They were throwing 42-pound weights, giant rocks, and 20-foot poles at the Lawrencetown Education Centre Thursday in the first ever Highland Challenge. School Principal Jamie Peppard, a Highland Games and Strongman veteran, organized the event that drew competitors from Bridgetown, Middleton, and West Kings.
Students participated in a variety of events including the braemar (giant rock), weight (a weight on the end of a chain), hammer (weight on the end of a pole), height (throwing more than 40 pounts over a bar), and caber (long pole).
Peppard is hoping the challenge can become an annual event.
By Heather McCormick
This past Sunday, almost 70 people discovered a way to escape the dreariness of a yet another rainy day. They spent the afternoon at the Opening Reception of the Nature & Nurture Art Show, by artists Susan Geddes and Flora Doehler. Here visitors, family and friends found themselves surrounded by deep, rich hues of teal, cyan, yellow, blue, red and purple. The entire gallery was flooded with warmth which seemed to radiate from the paintings. So when your spirits need a lift, drop into ARTsPLACE where you’ll find Susan and Flora’s work is on display in the Chapel Gallery.
You are also in for a treat when you walk into the Main Gallery at ARTsPLACE. Here you’ll be met by a stunning array of art by 30 local artists. For this “Fire Sale” artists cleaned out their studios and have offered a varied selection at bargain prices. The range of work is quite remarkable with everything from cards and petite paintings to sketches and large matted watercolours. They are gorgeous framed prints, originals in oil, watercolour and acrylics, striking prints and collages depicting beautiful landscapes, serene scenes and intriguing abstracts. You’ll even find stone sculptures, paper mache creations, wee leather moccasins, unique ornaments and a pair of handcrafted boots.
The show will be constantly changing as when one piece sells, the artist has the option of replacing it.
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No need to be told that the events last week were horrifying. The most disturbing aspect of the week is that individual members of the armed forces were randomly targeted. As the gravity of these events sink in, it will be critical that we maintain our perspective.
While Canadians like to believe that we live in a peaceful kingdom, political violence is uncommon but known in the past 150 years. Rioters burned the legislature of their day, political dissenters have been shot and hanged, politicians have been assaulted and assassinated, and the military, in full combat readiness, has patrolled Parliament Hill.
In pre-confederation Canada, the joint parliament of Upper and Lower Canada in Montreal was set on fire by rioters in 1849 while the legislators were sitting in the house. The loyalist rioters, known at the time as Tories, were protesting the passage of a bill that offered amnesty to rebels who participated in the rebellions of 1837 and 1839. One of the rebels, Alexander Mackenzie, and his grandson, William Lyon Mackenzie King, both became Prime Ministers of Canada.
While waiting to be admitted to his Ottawa boarding house at 2 a.m. on April 7, 1868, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a cabinet minister in our first government, was shot dead. McGee had been participating in a Parliamentary debate that went past midnight. He was shot by Irish nationalists who were pressuring the British government into withdrawing from Ireland. Today, a federal building, Thomas D’Arcy McGee Building, marks the place of the…
Tales of the supernatural were part of the fare during the Witches Tea at the James House Museum on Oct. 25.
This spooky fundraiser featured fortune-teller Darlene Marie Sawler, a gifted medium and tealeaf reader, and Annapolis Councillor Timothy Habinski telling the stories of The Highway Man and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Afterwards, people shared their own spooky stories over tea and cookies. The dead, it seems, may not be departed.
Donna Goodwin, of Upper Granville, says she’s pretty certain her house is haunted, but the spirits are friendly family members. Her mother and brother have each visited her on more than one occasion, often seen in the bedroom, or bathroom.
And shortly after her husband passed away, she started seeing a beautiful light appearing just outside her living room window.
“They’re just watching over us,” she said. “They just want to make sure we’re okay.”
Timothy Habinski says his family has a long tradition of visiting haunts, here and in England. For a time, his ancestors were ghost busters hired by English landlords to live rent-free in spooky homes in order to debunk rumours the places were haunted.
“Most of the time they were just rumours of ghosts and nothing happened,” he said. ‘One time, however, they were staying in a home where people said they could hear the sound of heavy feet walking back and forth at night. Sure enough, one night, there was a sound of thumping. Instead of coming towards them, it seemed to be…
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Craft Sale tables are still available for sale at the Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum’s 28th annual Christmas Craft Sale on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. Tables are $50 each, tax included. The museum is located at 21 School Street in Middleton. Call 902-825-6116 for information or to register.
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October 31 Halloween Storytime at 11 a.m. at the Bridgetown and Area Library. It's Halloween! Come in costume (if you so desire) for some only-slightly-spooky stories, games, crafts, & activities. There might even be a treat involved. (Ages 2 – 6)
Writing your Life Stories
October 31, November 7 & 14 Writing your Life Stories from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Bridgetown and Area Library. How many times have you been asked what it was like when you were
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