Winter weather on Pictou Island 1954

Wednesday, March 2, 1954 was a nice fine 47 degrees Fahrenheit winter day. There was very little scattered ice in the strait and there was no snow on the ground. My father arose early that morning and went down to the beach on his tractor. The beach was an area where many Pictou Island fishermen...

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Bombers face Ice Jam event

PICTOU — The Pictou County Wear Well Bombers are among teams in the annual Ice Jam minor hockey tournament this week in Hammond Plains, N.S. The Bombers will face Fredericton, N.B. at 6:45 p.m. today before testing Northern New Brunswick at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday and Tri Com at 12:45 p.m. on Friday. Their results...

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Winter Sportfishing season opens Jan. 1

Nova Scotians are encouraged to gear up and head to one of the province’s open waterways when the winter fishing season opens on New Year’s Day. “Sportfishing is a popular outdoor activity that our province offers and generates over $58 million in revenue annually,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Safety is very important...

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Shrieks from monsters in the woods …

Far out in the Northumberland Strait lies a tiny island where maybe even today imaginary monsters roam in its woods … I recall my earlier years living on Pictou Island when monsters supposedly lurked in the woods behind our homes. You see every Pictou Island landowner had their own woodlands. Just about every islander would...

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Ice, fire, a race and a brawl …

The Northumberland Strait was full of ice on May 1st 1965. It has been eight months since we moved off Pictou Island. My parents, however, were going to stay in our house on Pictou Island during lobster season. Four days prior on April 26th there was a lot of scattered ice. Nevertheless, my father and...

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Town tries to open outdoor rink

PICTOU – Hope springs eternal, but the town of Pictou is counting on colder weather this weekend so that the outdoor rink can be used during the 2018 Pictou Winter Carnival this weekend. A boxed-in ice skating option at the CN ball field has been in place for some time, but there have been opportunities...

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Police advise motorists to drive/walk with caution during winter storm

New Glasgow Regional Police are advising motorists and pedestrians to walk and drive with caution during the winter storm today and into tonight. Const. Ken MacDonald says blowing snow during driving reduces visibility. Icy road conditions and snow drifts may also exist during travel. If you have to travel, plan ahead, check for cancellations and...

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Pebbled ice gets tested

NEW GLASGOW — Curlers are cranking up for another season at the Bluenose Curling Club. Some of them have been curling for years and welcome the return to the game, while the club is also hoping others either give the sport a try for the first time or return after a time away from it....

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A new boat …

It was a cold 10 degrees Fahrenheit day on January 8, 1960. On that day, a little bit of scattered ice could be seen in the Northumberland Strait for first time that year. A slight mist of rain and snow fell two days later and the Strait was then white with ice. First snowstorm of...

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Tragedies mar winter of 1951

October 5th 1951 was a grey, foggy ghostlike day. Pictou Island’s Spike MacDonald had returned from Caribou with his lobster boat and reported that the car ferry operating between Caribou and Prince Edward Island, The Charles A. Dunning, had run aground on the Gull Rock Reef. It was blowing a gale from the northeast the...

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