Visiting our island

First snow of 1966 occurred on January 7th. That was our third winter living on the mainland. I’m assuming that Mom was getting a little homesick for she wanted to spend a few days visiting with our former Pictou Island friends. On January 21st at 9 am, mother flew to Pictou Island from Trenton airport...

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Rum running and quick thinking …

Several years ago, large sailing schooners loaded with kegs of rum from other countries would bootleg their products around the shores of Nova Scotia. For fear of being caught, those schooners would often lay approximately 15 miles off shore. Small, fast, local boats known as rumrunners would transport the rum from the schooners to various...

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A boat SO big …

It was the autumn season of 1960 and my father was preparing to build himself another boat. The planking for his boats had to be of perfect choice and without any knots. He knew of a lumber yard in Merigomish that would provide such materials and he took a load of this planking in his...

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Memories from an old scrapbook …

I was very fortunate to be able to borrow an old scrap book from Raymond Gregory who is a long time friend from Pictou. To me it was like finding buried treasure that was hidden years ago. I would like to share some very interesting material taken from that treasure. There were 10 beautiful young...

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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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Rockin’ the Lobster, all weekend long

Are you ready to rock the lobster with Jimmy Rankin? How about with the Barra MacNeils? How about with Charlie A’Court and Garrett Mason? Unfortunately, due to a family emergency Matt Minglewood, who was originally scheduled for tonight, will not be able to perform so A’Court and Mason will fill that role. The Good news,...

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Lobster Carnival ready with weekend passes

The Pictou Lobster Carnival is rolling up quickly this year. Organizers are celebrating 85 years in 2019 with some changes, the largest one being a change in presenting sponsorship. The new presenting sponsor will be the Fisherman of the Northumberland Strait. Kent Corbett, a long-time Lobster Carnival volunteer, says this change is very fitting. “The...

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2002 Pictou Lobster Carnival boat races

During past years, fishermen would often be the builder or participate in the building of their own wooden fishing boats. The fishing boats around these local waters were usually built with the design known as the round or barrel bottom. Those boats would be designed and built to a particular size and shape and unlike...

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Merchants unite for Spring Fling

PICTOU — Downtown retailers are organizing a Downtown Pictou Spring Fling on Saturday. Water Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Market Street to Coleraine Street for the event that will feature sidewalk sales and local entertainment. The Tatamagouche Road Train is also being brought in for tours...

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Rankin to Rock the Lobster

PICTOU — As the weather begins to improve, showing sure signs that summer is on its way, another sure sign is the lineup for the Pictou Lobster Carnival’s 85th event coming up July 5 through 7. Be prepared to Rock the Lobster with unmatched entertainment Friday through Sunday with something for everyone as the celebrations...

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