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Congratulations to several high school athletes who brought home provincial banners within the past couple weeks.
Their outstanding success speaks volumes about their dedication to sport, as well as the commitment of coaching staff and parent volunteers who have assisted on their journey to claiming top provincial honours.
Along with the success of our high school athletes, we should pause and congratulate the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey team for another outstanding season. The team brought home bronze medals from the Fred Page Cup, a great accomplishment on top of claiming the Kent Cup.
Shocking animal cruelty
It is shocking to learn that someone was cruel to a helpless kitten, abandoning it along a walking trail in a backpack.
Truro’s Mandi Arnold was walking near the Nova Scotia Community College on May 6 when she heard the loud mewing of a feline in distress.
The backpack had been tossed over a bank near the trail. The zipper had been secured by a headphone wire and orange twine preventing any chance of escape for the trapped little creature. After freeing the small, dehydrated, black kitten covered with urine and feces, Arnold wrapped it in her jacket and immediate took it to a veterinarian.
Despite having rubbed its paws and nose raw attempting to escape the stray was uninjured. She has been named Dharma, which means ‘purpose’ and has been adopted by Arnold who is attempting to uncover the identity of the person who did this heinous act to an innocent animal.
Grand support for women’s shelter
A local group dedicated to helping women received a huge financial boost last week.
On May 8, members of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association presented a $34,200 cheque to Third Place Transition House in Truro. The funds were raised through a live auction held at the group’s annual general meeting in January.
The association’s outgoing president at the time, Andrew Lake, was given the privilege of selecting the charity of his choice; one he said was “near and dear to his heart.” The large donation evoked emotion for the staff and volunteers at the house who were surprised but the grand gesture.
Last year about 50 women and 30 children were received at the centre.