Thomas McCulloch after Pictou Academy

Dr. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate By 1836, the Rev. Thomas McCulloch, principal of Pictou Academy, was becoming discouraged. He was resisted in his efforts to get adequate funding for the Academy, and have it recognized as an institution of higher learning. He was mourning the deaths of a daughter and son...

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Traditional moccasin making workshop will teach more than the handcraft

Carolyn Landry is never too far away from her sister Neenie. The two travel the province – and beyond — instructing traditional Mi’kmaq handcraft workshops. “She’s with me wherever I go on these workshops,” chuckles Carolyn. The two visited the McCulloch Genealogy Centre last month for a traditional drum making workshop. And they will return...

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Accreditation earned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County has been granted accreditation for having successfully met the review standards outlined by the national governing body, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the local organization states, “The process is most welcome here in Pictou County; we want to have the opportunity to...

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Summer Street closes Event Services & Facilities temporarily

Summer Street has closed its events facilities for the next 14 days in an effort to keep everyone safe. Bob Bennett, executive director says, “The latest COVID 19 community spread threat is of concern to us all.” In order for Summer Street to continue providing services to participants on a daily basis, in the safest...

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Coldest Night of the Year 2021 seeing changes

Baby, it’s cold outside … so grab your warmest coat, hat, scarf and mitts and prepare to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk. This annual event that raises funds for the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society — in fact, it is the organization’s only fundraiser — has been set to take...

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Business Unusual: Chamber announces new approach to gala event

The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce is pivoting in the face of the worldwide health pandemic. With the support of several community-based organizations, the Chamber will present a special celebration called “Business Unusual” on January 28 at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou. “Our purpose is to celebrate and showcase the amazing things businesses,...

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Not so tiny display at the museum

There’s a whole world beyond imagination filled with about as many stories as you can think of at the Museum of Industry, just in time for Christmas this year as the Tiny Tinsel Town returns for its third year. The now annual event has become a favourite for many and a perfect way to get...

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Listen to the local news stories from the Pictou Advocate, available online at the library The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is thrilled to be able to share a snapshot of local weekly news, in partnership with the Pictou Advocate and Sea Level Sound. The project is the outcome of many months of work, and discussion with...

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MHL announces schedule changes due to COVID-19 restrictions

Evolving COVID-19 restrictions have begun to affect local hockey. The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) is announcing several schedule changes as a result of the ongoing health pandemic. Prince Edward Island announced Monday, along with Newfoundland and Labrador, that it is temporarily leaving the Atlantic Bubble for at least two weeks to curb the spread...

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Quilts to provide comfort for restless hands

Diana Spurvey believes in the proverb ‘waste not want not’ and is using her talents to give back. That’s why she and a group of similar-minded crafters recently donated about a dozen and a half fidget quilts to the Oddfellows Home in Pictou. A fidget quilt or activity blanket is a lap quilt that provides...

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