Fall Clean Up

Fall clean-up on the island is being held on September 18th and 25th. Please take note of what items are allowed and do not put out items that cannot be taken. (Please note that picture attached reflects the spring clean-up date, not the fall clean-up.)

Special Gas Run

The NS Ferry Service has announced that tomorrow (Sept 11) and each following day (until power is restored) there will be a daily gas run.
The 6:00 am ferry will transport you and your empty gas containers to Chester. Full gas containers will be delivered back to Tancook at 9:00 am.  Passengers can then return to Tancook on the 10:20 ferry.

The 8 am ferry will run as usual.

“Hooked on Tancook” – Week 4

Our “Hooked on Tancook” project is in its fourth week and continues to be a success. Bringing together experienced rug hookers with residents from both Big and Little Tancook interested in learning is providing all of us with an opportunity to learn from each other, share and generally have an enjoyable social time together.  This week, we were joined by one of the younger residents of the island who left with a project to work on until next week.

We were fortunate these past two weeks that Sherry Chandler, a rug hooker from the Chester area joined us. She is a certified rug hooking teacher and has shared some valuable tips and strategies with us. This week, she demonstrated how to use a punch needle which was fascinating to all of us, especially Alana who left with punch needle “homework”.  As well, Verta, our resident rug hooker extraordinaire showed us her technique for finishing a rug. One of the highlights of our time together is the willingness of people to share.

We plan to continue meeting through the months ahead at an agreed upon  time and place.

The Big Tancook Island Recreation Centre Association recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Day Park Project – We’d Love to Hear From You

Construction of a small day use park has begun on the right of way of the former Southeast Cove ferry wharf.  The park construction committee is gathering stories, history and photos of the wharf, buildings and roadways.  If you have anything in your family archives that would help us tell this story, we’d love to hear from you.
The attached photo was provided by Diane Crooks.  “Wharf at Southeast Cove”

TNC Internet Update

TNC, Tancook’s newest Internet provider, caused quite a stir a week or so ago when the ferry arrived with their fibreglass tower sections overhanging the back of the ferry.

A recent check of the tower site on Reef Road found the 120 foot tower assembled and bedrock exposed at the tower location and  three guy wire anchor points.
It will be exciting to see how TNC stands up the tower and anchors it to the bedrock.  Even more exciting will be the day when the tower is ready and island customers are connected.
Here are a couple of photos of the tower.  The first is taken from the top end and shows the racking for attaching the Internet receiving microwave dish and transmitting panels.  The second photo shows the length of the tower sitting on its temporary support blocking.

Check Before You Burn

From March 15 – October 15, you must check https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/ daily to find out whether it is safe to have a fire. This website is updated every day at 2 pm. All domestic brush burning and campfires must adhere to daily Nova Scotia burning restrictions as indicated on the burnsafe website.

If the website indicates that it is safe to burn, the Fire Chief recommends that you make a call to BTIERA’s duty phone just to let them know your burn plans. This is especially true for residents who live in the interior or more remote parts of the island. The number is 902-277-1379.

If you see smoke and suspect that it is an uncontrolled fire call 911.

“Hooked on Tancook”

We are pleased to announce that a recently approved grant from the Province of Nova Scotia’s Communities, Culture and Heritage will support a new island project entitled “Hooked on Tancook”. This project aims to rejuvenate the longstanding art of rug hooking on the Tancook Islands.

Our seniors hold the history and heritage of our island. Currently, Tancook is home to only a handful of local residents who hook rugs in the style and tradition of their ancestors. In order to preserve this centuries-old tradition, we plan to form an intergenerational island cooperative through which new and long-term residents and local youth will have an opportunity to learn this craft in order to keep it alive. We will build relationships and make valuable connections between our youth and senior residents; full-time residents with part-time residents; Big and Little Tancook islanders and experienced rug hookers with those who wish to learn.

This project will include regular rug hooking gatherings and workshops throughout the year.  We will also organize and host an exhibition in the summer of 2020.

Additionally, we will document existing hooked rugs that can be found in many homes on Tancook. Most often these rugs are 50+ years old and the patterns were locally designed. We believe that preserving these historical rugs in photos with any additional information we can uncover, will create a legacy for future generations.

For the remainder of the summer, we will meet at the Rec Centre on Tuesdays from 11:30 – 1:00. In the fall and winter months we will continue to meet at a time and place to be determined. Please join us if you are interested in learning rug hooking.

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The Big Tancook Island Recreation Centre Association recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.