Where grows the king of hemlocks

My search for our oldest tree Our canoe was laden with all the necessities of outdoor life, and sloshing with water carried in by our socks, soaked every time we were obliged to leap overboard and carry our craft over rocks and beaver dams and the simple shallows of August. The intense sun of afternoon...

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Mackie family had large shoes to fill

My interest in the Mackie family — the one whose patriarch was the history-making hockey defenceman Irvine (Tiger) Mackie — began a very, very long time ago. Actually, it was before I was old enough to attend school. It had its beginning in the 1943-44 season. I was five years of age and my dad...

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That familiar smile is gone forever

I never met Heidi Stevenson, the RCMP officer who was one of the victims of the devastating murder rampage that shocked all of us two Sunday mornings ago. Members of my family and her family know each other, however. Our daughter Charlotte and Heidi’s husband Dean were among a group of friends who attended school...

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Study hall takes on new meaning

Navigating teaching in these COVID-19 challenging times is difficult. Many universities, colleges and schools across the country have suspended in-person courses as public health officials try to flatten the curve of the outbreak and prevent the virus from spreading. It is equally difficult being a university student in these unprecedented times. Worse yet, a university...

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Domo Arigato, NGA Robotics Club

They may only be in middle school but the boys of the New Glasgow Academy robotics team are out to change their community for the better and have been working hard on the idea to do so. The club ranging in grades five to eight is student-driven and lets members learn how to create robots...

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And all that jazz …

A musician with local roots continues to hit the high notes in her musical career, including a performance this week at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Beth McKenna, a graduate of North Nova Education Centre (2008) and now based in Montreal, has developed a career for herself in the arts, known as being one of...

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Movers and Shakers

Insects, more so than any other class of animal, are the movers and shakers of the Maritimes, responsible for more ecological processes even than the large, charismatic mammals who so often inspire our dutiful conservation. Insects, in their untold abundance and diversity, matter more to our landscape even than the mighty moose, or elusive lynx....

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