Real Small Town



I’ve borrowed the title Real Small Town from my husband. He wrote a song with this title and it just seems to fit with what I want to include here.

I feel blessed to live in a quiet, rural area. People are friendly, neighbours know one another.

There are things about living in a “real small town” though that are downright funny. I plan to post some things here that tickle my funny bone.

Our local weekly paper runs a column every edition that gives highlights of the RCMP’s activities. This usually appears on the second page of the paper – hot news! Of course, nasty things happen, like accidents and home invasions. But nearly every week, there are some items listed that are bizarre or could only be seen as newsworth in such a small place.

Here are some examples from this week’s Spectator. The bovines were up to lots of mischief!

-August 13 at 12:20 pm. Highway 1 Belleisle. An ox was reported to be wandering loose. It was located in a garden and herded back to its pasture.

-August 16 at 10:21 pm. Belleisle. A traffice hazard was reported after a cow was seen wandering the road. A patrol was made, but the cow was gone upon arrival.

(Perhaps she was visiting the ox.)

-August 16 at 1:09 pm. Wilmot. Corncobs are reported stolen. A patrol was made and a suspect vehicle was located but no corncobs were found.

-August 17 at 6:59 pm. Carlton Corner. A traffic hazard was reported involving three loose cattle. The animals found their way home.

-August 18 at 2:49 pm. Lawrencetown. A carved wooden cow was reported stolen at the Ex. Police attended and found it in another barn.


(Sometimes spelling errors, misused homonyms or inaccurate word usage can make an otherwise innocuous article become absolutely hilarious)

-August 30 at 3:38 pm. Bear River. Police were requested to make patrols after a bail of hay was set on fire.

-A review of weather data for the western Annapolis Valley indicates that the drought now being experienced began in January and was exasperated by low rainfall and above normal temperatures during the summer months.

(And then there are incidents that just are so bizarreĀ  – truth being stranger than fiction, I guess.)

– Sept. 15 at 2:49 pm Bridgetown. Police were called to a traffic collision between a vehicle and a pontoon boat, after a vehicle was driven down the boat launch and into the river. Bystanders helped the occupants out of the vehicle, which was towed. The pontoon boat had minor damage. No injuries were reported.

Feb 27 at 7:26 pm Bridgetown. Police were called to mitigate a dispute between neighbours over locked garbage cans.

Feb. 27 at 11:28 pm Bear River. Police were called about a stuck vehicle. A friend had come to help and got stuck too. A tow truck was sent.

Feb. 28 at 11:55 am Wilmot. An old car with windows broken went missing from an abandoned lot. The incident likely occurred over the last 18 months. (obviously a very precious thing!)

Sometimes the report itself isn’t so funny, until you read on and see the rest of the story.

May 29 at 11:43 p.m. Highway 10 at Albany. An abandoned vehicle was reported parked on the highway. The vehicle was a hazard and was towed.

May 30 at 12:04 p.m. Albany. A vehicle was reported stolen, but it was the vehicle that the police had towed from off the highway.

June 10 at 4:57 p.m. Bridgetown. A vehicle was searched overnight and TicTacs were stolen.

July 9 at 12:58 a.m. Wilmot. Police were called to a disturbance at a residence. People had been arguing and after police attended they agreed to go to bed.

September 4 at 12:25 a.m. Middleton. A nosy raccoon was caught in a cage and DNR called.

September 4 and 10:08 a.m. Meadowvale. RCMP received a call that someone had placed an empty coffee cup in a mailbox and then raised the flag.

April 3/14 Annapolis RCMP encountered these two characters (a pair of turkeys) on HIghway 101 last Wednesday morning near Bridgetown just before the blizzard started. Cpl. Dale Guy said the male turkey actually tried to outrun the cops and ran alongside the police vehicle for a while. Cpl. Guy said the animal gobbled when the RCMP member yelled at him to stand down. Despite what can only be described as fowl play, police said no charges are anticipated.


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