Painting the past

A picture of a scene once enjoyed by a community, a scene of Boat Harbour, serene and calm with a small boat and a fisherman, will be enjoyed by Pictou Landing First Nation once again at the end of January. On Jan. 31 a mural depicting an old Boat Harbour, pre-treatment plant, will be put...

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A master boat builder …

Vincent Turple Sr. (1909-1980) was considered the master boat builder of Pictou Island. Besides being a seasonal fisherman and farmer, Dad built two iceboats, which were used for winter island mail delivery and 22 wooden lobster boats for himself and other fishermen on the island. He began his boat building with the iceboats in the...

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People I remember …

I reminiscence to past years and I envision those Pictou Islanders I once knew. There was Duncan and Verna Rankin. They lived about one quarter of a mile away and were our nearest neighbours to the east. There was a hay field separating our houses and we could clearly see each other homes. That field...

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There’s no place like home …

I reflect back in time to when Jack and Mary Rankin lived in their big yellow house close to the East end of Pictou Island. Jack Rankin (1882-1965) was born on Pictou Island. Jack was a brother to Lauchie, George, Hughie and  Sister Kate Rankin. Lauchie married Katie MacKenzie from Pictou Landing and they had...

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Anderson MacLean and Wayne MacKinnon

I have previously written a tale or two about Anderson MacLean from River John and his ways of life as a fisherman on Pictou Island. I thank those of you who have shared your accounts of past events thus allowing me to share them with others. One such recollection that was passed onto me concerning...

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Big possibilities, small village

What started out as a joke during a morning on a fishing boat turned in to an effort to save a childhood school in River John. Village resident Nick Bigney purchased the River John school to prevent it from being demolished. A fisherman by trade, Bigney decided he would rather take on the school himself...

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