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Structure Fire - Lanark Antigonish County.

At approximately 4:15am on August 30th, the Antigonish Town Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire in Lanary, Antigonish County

A mutual-aid call to both the Antigonish County Fire Department and North Shore Fire Department, as well as the Antigonish RCMP and Nova Scotia Power were made to assist the Antigonish Town department.

A lone occupant was home at the time of the fire and was able to safely exit the home.

Fire crews remained on scene for over five hours and were later called back to the scene to extinguish hot spots.

The fire caused extensive damage to the structure and as a result the home was completely destroyed.

At this time the cause has not been determined.

A request to the fire marshals office has been made to assist with determining the cause of the fire.


Drunk Driver Steers Truck Into Inverness Harbour

Quad County RCMP are busy this Labour Day Weekend.

The Inverness Detachment are investigating after a truck drove into Inverness Harbour and sank.

RCMP got a call just before 9 Saturday night about two trucks driving recklessly along the shore at Inverness Harbour.

One of the trucks drove into the water...the truck sank.

The male driver was arrested for impaired driving and has been released for a court date in Port Hood on November 18th.
The truck remains at the bottom of the harbour.

No one was injured.

The RCMP are asking for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the Inverness Detachment. 


One Person In Hospital After Aulds Cove Accident

One person is in hospital following a single vehicle accident in Antigonish County.

Emergency crews responded to a 911 call around noon time Saturday on the Trans Canada Highway in the Aulds Cove-East Havre Boucher area.

It appears the vehicle was heading towards the Causeway when it left the highway and flipped several times.

The male driver was taken to St. Martha's Regional Hospital where he was scheduled to be air-lifted to Halifax.

There is no word on his condition.

The scene was attended to by Inverness District RCMP, EHS and Volunteer Firefighters from Aulds Cove, Havre Boucher and Port Hastings.

RCMP are re-constructing the accident scene to determine the cause.


Antigonight Gets a Boost from the Feds

The Antigonight Art After Dark Festival has received some support from the Federal Government.

The sponsoring organization, Antigonish Culture Alive Association is getting $20,000 to support the fall festival.

The funding announced by the Minister of Justice, Central Nova M.P. Peter MacKay comes from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Antigonight will celebrate its fifth Art After Dark Festival on September 26 and 27 in Antigonish.

The festival features music and dance performances, painting and sculpture exhibits, and workshops in visual art, storytelling and theatre. 


Strait Area Chamber of Commerce officials ready for expansion

Officials with the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce say they are excited to be opening a new satellite office in Inverness.

Adam Rodgers, chamber president, says membership has more than doubled over the past year, from 25 to 70 members.

Rodgers tells The Hawk development is increasing in Inverness and surrounding communities, partly due to the Cabot Links golf course.

"We think this is a great news story for the area," he says. "It really reflects the strengthening of the business community in that region as well."

Rodgers says chamber officials want to better serve their members who are outside the Strait Area.

"With a reach into Inverness, Cheticamp, and even north of there." he says. "We thought that was too great of a distance for our members to travel if they want to have face-to-face contact with us."

Rodgers says chamber officials are still working out the details, but they hope to have the Inverness satellite office open by the end of September.


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