Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016

Leisure and Living

Artist looking forward to another Antigonight experience

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Leah Campbell is one of myriad artists who are preparing to participate in the seventh annual Antigonight.     “I think the interactiveness of it – that people get to come and do things, even if they don’t feel like they are really artsy,” she said of the festival’s appeal.     “And then, for the people who are there, who get to bounce ideas off others artists; get to see what [...]

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Canso hosts 40th Seamen’s Memorial Service

Posted on August 24, 2016

The rain did not dampen the attendance and community participation in the annual Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service in Canso Aug. 14. The Star of the Sea Church was filled to capacity with a record number of wreaths lining the center isle of the church. The Stadacona Band provided a concert which was appreciated by those in attendance and was one of the highlights of the annual event. Lion Ray White [...]

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Children’s Wish Foundation sub-chapter established in Antigonish

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has established a sub-chapter in Antigonish.     “I wanted to get more involved and I thought this was a great way to do so,” Monique Chisholm, local volunteer wish co-ordinator, told the Casket.     Chisholm has personal experience with the organization; her son, Cullan, received his wish in January – a home entertainment system.     “He loves it,” she noted.     Chisholm wants to [...]

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Allergy awareness society continues work

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

    It is a busy time of year for volunteers with the Karen Lynn MacDonald Allergy Awareness Society.     During an annual fundraising barbecue at Alex MacDonald Motors Limited on Post Road in Antigonish Aug. 3, society president Joan MacDonald told the Casket that back-to-school time means more demand for the service they provide.     “It is a big expense,” she added, of providing life-saving devices, such as EpiPens and [...]

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Thomason’s final act as FAST artistic producer

Posted on August 18, 2016

Artistic producer Ed Thomason’s parting gift to Festival Antigonish audiences is the world premiere of George F. Walker’s For the Taking. Internationally renowned Canadian playwright Walker chose to entrust his brand new play to the skilled hands of Thomason follow-ing the success of his popular play Criminal Genius, at Festival Antig-onish in 2013. For the Taking is an excit-ing, often hilarious romp into the dangerous world of the family busi-ness. [...]

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Fueling a passion at the Coady

Posted on August 18, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Peter Ochieng, from Uganda, believes his time at the Coady International Institute will change him as a person. After only two weeks as a participant in the diploma in development leadership program, he said it already has. “Coady is a big inspiration to me and the two weeks I’ve spent here, I think I’ve changed … I’ve really changed in just two weeks,” Ochieng said, speaking to the Casket July [...]

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Keppoch Kitchen Party to return for encore performance

Posted on August 12, 2016

After receiving rave reviews, the Society of the Ships of 1801 will be present an additional performance of Keppoch Kitchen Party Aug. 16 at the Schwartz Auditorium on the St. F.X. campus. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. “We have heard from a number of people who attended our shows over the last number of years, but were not able to get the tickets this year,” Duncan MacDonald, the show’s producer, said. [...]

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McPherson president-elect of College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Charmaine McPherson, St. F.X. nursing school associate professor and university faculty chair, is now president-elect of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS).     She took office July 1.     “It is quite a privilege to take on a role, such as this,” McPherson told the Casket, noting there are more than 10,000 nurses and nurse practitioners in the province.     “As well as a major piece of [...]

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Watching Over You

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A Canso native is bringing his passion for music to a wider audience.     Brian Bouchie recently released Watching Over You – his debut CD.     “Oh my God – it has been a long time,” he said, when asked when he started singing and playing guitar.     “I guess I started playing around when I was just a teenager.”     Over the years, Bouchie has provided his talents to [...]

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Planning in full swing for Antigonight

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

[Editor's note - August 16: In the Aug. 10 print edition, the story on the upcoming Antigonight entitled Lucky Seven (page 9) contained two errors. Artist Gilles Bruni is from France, not Quebec, and artist Fenn Martin is based in Lochaber, not Ohio. Antigonish Culture Alive is presenting Antigonight with the All of Us Society for Art Presentation as a partner on artistic programing. We apologize for the errors. Corrections [...]

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String stories simply super

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Victoria B.C.-based storyteller Anne Glover was at the People’s Place Library, on the afternoon of July 28, entertaining and amazing children, and their parents, with her string figures woven into her adlib stories. Glover allowed the children to set-up the ideas and figures for her stories and string figures and never disappointed as she created animals, plants and many other subjects out of her string; all the while composing a [...]

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Silver lining

Posted on August 3, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

If you are looking for a job – and need some advice on how to get a leg up on the competition – maybe Jessie Daley could help.     As she wrapped up her Grade 10 year at Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre-Academy in Terre Noire earlier this year, Jessie captured a silver medal in the job search category of the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton.     “It was [...]

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New author sets up at Games

Posted on August 3, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

An author based in Dartmouth was at the Antigonish Highland Games July 9, promoting his book which takes places in his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario as well as, more prominently, Vancouver. “It’s kind of a funny promotion,” J.D. Goossens admitted from his table set-up at the Games, alongside the food and clothing vendors. “I was born in Ontario, I have a Cape Breton publisher, live in Dartmouth and the [...]

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Making gelato their own

Posted on July 27, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Downtown Antigonish business Pachamama is putting a unique twist on a favourite treat. “We’re making gelato in our own way,” owner/operator Leanna Braid said in conversation with the Casket July 8. “Instead of using milk and eggs, like in traditional gelato, we’re making it dairy free and vegan. That means it doesn’t contain any dairy and it doesn’t contain any eggs either, so there are no animal products used. We’re [...]

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Costume creators at FAST

Posted on July 27, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Former Dalhousie University costume studies program classmates have been reunited at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST). Laura Delchario and Chelsea Conn have taken separate paths since their days at the Halifax school but the FAST road had led them both to Antigonish for the summer of 2016. Delchario, a costume designer and seamstress based in Toronto, is doing costumes for the Main Stage while Conn, back at FAST for her [...]

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VIC hosts open house

Posted on July 27, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

It was a fun filled afternoon of entertainment, snacks and, of course, the sharing of information, as the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Antigonish held an open house July 14. Len ‘P.D.’ MacDonald, along with his daughter Betsy, provided the musical, as well as storytelling, entertainment for the event which was staged both inside and outside the VIC, located off of Church Street in the same area as Antigonish Market [...]

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Red Cross’ promotes PFD loan program

Posted on July 27, 2016

Summer is here and the Canadian Red Cross is urging everyone to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or lifejacket, in-and-around the water. “Every year, an average of 525 Canadians drown, with two-thirds occurring during the summer,” a release from the Red Cross states. “Don’t let your loved one become another statistic. If you don’t have enough PFDs for your family, group, or business outing, the Canadian Red Cross can [...]

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Four years-plus for Youth Outreach Program

Posted on July 27, 2016

Last month (June) marked four years for the Youth Outreach Program (YOP), housed at Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Pictou County. The program offers services to at-risk youth, between 16 to 19 years of age, in Antigonish, Guysborough, and Pictou counties. Needless to say, there has been much happening throughout the past four years. YOP is a provincial program that is funded through the Department of Community Services and [...]

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Coig, Gillian Boucher to headline 60th Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It is fitting that the Broad Cove Scottish Concert is celebrating its diamond anniversary, because it has created plenty of sparkling memories.     The annual event – a celebration of Celtic pride and tradition – will take place Sunday, July 31, in the picturesque Inverness County community.     “This is a special concert for us – it is our 60th – so we are little bit more celebratory than most [...]

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Gathering of the Arts underway

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The 19th annual Gathering of the Arts is underway.     Presented by Antigonish Culture Alive (ACA), the showcase features artwork, not only from organization members, but also community partners.     This year, the event includes more than 50 pieces, from more than 20 artists, including a Youth Arts Show and L’Arche Hearts and Hands participants.     Works for the juried show will be on display until Sunday, Aug. 28, at [...]

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