Diggin’ deep

Katie Ezekiel shovels her way through the snow  early this morning (January 30) in New Glasgow. The winter weather cancelled schools and forced many businesses to open later than planned.  (Brimicombe photo)...

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Be prepared when your power goes out this winter

Living in Canada, we’ve all experienced a bad winter storm, such as the one expected today. Freezing temperatures, piles of snow and, every so often, the power goes out. This begs the question: Is your home ready for a power outage? Laura Litchfield, executive director HPBAC, provides useful tips on how to use wood and...

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EMO: Be prepared

Regional Emergency Management Office in Pictou County is advising the public in Pictou County that a winter storm warning and wind warning is in effect today for Pictou County and other parts of eastern Canada. With the incoming weather warnings it is important to plan ahead, check weather throughout the next 24 hours. Hazardous winter...

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NSHA reminds public to check website for storm updates

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) reminds the public to visit www.nshealth.ca/stormclosures for the most up-to-date information on facility, program and service closures resulting from this week’s winter storm. A major winter storm is expected to impact Nova Scotia today, Jan. 4. NSHA’s provincial storm closures page will have all the latest information you need to...

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Nova Scotia Power preparing for severe winter storm; customers urged to plan for outages

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power is ramping up the biggest pre-storm mobilization of personnel and resources in the company’s history in advance of a severe winter storm that is forecast to bring hurricane force winds to Nova Scotia tomorrow (Thursday). “This is a bigger storm than the one that hit last week,” said Karen Hutt,...

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10 ways to start 2018 on a green foot

With 2017 come and gone, there’s no better time than now to turn over a new leaf. The beginning of a new year brings new possibilities, and we make resolutions that we hope will stick over the next 365 days. Whether you’re hoping to hit the gym more frequently this year, or pledging to devote...

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Fahey recalls ’67 Games

WESTVILLE — Gus Fahey is wondering where the time went. “I can’t believe it’s 50 years,” he said, recalling his playing hockey for the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, who represented Nova Scotia at the first Canada Winter Games in 1967 in Quebec City. Fahey explained the oddity of a university team representing Nova Scotia in...

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A wedding, a tractor and a telephone: Pictou Island in 1954

PICTOU ISLAND 1954 A very mild winter occurred 1954. There was no snow anywhere on the ground for the month of February. Pictou Island’s only dirt road was nothing but mud. March 3rd was a sunny, calm day and my father sailed his boat, The Slo-Mo-Shun, from Pictou Island right up Pictou harbor and tied...

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Martin wins Winter Games gold

NEW GLASGOW – Daniel Martin has set a milestone. Local Special Olympics supporters are celebrating Martin’s double-medal performance this week at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria where he earned a silver medal on Wednesday before capturing a gold medal on Thursday in separate snowshoeing events. “Daniel can now say he is...

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1959: A year of celebrations

Snow turned the ground white on November 30th 1958 and light snow fell during the month of December. First snowstorm of 1959 occurred January 5th and lasted into the next day. Blowing and drifting snow had John Angus MacMillan going steadily with his snowplow. My father and mother, along with Duncan Rankin and Alvin and...

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