Women’s Institute celebrating WI week

You may have heard of them, you may have seen them around the community. In some ways, Pictou County almost has its very own secret society…that is not so secret. The Women’s Institute chapters of Pictou County show constant generosity to their communities seeking little praise or publicity in return. Chances are, you know someone...

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Ex-cellent Ex

PICTOU — It was a special time for the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition. The 2018 edition wrapped up on Sunday with large crowds daily for the event since it opened last Wednesday with 4-H Day. Touring the new 4-H Legends Building, viewing the 4-H exhibits and enjoying the refreshments offered by volunteers in the kitchen was...

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Straight from the heart

Helen Cruikshank unpacks one quilt after another from boxes and bags stuffed full. They are piled on her kitchen table in a riot of colours and patterns, some for babies, some for children and some for adults. All were hand made, labours of love. Cruickshank is a member of the Fox Brook Women’s Institute branch...

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WI in the Christmas spirit

The Lyons Brook Women’s Institute met recently at the home of Lynn MacLean. Following a pot luck supper members shared memories of Christmas past and plans for this year’s season. Games, quizzes and readings were enjoyed. A varied supply of personal needs products such as shampoo, deodorant, razor blades, tooth paste and such was brought...

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Betsey 250 celebrations ramping up

While history may be made every day, it’s not every day that 250 years of history can be celebrated. This year — this June 10 in fact — will mark 250 years since the arrival of the Betsey, which kick-started British immigration to the northern shore of Nova Scotia. Unlike the Hector, the Betsey and...

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Women’s Institute stitches finger friends

For about five years, children at hospitals locally and in Halifax have been given a special gift to help them get through difficult or painful procedures. Small, hand knit finger puppets have been keeping the children company, thanks to the dedication and determination of the Womens Institute branches in Pictou County. The Womens Institute in...

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WI gets involved with Ex displays

PICTOU – New energy has been injected into the task of organizing displays in the Kinsmen Building for the 2016 Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition. Members of the Pictou County Women’s Institute (WI) have stepped in to help those who have been involved in the project over the years, including Pat Christensen, who chairs the agriculture committee....

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