Top cop retires

Retired Westville/Stellarton Police Chief Don Hussher jokes that he spent a year in prison. As a correctional officer. “When I first left the military I landed a job in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, as a correctional officer. Seven years in the military, 44 years in policing and one year in prison — that always wakes them...

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Premier announces forestry transition team members

Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Jan. 3, the government and forestry sector members of the transition team created to support sector workers and businesses affected by the announced closure of the Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie. Kelliann Dean, deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, was previously announced as the team lead. Other members include:...

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Bidding farewell to a career of passion

Leadership at the Nova Scotia Community College, Pictou Campus, will be different in 2020. Campus principal Dave Freckelton has retired and the community gathered at the college last week to congratulate him. Freckelton spent 41 years at the college in a handful of different positions and the community lauded him as an inspiration and change...

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Challenge accepted: Local NSCC students win Challenge NS competition

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pictou Team # 77 won first place in this competition. Winners:  Mickayla Fraser, Rylee Mclean and Saje Macleod won $2,000. View their video at https://youtu.be/zl8GFYoGn_A It was crunch time for Nova Scotia Community College students last week as they worked on the Challenge Nova Scotia question for this year. Annually, a competition is...

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The Local Climate – Pilikan

The Pilikan House is a living lab on the Middleton campus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), designed and equipped to produce as much energy as it in turn consumes, championing what the science folk call net zero housing. I was downright giddy when I arrived for a tour. “The house has the potential...

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Passion, painting and property

Retired from teaching and unable to sell truckloads of wood from his property in Durham, Mike Hartlen decided to create a new partnership with his wife of more than 40 years, Donna. While neither of them call it a business and a lot of their creations get donated back to the community, they are seeing...

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Local stylist wins gold in competition

A local stylist is golden. Shelby Tait, 2017 Cosmetology honours graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College, recently competed in the Goldwells Global Colorzoom competition and on July 8 she heard she took gold in the New Talent Colorist category. A member of the Chelsea Laine Salon and Colour Bar, Tait will be going to...

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Nova Scotians complete close to 12,000 Quality of Life surveys

Close to 12,000 Nova Scotians logged onto their computers or sat down with their pencils to complete Nova Scotia’s first, province-wide Quality of Life Survey.  The 180-question survey is led by Engage Nova Scotia, in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College, and conducted by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) at the University of Waterloo....

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Ready for the next step

There was lots of celebration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre last week as the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou Campus saw 282 graduates cross the stage to receive certificates and diplomas in different programs. Among the highlights of this year’s graduation ceremony included the presentation of an honorary diploma for the School of Business...

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Corrections offers help for offenders

PRIESTVILLE — It was another busy time on June 5 as The Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility hosted its second annual community supports fair to assist inmates with their future life choices. About a dozen self-improvement, health, education agencies and advocacy groups gathered in several rooms at the facility to offer an opportunity to connect...

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