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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Westville Council rescinds coal exploration

WESTVILLE – Town council has taken coal exploration off its agenda. Council unanimously passed a motion at its regular meeting on Monday 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...

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Roger MacKay resigns as mayor of Westville

WESTVILLE – Town council will have a special item on its agenda on Monday following the resignation of Roger MacKay as mayor. MacKay announced his decision late on Monday on a Facebook post to leave elected politics. Deputy Mayor Lennie White, who has chaired council in MacKay’s absence, said council will discuss next steps about...

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The gals keep making waves

I don’t recall ever watching a major tennis event on television. I usually wait to see the highlights on the sports channels. Yet there I was, in the early afternoon two Saturdays ago, awaiting the U.S. Open final with Canada’s Bianca Andreescu up against none other than Serena Williams, the greatest player ever on the...

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Group offering options to open pit coal mining

WESTVILLE — A group of citizens opposed to open pit coal exploration and mining has offered an alternative way to remediate the land. Cowan Street resident Clarrie MacKinnon, a member of the concerned citizens committee, told town council recently that his group plans to invite an official from the Ecology Action Centre to council’s next...

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