Cameron recalls benefit concert

HALIFAX – Frank Cameron has acute memories of the Westray coal mine disaster and a benefit concert that followed it. The New Glasgow native emceed a concert organized by others at the venerable Halifax Forum the day after the explosion in Plymouth on May 9, 1992. The concert raised funds for the families of the...

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Tragedy hits sports family

When I read the initial news that a young man had drowned at Park Falls near Sutherlands River, I was reminded of the many tragedies I covered when I was working for The Chronicle Herald in Pictou County through the 1960s. Every time I went to a fatality scene — car accidents, fires and, yes,...

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From darkness to light….

Allan Doyle had no idea when he went to work the back shift on May 8, 1992 the devastating loss he would suffer that night. He lost his livelihood, some great friends and colleagues. And his baby brother. And he just about lost his mind. Allan worked in the lab at the Westray coal mine...

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Community shows its strength

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 a massive underground explosion. The blast that rocked this coal mining community — and the lives of virtually everyone in it — reverberated around the world as...

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Lasting impressions …

The image of a red Ford Tempo, four door, riddled with what resembled bullet holes sticks out in Bill Muirhead’s mind. Like a vague whisper of a dream he can’t quite recall in its entirety, it flashes in his memory like an old home movie, never quite materializing fully, but flickering just enough to remind...

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First responder answers the call

Doug Dort has seen more tragedy and heartache than he could ever recall. As a fire fighter and an emergency medical technician of 46 years, it is a part of his life. But he has never seen tragedy on as large a scale as on Saturday, May 9, 1992 — the day 26 miners lost...

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Former miner recalls Westray trauma

NEW GLASGOW — This is an especially trying time for Vernon Theriault. “When it comes this time of year, it’s harder — it brings back a lot of memories,” he said. “It’s part of history you’re involved with. You deal with it, but it doesn’t get easier.” Theriault was employed at the Westray coal mine...

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