Keepers of the light

I have previously written a story about Jack (Happy) and Margaret MacDonald. As I had stated, they were the last keepers of the Pictou Island West End lighthouse. Pictou Island also had a lighthouse on its East End. The last keepers of the East lighthouse were Archie and Charlotte MacDonald. Archie (1897-1969) was born on...

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The storm of 1957

It was a beautiful sunny plus 75 degree fall day on September 25 1957. Herring fishing had been underway since August 19th. There were a few fishermen from the mainland and probably about eight-island fisherman including my father who had been setting their nets around Pictou Island. Melvin MacDonald, Arnold MacMillan, Harold Bennett, Duncan, Lauchie,...

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Appeals Court rules in Pictou Landing First Nation’s favour

Pictou Landing First Nation has a legal right to be consulted in matters pertaining to the province giving money to Northern Pulp for a new treatment facility. That’s the ruling released Sept. 17 by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in its decision to uphold a Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling that says the Crown...

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Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service in Canso

The Seamen’s Memorial in Canso was constructed in 1976 to mark the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Canso by the Canso Lions Club with donations from the Lions and the community. The Seamen’s Memorial highlights four centuries of the fishing heritage of the Canso Area and contains numerous names of fishermen...

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Weather hampers Fisherama

Numbers down from previous years TRENTON — It was a miserable day for trout fishing. Almost 200 people braved the elements on Saturday for the Pictou County Rivers Association’s annual Fisherama at Steeltown Park, and the fish were not biting. Taylor Malcolm expressed some mild frustration as he reeled in a twig with his fishing line....

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Setting day

Bright and early this morning, local lobster fishermen were out setting their traps for the first haul of the season. The Silver Seas, captained by Matt Fillier who fishes from the Caribou wharf, was among the many boats who left port. (Photo by Brendan Nichol)...

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Elias and Sarah …

I’m going back many years to my grandparents Elias and Sarah Turple. Elias originated from around the Clam Bay area and he met Sarah Livingstone in the very early 1900s in Murray River, PEI. They married and began raising their family in Murray River but moved to Pictou Island in 1914. It was on Pictou...

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Winter Sportfishing season opens Jan. 1

Nova Scotians are encouraged to gear up and head to one of the province’s open waterways when the winter fishing season opens on New Year’s Day. “Sportfishing is a popular outdoor activity that our province offers and generates over $58 million in revenue annually,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Safety is very important...

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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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