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Habitat for Humanity to benefit from Ribfest

Hard to imagine how succulent, juicy barbecued ribs and the joys of home ownership are connected. But they are, or will be, in Pictou County. Camp 31 and Silver Bullet BBQ, professional ‘ribbers’, will help a local family have their dream come true with a new home, thanks to Ribfest. Pictou County Ribfest will be...

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Volunteers, support needed to keep Viola’s Place operating

Of all the needs of Viola’s Place, compassionate volunteers top the list. There is plenty of food, dishes, warm bedding, a comfortable living room area complete with sofa, armchairs, books and games and a large-screen television, and enough beds for eight people. Separate male and female washrooms provide an opportunity for guests to enjoy a...

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Viola’s place hosts first AGM

Since opening its doors officially on October 26, 2018, Viola’s Place Society has had only two nights without occupants and those were the first two nights. Since then, volunteers have offered shelter, warmth, food and companionship to 38 different guests. Bednights, referring to one guest who spends the night, have totaled 596 since opening until March 29,...

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Open for business

A long journey has finally come to an end. Viola’s Place opened its doors last Friday. In the fall of 2016, the Life Shelter in New Glasgow shut its doors and since then temporary shelters were in place for those in the county without a home until another permanent shelter could be established. “We looked...

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Homeless shelter aided by 100 Kids Who Care

The president of the board for Viola’s Place Society said a donation from 100 Kids Who Care helps bring them closer to opening the doors of a homeless shelter in Pictou County. On Friday, Karen MacPhee, along with vice-president Brian Bowden, accepted $350 from the youth fundraising group’s recent first meeting. “For a small person...

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Shelter for homeless getting closer to operating

STELLARTON — A temporary winter shelter could be opening soon. Pictou County RCMP Const. Paul Vanderlaan said the shelter will operate in a place whose location will be announced once it is ready. “So far we have started receiving donations for the operation of the shelter,” he said. “We are very grateful for the donations...

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Steering group plans next steps for shelter

NEW GLASGOW — A steering committee expects to meet often while it devises a plan to re-establish a winter shelter in the area. The committee added three members during its most recent meeting that drew more than 30 people recently at the North End Recreation Centre in New Glasgow. Pictou County RCMP Const. Paul Vanderlaan...

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