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Through the 1950s, the best ball ever

I still haven’t forgotten how it began 70 years ago this month. I had just turned 12 and was in my last weeks of grade six at Acadia Street School in New Glasgow. The annual move to the family cottage at Rustico Beach wasn’t far away. It was in early June that I changed my...

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#GreatBigLift a #GreatBigDeal

Darlene MacDonald had one thought on Friday morning as she watched the Ship Hector slowly be lifted out of Pictou Harbour: “Finally something positive is being done in order to improve what we have.” Friday was a #GreatBigDay in a #GreatBigWay. That’s the day the replica Ship Hector was lifted from the harbour into a...

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New home for Hector

… And that’s a wrap! The Ship Hector is out of the water and on dry land – actually, on wooden blocks – at the Hector Quay. The wooden ship was lifted out of Pictou Harbour this morning by A.W. Leil Crane and Equipment, then placed on blocks for assessment and repairs....

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#GreatBigLift getting closer

The Pictou waterfront at the Hector Quay has changed its look daily since last week in preparation for the #GreatBigLift. The Hector, which was launched here on Sept. 16, 2000, is being lifted out of Pictou Harbour and placed on blocks in the quay yard to begin restoration. Darlene MacDonald, a director of the Ship...

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Hector Quay work begins

Preliminary work has started at the Hector Quay in Pictou to begin the ‘Great Big Lift’ which will see the Ship Hector lifted from the harbour by crane to begin necessary repairs. The goal is to have the wooden vessel ‘ship shape’ by 2023, in time for the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Scottish...

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Winter isolation …

I struck up a great friendship with a young man from Cape Breton named Gerald Campbell when I became employed at Michelin Tires in 1972. Gerald and I worked the same crew and naturally became best of friends.  I married my high school sweetheart, Joann Taylor, in 1973 with Gerald being my best man. Gerald,...

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Here from the high seas

A cruise ship has been docked in the Pictou Harbour since last evening with passengers getting a taste of Pictou County during their stay. (Brimicombe photo)...

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85th Lobster Carnival wows crowds, organizers

PICTOU – Shawn McNamara was one happy guy on Sunday as the Pictou Lobster Carnival was winding down for another year. “Fantastic!” the Carnival committee chairman exclaimed as he talked about the crowds, the program and the good weather that graced the event. “The only thing we can’t control is the weather, and we got...

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PA student rescues trapped fawn

PICTOU — People rarely have an opportunity to perform great deeds, but Ethan Dewar can claim at least one. And he has the evidence. Dewar rescued a male fawn from almost certain death last week by pulling it out from the shoreline in town and carrying it to safety. His Grade 11 teacher, Sandi Wallace,...

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Cow tripping in the dark

PICTOU ISLAND 1954 A very mild winter occurred 1954. There was no snow anywhere on the ground for the month of February. Pictou Island’s only dirt road was nothing but mud. March 3 was a sunny calm day and my father sailed his boat, The Slo-Mo-Shun from Pictou Island right up Pictou Harbour and tier...

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