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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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North Shore Bavarian Society cancels annual Oktoberfest

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been modified slightly to correct an error stating the festivities in Kitchener-Waterloo had been cancelled. TATAMAGOUCHE — Pictou County residents who travelled to the North Shore for an annual festive celebration will be disappointed this year. Like so many other events in the coming months, the annual Oktoberfest celebration in...

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Teenager, mother create memorial at CEC for slain friend

TRURO – When Courtney Ann Singer went crying to her mother in the middle of the night after learning a friend was killed, Courtney’s mother knew she had to do something. Glenda MacDonald and Courtney decided to head to Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro to create a memorial for Courtney’s friend, Emily Tuck. Emily, 17,...

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Sheree Fitch says poem “flowed” out following news of mass shooting

RIVER JOHN – With the news of a mass shooting in Portapique and other parts of the province on Sunday, Sheree Fitch, like so many others, went to bed that night upset. She didn’t sleep well, and the tears were freely flowing by the time she woke up. It was the first time in a...

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Corrie Ellison – “He’s a hero, plain and simple”

TRURO – Corrie Ellison will always be Ashley Fennell’s hero. “He was a kind soul,” said Ashley, about her friend for close to a decade. “He would always go out of his way to help people.” Corrie, 42, was one of 22 people who died in a mass killing spree April 18 and 19 that...

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Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins – “They lived a life that they loved”

WEST WENTWORTH – Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins had finally found who they were supposed to be with. That’s what Sean’s 23-year-old daughter, Taylor Andrews, says of the couple that had been together since 2015. Sean and Alanna lost their lives in a house fire in West Wentworth on April 19. They were just two...

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