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Run for the Lobster set for Sunday

Posted on June 30, 2015

PICTOU – The annual Run for the Lobster is the next event on the Johnny Miles Stay Active Series. The Shiretown Dental Clinic five-km and 10-km races will take place on Sunday. Participants can register online at www.raceroster.ca or on site from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Advocate Printing parking lot on Browns Point Road, where each race starts and finishes. Registration fee is $30 and $27 for Run [...]

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Brittany Fraser rides at ‘15 Pan Am Games

Posted on June 30, 2015 Steve Goodwin

PLYMOUTH – Hard work has paid off for a Pictou County athlete and her equestrian partner. Brittany Fraser will be riding her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, All In, during the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Fraser is a member of Canada’s host dressage team that will compete on July 11 and 12. “It’s very exciting,” she said from New York, where she finished training last week with her coach, [...]

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Fan support points to card next year

Posted on June 30, 2015

PICTOU – A pro wrestling card that is among events featured by the Pictou Lobster Carnival committee appears to be a go for 2016. The committee offered a card on June 11 at Hector Arena, and organizers were elated with the nearly 400 fans who attended. “We had an attendance of over 365 people, Ryan Mader said. “I was impressed with how welcome the (fans) made the wrestlers feel and [...]

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Y program presents athletes with certificates

Posted on June 30, 2015

Athletes who are members of the Shotokai karate program at the Pictou County YMCA were rewarded with certificates during a recent event that also includes some demonstrations. The certificates and belts presented on June 14 recognized the members’ development as they learn martial arts during the season-ending event at the Y gym. The Shotokai karate program, which is available to everyone and is included in the Y membership, will resume [...]

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A positive attitude no matter the role

Posted on June 30, 2015 Hugh Townsend

When Steve Goodwin called a couple weeks ago and asked if I would write a column for The Advocate’s advance coverage of the Johnny Miles Marathon, it was easy to say yes. Given the option to focus on whatever aspect I chose, I decided to address the man himself. Johnny Miles was always easy to write about. But there was someone else I considered, too: George Manos. He’s someone I’ve [...]

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Fit Chix eye Mud Hero event

Posted on June 30, 2015 Steve Goodwin

PLYMOUTH – They call themselves the Down ‘n’ Dirty Fit Chix. They’re all at least 60 years old, and they are in scary physical and mental condition. Instructor Cheryl Lays will be accompanied by Ruth Thompson, Susan Lindblad and Dorothy Benoit at the OCR Canada sanctioned obstacle course racing Mud Hero event on Saturday at Ski Martock. It is billed as the Maritimes’ largest obstacle event. It’s also the first [...]

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Mayor MacMillan recalls uncle’s community spirit

Posted on June 24, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – George MacKay is being remembered by his son Kent and nephew, Mayor Barrie MacMillan for his athletic acumen and contributions to the community. Both of them recall MacKay with fondness within the family and the volunteer work he did. MacKay, who died in 1988 at age 82, was the first chairman of the inaugural Johnny Miles event in 1975. He was succeeded the following year by George [...]

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Williston family basks in achievements

Posted on June 24, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – A reception on June 16 in town council chambers allowed people to recall how the Johnny Miles Marathon was born and how running has flourished since then. The first marathon was run in 1975 to help mark the centennial of New Glasgow’s incorporation as a town, but Phyllis Williston set the tone by noting how her late husband Dr. John Williston worked his magic to pull it [...]

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McLean tries to get people active

Posted on June 24, 2015

LYONS BROOK – Lloyd McLean is channeling his enthusiasm for biking in a different direction. The local cyclist has decided to try and raise awareness to encourage more people to get active by embarking on a cycling tour of a popular trail on P.E.I. in August. He says exercise allows people to “feel better and live longer by living everyday better.” It’s a Big Bike Ride from Tignish to Elmira [...]

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Aged scrapbooks get a new home

Posted on June 24, 2015 Hugh Townsend

After spending more than six decades writing sports, and being around sports and sports people, two of the most satisfying pleasures I’m left with are an ongoing love for the Toronto Maple Leafs and a fascinating interest in sports nostalgia. One day recently, very unexpectedly I might add, the twain did meet and I wound up with a wonderful gift. It began when Advocate editor Jackie Jardine sent an email [...]

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Jason Sanford joins two Canadian teams

Posted on June 24, 2015 Steve Goodwin

SCOTSBURN – Jason Sanford is getting another chance to play softball for Canada. Sanford is part of a roster of 17 chosen by Softball Canada for the men’s national team at the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship from June 26 to July 5 in Saskatoon, Sask. The final roster was determined at a recent selection camp in Kitchener, Ont. Sanford is the only Nova Scotian picked. One player from P.E.I. [...]

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Crushers trade goalie for two defencemen

Posted on June 24, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have traded goaltender Joel Horodzeijczyk for more defensive help. The Crushers dealt Horodzeijczyk, who is entering his last year of junior eligibility, to the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for defenceman Nicolas Proulx (1996) and defenceman Jeremy St. Pierre, as well as future considerations. Proulx is 6’2” tall and weighs 175 pounds. He followed two goals and 19 [...]

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MacLennan dethroned in close race

Posted on June 24, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Some nemeses from the past helped to dethrone defending Johnny Miles Marathon champion Dave MacLennan. Ray Moorehead of Hubley, N.S. and Scott Clark of Summerside, P.E.I., finished in a virtual dead heat in what was declared a tie to complete the 2015 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend. The two rivals of MacLennan finished the marathon distance in two hours, 50 minutes, 13 seconds. Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth [...]

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Crushers trade for two defencemen

Posted on June 17, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have traded goaltender Joel Horodzeijczyk for more defensive help. The Crushers dealt Horodzeijczyk, who is entering his last year of junior eligibility, to the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for defenceman Nicolas Proulx (1996) and defenceman Jeremy St. Pierre, as well as future considerations. Proulx is 6’2” tall and weighs 175 pounds. He followed two goals and 19 [...]

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Bates, MacKenzie top NRHS athletes

Posted on June 17, 2015 Steve Goodwin

ALMA – A period of Northumberland Regional High School’s recent past was revisited while top athletes were named during the school’s annual non-academic awards night. James MacKenzie was named male athlete of the year, while Sally Bates was named female athlete of the year on a night when the school welcomed back former graduate Marin MacLeod as guest speaker. MacLeod, who earned a degree from Queen’s University, is doing a [...]

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Koszkulics secures fifth win at Riverside in 150-lap race

Posted on June 17, 2015

JAMES RIVER – Hometown favourite George Koszkulics has won his fifth career Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour feature. Koszkulics, who resides in Little Harbour, recorded his victory in front of a capacity crowd at Riverside International Speedway Saturday night. He took the lead from Nova Racing teammate Donald Chisholm of Antigonish on lap 135 of the 150-lap main feature. Koszkulics was among just 11 drivers of the 24 starters [...]

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Jr. A Crushers trade up; snag Kennedy

Posted on June 17, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers made a major move to shore up their defence and retool their roster. The Crushers acquired defencemen Matt Morgan, while trading their 10th overall pick in the first and a seventh-round pick and veteran forward Evan Morrison to the Summerside Western Capitals for the fourth overall pick in the first round, which they used to select defenceman Mark Kennedy from the Cape [...]

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Momentum builds for Johnny Miles event weekend

Posted on June 17, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – It’s looking like another big weekend for Johnny Miles running events. Dave MacLennan is hoping to increase his total of 10 marathon wins as organizers mark the 40th anniversary of the first Johnny Miles marathon in 1975. MacLennan said the entry list does not indicate what runners could contend for top marathon honours, but he said he feels good and can run a winning time below two [...]

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A super athlete, a super person

Posted on June 17, 2015 Hugh Townsend

In a newspaper career that has now stretched past the 60-year marker, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the greatest athletes of our times. Most people don’t get such opportunities. It’s been part of the job, so to speak. Yet every once in a while, I felt humbled when talking to someone special. Like the first time I met Gordie Howe, the first time I interviewed Bobby [...]

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A super athlete, a super person

Posted on June 17, 2015 Hugh Townsend

In a newspaper career that has now stretched past the 60-year marker, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the greatest athletes of our times. Most people don’t get such opportunities. It’s been part of the job, so to speak. Yet every once in a while, I felt humbled when talking to someone special. Like the first time I met Gordie Howe, the first time I interviewed Bobby [...]

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Marathon masters honoured during town hall reception

Posted on June 17, 2015 Steve Goodwin

SCOTSBURN – Between them, they have won more than half the marathons run in Pictou County. Dave MacLennan of Scotsburn and Bob Russell of Dartmouth were scheduled to meet formally for the first time during a reception for them on Tuesday in New Glasgow’s town council chambers. “I was really pleased when I was invited to come,” Russell said. MacLennan has won the Johnny Miles Marathon a record 10 times, [...]

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County alumni chime gifts of track and field

Posted on June 10, 2015 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Former high school athletes who have extended their running careers while attending university are sharing why they feel they’ve benefited from track and field to encourage more youth to join Pictou County Athletics. The list goes as far back as Leanna MacLean, who graduated from high school in 1999 and studied mechanical engineering while first attending St. Francis Xavier University and then Dalhousie University. She attended the Canada [...]

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DeCoff garners gold in 200-metre sprint

Posted on June 10, 2015

TRENTON – Broden DeCoff has taken home a gold medal in high school track and field. DeCoff, a Grade 8 student at Trenton Middle School, won his boys junior 200-metre final on Saturday in Wolfville, one of four gold medals achieved by Pictou County athletes at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s provincial championships. He finished first by four one-hundredths of a second in 25.6 seconds. He was so lost [...]

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MacDonald, Green, Murray selected as PA’s top athletes

Posted on June 10, 2015

PICTOU – Two Pictou Academy students – Logan MacDonald and Jared Green – tied for male athlete of the year honours, while Madison Murray was named female athlete of the year during Pictou Academy’s annual non-academic awards presentations on June 2 in the school’s auditorium. The awards were among many presented during the evening. Most valuable player awards were presented to Payton Ruiz in female soccer, Tim Shea in male [...]

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Roller Derby tilt Saturday

Posted on June 4, 2015

TRENTON – The Kickin Vixens are getting ready for their first and only home game of the season this week in roller derby. The Pictou County team will take on the Valley Avengers this Saturday at the Trenton rink. The team is hoping to get a big crowd out to cheer on the home team and enjoy the match. Doors for the game will open at 2:30 p.m. with the [...]

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