Water, water everywhere … Maybe not!

By Dr. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate “Water is the driving force in nature.” — Leonardo da Vinci When I was a child I marvelled at the tall standpipe on the outskirts of town, aware that it provided the water that came out of the taps on High Street. I wondered how...

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh passes away

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away. He was 99. Buckingham Palace announced the news earlier this morning. A press release from Canada News Wire paid tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh noting that he devoted himself to the people of the Commonwealth and of Canada. He stood by Her Majesty The...

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Three arrested after cocaine, other drugs, firearms seized

Three people are facing charges after drugs and firearms were seized in the execution of a search warrant on April 7. According to a press release from the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, on that day at approximately 10 p.m., the PCISCEU, with assistance from the Stellarton Police Service and the Westville Police Service,...

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Poverty vigil held

This group of people gathered at Stellarton Town Square earlier this afternoon to take part in a vigil highlighting the reality of poverty in Nova Scotia and the need for a basic guaranteed livable income. Another group gathered at the office of Central Nova MP Sean Fraser in New Glasgow. The vigils, which took place...

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MOPC receives federal funding for high speed internet project

The Municipality of Pictou County (MOPC) has been awarded $4.46 million from the Federal Government’s Universal Broadband Fund Rapid Response Program for the deployment of a broadband network to rural areas. With a contribution from the Municipality of Pictou County of $3.32 million, this project will connect many underserved households to high-speed internet in Pictou...

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Veteran “honoured” to receive Quilt of Valour

Veteran of the Second World War, multiple medal-earning soldier, proud husband to the love of his life, caring step-father to 10 children, life of service… Fraser Boyles is well accomplished and now has one more achievement: as recipient of a Quilt of Valour. “I was really surprised and really honoured,” to receive it, Boyles said,...

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Lobster Carnival’s a go

The Pictou Lobster Carnival will go on this year. Chairman Shawn McNamara and media relations officer Kent Corbett, who is also managing the event’s Covid Relief Plan, are thrilled to announce this much-loved festival will return to the county. This year’s Lobster Carnival will run July 9-11. But, they caution, it won’t be the same...

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Chasing waterfalls

Dad draws strength, peace from cascading falls The beauty and power of waterfalls is helping to heal a local dad whose son drowned in a waterfall almost four years ago. Kent Mason’s son, Kale, died tragically at Park Falls on May 19, 2017 while he was there with his brother Kade. Now, four years later,...

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Litter dump believed to be deliberate

Garbage littering the road into Pictou Landing First Nation is believed to have been deliberately dumped there. A press release from the Pictou County District RCMP says that on the evening of Friday, March 26 residents of Pictou Landing First Nation noticed the roadway littered with garbage upon entry into the community. Police say they...

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Mentoring Plus Strategy launches website

NEW GLASGOW — A project to connect experienced retirees with people for mentorship now has a new tool to help people learn more about it: a website. The Mentoring Plus Strategy’s website is now live online providing a place for curious people to learn more about how they can get involved. “Whether you’re a retiree...

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