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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An Ode to Empty Skies

I have a long and complicated relationship with the passenger pigeon, an extinct bird which came to my attention one sleepless night six years ago, and which eventually became the subject of my novel The Sky Was Copper Blue. Writing about it, I hoped, would get it out of my head, but of course that...

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A royal opportunity

River John teen overwhelmed with experience on national stage Elizabeth Heighton has seen pictures and videos before of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. But she said that was nothing like actually being there. The 17-year-old from River John had the opportunity to compete at the Royal late last year after being selected during the recent 4-H Pro...

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County native prepares the way for fellow soldiers in West Africa

If you think it’s been warm lately, just be thankful you’re not in Mali, Africa, where the temperature gets a wee bit warmer than it does here. “We have a digital temperature monitor here. It sits under a sun screen… not in direct sun. It will indicate temperatures up to 49 C, today it was...

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New market coming to Pictou County

A new business is making its way to Pictou County with the help of the Zehr family who just moved here from Ontario. Peter Zehr and his family are getting ready to open a market-style business in Alma, on the side of the highway at the intersection near the former Magic Valley fun park. “We’re...

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Theatre Antigonish presenting award-winning indigenous playwright Drew Hayden Taylor’s work

ANTIGONISH – Theatre Antigonish is preparing to open its 43rd season with a groundbreaking comedy titled Cerulean Blue by Drew Hayden Taylor. When a struggling blues band is invited to perform at a benefit concert for a remote First Nations community behind barricades, what follows is an uproarious exploration of politics, perceptions, and relationships. With...

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Dwarf games competitor a big-time medal winner

Watching all of the teams come into the arena, Marilyn and Jim McCarthy of Pictou couldn’t believe the electric excitement in the air and the pride that every athlete beamed by representing their country. Held every four years like the Olympics that we are all so familiar with, the International Dwarf Games showcases the best...

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Kennington third at Riverside

STELLARTON — A Canadian stock car racer spent time in Stellarton last week before taking part last Saturday in the NASCAR Pinty”s Series (NPS) Bumper to Bumper 300 race at Riverside International Speedway. The race was part of a three-day package at Riverside. D.J. Kennington, who is from St. Thomas, Ont., spent the week at...

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Impaired driving, speed charges laid

MOUNT THOM – RCMP Eastern Traffic Services stopped a 42-year-old Ontario resident for speeding yesterday morning at 10:30 a.m. The speed limit is 110 km/h and the driver was travelling 170 km/h. Upon further investigation, the police officer noticed that the driver was showing signs of impairment by alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken...

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