Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

Life

Line-up for FAST 2017 announced

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

In a theatre packed with supporters and patrons, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) announced its 2017 season; the company’s 30th and the first led by new artistic director Andrea Boyd. “I am thrilled to announce the 30th anniversary season for Festival Antigonish,” Boyd said during the Jan. 27 launch event at the Bauer Theatre. “I have picked a selection of plays that will engage our hearts and minds, make us [...]

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Celebrating the month in dance, drumming

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The movement was lively and expressive Saturday (Feb. 4) afternoon, in the People’s Place Library’s community room, as the Maritime Centre for African Dance (MCAD) hosted a ‘traditional and modern African dance and drumming workshop.’ In a promotional poster regarding the event, it was noted MCAD is, “best known for performing at President [Barack] Obama’s African Inaugural Ball” and that centre representatives were visiting a couple of Pictou Antigonish Regional [...]

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International Potluck this Sunday

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Indian community is hosting the Feb.19 holding of the popular International Potluck. The event, organized by Cultural Connections Antigonish, gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at the St. James Church Hall, in downtown Antigonish. Organizers continue to find these events very popular with ever increasing diversity and numbers. Cultural Connections Antigonish, in its fourth year, has already had four events since the fall; a very successful Zucchini Fest in September, [...]

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St. Mary’s Winter Fun-Fest this Saturday

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s will be the place to be this Saturday, Feb. 18, as their recreation department hosts the first St. Mary’s Winter Fun-Fest Day. ‘For all things fun, festive and freezing,’ the event’s tag-line reads. “February can be, kind of, a down month so we thought, what can we do to liven things up,” Carla Archibald, recreation programmer with the municipality, said. The list [...]

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‘Songs of …’

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Why re-invent the wheel? That may have been an adage that came to Jenny MacDonald as she met with the Chedabucto Performance Place Theatre’s volunteer committee to discuss bringing shows to her new home community of Guysborough. “It sort of dawned on me – why create something new, when this has worked before,” the singer-songwriter said of her ‘Songs of …’ idea. The Antigonish native developed the concept a few [...]

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Brueggergosman in concert later this month

Posted on February 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Highly-acclaimed Canadian soprano artist Measha Brueggergosman is coming back to eastern Nova Scotia this month, with concert dates in Port Hawkesbury and New Glasgow. Feb. 25, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, Brueggergosman will perform with a 7:30 starting time. The following evening, she’ll be at Glasgow Square Theatre. Known as an artist who can perform both as an opera or concert singer, Brueggergosman will be promoting her latest album, [...]

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Helping hearing in the D.R.

Posted on February 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Locally audiologist Sheri MacGregor had the nice experience of seeing – up close and personally – the value of her volunteer work, with Friends of Life International, during her most recent trip with the group to the Dominican Republic. The experience happened last November, during her third mission with the group which is based out of Pembroke, Ont., when a youth she had helped out five-years earlier revisited to get [...]

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Mulgrave Road Theatre receiving Canada 150 funding

Posted on February 10, 2017

Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation through dozens of great cultural activities across the province this year. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince announced, Jan. 30, that 39 non-profit enterprises and co-operatives have been awarded a total of $841,000 through the first round of 150 Forward Fund grants. The Mulgrave Road Theatre will tour the province with their play, The West Woods. [...]

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Pomquet winter carnival schedule

Posted on February 10, 2017

Here is a schedule of events for the Pomquet Winer Carnival/Carnaval d’hiver de Pomquet. In case of cancellation, information will be posted on the Pomquet Winter Carnival Facebook page. En cas d’annulation, l’information sera affichée sur la page Facebook du Carnaval d’hiver de Pomquet. For information/pour information appeler/call 902-386-2679 Samedi le 11 février 8h30-11h30 Déjeuner aux crêpes et saucisses pancake and sausage breakfast École acadienne de Pomquet Adultes/adults 7,00$ Enfants/Children [...]

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Outdoor ice rink readying for carnival

Posted on February 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The perfect addition to any winter carnival is an outdoor skating rink. That’s the goal of organizers of this year’s Pomquet Winter Carnival and their goal, with the carnival on the horizon, is definitely in sight. “As part of the winter carnival celebration, they [organizers] were thinking a nice compliment to the outdoor aspect of it would be having an ice skating rink for families,” Randy Lee, who took on [...]

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The growing genealogy project

Posted on February 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

What was at one time, a school project for his son focused, solely, on his family, has turned into a much larger genealogy project for Alfred Benoit and his son Daniel. “I’ve been at it for more than 20 years; Daniel came home one day with a Grade 7 project of doing his family history, or family tree, we kind of worked that out and started off from there,” Benoit [...]

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Popular Pomquet places and events

Posted on February 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

While the winter carnival is the focus in Pomquet this time of the year, a prime focus for the summer is – the continually growing in popularity – Chez Deslauriers, which is run by the Pomquet Development Society. Society president Colette Rennie noted money they received in the fall from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) has gone towards the construction of an extension to the deck. “A covered deck [...]

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Kennedy a finalist for a Loran Award

Posted on February 4, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Kerilyn Kennedy, a Grade 12 student at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School, could become the recipient of a Loran Award, described as “Canada’s most comprehensive undergraduate scholarship for character, service and leadership.” Kennedy is one of 84 finalists across Canada, including six from Nova Scotia. More than 4,400 names were submitted. Kennedy, a Fairmont, Antigonish County resident, was nominated by her school and went through a day of comprehensive [...]

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Dance still a go this Saturday

Posted on February 4, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

“Not on my watch.” Those were the words Denise MacIsaac used in describing what motivated her to organize a dance, for high schoolers (grades 10 to 12), Feb. 4, at St. Ninian Place. The semi-formal dance was set-up with ‘work-to-rule’ still in place across the province as the government and teachers union were in negotiations for a new deal. On Jan. 23, with a tentative agreement in place, work-to-rule was [...]

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St. F.X. service learning turns 20

Posted on January 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

This is a significant year for St. F.X.’s service learning program as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Program manager Megan Turner and community support co-ordinator Arlynne McGrath were busying setting up a display, which recognizes the 20 years, at the People’s Place Library Jan. 16. The display of informative posters wraps around from the front foray at the library to the cozy bistro area. “There is a course-based component and [...]

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Smiling selfie wins an IPhone

Posted on January 27, 2017

The sole winner of a nation-wide contest was announced recently and she just happens to be from St. Andrews. Brianna MacDonald won an IPhone 7 in the contest run by the Canadian Association of Orthodontists. This is the second time that the Canadian Association of Orthodontists has run the contest; the first was December 2015 to February 2016, and now September 2016 to December 2016. In total, there were 250 [...]

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Keppoch the ideal place for special bench

Posted on January 27, 2017

Recognizing their son and brother Michael as an avid outdoorsman and athlete, Marie Cormier and family commissioned a bench in his memory with the dedication ceremony taking place, over the holiday season, at Keppoch Mountain lodge, where the bench is placed. Michael died in 2013, in Colorado, as a result of a climbing accident. “Keppoch was a force in the development of the love of outdoors; particularly winter sports (skiing) [...]

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‘A very special man’

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home honoured a member of its extended family with a surprise tea earlier this month.     On Jan. 16, Charlie Worth was the guest of honour as he and some family members joined staff and residents of the home for plenty of reminisces and, of course, a lot of laughs.     “I don’t think he ever missed a day,” Joe Bouchie, R.K. MacDonald director of environmental [...]

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Antigonish native named top paramedic in P.E.I.

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

It was an award-winning end to 2016 for Tara Vasil. Last month, the Antigonish native was honoured as paramedic of the year by the Paramedic Association of P.E.I. “I really didn’t expect it,” she said, with a laugh, and then a long, thoughtful pause. Vasil repeated “it was really unexpected.” “There are so many other medics that have done such great things here in P.E.I. that I was just overwhelmed [...]

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Antigonish Winter Market is back

Posted on January 25, 2017

The Antigonish Winter Market has a new location, as it prepares to launch its third season.     Visitors are invited to 20 St. Andrews Street – the former Prissy Pig Café and Deli – for the opening day, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     “We are very excited about this new venue,” Sandra Swinkels, one of the winter market founders, said, noting [...]

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