From screen time to green time

LYONS BROOK — Two hikers from Ontario hope they can get more people communing with nature. Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton passed through Pictou County last week heading west along the 24,000-kilometre long Great Trail, formerly called the TransCanada Trail, with their goal over the next three years or more to get more people —...

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Bicycles, castles and the Clan Maclean

A Tidnish resident will ride through Pictou County as part of a fundraising quest to aid a Scottish castle. Duart Castle is a stately fortress on the Isle of Mull overlooking the inner seas of the West coast of Scotland. It is the residence of the chief of clan Maclean, Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean....

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National recognition for three local volunteers

Three Pictou County volunteers were recognized nationally with Senate 150 Medals on Saturday afternoon during a ceremony at the Plymouth Fire Hall. Senator Michael MacDonald, Cape Breton, presented the medals to Joanne Cumminger of Plymouth, Allan Murray of Stellarton and Anne Emmett of Braeshore for their exemplary volunteer record spanning over many years and many...

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Positive start to year for Pictou

PICTOU – Mayor Jim Ryan says he hopes the prospects for two developments in Pictou will help the town and surrounding region. Ryan was commenting on the sale of the former golf club on Beeches Road and a recent Canadian Living magazine survey that listed Pictou as one of 22 towns to visit. “The Town...

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Early Christmas gift for Ship Hector Society

Today’s announcement of funding for the Ship Hector Society from all three levels of government is an early Christmas gift for the Ship Hector Society. The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector...

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Visit ends cruise season

PICTOU — It may have been a dreary day for the last cruise ship visit of the season, but there are more to come. Pictou Parks and Recreation co-ordinator Michelle Young said the Pearl Seas line that included the Pearl Mist that docked for the final time for the season last Wednesday has visits booked...

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Hector hoping for helpers

PICTOU — It’s going to be a busy summer and fall for the Hector Heritage Quay with the information centre expecting 33 tour buses on top of its regular traffic. During this busy year Brian Kellock, who co-ordinates volunteers, is concerned about the numbers for the upcoming season. “We’re in desperate need,” he said, adding...

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Hector Classic draws raves

ABERCROMBIE – Golfers’ sights are already on the 2017 Ship Hector Golf Classic after the fun and fellowship of the 2016 edition. The foursome of Jamie Aitken, Bob MacKenzie, Tyler Wilson and Mike Bowron won this year’s event at Abercrombie Country Club while combining to score eagles on the par-five fourth and seventh holes. Seventeen...

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Mixed response to tourist season

PICTOU – Some tourist attractions have done well and others have noticed a decline this season. The Hector Heritage Quay has done well, based on the number of bus tours that have been booked and have stopped at the quay this year. In contrast, the Northumberland Fisheries Museum has noticed fewer visitors. “It’s pretty good,...

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