Our Pictou Island nurse

It is a known fact that those of us who lived on Pictou Island during earlier years had our own Florence Nightingale. I had always known her as Margaret Jack, wife of Jack (Happy) MacDonald. Margaret was born in 1897 to Charles and Ann MacCallum of Pictou Island. Her ambition as like many young girls...

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Kelsey Hann go-karting feature at deCoste

MOUNT WILLIAM — Go-karting is pretty much Kesley Hann’s life. It has been for nearly 10 years and now Hann is the subject of the premiere of a documentary called Winning is a Close Second that will be screened starting at 7 p.m. on January 9 at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou. Black...

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The secret’s out: Leafs, then Habs

All of us — or at least most of us — have had a favourite team in the National Hockey League. It’s pretty much an obligation in being a sports fan in this great country of ours. We may not have been born with such a prerequisite embedded in our hearts, but a choice usually...

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Matt Fraser eyes Olympic boxing qualifiers

TRENTON — It maybe a long shot but Matt Fraser has Olympic boxing on his agenda. Fraser is a member of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club. He left recently for the week-long Boxing Canada Olympic qualification tournament that will end on Saturday in Montreal. It is a natural progression for Fraser following the international matches...

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Red Seal chef visits market

MERIGOMISH — Rarely does the Merigomish Sunday Market have a scene like this. Brunch and display tables of food and other items for sale fill the main hall of the former rural school, but recently a Red Seal chef from Montreal visited the market to help prepare the brunch menu of poached eggs, fried chicken,...

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Local singer takes third in Chicago competition

She arrived at the classical singer competition and convention in Chicago hoping to get a head start looking into grad schools, and Nicole Ross of New Glasgow ended up competing and placing third out of more than 500 competitors. As well as the competition, the event included a conference, a chance to perform for and...

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Our moving day as Expos began

Fifty years ago this week. Half a century if you want it in poignant terms. The specific date on the calendar was April 8, 1969. It was a sunny spring day in Nova Scotia, a snowy day down in New York. I zero in on the anniversary for two reasons. First, it was the day...

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County’s best team dynasties?

The bait was too tantalizing to ignore. Like a mother’s or grandmother’s classic recipe in a time-worn family cookbook, the essential ingredients were there to produce a nourishing topic — a friend’s idea, my own enthusiasm, plus a sports magazine’s inspiration. The friend contacted me after seeing my column noting that I had reached my...

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Local musician wins prestigious award before returning home for concert

MERIGOMISH  –   Merigomish tenor Marcel d’Entremont is the recent recipient of prestigious award from McGill University. On Nov. 25, the tenor won the 2018-2019 Wirth Vocal Prize at McGill University in front of an enthusiastic audience and a four-person jury. Alongside collaborative pianist Dakota Scott-Digout, from Barrington, NS, d’Entremont’s program included works by Verdi, Duparc,...

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Classical music tour draws local students

NEW GLASGOW — Music students are getting an opportunity to hear classical music performed by artists already scheduled to visit Pictou County. Their next scheduled chance will be on October 23 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre and will feature the Montreal-based ensemble Les Songes, a quartet that consists of Baroque...

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