Digging in the dirt

STELLARTON — As I stared out across the grassy, sun-drenched plain, I knew this was going to be the day. The day that I rescued from the clutches of history some buried treasures by using my latent skills as an archaeologist. After all, I took an online archaeology course one time; that’s got to make...

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Reconciliation and remembering

PICTOU LANDING — Community members, librarians and museum employees gathered in the new Pictou Landing First Nations Fire Department to take part in a reconciliation workshop on Monday. The audience sat completely silent listening intently all morning to a brief account of Mi’kmaq history from Gerald Gloade, Program Development officer at The Confederacy of Mainland...

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Cemetery walk … if you dare

PICTOU — The first of what some people hope will be an annual cemetery walk to highlight the history of Laurel Hill Cemetery has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 27. St. Clair Prest and a cast of characters will lead the historic walk through what is known as “the old burial ground” to...

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Changing of the guard

Military museum’s founder, Vincent Joyce, steps down Vincent Joyce is giving up one passion to concentrate on another. The founder, president and stalwart of the Pictou County Military Museum is retiring from that position, effective the end of September. He is moving to the Hammonds Plains area to be closer to family – including his two sons and his...

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Digging history

STELLARTON — Some Pictou County residents got to live out childhood dreams of being an archaeologist and digging up history on Saturday as the Museum of Industry hosted an archaeological dig at the site of the old foundry that once stood beside the current Albion Trail beside the museum. The project was the second dig in...

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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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Community support for race helps youth

To the Editor: We’re so thrilled that summer is finally here and for us, that means it’s time for our second Annual Routes to Riches Race. As you’ve supported us in the past, we just wanted to make sure you were aware of this fun family-oriented event, taking place on July 15, 2017. What is...

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Community celebrates Betsey 250

The thing about history is that if you poke around it long enough, something interesting is bound to turn up. And 250 years of history provides a lot of material to sift though. It was the Betsey that not only brought the first British immigrants to the area as well as the first people of...

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Betsey 250 celebrations ramping up

While history may be made every day, it’s not every day that 250 years of history can be celebrated. This year — this June 10 in fact — will mark 250 years since the arrival of the Betsey, which kick-started British immigration to the northern shore of Nova Scotia. Unlike the Hector, the Betsey and...

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Lyons Brook Hall entering new era

LYONS BROOK — Stakeholders with the historic Lyons Brook Community Hall hope they can get more people involved and utilizing it. Willem Hekman, Len Thomas, Lynn MacLean and Kevin Hayhurst met recently to help prepare for the hall’s annual general meeting on March 28. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. downstairs and the group...

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