Volume 1, Issue 8 has arrived!



For teachers like me, the month of September always holds a special blend of excitement and nervousness as a new school year begins.

One of my rituals in September is to spend an embarrassing amount of money on stickers, markers, and paper at Michaels and proudly tell the cashier, “Teacher discount, please”—then secretly hope they’ll ask to see proof (I carry my teaching license in my wallet; I am ready for this scenario.)

I sharpen pencils, write unfamiliar student names on fresh writing exercise notebooks, and stock my cupboards with tea and energy bars. But for those of us who neither teach nor study, there is still a special quality to the month that bridges summer into autumn.

In our picturesque Lunenburg County, tourism will begin to taper off. Farmers market regulars from New Germany to Chester can get in their last few visits before the markets close in late September or early October. Beaches and trailheads will become less crowded. Summer workers will finish their final shifts. September is a bit like the thoughtful silence after a great song ends.

For those who are prone to melancholy in the post-summer silence, The Barnacle is here to remind you that Lunenburg County is a great place to be all year round.

Issie Patterson, Editor-at-large

Vol. 1, No. 8 Highlights

The First South Shore Asian Mart Opens in Bridgewater – Contributor Tiffany Pope gives us the scoop on the first and only Asian grocery store in Lunenburg County.

South Shore Sustainability Summit Offers an Opportunity to Connect on Climate – Editor-in-chief Jesse Ward writes about an exciting sustainability summit in Bridgewater.

Without The Scarecrow Festival, Mahone Bay Would Be Overrun With Crows – Contributor Bryn Pottie gives us an alternate take on the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival origin story.

Lunenburg County Youth Speak on Turning the Page to a New School Year – Editor-at-large Issie Patterson interviews several local students on their return to the classroom.

What Does This Waterfall Have? – Contributor Charles Weiss describes a journey in nature.

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