IGNITE receives Canie Award for Social Innovation for the Atlantic Region

IGNITE Labs, a leader in rural innovation and entrepreneurship, have been awarded the CANIE Award for Social Innovation for the Atlantic Region. This award, presented by the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation, is presented to organizations who have achieved excellence and innovation in social impact. Since IGNITE began, the organization has strived to create a vibrant...

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Community shows its strength

NOTE: This article was originally published on the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster. We are republishing it today in recognition of the 28th anniversary … When there is crisis or need, Pictou County really comes together. This was evidenced on May 9, 1992 when 26 miners perished in the Westray coal mine in...

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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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Stitching together help

WearWell doing its part in fight against COVID-19 Going back to its roots, WearWell Garments is stepping up to the plate to help health care workers when they need it most with precautionary gear to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. Because the Stellarton company once produced similar medical products, when the need was expressed...

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Two people arrested for stealing copper wire

A six-month long investigation has resulted in charges against two Stellarton residents. In August 2019, police began receiving reports of thefts of copper wire from Nova Scotia Power (NSP) substations in Pictou County. Between October 2019 and February 2020, police responded to calls of break and enters into NSP substations continued with additional incidents outside...

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Power meter upgrades next month

Nova Scotia Power will upgrade current electricity meters to smart meters in the Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou, Antigonish region between March and June as part of an investment to modernize the province’s electricity grid and provide customers with faster, more effective service. “Smart meters will put customers in control of their energy use. It’s a...

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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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Pictou County portal opens in Seoul, Korea

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was submitted to The Advocate by Pictou County son, Andrew MacLachlan) When Jonathan Pratt opens up with the first lines of Barrett’s Privateers, there’s a grin on his lips and an expectant look in his eyes. He knows he has started something that can’t be ignored and he knows he has...

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Fire destroys century-old house

STELLARTON – Two people were displaced by a weekend fire that destroyed a 120-year-old house in Stellarton. An elderly man  and his adult son are staying with a friend for now and have been helped by Canadian Red Cross volunteers with emergency purchases like clothing and food. Both were briefly away from the house on...

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MacKay announces bid for Conservative party leadership

Former Central Nova MP Peter MacKay has made it official: He will run for the Conservative Party leadership. A native of Pictou County, MacKay made his announcement official earlier today at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, the same place where he announced his withdrawal from politics in 2015. At that time, he wanted to...

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