United Way’s Backpacks for Kids kicks off this summer

NEW GLASGOW – Back to school may look different this year but one thing’s for sure: students will still need the right tools to succeed. That is why the United Way of Pictou County is launching a Backpacks for Kids program – to assist Pictou  County’s students with supplies they need to start their school...

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Local United Way exceeds goal

NEW GLASGOW – The United Way of Pictou County has exceeded its 2019 campaign goal. The agency formally announced its fund-raising total of $361,379.55 during a ceremony in front of its office on Tuesday. “We’d like to thank everyone for continuing to trust and support us,” campaign chairman Marc Comeau said in a press release....

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Pulling together

The United Way of Pictou County helped show Pictou County what can be done when the community pulls together on Saturday morning. This year marked the fifth year for participants to participate in the annual Pulling for Change event that sees teams of 10 come together and pull a firetruck across part of a parking...

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Harbour swim postponed

The swim of Pictou Harbour scheduled for today has been postponed. The annual Government of Nova Scotia Employee’s United Way Workplace Giving Campaign and swim series was to take place today in Pictou Harbour. The swim from Pictou Landing to the marina in downtown Pictou was to start at 4:30 p.m. and would have been...

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Pulling together

The rainy weather on Saturday morning didn’t stop Pictou County from pulling together — literally — as the United Way Pulling for Change event started up after a half hour delay. With 11 teams registering for this year’s event, participation may have been slightly down but the soggy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of participants...

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Trailblazer earns her rest

Pictou County is mourning the death of a dedicated community leader and former journalist who walked softly through life yet blazed a trail as she travelled. Edna Aleta Theadora (Johnston) Williams, 94, passed away on April 4. She was a talented journalist who was respected by the legions of people she wrote about and those...

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United Way kicking off campaign

The United Way of Pictou County will be kicking off their annual campaign on Friday, September 22, at the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Pancake and Bacon breakfast. This will be the 16th year that Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline has hosted a breakfast to help support the United Way.  The breakfast takes place at their facilities...

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New Glasgow invites community participation in National Sweater Day

NEW GLASGOW – Each February, more than a million people across Canada turn down the heat and throw on their boldest sweaters to show support for taking action on climate change. National Sweater Day, led by the World Wildlife Federation Canada, strives to spark conversations about how individuals, business, and community groups can make meaningful...

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Providing warmth for children this winter season

Becoming a part of some families’ holiday traditions, Coats for Kids is continuing in Pictou County for a 12th year. The idea was sparked a dozen years ago when Erin MacLeod saw a child leaving the Shepherds’ Lunch Room without a coat. The scene gave MacLeod the idea that it would be possible to collect...

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Pulling for Change cancelled

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The United Way of Pictou County has cancelled their annual pulling for change event for 2016. Jessica Smith, executive director of the organization cited lack of participation this year as the reason for the cancellation. ”We usually need about 18 teams,” she said. This year so far there had only been 13 teams...

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