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By Vincent Joyce For The Advocate A long, long time ago Pictou had one of the greatest Town Hockey Leagues, the same as all other towns. Hugh Townsend, a great sports writer, once wrote, “You could pick a hockey team from every corner in Pictou.” This league was made up of six very competitive teams […]

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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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Pictou District RCMP have arrested a 61-year-old man for impaired driving, following a complaint from another motorist. On February 8, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Pictou District RCMP responded to a call of a possible impaired driver. The caller told police the driver was driving erratically in Caribou. Police located the vehicle, stopped it, and noticed signs of […]

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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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It was on a clear morning of August 21, 1959 when Scott Falconer’s boat Tonka, loaded with herring, was accidentally rammed and sunk by another boat. The lucrative herring run had just begun and Scott was then without a boat. Scott’s good friend Arnold MacMillan from Pictou Island felt really sorry that such a thing […]

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The year was 1960 and Pictou Island residents were in search of a qualified school teacher to teach us children. Distinguished school teacher Dave Mackay and his family had just spent the past three years on the island and had served the islanders very well. It was now, however, time for the MacKay family to […]