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He tossed ‘the big pole’ for 44 years

Mention the caber toss to me and three things instantly come to mind — telephone poles, immense human strength and, yes, retired school teacher Jim Sears. To me, they’ve been forever associated. In case you’ve never heard of it, the caber toss is a traditional athletic event that had its origin at the Scottish Highland...

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Jim always big in sports and life

We all have our stories — big stories — about Jim Sears. It couldn’t be any other way when it comes to the biggest guy in town. When I reached grade nine at New Glasgow High School in 1952, Jim was in Grade 12, already established in such activities as gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and track...

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My connection to the Steeltown

I have never lived a day of my life in Trenton, never slept there for a single night. Yet the old Steeltown has always had a special place in my heart. For several reasons. Growing up in neighbouring New Glasgow, with the family summer cottage at Rustico Beach in Pictou Landing, I drove and was...

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He shone in Twilight debut at just 15

The Halifax and District Baseball League provided me with the best years I ever experienced in the sport. It’s where I fell in love with the game as a youngster. It’s where, later, I got my baptism in the media business. I’ve never forgotten the awful emotions when, after nine years of watching semi-pro ball...

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What’s happening in my hometown?

I had never been away from my New Glasgow hometown for such a long time. When I drove into town last week, it had been eight months since I’d “been home.” I felt almost like a stranger as I came in East River Road from the Trans-Canada exit at Blue Acres. My destination that day...

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He showed what a hero really is

As sports fans, many of us — maybe most of us — have had what we call our heroes. For varied reasons, they were our favourite athletes — home run hitters, goal scorers, three-point shooters. For that, we plead guilty. I certainly worshipped my fair share. In hockey, at various times, I considered Teeder Kennedy,...

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The Born Loser, and now McCown

Check the word “habit” in your dictionary – the print version that was worn out well before the Internet became our source for everything in this world – and you’ll be told it’s a “settled tendency or practice.” Read further on that yellowed page and you’ll learn “a creature of habit” is “one whose behaviour...

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He had many golf successes

While past and present members of the Abercrombie Country Club celebrate their facility’s centennial anniversary, my journalistic curiosity is prompting me to ask a question that’s a milestone tradition at times like this. Who, I wonder, would be considered the club’s most successful golfer in those 100 years of countless men, women and juniors chasing...

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Canadian hoops the big winner

Nerve-racking action. Incredible excitement. Celebration parties on streets, in arenas and bars, in living rooms across our country. Those and similar examples summarize what occurred last week when the Toronto Raptors brought the curtain down on the Golden State Warriors’ reign, bringing the NBA championship to Canada for the first time. “We the North” had...

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Stellartonians doing it right

For the past three months, the word “emotion” has been uttered far more often than usual on the streets of Stellarton, in its coffee shops and shopping establishments, at dinner tables across the community. And yes, in town council chambers too. There’s good reason. Back on March 11, town council made what has been referred...

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