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Three awesome baseball summers

There was no way I would ever forget the summers of 1951, ‘52 and ‘53. I was in my early teens — considered the most impressionable time in life, the juncture when your reason for being on this earth is supposed to become clear. It happened to me. Alright, it was a long time ago...

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They were both an inspiration

Having been in the newspaper profession longer than I ever anticipated, I’ve met, interviewed and written about thousands of people. A great many of them — I’m always happy to add — were from my “hometown” of Pictou County. So I wasn’t at all surprised that a recent question had come from an elderly Pictonian...

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An old Albion still going strong

It was one of those boy-meets-girl stories that can happen anytime in any town. The road travelled wasn’t unusual — the couple meets unexpectedly, they fall in love, they get married, they have children and grandchildren, and they live happily ever after. The one I’m recalling began in 1958 in downtown New Glasgow — at...

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‘The other side of Mount Thom’

When I realized Mount Thom would be pertinent in this week’s column, my curiosity took me online to see what the rest of the universe says about the countryside way up there on the big hill. It was humorous. This is what one source revealed: “Although we found mention of Mount Thom during our research,...

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It was a night never to forget

On Tuesday of last week — the day after Labour Day and the final day of summer vacation for school teachers and students — the Town of Stellarton had a significant anniversary, though the media didn’t note the occasion. I wonder if anyone else even thought about it. First prerequisite, you would have to be...

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Royals, Cubs host baseball finals

STELLARTON — Two local teams are hosting Baseball Nova Scotia championship tournaments, while another is contesting a championship elsewhere. The Stellarton MacLeod Lorway Royals of the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League are hosting the four-team Intermediate AA provincial championship from Friday through Sunday at the Albion Athletic Field. Teams from Dartmouth, Truro and Tri-County are...

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Baseball was Jack’s life

It was the first full day of summer and the weather couldn’t have been better. It was good to be alive, I thought as I headed home. When I entered the apartment, I noticed the message light was flashing on the phone in the kitchen. I checked it out. “This message,” the voice said, “is...

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A sports quiz for the holiday

1. Who coached the New Glasgow Rangers in 1951-52 when they won the Nova Scotia senior hockey championship, then lost the Maritime title to a university team? 2. Name the team’s goalie that year who was a native of Western Canada. 3. When the Rangers won the provincial title again three years later, who were...

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Westville star I never knew

I never intended to address the matter publicly — but I believe I should. Otherwise it will occupy a spot on my conscience for whatever time I have left on this earth. A bit of background first. While I was spending many months last year writing my memoirs in preparation for the publication of my...

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Baseball’s Royals edge Albions

  STELLARTON – The Pictou County MacLeod Lorway Intermediate Royals are still basking in the glow of winning annual Stellarton Homecoming baseball tournament over the weekend. The Royals entered the championship undefeated and first overall before edging the second-place Pictou County Molson Canadian Albions 5-4. After trailing 2-0, the Royals tied the game in the...

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