The winter of 1958 …

The fall season of 1957 was very mild and there was no snow on the ground for Christmas Day. Enough snow fell on January 3, 1958 to turn the ground white but it melted over the next few days. It remained mild with still no ice in the Northumberland Strait. Bert MacLean from Pictou made...

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Pictou Island mail plane saves Christmas

I was very fortunate recently to have met with and discussed past memories of Pictou Island with Don MacNeil from Little Harbour. During 1946 –1951, Don MacNeil and Colin Cantley flew the Pictou Island mail delivery. They operated their own two planes from Trenton airport for this service. One plane was a two sealer powered...

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Carillon Singers celebrate 25 years of song

The Carillon Singers are delighted to present their annual Old Christmas Concert,  “Snow Angel” on Saturday at 7 p.m. Celebrating 25 years in song in this year, the Carillons have prepared a special evening of solstice serenades to carry you from the Christmas season and into the New Year. Founded in 1993 under the musical...

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Making sure pets are not just for Christmas

By Jocasta Baines If your child has been begging for a puppy or kitty, or you think a pet would add an extra spark of happiness to your home, you may have considered bringing home a pet as a present. The sad truth however, is that abandoned animals are all too common in Nova Scotia,...

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Lottery winners paying it forward

Margie and Gerry Stewart were lucky after they won $1.75 million with Lotto 649 just about a year ago. To share their cheer and a bit of their luck, the couple have been playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus and helping out some people around Pictou County, just for the joy of it. “It was sporadic,...

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A Christmas present to remember

Christmas often brings back memories of family and times gone by for many people. This year, Ruth Copeland Brunelle got an unexpected present that brought back memories of her father. As Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County was winding down renovations to a house for its new office, contractors found a surprise hidden in...

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Put on your best ‘ugly’ holiday wear for the YMCA Ugly Sweater Run

On Saturday, December 15, community members will sport their best ‘ugly’ sweaters in the most festive and merriest 4k’ish run of the year. “It is a community event that uses fun, and physical activity to bring people together of all ages,” says Heidi Sinclair, acting executive director, at the YMCA of Pictou County. “As a...

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Museum celebrating Christmas in style

STELLARTON – There will be no shortage of things to do this Saturday at The Museum of Industry. With the museum staff getting ready for the holiday season they will have things in full swing this weekend with their Holiday at the Museum event. The talk of the town, tiny and regular sized this year...

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Decorating for a cause

A team of hard workers spent last week putting together Christmas goodies for others; they may not have been elves but they were just as happy to be helping out. The Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary group marked its eighth year selling handmade Christmas wreaths. The group sets up shop once a year in a space donated...

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Have a healthy Holiday season

Tis the season for celebration! Since many holiday gatherings are focused on food, you might find it difficult not to overindulge. Our team of Sobeys Dietitians are here to help you enjoy the season without losing sight of your health goals. It’s all about balancing fun, food and activity. What’s your party plan? Here are...

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