Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014

Leisure and Living

Inspiring others to march to a collective beat

Posted on July 24, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Of all the awards handed out during Antigonish Highland Games weekend, July 11 to 13, perhaps the most poignant was also the event’s newest. As late Sunday afternoon became early Sunday evening, and with a still bright and hot sun basking over Columbus Field, Iain Boyd from the piping and drumming organizing committee called out the first recipients of the Ian Green Memorial Trophy for Best Bass and Tenor Section, [...]

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Youth choir director ‘graduates’ after 42 years

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

After 42 years as the youth choir director at St. Ninian Cathedral Yvette Muise has graduated. She said she didn’t want to call it retiring, and it definitely wasn’t quitting, she was simply graduating with the other students. Working with the children in the choir at St. Ninian was Muise’s passion. Muise made what she referred to as a vertical commitment when she first began the choir in 1972. She [...]

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Awareness, music and good deeds all together at Evolve

Posted on July 17, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The Highland Games wasn’t the only event bringing folks from all over to this part of the province last weekend. The annual Evolve Festival took place from July 11 to 13 in Black Avon with a large musical line-up that featured, amongst others, Grandmaster Flash, Peaches, Hey Rosetta!, Slowcoaster, Carmen Townsend, Antigonish’s own Molly Thomason and traditional favourite Fred Penner. Comedy could also be found at the festival with the [...]

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Ghost ship featured on stamp

Posted on July 17, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A set of stamps issued by Canada Post June 13 has Antigonish native Jack MacPherson recalling a summer night in 1982. There are five stamps in the Haunted Canada series and one of them depicts, as it’s often called, ‘the ghost ship of the Northumberland Strait.’ The official title from the Canada Post series is The Fiery Ships of the Northumberland Strait and it’s the fiery aspect that MacPherson, a [...]

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Fraser explores Celtic roots

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

An Antigonish native who has produced her own Celtic CD is distributing her music throughout the Antigonish area. Leela Barbara Fraser, who now lives in British Columbia, grew up with Celtic music in her home. Fraser’s mother sang in Gaelic choirs and performed musical theatre and her father played the bagpipes. Though Fraser said she drifted away from Celtic music as she grew up – studying classical and jazz at [...]

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Wishing Wells Society meets with India partner

Posted on July 11, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

St. Andrews’ based group the Wishing Wells Society recently enjoyed a visit from a gentleman they have partnered with from India. Ramesh Nadava has coordinated projects Wishing Wells has helped fund in the Andhra Pradesh area of India in 2008, 2009 and 2011. “Three new drilled wells were completed with funding from Wishing Wells and Ramesh delivered pictures of the wells, showing community members holding a colorful banner which reads [...]

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Metcalfe explores need for family in Be My Baby

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Back for another term at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST), Robert Metcalfe will be directing Be My Baby, written by American playwright Ken Ludwig. Be My Baby tells the story of a young couple in 1963 who get together and want to have a child but circumstances means they have to adopt from America. The two young people are orphans and when they are unable to travel to America to [...]

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A time to remember

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

It’s a common saying that time heals all wounds, but for the victims and families of war this saying sometimes doesn’t hold much weight. On June 6, 1944 allied armies from Britian, the United States and Canada landed on Normandy’s coast. Canadian assault troops stormed ashore against strong German opposition and raced across the beach under constant gunfire.  Fourteen thousand young Canadians stormed Juno Beach on D-Day, which resulted in [...]

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Thundertales rolling along

Posted on July 10, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Thundertales, storytelling through art for teens, wrapped up a session of their program June 23 with a closing showcase event at St. Andrew Junior School’s multi-purpose room. Program facilitator Amberlee Boulton talked about the history of the program as a pilot project last summer at the People’s Place Library and in Paqtnkek First Nation. “Then in the fall we had a program here at the school that ran two nights [...]

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Talking tourism

Posted on July 10, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

As folks start to plan summer camping excursions, it’s a reminder that a campground close to Antigonish’s downtown took home a major award late last year. Whidden’s Park Campground and Cottages picked up the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia [TIANS] 2013 Tourism Business of the Year Crystal Award during a ceremony in Halifax Nov. 26. In the presentation citation it’s noted the business, which began operations in 1961, “in [...]

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Finding Felicia

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Forget Where’s Waldo? Why not try Finding Felicia. That’s the title of a children’s book penned by Laurie Bloomfield of Antigonish. “It’s about a little boy named Jack who has a best friend that is a cat – named Felicia,” she said. “She is always with him, but one day he thinks she goes missing, so he wanders the countryside trying to find her.” Along the way, Bloomfield said Jack [...]

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ACALA TV – capturing the community

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Fresh off a feasibility study and the success of the HAPPY Antigonish video, ACALA-TV continues to take on community projects while maintaining its objective as a learning tool. Program manager Phil Girvan talked about the feasibility study which was funded by Enterprising Nonprofits Nova Scotia (enp-NS) and completed by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Education Development (CEED). “We applied for funding to conduct a feasibility study and we were successful,” [...]

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Lochaber Centre grand opening set for Saturday

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A tireless community effort – and its breathtaking result – will take centre stage this weekend. The grand opening celebration for Lochaber Centre will take place Saturday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. “We have done everything we can to position Lochaber as a viable community for generations to come and contribute our small piece of the regional economic puzzle,” Brendan Brothers, project chair, said. “We are excited to [...]

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Gone, but not forgotten

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The building may be gone, but the memories are forever. That’s the common thought as people reflect after the tearing down of historic Sylvan Hall in Lochaber. The more than 90-year-old community centre met with the wrecking ball May 29. “Someone will be counting,” Merle Taylor said, with a laugh, as she made sure that her time at Sylvan Hall was recorded as 69 and not 70 years in an [...]

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Evolve set to celebrate 15th anniversary

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

An internationally-acclaimed celebration will take centre stage again this summer in Black Avon, Antigonish County. The 15th Annual Evolve Music and Awareness Festival is scheduled for July 11-13. “We turn a farmer’s field into a mini city,” Jay Cleary, Evolve festival publicist said, in describing the transformation that takes place over the three-day weekend. The musical line-up will feature more than 100 bands and DJs – both Canadian, including East [...]

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Travel the world in your backyard

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Travel the world without leaving Antigonish. That’s the opportunity being offered by the Passport Summer Film Series during July and August. The weekly screenings of movies with an international flavour is an initi-ative of All of Us Society for Art Presentation (ASAP), in partnership with the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library. Showtime will be 9 p.m. on Thursdays at Peoples’ Place Library. There is no admission charge. Since September, Gregor Martin [...]

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Paddle lessons at East Antigonish

Posted on June 23, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Grade 9 students at East Antigonish Education Academy took on a unique project this term and one that leaves with a pretty cool take home items from their school year. The students made paddles appropriate for canoeing and the idea originated from teacher Greg MacDonald taking part in a workshop for paddle making last year. “[It was] at the Mi’kmaw language conference last year at StFX,” MacDonald said last week [...]

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Large audience for R.I.P. workshop

Posted on June 23, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A first time workshop in Antigonish Saturday enjoyed an enthusiastic response. “A huge success” is the term StFX history professor Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, one of the organizers, used to describe the all-day R.I. P.: Research, Innovation and Preservation in Nova Scotia’s Historic Cemeteries workshop which was held at the People’s Place Library. The workshop was hosted by the StFX Broch Research Collective, “an interdisciplinary team of researchers with a shared interested [...]

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A Webb original coming to FAST

Posted on June 19, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

This year’s line-up for Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) includes an original production which will make its debut in Antigonish. Jeremy Webb, the well-known actor, director and writer, has created The Chuckle Hour for FAST’s family stage. Auditions for some of the children parts in the play were held last week. “For a number of years I was in charge of the kid shows in Antigonish for the festival,” Webb [...]

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Looking Back

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

His creativity shines through – even when he is asked about his art. Admittedly making up the word, Michael MacFarlane laughed as he described himself as an “observationist.” “I like to get out there and look at things and interpret them in my own way, but at the same time try to capture something about the moment, but not necessarily make it really entirely literal, I guess,” he said of [...]

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