The Antigonish Street Fair is moving ahead with concepts to make this the biggest year yet. At last evening’s Town Council meeting, a presentation was given by Jamie MacDonald to show what stage the group is at, and ask for a larger area of the downtown to be closed to traffic.
The request came because of expansion of the fair, which will now feature a car show located at the Ultramar on Main Street. Mayor Laurie Boucher says the growth of this event is exciting to see:
MacDonald asked council to have a street closure between Hawthorne and Church Street during the fair to accommodate the expected 100 vendors who plan to take part in the event.
The Cape Breton West Islanders celebrated a banner year after winning the 2017 Telus Cup in Prince George B.C., resulting in congratulations for the town of Antigonish. At last evenings town council meeting, Mayor Laurie Boucher and council extended regards to the team, of which 9 players are from the Antigonish area.
Boucher says watching the team advance all the way to the finals resulted in a great deal of community pride across through the region, and across the province:
Boucher says that after the host team was eliminated from the tournament, many locals in the Prince George area latched onto the West Islanders during the final rounds because of the sportsmanship displayed by the team.
A joint town and county council meeting was held at St. Andrew Jr. School in order to have more discussions around school closures in the Antigonish area. Council, the school board and it’s school options committee had open conversations regarding the possibility of a school being closed – an issue brought to the forefront after H.M MacDonald was put on the chopping block at an SRSB Working Committee Meeting.
Last night’s meeting featured a motion from council to not close H.M MacDonald, or any other school for the time being. Mayor Laurie Boucher and Warden Russel Boucher were both pleased by the vote:
A Strait Regional School Board Meeting will be held tonight to vote on the Dr. JH Gillis feeder system and if any closures will happen. This meeting happens at 7:00 tonight at the Strait Regional School Board Office.
The Town of Antigonish has all but selected the members needed for a new committee designed to address accessibility in the town. Applicants submitted forms to be a part of this committee, and council voted to approve members.
Mayor Laurie Boucher says striking this committee has been a long time coming for the town of Antigonish. She says that she is hopeful that people with accessibility issues will soon see a difference in the town:
Boucher says the next step is to nominate two members of council to be on the committee as well. Boucher says the first meeting with this group will be held by the end of the month.
A special joint meeting will be held tonight to discuss the talks regarding school closures in Antigonish area. It was announced last week during a working committee meeting for the school board that the school in Maryvale is at risk of being closed.
Mayor Laurie Boucher discussed the meeting at last night’s town council meeting. She says the town doesn’t want to see a school close, but she understands why the SRSB is in this position. Boucher says tonight’s meeting will be an opportunity to share information among members of the school board, the School Options Committee and the two councils.
Tonight’s meeting will be at 6:30 at the St. Andrew Junior School cafeteria.
Boucher says the council will express concerns on how this would affect the community.
The meeting is open to the public, but there will no opportunity for residents to speak at the session.