Monday, Jul 6th, 2015

Leisure and Living

Science camps for youth

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Get your safety goggles and lab coats out, StFX X-Chem Outreach is once again holding science camps for youth this summer. Beginning July 6, several science camps will be held, both on campus and throughout the Strait region, for Grades 1 to 8.  X-Chem Outreach also recently received funding from Google to aid in offering two codemaker camps this summer, while also increasing computer sciences at all StFX camps. The [...]

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Steinhart Distillery celebrates grand opening

Posted on July 2, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

After a soft opening last fall, Steinhart Distillery in Arisaig celebrated a grand opening Saturday complete with tours, music and samples. Owner Thomas Steinhart was in the middle of the tours, providing insights to the distilling business and the shiny infrastructure encased in the business’ bright red building. Slipping away from the crowd for a moment, Steinhart chatted with the Casket, starting with noting that “yes,” it’s a very satisfying [...]

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Travel back in time to the founding of Antigonish

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Community members can get ready to travel back in time this summer with a new production about Antigonish’s founders. The participatory theatrical and musical pilgrimage entitled 1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish, a Pilgrimage, is a re-enactment of the town’s founding from the perspective of ghosts who have come back to reflect on their past. Audience members will hear from the town’s founders, Colonel Timothy Hierlihy and his son Captain Timothy Hierlihy, along [...]

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Evolve celebrating sweet sixteen

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It will be a sweet sixteen celebration for a music festival that has found a home in Antigonish County. The Evolve Music and Awareness Festival will take centre stage from July 9 to 12, when fans flock to a farm field in Black Avon. “We have a great mix and we are looking forward to an awesome weekend,” Evolve organizer Jonas Coulter said. “We are pretty excited about everyone.” As [...]

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Music on Main to return July 8

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Hold on Don MacLean – the music hasn’t died. Music on Main (MoM), a weekly free summer concert series, which took a hiatus last year, is returning with a three show line-up at Columbus Field. “We are really excited,” Jason Burke, a MoM board member told the Casket in a June 26 interview. Citing dwindling board of directors’ membership and financial challenges, organizers mothballed the series last year. Burke and [...]

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Antigonish Art Fair set for second season

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It is the start of the summer season, when amongst the attractions are the latest flicks from Hollywood. Although there may be no Schwarzenegger or Stallone, a local blockbuster featuring plenty of talent will premiere its sequel at Chisholm Park in Antigonish. The second Antigonish Art Fair series will launch Friday, June 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. “We are really excited. We had such great success last year and [...]

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Artists looking forward to Stanfest

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

As the days leading up to the Stan Rogers Folk Festival roll closer, the Casket caught up with a few of the artists who will be participating in this year’s festival. Pictou County up-and-coming artist Layne Greene will be experiencing his first Stanfest this year, as a participant in three of the songwriter circles and workshops on the Saturday and Sunday. Greene, described on the Stanfest website as a prolific [...]

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Preparations begin for Communities in Bloom

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Everything’s coming up roses … and tulips, daisies and lilies. The Antigonish town beautification and land rehabilitation committee is at work once again cleaning up in preparation for this summer’s Communities in Bloom competition. The beautifying of the town first began approximately 15 years ago when infrastructure was being developed off the highway and there was fear the downtown would disappear. Three couples went to town council with the idea [...]

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Learning from woman to woman

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

Nineteen women from across the globe sat together at the Coady International Institute on a recent Friday afternoon (June 12), sharing the many different reasons they made the decision to come to Antigonish to learn about leadership and community development. They were part of the Community Development Leadership by Women certificate program, which brings women of all ages, who are inspired to create and support social change, to Coady. The [...]

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Doctor receives recognition

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A local doctor has received provincial recognition after 38 years of commitment to the Antigonish area. Dr. Robert Sers received the Doctors Nova Scotia Rural Physician of the Year Award during the association’s annual conference recently. Sers said the fact the award is given on behalf of peer recognition means a lot to him and the initial nomination came as a pleasant surprise. “It’s really a wonderful thing and it [...]

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Cycling for prostate, thyroid cancer awareness

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Emily Hiltz [email protected]

A Nova Scotia man is trading 22 wheels for two, for the second time, to raise awareness and funds for thyroid and prostate cancer. Gary Jones, a retired trucker and two-time cancer survivor, dropped into Antigonish Thursday, one week into his biking journey across Canada. Jones said the Queen Elizabeth the II (QEII) Foundation, which is supporting him, have referred to his trip as the ‘Lucky 7s’ because $70,000 is [...]

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Helping centre which supports tourism

Posted on June 25, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

With more and more emphasis on tourism to help Nova Scotia’s economy, places such as the Antigonish Visitor Information Centre (VIC) become increasingly more important. To help the VIC continue to meet the demands of travelers, and anybody looking to access its services, an annual wine and food fundraiser has been underway for a few years and this year’s version, the 4-Course Wine and Food Pairing: with a silent auction, [...]

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Finding folks for Festival Antigonish

Posted on June 25, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Genevieve Steele doesn’t consider herself a salesperson … nor a marketer … nor a promoter. However, when it comes to something she is passionate about, she can make an exception. Hello Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST). “It makes me kind of queasy except for the theatre which is something I so believe in,” Steele, well known for her work on-stage, said. “When Ed (Thomason, FAST artistic director) mentioned this (promoting [...]

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Students support Sleeping Children Around the World

Posted on June 25, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Students at École acadienne de Pomquet were quick to respond to an idea from Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) volunteer Clarence Deyoung to fill a suitcase for his trip to Tunisia next month. SCAW is an organization that, from their website, “provides bedkits to children of any race and/or religion who will benefit the most; typically being located in underdeveloped and developing countries.” “A bed kit consists of bedding, [...]

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Open house to celebrate Pomquet’s Father Baccardax

Posted on June 25, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Father Peter Baccardax, parish priest for Ste. Croix Church in Pomquet for 58 years, recently reached the significant milestone of 60 years in the priesthood. And, with that anniversary still very visible in the rearview mirror, Baccardax has decided to retire and a celebration to recognize both occasions, and honour him for all he has done, will be held this Sunday, June 28, at, fittingly, P.J. Baccardax Hall. The ‘open [...]

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Put STREAM on summer schedule

Posted on June 25, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

By this time next week, kids will be on summer vacation from school and looking for things to do. One answer could be the People’s Place Library’s STREAM Summer Reading Program which is going into the second year of its new format, which includes a lot of hands-on activity in addition to reading. “The theme STREAM represents ‘s’ for  Science, ‘t’ for Technology, ‘r’ for  Reading, ‘e’ for new Experiences, [...]

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Corn maze planned

Posted on June 25, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Corn mazes are becoming popular destinations for the entire family and Sara Franklin sees St. Andrews as an ideal location for the activity to take root in Antigonish County. Franklin is part of a group planning to open Celtic Hill Farm Corn Maze in August and she is directing folks to a Facebook page about the location as excitement about its opening ramps up. We’re looking at mid-August, we have [...]

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Hoskins reflects on happiness, aging in latest book

Posted on June 18, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Alice Hoskins made the most of the harsh winter. Rather than lamenting the season, the 96-year-old artist, art educator, volunteer and philanthropist decided to pen another book – one that explores a familiar subject to her. Greater Happiness for the Aging and House-bound is inspired by her understanding and experience of growing older. While nestled in a comfy chair in her apartment, Hoskins talked about the idea for the literary [...]

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Right back where we started from

Posted on June 18, 2015 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

And the wheel continues to turn. Antigonish natives Ryanne Chisholm and Michael MacEachern grew up with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST), being inspired by the rich and entertaining performances. Now professional actors themselves, the two, while performing in FAST productions this upcoming season, will be inspiring the next generation of local actors as leaders with FAST’s summer theatre programs. Chisholm is in the role of creative director and instructor and [...]

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Strides for Change

Posted on June 18, 2015 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A bright smile shines from the button Eileen Haynes wore on her chest Sunday morning – the face of a beautiful blond teenager, a close to the heart memory of what was and sadly – in many ways – what could have been. Shelley Elizabeth Haynes, only 15, died May 27, 1980, as a result of an impaired driver. “It means a lot because these things for so many years [...]

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