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Blayre Turnbull decade’s top story

Well, the fuss is over, we’ve sung Auld Lang Syne to death, we’ve emptied the last carton of eggnog, and we’ve landed safely in the new decade. My younger son whispered that I’m now in my 10th decade, and that my newspaper career has extended into an eighth decade. Quite the flattering, eh? With that...

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From East Pictou to years in NHL

To test your hockey knowledge with a Pictou County angle, I’m beginning 2020 — the year, not anyone’s eyesight — with a trivia question. Be careful. It may seem easy, but perhaps it’s not. What graduate of East Pictou Rural High School has the record for most years spent with NHL teams? Got it already?...

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The secret’s out: Leafs, then Habs

All of us — or at least most of us — have had a favourite team in the National Hockey League. It’s pretty much an obligation in being a sports fan in this great country of ours. We may not have been born with such a prerequisite embedded in our hearts, but a choice usually...

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Meeting Morrison for the first time

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas as I drove into Pictou on a mid-December morning 15 years ago in search of a white bungalow on Dunromin Terrace in the Shiretown’s west end. I was coming to meet and chat with Allie Morrison for the first time. We had never met, though he...

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It was a time of change in 1959

Ever since my life and newspaper career went into extra innings, I’ve been uncovering reasons to be nostalgic. I’m sure you know the stuff I mean — anniversaries, milestones and long-lasting memories of journeys travelled. Well, I’ve got another. It was a cold December day 60 calendars ago, the time of year when Christmas trees...

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In cold arenas with Gerry Regan

The Gerald A. Regan who I knew best — and remember fondly — wasn’t the Member of Parliament for Halifax, the premier of Nova Scotia, or the man who faced court charges in later years. He was, instead, the radio sportscaster, the sports promoter and, above all, the “bird-dog” scout for the Boston Bruins. It...

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Next question: Will Keefe last long?

When you’ve written thousands of columns like I have through the years, there’s a scenario that’s bound to occur once in a while. Someone asks, innocently, if I ever run out of subjects to discuss. Yes, I do. I faced that situation in just the last few days. It was the evening before my deadline...

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Cherry gave me just five seconds

During my 65 years in the newspaper business, I talked face-to-face with Donald S. Cherry only once. That was more than enough. It was a November evening in 1972, about an hour before an American Hockey League game at the Halifax Forum between the Nova Scotia Voyageurs and Rochester Americans. I had been appointed sports...

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A lot of reasons to admire Gloria

One of the most gratifying things you get from a lifetime in sports journalism is spending time with incredible people you meet, interview and write about. There’s no life like it. New Glasgow native Gloria Borden was one of those. I’ve admired her life and career achievements for more than six decades – since back...

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They played hard and they had fun

Age has diminished my driving. For years and years, sports trips put a monthly average of 3,000 kilometres on my cars. Since leasing my latest Camry in 2015, the figure has dropped to just under 700 a month. Yet during the weekend before Halloween, I added 660 — two round-trips between Dartmouth and New Glasgow....

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