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Leisure and Living

Antigonish provides helping hand to Nepal

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

People stepped up to the plate over the last couple weeks as part of a fundraiser in benefit of earthquake-ravaged Nepal. Spearheaded by the Antigonish Friends of Nepal, a local group comprised of residents with deep ties to the country, the initiative collected several hundreds of dollars for the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund. Group members have visited the country in various capacities, with countless friendships fostered as [...]

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Effort to bring back Music on Main continues

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Don MacLean in his classic American Pie sang about the “day the music died.” Well that’s one lyric supporters of Music on Main (MOM) aren’t ready to sing, as an effort continues to return the free summer concert series to Columbus Field. “Absolutely,” Jason Burke, a MOM board member, said when asked if people are asking about a possible return. “We really think people want it back; we are hearing [...]

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Alcorn comes ‘out of retirement’

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Coco Love Alcorn is “coming out of the retirement.” At least that’s how the Antigonish native describes jokingly her ‘return’ to performing, including a current tour to introduce songs on her upcoming album The Spirit Sessions. Alcorn said she has been “close to home” over the past four-and-a-half years, which coincided with the birth of her daughter, Ellie, who is with her on tour. “I went from doing more than [...]

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Antigonish joins YMCA summer exchange

Posted on May 28, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The involvement of one local youth last year has played a role in the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange six-week program coming to Antigonish this summer. The reciprocal exchange program is for 16 and 17 year-olds and last year local student Francis Grenier spent six-weeks in Montreal while the student on the other end of the exchange, because Antigonish wasn’t involved as a community yet, spent her time in Charlottetown. [...]

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Walk for Dog Guides set for June 7

Posted on May 28, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Antigonish will, once again, be a location for the Purina Walk for Dog Guides. This year the walk is celebrating 30 years of supporting Canadians with physical and medical disabilities and the local event is one of more than 200 taking place this spring across Canada. The Antigonish walk will take place Sunday, June 7, starting with registration at 11 a.m. and the walk at noon, from the Lions’ Den [...]

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UFO set to touch down in Antigonish

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

If you find yourself at the Split Crow this Thursday you might spot a UFO … the band that is. Halifax-based band Unidentified Funk Object, which includes three Antigonish musicians, will be making a stop in Antigonish on their pre-summer tour. Coming off last summer’s album release of Space Funk Party and a recent experience participating in the CBC Searchlight Contest, the band’s creator, Greg Melchin, said over the last [...]

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Students making wishes come true

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Three Grade 7 math classes at Saint Andrew Junior School have been hard at work this spring dedicating their time to raising funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation. The fundraiser, led by the student’s teacher Margaret Ann Cameron, is now in its 10th year and this year the students raised a total $2,310. “This is the most we’ve ever raised,” Cameron said. “We did a really good job.” To raise [...]

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Art project connects health and history

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Grade 5/6 students at St. Andrews Consolidated School had the opportunity to connect history and health this year through an art project they created with local artists Nancy Turniawan and Fenn Martin. With the aid of an art grant through the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Program, students worked on the art project – which was created in the tradition of narrative frieze – from the late fall until it was unveiled [...]

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L’Arche donates artwork to St. Martha’s hospital

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

The entryway to the Martha Centre’s Clare Marie Gathering Place will shine a little brighter with the addition of a new piece of artwork donated by L’Arche Hearts and Hands. The wall-hanging, a woven cross, was created in friendship by members of L’Arche Antigonish and StFX University art students. The Hearts and Hands artists and StFX students worked on the artwork once a week over eight months from 2011-12. A [...]

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Living the message of making a difference

Posted on May 21, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Motivational speaker, author, singer/songwriter and life coach Saidat Vandenberg made a few energizing and inspiring stops at area schools last week including École acadienne de Pomquet May 13. Vandenberg also visited St. Mary’s Education Center/Academy and Fanning Education Centre and Canso Academy during her time in this part of the province and noted she usually spends all-day at the school she is presenting at. “This trip is five schools because [...]

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Bringing awareness to infertility

Posted on May 21, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

May 19 to 28 is Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (CIAW) across the country and for one local family, the Worths, it’s the time they’ll find out if they have garnered enough support to win $5,000 towards an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. Jennifer Delorey-Worth said she came across the opportunity online through the Canadian Fertility Consultation – a group based in Ontario. She said, usually, these types of contests are [...]

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FAST announces 2015 line-up

Posted on May 21, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) will kick off its 28th Main Stage season July 9 with the aptly titled Norm Foster comedy Opening Night. “I’m usually a bit leery of plays about theatre people,” FAST artistic producer Ed Thomason said, in a recent media release. “But Norm Foster’s play is very well-observed. He nails the vanities and insecurities, and in Ruth and Jack Tisdale he has also created a pair [...]

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Gaelic art exhibit on display

Posted on May 21, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A unique art exhibit created to help celebrate Gaelic Awareness Month is on display until the end of May, at StFX’s Angus L. Macdonald Library. The exhibit is Léirsinn: The Exhibition. Léirsinn (layr-sheen), meaning perspective, insight, or vision, is Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) students’ work created in the 2015 Designing for Cultural Restoration class. Led by associate professor Marlene Ivey, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Highland [...]

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Generations gather for celebratory tea

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Despite the many events taking place in Antigonish May 9, a group of approximately 40 mothers, daughters and grandchildren gathered to share stories over tea. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Spirit of Mothering event was held at the Antigonish Atlantic Superstore to give women the opportunity to connect with one another. “The grocery store is where you meet your friends and your family and everyone else, especially in a [...]

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Fit4Lit ready to roll May 31

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Lace up your running shoes, the 5th annual Fit4Lit: Active Bodies, Active Minds is set to take place May 31. The annual fundraiser, which raises monies in support of the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA) is once again looking to beat the previous year’s numbers and bring more people out to support the local not-for-profit. Fit4Lit committee member Shirlyn Donovan noted the event brings everything full circle, as the [...]

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Music students find success at festival

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Music students from Antigonish town and county came back from the New Glasgow Music Festival this year with much to be proud of. Not only did many students place in their classes, but several won awards and one student even received a spot at the provincial festival. Katie Jamieson of Jamieson’s Music Studio said it’s wonderful to see her students succeed because they have worked hard to get where they [...]

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Young, Melanson Lieutenant Governor recipients

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Two Grade 11 students at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy recently received recognition for their work ethic and volunteer efforts. Dustin Young and Gabrielle Melanson were the school’s recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal. The education medals are awarded annually to two Grade 11 students from each high school in the province. To receive the award students must promote qualities of leadership and service in their school and community while [...]

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Dr. J.H. Gillis students receive awards

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Emma Boudreau and Jonas Lawrence, Grade 11 students at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, are busy. Both students are involved in numerous activities not only in their school but the Antigonish community as well. Last month, the students received recognition for their volunteer activities as the school’s recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal. The medals are awarded annually to two Grade 11 students from each provincial high [...]

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Classical Youth in Concert Friday

Posted on May 14, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Fans of classical music and local talent will want to make their way to the Immaculata Auditorium on the campus of StFX this Friday (May 15) for the 4th Annual Classical Youth in Concert. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. “The concert celebrates the accomplishments of local youth who study music in the classical performing arts,” organizer Norine Verberg stated in a release announcing the event. “Performers are studying music [...]

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Free fitness for four Wednesdays

Posted on May 14, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Everyone likes free things. Well how about four evenings of free fitness run by a highly qualified instructor? Get Fit in the ‘Nish begins May 20 at Columbus Field with two high-intensity, low-impact workouts. The first class goes from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and the second 7 to 7:30 p.m. StFX human kinetics lab instructor Aldona Macneil will be conducting the workouts which go for four consecutive Wednesdays (same times) [...]

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