Roundup: C.B. club showcases Native boxers, music fest marks 76 years, COVID update, Pictou business leaders feted

Xzorion Marshall from Red Tribe Boxing. Photo: Drake Lowthers

Plus: From salvaging shipwrecks on Sable Island to a marine empire — the story of “Lucky” James Farquhar

Fighters from Eskasoni Red Tribe Boxing have been showcasing their skills in their community for some time, and now sports fans around the province are getting the word. Red Tribe was recently invited to its first event in Port Hawkesbury, an 11-bout card spotlighting Native boxers.

“It was a great opportunity to make relationships, to display our talented boxers, to display our culture, to show people we are all together as one nation,” says promoter Barry Bernard.

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

Music festival marks 76 years
After two years of pandemic delays and virtual events, the Queens County Music Festival recently returned for its 76th edition, showcasing 130 performers and distributing about $6,000 in scholarships to local students.

“It’s a lot less than what we used to have. It used to be held over five or six days, but it’s rebuilding,” says organizer Kristopher Snarby. “It’s a building block and we’re looking forward to building it back up.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

COVID update
The World Health Organization tallies 193,525 new COVID-19 cases around the globe in the last 24 hours, but the real number of ill people is likely much higher, as many jurisdictions (including Nova Scotia) are withholding daily data, making it impossible to get a full picture of the disease’s spread.

So far, COVID is known to have has killed 6,276,210 people worldwide, including 40,388 in Canada and 378 Nova Scotians. World Health Organization officials add that those are only the deaths directly from COVID. When they tally deaths that doctors could have otherwise prevented had COVID not exacerbated an existing condition, the toll skyrockets to 14.9 million.

A statue of James Farquhar at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

A life of luck
Born in Halifax in the mid-1800s, James Farquhar began his adventures began as a child living with his parents on Sable Island, where they operated the lifesaving station and salvaged flotsam from the many ships that wrecked on the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

The work was dangerous, but Farquhar was skilled, building his fortune in the salvage business and starting a marine empire that took him on adventures around the globe.

Read more in Dorothy Grant’s latest Unravel Halifax local history post.

Pictou business leaders feted
The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce recently presented its annual series of business awards, another event that’s returned from a two-year pandemic hiatus.

“It’s energizing to be back here,” says executive director Jack Kyte. “Finally we can celebrate the great things in Pictou County and come away with a sense of community and working together. We are trying to be aware of what is happening in 2022. Things that weren’t important five years ago are now, like climate change and diversity.”

Among the honourees was Crystal Murray, editor-in-chief with Advocate Media and Unravel Halifax.

Steve Goodwin has the story for the Pictou Advocate.

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