Lending a ‘hand’

Local company switches direction and produces hand sanitizer When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Northumberland Hemp is proving that to be the case and is pivoting in a crisis. The local hemp producer has spent the past five years doing what it does best: growing hemp and producing hemp seed oil, hemp seed...

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How can we help?

Couple steps up to help vulnerable population Chris Lewis and Lauralee Pentz wanted to help the vulnerable in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. So they did. Lewis is a business consultant and a business teacher; his wife, Pentz owns and operates The New Glasgow Foot Clinic so has access to medical supplies. They are...

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Fire razes waterfront building

It was the unmistakable sound of “pop,” “pop,” “pop,” that drew a Pictou resident to her window last Thursday night. The noise broke through Paula Beer-Eligh’s reading on the otherwise calm and quiet evening just shy of 10 p.m. “I went to the window and saw a large billow of smoke heading south to north,”...

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COVID-19 makes ‘Big’ hit to non-profit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County is among the non-profits that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 virus. Not only are its mentoring programs suspended due to schools being out for at least an extra couple of weeks after March Break, and programs being suspended due to public health protocols of social distancing,...

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No pellet operation for Steeltown

Company withdraws bid to purchase Trenton property The company seeking to purchase the former Daewoo property in Trenton to operate a business there will not opening after all. Richard Spinks, representing British Columbia-based-RMD Environmentals and the international consortium proposing a second-generation biofuels CoalSwitchTM facility to enable the recycling of end-of-life sawmill waste, confirmed the news...

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From isolation can come community

It was while walking with his faithful four-legged companion that the germ of an idea for helping the community’s most vulnerable was born in Jim McKenna’s mind. And the former social worker and educator is hoping the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be Pictou County’s finest hour. The New Glasgow resident explains, “I...

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Vacations remain a dream: March Break travellers cancel destination vacations in wake of COVID-19

White sand beaches, ice cubes clinking in a glass filled with a tropical beverage, aquamarine crystal clear water… Sound idyllic? That’s what many people look forward to every year on March Break. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pictou County resident have had to alter their vacation plans, or outright cancel them. Or even...

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Local United Way exceeds goal

NEW GLASGOW – The United Way of Pictou County has exceeded its 2019 campaign goal. The agency formally announced its fund-raising total of $361,379.55 during a ceremony in front of its office on Tuesday. “We’d like to thank everyone for continuing to trust and support us,” campaign chairman Marc Comeau said in a press release....

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‘Great Big Lift’ planned for Ship Hector replica

Big plans are in store for the replica Ship Hector. And they all begin this spring with “the Great Big Lift” when A.W. Leil Cranes will hoist the wooden ship out of the harbour and onto land to begin a process of repairs. The goal is to have the vessel, well, ship-shape, by 2023, in...

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Passport to Wellness: Women Alike ABreastARiver, Y join forces

Women Alike ABreastARiver is offering those who had or have breast cancer a passport to wellness, literally. In conjunction with the YMCA of Pictou, the groups are offering a program titled Abreast Afriends, Your Passport to Wellness, for those in recovery and those currently battling breast cancer. “Whether they had breast cancer 50 years ago,...

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