Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Leisure and Living

Students take the Tool Box Challenge

Posted on May 26, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The tennis balls were flying and the targeted cans were toppling during the Strait Regional School Board’s (SRSB) second annual Tool Box Challenge. The fun, educational competition was held May 12 at Strait Area Education Recreation Centre in Port Hawkesbury. Thirty-six students from 12 schools, from Grades 7 to 10, competed. “Students were asked to design and build a launching device using the materials provided that would project a tennis [...]

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Fit4Lit taking place this Sunday

Posted on May 26, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Fitness and education come together May 29 with the annual Fit4Lit fundraiser in support of Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA). The fun run/walk event will get underway at 10:30 a.m. at Oland Stadium, on the St. F.X. campus, with onsite registration, in the Loney Lounge, starting at 8 a.m. “Hopefully it will be a nice sunny day,” ACALA volunteer Greg Fallon said. “Last year, we had about 130 participants. [...]

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Antigonish to host province’s first Transplant Trot

Posted on May 26, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A first-time event is coming to Antigonish June 12. Starting at 10 a.m. at Columbus Field, the first Antigonish Transplant Trot will take place, a fun run/walk/push event. “Transplant Trots are non-timed fun events that raise funds for the Canadian Transplant Association,” organizer Danielle Goff-Beaton said, noting the association is a registered charity that does work to increase organ donation across the country and promote healthy living post-transplant. There are [...]

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Pair attends international conference

Posted on May 26, 2016

In the early part of the spring, Naomi Society executive director Michelle Keats and counsellor/support worker Nicole Mann attended the End Violence Against Women International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men and Boys, which took place in Washington, D.C. earlier this spring. Mann noted it was last September when they submitted a grant proposal to PricewaterhouseCooper Leadership Grant Program and that they were “fortunate” to receive word, [...]

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Townhouse Session Players CD to benefit food bank

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Townhouse Session Players have released their CD, A Sunday Session, an initiative that will support the Antigonish Community Food Bank.     “We are pretty happy. We had it back sooner than we expected,” John Hanlon, one of the group members, said of the completed product.     “There were a few glitches but, overall, everything went great.”     Earlier this month (May 14), the musicians gathered in the same corner [...]

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Hope Beyond Thunderdome

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A tribute show – with an important message – is coming to the Strait area.     Luisa Marshall, performing as the iconic Tina Turner, and her Hope Beyond Thunderdome PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) awareness tour will visit Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 in Port Hawkesbury on Saturday, May 28.     “They were like babies to me,” the world champion performer said in a press release, reflecting on her time entertaining [...]

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Police Week event in Maryvale May 19

Posted on May 18, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

In the midst of National Police Week in Canada, the local RCMP detachment in Antigonish is inviting everyone out to Maryvale, Antigonish County, on Thursday, May 19, for a day titled ‘Police Familiarization Day.’ The activities will take place at H.M. MacDonald Elementary School. “We’ll have multiple RCMP resources (on-site) and resources from federal fisheries, DNR (Department of Natural Resources), the sheriff’s department and our municipal bylaw officers,” Antigonish RCMP [...]

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Gotta dance

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

If you ‘gotta cut loose’ as the Kenny Loggins’ hit song suggests, head to  Strathspey Place Performing Arts Centre in Mabou later this month. Students from Dalbrae Academy will take centre stage with their performances of Footloose. “As it is coming closer, I am getting a little more nervous, but I am more excited,” cast member Mairinn Campbell told the Casket, just more than two weeks before opening night.              During [...]

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Local 4-Hers gearing up for Alberta exchange

Posted on May 12, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A group of 10 4-H members from across Antigonish County are gearing up for a summer exchange adventure in central Alberta. “We’re going to Rimbey, Alberta, and we’ll be traveling out there the second week of July and staying for seven days,” Tim Bellemore, one of two chaperones for the trip, said. “We’ll be staying there for a week and then in the second week of August the people we [...]

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MacLean’s Woodworks on display at St. F.X. gallery

Posted on May 12, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

It’s rare when an exhibit opens at the St. F.X. Art Gallery that the artist is imploring those in attendance for the opening reception to “sit” on the pieces. That was the case April 29 however as Antigonish’s Peter MacLean addressed the crowd during the reception for his exhibit Woodworks. “We stand in the presence of furniture as fine art,” the reception’s program read as an introduction to Woodworks and [...]

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Operation Boomers on next week

Posted on May 12, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A spring-time tradition in Antigonish is scheduled for May 16 and 17 at St. Ninian Place. Operations Boomers; Driver Refresher Course will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on the 16th (Monday), and from 9 a.m. to noon on the 17th. It’s a free course with registration required. Those interested can register by contacting Antigonish Crime Prevention senior safety co-ordinator Karen Armstrong at 902-318-0372. Armstrong noted the course, put [...]

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Beach chair business for St. Andrews’ youngster

Posted on May 12, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A young entrepreneur from St. Andrews has the perfect item for sale with the summer fast approaching. Ten-year-old Maddie Beson’s Maddie B’s Beach Chairs was set-up at the flea market at the St. Andrews Community Centre April 30 which was in support of the 4-H Nova Scotia/Alberta exchange trip. Maddie had a large table in the middle of the market which displayed her vibrant blue and yellow, folding, wooden beach [...]

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Helping the Helpers fundraiser

Posted on May 4, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

    An evening of friends, fun and great music is coming to Piper’s Pub on College Street in Antigonish.     Proceeds from the pub night celebration will support the third annual Helping the Helpers, an education and awareness day for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is scheduled for Oct. 22 at the St. F.X. Schwartz Auditorium.     “It was a great success last year,” Matt Beson, a Helping the Helpers committee [...]

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Mayfest ready to blossom

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

The St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Children’s and Women’s Health Unit family room – to say the least – could be described as multi-purpose. Fathers with their newborns are often found nestled on the couch, as mothers get a well-deserved rest in their nearby room, while families also gather there while waiting for the blessed occasion. On this day, when members of the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary visit the space [...]

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O’Donnell receives ECMA lifetime achievement award

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

John ‘Jack’ O’Donnell has countless fond memories of his time with the Men of the Deeps. The most recent one came earlier this month when the long-time director of the coal miners’ choir received the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2016 East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) in Sydney. “I don’t know if the people who decided to give me this, if they really realized how important she [...]

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The art and health partnership

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) hosted a community celebration March 23 at the Clare Marie Auditorium titled Exploring Arts and Health Through Words and Music. The event offered a little something for everyone including images, stories and songs and was promoted as a presentation that would “tell the story of how the arts have become intertwined with every aspect of our personal and communal health.” “People seemed to have enjoyed it [...]

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Riding high

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Anna Bailey is riding high. The Antigonish County youngster continues to make strides in equestrian, including in competition. “There has been so much growth and development gained – both in and out of the barn,” Val Bailey, her mother, said. When Anna, who has Down Syndrome, started lessons a few years ago, she always had a companion to run alongside her and her horse at shows. This past year, when [...]

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Volunteer fair coming to Antigonish

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A volunteer fair is coming to Antigonish. The initiative of the Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association, Antigonish Aging Well Together Coalition and the Antigonish Highland Society will take place April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the People’s Place Library community room. “It is like a job fair – only for volunteers,” Karen Armstrong, Antigonish Town and County senior safety co-ordinator said. Armstrong has teamed up [...]

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Walking A Fine Line

Posted on April 6, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

You would think it was a case of – been there done that – when Heather Rankin held a copy of her recently released CD for the first time. After all, she has been part of several albums over the years, including as a member of The Rankin Family, the globally-renowned Celtic group made up of her and her siblings; or as a trio with her sisters – Raylene and [...]

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Grandparents’ gift plants seed for small business

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Chrissy MacDonald [email protected]

There is a decades’ old advertising slogan – ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ – that could have extra special meaning for an Antigonish-based young entrepreneur. “It started when I was 11. I was making all this stuff because my grandparents bought me this big bead kit,” Sarah England said during a break while greeting customers during a recent Antigonish Winter Market. “I had nothing to do with it [her [...]

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