Friday, Oct 31st, 2014

Leisure and Living

Library finalist in Great Places contest

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

After a month of dedicated community members placing their votes for the Peoples Place Library in the Great Places in Canada contest the library has come out on top. The Peoples Place Library is one of the top 14 finalists and one of the top seven in the great public spaces category.  When the town, library staff and planners set about building the new library, Antigonish librarian and children’s services [...]

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StFX nursing students raise funds for Friendship Corner

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Saturday evening (Oct. 25), a group of StFX nursing students had the opportunity to give back to a community group they feel a strong connection to. During the closing banquet of the Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) regional conference the Friendship Corner was presented with $1,500. The CNSA regional conference is held at a different university each year. Last year, when it was at Cape Breton University, the StFX nursing [...]

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Learning about responsibility through horseback riding

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Horseback riders at the Friendly Breezes Stables in Ohio had the chance to show off their skills Sunday during a show at the barns. Although the students have learned how to ride and take part in events, there are other important life skills that factor into the hobby. Seventeen-year-old Courtney George has been riding since she was five when her grandfather signed her up for a lesson. Courtney said she [...]

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Fourth Well releases debut EP

Posted on October 30, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The band Fourth Well is known for its Antigonish County roots and lively, energetic stage shows which touch on many different genres of music, particularly rock, jam, Celtic and funk. The profile of the now Halifax-based band will be expanded with the release of their first EP which came out Sept. 25. “It turned out great … we’re happy with the outcome,” band member Dillan Tate said in conversation with [...]

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Milner to launch second book Nov. 5

Posted on October 30, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

It’s a sequel 25 years in the making. Local writer Phil Milner is getting set to launch his second book with a free event, Nov. 5, at Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 in Antigonish. The book is titled The Antigonish Book of Days and Milner described it as his first book “in a generation.” “My first book I wrote 25 years ago, The Yankee Professor’s [Guide to Nova Scotia], [...]

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Settling in – 989 XFM to host open house Friday

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

After almost 45 years, Joe Chesal has moved. The retired educator hasn’t changed his home address, but the location where he has shared many memorable moments with the Antigonish community. The long-time broadcaster and his colleagues are no longer on Kirk Street, but on Highway #7, just off Tamara Drive – the new home of 989 XFM. “I guess I am the oldest person here,” he quipped, while sitting behind [...]

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Museum welcomes piping and drumming collection

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

For those who love piping and drumming, a recent acquisition by the Antigonish Heritage Museum should be music to their ears. The extensive collection, which includes recordings and tunes from around the world, is the legacy of well-known musician Iain Millington. “It is a huge windfall for the museum,” Angus MacGillivray, of the Heritage Association of Antigonish, said. Piper Scott Williams, an Antigonish native and long-time friend of Millington’s, said [...]

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Moose makes visit to Clydesdale

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A four-legged visitor to the Antigonish County community of Clydesdale drew lots of attention Sunday. “A sighting [in that area] is rare, several neighbors stopped to see him,” resident Kevin Bekkers said of the eight-point bull moose in a Monday email. Bekkers was able to snap some photos of the animal. “He was around most of yesterday. Our cows were curious – the red Herford walked over to him, challenging [...]

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Accessible playground would make play possible for every body

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Support from a national grant could bring Antigonish Education Centre one step closer to creating an accessible playground for children.  The goal is for “A Playground for Every Body,” to be a playground where children can feel welcome and play, regardless of their abilities. Tiffany MacNeil is a teacher at H.M. MacDonald Elementary School. She initially came up with the idea because of her son. He has special needs and [...]

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Quilt to raise funds for work in Rwanda

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A Partnership in Caring in collaboration with the Highland Quilt Guild has created a one of a kind quilt to raise funds for the work A Partnership in Caring does in Rwanda. A Partnership in Caring has been travelling to Rwanda yearly since 2011. Since then, they have purchased 100 mattresses for the hospital in Butare, provided funds for food, transportation, medication, diagnostic testing for inpatients who have no insurance [...]

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Antigonish Run for the Cure raises almost $24,000

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

This month’s Run for the Cure in Antigonish benefitted from excellent weather, a mass of participants and almost $24,000 in donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The more than 260 participants in the Run for the Cure raised approximately $23,600 two weeks ago for breast cancer research, but they aren’t done yet. “We have until Oct. 31 to keep fundraising,” Jane Anne Howard said. “I know I have two [...]

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Free paper shredding event at Antigonish Mall Saturday

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

An opportunity to shred all those sensitive documents before recycling can be had this Saturday (Oct. 25), between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Antigonish Mall. The Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) Nova Scotia and the municipal solid waste management regions, which includes Eastern Region Solid Waste Management, are hosting Shred Instead events across the province to celebrate Waste Reduction Week – Oct. 18 to 15. “Confidential paper should [...]

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Artist continues healing journey

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The healing journey for Susan Walsh started when she was 42 years old. “Suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and childhood trauma,” she began what she described as her “healing journey in psychosynthesis therapy.” She also started painting. “When I went to therapy I ran out of money at one point,” Walsh said, noting she was raising two sons on her own at the time. She told her therapist she [...]

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Film festival this Friday and Saturday

Posted on October 17, 2014

Where else but Antigonish does $15 buy you two days of documentary films … or if you are a student or unwaged, just $5? During the past 12 months, the selection committee of the Antigonish International Film Festival [AIFF] has been previewing and screening numerous films from various parts of the world, looking to source and select the most outstanding. Twenty-eight films have been chosen this year, many of them [...]

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Bike, Run, Walk for Breakfast this Saturday

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

This weekend will feature a first-time event at Keppoch Mountain, which is being held to support breakfast programs at local schools. The Antigonish Kinsmen Bike, Run, Walk for Breakfast will take place Oct. 18 at the Keppoch, starting at approximately 9 a.m. “We just kind of thought of it over the summer just to keep the club more active and get our name out more,” Kinsman Jeff Huff said about [...]

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Hands-on learning with Theatre Antigonish

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

Four StFX business students have made the marketing and support of Theatre Antigonish’s (TA) fall schedule a service learning project for this semester. The project is associated with their entrepreneurship class. Student Ashley Pettipas talked about the origins of the project which started, indirectly, with her participation with this past summer’s Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST). “Social entrepreneurship is basically taking the business elements of a new venture entrepreneurship, but [...]

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X grad Mackinnon touring with Guthro, Stone

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

Their names have been linked together for a variety of musical reasons, mostly because of corresponding career ascents, but this time it’s because they’re sharing the same stage in a fall tour that will land in New Glasgow, Oct. 18, at Glasgow Square. Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone and 2014 StFX grad and Sydney native Breagh Mackinnon will share the stage in a songwriters circle type of format. “We just played [...]

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Jowett exhibit on display

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

The work of Cloverdale-based photographer Peter Jowett is being featured this month at the J. Franklin Wright Art Gallery in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Jowett is known for capturing Canada the way only someone who has lived throughout the country can. “His deep love and respect of our natural world is evident through his compelling images” reads promotional material for the exhibit. “He has been professionally recognized for his [...]

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Purl Brook DKI moves home

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

Purl Brook DKI has moved home. The disaster cleanup business that started in 1996 as Purl Brook Enterprises, with an office inside Stewart’s Auto Body, has completely renovated the building and turned it into their new location. Hughie and Debbie Stewart own Purl Brook DKI. Though they started out in 1996 with general contracting, it was 2007 when they got into the remediation business. Hughie was doing reconstruction and would [...]

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Films ready to roll for AIFF

Posted on October 9, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

It’s almost time to raise the curtain for the 2014 Antigonish International Film Festival [AIFF]. This year’s festival, the eighth year for the event, will take place Friday Oct. 17 and Saturday the 18th. Twenty-eight films will be shown at three venues, all virtually neighbours in the heart of downtown Antigonish. The locations include the People’s Place Library, Cineplex/Capitol Theatre, which is beside the library, and at Town of Antigonish [...]

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