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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Roads remain slippery

A trailer truck became stuck this morning on Abercrombie road as well as a few cars attempting to get up the hill and turn close to the Granton turn off, just before the Pictou Causeway. RCMP were in attendance assisting traffic....

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Nova Scotia Power opens Emergency Operation Centre in preparation for storm

Nova Scotia Power is activating its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at noon today (February 6) in advance of a winter storm forecasted to bring mixed precipitation and icy conditions to the province. Present forecasts are calling for snow then rain and freezing precipitation, beginning overnight Thursday and throughout the day Friday. “We are keeping a...

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The storm of 1957

It was a beautiful sunny plus 75 degree fall day on September 25 1957. Herring fishing had been underway since August 19th. There were a few fishermen from the mainland and probably about eight-island fisherman including my father who had been setting their nets around Pictou Island. Melvin MacDonald, Arnold MacMillan, Harold Bennett, Duncan, Lauchie,...

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Winter weather on Pictou Island 1954

Wednesday, March 2, 1954 was a nice fine 47 degrees Fahrenheit winter day. There was very little scattered ice in the strait and there was no snow on the ground. My father arose early that morning and went down to the beach on his tractor. The beach was an area where many Pictou Island fishermen...

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Power, water woes accompany storm

PICTOU — A plugged storm sewer that caused a sinkhole at the corner of Church and Wellington streets was among events that coincided with a winter storm over Sunday night and Monday morning. The plugged pipe was noticed early Monday after it forced water to the surface and left a trench where cars were parked at...

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Twin Turple brothers built boats

I have taken much pride in sharing information about the various boats my father had built and raced during his lifetime. My father, however, was not the only Turple to build boats. Boat building was in the Turple blood for many years. I have done research as far back as possible and have discovered that...

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Thunder, lightning and a little bit of luck

Weird, wacky weather recently blew across parts of Nova Scotia especially in the Pugwash area on Wednesday, August 18. Lightning struck and wild winds blew, however weird weather patterns have occurred before. It happened on Saturday August 8, 1959.  I recall how nice the day started with a beautiful, clear blue sky and not a...

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Wash out

Crews were busy on Saturday trying to restore part of the road to Big Island that was washed out last week in the latest storm. It will likely be Monday before the road is reconnected. (Goodwin photo)...

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Rough seas … the perfect storm

I can relate to the movie titled The Perfect Storm. Judith Reeves based this movie on her actual accounts. Ms. Reeves was based on a Japanese fishing boat and was monitoring the tuna catch some 275 kilometers off Nova Scotia on the night of Oct. 29 1991. Three weather systems came together on that night...

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