Friday, Mar 6th, 2015

Leisure and Living

Frig Off, Get Fit showcasing backyard adventures in NS

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A few years ago Rosemary Curry moved home to Antigonish but felt like she was constantly defending the decision to herself. Many of her friends lived across Canada and seemed to always be taking part in fun outdoor activities. One day, Curry came up with Frig Off, Get Fit (FOGF), a web series showcasing the activity and beauty in Nova Scotia, and the rest, they say, is history. “It’s the [...]

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Turniawan sees strong arts culture developing in area

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

More than 30 artists answered the call to participate in Nancy Turniawan’s first art exhibit at the People’s Place Library during the month of February. Turniawan said this not only shows the number of artists in Antigonish but also that they’re a community of artists, versus artists who are in competition. “It is unusual someone like myself can put out a call and people feel comfortable enough to say sure [...]

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Book is a squirrelly success

Posted on March 5, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A novel idea for some photos and a calendar turned into a book for Antigonish native Nancy (MacDonald) Rose. And, with the success of the first book, a Christmas-themed book is on the way. Rose, living in Bedford, is the creative force behind The Secret Life of Squirrels which is a children’s book with real squirrels photographed in very human-like circumstances. Rose talked about the progression which started from just [...]

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St. Paddy’s event a week early

Posted on March 5, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Lochaber is the place to be to get an early start on your St. Patrick’s Day celebrating. An Irish themed St. Paddy’s Day Pub Night goes this Saturday, March 7, at the Lochaber Centre, starting at 8 p.m. The night will include entertainment by the Townhouse Session Band which performs Sunday evenings at the Townhouse Brewpub and Eatery in downtown Antigonish. Music will also be provided by the Lochaber Music [...]

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Producer and director on-hand for showing of documentary

Posted on March 5, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

In the ‘war on terror’ is it possible to maintain a balance between security and liberty? Antigonish will have an opportunity to deliberate this question when the award winning documentary The Secret Trial 5 is shown in town March 13. The showing, being sponsored by the Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) and StFX’s departments of adult education and political science, will be in the Schwartz School of Business building – [...]

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‘Audience response panel’ new to festival

Posted on March 5, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Theatre Antigonish’s One Act Play Festival will feature a new component in the adjudication section of this year’s event. “We’ve invited three regular theatre-goers to be our audience response panel,” artistic director Ed Thomason explained this week. “At the end of each evening’s productions they will come up on stage and offer their comments on what they’ve seen. I think it will be very instructive for participants to have feedback [...]

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Music to take centre stage during IWD week

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Feminist Cabaret will take centre stage Saturday night as part of International Women’s Week activities in Antigonish. The performing arts showcase, set to begin at 7:30, will take place at The Split Crow on James Street. “Everything is coming together nicely. We have a great line-up,” Liliona Quarmyne, one of the organizers, told the Extra. “It is shaping up to be a fun, over-the-top event; a really celebratory night.” [...]

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X-Men join Team Stock in fight against ALS

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Dean Stock wears his love for his alma mater on his sleeve. Well, not quite his sleeve, but close enough. “My brother can’t get away from his X days because he has a big X tattoo on his back that we still bug him about,” PJ Stock said, with a laugh, of his younger sibling’s body art. The Stock brothers skated for the StFX X-Men hockey team in the 1990s. [...]

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A life of giving and caring

Posted on February 26, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

In her short life, Melissa Jane Landry left an indelible impression with her generousity, kindness, infectious enthusiasm, ability to recognize and bring out the positives in everyone and every situation, and overall concern for those less fortunate. It’s for these traits, and others still inspiring, that numerous donations and gifts in her name have been created and made since her tragic passing Dec. 29, 2013. Melissa, a Dr. J.H. Gillis [...]

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X Relay for Life March 13

Posted on February 26, 2015

It’s almost time to head to the start-line for the annual Relay for Life event at StFX. The well-known cancer research fundraising event will take place March 13 starting at 7 p.m. and going until the next morning, concluding at 7 a.m. Prior to the event there is the banquet, starting at 5 p.m., for survivors and their families, friends and supporters. StFX student Melissa Grant is part of the [...]

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

Posted on February 26, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

StFX student Shuchang (Emily) Dai shared a little bit about her culture and home country with local children by hosting a Chinese New Year activity, Feb. 20, at the People’s Place Library. Dai, who will be graduating from StFX in May, said she led the children in doing traditional Chinese calligraphy and making drums, adding there wasn’t really a cultural element to the drums. “It’s just for fun, to make [...]

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Making a difference

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

An initiative with strong ties to the Coady International Institute and StFX Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership continues to make a difference in Haiti, more than five years after an earthquake ravaged the Caribbean country. CHLE – Centre Haitien du Leadership et L’Excellence – brought together a group of Haitian leaders in 2011, with its focus on improving and building communities. Lucía Di Poi, CHLE planning and development associate, said [...]

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Showcasing the freedom to read at StFX

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Participants in an event at StFX last week had the opportunity to freely read passages from any banned, challenged or burned books of their choice. The event was part of Freedom to Read week, which began nationally Feb. 22. Normally, StFX puts up a book display but StFX special projects librarian, Rita Campbell, said this year they wanted to do something different. “This year because of the Charlie Hebdo murders [...]

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Special recognition for van den Heuvel, Wishing Well Society

Posted on February 20, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The exposure for St. Andrews-based Wishing Wells Society continues to grow as they complete more and more water projects for villages in need in some of the world’s poorest countries. With their continued achievements comes increased exposure at home such as founder and volunteer Mary van den Heuvel being recognized recently [Jan. 16] as CTV’s Maritimer of the Week. “They tricked me,” van den Heuvel noted with a chuckle about [...]

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Group enjoying university, community connection

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A healthy living group at StFX is finding success in the university and Antigonish community connection. The StFX Canadian Obesity Network (CON) chapter has been planning events on and off campus with students and community for the past year and was recently showcased for their success on the national CON website. “I think after our superhero Saturday event which was kind of different, I think they noticed that and wanted [...]

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Scottish skating party in support of FAST Feb. 22

Posted on February 12, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

An event is coming to the Antigonish Arena Feb. 22 that seems like such a natural for Antigonish, it’s hard to believe there isn’t one like it already being held. The 1st Annual Grand Kilted Skating Party, a fundraiser for Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the arena. “We thought we would try something different this year,” Ernie MacLaughlin, one of the [...]

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Antigonish’s Got Talent returns for third year

Posted on February 12, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

February is going to wrap-up with an entertainment bang, and March will start with one, thanks to the third annual Antigonish Has Got Talent show. Promotion has started for the two shows which will take place at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional School with a 2 p.m. start time Feb. 28 and a 6 p.m. start time March 1. The shows feature performances from folks at Antigonish’s Canadian Association for Community [...]

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Program for youth opening up the conversation

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A program for youth, originating from Antigonish is not only spreading province-wide, but also receiving national recognition. The Healthy Relationships for Youth Program (HRY) at the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre is delivered in all high schools in the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) and is now being delivered in an additional 15 high schools across the province. Aside from the program’s growth, it has also been recognized nationally by the [...]

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Drumming up culture in the classroom

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Students at St. Andrews Consolidated School have a little more rhythm this year thanks to a project led by music teacher Jackie Dunn MacIsaac. In August, she applied for a grant through the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Program Development Assistance Fund and in September she was awarded almost $5,000 to begin an innovative project. The money from the fund allowed Dunn MacIsaac [...]

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Chinese Spring Festival celebration

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It was a New Year’s celebration filled with food, fun and friendship Saturday night in Antigonish. More than 200 revellers – no they weren’t more than one month late with their party – gathered to mark the Chinese Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year. “It is the biggest festival in China,” Gen Li, president of the StFX Chinese Student Association Society, said. The student society hosted the annual [...]

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