Community shows its strength

NOTE: This article was originally published on the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster. We are republishing it today in recognition of the 28th anniversary … When there is crisis or need, Pictou County really comes together. This was evidenced on May 9, 1992 when 26 miners perished in the Westray coal mine in...

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First responder answers the call

NOTE: This article was originally published on the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster. We are republishing it today in recognition of the 28th anniversary … Doug Dort has seen more tragedy and heartache than he could ever recall. As a fire fighter and an emergency medical technician of 46 years, it is a...

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Lasting impressions …

NOTE: This article was originally published on the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster. We are republishing it today in recognition of the 28th anniversary … The image of a red Ford Tempo, four door, riddled with what resembled bullet holes sticks out in Bill Muirhead’s mind. Like a vague whisper of a dream...

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From darkness to light….

NOTE: This article was originally published on the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster. We are republishing it today in recognition of the 28th anniversary … Allan Doyle had no idea when he went to work the back shift on May 8, 1992 the devastating loss he would suffer that night. He lost his...

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The trickledown effect

The cancellation of many summer festivals and events due to the COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative trickledown effect on the local bus service. In addition to regular on-demand door-to-door bus services provided by CHAD Transit, the transportation company also relies on charter services to generate revenue. Events like weddings, bachelor/ette parties and out of...

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Mass shootings return fear

Fear is something Jean Dwyer thought she left behind when she moved to Nova Scotia. The New Glasgow resident moved here from Alabama three years ago. She says, “I do my best to spend as much time as I can here,” and jokingly refers to herself as a “Trump dodger.” But she is serious when...

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Don’t neglect your health: Doctors’ offices still open for business

Now is not the time to neglect your health. That is the message local family doctors are sending to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Simran Ohson, a family doctor at the Pictou West Collaborative Practice in the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital, said with empty waiting rooms in doctors’ offices, he believes there is a misconception...

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Stitching together love and support

Pictou resident Glady Knowles turns to what she knows best during times of crises — her sewing machine. And the tragic events that unfolded April 18 and 19 in Portapique and surrounding area certainly qualify as crises. “We are all heartbroken due to the horrible tragedy in Nova Scotia,” she writes on her Facebook page....

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LeBLANC, Walter D.

LeBLANC, Walter D. (August 11, 1931- May 1, 2020) Pictou LeBLANC, Walter Dominic – It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Walter LeBlanc announces his peaceful passing at home on May 1, 2020 with his loving wife Eileen and family members by his side.  Born in Pictou August 11, 1931 […]

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Hector Quay work begins

Preliminary work has started at the Hector Quay in Pictou to begin the ‘Great Big Lift’ which will see the Ship Hector lifted from the harbour by crane to begin necessary repairs. The goal is to have the wooden vessel ‘ship shape’ by 2023, in time for the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Scottish...

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