Veteran “honoured” to receive Quilt of Valour

Veteran of the Second World War, multiple medal-earning soldier, proud husband to the love of his life, caring step-father to 10 children, life of service… Fraser Boyles is well accomplished and now has one more achievement: as recipient of a Quilt of Valour. “I was really surprised and really honoured,” to receive it, Boyles said,...

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Flying home

The RCAF branch in Stellarton is welcoming another few pieces to their collection with the help of a local family who was interested in donating medals and documents of a family member who was killed in action in the Second World War. Margaret and Raymond Murray decided that a display might be the best place...

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MacDonald siblings gather for Sea King chopper ride

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally appeared in The Advocate in August 2016 … TRENTON – Three siblings enjoyed a rare opportunity to fly together in a helicopter. Maritime Helicopter Crew Commander Captain Brenden MacDonald, Maritime Helicopter co-pilot Captain Evan MacDonald and their sister – Underwater Warfare Officer Lt. Megan MacDonald – were aboard a CH...

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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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National recognition for tireless volunteer

It was a well-earned honour for Vincent Joyce on Saturday afternoon as Westville Mayor Roger MacKay presented the former Pictou County resident and former Pictou Highlander with the National Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Joyce was the founding and driving force behind the Pictou County Military Museum and volunteered for many years collecting, arranging and curating...

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Hundreds ‘remember’ during County service

PICTOU — A clear, cold day on Sunday marked the return of Standard Time and the occasion of the 83rd Pictou County Remembrance Day parade and service. Harsh sun cast long shadows and blustery winds challenged presenters and prompted Bill Echlin from Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion to advise those laying wreaths to...

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Military Appreciation Night being hosted by Crushers on November 8

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are hosting a Military Appreciation Night during their Maritime Junior Hockey League game against the Valley Wildcats on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. It’s an opportunity for fans to take part in the game that starts at 7 p.m. and for the Crushers to honour Canada’s...

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PICTOU – A recent open house has helped 144 Construction Engineering Flight Pictou raise its community profile and encourage people to join the flight. Captain M.A. Lukaszczyk-Thérien, officer commanding, 144 Construction Engineering Flight of the Canadian Armed Forces, welcomed the opportunity and hopes it will help the CEF’s future success. The CEF is a construction...

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Bringing the valour home

A call from a stranger in Ontario has The Pictou County Military Museum gathering money to bring home the valour of a local soldier. The Canadian Memorial Cross of Private Robert Joseph Melanson of the Pictou Highlanders was found for auction on eBay by Dave Thomson of St. George, Ont. Thomson is a regular on...

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Lest we forget: Fallen remembered during services

Thousands of Pictou County residents gathered on November 11 at cenotaphs and memorials to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom … In Sunny Brae, three more names were added to the cenotaph list and the unveiling of a new interpretive panel were among highlights of the annual Remembrance Day service. The weather...

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