Roundup: Strait area raises $30K for Ukraine, COVID update, South Shore airport sale stalls, Pictou dart player bound for international tournament

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As the Russian invasion continues, Ukraine faces a cold, dark, and bloody winter. In the Port Hawkesbury area, the Strait2Ukraine group recently mobilized to support the country and its defenders, raising $31,000 for their cause.

Among the highlights was the sale of an illustration by Bruce MacKinnon, which raised $5,100.

The Reporter has more.

COVID update
The World Health Organization reports 210,464 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,576,088 people, including 46,389 in Canada and 602 Nova Scotians.

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Airport sale stalls
More than six months after the Region of Queens Municipality announced plans to sell South Shore Regional Airport in Greenfield to a German buyer, the deal has yet to close.

Queens Mayor Darlene Norman will tell the public little about the transaction. “(It) has been an ongoing process with both parties doing their due diligence,” she says. “When further details are available, the municipality will publicly share them.”

Assessors valued the airport at $826,000 but the municipality is only asking $565,000, which Deputy Mayor Kevin Muise describes as “way too low.”

Janet Whitman reports for LighthouseNow.

Abbey Harty. Photo: Steve Goodwin

Stay on target
Next month, 14-year-old Pictonian Abbey Harty plans to be in the Netherlands, competing at the World Youth Masters Dart Tournament. The invitation-only competition gives the rising star a chance to qualify for the 2023 World Youth Championships and embrace the things she loves most about the sport.

“I like everything about darts — the travel, the people, and because my parents play darts,” she says. “One of the reasons why I started playing darts is that I enjoy math in school. I want to have fun, meet people. And as for winning, if it happens, it happens.”

Steve Goodwin has more for the Pictou Advocate.

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