Rolling with the punches

When it comes to fundraising amid a worldwide health pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County decided to just “roll” with it. The agency’s major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids Sake, had been scheduled for early April but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and the public health measures that were put in place...

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Staff shining brightly

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Travelodge in New Glasgow has remained open. That is mostly due to the hard work and dedication of its staff, praises manager Erika McCluskey. Teamwork and compassion have made all the difference, she says. “There were so many daily changes in the beginning, however, the team took...

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UPDATE: All’s ready for #GreatBigLift

EDITOR’S NOTE: After The Advocate went to press on Tuesday, the Ship Hector Society announced the #GreatBigLift is now planned for Friday morning… The Ship Hector will have a temporary new home as early as tomorrow. That is the day the 20-year-old wooden ship is scheduled to be lifted out of the harbour and onto...

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Crowd shows Black Lives Matter in Pictou County

While riots and police force have begun escalating in the U.S., a protest in Pictou County is gaining momentum. Demonstrators have been stepping out since Sunday afternoon in downtown New Glasgow across from the George Street Bridge on a gravel lot to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Saturday night, Jay Reddick...

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IGNITE receives Canie Award for Social Innovation for the Atlantic Region

IGNITE Labs, a leader in rural innovation and entrepreneurship, have been awarded the CANIE Award for Social Innovation for the Atlantic Region. This award, presented by the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation, is presented to organizations who have achieved excellence and innovation in social impact. Since IGNITE began, the organization has strived to create a vibrant...

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No ‘masking’ this talent

Diana Spurvey has boxes of body parts in her shop. But it’s not what you think, she laughs. Spurvey used to make porcelain dolls, from beginning to completion, when she lived in Ottawa — she would fire the porcelain, paint it and dress the dolls. Now living in Central West River, she no longer makes...

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HLM shining in the realty business

Moving your entire home might not be the first thing you would think about doing in the middle of a pandemic but those that have already started the process or just sold their house do not have a lot of choice. This is where HLM Realty has stepped up in the health crisis to help...

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Silent, but not forgotten

It may have been quiet at Tearmann House over the past few weeks as the pandemic saw the country shut down and many were stuck inside. During the more restrictive part of the quarantine, Tearmann House saw something it hasn’t seen in quite some time: an empty house. Although an empty women’s shelter may sound...

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Customer service ‘shines’ during COVID-19

Lori Falconer left her comfortable corporate life and took a plunge into the unknown by opening her own business. “It was all or nothing,” the owner of Supplements 101 chuckles. But she hasn’t looked back. The new business in Stellarton has been open for fewer than six months and is already making a mark for...

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The lightning ‘bug’

Pictou Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College is moving a piece of the past into the future with a revamp of 1997 ‘Voltswagen’ Beetle with an engine swap to turn it into a Tesla. The project turned into a campus-wide initiative that faculty had been looking into for a few years now, finally able...

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