Update re NS Power Subsea Cable

Update re Subsea Power Cable

After last week’s power outage there was worry among island residents that we might be without power for an extended time during the winter months.  In response to an inquiry made to NS Power a few days ago, Tiffany Chase, the Senior Communication Advisor shared this helpful information:

“Power to both Big and Little Tancook islands is supplied through a combination of two subsea cables (a primary and a backup cable) and a network of overhead lines on the islands themselves. The challenge for outages that occur on the islands is that crews must patrol the overhead sections on the islands to ensure they can safely re-energize the lines once repairs are completed.

The outage earlier this week was approximately 14 hours in duration, primarily due to the time it took for crews to secure a boat and assess the power line status on Big Tancook before the service could safely be restored to all customers on both islands. The outage was caused due to a failure on the older of the two subsea cables; one cable was installed in the 1990’s and the other was installed a decade ago. The older cable will be repaired within the next few weeks, and it is on the list for future replacement.

The repair will be a splice. We will rent a barge, and trained personnel dive down and repair it underwater. If you picture a bunch of smaller wires (conductors) inside a thicker cable, in this case, one or more of those smaller wires is faulty and to repair it, we will cut out the faulty section and tie in a new piece to re-establish the connection.

In the meantime, Tancook customers can be assured that their power will continue to be delivered via the other cable, which is in good condition.”

Diamond Water Treatment on Island – October 31

Service technicians from Diamond Water Treatment will be on the island on Tuesday.  They can service pretty much any water conditioning equipment but will need information on your system in advance so they can bring tools and parts needed for specific controllers etc. To make an appointment call Perry at 902-252-3204 or email diamondwater@eastlink.ca.

“Thank you to Marybeth for organizing the visit by Diamond Water Services. It is great to have the softener working again. I am sure the others that got their systems fixed or serviced appreciate it as well.”
Dave and Norm

Roots Rodenhiser Style by David Rodenhiser

Roots Rodenhiser style: I’m celebrating 250 years of my family being Nova Scotian
by David Rodenhiser
(Son of Weldon and Patricia Rodenhiser, grandson of David and Clara “Hannah” Rodenhiser. Descendant of the Murdoch Rothenhausers.)

Squinting into a summer sunrise, Johann Philipp Frederick Rothenhauser took a deep breath of salt air, tightened his grip on his wife’s hand, then turned to her and smiled. She returned his smile, but Johann could tell by her eyes that she saw through his feigned confidence. He was actually riddled with anxiety about the journey ahead, and the uncertain future he was about to plunge his young family into.

Rotterdam was a strange place to Johann, 46, Elizabeth and their four children. They were from Klein Heubach, a German town on the bank of the River Main. Like the dozens of other German families milling about them on the dock, they had travelled many days to reach the great Dutch port. All had been lured there by John Dick, a Rotterdam merchant hired by the British to offer German Protestants free land in a North American colony called Nova Scotia.

Free land sounded too good to be true to Johann, but the New World was so far away. It meant leaving behind everything and everyone he knew. Tied up at the end of the wharf was the Murdoch, the sailing ship that would take them to Nova Scotia. To Johann, it seemed much too small to accommodate the 100 families who had signed up for the perilous voyage. But it was too late for second thoughts. With Anna, 10, Maria, 8, and Philipp, 6, in tow, and Elizabeth carrying two-year-old Hans, Johann strode up the gangplank and into his new life.

The date was June 22, 1751.

The names, places and dates are all correct. The emotions and thoughts, I’m guessing at. Johann Rothenhauser was my great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. I’m shirking my regular duties as a political columnist to take my last opportunity to mark the 250th anniversary of my family arriving in Nova Scotia.

The Murdoch sailed into Halifax on Sept. 19, 1751, with 298 passengers aboard. Twenty-nine people died during the 58-day journey.

The Rothenhausers survived the trip, but Anna, Maria and Hans died within four years, presumably from disease. (Genealogical records don’t provide an answer.) Life was difficult for early settlers in Nova Scotia. But so, too, had it been in Germany: Johann and Elizabeth had lost five babies at childbirth or shortly thereafter before deciding to cross the Atlantic.

Philipp, who’d made the voyage from Rotterdam as a six-year-old, lived to the ripe old age of 84. He was my great-times-five grandfather.

I won’t bore you with a generation-by-generation account of my ancestry. But the Christmas season gets one thinking about family, and I must say that the best gift I received all year was from my brother, Andrew, who e-mailed me a genealogy database this summer that traced our family back to Johann’s grandfather, Hans Heinrich Rothenhauser, who was born around 1651 in Hoffstetten, Germany. Hans Heinrich was Hoffstetten’s mayor for some time, but later moved his family to Klein Heubach.

There’s no record of why Johann, a Lutheran by religion and a baker by trade, decided to immigrate to Nova Scotia. At the time, thousands of Germans fled to North America for economic, political and religious reasons.

In Nova Scotia, Johann received a land grant at First Peninsula, near Lunenburg. His surname took on several Anglicized versions, including Rhodenizer and Rodenhiser.

Johann’s great-grandson, John Leonard Rodenhiser, acquired land on Tancook Island, at the mouth of Mahone Bay, around 1840. My father, John Leonard’s great-great-grandson, was born there.

For those curious about their own ancestry, tremendous genealogical resources are available on the Internet, particularly through the Nova Scotia GenWeb Project,  www.rootsweb.com/~canns/index.html.

I’m indebted to them.


Walk to School Day 2017

Isaac leads the group.

Children, parents and friends all walked to school today. Upon arrival, Ms. Baker had stations set up for the children and their parents to cook pancakes and eggs. Fresh fruit and yogurt completed this healthy and filling breakfast.

A big THANK YOU to Ms. Baker for organizing Walk to School Day 2017.


Walk to School Day – October 26, 2017

On Thursday, October 26, the students of Tancook Elementary School will be  celebrating Walk to School Day by walking from the wharf to school. Upon arrival students will have breakfast together.

If anyone wishes to join us for the walk, please meet at the wharf at 8:45 am. Anyone wishing to join us for breakfast, make a contribution, or help in any other way, is very welcome to do so.

International Walk to School Day, celebrated every October, teaches children how walking, cycling or other active modes of transportation help improve health, reduce air pollution and climate change.

Property Tax Rebate

Attention Tancook residents:
Property owners who reside on their property and have an income for the previous year less than $25,000 may qualify for a property tax rebate.

For details please contact  Joanne Sampson, Property Tax Clerk for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg at 902-541-1329.