FONS launches campaign to support Boat Harbour closure

PICTOU — Friends of the Northumberland Strait are expanding the reach of their message. Billboards depicting the reality of Boat Harbour and calling on Premier Stephen McNeil and all Nova Scotia MLAs to keep the promise to close Boat Harbour on Jan. 31, 2020 are greeting motorists in locations throughout Halifax Regional Municipality. The billboards...

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Island people

Thinking back to past years, I recall some of those Pictou Islanders I once knew. I think of Duncan and Verna Rankin. They lived about a quarter mile away and were our nearest neighbours to the east. There was a hay field separating our homes and also was a place where Dad would plant our...

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Shellfish harvesting areas affected by Dorian

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Region, wishes to inform the public that a large portion of shellfish harvesting areas on the coasts of eastern New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are closed due to heavy rainfall amounts which accompanied hurricane Dorian over the weekend.   These closures are in effect for a...

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New signage for Roy Island

MELMERBY — The Little Harbour Walking and Bicycling Trail Society recently unveiled a new sign at the lookoff at Roy Island showing various points of interest that can be seen from the lookoff. The society received municipal grant funding to purchase the sign which was installed by Department of Natural Resources employees Tom Rundle, chief...

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Sinking of the Tonka

It was on a clear morning of August 21, 1959 when Scott Falconer’s boat Tonka, loaded with herring, was accidentally rammed and sunk by another boat. The lucrative herring run had just begun and Scott was then without a boat. Scott’s good friend Arnold MacMillan from Pictou Island felt really sorry that such a thing...

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Gloomy forestry future if Northern Pulp closes: study

HALIFAX — A study by a Nova Scotia consulting firm has concluded that Northern Pulp’s closure would devastate the province’s forest industry and shrink its economy. However, the Friends of the Northumberland Strait that supports its fishery and opposes the pulp mill’s intentions to discharge treated effluent through a pipe into the Strait has termed...

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The winter of 1955-56

Winter set in early with about three inches of snow falling on Nov. 11, 1955. My father and Arnold MacMillan had been setting their smelt nets together in coves around the Merigomish area but had returned home to Pictou Island on November 12 because of the unstable weather. It was still blowing hard and was...

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The stranger

A few years after I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never...

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A Pictou Island funeral

There were approximately 150 people residing on Pictou Island during the years when I called Pictou Island my home. I had previously illustrated in a story how islanders supported each other. We shared our material items and assisted each other in many ways. If a wedding took place, we all celebrated. If a death occurred,...

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PA student rescues trapped fawn

PICTOU — People rarely have an opportunity to perform great deeds, but Ethan Dewar can claim at least one. And he has the evidence. Dewar rescued a male fawn from almost certain death last week by pulling it out from the shoreline in town and carrying it to safety. His Grade 11 teacher, Sandi Wallace,...

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