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MacEachen leaves indelible mark

Posted on September 21, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

He was a giant on the Canadian political scene for more than four decades, but Allan J. MacEachen never forgot his roots. “Living in a coal-mining town leaves its indelible imprint,” the Inverness native wrote in an essay called All Those Years. Often considered one of the finest minds and best debaters in our nation’s rich history, MacEachen died Sept. 12 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. He was 96. “He [...]

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The story that keeps getting better

Posted on September 21, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

There was a joyous celebration off Cloverville Road, Sept. 9, as Peace by Chocolate officially opened its new factory. The long stretch of gravel roadway into the factory was lined with vehicles which stretched back, almost, to where it met Cloverville Road. It was a clear indication of the amount of people on-hand for the celebration and had Central Nova MP Sean Fraser – one of the many dignitaries at [...]

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Looking to continue restoration work at cathedral

Posted on September 21, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Restoration work to preserve the original artwork of Ozias Leduc, at St. Ninian Cathedral, continued this past summer. Work was done on the paintings of St. Matthew and St. John the Baptist and it’s the hope of the St. Ninian’s Art Restoration Committee (SNARC), work can continue in the following summer seasons. “We did two this year because of the donation we received,” SNARC chair Ernst Schuegraf said. “If we [...]

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Local resident helping those in B.C. through Red Cross

Posted on September 21, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Antigonish County resident Marc Genuist is on his first deployment, as a Red Cross volunteer, and it has seen him travel across country, to B.C., to help those in the northern part of that province deal with wildfires. Based in Williams Lake, Genuist had almost completed two weeks in the community when contacted by the Casket Sept. 12. “The scale of the disaster and the response is unbelievable,” Genuist, who [...]

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Skate park for Heatherton under consideration

Posted on September 19, 2017

Members of the Heatherton and Area Recreation and Skateboard Association (HARSA) will host an information session Thursday evening [Sept. 21].     The event, set for 7 p.m. in the Heatherton Community Centre multi-purpose room, will center on the proposal to construct a skate park on its grounds.     “The presentation will outline the overall vision, plan and community involvement that will be needed to bring this great resource to our [...]

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Dallaire challenges students with empowering speech

Posted on September 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

It was the type of speech which may have had many St. F.X. students in the audience, of any year, heading directly to the service learning offices the following day, eager to make a difference somewhere in the world or at home. Lieutenant-General, the Hon. Roméo Dallaire was the keynote speaker for the XTalks evening, Sept. 5 at the Keating Centre, and his speech was, in a fashion, a call [...]

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Class of 2021 welcomed to St. F.X.

Posted on September 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

A first impression for a frosh student and his or her family coming to St. F.X. on Welcome Day could be; “they’re really good at chants here.” The enthusiastic and colourfully-clad O-Crew would leave that impression on anybody and, despite a steady rain on the morning and early afternoon of Sept. 2, as most first-year students landed on campus, the O-Crew was in fine chanting and welcoming form. “Wel-come home” [...]

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Terry Fox Run this Sunday

Posted on September 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Terry Fox Run is back in Antigonish this Sunday (Sept. 17). The local run was revived in 2014 after a lack of volunteers created a one-year hiatus in the area for the national fundraiser held in memory of Fox and his 1980 Marathon of Hope. Kathleen Gough, one of the organizers of this year’s run, said there has been a steady increase in participants and dollars raised since the [...]

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Bright future

Posted on September 14, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Another fall semester is in full swing at St. F.X. A few days before the first day of classes (Sept. 5), during a stroll from his Morrison Hall office to the construction site for the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, President Kent MacDonald talked about not only the new year, but also the future. The Pictou County native celebrated an increase in enrolment – both part and full-time – along [...]

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Events to recognize Leeside Society’s 25th anniversary

Posted on September 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Leeside Society of Port Hawkesbury is recognizing an important milestone, Sept. 15, with an open-house type of event in the afternoon, as well as an evening activity which will feature music, food and a cash-bar. The organization turns 25 this year and from noon to 2 p.m. people are invited to join them in recognizing the anniversary, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, for cake and live entertainment. The [...]

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Returning home and starting up Loch Abar Farms

Posted on September 8, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Dan MacIsaac was one of those Antigonish area individuals who found themselves out west for work but, at the same time, constantly looking for the right opportunity to move home. That opportunity has come in the form of Loch Abar Farms. “I bought this farm in October (2016), started Christmas trees last year and, this year, I needed to do something with the actual farm land so I, kind of, [...]

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IWCL class of 2017 celebrated

Posted on September 8, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

Sometimes 13 can be a lucky number or, at least, an impressive one. It’s the number of graduates in this year’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) class at the Coady International Institute. A celebration of their achievements was held Aug. 25, during an afternoon ceremony, at the Schwartz School of Business auditorium. The event included music to honour the women, from the group Wekoqmaqewiskwa as well as Derek Paulette. [...]

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‘Incredible journey’

Posted on September 8, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Stefanie Recollet described her participation in the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) program at the Coady International Institute as “an incredible journey.” “I am amazed at the calibre of graduates and I am proud that I am going to be part of it,” an Anishnaabe, of the Wahnapitae First Nation in northern Ontario, said. A couple days later [Aug. 25], Recollet was one of 13 graduates, from the IWCL [...]

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X alumni chapter hosts celebration for local first-year students

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Travis Grace described attending St. F.X. as a “perfect fit.”     “It has always been, kind of, a dream of mine,” the St. Andrews, Antigonish County native said when asked why he decided to attend the local university.     Grace, who quipped his choice is pleasing to his parents’ wallets, will study in the Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics program.     “I am looking forward to meeting everyone and [...]

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St. F.X. enrolment remains ‘relatively stable’

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

St. F.X. officials indicate enrolment is ‘relatively stable’ as the countdown grows short to the start of another university year.     “We are seeing some really positive response to our new programs, particularly in our Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health, as well as our Public Policy in Governance,” Tara Buksaitis, St. F.X. Registrar, said in an Aug. 22 interview.     “At this point, registration numbers and overall enrolment [...]

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Sobeys provide land along St. Mary’s River for conservation

Posted on August 25, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The St. Mary’s River Association Education and Interpretation Centre provided an ideal setting, Aug. 12, for an important and generous announcement. During an afternoon celebration event, Bonnie Sutherland, Nova Scotia Nature Trust executive director, announced that David and Faye Sobey were entrusting 30 acres of property, along the St. Mary’s River, to the organization. David Sobey was on-hand for the announcement; one of many who filled the centre to capacity. [...]

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Province invests in Antigonish connector path

Posted on August 25, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Province of Nova Scotia made an investment towards a Town of Antigonish path and, in-turn, a couple of community goals, Aug. 14. Antigonish MLA and Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey met Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher, as well as councillors Mary Farrell, Diane Roberts and Andrew Murray, near a path constructed last year, which connects St. Bean Lane and Maple Drive, for the announcement. It was noted, in [...]

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Investing in research at St. F.X.

Posted on August 25, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Government of Canada is investing in research at St. F.X. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser was at his alma-mater Aug. 15 to make the announcement that $156,730, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), was going towards two research projects at the university. As well, St. F.X. is also receiving an additional $47,019 in funding from the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund. “Dr. Mohamed [...]

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Memorial bench dedicated to Insp. Tony Perry unveiled

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie richardmac@thecasket.ca

Beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures helped provide the ideal setting as a special dedication service took place on the lawn of the Antigonish RCMP Detachment Aug. 9. Inspector Tony Perry, a long-time RCMP member and leader at the detachment who passed away in October of last year, was remembered and honoured as a memorial bench in his name was unveiled. The inscription on the front of granite bench reads; [...]

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Fire Chief MacEachern running for council seat

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie richardmac@thecasket.ca

Auld’s Cove Danny MacEachern is vying for the District 9 seat in the Aug. 19 Municipality of the County of Antigonish by-election. Election voting will take place at the St. Paul’s Parish Center (Cape Jack Road, basement entrance) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and is being held following the passing of Russell Boucher in May, who had not only been the long-time representative of the district but also warden [...]

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