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Antigonish Mayor says strengthening relationships with other groups a highlight in 2014

Antigonish Mayor says strengthening relationships with other groups a highlight in 2014

The Mayor of Antigonish says the relationship between town officials and students at StFX has been a high point this year.

Carl Chisholm says StFX representatives have approached the town to invite them to join the Town and Gown committee

He says the committee includes officials from the school, and Antigonish town and county.

In a year end interview with The Hawk, Chisholm says it's been a long time coming.

"In my six years this is the first time that's happened, so it's nice to have that back," he says. "I do understand that it did happen sometime in the past."

Chisholm says a high point of this year has also been the positive relationship between town and county officials.

He says met five times in 2014, and they will be continuing joint council meetings in the New Year.

Chisholm says they will be meeting with local MP's in hopes of getting funding for the Antigonish Arena.

Mayor says renegotiating contract with unionized electrical workers a major achievement

Town officials made the decision to lock out unionized electrical workers mid-July after workers filed a strike notice.

At the time, Mayor Carl Chisholm said it was done to avoid a service disruption should those workers did end up going on strike.

Chisholm says town officials feel they made the right decisions.

"There are decisions that have to be made sometimes that certainly aren't well received by all people, and it’s unfortunate," he says. "But I really think that council in both cases did the best thing for the people of the Town of Antigonish."

A new collective agreement for Antigonish's electric utility was signed a couple weeks later in July and unionized workers went back on the job.

Chisholm says the deal won't need to be negotiated again until 2017.

"We're required to get a certain amount of green energy by the year 2020 and this is moving us closer to that goal" - Chisholm

Chisholm says a joint wind farm project should be up and running in the New Year.

Municipal leaders in three towns across the province signed a deal to provide green energy to their residents in June.

They plan to build a seven turbine wind farm in West Hants.

Mayor Carl Chisholm says when the wind farm becomes operational it will mean more predictability for customers.

"When we get it all up and running it's going to mean rates that are going to be constant for the residents of the town and the surrounding areas," he says. "There are people outside the town limits that are using the power as well."

The project is an effort between officials in the towns of Antigonish, Berwick, and Mahone Bay; the three towns have their own electric utilities.

Chisholm says the project should provide enough power for roughly 4,500 homes.

He says construction is expected to start in November 2015.

Chisholm says town officials also made some physical improvements to the town as well.

He says they finished installing way-finding signs in the community and completed close to $800,000 in paving.

Chisholm says the New Year will see phase two of renovations to the Town Hall get underway.

You can listen to the "> full interview below:


Volunteers preparing to bring Christmas to local families

Officials with St. James United Church in Antigonish say their Christmas dinner is in its fifth year.

One of the organizers, Betty Webber, says the church also hosts hot meals twice a week and the idea to organize an annual Christmas dinner came out of that.

Webber tells The Hawk the dinner is completely funded by donations and ran by volunteers.

"Before we even got started one man came along and handed me $100," she says. "I was so overwhelmed, and that was the beginning."

Webber says the community dinners are also a good was for people to connect.

"As much as the food that's provided it's the socialization that's so important," she says. "Many of these people are alone, and lonely, and this time of year especially."

Webber says they fed around 100 people at the dinner last year, and they are expecting more people to attend this year.

The dinner begins at 2 p.m. on Christmas day and everyone is welcome.

Volunteers with the Port Hawkesbury Seasonal Project are hard at work; they will deliver Christmas dinner to roughly 120 families in need Sunday.

They say that donations are down this year; volunteers say they can be dropped off at the Royal Bank branch or the Post Office in Port Hawkesbury.


Emergency department at St. Anne Centre closed over the holidays

Officials with St. Anne Community and Nursing Centre in Arichat have some emergency department closures to report.

They say the ER will be closed Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The department will be closed for the same hours on December 23 and again on the 30th.

The emergency department will also be closed on Christmas day at 7 a.m. until 7 a.m. December 26.

Officials say the reason for the closures is physician unavailability.

If you have an emergency you're asked to call 911 or visit St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish or the Cape Breton Regional Healthcare Complex in Sydney.


Port Hawkesbury RCMP conduct drug searches at two Church St. addresses

RCMP say they have charged four people in relation to two separate drug searches in Port Hawkesbury.

They say they conducted searches at two residences on Church Street in the town at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say they seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, cash and other drug related paraphernalia.

Three males and one female were arrested at the scene without incident.

Leonardo Joseph Basile, 37, of Port Hawkesbury appeared in court Thursday on charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Three other suspects were released from custody to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court in February.


RCMP Charge four with drug offences.

On December 17th at 10pm members of the Inverness - Richmond Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with assistance of Port Hawkesbury detachment, the RCMP's Sydney Federal and Serious Organized Crime Section and Cape Breton Regional Police conducted a search at two locations on Church street in Port Hawkesbury

Police seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, cash and other drug paraphernalia from the searches.

Four persons were arrested at the scene, 3 males and one female.

Two males and the female were later released from custody and are set to appear in Port Hawkesbury provincial court in februrary to face charges under the controlled drugs and substances act.

the third male - Leonardo Joseph Basile, 37, of Port Hawkesbury will appear today in Port Hawkesbury provincial court. he is facing charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking as well as possession of cannabis marihuana for the purpose of trafficking.

the investigation is continuing. 


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