Monday, Sep 1st, 2014

Leisure and Living

Stanfest benefit rocks

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A hurricane couldn’t keep them down for long and last week Stanfest proved it’s not going anywhere. Stanfest die-hards and newcomers alike filed into the Metro Centre Aug. 20 to see some of the performers they couldn’t in July and support the beloved festival. Festival director Troy Greencorn said he thinks there were eight or nine standing ovations throughout the evening and many touching moments. “Certainly when I was putting [...]

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StFX student union focussed on building community ties

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

StFX students are beginning to arrive back to campus, orientation week is quickly approaching and this year’s student union has some new ideas on how to unite the Antigonish community with the university. The frosh week theme this year is ‘Life ‘Round Here,’ and is meant to encompass the East Coast, the StFX community and Antigonish itself. “We’re just trying to be welcoming,” Alicia Silliker, vice president of the StFX [...]

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Still time to check out FAST

Posted on August 28, 2014 [email protected]

Normally at this point of August, folks at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) are taking down sets and putting costumes away for the season. But this year, final bows have been put on hold as an extra week of FAST means the plays continue on to the last weekend of August and that includes a diversity of stage entertainment ranging from the sexual tension in Venus in Furs on the [...]

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Bringing back Music of the Night

Posted on August 28, 2014 [email protected]

It’s back. After a four-year hiatus, a Music of the Night production is being planned for this late-November, early-December and one of the first orders of business is open auditions scheduled for Sept. 6, 7 and 11. On the 6th, a Saturday, the auditions are for children, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional School. The following day, auditions are for adults and teens, from 2 to [...]

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Antigonish Boat Club efforts sailing along at harbour

Posted on August 22, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Participants headed out on the water of Antigonish Harbour for a keel boat sailing course over the weekend. Offered by the Antigonish Boat Club (ABC), the sessions were led by Michael Ernst of Sail Mahone Bay. “That means it has a fixed keel,” Sean Day, ABC spokesperson, said) of the Canadian Yachting Association certified course called The Basic Cruising Standard. “Basically, people can go on at the start of this [...]

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Video promotes heritage museum

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A video encouraging people to come to the Antigonish Heritage Museum has gained some attention online. The video, You Can Use the Museum, is a rap, highlighting the many services the museum provides for the community. It was two summer students, Sam Gillis and Matt Howard who created the video, but Gillis said it was actually museum curator Jocelyn Gillis who first came up with the idea. “It was Jocelyn [...]

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Paqtnkek softball team competing at summer games

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A softball team at Paqtnkek First Nation is competing in the 2014 Mi’kmaw Summer Games this week. The adult women’s softball team has been playing at the summer games since their beginning in 2010. For them the games aren’t just about the sport, it’s about supporting youth and uniting their communities. “Most of the stuff I look forward to is just ensuring that our kids are getting where they need [...]

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Library featuring First World War

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

The Pictou Antigonish Regional Library is taking an interest in commemorating the First World War. Members have created a new war-themed addition to their website showcasing books, materials and people. There is also a blog which will be updated with a new article each day from 100 years prior. C@P society member Derek Andrews initially came up with the idea. He wondered if there was a way to step back [...]

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Fruit of the vine

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

For Sean Sears and his wife Barbara Thomson-Sears making wine is a science, an art and a lifestyle. The couple, who purchased Petite Rivière Vineyards in the LaHave River valley five years ago, are constantly finding new things to love about the wine making experience. In only five years, they have received many accolades and won several awards for their wine. Sean, an Antigonish native, and Barbara who is originally [...]

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Brother strives for equality in India

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Brother Jose Daniel’s life is rooted in social involvement. As director of the Society for Development Education and Rural Action (SODARA) in India he works to have universal brotherhood and sisterhood with a special emphasis on developmental education and rural action. The name SODARA actually means the womb. “I am born from the same womb and the others are also born, so we are born with the other,” Daniel said. [...]

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Contest opportunity to showcase library

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Antigonishers will have the opportunity to put People’s Place Library on the map for the next few weeks. The Great Places in Canada Contest is put on each year by the Canadian Institute of Planners to recognize the important work professional planners do as well as celebrate the many great places across the country. People from across Canada were given the chance over the last few weeks to nominate great [...]

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Justamere Café & Bistro to host VIC fundraiser

Posted on August 21, 2014 [email protected]

Justamere Café & Bistro will be the site of this year’s Wine Pairing Dinner and Silent Auction fundraising event in support of the Antigonish Visitor Information Centre (VIC). The event will take place Aug. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. “I thought it would be a nice thing to do for the community,” Eileen Curry, founder and president of Justamere, said. “They (VIC) promote the [...]

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Kids First lends helping hand with school supplies

Posted on August 21, 2014 [email protected]

Now in its 18th year, the Kids First Family Resource Centre’s back-to-school – school supplies program is in full swing. “There are people who, even though this is our 18th year, don’t know we do this service … so it’s good to remind people if they do need help we’re out there,” co-ordinator Debi Anderson said Aug. 18 from the Kids First location on St. Andrews Street in Antigonish. Anderson [...]

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A memorable moment

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

There is an often-used saying ‘on the shoulders of giants.’ For an Antigonish native, it was a case of having a giant on his shoulders more than 15 years ago. During his stellar athletic career, which included multiple Canadian championships, Father Doug MacDonald met Robin Williams while competing in the Scottish heavy events at the Lonach Highland Games in Scotland. Williams was one of three comedians in the crowd that [...]

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Swim of a lifetime

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Emma Shaw went swimming Sunday morning. No big deal, right? Well, it was more than a summer splash enjoyed by many that day. The Antigonish native swam for six hours, crossing a 14-kilometre stretch of the Northumberland Strait from Cape Jourimain, N.B. to Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. Shaw was one of 49 participants in the BIG SWIM, a fundraiser for Brigadoon Village in Aylesford Lake, Annapolis Valley, which provides camping experiences for [...]

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‘Spiritual warrior’ pens book

Posted on August 20, 2014 [email protected]

Author Ian Prattis was in Antigonish Aug. 1 to talk about his new book Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with his Muse. Along with the author title, Prattis is well-known as a professor emeritus, editor, poet, scholar and founder of Friends for Peace. As well, he is often described as a “spiritual warrior for planetary care, peace and social justice.” A summary of the book can be found [...]

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Actress returns to her roots with FAST

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

In 1999, Ryanne Chisholm had her professional acting debut at Festival Antigonish. Now, 15 years later, Chisholm has returned to the place where her love of acting first blossomed. “It feels exciting and it feels kind of surreal because in some ways it feels like five decades have passed and in some ways it feels like yesterday,” Chisholm said. “It also has been kind of emotional, in a good way, [...]

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Capturing the Canadian mosaic

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Tim Van Horn is on a mission to unite Canadians with a portrait flag of 55,000 people from the far corners of the Yukon to Cape Breton’s most northern tip. He spends his days travelling around the country in a camper van covered in photos, taking photographs of strangers to unite them through art. The Canadian Mosaic Project will come together for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. “It’s something the [...]

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Sisters install new leadership team

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

The newly elected Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha leadership team began its five-year term July 29 with the Feast of St. Martha. Those chosen to lead the congregation for the next five years are Sisters Brendalee Boisvert, congregation leader; Stella Chafe, assistant congregation leader; Donna Brady, Florence Kennedy and Joanne O’Regan, as councillors. The theme for the general chapter 2014 is “Embraced in the mystery of God… welcoming [...]

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One for me, one for you

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

One for me, one for you – a childhood declaration made as part of sharing that is familiar to most. Well, a Frasers Mills farm has put a different spin on that adage with its wild blueberry u-pick. Visitors to MacLennan’s Glen Farm pay nothing for the taste-bursting fruit; they must only share equally whatever they pick with the owners. “It is about getting people back on the farm and [...]

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