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Hockey mishap didn’t stop Kevin Murphy

When Kevin Murphy was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the Eastern Shore riding in the 2013 provincial election, he made a comment that really caught my attention. Anybody, he said from his wheelchair, can overcome physical disabilities “to achieve anything at all.” He was speaking from personal knowledge. That observation came...

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So many of us have lost a special friend

Muhammad Ali, the greatest of them all, once said, “If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Right on, Champ. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Is there anything in...

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Safety, above all is key in our arenas

The invasion of COVID-19 has been tough for all of us. As the virus interrupted our lives in just about everything we do, we’ve struggled to get through a very unusual period. We stayed the blazes home, we distanced ourselves from friends and everybody else, we wore masks, we avoided our favourite restaurants, we found...

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It’s not possible for everyone to be first

The Sunday morning sermon was a game winner. Like many of the congregants of Woodlawn United Church in Dartmouth, rather than sitting in a pew wearing a mask, I was at home watching the live virtual service on my iPad. That’s a religious exercise seven months into COVID-19. The guest preacher was Padre Roland Murray,...

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What Pictou County was like in 1954

I was a pretty excited teenager when the Evening News arrived at our home in New Glasgow on Oct. 21, 1954. Sixty-six years ago today. I flipped to the sports section and there, in front of my eyes, was a story about a high school rugby game the previous day between New Glasgow and Stellarton....

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Leafs once again turn to Antigonish

I’ve been told, on more than one occasion, that I live the words of the late Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan in his hit Turn Back the Pages of Time. Maybe the interpretation does fit. I certainly believe the old saying that, the older you get, the more your mind turns back the calendar....

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Pictou’s Town Hockey League

By Vincent Joyce For The Advocate A long, long time ago Pictou had one of the greatest Town Hockey Leagues, the same as all other towns. Hugh Townsend, a great sports writer, once wrote, “You could pick a hockey team from every corner in Pictou.” This league was made up of six very competitive teams...

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Another good guy has left the field

There’s an old saying that first impressions are lasting impressions, particularly in situations like meeting someone for the first time. I wasn’t very old — probably early in elementary school — the first time my mother gave that valuable advice about living in this world. Whatever the timing, I’ve carried her useful lesson with me...

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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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