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Posted at 1:27 pm on April 24, 2015

It’s been another successful year at the Bergengren Credit Union.  At its annual general meeting in Antigonish, the Credit Union reported an increase in assets to more than $228.2 million and an equity position of $ 15.1 million, or 6.65 %.  Net earnings for the year were just under $700,ooo.  At the AGM, the membership approved a board recommendation to provide a Patronage Reward to members of $150,000.  A five per cent dividend on equity was also approved.
Several new members were appointed to the Board of Directors; Blair van Veld and Daniel Doiron.  They join returning directors Chris Boyd, Eileen Curry, Kevin MacDonald, Mary Oxner, Randy Peters, and Bill Timmons.  David Harrison, Anne Sears, Garrett Juurlink and Helen MacPherson were re-elected.
The Credit Union has three branches with 63 employees that serve over 15-thousand members in Antigonish, St. Andrews and New Glasgow.

Posted at 1:15 pm on April 24, 2015

The Provincial Government is facing growing opposition to cuts made to the Gaelic Affairs office in Antigonish.  Following the tabling of the provincial budget, two of the five positions at the office were cut.  The Mabou office has also been closed.  An online petition has garnered more than 13-hundred names opposing the cuts.  Inverness Tory MLA Allan MacMaster raised the issue in the Legislature this week, reading a statement in English and Gaelic, asking the province to restore the funding.  MacMaster says the Gaelic community is disappointed with the cuts.
 MacMaster vows his party will continue to press the government on these cuts.

Posted at 12:46 pm on April 24, 2015

An Antigonish area resident has won a St. FX bursary that recognizes a commitment to community service and student activities.  Julissa Stewart, a second year psychology student is this year’s recipient of the Holly E. Bartlett Memorial Bursary, worth 500 dollars is awarded annually to a female student from Atlantic Canada.   Stewart says much of her work away from the classroom is
Stewart is currently in Belize on a Service Learning project.  Stewart hopes to become an Occupational Therapist.

Posted at 12:44 pm on April 24, 2015

An Inverness County High School student has received a major scholarship from St. FX University.  Emily MacKay of East Margaree, a Grade 12 student has received the JP McCarthy Scholarship, worth 24-thousand dollars.  It’s renewable for four years, at six thousand dollars annually.  To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be in the top two per cent in their class and have demononstrated leadership in school, creative or community activities.
MacKay will enter the Nursing at St. FX in the fall.

Posted at 10:22 am on April 24, 2015

Most services are set to resume at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital this  morning.  The hospital had moved to emergency services only yesterday because of the loss of its municipal water supply.

The municipality has isolated the water system problem in the community and is planning a repair in the future.  Water pressure is now increasing at the hosptial and a further water supply disruption is not expected.

The hospital’s Renal Dialysis service won’t resume until at least the beginning of next week.

The water issue led to the closure of patient walk in service for the medical lab specimen collection and X-ray. Some surgical procedures and other non-urgent appointments were also cancelled.

Posted at 10:15 am on April 24, 2015

There’s been a delay to the start of the lobster fishing season in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The DFO’s Gulf Region office has issued a notice to harvesters that due to ice conditions, the spring fishery will not open as originally scheduled on April 30th.  The season will be delayed until ice conditions improve.  A further update will be issued to harvesters next Wednesday.

Posted at 10:13 am on April 24, 2015

Concerns over the future of the town of Mulgrave were addressed Thursday night.
A public meeting saw over a hundred citizens come out to witness a Municipal Affairs Rep highlight the issues their town is facing, including a diminishing populations and crumbling infrastructure.
Those in attendance voiced that more information is needed before considering the possibilities either remaining a town, or amalgamating with the neighboring county.
The third option for the town, the possibility of becoming a village, was taken off the table yesterday by Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey whose amendments to the Municipal Government Act saw regulations to prevent towns from becoming villages. 
As for what comes next, Mayor Lorne MacDonald  said he agreed with the audience that further homework on the topic does have to be done, and council will discuss the feedback presented Thursday night.

Posted at 10:11 am on April 24, 2015

Several performers with ties to Northeastern Nova Scotia have advanced to the regional finals of a CBC national talent contest.  The competition is called Searchlight; it’s aim is to raise awareness to emerging artists in Canada.  In the Halifax regional final, Unidentified Funk Object, is one of 10 bands to advance to the final.  U-F-O is a Halifax-based ten piece band which includes several Antigonish natives and former students of the St. FX music program.
In the Cape Breton Region, there are two local finalists, Lena Murphy of Margaree Valley and John Kennedy of Port Hawkesbury.  In the Montreal region, Sin and Swoon, a duo which includes Antigonish native Michelle Tompkins has made the final.  Voting continues until Monday.  Regional winners will be declared next Tuesday.

Posted at 10:10 am on April 24, 2015

Sable Wind project in the Guysborough District Municipality officially began full operations Thursday.  The municipality had hoped to be at this stage a few months ago, but one of the generators had a major failure and had to be re-fabricated in Germany and then shipped for installation.  A letter confirming the start of the 20 year contract for power generation was received from Nova Scotia Power Thursday.
Warden Vernon Pitts says it’s a significant development.
While it reached full operations, the wind farm has been generating power since mid-December.  Sable Wind is a joint project between the municipality and Nova Scotia Power

Posted at 10:08 am on April 24, 2015

You’ll be paying more at the pump today.  The price of gasoline rose 2.3 cents a litre overnight.  The minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded is now $1.13.2 in the eastern mainland and $1.14 in Cape Breton.
Diesel is also up, by 1.9 cents a litre.  The lowest pump prices for diesel are $1.08.6 in the eastern mainland and $1.09.4 in Cape Breton.