From isolation can come community

It was while walking with his faithful four-legged companion that the germ of an idea for helping the community’s most vulnerable was born in Jim McKenna’s mind. And the former social worker and educator is hoping the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be Pictou County’s finest hour. The New Glasgow resident explains, “I...

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Nova Scotia’s doctors ratify new four-year contracts

The province’s doctors signaled they’re ready for change by approving two new four-year agreements with the provincial government on Nov. 25. “These contracts begin to recognize the value of Nova Scotia’s doctors and will help to begin stabilizing some of the most vital services in our health-care system so that patients have better access to...

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The price to pave: BBB cautions Atlantic Canadians about disreputable paving companies

HALIFAX – Now that summer weather has finally arrived, it is the time of year that many of us think about paving or re-paving our driveways. However, it’s also the time of year when we must be careful of fly-by-night paving companies that offer limited time prices that in some cases are too good to...

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Hillside group holding two-day flea market to raise funds to build new hall

A desire to re-connect residents with their community and each other is the driving force behind the Hillside Community Society. This group’s main focus is to work together to generate funds to build a community centre in Hillside so that community residents can socialize with each other, celebrate milestones and get together for fun and...

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NSCC challenge set for Friday

STELLARTON – More than 400 Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) students will spend 12 consecutive hours starting at 10 a.m. developing solutions to a challenge issued to them by Premier Stephen McNeil. The students at various campuses that include Pictou are participating in NSCC’s fifth Annual Challenge Nova Scotia Competition – a pan-provincial event that...

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Local agencies get grant to help reduce poverty

Communities throughout Nova Scotia, including Pictou County, will receive funding to support those living in or facing poverty. Pictou County Roots for Youth Society has received $27,746 for the Homeless No More project, from the Building Vibrant Communities grant program that helps community-based organizations develop innovative approaches and build their capacity as government works to reduce...

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A growing project

Downtown New Glasgow is really blossoming this summer with the new edition of the New Glasgrow Community Garden, right in the heart of downtown. The idea came to local business owner Carey Allan as she looked out the windows of her Provost Street pottery studio, Perfect Diversity. Since the demolition of the Maritime building, the...

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Sport retreat refines future needs

BRAESHORE — More than 30 people gathered for a two-day sports retreat last week at the Pictou Lodge Beach Resort to reach agreement on focal points designed to expand sports’ reach in the province. Rae Gunn, Highland Region manager for Recreation Nova Scotia, was one of the 31 people who took part in the event....

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Honouring our Community

The gymnasium in Pictou Landing First Nation was a place of celebration on Saturday as people gathered for the 27th annual PLFN Mawio’mi. The events brought dancers, drummers, vendors and spectators together from Pictou Landing First Nation and communities as far as Maine and Quebec. Despite the rain and the move indoors, co-lead organizer Haley...

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Local Habitat for Humanity group has eye on retaining young families

A new building project is in the works for Stellarton and, while it will be on a smaller scale physically, it will have big effects. It’s a Habitat for Humanity house that will provide affordable housing to a local family. Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray explains, “It was an idea that formulated with me after I...

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