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Officials planning several events for Heatherton Community Center

Three months after officially getting ownership of the Heatherton Community Center, officials with the Heatherton Development Cultural & Wellness Association are hard at work fundraising and upgrading the building.

Association Chair Ed MacDonald says they are in the process of adding a kitchen facility to the building, which used to be Rev. H. J. MacDonald Elementary School.

In order to raise money, they are hosting a pub night and dance on October 17, and a Men of the Deeps concert November 7.

Furthermore, the Association is selling tickets for its 500 Club draw.

MacDonald tells The Hawk these are uncharted waters for Association members, but they have gotten a lot of help.

"We're new at this, so we're figuring it out as we go," he says. "It's been a learning curve, but we've been lucky enough to have good support from our fundraising committee."

MacDonald says the group is still working toward it goal of raising $250,000 over five years.


Celtic Colours opens in Port Hawkesbury

The Celtic Colours International Festival is back for its 19th year.

It kicks off Friday night at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

Joella Foulds is the Festival's executive director.

She tells The Hawk that while the number of concerts has increased over the years, the Festival has grown away from the stage as well.

"We have worked with communities to develop other things that people might go to during the day and late at night," she says, "that range from learning opportunities, workshops, visual art exhibits, hikes, community meals, and farmers markets."

Foulds says there are 268 events in all at this year's Festival.

The opening-night concert is billed as Sensational Sisters.

Among others, it features Loreena McKennitt and the String Sisters, a group of six fiddlers from five different countries.

Foulds says Festival organizers were really fortunate to get both acts together in one show.

"We've been trying for many, many years to get both of those artists," she says. "They just happened to be available to us the same year, so we were able to put them in the same concert because it fit people's schedules. So that's really special."

In addition to the opening concert at the Civic Centre, there is also the Festival club show later Friday night at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's.


Cab driver sexual assault trial to resume in January

The sexual assault trial of an Antigonish taxi driver has been adjourned until January.

William Roger MacLellan's trial got underway in June in Antigonish Provincial Court.

It resumed Thursday, before being adjourned until January 19.

The 49-year-old MacLellan faces two charges.

He pleaded not guilty following his arrest last November and is free on conditions that include he not operate a taxi or work as a driver for hire

Police say they received separate reports from two young women who say they were touched inappropriately for a sexual purpose when they were taken home alone in a taxi last year.



ER Closure in Arichat

There is an Emergency Room closure notice in Richmond County .

The St. Anne Centre Emergency Department will be closed Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 and will remain closed until 7:00 Friday morning.

Officials say the closure is due to a Nursing Staff shortage.


Mi'kmaq History Month celebrated at SRSB meeting

A group of Grade 7 and 8 students from Whycocomagh Education Centre came to Port Hastings Wednesday evening to put on a Mi'kmaq History Month performance at the Strait Regional School Board's monthly meeting.

Their teacher, Miranda Gould, says the students had been rehearsing for the past few weeks.

After the performance, Gould told The Hawk the monthlong celebration helps Mi'kmaq people get a sense of who they are.

"It verifies that our people are being acknowledged," she said. "By having that acknowledgement, it instills pride and a sense of stronger identity to who you are as a First Nations person."

Gould also said Mi'kmaq History Month opens doors for others to learn and share with Mi'kmaq people.



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