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Posted at 9:41 am on March 2, 2015

The Antigonish Arena manager says he appreciates support from the community.  A 5 thousand pound, 11 foot long new sign welcomes everyone who visits the facility.  The sign was donated by Arsenault Monuments.  Bud Mac Innis says the company added a nice touch– the Antigonish Bulldogs logo. Under the logo it reads– Home Of The Bulldogs.  Mac Innis says it’s a reminder that people of all ages support the local popular team.
Glen Arsenault is the third generation at the helm of the company. Arsenault’s grandfather founded the company back in 1936. Arsenault’s children play minor hockey and they helped with the project.

Posted at 9:28 am on March 2, 2015

The first ever combined AUS men’s and women’s basketball championships have wrapped up in Halifax.  The St. FX teams didn’t compete this year, but two Xwomen basketball players are getting some all-star recognition.   Lindsay Lessard is selected as a second team allstar.  Sam Robertson is selected for the All Rookie Team.  Former St. FX basketball star Theresa Mac Cuish says she was very humbled and honoured when asked to be the honourary chairperson for the inaugural event.   She says the conference and it’s executive director did an outstanding job welcoming teams and fans from all over the Maritimes.

Meantime, Mac Cuish says St. FX remains in the spot light because it’s also a special year for the men’s hockey program– thanks to Xmen hockey coach Brad Peddle and his colleagues.  She says fans and supporters continue to applaud them for bringing the CIS men’s championships to Nova Scotia for the first time.  St. FX is hosting the finals in Halifax this year.

Posted at 8:37 am on March 2, 2015

A former Port Hawkesbury area businessman has received a seven year prison term and was also handed a fine of one million Nepalese rupees.  Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh was arrested on an allegation of Paedophilia in Nepal.

Authorities said the 71-year-old forced a minor boy into having unnatural sex with him on December 13th. Police began to investigate after receiving a complaint from the victim’s family. One million Nepalese rupees equals 12-thousand 600 Canadian dollars. A newspaper in Nepal reports: “MacIntosh had come to Nepal in August last year and reportedly targeted other street children during his stay. Other victims of his assaults have also recorded their statements with the police.”

MacIntosh was convicted on 17 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency involving four boys dating back to the 1970’s in this region. In December, 2011 the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal overturned the convictions, saying it took too long to bring the case to trial. That ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in April, 2013.

Posted at 12:49 pm on February 27, 2015

 A Mabou-based company specializing in assessing hip and knee joint replacements in patients has secured a major contract.  Halifax Biomedical Incorporated has announced it has reached an agreement to supply its Implant Stability Assessment Kit to Sharp Cornado Hospital, near San Diego, California.   Halifax Biomedical’s Chief Operating Officer, John Simon, says the unit has become another tool for doctors as the level of hip and knee joint replacements increase.
Total cost of the unit is about $250,000  installed.  It will be installed this summer. Similar units has been installed at hospitals in Chicago, Nashville and Halifax.   Partial and mobile systems have also been sold to hospitals in Europe and Australia

Posted at 8:16 am on February 27, 2015

 It’s not something motorists will welcome the next time they fill up.  Gasoline prices are up again.  In its weekly setting, the Utility and Review Board increased gasoline prices by 4.1 cents a litre.
The minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded is now $1.09 in the eastern mainland, while in Cape Breton it’s $1.09.8.
Diesel prices are down a bit today, after rising seven cents a litre on Tuesday after the UARB enacted it’s interrupter clause.  A litre of diesel dropped two cents a litre overnight.    The minimum price of diesel is now $1.27 in the eastern mainland, and $1.27.8 in Cape Breton.

Posted at 8:15 am on February 27, 2015

It’s a long way from Antigonish to the south pole; but technology developed at St. FX is helping scientists better understand Antarctica’s ecosystem.  St. FX Earth Sciences Professor Dave Risk travelled to Antarctica in January to get readings from an instrument developed at St. FX to sniff for biological activity.  Risk renovated the equipment and took additional gas samples.  He also deployed another sensor to monitor carbon dioxide levels in a pond in the dry valleys.
Risk says as they collect additional data, more of a story is being told.
Last year was the first time a field worker from St. FX visited Antarctica, Earth Sciences graduate student Chris MacIntyre.    Risk says he’d like to see one of his students travel to Antarctica every January.

Posted at 8:12 am on February 27, 2015

RCMP say a 38-year-old Antigonish County man will appear in court in May stemming from a hit-and-run in Aulds Cove.  Police say just before midnight Wednesday evening, officers received a call of a single vehicle collision; a car had crashed into a gas station.  The driver fled the scene.  No was injured, there was some damage to a window and a gas pump.
Officers arrested a man a short time later in connection with the incident and held him in custody overnight.
The man faces charges of Refusing to Provide Breath Samples, Impaired Driving, Breach of Probation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Driving While Prohibited.

Posted at 5:38 pm on February 26, 2015

An historical AUS event tips off tonight in the provincial capital. It’s the first time that the conference’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete for the championship under one roof. Former St. FX basketball star Theresa Mac Cuish is the honourary chair for the event.  The women’s quarter finals are set for tonight at the Scotia Bank Centre in Halifax.  Cape Breton will tip off with Memorial at 6pm.  UPEI and UNB will take to the hardwood at 8:15pm.

Posted at 5:36 pm on February 26, 2015

The Richmond County Warden says emergency response is not an issue you can put on the back-burner.  Effective April 1, Point Tupper’s Heavy Industrial Park will have a new first responder in Fire Fighting services.  Council reached an agreement with the Louisdale Volunteer Fire Department.  Port Hawkesbury firefighters have been responsible since 1999.  But Victor David says they went back to the drawing board because they couldn’t find common ground in negotiations.

David says the Municipality intends to work more closely with Industry and Strait Area Mutual Aid to improve fire protection services.

Posted at 5:31 pm on February 26, 2015

The Northern Subway Selects are lacing up for some female midget triple `A` semi-final playoff action this weekend.  The series will start Saturday against the Pro Cresting Penguins.  Local playes on the team include Patti-Anne Tracey and Emily Doiron of Antigonish and Sieanna Forance of Inverness.  Game one is Saturday starting at 5:30 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.