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Bus depot on the move

Maritime Bus will be rolling out of its current location on East River Road. And it’s looking for a new spot. Wenda Pitre, vice president Coach Atlantic Group which operates Maritime Bus, says the company was notified by Couche-tard, which operates the Circle K, that it had plans for the portion of the business Maritime...

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Back to their roots

The unforgettable smell of the salt air and a picturesque downtown have lured an Ontario couple to town. Chris Sereda and Stephanie Mann recently purchased the former Pictou Puffin Bed and Breakfast on Front Street. They spent the past few months renovating top to bottom — all three floors of the circa 1855 house —...

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More Christmas Eve traditions

The holiday season is all about trees, mincemeat and more family food favourites for this reader who shares his favourite Christmas Eve traditions … Jim Stewart Town Crier New Glasgow The Christmas season is truly a time for reflection and tradition and as I write this, I feel much like the Ghost of Christmas Present...

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Florence Murray responds to the Halifax Explosion

By Dr. Jock Murray and Janet Murray It was a quiet, sunny, winter morning when fourth-year Dalhousie medical student Florence Murray dressed and prepared to go for her clinical teaching at the hospital. It was Thursday, the 6th of December, 1917. Florence was excited. Soon she would be able to achieve her goal of going...

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A visit with “Santa and the Mrs.”

Colouring books, crayons, sticker books and stuffies fill the living room of a local couple who have spent the past couple of weeks playing Santa and Mrs. Claus for local families. The gifts are all wrapped in brightly coloured paper and neatly stacked in front of a decorated Christmas tree, waiting to be delivered by...

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Local writer e-publishes first short story

These days, Stellarton’s Ray Burns is about as busy as Santa. The father of two works full time, volunteers, is raising his family with his wife Sheri and, oh yeah, just wrote his first short book — approximately 5,000 words that delight readers from beginning to end. Burns, an aviation buff, penned a tale about...

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More than $45,000 raised for Pictou County Christmas Fund

Pictou County residents have shown their resilience and generosity in the face of adversity. More than $45,000 was raised during the Pictou County Christmas Fund’s virtual fundraising campaign. The online event featuring the talents of local artists wrapped up over the weekend, with a grand total of $45,200 raised in support of Pictou East and...

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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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