Christmas traditions: Gerard & Lori-Anna

Gerard Veldhoven LGBTQ+ Activist for Equality New Glasgow Growing up in The Netherlands, I well recall a Salvation Army group singing in front of a house across the street. This was an annual event that had its beginnings a number of years previously. Yes, a green spruce was erected in our living room on a...

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Christmas traditions: Andrea & Geralyn

Traditions. Almost every family has them and for just about every occasion. Christmas is the time of year when traditions abound. From sending Christmas cards to cherished friends and family to decorating a Christmas tree with special ornaments, or hanging stockings to enjoying a family games night — everyone has their own tradition that, to...

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The secret’s out: Leafs, then Habs

All of us — or at least most of us — have had a favourite team in the National Hockey League. It’s pretty much an obligation in being a sports fan in this great country of ours. We may not have been born with such a prerequisite embedded in our hearts, but a choice usually...

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Plan ahead for a sober ride home

With Christmas just a few days away and the season’s festivities in full swing, MADD Canada and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada are asking Canadians to put safe roads and sober driving at the top of their holiday to-do lists.  “This is a time for families, friends and festive fun. No one’s holiday should come...

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Have a healthy holiday season

‘Tis the season of family, celebration and lots of food! Temptation seems to be everywhere — chocolates at the office, your mom’s favourite pie on the counter, and so many holiday buffets. How do you stick to your diabetes meal plan while everyone around you seems to be indulging? By following some of our tips...

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Beginning to look like Christmas

The Pictou County Christmas Fund organizing committee is at it again — working to raise funds that will provide a Christmas dinner to families in need this holiday. As it has done since the mid-1950s, the committee organizes a telethon featuring many talented members of the community. This year’s event is scheduled to take place...

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Toy drive

WESTVILLE — Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many. The Salvation Army is advising that anyone needing assistance in acquiring toys this year can register with them over three dates in November. All families with children ages infant to 12 may apply for the toy drive. Registration dates this year are Nov....

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The winter of 1958 …

The fall season of 1957 was very mild and there was no snow on the ground for Christmas Day. Enough snow fell on January 3, 1958 to turn the ground white but it melted over the next few days. It remained mild with still no ice in the Northumberland Strait. Bert MacLean from Pictou made...

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Pictou Island mail plane saves Christmas

I was very fortunate recently to have met with and discussed past memories of Pictou Island with Don MacNeil from Little Harbour. During 1946 –1951, Don MacNeil and Colin Cantley flew the Pictou Island mail delivery. They operated their own two planes from Trenton airport for this service. One plane was a two sealer powered...

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Carillon Singers celebrate 25 years of song

The Carillon Singers are delighted to present their annual Old Christmas Concert,  “Snow Angel” on Saturday at 7 p.m. Celebrating 25 years in song in this year, the Carillons have prepared a special evening of solstice serenades to carry you from the Christmas season and into the New Year. Founded in 1993 under the musical...

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