Pieces of the past

A host to treasures from long ago and an abundance of history, the home of Pictou’s Raymond Gregory has the makings of his very own museum. The military collector has many pieces that he is proud to show and share their extensive history. A selection of artifacts was laid out on his table one day...

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Retreat for vets sees a busy year

More than a year ago, Afghanistan veteran Tyson Bowen set out to create a safe space for himself and other veterans to enjoy the outdoors, connect with loved ones and each other, and recover from any mental trauma or mental illness they may have from their time in combat. Since then, Bowen has accomplished a...

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Remembrance Day services modified due to COVID-19 restrictions

As is the case with many public events during the pandemic, Remembrance Day services around the province will be modified somewhat this year. Veterans Affairs Canada contracts Nova Scotia Health to provide care at seven veterans’ long-term care facilities in the province. They include: Taigh Na Mara (Glace Bay, Eastern Zone) Harbourview Hospital – (Sydney...

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Labour of love

It’s a labour of love that came full circle for Morgan DeWolfe last November. And this Remembrance Day will mark a quarter of a century that she has been showing love and respect to veterans in her own special way. For the past 25 years, the Boyles Road, Hillside, resident has been visiting the graves...

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Hundreds join Pictou at Remembrance Day service at cenotaph

PICTOU – Nearly a thousand people surrounded the cenotaph at the annual Remembrance Day service in Pictou. The brief service hosted by Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pictou included prayer and remarks by Branch 16 chaplain Gary Sinclair, Last Post and Revielle by John MacDonald and Lament by Lorna MacIsaac. Annette Drapeau-Reynolds led...

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New name to be added to Sunny Brae memorial

Another name is being added to those already listed at the Sunny Brae Veterans Memorial. Second World War veteran John Sutherland will be honoured on November 11 at the annual Remembrance Day service that will start at 2 p.m. at the memorial. Sutherland was born in Sunny Brae on March 5, 1920. His parents were...

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County Remembrance service discontinued

The Royal Canadian Legion is discontinuing its annual Pictou County Memorial service. Assistant Zone 6 Commander Verdon Locke said zone members agreed at its September meeting to disband the service for a number of reasons. He also noted how veterans residing at the Northumberland Veterans Unit in Pictou are no longer able to attend the...

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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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Hundreds ‘remember’ during County service

PICTOU — A clear, cold day on Sunday marked the return of Standard Time and the occasion of the 83rd Pictou County Remembrance Day parade and service. Harsh sun cast long shadows and blustery winds challenged presenters and prompted Bill Echlin from Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion to advise those laying wreaths to...

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Military Appreciation Night being hosted by Crushers on November 8

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are hosting a Military Appreciation Night during their Maritime Junior Hockey League game against the Valley Wildcats on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. It’s an opportunity for fans to take part in the game that starts at 7 p.m. and for the Crushers to honour Canada’s...

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