The best way to spread Christmas cheer…

TRENTON – During the holidays we often get tied up making lists, purchasing gifts, hustling and bustling from here to there. We often forget there are people around us in need of a little holiday cheer. The last couple of years, Nicole LeBlanc has been spreading Christmas cheer by providing Christmas cards for those in...

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First snow storm brings power outages

The first snow fall of the season brought with it a mix of rain, thunder, heavy snow and power outages this past Sunday. First estimated at 15 centimetres locally, the storm was downgraded to five centimetres, however, the strong winds and rain that arrived prior to the snow made for heavy snow and worsening road...

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Students take interest in Municipal Awareness Week

NEW GLASGOW – The second youngest councillor by a mere month, Lindell Smith discussed his role on Halifax’s municipal council with Grade 12 students at North Nova Education Centre. Smith was voted in for the first time this past October during the municipal election at the ripe old age of 26, the second African Nova...

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New business sets up shop downtown

PICTOU – One look at the Town of Pictou, and a Cape Breton couple’s minds were changed on the direction of their business. Working out of their home, Andrew Loscher, co-owner and developer, and Louise Dixon, co-owner of Media Ladder Digital Marketing, were looking to bring their business closer to the Halifax area and its...

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Healing waters

PICTOU LANDING – The full moon has provided an opportunity to cleanse the polluted waters around Boat Harbour. A number of women from Pictou Landing First Nation  gathered on Monday to perform a water ceremony. “It’s a cleansing of the spirit and rejuvenation with the full moon,” explains Tonya Francis, who organized the ceremony. “I...

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Veterans honoured for ultimate sacrifice

PICTOU – The wind was cold as many struggled to lay their wreaths at the cenotaph in Pictou on Remembrance Day. One wreath in particular stood out as a group of three  children and an older gentleman made their way to the cenotaph with assistance, at the end of the service. The wreath was laid...

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Where the heart goes: Local woman brightening people’s days

NEW GLASGOW – Bonnie Cotter’s life changed dramatically in 2009. She left her job out west and moved home to take care of her ailing mother in Pictou County. For the first time in a number of years, Cotter found herself not working and living at home, something that seemed almost foreign to her. “One...

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The Art House opens space to local artists

PICTOU – The bright white walls will lend themselves well to showcasing what Pictou County artists have to offer. Jo Ann Landry has been working diligently to create a space where artists can showcase and sell their works without it costing an arm and a leg, it’s called The Art House. The opening of the...

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Art benefit at Whitetail this Saturday

WESTVILLE – Barbara Brown Conrod couldn’t sit back with a family member in need. Her sister Diane Green was diagnosed with a blood cancer, multiple myeloma, in May and has been going once a week for chemotherapy treatment at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax. “With the treatments she could run a high fever,...

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SOC members pleased with public response

PICTOU – Emotions remained calm as residents of Pictou expressed their desire to have grades Primary to 12 remain in the town at the most recent School Options Committee public meeting last week. The general consensus was that the history of Pictou Academy wasn’t as important as having the students remain here. “I want to...

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