Caught … in a trap

My memory has me recalling those times when I, as a small boy, would sail to and from my home on Pictou Island with my parents. During those earlier years, my father had the 30-foot boat named Slo-Mo-Shun which he had built himself in 1951. This sleek boat powered by a 289 cubic inch V-8 […]

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Cupid stikes

During the summer months of the 1950s and early 60s, many people from far away places would visit with relatives and friends on Pictou Island. One such family was Sidney and Delta Hooper from Digby. His parents, Lester and Bell Hooper, raised Sidney on Pictou Island. Delta Thurbur was an eye-catching young schoolteacher who taught […]

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Cookhouses provided virtual smorgasbord of eats

During the 1960s, one-room community schools in Nova Scotia – including the one on Pictou Island – were in the process of closing their doors. Many Pictou Islanders didn’t want their children leaving their homes alone and moving to the mainland to attend the larger schools. Several Island families began to leave their roots on […]

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