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Oct 8 2015

On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Port Hawkesbury Sports Wall of Fame, Mayor Billy Joe MacLean is pleased to announce the 2015 inductees. From an outstanding list of nominations, the Board has chosen one outstanding athlete, three builders and a sport official.




Robert David MacIsaac played competitive sports while growing up in Glace Bay, NS. He continued active participation, especially in baseball and softball, for many years after his move to Port Hawkesbury to start a lengthy teaching career. However, it is as a volleyball coach the last thirty-five years that Dave has had a positive influence on hundreds of athletes and dozens of competitive teams. Dave is Port Hawkesbury’s most winning coach ever at the provincial level. His teams have won thirteen provincial high school championships. Dave has coached Provincial representative volleyball teams, and coached at Eastern Canadian and Canadian national Championships. Dave has been recognized by Volleyball Nova Scotia for his contributions to the sport, by the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation, and by Dalhousie University. His Port Hawkesbury community honoured him by selecting him as torchbearer for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic run through Port Hawkesbury. Dave is most proud of the values that he taught young athletes – teamwork, communication, leadership and the love of the game.


Dale Andrea Ryan, as a competitive highland dancer, was three times Nova Scotia Champion, twice Atlantic Canadian champion, and a North American champion. Dale was twice a World Highland Dancing Championship finalist and won a bronze medal while competing at those championships in Scotland. Aware of the deep roots of highland dancing in Nova Scotia, Dale began teaching in Port Hawkesbury following her competitive years. She has trained and mentored many dancers who have gone on to achieve personal success. Dale is a positive influence on the young people involved in a very demanding sport as she teaches poise, respect for fellow competitors, pride in yourself, and hard work.

 James W. MacIntyre was a very active community participant in many organizations in the business and social life of the Strait Area. He is a representative of the many outstanding citizens who participated in the sport of harness racing in the area and the province of Nova Scotia. He belonged to many of the harness racing organizations in the province over a period of many years, beginning in the mid-1930’s. "Jimmy" owned and trained several of his own horses and drove in many of the ice races that provided entertainment in many areas of eastern Nova Scotia during the winter months. In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, Jimmie’s horse, Dermat, held track records at North Sydney, Inverness and New Glasgow and was regarded as the fastest horse in the Maritimes at that time. A popular and easily recognizable figure in the harness racing community, James W. ("Jimmie") MacIntyre is honoured for his contribution to harness in Port Hawkesbury and the greater Strait Area.

 James Alexander Cass was the local ace pitcher for the Port Hawkesbury Hawks baseball club immediately following WW II. He began his career on the local field while playing for his high school team. As a teenager, six-foot-one-inch James Cass starred in the Inverness County League and once pitched seven games in a row for the Hawks. He had a big bat to go with his strong-armed hurling, and, in his early career, was regarded as a possible professional player. After leaving Port Hawkesbury, Jimmie played with the General Springs team in Hamilton. While serving in Canada’s Armed Forces, "Jimmie" Cass achieved an outstanding record as a pitcher and batter at bases in Canada and Europe. While stationed in Europe, Jimmie coached Little League all-Canadian teams that competed with the United States Little League teams to championships. Because of his untiring work with the young in baseball, the RCAF wing began an annual tournament in his memory.

Ian Alexander MacKinnon was a softball player with Dino’s Drive-in in the 1960’s, and coached a The Port Hastings Flyers Ladies’ team in the 1970’s, as well as local beaver, mosquito and bantam teams. In 1978, the mosquito team won the Provincial Mosquito "C" Championship. Ian ‘s associations in local sports as player, coach and volunteer were many, but Ian is remembered best as an exemplary umpire in eastern Nova Scotia and beyond. Ian was noted for calling a fair game and treating all teams with respect. He was approachable and personable, and a no-nonsense umpire whose decisions were rarely questioned. He brought a professional, no-nonsense approach to the game. Ian was an accredited umpire with baseball Nova Scotia and Softball Nova Scotia and umpired in local and area leagues for many years. He also was selected to umpire in elimination softball tournaments in mainland Nova Scotia and the greater Maritime region. He was a much- respected community volunteer and sports official.

 The Sports Wall of Fame ceremony will be held November 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Shannon Studio.



Oct 6 2015
The Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, owned and operated by The Town of Port Hawkesbury, is presently accepting applications for the position of Customer Service & Custodial Lead Hand. The 97 000 square foot modern,  state of the art facility includes an Arena, Fitness Centre, Dance Studio, Multipurpose track, Board Room, Banquet Rooms, Meeting Rooms and Performance Spaces.
Major Responsibilities & Tasks:
·          Delivery of Excellence in Customer Service and Community Service
·          Team Leadership, Development, & Communication Skills
·          Planned Maintenance Programs
·          Planned Cleaning Programs
·          Staff Scheduling
·          Event Scheduling
·          Information Technology
We are looking for:
·          A candidate with strong people, team development and interpersonal skills
·          Experience in Customer Service, Leadership, Supervision, and Planned Maintenance
·          A dedication to Evidence based decision making
·          Training & experience in custodial operations, arena operations, pool operations, scheduling, report writing, and communication.
We offer:
·          A very competitive salary and benefit package
·          A commitment to professional and personal development
·          A safe and healthy work enviroment
·          State of the art Facilities and Equipment
·          A team based work enviroment, committed to the benefitting our community and citizens
A detailed position description and information in regards to working enviroment is available at:
Town Offices
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
606 Reeves Street, Unit One
Port Hawkesbury, NS
B9A 2R7
A letter of application indicating your interest and motivation re this position, along with a complete resume and career history may be submitted to:       
Gordie Snook
General Manager Facilities, Parks & Operations
606 Reeves Street, Unit One
Port Hawkesbury, NS
B9A 2R7
Or by email:
Salary: to commensurate with qualifications and experience, pursuant to the Town of Port Hawkesbury’s current salary structure.
The Town of Port Hawkesbury thanks all applicants and advises that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Deadline for submitting applications is 2:00 pm local time Friday, October 23, 2015

Oct 6 2015

Upcoming shows at the PHCC:
Sensational Sisters (Celtic Colours)
Fri. Oct. 10th  7:30pm
Veteran's Memorial Arena

Jenn Grant
Sat. Oct. 17th  7:30pm
Shannon Studio

Sherman Downey & Matthew Byrne
Nov. 3rd 8:00pm 
Shannon Studio

Thane Dunn's "Elvis Rockin' Christmas"
Sat. Dec. 19th  7:30pm
SAERC Auditorium

Tickets can be purchased at the PHCC Box Office, (902)625-2591 or online at:  Online Ticket Sales





Sloan Twice Removed Tour
Feb 19 2013

SLOAN- Twice Removed Tour on sale Friday, October 19

This February, Sloan will embark on a tour in celebration of one of their earlier catalogue albums, Twice Removed. Long-heralded by critics as one of the best Canadian Albums of all time, Twice Removed has been a fan favourite since it's release in 1994. Join us, on February 19 at the SAERC auditorium where Sloan will perform Twice Removed in it's entirety, followed up with a set of hits and favourites from throughout their career.

Tickets are available at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, on line at Online Ticket Sales and by calling 625-2591.


Upcoming Events
Aug 27 2015

Lighthouses of Atlantic Canada and Beyond

For centuries lighthouses have helped protect seafaring visitors and communities' hard working people who looked to the sea for their living. Standing proudly against the elements, they embody the history and spirit of their communities. They are truly icons and every one has its own special story.


This show features work by members of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia. Thirty-nine artists from Canada and the US have hooked an entry for the Lighthouses of Atlantic Canada exhibit. Each artist has shared why this particular lighthouse was chosen to hook.  The works represent lighthouses from Atlantic Canada and Beyond.  


Come see the beautiful works of art created one loop at a time into fabulous lighthouses which many of you will recognize and will have your own story to share!  The J. Franklin Wright Gallery is the last venue for this show that has travelled around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick over the past 12 months.  It is not to be missed while in Port Hawkesbury area. 


The exhibit will run from Aug. 27 – Oct.15, 2015  The opening reception at the Gallery will be held Aug 27 at 2:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.



Oct 17 2015
Jenn Grant is currently on tour around the world performing songs from her 2015 two time Juno nominated album, Compostela.  ‘Compostela’ translates to “Field of Stars” Or ‘Star Field’ – which comes from the legend that the dust of the pilgrims who walk the El Camino, make up the stars that form the Milky Way. There is an element of space on this new album. Teetering on psychedelic folk and into a balladry of melodic storytelling, you are welcomed into the heart’s cave. Where a subtle yet pulsing groove alongside moments of Spanish inspired guitar reflect an important journey, which began in 2012 in Barcelona.
There’s a band of stars on Compostela, including Sarah Harmer, Buck 65, Ron Sexmsith, Rose Cousins, Don Kerr, Kim Harris, Stewart Legere, Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge, Rachel Sermanni and Grant’s producer for her 2009 release Echoes, Jonathan Goldsmith. For the first time ever, Grant’s brother Daniel Grant, a Toronto based cinematographer performs with her, accompanying her velvety voice on songs like “Spanish Moon” on the charango.
For Compostela, Grant worked alongside her husband and producer, Daniel Ledwell. Ledwell is quickly becoming known for his unique sense of production. In the studio they built close to their home last summer, among the hemlock trees and overlooking Martin Lake, he has helped to transform Grant’s folk, indie rock and alternative pop ballads into lush and adventurous offerings. In this creative and explorative environment, she can expand her many sounds and flavors with grace. Having now made three albums together, Ledwell’s production has become a special piece of this couple’s music making puzzle, for a fast growing cult following of Grant fans.
On this album, flutes, harps, violins, congas, wurlitzer, piano and lap steel enhance the depth and subtleties of her effortless singing. There is a warmth reminiscent to tape, found in the intricate layers of instrumentation that help to carry this new collection of songs right from the edges of the earth to the field of stars from which they came.
Tickets for the show are available at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, online at:  Online Ticket Sales or by phone at 902-625-2591. Presented by the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 1015 The Hawk, The Reporter and Maritime Inns.

Oct 24 2015

Presented by:  Strait Area Chamber of Commerce 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Don't miss out on a full evening of taste testing food from 10 of Cape Breton's finest food establishments and craft beer from 10 of Nova Scotia's favorite microbreweries! And, of course, it wouldn't be a true Cape Breton party if we didn't have live Celtic music, so be prepared to tap your toes to some of Cape Breton's finest musicians!  For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to: