One of the finest I’ve ever known

When I think of excellence and people I’ve met in the hockey world, I immediately think of Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky. When I think of excellence and people I’ve known in Canadian university sports, I think of Steve Konchalski. Perfection and class. There’s no need, after all this time, to re-examine the lifetime achievements...

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Packy McFarland: A true Xaverian in so many ways

When the shock of golf icon Tiger Woods’ car crash in Los Angeles settled in my mind last week, I was thinking of another car accident involving an athlete — one that occurred a long time ago and much closer to home. It was the fall of 1956. I was an 18-year-old freshman arriving on...

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Exploratory society pondering Academy’s future

PICTOU — A group called Pictou Exploratory has set its sights on a new resource centre. The Pictou Exploratory Society attracted about 30 people to its initial gathering for a presentation at Pictou Academy’s auxiliary gym last week. It included options for the possible use of the school that include lifelong learning, entrepreneurship and business...

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Coady International Institute celebrating 60th anniversary

December 2, 2019 will be a special day for St. Francis Xavier University and Coady International Institute. The day marks 60 years to the day of the founding of Coady International Institute known for its work with global change leaders skilled in the application of citizen-led, asset-based, and community-driven leadership for economic and social change....

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Y gives Peace a chance

Awards and testimonials on Monday highlighted the annual Y Peace breakfast in the Pictou County Wellness Centre’s community room. The breakfast helped launch Y Peace Week which this year is being observed from November 16 to 23. The YMCA of Pictou County hosted the breakfast and conducted proceedings that also included an address by special...

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Peace Medal breakfast

Guest speaker Dr. Robin Neustaeter, left, was welcomed by volunteer Sarah Santos at the YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast earlier this morning at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Neustaeter, who is currently an assistant professor in adult education at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, teaches at the Coady International Institute. The annual breakfast was provided by...

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Antigonish Farmers Market expands

The Antigonish Farmers’ Market is expanding to a year-round attraction with more vendors and new offerings to help grow the agri-food sector, while enhancing the market experience for locals and visitors alike. The Farmers’ Market is expanding with a new building large enough to accommodate more vendors and increase its overall capacity to meet growing...

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Feds invest $341,000 in discovery research at StFX University

ANTIGONISH – Fresh ideas have the power to change the way we view the world and can lead to discoveries that will help solve some of our biggest challenges. When we invest in the innovative and creative work being done by our scientists and researchers, we are helping to ensure that our health, environment, communities...

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Murrin was on X’s best teams

Most of our communities, I would suggest, have their fair share of good people who earned the respect and admiration of others. Antigonish is no exception. That’s what came to mind last week when I learned of Ed Murrin’s passing at his home in the cathedral town. To simply say he was a favourite with...

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Spears among X-Men banished after brawl

ANTIGONISH – A former member of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers is among members of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men who were suspended after a recent hockey brawl. Third-year student Regan Spears was suspended for one game as an instigator and one game for fighting after the brawl broke out during the third period of...

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