Friday, Dec 9th, 2016

Leisure and Living

A Christmas Carol coming to Bauer Theatre Dec. 11

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, will come alive at the Bauer Theatre, Dec. 11, as part of a Nova Scotia tour for the performance. Now in its 13th year of production, and seventh time coming to Antigonish, the one-person play features Rhys Bevan-John and is directed by creator Jeremy Webb who, up until last year, also did the acting. “Six hundred plus performances,” Webb said of his performing [...]

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A King’s Christmas returning to St. Ninian’s Cathedral

Posted on December 7, 2016 Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A holiday tradition of seasonal song and story will make its return to St. Ninian’s Cathedral in Antigonish later this month.     A King’s Christmas, featuring the University of King’s College Chapel Choir under the direction of Paul Halley, will take centre stage Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m.     “We sang some of our carols at a service at King’s [College], on Sunday, and it all went well, so [...]

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From the clinic to the lanes, staying busy

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

When asked about her volunteer work with the foot clinic at St. Ninian Place in Antigonish, Audrey Facey summed it all well. “It’s doing what I always do, keeping busy,” she said of her role at the clinic, which includes all the paper work and reminder calls amongst other tasks, some of which she’ll do from her home in Monastery when the need arises. “Ever since they started here, which [...]

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Twiddle muffs for the R.K.

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

At the start of a Nov. 29 presentation at the R.K. Nursing Home by Beth Jackson, local co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, the ladies of the Bayfield S&B group made a unique donation to the home and its residents. The group donated ‘twiddle muffs’ they made and provided those in attendance with a brief story of how the donation came to be. “A couple months ago, a [...]

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Mining history

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

No one wants a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking, but what about a book chronicling the rich history of North America’s only coal miners’ chorus.     Written by long-time musical director John C. ‘Jack’ O’Donnell, The Men of the Deeps – A Journey with North America’s Only Coal Miners Chorus is now available.     With a copy nestled in his hands, the author described the project as “a [...]

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Rankin close to home for shows Dec. 16 and 17

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Antigonishers wanting to take in a concert by popular Mabou, Cape Breton musical talent Jimmy Rankin, in mid-December, have the choice of a short drive east or west. Rankin will be in New Glasgow, Dec. 16 at Glasgow Square, and the following night he’ll take the stage in Port Hawkesbury, at the Bear Head Conference Room in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. “I can’t wait to get up … I’m [...]

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Long-time 4-H volunteer honoured

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Ever since growing up on the family farm in St. Joseph’s, the 4-H movement has been a big part of Vaughan Chisholm’s life.     “Competition,” he said, with a laugh, when asked why 4-H appealed to him as a youngster.     “We had farm animals and they were, kind of, our pets, so we liked to show them.”     After a “little gap,” when his children were young, Chisholm said [...]

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Local audiologist works with Special Olympians

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Audiologist Nadia Tymczyszyn, from Antigonish’s Highland Hearing Clinic, had an interesting experience earlier this month in the City of Brotherly Love.   Tymczyszyn travelled to Philadelphia, Nov. 3 to 6, to be part of a team of audiologists working with a large Special Olympics event held at Villanova University. “We were there for a fall fair event for the Special Olympics in Philadelphia, it’s the largest student-run event in the world,” [...]

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SAERC’s Share and Care celebrates 10 years

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

This marks the 10th anniversary of the hugely successful Operation Share and Care at Strait Area Education and Recreation Center (SAERC). The project was started by school vice-principal Rob Allen, as a non-profit fundraising effort to help underprivileged children in the Port Hawkesbury and Mulgrave areas to have gifts at Christmas. “We understand that times are tough,” Allen said. The project benefits organizations, such as Port Hawkesbury Seasonal Services, the [...]

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Lost Realms finding plenty of support

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Dec. 1 marks the first year anniversary for an Antigonish store with “a little bit of everything.” That is how Lost Realms owner Trueman Matheson described his store’s offerings and inventory, noting it has grown significantly over the last year and, in conjunction, so have his sales. “Many people might think we’re just a gaming store but we have a very large selection of novels, [novelty] swords and armour, DVDs, [...]

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Tompkinsville coming to TA

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A play that focuses on the establishment of the first co-operative housing unit in North America – Tompkinsville – is making a return to the Bauer Theatre, as part of the Theatre Antigonish (TA) season.     Under the direction of Martha Irving, the Lindsay Kyte creation will be staged in Antigonish for the second time – Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.     “We are so looking forward to this [...]

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It Takes a Village

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

The Heatherton Group Home is preparing to spread some holiday cheer.     For the second consecutive year, the residents, with some help from staff and members of the broader community, will host a fundraiser at the Heatherton Community Centre.     It Takes a Village will be centre stage Friday, Dec. 2.     “It is a way for us to pay tribute to our volunteers and everyone who helps us throughout [...]

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Auxiliary helps echocardiography program at hospital

Posted on November 22, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The St. Martha’s Hospital Auxiliary is getting set for their annual Jingle Bell Frolic which will be held Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Clare Marie Gathering Place at the hospital. Efforts from the auxiliary go a long way in keeping St. Martha’s Regional Hospital the first-rate, modern facility it is; evidenced this summer by their contribution to the echocardiography program. “Echocardiography is ultrasound of the [...]

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Home for fire log business

Posted on November 22, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Garry Kell and Brian Cameron’s fire log business is going well… maybe a little bit too well. The duo ran out of stock in August and are now focused on seeing a shed built for their business, beside the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) workshop on Kirk Street, with the help of a Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) second-year carpentry class. All were in action Nov. 8, with the [...]

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ElderDog Canada wants to establish Antigonish chapter

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

An organization, dedicated to helping seniors and their four-legged friends, wants to establish a chapter in the Antigonish area.     Representatives of ElderDog Canada, a Nova Scotia-based federally incorporated non-profit and registered charity, will host an information session Thursday, Nov. 24, beginning at 1 p.m., at People’s Place Library on Main Street.     “I will be doing a presentation about what we do and how we started, and different volunteer [...]

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Theatre Antigonish season begins Nov. 17

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

A new season of Theatre Antigonish (TA) begins Nov. 17 and, with it, a new era as Andrea Boyd, as artistic director, and Reema Fuller, as managing director, take over the leadership roles with the company following the departure of long-time artistic producer Ed Thomason. After a dozen years at the helm and following another successful Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) season, Thomason stepped aside in August to pursue other [...]

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Annual Lights of Love campaign starts-up

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

A sure sign, locally, Christmas is starting to come on the horizon is the start-up of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home’s annual Lights of Love campaign. Organizers urge folks to purchase bulbs dedicated in the memory of a deceased loved one or to honour someone presently in their life. There is no limit on how many bulbs can be purchased. They will be placed on a Christmas tree donated to [...]

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Attendance up for this year’s AIFF

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

The Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) celebrated year 10 with this year’s festival which took place Oct. 21 to 23. And for its 10th year, they were joined by a very large audience. “We were up 25 per cent over last year in terms of attendees per film, which is huge,” Janet Stark, AIFF society president, said. “We’ve been constant, at least over the last five years I’ve been looking [...]

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Lochaber United Church celebrates 85th anniversary

Posted on November 2, 2016

The 85th anniversary of Lochaber United Church was celebrated Oct. 16 by a large gathering; including members and friends from Kings United, Loch Katrine and Reverend (Rev.) Shelagh McCulloch-Taylor, minister for the two churches from 1989-96.  The service was led by Rev. Meredith Marple and the guest preacher was Rev. Doug Stewart who grew up in Lochaber and attended the congregation in his early life. It’s noted with Stewart, he [...]

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Antigonish natives headline wartime play

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

When the Halifax Theatre for Young People and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 present playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s Where Poppies Blow, Nov. 11 to 13, they’ll be doing so with a significant Antigonish contribution. The three-person cast includes Antigonish natives and veteran actors Mary-Colin Chisholm and Kyle Gillis, both of whom play multiple roles in the First World War era play, set in Halifax. On the production side, Katrin [...]

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