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Posted at 1:21 pm on October 9, 2015

The District of St. Mary’s is receiving some provincial funding to assess whether there should be sidewalks, widened shoulders and bike lanes in Sherbrooke.  Energy Minister and Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson has announced the municipality will receive 10-thousand dollars for the study.
District Warden Mike Mosher says residents of the municipality come to Sherbrooke for banking, shopping and medical appointments.  Mosher says one of its key goals in the plan is to creative innovative ways to link key destinations and promte safe and active ways to connecting people to the community and one another.

Posted at 12:43 pm on October 9, 2015

Antigonish native Michael Donovan has been named Entrepreneur of the Year in Atlantic Canada.  Donovan received the honour at an awards gala sponsored by Ernst and Young in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Donovan is the founder and Executive Chairman of Halifax-based DHX Media.  The company specializes in the production, distribution, broadcast and licensing of children’s and family entertainment content.
Donovan was also the founder of Salter Street Films, a production company that produced such shows as CODCO, and This Hour has 22 Minutes.
Today, DHX employs more than 13-hundred people around the globe.    As the Atlantic winner, Donovan is a finalist for Canadian Entrepreneur of the year.  That award will be presented on November 24th in Toronto.

Posted at 12:41 pm on October 9, 2015

 Motorists will pay a bit more at the pump today.  Gasoline prices rose 1.2 cents a litre overnight.  The minimum price for a litre of regular unleaded is now $1.01.7 in the eastern mainland and $1.02.5 in Cape Breton.
Diesel prices rose more sharply, up 4.8 cents a litre.  The lowest price for diesel is now $1.03 in the eastern mainland and $1.03.8 in Cape Breton.


Posted at 2:17 pm on October 8, 2015

Antigonish Town Council will be dealing with a couple of pieces of legislation at its next regular meeting on the 19th. One measure will amend the town’s Noise by-law.  Mayor Carl Chisholm says the change would allow the town to charge the owner of a rental property when police are called to a home multiple times because of loud parties.
Chisholm says Council also intends to adopt a by-law that would expand options for voters to cast their ballots in municipal and school board elections.  It’s proposed town residents will be permitted to vote by phone or via internet. The town intends to have the measure in place for next fall’s elections if it’s adopted.

Posted at 2:08 pm on October 8, 2015

Work by the District of Guysborough in developing the Sable Wind project has earned the municipality a national award.  At its annual awards gala, the Canadian Wind Energy Association presented the Guysborough District with its Group Leadership Award.
The award recognizes a government, corporation or non-profit organization that has contributed significantly to the advancement of wind energy in Canada.  The municipality was one of five finalists for the award.
The Guysborough District was the first municipality in the province to own a major wind project.  It has a 20 year contract to sell electricity generated by the wind farm to Nova Scotia Power.

Posted at 2:01 pm on October 8, 2015

A L’Ardoise native has been elected to the World Governing Board of an organization that represents airports and their communities around the globe.  Joyce Carter, the President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority is a regional advisor for Airports Council International .  She will represent North American Airports on the World Board.
Carter was elected to the board on Tuesday during the annual conference of ACI’s North American branch in Long Beach, California.

Posted at 9:22 am on October 8, 2015

The Strait Regional School Board will launch a school review in the SAERC feeder system.  That would include SAERC, Tamarac Education Centre and Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre.   The approval of the review at last night’s School Board meeting was not unanimous as several voted against it, including Rosalee Parker, who represents Eastern Guysborough County on the Board

A group of parents from Mulgrave were at the meeting last night, worried their school could be closed following the review.  Just over 60 students attend Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre.   One parent pointed out it’s been a tough week already for Mulgrave as their council  voted Monday to dissolve the town.

Superintendent Ford Rice says he sympathizes with the residents of Mulgrave, but he points out this process is following through on recommendations from the Long Range Outlook adopted in the spring.

A School Options Committee is expected to be in place by next month to begin the review.

Posted at 8:51 am on October 8, 2015

Check your smoke detectors regularly.  That’s the main theme this year during Fire Prevention Week; Hear the Beep Where you Sleep.  John Pellerin of the Antigonish Fire Department recommends test your smoke alarm once a month to ensure it’s working.
Pellerine also suggests checking the age of your smoke detector; any device that’s been in your home 10 years or more should be replaced.  He also suggests installing smoke alarms in every bed room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement.
Pellerine says it has a number of public events in the area this week, including a Barbecue today from 11 to 1 at Central, and open house at the Antigonish Fire Hall on Sydney Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Posted at 10:54 am on October 7, 2015

Another great result for the Town of Antigonish in the Communities in Bloom Competition.
At the National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, BC; Antigonish received a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention for Plant the Town.  Antigonish participated in the Class of Champions, small category.  Five other communities of similar size in British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were in the same class as Antigonsh.
The judges who came to visit Antigonish this summer say they were impressed by the Plant the Town initiative, run entirely by volunteers, under the direction of Dave Maybee.  Vegetables and fruits such as strawberries and blueberries are integrated with flowering plants in beds outside the library and in large boxes along Main Street painted green and blue to mirror the colours of the town’s tartan.

Posted at 10:53 am on October 7, 2015

Some motorists in the Cheticamp area aren’t paying attention to school buses when their red lights are flashing.
RCMP say they received a complaint on Monday that some cars are failing to stop for school buses when the red lights are activated.  School Bus drivers have told police officers this has been happening for a while.  Drivers have indicated to police the Cabot Trail area in Cheticamp is especially bad for motorists failing to stop for school buses.
Police say when the red lights are flashing, children are either boarding or leaving the school bus.  All vehciles are required to come to a complete stop and wait until the red lights are deactivated before moving on.  If a motorist doesn’t stop for a school bus, they could be fined 410 dollars.