The Town of Pictou is looking for proposals on what to do with a former school.
Pictou Academy (from Town of Pictou web site)
Back in December, the Town of Pictou took ownership of the former Pictou Academy facility after it was closed. Since then, the town held public consultations regarding the school and CAO Dan Troke said the municipality determined it was best to go with an expression of interest, which they opened last week. The deadline for expressions of interest, which can be found on the town’s Web site, is November 1.
The CAO said they looking for business plans that can also maintain the building, calling it a predominant structure in the community.
Troke said they are looking at the expressions of interest as they come, noting they won’t be waiting until the close. He said if an organization is looking at making an expression, it is probably worthwhile to let the town know even if the proposals aren’t ready. All questions or issues concerning this EOI are to be directed to Troke via email and received no later than October 18, 2018.
RCMP in Pictou County have charged two people for animal cruelty. Police say last Thursday, officers received a complaint that two people had a rifle on Depot Street in Pictou. When RCMP arrived, they encountered a man and woman who witnesses reported to be shooting at pigeons with a rifle.
Officers determined the weapon was a pellet gun. Two suspects were arrested without incident. A 28-year-old man from Scotch Hill and a 44-year-old woman from Pictou have been charged with Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Causing Animals or Birds Unnecessary Suffering. Both were released from custody and are due to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on June 6th.
Monday morning at approximately 10 a.m., the RCMP received a complaint of an assault involving a firearm on Veterans Dr. in Pictou. The man fled from the scene where he was observed by RCMP entering a nearby business. He was taken in to custody without incident.
A loaded handgun was recovered at the business. A 31-year-old man from Pictou is facing multiple charges including Assault and weapons offences.
The victim of the assault, a 23-year-old woman, was not injured.
The public has been invited to participate in the Canadian Army Reserve Open House on Saturday, September 30. Armouries across the country, including Pictou, will open their doors to showcase the important work Reservists do for Canadians.
The open house will give the community an opportunity to see first hand what the Army and the Construction Engineering Flight is all about. The open house will also feature the Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipes and Drums.
The Canadian Army Reserve Open House will be held at 31 Union Street in Pictou and will take place on September 30 from 9:00AM until 3:00PM.
The Tall Ships will be visiting two ports in Northeastern Nova Scotia this weekend. Three vessels are scheduled to tie up in Port Hawkesbury; the top sail schooner
A Replica of a Spanish Galeon ship will be one of five Tall Ships in Pictou this weekend
“Spirit of South Carolina”, the Schooner “Tree of Life” and the Barque “When and If”. You can visit the ships from 12 to 4 today, 11 to 4 tomorrow and 10 to 5 Sunday.
Five Tall Ships are in Pictou this weekend, Nova Scotia’s Sailing Ambassador “Bluenose 2”; the “El Galeon”, a replica of a Spanish Galeon, the Ecudorian Barque “Guayas”, the Dutch Gaff Schooner “Gulden Leeuw” and the Sloop “Spaniel” from Latvia. Visitors can tour the ships in Pictou from 10 to 4 today, 10 until 5 tomorrow and 10 until 4 Sunday.
More information on the Tall Ships and local festivals can be found by following this link: http://rdv2017ns.com
Residents of the Pictou and Colchester County areas will like see an increased military presence this weekend. About 150 members of the Canadian Army will be participating in a military exercise called “Stage Response 2017” from Friday to Sunday. The training will include the army’s 36 and 37th Canadian Brigade Group. The military operations will be in the Truro and Pictou areas.
The soldiers will be setting up and utilizing temporary facilities in these locations. No weapons or explosives will be used in this exercise.
The province has announced local music, culture and food will be part of the celebrations this summer to mark the return of the tall ships to Nova Scotia. The tall ships will visit eleven ports in the province, including three locally, Port Hawkesbury and Pictou from June 30th to July 2nd, and St. Peter’s from August 4th to 6th.
In Port Hawkesbury, there will be concerts by Port Cities, Matt Minglewood and the Barra MacNeils when the tall ships are in town. In Pictou, there will be a Canada Day wake-up call with fireworks, followed by breakfast and day-long celebrations.
In St. Peter’s there will be a Mi’kmaq themed evening, a traditional Acadian dinner and a costume ball on the banks of the canal.
There’s been a drug bust in Pictou County. Police say around 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Pictou County RCMP searched a home on Haliburton Road in Pictou. Police seized a quantity of marijuana and illegal tobacco from the home.
Officers have charged a 63-year-old Pictou man for Possession of a Controlled Subance for the purpose of trafficking and Possession of Illegal Tobacco.
The man charged in the case will appear in court at a later date.
Fire has destroyed a business in Pictou. Town firefighters were called to Vernon d’Eon Fishing Supplies around 5 this morning.
Five other departments assisted Pictou firefighters at the scene, including Caribou, Abercrombie, New Glasgow, Westville and Stellarton. Several departments brought equipment for refilling firefighters’ air cylinders. Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to other buildings. No one was hurt. The provincial fire marshal will determine the cause of the blaze.