Friday, Dec 19th, 2014

Leisure and Living

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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MacPhersons carry on Boston tradition

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

The 13-metre white spruce, which once rested on the MacPherson’s property in Purlbrook was lit up with 6,000 lights during the Boston Tree Lighting last Thursday [Dec. 4]. John and Ethel Ann and their daughter and son, Jessica and Tyler, who once used the spruce for tree forts and tire swings, had the opportunity to travel to Boston last week and take part in the tree lighting ceremony. “The overall [...]

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Bethany apprenticeship program a success

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

It’s been a year since the beginning of the Bethany Garden Apprenticeship Program and the Sisters of St. Martha and gardeners have come away with much to be proud of. As a congregation, the Marthas have been involved with environmental work for years and the program created a unique opportunity for them to continue that work. “It’s coming out of our vision of being in right relationship with all of [...]

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Growing the perfect Christmas tree

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Finding the perfect Christmas tree is an important holiday tradition for many families, but the work that goes into the tree’s creation is sometimes a mystery. It takes about 15 years for a Christmas tree to grow from a tiny seedling to a lush, green tree and it’s within those 15 years growers, like Duncan MacDonald, spend their time crafting the perfect tree. MacDonald has been growing trees from natural [...]

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Dobson back with another Gertrude the goat story

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

Gertrude Allawishes the goat is back for another colourful adventure and author Starr Dobson was back at the People’s Place Library to talk about her latest escapade. Dobson, well known for her time as host of CTV’s Live at Five, came out with the children’s book My Goat Gertrude in 2011, which was based on her childhood growing up with a pet goat living in the family’s country home in [...]

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Guysborough company launches Sea Fever Rums

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

Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. of Guysborough just keeps adding to its authenticity as a Nova Scotia business. Nov. 25, the company announced the launch of their Sea Fever Rum products which include Amber, Spiced and Coffee Maple. In the release, it’s noted the company’s new brands “hold authenticity and community at their core.” “Matured in oak barrels at their historic distillery location on Guysborough Harbour, the rum is sold [...]

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Riding high

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Mary (Lomas-Wetmore) Lukeman made her first visit to Toronto a memorable one. The Sherbrooke native and her horse, Phoenix, competed in their first Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last month in Toronto. “It’s been a long road, but it has been a really good time,” she said of the experience. “He was a little overwhelmed at first, but then things went well. We reached all our goals.” They collected a ribbon, [...]

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Leadership transition at L’Arche Antigonish

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

‘The gift that keeps on giving’ may be a decades’ old marketing slogan often dusted off this time of year, but for Gus Leuschner those words ring true, holding a real meaning. For him, that ‘gift’ has been more than two decades at L’Arche Antigonish as community leader. “It is a good decision for me; it is very good for the community,” Leuschner told the Casket of his decision to [...]

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Knights toy drive continues to thrive

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

There is still time to brighten the Christmas season for some local children with a donation to the annual Knights of Columbus toy drive. “We are there until Christmas eve [Dec. 24],” Knight Clarence Deyoung said of the toy drive’s Antigonish Mall location (across from Cole’s bookstore). He noted Knights will continue to collect toys and donations until between noon and 2 p.m. on that day. “The phone will continue [...]

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Gift of comfort

Posted on December 8, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Dorothy Benoit received an early Christmas gift last week. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home elder was one of the recipients of a lap quilt, which were fashioned by members of the Havre Boucher and Area Aged to Perfection 50-Plus Club, with assistance by family members and friends. “We worked on them over the last few weeks,” Aged to Perfection member Dee Melong said. She served as a Santa’s helper as [...]

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Author makes visit to Regional

Posted on December 8, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Well-known and accomplished author Vicki Grant was at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School Nov. 24 for a presentation on her work, as well as to encourage reading and writing. Grant’s appearance was through the Halifax Learning Centre, which uses her work. “This is really wonderful because a lot of these schools don’t have the wherewithal for an author to come in and Halifax Learning Centre is donating books and [...]

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Sister CJ enjoys time as Coady Chair in Social Justice

Posted on December 8, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The Coady International Institute enjoyed and benefitted from the presence of Sister Caroljean (CJ) Willie earlier this term as she undertook the role of 2014 Coady Chair in Social Justice at StFX. “Sister CJ’s renowned work as a writer, lecturer and social activist reflects the underlying values and principals of the Antigonish Movement,” StFX president Kent MacDonald said in a press release regarding her time at the Coady. Willie was [...]

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APIC presents at Armchair Travellers

Posted on December 8, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A Partnership in Caring (APIC) members shared stories from their most recent trip to Rwanda during an Armchair Travellers session last month at the People’s Place Library. Nov. 13, Partnership chair RN Maria van Vonderen and Dr. Carolyn Rideout talked about the group’s fourth trip which took place in late-March and for most of April. van Vonderen recapped some of the presentation in a follow-up conversation with the Casket. “We [...]

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Hard, but rewarding work

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Although his job has many challenges, the best part of Oduboye Matuluko’s job is reuniting children with their parents. Matuluko is the program manager for Child Life-Line in Nigeria. Through the organization, Matuluko promotes the care, well-being and development of children in need which means often working with children who have been abused, deprived of necessities and are homeless. Reuniting children with their parents is also the most challenging and [...]

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Trip opportunity to learn and get outdoors

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

This summer, 13-year-old Jamie Decoste had the opportunity of a lifetime, when he won a fishing trip for he and his dad to Newfoundland. Each year, youth between 12 and 17, who have completed the provincial firearms safety/hunter education course are entered to win the Atlantic Province’s Youth Hunting and Fishing Exchange Program. Jamie and his dad, Paul, had never heard of the program and were thrilled when they heard [...]

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Breaking barriers

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Walking in a door, down the street, into a washroom or onto a bus might seem like a simple task but for the one in five Nova Scotians who describe themselves as having a disability or limitation, these actions are paramount. Barriers that prevent individuals from having full participation of their lives can be the difference between a night out with friends and staying in. Daniel MacDonald is a 24-year-old [...]

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Peace building focus for Coady participant

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It probably wasn’t on his to-do list when he arrived, but Coady diploma in development leadership participant Ammar Bahadur Air counts deer hunting as one of his most memorable experiences while in Antigonish. “I am glad we didn’t [shoot one],” he admitted, with a laugh. Nevertheless, Bahadur Air said the adventure was one of his many great learning experiences here. The native of Nepal works with Sahakarmi Samaj, which he [...]

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