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Posted at 8:19 am on April 23, 2018

 The Town of Antigonish is linking the flower arrangements in planters and hanging baskets in the community this year with the municipal unit’s hosting of

Logo of the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish

the Special Olympics National Summer Games.  The chair of the Town’s Beautification Committee, Andrew Murray, says they have decided to use the same colours found in the logo for the national games this year.

The planters and baskets will begin appearing on town streets in early June.  Murray says it’s also encouraging gardeners to incorporate the same colours for their flowers this year for a unified look.


Posted at 7:18 am on April 23, 2018

RCMP say three men have been charged with drug related offences. Police say on Friday, members of the Inverness/Richmond Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a home near Port Hawkesbury.

RCMP arrested 31-year-old Joshua Nicholson, 24-year-old Steven MacEachern and 26-year-old Brendan MacAskill, all of Sugar Camp. All three have been charged with four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, and one count of Possession of Equipment to Assist in the Trafficking of Cocaine.

During the search, police seized a significant quantity of cocaine, marijuana, hashish, scales, cocaine presses, packaging, packaging equipment, cash and other drug paraphernalia. The three men have been held in custody and will appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court today.


Posted at 10:50 am on April 20, 2018

Another step towards the establishment of an LNG export facility in Goldboro, Guysborough County.  Officials with the Utility and Review Board say it has received an application for a permit to build the plant from Pieridae Energy Canada.  The UARB will hold a public information session at the Goldboro Interpretive Centre May 14th.  Written comments to the board about the proposed Goldboro LNG plant  must be received no later than June 15th, the company has until July 20th to offer written responses.
The Director of Project Development with Pieridae, Mark Brown, says he’s pleased with the progress to date.
If the project goes ahead, it is targeted to be operational in early 2023.  Total cost of the project is estimated at 10 billion dollars U-S.


Posted at 10:24 am on April 20, 2018

It’s going to cost you more to fill up today. The Utility and Review Board set its weekly prices overnight. Gasoline is up 1.7 cents a litre in the eastern mainland and 1.6 cents on Cape Breton. The minimum price for a litre of regular self serve unleaded is now $1.26.2 in the eastern mainland, while on Cape Breton it’s $1.27.

Diesel is also up by 2.6 cents a litre. The minimum price for a litre of diesel is now $1.19.3 on the eastern mainland and $1.20.1 on Cape Breton.


Posted at 9:40 am on April 20, 2018

 Antigonish Town and County will be well represented in Halifax this weekend at the Saltscapes Expo.
The Antigonish Visitor Information Centre will have a booth promoting local festivals and events, and its scenic beauty to potential visitors.  Also at the Expo is Gabrieau’s Bistro, Riverside Speedway and the Claymore Inn.
Lynne Delorey of the V-I-C says their booth is a popular spot.
Delorey added there is additional interest in the area to potential visitors, with Antigonish Town and County hosting the Special Olympics National Summer Games in late July and early August. The Saltscapes Expo opens today and continues until Sunday.


Posted at 11:37 am on April 19, 2018

Following its most recent budget deliberations, council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to serve notice of withdrawing from the

Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts

Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network. Warden Vernon Pitts said the municipality did not serve notice because they are definitely leaving the ESREN but stated the municipalities must give a year’s notification if they are contemplating leaving.

Pitts said council is considering the move because of budgetary reasons. With the district raising its tax rates recently and cutting programs by 25 per cent, Pitts said the ESREN is no different. Down the road, he said, if things don’t turn around for the Guysborough District, it may have to be leave but added it is too early say.

“We were faced with the predicament of either we give notice to the REN or we withdraw funding from our own economic development office and we will not be withdrawing funding from our own economic development office,” said the warden.


Posted at 10:46 am on April 19, 2018

Warden Vernon Pitts said Guysborough District Council is anxiously awaiting the turn over for the still-under-construction Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre. A soft opening is set for May, with Guysborough’s recreation department and Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS) moving in around that time.

Pitts said items such as coating the running track still need to be completed.

The facility, said Pitts is on or very close to budget. A grand opening is set for June 29.


Posted at 9:33 am on April 19, 2018

The tourism industry is getting ready for Antigonish to host the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games
The event is expected to attract more than one thousand athletes;  over 400 coaching staff, officials and mission staff; 600 volunteers and about five thousand spectators.
Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores says it’s organizing a series of information sessions over the next several months.  Diane Farrell says on tonight at the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network Office on Main Street in Antigonish, it’s combining two sessions that were postponed over the winter because of storms.
The session will be from 6 to 9 this evening. To register, call (902) 870-9705


Posted at 9:17 am on April 19, 2018

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to give just over $2,300 to Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue. Warden Vernon Pitts said the group requested a tax levy, which he said is what fire commissions receive. Pitts said council decided against the levy and based their funding on 50 cents per resident.

Pitts said he feels the province should partnering with such funding, noting a high percentage of searches are conducted on Crown property.


Posted at 2:39 pm on April 18, 2018

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser made a couple of funding announcements in the District of St. Mary’s recently.

During a visit to the Port Bickerton Community Centre, Fraser indicated a federal grant through the New Horizons for Seniors Program worth $24,000

Pictured: Back, MP Sean Fraser, middle (from the left) Colleen Jack, Peggy Jack, Coreen Kaiser, Stacey Kaiser, Hillary Kaiser, Keith Horton, front (from the left) Lyndsay Keith, Ardeth Dodge.

would be provided for the centre’s green space project. It includes a new playground area, a gazebo, and upgrades to the parking lot.

At the Indian Harbour Lake/Jordanville Community Centre Fraser announced the centre will receive $22,713 for

ictured (left to right) Gordon MacIsaac, Stillwater Community Centre, Jim Mills, President, Indian Harbour Lake/Jordanville Community Centre, and Central Nova MP Sean Fraser.

a new ceiling, lighting and parking area. Members of the Stillwater Community Centre were also on hand to accept $25,000 for their centre’s revitalization project. Work is well underway