Christmas traditions: Frances & the Curley’s

Frances Buchan Pictou As a woman who chose not to have a family, since my early 20s my Christmases have been anything but traditional. When my parents moved to the Maritimes, it was still a traditional family Christmas except for one new tradition: getting to the airport and hoping that the flight wasn’t cancelled! Christmas...

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Warm Hearts ready for family

The timeline is coming to a close for the Warm Hearts group as they wait for the refugee family they are sponsoring to arrive in Pictou County. Having spent the last four years in Turkey the family, originally from Iraq, is anxious as well and has been in contact with the group to say hello...

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Albarazi family arrives in Pictou

PICTOU — They were happy, hungry and a little tired. But the Albarazi family is now in Canada. The four members of the family arrived on May 31, the third family sponsored by Communities Assisting Refugees Now (CAiRN), a group that has worked in partnership with Pictou United Church to help three Syrian families escape...

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Enjoy Christmas dinner at New Horizons

Fraser Kennedy and Cathy Kennedy are back organizing a Christmas dinner at the New Horizons facility in downtown Pictou. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day. “This is our sixth year,” Cathy Kennedy said. “It’s hard to believe. We don’t have anyone at home and we thought it can...

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Long journey ends with welcome

Pictou’s second Syrian family will be officially welcomed to the community this Thursday, Oct. 5. Taking place at Pictou United Church, 5:30 to 7 p.m., the event will be as much a thank you from the Albarri family to the community as it is a welcome. The family — father Yasser Albarri, mother Nada Alaa...

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What’s Cooking… for Thanksgiving dinner?

Gingerbread, rice pudding, pumpkin pie and apple cake are all familiar Thanksgiving desserts, but have you heard of blancmange, apple fool or mount guard? These are just a few of the old, handwritten recipes found in the Nova Scotia Archives and now posted online, just in time for Thanksgiving. The archives’ newest online resource, What’s...

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