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Posted at 5:17 pm on May 28, 2015

A former X-women rugby star is featured in a new Sport Chek video.  Magali Harvey is the first Canadian to win the International Rugby Board Women’s Player Of The Year.  The inspirational video, with its gritty texture, clearly displays Harvey`s tenacity and intensity.



Harvey represented Canada at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.  The theme of the video is `hashtag-Sweat For This.`

Posted at 3:53 pm on May 28, 2015

A former provincial Liberal leader is joining the chourus celebrating the 50th anniversary of the St. FX Student Union.  Danny Graham was student union president in 1982-83.  He says much of what he learned at university occurred outside the classroom.



Two of Graham’s children are currently attending St. FX pursuing business administration degrees.  Graham wants to congradulate the student union, and wishes the current administration the best of luck in representing the students.

Posted at 2:30 pm on May 28, 2015

The weight restrictions for a bridge in the Town of Antigonish is changing immediately.  You’ll see an 8 ton weight limit signs for the bridge on Braemore Avenue instead of the usual 18 ton restriction.  Council set aside money in the Capital budget for a review and design for a new bridge. During the review, officials determined the weight restriction must change because of its current condition.  In the meantime, some minor repairs will be completed.  Civic officials are currently working on a tender package for a new bridge, but some challenges are expected on the project because of the soil condition and construction standards. A section of Braemore Avenue will likely be closed for several months once the work starts and vehicles will be re-routed.

Posted at 2:28 pm on May 28, 2015

Inverness RCMP are asking for the public’s help in solving a crime.   The Mounties say someone smashed the window of a car park at a Hillcrest Street Residence.  The damage occurred sometime after 3pm May 10th.   If you have information, contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Posted at 2:27 pm on May 28, 2015

Brent De Young is no ordinary St. FX grad.  He was forced to abandon his studies abruptly 20 years ago.  De Young knew there was something wrong, as he was dealing with an illness that he couldn’t quite put his finger on it.  He put the books away at the age of 19 and started to look for help.  That’s when he found mentors who became like family such as someone referred to as Father Bill, Gail Bannister and many others.  Over a period of time, he learned why he faced so many obstacles.  De Young was eventually diagnosed with schizo-affective mood disorder with psychosis.  He says that sounds heavy, but once he learned what the problem was– it started his climb back to the top– and he dreamed again of getting his X-ring.
He earned enough credits to complete his interrupted degree at St. FX. And earlier this month, a group of family and friends were with him at convocation in Antigonish.  Deyoung says he is very proud to finally have his X-ring and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Posted at 1:54 pm on May 28, 2015

The provincial government has issued a new ministerial order to Pictou County’s Northern Pulp.   The order, signed by acting Environment Minister Mark Furey, stipulates operations at the mill won’t resume until installation of the precipitator is complete.  This replaces an earlier order signed last August, requring Northern Pulp to have the precipitator constructed, installed, commissioned and operational by May 30th.  The precipitator is expected to reduce mill emissions to within limits.
Earlier this month, the company informed the province it intended to suspend operations on May 30th to complete the installation.

Posted at 1:33 pm on May 28, 2015

A 17-year-old Antigonish County female youth has been charged with excessive speeding or stunting.  RCMP say on Thursday morning, officers clocked a car on Highway 7  at 143 kilometres an hour.  The posted speed limit is 90 kilometres.  Police stopped the car in Ashdale.    The driver was late for a test at school.

The car she was driving was towed and seized.  The driver has also lost her license for seven days and was issued a speeding ticket, with a fine of more than 24-hundred dollars.

Posted at 1:23 pm on May 28, 2015

The lights at an Inverness County performing arts centre could soon go dark.  The excecutive director of Strathspey Place in Mabou, Tracey MacNeil, says the 488 seat facility is facing serious financial challenges.  MacNeil says it’s the cumulative affect of years of losses and inadequate revenue.  MacNeil say unless it’s financial situation improves, it probably will be forced to close in the next couple of months.
MacNeil says a community meeting  is scheduled for next Thursday, June 4th at 7 p.m. at Strathspey Place to discuss its future.
MacNeil says if it can keep the doors open, the Strathspey Place Association has developed a Strategic Plan that will allow it  to grow.  It touches on six stragetic items with action plans,  including Partnering with the Community,  Financial Stability, Youth Mentorship, Human Resource Capacity, Program Development and Marketing Plan.

Posted at 11:05 am on May 28, 2015

Some local communities are being recognized for their civic and community spirit.  Mabou is among the chosen few awarded this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award.  Melanie Beaton submitted an application on behalf of the Mabou and District Community Development Association.  She says this recognition is the result of a community rallying together while expressing their passion and dedication for what they have in their backyards.

River John in Pictou County and Washabuck of Victoria County are also receiving the award.  The Lieutenent Governor says, “This award provides an important opportunity to recognize the people and places that make Nova Scotia a special place to live and visit.”

Posted at 10:55 am on May 28, 2015

St. FX is hosting a competition Friday where everyone will be a winner. Close to 200 athletes from five area counties are gathering for the Eastern Highlands Special Olympics Regional Games. It’s a qualifier for the provincials.  Regional coordinator Joan Conrad these athletes always display what it means to be “sportsmanlike.“
A parade starts at 9:30 on campus Friday morning, followed by the competition– which should wrap up by 3 or 3:30 in the afternoon.  Conrad should if you have time, come and watch the event and cheer on the athletes.