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He tossed ‘the big pole’ for 44 years

Mention the caber toss to me and three things instantly come to mind — telephone poles, immense human strength and, yes, retired school teacher Jim Sears. To me, they’ve been forever associated. In case you’ve never heard of it, the caber toss is a traditional athletic event that had its origin at the Scottish Highland...

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MacDonald wins third Melmerby Triathlon

MELMERBY BEACH — Green Hill’s Ryan Shaun MacDonald has won his third Olympic race at the Melmerby Triathlon. MacDonald was unchallenged on Sunday as he crossed the finish line in two hours, six minutes and two seconds. He finished nearly six minutes ahead of Carl Ripley of no known address who finished second in 2:11:59....

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Ryan MacDonald set for Melmerby Triathlon

MELMERBY BEACH – Ryan Shaun MacDonald says he’s ready to defend his Melmerby Olympic Triathlon. The two-time champion is among those registered for the Olympics and other competitions based at Melmerby Beach on Sunday. MacDonald, who hails from Green Hill, helped to prepare for his race by winning the Porter’s Lake Sprint Triathlon on July...

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Ryan third in Ironman 70.3 race

GREEN HILL — Local cycling and triathlon enthusiasts are celebrating, knowing that Ryan Shaun MacDonald has returned home with third-place honours at a renowned long-distance triathlon. The local athlete known more for his cycling in his younger years has taken on triathlons with gusto and provided more evidence by finishing third overall and first among...

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Triathlon weekend coming up

MELMERBY – Hundreds of adults and children will take part this weekend in an array of triathlon events at Melmerby Beach. The kids triathlon on Saturday is free and the events are untimed. Registration is at 8 a.m. and races start at 9 a.m. Events are for kids of any age in a distance they...

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Sutherland offers ice-making options

VICTORIA, B.C. – An engineer who grew up in Stellarton has made a life from a low-energy ice-making process. Art Sutherland is co-founder of Accent Refrigeration Systems Ltd., which was launched in 1980 and is based in Victoria, B.C. He has travelled around the world to install more efficient ammonia-carbon dioxide-based cooling systems that reduce...

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Blair set for third pro ring tiff

LYONS BROOK — Brody Blair says he is as ready he will ever be for his third professional boxing match. The Lyons Brook native is boxing in the main event of a six-bout card he has helped organized for Saturday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The card is slated to start at 7...

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Blayre Turnbull returns home with Olympic silver medal

Blayre Turnbull says she appreciates the Olympic journey she has completed. Turnbull returned home early Tuesday morning after the long flight from her participation in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. She was among members of the Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team that received silver medals after a 3-2 shootout loss to their...

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Winter Games have wide appeal

Winter sports complemented the 2018 Winter Olympic Games last Wednesday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Skating, ball hockey and basketball were among sports youngsters were invited to take part in. Members of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers joined them after their own practice that evening. “I think they’re having a good time,” said Angie...

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Women’s hockey has come of age

Women’s hockey? Way, way back, in the early 1920s I’m told, a provincial league operated for two or three years, featuring teams from New Glasgow, Amherst, Springhill, Glace Bay and Sydney. It was considered nothing more than a fad, and disappeared as quickly as it was organized. Women’s hockey? When I was five and six...

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