Making sure pets are not just for Christmas

By Jocasta Baines If your child has been begging for a puppy or kitty, or you think a pet would add an extra spark of happiness to your home, you may have considered bringing home a pet as a present. The sad truth however, is that abandoned animals are all too common in Nova Scotia,...

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Lottery winners paying it forward

Margie and Gerry Stewart were lucky after they won $1.75 million with Lotto 649 just about a year ago. To share their cheer and a bit of their luck, the couple have been playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus and helping out some people around Pictou County, just for the joy of it. “It was sporadic,...

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A Christmas present to remember

Christmas often brings back memories of family and times gone by for many people. This year, Ruth Copeland Brunelle got an unexpected present that brought back memories of her father. As Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County was winding down renovations to a house for its new office, contractors found a surprise hidden in...

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Put on your best ‘ugly’ holiday wear for the YMCA Ugly Sweater Run

On Saturday, December 15, community members will sport their best ‘ugly’ sweaters in the most festive and merriest 4k’ish run of the year. “It is a community event that uses fun, and physical activity to bring people together of all ages,” says Heidi Sinclair, acting executive director, at the YMCA of Pictou County. “As a...

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Museum celebrating Christmas in style

STELLARTON – There will be no shortage of things to do this Saturday at The Museum of Industry. With the museum staff getting ready for the holiday season they will have things in full swing this weekend with their Holiday at the Museum event. The talk of the town, tiny and regular sized this year...

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Decorating for a cause

A team of hard workers spent last week putting together Christmas goodies for others; they may not have been elves but they were just as happy to be helping out. The Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary group marked its eighth year selling handmade Christmas wreaths. The group sets up shop once a year in a space donated...

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Have a healthy Holiday season

Tis the season for celebration! Since many holiday gatherings are focused on food, you might find it difficult not to overindulge. Our team of Sobeys Dietitians are here to help you enjoy the season without losing sight of your health goals. It’s all about balancing fun, food and activity. What’s your party plan? Here are...

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Exceeding expectations: Community helps Pictou County Christmas Fund more than surpass goal

PICTOU — The phones continued to ring on Sunday after the annual Pictou County Christmas Fund Telethon was off the air. The result: $87,050 in pledges — all of which will be used to help local families in need be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings this year. The total...

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New Glasgow tree lighting on Friday

The Christmas season is quickly approaching and the Town of New Glasgow has an exciting list of events to celebrate this holiday season. It all starts with the New Glasgow Christmas Tree/Holiday Light Up taking place at Glasgow Square Theatre on Friday  at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature live entertainment by the Pictou County...

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In the Christmas ‘Spirit’

Kate Klein knew how to get New Glasgow Farmers Market shoppers in the Christmas ‘Spirit’ – by handing out a little egg nog! The representative of Nova Scotia Spirit company was one of the many vendors who enjoyed Wednesday evening’s open market night. The market was packed as shoppers sampled foods and beverages and browsed...

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