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When many businesses were closed or modified during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, one company was working even harder. Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare Services was doing double-duty to serve seniors, families and the community. At the heart of Nurse Next Door is home care, but franchise owner Hendrik Botha says, “We do home […]

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Here’s the scoop: Corina Saunders of Corina’s Ice Cream Parlour in Stellarton attributes one thing to her huge success: her customers. Saunders has been in the food and restaurant industry for 34 years and in business for herself for 18 years. “I’ve done everything in the food and beverage industry from front of the house […]

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Local entrepreneur breathes life into old fabrics by upcycling Born out of necessity and a life long passion, Janelle’s Upcycled and New Fashions came to life this July after owner Janelle Clyke found herself without a job due to the global health pandemic. This, along with some encouragement from friends, pushed Clyke to pursue her […]

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Local berry grower sees great season so far It’s no surprise that while everyone was on lockdown nature flourished outside with little human influence. It has been a good year for strawberries with no major frost concerns and lots of sunshine and rain to help the berries grow. With all the help from Mother Nature, […]

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“Meet me at Maggy’s.” That phrase is heard more and more often today as business heats up at Maggy’s Diner, located inside the Water Street Market and Bakery on Water Street, Pictou. The diner opened at the beginning of May, just when the COVID-19 crisis was ramping up. “The plan was to open the diner, […]

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ANTIGONISH – CACL Antigonish has announced a new partnership with social enterprise Basic Masks Nova Scotia to make reusable, non-medical fabric face masks to support communities and organizations across Canada that need them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new partnership offers a way for individuals and businesses to support a local social enterprise while receiving […]

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The New Glasgow Farmers Market will be opening partially this Saturday for in-person shopping, after over a month of the new online pick-up service. As business in the county and province begin to open up after the quarantine phase of COVID-19, the farmers market is following suit and using the good weather to their advantage […]

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It’s no secret that many people fell off the diet wagon so to speak during the pandemic quarantine as so many turned to snacks and television to pass the time. Although many stores shut their doors completely, local business owner Rachel Francis of Simply for Life made sure that coaching, consultations and the retail part […]

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Campers from all four Atlantic provinces can reserve and enjoy their spots at any of Nova Scotia’s 20 provincial campgrounds starting today, July 3. With further easing of public health restrictions, the province will also open more than 300 additional campsites at provincial parks for bookings on Monday, July 6. Reservations will open at set […]

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The Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network has expanded its business support services by introducing a new Virtual Adviser Program in an effort to further assist Pictou County companies adjusting to the impacts of COVID-19, Powered by On-Demand Talent Platform BoomersPlus, this free program will match qualified Pictou County companies with a seasoned Adviser to help […]

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Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS) have opened the Rest Area VIC back up at the Westville Location. Opened yesterday, June 29, it will be staffed by summer  students Haylee Hodgson, Kenyon Greene and Reese Richards as travel counsellors, as well as Maddie MacIntyre who will be working as the French travel ambassador. They will […]

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Brand new wooden tables and chairs are empty, new toys are waiting to be loved and little child-height sinks and commodes stand waiting to be used. Samantha MacDonald is in a holding pattern. The director of child care for the YMCA of Pictou County’s High Street Child Care Centre in New Glasgow has a brand […]

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You know business is staring to return to usual when the YMCA of Pictou County opens its doors again. This is the case now during Phase 1 of the Y re-opening, but anyone who is using the expansive facilities will notice a number of changes. In an effort to keep patrons safe during these days […]

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Travis Francis has absolutely no room in his busy life for negativity of any sort. He started his own business, Lucrative Apparel, just three months ago and it is taking off like a speeding bullet. “It was one of my dreams.” He had been lobster fishing prior to COVID-19. In an effort to keep his […]

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Ahead of Hair Health and Beauty Retreat has proven it’s ahead of the crowd during the worldwide health pandemic. While public health restrictions surrounding COVID-19 closed hair salons and cosmetology services right away, the downtown Pictou business continued to be on the cutting edge with the gift ware side of its business. “We created an […]

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If it hadn’t been for a school trip to Quebec, local residents may not have been able to savour all of the delectable goodies that are made at Generations Bakery and Beyond. Red Seal bakery owner Dana Welsh explains that after graduating from the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown, PEI, he worked as a […]

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TATAMAGOUCHE – Jimmie LeFresne is a positive man, so keeping the Train Station Inn closed this summer during the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t going to be an option. He thought about it, and discussed it with his staff, but in the end, he knew he would be open for business one way or another. “I was […]

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The YMCA of Pictou County is making plans for re-opening, beginning with an opening of child care services next week. “There is a need for Y services in our community for the physical and mental health of residents. We will reintroduce programs slowly and safely according to provincial guidelines,” said Jodi Matlock, chair of the […]

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Generous support from the Donald R. Sobey Foundation has enabled   Dalhousie University to launch the first ever international Restorative Research, Innovation & Education Lab (RRIELab). And the RRIELab now has a fully funded Chair in Professor Jennifer Llewellyn, a distinguished global leader in restorative justice.  “On behalf of our entire Dalhousie community, I would like […]

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Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro can use another adjective to describe his extensive career: innovator. Proving that every situation has a silver lining, Guthro found a new way to deliver his incredibly popular Songwriters Circles to fans everywhere amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: virtually. Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle, The Circle Continues, will be delivered in a […]

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As everyone began to lock down for quarantine many people began spending a lot more time around their families so for family support organization like Kids First, things continue almost as normal. “Everything changed and nothing changed all at one time,” said Michelle Ward of Kids First. Although the facility did close its doors to […]

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ABERCROMBIE – Northern Pulp has notified Nova Scotia Environment of its intention to pause the Environment Assessment for the new Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF). A press release issued by the company says this move is to facilitate further detailed discussions with stakeholders about how Northern Pulp and the community can best work together to foster […]

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When it comes to fundraising amid a worldwide health pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County decided to just “roll” with it. The agency’s major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids Sake, had been scheduled for early April but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and the public health measures that were put in place […]

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From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Travelodge in New Glasgow has remained open. That is mostly due to the hard work and dedication of its staff, praises manager Erika McCluskey. Teamwork and compassion have made all the difference, she says. “There were so many daily changes in the beginning, however, the team took […]

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IGNITE Labs, a leader in rural innovation and entrepreneurship, have been awarded the CANIE Award for Social Innovation for the Atlantic Region. This award, presented by the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation, is presented to organizations who have achieved excellence and innovation in social impact. Since IGNITE began, the organization has strived to create a vibrant […]

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Many businesses will be opening up on Friday, but the The Pictou County Wellness Centre will continue to remain closed until further notice.  In light of recent announcements from the province regarding the easing of COVID-19 policies and procedures, Wellness Centre management is currently in the process of developing a return to business strategy, however […]

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Diana Spurvey has boxes of body parts in her shop. But it’s not what you think, she laughs. Spurvey used to make porcelain dolls, from beginning to completion, when she lived in Ottawa — she would fire the porcelain, paint it and dress the dolls. Now living in Central West River, she no longer makes […]

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Moving your entire home might not be the first thing you would think about doing in the middle of a pandemic but those that have already started the process or just sold their house do not have a lot of choice. This is where HLM Realty has stepped up in the health crisis to help […]

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Good news today regarding COVID-19: There were no new cases in the province. Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, announced today a new gathering limit of 10 and more steps toward reopening the province. “Nova Scotians have done the hard work to flatten our curve and […]

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Lori Falconer left her comfortable corporate life and took a plunge into the unknown by opening her own business. “It was all or nothing,” the owner of Supplements 101 chuckles. But she hasn’t looked back. The new business in Stellarton has been open for fewer than six months and is already making a mark for […]

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Although she can’t make her community shine through the colourful locks on their head and the confidence a new hairdo will give them, Chelsea Sutherland of Chelsea Laine Salon is making her community shine in other ways. The local business owner has been busy during the lock down created by COVID-19 changing up how clients […]

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TATAMAGOUCHE – New primary access care clinics are going “quite well”, according to a representative with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Aaron Smith, co-medical executive director with Dr. Tanya Munroe for the Northern Zone, said the past five weeks with the three new primary care clinics have been busy. “We really want to make […]

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To the Editor: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to May 11, Nova Scotia has identified 1,018 positive cases which has resulted in 48 deaths (42 of them at Northwood), 767 recoveries and 204 active cases outstanding (of which Northwood has 174 and two other nursing homes have one each). This leaves 28 cases […]

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To the Editor: As we follow the Federal Government announcing various financial assistance plans for industry we read that big oil and gas, centred within Alberta, are looking for massive financial support for expensive tar sands oil. This comes as the market for light crude oil has dropped to very low prices and to half […]

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“Her generosity and care for the disenfranchised is to be commended …” “Brenda and staff have innovated to make sure they could continue to provide us all the best food and service … and helping our most vulnerable people get good food…” Praise for what Our Turn to Cook has done for local residents to […]

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Some good news for a change: The drive-in is re-opening. Highland Drive-In Theatre is opening up in Westville where Empire Drive-In once was and owner Eric Barker hopes it will be ready for audiences as early as mid-June. Barker has owned the property, which has the ability to hold approximately 500 cars, since 2014. It […]

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Pictou County Yoga helps quarantined clients with home workouts Lying on the couch and getting to do nothing all day for quarantine might sound ideal to some, but those with a workout routine have been finding ways to keep themselves active in their households. Pictou County Yoga and Fitness has been helping out with the […]

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Photographer makes snap decision to revamp business A local photographer’s heart broke when she thought about all of the new moms who would not be able to get professional photos of their newborns due to restrictions in place with the COVID-19 pandemic. A mother of two herself, Jennifer Smees decided to change her business model […]

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Pictou County business owners and entrepreneurs are being invited to participate in a 10-minute online survey. The Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN) and the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce are launching this survey to better understand the needs, opportunities and challenges faced by the local business community now and in the future. “Over the […]

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Local theatre lovers will need to wait until next year to resume attending Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre. After weeks of careful deliberation, the staff and board of FAST have decided to postpone the company’s entire 33rd season until the summer of 2021. FAST  joins a growing list of theatres who have made the difficult choice […]

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The Municipality of Pictou County will not be getting the provincial funding for its high speed internet work it said was promised. MoPC has been developing a high-speed internet network for the past three years that will deliver high quality and affordable internet service to our residents. “It essential for the rural areas of Pictou […]

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It’s no secret that local vendors and shops are struggling, but just as the COVID-19 virus spreads among the community, The New Glasgow Farmers Market has stepped up to do its part to help local vendors make some money and for customers to get fresh, locally grown and produced goods. Market goods are being offered […]

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The chairman of the Pictou County Chamber applauds governments’ efforts to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, but he feels the measures will only help big business. Blair van Veld says government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which commits more than $107 billion in support to Canadians, falls short on addressing the needs of small businesses. […]

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RIVER JOHN – It’s business as usual for C.G. Fulton Pharmacy in both Tatamagouche and River John during the novel coronavirus pandemic, but with an added twist. Chris MacLean, who owns the business with his wife, Wendy, said both pharmacies are open to the public for whatever their needs, they’re just doing business through a […]

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TATAMAGOUCHE – Learning of the indefinite closure of the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market broke Jenna Jamieson’s heart. But that broken heart soon jumped into action, and Jamieson took it upon herself to start a food box delivery system to residents along the North Shore. The boxes are filled with seasonal vegetables and fruit from a […]

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Restaurant owner near Debert offering meals to drivers for free “You’re my angel.” That’s a sentence Crystal Blair has heard on more than one occasion over the last 12 days while offering free meals to truckers amid the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. It was almost two weeks ago when Blair was given the go-ahead by […]

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Company withdraws bid to purchase Trenton property The company seeking to purchase the former Daewoo property in Trenton to operate a business there will not opening after all. Richard Spinks, representing British Columbia-based-RMD Environmentals and the international consortium proposing a second-generation biofuels CoalSwitchTM facility to enable the recycling of end-of-life sawmill waste, confirmed the news […]

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OTTAWA – The latest in measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on March 18 that Canada and the United States have agreed to temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border, which took effect at midnight yesterday. This collaborative and reciprocal measure between Canada and the United States […]

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HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) is adjusting the hours of its stores as we work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Effective tomorrow all stores will be open to all customers from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Stores will be open an hour earlier, from 10 a.m. […]

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NEW GLASGOW — Gratitude was a guiding theme on March 5 for the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s annual general meeting. Five presenters shared their tributes to the support they have experienced from the Foundation, besides its gestures of funding and equipment. Debbie MacDonald, health services manager for the women’s and children’s health program, spoke about how the […]