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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Plane part draws resident’s interest

A chance viewing of part of an airplane that crashed long ago in Pictou County has a local resident thinking deeply about the price of war. Merigomish resident Frank Barry happened to be in John Marshall’s antique store in downtown New Glasgow when he got to hold a piece of fuselage that was found recently...

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Museum hosts Izzard exhibit

BARNEY’S RIVER — A soldier who spent part of his life in Pictou County was honoured for his contribution to the Allied cause during the Second World War. Private William Lyall Izzard was 21 when he was killed while serving as a member of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders on June 7, 1944, the day...

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Local veteran opening eco-adventure park for fellow veterans

Peace and bliss can be hard to find when many everyday things can be a trigger for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To help aid in healing and relaxation for those who face the same challenges and experiences, Tyson Bowen is creating an eco-adventure park for fellow veterans. Having joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2005...

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Replaying the past

The real-life story of a Nova Scotian icon is making its way to the deCoste Performing Arts Centre this week, telling the unbelievable story of Mona Parsons. The play has been touring Nova Scotia to teach more people about the story that brought Parsons halfway around the world enduring some of the worst of the...

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Lessons in liberation

Hundreds of graves lined neatly in rows, shining and carefully decorated with flowers. It can be hard to describe the impact of some experiences in words but that is what two local teachers will be doing this coming year and likely for quite some time as they relay the powerful experiences they had while guests...

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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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History lesson taught for African Heritage Month

NEW GLASGOW — A military unit that Crystal States learned included her late father was the topic of her keynote address last Friday that helped A.G. Baillie Memorial School commemorate African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia. States, who is regional educator for the Black Educators Association, referred to her father, Lloyd Arthur States, who was...

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Lest we forget: Fallen remembered during services

Thousands of Pictou County residents gathered on November 11 at cenotaphs and memorials to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom … In Sunny Brae, three more names were added to the cenotaph list and the unveiling of a new interpretive panel were among highlights of the annual Remembrance Day service. The weather...

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On a mission

LYONS BROOK — A retired Dutch military officer has a mission to find out all he can about 49 Canadian soldiers from Pictou County who were killed and buried in Dutch graves toward the end of the Second World War. Bill Hekman, who served in the Netherlands’ Marine Corps from 1964 to 1997 and reached...

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