Monday, October 28, 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019

VIKINGS: Butternut tree suggests Vikings ‘went well beyond L’Anse aux Meadows,’ amateur historian says

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The endangered butternut tree may hold clues to where else the Vikings visited in Canada. (Elke Semerad/CBC)
An amateur historian believes an endangered New Brunswick tree species strongly indicates that Vikings once visited the province.
The butternut tree is found along the lower St. John River Valley and was once quite bountiful before over-harvesting.
This tree is found in New Brunswick, but not in Newfoundland.
At L’Anse aux Meadows, the only confirmed Viking site in Canada, located in Newfoundland and Labrador, there is evidence of butternut tree logs. The logs were cut with European tools, which would seem to rule out their importation by Indigenous people.
The presence of foreign logs cut by European tools near a Viking settlement makes Tim McLaughlin, secretary of the New Brunswick Historical Society, believe that Vikings harvested the logs in New Brunswick.
“It’s a suggestion, a very strong suggestion that the Norse, or the Vikings, went well beyond L’Anse-aux-Meadows a thousand years ago,” said Tim McLaughlin, secretary of the New Brunswick Historical Society.
The theory is gaining some traction, with Parks Canada’s senior archeologist emerita Birgitta Wallace telling CBC News in 2018 that she believes Vikings did visit the province.

The sagas

The Norse sagas, semi-factual stories about the Vikings, talk about a place called Vinland.
The sagas, written between 1200 and 1300, describe battles and travels that took place between the 9th and 11th centuries.
Vinland is described as a paradise, with high tides and grapes and warmer than Greenland, which the Vikings also explored.

Norse sagas gathered hundreds of years ago tell of Vinland, a place that has a lot in common with New Brunswick, according to amateur historian Tim McLaughlin. (Adrienne Lamb/CBC)
This can be used to describe areas in New Brunswick, McLaughlin said.
“They found wild grapes, they found big trees, they experienced extremely high tides, they encountered a lot of wildlife a lot of salmon and different fish, whales and so forth,” said McLaughlin.
“It was a relatively mild land compared to where they come from, Greenland, which is fairly inhospitable.”

Where in New Brunswick

According to McLaughlin, there are two areas in the province that people believe are Vinland: Miramichi and the Bay of Fundy coast.
Miramichi is, of course, closer to Newfoundland, and the Vikings would not have had to sail around the Maritimes to get there.

Tim McLaughlin, shown here with a butternut sapling, believes Vikings visited the Fundy coast. (Elke Semerad/CBC)
But McLaughlin thinks the Fundy coast is more likely, since butternut trees and grapes are more plentiful in southern New Brunswick.
“Just the descriptions of the landscape I tend to think that it accords more with the Bay of Fundy than Miramichi,” said McLaughlin.

Forgotten history?

While the province may have a legitimate claim to the title of Vinland, this isn’t really promoted.
McLaughlin said this is because there is no concrete artifacts or site that people can point to, such as L’Anse-aux-Meadows because Vinland wasn’t a place where the Vikings settled down.

The Vikings wouldn’t have built any permanent settlements in Vinland, as they did at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, which were later reconstructed, McLaughlin says. (Submitted by Wendy Nuttall)
“They didn’t build any permanent structures,” said McLaughlin.
“They built what they called booths, which were temporary structures, and they were really just here to gather resources. So it’s really not that surprising that we haven’t found anything in New Brunswick to connect it with Vineland.”
McLaughlin is hosting a talk about the province’s possible connections to the Vikings on Tuesday at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.

With files from Elke Semerad and Information Morning Saint John

Friday, October 25, 2019

ISSUES: Nuclear Radiation ... you can't see it, smell it or taste it ... why worry?

It's true. You generally can't see, taste, or smell nuclear radiation and folks really, really don't seem to worry about it.

See what it looks like and understand that some forms of radiation can penetrate your body with harmful impacts. And it can kill!!


Thursday, October 24, 2019


Just so everyone in aware! 1942 to 2015

Chalk River, Canada

1962 - 2015 – RTG's; 9 Deadly Radioactive Plutonium Reactor Containing Satellites Exploded, Melted And/Or Burned Up On Reentry - Radioactive Heavy Metal Poison Dust Breathed In By Everyone On The Planet, 1 Microgram Is Enough To Kill A Person - 79 Nuclear Reactors Orbiting Earth

1942 – Leipzig, Germany, L-IV Atomic Pile Melts Down

1940-1943 - Chicago Pile I - First US Nuclear Plant Meltdown? - Nuclear Reactor Buried In Woods, Argonne Labs, Cook County Illinois, Red Gate Woods, Radioactive Waste Secretly Dumped Into 2 Mile Creek And Well

1952 - Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, NRX Reactor Melted Down

1954 - US Borax 1 - 5 Reactors Melted Down And Blown Up, 100% On Purpose

1955 - US EBR - Experimental Breeder Reactor Melts Down

1957 - UK Sellafield, Cumbria - Windscale Sellafield: Biggest Covered Up UK Nuclear Disaster

1957 - Ozyorsk, Russia - Mayak Nuclear Waste Reprocessing Center Disaster And Coverup

1958 - Chalk River, Ontario Canada - NRU Chalk River Nuclear Reactor Meltdown

1958 - US National Reactor Testing Station, HRTE Nuclear Reactor Assembly Melted Down

ISSUES:Rod Cumberland on Deer, Forests. Towns, and Forest Management

"Rod Cumberland Interview on John Higgins Live" John Higgins interviews wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland on Charlotte County Television while taking calls live on TV from viewers watching at home. Cumberland, a former professor at the Maritime College of Forest Technology in Fredericton, gets candid with Higgins and CHCO-TV viewers about his well-known history speaking out against the use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate in the New Brunswick forest industry. Born and raised in St. Stephen, Cumberland also talks about his extraordinary life and career in New Brunswick.
Original air date: October 20, 2019 John Higgins LIVE is Charlotte County Television (CHCO-TV) original production, produced in studio in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

SHIPWRECKS: A collection of old newspaper articles

Facebook has recently added the ability to add group posts to "topics" ... basically categories. This adds a whole new dimension to the value of some FB sites. Here's a booklet I created from Cathryn MacKay's old Fundy shipwreck posts.

Friday, October 18, 2019

THE FILE CABINET: The Aviation Collection

This Aviation Collection is from our file cabinets and contains working references, images and publication files. It is made available for reference and fair use purposes. 
The collection contain documents, drawings, photographs and other resources accumulated over a 50 year period, including public domain and copyright materials. Recent Creative Commons images, Wikibooks and links have been included where possible. 
This is a dynamic collection maintained for download from Microsoft OneDrive and will have new materials added as they are created or acquired.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CALENDARS - Explore our small collection!!!

We love making our own calendars and have created this small collection featuring some of our own as well as some others that we have admired. Want to make your own? We included links to help with that!

The collection is small right now, but we will add to it over time. So bookmark us if you are interested.

Click on the following files to explore their content.