Fire razes waterfront building

It was the unmistakable sound of “pop,” “pop,” “pop,” that drew a Pictou resident to her window last Thursday night. The noise broke through Paula Beer-Eligh’s reading on the otherwise calm and quiet evening just shy of 10 p.m. “I went to the window and saw a large billow of smoke heading south to north,”...

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Police arrest man for possession of stolen vehicle, other charges

SALT SPRINGS – A Truro man has been arrested by Pictou District RCMP for On March 26 at approximately 11 p.m., Pictou District RCMP responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in Salt Springs. The caller told police they thought the vehicle had been stolen earlier in the day from the Pictou area. RCMP officers...

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COVID-19 makes ‘Big’ hit to non-profit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County is among the non-profits that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 virus. Not only are its mentoring programs suspended due to schools being out for at least an extra couple of weeks after March Break, and programs being suspended due to public health protocols of social distancing,...

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What’s on your play list?

A story in The Advocate this week talks about the importance of keeping up with a fitness routine while practising social distancing and self-isolation. Marla Sim, director of Health, Fitness and Recreation at the Pictou County Y, stresses the importance of maintaining a normal fitness routine, even though other aspects of life have been interrupted....

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No pellet operation for Steeltown

Company withdraws bid to purchase Trenton property The company seeking to purchase the former Daewoo property in Trenton to operate a business there will not opening after all. Richard Spinks, representing British Columbia-based-RMD Environmentals and the international consortium proposing a second-generation biofuels CoalSwitchTM facility to enable the recycling of end-of-life sawmill waste, confirmed the news...

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Pictou County REMO working with province in state of emergency

(Editor’s Note: This story has been altered slightly to reflect more up to date information) Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Organization is working closely with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Organization as the province declared state of emergency in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Co-ordinator John Davison said, “The state of emergency...

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#StayFit #StayConnected #StayHome

The great renaissance of the home workout Editor’s Note: Kelly MacLeod’s name has been corrected in this online version of the story. She was incorrectly identified.) If you have ever said that you are not a “gym person” well, this is your moment. In our new world of social distancing and self-isolation we are now...

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A letter to our advocate family and our community

An open letter from Sean and Crystal Murray

We care deeply about community.  In recent days, we’ve been inspired by the rise of community spirit as we collectively support our fellow citizens from a distance.  To:  Advocate Family & Our Community We care deeply about community.  In recent days, we’ve been inspired by the rise of community spirit as we collectively support our...

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New Glasgow native to receive honorary doctorate from King’s

Accolades are pouring in for New Glasgow native Sherri Borden Colley. The CBC journalist will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of King’s College. “I am at a loss for words,” said the daughter of Ruth and the late Hugh (Sparky) Paris of New Glasgow. “I am so grateful to the University of Kings’s...

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Two injured in home invasion in Priestville

PRIESTVILLE – Two people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a home invasion. On March 20 at 9:49 p.m., members of Pictou District RCMP responded to a call of a woman who needed assistance. She told police she had been hit in the head. When RCMP members arrived on scene, they learned...

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