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So many of us have lost a special friend

Muhammad Ali, the greatest of them all, once said, “If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Right on, Champ. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Is there anything in...

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Remembering those Thorburn moments

If you were a total stranger to this part of the world, you might be asking, where and what is Thorburn? Wikipedia, the much-used online information site that bills itself as “the free encyclopedia,” gives us a brief undated explanation of the Pictou County community. “The small rural Nova Scotia town,” it says, “has a...

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Schooners again in turbulent waters

Right now, I wouldn’t bet a wooden nickle — or a roll of extinct pennies — that Halifax will get its Canadian Football League franchise onto the field. To be frank, I doubt the Schooners will ever sail. A failed launch occurred before — almost four decades ago. And, under the circumstances, there’s no reason...

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Nova Scotia’s forgotten team

By Vincent Joyce EDITOR’S NOTE: Vince Joyce is a sports fan and former Pictou resident now living in Halifax. In his younger years, he used to write hockey reports for The Pictou Advocate under the alias Hamburger Harry. One of Nova Scotia’s greatest hockey teams has almost been forgotten with the passing of time. This...

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MacDonald salutes European influence

A chance meeting with Max Ivanov sent Lowell MacDonald into recall about his first encounter with European hockey and how it has influenced the NHL. MacDonald was left with the irony of having enjoyed his best years in the National Hockey League when he was a star left-winger with the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the current...

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