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Posted at 11:25 am on March 25, 2015

The St. FX Vice President of Finance and Administration wants to work with the province to maintain a solid economic foundation.  The minister responsible says the institutions can do a better job of controlling their costs.  Officials say research shows the schools want to set their own tuition levels without any caps, while student groups are calling for a tuition freeze.   Andrew Beckett says there are no simple answers on this subject.
The government is also changing the debt cap under a program that forgives student loans.


Posted at 11:23 am on March 25, 2015

The RCMP Detachment Commander in Antigonish says the force is celebration a very important milestone.  It’s the 40th anniversary of the first female troop in the RCMP. Four decades ago, thirty-two women from across Canada took the oath to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The members of “Troop 17“ carved a path for thousands of women who have followed in their footsteps– including Staff Sgt. Holly Glassford.

In the early years, the wives of the RCMP members were valuable contributors. they were known as, “the second man.“ They helped their husbands do paperwork and other tasks.  The campaign marking the celebration started in September and ends this month.

 


Posted at 11:18 am on March 25, 2015

An Antigonish County woman is among droves of people who enjoyed a surprise celestial event last night.  People from Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick are reporting that they saw a strange light show in the sky.    Annette Gingras says it was captivating.

Twitter and facebook are filling with accounts like Gingras’s.
One expert says it was likely a bright meteor called a fireball.


Posted at 11:17 am on March 25, 2015

An Antigonish Hockey player is wrapping up a successful run in Midget Triple ‘A.’ Emily Doiron and the Northern Subway Selects lost in the playoffs this weekend against Metro Boston Pizza.  Doiron says the league was competitive and she wants to give a heads up to the rookies entering the league next year.
It was her final season with the team. The subway selects finished the regular season in first place.


Posted at 11:15 am on March 25, 2015

A spokesperson for the Antigonish Visitor Information Centre is encouraging Old Man Winter to hurry up and turn the page. But Debbie Boyd says she realizes there are some hearty souls out there who will miss the winter when it’s gone. She says there was certainly no shortage of white gold this year and they had lots to keep them busy.

Boyd says they’re looking forward to welcoming people at the V.I.C when it opens in early June.  They hope to drum up a lot of interest at this year’ Saltscape Expo taking place late next month in Halifax where sevreal representatives from the Antigonish area will be in attendance.


Posted at 11:11 am on March 25, 2015

A Pictou area MLA says some seniors were cut off from the outside world because of the snow buildup.  Pat Dunn is concerned because more resources should be available to support people living in their golden years when the weather’s bad.  Dunn says they kept their spirits up, even though there were times when the front door couldn’t even be opened at a senior’s residence in Pictou Conuty.

Dunn says the residents were basically restricted from getting groceries and prescriptions for a period of time.


Posted at 11:09 am on March 25, 2015

The Port Hawkesbury CAO says public works had its work cut out.  Maris Freimanis says the stress, time and money that  goes into snow clearing is often underestimated. He says its dangerous work and the heavy equipment operators deserve a pat on the back.
Freimanis says hopefully the heavy work is behind them.


Posted at 10:55 am on March 25, 2015

Central Nova MP Justice Minister Peter MacKay received a warm welcome in Mulgrave on the weekend. The feds are contributing about 200 thousand dollars for the replacement of a waste water pumping station. Mulgrave Mayor Lorne Mac Donald says it’s generous and reduces the burden on taxpayers.
MacKay also announced over 80 million dollars for national parks in St. Peters, The Cabot Trail and The Fortress of Louisbourg.


Posted at 10:53 am on March 25, 2015

A young hockey player from Guysborough County found the winning formula to stay positive without even stepping foot on the ice. Avery Warner represented the province at the recent Canada Winter Games. But he was diagnosed with pneumonia out in BC.  He couldn’t play, but kept his head up. His parents made the best of it too. Warner says winning simply means rolling with the punches.

Other local athletes who attended the games include Breagh Mac Eachern and David Paul Cudmore.


Posted at 10:51 am on March 25, 2015

An Antigonish County couple hopes to get some answers soon about a mysterious monument that basically surfaced by accident.  Mary Tenbrinke and her husband are reaching out to the cummunity, hoping to find people who may have a connection to a tombstone that was buried on their property in St. Andrews. It was buried near their home but uncovered while they were doing renovations last year.
The headstone is dated 1866, and makes reference to Catherine, “Beloved wife of Malcolm Livingston.“