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Posted at 11:22 am on October 30, 2014

A local woman is facing charges stemming from an Antigonish/Guysborough  Street Crime Unit investigation.  Authorities received a complaint last December regarding misappropriation of funds in the Paq-tnkek First Nation.   Police say the band discovered a misappropriation of funds in excess of 50-thousand dollars involving the Mi’kmaq Employment and Training Secretariat.  Authorities say a subsequent investigation led to the discovery of misappropriation of funds in excess of 350-thousand dollars between 2010 and 2013. Thirty-eight year old Dawn Marie Johnson was arrested at her home on the Paq-tnkek First Nation last month.  She will appear in court on November 26th facing charges including theft over 5-thousand dollars, forgery, uttering a forged document and fraud over 5-thousand dollars.

Posted at 7:50 am on October 30, 2014

A dynamic story telling duo from Antigonish have each penned another book.
Len PD Mac Donald and Phil Milner are a popular pair that performs often at fundraising and other community events.
Mac Donald’s “Week 45- Family, Friends and Foibles“ will be launched in a couple of months.  Mac Donald says he and Milner didn’t want to steal each other’s thunder.

Phil Milner was a professor and considered himself as an `outsider` back then.   But now, it’s a different story for his second project.

Milner’s book- “ The Antigonish Book Of Days“ is being launched Wednesday November 5th at the Royal Canadian Legion in Antigonish starting at 7pm.

Posted at 7:46 am on October 30, 2014

 Pictou County residents will be offering their own personal messages of condolence to families of two Canadian soldiers who died recently, Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
The Town of New Glasgow has placed two leather bound books of remembrance at the front desk of town hall for area residents to sign.  The books will be remain available for signing until Thursday, November 6th during regular office hours at town hall.
Mayor Barrie MacMillan says the town wanted to do something tangible to show support for the families

Posted at 12:20 pm on October 29, 2014

Antigonish RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a driver involved in a car-pedestrian collision

Last Friday morning at approximately 9:45 a young woman was struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk at St. Ninian and West Streets while walking toward St. FX University. The victim wasn’t hurt due the low speed and minimal impact. The driver briefly spoke to the victim to ensure she was not injured but drove away afterward without disclosing her name or information.

The car is described as a charcoal grey four door driven by a woman in her late 60’s to early 70’s with white hair, wearing glasses and average height.

Police are asking the driver and any witnesses to this incident to contact the Antigonish RCMP at 902-863-6500.

Posted at 7:20 am on October 29, 2014

Efforts by a local group in the Heatherton area to convert the former Rev. H. J. MacDonald School into a community centre is inching closer to reality. The group, officially known as the Heatherton Development, Cultural and Wellness Society has submitted a request to become the new owner of the building.  County council is expected discuss the issue soon, and it may require a public hearing.  The chair of the steering committee that’s working on the project Ed MacDonald, says fund-raising is progressing well
A fund-raising event over the weekend featuring local storytellers Len P-D MacDonald and Phil Milner with entertainment from MacDonald’s children raised more than eight thousand dollars.

Posted at 7:14 am on October 29, 2014

 A Quebec-based shipyard is expanding its business to Pictou County. Chantier Davie Canada has announced it has reached a co-operative agreement to work on marine-related projects with Aecon Atlantic, the owner of the Pictou Shipyard.
Under the terms of the deal the two companies will combine fabrication capacity, allow for the production and assembly of ship sections as well as skill and knowledge sharing.
Davie CEO Alan Bowen says the company has built entire ship sections at six third party facilities for assembly at its Quebec yard.  He says the Pictou yard will provide support to its current and future shipbuilding and repair programs.  Aecon is already working with Davie on several shipbuilding contracts

Posted at 6:55 am on October 28, 2014

 The provincial transportation minister says there will be a review of Highway 104 between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish.  There have been recent calls to twin that section of highway following another fatal collision more than a week ago.  Since 2009, 14 fatalites have occurred on the 37 kilometres of highway.  The minister, Geoff MacLellan says he expects the review to be completed over the winter.
MacLellan says a decision was made to conduct this safety study after he met with Barney’s River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald this summer.  MacDonald has been lobbying for the twinning of the highway as a safety issue.

Posted at 12:42 pm on October 27, 2014

The provincial government is supporting the expansion of a trail in Pictou County.  The province has indicated it will provide 62-thousand dollars to the Pictou County Trails Association to help complete seven kilometres of the multi-use Short Line Trail.  It will connect with the existing five kilometres of trail to form a path that’s about 12 kilomtres long.
It allows residents to travel between businesses, workplaces and the Scotsburn Elementary School.

Posted at 11:18 am on October 27, 2014

A new product launch for Antigonish County native and entrepreneur Barb Stegemann is going well.  Just over a month ago, Stegemann’s fragrance company, The 7 Virtues, officially unveiled a new perfume, featuring patchouli from Rwanda.   Stegemann says  she’s excited by the customer response to the fragrance.

The fragrance can be worn by women and men.   Stegemann says there’s  been a lot of anticipation with this new line.
 This is the company’s fifth fragrance; it has two from Afghanistan, one from Haiti and a fourth from Iran and Israel

Posted at 12:53 pm on October 26, 2014

A Paqtnkek community leader says Christmas came early for some youngsters at the Antigonish Arena.  Richie Connors says the Learn To Play program is responsible for sparking interest and lighting up the faces of many young people in the community.  The program involves busing the players into Antigonish every second Sunday.  Connors says the first session was a huge success.

The next session is set for November 2nd.  Connors says this couldn’t be possible without their partners including: Antigonish Minor Hockey, Sport NS, Bonvie-MacDonald Rinks to Links  and the RCMP.