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Through the 1950s, the best ball ever

I still haven’t forgotten how it began 70 years ago this month. I had just turned 12 and was in my last weeks of grade six at Acadia Street School in New Glasgow. The annual move to the family cottage at Rustico Beach wasn’t far away. It was in early June that I changed my...

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Citizens group “disappointed”with decision to demo rink

The Stellarton Memorial Rink Citizens Group is disappointed it will not be acquiring the rink after all. Speaking on behalf of the group following Stellarton Town Council’s decision last week to demolish the rink, Darren Stroud said, “I see this as a missed opportunity to save our town money while building community morale and preserving...

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Sim family’s hockey into third generation

Editor’s Note: April 1 marked the first week Hugh Townsend hadn’t written anything for a newspaper in 66 years — 3,431 weeks to be exact. He has been writing for The Advocate for 16 years, having written more than 832 columns. While our regular columnists are on temporary hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hugh offers...

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Stellarton rink to be demolished

The Stellarton Memorial Rink Citizens Group will not be acquiring the town rink after all. The decision was made during a Stellarton Town Council meeting earlier this evening, hosted through Zoom in keeping with Public Health directives, and then uploaded to the town’s YouTube channel. Solicitor Gerald Green, on behalf of the citizens group, sent...

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Group trying to save rink asks council for co-operation

Public discussion about the fate of the Stellarton Memorial Rink is heating up — particularly through social media. During the open forum portion of the regular Stellarton Town Council meeting last week, Darren Stroud spoke on behalf of the Stellarton Memorial Rink – Citizens Group in an effort to “promote productive dialogue.” The findings of...

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Citizens group presents case for keeping rink open

STELLARTON — One year after Stellarton Town Council made the difficult decision to cease operations at Stellarton Memorial Rink, a group continues to work hard to save it. The amount of thought and effort they put into determining other options was evident as their findings were presented last week to the community. The Stellarton Memorial...

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Bye-bye 2019: Welcome to a new decade!

To quote Charles Dickens: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … The last year has seen trials and tribulations, victories and defeats, highs and lows. There was an increased awareness of environmentalism, less certainty about the future, a federal election, a year since the legalization of cannabis … all...

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Group working to keep community rink alive

A dedicated group continues to work behind the scenes to keep Stellarton Memorial Rink from closing. Town Council made the difficult decision to cease rink operations, effective March 31, due to the exorbitant costs to renovate and repair the 70-year-old facility. It was an emotional decision made for financial reasons. Council agreed to give the...

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Stellarton council makes ‘emotional’ decision to cease rink operations

In almost two decades on town council, Garry Pentz has never made such an emotional decision. Until March 11. That’s the date that Stellarton town council made the decision to cease operations of the Stellarton Memorial Rink, effective March 31. “I’ve been sitting on council for 17 or 18 years and we’ve had a lot...

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Stellarton to cease rink operations

Stellarton will cease operations at the town’s memorial rink, but is giving a citizens group until February 2020 to come up with a plan to continue the rink’s functioning. The decision was made at Monday’s town council meeting, following a presentation by Darren Stroud speaking on behalf of The Stellarton Memorial Rink Citizens Group. An...

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