Pictou Advocate sports

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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He let his play do the talking

There were two bits of information — call it gossip if you like — that I wanted before I began writing this week’s column. Though my files on Pictou County sports people are pretty extensive, I knew I didn’t have the answers and realized a folder-by-folder search wouldn’t be much help. Instead, I phoned a...

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A gigantic smile, a firm handshake

It was 60 years ago. I was a 19-year-old second-year student at St. Francis Xavier University. I was drifting blindly — or something even worse — in engineering. I was the proverbial square peg in a round hole. But I was busy doing something else that, to me, was much more interesting. I was the...

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Locals shine in new book

Hugh Townsend has ‘lived his dream’ and now he’s ‘Remembering Pictou County.’ In his first book, I’ve Lived My Dream, the sports writer delights readers with stories about his meeting sports heroes, athletes like Mickey Mantle, Frank Mahovlich, Gordie Howe. In his newest and second book, titled Remembering Pictou County, Townsend provides almost 80 profiles...

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Hockey Scotias turned senior

The name Trenton Scotias — so familiar in local softball and hockey circles in the 1950s — has been one of my favourites, even after all this time. For several reasons. The first summertime assignment I received from Evening News sports editor Ricky Fraser was to cover the senior softball Scotias. That was in 1954,...

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