Villa opens outdoor visiting area

The smiles said it all: Valley View Villa has opened its outdoor visiting area and families are enjoying all that it offers. On Thursday morning, Gwen Langille-MacKinnon of Pictou was able to visit Ruth Sutherland in the brightly decorated and screened gazebo in the front yard at the villa. Staff delivered juice and fresh blueberry...

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That’s a novel idea

Dorothy MacIntosh is an inspiration. The spunky 86-year-old (soon to be 87), who has already written several books – what she calls “stories for the family” – has just had her first novel published. The novel is called The Old Violin, published by Friesen Press. It is quite a departure for the Lyons Brook resident...

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Waiting with open arms

Brand new wooden tables and chairs are empty, new toys are waiting to be loved and little child-height sinks and commodes stand waiting to be used. Samantha MacDonald is in a holding pattern. The director of child care for the YMCA of Pictou County’s High Street Child Care Centre in New Glasgow has a brand...

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YMCA begins Phase 1 of re-opening

You know business is staring to return to usual when the YMCA of Pictou County opens its doors again. This is the case now during Phase 1 of the Y re-opening, but anyone who is using the expansive facilities will notice a number of changes. In an effort to keep patrons safe during these days...

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First social justice award aimed at changing lives

The past 10 months have been filled with wonder, travel, hard work and recognition for a New Glasgow graduate. Patience Mpenzi came to New Glasgow with her parents and four siblings less than a year ago after spending 14 years in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa. Within the short...

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The power of positivity

Travis Francis has absolutely no room in his busy life for negativity of any sort. He started his own business, Lucrative Apparel, just three months ago and it is taking off like a speeding bullet. “It was one of my dreams.” He had been lobster fishing prior to COVID-19. In an effort to keep his...

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‘Miles’-stone achieved

Runner Billy MacEachern completes 100th marathon — the Johnny Miles Eighty-five thousand miles or approximately 136,795 kilometres. That’s the approximate distance Billy MacEachern has run in his lifetime. So far. To put that into perspective, that’s the equivalent of running 24 hours a day for two and half years. Father’s Day wasn’t the event he...

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New reality for horse rescue spot

An altered society due to COVID-19 is changing the ability for an animal rescue centre to raise funds. Earth ARC Rescue, located at 644 Heron Road, in Four Mile Brook, is struggling to generate funds that are needed to do the work it does. In a pre-pandemic world, Earth ARC would be hosting its Farm...

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Home gardens making a comeback during days of health pandemic

It’s a revival, of sorts. Victory Gardens, which were popular during the First and Second World Wars, have come back around — this time to boost morale during these days of isolation due to COVID-19. The added benefit? They can contribute to the health and well-being of everyone. Jonathon MacKay of United We Stand Pictou...

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Spilling the beans

The soybeans that are spilled in the River John and Louisville Road area of the Sunrise Trail had still not been cleaned up as of Monday. River John resident Catherine Hughes said it was her partner, June Daley, who first noticed treated soybeans had been spilled on June 5 when she was out walking their...

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