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Volume 1, Issue 11 has arrived!

When I got an email last week reminding me it was time for an annual renewal of, it hit me – this is the time last year when our editorial board decided over a round of trivia at The Knot we would start a newspaper, and we would call it The Lunenburg Barnacle.

And we would publish the names of the winning teams at Knot Trivia, and keep playing, so we could win and publish the fact we won.

Only happened twice so far, but we’re persistent if anything.

We’re so grateful for our volunteers, patrons and readers – you! – as we celebrate one year since our inception.

This is the time of year where we slow down and focus on what we really value in life. Time with loved ones and nostalgic memories brings us to reflect on tradition.

We’ve got stories for you on Lunenburg County holiday rituals old and new – from old days of belsnickeling, to this year’s sensation of Christmas Tree advocate Twig The Elf. (If you aren’t familiar with these terms yet, we’re here to help.)

It’s also the season for giving. We’ve got all the details on Bridgewater’s first overnight shelter, and celebrate a volunteer of more than 40 years with the South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

There’s plenty more to enjoy in our eleventh issue. The Globe and Mail’s Giant Holiday Crossword Puzzle is a beloved Canadian pastime, but our locally-crafted crossword has absurd horse puns and is sponsored by Lunenburg Bound.

When you sit by the fireplace and contemplate your New Year’s Resolution this year – if you’ve got “try more new things” or “get more involved in my community” on the list, we invite you to contribute to The Barnacle!

Send our editorial team an email at with any ideas you have – any ideas at all, and we will follow up with you. Want to write on astrology? Here’s a column name for you, “South Shoroscopes,” there we go. Have you always wanted to be a Sports Columnist, but the opportunity never felt present? Let’s make it happen in 2024.

As we embrace this season of togetherness, all of us at The Barnacle wish you and yours a happy, safe and healthy holiday season, however you celebrate. We hope you enjoy our latest instalment.

– Jesse Ward, Editor-in-chief

Vol. 1, No. 11 Highlights

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