WordPlay kicks off 20th Read by the Sea literary festival

RIVER JOHN — With the continuous baa of a lamb in the background, about 100 people were treated to author readings and musical performances as part of WordPlay. WordPlay kicked off the 20th anniversary of Read by the Sea, as well as the opening of the third season of Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe and Dreamery....

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Honks of support

ONSLOW -Vehicle after vehicle, honk after honk. That was the scene on Highway 104 in Onslow, just west of Truro, today (May 9) as those in the trucking industry took to the shoulder of the road in support of Northern Pulp. More than 100 vehicles lined the outside shoulder of the eastbound and westbound lanes,...

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Pedestrian dies following collision

UPDATE: New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate as pedestrian dies later in hospital NEW GLASGOW – On May 1 at approximately 10:28 a.m., New Glasgow Regional Police and Emergency Health Services responded to a 9-1-1 call and attended the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a 2016 Lexus and a pedestrian at the...

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Health is wealth

To the Editor: Agree with Mark Shepherd! While there are honest doctors still, I consider doctors to be like people in any trade — carpentry, plumbing, mechanics — who will extract more money from the consumer by playing on fears and delivering their negative prognosis for more money! I saw my mother die of cancer...

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A royal opportunity

River John teen overwhelmed with experience on national stage Elizabeth Heighton has seen pictures and videos before of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. But she said that was nothing like actually being there. The 17-year-old from River John had the opportunity to compete at the Royal late last year after being selected during the recent 4-H Pro...

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Lawyer suspended indefinitely

PORT HAWKESBURY – A Port Hawkesbury lawyer and former president of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party has been suspended until further notice by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Jason Boudrot had his practising certificate suspended pursuant to Section 37(1) and (2) of the Legal Profession Act, effective Oct. 31, one day after he resigned as...

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Leaving no stone unturned

With almost 150 vacancies for family physicians and specialists in the province, the senior director in charge at the Nova Scotia Health Authority is concerned. But Grayson Fulmer said recruitment efforts are coming together to try to fill those vacancies, and the health authority is working with other agencies, such as the Department of Health...

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Love of the written word

RIVER JOHN — Under the sun, a strong breeze blowing, roughly 200 people gathered to listen to three Nova Scotian authors read. It was the 19th annual WordPlay, part of the Read By the Sea literary festival. Just as it was last year, WordPlay was hosted at Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe and Dreamery owned by...

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Fourth concussion ends Rowan Sears’ hockey career

BROOKFIELD — At the age of 18, Rowan Sears’ hockey career is already over. The Brookfield teenager suffered his fourth concussion in four years after an open-ice, blind-sided hit to the head while playing with the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets during a regular season game in Sydney last month. His mother, Jill Sears, said...

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Teachers rally against government’s planned changes of system

TRURO – While 20 selected teachers from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board met with the education minister Monday afternoon, even more rallied outside the school where they were meeting. Cherie Abriel, a current junior high school teacher with 29 years in the education system, was one to speak at the rally outside the Truro Junior...

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