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Grants announced for Antigonish transit

The MLA for Antigonish has announced some funding that will improve transit for people in the area.

On Friday morning, Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey announced a $4,025 grant to help build a connecting path between Maple Drive and St. Bean Lane.

That amount includes additional funding from the Town of Antigonish.

Delorey also announced a $10,000 grant for the Antigonish Community Transit Society in order to research, develop and implement transit enhancements.

Finally, Delorey announced that the ACTS would get a $25,000 provincial grant to upgrade buses and bus shelters, and improve service in the area.

The first two grants are part of the Connect2 program, which looks to promote active transportation for trips of two kilometres or less.

 

Antigonish fall fair to be held at traditional dates, say municipal officials

The Antigonish fall fair will take place at its usual time of year in 2017 after all.

Following a unanimous vote earlier in August, members of the Antigonish Arena Commission asked Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition officials to move the event from late August-early September to any two-week period in July or the first half of August.

On Thursday night, however, municipal councils for both Antigonish town and county held special meetings.

They determined that the Antigonish-Guysborough Federation of Agriculture holds a multi-year lease at the arena, and only the parties who signed the lease
the municipalities of Antigonish town and countyhave the power to break or change that lease.

Municipal officials decided Thursday night they are not prepared to change the lease terms, which means the fair's dates will not be altered.

 

The warden of Antigonish Co. says a new facility for the fall fair would be best for all parties concerned.

Antigonish Arena Commission members had asked for the fall fair dates to be moved because of high demand for ice time in late August and early September.

Warden Russell Boucher tells The Hawk that having a new, purpose-built facility would solve that issue.

"We are very willing to come and meet in the middle, and find a solution for both parties," he says, "and that would be it
that the arena itself would be used for ice purposes, and that a new facility would be used for exhibitions."

Boucher says the fair will definitely take place in the arena in both 2017 and 2018, but he hopes exhibition officials make plans for a new facility in the meantime.

He says municipal officials would help fund the new building, and that they would also lobby other levels of government to contribute funds.

 

Gas prices rise again in Quad Counties

Gas prices are up for the third week in a row.

Following the regular price adjustment at midnight Friday, the price of regular self-serve jumped by as much as 4.6 cents a litre in the Quad Counties.

The new range is between 104.4 cents on the low end, up to 107.3.

Diesel also jumped as much as 5.7 cents a litre.

It will now cost between 93.6 and 96.4 cents per litre of diesel.

The latest three weeks of price jumps follow five straight weeks of no increases.

   

Man gets 30-month sentence for Antigonish sexual assaults

A 44-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for two sex-related offences in Antigonish.

Claude Allan Thompson was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm in January.

He was accused of not disclosing his HIV-positive status before sex and not using a condom.

The incidents in question occurred a few months after he moved to Antigonish from Ontario in 2011.

The two complainants cannot be named because of a publication ban.

As part of the sentence, Thompson is subject to a DNA order and is to be entered into the National Sex Offender Registry.

 

Fatal Richmond Co. motorcycle crash still under investigation, say RCMP

RCMP say they continue to investigate a fatal, single-vehicle crash in Richmond Co.

Police say a 40-year-old man from Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday, on Hwy. 4 in Johnstown.

Richmond Co. RCMP responded at approximately 2 p.m.

According to the RCMP's preliminary investigation, a westbound motorcycle went off the road and crashed into a ditch.

Police say the victim was the sole occupant of the motorcycle.

The road was closed while a collision analyst was at the scene; it was reopened at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

   

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