My father’s traphouse

One-room community schools in Nova Scotia, including the one on Pictou Island, were in the process of closing their doors during the late 1950s and 1960s. Students in grades 9 and up were required to attend newly built superior high schools. Advanced elementary schools were also being considered for grades 9and under. Many Pictou Islanders...

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Smacking Days on Pictou Island

It doesn’t seen like an awful long time ago but in reality it has been over 40 years since I had fished for lobster with my father from Pictou Island. It was customary for us to rise every morning about one hour before daylight. Mother would always be the first one up and she would...

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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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It takes a village…

This story was written 1999 With the many luxuries we have today, one can only imagine what life was like many years ago. No indoor plumbing, no electric lighting, no instant heating at the touch of a button, no shopping malls, no telephones, no televisions, no plastic credit cards. The list can go on and...

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