Heavy lifting

Bart Shea had a little fun on the Pictou waterfront this morning where he watched the Ship Hector being lifted out of the harbour and onto blocks at the Hector Quay where it will undergo renovations and repairs. Shea, from Pictou, was a deckhand several years ago on the Bluenose II. Photo courtesy of Troy...

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New home for Hector

… And that’s a wrap! The Ship Hector is out of the water and on dry land – actually, on wooden blocks – at the Hector Quay. The wooden ship was lifted out of Pictou Harbour this morning by A.W. Leil Crane and Equipment, then placed on blocks for assessment and repairs....

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Ready for lift off

Work has been ongoing since about 7 a.m. today to lift the Ship Hector our of the harbour and onto the Hector Quay site to begin repairs. The ship was strapped and moved while counterweights were added to crane operated by A.W. Leil Crane and Equipment. A crowd gathered along Caladh Avenue to watch the...

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RCMP police

Two impaired drivers arrested less than 10 minutes apart

Two impaired drivers were arrested in different areas of Pictou County just after midnight and within 10 minutes of each other. One was involved in a collision. On June 4 at 12:15 a.m., Pictou District RCMP responded to a call of a vehicle travelling west in the east bound lane of Hwy. 104 in Sutherlands...

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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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Two women arrested for impaired driving

Pictou County District RCMP have arrested a 45 year old woman and a 46 year old woman for impaired driving during the weekend. On May 29th at approximately 8:45 p.m.,  Pictou District RCMP received a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Durham.  Police located the vehicle in Pictou and investigation at the scene resulted in the...

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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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