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Oh what some sports fantasizing can do

Tell me something — honestly. After three months of no live hockey, no live basketball, no live baseball on that big screen in your living room or den, how have you been spending your evening hours? I’ve posed that question more than once to Dave Scott, my dear friend and retired school teacher in New...

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A popular old Albion passes away in U.S.

Those of us ancient enough to remember the Stellarton Albions and their nine seasons in the Halifax and District Baseball League during the 1950s have been given another reason to mourn. Joe Fulghum, one of the finest talents ever to play baseball for a Pictou County team, passed away last week at his home in...

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Nova Scotia’s forgotten team

By Vincent Joyce EDITOR’S NOTE: Vince Joyce is a sports fan and former Pictou resident now living in Halifax. In his younger years, he used to write hockey reports for The Pictou Advocate under the alias Hamburger Harry. One of Nova Scotia’s greatest hockey teams has almost been forgotten with the passing of time. This...

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Next question: Will Keefe last long?

When you’ve written thousands of columns like I have through the years, there’s a scenario that’s bound to occur once in a while. Someone asks, innocently, if I ever run out of subjects to discuss. Yes, I do. I faced that situation in just the last few days. It was the evening before my deadline...

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The gals keep making waves

I don’t recall ever watching a major tennis event on television. I usually wait to see the highlights on the sports channels. Yet there I was, in the early afternoon two Saturdays ago, awaiting the U.S. Open final with Canada’s Bianca Andreescu up against none other than Serena Williams, the greatest player ever on the...

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Billy Werber and the church roof

Sixty-one years have whizzed by — almost a lifetime to many — since the Stellarton Albions played their ninth and final season in the legendary import-laden Halifax and District Baseball League. It was long ago. We were in the early stages of black and white TV, computers and cell phones were unheard of, and the...

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‘This is what it’s all about’

Take it from me — one of the benefits of a lifetime in journalism is the fun and excitement you experience along the way. For that, I’m forever grateful. In how many occupations do you get to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip — not once, but twice in a few days? Or meet and...

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To Stellarton: save your rink

Though I’m in my 50th year living away from Pictou County, I still maintain a great interest in the county and its strengths. Think of Stellarton Memorial Rink, for instance. In my growing-up days, my high school and university years writing sports for the New Glasgow News, my 10 years working in the county for...

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Signing books and seeing folks

Putting it into today’s lingo, I had a blast. It was two Wednesdays ago and I was experiencing my first book launch and signing at New Glasgow’s Highland Square Mall. At 79, I was a rookie. Though I was introducing my second book within 14 months, it was the first time I was involved in...

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Newspapers, not steam engines

There’s no question about it, newspapers have been my life-long love affair. It’s a love affair that actually began before I was even old enough to go to school. It was 1943. I was just five years old, the war was still raging overseas and my grandfather on my mother’s side had just retired as...

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