Comfort, joy … and warmth

When Frances Campbell’s church needed help with a fundraiser, she did not hesitate to answer the call. The avid quilter offered comfort and warmth in the form of a lap quilt with a Christmas theme to be raffled off for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. “I’m a sewer and I’ve made quilts for the better...

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Christmas comes early

Autism Nova Scotia — Pictou County Chapter received an early Christmas gift from GFL Environmental Inc. The multi-national waste services company just gave $5,000 to the local not-for-profit. Annette Drapeau Reynolds, account manager with GFL, applied for the funding on behalf of the local autism group through her company’s The Fill Circle Project. “Full Circle...

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Gingerbread House decorating party cancelled

The Gingerbread House decorating party has fallen victim to COVID-19. This much anticipated annual event, hosted by the United Way of Pictou County, has been cancelled due to rising numbers of those infected with the virus. The house build was to take place at the Museum of Industry this year. Ellen Fanning, executive director of...

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Traditional moccasin making workshop will teach more than the handcraft

Carolyn Landry is never too far away from her sister Neenie. The two travel the province – and beyond — instructing traditional Mi’kmaq handcraft workshops. “She’s with me wherever I go on these workshops,” chuckles Carolyn. The two visited the McCulloch Genealogy Centre last month for a traditional drum making workshop. And they will return...

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Coldest Night of the Year 2021 seeing changes

Baby, it’s cold outside … so grab your warmest coat, hat, scarf and mitts and prepare to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk. This annual event that raises funds for the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society — in fact, it is the organization’s only fundraiser — has been set to take...

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Quilts to provide comfort for restless hands

Diana Spurvey believes in the proverb ‘waste not want not’ and is using her talents to give back. That’s why she and a group of similar-minded crafters recently donated about a dozen and a half fidget quilts to the Oddfellows Home in Pictou. A fidget quilt or activity blanket is a lap quilt that provides...

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Mystery man at cemetery

There’s a mystery to solve at the Central Caribou Cemetery. The expansive cemetery contains graves that date as far back at 1859. Among the old graves is one that was marked by a simple white, wooden cross painted with the name Alex Duff. No birth date. No death date. Donna Bullerwell, who is secretary/treasurer of...

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Jeep Club toy drive kicks into gear

The North Nova — Nova Scotia Jeep Club is getting into gear to start its annual toy drive for kids. This will mark three years of giving for the local chapter of the Jeep club. Speaking on behalf of the club Belinda Ingemansen says the drive begins Saturday, Nov. 21 at Canadian Tire and again...

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Enjoy a ‘BIG’ Night In

As the saying goes, when the going gets tough … And for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County, when the going gets tough you pivot and think outside the box. The worldwide health pandemic of COVID-19 is preventing the local agency from holding its usual November Grafton Street Dinner Theatre fundraiser. Public health measures...

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Memorial tree lights the night

It is a tribute fit for a king. On the Toney River wharf stands a 20-foot tall Christmas tree constructed of lobster traps, yellow at the base. Move your eyes upward and the green traps climb higher and higher, and on the top sits an anchor with a heart in the middle. It was constructed...

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