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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Dangers of being a fisherman

The ice had left the Northumberland Strait during late March of 1958. Lobster season was able to begin as scheduled on April 30th. My father fished those years in his boat Slo-mo-Shun. Dad had built this 30-foot long open wooden boat on Pictou Island in 1951. My father powered this boat with a 289 cubic...

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Lobster Carnival ready with weekend passes

The Pictou Lobster Carnival is rolling up quickly this year. Organizers are celebrating 85 years in 2019 with some changes, the largest one being a change in presenting sponsorship. The new presenting sponsor will be the Fisherman of the Northumberland Strait. Kent Corbett, a long-time Lobster Carnival volunteer, says this change is very fitting. “The...

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The Pictou Island ‘White Woman’

I had previously written about how evenings on Pictou Island would sometimes be spent telling ghost stories. I had always considered a lot of my Pictou Island friends to be off a superstitious nature and anticipated that a lot of those ghost stories developed from a personal experience. One story which I vividly recall is...

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Women talk wellness

Women around Pictou County and beyond can look forward to a weekend of self-care, relaxation and fun with the latest upcoming Women’s Wellness retreat at Pictou Lodge. Beginning as day-long workshops, the I Am Worth It group has moved forward with their first full weekend women’s retreat that will take place May 17 to 19...

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Cow tripping in the dark

PICTOU ISLAND 1954 A very mild winter occurred 1954. There was no snow anywhere on the ground for the month of February. Pictou Island’s only dirt road was nothing but mud. March 3 was a sunny calm day and my father sailed his boat, The Slo-Mo-Shun from Pictou Island right up Pictou Harbour and tier...

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More info needed, Environment Minister to Northern Pulp

Environment Minister Margaret Miller held a press conference in Halifax on Friday to announce her decision regarding Northern Pulp’s proposal for a new wastewater treatment plant to replace the controversial Boat Harbour facility. “I have carefully reviewed the submission from Northern Pulp, the comments from our expert government reviewers, and the comments from the public,”...

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