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Why the old APC survived so long

There’s a question that keeps being asked in emails from readers or during conversations with acquaintances or total strangers. How do I keep finding new column ideas after writing for so many years? The longevity reference just makes me smile. Sometimes I get a subject in a rather peculiar way. It happened again for this...

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When Dobson chose school over hockey

Prior to the National Hockey League doubling from six to 12 franchises in 1967, professional organizations gobbled up young prospects in an archaic fashion that existed since young men first began wearing ice skates and carrying wooden sticks to frozen neighbourhood rivers and ponds. Scouts and bird-dog watchers prowled hockey rinks wherever the sport was...

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The NHL goalie who didn’t come to town

Behind the scenes, in the manager’s office at New Glasgow Stadium, a potent coup for the New Glasgow Rangers and their Pictou County fans appeared imminent. Being present during negotiations, I was convinced the necessary elements were in place to have a pretentious signing by the local Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League club. A goaltender,...

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A quality person like his mom and dad

If you were to ask me about Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness, the first pronouncement I’d make is that he’s a quality person just like his mom and dad before him. In my mind, they’ve been a sports-loving family I’ve admired for a very long time. They don’t come much finer. And it’s...

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The pilot who came ‘of a good stock’

My parents’ generation used to have a saying that was quite common in conversations back in the post-war years. A specific person, they would suggest, “comes of a good stock.” It was a way of describing someone from a family of distinct character. It was meant as a meaningful compliment. I thought of it recently....

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How junior hockey took the main stage

Back in the days when my generation was much younger — even back when our fathers and mothers were young — it was senior hockey that was attracting fans to the arenas in Pictou County and elsewhere. Remember some of the teams? Locally there were the New Glasgow Rangers, Stellarton Royals and Pictou Maripacs. Around...

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He let his play do the talking

There were two bits of information — call it gossip if you like — that I wanted before I began writing this week’s column. Though my files on Pictou County sports people are pretty extensive, I knew I didn’t have the answers and realized a folder-by-folder search wouldn’t be much help. Instead, I phoned a...

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The APC died 60 years ago

It’s everywhere. Old age – and the topic of aging – seems to be on the minds of more and more people. It must have something to do with growing old. Take this past Friday morning. I was walking the dogs when a woman, who stopped to pat them, noted one was turning grey. She...

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