MacMillan, Davey Academy medal winners

DITOR’S NOTE: The Class of 2020 is one for the history books. The threat of COVID-19 has cancelled graduation cemeonies across the province and beyond. While traditional graduation ceremonies could not be held, grads at each of the high schools in Pictou County were given their moment in the sun… The smiles on the faces...

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Villa opens outdoor visiting area

The smiles said it all: Valley View Villa has opened its outdoor visiting area and families are enjoying all that it offers. On Thursday morning, Gwen Langille-MacKinnon of Pictou was able to visit Ruth Sutherland in the brightly decorated and screened gazebo in the front yard at the villa. Staff delivered juice and fresh blueberry...

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Loneliness

Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray “All the lonely people, Where do they all come from?” — Eleanor Rigby, by Paul McCartney ^ When former prime minister Theresa May of Great Britain appointed a Minister of Loneliness, she said it was recognizing one of the greatest public health challenges of our age. If you...

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Pictou included in Bluenose Sail Past Summer schedule

Nova Scotia’s iconic Bluenose II will sail into ports and harbours around the province – including Pictou – this summer in a unique tour fit for the times dubbed Sail Past Summer. “Ninety-nine years ago, Captain Angus Walters took up the mantle of the Bluenose, representing the hopes and pride of Nova Scotians,” said Communities,...

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Waiting with open arms

Brand new wooden tables and chairs are empty, new toys are waiting to be loved and little child-height sinks and commodes stand waiting to be used. Samantha MacDonald is in a holding pattern. The director of child care for the YMCA of Pictou County’s High Street Child Care Centre in New Glasgow has a brand...

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YMCA begins Phase 1 of re-opening

You know business is staring to return to usual when the YMCA of Pictou County opens its doors again. This is the case now during Phase 1 of the Y re-opening, but anyone who is using the expansive facilities will notice a number of changes. In an effort to keep patrons safe during these days...

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Safe grad – virtually

COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of graduation ceremonies, proms and safe grad events. This year. students from all three high schools throughout Pictou County will be able to view virtually, the devastating realities associated with texting and impaired driving and the realities emergency responders face each time they respond to a crash involving teens. This...

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The power of positivity

Travis Francis has absolutely no room in his busy life for negativity of any sort. He started his own business, Lucrative Apparel, just three months ago and it is taking off like a speeding bullet. “It was one of my dreams.” He had been lobster fishing prior to COVID-19. In an effort to keep his...

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New reality for horse rescue spot

An altered society due to COVID-19 is changing the ability for an animal rescue centre to raise funds. Earth ARC Rescue, located at 644 Heron Road, in Four Mile Brook, is struggling to generate funds that are needed to do the work it does. In a pre-pandemic world, Earth ARC would be hosting its Farm...

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Music and the Brain

By Dr. T. Jock Murray For The Advocate I was concerned when I saw Janet with tears running down her face. We were in a music store in Charleston and she was standing by a wall of CDs and earphones. She explained that she was listening to Martha Argerich playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and...

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