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What Pictou County was like in 1954

I was a pretty excited teenager when the Evening News arrived at our home in New Glasgow on Oct. 21, 1954. Sixty-six years ago today. I flipped to the sports section and there, in front of my eyes, was a story about a high school rugby game the previous day between New Glasgow and Stellarton....

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Stroud enters mayoral race in Stellarton

Darren Stroud has decided to offer as mayor to the Town of Stellarton. Stroud was born and raised a Stellarton Royal and (SHS) Warrior, grad class of ’92. He began his professional career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Halifax in 1999 where he earned his Chartered Accountant designation and is currently the vice president Finance and Administration...

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Town of Stellarton offers to sell rink to Stellarton Memorial Community Centre Association for $1

Updated to include comment from SMCCA STELLARTON  – It could be the best bargain ever. After last minute legal negotiations, the Town of Stellarton has agreed to sell the Stellarton Memorial Rink to a non-profit organization, the Stellarton Memorial Community Centre Association (SMCCA), for $1. The rink was built by coal miners and gifted to...

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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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