Town of Pictou searching for new CAO

The Town of Pictou is looking for a new chief administrative officer. Current CAO Dan Troke will be leaving his position on January 22. Mayor Jim Ryan expressed Council’s thanks to Troke for his three years of dedicated service to the community. “Dan has provided the necessary direction and oversight for many significant projects designed...

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Opening soon: Fuel for body and vehicle

There will soon be a new place to fuel up in Pictou — fuel for both your vehicle and your body. The new structure located at the rotary housing a Sobeys Gas Bar and Needs convenience store as well as a McDonald’s restaurant is nearing completion. The property is owned by Donald MacDonald’s Somerled Properties...

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Plans progress for skate park

PICTOU — A group is creeping closer to reaching its goal of building a new skate park in Pictou. Pictou County Skate Park Society, a local group dedicated to fund-raising, and the Town of Pictou have been working in partnership for several years to construct a skate park facility at Broidy Park. The facility is...

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No pipe. Not yet

Northern Pulp’s effluent pipe proposal continues to remain in limbo. Environment Minister Gordon Wilson has sought an environmental assessment report from Northern Pulp for its proposed effluent treatment plant, which will delay his decision. Wilson announced his request on Tuesday morning as part of a media teleconference. A copy of his letter to Northern Pulp’s...

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Inaugural Fall Festival delights crowds downtown

Following on the heels of the successful Pictou Spring Festival, organizers Kevin Pettipas and mother and daughter Sonya and Rhonda Park teamed up again to host the inaugural Fall Festival. The event closed down Water Street from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday to make way for a team of horses, 4-H animals, barbecue...

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Water conservation order for Pictou

The Town of Pictou has issued a water conservation order to address current shortages within the town’s water distribution system. The order gives the town the ability to ensure conservation measures are observed and enforced where necessary. A press release issued by the town indicates that within the past few days, the town’s Public Works...

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Reasons to smile

This year marks the ninth year for the annual Ed Bowden Community Wellness Award as part of the annual Community Health Board grants. The grants go out to programs in the community that are helping to promote community health and wellness through many different means. The Ed Bowden Award is named after a strong and...

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Market Square going modern

Pictou’s Market Square is in the process of getting a bit of a face lift as the town has partnered with the Pictou Garden Club to spruce up part of downtown. The garden club recently presented the Town of Pictou’s Michelle Young with a cheque for more than $5,000 to help out with the project...

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Early Christmas gift for Ship Hector Society

Today’s announcement of funding for the Ship Hector Society from all three levels of government is an early Christmas gift for the Ship Hector Society. The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector...

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Curtain falls on 30-year career

Darlene MacDonald helped to raise the curtain on worldwide entertainment for Pictou County. She is a virtual walking encyclopedia when it comes to who’s entertained at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. And she should be. She spent 30 years as its general manager. Recently retired, MacDonald has been witness to a lot of changes over...

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