Westville residents examine their Main Street

WESTVILLE – More than 20 people gathered on Tuesday to discuss the assets and needs for the Main Street. They also tried to define the downtown portion that could be transformed to make it more appealing to residents and visitors. Westville is among partners in the project called Developing a Vision for Mainstreeting Nova Scotia...

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Pictou County portal opens in Seoul, Korea

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was submitted to The Advocate by Pictou County son, Andrew MacLachlan) When Jonathan Pratt opens up with the first lines of Barrett’s Privateers, there’s a grin on his lips and an expectant look in his eyes. He knows he has started something that can’t be ignored and he knows he has...

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Working on Westville

Group brainstorms about beautification and celebrations Despite the snowy weather, Westville Mayor Lennie White saw a group of approximately 20 people gathered last week to the second of Westville’s planning forums to help improve the town with ideas from the citizens. The first meeting, held in January, focused on gathering ideas for the town to...

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Hopes for the future

County leaders work toward good things to come in new decade The dawn of a new decade has local political leaders looking forward to a bright future. The past year was filled with opportunities all across Pictou County, according to the area’s municipal leaders. It was highlighted by the development of the Pictou County Regional...

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Curling Day clinics at four local clubs

NEW GLASGOW – You’ve seen how the pros do it, now’s your chance to give it a try. Last week during the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, more than 60 teams of professional athletes demonstrated the fun, sportsmanship and camaraderie of the game. And now, you can see what...

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Y child care centre to open in January

NEW GLASGOW — The Pictou County YMCA’s new child care centre is set to open in January. “It’s coming along really well,” Y child care manager Tara Gallant said. “I’m excited about this. The Y always wanted to open another centre. I get to do that now.” It’s the Y’s second centre and it is...

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Ignite on fire

STELLARTON — Ignite Labs’ Pictou County rural innovation hub is starting to hum. Two businesses are already operating at its location upstairs at the Dr. John Hamm Trades and Innovation Centre at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou campus. The space provides low-cost office space and internet, equipment, meeting spaces and professional services to reduce...

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Toy drive

WESTVILLE — Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many. The Salvation Army is advising that anyone needing assistance in acquiring toys this year can register with them over three dates in November. All families with children ages infant to 12 may apply for the toy drive. Registration dates this year are Nov....

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Council rescinds coal exploration

WESTVILLE — Town council has taken coal exploration off its agenda. Council unanimously passed a motion at its regular meeting last week to rescind its original approval for exploratory drilling on land bordered by an area that includes Cowan Street and a railway. Coun. Lynn MacDonald introduced the motion in what she said was a response...

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Lennie White running for mayor of Westville

WESTVILLE – A special election has been scheduled for December 14 to fill two vacancies on town council. Deputy Mayor Lennie White created a second vacancy when he announced at a special council meeting on Tuesday that he would vie to replace former mayor Roger MacKay. He announced his retirement as mayor last month, creating...

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