The day our house burned

1965 was a long cold winter with lots of heavy ice building up in the Northumberland Strait. The strait was still white with ice by the end of April. My father had hired 16 year old Dennis Slaunwhite from Pictou to fish lobsters with him that year. The Dept. of Fisheries put the word out...

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County Remembrance service discontinued

The Royal Canadian Legion is discontinuing its annual Pictou County Memorial service. Assistant Zone 6 Commander Verdon Locke said zone members agreed at its September meeting to disband the service for a number of reasons. He also noted how veterans residing at the Northumberland Veterans Unit in Pictou are no longer able to attend the...

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Treat time

Tammy LeBlanc is glad she had her son Xander to keep her safe at the Halloween reception at McCulloch House in Pictou last night. ‘Dr. Thomas McCulloch and his wife Isabella’ were handing out treats last night to those who visited McCulloch House in Pictou. (Goodwin photo)...

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New library, deCoste part of cultural hub concept

PICTOU — Work on a cultural hub that will include a renovated deCoste Performing Arts Centre and a new library could start in the fall of 2020. About 60 people who attended a public presentation of the cultural hub proposal last week were able to view conceptual designs of the complex from its Water Street...

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Boat hull found at Pictou work site

PICTOU – What appears to be a boat’s hull is among strange treasurers unearthed at a construction site in town. Part of the hull was hauled out from an excavation area being dug up for part of the service area being developed along lands bordered by Weaver Road and the roundabout, as well as roads...

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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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Wnukowski set to wow local crowds

HALIFAX – Hot off of his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski is hailed as “rapturous and glowing” (International Record Review) and “a pianist to watch” (New York Classical Review). With his extensive touring experience throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, Wnukowski’s virtuosity translates easily from large venues to intimate, community...

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Shirley Murray and family announce funding for deCoste, new library

PICTOU – A major funding announcement on Thursday helped to open the Pictou County Chamber awards gala at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. Executive director Troy Greencorn introduced Advocate President and CEO Sean Murray and his mother Shirley Murray, who jointly announced the $400,000 funding commitment for proposed improvements to the centre and construction of...

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The day the Charles A. Dunning ran aground

October 5th 1951 was a grey, foggy ghostlike day. Pictou Island’s Spike MacDonald had returned from Caribou with his lobster boat and reported that the car ferry operating between Caribou and Prince Edward Island, the Charles A. Dunning, had run aground on the Gull Rock Reef. It was blowing a gale from the northeast the...

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FONS asks for more time for public comments

HALIFAX — On behalf of the Friends of the Northumberland Strait, Ecojustice has asked Minister of Environment Gordon Wilson to give the public more time to review Northern Pulp’s Focus Report, which was released on October 3 and contains more than 2,500 pages of complex information. The Focus Report was required by Nova Scotia Environment,...

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