Warm feelings abound in Warm Hearts welcome

WESTVILLE – Last Wednesday marked a monumental moment for one family in Pictou County, as Warm Hearts welcomed the refugee family they have been working to bring to Canada. The Al Shaltan family was welcomed with smiles, hugs and Canadian flags as they got off the plane in the Halifax Stanfield International Airport last week. Originally...

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River – A special combination of calmness, jubilation and devotion

River possesses a soft yet intense stare with charcoal rimmed milk chocolate eyes that melt the heart and guarantees him more than his fair share of the family room couch. This, however, is far from his only demand. If there happens to be a stray blanket or too many pillows on the couch he sits...

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Resolution run joins First Night fest

NEW GLASGOW — The annual New Year’s Eve Resolution Fun Run has taken on a new dimension in a different place. Family First Night celebrations hosted by the Town of New Glasgow on December 31 will coincide with the run and help participants ring in the New Year from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glasgow...

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Caring for the caregivers

As with most illnesses, caretakers for those who are faced with a mental illness need to be mindful to not only take care of the person with the diagnosis but themselves as well. After having been previously hosted in Pictou County, the Families Matter in Mental Health group will be taking place this month to...

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Red Cross aids family whose home was damaged by fire in Westville

WESTVILLE – A family of four has been displaced by a fire early Saturday that heavily damaged a two-storey house here. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross are assisting the couple, their four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son with emergency lodging and food. Purchases of new clothing and other essentials were arranged through a partnership...

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Local Habitat for Humanity group has eye on retaining young families

A new building project is in the works for Stellarton and, while it will be on a smaller scale physically, it will have big effects. It’s a Habitat for Humanity house that will provide affordable housing to a local family. Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray explains, “It was an idea that formulated with me after I...

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‘Oh Canada’ coming to the deCoste

PICTOU — The deCoste Performing Arts Centre has a special treat in store for the entire family in a once-in-a lifetime concert on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. “Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee!” is on a 28-city tour from coast to coast. Sing along to Shania Twain, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Reid, Celine Dion,...

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Long journey ends with welcome

Pictou’s second Syrian family will be officially welcomed to the community this Thursday, Oct. 5. Taking place at Pictou United Church, 5:30 to 7 p.m., the event will be as much a thank you from the Albarri family to the community as it is a welcome. The family — father Yasser Albarri, mother Nada Alaa...

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Revving up for Routes to Riches race

Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! may be the perfect theme for the second annual Great Pictou County Routes to Riches race. Participants in the July 15 fundraiser will more than likely see and visit places in Pictou County they have never seen before, say organizers Jan Keefe and Stacey Dlamini of...

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One year later

As a thank you to the community that took them in, the Casim family of Pictou held a celebration for residents of the town at Pictou United Church. The basement of the church was full of friends and neighbours all enjoying the evening and the food that Lema Casim prepared especially for the occasion. “They’ve...

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