Quilted creations

It was her own journey as an immigrant that motivated Gerrie Akkerman to work on creating a Canada 150 quilt, currently on display at the Museum of Industry. Akkerman came to Canada from Holland in 1954 and jokes, “I’m a new Canadian.” Born and raised in Holland, she and her husband came to Toronto first,...

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Sacred fire at First Nation

PICTOU LANDING – A traditional sacred fire was celebrated last week at the Pictou Landing First Nation. Everett Savary was one of four people known as fire keepers who tended and fed a sacred fire inside a teepee. He shared his knowledge of the ancient Mi’kmaq ceremony. The others were Darren Bernard, River Paul and Brandon Bernard. They...

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Past and future …

We’re now more than a week into 2018 and local political leaders are weighing in on what the past year has brought. They are also sharing their views on what they hope for this year … Sean Fraser Member of Parliament for Central Nova As Canada 150 draws to a close, it is an appropriate...

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Sobeys gives $10,000 Presenting Sponsorship to deCoste

PICTOU — Sobeys is partnering with the deCoste Performing Arts Centre to bring a special group of events to the Pictou stage. In September, the deCoste launched an ambitious Canada 150 series with 14 concerts. “We wanted to showcase the cultural diversity of Canada by presenting a collection of shows that represented the regions of...

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Locals involved in Indie Author Day

For all the bright lights, shiny things and distractions around it, nothing motivates the creative mind quite like a deadline. And as deadlines go, catching Canada’s 150 is a pretty big one. And yet, with ‘Where Pines and Maples Grow’, a group of eight local authors managed to do just that. Known in group form...

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Canada: It’s Complicated bringing comedy to deCoste stage

It’s no secret Canada is going all out for it’s 150th anniversary this year. To help celebrate, comedian Mary Walsh (of 22 Minutes and CODCO) is showing off her brand of Canadian comedy with “Canada, it’s complicated.” “The show is kind of a classical satirical sketch comedy review,” said Jamie Pitts, one of the cast...

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Canada 150 theme in Domestic Arts

The annual Pictou North Colchester Exhibition is just around the corner and to mark Canada 150 celebrations, the Domestic Arts portion of this year’s Ex will see the addition of a special Canada 150 class. This class, unlike most classes within the exhibition, will be open to all manner of handmade items — from quilts...

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Heartland bike tour July 15

Anticipation is building in Pictou County for the arrival of the 11th annual Heartland Bike Tour on Saturday. The tour will grace the county while drawing on the Canada 150 theme to complete its 2017 edition of rides around Pictou County after visiting Halifax, Yarmouth, Annapolis Royal and Bridgewater. The tour visited Truro on Wednesday...

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Three from New Glasgow being honoured for dedication to community

For Canada’s 150th, Molson Canadian is calling on the nation to share the real life stories of Canadians acting with connection, class, celebration, commitment and contribution. And three people from New Glasgow are among those to be celebrated. The brand is going to celebrate and inspire the best of Canadian character by rewarding those that...

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Revving up for Routes to Riches race

Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! may be the perfect theme for the second annual Great Pictou County Routes to Riches race. Participants in the July 15 fundraiser will more than likely see and visit places in Pictou County they have never seen before, say organizers Jan Keefe and Stacey Dlamini of...

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