Gingerbread House decorating party cancelled

The Gingerbread House decorating party has fallen victim to COVID-19. This much anticipated annual event, hosted by the United Way of Pictou County, has been cancelled due to rising numbers of those infected with the virus. The house build was to take place at the Museum of Industry this year. Ellen Fanning, executive director of...

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Traditional moccasin making workshop will teach more than the handcraft

Carolyn Landry is never too far away from her sister Neenie. The two travel the province – and beyond — instructing traditional Mi’kmaq handcraft workshops. “She’s with me wherever I go on these workshops,” chuckles Carolyn. The two visited the McCulloch Genealogy Centre last month for a traditional drum making workshop. And they will return...

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MHL announces additional schedule changes

The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) has made five more adjustments to the 2020-21 regular season schedule as a result of new COVID-19 regulations in Nova Scotia. The affected games are as follows: January 16th – Pictou County at Truro to December 18th March 27th – Pictou County at Valley to January 16th March 13th...

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Summer Street closes Event Services & Facilities temporarily

Summer Street has closed its events facilities for the next 14 days in an effort to keep everyone safe. Bob Bennett, executive director says, “The latest COVID 19 community spread threat is of concern to us all.” In order for Summer Street to continue providing services to participants on a daily basis, in the safest...

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Coldest Night of the Year 2021 seeing changes

Baby, it’s cold outside … so grab your warmest coat, hat, scarf and mitts and prepare to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk. This annual event that raises funds for the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society — in fact, it is the organization’s only fundraiser — has been set to take...

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Jeep Club toy drive kicks into gear

The North Nova — Nova Scotia Jeep Club is getting into gear to start its annual toy drive for kids. This will mark three years of giving for the local chapter of the Jeep club. Speaking on behalf of the club Belinda Ingemansen says the drive begins Saturday, Nov. 21 at Canadian Tire and again...

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Province has two school-based cases of COVID-19

Nova Scotia has reported two cases of COVID-19, the first cases associated with schools. One person at Graham Creighton Junior High in Cherry Brook and one person at Auburn Drive High in Cole Harbour tested positive for COVID-19. Both are self-isolating at home. Public health will be in touch with close contacts as part of...

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Enjoy a ‘BIG’ Night In

As the saying goes, when the going gets tough … And for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County, when the going gets tough you pivot and think outside the box. The worldwide health pandemic of COVID-19 is preventing the local agency from holding its usual November Grafton Street Dinner Theatre fundraiser. Public health measures...

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Retreat for vets sees a busy year

More than a year ago, Afghanistan veteran Tyson Bowen set out to create a safe space for himself and other veterans to enjoy the outdoors, connect with loved ones and each other, and recover from any mental trauma or mental illness they may have from their time in combat. Since then, Bowen has accomplished a...

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Remembrance Day services modified due to COVID-19 restrictions

As is the case with many public events during the pandemic, Remembrance Day services around the province will be modified somewhat this year. Veterans Affairs Canada contracts Nova Scotia Health to provide care at seven veterans’ long-term care facilities in the province. They include: Taigh Na Mara (Glace Bay, Eastern Zone) Harbourview Hospital – (Sydney...

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