Switching gears

Long-serving journalist announces retirement One of Pictou County’s longest working journalists has filed his last newspaper story. Steve Goodwin, who had been a reporter for The Advocate for the past 20 years, has retired after nearly five decades as a journalist. Goodwin began his career in the newspaper industry at his hometown newspaper, the Amherst...

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Saving history

Trenton making effort to save lighthouse If you spent any amount of time crossing the Trenton Connector, no matter your age, a small white lighthouse, once adorned with an orange stripe and light — the iconic piece of the landscape — is in the process of being saved from demolition. Local contractor Atlas Contracting was...

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Duo creates a “solid” show

What happens when you combine Wayne’s World, Sesame Street, and some good, old-fashioned nostalgia? You get bombed solid! The Bombed Solid, Pictou’s two-piece band, has been hosting their live show — Get Bombed Solid with the Bombed Solid — for the past six months. Mike Hiltz and Eli Hollett have been having fun, playing music,...

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Birders flock to Pictou over black vulture sighting

An interesting kind of tourism has brought a number of people from other parts of Nova Scotia to Pictou County recently. The sighting of a black vulture in Bayview has caused quite a stir in the birding community as birders flock to the area to trek down a dirt road and check the species off...

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Boxing Caldwell sisters knocking out stereotypes

Some might take the phrase “hit like a girl” as an insult, but the Caldwell sisters of the Westville Boxing Club are proving it’s a compliment. The two sisters took up boxing for fun and something a bit different a little over a year ago. Initially, the pair had intended the sport to be another...

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Moving the Albion

A big move for the Albion Locomotive from storage to the main lobby for the first time since the mid 2000’s....

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Sharing the love

It may be shaping up to be a long season for those in nursing homes, as lockdown protocols at many places continue and winter weather continues. But a pair of students at Pictou Academy are doing their best to combat the winter blues for residents with some handmade Valentine’s Day cards. As part of their...

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Ready to Grow

Farmers Market ramping up barn building campaign Just as the New Glasgow’s Farmers Market barn fundraising campaign was beginning to ramp up last year, everything came to a halt for the world with the health pandemic. After initiating a new online ordering system, reopening the market, and keeping the online orders coming, nearly a year...

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The grass is greener in West River

West River Cannabis gets license to grow It seems that the Parker family has a green thumb you could say. Mark Parker, son of West River Greenhouses owner Bob Parker, is bringing new life to the greenhouses in West River with his own green project. He has been working hard for the past two years...

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Mann in charge

It isn’t the inaugural year Maxine Mann had been planning for her career at Nova Scotia Community College, Pictou Campus, as the new principal but she has made the best out of dealing with COVID-19 for the past year and is ready to help the college make a difference in the county. With experience in...

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