Friday, Sep 4th, 2015

Leisure and Living

Auditions begin next week for Honk!

Posted on September 4, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

After a successful return last year with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Music of the Night organizers are starting to gear up for their 2015 show which will be Honk!. Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling. “It’s a super cute rendition … very funny, full of puns, a lot of comedy,” Katie Jamieson, who directed last year’s production, said, noting as [...]

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Coady participant from Zambia back for second time

Posted on September 3, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

One Coady participant this year enjoyed his time at the Coady in 2012 so much, he decided to come back this year for the Diploma in Development Leadership program. Clive Chibule, of Zambia, first learned about the diploma program while taking a course on communication and social media. “I thought, if I got this total package then I would definitely, on a comprehensive level, have gotten a lot of stuff [...]

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Antigonight to focus on education, interaction

Posted on September 3, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

With only a month left to go until the 2015 Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival takes over the downtown area, things are quickly coming together. The Antigonish Culture Alive (ACA) community arts council has contracted 25 participating artists this year with a focus on art education on the Friday night and interactive projects Saturday. Artistic director Emily Kane said visitors to the festival Friday night will have the opportunity to [...]

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Corn maze open for season

Posted on September 3, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

An agriculture themed fall attraction has opened in St. Andrews. Celtic Hills Farm Corn Maze opened for the first time over the weekend and organizers are looking forward to visitors coming out to the maze throughout the fall season. The corn maze features a large maze and a smaller children’s maze that is only 1 km in length and can be completed in a half hour. When people enter the [...]

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Living with Parkinson’s presents challenges

Posted on September 3, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It was July of 1972 and Marty Alpert and his wife made a stop in Antigonish to see some friends. He never left. Rather than continue their trip, which included a scheduled stop in Newfoundland before moving on to South America, they built a house and made their home in Pinevale. “There was going to be a full solar eclipse (July 10),” he noted of a happening at that same [...]

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A ‘collective awesomeness’

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The fifth graduating class of the Coady International Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) program was in the spotlight Aug. 21. Twenty women received certificates in an afternoon ceremony at the StFX Schwartz School of Business Auditorium. “It has truly been a journey,” emcee Robyn Bourgeois said in her opening remarks. Participants from across Canada started the program in April, beginning with three weeks of study at Coady. From [...]

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Aboriginal leader visits Antigonish

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) was in Antigonish late last week. While here, Beverley Jacobs was asked about what she wanted to hear from leaders and candidates in the ongoing federal election campaign regarding issues, such as Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women. “What I have been advocating for, of course, has been an inquiry – a national inquiry,” Jacobs told the Casket. “When [...]

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Explore the Ceilidh Trail

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Denise Davies [email protected]

Today we are heading off to explore the western coast of Cape Breton between the Canso Causeway and Inverness Hwy 19 known as the Ceilidh Trail. Our first stop is the Visitor Information Centre in Port Hastings, just after you cross the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton. Pickup maps for Celtic Shores Coastal Trail and the booklet Sunset Side of Cape Breton. Find out what is going on and any [...]

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Youth powering battery recycling program

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Two École acadienne de Pomquet students gave up some of their summer vacation this year to help develop a battery recycling program for when they return to school. Maeve and Autumn Bennett, who are part of the school’s Hope Committee, were first inspired after visiting We Day Atlantic in Halifax. While at the event last November, Maeve and Autumn learned about the Call2Recycle program, which has partnered with Canadian mining [...]

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Participant enjoying learning from peers

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Coady Diploma in Development Leadership participant Moshira Zeidan of Egypt said she finds the Coady a good environment for learning. Zeidan first heard about Coady in 2011 when they implemented a program in Egypt called ACE (Active Citizenship Engagement). Zeidan said the environment she felt in the workshops in 2011 is the same as she feels today. Zeidan said, while at Coady, it is especially interesting to get to learn [...]

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Final week for FAST

Posted on August 20, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

There may be only four days left in the 2015 Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre schedule but it still includes two chances each to see the three Main Stage plays. Tonight (Aug. 19), Lungs is on stage at 8 p.m. while tomorrow sees a matinee performance of Opening Night, at 2 p.m., and an evening performance of Outside Mullingar at 8 p.m. The schedule repeats itself for Friday (Lungs – 8 [...]

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Antigonish duo part of The Highest Tides

Posted on August 20, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A couple of Antigonishers are headlining a world premiere revue which begins its run at the Chester Playhouse today (Aug. 19) and continues until Aug. 29. Former residents and theatre professionals Kyle Gillis and Allister ‘Allie’ MacDonald make up half the cast, along with Karen Myatt and Kristen Howell, of The Highest Tides which is a musical review of the work of Canadian Allen Cole. Cole, who hails from the [...]

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4H-ers display talents

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A brilliant sun shone down over the Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition Grounds on James Street Friday for the annual Antigonish County 4-H Day. Despite not being able to use the Antigonish Arena because of ongoing renovations, Antigonish County 4-H Leaders’ Council president Angela MacNeil said everything was working well. “The exhibition let us use the grounds and it has worked out great and the weather is good so we’re happy,” [...]

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Becoming an ‘agent of change’

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The title of a smash hit from the 1980s by Canadian rockers Loverboy would aptly describe how one Coady participant feels about her experience thus far. Mansi Bajpai of India is Loving Every Minute of It. “I totally love it,” she said, without hesitation, when asked about the first couple weeks on the StFX campus and in Antigonish as a 2015 Diploma in Development Leadership program participant. Noting in Mumbai, [...]

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Sacred Temple Tattoos to host annual IWK fundraiser Sunday

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The sixth annual Sacred Temple Tattoos IWK Health Centre fundraiser will take place Sunday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Havre Boucher Community Centre. “It grows every year,” owner Jamie MacKay said of the initiative, which has raised close to $67,000 since its inception. He and wife, Cara, started the effort as a way to thank the IWK and its staff for the treatment their daughter, [...]

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McFarlane to create next town mural

Posted on August 13, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Town of Antigonish wall mural number four will come from the mind and hands of local artist Adele McFarlane. McFarlane’s submission has been chosen and she’ll be joining fellow local artists TJ Ediger, Emily Kane and Eli Tynan who were previous recipients and whose works hang on Sydney, Main and College streets, respectively. McFarlane said she was very familiar with the competition from working with the All of us Society [...]

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Supporting firefighters

Posted on August 13, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Antigonish’s Damian Welsh has a new appreciation for the work of the men and women who fight forest fires after recently returning from running a fire camp in northern Alberta. Working for Horizon North Camps and Catering, first as a chef and then camp manager, Welsh is back home after a three week stint in the western province. “Three hours north of Slave Lake, the closest community was Red Earth [...]

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StFX Student Union president grew up in Antigonish

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

An Antigonisher is heading one of the largest groups on StFX’s campus. Troy Mrazek, a fourth-year business student, was elected as the 2015-16 StFX Student Union president last winter. Mrazek said it has been his exposure to different groups and organizations on campus that led him to want to become president of the student union. In his first year of university he did a service learning trip to Guatemala which, [...]

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Cadet learning leadership, responsibility

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

An Antigonish youth had the opportunity to take on the responsibility of a six week training course at Argonaut Cadet Training Centre this summer. Fourteen-year-old Taylor Estabrooks, of the 285 Army Cadets in Antigonish, has been attending the six week drill and ceremonial instructor course, near Gagetown, New Brunswick, since July 4. A release notes the course aims to instill military values while instructing cadets on the finer points of [...]

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Passion for piping

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

An Antigonish native recently saw great success at the North American Pipe Band Championships in Ontario, but the competing isn’t over yet. Andrea Boyd leaves for Scotland in two weeks to compete again and, this time, it’s against 28 hand selected pipers from around the world. Boyd experienced her first trip to the North American Pipe Band Championships at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario. in 1995 when she [...]

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