Wednesday, Apr 26th, 2017

Life

Carty releases debut album

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Mary Beth Carty has entertained countless audiences with her eclectic musical talents.     Now, you can listen to the styling of the Lanark, Antigonish County native in the car, or from the comfort of home – wherever you like.     She recently released her debut album – Les biens-nommés (Named Property) – which is being described as having the ability ‘to induce espresso drinking and spontaneous dancing.’     “I am [...]

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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

[Editor's note: The Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m., at St. F.X.'s Immaculata Auditorium.] The Rasenberg brothers are planning to do something they haven’t done in almost three years.     The St. F.X. education students will sacrifice some of their flowing blond locks in support of charity.     The hair will go to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for [...]

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MADD establishes bursary to honour Tony Perry

Posted on April 21, 2017

Antigonish’s Mother Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) chapter has established a bursary to honour former Antigonish RCMP Staff Sergeant Tony Perry, who passed away last October. “Inspector Tony Perry was a dedicated member of the MADD Antigonish Chapter, also serving as RCMP Staff Sergeant from 2006 to 2015 in Antigonish,” a release from the group reads. “Tony will always be remembered for his hard work ensuring our local MADD chapter thrived. [...]

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Fair preparations equal summer thoughts

Posted on April 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Here is something to think about while we wait out the melting of stubborn snow piles and arrival of temperatures we actually associate with the season we’re in – spring – which, officially and surprisingly at this point, began more than three weeks ago. It’s a warm T-shirt and shorts Friday evening in downtown Antigonish and you’re – swayed by the sounds of lively music and aroma of freshly cooked [...]

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Spanish students sharing with the community

Posted on April 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Pre-schoolers in the area recently benefited from a St. F.X. service learning activity that involved students in a Spanish introductory course. On March 27, in the play-area at the People’s Place Library, students were reading to the children from books they created during their course study. “With this project, what they have to do is create a story that integrates elements of Hispanic cultures,” associate professor Wojciech Tokarz said, as [...]

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Kennedy earns Future 15 recognition

Posted on April 17, 2017

Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional School Grade 12 student Kerilyn Kennedy continues to earn accolades. The Fairmont, Antigonish County resident, who earlier this year was selected as a Loran Award recipient, was recently named a UniversityHub’s Future 15 Award winner. “The award recognizing 15 extraordinary Grade 12 students across Canada, who are already well on their way to impacting positive change in their schools, communities and beyond,” a release from the [...]

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Adding to Antigonish’s Awesomeness

Posted on April 17, 2017

For the second time, the Antigonish chapter of the Awesome Foundation distributed pink envelopes, with undisclosed amounts of cash, around the Town of Antigonish. The activity took place March 25 with envelopes placed in four town locations; James Street, Main Street, Antigonish Market Square (mall area) and St. F.X. The idea behind the event is that anyone who finds an envelope is free to use the cash as they wish; [...]

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Annual Relay for Life held at St. F.X.

Posted on April 6, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

They walked and they walked and they waked… St. F.X. held their annual Relay for Life fundraiser to fight cancer starting on the evening of March 24 and, as is the tradition with the popular event, finishing the following day. Students Jamie Conway and Mel Grant took on the roles of co-chairs for the event which was held at its usual location; the Oland Centre. “We’re so excited this many [...]

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Promoting an amazing arts scene

Posted on April 6, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Some things are best kept secret, but don’t tell that to Rachel Power, when it comes to the arts scene in Antigonish. “It is amazing, and we want to get that message out to everyone,” the recently-hired Antigonish Culture Alive (ACA) arts coordinator said. Power talked about the area’s growing reputation as “a major cultural hub” in the province, noting Antigonish has one of the highest concentrations of artists and [...]

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Full steam ahead

Posted on April 6, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

His passion for photography may only be equalled by that for rail car art. Gabriel MacIsaac, a native of Troy, Inverness County has chronicled the myriad of creations he has experienced, depicted in a seemingly unusual location. During April, visitors to People’s Place Library in Antigonish can get an up-close look at MacIsaac’s more than 50 photographs of railcar art that is spray-painted on freight cars. “It’s astronomical – it [...]

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Continuing the important work

Posted on April 6, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Antigonish-based group A Partnership in Caring completed another goodwill venture to Africa earlier this year, which included checking in with many of the projects they have been involved with over the years. Dr. Carolyn Rideout along with RN Lynn MacDonald, a palliative-care nurse who formerly worked for Guysborough Antigonish Strait Hospital Authority (GASHA), spent five-weeks, mostly in Rwanda but also making a stop in Uganda. “Our main focus was [...]

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Mabou natives named Canada 150 Ambassadors

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Jimmy and Heather Rankin can sure keep a secret.     “When they approached us, they insisted that we keep it quiet until a certain date,” Heather told the Casket, when talking about their selection as Canada 150 Ambassadors.     “We saw each other a couple times [since we were selected], but he didn’t say anything and I didn’t say anything.”     She said she found out about her brother’s selection [...]

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Anstey honoured for dedication to Special Olympics

Posted on March 23, 2017

Wes Anstey had a life-changing experience in an alley – a bowling alley, that is. That’s where his now more than decade-long relationship with Eastern Highlands Special Olympics and its athletes began. “It’s just fantastic – I don’t know how else to explain it. It is just a great, great feeling to work with them,” he said of his experience in a recent phone interview from Florida. After starting on [...]

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Tuning up

Posted on March 23, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Plans are in full swing for a three-day summer music festival coming to Antigonish County. Judy MacDonald is one of the creators of the Black River Music Festival, which is scheduled for August 4-6. “There will be country, a little light rock, a variety of music,” she said, in describing the genres concert-goers can expect at the Black Avon venue. MacDonald said “everything is going well,” when it comes to [...]

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Celebrating social justice work at St.F.X.

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A new event has been added to the St.F.X. schedule which will celebrate work done in the areas of social justice, equity, inclusion, diversity and culture. The Black and White Affair will take place April 1 at the Keating Centre conference room, starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7:30 p.m. The event is being presented by the AADISA Office at St.F.X. which is a [...]

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Encore, encore

Posted on March 23, 2017

The most memorable moment of this Antigonish Performing Arts (APA) series’ season has, probably, taken place off stage. With the future of the more than four-decade-old annual showcase uncertain, to say the least, supporters have rallied to help combat a financial shortfall. “I was very, very moved,” Michael Steinitz, an APA founder, said of the generosity. Just a couple weeks’ earlier, he announced to a concert audience that the current [...]

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L’Arche hosting soccer fundraiser

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Attention soccer enthusiasts; you don’t have to wait until all the snow disappears to enjoy your favourite sport. The first – of what organizers hope to be an annual event – L’Arche Antigonish Co-Ed Soccer Tournament will take place April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Oland Centre gymnasium. Details for the fun L’Arche fundraiser include; each team is to have one goalie and four players with [...]

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One Act Play Festival begins March 23

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The curtain will be pulled back for Theatre Antigonish’s (TA) always popular One Act Play Festival March 23 to 25. Briana Lynch, an organizer with the festival, said there has been “quite a bit of interest” so far. “So we’re really excited to see the shows that come out of that,” Lynch said.  She was asked about the festival coming up less than two-weeks after TA’s latest show, Eurydice, ended [...]

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From the gridiron to the stage

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Christian Ridley was getting his ankles taped – a typical part of his pre-practice routine – and his phone rang.     ‘Hello Jesus’ were the first words the wide receiver with the St. F.X. X-Men football team heard from the caller.     It was director Jenn Laudadio on the line, informing him that would be playing the part of Jesus in the Music of the Night production of Jesus Christ [...]

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Music of the Night to feature rock opera classic

Posted on March 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Music of the Night will take centre stage later this month with its production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera classic Jesus Christ Superstar. “We are setting the play in a contemporary context. We debated on that, at first, but the cast was very keen on taking it that way and placing it in the present,” director Jenn Laudadio said. “In our play, Jesus is a revolutionary leader; he [...]

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