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Posted at 5:48 pm on July 25, 2014

St. FX is announcing its next class of inductees for the Sport Hall Of Fame.  This happens every two years involving athletes, teams and builders.  One of the athletes is former X-men soccer player Trevor Reddick, Class of 1998.  He was a three time captain who also received national all-star honours and several conference honours.  He was also a stand out AUS wrestler. He says student athletes can’t achieve their goals without the help of a lot of people.

The other athletes are Bill Mac Intyre, football, class of ’88– Susan (Mac Eachern) Mac Donald, field hockey, class of 88–Patricia (Mac Dougall) White, soccer, class of ’97.  The hall also welcomes Bernie Chisholm in the Builder’s category for track and field and cross country, class of 73 and 74.  Three teams are being inducted.  They are the X-men Hockey team of 1950-51 and the X-men Basketball Teams of 99-2000 and 2000-2001.   The ceremony is scheduled for  October 9 at StFX University.


Posted at 5:45 pm on July 25, 2014

An Antigonish County Farmer isn’t exactly celebrating all the hot dry weather’s we’ve been experiencing.  Karen Goldsberry of MacLennan’s Glen Certified Naturally Grown Vegetables says the dry-spell causes problems for their operation.

Goldsberry says it was the same problem last year, and it’s common for people in her industry to say ”well maybe next year things will get better.


Posted at 5:42 pm on July 25, 2014

A St. FX Professor is releasing the findings of a landmark study that put you inside the courtroom via tweeting.  Dr. Margo Watt, clinical psychologist with a forensic background, led a team of researchers stemming from the local high profile Chris Falconer murder trial.  The judge allowed live tweeting during the trial.  The ruling allowed readers to be provided with details as they unfolded.     Watt and her team wanted to know– how tweeting during criminal trials– influenced people’s perceptions of the preceedings, the trial outcome and the criminal justice system overall.   More than 500 people across the country participated. One of the survey questions was:  who’s following the case– the result– 82 per cent were women with an age range between 16 and 77 years.

 

For the most part — it’s the first time the people followed a trial via twitter.  Overall, Dr. Watt says the research shows people have confidence in the criminal justice system.  Pictou County resident Falconer was found guilty earlier this year of murdering a young woman– Amber Kirwan.


Posted at 5:39 pm on July 25, 2014

Antigonish Town Mayor Carl Chisholm says both bargaining units are being congratulated for their professionalism in handling a contentious issue.   The unionized electric utility workers were locked out last week in response to a strike notice.  But they returned to work yesterday after an agreement was reached– and now Chisholm says he’s pleased to say the contract has been signed.

The new collective agreement will be in force until March 31, 2017.


Posted at 5:37 pm on July 25, 2014

An Antigonish area construction company has submitted a bid for an ambitious project in Richmond County. Alva Construction Ltd’s bit was close to 8-million 300-thousand dollars.  Dexter Construction offered just under 8-million.  There’s a difference of about 500-thousand dollars.  The work involves Upgrading, widening, bridge removal design and construction and gravelling for three projects in Richmond County.


Posted at 5:35 pm on July 25, 2014

 

Heatherton native David Mac Donald is just about to wrap up an epic journey.  He biked across Canada.  He pulled over to take a breather today to speak with us.  Mac Donald was just outside of Moncton as motorists flew by.  MacDonald talks about the opportunity to see the scenic beauty up close and personal.  And he says the five week journey was a personal test for him.

Mac Donald is expecting to arrive in Heatheron tomorrow at noon time.    He flew to Vancouver on June 22 with his bike- disassembled. Mac Donald quickly put it back together and relied only on peddle power to go coast to coast.


Posted at 5:33 pm on July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014   Community Transit UPD   BM

The provincial government is giving a shot in the arm to the Antigonish Community Transit Society.  The 50-thousand dollar funding announcement means there will be a pilot project for public transit in Antigonish Town and County.  The society’s Alida Campbell says that’s exactly the news they’ve been waiting for.  Campbell says even though their presentations are getting full support– it’s always a worry until they get a stamp of approval like this.

The pilot project is scheduled to start in Sept.


Posted at 2:30 pm on July 25, 2014

Special Olympians from the Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury area who competed in the recent National Games in Vancouver were treated to a hero’s welcome today.  The athletes paraded along Main Street in Antigonish late this morning, ending at the CACL workshop on Kirk Street for the 2nd Annual Hector MacDonald Memorial Summer Barbecue.  One of local athletes who competed in Vancouver was Kristina Richard in Track and Field.  Richard says she had a great experience.

The seven local athletes competing in Track and Field, Swimming and Golf won 17 medals in Vancouver.  All seven were medalists at the Special Olympics National Games.


Posted at 11:23 am on July 25, 2014

The organizers of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso are planning a  special fund-raising concert.  The show, called “Rise Again-The Show Must Go On” to be held at the Halifax Metro Centre on August 20th is to help the festival recover from the cancellation of this year’s event.  The festival was shelved  because of Hurricane Arthur.

The line-up so far includes more than a dozen well known East Coast artists, such as  Bruce Guthro, Dave Gunning, Joel Plaskett, J-P Cormier, Lennie Gallant, Matt Andersen, Mollie Thomason, Nathan Rogers and the Stanfields.

Tickets are available through Ticket Atlantic on-line and participating Atlantic Superstore locations.


Posted at 10:40 am on July 25, 2014

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea brought the government’s chequebook when she visited Cape Breton Thursday.  She announced four million dollars in harbour improvement projects at four harbours on the Island.

Among the projects to receive funding is for the completion of constructon of a new breakwater wharf at Cheticamp.  Other projects receiving assistance is basin re-dredging at New Waterford, a dredge disposal site in the Glace Bay area and construction of a new breakwater wharf at Port Morien.