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Installation of traffic lights behind schedule

The mayor of Antigonish says a new set of traffic lights at a busy intersection in the town are behind schedule.

Town councillors approved the money for the lights at West St. and Highland Dr. as part of their 2017-2018 budget.

The cost of the project is close to $120, 000; it was scheduled to be done by the end of last month.

After Monday night's regular town council meeting, Laurie Boucher, Mayor, said there's a hold-up with some of the parts.

"Some of the products come from the states (have) to go through duty- once it passes there, it has to go to the province and they have to be inspected and let go from there, back to us," she says. "That process is taking a little bit more time because some pieces were on back order."

Boucher said the lights should be up and running by the end of this month, possibly into next month.


Municpal staff in Town of Antigonish have new deputy mayor

There's a new deputy mayor in the Town of Antigonish.

Diane Roberts assumed the role at Monday night's monthly town council meeting; she replaces Willie Cormier.

After the meeting, Laurie Boucher, Mayor, said she's excited to work with Roberts.

"I've known Diane for quite a while," she says. "I know that she'll do a great job; she takes her job very seriously and (is) very knowledgeable as well."

Roberts spent 18 years as a councillor during her first stint.

She didn't re-offer following her fifth term in 2012; she returned to the council table in last year's municipal elections.


Police investigating Inverness Co. theft

Police say thieves stole 19 sheets of plywood from the building site of the new L'Arche Cape Breton Gathering Place in Inverness Co.

It took place at the site- on Hwy 105 in Iron Mines between 6 p.m. Monday and midnight.

RCMP say they're still investigating; you're ask to call Crime Stoppers or police if you have any information.


Outdoor skating rink coming to Antigonish

An outdoor skating rink is coming to the Town of Antigonish this winter.

Town councillors announced their support for the project at Monday night's regular meeting.

The temporary rink will be on one of the ballfields at Dr. John Hugh Gillis High School.

After the meeting, Laurie Boucher, Mayor of the town, said the idea has been floating around for some time.

"Councillor Jack MacPherson, for as long back as I can remember, has been trying to get an outdoor rink at Columbus Field," she says. "The weather didn't cooperate and it just didn't work out- somebody came in this spring and talked about doing it."

Boucher said the outdoor rink fits within the mandate of town officials to promote active living.

She said all they're waiting for is some cold weather.


Trio of students sent to hospital after school bus collision

Officials with the Strait Regional School Board say three students were sent to hospital after a school bus collided with a car in Antigonish Co.

They say it happened on Hwy 4 near East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy in Monastery at roughly 8:30 a.m.

RCMP say the bus backed into the other vehicle as it was turning around on its pickup route.

SRSB officials say someone called 911- police, firefighters, EHS, school officials and members of the board's transportation staff all responded.

They say 28 East Antigonish students were on board; two were taken to hospital by family members- another by paramedics, while the other 25 were cleared to continue to school on the same bus.


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