Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015

Leisure and Living

Charley’s Aunt a totally student-led production

Posted on January 22, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

When Theatre Antigonish’s (TA) Charley’s Aunt opens Feb. 12 it will be, in every-sense of the term, a student-led production. StFX students Laura McLachlan and Kierra Gallant are sharing the directors’ chair for the play while fellow student Lauren Nevin is the stage manager/designer. Gallant, a fourth-year psychology student from Halifax, said it came about as TA’s artistic director Ed Thomason was thinking of some news ideas for this season’s [...]

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Japanese swordsmanship being taught in Antigonish

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A new organization is bringing a unique art to the Antigonish area. Ka Muso Kai club in Antigonish began teaching Iaido, a form of Japanese swordsmanship, in December and will be holding its first seminar at the end of the month. “If you want to be involved in a traditional martial arts practice that helps you to be focused and present-minded like tai chi, yoga or even taekwondo and karate, [...]

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Local Economic Trading System beginning

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A new group is promoting the idea of exchanging talents and goods for the talents and goods of others in Antigonish. LETS Connect Antigonish (LCA), is a Local Economic Trading System which aims to allow all members of the community to trade goods and services in an accessible, simple and sustainable way. “It goes beyond direct trading,” member Dave Maybee said. Neighbours may trade services between friends, such as apples [...]

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Hamilton to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. event

Posted on January 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The annual speaking engagement event at StFX, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will take play Monday, Jan. 19, and feature acclaimed Nova Scotian filmmaker, writer and artist Sylvia D. Hamilton. The event will take place in Dennis Hall at the Coady International Institute from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. A light lunch and refreshments will follow Hamilton’s talk. Hamilton’s work, as noted on a StFX release promoting [...]

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Marthas supporting St. Andrews society’s projects

Posted on January 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The Wishing Wells Society received a Christmas gift this season which will continue to be under their tree for the next four years and benefit the thousands upon thousands of people their water projects aid in underdeveloped nations. The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha have pledged $5,000 per year for five years to the St. Andrews-based society, which has been completing water projects in India, Haiti, Rwanda and [...]

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Call for submissions for CWL contest

Posted on January 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

After a successful debut of their youth illustrating and writing contest last year, the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of Antigonish is now calling for submissions for the Second Annual CWL Life Lessons Contest. “It went very well … people were very pleased with the outcome,” CWL education and health convener Yvette Muise said. Muise talked about the wrap-up event from last year affirming the success and providing motivation to hold [...]

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Dolphin intelligence discussed at latest Seniors’ Café

Posted on January 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Science researcher and author Justin Gregg provided Seniors’ Café attendees with a unique presentation during the Jan. 7 edition of the monthly event held at the People’s Place Library. The title to Gregg’s presentation was Are Dolphins Really Smart? which was based on his 2013 book of the same name. “I’m talking about dolphin intelligence in general,” Gregg said just prior to the start of his afternoon presentation. “Most of [...]

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Theatre Antigonish ready for one-act play submissions

Posted on January 16, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Theatre Antigonish’s popular One-Act Play Festival is less than two months away and now is the time to get-in submissions for the four-day event open to all. “The One-Act Play Festival is in the Bauer Theatre March 12, 13, 14 and 15,” Theatre Antigonish artistic director Ed Thomason noted, adding “I want to start getting the word out to encourage people to submit performances, productions or whatever. “It’s open to [...]

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Prayer week’s theme of water and wells ties into local society

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins Jan. 18 and this year the theme is celebrating the Gospel of John Chapter Four, the Woman at the Well. Each year a different country is chosen to prepare the week of prayer for Christian unity and select the scripture and theme. This year Brazil was chosen. “The idea is that in Brazil, it’s hospitality to offer someone a drink of water,” [...]

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If Not Me,Then Who?

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A former StFX X-Men football player has authored a children’s book – one which delivers an inspirational message. Kwami Osei, a student-athlete who accomplished as much off the field as on during his time in Antigonish, recently released If Not Me, Then Who? – The Tale of the Little Eagle, which tells the story of an eagle being raised amongst pigeons, due to circumstances beyond his control. As the book’s [...]

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McFarlane brings work to the people

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Adele McFarlane said she “always wanted to be an artist.” “I was always, always drawing,” she added. The Amherst native put the finishing touches on her first painting at the age of 10. “My mother was working at a nursing home at the time and there was somebody that came in and did painting with the residents,” McFarlane said in an interview on the heels of the opening of her [...]

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Community transit fun

Posted on January 9, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

It was Christmas time in transit Dec. 17 as the Antigonish Community Transit Society (ACTS) town bus welcomed singer/songwriter Kim Wempe onto the bus to serenade its riders with Christmas carols and original tunes. The fun ride started at noon and went until 1:30 p.m. ACTS wanted to have a fun day on the bus to bring awareness to the bus system in town and to celebrate the holiday season, [...]

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MLA enjoying ‘incredible’ job

Posted on January 8, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

In October 2013, Randy Delorey was elected as MLA for Antigonish and after a little more than a year on the job, Delorey said the opportunities to help people are what make it interesting. “It’s an incredible job on two fronts,” Delorey said, noting helping individual people and the larger community is a big part of that. Though many moments have stood out for Delorey over the last year, he [...]

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Three cheers for beer

Posted on January 8, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Angeline MacLennan has always liked beer and now that she’s a Certified Cicerone – like a sommelier for beer – she can share her passion and knowledge with others. MacLennan studied to become a cicerone for seven months and took the exam this past November. The certification is unique and only just catching on in Canada. In fact, it’s so unique, MacLennan is the only Certified Cicerone in the Maritimes. [...]

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Regional students help stock food bank’s pantry

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Emily Hiltz

Students at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School have concluded another successful food bank drive this Christmas with 2,136 lbs of food collected by students. The week-long Christmas food bank drive was organized by students in the school’s social awareness committee. Grade 12 student and social awareness committee co-head Elizabeth Duff said every morning students brought in food. “It’s really important to give back to our community,” Elizabeth said. [...]

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Elf on the Shelf – the beginning of a magical tradition

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Emily Hiltz

Once upon a time there was an elf named Clyde. Every year on Dec. 1, Clyde travels from the North Pole to make his way to the home of Alicia and Derek MacDonald in Antigonish and watch over Mia, Jace and Callie Mae to make sure they’re behaving for Santa. Every parent may tell the story differently, but regardless of the history, Elf on the Shelf has become a popular [...]

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Artwork for those in palliative care

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

Art has a way of drawing people in and transporting them to a time and place of comfort. With that thought firmly in mind, local artist Anne Camozzi recently donated a 30” x 30” work entitled Eagle Soaring to the Antigonish Town and County Palliative Care Society. In her ‘artist statement’ Camozzi talked about the donation and reason for choosing the Eagle Soaring painting. “Art is known to help with [...]

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Following a family tradition

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

For Angela MacKenzie, receiving her X-Ring means joining in a long and proud family tradition. “I don’t want to say I’m a legacy child but I kind of am,” MacKenzie said with a chuckle. “There are a lot of MacKenzies who have gone through these doors … my grandpa, my dad, my mom, a lot of my cousins, uncles and aunts as well.” MacKenzie noted her father Paul is a [...]

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Resident recalls second Halifax explosion

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

With the anniversary of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 taking place earlier this month (Dec. 6) and talk of Nova Scotia donating a Christmas tree to Boston as a thank you, it brought to mind for one Antigonish resident, thoughts of what is commonly known as the ‘second Halifax explosion’ which took place in 1945. Greg Albert was only six years old back on July 18, 1945 when, as a [...]

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Summer wedding for couple walking hand in hand

Posted on December 18, 2014 By Emily Hiltz

The date has been set. After a four-and- a-half year engagement, Austin Carter and Marilyn Menti are getting married June 13, 2015. Although they are excited, Carter and Menti are remaining humble and said they’re thankful for all the support they have received. “We do a lot of work but it’s just small paying jobs and stuff,” Carter said. “Without the people supporting us it probably never would have happened [...]

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