This mysterious stone found on Big Tancook Island by Dylan Baker has garnered a lot of interest and speculation. The latest update is the opinion of Dr. Steven Davis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Saint Mary’s University.
Dr. Davis, suggests that the stone was used for making spiral jewelry. The stone would have been one of a two part set and the pictured stone would have set partially into another stone. The jewelry would have been silver or gold and the liquid metal would be poured into the back of the stone and then tipped to fill the spiral on the opposite side.
German in origin – circa 1750. The stone is probably not native to the area and was carried in a leather pouch. Dr. Davis could tell from the markings on the stone. The hole was made with a drill.
The past two weeks involved a couple of training sessions for the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response fire defensive team with vehicle extrication training on October 30th and Standard First Aid on November 8th and 9th.
Knit camp 2018 is successfully over! Thank you all.
I’d like to let everyone on the island know how delighted the visiting knitters were by the island and the hospitality, from both those directly connected to camp and everyone they met. Particular amazement was expressed at the service at the post office!
Our campers traveled a total of 28,867 km (week 1) and 22,532 km (week 2) to reach us. They came from Bend OR, Victoria BC, Halifax NS, Raleigh NC, Ottawa ON, Fredericton NB, Calgary AB, Minnesota, North Carolina, Alabama, Bowling Green KY and a few other places too.
“This was one of the best, if not THE best, and most well-organized retreats I’ve ever been on. Every person involved was so knowledgeable and generous, starting of course with Lucy and Susan and the hours of organizational work needed just to set it all up. The pace was perfect – a nice combo of classes, food, down time and “get to know folks” time, including the visit to the school. It all made for a fine introduction to a magical place. Speaking of magical – everyone I’ve showed photos to was suitably impressed, and they all want Hillary’s garden house! Please just sign us up when you’ve had a chance to breathe and consider more camps on BTI!”
A big thank you to the Community Center team (who made a wonderful variety of lunches for 2 weeks at a stretch) and to everyone who helped out in so many ways. Thanks again.
On Sept. 10, we were fortunate to spend the afternoon with three health professionals who shared their knowledge and experiences with us as part of our BTIERA “Age-Friendly Communities” project. We were all so happy with the attendance as the level of interest shown will likely mean that additional workshops and presentations will be offered in the future.
The first presenter and organizer of this event was Jennifer Briand, Western Caregiver Support Coordinator for Caregivers Nova Scotia. Jennifer provided us with an overview of services and programs that are available to all Nova Scotians including an explanation of Continuing Care programs, financial programs available and an overview of the ‘transitions in care’ information from the CaregiversNS website. Transitions in Care
Then Cheryl MacKay from the Alzheimer Society Nova Scotia (ASNS) discussed caring for someone with dementia and she gave an overview of symptom management.
Finally, Robin Philip, Occupational Therapist and member of the “Seniors’ Community Health Team” discussed fall prevention in the home. This team visits seniors in their homes to assess and meet their health care needs. The team includes a Dietician, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Social Worker and a Geriatrician.
Contact information you may find helpful: Jennifer Briand – Caregiver Support 902.521.5592 western@caregiversNS.org Cheryl MacKay – Alzheimer Society 902.422-7961
firstname.lastname@example.org Robin Philip – OT 902.634.7015
In honour of Earth Day we wish to pass along two programs shared with us by island residents.
Rising Sea Level Project The first is a program aimed at educating coastal communities about sea-level rise. On this interactive map, you can identify and share your observations and experiences with sea-level rise impacts in our area. Interactive sea level rise map
The colour coded map markers allow you to indicate the type of impact the rising sea level has. The categories are:
~ Inundation: A permanent submergence of the coast, which creates a new normal water level
~Coastal Erosion: The movement of sediment (e.g., gravel, sand, mud, etc.) away from the land or to another part of the coast
~Coastal Flooding and Storm Surge: Storm surge and flooding result in temporarily flooded homes and properties
~Salt Water Intrusion: Occurs when salt water seeps into fresh groundwater
Another resident let us know about a radon detection program offered by the Nova Scotia Lung Association. This program includes a Department of Natural Resources map on which people can see the concentration of radon in their geographic area. To date, there is no data for Big Tancook Island. You can access the map here This map loads slowly.
The Nova Scotia Lung Association offers radon testing kits for $40. You can order one online here: radon detection kit
Or pick one up at 6331 Lady Hammond Road Suite#200, Halifax.