Year in review continues

Our year in review of the top news stories of 2020 in Pictou County continues with July and August highlights … JULY Staff Pick: Graduates 2020 Not one story but a collection of stories and lists of graduates. The staff of The Advocate felt that the graduates of 2020 were worth noting after regular grad...

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More of 2020 in review …

Continuing on our theme of bring you the top locals news stories of 2020, here are the results from May and June … MAY Staff Pick: Quilts for Portapique Pictou’s Glady Knowles sets out to send comfort to the families of the Portapique shooting tragedy by community sourcing as well as creating quilts to send....

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Year in review …

Yesterday we brought you The Advocate’s top stories from January and February of 2020. It was a year dominated by COVID-19 globally, and punctuated by tragedy in Nova Scotia. We are not sad to see it behind us! As in previous years, we’ve put together a list of the past year’s top news stories, those...

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Dr. Strang looks forward with hope

Reflecting on COVID, how we’ve changed, what it took to get through a demanding year, science deniers, vaccines, and what 2021 holds for Nova Scotia By Ameeta Vohra Robert Strang didn’t set out to be a doctor. During his undergraduate degree in kinesiology and masters in exercise physiology, his curiosity prompted him to consider medicine....

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Local company doubles down on donation

NEW GLASGOW — Wanting to help out where it was needed most, a local company has doubled a donation it made last year. Pictou County children’s clothing company Neezies Inc. donated 200 articles of new clothing to The United Way of Pictou County to help ease the burden of holiday shopping for families in need....

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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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A visit with “Santa and the Mrs.”

Colouring books, crayons, sticker books and stuffies fill the living room of a local couple who have spent the past couple of weeks playing Santa and Mrs. Claus for local families. The gifts are all wrapped in brightly coloured paper and neatly stacked in front of a decorated Christmas tree, waiting to be delivered by...

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Potential COVID exposure at local eatery

A Stellarton restaurant is the latest local business to have had a possible exposure to COVID_19. Nova Scotia Health Public Health issued a press release on Wednesday advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at Andre’s Piza. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are now listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures. Anyone at the eatery, located at...

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More than $45,000 raised for Pictou County Christmas Fund

Pictou County residents have shown their resilience and generosity in the face of adversity. More than $45,000 was raised during the Pictou County Christmas Fund’s virtual fundraising campaign. The online event featuring the talents of local artists wrapped up over the weekend, with a grand total of $45,200 raised in support of Pictou East and...

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COVID-19 vaccine is here!

The much anticipated first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Nova Scotia today – the first allotment of 1,950 doses. Due to strict transportation, handling and storage requirements, the first vaccinations will be administered in Halifax, where the vaccine is stored. “This is a milestone in the battle against the virus,” said Premier...

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