Read by the Sea festival cancelled for 2020

RIVER JOHN – Organizers of the Read by the Sea literary festival have made the decision to cancel this summer’s events. It was scheduled to run July 1-4 in River John. Monica Graham, festival coordinator, said committee members discussed their options, however still feel the province will be experiencing effects of the coronavirus, or COVID-19,...

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Market Square going modern

Pictou’s Market Square is in the process of getting a bit of a face lift as the town has partnered with the Pictou Garden Club to spruce up part of downtown. The garden club recently presented the Town of Pictou’s Michelle Young with a cheque for more than $5,000 to help out with the project...

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Preserving our heritage is vital

If you know me, you know I’ve never stopped loving the Pictou County where I grew up and where I began my newspaper career as a high school student. I’ve been away for 48 years — yet I’ve never forgotten my roots. When I’m asked where I’m from, I still respond with two words: “God’s...

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In the Spirit: Reflections on Everyday Grace by Monica Graham

In the Spirit: Reflections on Everyday Grace by Monica Graham Wow! As someone who has questioned and struggled with the idea of organized religion I was eager to read through the pages of River John’s own Monica Graham’s essays. Not familiar with her time as a religious columnist I was pleasantly surprised at the well...

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Artists show interest in River John

RIVER JOHN – Creativity and expression will be abound in River John this week as artists converge on the village to be inspired. Joy Laking saw what was happening in River John when they were facing the school closure and the community spirit that existed there and wanted to capture that moment in time. “Joy...

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Pictou Academy fighting to stay open, again

Pictou Academy is fighting to stay open, once again. The announcement of a school review in Pictou including all three town schools means PA is now fighting for the fourth time in 200 years to remain open. Monica Graham, author of Cradle of Knowledge: Pictou Academy 1816-2016, notes that the first fight began in 1918....

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