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Posted at 11:19 am on September 30, 2016

An older residence on the St. FX campus has been revitalized.  At a ceremony Thursday, the university officially re-opened Mount Saint Bernard with a tree planting in the court yard and a ribbon cutting.  The historic residence has undergone major renovations.

Tree is planed in the courtyard at Mount Saint Bernard Residence

Tree is planted in the courtyard at Mount Saint Bernard Residence

St. FX President Kent MacDonald says it’s exciting to see students living in Mount Saint Bernard again.
Earlier this week, the University officially opened the renovated Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing at Mount Saint Bernard.

Posted at 10:51 am on September 30, 2016

The price at the pump is down for most motorists today.  Gasoline prices fell three cents a litre overnight in the weekly setting up by the Utility and Review Board.  The minimum price for gasoline is now $1.03.7 in the eastern mainland, while in Cape Breton it’s $1.04.5
However if you drive a diesel powered vehicle, you’ll be paying more when you fuel up.  Diesel prices rose 2.3 cents a litre overnight.  The lowest you’ll pay for a litre a diesel in the eastern mainland is 96.8 cents.  In Cape Breton, it’s 97.6.

Posted at 10:49 am on September 30, 2016

An Antigonish native says she is overwhelmed in learning about her royal connection way up north.  Shelley Mac Donald was in Iceland when the  Duchess of Cambridge bought and wore Mac Donald’s ear-rings while she and her husband Prince William were visiting Whitehorse.  Mac Donald says she is honoured, and tells us that her interest in making jewelry started at a young age here in Antigonish.
MacDonald makes most of her jewelry by hand.

Posted at 10:45 am on September 30, 2016

The Chief of Eskasoni says his community is reaching out to its brothers and sisters who are dealing with a water crisis.  St. FX grad Leroy Denny simply said `what can we do to help?’ when his counterpart in Potlotek said they need clean water because it’s currently “dirty and undrinkable.“
A total of 24 pallets of 4 liter jugs will be donated by Crane Cove Seafoods of Eskasoni and 2 pallets will be donated by Big 8 Beverages of Stellarton.  Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner says Ottawa  is committed to working with the community to construct a new water treatment facility.

Posted at 10:43 am on September 30, 2016

Guysborough area MLA and D-N-R minister Lloyd Hines says the wildfire risk season is being extended.  It runs until Oct. 22nd this year instead of the 15th.  Hines says keeping seasonal wildfire fighters in place and maintaing restrictions is necessary to ensure the safety of forests, communities, and people. But he says Nova Scotians should be commended for their efforts and patience.

Nova Scotians in need of potable water and showers will still have access to designated provincial parks in the central and western regions of the province after the camping season concludes.


Posted at 10:38 am on September 30, 2016

 More than one thousand graduates of St. FX University will return to campus this weekend to renew old friendships.  It’s Homecoming Weekend at the University, with more than a dozen reunions planned, dating back to 1956.  The Director of Alumni Affairs Mary Jessie MacLellan says the kick off for the Homecoming weekend is the Welcome Home Dinner Friday night.  She says record numbers are expected at the dinner.
Another highlight for the weekend is the Hall of Honour induction ceremony Saturday morning.  Two of the four inductees have local connections; Teri Brean Arsenault from the class of 1970 and Robert Proctor from the classes of 1991 and ’92

Posted at 12:33 pm on September 29, 2016

St. FX University President Dr. Kent Mac Donald and his team are rolling out the welcome mat.  Mac Donald says this is a special time of year for the current students, and the alumni with their family and friends.  Mac Donald says home-coming is a tradition that welcomes former students from all over the world– and he says this year is especially interesting for him.
There are 13 class reunions dating back to 1956.  Other weekend highlights include the “welcome home dinner“ recognizing a young alumna, friend of St. FX, distinguished alumna as well as the announcement of the Hall Of Honour inductees.

Posted at 12:31 pm on September 29, 2016

Mulgrave residents will be paying more for their water.  The Utility and Review Board has approved increases, indicating the adjusted rates should put the town’s water utility back in the black.  Without  the rate hikes, it’s anticipated the utility would be 324-thousand dollars in the red in three years.
For unmetered residential customers quarterly bills will rise to 221 dollars from the current rate of 190.  Next year, quarterly bills will be 251 dollars and 286 in 2018
For metered five-eighths inch residential customers, the quarterly base rate will be 106 dollars this year, 118 next year and just under 137 dollars in 2018.
The rate changes will come into effect on October first.

Posted at 12:55 pm on September 28, 2016

Antigonish RCMP say a two vehicle collision occurred Tuesday night on College Street.  A 54 year old Antigonish man is facing charges including impaired driving, refusal to provide a breath sample and driving while disqualified.  He will appear in court in late December.  The RCMP is encouraging you to call 911 if you suspect an impaired driver at any time.

Posted at 10:50 am on September 28, 2016

There are three St. FX teams in the CIS Top Ten rankings this week.
In Women’s Rugby, the X-Women moved up a spot to 4th, trading places with Queen’s, who fall to 5th.  McMaster is ranked the best in the country, followed by Guelph and Ottawa.
In the inaugural Men’s Cross Country Rankings, St. FX is 7th.
And X-Men Soccer, coming off a strong weekend with a pair of wins, debuts in 10th place. Two other AUS teams are in the top 10 in men’s soccer; UNB holds down 7th, while Acadia is 8th.