Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015

Leisure and Living

Achievement Day important to learning experience

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Cows, goats and miniature horses could be seen strolling around the yard at the St. Andrews District Community Centre July 16 under sunny skies. The St. Andrews 4-H club held their Achievement Day, for the first time ever, in one location. In years gone by the club didn’t have a central location to show the livestock and 4-H members had to travel from farm to farm to show. This year, [...]

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Pink Tour promotes breast cancer prevention

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Traces of pink could be seen throughout Antigonish July 14 when the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic (CBCF) Pink Tour set up a tent at two locations. The Pink Tour has been travelling across the Atlantic Provinces since May, educating communities about breast health. The tour, which included a stop at the CIBC in the morning and Shoppers Drug Mart in the afternoon, included information to help people learn more [...]

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The Long Walk Home

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Kate MacEachern

In June 2012, while still a member of Canada’s armed forces and in support of the organization Soldier On, Antigonish’s Kate MacEachern walked, in full uniform, from Gagetown, N.B. to Antigonish. In 2013, she made a second walk, from Port Hawkesbury to Ottawa in support of an organization focused on helping those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She was forced to walk away from her military career to take on [...]

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Montreal youth enjoying Antigonish experience

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The first year for the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange six-week program in Antigonish has seen four youth from Montreal venturing to the area. Seventeen year-old Djamila (Mila) Toum is joined by Julien Balestrat, Diego-José Rodriguez Vasquez and Ariane Chevrier, all 16 years of age. Brendan Ahern is the local co-ordinator for the program and he noted the high school students have been in town for three weeks – roughly [...]

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Garry Williams enjoying first FAST experience

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Summer in Antigonish suits Garry Williams. The Halifax-based actor, director and singer-songwriter is in the middle of his first season with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST). “It has been exclusively positive,” Williams said, with a smile, while perched next to the StFX Immaculata Auditorium piano. He was taking a break – albeit a brief one – as he busily worked on the score for the upcoming FAST Young Company production [...]

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Harbour Players celebrate decade of giving

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A local theatre company may have recently brought down the curtain on a run that lasted a decade, but the legacy left will be ever-lasting. The Harbour Players have not only provided boundless entertainment to hundreds and given performers an opportunity to take the stage, but they have also raised thousands of dollars for worthwhile charities and organizations. “It has been amazing,” Pauline Liengme, one of the founders and first [...]

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Three times a charm

Posted on July 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

No matter which Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) Main Stage performance a person takes in this summer, they will be treated to the charm and versatility of Halifax-based actor Francine Deschepper. Deschepper is appearing in all three plays which include Opening Night, which began its run July 9, Outside Mullingar, opening tomorrow (July 16) evening, and Lungs, which begins its turn in the schedule starting Aug. 5. Back for her [...]

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Duo sparks fire brick idea

Posted on July 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Having trouble finding work, Antigonish’s Garry Kell and Brian Cameron took matters into their own hands … the matter in this case being fire bricks. With assistance from Jeff Teasdale at the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and Brophy’s Trucking, who has provided a working space, the duo are producing and selling fire bricks which are compressed shredded paper and wood chips pressed into a brick shape. “We were [...]

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Dream fulfilled as tractor motors down Main Street

Posted on July 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Jerome Forbes had a dream to see his father’s 1951 International farm tractor parade down Main Street as part of the Antigonish Highland Games’ Grand Street Parade. Sadly, Jerome, from St. Andrews, passed away in April after a six-and-a-half year battle with prostate cancer and its effects. His dream, however, was fulfilled with his son Sandy proudly driving the well-restored tractor as it towed a 4-H float near the front [...]

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Veteran advocate David MacLeod releases book

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Veteran David MacLeod released his first book last week. MacLeod said he was motivated to write A Dirty Little Skirmish, along with co-author Harold Leduc, because of his experience and frustration with the Veteran Review and Appeal Board. MacLeod said the book discusses a culture of denial, a lack of veteran and parliamentarian understanding of the system and how government was separating veterans from benefits and services emerged. The idea [...]

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Free legal information session for older adults

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A free session to help older adults protect themselves from fraud and learn important legal information is taking place at the People’s Place Library July 23. Protect Yourself: Legal Information Session for Older Adults is a session organized by Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association senior safety coordinator Karen Armstrong aimed at discussing the importance of wills, power of attorney and personal directives. As senior safety coordinator, Armstrong said [...]

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Group looking to help Syrian family re-settle

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A group of community members has recently come together to raise funds to bring a Syrian family to the Antigonish area to re-settle. Syria Antigonish Families Embrace (SAFE) is inviting those willing to provide support to join the effort. Canada has committed to re-settle 10,000 Syrians over the next three years and is asking private groups to sponsor approximately 60 per cent of the people seeking refuge. A release from [...]

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Awesome atmosphere at StFX Me to We camp

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Two students who participated in a Me to We camp at StFX last week said they feel lucky to have been chosen to take part. Boston native Wesley Woodson and Antigonish’s Carly Mayhew-Gallant were among 76 high school students from across Canada and the United States who participated in the leadership driven camp. Wesley, who is going into Grade 12 in the fall, said being among other students who were [...]

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The first faces welcoming you to FAST

Posted on July 9, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

In theatre, there are the high-profile people on stage and in the director’s seats, the folks behind the scenes (literally sometimes) and, of course, the front-of-house personnel who make sure everyone is informed, comfortable and enjoying their theatre-going experience to the fullest. For Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST), which opens tomorrow (July 9) night, that third group includes theatre manager Tina Dickieson, administrative assistant Jacklyn Geldart, house manager Tory Paddon [...]

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SMRHF continuing to support hospital needs

Posted on July 9, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

While there may have been a significant change in the way healthcare is administered across the province, including the end of the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority (GASHA), those involved with St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation (SMRHF) want everyone to know it’s business as usual as far as their fundraising work and close association with the hospital. “It’s a strong union and today, because of our single health authority situation, [...]

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SPCA having a busy summer

Posted on July 9, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

It hasn’t been hard to find Antigonish Branch SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) workers lately as the organization took advantage of the last few weekends before school let out, and summer vacations went into full swing, to perform fundraisers around the community. Speaking from a coin-drive fundraiser, in front of the new Bennett’s Market on Post Road June 27, Antigonish Branch president Raylene Dewan noted being [...]

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Take steps to avoid ticks and their bite

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That saying certainly holds true when it comes to avoiding Lyme disease. With black-legged tick season ramping up across the province, health officials continue to warn about the importance of avoiding their potentially serious bite. The tick population is up due to the late winter. With that, comes an increase in the potential of being bitten by the black-legged species [...]

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Cross country pedal raising awareness for Lyme disease

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A pair of friends is biking across Canada to raise awareness about and funds for Lyme disease. Daniel Corso and Tanner Cookson passed through the Antigonish area this week on their Ride for Lyme tour. “It has been mind-blowing,” Corso said of the adventure thus far in a phone interview June 25 from just outside Fredericton, N.B. The duo began their pedal at sunrise on May 11 in Victoria, B.C. [...]

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Pharmacy to aid in mental health and addictions

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A new provincial initiative that takes a collaborative approach to mental illness is putting down roots in Antigonish. The Bloom Program, a six month pilot project, will soon be taking place with pharmacist Melissa Hines, at Haliburton’s PharmaChoice, involved. Hines is among 20 pharmacists throughout the province who have been trained in mental health and addictions for the program. Patients who register will meet with her at Haliburton’s for in-depth [...]

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Couple says trip to Guatemala “heart-opening”

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

The last armchair travellers session, until fall, at the People’s Place Library ended with Karen Fish and Stephen Swick’s trip to Guatemala. The couple was part of an alumni delegation of Breaking the Silence members, all of whom had been there before, except Swick who was travelling to Guatemala for his first time. Swick said it was difficult to put his first experience in Guatemala into words. “We met people [...]

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