RCMP say three people have died in a three vehicle crash on Highway 104 in Dagger Woods, Antigonish County on Saturday afternoon.The collision occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Police say a 67-year-old woman and a 36-year-old woman who were travelling in a 2006 Honda Civic were pronounced dead at the scene.The two people in the second vehicle, a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox were transported via EHS to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish.One person in the second vehicle, a 60-year-old woman died at the hospital and the other remains in St. Martha’s with non-life-threatening injuries.One of the two people in the third vehicle a 2013 Ford F-150 was transported to hospital with minor injuries.
An RCMP collision analyst was at the scene to assist with the investigation.Traffic was detoured around the scene on to the Dagger Woods Road until after 10 p.m.
Antigonish Warden Owen McCarron and municipal treasurer clerk Glen Horne recently met with Diane Surette, a representative from the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure renewal, regarding infrastructure programs and a bilateral agreement signed between the province and the federal government.
McCarron said the federal government seems to indicate money is there for projects but the province doesn’t seem to have the pieces together to roll out the program. Back in April, the province and federal government signed a bilateral agreement for more than $827 million over the next decade for infrastructure projects.
The warden said the county is looking at the North Grant water line and a waterline looping project. He said the engineering work is complete on those projects and county is waiting for a greenlight.
McCarron said whether they get something started this fall or not remains to be seen.
RCMP say two people are dead from a single vehicle crash in Linwood, Antigonish County. Police say shortly before 7 Sunday evening, a small car driving on Highway 4 left the road, rolled, and a struck a tree. The two men in the front seats of the vehicle died at the scene, while a 19-year-old woman who was in the back seat had to be removed from the vehicle then air lifted to hospital. She had serious but non life-threatening injuries.
RCMP and emergency personnel were on scene for several hours as the two deceased men, a 23-year-old from Port Hastings and a 27-year-old from Troy, were removed from the vehicle.
Highway 4 was closed for several hours and traffic was detoured,
The Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network are working together on a survey looking at broadband service in the area.
Shirlyn Donovan, strategic initiatives coordinator with the county, said the county and ESREN met as a group in early July. Donovan said the groups spoke with Victoria County representatives who performed a similar study in the spring.
With cell and internet service long being an issue in the county, Donovan said the parties felt it was a good idea to gather information regarding local service from as many residents as possible. The plan, said Donovan, is to find out what types of broadband service are available in certain areas as well as what people consider acceptable service.
The county and ESREN plan to then use that information to better position themselves once outside funding becomes available.
Donovan said the survey will wrap up around September 28, and then ESREN will collect and analyze all of the data. People can access the survey on the county’s Facebook and twitter accounts or by visiting connecteasternstrait.ca
The Municipality of the County of Antigonish installed a Mobi Mat from the boardwalk to the
Mobi Mat (County of Antigonish photo)
high water line at Pomquet Beach Monday.
Meaghan MacNeil, physical activity coordinator with the county’s recreation department, said the county heard about similar mats being installed in Inverness from councillor Gary Mattie, who is in a wheelchair. From there, recreation director Marlene Melanson got the ball rolling.
MacNeil said the matts make the beach accessible by wheeled devices such as strollers and wheelchairs.
The province did the installation work, made an adapted picnic table, and also made change rooms and washrooms more accessible.
The university is partnering with the community to bring a skatepark to the Antigonish area.
StFX is leasing land adjacent to the former Antigonish County Municipal Building on West Street which will be the home of a skate park. A release from all partners, including Antigonish Town and County councils as well as the university and the Antigonish Skate Park Collective, stated the location was selected due to its visibility, ease of access, and proximity to the RCMP station.
Andrew Beckett, Vice-President of Finance and Administration with the university, said the university has been in discussions for several months about the property. He called it a an extension of their relationship with the community.
Beckett described the cost of the lease as a nominal contribution to make it official. The overall cost of the skatepark is being estimated at around $700,000.
Several local agencies worked together in the rescue of a woman.
Shortly before 5:30 on Friday afternoon, Antigonish District RCMP received a report of a woman in medical distress near Aulds Cove. Police determined the woman had been kayaking, and could be located on an island off the shore of Havre Boucher. RCMP officers and the Havre Boucher Volunteer Fire Department went the Havre Boucher Wharf, and with the assistance of a volunteer with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, a rescue team was deployed.
Emerging local entrepreneur Hannah Chisholm is now officially in business. The Antigonish County native and St. FX University graduate is now selling her product called Eggcitables on-line. Eggcitables is a plant-based egg alternative that can be used in egg-based meals.
Chisholm says she hopes to eventually to sell Eggcitables to the retail market, such as health food and specialty food stores.
She says reaction to the product has been positive, with sales as far away as Scarborough, Ontario. She says there’s also been some repeat business already.
The County of Antigonish is contributing $50,000 to the costs of an accessible ballfield in the area.
Earlier this year, Antigonish Challenger Baseball received $150,000 from the Toronto Blue Jay’s Jays Care Foundation for an accessible ballfield, including a turf infield and wheelchair accessible dugouts. They also received $150,000 from the Town of Antigonish for upogrades.
During a regular meeting of council for the County of Antigonish, members voted to offer $50,000 to the cause. Warden Owen McCarron said the request for funding came in a bit late but council wanted to contribute.
McCarron said it will be a one-time contribution, adding the county is hopeful the work will begin soon.
Another honour for emerging local entrepreneur Hannah Chisholm. The Antigonish County
Hannah Chisholm (www.stfxenactus.com)
native and St. FX University graduate has won 15-thousand dollars from Innovacorp for their annual Spark Innovation Challenge. She was one of 15 finalists to receive funding from 122 submissions. Chisholm is developing a product called Eggcitables, a plant based egg alternative that can be used in egg-based meals.
Chisholm says the funding from Innovacorp will help in paying the start-up costs associated with the business.
Chisholm is currently in a 12 week accelerator internship program in Fredericton to help get her business going. Chisholm has launched a web site for her business, eggcitables.com and will be announcing plans soon for rolling out her product to customers.