Friday, Jul 28th, 2017

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Council hears plans for new farmers’ market building

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A presentation by Antigonish Farmers’ Market representatives regarding a new building, which could be used year-round and have better visibility from James Street, was well-received by Antigonish Town Council during their regular monthly public meeting, July 17. The presentation, mostly by well-known local producer Casey Van de Sande from market regular Casey’s Vegetables, spoke to the plans to remove the red barn from the exhibition grounds and build this new [...]

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Debating duo captures national crown

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

There’s no debate – Asta Stalker and Brooklyn Frizzle are talented.     The Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School debate team members are national champions.     The Antigonish teenagers captured The Confederation Cup crown, in the French language classification, at the end of April.     “It was a little nerve-wracking,” Asta said of the final match, which focussed on the subject of banning religious symbols in public spaces.     [...]

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Safe and sound

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A traffic stop on one Antigonish street last month helped deliver an important message to motorists who transport children.     The car seat clinic was a co-operative initiative of Kids’ First Family Resource Centre of Antigonish and Pictou County-based Babies to Boosters, with help from RCMP members.     “We fix what needs to be fixed,” Michelle March of Kids’ First said at the outset of the June 26 clinic on [...]

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Volunteers spur Games’ success

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Organizers say the recently-completed 154th Antigonish Games were successful.     “Things went really well. We had a great turnout – the events were well attended. I think we had a great response from everyone,” Games’ executive director Tammy Beaton told the Casket.     Even the weather couldn’t dampen spirits.     “Although it rained on Saturday (July 8), a huge amount of people still showed up for the parade – like [...]

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Celebrating Cape George Lighthouse

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

A celebration – one almost two decades in the making – will take place in one tight-knit Antigonish County community Sunday afternoon (July 23).     The fun-filled event, scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., will mark the community ownership of the historic Cape George Lighthouse.     “It’s been going on for a number of years,” Albie Falkenham said of the tireless effort to make the dream a reality for many [...]

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Frank McGibbon Lane unveiled

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

Considering he helped pave the way to success for countless young Antigonish athletes, it is fitting a town roadway now bears Frank McGibbon’s name.     Frank McGibbon Lane, the roadway off Main Street, which leads to Columbus Field and Club 60, was unveiled on a rainy Saturday morning, July 8, after the 154th Antigonish Highland Games’ Grand Street Parade.     “You wouldn’t be allowed on the [Columbus Field] track today,” [...]

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Williams Point celebration set for July 21 to 23

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

Williams Point Homecoming 2017 is ready to roll.     ‘Pointers’ will gather for a fun-filled family weekend, July 21 to 23, in the Antigonish County community.     “We do it every five years,” Cheryl Landry, one of the celebration organizers, told the Casket.     Each homecoming attracts people of all ages – from around the corner and the world.     “We have been spreading the word and the response has [...]

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Small Farm Expo this Monday at Bethany Gardens

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Experienced farmers, those starting out or those thinking about the industry as a career, will want to register for this Monday’s (July 24) Small Farm Expo 2017, at Bethany Garden in Antigonish.   “It’s an annual event, this is our eighth year that we’ve done them and they typically move across the province,” Thinkfarm co-ordinator Jacklyn Biggs, an organizer of the event, said. “We have five different regions across the province, [...]

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And they danced

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

More than 260 competitors took centre stage in Scottish dancing over a two-day period during the 154th Antigonish Highland Games.     Although the first day of competition (July 8) had to move indoors, because of rainy weather, no one’s spirits were dampened, with the event culminating the next day at Columbus Field.     There were several medals and trophies awarded, in a variety of age classifications, along with annual major [...]

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The pipes (and drums) were calling at Games

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

More than 400 pipers and drummers struck a chord with visitors during 154th Antigonish Highland Games competition at Columbus Field.     “It was a really good weekend,” world-class piper and Antigonish native Andrea Boyd said.     She described having 13 bands competing as great.     “I would say that the overall standard of the bands, in each grade, was very strong this year,” Boyd said.     “From a judging perspective, [...]

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Heady days for Majd Alzhouri

Posted on July 13, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

June was a very busy time for Majd Al Zhouri but, considering the highlights near the end of the month, he was fine with the hectic schedule. On June 28, he joined the rest of the Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional School graduates in receiving his diploma; an achievement accomplished in a year-and-a-half as he combined high school courses with those obtained through Nova Scotia Community College. Just prior to graduation [...]

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Coming together for a Canada 150 legacy project

Posted on July 13, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

While a more official announcement is expected from the provincial government, as they announce funding for the project, Municipality of the County of Antigonish Warden Owen McCarron couldn’t let Canada 150 slip by without announcing a legacy project which will benefit all citizens in the area. With representatives from both Antigonish town and county councils on stage at St. Andrew Junior School, as well as Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey, Chief [...]

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Graduation celebrates the Regional community

Posted on July 13, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School alumnus list grew by 164 following a spirited graduation ceremony June 28. Held at the Keating Centre, the evening began with Jensen Grant singing O’Canada, only a few days prior to the country’s 150th birthday. Sister Catherine Ann MacGillivray gave the Invocation address which was followed by the awarding of Lt. Governor Medals to Grade 11 students Brooklyn Frizzle and Mary-Beth Corsten. Yvonne [...]

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The ‘East’ celebrates Class of 2017

Posted on July 13, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

East Antigonish Academy has 33 new members in its alumni family. The Class of 2017 received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony, June 28, at the school in Monastery. “Don’t be afraid to shine your light,” valedictorian Codie O’Neil told her classmates. In her heartfelt words, ones sprinkled with humour, she touched on many special memories, while also taking the time to offer at least a tidbit or two about [...]

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‘The Original Six’

Posted on July 13, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Lorie Benoit admitted she is not a big hockey fan, but she couldn’t help but use a familiar term from the sport to describe the Class of 2017 at École acadienne de Pomquet. Benoit, who spoke on behalf of parents at the school’s June 29 graduation ceremony, called the group ‘The Original Six’ – a well-known label for the first teams to skate in the National Hockey League (NHL). “You [...]

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Launch event for wind farm phase 2

Posted on July 13, 2017

On June 29, the official launch of phase two of the Ellershouse Wind Farm was celebrated by Bullfrog Power, East Coast Credit Union, developer Minas Energy and Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA), which is the facility owner and operator. AREA, a partnership between the towns of Antigonish, Mahone Bay and Berwick, was created to reduce energy costs, expand green mandates and develop new revenue streams for the municipalities. The second [...]

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Premier shuffles cabinet deck

Posted on July 7, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Nova Scotia’s new executive council includes a pair of ministers from the Strait area. Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey has taken on the health portfolio, while Lloyd Hines (Guysborough Eastern Shore Tracadie) will oversee transportation and infrastructure renewal. “I am excited to get to work with this team and Nova Scotians from one end of this province to the other to build a stronger Nova Scotia,” Premier Stephen McNeil said, in [...]

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Restaurantworx working for students

Posted on July 7, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A restaurant service training program, taking place in Antigonish, took some time June 20 to put on a “brunch appreciation” event, in the Hawthorne Room at Gabrieau’s Bistro. The Restaurantworx Program started last April and, as described in a release to accompany the brunch, is a “Futureworx initiative that offers culinary training to students. “The program is designed to teach essential workplace skills, technical industry skills and provide on-the-job training. [...]

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Antigonish County to contribute $50,000 to Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex initiative

Posted on July 7, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is making a $50,000 donation to one of its Strait area neighbours. At its monthly meeting, June 20, council approved a recommendation to make the contribution – over a five-year period – to the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex, an initiative of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. When asked about the decision, Warden Owen McCarron said the bordering rural municipalities are “tied pretty [...]

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Town contributes to campaign

Posted on July 7, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

With their budget passed during their last regularly monthly public meeting (June 19), Antigonish Town Council announced their contribution to the St. Martha’s and you… the time is NOW fundraising campaign for the local hospital. “For capital funding they needed help, so council decided to contribute $350,000 over the next 10 years,” Mayor Laurie Boucher said to reporters after the meeting, noting, as well, the support will start-up at the [...]

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