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MacDonald buoyed by grandson’s hockey exploits

Posted on February 10, 2016 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A retired educator and community volunteer is enjoying the hockey achievements of his grandson in the U.S. Art MacDonald has learned that Drake Caggiula, son of his daughter Terri and son-in-law Sal Caggiula, is among nominees for the Hobey Baker Award. It is presented annually to the outstanding collegiate hockey in the U.S. “I’m just feeling fantastic,” he said. “The fact that he’s nominated is an honour itself.” [...]

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Mariners swimmers make big splash

Posted on February 10, 2016

PICTOU – It was a busy time on Sunday at the Pictou Fisheries Pool as the Pictou County Mariners hosted a swim meet. Results have not been confirmed yet, but the pool area was filled with spectators and competitors of all ages. Mariners coach Ed Stewart said he was encouraged with the local swimmers’ performances. “My best guess from timing most events from the shallow end was that our swimmers [...]

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Hawks Atom B champs at Blackwood tourney

Posted on February 10, 2016

THORBURN – Cole Bryden and Evan Stewart each fired four goals as the host Thorburn Golden Hawks captured the 2016 Aaron Blackwood Memorial minor hockey tournament with a convincing 9-5 victory over the Antigonish Bulldogs on Sunday at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink. Cole Cameron and Garrett Williams each scored twice for the Hawks, while Joe Walsh and Anna Stewart notched single goals. The Hawks started briskly and could seemingly [...]

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Wheelchair curling team thrilled with bronze medals

Posted on February 10, 2016

NEW GLASGOW – It was not the result they hoped for, but the host Pictou County curling team skipped by Devin Forbes feels rewarded by its experience at the Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship at Bluenose Curling Club. Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore curling club repeated as provincial champion with a 7-5 victory over Laughie Rutt, also of Lakeshore, on Sunday afternoon at the club. Rutt advanced to the final [...]

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Pictou curlers win McLellan Cup challenge

Posted on February 10, 2016

PICTOU – The McLellan Cup stayed in Pictou for a week after members of the New Caledonian Curling Club wrested it from Northumberland Community Curling Club in Pugwash. The Pictou teams combined to defeat the NCCC teams 53-30 and won two of the three 14-end matches. The foursome of Mike Murdock, Scott Maston, Pete Latulippe and Ken Pettipas won 19-5, while Pat Williams, Jamie Morrison, Larry Sutherland and Brian Battist [...]

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That wacky hockey season of 1955-56

Posted on February 10, 2016 Hugh Townsend

For those of us elderly enough to remember, it’s been 60 years – put another way, six full decades – since a four-team Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League was formed in time for the 1955-56 season. It could probably be said that was a lifetime ago but, in many ways, it doesn’t seem nearly that long for those of us who were involved. I remember it well. As things turned [...]

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Madison Holmes eyes Youth World Cup

Posted on February 3, 2016 Steve Goodwin

WESTVILLE ROAD – Madison Holmes’ love of horses and horseback riding is about to take her to a new place. Holmes is among five Canadians who have qualified for the American Quarter Horse World Youth Cup – an event that provides competition, as well as education and leadership opportunities. It’s based in Texas and takes place every four years in Texas and every four years elsewhere in other countries – [...]

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Little Rocks test stones, pebbles

Posted on February 3, 2016 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Little Rocks is becoming a fixture at the Bluenose Curling Club. Nearly 40 young curlers as young as five years of age and as old as 11 take part every Friday for an hour starting at 6 p.m. as they learn more about curling from instructors in a program led by Susan Muirhead. “We have 37 Little Rocks curlers this season- we’re up 30 per cent from [...]

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Nighthawks set for 2016 volleyball games, Desmond event

Posted on February 3, 2016

STELLARTON – The Pictou County Nighthawks are preparing for a season of volleyball that they hope will include a 2016 tournament in honour of Voila Desmond. Nighthawks head coach Keith Melanson said the under-15 girls’ tournament is scheduled for March 25 and 26 at New Glasgow Academy. “Eight teams have entered, including our team, and I’d like as many as 10,” Melanson said. “There’s a team from New Brunswick and [...]

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Scotians face hockey playoff preview

Posted on February 3, 2016

TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians are facing a countdown to their regular season and a certain playoff date with the Strait Pirates. The teams have had two playoff previews in Trenton, including their match last Sunday when the Scotians got three goals from Adam Downey in a 5-2 victory. The Scotians have three straight road games, including one on Monday in Springhill against the Cumberland County Blues before visiting [...]

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We can’t let our newspapers die

Posted on February 3, 2016 Hugh Townsend

Newspapers have been a huge part of my life since early childhood. I was just five years old, still not in school, when my grandfather on my mother’s side – a retired railroad conductor – used to take me down to the CNR station in New Glasgow to watch the train come in from Halifax. Standing there on the platform with him, my attention was drawn to the bundles of [...]

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County baseball players heading to Cuba

Posted on January 27, 2016 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Nine Pictou County baseball players are among members of a team taking part in a Canadian-Cuba Goodwill Tour next week. The 14-member team also has three players from Cape Breton and two from Hants County. The team leaves on Saturday and will return on Feb. 6. The local players are Landon Teele, Maddux MacKenzie, Peyton Clements, Brennan Dalton, Keinan Bourque-DeCoste, Gage Connors, Carter Dickson, Tanner Steele and [...]

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Ship Hector Curling Bonspiel gets Hollywood ending

Posted on January 27, 2016 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – It was one for the ages during the Ship Hector Bonspiel. The 44th edition of the event had its share of milestones, including a decisive win by the team skipped by Wayne Sangster for the Ship Hector trophy at the New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou. There was also a dramatic 5-4 extra-end victory for the female foursome from California, which won the New Caledonian Trophy. A full [...]

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Forbes to skip local wheelchair curlers at Bluenose club

Posted on January 27, 2016 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – Devin Forbes is fulfilling a dream. Forbes is joining forces with three other local curlers on an all-Pictou County team that is helping Bluenose Curling Club showcase itself as a wheelchair accessible facility while it hosts the 2016 Nova Scotia wheelchair curling championship from Feb. 5 to 7. “I’m quite excited about it,” he said. “They’re all curling their first year, just like I was not that long [...]

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Active Start ringette program begins

Posted on January 27, 2016

PICTOU – An Active Start Ringette program has been launched. Pictou Recreation and Parks has partnered with the Nova Scotia Ringette Association and Sport Nova Scotia to offer the program starting last Saturday and continuing each Saturday until the end of March at the Hector Arena. Times are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a cost of $50. It is open to boys and girls aged five to 11, but [...]

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Multi-medalist Gerrior enjoys gym challenge

Posted on January 27, 2016

NEW GLASGOW – Nathan Gerrior has made the most of his short time as a gymnast. Gerrior, a member of the Pictou County Gymnastics Club who will turn 13 in March, recently did well during a recent meet in Dartmouth. Gerrior was one of 29 members who competed and led the club with seven medals in the male 12-and-over age group. Gerrior was second overall, first in vault and parallel [...]

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Their dads belong in the hall of fame

Posted on January 27, 2016 Hugh Townsend

Occasionally I get a request that’s easy to act upon. In the past few weeks, I received two of them. Jan Dewtie, Nelson Wilson’s daughter, informed me that she was preparing to send a submission to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame’s selection committee, nominating her dad for induction into the hall. At about the same time, Lee Ann Dalling, Bert Dalling’s daughter, told me she was producing a [...]

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Broomball teams accept challenge Jan. 30

Posted on January 20, 2016 Debbi Harvie

NEW GLASGOW – Bring it on. The West Side Community Centre is preparing to defend its title against the North End Recreation Centre in the annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Broomball Challenge. The sixth annual challenge will take place January 30 from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The event began as a fund-raising challenge during the WSCC’s winter carnival, but has evolved into an event of [...]

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Gryphons win Dorrington tourney

Posted on January 20, 2016

WESTVILLE – Colin Holmes scored three goals, while Robert Burrows and Jared Livingstone each scored twice as the North Nova Gryphons rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Dalbrae Dragons on Sunday to capture the annual Danny Dorrington high school boys hockey tournament. Jacob Pentz and Noah Teed got the other goals for the Gryphons, who led 3-1 after the first period and 4-2 entering the third period. The host [...]

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Peewee B Hawks win at MacDonald Memorial tourney

Posted on January 20, 2016

THORBURN – Logan Bennett’s two goals led a dramatic comeback in the second period as the host Thorburn Golden Hawks edged the Westville Miners 4-3 on Sunday to earn them the Peewee B Division honours at the 11th annual Audrey MacDonald Memorial minor hockey tournament. Mason Darroch and Chase Roberts assisted on both goals by Bennett, while Noah MacDonald and Jake MacLean also scored. The Miners led 1-0 after the [...]

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Pictou County hosts Special Olympics curling event

Posted on January 20, 2016

STELLARTON – Curlers got a chance to showcase their skills Saturday during a first-ever funspiel hosted by Special Olympics Pictou County at the Stellar Curling Club. Organizers hope it becomes a regular event. “We have six teams in total, one team from Sackville, two teams of Pictou County and two teams from Antigonish as well as a mixed team,” said Tracy Sharpe, one of the Special Olympics Pictou County curling [...]

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HNS mandates consolidation of local minor hockey groups

Posted on January 20, 2016

NEW GLASGOW – Local minor hockey groups have been forced to amalgamate under the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) by next season. Hockey Nova Scotia recently advised the PCMHA that it must consolidate the original six associations in New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville, Pictou, Trenton and Thorburn and the current representative group into one organization for 2016-17 under one executive to oversee hockey in Pictou County rather than each division [...]

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Looking back on war-time Bombers

Posted on January 20, 2016 Hugh Townsend

A hockey conversation, I’ve learned many times, can get started just about anywhere, anytime, with anybody. It can be with an old acquaintance or a total stranger. Take the other afternoon. I was alone, enjoying a coffee at a nearby Tim Hortons, when an elderly gentleman stopped at my table. I thought it was because I was wearing my Toronto Maple Leafs cap and jacket. Or that he could just [...]

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George Baird shares passion for cribbage

Posted on January 13, 2016 Steve Goodwin

CENTRAL CARIBOU – Age and changing seasons do not deter cribbage players in Central Caribou who are in a league of their own. They meet most Wednesday evenings at the home of George Baird, 95, a military veteran who has been playing cribbage since the Second World War and Auction 45s for longer than that. Their league was founded in 2004. Over that time, a special framed plaque hangs in [...]

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Scotians test Miners Sunday

Posted on January 13, 2016

TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians will try to extend their winning streak this weekend in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. The Scotians are coming off a weekend sweep of their last two games as they visit the Cumberland County Blues on Friday and host the Glace Bay Miners on Sunday. The Miners are first in the Sid Rowe Division, while the Scotians strengthened their hold on second place [...]

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