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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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Sponagle overcame many tough times

Evidently I haven’t been alone among newspaper columnists. My former colleague John DeMont at The Chronicle Herald was explaining last week how the COVID-19 virus, followed by the mass murders in northern Nova Scotia, delayed other subjects he planned to write about. I had similar issues. After 66 years of never missng a week without...

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Bye-bye 2019: Welcome to a new decade!

To quote Charles Dickens: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … The last year has seen trials and tribulations, victories and defeats, highs and lows. There was an increased awareness of environmentalism, less certainty about the future, a federal election, a year since the legalization of cannabis … all...

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WomenAlike make history

Traffic stopped on the George Street Bridge in New Glasgow on Friday as fairies and butterflies danced behind a colourful dragon heading from Carmichael Park to Glasgow Square for the opening of the 18th annual Race on the River. The group was comprised of breast cancer survivors walking with purpose, with determination and filled with...

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Signing books and seeing folks

Putting it into today’s lingo, I had a blast. It was two Wednesdays ago and I was experiencing my first book launch and signing at New Glasgow’s Highland Square Mall. At 79, I was a rookie. Though I was introducing my second book within 14 months, it was the first time I was involved in...

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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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Lest we forget the third Hafey

Any boxing fan in this country who ever sat at ringside would be able to tell you that Pictou County’s Art Hafey rose to number one contender status in the world featherweight division but was never given his deserved shot at the championship. Any knowledgeable follower of the fight game would also be able to...

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Taking in history

It was a day of discovery and learning for the Elders of Pictou Landing First Nation as they took a trip to the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in New Glasgow on Monday. The group explored the museum to look at local Pictou County Sports stars and First Nations sports stars from Pictou...

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Sports writer, Advocate columnist follows dream

Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Frank Mahovlich, Henri Richard, Gordie Howe… Most sports fans dream of someday, maybe, seeing one of these sports giants. But meeting all of them, plus more? Well, that’s a dream that’s just about too big for anyone, really. Not so for sports writer Hugh Townsend. He met these greats, and many...

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