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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Counting sheep

I recall when at least 15 families raised sheep on Pictou Island. Some had as few as six sheep while others had as many as 40 or more. The main requirement of the sheep was for their wool although mutton was also a delicacy. Every islander had their own personal markings on their sheep’s ears....

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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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New home construction, curfews and a broken washing machine …

Scott Falconer and Charlie MacMillan sailed their boats from Pictou Island to the mainland on July 16, 1962.  They transported two boatloads of lumber back to Pictou Island for the construction of Scott and Rita’s new home.  Duncan and Roy MacCallum along with Scott began construction of the new three-bedroom house on July 30th. Many...

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Mom was good luck on Dad’s fishing boat Big M …

When looking back to the years living on Pictou Island, I think of the changes that occurred within the inshore fisheries. From 1940 to 1964, my father had built 22  wooden lobster boats plus two iceboats that were used for island mail delivery. Some lobster boats he had built for himself while others were built...

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Anderson MacLean and Wayne MacKinnon

I have previously written a tale or two about Anderson MacLean from River John and his ways of life as a fisherman on Pictou Island. I thank those of you who have shared your accounts of past events thus allowing me to share them with others. One such recollection that was passed onto me concerning...

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Rock… paper… furniture

She may be known as ‘The Rock Lady’ in Pictou County from her whimsical rock paintings of houses and all kinds of other things, but Debbie Nowlan is branching out to paper now it seems. Growing up, she took the regular art classes in school but never really got into painting until 1998 when she...

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More than a thousand people say: No pipe

More than a thousand  people descended on Pictou’s waterfront this afternoon (Friday) in an effort to let Northern Pulp and politicians know they don’t want to see treated effluent in the Northumberland Strait. They gathered at the Hector Quay Marina while at least 100 boats came into Pictou Harbour as part of the No Pipe...

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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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Huge crowd for Miss Miles run

NEW GLASGOW – Another sold-out Miss Miles fun run is a gratifying thing for its organizers. Race director Carol Curley said she was pleased with the turnout and with how the event has become a fixture for many of the participants over its five years. “It was great,” Curley said. “”When we started Miss Miles,...

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