Kids First continues to shine

As everyone began to lock down for quarantine many people began spending a lot more time around their families so for family support organization like Kids First, things continue almost as normal. “Everything changed and nothing changed all at one time,” said Michelle Ward of Kids First. Although the facility did close its doors to...

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Hector Quay work begins

Preliminary work has started at the Hector Quay in Pictou to begin the ‘Great Big Lift’ which will see the Ship Hector lifted from the harbour by crane to begin necessary repairs. The goal is to have the wooden vessel ‘ship shape’ by 2023, in time for the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Scottish...

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Pictou County REMO working with province in state of emergency

(Editor’s Note: This story has been altered slightly to reflect more up to date information) Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Organization is working closely with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Organization as the province declared state of emergency in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Co-ordinator John Davison said, “The state of emergency...

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From isolation can come community

It was while walking with his faithful four-legged companion that the germ of an idea for helping the community’s most vulnerable was born in Jim McKenna’s mind. And the former social worker and educator is hoping the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be Pictou County’s finest hour. The New Glasgow resident explains, “I...

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Women’s Institute celebrating WI week

You may have heard of them, you may have seen them around the community. In some ways, Pictou County almost has its very own secret society…that is not so secret. The Women’s Institute chapters of Pictou County show constant generosity to their communities seeking little praise or publicity in return. Chances are, you know someone...

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What do you love about Pictou County?

Input needed for new Welcome Home Guide Public input is needed for a publication aimed at informing and welcoming newcomers. Work is well underway for ‘Welcome Home’ Guide for Pictou County, thanks to community partnership and contributions from the community. Healthy Pictou County, a physician-led effort focused on the attraction and retention of medical staff...

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Glen Haven committed to parallel paths of hiring local and global

NEW GLASGOW — The CEO of Glen Haven Manor says a recent trip to Ecuador was a beneficial business experience as it placed Glen Haven and Pictou County on the international stage for recruitment of international talent. Lisa M. Smith and Janice Jorden, Glen Haven’s employee relations specialist, recently returned from the Global Forum on Migration...

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MEGA help for YMCA with MEGAthon

It will be a day of fun, friends and fitness all for the Pictou County YMCA on February 29 as the organization hosts the annual MEGAthon event. Teams of five are encouraged to sign up for the event that includes different types of fitness and a ton of fun for those participating, all to help...

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How do we heal? Finding hope in difficult conversations

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the first in a series of articles that The Advocate will be exploring as we begin to understand the impacts of the Northern Pulp closure, new market opportunities for the forestry sector and the visioning of a greener community working towards a sustainable future.) There is a deepening rift in...

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Hopes for the future

County leaders work toward good things to come in new decade The dawn of a new decade has local political leaders looking forward to a bright future. The past year was filled with opportunities all across Pictou County, according to the area’s municipal leaders. It was highlighted by the development of the Pictou County Regional...

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