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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A Christmas present to remember

Christmas often brings back memories of family and times gone by for many people. This year, Ruth Copeland Brunelle got an unexpected present that brought back memories of her father. As Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County was winding down renovations to a house for its new office, contractors found a surprise hidden 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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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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Gathering moss …

Irish moss is a wild plant that grows 3 to 7 inches high from rocks on the ocean bottom. These plants range in colour from yellowish to brown to reddish purple. We eat and use Irish moss nearly every day. Irish moss is a small plant but it helps make up many of our favourite...

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Telling tales on the high seas

Even when they’re on their way to Pictou County on the Northumberland ferry from Wood Islands, P.E.I., visitors are getting a taste of Nova Scotia and what they can look forward to in Pictou County when they dock. Each Monday until the end of the summer, the Museum of Industry will have an interpreter on...

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MHL Regular Season begins today

The MHL regular season gets underway tonight. For its 51st campaign, the league will once again feature twelve teams in two divisions – Eastlink North and Eastlink South – playing a 50 game schedule. Each team will play 24 home games, 24 road games and two games at the MHL Showcase in Summerside, PEI on...

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Final lineup for Jubilee 2017 announced

NEW GLASGOW –  The Jubilee is ready to rock the river for 2017, and has just announced its full line-up. Friday night’s lineup has filled out with the addition of Haywire headlining the night. Haywire formed three decades ago in Charlottetown, PEI. They are an award-winning band that has sold more than half a million...

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