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Richer gives powerful mental health talk at banquet

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Stephane Richer emphasized, on a couple of occasions, he’s not really a public speaker for large audiences, as he took to the podium as the keynote speaker for the Business Ability Banquet, Nov. 9, at St. F.X.’s MacKay Room. His admission aside, Richer grabbed the packed room with his honest and frank talk about his mental health issues, which manifested themselves, most prominently, at a time [...]

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Honouring the sacrifices by living the values

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Veteran Walter Smith turned 101 in August. With a little assistance, the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home resident participated in the home’s Service of Remembrance, Nov. 9, during the wreath laying portion. He is one of two veterans who call the R.K. home; Patrick Gough being the other. Asked about Remembrance Day following the ceremony, Smith said, for him, “there is a lot to think about … a lot of people.” [...]

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Open Arms Clinic garners national recognition

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The needs of mothers-to-be – and their families – begin long before a new baby is welcomed to the world.     Lisa MacDonald and Colleen Boyd, registered nurses with the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital’s Open Arms Clinic, help guide the process of preparing for delivery and the life changes that come with parenthood.     “We develop relationships,” Boyd said, as her colleague nodded in agreement.     That foundation for those [...]

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New NSCC tools chart innovative course for marine talent, industry

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Strait Area Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has unveiled upgrades to its internationally recognized Nautical Institute’s navigation simulator.     With $849,170 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Community Fund, the campus has also added a new marine voltage simulator, which officials said will create further training opportunities to better prepare students for highly skilled jobs in the industry.     “It is a great announcement,” [...]

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Province announces solar energy support

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A Nov. 10 announcement spoke to more green energy projects coming to Antigonish. Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, made the Solar Electricity for Community Building Pilot Program announcement from Antigonish town hall council chambers. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in reducing emissions and addressing climate change,” Delorey said during the announcement and as part of the accompanying press release. “Antigonish is fortunate to [...]

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Goals achieved and new ones set

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

With the success of the wind farm project in Ellershouse, Nova Scotia covered (see last week’s Casket for story), Town of Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher and chief administrative officer (CAO) Jeff Lawrence turned their attention to economic development, as they continued to reflect on one-year in office for Boucher, and council’s first term, following municipal elections in the province in October 2016. Boucher began by talking about the hard work [...]

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A testament to Perry’s legacy

Posted on November 23, 2017

The turnout and success of the Inspector Tony Perry Memorial Hockey Game made it clear that Tony’s memory is well-alive in the Antigonish area, and beyond. On Oct. 29, almost exactly one year after the death of the well-known, well-loved and well-respected police officer, more than 400 people joined together at the Antigonish Arena to remember a special man and raise money for an important cause. In a playful but [...]

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Wind farm kicks-off year-one reflections

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher and town chief administrative officer (CAO) Jeff Lawrence were in a reflective mood as they set down with the Casket, Oct. 27, almost a year to the day since Boucher took office, following municipal elections in Nova Scotia in October 2016.   “It has been a very busy year and it started right after the election,” Boucher said, noting one of the first tasks was helping new [...]

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A delicious experience

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

In now more than 15 years of telling stories from our communities, I have been blessed to enjoy countless experiences – ones where I have met people from not only around the corner but also around the world.     One of those most recent encounters came earlier this fall season at St. James United Church – not coincidentally, where I have enjoyed many others – on a memorable Sunday afternoon. [...]

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A passion for working with people

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Coady International Institute diploma in development leadership 2017 participant Andrew Gawargy was always told a career working with people would be exciting and rewarding. He followed that advice and is now a Key of Life Association area manager in his home country of Egypt. On his Coady website bio page, Gawargy talks about the association and gives a brief description of his role. “Key of Life Association works to create [...]

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Baillie stepping down as provincial PC leader

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster was non-committal, when asked if he will consider a run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Nova Scotia.     “It is something that I have been thinking about for years,” he told the Casket in a Nov. 6 interview.     Nevertheless, MacMaster added, he said he was “not prepared to answer today,” when asked about his potential candidacy.     Jamie Baillie announced [...]

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Gift of warmth

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Kids’ First Family Resource Centre in Antigonish is continuing its tradition of giving the gift of warmth to local families.     The Coats for Families initiative, which launched for the sixth year earlier this month, provides new and ‘gently used’ (washed) winter coats and snow pants to those in need.     “We have been able to help many families,” Michelle March of Kids’ First said.     She touched on [...]

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A job very well done

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Thirty years with one business is impressive. Forty would be very, very impressive, and 50; well, that’s pretty much unheard of these days. Hello Linda Boudreau. After 50 years and four months; on Nov .2, Boudreau retired from her job – or jobs – at Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet Buick GMC. “I think today I have kind of mixed emotions; the place has been like family for 50 years,” Boudreau said [...]

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Gaelic at Work initiative underway

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Joe MacGillivray has an interest in seeing the Gaelic language become more widespread in Nova Scotia and, to that end, has started up an initiative called Gaidhlig aig Obair – Gaelic at Work.   “I’ve been working at it, more seriously, for a few months now,” MacGillivray, the secretary of the Nova Scotia branch of the Celtic League, said. “It was an idea I had quite some time back. The inspiration [...]

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An ‘Unstoppable Kid’ indeed

Posted on November 16, 2017

Antigonish athlete Avery Rankin was recently honored, in Toronto, by the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jays Care Foundation.  Avery was invited to the Rogers Centre on Nov. 3 to take part in a celebration of Unstoppable Kids!  Avery was one of only 18 kids selected for this honour out of the thousands of kids that Jays Care works with, from across Canada, because of the incredible positivity that she brings to [...]

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Random acts of kindness

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Recess is, most often, a time for students to play or maybe have a snack.     But, at least once a month, for a group of Saint Andrew Junior School (SAJS) students, it is about affecting lives in a positive way.     “We just want to make them happy,” Charlotte Boyle said, while sitting on a couch in the office of guidance counsellor Marie Kennedy.     Charlotte is a dedicated [...]

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Rose Paul honoured for economic development efforts

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Rose Paul has garnered a national award for her work in community economic development.     During the recent CANDO (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) conference and annual general meeting, the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation economic development officer was named Economic Developer of the Year.     “It is a great honour and I am glad to bring it home to Paqtnkek and the [Antigonish] County,” she said.     She [...]

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Another chart topper

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

“It’s gone.”     With a hearty laugh, that was Leisa Brow’s response, when asked what she and her husband, Ronnie, were going to do with their $3,000.     The couple won the cold, hard cash in the ‘Fab Five Raffle’ as part of 989 XFM Hospital Help Day, an annual fundraiser that benefits the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.     Ronnie said they support the “worthy cause” each year, noting [...]

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Paqtnkek, Antigonish County participate in national conference

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Representatives of the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish shared the story of their blossoming relationship at a recent national economic conference.     Chief P.J. Prosper and Warden Owen McCarron participated in a First Nations Municipal Collaboration Panel during the 24th annual CANDO (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) Conference and AGM in Fredericton.     “It was a tremendous experience,” McCarron told the [...]

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Lest we forget

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

In the lead-up to Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), Royal Canadian Legion branches across the country, including in the Quad Counties, have launched their traditional poppy campaigns.     Donations made for the familiar flowers of remembrance that adorn lapels during this time of year, along with the wreaths placed during Nov. 11 ceremonies, are placed in the respective branches’ poppy trust funds.     As outlined on the Royal Canadian Legion website [...]

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