Ready to relay (virtually)

Pictou County hosting only event in Atlantic Canada For Shannon MacLean, it’s personal. She has been involved in the local Relay for Life event since it’s been held in Pictou County and this year will mark her 17th year. “My Dad had lung cancer and I had taken him back and forth to Halifax for...

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Lemons to lemonade

Group makes memories from time spent in lockdown Like turning lemons into lemonade, a couple of congregation members from St. David’s Presbyterian Church in Toney River turned a pandemic lockdown into a beautiful work of art. Last spring, the church’s Mission Awareness project, initially intended to be completed by the children of the church, was...

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Rankin: Northern Pulp must meet environmental approval to re-open

Premier-designate takes bold stand on climate change Nova Scotia’s next premier says Northern Pulp will have to abide by “current, more modern expectations” to win approval to resume operations. Iain Rankin — among the first politicians to call the pulp mill’s toxic waste lagoons an example of environmental racism — says he’d be guessing at...

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Celebrate Respiratory Therapists Week

There is no better time than Respiratory Therapy Week (October 25-31) for the Aberdeen Health Foundation to recognize and celebrate the commitment and dedication of the remarkable team at the Aberdeen Hospital. This year in particular has brought into focus the exceptional work of this diverse and critical group of specialists.   Throughout the COVID-19...

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Meeting of the minds

NEW GLASGOW — The local mentoring project partnering with Dalhousie University and a couple of other towns has kicked off its first in-person meeting since the pandemic hit and is now ready to take the next step to help young professionals in Pictou County. A group of mentors as well as co-ordinator for the project,...

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#GreatBigLift getting closer

The Pictou waterfront at the Hector Quay has changed its look daily since last week in preparation for the #GreatBigLift. The Hector, which was launched here on Sept. 16, 2000, is being lifted out of Pictou Harbour and placed on blocks in the quay yard to begin restoration. Darlene MacDonald, a director of the Ship...

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DEANS optimistic about tourism

The tourism industry is taking a beating with the COVID-19 pandemic, said Cindy MacKinnon, managing director for Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores. With events both large and smaller being cancelled across the region, she said she expects it will be a “tough summer.” MacKinnon gave a presentation on tourism in 2019 to Stellarton Council recently....

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Palliative care in a pandemic

Society celebrates Palliative Care Month and the importance of the service Although cancellations are the norm due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Aberdeen Palliative Care Society is still spreading the message of end of life care in honour of Palliative Care Month. Now more than ever people have been focusing on their health by staying...

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The pilot who came ‘of a good stock’

My parents’ generation used to have a saying that was quite common in conversations back in the post-war years. A specific person, they would suggest, “comes of a good stock.” It was a way of describing someone from a family of distinct character. It was meant as a meaningful compliment. I thought of it recently....

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Glen Haven invites community to celebrate Mother’s Day through flower decals in support of the Alzheimer’s Society Nova Scotia

NEW GLASGOW – Although the familiar traditions of Mother’s Day must be altered this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Glen Haven Manor has come up with several innovative ways to assure the day is still very special and that residents’ families have meaningful ways to demonstrate their love and affection for the mothers in...

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