Public health officials confirmed a new case of COVID-19 yesterday, for a total of five active cases in the province. Thus far, Nova Scotia has had 69,312 negative test results, 1,076 known cases, and 64 deaths.

Molly Martin (left), Darcy Doyle (right).

Molly Martin still missing
RCMP say they believe Molly Martin, the 14-year-old Eskasoni girl who has been missing since Aug. 13, is in Richmond County with 47-year-old Darcy Doyle. They may be travelling by ATV, and canine and helicopter units have joined the search. Jake Boudrot has more in this story from The Reporter. Update: This morning around 1 a.m., after a week of public pressure, police finally issued an emergency alert about her disappearance.

Helping stray cats
In New Glasgow, local artist Christian Toth is helping out a shelter for stray cats with a detailed graffiti-style mural. “The stencils represent some of the cats that have been there for 10+ years,” he says, adding that projects like this reflect growing acceptance of this style of art. “I certainly wouldn’t have been able to beautify the sides of buildings 15 or 20 years ago.” Heather Brimicombe reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Where the wild things are
This year, more Nova Scotians than ever are exploring their province on foot. If you’re a novice hiker, some treasures await you, chief among them the Musquodoboit Trailway (northeast of Halifax near Elderbank).

Writer Lois Legge hiked the route in 2016. “The sign… promises strenuous climbs and panoramic views,” she says. “We get both. And more. Happiness, solitude, and a touch of Monet along the way.” As she explores, she meets one of the volunteers who help maintain the trailway, and discovers wild forest, rugged cliffs, and sweeping vistas.

“Swaths of spring lily pads flower in white and green across the blue mirror of Musquodoboit River running parallel to the 15-km Rail Trail, an abandoned railway line now part of the Trans Canada Trail,” she recalls. “The wide, gravel pathway branches off and up to another 26 km of wilderness loop trails which shift from cloistered forests to boulder laden hills to flat platforms of bedrock overlooking spectacularly lush views.” See her essay in the free Halifax Magazine archives.

South Shore woman wins lengthy immigration battle
Kat Wright of Vogler’s Cove has won an eight-year fight to stay in Canada. She came to Nova Scotia in the 1970s with her husband David, getting permanent residency status. They settled in the community, briefly moving back to the U.S. for work. In 2011, they discovered their permanent residency status had been revoked. Finally settling the long dispute is bittersweet: David died of a heart attack last year but Kat is relieved to be able to stay in her home.

“We went through two full immigration appeal hearings, one full judicial review application with the Federal Court of Canada,” says lawyer Lee Cohen. “It’s an awful lot of legal work for an aging senior couple to have to go through to do nothing more than simply want to remain in rural Nova Scotia and contribute to their community in a way that they have for so many years… There just should have been a faster, easier, less emotional and less challenging way for them to accomplish what they have now accomplished.” Gayle Wilson has the story for LighthouseNow.

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