The government of Nova Scotia announced a fourth active case of COVID-19 in the province.

Like last week’s new cases, this case is related to international travel. The individual traveled from the United States, into Nova Scotia en route for P.E.I. As they are still within the 14-day isolation period required by the federal Quarantine Act, the individual is quarantined under federal authority in Nova Scotia.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 178 Nova Scotia tests on July 5 and is operating 24-hours.

To date, Nova Scotia has 55,113 negative test results, 1,065 positive COVID-19 cases, and 63 deaths. Some 998 cases are now resolved.

A farm-fresh day trip

Looking to get out of the city this weekend? The New Glasgow Farmers’ Market reopens partially this Saturday. While many vendors aren’t ready to return, says Kristi Russell, market manager, there will be 15–17 vendors on site. Russell reminds visitors to bring a reusable bag and cash, as the ATM will not be available. As always, please wear a mask when in busy locations.

Learn more about the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market in this week’s Pictou Advocate.

Lost and found

A balloon missing from a cross-continental race landed near a lake in the Milton and Middlefield area of Queens County.

“It was launched in Los Angeles,” the Annapolis Royal Space Agency (ARSA), a community group of amateur radio and space aficionados, said in a social media post. “The Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club got the call via their network of ham radio operators, and we helped retrieve this package from the shores of Burnaby Lake … It is still in perfect condition, and we will re-launch this back into the sky soon for it to continue its way around the globe.”

Read all about it in the latest edition of Lighthouse Now.

Watch the East Coast Music Awards online

Like most awards programs in 2020, the ECMAs are going online. Mary Walsh hosts the celebratory two-hours special which will air on CBC Television and stream on CBC Gem on July 11.

The lineup is packed with Halifax favourites including Wintersleep, Neon Dreams, and Rose Cousins.

Learn more on Facebook.

Yes, you can

Preserves are a classic method to stretch summer’s fruit and vegetable bounty long past the growing season. In our sister publication, Saltscapes, Alain Bossé shares tips on how to get the best our of your preserves and shares three tomato recipes.

Ready Player One

eSports have become big business over the last decade, with the combination of a generation of people raised on games, the spread of high-speed Internet, and the arrival of platforms dedicated to streaming gaming sessions. In a 2018 report, the World Economic Forum predicted revenue from eSports will reach $1 billion US globally by 2020. And with most professional sports still on hold, eSports have gained even more traction the era of COVID-19.

In our January 2020 issue, Philip Moscovitch caught up with several local gamers to learn how they joined this online world.

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