Fire departments throughout province benefitting from weekly 50/50 draws

AMHERST – What started as a way for one fire department raising funds to support local causes has since turned into one of the largest online 50/50 draws across Canada. The weekly Nova Scotia Firefighters 50/50 draw has grown in the past seven months, to the point where 227 fire departments and non-profit organizations that...

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Local Francophones having stories told through music

TRURO – A project by the local Francophone community centre is telling the stories of seniors throughout the province. “It’s a very rewarding project, and we’re very pleased with how it’s going,” said Yvette Saulnier, director of the Centre communautaire francophone de Truro. “It’s such a fabulous project that we wanted to be able to...

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Tree, wreath sales brisk for Pictou County farms

PICTOU — Driving through residential areas, it’s easy to see the holiday spirit is alive and thriving. For those who own Christmas tree farms, it’s already been a busy season. “It’s our busiest season ever,” said Shirley Rushton, sister-in-law to Ruth MacLeod of MacLeod’s Christmas Trees. “People have been coming for trees early this year,...

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Long-standing housing problems becoming crisis: advocates

NEW GLASGOW — Mary Richards knows the struggle of finding housing. For the last year or so, she’s been trying to find a home for herself and her three teenaged grandchildren. She legally adopted them in 2010. “Some of the landlords, they don’t want children,” said Richards. “Even when they find out they’re teenagers, the...

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Scotsburn blacksmith featured in book detailing history, present-day smiths

A new book featuring some of the province’s history of blacksmithing includes Scotsburn blacksmith Ruben Irons. Frank M. Smith’s What Once Was Lost highlights 14 smiths from across Nova Scotia, as well as the importance of the craft. “Blacksmithing has a long history in Nova Scotia, and it was totally essential to the survival over...

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Virtual event brings personal touch, connections to New Glasgow Black Gala Homecoming

It may not have been the anniversary celebration many envisioned, but the 2020 New Glasgow Black Gala Virtual Homecoming was a success. With the homecoming event — the sixth of its kind and to celebrate 30 years — cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Faith States Linton still wanted to bring the community together. “Racial...

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Christmas Tree Growers national conference moves to virtual platform from Tatamagouche

TATAMAGOUCHE — A new virtual conference designed on the North Shore will hopefully reach Christmas Tree growers throughout North America. Angus Bonnyman, executive director of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, said the virtual platform Balsam Fir Forum (www.balsamfirforum.com) came about after the organization had to cancel a national conference it was to host in...

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Stationmaster staying positive for summer at the Train Station Inn

TATAMAGOUCHE – Jimmie LeFresne is a positive man, so keeping the Train Station Inn closed this summer during the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t going to be an option. He thought about it, and discussed it with his staff, but in the end, he knew he would be open for business one way or another. “I was...

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Primary care clinics “busy” since creation last month

TATAMAGOUCHE – New primary access care clinics are going “quite well”, according to a representative with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Aaron Smith, co-medical executive director with Dr. Tanya Munroe for the Northern Zone, said the past five weeks with the three new primary care clinics have been busy. “We really want to make...

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Summer Street, SchoolsPlus help feed students, families in Pictou County

PICTOU — More than 100 families in Pictou County are eating healthier following a donation of food boxes. Summer Street Industries teamed up with SchoolsPlus Pictou East and West after a funding commitment came through from an organization in the community. Bob Bennett, executive director of Summer Street, said the idea came through a conversation...

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