Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014

Leisure and Living

NSSSA regional conference goes this weekend

Posted on November 21, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Leadership and mental health awareness will be two of the focuses as the Nova Scotia Secondary Student’s Association (NSSSA) holds their annual regional (Strait) conference Nov. 22 and 23. The conference, as it has for the past few years, will be held at StFX. Various buildings on campus will host activities. The NSSSA is a non-profit organization run for the benefit of high school students across Nova Scotia. The organization [...]

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Grandmothers helping grandmothers

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A documentary viewed at the Antigonish Town and County Library Nov. 14 showed the hardships many African Grandmothers face because of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The Film, African Grandmothers Tribunal: Seeking justice at the frontlines of the AIDS crisis followed the lives of three grandmothers who testified at the African Grandmothers Tribunal in 2013. Grandmothers in Africa often must step up to care for orphaned grandchildren, who have lost [...]

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StFX Relay for Life reaching to community

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Every year a group of StFX students get together to organize the Relay for Life on campus, but this year, they’re reaching to the community for support. “Every year the focus is StFX students but this year we really want to get the Antigonish community more involved because it’s not just a StFX event,” fourth-year StFX student and co-organizer Mary Weir said. Relay for Life is a 12-hour overnight fundraising [...]

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Sailing the high seas

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Travel is a goal found on many bucket lists, but travel via tall ship might not make its way to a list as frequently. In March and April 2014, Deirdre Duffy had the chance to do just that. For one month, Duffy travelled the South American coasts of Argentina and Uruguay on a tall ship. Duffy had done short trips on tall ships as a teenager, but hadn’t had the [...]

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Festival of Trees begins Friday at the library

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

An annual fundraiser for Antigonish Guysborough Early Childhood Intervention Program (AGECIP) is preparing to light up Peoples Place. Volunteers have been busy setting up Christmas trees in the library this week for the 8th annual Festival of Trees, which will officially begin Friday, Nov. 21. Each year, 14 trees and six wreaths are set up in the library. Businesses who sponsor a tree or wreath can decorate it according to [...]

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Sisters recognized, thanked for service

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Community members of all ages filled the St. Andrews District Community Centre Sunday afternoon for a thank-you reception and tribute to the Sisters of St. Martha in recognition of the closing of the convent in St. Andrews. Fraser Dunn, who opened the reception with an extensive history of the work the Martha congregation have done in the community since 1928, said he wouldn’t know how to put their impact into [...]

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Association completes Remembrance Day booklet

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Heritage Association of Antigonish has completed a booklet chronicling different ways in which the local community contributed to the First World War effort. “I wanted to do something to mark the 100th anniversary,” Bart Sears, creator of Remembrance Day, told the Casket. Sears, a director with the local heritage association, took his idea to the group. “We thought it was fabulous,” Angus MacGillivray, another association director said of the [...]

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Cullan is rolling

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Although he is only four years old, you could say Cullan Chisholm has his learner’s permit. Although it is not a license to get behind the wheel, the youngster will have just as much freedom. Cullan is learning to operate his first motorized wheelchair. “He [and we] are still learning the ropes,” his mother, Monique Chisholm, said, with a laugh. Cullan has many challenges related to his cerebral palsy, including [...]

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Helping the helpers

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

After more than two decades helping others, the tables were turned for John Garth MacDonald. The veteran paramedic from Antigonish knew he needed help; a lot of help. “Years of death,” MacDonald said, when asked about what brought on the post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, he lives with each day. The suicides, motor vehicle collisions and “sudden deaths” – the loss of so many lives – infants and babies included, [...]

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Make-up artist leaving mark at TA

Posted on November 13, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Theatre Antigonish’s fall/winter season continues next week with the opening of Frankenstein, a play adapted by Dorothy Louise from Mary Shelley’s classic novel. The play begins on Nov. 20 and runs nightly, at 8 p.m., until Nov. 23. In summary, the story is, as described in TA promotional material, “innocent but grotesque, thrust into a cruel, inhospitable universe, Frankenstein’s creature exacts terrible vengeance.” Charged with making actor Martin Helle into [...]

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Bridge garners award

Posted on November 13, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Tracadie jeweler Clare Bridge’s work is, once again, being recognized with a Jurors’ Choice Award as part of a Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council (NSDCC) exhibit. Two years ago Bridge’s No. 4, a bracelet designed for NSDCC’s Titanica exhibit, was selected for a Juror’s Choice Award and this year it’s her Nelson’s Neckpeace necklace being recognized. The title for this year’s NSDCC exhibit, which was shown at Marie E Black [...]

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Bagatelles and Further Layers at StFX Art Gallery

Posted on November 13, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Internationally acclaimed artist Anna Torma is being featured this month at the StFX Art Gallery. Torma is a Hungarian artist who, these days, with her husband calls Baie Verte, New Brunswick home. Her exhibit, Bagatelles and Further Layers, will be on display in Antigonish until Dec. 5. The major piece in the exhibit, as illustrated by the title and prominence amongst the work, is Bagatelles, a large, doubled-sided installation of [...]

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Raising funds for river restoration

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A crowdfunding campaign at StFX is raising funds for river restoration research. Barry Taylor is one of the professors spearheading the campaign. Taylor and his students are working hard to evaluate the effectiveness of work being done to undo damage to rivers and would greatly benefit from the crowdfunding. The restoration of the rivers is undertaken by different volunteer organizations across the province. Habitat Unlimited is the organization doing the [...]

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People’s Place wins Great Places contest

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

They did it. Antigonish Town and County Library, the People’s Place, is the winner of the Great Places in Canada 2014 contest for the Great Public Space category. The library, which is an integral part of the community, is a unique gathering place, where people of all ages can connect. Chief librarian, Eric Stackhouse believes it’s the community involvement that sets the library apart. “It’s like a community living room,” [...]

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Performers excited to be part of Music of the Night

Posted on November 7, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Listen … Music of the Night shows are fast approaching. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is the production for this year’s shows which represent a return, after a four-year absence, of the Music of the Night program. Dates for the shows are Nov. 27 to 30 and Dec. 4 to 7. All shows are at St. Andrew Junior School with curtain rising at 7:30 p.m. Katie Jamieson is directing [...]

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Breast cancer survivor turns love for yoga into business

Posted on November 7, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A breast cancer survivor in Cape Breton is turning her love for yoga into a new business.      Karen Welton of Baddeck was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago. After she finished treatment, she found yoga really helped her get back her energy levels. Welton soon began looking for yoga tops she could wear as a mastectomy client. At the time she only found two producers in North [...]

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Multicultural association first stop for newcomers

Posted on November 7, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A new group in Antigonish is aiming to be the first stop for newcomers looking to integrate into the community. Though in the very early stages, the Antigonish Multicultural Association doesn’t want to take away from any of the existing groups but instead, enhance them by promoting them to new community members. “It’s important to say we’re just starting and were looking for people to become interested. We’re looking for [...]

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Imagine Antigonish photo exhibit a continued success

Posted on November 7, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

It has been a busy couple of months for the Imagine Antigonish Exhibit. From the Highland Games to StFX Homecoming, the travelling photo exhibit has been all over Antigonish engaging community health. Since February, approximately 120 photos have been restored and it’s estimated more than 1,000 photos have been looked through. Of all the events the photos have been showcased at in the last few months, project leaders Dorothy Lander [...]

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AHA workshop broadens creativity and the mind

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A four-day workshop on creating mindfulness and creativity has come to a close with great success and much to be proud of, according to organizers. A Mindfulness View of Art and Health with Jerry Granelli took place throughout the community over the weekend with the aim of helping artists with professional development. “It was beyond my expectation,” Wendell White, with Arts Health Antigonish, said. White has worked with Granelli in [...]

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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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