Lester and Bell Hooper

It was the time known as the Dirty Thirties. The economy was slow and hard times fell on most everyone. No exception was given to the family of Lester and Bell Hooper from Trenton, Pictou County. Lester was employed at Trenton car works but there was little or no work at the plant and everyone...

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Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Program a positive initiative for the industry: NS Federation of Agriculture

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is pleased with the announcement regarding the Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Program. This program will provide high school and university students working on farm – family farms included – with funding to put towards their education. While supporting their education, this program promotes students to seek jobs in agriculture. This...

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Wilbert Henderson …

I spent and hour or so visiting with Wilbert Henderson and his lovely wife Della at their home in Seafoam on January 26th in 2003. That afternoon was spent reflecting back in time to some of Wilbert’s past years and he had my undivided attention. Wilbert reflected back to past years when he and Donnie...

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There’s no place like home …

I reflect back in time to when Jack and Mary Rankin lived in their big yellow house close to the East end of Pictou Island. Jack Rankin (1882-1965) was born on Pictou Island. Jack was a brother to Lauchie, George, Hughie and  Sister Kate Rankin. Lauchie married Katie MacKenzie from Pictou Landing and they had...

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Petting zoo delights kids

MOUNT WILLIAM — Two children had a birthday party they are not soon likely to forget. Rhys Westhaver and his sister Annie celebrated their birthdays on Saturday at Eagles Chance Golf Club and a petting zoo there was among the attractions. Their parents, Shaun and Amanda Westhaver, and grandparents Pat and Dawn Westhaver secured a...

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A sea of purple

For hours, people’s heads bobbed up and down amongst a sea of purple. It was the annual lavender festival at Seafoam Lavender Company and Gardens, and Phyllis-Ann Downey and Carolyn Lee made the trip from Halifax specifically for the event. “We heard about it through Facebook,” said Lee. “We’re both big lavender fans.” It was...

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Making history

Pictou County is proud of Betty Lou Scott of WindCrest Farm, Mount Thom, the first recipient of the Atlantic Women of Agriculture Award. It was presented last weekend at the Atlantic Farm Women conference in Halifax. The retired educator is a past recipient of the Rosemary Davis Award for her lifelong involvement and commitment to...

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Mackay family celebrating two centuries of occupying land

LYONS BROOK – Looking back, it seems somewhat amazing to Sandy Mackay that he is living on the land that his great-great-grandfather purchased in 1816. “The farm itself was originally homesteaded in 1810 by David and Helen Pottinger but in 1815, Mr. Pottinger was killed by a falling tree,” explains Sandy. “On March 21, 1816,...

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Local, Fresh & Flourishing

By Kristi Russell, Market Manager Last week, we talked about the all the amazing fresh produce, meats and eggs you will find at Market, but we also have an amazing selection of prepared foods, baked goods, fair trade coffee and teas too! At the Market, you can come for breakfast, shop and stay for lunch....

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Export award for Seafoam Lavender Farm

SEAFOAM – Seafoam Lavender Farm is among 10 Nova Scotia companies that will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 32nd annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards on Thursday. The small, family-owned/operated agricultural business is the only nominee from Pictou County. One of the nominees will be named the 2016 Exporter of the...

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