Celebrations, picnics and boat races in 1955 …

During past years, different communities around this area would host grand celebration each year. Some places that I recall these happenings being held were at Pictou Landing, Cape John and yes Pictou Island. These events usually drew thousands of people from various places much like the Pictou Lobster Carnival does today. Locals from such places...

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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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Dockside cookout celebrates lobster

TONEY RIVER — Mike Adamson had an idea to promote Pictou County and the lobster fished here, and the Kilted Chef ran with it. Alain Bosse was dressed in his usual Kilted Chef attire that has helped him gain world-wide acclaim, a white tunic and kilt, as he showed how to prepare lobster during a...

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Three times a charm

TONEY RIVER — Jami Fay has lived most of her adult life, thanks to someone else. Or someone else’s kidneys to be exact. Fay, who grew up in Pictou County and has lived the past 24 years in Liverpool, N.S., is gaining back her strength and her life since undergoing her third kidney transplant surgery...

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Getting ready for the season

A crew was busy early this morning conducting the annual spring ritual of placing floating docks into local harbours. They are shown working in Skinners Cove after having placed floating docks in Toney River and Cape John harbours. (Goodwin photo)...

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Getting ready for the season …

A crew was busy today, April 11, restoring the system of floating docks in the inner harbour at Toney River. Standing from left, Fred Falconer, Adrian Murray and Danny Battist and Keith Gratto, kneeling, position the last piece of the dock into place. The work is part of preparations for the fishing season for lobster...

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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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