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Published on July 27, 2014
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Truro teen studies abroad


It’s not always an easy task picking up one’s life and heading to another nation, but that’s exactly what Eric Roy did.

For 10 months, the 18-year-old lived, studied and experienced all that Belgium has to offer thanks to a Rotary Club exchange program.

While one of his goals was to come home having learned French, the trip was more for Roy.

“I also came back with learning not just the language but the culture,” he said in an interview upon his return home to his family, including a twin brother. “And not just the culture of Belgium.”

With 300 students as part of the exchange program, Roy got to learn about various other parts of the world and their traditions and cultures.

Having the opportunity at such a young age to participate in something like this is one Roy, and any others like him, such be commended for. He stepped out of his comfort zone, left his loved ones, and embraced the opportunity for a life-changing experience, one that many others could only ever dream of.



Exhibition parade off again


A valiant effort last year to revitalize the long-standing tradition of the parade with the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition was a one-time deal.

Bruce Kennedy, the chairperson of the exhibition commission, said the exhibition will go ahead this year without the parade.

He said no one stepped forward to take the parade under their wing following the disruption of the previous board being relieved of its responsibilities.

While many residents like the parade, this might give the current administration and personnel a chance to focus on other areas of the exhibition, making it a more stable event with room for growth for the future.

This will be the second time in the past three years that the exhibition won’t include a parade.



Crowning achievement


It’s not everyday that a 10-year-old is crowned queen, but that’s just what happened a week ago to Roslyn Luscombe of Truro Heights.

The young girl walked away from a Canadian National Girl pageant with the title of National Young Miss, which will see her making a name for herself with the pageant circuit for the next year. She’ll be volunteering her time with a number of charities, including the IWK and, locally, the Out of the Cold program.

While she has a learning disability that mainly affects her reading and writing, Roslyn is so comfortable talking about her life that she went unscripted into the speech competition of the national event.

She also picked up awards for best interview, just dazzling and photogenic in the competition.

With her mind set on the top, Roslyn definitely deserves kudos for keeping her eye on the prize.