Sunday, April 30, 2017


A recent presentation from the secretary of the Mabou Farmers Market to Inverness Municipal Council offered some very positive news. Michelle Smith appeared before council on December 5 to let them know that the market just completed its 10th season. Smith...
In West Arichat in 1862, a portion of land was procured from the diocese, and a two-storey building was erected to accommodate classrooms on the first floor and a convent on the second. Les Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes oversaw the...

Old mill sites

Many small brooks throughout Cape Breton have waterfalls and some energy potential. Grist mills, sawmills, shingle mills, and woolen (carding) mills were built harnessing the power of the tumbling mountain streams. Some were large operations with several mills attached...
Imagine the main street of Arichat in 1935. Currently, at the intersection of Conney’s (Delaney) Lane and the main road stand a former store and the old municipal building. In 1935 the store was that of “Little” Joe Samson, and...
Although the aforementioned voter turn-out for recent school board and municipal elections was disturbingly low, it is encouraging that the Strait area’s elected bodies will have a new look in the coming four-year term. Richmond County saw one of the...
It was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time before somewhere, sometime, somehow, the universal disease of self-aggrandizement combined with our unnerving penchant for voyeurism to produce tragedy. I read a lot of terrible things on-line, but...
It is long past time for the Dutch Runner to leave the Strait of Canso. Originally slated to steam from Port Hawkesbury to Souris, PEI in December 2015, local officials promised the vessel would depart last summer, then the ship’s...
I stood on the old wharf below Babin’s Hill and waited for the setting sun to produce the image that I thought might take place. I wasn’t disappointed. There were just enough clouds to hide the sun at the horizon...
Last Spring saw the introduction of an Environmental Bill of Rights for Nova Scotia, which died on the floor with no support from the current McNeil government. This bill had a lot to offer – like real community consent for...
Rev. Guillame Marin LeBlanc was the son of Pierre LeBlanc and Barbe Martel. He descended from the Acadians of Grand Pré who were deported to Philadelphia in 1755 but eventually returned and settled in Arichat. In 1880 LeBlanc had opposed...
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