Pictou Garden Club celebrates 80th year

Anne MacIsaac-Gratton says she is amazed at how the Pictou Garden Club has remained the same for 80 years. MacIsaac-Gratton is president of the club which celebrated its 80th anniversary with a garden party on Saturday. “The Pictou Garden Club started circa 1939,” she said. “Its purpose was the same then as it is now.”...

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Volunteers step up to keep local tourism centres open longer into the year

PICTOU — A volunteer opportunity that largely involves listening and talking to visitors awaits people at the local visitor information centre. Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores, in partnership with the Municipality of Pictou County, held a lunch and learn session recently for about 20 people interested in learning more about volunteering with local tourism. It...

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New teacher for Pictou Island school

The year was 1960 and Pictou Island residents were in search of a qualified school teacher to teach us children. Distinguished school teacher Dave Mackay and his family had just spent the past three years on the island and had served the islanders very well. It was now, however, time for the MacKay family to...

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Volunteers of the year

Each year, communities across Canada celebrate National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week 2019 takes place from April 7 to April 13. The primary purpose of this specially designated week is to thank and honour people who donate their time to help others by supporting the causes in which they believe. Volunteer Week also serves to reinforce the...

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Group shares vision of future recreation

THORBURN — One final session to consider how the Municipality of Pictou County delivers recreation programs drew 16 people to it last Thursday in Thorburn. The session completed the series of events designed to offer the public and various stakeholders an opportunity to share their ideas for delivering recreation programs more effectively. Recreation co-ordinator Cindy Fraser...

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Murray Quintuplets will be honoured during special ceremony

PICTOU – The Municipality of Pictou County will be unveiling a plaque dedicated to the first recorded birth of quintuplets in Canada. Council agreed in the fall of 2018 to honour the Murray quintuplets and this significant birth in the country. The ceremony is scheduled to take place Feb. 2 in the Municipality of Pictou...

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County councillors request meeting with province to discuss Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment facility

PICTOU  –  The Municipality of Pictou County has requested a meeting with the province in hopes of learning new information about the pulp mill’s proposed effluent treatment facility. District 3 Coun. Darla MacKeil put a motion forward Monday during the property services meeting to invite ministers from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Department of...

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Hundreds ‘remember’ during County service

PICTOU — A clear, cold day on Sunday marked the return of Standard Time and the occasion of the 83rd Pictou County Remembrance Day parade and service. Harsh sun cast long shadows and blustery winds challenged presenters and prompted Bill Echlin from Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion to advise those laying wreaths to...

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Ex-cellent Ex

PICTOU — It was a special time for the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition. The 2018 edition wrapped up on Sunday with large crowds daily for the event since it opened last Wednesday with 4-H Day. Touring the new 4-H Legends Building, viewing the 4-H exhibits and enjoying the refreshments offered by volunteers in the kitchen was...

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McCulloch centre offers deed service

PICTOU – Deed searches have become more accessible again, thanks to the McCulloch House and Genealogy Centre service. “We’ve had tried for a year for in-house use,” curator and site manager Michelle Davey said. “We’ve allowed our members to use it for the last couple of months. We now provide access to Property Online for...

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