Operation Yellow Ribbon comes to town

PICTOU – The town of Pictou will be participating in Operation Yellow Ribbon. A ceremony at Market Square on Tuesday officially launched the project before members of CEF will then proceed to attach ribbons to the poles along Water Street. Mayor Jim Ryan was joined by members of the Construction Engineering Flight that includes Flight...

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Children and adults with disabilities to receive enhanced support at home

Children and adults with disabilities and their families who qualify for more support at home will receive it without having to wait. Under the current program, Nova Scotians with disabilities who qualified for Enhanced Family Support were placed on a waitlist until funding became available, as the funding for this program was capped. As of...

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Healthy sleep habits for back-to-school

One in four Canadian children have insomnia, including difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early. Poor sleep can make it harder for children to learn and pay attention. It can even make it harder for children to control their emotions, make healthy eating choices, and to be physically active. This is why...

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New program helps Nova Scotians purchase their first home

Nova Scotians working to save for a down payment for their first home could soon get an interest-free loan from Housing Nova Scotia to make their dream come true. The provincial and federal governments are investing $1.3 million to fund a new one-year Down Payment Assistance Program. “Saving up for a down payment remains one...

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Over the top, again

PICTOU – It was another big day for upholding Pictou County’s Christmas spirit. More than $80,000 was raised on Sunday at the deCoste Centre during the annual Pictou County Christmas Fund with proceeds going toward Christmas dinner for many families in the area. Final figures were to come and based crucially on pledges being honoured,...

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Christmas Fund telethon gearing up

The Pictou County Christmas Fund organizing committee met at the Sobey Community Room for the last time this week before the annual fund-raising and concert scheduled for Sunday, November 27 at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. In it’s 42nd year, the fund is preparing to provide food gift cards for families in need this holiday...

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Hopes for brighter future

NEW GLASGOW – Excitement and chatter filled Trinity United Church last week as newcomers to Pictou County graduated from an intensive six-week English as an Additional Language course. The students, numbering in close to 30, consisted of three Syrian families as well as two Indian families; ages ranged  from small children to adults. “It’s been...

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Newcomers enjoying Canadian and Pictou County experience

NEW GLASGOW – Coming to Canada from a foreign land can be overwhelming and scary, but the AlMethyb and Casim families are taking it all in stride. Last year, Pictou County Safe Harbour and Communities Assisting Refugees Now worked  to raise funds to bring a refugee family to the area. Thanks to the support from...

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