Menacing weather in strait claims lives …

The great strait of Northumberland was a winter menace in every respect. Storms were often sudden and severe. The ice was repeatedly piled high over which the ice boat was to be pulled or pushed. The greatest danger of all was what the boatmen called “LOLLY.” This consisted of great bodies of snow and slush...

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Golden wheat fields and fun on the island …

I recently viewed an areal picture of Pictou Island dated 1954 and was stunned at the amount of visible cleared land comparing to today. The picture brought back memories of beautiful fields of grain, wheat or hay grown for all island farms. Those many fertile fields are now covered with trees, brush or weeds. All...

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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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Gap widens in federal voting intentions in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX – The federal Liberal Party has widened the gap between Liberal and Conservative decided voter support among Atlantic Canadians, while support for the Green Party has held across the region, according to the most recent survey conducted by Narrative Research. With the imminent federal election this Fall, overall decided voter support for the governing...

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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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The Local Climate – Peregrine

In 1955 the last of Nova Scotia’s peeregrine falcons was plucked from its nest on the cliffs of Cape d’Or, probably sold to falconers in the midst of the species’ collapse. We’ve all heard the name peregrine, even if a precious few of us have actually seen one. They’re famous, not only for their formidable...

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Celebrations, picnics and boat races in 1955 …

During past years, different communities around this area would host grand celebration each year. Some places that I recall these happenings being held were at Pictou Landing, Cape John and yes Pictou Island. These events usually drew thousands of people from various places much like the Pictou Lobster Carnival does today. Locals from such places...

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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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#NOPIPE Land & Sea Rally set for July 6

PICTOU – On Friday July 6, Pictou harbour will fill with fishing and pleasure boats and the Pictou waterfront with citizens gathered for the first major Nova Scotia #NOPIPE Land & Sea Rally in support of a healthy Northumberland Strait. “We cannot allow 70-90 million litres a day of pulp mill waste to enter the prime...

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2018 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses set for Moncton, NB

Jehovah’s Witnesses from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia will gather at the Moncton Coliseum from June 22-24 for the 2018 Annual Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. With 2,500 delegates expected to attend, this convention will be one of hundreds to be held worldwide in 180 lands throughout the next few months. The theme...

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