Pictou Advocate sports

A remarkable guy reaches a milestone

It’s a date I wasn’t going to miss. For several months, there’s been a conspicuous red star on my kitchen calendar to signify the importance of this Wednesday — and it has nothing to do with COVID-19 or the arrival of a vaccine. But yes, it’s a day worth noting. A remarkable guy — and...

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Better to think about the past we know

I’m never surprised when someone asks how I continually come up with subjects to write about. I guess that’s to be expected since I’ve written thousands of sports columns through the years. Seldom, though, do things unfold the way they did last Thursday morning. It was my day to write and, as I enjoyed the...

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Sponagle overcame many tough times

Evidently I haven’t been alone among newspaper columnists. My former colleague John DeMont at The Chronicle Herald was explaining last week how the COVID-19 virus, followed by the mass murders in northern Nova Scotia, delayed other subjects he planned to write about. I had similar issues. After 66 years of never missng a week without...

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Locals shine in new book

Hugh Townsend has ‘lived his dream’ and now he’s ‘Remembering Pictou County.’ In his first book, I’ve Lived My Dream, the sports writer delights readers with stories about his meeting sports heroes, athletes like Mickey Mantle, Frank Mahovlich, Gordie Howe. In his newest and second book, titled Remembering Pictou County, Townsend provides almost 80 profiles...

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The Chronicle Herald buys Transcontinental Inc. newspapers

Transcontinental Inc. will cease to have a media presence in Pictou County. The owners of The Chronicle Herald are buying up all of Transcontinental Inc.’s newspapers, news websites and four of its printing plants in Atlantic Canada, according to a press released issued earlier this morning from The Chronicle Herald. The deal means that Transcontinental...

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