National recognition for three local volunteers

Three Pictou County volunteers were recognized nationally with Senate 150 Medals on Saturday afternoon during a ceremony at the Plymouth Fire Hall. Senator Michael MacDonald, Cape Breton, presented the medals to Joanne Cumminger of Plymouth, Allan Murray of Stellarton and Anne Emmett of Braeshore for their exemplary volunteer record spanning over many years and many...

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Love, compassion themes at Veteran’s Unit service

Veterans stood up for love, their country, all people, and freedom. Those were the words of recreation therapist Dennis Chipman during the Remembrance Day service at the Northumberland Veterans Unit in Pictou on Sunday that acknowledged the contributions of those who have served and their role in ensuring Canada is a safe place. Chipman told...

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Karla MacFarlane feted for leadership

HALIFAX — The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia has shown its love to Karla MacFarlane. Hundreds of Tories gathered Saturday at the Halifax Exhibition Centre to celebrate the outgoing party leader and highlight her contributions to the party during the 10 months she served as interim leader. In paying tribute to her friend, PC...

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Tim Houston new leader of PC Party

HALIFAX — Pictou East MLA Tim Houston has a new job. He was elected leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives at a leadership convention Saturday at the Halifax Exhibition Centre after one ballot. Houston was perceived as the front-runner in the election and following the first ballot results, the remaining four candidates — including...

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Hero’s sendoff for Roy Rushton

PICTOU — Roy Rushton was remembered for his human qualities and service in two wars during a formal celebration of his life last Saturday. Celebrating the Noble Life of Roy Rushton was the theme for the event held at Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Dignitaries attending included representatives of the Canadian and South...

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Pride flag raising

Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan raises the Pride Flag at Market Square during a ceremony earlier today. With him are Gerard Veldhoven, left, representing the Pictou County Rainbow community, and Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane. (Goodwin photo)...

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Pictou Rotary club pays tribute to Art MacDonald, presents awards

BRAESHORE — It was a night of humour and reverence — and a few surprises — as the Rotary Club of Pictou  celebrated its 75th anniversary and honoured 50-year club member Art MacDonald. Members of MacDonald’s family — four generations — joined him for tributes paid to Art MacDonald in the areas of education, health...

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MacLarlane leading PC Party of Nova Scotia

Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane has become the interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. The announcement was made Wednesday following the sudden resignation of Jamie Baillie as leader. A joint statement on behalf of Tara Miller, president, Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia and MacFarlane, Caucus chair stated:  “This morning, the...

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Past and future …

We’re now more than a week into 2018 and local political leaders are weighing in on what the past year has brought. They are also sharing their views on what they hope for this year … Sean Fraser Member of Parliament for Central Nova As Canada 150 draws to a close, it is an appropriate...

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Time to ‘win with Tim’

Sunday was a big day for Tim Houston, Pictou East MLA, as he officially announced his candidacy for the Progressive Conservative Party leadership of Nova Scotia. The lyrics, “Put me in coach” from the song Centerfield played as Houston and his family made their way on stage to an at-capacity crowd at Glasgow Square to...

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