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Sponagle overcame many tough times

Evidently I haven’t been alone among newspaper columnists. My former colleague John DeMont at The Chronicle Herald was explaining last week how the COVID-19 virus, followed by the mass murders in northern Nova Scotia, delayed other subjects he planned to write about. I had similar issues. After 66 years of never missng a week without...

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Well-known county boxer passes away

Knowing you might be outmatched in a fight is one thing; choosing to step into the ring when you know that is something entirely different. In the heyday of Pictou County boxing with pro fighters from the area hitting double digits and boxing gyms packed, to make it somewhere you had to be good. Although...

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Lest we forget the third Hafey

Any boxing fan in this country who ever sat at ringside would be able to tell you that Pictou County’s Art Hafey rose to number one contender status in the world featherweight division but was never given his deserved shot at the championship. Any knowledgeable follower of the fight game would also be able to...

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Hafey’s journey never easy

It’s probably difficult to realize, but it’s been 41 years since it happened. That’s half a lifetime to most people. Yet even the passage of four decades plus a year isn’t enough time for boxing fans to forget, especially knowledgeable ones in Pictou County and other parts of Nova Scotia, real hotbeds of boxing in...

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