-butt in his first bout on Saturday night reopened, forcing the stoppage. Blair was leading on all judges’ score cards with 1:32 remaining [...]

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Albions win Homecoming tourney

Posted on July 30, 2014

STELLARTON – Youth is serving the Pictou County Molson Canadian well this season. More evidence was in force last weekend as the Albions captured the Stellarton Homecoming intermediate baseball tournament championship at the Albion Athletic Field. Wesley Moser, one of the many younger players inserted into the lineup over the past several seasons, tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out eight batters as the Albion completed a weekend sweep of [...]

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County hosts dirt bike event

Posted on July 30, 2014

UPPER MOUNT THOM – The Pictou County line was a bit more noisy and lot more dusty than usual on Sunday with CMRC Atlantic Motocross action taking place at the Mount Thom MX track. Local cycle-hero Luke Penney took part in three events during the course of the day, finishing second in his first competition and feeling confident going into his later heats. Between races the 11-year-old Penney played spectator [...]

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MacDonald rules Olympic race

Posted on July 30, 2014

MELMERBY BEACH – Normalcy has returned to Melmerby Beach. The annual Melmerby Triathlon that was cancelled last year, returned in style, and New Glasgow’s Ryan MacDonald once again captured the Olympic event in less than two hours. It was the fourth win for MacDonald, whose pacesetting time was one hour, 46 minutes and 55 seconds. That’s much faster than his 2:05:57 recording in 2012 and 2:09:31 in 2011. Shawn Nuftall [...]

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Fahey gets second induction

Posted on July 23, 2014

STELLARTON – Leo Fahey has received a second induction into The New Waterford and District Sport Hall of Fame, this time as he was cited as a member of the New Waterford Strands senior hockey team. Fahey, who turns 90 in August, is from New Water and now lives in Stellarton. was honoured on July 14 and accepted the honorary plaque inducting the Strands for winning the town’s first and [...]

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