Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016

Leisure and Living

ASAP host Masquer-Aid Feb. 13

Posted on February 4, 2016

The annual mid-February (around Valentine’s Day) fundraiser for the All of us Society for Art Presentation (ASAP) artist-run centre is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, with the title Masquer-Aid. The costume party event of “music, dance and mystery” will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion in Antigonish from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Creative dress encouraged” reads a poster promoting the event and Adele McFarlane with ASAP notes it’s [...]

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Courageous Companions making a difference

Posted on February 4, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Local man Bob Chisholm, a retired RCMP member dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has benefited from the work of the national organization Courageous Companions (CC). The organization, as described on its website (courageouscompanions.ca), “is an injured veteran run non-profit organization dedicated to the principle of providing highly skilled and effective certified service dogs to those whose lives depend on them.” The website emphasizes the significance of having veterans leading [...]

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A community celebration for more than 40 years

Posted on February 4, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Feb. 6 to 14 will see another Pomquet Winter Carnival celebration in the Antigonish County community. As a teacher at Pomquet Consolidated School in the early-1970s, Joanie Delorey remembers the first winter carnival celebration which was, for the most part, confined to the school. “It was mainly a school event,” she said. “At the time, the staff at the Pomquet school came together with students and they did a few [...]

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Bringing the community together

Posted on February 4, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The Pomquet Winter Carnival has truly become, once again, a community event. At times during its 41 year history it may have been more of a school-only happening but, in the last few years, it has been revived as a Pomquet carnival. Committee member Susan Doiron talked about the approach which has brought the community together for the carnival. “The approach we took initially, when we revived the carnival community-wide [...]

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Comedy to combat winter blahs

Posted on January 28, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A StFX student is back in the director’s chair as Theatre Antigonish (TA) looks to tickle funny bones this February. One Man Two Guvnors will be staged at the Bauer Theatre Feb. 4 to 9 and directing is third-year psychology student Melanie Mackay who has quickly become a veteran performer with TA. “This will be my sixth show with Theatre Antigonish, the first one I direct,” Mackay, who also worked [...]

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A film about family

Posted on January 28, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A roundabout series of phone calls led to Peter Murphy’s film about his father’s side of his family entitled Noel Un-Corked. The film was featured during the Jan. 6 Seniors’ Café session at the People’s Place Library in Antigonish. A poster promoting the showing gives a brief summary of the film’s origin, as supplied by Murphy. “Born and raised in Cork, Ireland, my father Noel Murphy immigrated to Canada in [...]

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Groups receive funding for health-related projects

Posted on January 28, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A mid-week winter storm (Jan. 13) put a hold on a third grant-presentation event, but Community Health Board (CHB) 2016 Wellness Funds have already been awarded to 16 projects in Antigonish and the Strait area. Presentation events took place in Antigonish Jan. 5 and Port Hawkesbury Jan. 11, while it was the event scheduled for Guysborough which had to be postponed. Six projects and organizations received funding from the Antigonish [...]

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CWL’s Life Lesson Contest accepting submissions

Posted on January 28, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The St. Ninian’s Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Life Lesson Contest is back for a third year. The categories for the contest go by school grades with a little different twist on the same theme ‘one act of kindness.’ “Since Pope Francis declared 2016 as Holy Year of Mercy, this year’s topic will be ‘One Act of Kindness,’” CWL education and health convenor Kathleen Provost said. “We have chosen this topic [...]

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Annual lecture series taking place Feb. 1

Posted on January 28, 2016

Feb. 1, the sociology department at StFX will be hosting its sixth annual Dr. Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture Series. The lecture will take place in the auditorium of the Schwartz School of Business at 7 p.m. Dr. Ingrid Waldron, from Dalhousie University, will speak to students, faculty and the general public about environmental racism. The title of her lecture is: Polluted Places: A Socio-spatial analysis of Environmental Racism in [...]

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Antigonish Winter Market starts up Jan. 30

Posted on January 21, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The Antigonish Winter Market is ready for year two. Opening day for the market’s second year of operation is Saturday, Jan. 30. It will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations at Antigonish Market Square. “This year we have two spaces available to us to accommodate the number of vendors participating,” organizer Jolene Chisholm said. “We will be in the former City Streets unit next to Coles [...]

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Lynn Jones speaking at StFX Jan. 18

Posted on January 14, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

StFX is once again recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 18) with a public lecture and talkback session. The Office for Students of African Descent in collaboration with the Human Rights and Equity Office is hosting social activist Lynn Jones as the guest speaker for the Jan. 18 event which begins with the public lecture, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., followed by the talkback session from 1:45 to [...]

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Annual Christian Unity Week service takes place Jan. 21

Posted on January 14, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The annual ecumenical service in Antigonish, held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, will take place Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Church Street. The week is recognized internationally and each year a different country is chosen to ‘prepare’ for the activities. This year the country is Latvia. Karen Schuegraf, an organizer of the local service, noted Latvian native and Antigonish resident [...]

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Eighty years and still going strong

Posted on January 8, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

With the calendar recently turning from 2015 to 2016, it’s worth noting, before 2015 becomes too much of a distant memory, it was the year a local fishermen’s co-op celebrated, in one form or another, 80 years. Allan Roberts, whose father Leo was the store manager and first elected chairman of the St. George’s Co-operative Limited, produced a printed transcript of that co-op’s first meeting, dated July. 23, 1935. In [...]

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CWL holds annual appreciation party

Posted on January 8, 2016

More than 102 members of the St. Ninian Parish’s Catholic Women’s League (CWL) members were warmly welcomed by president Yvette Muise at their annual Christmas Appreciation Party held at St. Nininan Place Dec. 13. In the spirit of the season, Christmas trees were alit in the hall and tables were beautifully dressed with boughs of holly and gifts to honour the members who generously give their time and talents for [...]

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Antigonish authors launch new books for kids

Posted on December 30, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Local authors Justin Gregg and Angus MacCaull didn’t work on the same book but, still, their recent writing experiences were a collaboration of minds and energy. Dec. 11 at the People’s Place Library, the two combined with illustrator Annie Chau, who did the artwork for MacCaull’s book, to host a joint book launch event. Both books are for youth with Gregg releasing Twenty Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins and MacCaull [...]

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Coady farewell

Posted on December 23, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas, but a December tradition in Antigonish drew a full house earlier this month. Members of the StFX and broader communities turned out for the traditional Coady Farewell Social Dec. 4 at Dennis Hall on the university campus. Each year, the celebration takes place the evening before participants in that year’s Diploma in Development Leadership program cross the stage during fall convocation at [...]

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Muise crafts another Rabiznaz adventure

Posted on December 23, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Yvette Muise has responded to the requests. “Family and friends kept asking me if there was a second book in the making after my debut in writing in 2012 and, unbeknownst to me, I guess there was yet another story to tell if I was to tell the whole story. I took up my pen and wrote Rabiznaz the Red Colobus Monkey and the Jewel from Spain in Goa Dourado,” [...]

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Bringing out the extraordinary

Posted on December 23, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

While in Antigonish serving as the Coady International Institute’s 2015 chair in social justice, world renowned photojournalist Palagummi Sainath made the time to work with Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA) students, as well as Coady participants, on a photo journalism project. Sainath, who is especially recognized for bringing the stories of the poor and those in rural communities to light, helped the local students with a project loosely based [...]

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Inspired to end the violence

Posted on December 17, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

StFX once again hosted a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women event at the Schwartz School of Business Auditorium. The local event was held Dec. 4, close to the actual day – Dec. 6 – which is recognized across Canada. The day was established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada and marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École [...]

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Game of Life recreated in gym

Posted on December 17, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

If you come from a family who enjoyed board games, perhaps the first life/financial decisions you had to make came from playing the classic board game – Game of Life. Fortunately, the only real consequence was winning or losing a board game and maybe, you took away a lesson or two. That was the idea behind Enactus STFX setting up a giant Game of Life board on the floor of [...]

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