Evelyn McKay celebrates 95th birthday

January 3 marked a very special occasion at Union Presbyterian Church, Thorburn, when the congregation honoured Evelyn McKay on her 95th birthday. The celebration was complete with birthday cake and many expressions of good wishes. McKay grew up in New Glasgow, the eldest of five children, where she attended Westminster Church and sang in the...

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Fire departments throughout province benefitting from weekly 50/50 draws

AMHERST – What started as a way for one fire department raising funds to support local causes has since turned into one of the largest online 50/50 draws across Canada. The weekly Nova Scotia Firefighters 50/50 draw has grown in the past seven months, to the point where 227 fire departments and non-profit organizations that...

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Feelin’ fit: How to keep your New Year’s resolution

Most people have made a health-related New Year’s resolution at some point in their life and with January approaching the mid-month mark, resolutioners are coming out seeking to make this year a better one for themselves. It can be hard to stick to those resolutions so The Advocate spoke with some local gyms to find...

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Reading, writing, and living well

By Janet Murray and Dr. Jock Murray For The Advocate Our parents used to say, “Get a good education and you’ll get a good job.” Current parents should say, “Get a good education and you will be healthier, happier, and live longer.” In an earlier column we wrote about the social determinants of health and...

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Bus depot on the move

Maritime Bus will be rolling out of its current location on East River Road. And it’s looking for a new spot. Wenda Pitre, vice president Coach Atlantic Group which operates Maritime Bus, says the company was notified by Couche-tard, which operates the Circle K, that it had plans for the portion of the business Maritime...

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Back to their roots

The unforgettable smell of the salt air and a picturesque downtown have lured an Ontario couple to town. Chris Sereda and Stephanie Mann recently purchased the former Pictou Puffin Bed and Breakfast on Front Street. They spent the past few months renovating top to bottom — all three floors of the circa 1855 house —...

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Roundup of top news stories of 2020 concludes

We’ve brought readers the top news stories from 2020 in PIctou County for January through to October. Read on to see how the year ended … NOVEMBER Staff Pick: Dustin’s Pantry Local man, Dustin Madden took it upon himself to help out others who might be in a tough spot by self-funding a free pantry...

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Local Francophones having stories told through music

TRURO – A project by the local Francophone community centre is telling the stories of seniors throughout the province. “It’s a very rewarding project, and we’re very pleased with how it’s going,” said Yvette Saulnier, director of the Centre communautaire francophone de Truro. “It’s such a fabulous project that we wanted to be able to...

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Top news stories of 2020

Municipal election and Black Live Matter were big news stories last year. Read on to find the other top stories of September and October … SEPTEMBER Staff Pick: BLM New Glasgow mural The community came together to create a large Black Lives Matter mural on Provost Street in New Glasgow. The mural was the first...

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Pause in N.S. team schedules extended through January 24

MHL hockey fans will have to wait a little longer to see a local game. The Nova Scotia government announced on Friday that the COVID-19 restrictions introduced before Christmas will be extended until 11:59 p.m. on January 24. Those rules include limiting sports practices to 25 participants without physical distancing, with games and tournaments not...

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