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RCMP urge safety as Hurricane Teddy approaches

With Hurricane Teddy continuing to track toward the province, the RCMP urges citizens to be mindful of the dangers that the storm may present. As the storm approaches, it is important to remember that extreme weather will result in hazardous conditions, decreased visibility and possible hydro-planing on roads and highways. Drivers may also encounter wind-blown...

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Visiting our island

First snow of 1966 occurred on January 7th. That was our third winter living on the mainland. I’m assuming that Mom was getting a little homesick for she wanted to spend a few days visiting with our former Pictou Island friends. On January 21st at 9 am, mother flew to Pictou Island from Trenton airport...

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Tractor trailer jacknifed on Hwy 102

ALTON, Colchester County – Colchester District RCMP responded to a single-vehicle collision on Hwy 102 in Alton,. A tractor trailer went off the road and is blocking the highway. No injuries were reported, however, both southbound lanes of Hwy 102 will be closed for several hours until the tractor trailer can be removed from the...

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Car crash at roundabout

PICTOU – Traffic at the new roundabout in Pictou was briefly stalled after a car suffered damage as it ran up onto the curb and struck a sign as its driver lost control while attempting to leave town. The small sedan sustained damage to its front left corner after sliding in slippery snow along the...

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Nova Scotia Power preparing for tropical storm Erin

Nova Scotia Power is activating its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at noon today in advance of Tropical storm Erin. “There can be a lot of variability with tropical storms, so we’re activating our EOC to ensure we are fully prepared for any impacts Erin may bring,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. “We’re...

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Town of Antigonish clearing the way for winter in 2019

ANTIGONISH – After several winter weather events so far this season, the Town of Antigonish reminds residents to park smart this winter to help with snow clearing efforts. Since the Winter Parking Ban came into effect Dec. 1, 2018, the town’s by-law officers have issued a total of 64 parking violations. The ban will remain...

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Bill MacEachern achieve 20th polar swim milestone

MELMERBY BEACH — Make it 20 polar swims for Bill MacEachern. The Lorne resident and his daughter Kyla and four other Pictou County swimmers were as brief as possible as they endured biting windblown snow for the annual New Year’s Day polar swim at Melmerby Beach. They were joined by Tony Corbin, Glenn and Paula...

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Thunder, lightning and a little bit of luck

Weird, wacky weather recently blew across parts of Nova Scotia especially in the Pugwash area on Wednesday, August 18. Lightning struck and wild winds blew, however weird weather patterns have occurred before. It happened on Saturday August 8, 1959.  I recall how nice the day started with a beautiful, clear blue sky and not a...

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Strawberry crop starts catching up

DURHAM — Strawberry picking has hit prime time, despite a backward spring. U-pick operators are reporting good fruit and ample business. Margaret Bell MacLean at MacLean’s U-Pick in Durham said there have been better conditions than this year for growing strawberries. The MacLean operation opened on July 9. “Some berries are a bit small, but...

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Nova Scotia Power activating Emergency Operations Centre

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power is activating its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 8 p.m. tonight, (March 12) in advance of a major winter storm. “Weather forecasts are calling for heavy, wet snowfall and high winds, beginning on Tuesday into the early morning hours on Wednesday,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. “In...

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