Lauchie Rankin

Jack with his wife Mary Rankin raised a family of nine children on Pictou Island during the 1900s. There was Laura, Duncan, Dolina, Annie Mae, Lauchie, Vernie, Florence, Joan and one granddaughter Lorina. The three Rankin boys, Lauchie, Vernie and Duncan married their Island sweethearts. Duncan married Verna who was the daughter of Billie and...

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Dream come true

Emerson Dempster visited a lot of cemeteries while on his “dream trip” to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, but only one of them contained a grave he had been looking forward to visiting for more than 10 years. The New Glasgow resident recently returned from an 11-day tour that visited locations related to the first...

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Sentimental Journey making final call

NEW GLASGOW — The 20th anniversary edition of A Sentimental Journey, Songs of the War Years, will be the event’s farewell performance. The musical tribute to the war years is scheduled for November 4 starting at 3 p.m. at Summer Street. Tickets for the performance are available there by calling 755-1745. Sandy Mackay, one of...

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Time traveller

Advocate reader Ron MacCarthy saw this and wrote: Driving in to Pictou on a recent Saturday afternoon, I saw a guy on an old (war green) Harley Davidson stopped checking things over. I realized it is an old WWII bike and he is in full WWII Canadian military uniform. I just had to stop. He’s...

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Students get glimpse of war

NEW GLASGOW — Students are learning more about war, thanks to a visit by two veterans. Bill Green, director of Remembering Canada’s Heroes who resides in Springhill, and Ray Coulson, an Amherst resident and manager/curator of the Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum in Amherst, visited students at New Glasgow Academy last Friday. They are scheduled...

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Museum looking for help …

The Army Museum Halifax Citadel recently came to have a copy of a certain photograph of four young ladies known as “Victory Stamp Girls” on Agricola Street in Halifax. They were told one of the women worked at “Foodland” in 1941 / 1942 and sold Victory Stamps. In the photograph, the womenare wearing dark-coloured pinafores...

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Accomplishing peace is a major task

To the Editor: Having a life focus on peace building, I have understood that Canada has always worked to build peace. We have had to make tough choices to defend, protect and enforce peace for a great many decades such as Cyprus, Philippines, Cambodia, Haiti, Israel, Palestine, Serra Leon, etc. Then there are those times...

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