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Posted at 9:21 am on October 23, 2014

The coach of the X-women basketball team hopes the first fund raising event of the season will be a slam dunk.  It’s being organized by the team’s support group, the X-Women Allies– which is a family fun hike at Keppoch Mountain. Augy Jones says  the reason why is a three pointer:   To support the fundraising efforts of the l team, to promote family fitness and to give the public a chance to meet the student athletes.

The event is taking place Sunday November 2nd from  1 pm to 4 pm.

Posted at 9:19 am on October 23, 2014

Eight new inductees are being enshrined at the NS Sports Sports Hall of Fame on November First.  That includes former St. FX women’s basketball star Theresa Mac Cuish, who’s also in the university’s sports hall of fame.  Also enshrined this year, it’s Antigonish Bulldogs Coach Richard Mac Kenzie, who was a coach for the 1998 Truro Bear Cats– that year’s winner of the Allen Cup.  And Mike Boyd, a product of the Antigoish minor hockey system, and forward with the 98 Bearcats, will also be inducted.  A closer look at this year’s inductees can be heard Sunday night during “Inside Sports“ with Ken Farrell.

Posted at 9:16 am on October 23, 2014

Town of Antigonish Municipal brass are welcoming Port Hawkesbury for a regional economic power house.  Chief Administrative Officer Stephen Feist says the town on the Cape Breton side of the causeway is joining their Regional Enterprise Network.  It’s designed to bring together business communities, the province, municipalities and other groups involved in economic development.  Feist says the network has some solid partners on board and he hopes it will stay that way.

The town and county of Antigonish, Guysborough, St. Mary’s and Mulgrave are also involved.  Feist says they can take it up a notch if Paqtnkek First Nation accepts their invitation.

Posted at 9:12 am on October 23, 2014

Antigonish County Councillor Bill Mac Pharlane says pedestrian/’vehicle safety remains to be a top concern.  He says they’lll keep asking the province for help with the intersection of the old 104 and Lochaber Road.

However Mac Pharlane is satisfied for now because the province hasn’t closed the door on a traffic signal upgrade.  The warden says it’s too bad the province won’t be putting crosswalks there.

Posted at 9:09 am on October 23, 2014

With the immediate crisis over on Parliament Hill, the hunt is underway for possible accomplices to the lone gunman who murdered a Canadian soldier.   Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed yesterday at the National War Memorial before the gunman was shot dead inside the Parliament building.   Cape Breton Canso MP Roger Cuzner has issued a statement offering condolences to Cirillo’s family. He’s also extending his deepest gratitude to all first responders. Cuzner says it’s a turn of events that hasn’t settled in yet.

Among the many questions are did the gunman have help, how did he get so far on Parliament Hill, and were there any warnings?

Posted at 6:22 pm on October 22, 2014

A dynamic storytelling duo from Antigonish is at it again.  Phil Milner and Len P-D MacDonald are chipping in for a fundraising event on Sunday.  The Heatherton Development, Culture & Wellness Association will be holding a fundraising event along with a silent auction.   The group is raising funds to convert the former Rev. HJ MacDonald School in Heatherton into a community centre.  Milner says he and his partner are more than happy to chip in.

Mac Donald meanwhile gives a sneak peak.  But as usual, it’s just a teaser for now so you’ll be interested and show up to hear his stories live.

The doors open at 6pm Sunday at the school in Heatherton.  It’ll be a night filled with music, storytelling and a silent auction.  Visit our website at to find out how you can purchse tickets.
Tickets are now available at Brendan’s Fairway and from any of the fundraising committee members: Margie (Myles) Glenn 386-2279, Barbie Bowie 386-2667, Brenda Berkvens 386-2453, John Bailey 386-2590 or Wayne MacMillan 386-2695. Tickets are $20.00/person and there will also be complimentary tea/coffee and oatcakes.

Posted at 1:12 pm on October 22, 2014

A 37-year-old Frankville, Antigonish County man charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography appeared in Antigonish Provincial Court this morning.  The appearance, by Trevor Jon Austen, was brief.  The matter was adjourned until November 26th.  At that time, Austen is expected to enter a plea to the charges.
Austen was charged in April, after Antigonish RCMP and members of Internet Child Exploitation Unit, Technological Crime Unit,  and Antigonish/Guysborough Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a home in Frankville.  Police seized three laptops, one external hard drive and one cell phone.

Posted at 8:17 am on October 22, 2014

Antigonish County Council is applying for a municipal boundary change.  The idea is to even out the number of residents in the electoral districts. Warden Russell Boucher says residents had the opportunity to express concerns at public gatherings in Heatherton and Maryvale but attendance was poor.
Boucher says regardless of any changes, municipal services will not be reduced.

Posted at 8:16 am on October 22, 2014

The Antigonish County Warden says no one complained to him about loud parties during the recent home coming.  But Russell Boucher says he will sit with his town colleagues and community leaders to discuss concerns regarding the 2014 celebrations.  Some town councillors say residents have complained about loud parties, and they hope a group called “Town and Gown“ can find remedies to benefit everyone.  Boucher accepts the invitation to meet with his counterparts and would like to learn more.

Mayor Carl Chisholm says the town and university have a solid rapport and sometimes relationships require some fine-tuning.  Civic officials give credit to the new student union leadership for helping to move the partnership forward.

Posted at 8:14 am on October 22, 2014

Russell Boucher is on-board with Antigonish Community Transit.  The county warden says he’s very pleased that a bus is now chauffeuring clients.  A pilot project is underway servicing both municipalities.  Boucher says it’s a significant benefit for Antigonish County.
But Boucher says, it will only work, if people use it.  The pilot project runs until the end of March.  It will be determined at that time whether or not the service will remain permanently.