Curling camp draws youth

PICTOU – March Break appears to have been a good time to test young people’s interest in curling. Ten of them signed up for a morning curling camp hosted from Monday to Thursday of last week by the New Caledonian Curling Club. The camp ended on Thursday with refreshments and certificates presented to those who...

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Trenton would be ideal pick

Pardon me for presenting a few pointless facts. I lived in New Glasgow for the first 30 years, 10 months and 14 days of my life. On the same street, in the same house. My first 10 years with The Chronicle Herald were based in a bedroom-turned-office, with a typewriter and teletype, at the same...

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As Don Connolly takes his leave

And so, as Don Connolly turns off his Information Morning microphone at CBC Halifax for the last time, where does the popular radio host go from here? I have some thoughts on what he can do. Might he finally get to put on his red, white and blue hockey gear and offer help to his...

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That last time the CFL knocked

It was in early 1983. J.I. Albrecht, the passionate and intense football executive, was several months into a personal crusade to bring a Canadian Football League franchise to Halifax. I was 24 years into my service with The Chronicle Herald and writing a daily sports column. Since Albrecht came to town the previous year, our...

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There’s no Art and no Lowell

You’re likely aware that the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is looking back at the province’s extensive sports history, a process that will, as its website says, conclude with the naming of “the top 15 athletes in Nova Scotia sport history.” It’s a huge task. You may have taken advantage of the hall’s offer...

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No one thought he would live

It was an August afternoon in 2001. I had driven from Dartmouth to attend Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Stellarton. As usual, I was seeking a story for my next column. Like the old saying, “It never rains but it pours.” There were several potential subjects that day. Ricky Fraser,...

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Ah, those old Westville tales

I love lobster rolls. Truth be told, I love lobster in just about any cooked state — as long as I don’t have to open it myself. That’s a special skill I’ve never accomplished. At this year’s Pictou Lobster Carnival, I was devouring one of those delicious treats in a bun during my initial visit...

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The man behind the other team

For those of us old enough to remember the great senior softball era in the 1950s and ’60s, it’s the Trenton Scotias we usually think about and talk about. That’s only logical. The Scotias were the best team in Pictou County, the best team in Nova Scotia, the best team in the Maritimes during that...

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Soccer talk fuels baseball thoughts

If you pay attention to news coming out of Halifax, you’re probably aware by now that steps are being taken to bring a professional soccer franchise to metro. More specifically, the team will play in what’s called “a pop-up stadium” at the Wanderers Grounds in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from...

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Stan pitched complete games

I recently came across two intriguing comments about growing old — and quickly grabbed onto them, hook, line and sinker. I think they’re worth repeating. “Age is a question of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” That’s attributed to long-ago baseball hall of fame pitcher Satchel Paige. The other says, “Nobody...

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