March 12 2014 Edition

News Digest March 12, 2014

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The Shannon Irish Show honours a special man: Don Kack

Photo: Wanda Leahy

Don Kack isn't the kind of man that you would see standing alone on centre stage in the Shannon Irish Show, belting his heart out to a traditional Irish shanty. Nor, for that matter, would he ever be caught dancing. But despite his shy demeanour, Don is the man who, for the last 48 years, has been one of the rocks on which the Shannon Irish Show's success is built.

Fifth Défilé de la Saint-Patrick to be more spectacular than ever


The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick is celebrating in high style this year with a parade that will be more spectacular and richer in music than ever. Grand Parade Marshall Barbara Miller Roy will proudly lead the way through Quebec City's streets on Saturday, March 22. Also present will be Bono, the parade's official mascot, a magnificent Irish Wolfhound. The action gets underway at 12 NOON from St.

Myths and mysteries behind St. Patrick

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Photo: Image from Google

What is it about Saint Patrick, anyway? The simple answer is that someone who was likely a fairly ordinary fellow became a great deal more entertaining and useful posthumously.

The Patrick we celebrate today is said to be of British birth, and is widely accepted to have been captured and taken to Ireland as a slave in his teens.

The Great Gathering of the Frampton Irish

I wish some day we could have a great gathering in Frampton, maybe in the year 2015. We were always told, when I was young, that the Irish arrived in 1815." (Donald Brennan, guest book entry, March 1, 2012)

A visit to the MCDC office in Thetford Mines

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

The Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) describes itself as "a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the English-speaking community of Chaudière-Appalaches and Arthabaska-L'Érable." The office, which also serves as a community space and lending library, is in Thetford Mines in the former manse of the United Church.

Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge at Stoneham Ski Resort

Every year, to officially wind up the night-skiing season, Stoneham Ski Resort organizes a fundraising activity, the Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge, in support of children with cancer and their families. With tons of fun and activities planned, it's a family-oriented event open to people of all ages. It's not too late to sign up for this year's challenge which takes place on Saturday, March 15.

Sledge hockey medal hopes for Shannon Paralympian

Photo: Photo courtesy of Hockey Canada

On the last day of the Sochi Paralympic Games, Canada will go for a historic medal sweep in hockey. After the men's and women's Olympic teams both won their second straight Olympic gold medals last month in Sochi, the sledge hockey team will attempt to go for gold at the Paralympics.

Like the two Olympic teams, the sledge hockey team will rely on a combination of veterans and newcomers.

Canada off to a good start at Sochi Paralympics

The Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics opened on Friday, March 7, and by the end of the first weekend Team Canada had already racked up some impressive results.

Brian McKeever won Canada's first gold medal in the men's 20 km visually impaired cross-country race.

Prince Edward Island's Mark Arendz took silver in the men's standing biathlon.

SLC Lions honour their Seniors

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This past week was Seniors Week for the St. Lawrence Lions, as the Lions men's hockey team and both Division 2 basketball teams played their last regular season home games.

On Friday night, the men's hockey team hosted Cégep de Thetford. Before the game, Champlain-St.

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