Author: Sal Falk

  • Volume 2, Issue 6 is here!

    Volume 2, Issue 6 is here!

    We hosted our 2nd-ever AGM on a boat! Last Saturday nearly 2 dozen people clambered onto the Theresa E. Connor on the Lunenburg waterfront for our Annual General Meeting. The […]

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  • Fishermen’s Hospital Is Jumping With Music

    Fishermen’s Hospital Is Jumping With Music

    If you find yourself at an appointment or visit to Lunenburg’s Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital at 2pm on a Wednesday, you might hear a chorus of ukuleles or twang of a bluegrass group.

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  • String of Vandalism Linked To Extremist Group

    String of Vandalism Linked To Extremist Group

    (Illustration: Jessie McLaughlin) The Lunenburg District RCMP and Bridgewater Police are investigating a series of complaints of markings being spray painted on public and private property. The symbol, a black […]

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  • Bridgewater’s Derelict Vessels To Make Way For Mixed-Use Development

    Bridgewater’s Derelict Vessels To Make Way For Mixed-Use Development

    Bridgewavians will finally get relief from the eyesores of the derelict vessels Hannah Atlantic, Ryan Atlantic II, and Rupert Brand VI. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has entered into a contract for the removal, deconstruction, and disposal of the vessels.

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  • Lunenburg Skatepark Ramps Up To New Heights

    Lunenburg Skatepark Ramps Up To New Heights

    Nova Scotia’s oldest skatepark received a significant upgrade just in time for the summer weather. Although the park had a minor update in 2016, a private donation and a provincial grant have funded a major overhaul over the winter and spring.

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  • Volume 2, Issue 5 is here!

    Volume 2, Issue 5 is here!

    From volunteers to monthly supporters, The Barnacle is a community initiative. 18 volunteers were a part of May’s issue of The Barnacle. 18!

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  • Community Unites for Conservation at Asitu’lɨsk

    Community Unites for Conservation at Asitu’lɨsk

    “We are giving medicine to the trees to heal them,” Leah Morris explains.

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  • Lunenburg County Wheels Offers Opportunity To Car-less

    Lunenburg County Wheels Offers Opportunity To Car-less

    Fear not car-less, unlicensed or auto-averse Lunenburg County-ites — Lunenburg County Wheels has expanded its service area, providing more opportunities for you to explore and enjoy our beautiful region.

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  • Lunenburg Yacht Club Puts Accessibility in Focus in Leadup to 2024 Mobility Cup

    Lunenburg Yacht Club Puts Accessibility in Focus in Leadup to 2024 Mobility Cup

    There are only three fully accessible accommodations within the Town of Lunenburg limits – a fact Gale Fullerton, Manager of the Lunenburg Yacht Club, found out while booking rooms for the upcoming Mobility Cup.

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  • Local Photographer Continues Lunenburg’s Photographic Heritage

    Local Photographer Continues Lunenburg’s Photographic Heritage

    “There’s parts of me that are super excited to be offering this historic photographic process in a place that has so much history…I’m really excited to connect more with the community.”

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  • From Pulling Shots to Planing Wood: Local Baristas Learn Boatbuilding

    From Pulling Shots to Planing Wood: Local Baristas Learn Boatbuilding

    Some of your favourite local baristas and bakers from Nº 9 Coffee and their friends have been cooking up a new type of project in Mahone Bay this past month.

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  • Lunenburg Restaurant Roundup: February 2024

    Lunenburg Restaurant Roundup: February 2024

    With 25% of businesses in Canada missing the January 18 deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account loan repayment, now is a good time to get out and support local.

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  • MODL Flirts with Short Term Rental Tax

    MODL Flirts with Short Term Rental Tax

    The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) is gearing up to introduce a marketing levy this spring, aiming to generate revenue dedicated to promoting shoulder season tourism.

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  • Town of Bridgewater calls for sustainable ceasefire in Gaza following community action

    Town of Bridgewater calls for sustainable ceasefire in Gaza following community action

    The Town of Bridgewater called for a sustainable ceasefire in Gaza in January, following community action including several local rallies and a presentation in December by the group South Shore Ceasefire Now (SSCN).

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  • Volume 2, Issue 1 is here!

    Volume 2, Issue 1 is here!

    In the last twelve months, The Barnacle has published over 230 stories online and in print with the help of over 40 volunteer illustrators, writers and editors. As much as we know the numbers don’t matter for us to feel accomplished with our little operation, it is wild to put the whole year into perspective.

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  • Hobgoblin Creatures Prance About Lunenburg at Christmas

    Hobgoblin Creatures Prance About Lunenburg at Christmas

    Belsnickling, a pagan tradition brought over by the Germans, is similar to mummering in Newfoundland. If you were lucky, belsnickels would visit town sometime between Christmas and Old Year’s Night and bring festive spirit into your home.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Gabe St-Denis

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Gabe St-Denis

    Space. Science. (Tall) Ships. Gabe St-Denis, Bluenose II Second Mate, is a fan of all things starting with “S”.

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  • QUIZ: Which Lunenburg County wintry beach should you longingly gaze over?

    QUIZ: Which Lunenburg County wintry beach should you longingly gaze over?

    The snow is falling hard outside and you’re snowed in for the afternoon. You grab a book, a blanket and what drink?

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  • Second Bridgewater rally for Gaza ceasefire draws more than 150 demonstrators

    Second Bridgewater rally for Gaza ceasefire draws more than 150 demonstrators

    A large gathering rallied outside South Shore-St Margaret’s MP Rick Perkins office in Bridgewater over the weekend as part of a pan-Canadian day of action demanding the Canadian government support a ceasefire in Gaza.

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  • Everyday History: Veterans’ Week in Lunenburg

    Everyday History: Veterans’ Week in Lunenburg

    If you look around, there are marks of remembrance around many corners and Veterans’ Week is a great time to learn more about these everyday parts of our towns.

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  • Volume 1, Issue 10 has arrived!

    Volume 1, Issue 10 has arrived!

    We’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of holiday happenings in Lunenburg County for you to pin up on your fridge. When you put them all together, you realize how lucky we are to have enough creators, artists and makers in our area to fill markets every weekend from now until the wrapping season wraps up.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Izzie Collier

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Izzie Collier

    There’s two notable ways you might have encountered Izzie Collier, a new-ish resident in Lunenburg County, this past year – biking around the area with her mini schnauzer Scout strapped into a milk crate, or promoting her impressive custom architectural embroidery skills.

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  • TIME MACHINE: Ice cream in November, why not?

    TIME MACHINE: Ice cream in November, why not?

    “November 5: Corkum’s new Ice Cream Parlor now open to the public.”

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Kush Pathak

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Kush Pathak

    After giving notice at his job, the Pathak family picked up their life and started a new chapter as far away from the deserts of Rajasthan as you can imagine – Tannery Road.

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  • Cycle tourism a budding opportunity in MODL with Active Transportation Plan

    Cycle tourism a budding opportunity in MODL with Active Transportation Plan

    The plan aims to bolster active transportation options, expand the current network, and enhance connectivity throughout the municipality.

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  • Where Are All The People? A Call To Show Up

    Where Are All The People? A Call To Show Up

    It may be too early to tell, and the seasonal affective disorder symptoms are sure to add to this effect, but I have noticed a concerning trend in community events so far this fall – there are less people showing up.

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  • TIME MACHINE: Community Newspapers Improving Canada’s Morality

    TIME MACHINE: Community Newspapers Improving Canada’s Morality

    Each month, we turn our eyes to publications from Lunenburg County past to bring you excerpts from days gone by. Excerpted from Bridgewater Bulletin, Vol LXXIX, No. 17; Wednesday, October […]

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  • Local farmers pushing through despite weather, uncertain future

    Local farmers pushing through despite weather, uncertain future

    Sisters Rebecca and Jessie McInnis run Spring Tide Farm, a small-scale, certified organic vegetable and cut flower operation in Lapland, Nova Scotia. This is their third season growing in Lunenburg County and they have noticed the weather becoming more extreme in both precipitation and temperature year after year.

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  • TIME MACHINE: Don’t miss the Mahone Bay garden party train

    TIME MACHINE: Don’t miss the Mahone Bay garden party train

    “Special trains will run to Mahone Bay from Bridgewater and Lunenburg for the accommodation of those who wish to attend the garden party there on Thursday evening.”

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  • New Co-operative Hopes to Bring Stable Housing to Mahone Bay and Beyond

    New Co-operative Hopes to Bring Stable Housing to Mahone Bay and Beyond

    “During my lifetime, housing went from being a place to live, a place to raise a family to the best investment you ever make. Which I think is really wrong-headed.”

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  • Tap Your Foot to Celtic Music at Saltbox Tap Room

    Tap Your Foot to Celtic Music at Saltbox Tap Room

    Beers enjoyed to the sound of penny whistle and fiddle is the norm on Sundays at Saltbox Brewery, as local Celtic musicians serenade patrons. Eilidh Buchanan facilitates the session at […]

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  • Bridgewater & Area Lions Club Food Pantry Services Increasing Gap in Food Security

    Bridgewater & Area Lions Club Food Pantry Services Increasing Gap in Food Security

    A Feed Nova Scotia report from May shares staggering numbers on food insecurity in Nova Scotia. In 2022, nearly 1 in 4 Nova Scotians were living in food-insecure households, a […]

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  • TIME MACHINE: Mahone Bay by Tricycle

    TIME MACHINE: Mahone Bay by Tricycle

    The Lunenburg Wheelmen, or Cyclists, or whatever they call themselves, have begun to travel abroad on the wheel.

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  • Howdy, neighbour! Meet Julia McMillan

    Howdy, neighbour! Meet Julia McMillan

    If you’ve had an étudiant (student) in grades 3 or 4 at Bluenose Academy, odds are you’ve met Madame Julia.

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  • General Stores are Good for Your Health

    General Stores are Good for Your Health

    Riverbank General Store and Cafe in Mill Village is expanding the community’s understanding of what their store can provide.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Michael Kim

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Michael Kim

    Since most locals won’t get to know Michael by staying at his inn, you might recognise him as the photographer who’s often getting photos of Bluenose II and other boats in the Lunenburg Harbour. Michael says he tries to get 10,000 steps in every day and photographing the town is a great way to meet…

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  • Ancient Forests Outside Bridgewater will Continue to Provide Healing Under New Leadership

    Ancient Forests Outside Bridgewater will Continue to Provide Healing Under New Leadership

    The healing power of the ancient hemlocks on 200 acres of forest outside of Bridgewater will now once again be shared and felt by Mi’kmaw elders, knowledge keepers and youth. 

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  • TIME MACHINE: Natal Day in Lunenburg

    TIME MACHINE: Natal Day in Lunenburg

    “Lunenburg has celebrated her natal day this year with more than ordinary eclat.”

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  • A Brief History of Chinese Laundries in Lunenburg County

    A Brief History of Chinese Laundries in Lunenburg County

    Chinese Laundries existed in large numbers in cities and towns across Canada in the first half of the twentieth century. The rise and fall of these family-owned-and-operated laundries was during a part of Canadian history when anti-Chinese sentiment was specifically enshrined in law. 

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  • Emily Powers Opens Show on Impactful Women of Lunenburg to Full House

    Emily Powers Opens Show on Impactful Women of Lunenburg to Full House

    In a town that has praised the work and accomplishments of men for over 250 years and long put weight to your last name, Emily Powers asks us to consider the influential women in contemporary Lunenburg in her latest exhibition, “Friends & Neighbours: A Portrait Series of Impactful Women in our Community.”

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  • Mahone Bay Town Council to hold Special Meeting on RCMP services

    Mahone Bay Town Council to hold Special Meeting on RCMP services

    In light of significant increases to the Town of Mahone Bay’s police services budget, Mahone Bay Town Council will meet in July to discuss the value of RCMP services.

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  • The Bridgewater Bulletin: The Facebook of the Past

    The Bridgewater Bulletin: The Facebook of the Past

    Each month, we turn our eyes to publications from Lunenburg County past to bring you excerpts from days gone by. Excerpted from Bridgewater Bulletin, Tuesday, May 4, 1915, Vol. XXIV, […]

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  • Ross Farm Museum should be your next weekend trip

    Ross Farm Museum should be your next weekend trip

    Spending several hours touring a heritage farm museum is not how many twenty-somethings would choose to spend their spare time, but let me try and convince you why a trip […]

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Lisa Leschhorn and Sylvio Schatz

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Lisa Leschhorn and Sylvio Schatz

    Many of us who moved to the South Shore know how quickly it draws you in.  Nobody knows this better than Lisa Leschhorn and her husband Sylvio Schatz, who packed […]

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Suni Ferreira

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Suni Ferreira

    “Sri Lankan curry, nobody knew what it was,” says Suni Ferreira when asked about her first few months serving up her homemade food at the Lunenburg Farmer’s Market.

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  • Lunenburg Barnacle Vol. 1, No. 3 is here

    Lunenburg Barnacle Vol. 1, No. 3 is here

    We’re only at Vol 1. No. 3 and are still figuring out the direction of our work, but from now on, all activities associated with the creation and distribution of this publication are under The Lunenburg Barnacle Publishing Cooperative Limited.

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  • The Face Behind The Bells

    The Face Behind The Bells

    There have been seven Master Chimers at St. John’s Anglican since the church bells’ installation –  Peter Allen, a lifelong Lunenburger, has had the privilege for 41 years.

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  • Proposed changes to South Shore Centre site excite Bridgewater councillors

    Proposed changes to South Shore Centre site excite Bridgewater councillors

    Bridgewater’s LaHave Street could see a major change in appearance if town planning staff suggest amending the Municipal Planning Strategy to accommodate changes sought by the owners of the South Shore Centre mall.

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  • Fish Stores Down in Broad Cove

    Fish Stores Down in Broad Cove

    “At Broad Cove the breakwater was badly damaged and almost ruined while several fish stores blew down.”

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Danielle Southcott

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Danielle Southcott

    Despite having just moved to the South Shore, this tail ship enthusiast has already made a name for herself in our community.

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  • Thoughts from the Medical Arts Building

    Thoughts from the Medical Arts Building

    Being chronically ill on the South Shore when there are near-daily headlines about our healthcare system in crisis is, well, interesting.

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  • The Monthly Cycle Hosts Inclusive Fat Bike Ride in Mahone Bay

    The Monthly Cycle Hosts Inclusive Fat Bike Ride in Mahone Bay

    More than than two dozen riders took to the rail trail in Mahone Bay to try out fat biking with The Monthly Cycle, a Halifax-based cycling group for women/trans/femme and non-binary folks.

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  • Anti-LGBTQ+  graffiti in Liverpool may amount to a hate crime, say police

    Anti-LGBTQ+  graffiti in Liverpool may amount to a hate crime, say police

    Police continue to investigate vandalism in Liverpool in January as mischief, but say they are mindful the acts may amount to a hate crime – a position Lunenburg Pride says […]

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  • Lunenburg Pigeons

    Lunenburg Pigeons

    Each month, we turn our eyes to publications from Lunenburg County past to bring you excerpts from days gone by. Selected from Lunenburg Progress: Vol 17, No. 8 – February 21, […]

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  • Welcome to the Lunenburg Barnacle

    Welcome to the Lunenburg Barnacle

    Welcome! This is it. The first issue of The Lunenburg Barnacle.  You might be new around here and so are we. I can still remember the first time I was […]

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