Bluenose sails into area

The majestic Bluenose II sailed through the area on tour Thursday and was still visible in the harbour this morning. Despite the fact that it not dock in Pictou, a small crowd gathered on the waterfront to catch a glimpse. (Photo courtesy of Janice Cruikshank)...

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Car fire closes causeway

Local fire departments responded to a call mid-afternoon on Aug. 19 after reports of an engulfed car on the Pictou side of the Pictou causeway, causing the roadway to shut down temporarily. According to Pictou Fire chief Paul Janes the fire had taken the front of the car up in flames with the two occupants...

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Natal Day fun

There was plenty to see and do on Monday in Pictou as Natal Day was celebrated. Plenty of food, sunny skies and a festive atmosphere greeted downtown visitors. Here, from the left, the volunteers with the Pictou Lobster Carnival provided a fundraising barbecue. From the left: Kent Corbett, Marion MacDonald and Shawn McNamara are hard...

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Trenton Park revitalization beginning

Even a global health pandemic can’t keep great things from happening at Trenton Park. A tender has just been awarded to Higgins Construction in the amount of $1,699,700 for the first phase of work as part of the revitalization project spurred by The Hemlock Group, a group of engaged volunteers whose goal is to create...

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Dishing up a shining success

“Meet me at Maggy’s.” That phrase is heard more and more often today as business heats up at Maggy’s Diner, located inside the Water Street Market and Bakery on Water Street, Pictou. The diner opened at the beginning of May, just when the COVID-19 crisis was ramping up. “The plan was to open the diner,...

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Planning for a healthier community: The determinants of health

By Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate In a previous column I talked about the opportunities to reform the health care system in the post Covid-19 pandemic. We have to focus on the determinants of health. The medical care model concentrates on better health outcomes for the individual, but the determinants...

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Soybean spill concerns River John resident

River John resident Catherine Hughes wants people to be aware of a spill of treated soybeans in the Sunrise Trail-River John and surrounding areas. Hughes says she noticed the spill on Friday and she believes the beans were coming from PEI to a farm not far from her home. “It’s a big spill,” she informs....

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Two women arrested for impaired driving

Pictou County District RCMP have arrested a 45 year old woman and a 46 year old woman for impaired driving during the weekend. On May 29th at approximately 8:45 p.m.,  Pictou District RCMP received a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Durham.  Police located the vehicle in Pictou and investigation at the scene resulted in the...

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Local fisherman catches rare albino lobster

It was a once in a lifetime catch for AJ Francis on Wednesday when he pulled his lobster traps out of the water and found an albino lobster nestled among the other lobsters. Albino lobsters are often referred to as a one in a million chance or one in a million catch so it certainly...

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Ready for ‘lift’ off

Blocking is in place for the Ship Hector as part of The #GreatBigLift. Preparations are well under way to life the Ship Hector out of the water for repairs and restoration. Last week, the lower level of the Quay site was readied for for the blocking for the ship. The iron gates, wooden sides and...

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