Thunder, lightning and a little bit of luck

Weird, wacky weather recently blew across parts of Nova Scotia especially in the Pugwash area on Wednesday, August 18. Lightning struck and wild winds blew, however weird weather patterns have occurred before. It happened on Saturday August 8, 1959.  I recall how nice the day started with a beautiful, clear blue sky and not a...

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There’s no place like home …

I reflect back in time to when Jack and Mary Rankin lived in their big yellow house close to the East end of Pictou Island. Jack Rankin (1882-1965) was born on Pictou Island. Jack was a brother to Lauchie, George, Hughie and  Sister Kate Rankin. Lauchie married Katie MacKenzie from Pictou Landing and they had...

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Pictou Island Christmas 1959

The weather during the month of December 1959 remained mild, middle to high 30s Fahrenheit, the wind blew hard from the south nearly every day and it rained a lot. Jimmie MacDonald and wife Viney were found deceased in their burnt out home on December 10. Consequently, over the next several days, Arnold MacMillan kept...

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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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Slap shots and stealing apples …

Just east of the wharf on Pictou Island lies the home of Edward and Mary Rankin. This large house displays the fine architectural talents of past Pictou Islanders. That house was constructed from lumber sawed and taken from the woods on Pictou Island by Laughlin Rankin. Laughlin was Edward’s father and he passed away in...

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