Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014

Leisure and Living

4-H holds public speaking rally

Posted on April 16, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The skill of public speaking was front and centre Saturday morning at Antigonish Education Centre as the school’s multi-purpose and music rooms provided the venue for the Antigonish 4-H Public Speaking Rally. Local 4-H members were divided into categories with those placing first in their category earning the opportunity to move on to the regional rally which will be held April 22 at Northumberland Regional High School in Pictou County. [...]

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From China to Nova Scotia

Posted on April 16, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A Saturday afternoon presentation at the People’s Place Library looked at the history of Chinese immigration to Nova Scotia. W.C. Wong from New Glasgow gave the presentation which was focused on his father’s, in 1909, and uncles’ immigration to the province and their work in laundry and restaurant businesses. Wong noted their move to Nova Scotia involved going back and forth between the Sydney area and New Glasgow and, for [...]

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Exhibit looks at labour and leisure connection

Posted on April 16, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A unique art exhibit opened at the All of Us Society for Art Presentation (ASAP) location on Main Street in Antigonish Sunday afternoon. Hosted by the Eyelevel Gallery of Halifax, Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 6 (ERI 6): Labour & Leisure made Antigonish its first stop on what will be a tour of the Maritimes. The website reshelving.ca is dedicated to the exhibit and provides a description. “What does ‘productivity’ mean in [...]

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989XFM newsroom garners broadcast award

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A local radio newsroom has made some news of its own. 989XFM received the Byron MacGregor Award for Best Newscast – Small Market during the Radio-Television Digital News Association of Canada’s Atlantic awards banquet Saturday in Dartmouth. “It is pretty huge for us,” Kingston, who has been the station’s news director for more than 11 years, said. In 2009, 989XFM received an honourable mention in the same classification. He talked [...]

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Expensive taste

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

If you like rum, and have $5,000 to spare, the Antigonish NSLC has just the thing. Starting Friday, March 28, the local provincial liquor retailer unveiled a month-long display featuring a bottle of Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum – Jamaica Independence Reserve. “It is the oldest rum in the world,” Shevaghn Darcy of PMA Canada, which represents Appleton Rum, told the Casket. Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica [...]

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MacDonald plays Antigonish in advance of new CD

Posted on April 9, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

With her third CD ready to be released this summer, Antigonish native and accomplished musical artist Jenny MacDonald will be part of a two-person concert April 13. MacDonald is teaming up with Saskatchewan’s Jeffery Straker for a series of shows in a tour similar to one they did in 2013. The Antigonish show, from 7 to 9 p.m., will take place at Indigo Health Connections which is located on Hwy. [...]

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Talent show ready to hit stage for two performances

Posted on April 9, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Antigonish Has Got Talent is back for another year and has already scheduled an encore call. The annual “family fun” show, featuring a combination of StFX education students and folks from the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), will take place at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional School April 12 at 7 p.m., with, new for this year, a second performance (same show) the following day (April 13) at 2 p.m. [...]

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Friday art fairs in the works

Posted on April 9, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

An array of talented artists and a nicely situated park in its downtown are two of Antigonish’s attributes. There is now a plan a place to bring the two special ingredients together for seven evenings this summer starting on June 27. The “one key goal of the Antigonish Art Fair in the Park is to bring additional activity to downtown Antigonish and contribute to the sustainability and growth of downtown [...]

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Buddhism and Baseball in Pleasant Bay

Posted on April 9, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The fourth in a four-part mini-lecture series for adults 55+, under the topic ‘Exploring Religion,’ took place March 28 at the People’s Place Library’s community room. Originally scheduled for Feb. 14 as the third talk in the series, Adela Sandness’ Buddhism and Baseball was rescheduled because of one of the many winter storms that struck locally. It focused on the annual softball game played between the Pleasant Bay [Cape Breton] [...]

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Trews ready to release fifth CD

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

They have won countless awards, toured many places and made their mark on the music scene. Nevertheless, the Trews have remained close to their roots, a career with its beginnings coming in Antigonish – something that remains as important and apparent as ever with the rockers preparing to release their fifth CD, a self-titled compilation. “We just get together for four or five hours a day – just like we [...]

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Local flavour with ECMA winners

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Local artists played a sweet tune at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) over the weekend, including collecting three of the coveted awards. “It is great to be able to bring something like this back home,” Jeremy Holmes said in an interview with the Casket Monday afternoon. Little Ditties – comprised of Holmes, Dave Pashley and Shane Kerr – received the trophy in the Children’s Recording of the Year [...]

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Student’s senior thesis explores X-Ring tradition

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Just like tens of thousands of others who are part of the Xaverian family, the X-Ring on Cianna Dornan’s hand holds special meaning – countless memories of her university experience. One of those for the fourth-year StFX student will be a highlight of her academic experience at the Antigonish campus. With her senior thesis, You Just Don’t Get It: the X-Ring as a Symptom of Modernity, the sociology major studied [...]

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Local woman recognized for volunteer efforts

Posted on April 9, 2014 Laura Hubbard, [email protected]

Loretta MacGillvary has been volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for eight years. “I’ve been involved with the Relay for Life at StFX for six years, and I did two events in Ottawa,” MacGillvary said, adding that she got involved after having cancer, herself. MacGillvary has been cancer-free for 12 years, and now spends her energy raising funds to help others battle the disease. “I do it [...]

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Playing for a legend

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The next chapter in the music career of a North Grant, Antigonish County native will include an international legend in the business. Francis Arsenault will perform during a pre-concert reception for the Gordon Lightfoot concert at the StFX Keating Centre, which will take centre stage Tuesday, April 29. The singer-songwriter said he received an email a couple weeks ago from Lightfoot’s management team, asking him to come on board. “I [...]

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Knox preparing for Miss World Canada 2014 pageant

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Kaitlin Knox is busy – really busy. The Antigonish native continues preparations for her participation in Miss World Canada 2014, which will take place this May in Vancouver. Knox, a graduate of Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School and StFX, is one of 40 contestants in the pageant, and the only Atlantic Canadian. “I am getting excited, also nervous,” she said, with a smile, in a recent interview with [...]

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Winning performance

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Padding stats is more often than not frowned upon in sports, but for the StFX Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) it is a priority – at least when it comes to fundraising. Earlier this week SALT representatives made a more than $1,200 donation to the Naomi Society of Antigonish, which came from the student-athlete group’s annual StFX Athletics for Charity fundraiser that took place March 29 at Oland Centre. Since the [...]

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Herwig presents on the Battle of the Marne

Posted on April 2, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

An opportunity to learn about, and discuss aspects of, the First World War Battle of the Marne from one of the leading experts on the topic, occurred March 25 at the Immaculata Auditorium on the campus of StFX. Holger Herwig, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Canada Research Chair in Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, gave a presentation entitled The Battle of the Marne: 100 Years [...]

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Annual fundraiser for StFX Art Gallery Saturday

Posted on April 2, 2014 Laura Hubbard, [email protected]

The annual fundraiser for the StFX Art Gallery exhibition program is happening Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Gallery director Bruce Campbell said the fundraiser aims to get the community involved. “All the artists in the area participate and we have our friends and patrons come and support us,” Campbell said. “All the proceeds go towards funding our exhibition program, which is the lifeblood of the gallery.” This year’s fundraiser, Gala: [...]

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Tartans to be blessed Sunday in annual ceremony

Posted on April 2, 2014 Laura Hubbard, [email protected]

International Tartan Day (April 6) will be celebrated with a traditional blessing of the tartans service at the King’s United Church in Loch Katrine, Antigonish County, Sunday. The traditional of blessing clan tartans of Scottish families is an age-old tradition which has been designated to be done the Sunday closest to International Tartan Day since 1987. This year’s kirkin’o’the tartans event will be held at the 11 a.m. service at [...]

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Original fire department bell refurbished

Posted on March 26, 2014 Laura Hubbard, [email protected]

It’s 127 years old, but it looks brand new. The original fire bell from the Antigonish Town Volunteer Fire Department, once called the Fire Rescue Company of Antigonish, has returned to Antigonish after being refurbished. John Pellerin, communications for the department, said the project is part of the department’s 150th anniversary celebrations. “One of the goals with our 150th anniversary, is that we wanted to see this bell refurbished and [...]

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