Saturday, Dec 16th, 2017

Leisure and Living

Knights annual toy drive underway

Posted on December 14, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The ‘toy house’ is open for business at Antigonish Market Square. That’s the affectionate name of the drop-off location for the annual Monsignor Hugh MacPherson Council of the Knights of Columbus Christmas toy drive. “Our ongoing donors and supporters deserve a big ‘thank you,’” Clarence Deyoung, one of the toy drive organizers, said. Along with those who make donations – toys and other items, including monetary ones – the Knights [...]

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The Gift

Posted on December 14, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

There were plenty of toes tapping and hands clapping on a recent rainy early December afternoon at L’Arche Antigonish. With the sounds of The Barra MacNeils spurring them on, core members, assistants and volunteers were kicking up their heels. The square dancing session – fun, in and of itself – also served a broader purpose, as a rehearsal in preparation for L’Arche Antigonish’s annual Christmas gift to family, friends and [...]

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The end of an era

Posted on December 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The year 2017 is winding down and, with it, Lyghtesome Gallery’s time as a retail business on Main Street in Antigonish. Gallery owners and operators Jeff and Beth Parker have made the decision to close the day-to-day operation, noting it is just “time.” “Basically we’re retiring,” Beth said, speaking to the Casket Dec. 4. “It’s partly because we have a lot of grandchildren and we just want to have the [...]

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Mom’s Quiltique opens in Havre Boucher

Posted on December 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

No longer will quilting enthusiasts in the Antigonish-Strait area have to travel to New Glasgow or Sydney for a large selection of fabrics and supplies; now the destination is Havre Boucher. It’s 11984 Hwy. 4, to be precise, and that is where you’ll find Vera Lynn Melong and her new business Mom’s Quiltique. “Our opening day was Nov. 4 but I started the whole process early in the summer,” Melong [...]

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Unique evening of poetry and music

Posted on December 8, 2017

Join Lewis MacKinnon Sunday for a unique evening of poetry and music as he reads in Gaelic, and in English translation, selections of renowned Sufi poet, Rumi – as interpreted by American poet, Coleman Barks. Poems are set in the Gaelic cultural calendar in Nova Scotia.     The Dec. 10 gathering, which will get underway at DreamCatchers Deli and Treats on Main Street in Antigonish at 7 p.m., will also [...]

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Christmas gala concert in Arisaig

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

An Antigonish County landmark will serve as the venue for an upcoming Christmas gala concert.     The show, at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Arisaig, will serve as a fundraiser for the parish.     “We are like most others,” organizing committee member Neil MacDougall said of the financial challenges their parish face.     As for the entertainment, he noted, organizers “decided early on” that there would be a Celtic [...]

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Outdoor rink volunteers needed

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

If you build it; they will come … and skate. Not the exact quote from the movie Field of Dreams but, in this case, appropriate since it’s referencing a proposed outdoor skating rink, built on top of a baseball field. The Town of Antigonish recreation department is hoping to build the rink on the field which is located at the end of Central Field, beside Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High [...]

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Groups coming together for holiday favourite

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A beloved holiday classic is coming to the Bauer Theatre in Antigonish for one day only. On Dec. 10, Theatre Antigonish (TA) will present Miracle on 34th Street. In partnership with the Antigonish Choral Ensemble (ACE) and the St. James Handbell Choir, this production will be the Lux Radio version of the Christmas classic. It reimagines the story as a 1940s-era radio show, complete with live choral music and the [...]

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Coady participant savouring experience

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Mohd Zahid of India describes his time at Coady International Institute as “a great experience.”     “I have had a great opportunity to explore myself,” he said, noting the process has included working on his “leadership style.”     “It has given me a reconfirmation of the importance of my work.”     That ‘work’ is as team leader with Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN), which as his Coady profile outlines, [...]

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The Homemade Gift

Posted on November 30, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

He may have a big red nose – at least every once in a while – but Jamie Murphy doesn’t have a cold. What the Heatherton Group Home resident has is as an important role in the upcoming holiday show – The Homemade Gift – which will be staged this Friday (Dec. 1) at the Heatherton Community Center. For one of the tunes – a reindeer rap – Murphy will [...]

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‘Come and go’ tea

Posted on November 30, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Martha will host a ‘come and go’ tea Saturday afternoon [Dec. 2] at Bethany Motherhouse in Antigonish. The celebration, from 1 to 4 p.m., will provide an opportunity for community members to visit the historic almost century-old complex. “We are very aware this is a special place for not only us, but also the community,” Martha congregation leader Sister Brendalee Boisvert said, in [...]

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Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas completes season this weekend

Posted on November 30, 2017

The Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas Association (SVOFCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer group, who work diligently to offer an off-season, illuminated Christmas festival. There are 12 board members and more than 100 volunteers performing thousands of volunteer hours in preparation and presentation of the festival. The members are committed to host as many free family and children’s activities as possible during the annual celebration of rural Nova Scotia Christmas traditions. [...]

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Learning from all areas

Posted on November 30, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Olubiyi Adebayo Michael would, definitely, consider himself a life-long learner. Michael is a Coady International Institute diploma in development leadership 2017 participant from Nigeria, where he works as a project co-ordinator for the Spinel Foundation. “I always look forward to a platform that will further educate me to make excellent and significant contributions towards the development of a change driven nation and also towards achieving my organizational goals and objectives,” [...]

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Participant pleased with practical education

Posted on November 30, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Nabina Sanba (Limbu) is appreciating the “practical” education she is receiving as a 2017 participant in the diploma in development leadership program, at the Coady International Institute. “I came to Coady to gain knowledge and skills to support the fight against social injustice, gender discrimination, inequality and the vicious circle of poverty in my country,” Sanba, a social development officer, with the rural municipality Mikwakhola, Taplejung, Nepal, said, in her [...]

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Antigonish 4-H honours ‘The Exhibition Crew’

Posted on November 30, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

They are affectionately known as ‘The Exhibition Crew.’ Tommy MacLellan, George Landry, Wayne Smith and Lawrence MacDonald – mainstays of the annual Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition (ENSE) – were recently honoured for their tireless effort. During the annual Antigonish County 4-H Council awards’ night, Nov. 12 at Saint Andrews District Community Centre, the organization presented the foursome with its Certificate of Appreciation, which recognizes people or businesses who make contributions [...]

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Tamarac visit Pier 21, House of Assembly

Posted on November 30, 2017

Grade 7 and 8 French Immersion students from Tamarac Education Centre in Port Hawkesbury, along with their teachers Lisa McNamara and Stephanie Sampson, travelled to Halifax Oct. 17 for a hands-on social studies experience. Thanks to funding received through the Ruth Goldbloom Educational Bursary Fund, they toured Pier 21 and participated in a simulation workshop, where they adopted the role of an immigrant, but were unaware of their country of [...]

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MacDonald to release second volume of soldier stories

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Bruce MacDonald is set to launch his second volume of stories about those who made the ultimate sacrifice, during the First World War. He’ll be doing two book launches, as well as a sale event, this week, for First World War Honour Roll of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Volume II: 1918 – 1937. The first launch will be this Saturday (Nov. 25) at the Cyril Ward Memorial Library in Guysborough. [...]

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Special swim meet a splashing success

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A special swim meet was held Nov. 12 at St. F.X.’s Alumni Aquatic Centre, which brought together international community leaders and local Special Olympic athletes. The event was titled The Art of Living Together and the community leaders were participants from the Coady International Institute’s Diploma in Development Leadership program. Along with the fun swimming competition, a potluck lunch, featuring Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, followed in a conference room [...]

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Expo promotes buy local agenda

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Authentic Seacoast of Guysborough and Steinhart Distillery of Arisaig were a couple of area businesses which took advantage of the Saltscapes Harvest Greets the Holiday Expo, which took place in Masstown, Colchester County, Nov. 10 to 12.  It was the third year for the expo, which features more of an agricultural theme with its post-harvest date, and compliments Saltscapes’ annual spring event, held at Halifax’s Exhibition Centre. “It was a [...]

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Frolic teamwork coming together for Nov. 24

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary members are busily preparing for this year’s Jingle Bell Frolic, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Clare Marie Gathering Place in the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. This year’s Frolic is under the new management of auxiliary members Alena Wilgenhof and Angela Bowles, who are doing a superb job of coordinating the many aspects of the [...]

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