Allan Shaft disaster marks centennial

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct an error) As a county built on coal mining and industry, one of the disasters that rocked Pictou County marked its 100th anniversary on January 23. The Allan Shaft explosion that took 88 lives marked 100 years since the disaster occurred, the second of eight explosions...

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Men of the Deeps at Westray commemoration

The acclaimed Men of the Deeps performed in front of a full house at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton on the evening of May 9, 2017 as part of the 25th anniversary of Westray commemoration....

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Moving visit to Westray display

STELLARTON — Emotions surfaced for visitors recently at the Westray display at the Museum of Industry. Trevor Boyd — along with Amanda Geddes, Mateo Geddes and Sam Geddes — took time during a visit to the museum to view the display. The display at the rear of the museum’s main foyer was assembled over the...

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Westray remembered at dawn

NEW GLASGOW — A memorial march and service on Tuesday morning began a day of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Westray coal mine disaster. More than 200 people marched to the Westray Miners Memorial Park for the service beside the monument that is dedicated to the 26 miners who died on May...

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From darkness to light….

Allan Doyle had no idea when he went to work the back shift on May 8, 1992 the devastating loss he would suffer that night. He lost his livelihood, some great friends and colleagues. And his baby brother. And he just about lost his mind. Allan worked in the lab at the Westray coal mine...

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Community shows its strength

When there is crisis or need, Pictou County really comes together. This was evidenced on May 9, 1992 when 26 miners perished in the Westray coal mine in a massive underground explosion. The blast that rocked this coal mining community — and the lives of virtually everyone in it — reverberated around the world as...

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Lasting impressions …

The image of a red Ford Tempo, four door, riddled with what resembled bullet holes sticks out in Bill Muirhead’s mind. Like a vague whisper of a dream he can’t quite recall in its entirety, it flashes in his memory like an old home movie, never quite materializing fully, but flickering just enough to remind...

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First responder answers the call

Doug Dort has seen more tragedy and heartache than he could ever recall. As a fire fighter and an emergency medical technician of 46 years, it is a part of his life. But he has never seen tragedy on as large a scale as on Saturday, May 9, 1992 — the day 26 miners lost...

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Former miner recalls Westray trauma

NEW GLASGOW — This is an especially trying time for Vernon Theriault. “When it comes this time of year, it’s harder — it brings back a lot of memories,” he said. “It’s part of history you’re involved with. You deal with it, but it doesn’t get easier.” Theriault was employed at the Westray coal mine...

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Matheson prepares for evening service

NEW GLASGOW – Preparing to mark the 25th anniversary of the Westray mine disaster has unearthed many memories for Glen Matheson. Now retired, Matheson was a minister at First Presbyterian Church and one of the pastors who were busy actively comforting people after the explosion that killed 26 miners on May 9, 1992. He’s been...

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