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“Liking what you do is happiness”

Shannon MacLean, who has been serving as youth minister at Woodlawn United Church in Dartmouth, will be ordained on May 24. I won’t forget the date — it’s my birthday and I’ve had a good number of those. A few weeks later, she begins ministerial duties at St. Andrew’s United in Truro. I mention her...

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Albion boxing club ends big year

TRENTON — Members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club are marking the end of a successful year. The club celebrated with its annual Christmas party to officially complete the 2019 calendar year and dispense with training for the holiday season. Training will resume on January 6. “We’re looking forward to a really good 2020,” club...

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Hockey poster salutes Mark Babineau

PICTOU — A poster honouring local hockey great Mark Babineau now adorns the Hector Arena. A native of Pictou, Babineau visited the arena last week to see the collage of stories, photos and statistics that highlight his career in junior, senior and professional hockey. “I got to say this is wonderful, the best thing that...

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Grand Slam delivers goods, Nix says

By all accounts fans got what they were looking for from the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, host co-chairman Jim Nix says. Near capacity crowds watched on Sunday as Team Jacobs from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. defeated Team Brad Gushue from St. John’s, N.L. 6-4 to capture the men’s Tier I championship at the Pictou...

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Team Kim gets special help

Helping Team Kim from South Korea was a rewarding time for people at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling. Jim Cruickshank chauffeured the team where ever it needed to go, while a South Korean couple living in Pictou County helped with translation. “I got a call for translation one day before the event started,” Jack...

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Grand Slam of curling rocks Wellness Centre

Anticipation has been building for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling in Pictou County as the conversion from hockey rinks to curling facilities continued this week at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The tournament is the second in the 2019-20 season as part of the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge that was scheduled to begin with...

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Albion club boxing card Nov. 16

TRENTON — A busy season has begun at the Albion Amateur Boxing Club. The club plans to host a boxing card on Nov. 16 at the Nova Scotia Community College gym in Stellarton. Its main event is expected to feature a return match between Matt Fraser from the Albion club and Matt Doyle of the...

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He tossed ‘the big pole’ for 44 years

Mention the caber toss to me and three things instantly come to mind — telephone poles, immense human strength and, yes, retired school teacher Jim Sears. To me, they’ve been forever associated. In case you’ve never heard of it, the caber toss is a traditional athletic event that had its origin at the Scottish Highland...

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Jim always big in sports and life

We all have our stories — big stories — about Jim Sears. It couldn’t be any other way when it comes to the biggest guy in town. When I reached grade nine at New Glasgow High School in 1952, Jim was in Grade 12, already established in such activities as gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and track...

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Operation Yellow Ribbon comes to town

PICTOU – The town of Pictou will be participating in Operation Yellow Ribbon. A ceremony at Market Square on Tuesday officially launched the project before members of CEF will then proceed to attach ribbons to the poles along Water Street. Mayor Jim Ryan was joined by members of the Construction Engineering Flight that includes Flight...

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