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It might not have been the usual event, but that didn’t stop those from Pictou County and beyond from relaying against cancer.

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Something scarier than ghosts and ghouls is lurking in our communities this Halloween. It’s COVID-19.

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The RCMP welcomes today’s announcement of a joint review into the devastating incidents of April 18 and 19, 2020. We support the independent review and will cooperate fully.  What took place in Northeast Nova Scotia was unprecedented and has forever affected victims’ families foremost, but also RCMP employees across Nova Scotia, particularly those who were […]

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NEW GLASGOW — Nancy Dicks has announced her intention to re-offer for the office of mayor of New Glasgow in the October 2020 municipal election. “I am proud of the results our town council has accomplished together, ensuring growth and responsible government for our town and our citizens. While we have faced challenges, both economically […]

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TRENTON — A town councillor has announced his intentions to run again in the fall municipal election, this time for mayor. Coun. Don Hussher told council last week that he will run for the top spot on council. Hussher is in his 15th year as a town councillor, having first been elected to serve four […]

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Westville recreation bringing the fun back to summer Many aspects of summer seem to have been canceled this year due to the public health pandemic, but the Town of Westville is making sure everyone has a chance to have fun in the safest way possible. Michael Thompson, recreation director for the Town of Westville, says […]

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If you were a total stranger to this part of the world, you might be asking, where and what is Thorburn? Wikipedia, the much-used online information site that bills itself as “the free encyclopedia,” gives us a brief undated explanation of the Pictou County community. “The small rural Nova Scotia town,” it says, “has a […]

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New Glasgow Regional Police have charged a 34-year-old county man with assault and forcible confinement. The incident occurred last week and police had been searching for the suspect, who has since been located.

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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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Local teenager takes part in photovoice project to share community experience Finding reflection and a new way to express her thoughts and share them with policymakers was not what Shyanna Denny had expected to do during her time in quarantine. After her mom sent her a link to The Atlantic Youth Weaver Photovoice project, Denny […]

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At 4 a.m. today, members of Pictou District RCMP responded to a call of an armed robbery at a service station on East River Road in Plymouth. RCMP officers learned that a lone suspect entered the store with a hatchet, and demanded cash and cigarettes from the cashier. There was no one else in the […]

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NEW GLASGOW – One person has been hospitalized among nine people displaced by an early morning fire that damaged a large house containing three apartments in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. A man is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Canadian Red Cross volunteers have arranged emergency lodging, plus food and clothing purchases and some […]

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Looking for a way for the kids to cool down in the eat of summer? The splash pad in Stellarton is open. The town replaced the activation sensors and they operate slightly differently than the previous ones; sensors are now activated by placing a bare foot or hand on them – stepping on them with […]

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Firework will light the night sky in this weekend in Stellarton. While there will be no Homecoming celebration this year due to COVID-19, the Stellarton Homecoming Committee will be putting on a fireworks display on Sunday, July 26. They will be set off from the mine and will be visible throughout the town and the […]

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ANTIGONISH – Two Alberta drivers were charged with stunting on the TransCanada Highway 104 near Monastery. On July 19, an off-duty police officer reported two westbound vehicles travelling at extremely high rates of speed on the highway. An RCMP officer working near Exit 31 caught both vehicles on RADAR and measured the speeds at 232 […]

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I was very fortunate to have met Hilton McCully from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Hilton had taught school on Pictou Island 1944-46 and provided me with old newspaper clipping from that era. The following is taken in part from an article written by Roland H. Sherwood for The Pictou Advocate 1952 and is entitled, Lobster Fisherman […]

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By Dr. Jock Murray During this Covid-19 pandemic, Nova Scotians have become aware of the importance of public health concepts and the role of public health professionals. They are the ones we look to for advice, in hopes that their decisions and recommendations will keep us safe. Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Robert […]

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NEW GLASGOW – There is great excitement and happiness being felt throughout Glen Haven Manor by residents, staff and the leadership team with the announcement by Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health of Nova Scotia, that long-term care will be permitted to have indoor visits as early as Wednesday, July 22. The team […]

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New Glasgow Regional Police have charged a 23-year-old man for violating the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, for not self quarantine himself for 14 days after arriving in Nova Scotia. On Wednesday, July 15, at approximately 8:15 a.m., New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a business parking lot on […]

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Pictou County RCMP are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in the wee hours ths morning. Shortly after 1:35 a.m. this morning, Pictou County RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Egypt Road, Hillside. A preliminary investigation determined that a single vehicle left the roadway and overturned. One woman was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two other occupants (male […]

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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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A local student at the Pictou Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College is among six top NSCC culinary graduates to have been selected to receive the 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence.  Olivia Elliott, Culinary Skills, was the only named student from this Pictou Campus to receive the award. The award for culinary […]

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New Glasgow Regional Police is asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a vehicle and a man involved in two situations of suspicious circumstance, one in the Westside area, the other in the Merigomish Road area. On Monday, July 13, a 16-year-old girl was walking on Beech Street at approximately 11 a.m. when she […]

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There’s an old saying that first impressions are lasting impressions, particularly in situations like meeting someone for the first time. I wasn’t very old — probably early in elementary school — the first time my mother gave that valuable advice about living in this world. Whatever the timing, I’ve carried her useful lesson with me […]

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NEW GLASGOW – Back to school may look different this year but one thing’s for sure: students will still need the right tools to succeed. That is why the United Way of Pictou County is launching a Backpacks for Kids program – to assist Pictou  County’s students with supplies they need to start their school […]

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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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A guide to the frozen treat of summer It wouldn’t be summer without an ice cream in hand, melting down your arm on a scorching hot day. Nowadays there are so many choices of what to put in your bowl or cone. Do you choose ice cream, gelato, sorbet or sherbet? Let Sobeys dietitians breakdown […]

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NEW GLASGOW – A lit bottle of gasoline on a doorstep is being investigated by New Glasgow Regional Police. On Monday, July 13 at approximately 5:10 a.m., New Glasgow Regional Police responded to an arson in progress on Green Street. Police and fire fighters arrived on scene and quickly extinguished a small fire on the […]

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Trenton and Area Minor Ball and Trenton Parks & Recreation have combined to offer a walking program to residents ages 55 and older. Walk it Out is a free program focused on keeping active during summer 2020 and beyond. The program is focused mainly on getting the 55+ community out to exercise and socialize while […]

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All branches of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library are now open for public service (with limited open hours), including the Borrow-by-Mail service. The virtual library, www.parl.ns.ca,  continues to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although to keep everyone safe, PARL has had to change a bit so staff can safely provide public […]

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Wintersleep, Tim Baker, Neon Dreams, Natalie MacMaster, Eastern Owl, and Jacobus are among the winners of the 2020 East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs). Hosted by Mary Walsh, the 2020 East Coast Music Awards Show presented by TD featured performances from a number of artists, including Wintersleep which features drummer Loel Campbell. Throughout the broadcast, the […]

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The Museum of Industry celebrates first 25 years EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s been 25 years since the Museum of Industry opened its doors to the public. In recognition of the museum’s 25th anniversary, museum director Debra McNabb submitted this piece on the museum’s beginning and first couple of decades … By Debra McNabb In the mid-1970s, […]

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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is about to drop kick some fun and activity into kids’ summer schedules by re-opening next week at the Stellarton soccer fields. Online registration runs until this Saturday, July 11 and must be done  online ahead of time at nnusc.demosphere.secure.com. Programs – which will begin Monday, July 13 – will […]

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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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Members of a 4-H club have been working hard to give back to their community by restoring a local cemetery over the span of a couple of years. As the Salt Springs 4-H Club wraps up its official restoration of the Ebenezer Cemetery, members are preparing to move on to another while they continue to […]

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When most kids think of a day of fun, walking the length of a marathon may not be the first thing that comes to mind. For a group of five Westville girls, they took the idea as a challenge and set out to walk the length of a marathon in one day around their hometown. […]

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Local gym, Peter Guthro’s Downtown Fitness, is offering summer specific camps and so far, the kids are loving it! The first set of camps kicked off on Saturday, at the small soccer field across from the New Glasgow Academy.  The camps will be running all summer for one hour on Saturday mornings and are for […]

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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 […]