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Bicycles, castles and the Clan Maclean

A Tidnish resident will ride through Pictou County as part of a fundraising quest to aid a Scottish castle. Duart Castle is a stately fortress on the Isle of Mull overlooking the inner seas of the West coast of Scotland. It is the residence of the chief of clan Maclean, Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean....

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Market Square going modern

Pictou’s Market Square is in the process of getting a bit of a face lift as the town has partnered with the Pictou Garden Club to spruce up part of downtown. The garden club recently presented the Town of Pictou’s Michelle Young with a cheque for more than $5,000 to help out with the project...

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Ship Hector Society looking to make waves in Nova Scotia tourism

Rejuvenation of Hector Heritage Quay Site to increase visitor traffic The new year is full of promise for the Ship Hector Society. The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector Heritage Quay site...

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Visit ends cruise season

PICTOU — It may have been a dreary day for the last cruise ship visit of the season, but there are more to come. Pictou Parks and Recreation co-ordinator Michelle Young said the Pearl Seas line that included the Pearl Mist that docked for the final time for the season last Wednesday has visits booked...

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‘Hoping’ for success

Hope springs eternal — at least in the hearts of the Scottish Highlanders who sailed from their homeland to Pictou in 1773 to start a new life. They arrived at long last under brutal conditions from a shipping company that cruelly deceived them, to harsh surroundings and an uncertain future. But those who survived the...

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Open for business

The Carmichael-Stewart House Museum officially opened its doors for the season on June 23. During his remarks at the reception, president of the Pictou County Historical Society’s Paul LaLande noted some upgrades at the museum this year. “It’s been a very momentous year in the Carmichael-Stewart House. We’ve had some changes. Some of you may...

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Ship Hector project tracks descendants of passengers

PICTOU — A web site has been officially launched to help people trace their connection to passengers who came to Pictou on the Ship Hector. Nearly 30 people attended the McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre as Brenda Hutchinson shared a video presentation of the Ship Hector Descendant Project on September 15, the 244th anniversary...

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Lights, camera, action!

PICTOU — A one-person play authored by local resident John Meir is being transformed into a film he hopes to premiere in late August at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. Stewart Cresswell with Simple Films in River John is directing the film as a joint effort between his film company and the Ship Hector Society....

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Hector hoping for helpers

PICTOU — It’s going to be a busy summer and fall for the Hector Heritage Quay with the information centre expecting 33 tour buses on top of its regular traffic. During this busy year Brian Kellock, who co-ordinates volunteers, is concerned about the numbers for the upcoming season. “We’re in desperate need,” he said, adding...

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Familiar faces in Newton’s Grace

When Newton’s Grace premieres this May, the deCoste Performing Arts Centre audience may see a few familiar faces on screen. One of them belongs to actor Kevin Gerrior. Now living in the Halifax area, Gerrior grew up in Pictou County, bouncing around the upper towns and Springville, and sang in the local band Critical Angle...

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