Spinning to a new tune

Dennis Balesdent found out immediately when the building his record and audio equipment shop was in caught fire in Stellarton. Located on Foord Street, Ohm-N Audio is the only record store in the county and Balesdent had recently just expanded the business into a back room of the building. With a friend phoning him right...

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Lending a ‘hand’

Local company switches direction and produces hand sanitizer When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Northumberland Hemp is proving that to be the case and is pivoting in a crisis. The local hemp producer has spent the past five years doing what it does best: growing hemp and producing hemp seed oil, hemp seed...

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Stitching together help

WearWell doing its part in fight against COVID-19 Going back to its roots, WearWell Garments is stepping up to the plate to help health care workers when they need it most with precautionary gear to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. Because the Stellarton company once produced similar medical products, when the need was expressed...

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Tunes for tough times

Nova Scotian Kitchen Party Facebook group chases away the isolation blues with music, song, dance and more What began as a small act to brighten a few people’s days has now reached out to more than 100,000 people from all over the world sharing something Atlantic Canada is known for: music. The Ultimate Online Nova...

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Fun inside

As March Break has extended for schools and some daycares closed, parents working from home and children are spending a lot of time in the house as part of social distancing and even more now that a state of emergency has been called. So much time indoors can get tedious. The Advocate spoke to someone...

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How can we help?

Couple steps up to help vulnerable population Chris Lewis and Lauralee Pentz wanted to help the vulnerable in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. So they did. Lewis is a business consultant and a business teacher; his wife, Pentz owns and operates The New Glasgow Foot Clinic so has access to medical supplies. They are...

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COVID-19 makes ‘Big’ hit to non-profit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County is among the non-profits that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 virus. Not only are its mentoring programs suspended due to schools being out for at least an extra couple of weeks after March Break, and programs being suspended due to public health protocols of social distancing,...

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Pictou County REMO working with province in state of emergency

(Editor’s Note: This story has been altered slightly to reflect more up to date information) Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Organization is working closely with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Organization as the province declared state of emergency in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Co-ordinator John Davison said, “The state of emergency...

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Women’s Worlds cancelled

The Pictou County Wellness Centre is prepared to host the German women’s national ice hockey team next year, COO Greg Smith says. Smith was responding to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s news release that it was cancelling the women’s world championship this year due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 and would allow...

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