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Showing news for the month of September , 2017

LOCAL ARTIST SELLING OWN WORKS AS FUNDRAISER
Saturday 23rd September 2017
A local self-taught artist is selling 100 pieces of his original artwork to raise funds to support Pictou County cancer patients who have to travel to Halifax for treatment. Doug Guthro says he wants to give back after the great care he and his wife Margaret received when they stayed at the Dr. Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives, a residence where cancer patients can stay while undergoing treatment. Guthro will be at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton today from 10am to 4pm to sell his work. You can make a donation, even if you don't make a purchase.


EMERGENCY EXERCISE AT NORTHERN PULP THIS MORNING
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Expect to hear lots of sirens and see plenty of emergency vehicles this morning. That's because the Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie will be full of excitement and people as the company hosts a major emergency exercise. Northern Pulp's Emergency Response Team, in conjunction with 14 local fire departments and other first responders, will stage a mock Bulk Container Car Fire today. It takes place between 7:45 am and 12 Noon.


CANADA TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON SEVERAL VENEZEULAN GOV'T OFFICIALS
Saturday 23rd September 2017
The foreign affairs department says Canada will impose targeted sanctions against 40 Venezuelan senior officials, including President Nicolas Maduro, to punish them for "anti-democratic behaviour". Canada's move, which followed a similar decision by the United States, came after months of protests against Maduro's government in which at least 125 people have been killed. Critics say he has plunged the nation into its worst-ever economic crisis and brought it to the brink of dictatorship. The measures include freezing the assets of the officials and banning Canadians from having any dealings with them. There was no immediate reaction from Caracas. Maduro has said he faces an armed insurrection designed to end socialism in Latin America and let a U.S.-backed business elite get its hands on the OPEC nation's crude reserves. The United States imposed sanctions on Maduro in late July and has also targeted around 30 other officials.


MORE THAN A DOZEN STATES HACKED BEFORE THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION
Saturday 23rd September 2017
The American federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year’s presidential election. The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. The states that told The Associated Press they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Being targeted does not mean that sensitive voter data was manipulated or results were changed. Experts say a hacker targeting a system without getting inside is similar to a burglar circling a house checking for unlocked doors and windows. Even so, the widespread nature of the attempts and the yearlong lag time in notification from Homeland Security raised concerns among some election officials and lawmakers.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 23
Saturday 23rd September 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are 2-2 after a close fought match in Truro. The score was 1-1 through most of the second and third periods, but the Bearcats slipped one past Nick Melanson with less than a minute left in the game to take it 2-1. Donovan Rehill scored for the Crushers. The team will host the Campbellton Tigers at the Wellness Centre next Thursday night.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games this weekend – tonight at 6:30 they host the Valley Wildcats, then Cole Harbour comes to town Sunday at Noon. Both games will be played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League is hosting their annual year-end tournament this weekend at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The tournament started on Tuesday and will wrap up with championship games for both divisions on Sunday. Stop by and catch some ball games and grab a bite to eat at the BBQ put on by the Stellarton And Area Lions Club with all proceeds going back into the community. 
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The Pictou County-YMCA Triathlon Club will be hosting a "Learn to Tri" open house information session on Wednesday at 6:30pm upstairs in the Wellness Centre. Information about a 10 week beginner triathlon training program will be shared and it\'s a chance to meet tri coaches and mentors for the 2018 season. For more information, please call 902-754-0054 
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Winter Canskate Registration at the Wellness Centre will be held in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre Monday, Sept 25 and Wednesday, Sept 27 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, just email info@skatemariposaeast.com 
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail are presenting a guided hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Scotsburn. It takes place October 1st at 1:30 pm. You'll need to pre-register at gordon.young@gmail.com. You can also qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Winnipeg 29 Ottawa 9
Hamilton 24 BC 23
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MLB
American League

Toronto 8 N.Y. Yankees 1
Tampa Bay 8 Baltimore 3
Minnesota 7 Detroit 3
Chicago White Sox 7 Kansas City 6
Houston 3 L.A. Angels 0
Oakland 4 Texas 1
Seattle 3 Cleveland 1
National League
St. Louis 4 Pittsburgh 3
N.Y. Mets 7 Washington 6
Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 2
Chicago Cubs 5 Milwaukee 4 (10 innings)
Arizona 13 Miami 11
Colorado 4 San Diego 1
L.A. Dodgers 4 San Francisco 2
Interleague
Boston 5 Cincinnati 4
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NHL Pre-season
Toronto 3 Buffalo 0
Edmonton 5 Vancouver 3
Calgary 4 Arizona 2
Pittsburgh 4 Columbus 3
St. Louis 4 Washington 0
Tampa Bay 3 Nashville 1
NY Islanders 2 NY Rangers 1
Anaheim 4 Los Angeles 2
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U.S. President Donald Trump says NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest. In an extended riff during a freewheeling rally speech in Alabama Friday night, Trump also bemoaned that football games have become less violent. Several athletes, including a handful of NFL players, have refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest of the treatment of blacks by police. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the trend last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, hasn't been signed by an NFL team for this season. Trump says those players are disrespecting the flag and deserve to lose their jobs.


MacFARLANE REINTRODUCES CANADIAN COAST GUARD AUXILIARY APPRECIATION ACT
Friday 22nd September 2017
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is looking to place the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary members in Nova Scotia on an even footing with Ground Search and Rescue workers, and volunteer firefighters. The Progessive Conservative member reintroduced her Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Appreciation Act as a private members bill today in the Legislature. It was first brought forward in the spring of 2016, but shot down by the governing Liberals. The Act would exempt active volunteer members, in good standing, from vehicle registration fees, license plate issuance fees, and driver’s license renewal fees. Founded in 1978, auxiliary members from coast to coast have participated in 50,000 missions and saved 4,000 lives. The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 470 vessels in the Maritimes support the Coast Guard for search and rescue operations and look after 30 per cent of calls.


NS POWER WARNS OF TEXT MESSAGE SCAM
Friday 22nd September 2017
NS Power warning of a scam where it appears that they are sending you a text message to tell you that you have a rebate forthcoming, if you only clink on the link in the message. NS Power wished to make it clear that they will not inform customers of a rebate in this manner. They have issue a release clearly stating that these messages are NOT from NS Power. RCMP say that if you get a message of this nature, do not respond to it, and contact the national Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.


MOCK EMERGENCY EXERCISE AT NORTHERN PULP SITE SATURDAY
Friday 22nd September 2017
The Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie will be a hive of activity Saturday as the company will be staging an emergency exercise.
Northern Pulp's Emergency Response Team, in conjunction with 14 local fire departments and other first responders, will stage a mock Bulk Container Car Fire Saturday morning between 7:45 am and Noon.


BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN EFFECT
Friday 22nd September 2017
Pictou County has issued a boil advisory for water customers in the Priestville and Walkerville area until further notice.
They say that municipal staff are working to correct the problem and are monitoring the water quality closely.
Customers are advised to boil water for at least two minutes before consuming it.
For further information, you can contact the Department of Public Works at 902-485-4085.


GAS PRICES DROP, DIESEL PRICES UP SLIGHTLY
Friday 22nd September 2017
A nice drop in gas prices this morning.
In the local zone, regular self-serve is down by 6-point-6 cents a litre this morning and sits at 109-point-4.
Diesel fuel will cost you a penny more, and is priced this morning at 105-point-5.


LOCAL SPORTS SEPTEMBER 22
Friday 22nd September 2017
The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games to look forward to – They play Saturday at 6:30pm hosting the Valley Wildcats, and Sunday 12 Noon vs Cole Harbour Wolfpack. Both games will be played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are 2-1 after doubling the Valley Wildcats 6-3 at home last night. Scoring for the Crushers were Jake Stewart, Marc Gagnon, Michael Dill, Nick Fewer, Aiden Hickey, and Evan MacLennan. Matt Normore had a relatively quiet night in goal, turning aside 19 of 22 shots for the win. Tonight the Crushers visit the Truro Bearcats at 7pm at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. You can catch that game on 94.1 East Coast FM with Michael Petter beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Mixed Slo-Pitch League is hosting their annual year-end tournament this weekend at the Evansville Fields in Stellarton. The tournament started on Tuesday and will wrap up with championship games for both divisions on Sunday. Stop by and catch some ball games and grab a bite to eat at the BBQ put on by the Stellarton And Area Lions Club with all proceeds going back into the community. 
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The Pictou County-YMCA Triathlon Club will be hosting a "Learn to Tri" open house information session on Wed, Sept 27 at 6:30pm upstairs in the Wellness Centre. Information about a 10 week beginner triathlon training program will be shared and it\'s a chance to meet tri coaches and mentors for the 2018 season. For more information, please call 902-754-0054 
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Winter Canskate Registration at the Wellness Centre will be held in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre next Monday, Sept 25 and Wednesday, Sept 27 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, just email info@skatemariposaeast.com 
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail are presenting a guided hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Scotsburn. It takes place October 1st at 1:30 pm. You'll need to pre-register at gordon.young@gmail.com. You can also qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.


SPEECH FROM THE THRONE HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING AGENDA
Thursday 21st September 2017
Government's commitment to building a province where  everyone has the opportunity to succeed was outlined today  in the Speech from the Throne that opened of  the first session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova  Scotia Legislature.      Priorities mentioned in the speech were health care,  education, helping those who need it most, and providing  opportunities for youth.      Premier Stephen McNeil says government is listening to Nova  Scotians and is committed to enhancing the services government  provides and creating conditions for a growing economy.        Next week's provincial budget will focus on several  critical initiatives including the creation of Nova Scotia's  first group of pre-primary classes, collaborative health  teams, more support for graduates and apprentices in Nova  Scotia, and assistance in making community organizations and  small businesses more accessible to people with disabilities.


BOIL ADVISORY ISSUED FOR PRIESTVILLE AND WALKERVILLE
Thursday 21st September 2017
The Municipality of Pictou County has issued a boil advisory for water customers in the Priestville and Walkerville area until further notice. They say that municipal staff are working to correct the problem and are monitoring the water quality closely. Customers are advised to boil water for at least two minutes before consuming. For further information, you can contact the Department of Public Works at 902-485-4085.


BELLEGARDE CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF BEYAK FROM CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS
Thursday 21st September 2017
Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde has asked federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer to remove Senator Lynn Beyak from the party caucus. Bellegarde released a statement today, in which he called Beyak's thinking outdated and uninformed. The comments came in response to statements made by Beyak back in March regarding the Residential School Crisis, and after sending her a copy of the book A National Crime by noted historian John S. Milloy, which provides a full picture of the history and reality of the residential school system. He says that Beyak has made no effort to back away from her original comments, which Bellegarde described as hurtful and disgraceful. He asks Scheer to expel her from the caucus to demonstrate his party’s commitment to truth and reconciliation.


BAYHEAD MURDER SUSPECT IN COURT TODAY
Thursday 21st September 2017
A local man charged with killing his neighbour is due in Truro Provincial court today. Ernie ``Junior'' Ross Duggan is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Susie Butlin, who was found dead in her Bayhead home late Sunday night. Court documents show Butlin had recently applied for a peace bond against Duggan, alleging sexual assault and vandalism. Duggan was arrested early Monday morning after a shootout with police at a cemetery in Tatamagouche.


BRIAN MULRONEY BREAKS GROUND ON NAMESAKE BUILDING AT X
Thursday 21st September 2017
Brian Mulroney was back at his alma mater, St. F-X University for the official groundbreaking of a $100-million project for which he raised the money. The new on-campus facility will also share his name. The Brian Mulroney Institute of Government will be dedicated to the study of government, Canada-U.S. relations, and global affairs for undergraduate students. It will open in May 2019, a few years later than first expected because the project kept expanding as the former Prime Minister raised additional money. Mulroney told the Antigonish crowd yesterday that he raised $65 million from the private sector and $35 million from various government. Mulroney says he travelled to Europe, the U-S and the Middle East to raise that cash. Mulroney says his fundraising includes $10 million for scholarships and bursaries, including a million for African-Nova Scotians and Indigenous people. Canada's 18th prime minister was joined at St. F-X by his daughter Caroline Mulroney Lapham and his wife, Mila.


SELF-ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS SHOW ENCOURAGING NUMBERS
Thursday 21st September 2017
There's a new set of numbers being used to improve school experiences at the Chignecto Central Board aimed at grades 4 and 7. It's called the Middle Years Development Instrument and two years worth of data shows 43 per cent of local grade 4 students taking part, rate themselves as "thriving." For Grade 7's, 42 per cent are rated as thriving in a combination of home, school and peer group experiences. Assessment Coordinator Aaron Callaghan told last night's school board meeting that grades 4 and 7 are chosen because they're seen as "bridging years" in student life. Board Member Anne Beaver asked how well the local school board compares to British Columbia schools taking part. The coordinators say the results here and in B-C are very similar. The program is administered by UBC and takes in students from Chignecto-Central, The Northwest Territories, The City of Hamilton, Ontario and schools in B-C.


NEW REPORT FROM DOCTORS SUGGEST SEVERAL IMPROVEMENTS TO HEALTH SYSTEM
Thursday 21st September 2017
A new report by Doctors Nova Scotia lists five recommendations that aim to improve medical practices in the province. The organization has met senior with government officials and representatives from the provincial Health Authority , Dalhousie Medical School, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the IWK to share solutions aimed at health-care province wide. Their report asks that improvements be made to restore local decision-making and that existing recruitment initiatives be integrated in order to boost physician numbers. They're also recommending a revival of full-scope family medicine, and the maintaining of rural specialty services. Doctors Nova Scotia gathered feedback for the report after meeting in person with doctors in 24 communities across the province. Dr. Manoj Vohra is President of Doctors Nova Scotia and is a family physician in Bible Hill. He says doctors are feeling disconnected, disrespected, and burnt out, and says now is the time for the McNeil Liberals to take action.


STELLARTON TOWN CLERK TO RETIRE AFTER ALMOST 50 YEARS
Thursday 21st September 2017
After 48 years on the job, Stellarton's town clerk is stepping down. Mayor Danny MacGillivray announced Joyce Eaton's coming retirement at Monday’s council meeting. MacGillivray said he has worked with Eaton in a number of capacities over the years – as chairperson of the Pictou County Fuel Fund in 2005-2006, as an employee of the town in 2008 and since 2016 as mayor. MacGillivray said no strict timeline is associated with her departure, but council intends to find a permanent replacement as soon as possible.


OFFICIALS SAY "CLEAR INDICATIONS" OF ABUSE OF INDIGENOUS LOBSTER FISHERY
Thursday 21st September 2017
Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans says there are "clear indications" of abuse in the First Nations food, social and ceremonial lobster fishery underway this summer in St. Marys Bay. Since June, non-Indigenous lobster fishermen have complained that some Indigenous fishermen are using their ceremonial fishery to cloak a black market lobster fishery. Morley Knight, assistant deputy Minister with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, addressed the issue during a lobster forum Wednesday in Yarmouth attended by more than 100 fishermen. Knight said DFO has responded to complaints about the situation in St. Marys Bay with increased inspections, patrols and surveillance. Knight stressed that under the food, social and ceremonial fishery, Indigenous fishermen are fully entitled to be on the water but not to sell the lobster they catch. Frustration over St. Marys Bay has prompted a number of peaceful protests by non-Indigenous fishermen this month. Fisheries groups in southwestern Nova Scotia are trying to design a monitoring program that will satisfy demands from DFO for greater oversight in the lobster fishery. The department wants a program to monitor bycatch fish species like cusk that are accidentally caught in lobster traps.


HURRICANE MARIA SLAMS ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO
Thursday 21st September 2017
Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and without communication after Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years. Hurricane Irma sideswiped Puerto Rico on Sept. 6, leaving more than a million people without power but causing no deaths or widespread damage like it did on nearby islands. Maria, however, blew out windows at some hospitals and police stations, turned some streets into roaring rivers and destroyed hundreds of homes across Puerto Rico. Maria has caused at least 10 deaths across the Caribbean, including seven in the hard-hit island of Dominica and two in the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe. The Canadian Disaster Assessment Team has been deployed to the Caribbean region to evaluate urgent humanitarian needs, following a request from Dominica.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 21
Thursday 21st September 2017
The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games to look forward to – They play Saturday at 6:30pm hosting the Valley Wildcats, and Sunday 12 Noon vs Cole Harbour Wolfpack. Both games will be played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are on home ice tonight when they host the Valley Wildcats. Both teams come into the game with records of 1-1. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. Tomorrow night, the Crushers visit the Truro Bearcats at 7pm at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. You can catch that game on 94.1 East Coast FM with Michael Petter beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County-YMCA Triathlon Club will be hosting a \"Learn to Tri\" open house information session on Wed, Sept 27 at 6:30pm upstairs in the Wellness Centre. Information about a 10 week beginner triathlon training program will be shared and it\'s a chance to meet tri coaches and mentors for the 2018 season. For more information, please call 902-754-0054
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Winter Canskate Registration at the Wellness Centre will be held in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre next Monday, Sept 25 and Wednesday, Sept 27 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, just email info@skatemariposaeast.com 
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail are presenting a guided hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Scotsburn. It takes place October 1st at 1:30 pm. You'll need to pre-register at gordon.young@gmail.com. You can also qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Kansas City 15 Toronto 5
N.Y. Yankees 11 Minnesota 3
Oakland 3 Detroit 2
Boston 9 Baltimore 0
Houston 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Cleveland 6 L.A. Angels 5
Texas 8 Seattle 6
National League
Miami 9 N.Y. Mets 2
San Francisco 4 Colorado 0
Philadelphia 7 L.A. Dodgers 5
Pittsburgh 6 Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 9 Cincinnati 2
Washington 7 Atlanta 3
Arizona 13 San Diego 7
Interleague
Tampa Bay 8 Chicago Cubs 1
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NHL Pre-season
Edmonton 4 Winnipeg 1
Vancouver 5 Calgary 3
Washington 4 Montreal 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 New Jersey 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh 6 Detroit 5 (OT)
Tampa Bay 4 Carolina 3
St. Louis 3 Columbus 2 (OT)
Arizona 5 Anaheim 1
N.Y. Islanders 3 Philadelphia 2, at Brooklyn, NY
Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT), at Allentown, PA


ONE TEEN REPORTED MISSING, ANOTHER FOUND
Wednesday 20th September 2017
The Truro Police Service is asking for help from the public to find a missing 18-year old young woman.  Police say Jessica James may have last been seen in Victoria Park on Sunday. They describe James as Caucasian, roughly 5'7", and weighing 164 lbs., with bright pink medium length hair.  She last seen was wearing grey or black leggings and a black halter top with the word "babe" written on it. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Truro Police. 
Meanwhile, another missing teen we reported on, Macayla Stanton, who was reported missing yesterday, has been located safe and sound. The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.


NEW ATTENDANCE POLICY STARTS OCTOBER 1
Wednesday 20th September 2017
Schools across the province now have a new student attendance and engagement policy to address the growing concern of student absenteeism. The policy and a supporting operational plan were shared with the education system today, and go into effect October 1st. Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, says the policy is intended to help improve student attendance through a balance of supports, incentives and consequences, without adding to the workload of teachers. Amoung the policy rules:
-- students will be considered absent unless they are attending an activity that directly relates to their learning, or a school activity
-- Grade 10 to 12 students who miss more than 20 per cent of class time for a given course may lose a credit for that course based on circumstance and the judgment of the teacher and principal
-- addressing absenteeism or chronic lateness will vary based on the age, grade and the circumstances of the student.


DRUG ARREST IN MACLELLAN'S BROOK
Wednesday 20th September 2017
A man has been arrested on drug and ammunition charges after a police raid in MacLellan’s Brook. Police seized pot and marijuana products along with a large quantity of ammunition from a home on Mountville Road. It happened about 5:30 last night. A 53-year-old man has been arrested. He’s been charged with production of marijuana, possession of cannabis, unsafe storage of ammunition, and several counts of failure to comply with a judge’s order. The suspect remains in custody and will appear in provincial court at a later date.


SUSPECT AND VICTIM IN TATAMAGOUCHE DISPUTE NAMED
Wednesday 20th September 2017
RCMP have identified the man accused of a killing a popular Tatamagouche area real estate agent this week in her own home. 49-year-old Junior Duggan lived next door to the victim in Bayhead. He was hospitalized after police chased him down and shot back at him in the wee hours of Monday morning. The 1st-degree murder charge will place him in front of judge when he's well enough to leave the hospital. The victim is identified as 58-year-old Suzie Butlin. Friends and neighbours say she had a peace bond against Duggan, and that Duggan had tried to get help for his mental health issues at the Tatamagouche hospital a couple of weeks ago, but was left un-treated. The hospital, which has been closed 28 times since the end of May, is refusing comment.


PEOPLE NEED TO CLOSELY MONITOR NORTHERN PULP EMISSIONS: MACFARLANE
Wednesday 20th September 2017
People living near the Northern Pulp mill say they should be able to monitor pollution levels on the provincial Environment Department's website. Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says her office gets complaints almost daily about emissions from the Abercrombie mill. She says she was informed by the company that the plant's power boiler had particulate emissions of 224 milligrams per reference cubic metre, while the permit for the equipment allows for only 150 milligrams. MacFarlane says the environment minister should make sure the emissions levels are made public as soon as the information is available.


POLICE WATCHDOG INVESTIGATING DEATH IN CAPE BRETON
Wednesday 20th September 2017
Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 27-year-old man who fell from a Sydney overpass last Thursday, Cape Breton Regional Police said Tuesday. Police responded to a call about an alleged altercation taking place on the Highway 125 overpass, located at the end of Upper Prince Street, at about 5 p.m. When an officer arrived at the scene, there were two men on the overpass. One man then fell to his death on the highway, said the province's Serious Incident Response Team, which is investigating the incident. Police have not charged anyone in the death, and would not release the name of the man who died.


DEADLY EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO
Wednesday 20th September 2017
Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities climbed to 248. Tuesday’s magnitude-7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands. Just hours earlier, people around Mexico had held earthquake drills to mark the date. People across central Mexico already had rallied to help their neighbours as dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake hit at 1:14 p.m. local time and was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, 123 kilometres southeast of Mexico City. The quake appeared to be unrelated to the magnitude 8.1 temblor that hit Sept. 7 off Mexico’s southern coast and also was felt strongly in the capital.


HURRICANE MARIA HEADS FOR PUERTO RICO
Wednesday 20th September 2017
Puerto Rico faces what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. Maria barrelled toward the island with 282 km/h winds. Forecasters expect Maria to make landfall Wednesday midmorning along Puerto Rico's southeast coast as a Category 5 storm, punishing the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 hours. Maria ties for the eighth strongest storm in Atlantic history, measured by wind speed. Coming in second is this year's Irma, which had 300 km/h winds and killed 38 people in the Caribbean and another 36 in the U.S. earlier this month. To the north, Hurricane Jose weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday night. Forecasters said dangerous surf and rip currents were likely to continue along the U.S. East Coast but said the storm was unlikely to make landfall. A tropical storm warning was posted for coastal areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and tropical storm watches were up for parts of New York's Long Island and Connecticut.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 20
Wednesday 20th September 2017
This week the Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games - Saturday at 6:30pm vs Valley Wildcats, and Sunday 12 Noon vs Cole Harbour Wolfpack. Both games will be played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have a pair of games this week, beginning Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats. Both teams come into the game with records of 1-1. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. Then on Friday, the Crushers visit the Truro Bearcats at 7pm at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. You can catch that game on 94.1 East Coast FM with Michael Petter beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Winter Canskate Registration at the Wellness Centre will be held in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre  on Monday, Sept 25 and Wednesday, Sept 27 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, please email info@skatemariposaeast.com 
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Kinsmen Power Skating holding Registration and Family Skate Sunday, Oct 15 3:45-5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Season Cost: $20/child; $30/Family. Lessons begin Oct 22: Ages 4,5,6 3:45-4:15 PM; Ages 7,8,9 4:15-4:45 PM; Ages 10,11,12 4:45-5:15 PM. CSA approved helmets with full face protection are mandatory.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Toronto 5 Kansas City 2 - Kansas City's Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball's record 5,694th home run of 2017 in Toronto, breaking the season mark.
Boston 1 Baltimore 0 (11 innings)
Oakland 9 Detroit 8
Houston 3 Chicago White Sox 1
N.Y. Yankees 5 Minnesota 2
Cleveland 6 L.A. Angels 3
Texas 3 Seattle 1
National League
Milwaukee 1 Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 6 L.A. Dodgers 2
Miami 5 N.Y. Mets 4 (10 innings)
St. Louis 8 Cincinnati 7 (10 innings)
Washington 4 Atlanta 2
San Diego 6 Arizona 2
San Francisco 4 Colorado 3
Interleague
Chicago Cubs 2 Tampa Bay 1
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NHL Pre-season
Ottawa 5 Toronto 2
Florida 5 Nashville 3 (ss)
Nashville 3 Florida 2 (OT) (ss)
Chicago 5 Columbus 2
Buffalo 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Boston 4 Detroit 2
Carolina 2 Tampa Bay 1
Dallas 5 St. Louis 3
Vegas 4 Colorado 1
San Jose 5 Anaheim 0


AUDITOR GENERAL TO LOOK INTO IWK IRREGULARITIES
Tuesday 19th September 2017
Auditor General Michael Pickup announced today that based on a request from the IWK to do audit work, and meetings to date with the IWK officials, he will conduct financial and performance audit work on the IWK's books and practices. As part of the performance audit planning discussions, the IWK has agreed to turn over the information it currently has related to the former CEO's expenses over to police. Pickup says he looks forward to reporting to the Nova Scotia Legislature on the results of his audit work at the IWK.


MURDER CHARGE LAID IN DEATH OF BAYHEAD WOMAN
Tuesday 19th September 2017
A 49-year old man shot by RCMP yesterday in a standoff in Tatamagouche has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 58-year old woman from Bayhead whose body had been found earlier that morning. RCMP have not released the name of the victim, although she has been identified on social media and by one media outlet. The man accused of murder and attempted murder, Ernie "Junior" Ross Duggan of Bayhead, is still in hospital and in stable condition. RCMP say a court appearance has yet to be scheduled for Duggan, pending his release from hospital. Meanwhile, residents of Tatamagouche are being asked to leave their porch lights on tonight as a form of vigil in memory of the victim.


DETAILS RELEASED FOR FUNERAL OF RCMP OFFICER
Tuesday 19th September 2017
The funeral for RCMP Const. Francis (Frank) Deschênes, 35, who was killed last week in a roadside crash, will be held in Moncton on Wednesday and will include a processional in advance of the service at St. Bernard's Catholic Church on Botsford Street. Nova Scotia RCMP are inviting members of the public to join the family of Deschênes and the law enforcement community as they, "celebrate his service and mourn his death." Deschênes, who is from Amherst, N.S., died Sept. 12 after stopping in his cruiser to help a motorist change a flat tire at the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Memramcook. The crash is still under investigation by the New Brunswick RCMP.The RCMP Regimental Funeral will include a procession of RCMP, police, military and emergency responders. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Assomption Boulevard at the Hal Betts Sportsplex, turn left on Downing Street and cross Main Street onto Botsford Street.


NECROPSY TO TAKE PLACE ON ELEVENTH RIGHT WHALE CARCASS
Tuesday 19th September 2017
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says a necropsy will be performed Tuesday on the carcass of a North Atlantic right whale located late last week off the coast of New Brunswick. The department says the carcass has been recovered and towed to Miscou Island for the necropsy. Eleven right whales have died since June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, an unprecedented number of deaths for the endangered marine mammal. Conservation groups and marine scientists have warned the North Atlantic right whale is at imminent risk of extinction with an estimated population of 500 around the world. The department said last week it wasn’t known if the right whale located Friday morning in the Miscou Island area was the same one spotted off Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula entangled in fishing ropes. Officials said last month they spotted the whale entangled in fishing ropes during a fly-over of the area, but aerial and water patrols were unable later to locate it.


TRUMP THREATENS TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF NORTH KOREA
Tuesday 19th September 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump has told the United Nations that his country will “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear standoff. Trump again referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man”, and told world leaders at the 193-member assembly that the U.S. military would be the strongest it has ever been. The speech marked his latest attempt to lay out his America First vision for a U.S. foreign policy aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises abroad.


NORTHERN PULP STILL NOT MEETING EMISSION TARGETS
Tuesday 19th September 2017
The provincial Environment Department is investigating Northern Pulp's operations, as the mill in Abercrombie exceeded emissions limits in a June test. This marks the third straight year that the power boiler at the mill exceeded emission limits. The results were disclosed by Northern Pulp earlier this month in letters to local members of the Nova Scotia legislature and confirmed by the company. The company calls the situation disappointing, but notes that since a new precipitator was installed two years ago, overall emissions are down 80 per cent. Matt Gunning of Clean the Mill says the power boiler numbers are getting worse, and wonders whether the province will ever enforce the law.


MORE DETAILS UNFOLD IN TATAMAGOUCHE INCIDENT
Tuesday 19th September 2017
Some new information is coming in about yesterday's violent incident in Bayhead, just west of Tatamagouche. RCMP responded to call on Clark's Road in Bayhead. A woman described as a “bubbly and community-minded person”” was found dead inside the home and police then followed a man in his vehicle to Lockerbie Cemetery, where words and gunfire were exchanged, leaving the man to be airlifted to a Halifax hospital with injuries. The man is 47 years old, but police aren't releasing any information on the victim until charges are laid. The Serious Incident Response Team is now heading up the investigation.


UNSIGHTLY NEW GLASGOW PROPERTY TO BE SETTLED SOON
Tuesday 19th September 2017
A years-long legal wrangle over an unsightly property in New Glasgow may finally be at an end. Concerns over the condition of 349 Little Harbour Road have been raised since 2010. Currently, the property is unoccupied and requires a lot of work, including the roof, foundation and front porch. A registered letter was sent to the property’s owner on Aug 31 requesting he appear before council, but at last night’s meeting the owner said he never received that letter, and had only heard about the meeting that afternoon. He also said he has had the house rewired, but requires permission from the town to have NSP hook it back up. It was decided that the homeowner must have a written report from a home inspector or building engineer ready for council before their next meeting October 8th detailing what work needs to be done to make the property habitable. He must also present a plan outlining how he intends to fulfill that work in a timely manner, or else it will be demolished.


TENDER AWARDED FOR PICTOU WATER PROJECT
Tuesday 19th September 2017
The tender for Pictou’s new Water Treatment Plant has been awarded to a Stewiacke firm. L&R Construction submitted the low bid for the $3.1 million project, which also includes the construction of reduction chambers and boosting stations in the town. When asked why the bid came in quite a bit lower than the $5 million originally budgeted, it was noted that the company does have a history of aggressive bidding, and that all the firms who bid were below the budgeted price. Ryan also said that much of the equipment needed for the project is already identified, and only has to be installed.


WATER MAIN IN PICTOU TO BE REPLACED
Tuesday 19th September 2017
Expect to see some big equipment on the Haliburton Road in Pictou soon. Council has decided to delay repaving there until after a replacement of the water main. A recent engineering study found the flow rate in the main to be lower than predicted, suggesting either a too-small or constricted pipe. Mayor Jim Ryan says replacing the main now will allow for growth and development in the area and avoid duplicating the paving work. This also means that changing Veterans Drive to a one-way street is on hold until after the work is complete, expected to be in December.


CANADIANS SHOULD BE CONCERNED OVER CELLPHONE SEARCHES: PRIVACY CZAR
Tuesday 19th September 2017
The federal privacy czar says Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a House of Commons committee Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can look at mobile devices and even demand passwords under American law. New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen asked if that means no Canadian should cross the border with a phone, laptop or tablet unless they have “great comfort” with a U.S. border official inspecting the contents. “Yes, as a matter of law,” Therrien said, though he acknowledged officers would not have time to inspect everyone’s devices, given the huge numbers of people that cross the border daily. Canadian law also allows border officers to inspect cell phones, since they are treated as goods, Therrien told the Commons committee on access to information, privacy and ethics. But he noted Canada’s border agency has a policy of limiting searches to cases where an officer has grounds to do so — for instance, because a phone might contain information about contraband items.


OTTAWA SHOULD COVER COSTS FOR ENERGY EAST EVALUATION: GALLANT
Tuesday 19th September 2017
New Brunswick’s premier says if Ottawa wants to change the rules of the regulatory process for the Energy East pipeline, it should pay the added costs. In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Brian Gallant says the proposed project is in jeopardy because the National Energy Board has said it would consider the impact of indirect greenhouse gas emissions caused by the project. The premier says Ottawa should pay for the analysis of upstream and downstream emissions, along with similar analyses of other ways of supplying oil. Gallant says that’s one of the ways the federal government can demonstrate it is willing to give the project a reasonable hearing. TransCanada has put its application to build the $15.7-billion pipeline from Hardisty, Alta., to Saint John, N.B., on hold. The Calgary-based company is calling the changes to the regulatory process “significant,” and has also warned that the entire project and related Eastern Mainline pipeline project could be cancelled.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 19
Tuesday 19th September 2017
The captain of the Weeks Junior A Crushers has made plans for after this season. The team has announced that Michael Dill has committed to the UMass Lowell River Hawks in 2018/19. The team is a strong contender in NCAA Division I hockey, winning the championship three of the last five years.
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The Northern Subway Selects began the season at home on Saturday against the Fundy Nationals of Saint John, NB. The Selects, the defending Midget AAA Provincial Champions, return with a very strong team set to take on the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League in hopes of a repeat. The Selects have added three new players to their roster from last year, including sisters Ella and Kara MacLean of Antigonish and Cassie Clarke of Pictou.  The three join a strong core of veteran 3rd year players led by Camryn Halliday, Maddie Quinn and Sophia Wornell.  Returning 3rd year players in their second year with the Selects include Jensen Arsenault, Taylor MacKenzie and Heath Miller. Sophmores,  KJ Emery, Ashley Livingston,  Mariah Linehan, Jenna Reid, Lindsey Smith and Eva Wornell round out the skaters. The team is backstopped by the all-star netminding duo of Lily Currie and Jenna Landry who are both in the second year with the Selects but will graduate this year. On Saturday the Selects defeated the Nationals by a convincing score of 11-0. Kara MacLean led the offence with five points on three goals and two assists. Mariah Linehan had a pair as did Lindsey Smith and KJ Emery. Singles went to Camryn Halliday and Cassie Clarke. Jenna Landry got the shut out. The Selects travel to Moncton next weekend where they will take on the Rockets in a weekend series at the Superior Propane Center.
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East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club is holding registration for their CanSkate "Learn to Skate" program and Figure Skating programs tonight from 6 to 8 pm at the Thorburn rink. Programs are open to kids three and up – please bring your child's health card. To learn more, email eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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Winter Canskate Registration at the Wellness Centre will be held in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Monday, Sept 25 and Wednesday, Sept 27 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, please email info@skatemariposaeast.com 
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating holding Registration and Family Skate Sunday, Oct 15 3:45-5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Season Cost: $20/child; $30/Family. Lessons begin Oct 22: Ages 4,5,6 3:45-4:15 PM; Ages 7,8,9 4:15-4:45 PM; Ages 10,11,12 4:45-5:15 PM. CSA approved helmets with full face protection are mandatory.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Detroit 24 N.Y. Giants 10
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MLB
American League

N.Y. Yankees 2 Minnesota 1
Oakland 8 Detroit 3
Boston 10 Baltimore 8 (11 innings)
National League
Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
Miami 13 N.Y. Mets 1
San Diego 4 Arizona 2
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NHL Pre-season
New Jersey 4 Washington 1
Carolina 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)
Boston 3 Montreal 2
N.Y. Rangers 1 N.Y. Islanders 0 (OT)
Ottawa 6 Toronto 2
Minnesota 3 Winnipeg 2 (SO)
Edmonton 5 Calgary 4 (ss)
Edmonton 5 Calgary 2 (ss)


RCMP INVESTIGATE SHOOTING DEATH IN TATAMAGOUCHE, SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
Monday 18th September 2017
RCMP are investigating what appears to be a murder connected to a domestic dispute in Bayhead, just west of Tatamagouche. They responded to call on Clark's Road in Bayhead just before midnight. A woman was found dead inside the home and police then followed a man in his vehicle to Lockerbie Cemetery on Highway 6. Their efforts to speak to him ended up in an exchange of gunfire, leaving their suspect wounded inside his vehicle at the cemetery. He was taken to hospital for treatment. The man is now in police custody and all ages and names are being witheld by police until they're ready to lay charges. Police now say there's no longer a danger to the public in the River John, Tatamagouche and Bayhead areas. The Serious Incident Response Team has been called in to investigate. And with no school buses leaving River John as police had the area locked down this morning, parents of students who got a ride to school is a car can rest assured that all River John buses will be able to pick them up and deliver them home this afternoon.


SOCIAL WORKERS AT RISK of BURNOUT: NDP
Monday 18th September 2017
The NDP says social workers across the province are burning out due to their workloads. New data obtained by the NDP Caucus through a Freedom of Information Request shows that short-term illness among social workers in the Department of Community Services has increased 60 per cent since 2013. Susan Leblanc, NDP Community Services critic says while the number of frontline workers have stayed the same, the complexity of cases due to high levels of poverty, coupled with changes to the Children and Family Services Act that shortens timelines for court proceedings, means higher caseloads and lots more stress for social workers, and the province needs to address this.


SCHOOL BOARD SAYS COURTESY BUSING COULD BE AVAILABLE SOON
Monday 18th September 2017
The Chignecto-Central school board says if your child isn't able to use a school bus because you live too close to a local school, there's still hope in getting a seat. The board's Darcy MacRae says as student numbers settle out in the coming weeks, supervisors will be able to track empty seats and let students in need get into those empty spots. That system is known as courtesy busing, and you can contact your school or the school board office to put in a request. MacRae says if a student has transferred to a school outside their normal catchment area, the same policy will apply, and the board will do its utmost to provide transportation.


FEDERAL LIBERALS MAY LIMIT DEBATE TO GET MORE DONE IN FALL SESSION
Monday 18th September 2017
The Liberal government is heading into the second half of its mandate with a number of big legislative priorities they are eager to move through Parliament. And they are ready to curtail debate if they think the opposition is dragging its feet. This spring, the Liberals backed down on part of its plan to alter parliamentary procedure, abandoning some of the more controversial reforms that the Conservatives and New Democrats had been battling for weeks. Still, House leader Bardish Chagger warned at the time it would come with a cost, telling her political rivals that since they could not agree on other ways to speed things along, the Liberals would be ready to impose time allocation to limit debate. That remains the case as MPs return to Ottawa this week, especially since the Liberals want to act quickly on priorities such as the legalization of marijuana, a tougher law on impaired driving and the new National Security Act. Other big goals for the fall include political financing reforms and an air passengers bill of rights. The Conservatives are planning to focus a lot of their energy on stirring up opposition to proposed tax changes for small businesses, a topic that is expected to dominate question period in the House of Commons this week.


MARIA NEXT HURRICANE TO HIT CARIBBEAN
Monday 18th September 2017
A strengthening Hurricane Maria swirled toward the eastern Caribbean early Monday, with forecasters warning it probably would be a major storm by the time it passed through the already battered Leeward Islands later in the day. Maria grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much stronger over the next 48 hours following a path that would take it near many of the islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma and on to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Hurricane watches were up in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the island shared by French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten, St. Barts and Anguilla. Maria could make a direct hit on Puerto Rico, which was spared the full brunt of Irma although much of the island had its power knocked out. Farther north, long-lived Hurricane Jose continued to head northward off the U.S. East Coast, causing dangerous surf and rip currents. It wasn’t expected to make landfall but tropical storm watches were posted along the coast from Delaware to Massachusetts’ Cape Cod.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 18
Monday 18th September 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers are 1-1 following a 4-1 defeat in Amherst on Saturday. Michael Dill scored the lone Crusher goal. It was a physical matchup, with lots of penalties levied against both teams. The Crushers will host the Valley Wildcats at the Wellness Centre on Thursday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost 4-1 against Halifax on Sunday. Ryan MacLennan scored for the Weeks team. They were narrowly defeated 4-3 in their home opener on Saturday against Cole Harbour. Next up the team takes on the Wolfpack in Cole Harbour on Wednesday.
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The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers are 1-1 after a 2-0 loss to ACCEL Physio on Sunday. The team got the win on Saturday against Dartmouth, and hope to get another against on Saturday in Cole Harbour against the Storm.
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In roller derby, another W for the Kicken Vixens after beating the Tar City Rollers in Cape Breton 250-200. Eye Sock Ya (Marla Cameron) was MVP Blocker and DC Comicazi (Debbie Clark) was MVP Jammer.
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East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club is holding registration for their CanSkate "Learn to Skate" program and Figure Skating programs on Tuesday the 19th from 6 to 8 pm at the Thorburn rink. Programs are open to kids three and up – please bring your child's health card. To learn more, email eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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Winter Canskate Registration at the Wellness Centre will be held in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre  on Monday, Sept 25 and Wednesday, Sept 27 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, please email info@skatemariposaeast.com 
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating holding Registration and Family Skate Sunday, Oct 15 3:45-5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Season Cost: $20/child; $30/Family. Lessons begin Oct 22: Ages 4,5,6 3:45-4:15 PM; Ages 7,8,9 4:15-4:45 PM; Ages 10,11,12 4:45-5:15 PM. CSA approved helmets with full face protection are mandatory.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Ottawa 29 Montreal 11
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NFL
Carolina 9 Buffalo 3
Tampa Bay 29 Chicago 7
Tennessee 37 Jacksonville 16
Arizona 16 Indianapolis 13 (OT)
Pittsburgh 26 Minnesota 9
Baltimore 24 Cleveland 10
New England 36 New Orleans 20
Kansas City 27 Philadelphia 20
Oakland 45 N.Y. Jets 20
Miami 19 L.A. Chargers 17
Seattle 12 San Francisco 9
Washington 27 L.A. Rams 20
Denver 42 Dallas 17
Atlanta 34 Green Bay 23
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MLB
American League

Minnesota 13 Toronto 7
Detroit 12 Chicago White Sox 0
Tampa Bay 3 Boston 2
Cleveland 3 Kansas City 2
Baltimore 6 N.Y. Yankees 4
Houston 7 Seattle 1
Texas 4 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Cincinnati 5 Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 5 Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 10 Miami 3
Chicago Cubs 4 St. Louis 3
San Diego 4 Colorado 3
San Francisco 7 Arizona 2
Washington 7 L.A. Dodgers 1
Interleague
Oakland 6 Philadelphia 3
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NHL Pre-season
Vegas 9 Vancouver 4
N.Y. Islanders 3 Philadelphia 2 (OT)
MLS
Philadelphia 0 New York 0


MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR FORMER MP AND SENATOR ALLAN J. MacEACHEN
Friday 15th September 2017
A celebration of the life of Allan J. MacEachen will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Charles V. Keating Centre on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. MacEachen, a native of Inverness, died at the age of 96 earlier this week. The longtime Nova Scotia MP, cabinet minister and senator was also Canada's first deputy prime minister. Those attending the service, which is open to the public, are asked to be in their seats by 1:30 p.m.


GAS PRICES TAKE A TUMBLE
Friday 15th September 2017
After a spike in fuel prices blamed on Hurricane Harvey, we're seeing a more reasonable price at the pumps. Regular self-serve gas is down eight and a half cents to $1.16 per litre, with diesel down two cents to $1.045 per litre.


TATA ER CLOSED FRIDAY
Friday 15th September 2017
The ER in Tatamagouche will be closed again. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed today between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167. This will be the 28th closure of the Tatamagouche ER since May 30.


AMHERST NAME COMING DOWN IN MONTREAL... IS NOVA SCOTIA NEXT?
Friday 15th September 2017
The premier has cautioned against moves to erase history amid questions about a town in his province named for a contentious British general who Montreal has decided to remove from one of its streets. The town of Amherst was named for Jeffery Amherst, who supported giving smallpox-laced blankets to Indigenous Peoples and whose military victories ended French rule in Canada. On Wednesday, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre vowed to remove the name Amherst from a street in that city in order to move forward on the path of Indigenous reconciliation. Stephen McNeil says he has not heard concerns about the town of Amherst being named for the controversial historical figure. McNeil says Canada can't ignore its history, but governments should be sensitive to the concerns of Indigenous groups and strike a balance whenever possible. Mi'kmaq activist Rebecca Thomas says she would like to see Amherst change its name, but recognized that might not be feasible and said more education would ensure the public is aware of the entire history of the town's namesake. Amherst town administrator Greg Herrett says the town's name has not been discussed by council and no concerns have been brought forward.


PROTESTS OVER ABORIGINAL LOBSTER FISHERY
Friday 15th September 2017
Tension is growing between lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia over the Indigenous ceremonial and food fisheries. As a series of peaceful protests got underway Thursday, the president of the Coldwater Lobster Association said some Indigenous fishermen are taking unfair advantage of their right to continue fishing outside of the regular commercial season, which ended May 31. In 1990, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark ruling — the Sparrow decision — that found Indigenous Peoples have the right to fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes. The court also found that right takes priority over other uses for the resource, but conservation must be considered. Federal regulations clearly state that commercial sales from these fisheries are prohibited. Bernie Berry insists the federal Fisheries Department must put a stop to what he described as a rapidly growing black market. Michael Sack, chief of the 2,500-member Sipekne’katik First Nation, said he wasn’t aware of any band members harvesting and selling lobster out of season. However, Sack said there could be some Mi’kmaq fishermen who are selling lobster on the side, which means they are only exercising their right to earn a moderate living from the fishery — as spelled out by the Supreme Court of Canada in its Marshall decision. With increased demand from Asia driving prices higher, lobster fishermen have enjoyed record catches and rising incomes in recent years. The lobster business remains the most lucrative fishery in Canada, generating more than $2 billion in export sales in 2015 — and again in 2016.


BOMBING IN THE LONDON SUBWAY *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Friday 15th September 2017
London police say they found a partially-exploded IED following a fire on an underground train during the morning rush hour, and are describing it as a "terrorist incident." Eighteen people have been sent to hospital, none with serious injuries. A commuter whose train was stopped at Parsons Green station says there was panic after a woman saw what appeared to be an explosion. A photo taken at the scene shows what appeared to be a burning bucket inside a train.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 15
Friday 15th September 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers opened the season with a 3-2 win at home last night over the St. Stephen Aces, as the local members of the Crushers hit the scoresheet. Jake Martin and Evan MacLennan, both from New Glasgow, scored goals for the Crushers, while Kevin Mason of Stellarton added an assist. The Crushers are back in action on Saturday in Amherst, and you can catch that game on 94.1 East Coast FM with Michael Petter and Alex Theriault with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
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Weeks Major Midgets Home opener is Saturday at 6:30 PM vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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The U-14 (Birth Year 2004 and 2005) Stellarton Stingers Softball practices will be starting soon for the 2018 Season. The first practice will be Sunday, September 17th from 4-5:30pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton Field 1. Any one interested, please come prepared to practice that day.
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East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club is holding registration for their CanSkate "Learn to Skate" program and Figure Skating programs on Tuesday the 19th from 6 to 8 pm at the Thorburn rink. Programs are open to kids three and up – please bring your child's health card. To learn more, email eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Houston 13 Cincinnati 9
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MLB
American League

Minnesota 3 Toronto 2 (10 innings)
Chicago White Sox 17 Detroit 7
Boston 6 Oakland 2
N.Y. Yankees 13 Baltimore 5
Cleveland 3 Kansas City 2 (10 innings)
Seattle 10 Texas 4
Houston 5 L.A. Angels 2
National League
St. Louis 5 Cincinnati 2
Arizona 7 Colorado 0
Philadelphia 10 Miami 0
Washington 5 Atlanta 2
Chicago Cubs 14 N.Y. Mets 6


SIRT LEADER TO RETIRE NEXT MONTH
Thursday 14th September 2017
Ron MacDonald, head of Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team, will retire next month after 26 years in the civil service. He has accepted a new position with the Independent Investigations Office in British Columbia. Mr. MacDonald was SiRT's first and only director and developed the independent investigations office from a concept to a highly effective civilian oversight body. Justice Minister Mark Furey says Mr. McDonald's leadership has provided the province with an innovative model that is unique to Atlantic Canada and respected across the country. Recruitment to find Mr. MacDonald's replacement will begin immediately.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER TO CLOSE AGAIN TOMORROW
Thursday 14th September 2017
The ER is Tatamagouche will be closed again. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed tomorrow, Friday 15 September, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.  


MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES IN STELLARTON
Thursday 14th September 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police say a 33-year old man was arrested this morning after a search of a Trenton residence turned up electronic devices alleged to contain images of child pornography. The man, whose name is not being released by police at this time, has been arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Breech of an Undertaking. He was later released and will be appearing in Provincial Court in Pictou on Monday. Police say the investigation is continuing. They also remind the public that in Nova Scotia, it is mandatory for citizens to report suspected Child Pornography. This means that anyone who encounters Child Pornography material or recordings must report it to the police. Failing to report suspicious activity and materials could result in penalties similar to failure to report child abuse set out in the Children and Family Services Act. The New Glasgow Regional Police, RCMP and cybertip encourages citizens to be a voice for children who are victims of sexual exploitation by reporting any suspected offences to your local police or by using Canada's National tip line for reporting sexual exploitation of children at www.cybertip.ca.


EMPIRE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SEES COST CUTTING MEASURES DISCUSSED
Thursday 14th September 2017
Sobey's parent company is putting an optimistic face on its financial turnaround at today's AGM held here in New Glasgow. Adjusted earnings have come in at 32 cents per share for the latest quarter. That compares to 27 cents per share during the same time-frame last year. Empire's President and CEO is Michael Medline. He says half a BILLION dollars in annual cost-cutting over the next few years is not an easy thing, but he says over the long term, he's banking on an improvement. Medline says that's already starting to show with the release of today's numbers. He's hoping job reductions at Stellarton, like the other Sobey's office across the country, will only be temporary. Medline began his cost-cutting plan for Empire in May. He says today's increase in same store sales is good for morale. He points out that with 125,000 employees nation-wide, Empire-Sobey's is Canada's second-largest employer. He says after the cuts make their way through the system in a few years, Empire and its grocery banners, which includes Sobey's should experience a need for more employees, not less, in the longer term.


TWO PEOPLE CHARGED IN SEPARATE ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES
Thursday 14th September 2017
A woman from Little Narrows faces charges of animal neglect after the SPCA says her dog was found dead inside an abandoned vehicle in a Halifax parkade. The woman, who is in her early 20s, is accused of leaving the dog in the vehicle for an undetermined amount of time and not providing adequate food and water. Jo-Anne Landsburg, the SPCA's chief provincial inspector, said the dog suffered as it died. The accused is facing charges of willfully causing unnecessary suffering or injury to an animal and failure to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for the dog. She is due to appear in Halifax provincial court today. It's not clear why the dog and the car were left abandoned in the parkade. The SPCA was brought in after Halifax Regional Police were called about the vehicle back in May. Officers found the dog dead inside a kennel in the car. The vehicle appeared to have been in the parkade for some time before it was discovered.
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A Nova Scotia man has been charged with drowning a litter of kittens. The province's SPCA says it received a call about "the possible disappearance of a litter of kittens" in late July and determined they had been drowned by their owner. An Aldershot man is charged under the Criminal Code with wilfully and without lawful excuse killing kittens. He will be arraigned Oct. 24 in Kentville provincial court. The SPCA says it offers spay and neuter programs at low cost, and also helps find homes for unwanted kittens. "Drowning kittens is never an option, especially with so many resources available to the public," the SPCA said in a release.


PRE-PRIMARY READY TO GO WITH LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD
Thursday 14th September 2017
The Chignecto-Central School Board says they've hired its system-wide pre-primary manager. Last night's board meeting in Truro heard that Nicki Beck's job is to take on any issues that come up with pre-primary children, leaving school principals free to look after their regular duties. At New Glasgow Academy, Board Member Glenda Talbot-Richards is worried that no African Nova Scotians have been added to the pre-primary staff. She's been told that the board now intends to reach out to that community in Pictou County, to try and track down some black educators, who may have missed out on the application process. That would allow two more to be added to the four already hired for New Glasgow Academy. When it comes to numbers, the board's been told that 45 four-year-olds have been registered at the Academy. As of last night's meeting, only 8 pre-primaries have been registered at Trenton Elementary, so they're looking to add to that number over the next week.


CLASSROOM COUNCIL FINISHES FIRST SESSION
Thursday 14th September 2017
The provincial Council on Classroom Conditions has just wrapped up it's first session of the new school year. One of their areas of focus over the past three days has been a school attendance policy. That has a Chignecto Central board member questioning why the board won't be the first to see its resulting decisions. Wendy Matheson-Withrow says as the elected school governing body, they should have that right. Instead, the rules say those decisions can by-pass the board, and go directly to school principals. The council was set up earlier this year as a way to appease classroom teachers who were working to rule.


SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO STAND UP, SPEAK OUT
Thursday 14th September 2017
Today is Stand-Up/Speak Out day across the local school system. The guest speaker is Nolan Pyke, who is transgendered and will speak directly to students at CEC in Truro about topics that include gender identity from his experience in a province-wide project called “Equity-Educate” Pyke's words will be live-streamed to all schools in the Chignecto-Central board beginning at 10:30 this morning. You might recall the appearance of mysterious random coloured doors across local towns last month, including New Glasgow. Those doors represent 5 key areas in today's Stand-Up / Speak-Out event. They are “opening the doors” to discussions among local students on race, gender, class, sexual orientation and ability.


MOUNTIE KILLED IN NB WORKED TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DRIVERS SLOWING FOR EMERGENCIES
Thursday 14th September 2017
The name of the Mountie who was killed while helping change a flat tire has been released. Constable Frank Deschenes, a 12-year veteran of the force who worked in Amherst, died when a van collided with his police car and an SUV shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening on the Trans-Canada Highway near Memramcook, New Brunswick. RCMP Corporal Jullie Rogers-Marsh says the preliminary investigation has determined Deschenes stopped to assist two people in the SUV change a tire. Police say the van’s driver was taken into custody after being released from hospital. The two people in the SUV were treated for their injuries. Deschenes’ longtime supervisor says they worked to inform the public about legislation requiring drivers to slow down and move over when emergency vehicles are stopped along highways.


TRUMP MAKES ANOTHER DEAL WITH DEMOCRATS
Thursday 14th September 2017
Top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached an agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump's long-sought border wall. The agreement, the latest instance of Trump ditching his own party to make common cause with the opposition, was announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner that Republican lawmakers weren't invited to. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids who had benefited from former president Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided temporary work permits and shielded recipients from deportation. Trump ended the program earlier this month and gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of the so-called "Dreamers" begin to expire. House Republicans would normally rebel over such an approach, which many view as amnesty for law-breakers. It remains to be seen how conservatives' loyalty to Trump will affect their response to a policy they would have opposed under other circumstances.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 14
Thursday 14th September 2017
Weeks Major Midgets Home opener is Saturday at 6:30 PM vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers begin defense of their regular season MHL championship Thursday night when they host the St. Stephen Aces. The Aces come into the season off of their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. Plus, the first Crushers broadcast on 94.1 East Coast FM for the season goes this Saturday at 6:45pm from Amherst when the Crushers visit the Ramblers in the Jungle.
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This year's Terry Fox Run in Pictou will begin at the Visitors Marina on the Pictou Waterfront. You can fundraise or provide a donation on the day of the run. Pledge forms available at the Pictou Town Office. There are also Terry Fox runs in Bridgeville and Stellarton (Community Centre in Bridgeville and Medical Hall Pharmasave in Stellarton). The Annual run in Canada is usually hosted on the second Sunday after Labour Day (September 17), the month chosen by Terry to reflect when he had to stop running and when Canadians had to start. To sign up, go online at www.terryfox.org
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The U-14 (Birth Year 2004 and 2005) Stellarton Stingers Softball practices will be starting soon for the 2018 Season. The first practice will be Sunday, September 17th from 4-5:30pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton Field 1. Any one interested, please come prepared to practice that day.
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East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club is holding registration for their CanSkate "Learn to Skate" program and Figure Skating programs on Tuesday the 19th from 6 to 8 pm at the Thorburn rink. Programs are open to kids three and up – please bring your child's health card. To learn more, email eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Kevin Gausman pitched seven sharp innings as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 to snap a six-game losing streak.
Cleveland 5 Detroit 3
N.Y. Yankees 3 Tampa Bay 2
Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 3
Oakland 7 Boston 3
Seattle 8 Texas 1
L.A. Angels 9 Houston 1
National League
Atlanta 8 Washington 2
Philadelphia 8 Miami 1
Chicago Cubs 17 N.Y. Mets 5
Milwaukee 8 Pittsburgh 2
Cincinnati 6 St. Louis 0
Arizona 8 Colorado 2
L.A. Dodgers 4 San Francisco 1
Interleague
Minnesota 3 San Diego 1 (10 innings)
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Major League Soccer
Atlanta 7 New England 0
Vancouver 3 Minnesota 0


PROVINCE LOOKING FOR TRAIL CAM FOOTAGE TO TRACK WILDLIFE
Wednesday 13th September 2017
The province is asking hunters with trail cameras to help biologists manage Nova Scotia's deer and bear populations. Many hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts operate trail cameras that automatically take a picture when triggered by an animal's movement. Observers can send in a completed trail camera survey describing what they see in their photos. The information will help biologists who monitor wildlife. Minister of Natural Resources Margaret Miller says the more eyes, the better, when it comes to collecting current wildlife information. The trail camera survey form is posted on the Natural Resources website.


SUNRISE TRAIL TO BE PAVED NEXT SUMMER: MACFARLANE
Wednesday 13th September 2017
The Sunrise Trail's state of disrepair between the Pictou Rotary and Toney River is getting some attention from MLA Karla MacFarlane. She says it'll be re-paved for about a 5 to 6 kilometer stretch between Caribou and Tony River during next summer's construction season. When asked if she thinks the voters of Pictou West are being punished for voting Conservative last spring, MacFarlane says with 51 ridings, she thinks her riding is faring quite well when it comes to getting road upgrading. A number of tourism operators in her riding have been hearing complaints about how rough the Sunrise Trail has become west of the Pictou Rotary.


ALLAN MACEACHEN: 1921-2017
Wednesday 13th September 2017
Allan MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Cape Breton who was a driving force behind many Canadian social programs, has died at the age of the 96. The news was announced on Twitter late Tuesday by former Ontario premier and federal MP Bob Rae. MacEachen was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the postwar era and held a variety of posts, including a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare. As labour minister, MacEachen was also instrumental in reforming the labour code and establishing a new standard for the minimum wage. His portfolios also included finance and he twice served as Secretary of State for External Affairs. Born in Inverness in 1921, MacEachen was first elected in 1953 in the riding of Inverness-Richmond under Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent. MacEachen won again in 1957, but lost his seat in 1958 before winning eight more elections, including the last five while representing Cape Breton-Highlands Canso. He also served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to the Senate in 1984 where he remained until 1996. MacEachen was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.


OPEN HOUSE TODAY FOR NEW YOUTH SHELTER
Wednesday 13th September 2017
The public is invited to an Open House today for the newest transition houses in Pictou County. The new shelters are for male and female youth between 16 and 24 years of age. Pictou County Roots for Youth and the Aberdeen Health Foundation are partnering on the pilot project to help young people reach the next step to ending their risk of homelessness. Currently, Roots House on East River Road remains a temporary emergency shelter: these transition houses are a step between Roots House and full independence. Stacey Dlamini, Roots House Programme Director and Shayla Gorman, Youth Worker will be on hand to give tours of both houses and answer questions. The event will be at 5 o'clock at 224 Temperance Street, New Glasgow.


ROAD WORK IN TRENTON WILL CONTINUE FOR A FEW MORE WEEKS
Wednesday 13th September 2017
Construction projects in Trenton continue, but there is an end in sight. At last night's town council meeting, CAO Brian White was asked about the timelines for the various projects. White said that the culvert installation on Main Street should be done by September 30, as environmental rules state that brook flow must be restored by then. The paving of Main Street should be complete by mid-October, and the storm sewer project on Grandview Avenue will be finished in early November. Mayor Shannon MacInnis made a point to thank residents for their patience during the detours and delays.


NEW FIRE TRUCK COMING TO TRENTON
Wednesday 13th September 2017
Trenton town council has crossed a couple of items off their wish list. Last night, council approved the $300,000 purchase of a new fire truck. The fire department has already fundraised $75,000 towards the cost. Council also approved $72,000 for sidewalk replacements, which will be done along with the repaving of Main Street.


FALL WILL BE MILD, POSSIBLY WET
Wednesday 13th September 2017
After a hot, dry summer, it appears that it's going to be a mild, dry fall – for most Canadians. The Weather Network says temperatures are expected to be near or above seasonal norms from coast to coast, with only momentary flashes of prospective winter conditions. Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott says the outlook is similar for precipitation. Most regions are on course to receive rainfall in line with seasonal averages. The one exception is the East Coast, which Scott says is likely to experience some fallout from an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.


SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN ON TRUMP TRAVEL BAN - AGAIN
Wednesday 13th September 2017
The US Supreme Court has granted a Trump administration request to continue to bar most refugees under its travel ban. Without comment, the court blocked a federal appeals court ruling from last week that would have exempted refugees who have a contractual commitment from resettlement organizations from the travel ban while the justices consider its legality. The travel ban bars certain people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. The issue concerning the scope of the travel ban has been ricocheting through the courts since last spring when the Supreme Court allowed Trump's ban to go into effect except for those with a "bona fide" relationship to the United States. The order might give hope to supporters of the ban, but it may also simply reflect a desire on the part of the justices to maintain the status quo until the justices can hear the case next month.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 13
Wednesday 13th September 2017
Weeks Major Midgets Home opener is Saturday at 6:30 PM vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers begin defense of their regular season MHL championship Thursday night when they host the St. Stephen Aces. The Aces come into the season off of their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. Plus, the first Crushers broadcast on 94.1 East Coast FM for the season goes this Saturday at 6:45pm from Amherst when the Crushers visit the Ramblers in the Jungle.
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Registration for minor hockey in Pictou County for the 2017-18 season is now open! Reminder that all players (IP through Midget) MUST be registered online by September 15th, as well as any players wishing to participate in competitive tryouts. To register for the season please visit www.pcmha.com or our Facebook page PCMHA for all the details! Parents can also email admin@pcmha.com for assistance.
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This year's Terry Fox Run in Pictou will begin at the Visitors Marina on the Pictou Waterfront. You can fundraise or provide a donation on the day of the run. Pledge forms available at the Pictou Town Office. The Annual run in Canada is usually hosted on the second Sunday after Labour Day (September 17), the month chosen by Terry to reflect when he had to stop running and when Canadians had to start. To sign up, go online at www.terryfox.org
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The U-14 (Birth Year 2004 and 2005) Stellarton Stingers Softball practices will be starting soon for the 2018 Season. The first practice will be Sunday, September 17th from 4-5:30pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton Field 1. Any one interested, please come prepared to practice that day.
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East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club is holding registration for their CanSkate "Learn to Skate" program and Figure Skating programs on Tuesday the 19th from 6 to 8 pm at the Thorburn rink. Programs are open to kids three and up – please bring your child's health card. To learn more, email eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Kansas City 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Toronto 3 Baltimore 2
Boston 11 Oakland 1
Cleveland 2 Detroit 0
Tampa Bay 2 N.Y. Yankees 1
Seattle 10 Texas 3
Houston 1 L.A. Angels 0
National League
Atlanta 8 Washington 0
Milwaukee 5 Pittsburgh 2
Chicago Cubs 8 N.Y. Mets 3
St. Louis 13 Cincinnati 4
Philadelphia 9 Miami 8 (15 innings)
Colorado 4 Arizona 2
L.A. Dodgers 5 San Francisco 3
Interleague
Minnesota 16 San Diego 0


NSMW AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Jenn Grant leads the way with seven Music Nova Scotia award nominations with Rose Cousins close behind with six. Both received nominations in major categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Recording of the Year. The Music Nova Scotia awards will be presented this Fall during Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in Truro. Other nominees include Antigonish's Cassie and Maggie who are up for Entertainer of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, and Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year for their album "The Willow Collection" which was recorded and co-produced by Pictou native Dave Gunning. Industry Award nominees include the Glasgow Square Theatre in the category for Community Presenter of the Year and the syndicated East Coast Countdown which airs weekends on 94.1 is nominated for Radio Program of the Year. Juno Award winners Wintersleep, with Loel Campbell who originally hails from Stellarton on drums, have been added to the festival line-up. They will perform on Thursday, November 2nd at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 26 - Truro. Individual tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, September 15th. The Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration and Closing Party will take place on Sunday, November 5th at the Holiday Inn Truro. All awards will be presented at the celebration which will begin at 7:00 PM. More info and a full list of nominees can be found at: nsmw.ca


PROVINCE NEEDS TO SHOW ITS PLANS FOR LEGAL POT: MACFARLANE
Tuesday 12th September 2017
While Ontario released its marijuana legalization plans last week, the provincial opposition says the government is dragging its feet. Ottawa will legalize pot by next July but has left it up to the provinces to design their own distributions. So far, the province has said little about its plans for legalization, but Pictou West MLA and opposition justice critic Karla MacFarlane says they need to start talking. In June, Finance Minister Karen Casey said the province would hold public consultations in late summer or early fall on the issue, but MacFarlane said there’s been no update since. In April, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang said the province would need at least two-years to get legalization right.


DOCTORS SAY THEIR WORK LOAD IS BURNING THEM OUT
Tuesday 12th September 2017
A new survey shows that for Nova Scotia's doctors burnout is a serious issue. Doctors Nova Scotia says fully HALF of the 362 doctors who responding to their Physician Burnout Survey are reporting symptoms of burnout, while another 20 percent are feeling ineffective. In the survey results, 70 percent of the physicians also say they're feeling overextended, disengaged, ineffective and/or fully burned out. Dr. Manoj Vohra runs a walk-in clinic in Bible Hill. He's also President of Doctors Nova Scotia, says these statistics are a major cause for concern, adding the state of the physician workforce in Nova Scotia is fragile and that something needs to be done immediately. The numbers are from a survey this year, and are the result of a partnership between Doctors Nova Scotia and Acadia University . Starting this fall, Doctors Nova Scotia says it will provide M-D's with a representative in their community and will also work with other physician leaders through the Physician Leadership and Development Program to address the causes of burnout.


OLD BY-LAW PREVENTED EVENT AT EXHIBITION
Tuesday 12th September 2017
An event that was being considered for inclusion in the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition this year had to be scrapped because of a 410-year old by-law that town staff were not even aware of - until the Exhibition Committee asked for permission. The event would have included the firing blanks out of air guns, but Town Council could not give permission for that to occur, because of the 1976 Firearms and Pyrotechnics By-Law. Mayor Jim Ryan told council at last night’s committee of the whole meeting that the by-law gives the Town power to grant permission for groups to use pyrotechnics - such as fireworks. However,there is no provision to allow any firing of any sort of firearm within the town limits - under any circumstances. Council discussed the by-law, and determined that they will ask staff to research the issue, and come back with a recommendation as to whether they should repeal the by-law and write a new one, or just make an amendment to the current document.


LENDING PROGRAM ALLOWS PICTOU RESIDENTS TO “GO PLAY”
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Pictou Recreation has recently launched a new program for residents of the town that allows for the lending of recreational equipment of many sorts - from a canoe, to bikes, to nordic walking poles and more. The “Go Play” program makes this equipment available to residents of Pictou at no fee. The program began last summer, and is run through the Town Office. Contact Pictou Recreation and Parks for more information at 902-485-5067.


PLEASE DON’T FEED THE WILDLIFE IN TOWN: MAYOR RYAN
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting for the Town of Pictou saw Mayor Jim Ryan bring forward an issue that is becoming increasingly bothersome - the size of the pigeon and raccoon populations within the town. Ryan issued a plea to residents of Pictou not to feed the birds, or other wildlife, to try to keep the populations down. He also is asking town staff to look into the options that may be in place to find other ways to curb their presence, and what successes and failures have been found in other communities.


STELLARTON CHOOSES LOCATION FOR DOG PARK
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Last night, Stellarton Town Council made a selection of a site for the proposed enclosed dog park that has been in the planning stages for several months. Following a motion brought forward by Deputy Mayor Simon Lawand, council voted 4-1 in favour of fencing in an area behind the upper field at the outdoor soccer complex. Based upon the budget, the exact dimensions of the enclosure will be determined by how much fencing can be purchased. However, the 80 feet x 70 feet dimensions that had been discussed previously will likely need to be decreased, as one side of the park will need taller fencing than first planned. As part of the creation of this park, council also passed a motion determining that Evansville Ballfield will no longer be used as an off-season dog park. Signage to reflect that change is expected to be put up in the coming weeks.


HOMELESS SHELTER WILL HAVE FAMILIAR LOCATION
Tuesday 12th September 2017
It's a bit of deja vu for the homeless shelter being set up in Pictou County. The board overseeing the operations of the temporary shelter is buying the former Life Centre Church, which once hosted a shelter that closed in 2016. Paul Vanderlaan, a volunteer with the shelter board, said the board of directors will purchase the building in April for $60,000. The new shelter will be named the Viola’s Place Society after Viola Desmond. The board is waiting for its charitable status to be approved so that it can start collecting donations from individuals or businesses that require a receipt. Currently, First Baptist Church is hosting a program to assist those in need, which is open Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to Thursday 7 a.m. They are providing a safe shelter with beds and meals to help any adult in need of assistance in or passing through the Pictou County area. Board president Karen MacPhee said new and former volunteers with the LifeShelter are encouraged to contact Viola’s Place Society to lend a helping hand. The board has set a fundraising goal of $65,000 and donations can be accepted at any Scotia Bank. (Account number - 205030027219) Click here for the Go Fund Me you can donate to. Any questions can be directed to: violasplacesociety@gmail.com Website: www.violasplacesociety.com


OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW YOUTH SHELTER
Tuesday 12th September 2017
A long-awaited Open House celebration gets underway in New Glasgow tomorrow afternoon beginning at 5 o'clock. It's taking place to celebrate the newly opened transition houses for young men and women in Pictou County between the ages of 16 and 24. The event will be held at one of those transition houses at 224 Temperance Street, New Glasgow. Pictou County Roots for Youth and the Aberdeen Health Foundation are partnering on the pilot project. Roots House on East River Road remains a temporary, short term shelter for young people ages 16-24. The transition houses are a step in-between Roots House and full independence. Residents are being offered subsidized rent and given an opportunity to learn how to budget and become financially sustainable during the 12 months they live there. The transition houses are safe, supportive spaces where young people can make progress in their education or career in order to give them the best possible chance of success. Key staff members will be on hand to give tours of both houses and answer questions or inquiries.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 12 *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Weeks Major Midgets Home opener is Saturday at 6:30 PM vs the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers begin defense of their regular season MHL championship Thursday night when they host the St. Stephen Aces. The Aces come into the season off of their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. Plus, the first Crushers broadcast on 94.1 East Coast FM for the season goes this Saturday at 6:45pm from Amherst when the Crushers visit the Ramblers in the Jungle.
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Registration for minor hockey in Pictou County for the 2017-18 season is now open! Reminder that all players (IP through Midget) MUST be registered online by September 15th, as well as any players wishing to participate in competitive tryouts. To register for the season please visit www.pcmha.com or our Facebook page PCMHA for all the details! Parents can also email admin@pcmha.com for assistance.
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Pictou County Basketball Association will be hosting one final registration for its upcoming skills and drills session and 2017-18 Season. All boys and girls ages 7-17 are welcome. Cost is $50 registration fee. Sessions will commence Sept 16 & 17th. Registration will be Wednesday from 5-8pm at the Wellness Centre main lobby.
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This year's Terry Fox Run in Pictou will begin at the Visitors Marina on the Pictou Waterfront. You can fundraise or provide a donation on the day of the run. Pledge forms available at the Pictou Town Office. The Annual run in Canada is usually hosted on the second Sunday after Labour Day (September 17), the month chosen by Terry to reflect when he had to stop running and when Canadians had to start. To sign up, go online at www.terryfox.org
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The U-14 (Birth Year 2004 and 2005) Stellarton Stingers Softball practices will be starting soon for the 2018 Season. The first practice will be Sunday, September 17th from 4-5:30pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton Field 1. Any one interested, please come prepared to practice that day.
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Minnesota 29 New Orleans 19
Denver 24 L.A. Chargers 21
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MLB
American League

Toronto 4 Baltimore 3
Cleveland 11 Detroit 0
N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 1
Texas 5 Seattle 3
Chicago White Sox 11 Kansas City 3
National League
Pittsburgh 7 Milwaukee 0
Colorado 5 Arizona 4
San Francisco 8 L.A. Dodgers 6


NS POWER ORDERED TO ISSUE REBATES TO ALL NOVA SCOTIAN POWER CONSUMERS
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Some good news for your wallet today.
All Nova Scotia Power customers are getting a rebate. The Utility and Review Board says a surcharge to pay for the Maritime Link between Cape Breton and Newfoundland was added on to our bills too early.
As a result, all business and residential customers will get a rebate, base on our consumption.
The board has ruled the rebate can come in 3 stages, but the first one must be issued by April 30th of next year.


NEW GLASGOW AND TRENTON PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL INFORMATION RELEASED
Tuesday 12th September 2017
A community consultation will take place at the Ward One Community Centre in New Glasgow on tonight (Tuesday) at 7 o'clock.   The topic of discussion will be the New Glasgow Academy's Afri-centric Pre-Primary Program.
Information about the program will be shared with anyone who attends this evening. 
This is a follow-up to last year's Community Meeting in New Glasgow and all community members are encouraged to attend.
The Ward One Community Centre is located at the corner of Brother St. and Tremont St.. New Glasgow Academy is one of eight CCRSB schools to host the provincial Pre-Primary Program this year.  The other one in the local area is Trenton Elementary, and the school board says you can contact them online or by phone if you have questions about registering your child for the Trenton program. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


PROVINCES GIVEN FREE REIN TO DECIDE MARIJUANA POLICY
Monday 11th September 2017
It looks like Ottawa will be hands-off as provinces begin rolling out how they will oversee the sale and use of legal marijuana. Ontario last week became the first province to unveil its plans for handling legalized pot, which are very similar to alcohol sales. Marijuana will be sold at 150 dedicated stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, it will only be sold by those aged 19 or over, and consumption will only be allowed in private residences. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale refused to weigh in on Ontario’s proposed plan, and indicated that the federal government would stay out of how provinces address marijuana legalization. The Trudeau government is moving to legalize recreational marijuana by next July, and earmarked $247 million over five years on Friday to support policing and border efforts associated with that plan. Goodale said the money is part of the Liberals’ promise to ensure provinces, municipalities and law-enforcement agencies have the tools and resources to enforce the new laws governing legalized pot.


MORE UNCOVERED AT STELLARTON DIG
Monday 11th September 2017
Lots of fun and lots of hard work has revealed some interesting artifacts at the 2-day long archeological dig near the Museum of Industry in Stellarton. Seven professionals and a dedicated group of volunteers spent the weekend exploring what used to be the Albion Mines Iron Foundary. The group dug up a piece of machinery, a semi-circle of bricks and the sole of a leather shoe. Lead archeologist Laura de Boer says Stellarton is where the industrial revolution actually arrived in Nova Scotia, which is why they had such an interesting weekend.


IRMA HEADING UP U.S. SOUTHEAST
Monday 11th September 2017
Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummeling with winds up to 130 mph Sunday, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions and toppling massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline. The huge storm blew ashore in the mostly cleared-out Florida Keys, then began a slow trek up the state’s west coast, its punishing winds extending clear across to Miami and West Palm Beach on the Atlantic side. Irma was expected to reach the heavily populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area by early Monday, though the National Hurricane Centre says it should weaken to a tropical storm this morning. There were no immediate confirmed reports of any deaths in Florida in addition to the 24 people killed during Irma’s destructive trek across the Caribbean. After leaving Florida, a weakened Irma is expected to push into Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and beyond. President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Florida, opening the way for federal aid.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 11
Monday 11th September 2017
Two Maritime Junior Hockey League clubs have been named in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) preseason top-20 rankings ahead of the 2017-18 regular season. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Woodstock Slammers are both ranked in the top-20, with the Crushers securing the 17th position and the Slammers being listed in 10th place. A news release from the MHL says both have gained national recognition in advance of the upcoming season. The Crushers finished the MHL Regular Season Championship in 2016-17 with a record of 38-9-2-1 and 79 points. The first rankings for the regular season are set to be released on September 25th.
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We would like to send a shout out to the U15 NNU boys. They went 3-0 in the round robin and brought home the Provincial title with a score of 3-0!
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Registration for minor hockey in Pictou County for the 2017-18 season is now open! Reminder that all players (IP through Midget) MUST be registered online by September 15th, as well as any players wishing to participate in competitive tryouts. To register for the season please visit www.pcmha.com or our Facebook page PCMHA for all the details! Parents can also email admin@pcmha.com for assistance.
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The Westside Community Centre's weekly ball hockey league played recently:
In the 7-9 year old division:
Stones RV (6) vs MacGillivray Fuels (1)
Grahams Glass (5) vs Whispering Winds (7)
In the 10-12 year olds division:
Giant Tiger (5) vs Lims (0)
Morton Financial (7) vs MacKay Fuels (6)
The league is a fundraiser for the WSCC play ground. Learn more at this link.
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Pictou County Basketball Association will be hosting one final registration for its upcoming skills and drills session and 2017-18 Season. All boys and girls ages 7-17 are welcome. Cost is $50 registration fee. Sessions will commence Sept 16 & 17th. Registration will be Wednesday Sept 13th from 5-8pm at the Wellness Centre main lobby.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey will be holding an information session for anyone interested in becoming a registered hockey official for the upcoming season. Males and females ages 14 and up, including adults, with a hockey background and good skating skills are welcome. Topics will provide a glimpse into all facets of what is involved in officiating hockey, including time for questions and answers. The session will be at the Trenton Rink Annex tonight at 6:30pm. Any questions, please contact Darryl Wilson at 902-759-5631.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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This year's Terry Fox Run in Pictou will begin at the Visitors Marina on the Pictou Waterfront. You can fundraise or provide a donation on the day of the run. Pledge forms available at the Pictou Town Office. The Annual run in Canada is usually hosted on the second Sunday after Labour Day (September 17), the month chosen by Terry to reflect when he had to stop running and when Canadians had to start. To sign up, go online at www.terryfox.org
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Northumberland Karate regular classes resume at Trenton Elementary School on Monday, Sep. 11th. 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - 7-12 yr old beginners, 7:10 pm to 7:50 pm - 7-12 yr old yellow to blue belts and 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm - Juveniles (13+) & Adults (18+). Lots of space available. Email nkarate@eastlink.ca to register or for more info.
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The U-14 (Birth Year 2004 and 2005) Stellarton Stingers Softball practices will be starting soon for the 2018 Season. The first practice will be Sunday, September 17th from 4-5:30pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton Field 1. Any one interested, please come prepared to practice that day.
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS

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NFL
Buffalo 21 N.Y. Jets 12
Atlanta 23 Chicago 17
Baltimore 20 Cincinnati 0
Pittsburgh 21 Cleveland 18
Oakland 26 Tennessee 16
Jacksonville 29 Houston 7
Philadelphia 30 Washington 17
Detroit 35 Arizona 23
L.A. Rams 46 Indianapolis 9
Green Bay 17 Seattle 9
Carolina 23 San Francisco 3
Dallas 19 N.Y. Giants 3
MLB
American League

Toronto 8 Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 4 Boston 1
Kansas City 11 Minnesota 3
N.Y. Yankees 16 Texas 7
Oakland 10 Houston 2
L.A. Angels 5 Seattle 3
Cleveland 3 Baltimore 2
National League
Cincinnati 10 N.Y. Mets 5
Atlanta 10 Miami 8 (11 innings)
Washington 3 Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 7 Pittsburgh 0
Milwaukee 3 Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 8 L.A. Dodgers 1
Arizona 3 San Diego 2
Interleague
Chicago White Sox 8 San Francisco 1


EMERA CREWS HEAD SOUTH TO ASSIST WITH IRMA
Sunday 10th September 2017
Nova Scotia Power crews are on their way to Atlanta, Georgia to be on standby to assist with power restoration after Hurricane Irma makes her way through the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Emera Utility Services says a team of 45 will remain on standby ready to deploy as needed. Irma regained Category 5 strength with winds of 260 km/h late Friday, before dropping to Category 4 again with winds of 249 km/h early Saturday. In an update released Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center lifted the hurricane warning for Central Bahamas, but left it in place for the northwest Bahamas. The forecast is that the storm will reach the Florida Keys this morning, and hit the southwest coast of the state by this afternoon.


WELLNESS CENTRE BOARD OPTS NOT TO RENEW NUSTADIA DEAL
Sunday 10th September 2017
The Pictou County Wellness Centre will be under new management as of next spring. The Board of Directors of the Pictou County Wellness Centre Building Authority have given notice that they will not be renewing the Management and Operating Agreement currently in place with Nustadia Recreation Inc. The current agreement will expire at the end of March, 2018. Trenton Mayor Shannon MacInnis, who is the Chairperson for the Building Authority Board, says this move will reduce the amount of financial support needed to come from the municipalities to maintain delivery of services. The Board's Facilities Management Review Team will take over the operations of the Centre.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 10 SEPTEMBER
Sunday 10th September 2017
The M.U. Rhino Minor Midget AAA will be hosting the Cape Breton Jets on Sunday at 3pm at the Wellness Centre.  The Rhinos are waiving admission fees to give an opportunity for everyone to see the new elite division offered for players. Come out and support your M.U. Rhinos and show them that pictou county was the right choice to select as their home ice!
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Registration for minor hockey in Pictou County for the 2017-18 season is now open! Reminder that all players (IP through Midget) MUST be registered online by September 15th, as well as any players wishing to participate in competitive tryouts. To register for the season please visit www.pcmha.com or our Facebook page PCMHA for all the details! Parents can also email admin@pcmha.com for assistance.
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Pictou County Basketball Association will be hosting one final registration for its upcoming skills and drills session and 2017-18 Season. All boys and girls ages 7-17 are welcome. Cost is $50 registration fee. Sessions will commence Sept 16 & 17th. Registration will be Wednesday Sept 13th from 5-8pm at the Wellness Centre main lobby.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey will be holding an information session for anyone interested in becoming a registered hockey official for the upcoming season. Males and females ages 14 and up, including adults, with a hockey background and good skating skills are welcome. Topics will provide a glimpse into all facets of what is involved in officiating hockey, including time for questions and answers. The session will be at the Trenton Rink Annex on Monday September 11 at 6:30pm. Any questions, please contact Darryl Wilson at 902-759-5631.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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This year's Terry Fox Run in Pictou will begin at the Visitors Marina on the Pictou Waterfront. You can fundraise or provide a donation on the day of the run. Pledge forms available at the Pictou Town Office. The Annual run in Canada is usually hosted on the second Sunday after Labour Day (September 17), the month chosen by Terry to reflect when he had to stop running and when Canadians had to start. To sign up, go online at www.terryfox.org
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Scotsburn Karate's regular classes will resume on Sunday, September 10th for ages 7-12 yrs. 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm – beginners, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm - yellow & orange belts, and 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm - green & blue belts. To register or for more info, email nkarate@eastlink.ca
Northumberland Karate regular classes resume at Trenton Elementary School on Monday, Sep. 11th. 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - 7-12 yr old beginners, 7:10 pm to 7:50 pm - 7-12 yr old yellow to blue belts and 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm - Juveniles (13+) & Adults (18+). Lots of space available. Email nkarate@eastlink.ca to register or for more info.
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The U-14 (Birth Year 2004 and 2005) Stellarton Stingers Softball practices will be starting soon for the 2018 Season. The first practice will be Sunday, September 17th from 4-5:30pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton Field 1. Any one interested, please come prepared to practice that day.
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K, 5K, 3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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SATURDAY LOCAL SPORTS
Saturday 9th September 2017
The M.U. Rhino Minor Midget AAA will be hosting the Cape Breton Jets Sunday at 3pm at the Wellness Centre. The Rhinos are waiving admission fees to give an opportunity for everyone to see the new elite division.

Registration for minor hockey in Pictou County for the 2017-18 season is now open! Reminder that all players (IP through Midget) MUST be registered online by September 15th, (NEXT FRIDAY) along with any players who's like to participate in competitive tryouts. To register for the Minor Hockey season locally, please visit www.pcmha.com or their Facebook page PCMHA for all the details! Parents can also email admin@pcmha.com for assistance.

Saturday is Season Finale day at Riverside Speedway in James River. It starts at 5pm Saturday with the Napa Sportsman 75 and the Lucas Oil 150.
Local racers King Freight Lines, George Koskulics and Donald Chisholm will be there, along with a special appearance from Matt Crafton.


MAN ARRESTED IN PROMINENT CAPE BRETON BUSINESSMAN'S MURDER
Saturday 9th September 2017
A 28-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder and robbery with violence in the death of a prominent Nova Scotia businessman.
James Matthews — co-founder of a financial planning business in Halifax — was found dead at his apartment in Sydney last Tuesday.
Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac says Aaron Shaun Young of New Waterford has been charged in the 54-year-old man's death.
The police chief isn't saying whether Matthews and Young were known to one another. Matthews split his time between Halifax and Cape Breton, and was part-owner of the market building where his body was discovered. Originally from Sydney Mines, he had a passion for revitalizing Sydney's downtown core and was constantly working to help revitalize the Cape Breton economy.


POT DISPENSARY RAIDED BY POLICE IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 9th September 2017
Another day, and another local pot dispensary has been raided in the Central part of Pictou County.
Westville Police Chief Don Hussher says police are taking a zero tolerance approach to marijuana dispensaries and the public safety issues they represent.
A dispensary on Main Street in Westville is the latest one to be raided by police. A Pictou County man was processed into jail late yesterday and is now facing charges of possession and trafficking in a controlled substance.
The man, from the community of Mountville will face a local judge in the days ahead.


DRIVER KILLED AS VEHICLE ROLLS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Friday 8th September 2017
A fatal accident in Beechwood, New Brunswick yesterday evening took the life of the 64-year old female driver when her car left the highway and overturned. West District RCMP received the call to attend the collision just after 7pm yesterday evening on Highway 105. Police say the woman from Grand Falls, NB, who was alone in the vehicle at the time of the collision, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the collision is under investigation.


TWO ARRESTED IN MAJOR COCAINE BUST
Friday 8th September 2017
Approximately 600 pounds, or 275 kilograms, of suspected cocaine was seized from a boat along the south shore over the weekend, resulting in charges against a 68-year old and a 59-year old man. The Canada Border Services Agency says officers boarded a small vessel on Sunday that arrived in Lunenburg County from Saint Martin. Officers seized several bricks of what they believed to be cocaine, and notified RCMP. Jacques John Grenier of Hubbards and Luc Chevrefils of Montreal both face charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to import cocaine. Grenier faces an additional charge of importing cocaine. They were scheduled to make a first appearance in court in Halifax this morning.


EDMONTON MAN ARRESTED FOR ABUSE OF YOUNG RELATIVES ACROSS THREE PROVINCES
Friday 8th September 2017
A 50-year old Edmonton man has been arrested and charged for alleged abuse of four of his young relatives in Alberta, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia. The man, whose name has not been released to protect the identity of the young victims, was arrested just over a week ago by members of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit in Alberta. He is facing more than a dozen charges, including sexual interference, touching for a sexual purpose, bestiality, and child pornography offences. Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams say the suspect first came to the attention of police in March, when he allegedly uploaded child pornography online. The RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre referred the case to ICE investigators, who made the investigation a priority after it appeared the images being shared were homemade. He is being transported under police supervision to Manitoba for court proceedings and is scheduled to appear in court in Thompson, Man., on Monday.


WOMAN POSSIBLY INVOLVED IN SACKVILLE SHOOTING ARRESTED IN ANTIGONISH
Friday 8th September 2017
RCMP responded to a report of a shot being fired in the early morning hours yesterday in Sackville, New Brunswick. Several hours later, a 21-year old woman was arrested in Antigonish and taken back to New Brunswick for a scheduled court appearance in Moncton today. Police say the woman, who is from Berwick, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact to the careless use of a firearm and possession of a prohibited weapon. Police say they are still searching for 33-year old Morris James Lanceleve of no fixed address in relation to the matter.


UPDATE ON STELLARTON CHILD LURING CASE
Friday 8th September 2017
Stellarton Police say a man of interest has come forward in the child luring case from earlier this week.
The Chief has issued a release saying there is no longer a threat to the public as a result of the publicity sent to the media about some children reporting running away from a man in a silver Toyota on Wednesday.
Police are also crediting the children with being vigilant and want to thank the public for their attention in the matter.


FUEL PRICES RISE AGAIN
Friday 8th September 2017
After last week's big jump at the pumps, a much smaller increase this week. Regular self-serve is up nearly three and a half cents to $1.245 per litre, with diesel up more than six cents to $1.068 per litre.


CHARGES LAID IN NEW GLASGOW BIKER RAID
Friday 8th September 2017
More charges are still possible, but drug and liquor charges have already been laid against three men from Pictou and Colchester Counties after a combined police raid on the Gatekeepers Motorcycle Clubhouse in New Glasgow in mid-July. A 52-year-old New Glasgow man faces three charges of possessing a controlled substance as well as a liquor charge,while a 51-year-old New Glasgow man and a 54-year-old man from Debert are both charged with illegally keeping liquor for sale. Police are also checking into the seizure of an illegal weapon at the Clubhouse.


MEXICO STRUCK BY EARTHQUAKE - DEATH TOLL RISES TO 32 *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Friday 8th September 2017
A major earthquake off Mexico’s southern coast killed at least thirty-two people. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake’s magnitude as 8.1, but President Enrique Pena Nieto says it was 8.2, making it the largest in Mexico in 100 years. Pena Nieto says 62 aftershocks followed the quake and it’s possible one as strong as 7.2 could hit in the next 24 hours.


US COURT SLAPS DOWN PARTS OF TRUMP TRAVEL BAN - AGAIN
Friday 8th September 2017
A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's limited view of who is allowed into the country under the president's travel ban. The unanimous ruling from three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said refugees accepted by a resettlement agency should not be banned. The decision upheld a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii who found the administration's view too strict. The appeals panel wrote that under typical court rules, its ruling would not take effect for at least 52 days. But in this instance, the judges said, many refugees would be "gravely imperiled" by such a delay, so the decision will take effect in five days. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in October about whether the travel ban is constitutional.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 8
Friday 8th September 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers were in action last night as they took on the Truro Bearcats to close out the pre-season schedule. Unfortunately, the Crushers were blocked by goalie Kevin Resop in a penalty-filled 2-0 loss. It was supposed to be the first half of a home and home series, but tonight's game has been cancelled due to ice conditions in the RECC from the high humidity this week.
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The M.U. Rhino Minor Midget AAA will be hosting the Cape Breton Jets on Sunday at 3pm at the Wellness Centre.  The Rhinos are waiving admission fees to give an opportunity for everyone to see the new elite division offered for players. Come out and support your M.U. Rhinos and show them that pictou county was the right choice to select as their home ice!
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It's the Season Finale on Saturday at Riverside Speedway in James River. It starts at 5pm Saturday with the Napa Sportsman 75 and the Lucas Oil 150. Local racers King Freight Lines, George Koszkulics and Donald Chisholm will be there, along with a special appearance from Matt Crafton.
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Pictou County Basketball Association will be hosting one final registration for its upcoming skills and drills session and 2017-18 Season. All boys and girls ages 7-17 are welcome. Cost is $50 registration fee. Sessions will commence Sept 16 & 17th. Registration will be Wednesday Sept 13th from 5-8pm at the Wellness Centre main lobby.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey will be holding an information session for anyone interested in becoming a registered hockey official for the upcoming season. Males and females ages 14 and up, including adults, with a hockey background and good skating skills are welcome. Topics will provide a glimpse into all facets of what is involved in officiating hockey, including time for questions and answers. The session will be at the Trenton Rink Annex on Monday September 11 at 6:30pm. Any questions, please contact Darryl Wilson at 902-759-5631.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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Anyone with used hockey equipment that they are looking to sell can do so at the Kinsmen Hockey Equipment Buy and Sell taking place this week at the Westside Community Centre. Everyone is invited to drop off used children’s /adult’s hockey equipment and skates which they will sell on your behalf without commission. For those needing new hockey gear, it’s a great way to buy quality equipment at affordable prices.
September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Remember to pick up your money from sold items or pick up any unsold gear by 4:00pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Any gear that is not picked up will be donated.
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This year's Terry Fox Run in Pictou will begin at the Visitors Marina on the Pictou Waterfront. You can fundraise or provide a donation on the day of the run. Pledge forms available at the Pictou Town Office. The Annual run in Canada is usually hosted on the second Sunday after Labour Day (September 17), the month chosen by Terry to reflect when he had to stop running and when Canadians had to start. To sign up, go online at www.terryfox.org
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Scotsburn Karate's regular classes will resume on Sunday, September 10th for ages 7-12 yrs. 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm – beginners, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm - yellow & orange belts, and 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm - green & blue belts. To register or for more info, email nkarate@eastlink.ca
Northumberland Karate regular classes resume at Trenton Elementary School on Monday, Sep. 11th. 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - 7-12 yr old beginners, 7:10 pm to 7:50 pm - 7-12 yr old yellow to blue belts and 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm - Juveniles (13+) & Adults (18+). Lots of space available. Email nkarate@eastlink.ca to register or for more info.
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The U-14 (Birth Year 2004 and 2005) Stellarton Stingers Softball practices will be starting soon for the 2018 Season. The first practice will be Sunday, September 17th from 4-5:30pm at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton Field 1. Any one interested, please come prepared to practice that day.
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Scotsburn Recreation is now accepting registration for the after school CATCH program for the school year at Scotsburn Elementary. First day back is Monday September 11. There is a maximum of 11 children per day, on a first come first serve basis until further notice. CATCH runs Monday to Friday 2:20 - 5:30pm at a cost of $10 per child and an addition $5 per sibling. To request a registration package please email catch.reccenter@yahoo.com
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K, 5K, 3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at 902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS

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NFL
Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times to help Kansas City Chiefs stun the New England Patriots 42-27 in the NFL season opener.
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MLB
American League

N.Y. Yankees 9 Baltimore 1
Cleveland 11 Chicago White Sox 2
Minnesota 4 Kansas City 2
National League
Chicago Cubs 8 Pittsburgh 2
Washington 4 Philadelphia 3
N.Y. Mets 7 Cincinnati 2
Atlanta 6 Miami 5
San Diego 3 St. Louis 0
Colorado 9 L.A. Dodgers 1


SECOND PICTOU COUNTY SITE ADDED TO PRE-PRIMARY PROGRAM
Thursday 7th September 2017
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Boardannounced today that Trenton Elementary School has been added as a host site for the provincial Pre-Primary Program. Due to high registration numbers, CCRSB recently received approval from the province to add an additional Pre-Primary site. The Trenton location will allow for additional children to benefit from the program. CCRSB staff are currently finalizing details of the Trenton location. Additional information on how parents and guardians within the Trenton Elementary catchment area can register their child for Pre-Primary will be available shortly.


STELLARTON AND WESTVILLE POLICE TO STUDY POSSIBLE SHARED COST SAVING
Thursday 7th September 2017
The towns of Stellarton & Westville are taking a long, hard look at policing. Currently the two towns share a Police Chief, dispatching duties and lock-up facilities. But with both towns spending over a million dollars a year, the mayors are concerned about the long term costs. To that end, Mayors Danny MacGillivray and Roger MacKay announced that a committee is to be formed with representation from Westville and Stellarton to look at ways of increasing cooperation between the two forces. There is no set goal or timeline as yet for the committee, which will hold its first meeting later this month. Both MacKay and MacGillivray stress that no changes will go forward without public consultations.


POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE INCIDENT OF ATTEMPTED LURING
Thursday 7th September 2017
Stellarton Police are investigating an incident of a man in a car attempting to lure two children into his vehicle yesterday afternoon. Police say the man, described as “older” with grey hair and a black beard, was driving a silver Toyota with a black rear bumper. They say he was wearing a hat and had his left wrist wrapped in a bandage. The children involved fled the scene and were not harmed during the incident. Stellarton Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at (902)752-6160.


PRE-PRIMARY CLASSES SHOULD BEGIN BY END OF MONTH
Thursday 7th September 2017
The plan is for pre-primary classroom doors to open soon to hundreds of four-year-olds across the province. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill says that providing every family with free, equal access to pre-primary levels the playing field for all children and gives them a head start on learning. Fifty classrooms across the province in 43 different locations, including New Glasgow Academy, will offer pre-primary programming. This includes 20 pre-existing programs for four-year-olds, including eight programs that are part of the early years centres. However, many school boards are in various stages of the hiring process, with only the Tri-County Regional School Board in southwestern Nova Scotia with a full compliment of staff. The province says recruitment will continue until all positions are filled, and school boards will contact pre-registered parents to confirm their registration once classroom staffing is complete.


PRE-TRIAL HEARING IN CAMPBELL CASE WILL BE CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Thursday 7th September 2017
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has ruled the pre-trial hearing for a 29-year-old Halifax man accused of killing off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell will take place in a closed courtroom. Christopher Garnier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Campbell in September 2015. CTV and CBC News hired Halifax lawyer David Coles to argue in favour of the open court principle.This week's hearing centres on what evidence can be presented at Garnier's jury trial, which is scheduled for November. Details from the pre-trial hearing are already under a routine publication ban to prevent prospective jurors from hearing evidence before a trial takes place. But the Crown successfully argued the court should take the additional step of barring the public from the hearing.


PANEL TO REVIEW COMPLAINTS AGAINST PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGE
Thursday 7th September 2017
The province's Chief Justice will empanel a review committee to further investigate complaints filed against Provincial Court Judge Gregory Lenehan. The complaints involve alleged misconduct in the case of a Halifax taxi driver who was acquitted by Judge Lenehan of sexually assaulting an intoxicated passenger. The Review Committee will have three members: a judge, a lawyer, along with a public representative appointed by Minister of Justice Mark Furey. The Review Committee will investigate each complaint and decide whether to dismiss it, resolve it with agreement of the judge involved, or refer the complaint to a hearing of the entire Judicial Council. There is also a pending appeal of the acquittal, which will be heard in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on 22 November. Considering Chief Justice Michael MacDonald’s role as Chair of the Judicial Council, he has recused himself from hearing that appeal. 


ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, SLOW DOWN!
Thursday 7th September 2017
As hundreds of students and buses return to school this morning, the New Glasgow Regional Police is reminding motorists to drive with caution especially in school zones. Constable Ken Macdonald reminds everyone to slow down, respect the rules of the road, and to stop when you see the red flashing lights on school buses.


PICTOU COUNTY MOVING FORWARD WITH NEW ENTERPRISE NETWORK
Thursday 7th September 2017
A new Regional Enterprise Network is being confirmed by several local councillors at the Municipal Level here in Pictou County. The REN is a way of pooling resources to attract new jobs, employment training and regional business attraction programs, among other things. The REN for the 6 municipal units here in Pictou County still needs an official document, but several municipal sources tell our newsroom that's now just a formality. There's also word that Pictou Landing First Nation will be invited to join, as has been the case in other economic development groups in the province.


WARSHIP DESIGN DEADLINE PUSHED BACK AGAIN
Thursday 7th September 2017
Federal officials are playing down the effects of yet another delay in the competition to design new warships for the navy, saying the extra time will help produce a better result. The design competition is arguably the most sensitive phase in the entire $60-billion plan to build 15 new warships, construction of which is expected to begin in 2021. Defence companies were originally supposed to have submitted designs for the vessels in April, but the deadline has been pushed back several times. There have long been concerns, including within the Department of National Defence, that any delay in the design competition will push the whole project off schedule, resulting in higher construction costs and affecting the navy’s ability to do its job. The navy is already operating with fewer ships after retiring its three destroyers without a replacement.


AT LEAST NINE DEATHS CAUSED BY HURRICANE IRMA
Thursday 7th September 2017
At least nine people are dead as Hurricane Irma sweeps across the Caribbean. The small island of Barbuda is said to be "barely habitable". Officials warn that St Martin is almost destroyed, and the death toll is likely to rise. Irma, a category five hurricane, is passing north of Puerto Rico. The most powerful Atlantic storm recorded was expected to pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic today. Projections suggest it could hit the state of Florida on Sunday. Officials started evacuations of tourists and residents of Florida Keys. Flights to and from several airports in Florida were being suspended, while Orlando's international airport said that commercial flights would stop as of 5pm local time on Saturday. A state of emergency had been declared for Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, mobilising federal disaster relief efforts.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 7
Thursday 7th September 2017
Pictou County Basketball Association will be hosting two remaining registrations for its upcoming skills and drills session and 2017-18 Season. All boys and girls ages 7-17 are welcome. Cost is $50 registration fee. Sessions will commence Sept 16 & 17th. Registration will be Wednesday Sept 13th from 5-8pm at the Wellness Centre main lobby.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey will be holding an information session for anyone interested in becoming a registered hockey official for the upcoming season. Males and females ages 14 and up, including adults, with a hockey background and good skating skills are welcome. Topics will provide a glimpse into all facets of what is involved in officiating hockey, including time for questions and answers. The session will be at the Trenton Rink Annex on Monday September 11 at 6:30pm. Any questions, please contact Darryl Wilson at 902-759-5631.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club has spaces available for their upcoming Fall session. Classes for all ages and skill levels. The registration desk will be open Friday the 8th from 5 - 8pm and Saturday the 9th from 10am - 2pm. For more details find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on Facebook.
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Anyone with used hockey equipment that they are looking to sell can do so at the Kinsmen Hockey Equipment Buy and Sell taking place this week at the Westside Community Centre. Everyone is invited to drop off used children’s /adult’s hockey equipment and skates which they will sell on your behalf without commission. For those needing new hockey gear, it’s a great way to buy quality equipment at affordable prices.
September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Remember to pick up your money from sold items or pick up any unsold gear by 4:00pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Any gear that is not picked up will be donated.
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Scotsburn Recreation is now accepting registration for the after school CATCH program for the school year at Scotsburn Elementary. First day back is Monday September 11. There is a maximum of 11 children per day, on a first come first serve basis until further notice. CATCH runs Monday to Friday 2:20 - 5:30pm at a cost of $10 per child and an addition $5 per sibling. To request a registration package please email catch.reccenter@yahoo.com
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K, 5K, 3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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For Northumberland Regional High School Boys Hockey tryout information, please contact Evan Murray at murraye@ccrsb.ca
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS

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MLB
American League

Doug Fister gave up one run over seven innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1, a day after the teams played a 19-inning marathon.
Minnesota 10 Tampa Bay 6
Oakland 3 L.A. Angels 1
Kansas City 13 Detroit 2
Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 1
Houston 5 Seattle 3
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, ppd.
National League
Cincinnati 7 Milwaukee 1
Chicago Cubs 1 Pittsburgh 0
N.Y. Mets 6 Philadelphia 3 (6 innings)
Washington 8 Miami 1
San Francisco 11 Colorado 3
Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 1
St. Louis 3 San Diego 1
Interleague
Texas 12 Atlanta 8 (1st game)
Atlanta 5 Texas 4 (2nd game)
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MLS
New York City FC 1 Sporting Kansas City 0


YOUTHS GRANTED CONDITIONAL DISCHARGES IN CASE OF DISTRIBUTING INTIMATE IMAGES
Wednesday 6th September 2017
The six youths who pleaded guilty to distributing intimate images of 19 teenage girls in 2015 have been sentenced in Bridgewater. The six will be granted nine month conditional discharges, after the Crown was seeking two years of probation and the defense were looking for absolute discharges. The youths must all perform 50 hours of community service, complete counselling sessions as required, meet with police and local school administrators, refrain from contacting their victims for nine months, and create a multi-media presentation about their experiences to be used as an educational tool. They are also banned from accessing, using, or storing any pornographic images over the course of the nine month period.


UNIONS ASK FOR STANDING IN BILL 148 REVIEW
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Eight labour organizations in Nova Scotia say they want to be added as participants in a legal fight with the province over wage restraints for 75,000 public servants. The union groups, including the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, the provincial government employees union and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, said today that they will apply to be added as parties to the case at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. The move comes less than a month after the province's Liberal government referred the wage portion of the Public Services Sustainability Act, known as Bill 148, to the appeal court for constitutional review. But, the unions say they were not included as parties to the proceeding and now have to ask to be allowed to participate to ensure employees' interests are represented. The act sets a wage pattern of three per cent over four years that will allow employers to offer increases of one per cent in the third year of the contract, followed by 1.5 per cent in the fourth year and 0.5 per cent on the final day of the package. The act also freezes a retirement allowance retroactive to April 1, 2015.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSURES THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Get ready for more ER closures in Tatamagouche. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed Thursday from 8:00 am and 8:00 pm and Friday from 8:00am to 2:00 pm due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167. As of Friday, The Tatamagouche ER will have been closed 27 times since May 30.


RESOURCES COMMITTEE SHOULD MEET TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE GAS SHORTAGES: NDP
Wednesday 6th September 2017
With the possibility of Hurricane Irma hitting the southeastern U.S. so soon after Harvey, the NDP caucus is asking for an emergency meeting of the Legislature’s Resources Committee to discuss the risk of a gas shortage. NDP Leader Gary Burrill says he wants to see what improvements have been since an independent review panel made several recommendations to improve energy security following a gas shortage in August 2015. The letter sent by the NDP causus recommends that representatives from the Emergency Management Office, Imperial Oil, and Irving Oil appear before the committee. The party says at least two East Coast refiners, Philadelphia Energy Solutions and Irving Oil, have run out of gasoline for immediate delivery since Harvey.


TEENS TO BE SENTENCED TODAY IN NUDE IMAGE SHARING CASE
Wednesday 6th September 2017
A group of six teenage boys, guilty of the non-consensual sharing of nude images of at least 20 girls, are expected to be sentenced in Bridgewater court today. The boys pleaded guilty to distributing images of the girls – ranging in age from 13 to 17 – via a couple of Dropbox accounts. Sentencing was originally slated to happen in July, but the judge granted a defence request to adjourn the case. The case is one of the first in Canada under a relatively untested law designed to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. The Crown is requesting up to two years of probation for the group, which would include limitations on access to social media and online video games, and restrict contact with victims. Jail time is not being recommended.


TRAFFIC DETOUR IN TRENTON THROUGH END OF THE MONTH
Wednesday 6th September 2017
A note for drivers headed to and from Trenton - due to culvert construction on Main Street at the New Glasgow - Trenton boundary , all traffic will be detoured onto Glass Street beginning this week until the end of the month. Trucks and larger vehicles are asked to use alternative routes in and out of Trenton if at all possible.


GAS PRICE SHOCK RESULTED FROM INTERCONNECTED MARKETS: WILSON
Wednesday 6th September 2017
These are not your father's gas pumps – that's the message we're getting from the President of Wilson Fuels in the wake of the long weekend gas price shock. Ian Wilson tells our newsroom that Nova Scotia and the rest of the Maritimes now have to bid for gas and oil supplies on the world market. He says even though the Hurricane-affected refinery closures that spiked prices aren't located here, we still have to compete when the price for something that's scarce is being bid up by traders who are looking to supply gas and oil to every population centre in North America. Wilson says surveys of the U-S Southeast show the damage might not be as bad as expected, so he's looking forward to a drop in prices in the coming couple of weeks.


COMMUNITY CENTRE BYLAWS COULD BE CHANGED TO ALLOW YOUNG PEOPLE A GREATER ROLE
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Changes may be in the cards for the West Side Community Centre. At New Glasgow Town Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting last night, Ward 3 Councilor Frank Proudfoot told council that he thought youth might be more invested in events at the Centre if they had a stronger voice at the discussion table. To that end, Proudfoot asked what needs to happen to allow young people to sit on the Board of Directors. Proudfoot was told that it would require a change to the bylaws of the not-for-profit society. A change would require a yes vote from the current Board, then go to Nova Scotia Joint Stocks for consideration. Although the bylaws for all three rec centres in New Glasgow are currently identical, council was told that one centre could make changes without effecting the other two.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK & ENTER
Wednesday 6th September 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police is investigating a break and enter early Tuesday morning at a medical marijuana dispensary on East River Road New Glasgow. If you believe you have any information regarding the incident at Scotia Green Incorporated, please contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at (902) 752-1941 or you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously anytime at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by their Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award from $50 - $2000.


DRUGS, CASH SEIZED AT NEW GLASGOW BUSINESS
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Two men face charges following a seizure at a business on East River Road. Tuesday morning at approximately 11:00 AM, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the New Glasgow Regional Police, executed a search warrant, during which they seized a quantity of marijuana, cannabis derivatives, and cash. Subsequently, police arrested a 33-year-old man from Little Harbour and a 31-year-old man from Mount Uniacke. Both men face one count each of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. They have been released from custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.


ARSON CHARGE LAID IN EAST WALLACE HOUSE FIRE
Wednesday 6th September 2017
A 49-year-old man from East Wallace, has been charged with arson after he allegedly tried to set a home on fire during an argument. Nova Scotia RCMP say officers and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the home on Coulter Road. Police say the basement and main floor of the home sustained severe damage. Police witnessed a man leaving the area in a truck. He was arrested a short time later. The woman told officers the argument was over whether the man was sober enough to drive. Police say the man and woman are known to each other. Gordon Edward Spicer is now facing arson and impaired driving charges. He was held in custody overnight and is scheduled to appear in Amherst provincial court on Tuesday.


DATES TO BE SET FOR NEW HEARING INTO "GRABHER" LICENCE PLATE
Wednesday 6th September 2017
A legal battle over whether Nova Scotia violated the constitution when it decided a man's personalized licence plate was offensive to women is expected before the courts on Wednesday. Lorne Grabher had his licence plate with the text "GRABHER", his last name, revoked last year after government officials agreed with a complainant that it was a "socially unacceptable slogan." Grabher's lawyers say they'll provide the Nova Scotia Supreme Court with an amended affidavit stating that the regulation is so vague that it violates the freedom of expression guarantee in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. John Carpay, a spokesman for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, says it's important the province's decision be overturned. He says otherwise freedom of expression will become an arbitrary right that depends on others not being offended, even when no offence is intended. Carpay says he also expects trial dates will be reviewed during Wednesday's hearing.


HURRICANE IRMA NOW CONSIDERED MOST POWERFUL ATLANTIC STORM EVER
Wednesday 6th September 2017
The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean early this morning, churning along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. The eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m. Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters. The Category 5 storm had maximum sustained winds of 295 kph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm seems almost certain to hit the United States by early next week – states of emergency have already been declared for Puerto Rico, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 6
Wednesday 6th September 2017
The annual Trap Stright Memorial Regatta wrapped up on Sunday with 16 boats from all three Maritime Provinces taking part. With winds over the weekend ranging from 0 – 35 knots and the regatta counting the best 3 or 4 races it came down to a tie breaker with Peter Scott and Ghost of Charlottetown Yacht Club edging out Bill Strights Titan of Pictou. Third overall for the regatta went to Kim Gibson and Seaya sailing out of Shediac Bays Pt. du Chene Yacht club. Thanks to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers.
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Pictou County Basketball Association will be hosting two remaining registrations for its upcoming skills and drills session and 2017-18 Season. All boys and girls ages 7-17 are welcome. Cost is $50 registration fee. Sessions will commence Sept 16 & 17th. Registrations will be happening Wednesday Sept 6th and 13th from 5-8pm at the Wellness Centres main lobby.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have annoucned another new acquisition as they prepare for the opening of the regular season next Thursday. 20-year old Defenseman Giancarlo Fiori, listed on Elite Prospects as 6'1”, 174 lbs, brings 48 games of QMJHL experience with the Quebec Remparts to Pictou County. He adds more depth and experience to the blue line that already includes Mark Kennedy, Quinten Johnson, Leo Mihalochrista, Aiden Hickey, and Jordan Ribbink.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey will be holding an information session for anyone interested in becoming a registered hockey official for the upcoming season.  Males and females ages 14 and up, including adults, with a hockey background and good skating skills are welcome.  Topics will provide a glimpse into all facets of what is involved in officiating hockey, including time for questions and answers. The session will be at the Trenton Rink Annex obn Monday September 11 at 6:30pm. Any questions, please contact Darryl Wilson at 902-759-5631.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club has spaces available for their upcoming Fall session.  Classes for all ages and skill levels. The registration desk will be open Tuesday the 5th & Friday the 8th from 5 - 8pm and Saturday the 9th from 10am - 2pm.  For more details find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on Facebook.
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Anyone with used hockey equipment that they are looking to sell can do so at the Kinsmen Hockey Equipment Buy and Sell taking place this week at the Westside Community Centre. Everyone is invited to drop off used children’s /adult’s hockey equipment and skates which they will sell on your behalf without commission. For those needing new hockey gear, it’s a great way to buy quality equipment at affordable prices.
September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Remember to pick up your money from sold items or pick up any unsold gear by 4:00pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Any gear that is not picked up will be donated.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Emergency First Aid, CPR “C & AED course on Monday, September 18th 8:30-4:30 and Standard First Aid CPR “C & AED Monday, Sept 18 & Tues, Sept 19th 8:30-4:30. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K, 5K, 3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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North Nova team tryouts have lined up their dates and times. NNEC varsity boys & girls soccer tryouts September 5th, 6th, & 7th from 3:30-5pm. Meet at the school field.
NNEC baseball tryouts are Friday Sept 8th @ 7pm and Saturday Sept 9th @ 2pm. All tryouts are at the Kinsmen Field.
NNEC cross-country team training Sept 8th, Sept. 11th, & Sept 12th. All practices will be at NNEC. Meet in the gym @ 3:30.
NNEC varsity girls volleyball tryouts Monday Sept 11th & Tuesday Sept 12th - 3:30-5pm both days.
NNEC golf team tryouts start the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates and locations will be announced at school.
NNEC boys & girls hockey tryouts will take place the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates will be announced at school.
NNEC junior varsity (JV) soccer and volleyball team tryouts will take place once the varsity teams have been selected. If numbers warrant, a grade 9 girls volleyball team may be put together too.
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For Northumberland Regional High School Boys Hockey tryout information, please contact Evan Murray at murraye@ccrsb.ca
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS

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MLB
American League

The Red Sox won their own version of the Boston marathon, playing 19 innings before beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.
Baltimore 7 N.Y. Yankees 6
Detroit 13 Kansas City 2
Tampa Bay 2 Minnesota 1
Cleveland 9 Chicago White Sox 4
Houston 3 Seattle 1
L.A. Angels 8 Oakland 7 (10 innings)
National League
Pittsburgh 4 Chicago Cubs 3
Cincinnati 9 Milwaukee 3
Philadelphia 9 N.Y. Mets 1
Washington 2 Miami 1
Colorado 9 San Francisco 6
St.Louis 8 San Diego 4
Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 1 (10 innings)
Interleague
Texas at Atlanta, ppd.


OLAND TRIAL DATES STILL TO BE DETERMINED
Tuesday 5th September 2017
The retrial of accused murderer Dennis Oland will take place some time down the road, however how far into the future it will be is still uncertain. Attorneys for the Crown and defense made a brief appearance in a New Brunswick court today, which was intended to set the date for the trial in the death of Oland's father Richard Oland, but the judge held off setting dates because there are many issues that need to be settled first. Judge Terrence Morrison says lawyers have until near the end of October to make submissions on various scheduling issues prior to beginning to select dates. It is anticipated the trial will take roughly 65 days, the same amount of time as the first trial in 2015 which saw Oland convicted. That result was overturned after the Court of Appeal ruled last October that the judge made errors in his instructions to the jury. In July, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application by the Crown to restore the conviction, and a cross-appeal seeking an acquittal. The new trial will now likely happen some time next year.


NEW BRUNSWICK BRACES FOR BIG JUMP IN PUMP PRICES
Tuesday 5th September 2017
With Nova Scotians seeing gas prices go up 14 cents over two days last week, the effects of the decreased supply from Hurricane Harvey has already been felt at the pumps. However, New Brunswickers saw just a minor increase last week, and they are bracing for a significant increase tomorrow night at midnight. CBC is reporting that a jump of 13 cents is expected tomorrow night, and gas stations are trying to prepare for the influx of customers tomorrow who are looking to save. The bad news for those retailers is that the prices they have been paying from wholesale suppliers have already surged, so they are likely to take a hit to their prifit margin. The last time prices jumped like this in New Brunswick was also due to a major storm – Hurricane Ike – back in 2008. The 12.8 cent jump that occurred on 13 September that year lasted less than one week before prices normalized.


SESSIONS ON REPRESENTATION FOR ACADIANS AND AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIANS BEGIN MONDAY
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Acadians and African Nova Scotians are being asked for insights on how to be more effectively represented in the electoral system. Beginning next week, an independent commission will hold public engagement sessions over the next few weeks. The first of the commission's thirteen meetings is Monday September 11th at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Shelburne. The commission will file its report with the province by November 1st. The recommendations will inform the next provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission, expected to be established early next year. More information is available online at novascotia.ca/representation.


EDUCATION MINISTER SAYS STUDENTS WILL SEE SMALLER CLASSES, MORE SUPPORTS
Tuesday 5th September 2017
As students head back to school this week, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill says the department has worked with teachers to plan and prepare several exciting changes for the upcoming school year. The new school year will see a provincewide class-size cap of from 28 to 32 students depending on the grade level. The SchoolsPlus program will also be expanded to include eight new mental health clinicians this year. The program is now available in 280 schools across the province, and will be available in all schools within two years.


PROVINCE REMOVING TUITION FOR APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAMS
Tuesday 5th September 2017
The province is improving supports for apprentices. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis announced today the removal of tuition fees for apprenticeship technical training. Kousoulis says making training more affordable will help more apprentices get the required training they need to earn their certification. Apprentices typically complete a six to ten-week block of technical training after every 18-hundred hours of on-the-job training, until certification. The removal of tuition will save apprentices up to nine-hundred dollars a year.


FALMOUTH HOUSE THAT FELL INTO SINKHOLE TO BE DEMOLISHED
Tuesday 5th September 2017
A home in Falmouth that partially collapsed into a sinkhole early Sunday morning will have to be torn down. Homeowner Chris Strickey tells CBC he's not sure if insurance will cover the freak incident. The first floor of the house fell between six and nine metres into the ground, rendering it structurally unsafe. The family cannot even go in to try and collect their belongings. Strickey said it's possible that an excavator may be brought in with a claw-type device that can pick up and rescue some smaller items, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.


MURDER CHARGE IN NB
Tuesday 5th September 2017
A man from Pokesudie has been charged with second-degree murder after a 27-year-old man was found dead in a blueberry field in northeastern New Brunswick. RCMP Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says they received a report of two people fighting in a field off Route 145 in Pokesudie, near Bas-Caraquet, around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Rogers-Marsh says one person was found dead when officers arrived, and a second person was arrested at the scene. 34 year-old Tom Lebouthiller remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Caraquet provincial court Tuesday.


LIBERAL CAUCUS MEETING AHEAD OF NEW PARLIAMENT SESSION
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal colleagues are in Kelowna, B.C. to plot strategy ahead of the fall session of parliament. Liberal MPs are bracing for sparks to fly over a host of issues — first among them, controversial proposals to eliminate tax loopholes the government maintains give wealthy small business owners an unfair tax advantage. As well, the Conservatives will fan the embers of public outrage over the prime minister’s decision to pay millions in compensation to Omar Khadr, the one-time detainee in the notorious American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They’re also expecting grief over the flood of refugee claimants arriving at unofficial border crossings and the ongoing fiasco with the Phoenix pay system. On the positive side, the economy is finally showing signs of strength, Trudeau’s popularity remains high and their constituents, backbenchers say, are relatively satisfied.


SERVICES STARTING UP AGAIN IN FLOOD-RAVAGED TEXAS
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Texas takes another step toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday when many residents return to work for the first time since the storm devastated the Houston area, killing around 60 people and putting tens of thousands into emergency shelters. Many large Texas employers, universities and transit services are reopening or beginning full service today, some for the first time since Harvey struck the state on Aug. 25. Most roads have reopened but travel in some areas west of the city remains difficult. Houston's school district, the seventh largest in the nation, also remains closed this week to repair flooded schools. The question of how to pay for hurricane recovery became more urgent in Washington after Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday increased his damage estimate to between $150 billion and $180 billion US.


FLORIDA PREPARES FOR HURRICANE IRMA
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Hurricane Irma grew into a powerful Category 4 storm last night as it headed for the northeastern Caribbean. It's forecast to begin buffeting the region today and the State of Florida has declared a state of emergency. The storm has maximum sustained winds of close to 220 km/h this morning, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected. Emergency officials warn that the storm could dump up to 25 centimetres of rain, unleash landslides and dangerous flash floods while generating waves of up to 7 metres as the storm draws closer.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 5
Tuesday 5th September 2017
The Wednesday morning Housewives Bowling League will start this Wednesday at 9:00am. New bowlers are welcome.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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Anyone with used hockey equipment that they are looking to sell can do so at the Kinsmen Hockey Equipment Buy and Sell taking place this week at the Westside Community Centre. Everyone is invited to drop off used children’s /adult’s hockey equipment and skates which they will sell on your behalf without commission. For those needing new hockey gear, it’s a great way to buy quality equipment at affordable prices.
September 5, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Remember to pick up your money from sold items or pick up any unsold gear by 4:00pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Any gear that is not picked up will be donated.
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K, 5K, 3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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North Nova team tryouts have lined up their dates and times. NNEC varsity boys & girls soccer tryouts September 5th, 6th, & 7th from 3:30-5pm. Meet at the school field.
NNEC baseball tryouts are Friday Sept 8th @ 7pm and Saturday Sept 9th @ 2pm. All tryouts are at the Kinsmen Field.
NNEC cross-country team training Sept 8th, Sept. 11th, & Sept 12th. All practices will be at NNEC. Meet in the gym @ 3:30.
NNEC varsity girls volleyball tryouts Monday Sept 11th & Tuesday Sept 12th - 3:30-5pm both days.
NNEC golf team tryouts start the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates and locations will be announced at school.
NNEC boys & girls hockey tryouts will take place the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates will be announced at school.
NNEC junior varsity (JV) soccer and volleyball team tryouts will take place once the varsity teams have been selected. If numbers warrant, a grade 9 girls volleyball team may be put together too.
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For Northumberland Regional High School Boys Hockey tryout information, please contact Evan Murray at murraye@ccrsb.ca
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS

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CFL
C.J. Gable's one-yard TD run with 2:30 remaining earned the Hamilton Tiger-Cats their first win of the season, a lightning-delay 24-22 win over the Toronto Argonauts.
Calgary 39 Edmonton 18
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MLB
American League

Steve Pearce had three of Toronto's 14 hits and Kendrys Morales tacked on four RBIs to lead the Blue Jays to a 10-4 victory over Boston.
Kansas City 7 Detroit 6
N.Y. Yankees 7 Baltimore 4
Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 3
L.A. Angels 11 Oakland 9 (11 innings)
Houston 6 Seattle 2
Tampa Bay 11 Minnesota 4
National League
Cincinnati 5 Milwaukee 4
N.Y. Mets 11 Philadelphia 7
Colorado 4 San Francisco 3
Pittsburgh 12 Chicago Cubs 0
St. Louis 2 San Diego 0
Washington 7 Miami 2
Arizona 13 L.A. Dodgers 0
Interleague
Texas 8 Atlanta 2


MURDER CHARGE LAID IN NEW BRUNSWICK BLUEBERRY FIELD DEATH
Monday 4th September 2017
A 34-year old Pokesudie man is facing a second-degree murder charge after the body of a 27-year old man was found in a blueberry field in northeastern New Brunswick.Tom Lebouthillier was arrested at the scene after RCMP received a report of two people fighting in a field around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. RCMP Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says one person was found dead when officers arrived, and Lebouthillier was immediately taken into custody. Rogers-Marsh says he will remain in custody pending a court appearance tomorrow in Caraquet. The investigation is still ongoing.


HOUSE CONDEMNED AS SINKHOLE FORMS
Monday 4th September 2017
It was a scary wake-up call for a family in Falmouth yesterday morning, as a mother and daughter were awoken by a loud crash as three sinkholes formed on the property. The husband and a second daughter were not home at the time. The largest of the sinkholes is located directly at the front of the house, with two others found during an investigation. Fire crews evacuated the home owners and began calling neighbours to check if their homes were structurally sound. The home has been condemned as it is tilting slightly. The Municipality of the District of West Hants said they will be bringing in experts to assess the damage. Officials say they anticipate the house will be demolished in the next few days and the homeowners were not able to gain access to remove their personal items from the home.


COLCHESTER RCMP INVESTIGATE CAR THEFT
Monday 4th September 2017
Colchester District RCMP are asking the public for help as they investigate the theft of a vehicle this weekend. Sometime between 11pm Friday and 5am Saturday a white 2014 Honda Civic si, with a Nova Scotia License plate FTF 842, was stolen from the parking lot in front of a car dealership in Truro. Colchester District RCMP are asking anyone who may know where this vehicle is to contact Colchester District RCMP at 902-896-5000 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. The public can also get in touch with Crime Stoppers by texting TIP202 and a message to CRIMES (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


HOME INVASION IN PICTOU
Monday 4th September 2017
Pictou District RCMP responded to a home invasion yesterday morning on High Street in the town. Police say the initial investigation has determined that two men went into the home around 7:30 brandishing a firearm. The men demanded pills and money before fleeing the scene. The RCMP Police Dog Services searched for the two suspects but did not locate them. The RCMP Forensic Identification Section is assisting with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Pictou County District RCMP at 902-485-4333. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


SPORTS ROUNDUP – 4 SEPTEMBER
Monday 4th September 2017
The Wednesday morning Housewives Bowling League will start this Wednesday, September 6th, at 9:00am. New bowlers are welcome.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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Anyone with used hockey equipment that they are looking to sell can do so at the Kinsmen Hockey Equipment Buy and Sell taking place next week at the Westside Community Centre. Everyone is invited to drop off used children’s /adult’s hockey equipment and skates which they will sell on your behalf without commission. For those needing new hockey gear, it’s a great way to buy quality equipment at affordable prices.
September 5, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Remember to pick up your money from sold items or pick up any unsold gear by 4:00pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Any gear that is not picked up will be donated.
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K,5K,3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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North Nova team tryouts have lined up their dates and times. NNEC varsity boys & girls soccer tryouts September 5th, 6th, & 7th from 3:30-5pm. Meet at the school field.
NNEC baseball tryouts are Friday Sept 8th @ 7pm and Saturday Sept 9th @ 2pm. All tryouts are at the Kinsmen Field.
NNEC cross-country team training Sept 8th, Sept. 11th, & Sept 12th. All practices will be at NNEC. Meet in the gym @ 3:30.
NNEC varsity girls volleyball tryouts Monday Sept 11th & Tuesday Sept 12th - 3:30-5pm both days.
NNEC golf team tryouts start the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates and locations will be announced at school.
NNEC boys & girls hockey tryouts will take place the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates will be announced at school.
NNEC junior varsity (JV) soccer and volleyball team tryouts will take place once the varsity teams have been selected. If numbers warrant, a grade 9 girls volleyball team may be put together too.
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For Northumberland Regional High School Boys Hockey tryout information, please contact Evan Murray at murraye@ccrsb.ca
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
The Toronto Blue Jays took the Baltimore Orioles to 12 innings, but suffered another loss, 5-4, yesterday afternoon at Camden Yards. The Jays move on to Boston today for a three-game set with the AL East leading Red Sox.
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Speaking of the Red Sox, they saw their lead slip last night, falling 9-2 to the Yankees in the Bronx. New York is now just 3.5 games back in the Division. The Yankees will swap places with Toronto, as they head into Baltimore for three games.
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Elsewhere yesterday in MLB:
American League:
Cleveland 11 Detroit 1
Kansas City 5 Minnesota 4
Tampa Bay 2 Chicago White Sox 6
Texas 7 Los Angeles Angels 6
Seattle 10 Oakland 2
National League:
Philadelphia 3 Miami 1 (12 innings)
Pittsburgh 3 Cincinnati 1
Milwaukee 7 Washington 2
Atlanta 5 Chicago Cubs 1
Arizona 5 Colorado 1
St. Louis 7 San Francisco 3
San Diego 6 Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Interleague:
Houston 8 New York Mets 6

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pulling themselves right into the mix in the CFL Western Division, as Ed Gainey's fifth and sixth interceptions of the season helped guide the Riders to a 38-24 win over Winnipeg in the annual Labour Day Classic. The return match between the prairie rivals goes next weekend in Winnipeg. Labour Day weekend in the CFL wraps up today with a pair of classic rivalry games. The Calgary Stamps welcome their northern neighbours from Edmonton, followed by Toronto visiting Hamilton.


SECOND GAS PRICE INCREASE THIS WEEK DUE TO NS UARB INVOKING INTERUPTOR CLAUSE, SHOCKING MOTORISTS AT THE PUMPS
Saturday 2nd September 2017
Nova Scotia motorists are being hit hard at the pumps this week as gas prices sit at $1.211 per litre this morning after two increases in a 24-hour period...the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board invoked its interrupter clause Friday allowing a second increase in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's affects on the market...gas prices increased by 7.3 cents overnight Thursday and 6.7 cents overnight Friday, amounting to a 14 cent per litre increase this week.


URB TO INVOKE INTERUPTOR CLAUSE AND RAISE GAS PRICES TWICE IN 24 HOURS
Friday 1st September 2017
You might be really shocked as you pull up to the pumps this weekend; gas prices are going up for the second time in 24 hours. With supply hindered by Hurricane Harvey, and demand increased by the Labour Day weekend, gas prices went up this morning, but the NS Utility and Review Board decided this afternoon to invoke the interuptor clause and raise prices of gas again at midnight tonight, just in time for all of the Saturday morning labour day weekend traffic. As of Friday morning, regular unleaded self-serve went up by more than seven cents overnight to $1.14.4 per litre. The Utility and Review Board also brought the price of diesel up by 1.7 cents per litre. So a litre of diesel will now cost you $100.6 per litre. The price of diesel oil will not change. Since 2009, the board has used the interrupter clause 10 times. THE URB says the change is necessary due to significant shifts in the market price of gasoline. Effective at midnight tonight (Friday, September 1st, 2017) the price of gasoline will be adjusted. The benchmark price of gasoline is based on an average of the daily market price for refined gasoline on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) converted into Canadian dollars. Retail price paid at the pumps is the benchmark price with wholesale margin, retailer markup, transportation allowance and taxes added. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board monitors the markets for diesel oil and gasoline daily and, should conditions warrant, may set a new price at any time.


ALLEGED HELLS ANGEL ARRESTED ON WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES
Friday 1st September 2017
A man that police allege to be a full-patch member of the Hells Angels MC Nomads New Brunswick chapter remains in custody on 12 drug and weapons-related offenses after being arrested while driving on Highway 2 near Woodstock, New Brunswick. Police say that subsequent to his arrest on 22 August, a search of Robin Moulton's home in Fredericton and several other locations resulted in the seizure of high-powered rifle with a silencer, a loaded handgun, a quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as Hells Angels paraphernalia. Originially, the 48-year old was facing just two charges, but that information was withdrawn and the 12-count information was brought before the court. Moulton has since appeared in court twice, most recently yesterday where a bail application was denied. He will be back in court in mid-October, with the 6-week delay to allow his lawyer time to assess the disclosure material.


MISSING TEENAGER IS FOUND - RCMP
Friday 1st September 2017
The Pictou County missing persons case we told you about this week has been solved.
RCMP say 16-year-old Renee Nickerson of Plymouth has turned up safe and sound with no harm done, except for a few frayed nerves.
She was reported missing after setting out toward Stellarton on Tuesday afternoon.


BIG JUMP IN GAS PRICE, SMALLER INCREASE FOR DIESEL
Friday 1st September 2017
Even though the warning signs were all there, there still might be some sticker shock at the pumps this morning. With supply hindered by Hurricane Harvey, and demand increased by the Labour Day weekend, regular unleaded self-serve went up by more than seven cents overnight to $1.14.4 per litre. The Utility and Review Board also brought the price of diesel up, but not as drastically. Diesel will now cost $1.00.6, and increase of 1.7 cents per litre. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01am.


SPORTS ROUNDUP – 1 SEPTEMBER
Friday 1st September 2017
In one respect it was not the start to the pre-season that the Weeks Jr A Crushers were looking for last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers were defeated 6-2 by the visiting Summerside Western Capitals in the first half of a home-and-home set. The return match will go Saturday in Summerside. However, if the objective of the first game of the preseason is to evaluate talent that may be on the roster come opening day, then mission accomplished. The Crushers dressed only two players from last year's roster – Jake Martin who missed most of the season with a lower body injury, and Robert Burrows, who spent the latter half of the season with the Jr. B Scotians. The rest were players new to Pictou County or midget hopefuls looking to crack the lineup.
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The Wednesday morning Housewives Bowling League will start next Wednesday, September 6th, at 9:00am. New bowlers are welcome.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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Anyone with used hockey equipment that they are looking to sell can do so at the Kinsmen Hockey Equipment Buy and Sell taking place next week at the Westside Community Centre. Everyone is invited to drop off used children’s /adult’s hockey equipment and skates which they will sell on your behalf without commission. For those needing new hockey gear, it’s a great way to buy quality equipment at affordable prices.
September 5, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Remember to pick up your money from sold items or pick up any unsold gear by 4:00pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Any gear that is not picked up will be donated.
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K,5K,3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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North Nova team tryouts have lined up their dates and times. NNEC varsity boys & girls soccer tryouts September 5th, 6th, & 7th from 3:30-5pm. Meet at the school field.
NNEC baseball tryouts are Friday Sept 8th @ 7pm and Saturday Sept 9th @ 2pm. All tryouts are at the Kinsmen Field.
NNEC cross-country team training Sept 8th, Sept. 11th, & Sept 12th. All practices will be at NNEC. Meet in the gym @ 3:30.
NNEC varsity girls volleyball tryouts Monday Sept 11th & Tuesday Sept 12th - 3:30-5pm both days.
NNEC golf team tryouts start the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates and locations will be announced at school.
NNEC boys & girls hockey tryouts will take place the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates will be announced at school.
NNEC junior varsity (JV) soccer and volleyball team tryouts will take place once the varsity teams have been selected. If numbers warrant, a grade 9 girls volleyball team may be put together too.
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For Northumberland Regional High School Boys Hockey tryout information, please contact Evan Murray at murraye@ccrsb.ca
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Annual Trap Stright Memorial Regatta is taking place this weekend.   Racing start tonight at 6:30 off the Pictou Yacht Club.   Gull Rock  Race start tomorrow at noon and Two races on Sunday starting at 11 am.    Boats from Antigonish, Charlottetown, Shediac and Pictou taking part.