Thursday, Jun 29th, 2017

Leisure and Living

Tuesday ceilidhs in Mabou to start 22nd season

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Live from Mabou, it’s Tuesday night.     That’s not quite how Joey Beaton opens each show, but the weekly summer ceilidhs in Mabou have become as iconic as that comedy sketch show with the equally famous introductory line.     For more than two decades, Beaton has emceed the musical celebration along Route 19 in Cape Breton.     “We’re all about presenting traditional Cape Breton fiddle and piano music in its [...]

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Gratitude, healing and hope

Posted on June 23, 2017 Rachel Power [email protected]

If you have been in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital lately, you may have seen patients, family members or even staff folding paper cranes. You see, the paper crane has become a symbol of hope and healing in challenging times. For the past couple months, as the hospital’s artist-in-residence, I and my amazing volunteers have been facilitating the making and then gathering of these cranes for an installation that will be [...]

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KitchenFest tuning up

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

An annual Cape Breton-wide traditional music festival will take centre stage July 1 to 7.     The fourth annual KitchenFest will feature more than 100 events and 150 performers, 70-plus ‘eat local’ restaurants and 30 venues – jam-packed into a seven-day period.     “It is still a very young festival, but it continues to grow – each and every year,” Margie Beaton, The Gaelic College director of marketing and design, [...]

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Host team excited for provincial games

Posted on June 16, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Just a couple of more sleeps and then it’s here. The Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games take place this weekend in Antigonish, from June 16 to 18, at St. F.X. The home team ready to welcome the province to Antigonish is the Eastern Highlands team and regional co-ordinator Joan Conrad said the team is well-prepared and excited for the Games. “Things are going very well,” Conrad said in conversation [...]

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Antigonish sisters release song Your Voice

Posted on June 16, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Antigonish sisters Moira and Claire MacMullin have put their voices together for Your Voice, a single now available on the music download site Bandcamp. A message accompanying the song talks about the duo’s appreciation for harmonies after hearing a song from a well-known Canadian singer/songwriter. “Sisters Moira and Claire discovered harmony five years ago to the song Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane,” the note reads. “Now the pop-folk [...]

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Local Special Olympic athletes getting ready

Posted on June 16, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Heather MacGillivray and Hannah Deon are two members of the Eastern Highlands Special Olympics team who are hoping to make an impact, and have a lot of fun, this weekend, in their respective sports, as the team plays host for the Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games – June 16 to 18 at St. F.X. MacGillivray is part of the bocce team and was practicing June 7 at St. F.X. [...]

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Antigonish Art Fair to kick-off June 23

Posted on June 16, 2017 Tyler MacDonald

With the summer months come longer days and warmer evenings. With those warmer evenings comes the familiar sight of the Antigonish Art Fair in Chisholm Park. Now entering its fourth year of operation, the fair features local artists, artisans, photographers, musicians, spoken word artists, food vendors, and more (yes, applications are still being accepted for this year.). Festivities will take start Friday, June 23, and continue every second Friday after [...]

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Road Show to celebrate Canada’s birthday

Posted on June 9, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The ‘two wheels and six strings’ tour made its way through Antigonish early last week, courtesy of George Arthur – the Song Rider. “I’ve packed my guitar and set out on my motorcycle to perform 150 shows to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” Arthur stated on a very Canadian-esque postcard he is handing out during his travels. “If you have something to celebrate, I have songs to sing at your deck [...]

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Still in demand

Posted on June 9, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Eighteen years after it was first released, Italian Lives, Cape Breton Memories is getting a second life. Father Evo DiPierro, from Holy Rosary Parish – Lakevale, was one of two editors of the book and he reunited with his co-editor, Sam Migliore, to produce a second edition which will be officially launched this Friday (June 9), at Cape Breton University’s Beaton Institute in Sydney. Being held in conjunction with International [...]

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‘Magical’ program at People’s Place

Posted on June 9, 2017 by Patti Huston [email protected]

Elizabeth Glinz is programming and outreach assistant at People’s Place – the Antigonish branch of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) system. Her role is to educate people about what is available at the library, so they can make the most of it as a resource. Glinz, who runs programs ranging from ABCs for Babies to sing-a-longs for seniors, said open mic night is, probably, the “most magical” program at [...]

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Granville Green announces 2017 line-up

Posted on June 9, 2017

Mark July 2 on the calendar as the Barra MacNeils, with special guest Nuallan, Sarah MacInnis & Change of Step, kick-off the Granville Green Concert Series.
 Presented by NuStar Energy and Bear Head LNG, this year’s series will feature six free outdoor concerts held on Sundays from July 2 to Aug. 6 at the Granville Green band shell in Port Hawkesbury. From folk to Celtic, established as well as emerging [...]

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From Syria to St. Andrews, family settling in

Posted on June 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The El imam family from Syria have called St. Andrews home for about 16 months now. And while father Fahed, mother Madaniyeh and children; Mohammad (18), Mohaz (14), Sondos (10) and Ahmad (7), expect to, one day, gain their Canadian citizenship, the newest member of the family has already beaten them to the citizenship punch. Baby Zane was born about a month ago and, as Madaniyeh told the Casket May [...]

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Support for family visiting from Malaysia

Posted on June 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

St. James United Church members have been rallying for a family from Malaysia who have found themselves in a very difficult spot following a medical emergency in late March and early April. Kent Eee, Bella Tan and their children Paul and Rachel were visiting Antigonish from Malaysia to spend time with Bella’s brother Melvin Tan. Melvin, who works for Sobeys, is also known around the community for the Little Asia [...]

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Giant book sale this Saturday

Posted on June 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A couple of well-known community groups are coming together to create the ultimate book sale fundraiser. The St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of the Antigonish Library (FoAL) will co-sponsor the Giant Book Sale which will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the People’s Place Library. Books for the sale can be dropped off at the library between noon and 7 p.m., the [...]

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Frolic fun this Saturday

Posted on June 2, 2017

On Saturday, June 3, St. James United Church will, once again, be hosting its signature rite of spring, the Old Stump Frolic, and they want everyone to have a good time. Rain or shine (or snow), the party will go on; with food and beverages, baked goods (all home-made and with items labelled for buyers with food sensitivities), multiple elephant tables (you’ll have to see this for yourself), plants, books, [...]

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Fisher to spend summer with RENEW

Posted on June 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Michael Fisher, advisor/co-ordinator for students of African descent at St. F.X., is preparing for a special trip this summer which could support his professional, academic and athletic goals. In Tanzania this July, Fisher will be working with RENEW, a non-profit organization that brings, as noted on their website (renewchange.org), “professional development to children around the world to help them learn to love themselves and live their dreams from an early [...]

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AHDA members to represent province at national competition

Posted on May 26, 2017

Ten members of the Antigonish Highland Dancing Association (AHDA) will represent Nova Scotia at this summer’s national championships. The 2017 ScotDance Canada Championship Series is in Charlottetown, from June 29 to July 3. Karly Boyle, Rachel Reid, Jaelyn Rovers, Megan Smith, Erin Gilfoy, Emma Smith, Hannah Delorey, Carly MacDonald, Abigail MacDonald and Courtney MacDonald earned spots on the provincial team with strong performances at the Nova Scotia Closed Competition and [...]

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A focus on mental health

Posted on May 26, 2017

The St. Mary’s Academy Healthy Active Lifestyle Team (HALT) hosted CORE Day 2017, May 3, at the Sherbooke school as part of Mental Health Week activities. Since 2005, St. Mary’s HALT has been active in the promotion of student health and wellness, with the group organizing presenters and activities. In 2010, the team hosted its first mental health day, which is now called CORE – ‘Cope with an open mind, [...]

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Choir call out

Posted on May 26, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The call is going out for more people to add their voices to the special choir being created to help Antigonish, town and county, celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. “The Canada Day 150 Committee is searching for local voices to participate in the creation of an SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir for a one-time performance at this event,” a release on the town’s website (townofantigonish.ca), reads. “Under the direction of [...]

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Memory Walk coming up June 10

Posted on May 26, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Memory Walk, for the Eastern Memorial Hospital Foundation, is reaching a milestone this year with its walk scheduled for Saturday, June 10. This year marks the walk’s fifth anniversary. Organizer Julieann Myatt noted the walk’s origins started with the foundation being part of a triathlon/walk event in Guysborough County, with proceeds being shared amongst three hospitals. When that event ended, she suggested to foundation board members they create their [...]

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