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Fisheries museum bids farewell to hatchery

Tiny hatching lobsters will no longer be a part of the Northumberland Fisheries Museum; the museum has officially shut down the lobster hatchery for good as of the beginning of the 2020 season. Aging equipment that would cost a large sum to replace and a loss of the need of the hatchery have led to...

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Local fisherman catches rare albino lobster

It was a once in a lifetime catch for AJ Francis on Wednesday when he pulled his lobster traps out of the water and found an albino lobster nestled among the other lobsters. Albino lobsters are often referred to as a one in a million chance or one in a million catch so it certainly...

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From screen time to green time

LYONS BROOK — Two hikers from Ontario hope they can get more people communing with nature. Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton passed through Pictou County last week heading west along the 24,000-kilometre long Great Trail, formerly called the TransCanada Trail, with their goal over the next three years or more to get more people —...

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May slams pulp pipe process

PICTOU — An overflow crowd of well over 100 people jammed the Northumberland Fisheries Museum last Saturday to hear from federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who repeated her long-held view that no pipe should flow into the Northumberland Strait to discharge waste water from Northern Pulp. The gathering included the current Central Nova Green...

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New face at helm of Fisheries Museum

PICTOU — Victoria Thompson says she’s looking forward to the opportunity to raise the profile of the Northumberland Fisheries Museum. Thompson began her duties on Feb. 4 as the museum’s curator. Her resume includes a decade of work in tourism, the arts, and fisheries research. It’s the first stint as a curator for Thompson, who...

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A master boat builder …

Vincent Turple Sr. (1909-1980) was considered the master boat builder of Pictou Island. Besides being a seasonal fisherman and farmer, Dad built two iceboats, which were used for winter island mail delivery and 22 wooden lobster boats for himself and other fishermen on the island. He began his boat building with the iceboats in the...

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Visit ends cruise season

PICTOU — It may have been a dreary day for the last cruise ship visit of the season, but there are more to come. Pictou Parks and Recreation co-ordinator Michelle Young said the Pearl Seas line that included the Pearl Mist that docked for the final time for the season last Wednesday has visits booked...

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Artists show their stuff at fisheries museum

Twenty-five artists have their work on display this month as part of the 28th annual Pictou County Artists Association Show and Sale. The display opened on September 1 with a reception at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum in Pictou. Sheila Green, who has been a part of the association for four years and organized the show,...

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Pictou Island’s mail delivery

I would like to recount a true story that the late Dr. Roland Sherwood wrote and shared with me some 30 years ago. In his early life, Mr. Sherwood worked for the Telephone Company. The following is a true story of a winter excursion that he made to repair phone service to Pictou Island in...

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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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