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Stanfest benefit show set for August

Stan Rogers Folk Festival organizers have come up with a way to salvage the cancelled festival.

Organizers were forced to cancel their 18th annual festival in the face of tropical storm Arthur in July.

A concert called "The Show Must Go On" is planned for Wednesday, August 20 at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Troy Greencorn, artistic director for Stanfest, says the concert is intended to be a type of mini Stanfest for fans and a way to raise money for the 2015 festival.

Several artists have signed on to perform including, Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier and Joel Plaskett to name a few.

Many of the artists were originally scheduled to play the festival.


Quad County Legions receive money for upgrades

Two legions in the Quad Counties are receiving some provincial funding.

Mark Furey, Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced $122,000 in funding for improvements to 17 Royal Canadian Legion branches across the province.

The money is coming from the legion capital assistance program to help legion branches make upgrades and repairs.

Branch number 132 in Mabou is receiving $5,200 for a washroom upgrade.

Branch number 58 in Sheet Harbour will benefit from $10,000 towards upgrading their heating system.

The program provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $10,000.


Town and union officials reach agreement

A new collective agreement for Antigonish's Electric Utility is officially in place.

The deal was signed Friday morning.

It returns wages lost by workers during the three-day lockout.

It also offers a 30 per cent payout of accumulated sick time upon retirement.

Union representatives had asked for a 100 per cent payout; town officials offered 30 per cent.

Town officials locked out the six members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers last Friday afternoon.

The two sides reached a deal with the help of a provincial conciliator Wednesday and workers were back on the job Thursday morning.

The new four-year deal is retroactive to March of last year; it expires in March 2017.


Antigonish Community Transit gets provincial funding

Members of a local community transit organization have received some provincial funding.

Provincial officials have announced close to $168,000 in funding for nine projects as part of the Nova Scotia transit research incentive program.

Representatives with the Antigonish Community Transit Society have received the largest share.

The group is getting $50,000 toward a pilot project for the service.

They plan to launch a nine month door-to-door and fixed flex route transit service to serve the town and county of Antigonish in September.

Transit reps are waiting on approval of their license application from members of the Utility and Review Board.


Local infrastructure projects get provincial funding

A pair of local municipal infrastructure projects are getting some provincial funding.

Officials with the Town of Port Hawkesbury will receive almost $47,000 for their waterline replacement project.

Officials with the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's are getting almost $70,000 for phase one of their water main replacement project.

Provincial officials have announced almost $800,000 in funding for ten projects through their provincial capital assistance program.

The Port Hawkesbury project has a price tag of almost $94,000.

The cost of the St. Mary's project is almost $140,000.


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