Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

Leisure and Living

Mayfest ready to blossom

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Children’s and Women’s Health Unit family room – to say the least – could be described as multi-purpose. Fathers with their newborns are often found nestled on the couch, as mothers get a well-deserved rest in their nearby room, while families also gather there while waiting for the blessed occasion. On this day, when members of the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary visit the space [...]

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O’Donnell receives ECMA lifetime achievement award

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

John ‘Jack’ O’Donnell has countless fond memories of his time with the Men of the Deeps. The most recent one came earlier this month when the long-time director of the coal miners’ choir received the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2016 East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) in Sydney. “I don’t know if the people who decided to give me this, if they really realized how important she [...]

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The art and health partnership

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) hosted a community celebration March 23 at the Clare Marie Auditorium titled Exploring Arts and Health Through Words and Music. The event offered a little something for everyone including images, stories and songs and was promoted as a presentation that would “tell the story of how the arts have become intertwined with every aspect of our personal and communal health.” “People seemed to have enjoyed it [...]

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Riding high

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Anna Bailey is riding high. The Antigonish County youngster continues to make strides in equestrian, including in competition. “There has been so much growth and development gained – both in and out of the barn,” Val Bailey, her mother, said. When Anna, who has Down Syndrome, started lessons a few years ago, she always had a companion to run alongside her and her horse at shows. This past year, when [...]

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Volunteer fair coming to Antigonish

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A volunteer fair is coming to Antigonish. The initiative of the Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association, Antigonish Aging Well Together Coalition and the Antigonish Highland Society will take place April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the People’s Place Library community room. “It is like a job fair – only for volunteers,” Karen Armstrong, Antigonish Town and County senior safety co-ordinator said. Armstrong has teamed up [...]

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Walking A Fine Line

Posted on April 6, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

You would think it was a case of – been there done that – when Heather Rankin held a copy of her recently released CD for the first time. After all, she has been part of several albums over the years, including as a member of The Rankin Family, the globally-renowned Celtic group made up of her and her siblings; or as a trio with her sisters – Raylene and [...]

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Grandparents’ gift plants seed for small business

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Chrissy MacDonald [email protected]

There is a decades’ old advertising slogan – ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ – that could have extra special meaning for an Antigonish-based young entrepreneur. “It started when I was 11. I was making all this stuff because my grandparents bought me this big bead kit,” Sarah England said during a break while greeting customers during a recent Antigonish Winter Market. “I had nothing to do with it [her [...]

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Youth turning passion into business

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Chrissy MacDonald [email protected]

At 11 years old, Marc Timmons has found his passion for creating sculptures out of logs, with chainsaws, and has turned it into a small business. During March Break, Marc travelled to New Brunswick, along with his family, to spend two full days with professional carver, Joel Palmer, learning new techniques. “He showed me how to carve a bear without the paper to make it look more realistic,” Marc said. [...]

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Old Fashioned Scottish Super Concert March 27

Posted on March 24, 2016

Strathspey Place presents its first bi-annual fundraising event, an Old Fashioned Scottish Super Concert, on Sunday evening, March 27. This event will take place at Strathspey Place Theatre. The evening is scheduled to be a gala event which will promote not only several of our island’s highly talented, traditional musicians but also with a ‘think Cape Breton first’ theme. Between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., the lobby of Strathspey Place Theatre [...]

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Popular stars back for Festival Antigonish

Posted on March 24, 2016

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) unveiled the 2016 summer season line-up with an upbeat intro to an exciting season of productions and familiar stars in leading roles. Artistic producer Ed Thomason said the stage will be alive with something for everyone. “We’ve got an Irish crime caper with a touch of madness, a marital mix-up of mistaken identities and a world premiere with a, literally, explosive twist. And, of course, [...]

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Paqtnkek youth enjoy Keppoch’s offerings

Posted on March 24, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The air was chilly but the sun was bright as youth from Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation spent a fun day at Keppoch Mountain March 4. Seventeen youth, between grades 7 and 12, arrived for the day a little after 10 a.m. and immediately engaged in a few team-building games which was followed by a hike on one of the many trails now featured at the site; a location which has become [...]

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Storytelling through the lens

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Without saying a word, Brian Roy is becoming a great storyteller. The native of Brierly Brook – a budding photographer – is in the middle of his first public exhibit, which wraps up at the end of March at the Tall and Small Café on Main Street in Antigonish. “It is amazing, just the opportunity to have people come in and look at my work on display,” Roy told the [...]

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Celebrating a transformation

Posted on March 16, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The new-look ‘transformation’ of the former Bergengren Credit Union location, on Main Street in Antigonish, to the East Coast Credit Union, complete with a major renovation, was celebrated March 3 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and an all-day welcoming of members and guests to entertainment and refreshments at the location. Dignitaries and management with the credit union spoke during the event and all took the opportunity to thank members and [...]

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Kilted Skating Party is back

Posted on March 16, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Kilts on skates is back. The second annual Grand Kilted Skating Party is set to take the Antigonish Arena ice Sunday, March 20. The Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) fundraiser includes a kilted team competition, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a free family skate from 4:30 to 6 p.m. “Last year’s teams had so much fun that they are back in full force to participate in this year’s [...]

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Warmer weather brings early maple syrup season

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A busy time of year came earlier than usual for Jason Haverkort. Because of warmer weather this winter, the tree tapping season is already in full swing at Haveracres Maple Farm in Antigonish County. “I think we made our first stuff around the 18th of February and we were tapping a week before that,” he told the Casket in a March 8 interview. Haverkort noted that was “a good week [...]

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Duo looks to finish CD, then hit the road

Posted on March 10, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, the musical duo based in Halifax with Antigonish roots, have accomplished much, already, in their relatively young career. With two well-received and award-winning CDs already released (Fresh Heirs and Sterling Road), and performances all across the world including at some of the biggest folk and traditional music festivals on the map, the sisters are now working on their third CD and preparing for a spring/summer/fall [...]

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Students recognized as respectful citizens

Posted on March 10, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A Grade 11 student from École acadienne de Pomquet and another from Strait Area Education Recreation Centre (SAERC) were amongst 10 youth, from across the province, recognized with a 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award. Emily Pettipas and Janine Lock, from École acadienne de Pomquet and SAERC, respectively, attended a ceremony in Halifax Feb. 24 where they were personally presented with their awards from Lt. Gov. J.J. Grant. The award, [...]

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Antigonish area captured in art collection

Posted on March 10, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Artist Andy MacLean fell in love with the landscape around Antigonish after moving here, from Toronto, roughly three-and-a-half years ago. His appreciation has turned into an exhibit that can be viewed now at the StFX Art Gallery. The exhibit, 29 pieces of, according to MacLean, “mostly oil paintings with a couple of drawings too,” will be up until March 20. “All local, pretty immediately local too, the furthest distance is [...]

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Show to make up for snow (storms)

Posted on March 10, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

So far, this winter has paled in comparison to last year when it seemed every week included a major snowstorm … or two. Still, what storms there have been have played havoc with Theatre Antigonish’s (TA) winter schedule and to make up for some lost dates, a TA benefit concert will take place Monday, March 14. Songs, Sonnets, Skits and Giggles is bringing together “familiar faces” from both TA and [...]

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Variety onstage at One-Act Play Festival

Posted on March 10, 2016

Theatre Antigonish’s (TA) One-Act Play Festival is ready to take the Bauer Theatre stage March 10 to 12. The community panelists giving feedback to the performers include Yvon Grenier, Sue Channen and Paul van de Wiel. The trio is described as “enthusiastic theatregoers” and this is the second year for a panel, as opposed to an adjudicator who was often a theatre professional. “They will offer their responses from the [...]

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