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Posted at 6:15 pm on July 2, 2015

The Town and County of Antigonish are pressing ahead with a major project involving both municipalities.  The Antigonish Arena is getting a 1.1 million dollar upgrade.  But workers encountered a problem early in construction, frost, 12 feet deeper than expected.   Officials say this challenge put a question mark by the project’s price-tag and expected completion date.  Mayor Carl Chisholm says the work will continue with the planned floor design and construction, leaving the ground frost in place.  However officials are still on standby when it comes to funding.    Chisholm says MLA Randy Delorey is one of those being asked for help.
A joint press release states:  The disruption and cost to the community of abandoning the project was not seen as a viable option.  Renovations are anticipated to be complete by the end of October.  The arena was build in 1969 and is co-owned by the town and county.

Posted at 6:13 pm on July 2, 2015

A councillor in Guysborough County says he realizes he’s wading into controversial waters.  But Fin Armsworthy says the people will decide if a huge impressive structure should stand on the shores of Canso as it reaches towards Europe. His suggestion begins with a heated debate stemming from Green Cove along the Cabot Trail.  Reviews are mixed when it comes to a  proposed 10 story high Mother Canada statue–   to salute Canadian soldiers who didn’t return home from war.  Some say it’s a fitting tribute, while others say it will be out of place for Parks Canada standards.  Armsworthy says, that’s why it belongs in Canso.  He goes on to say it could drive up the numbers in the tourism industry.

But Armsworthy says no decisions should be made

Posted at 6:12 pm on July 2, 2015

RCMP say luckily no one was hurt stemming from a vehicle fire in downtown Antigonish today.  Sgt. Al Leblanc says a man was experiencing problems with his vehicle while traveling on Main Street.  He says it appears someone passing by told the driver that flames were noticed under the hood.   Someone called 9-1-1.  The fire department arrived and put the flames out.  Leblanc says the vehicle is likely non repairable.

Posted at 8:15 am on July 2, 2015

 An outdoor production is opening soon in Antigonish and it promises to take you back to the late 1700’s– an era welcoming the first permanent European settlers in Antigonish.  The performers are between the ages of 6 and 60.   One of the producers, John Graham-Pole, says a healthy community knows its history and the production is rather provocative because they are “Telling Truth To History.“



“1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish,” is a joint production of Arts Health Antigonish and Heritage Association of Antigonish.  Tickets are available at the Antigonish Heritage Museum and the 5c to $1 store.  The production starts on Saturday at Town Point.

Posted at 12:34 pm on June 30, 2015

 A community group in Margaree Harbour is hoping a new crowd-funding competition will jump start its efforts to raise funds to upgrade two local lighthouses.  The group called “Save the Margaree Harbour Lighthouses” is entered in the Heritage Canada competition called “This Lighthouse Matters.”  Group Spokesman Stewart Applegath says the lighthouses are called rangelights.


Applegath says the lights have been in existence for 115 years; his group is acquiring the lights from the federal government.  Voting in the competition closes on July 15th.  The top three voter getters in each of three categories will get a cash prize.  Also entered in the competition is a lighthouse in Port Bickerton.
Here’s the link to the This Lighthouse Matters web site:

Posted at 10:05 am on June 30, 2015

Antigonish RCMP are looking for the public’s help.  Police say a vehicle was stolen from a residence on Braemore Ave. early Sunday morning.  The car is a charcoal grey Toyota Camry.  If you have information, call Crime Stoppers or the RCMP.

Posted at 5:47 pm on June 29, 2015

The medical executive director for the health authority’s eastern region says a temporary interuption at the hospital in Antigonish has come and gone without any serious issues. Obstetrical services were interrupted recently, but Dr. Jeremy Hillyard says collaborating with nearby medical facilities resulted in some healthy newborn babies.  Three moms were transferred to New Glasgow.  Hillyard says this can be expected from time to time in rural communities, and medical professionals are able to adapt when obstacles appear.



Hillyard goes on to say the medical community isn’t expecting any issues in the short term, especially with the arrival of a new obstetrician later this week–  Dr. Adedayo Taiwo.

Posted at 5:43 pm on June 29, 2015

Efforts to find whoever is responsible for putting nails into P-E-I potatoes are being stepped up.  The industry is increasing its reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction to 500-thousand dollars, up from 100-thousand.  There have been several cases of metal objects being found in potatoes, with most coming from a farm in P-E-I.   PEI RCMP Sgt Leanne Butler the financial boost will hopefully help them close in the suspect or suspects. 


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been supporting the ongoing investigation by the R-C-M-P.

Posted at 5:20 pm on June 29, 2015

Richmond County RCMP have laid charges in connection with a hit and run.  A 64 year old male cyclist was struck on Highway 104 last week.  The motorist fled the scene and continued to drive towards St. Peters.  A 68 year old Grand River man is facing charges.  The cyclist has been released from hospital and is recovering.

Posted at 12:56 pm on June 29, 2015

An Antigonish Chef came up just shy of the prize on the Food Network’s culinary competition series “Chopped Canada” over the weekend.
Damian Liengme of Quill Chef Services and Catering squared off against three other chefs to produce an appetizer, entre and dessert.  A chef is chopped after each dish is served to a panel of judges.    Liengme made to the final round, but lost to B-C chef Brock Bowes.
Liengme says the deadlines on the show were tight, but it’s no different working in the kitchen in his catering business.
Liengme say he would love the opportunity to compete again on the show.  The winner in each episode of “Chopped Canada” takes home 10-thousand dollars.