Roundup: N.S. holds steady as N.B. COVID count climbs, house arrest for Coady centre thief, organ virtuoso buys N.S. church, new NSCAD artists-in-residence

Xaver Varnus

As of yesterday (Oct. 12), Nova Scotia has four known cases of COVID-19, according to the latest government statistics. Overall, the province has had 101,310 negative tests, 1,092 confirmed cases, and 65 deaths. One person is currently hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic bubble, New Brunswick has 76 known cases. Coast to coast, the Canadian tally stands at 18,954.

House arrest for Coady centre thief
Courts have sentenced James Edward Marlow to two years less a day of house arrest for stealing some $200,000.

The former finance director of Antigonish’s Coady International Institute pled guilty to a charge of theft over $5,000, admitting to forging invoices, requisitioning cheques, and depositing the money into his own account. Drake Lowthers has more in The Reporter.

Musician buys Queens Co. church
Hungarian-born organ virtuoso Xaver Varnus is the new owner of the Pilgrim United Church in Brooklyn, Queens Co. Built in 1895, the historic church has been disused in recent years. Varnus has been looking for a home for a Casavant organ he bought from the First Baptist Church in Truro.

He believes the sale is a win for both him and the community, as he plans to restore music to the historic building, using it as a concert hall.

“The former congregation does not have to experience their old and beloved building being converted into a brewery or a dog beauty shop,” he says. “It will continue to be at the service of culture and a higher sense of life.” Kevin Mcbain reports for LighthouseNow.

Newton Tattrie

The rise of a wrestling legend
Newton Tattrie was born in Springhill in 1931, the son of a railway worker and a devout Christian woman who was quick with the pinches when he misbehaved. There was little to suggest he’d one day be an international star.

Moving to Toronto at age 13 he discovered wrestling by accident (he was looking for a boxing club) but found his calling. With an imposing physical presence and charisma aplenty, he became one of Canadian wrestling’s most reviled bad guys and was soon wooed to the biggest American promotions.

Learn about his improbable career and see clips from the golden era of pro wrestling in this reader-favourite story from the free Halifax Magazine archives.

NSCAD announces new artists-in-residence
NSCAD University’s artists-in-residence program supports artists working in communities around Nova Scotia.

“A residency program is an exciting option for artists who have an interest in community engagement and sharing their work with a diverse group of art enthusiasts,” explains Martine Durier-Copp. “Residents become active participants in their host communities, engaging town residents in the visual arts through exhibitions, receptions, and guest lectures.”

The new roster of participating artists includes Merryn Tresidder in New Glasgow; Jessie McLaughlin, Sienna Maeba, and Undine Foulds in Lunenburg; and Nick Nylen and Natasha Verbeke in Dartmouth. See more in The Pictou Advocate.

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