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Nova Scotia is a wonderful place to live, work and visit.  However, the news tends to be all gloomy and depressing.  Only good news stories located here!
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SCARECROW FESTIVAL

SCARECROW FESTIVAL | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Join us for the 20th Annual Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair where a fun-filled, family weekend awaits your arrival… Each year the town comes to life with over 150 hand-made
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Transgender N.S. student making an impact on and off the football field

Transgender N.S. student making an impact on and off the football field | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A transgender teenager at Halifax West High School says the most nerve-wracking part of tryout for the football team wasn’t whether or not he’d make it – it was actually signing up.
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Ottawa to invest $93.7 million in ocean research centre in Halifax

Ottawa to invest $93.7 million in ocean research centre in Halifax | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The federal government is investing $93.7 million over seven years in an ocean research project involving three universities in Atlantic Canada.
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Peace By Chocolate - Antigonish, NS

Meet the Hadhad family, owners of Peace By Chocolate and one of more than 1500 vendors that sell their products at farmers' markets in Nova Scotia. Isa
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Calling all chowderheads: 10 tastings on Nova Scotia’s chowder trail - The Boston Globe

Calling all chowderheads: 10 tastings on Nova Scotia’s chowder trail - The Boston Globe | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Nova Scotia brings something special to the table — chowder made with plump Digby scallops, shrimp, smoked haddock, salmon, mussels, and lobster, or some combination of them, all pulled from local waters.
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Watch Sidney Crosby and local NHLers play shinny in Bedford

Watch Sidney Crosby and local NHLers play shinny in Bedford | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Nova Scotia hockey stars challenge each other to shinny games at local rinks during the off-season, and one independent sports reporter has been there to record it.
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3 months after opening, Sydney immigration centre helping newcomers adjust

3 months after opening, Sydney immigration centre helping newcomers adjust | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A new centre in Sydney, N.S., is trying to help people from different countries settle in the region successfully.
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15 Natural Wonders of Nova Scotia

15 Natural Wonders of Nova Scotia | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Widely known as one of the most geographically diverse provinces in all of Canada – Nova Scotia has no shortage of spectacular landscapes and seascapes. With that said, it shouldn’t be that hard to round up a list of 15 natural wonders in Canada’s second smallest province? Wrong! With so many stunning natural features it’s …
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Crosby says second hometown tour with Stanley Cup is something to savour

Crosby says second hometown tour with Stanley Cup is something to savour | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
As Sidney Crosby prepares to carry the Stanley Cup through his Nova Scotia hometown, he says in many ways a championship tour is all the sweeter the second time around.
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Deaf N.S. dog once thought to be untrainable wins champion agility title

Deaf N.S. dog once thought to be untrainable wins champion agility title | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
She was born deaf, and surrendered to the Nova Scotia SPCA as "untrainable." But Seven, a suspected border collie who was rescued as a three-month-old puppy, recently received the Agility Trial Champion of Canada title, completing a seven-year...
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'What's with the sunsets?': Why a N.S. town tells tourists to stay away

'What's with the sunsets?': Why a N.S. town tells tourists to stay away | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The Nova Scotia town of Mahone Bay has launched a tongue-in-cheek anti-tourism campaign, in hopes defiant tourists will show up and spend their dollars in a community that pretends not to want them.
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'It's beautiful': Nova Scotia summer camp to offer special therapy program for autistic children

'It's beautiful': Nova Scotia summer camp to offer special therapy program for autistic children | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The Hinchinbrook Farm Society is giving autistic children and their families a chance to learn about the Horse Boy Method, a type of therapy in which children are encouraged to ride, touch and even paint horses.
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American man offered job, cottage after RV fire took everything on Cobequid pass

American man offered job, cottage after RV fire took everything on Cobequid pass | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
AMHERST – An American man who lost everything trying to move to Nova Scotia is finding help in his new home.
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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: 32 Tips for a Great Trip - Solo Traveler

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: 32 Tips for a Great Trip - Solo Traveler | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The Cabot Trail, Louisbourg, the best golf in Canada, ceilidhs and more. Get the tips you need for a great trip to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
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Syrian refugee families embrace life in Halifax

Syrian refugee families embrace life in Halifax | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Syrian refugees have arrived in Halifax since December of last year. While other cities are struggling to find ways to make them stay, Halifax seems to be doing all the right things.
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Welcome to The Skyline Trail -The Most Scenic Hike on an Epic Drive

Welcome to The Skyline Trail -The Most Scenic Hike on an Epic Drive | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
The Skyline Trail of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is the most scenic hike on Canada's most epic driving route, The Cabot Trail.
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LIVING THE CAPE BRETON LIFE - Q&A with Alan Arkin

LIVING THE CAPE BRETON LIFE - Q&A with Alan Arkin | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
“Q&A: Tiffany Thornton”

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin has been entertaining film audiences
for decades in movies ranging from “Catch-22” to "Argo" and "Little Miss
Sunshine". With his distinctive voice and chameleon like-style, he embodies
each character he portrays with vitality. Yet a little known fact is
Arkin’s love for Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, where he spends several
months a year cultivating a quieter life. Local Connections Halifax chats
exclusively with the actor on natural beauty, culinary musts and how he got
his start.  LCH: I heard you have had a place on Cape Breton Island for
years, and you head there every summer?

Arkin: We've been there for about twenty years. We spend several months a
year in Cape Breton. It’s my favorite place on earth.

LCH: Being American, living out in Los Angeles who would have thought you
would buy a place in Cape Breton… Why not Maine or Cape Cod? How did it
come to be?

Arkin: I really don't know. I felt for decades and decades that I had some
business in Nova Scotia and I had no idea why? The only thing I can think
of is that people told me it was similar to Scotland. From the time I was
in my teens I had a strong feeling about Scotland, and loved a movie that
had different names in different countries. It was either "Whiskey Galore"
or “Tight Little Island”. I fell in love with the people from that area in
the films I had seen. 

I heard that Nova Scotia, particularly Cape Breton, had some of that same
character. I finally met somebody who had a place in Cape Breton and he
invited us up. I remember going across the causeway and I just felt like I
was in Shangri-La. I went to his place; I fell in love with his place! I
took a walk down the bluff and I said to my wife, “Were going to have a
house right here”. 

LCH: It is truly a magical part of the world. Is it hard for you to get
here?

Arkin: It’s a daunting trip from where we are. We are not even in Los
Angeles so it’s harder for us to get there. By the time we get there after
the four-hour drive from Halifax. I say nothing in the world is worth this
- nothing! I say it every year and then I get there and I say it’s worth
everything. We stay until about October unless some kind of work
commitments come up that I can't say no to.

LCH: What does Cape Breton represent to you when you spend time there?

Arkin: It represents peace and a very, very dramatic connection with
nature. It represents being with some of the most genuine people I have
ever met in my life. 

We have made some very close friends there; people that I hold very dear to
me and of course the best seafood on the planet! Also in the last four tO
five years there are a lot of changes going on that are helpful to the
island, like different kinds of foods are being introduced. There are a
couple of restaurants down in the area that are kind of adventurous that we
love going to. We love the Dancing Goat - they have wonderful food. The
soups are so good that I got slightly depressed, that they make soups that
are better than mine. We also love the Herring Choker, which is near
Baddeck, They do wonderful breads and pastries.

LCH: Something people may not know about you is that you started your
career in a music band.

Arkin: It was kind of an offshoot. I had wanted to act since I was a kid
and as a hobby I played the guitar and sang for some pocket money, but I
got connected with a group and it took off. We did very, very well for a
few years. That was my first success, but it wasn't what I really wanted to
do. I wanted to get into film and theater. I left the band when I was still
on a high, but I managed somehow to make a living as an actor.

LCH: Cape Breton has such a strong Celtic music scene. Do you listen to
live music on the island? 

Arkin: Yeah we do, when we can find Natalie MacMaster or Ashley MacIssac 

LCH: Any new projects coming up for you that we can anticipate in the next
while?

Arkin: I finished a film a few months ago called "Going in Style" with
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Ann Margret. We’re waiting to find out
when that comes out. 
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'He's in my house!': Sidney Crosby makes a housecall

'He's in my house!': Sidney Crosby makes a housecall | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A Nova Scotia man was surprised and delighted when Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby dropped by his house to fulfill a request he’d made on a handmade roadside sign.
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New population of Blanding's turtles discovered in Nova Scotia

New population of Blanding's turtles discovered in Nova Scotia | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Volunteers at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) are celebrating their most recent discovery: a new population of endangered Blanding’s turtles in southern Nova Scotia near Kejimkujik National Park.
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Nova Scotia Gem & Mineral Show and Sale

Nova Scotia Gem & Mineral Show and Sale | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
 Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21, 2016 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Since 1966, the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show has been a showcase for geological treasures. With over 30 high quality exhibitors of spectacular gems, mineral, jewelry and metalwork, the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show is a very popular family event. The gem and mineral displays and specimens for sale, are some of the best in the Maritimes.
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N.S. teen's trick shot video lands him a football scholarship

N.S. teen's trick shot video lands him a football scholarship | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
A Nova Scotia teen has kicked his way into Queen's University on a football scholarship.
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‘He's just amazing’: Fans relish in opportunity to catch glimpse of Crosby, Stanley Cup

‘He's just amazing’: Fans relish in opportunity to catch glimpse of Crosby, Stanley Cup | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Hockey fans from near and far flocked to Cole Harbour, N.S., on Saturday to embrace the opportunity to watch Sidney Crosby hoist the Stanley Cup.
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Fossils from the dawn of dinosaurs unearthed near Bay of Fundy

Fossils from the dawn of dinosaurs unearthed near Bay of Fundy | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
PARRSBORO, N.S. -- Researchers are digging through the sandstone cliffs on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy in search of 200-million-year-old bone fragments that could reveal more about the diversity of life at the dawn of the dinosaurs.
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Halifax's Ellie Black named to Canada's Olympic gymnastics team

Halifax's Ellie Black named to Canada's Olympic gymnastics team | Nova Scotia is Awesome! | Scoop.it
Ellie Black of Halifax, Isabela Onyhsko of Brandon, Man., and Brittany Rogers of Coquitlam, B.C., were named to the Canada's Olympic gymnastics team on Wednesday after the second day of the Rio selection camp.
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